Rockford, Illinois News

Midway Village Museum welcomes new board leadership

ROCKFORD — Midway Village Museum on Thursday announced two members of its board of directors.

The museum said in a release that Paul Logli and Mark Tomlinson will help support the nonprofit’s work to collect, preserve and educate the history of the Rockford region.

“We’re excited to expand our board with two new members who will bring expertise and insight to the mission of Midway Village Museum,” Executive Director Patrick O’Keefe said. “The board is committed to continue to expand the board leadership to represent a variety of experts from many diverse areas of our community. I am delighted to announce that the Midway Village Museum Board of Directors has elected two new board members to our leadership and their professionalism and knowledge to Midway Village Museum.”

Logli is a lifelong resident of Rockford, and the current president and CEO of the United Way of Rock River Valley.  He graduated from Boylan High School and Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. He received a Juris Doctor from the University Of Illinois College Of Law.

Logli served Winnebago County as an assistant state’s attorney for 2 ½ years beginning in 1974 and in 1977 entered private practice in Rockford. In 1981, he was appointed as an associate judge of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit serving Winnebago and Boone counties. He resigned from the bench in 1986 and accepted an appointment to fill an unexpired term as State’s Attorney for Winnebago County. He was elected State’s Attorney in 1988 and re-elected in 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004 becoming the longest serving State’s Attorney in the history of Winnebago County.

Logli was a nationally recognized prosecutor and served as president of the National District Attorneys Association in 2005-2006 and previously served as president of the Illinois State’s Attorneys Association. He is a past president of the Winnebago County Bar Association. He was an instructor for the Illinois State Bar Association and for nearly 20 years served on the faculty of the National College of District Attorneys.

Logli retired as state’s attorney in 2007 and was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to the 17th Judicial Circuit Court. For the next 15 months he served as circuit judge presiding over all civil cases in Boone County. His appointment concluded on Nov. 30, 2008. Logli will retire from his post at the United Way in June. 

Tomlinson recently relocated to Rockford and is the former executive director and CEO of SME, an engineering firm based in Dearborn, Michigan.

“I’m honored to become part of this very important board of directors,” Tomlinson said. “I am looking forward to contributing to the current and future success of Midway Village Museum.”

Prior to joining SME, Tomlinson served as director at Cincinnati/Lamb and Vice President of Lamb Technicon. He was treasurer of the Washington, North Carolina Salvation Army and president of the Washington Yacht and Country Club Board of Directors. Other activities include a past chair of the SME’s former Manufacturing Enterprise Council (MEC), member and former chair of the Technical Advisory Committee of the University of Michigan Engineering Research Center for Reconfigurable Science.

Tomlinson was a coutmaster for seven years, and a frequent speaker at forums, conferences, and interviewed on national media as an authority on machining systems engineering.

Midway Village Museum is situated on a 148-acre campus on Rockford’s east side. The museum highlights the history of Rockford and the region with permanent and temporary exhibits in the Main Museum Center and provides seasonal tours of its 13-acre Victorian Village representing life during the 1890-1910 era. There are more than 150,000 artifacts in the museum’s collection.