Democratic Elected Officials

Federal Officials

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin

Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Springfield, is the 47th U.S. Senator from the State of Illinois, the state’s senior senator, and the convener of Illinois’ bipartisan congressional delegation.

Durbin also serves as the Democratic Whip, the second highest ranking position among the Senate Democrats. Senator Durbin has been elected to this leadership post by his Democratic colleagues every two years since 2005.

Durbin sits on the Senate Judiciary, Appropriations, and Rules Committees. He is the Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and the Appropriations Committee’s Defense Subcommittee.

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U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth


U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth is an Iraq War Veteran, Purple Heart recipient and former Assistant Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. She was  among the first Army women to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Duckworth served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years before retiring from military service in 2014 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. She was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016 after representing Illinois’s Eighth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for two terms.Duckworth attended college at the University of Hawaii and earned a Master of Arts in International Affairs from The George Washington University. In 2015,  Duckworth completed her Ph.D in Human Services at Capella University.

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Congressman Brad Schneider (10th District)

Brad Schneider represents Illinois’10th District in the United States House of Representatives, where he is serving his second term. Prior to being elected to Congress, Brad spent more than 20 years in business and management consulting, helping large and family-owned businesses alike address the challenges of today’s economy and plan for the future.  His professional experience has allowed him to see first-hand the challenges small businesses face when trying to hire new workers and grow their company, as well as the effect thriving small businesses can have on a community’s overall economy. Brad earned a BS in industrial engineering and his MBA from Northwestern University.

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Illinois State Officials

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan

In November 2002, Attorney General Madigan became the first woman elected to serve as the Illinois Attorney General. In 2014, she was elected to her fourth term as Attorney General.Before serving as Attorney General, Madigan served in the Illinois Senate and worked as a litigator for a Chicago law firm. Prior to becoming an attorney, she was a teacher and community advocate, developing after-school programs to help keep kids away from drugs and gangs. Madigan also volunteered as a high school teacher in South Africa during apartheid.

Madigan earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White

Jesse White is Illinois’ 37th Secretary of State. White was first elected to the officein 1998 and became Illinois’ longest serving Secretary of State on May 30, 2014. Prior to his election as Secretary of State, White served as Cook County Recorder of Deeds and 16 years in the Illinois General Assembly.

As a young man, White played baseball with the Chicago Cubs, followed by a 33-year career as a teacher and administrator in Chicago Public Schools. He founded the internationally known Jesse White Tumbling Team to set-at-risk youth on the path to success. White earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Alabama State College.

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Illinois Comptroller Susana A. Mendoza


Susana A. Mendoza was elected Illinois Comptroller on November 8, 2016. Prior to her statewide election, Susana served as Chicago City Clerk and six terms from 2001 to 2011 in the Illinois House of Representatives.

In 2004, Mendoza was named one of Crain’s Chicago Business Magazine’s “40 Under 40” and in 2011 she was highlighted again in the magazine’s “Women to Watch” series. Most recently, she was listed in Chicago Magazine’s March 2016 “Power 50” edition.

In 2010, Mendoza was selected by the National Conference of Women Legislators, at the behest of the US Secretary of State, to serve as one of only seven women
representing the United States as an international observer of the Iraqi elections in Baghdad.

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Illinois State Treasurer Michael W. Frerichs

8486bf67-fcb2-49d9-b483-f01736af2d80Michael Frerichs was elected Illinois State Treasurer in November 2014. Mike was born in the Downstate farming community of Gifford, Illinois. He graduated from Yale University and spent two years in Taiwan where he taught English to young students and learned to speak Chinese. He returned to Champaign County and launched his own technology business. He was elected to the Champaign County Board and elected Champaign County Auditor. He also served as a volunteer firefighter.

In 2006, Mike was elected Illinois State Senator representing East Central Illinois. As chairman of the Higher Education Committee, Mike championed efforts to make college more affordable. He also served as chairman of the Agriculture and Conservation Committee.

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Illinois State Senator Julie Morrison (29th District)

Senator Morrison is the Vice-chair of the Human Services Committee, and holds a seat on the Commerce and Economic Development, Education, Environment and Conservation, and Transportation Committees. The governor has also reappointed Morrison to the Statewide Advisory Council to DCFS and appointed her to the Council on Aging.

Morrison was born in the downstate community of Beardstown and graduated from Knox College. After serving on the DCFS advisory council, Julie took the position of supervisor of West Deerfield Township, which she held for 15 years.

