James Bilder, Candidate for Center Township Board 2022
James Bilder. Candidate for
Center Township Board
James Bilder is formerly a member of the Adjunct Business Faculty at Moraine Valley Community College 2001-2020 where he taught business courses at night for 19 years at the community college in Palos Hills, IL. In 2019, he was nominated for Adjunct Professor of the Year.
James retired after 40 years in pharmaceuticals. He worked for Mead Johnson (Evansville) for 15 years and then 25 years with Roche/Genentech. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors for PACE (suburban bus authority for metro Chicago area) between 1995-2002. He represented the SW Suburban area (20 municipalities), as an appointed position. After his retirement, James chose to relocate and plant his roots in Valparaiso in August of 2020.
James became involved with the Pepper Creek HOA, to which during his tenure he helped to establish a very successful library in the community clubhouse. In addition, he set up a 30 year plan, obtained the subdivision’s first ever community grant from the City of Valparaiso, and continues to work closely with city officials to solve low pond level problems within the neighborhoods.
James was the Village President (Mayor) of Worth, IL from 1993-2001 and served during 1982-1993 as the elected Trustee on the Worth Library Board. He spent his last 4 years as board president. His project involvement included the rehabilitation of the library, expansion of its inventory as well as increasing children’s reading programs. While serving his community, James successfully leased 230 acres of county property to build a municipal golf course. The property had been an eyesore and the subject of indecisiveness for 80 years while having no previous mayor ever successfully develop it despite their earnest efforts.
In addition, James:
James holds a Master of Science from Loyola University’s Quinlan School of Business, Chicago, IL (1986) and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Lewis University in Romeoville, IL (1981).
James brings a wealth of experience having achieved a variety of successes along the way of his public service including:
James is a distinguished author with several titles to his credit. He co-authored
“A Foot Soldier for Patton” with his now late father Michael C. Bilder, published by Casemate in 2008 with its first release in hardcover. It is now available in two paperback releases, an audio book, and a Kindle edition. James' father was a highly decorated rifleman in Patton’s Third Army. In addition, he authored his second book, titled “Artillery Scout,” which covered his maternal grandfather’s exploits as an artillery spotter for the US Army Field Artillery in WWI. It was published by Casemate in 2014 and was a finalist for the Army Historical Foundation’s Distinguished Writing Award (2014). In 2016, James gave his presentation of the book on the national PBS television show, “Pritzker Military Presents.”
James has been married to Bernadette (Bernie) Bauman since 1981. He is the proud father of Joanne Townsend (37), Janet Bilder-Korsch (35), Janet and her husband are both physicians and reside in Center Township. Janet Bilder, D.O. works as a Family Practice Physician for Franciscan Health right in Valpo. Jacqui (33) owns a business and resides in Illinois. James (30) resides with his wife in Valpo.
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