George W. Preckwinkle is a Springfield native, a graduate of Springfield High School, Southern Methodist University and Southern Methodist University Law School. George is the President of Bishop Hardware & Supply, Inc. which owns and operates 13 Ace Hardware stores in Central Illinois. He and his wife Lynda are strong supporters of local charities for health, education, the arts, and overall community development. Some of these organizations include Local First Springfield, the Boy Scouts, the YMCA, Blackburn College, The Hoogland Center, Breast Cancer research and Children’s Miracle Network. George currently chairs the Sangamon County Board (SCB) Finance Committee and Sangamon Menard Area Rural Transportation Committee. He is on the SCB Jail and OEM/911 Committees, and he is also the Treasurer of the Sangamon County Board of Health. George started his service on the County Board in 2007 and truly enjoys representing District 25.