Sharon U. Thompson

Chairman at United Way of Lee, Glades, and Hendry County

Sharon U. Thompson

Sharon U. Thompson

Chairman at United Way of Lee, Glades, and Hendry County

Biography

Sharon U. Thompson, Sauk Valley Community College alumna, is a firm believer that education is the key to success. Even more, she is a firm believer in Sauk Valley Community College.

Today, Thompson is a successful real estate broker. However, she is most well-known for a distinguished career of public service and community involvement in the Dixon area that spans more than 25 years.

Her road to college began when she graduated from Amboy High School in 1960. Thompson said she wanted to go to college, but, the opportunity was not available to her at the time; however, she was not about to give up. Thompson attended her first class at Sauk in 1968. The college was barely three years old and was housed in the temporary building affectionately known as "Old Ironsides." By this time, she was married with two children, aged 4 and 1.

She took classes ranging from poetry to real estate, from advertising to accounting, from government to data processing. Through the College, Thompson not only earned an Associate in Applied Science in Marketing (1989), she continued her education and earned a Real Estate Sales License, and, later, a Real Estate Broker's License.

Sauk, Thompson says, has played an important part in her personal life and professional life. The College enabled her to enjoy personal growth and development as well as broaden her mind and interests. She also gained the self-confidence that helped expand her career of successful public service in local, county and state government organizations.

She served on the Lee County Board, and, is perhaps most widely recognized as having served as Lee County treasurer for 20 years (1974-1994). She served as president of Illinois County Treasurers' Association, the Illinois Association of County Officials, was executive trustee to the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, member of the Governmental Interinsurance Exchange Advisory Board, member of the Illinois State Mandates Board of Review and chair of the wholesale and real estate divisions of the Lee County Area United Way.

Thompson has been a long-time member of the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board and was congressional coordinator and member of the Lee County Area Association of Realtors. She was chosen 1987 Treasurer of the Year by the Illinois County Treasurers' Association, selected for the 1987-88 Who's Who of American Women, and, received the 1998 Hillary Rodham Clinton Leadership Award for the State of Illinois.

That self-confidence also helped her excel in service to her community. Thompson has been involved in the Lee County Chapters of the American Cancer Society and American Red Cross; the Dixon Chamber of Commerce, Dixon Rotary Club, Dixon Area United Way, Lee County Association for the Handicapped, Lee County Historical Society, Sauk Valley Hospice and Lee County Council on Aging. In addition, she is also a charter member of the Sauk Valley Community College Endowment Fund.

"I am a firm believer that education is a key to success. I'm still learning and enjoying the challenge," she says.

With that strong belief, Thompson encouraged her children to make the most of their educational opportunities. Her daughter Angela earned a master's degree. Her son Robert graduated from Northern Illinois Law School continues the family tradition of public service as Lee County's Public Defender, and president of the SVCC Board of Trustees.

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Chief Financial Officer at Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund

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Former Treasurer at County of DuPage (Illinois)

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Chief Executive Officer & Vice President at Waterman Broadcasting Corp. (Florida)

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Member, Board of Directors at United Way of Lee, Glades, and Hendry County

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Dixon District Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organisation. It promotes, develops and protects the economic vitality of the community through a positive business environment and to foster a climate in which commerce, industry and agriculture will flourish. The company was founded in 1909 and is headquartered in Dixon, CA.

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Governmental Interinsurance Exchange is an American private company located in Bloomington, IL, with subsidiaries in US, that provides insurance services.

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