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 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."
Mayor Robert T.E. Lansing
Rob Lansing was elected as Mayor on May 1, 2017. He has served on City of Lake Forest boards and commissions since 1985, including as City Council Alderman, the Zoning Board of Appeals, two Central Business District (Zoning) Task Forces, Chair of the Grove School Cultural Campus Commission, Telecommunications (cell tower) Planning Committee, Lake Forest Beach Restoration Commission (Recreation Committee Chair) and graduated from the Lake Forest Citizens Police Academy in the fall of 2016. Rob has known well 15 former Mayors of Lake Forest, and worked closely with several.
Married to Kitty, who grew up in Lake Forest, they have raised three children, Stuart, Sage, and Gerrit in the community. Stuart and Sage live in Lake Forest and each have two children. Rob is a past Elder of the First Presbyterian Church, past Trustee of Lake Forest College, Co-Founder and past President of Conway Farms Golf Club, and a Director Emeritus of Lake Forest Bank & Trust. A graduate of Wesleyan University with a BA in Government, Rob served in the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant in Naval Intelligence before earning an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.
Rob is the Founder and Chairman of Westminster Capital LLC, a real estate investment management firm located in downtown Lake Forest. For more than 35 years, this work has involved evaluating communities across the United States for property investment. This work provides perspectives and ideas on what works well, and what does not, in planning, organizing and leading thriving towns and cities.
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 Marketing Team and the Civic Beautification Committee. She is also a member of the Golf Advisory Committee and is Liaison to Dickinson Hall.
James E. "Jed" Morris is a long-time resident of the First Ward, having moved to Lake Forest in 1975 with his wife Kate. He is a former partner with Ernst & Young in its consulting division. He also has been part of several successful startup ventures in the technology and health care fields. Most recently, he retired from Walgreen's in 2013 after it purchased the specialty pharmacy venture that he and his associates started in 2003. He attended Northwestern University where he earned a BA degree. Following his graduation, he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He returned to Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management where he earned an MBA in Finance and Accounting. He joined the accounting firm of Arthur Young & Co. as a CPA in its auditing and accounting practice. He went on to lead its public sector consulting practice until the merger with Ernst & Whinney. From there, he went on to help form Whitman Hart, a successful national technology consulting firm, and then to form Medmark, a specialty pharmacy company. He served on Gorton Community Center's Executive Committee and as head of its Finance Committee. Prior to that, he served on the City of Lake Forest Plan Commission. He and Kate raised two children in Lake Forest, and both children returned to Lake Forest, where each are now raising their own children. Jed is Chairma of the City Council Finance Committee, and he serves on the Property and Public Lands Committee, the Audit Committee and the City-Lake Forest College Founders Council.
Melanie K. Rummel, a lifelong resident of Lake Forest, was educated in Lake Forest's public schools, graduated from Northwestern University with a BA and Loyola University College of Law with her JD with distinction. She has practiced law for 38 years and currently practices with the Lake Forest law firm of Lesser, Lutrey, Pasquesi & Howe. She has lectured and authored chapters in professional publications, was recently an adjunct professor of law and is immediate past President of the Lake County Bar Foundation. She and her husband Mike, a former Mayor of Lake Forest, have a son and daughter. Both of their children attended the School of St. Mary, the Lake Forest public schools and graduated from Lake Forest High School. She has been a tireless volunteer for the community serving as Chairman of the Board of Lake Forest Open Lands Association, President of the Lake Forest School Board-District 67, President of the Women's Board of Catholic Charities for Lake Forest, Vice President of the LF-LB League of Women Voters, and as an active member of the Gorton Community Center Board, the Ragdale Women's Board, and the Lake Forest YWCA. She also served on the City's Cable Commission, its Strategic Planning Committee and its Sustainability Committee. She was President of the Weinberg College of Arts and Science Alumni Board at Northwestern and President of her sorority's local alumni chapter. As President of the LF-LB Volunteer Bureau, she, alongside many dedicated mothers and fathers, was responsible for the founding of the Lake Forest Children's Drop-In Center at Gorton, a factor which contributed to her being recognized by North Shore magazine as one of the top volunteers on the North Shore. Melanie serves on the City's Public Works Committee and Legal Services Committee.
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. Tim is Chairman of the Golf Advisory Committee and serves on the Personnel, Compensation and Administration Committee and the Business and Commerce 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. He also serves on the Personnel, Compensation and Administration Committee. 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.
Jim Preschlack took office May 2018 as Third Ward Alderman. He first came to the community with his family in 1977 and has called Lake Forest home base ever since. Jim received a BA in Economics from Hamilton College and an MBA from the University of Rochester. In 1998, Jim moved back to Lake Forest and married his wife Paula Lillard Preschlack, who also grew up in town. They currently reside in the Knollwood Club with their two teenagers, Stanley and Lillard, and their standard poodle, Louis. Jim worked as a management consultant before and after business school with Accenture, Arthur D. Little and KPMG Consulting, where he specialized in helping companies define and implement large scale transformational change programs. In 2016, Jim co-founded InFlow Partners, a boutique business accelerator based in Lake Forest that helps early stage companies develop "go-to market" strategies, acquire new customers, and raise capital to scale their businesses. Jim has been active in the community, volunteering for the Lake Forest Caucus, the Historic Preservation Commission as a member and as its Chairman, the Vestry of the Church of the Holy Spirit, and Beacon Academy, a Montessori High School in Evanston. Jim serves on the Property and Public Lands Committee and the Planning and Preservation Committee.
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. Ray is the Chairman of the Public Works Committee and serves on the Legal Services Committee and is liaison to Parks and Recreation.
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 Youth Services, and serves on the Shared Fire Service Task Force.