Bill and Marge Donnell moved to Aurora from their hometown of Columbus, Indiana in 1984. The Donnell’s first home was on Lebanon Street prior to moving to Hardin Avenue in 1992.
With the recent redistricting of the 4th Ward, Bill’s family has lived in the 4th Ward for over 30 years. Their three grown children, Allison, Kate, and Sam all attended West Aurora Schools and have pursued college degrees.
A Purdue University graduate, Alderman Donnell is licensed as a Landscape Architect in both States of Indiana and Illinois. Bill spent 27 years with the Fox Valley Park District, first as Landscape Architect / Planner and then as Director of Park Operations and Natural Resources.
He helped the FVPD achieve national acclaim as a Gold Medal award winner in 2009, the highest honor awarded to Parks and Recreation Agencies. Bill served as Chairman of the Aurora Planning Commission for 10 years and was involved as a member on the Commission for 26 years.
In an effort to give back to the community, Bill has served as President of the Family Counseling Service from 2007-09, President of the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership for two 2-year terms, and Greenman Elementary School PTA President. He also served as a member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Resource Council to help support and find resources for area at-risk children.
Bill Donnell was elected as the 4th Ward Alderman in 2013 and serves as Vice Chairperson
on the City of Aurora Infrastructure and Technology Committee (I&T) and is on the Rules, Administration and Procedures (RAP). He was re-elected in 2017.