She's been a figure in Winnebago County politics for nearly two decades. Now, Kris Cohn is off to serve the president in the Department of Education as one of ten regional representatives.
"I'm very excited by this opportunity. It's not only a chance to serve the president, but what it means for Winnebago County," said Cohn.
Cohn will oversee five states including Illinois. She says she leaves with mixed emotions and fought back tears as she talked about her service.
"We've worked hard to manage growth and develop the economy, creating jobs and building infrastructure," said Cohn.
Cohn was chairman for almost eight years holding the post longer than anyone else. She was regarded for her work ethic and fiscal toughness, but also faced criticism over the Perryville Road extension, a county worker strike and some county contracts.
"It hasn't always been easy. Politics as they say isn't for the faint of heart, but I know in my heart, that we've done our best," said Cohn.
Cohn will start her new job in Chicago on May 3, which means the county board will have 60 days to find a replacement. Many republican leaders are voicing support for Scott Christiansen who will be a county board candidate on the November ballot.
When asked about her replacement Cohn says she won't influence the board's decision. Cohn will chair her last county board meeting Wednesday night and spend the next two weeks meeting with department heads.
Scott Christiansen says he's honored to be considered for the post but tells 23 News he has not made up his mind.