I was born and raised in McHenry having attended St. Patrick’s school and McHenry West Campus. I served on the McHenry High School Board of Education from 1983 to 1993, and from 1987 through 1991 as the Board President. I also served as McHenry’s mayor from 1993 to 2001, and Vice-President of the McHenry County Council of Mayors from 1997 to 2001. I am an experienced attorney representing clients throughout McHenry County and Northern Illinois. From my law practice I have gained first hand knowledge of zoning, land development and annexation issues which face McHenry. As mayor I was instrumental in annexing the west side of the Fox River, the major retail development on North 31, doubling the size of Peterson Park and the preservation of the Peterson farm and homestead. During my tenure, business development alone exceeded $100,000,000.00. I have over 20 years of experience serving local government and 34 years as a practicing attorney. As a result I have a unique understanding of government process, the importance of strong leadership and elected representatives who appreciate the impact they have on the day to day lives of their constituents.
I have served my community as Mayor for the past ten years. I served as Alderman of Ward 3 for four years prior to being elected Mayor. During my first two years as an appointed Mayor, elected by the city council to serve the remainder of Pam Althoff’s term, I continued to serve as Alderman of Ward 3. This unique experience allowed me to gain a great understanding of the role of the Aldermen in addition to my role as Mayor. I have served on many boards and committees over the years and developed strong leadership and communication skills through those experiences.