Eleanor Taylor Bland contributes regularly and generously to her community, including the Waukegan Public Library. She currently serves on the Friends of the Library board and has freely donated her time over the years for writing classes and presenting awards for the Ray Bradbury Creative Writing Contest. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Ms. Bland moved to Illinois in 1972 and currently resides in Waukegan.
Ms. Bland is a graduate of Southern Illinois University and the College of Lake County with degrees in education and accounting. She was a cost accountant at Abbott Laboratories for seventeen years and is retired. She has two sons, two grandsons, two granddaughters, and a wonderful daughter-in-law.