ALDERWOMAN SCHEKETA HART-BURNS     Ward 7

Scheketa Hart-BurnsAlderwoman Hart-Burns is a history-making, award-winning elected official and community leader.

She holds the distinction of being the first African American elected to Aurora City Council in 1991 and appointed the first-ever African American Mayor Pro Tem from 2016-2017. 

Alderwoman Hart-Burns is currently the chairperson of the Public Health, Safety and Transportation (PHST) Committee, a member of the Finance Committee, and an alternate for the Buildings, Grounds & Infrastructure (BGI) Committee. 

A stalwart figure in the community, Alderwoman Hart-Burns has spearheaded and/or served as a member and advisor to dozens of organizations and initiatives for Ward 7 residents and the City of Aurora as a whole:

WARD & NEIGHBORHOOD INITIAITIVES

  • Established the 7th Ward Committee and the following resident councils and organizations:
    • Eastwood Tenant Council
    • Forest Ridge Tenant Council
    • Inner Circle Neighbor Group
    • Maple Terrace Tenant Council
    • Taking Back Our Community
  • Member of the Nature’s Edge HOA
  • Member of the Oakhurst HOA
  • Established community gardens for both Forest Ridge and Eastwood communities
  • Hosts annual holiday programs for Forest Ridge and Eastwood communities

CITYWIDE INITIATIVES

  • Established the annual citywide Black History Program
  • Established the annual Dr. Martin Luther King luncheon celebration
  • Established commemorative street signs for prominent African American residents
  • Hosts annual holiday musicals for the Interfaith Food Pantry and Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry
  • Hosts holiday dinners for senior citizens and disabled persons
  • Annual Black and Latino American History programs at Metea High School and Cowherd Middle School

YOUTH INITIATIVES

  • Founded the Back to School Bash at Martin Luther King Park which brings together more than 5,000 youth and families to start the new school year 
  • Founded the Project Unity Back to School Fair to provide back to school supplies, offer free services and provides information to thousands of families. I
  • Co-Founded the annual Coats-for-Kids Drive that provides winter coats, hats and gloves for thousands of students in need.
  • Founding Advisor & Mother Emeritus of Boys II Men, Inc. - where the Scheketa Hart-Burns Phenomenal Woman Award is presented annually to more than 100 young women in Aurora. 
  • Mentor to Aurora University students seeking advanced degrees in the social work program
  • Co-Founded the City’s STEAM Academy that provides enrichment activities to more than 700 Aurora youth in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.

ORGANIZATIONS 

  • Chairperson of the Circle of Wise Women for the Kane County Health Department
  • Chairperson of Weed and Seed with the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office
  • Board Member and Advisory of the Quad County Urban League for 33 years
  • Founding Advisor for the City’s African American Heritage Advisory Board
  • Member, League of United Latin American Citizens
  • Board Member of the Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry and Childcare Center at the personal request of Ms. Wilkinson

Alderwoman Hart-Burns is a graduate of Edison College. Alderwoman Hart-Burns is an Evangelist Missionary at Greater Mount Olive COGIC. 

She is happily married to William F. Burns and is the loving mother to Malik, Kehinde, Hakim, Amina and Ahmad Hart (deceased); and Michael, Vernon and Arvin Burns.