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Ward Four

Fourth Ward Aldermen



Michael R. Adelman
1190 W. Old Mill Road

295-1190 (home)
615-0210 (work)
338-5069 (Cell)


Michael R. Adelman and his wife Nancy, who is a native Lake Forester, have lived in Lake Forest since 1986. They have two sons, Charlie, who lives in New York and is employed by Warner Brother Records, and Ross, who is a student at DPM.

Mike received both his Bachelor of Science and Masters in Business Administration degrees from Cornell University and The Cornell Graduate School of Business, and his JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

He has prior experience working with City staff in connection with his own development activities and legal practice. He served on the Caucus for 3 years, and for the past 5 years, has served in dual roles simultaneously on the Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.

Mike is concerned with preserving Lake Forest’s financial well-being, and believes his problem-solving skills will help the City in his role as Alderman. He serves as the Council's liaison to business and commerce, and the Golf Advisory Committee.

Robert T. Palmer
1570 Christina Lane

847-234-9223 (home)
773-528-0200 (office)


Robert T. Palmer was appointed Fourth Ward Alderman on May 5, 2008. Prior to joining the City Council, he served as Chairman of the Lake Forest Cemetery Commission from 2000-2004 and as Chairman of the Lake Forest Legal Committee from its inception in 2006 to the date he joined the City Council.

Mr. Palmer currently serves on the Council’s Finance Committee and acts as the City Council liaison on public safety.

Mr. Palmer is Chairman of Central Federal Savings and Loan Association of Chicago. Prior to his current job, he was a lawyer specializing in commercial litigation. He received his undergraduate degree in economics from Colgate University and his law degree from the University of Notre Dame, following which he served as Law Clerk to Justice Walter V. Schaefer of the Illinois Supreme Court.

Mr. Palmer and his wife, Ann Therese, have lived in Lake Forest since 1989. They have two adult sons, both of whom currently serve in the United States Marine Corps. For over twenty years, Mr. Palmer was active in the Northeast Illinois Council of the Boy Scouts of America, where his diverse volunteer service included four years as Scoutmaster of Troop 46 at the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest and ten years as a member of the Council’s Executive Board. Among his current civic activities, Mr. Palmer serves as a Director and Assistant Secretary of the Chicago Crime Commission.



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(847) 234-2600
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