Meet Walt

  • 40 year Spring Valley resident
  • 12 year 3rd Ward Spring Valley Alderman
  • Married to Mary Jane (Salmon) Marini for over 40 years with 2 children and 3 grandchildren
  • Former Chairman, Finance Committee, City of Spring Valley
  • Retired from Illinois Power
  • LaSalle Peru High Graduate
  • L-P-O Junior College Graduate
  • Army Veteran with Honorable Discharge
  • Parishioner, St. Anthony's Church
  • Member, Knights of Columbus
  • Member, American Legion

In Walt's own words:
I've lived in Spring Valley for over 40 years. I am married to the former  Mary Jane Salmon for over 40 years. Mary Jane is a retired Spring Valley Elementary school teacher and is presently on the Bureau County Board. We have a daughter Lisa Marini, who is a Product Development Engineer for Berry Plastics Corporation and lives in Carol Stream, IL. Our son Marc Marini, Director of Product Management for Werner Ladder, is married to Vicki Parrillo and they have three children and live in Elmhurst, IL. Lisa and Marc each graduated from John F. Kennedy Grade School. Lisa attended Hall High School and Eastern Illinois University while Marc attended the Illinois Math and Science Academy and the University of Illinois.

I have lived in the Third Ward for 37 years and have been an Alderman of the Third Ward for the past 12 years. I was Finance Chairman for approximately 5 years. I have worked with three Mayors and been involved in many different items that have come before the Council. I am retired after working for Illinois Power at the Hennepin Power Station for almost 33 years. The last position I held was Plant Safety Specialist. I am a graduate of L-P High School and L-P-O Junior College.

I am a member of St. Anthony’s Church and also the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion. I served in the Army for three years and had an honorable discharge. My wife and I have been involved in many civic organizations and helped with many fundraisers. We are proud residents of Spring Valley and want to see the city prosper.