The City Council is the legislative and policy making body of The City of Lake Forest. It includes the Mayor and eight Alderman, two from each of the City's four wards. The Mayor is elected bi-annually for a two-year term and receives a token salary of $10 per year. Aldermen are elected to staggered two-year terms, with one Alderman elected from each Ward annually. Aldermen receive no compensation. The Council meets first Monday and the third Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 220 E. Deerpath. Agendas and minutes can be found here.
Regular City Council meetings are broadcast LIVE and rebroadcast Sunday at 1:00 p.m., Thursday at 1:00 p.m., Thursday evening after the Finance Committee, and Friday at 8:00 a.m. on City 17. You may watch a meeting live on Comcast channel 17 or on A, T & T U-Verse, channel 99 (scroll to "Lake Forest").
A DVD copy of the meeting is available in the Reference Section at Lake Forest Library. City Council meeting video archives can be viewed on-line after the meeting.
The City of Lake Forest Mission Statement
"Be the best-managed, fiscally-responsible and appealing community and promote a community spirit of trust, respect and citizen involvement."
Prue Beidler was elected First Ward Alderman and took office on May 5, 2014. She graduated from Wellesley College and has an MA from the University of Chicago. She is a former Chicago public school teacher who moved to Lake Forest in 1976 with her husband Frank. Frank grew up in Lake Forest, and the Beidlers have three grown children and five grandchildren. Prue has done public service and board volunteer work for over 40 years. Locally, Prue has served on the City of Lake Forest Cemetery Commission and the boards of Lake Forest Country Day School, Lake Forest College, YWCA of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff, Market Square 2000, the Forest Park Project and Lake Forest Garden Club. she is an elder and lay liturgist at First Presbyterian Church, a Cub Scout leader and has served as a Sunday School teacher, a tutor for the I Have a Dream program in North Chicago. Board service in Chicago includes Chicago Children's Museum, Jane Addams Hull House, Planned Parenthood of Illinois, Chicago Public Media, the Mies Society at Illinois Institute of Technology, the Juvenile Justice Initiative, the Chicago Community Trust and the LGBT Fund at the Chicago Community Trust. Prue currently serves as Chairman of the Civic Beautification Committee and as Liaison to Dickinson Hall.
Catherine A. Waldeck is a lifelong resident of Lake Forest. She and her husband Joe have four children between them, with the youngest currently a student at Lake Forest High School. Catherine is a graduate of Cornell University and received her Law Degree from Loyola University School of Law. Previously, Catherine was employed as a felony prosecutor for 20 years in the Cook and Lake County State’s Attorney offices. Catherine served as a member of the Plan Commission for 2 years. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors of “A Safe Place”, as member of the Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Women’s Auxiliary Board, and on the Lake Forest Dance Academy’s Parent Board. She currently serves as Council liaison for legal services. Catherine holds a deep affection for Lake Forest and wishes to continue her family’s tradition of dedication and public service to the community. She currently serves as the City's Public Works Committee's Chairman and is a member of the City's Founder's Council with Lake Forest College.
George A. Pandaleon and his wife Peggy have lived in Lake Forest since 1990 and raised 3 children here. With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kenyon College and a Masters of Business Administration from Northwestern University, George is the President of a commercial real estate investment firm serving institutional investors throughout the U.S. George has a long record of volunteering in Lake Forest, serving on a number of City Boards and Commissions, including terms as Chairman of the Plan Commission and Chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals, and worked for 6 months to re-energize Gorton Community Center as its Interim Chairman of the Board. He serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee, and is a member of the Audit Committee. George believes “Lake Forest is an extraordinary community, offering a rich heritage and superb quality of life. It has always been exceptionally well-managed, and I hope to contribute to that rich tradition through service on the City Council.”
Timothy P. Newman grew up in central Illinois and attended Purdue University as a recipient of the Evans Scholarship from the Western Golf Association. Moving to Chicago in 1979, he earned an MBA in Finance from DePaul University. Tim and his wife, Diane, moved to Lake Forest in 1994 along with their son, Alex. Tim works in Lake Forest as a Wealth Management Advisor with Merrill Lynch. He is past President of the Lake Forest Caucus, the Lake Forest Club and The Rotary Club of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff. He also served for six years on the Lake Forest Plan Commission.
Stanford Tack took office May 2012 as Third Ward Alderman. "Randy" is currently an Orthopedic Surgeon and Managing Partner of the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute. He has been a resident of Lake Forest for the past 20 years and raised his children here. He has a BS in Biology from the University of Illinois and graduated with Honors from the University of Illinois Medical School. "I have reached a point in my career where I have the time and management experience to give something back to the community that has given so much to me and my family." He serves on the Public Works Committee and as the Council's liaison for youth and senior services. Randy grew up in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, where his father served as a Village Trustee and Randy saw how much the experience meant to his father. "I saw how much my father's service benefited the community and I would like the same opportunity." Randy currently serves on the City's Public Works Committee.
Jack Reisenberg took office May 2013 as Third Ward Alderman. Jack and his wife, Kathie, have been residents of Lake Forest since 1995. He served on the Plan Commission beginning in 2007, and most recently, as Chairman. Following a 24-year career with Kraft in senior human resources and general management roles, and 7-year tenure with Specialty Foods Corporation as its Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Jack founded Reisenberg & Associates, a boutique executive search firm where he presently serves as its President. He holds a BS in Economics from Gannon University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Jack is Chairman of the Property and Public Lands Committee and is the Council's liaison for the Lake Forest Collaborative for Environmental Leadership (LFCEL) and planning and preservation. Jack's broad civic and business background, in addition to his extensive global experience in human resources, talent acquisition and labor relations are an asset to The City of Lake Forest.
Raymond P. Buschmann and his wife Nancy moved to Lake Forest in 1995. Ray is a graduate of Loyola University and University of Illinois Law School. They have 5 children, with their youngest graduating from Lake Forest High School, and 11 grandchildren, with 2 recently graduating from Lake Forest Country Day School. Ray began his legal career at Schiff Hardin & Waite, and then joined a Fortune 500 company. After 25 years, he retired as Vice President and General Counsel of Morton International, having been part of the management team with extensive supervisory and budgetary responsibilities. In Lake Forest, Ray has served on the Building Review Board and the Legal Committee, including as Chairman of each. He was a volunteer for the AARP Tax-Aide program, serving as District Coordinator for Lake County and a certified IRS instructor. He also served as a federal appointee to the national Taxpayer Advocacy Panel. He continues to serve as an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), deciding disputes within the securities industry. Ray brings extensive background in the legal, business and financial areas.
Michelle Moreno was appointed Fourth Ward Alderman on May 5, 2014. Prior to being elected Alderman, she served as the Chairman of The City of Lake Forest's Audit Committee and was a member since 2011. Michelle has a BA in Economics and French from the University of Illinois, an MBA in Investments from California State University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. She is currently an investment banker with Dresner Partners. Michelle has assumed numerous roles on various boards including serving as Treasurer of the Lake Forest Caucus, Vice President of the Alumni Board of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and President of the Chicago Finance Exchange, an association of professional women in finance. Having lived in Lake Forest since 1997 with her husband German, Michelle is "delighted and honored to have the chance to offer my expertise and commitment in service to the City and its residents." Michelle serves on the City's Public Works Committee and is the City's liaison to Public Safety as well as Youth Services, and serves on the Shared Fire Service Task Force.