Vice Chair - Illinois
Michael Buehlhorn is Vice Chair of the Bi-State Development Board of Commissioners. He was appointed by St. Clair County Chairman Mark A. Kern and joined the Board in February 2011. A resident of Swansea, Illinois, Buehlhorn has been the Executive Director of the Metro East Park and Recreation District since 2004. Prior to his current responsibilities, Buehlhorn served as Mayor of Swansea, Illinois from 1985-2003. He also served on the St. Clair County Transit District Board from 1981-2001, on the East-West Gateway Council of Governments from 1990-1997, on the Site Selection Committee for St. Clair County MetroLink from 1992-1994, and on the Illinois Municipal League Board of Directors for 10 years, including a term as its President from 1999-2000. Buehlhorn is also the President of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois in Belleville and the President of the Epilepsy Foundation of Southern Illinois in Mount Vernon, covering over 50 counties in Illinois.