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Illinois State Representative Scott Drury (58th District)

Scott Drury grew up in the district and is raising his family in our community —one where residents are passionate about issues and deeply invested in working together to create a bright future for the next generation. Scott is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and now practices law in the private sector. Scott also is an adjunct professor at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

Drury earned a B.A. in Political Economy (high honors) from University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. (cum laude) from Northwestern University School of Law.

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Lake County Officials

Lake County Circuit Court Clerk Erin Cartwright Weinstein

Erin Cartwright Weinstein is an active member of the Lake County legal community and is a member of the Lake County Chamber of Commerce, the Gurnee Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County, the Lake County Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

For more than 16 years, Erin has been a practicing attorney. Erin has extensive community service experience including volunteering for the Northern Illinois Food Pantry; Tails of Hope in Highland Park, Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio; Habitat for Humanity; Equestrian Connections, a therapeutic riding program for disabled children and adults, in addition to providing pro bono legal services to survivors of domestic violence.

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Lake County Recorder of Deeds Mary Ellen Vanderventer

Mary Ellen Vanderventer of Waukegan was first elected in 1996 and continues to serve as Lake County’s Recorder of Deeds. Vanderventer received the Lakeland Publishers 1997 “Forefronts” Award for Public Service.  She is a member of the State of Illinois Local Government Advisory Board, Salvation Army Advisory Board, United Way Board of Directors, Illinois Association of County Officials (IACO), Illinois Women in Government, and the International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Elected Officials and Treasurers (IACREOT).

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Lake County Board Member Paul Frank, (11th District)

Paul Frank was elected as Lake County Board Member – 11th District and Forest Preserve District Commissioner in November 2016. Previously Paul was twice
elected to the Highland Park City Council. Frank is a Public Policy Professional and has worked as a financial aid advocate and on higher education policy for The Federation of Independent IL Colleges & Universities and at National-Louis University. Frank earned a B.A. in Political Science from The University of Missouri-Columbia and a M.S. in Public Service Management from DePaul University.

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19th Judicial Circuit Court Judges

Circuit Court Judge Mitchell L. Hoffman (19th Judicial Circuit Court)

Mitchell L. Hoffman was elected in 2016. Prior to serving as an Associate Judge, Hoffman served as Chief Deputy of the Civil Division for Lake County State’s Attorney Office. Hoffman earned a B.A. from Colorado College and a J.D. from University of Illinois, College of Law.

Circuit Court Judge Mark L. Levitt (19th Judicial Circuit Court)

Mark L. Levitt was first elected in 2010. Most recently he retained his position in the 2016 election. Prior to serving as a judge, Levitt was an Assistant Public Defender for Cook County for 21 years. Levitt earned a B.A. in Political Science from University of Illinois and a J.D. from University of Illinois, College of Law.

Moraine Township Officials

Moraine Township Supervisor Anne Flanigan Bassi

Anne Flanigan Bassi served from 2002-2012 on the Lake County Board, Lake County Forest Preserve Board, Lake County Stormwater Management Commission, Lake County Affordable Housing Commission, and many other regional public/private partnerships. She also is a past member of the Highland Park/Highwood District 111 School Board. Currently she serves on the Highland Park Human Services Task Force, Friends for Health, Community Family Center, Advisory Board for Community Partners for Affordable Housing, Highland Park, and Hospital Community Advisory Committee. She is a former co-president of the Highland Park/Highwood League of Women Voters and served on other community boards, including that of the North Shore Unitarian Church.Bassi holds a M.S. in taxation from DePaul University and a B.S. in accounting from Drake University and is a licensed C.P.A. She has called Highland Park home since 1973.

Moraine Township Assessor Cynthia Plouché

Cynthia Plouché is an Illinois C.I.A.O. (Certified Illinois Assessing Officer) and holds an M.B.A. in finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in psychology and social relations from Harvard University. Her twenty-five years of experience in financial services and investment management industries include a decade as Audit Committee Chair and Lead Trustee for AXA Premier VIP Trust, a family of mutual funds. Her public and community service includes the Moraine Township Board, North Shore School District 112 Board of Education, State of Illinois P-20 Council, and Congregation Solel’s Board of Directors and social justice and finance committees.

Moraine Township Clerk Gail Feiger Brown

Gail Feiger Brown grew up in Highland Park and had more than two decades of leadership with the League of Women Voters, having served as president of both the Highland Park and Lake County Leagues, voter registration chair, and past co-chair of the Illinois League’s Election Administration Reform Committee. She currently serves on the Highland Park Human Services Task Force and co-chaired its Needs Assessments Workshops. She is also a court-appointed Special Advocate for CASA Lake County. Feiger devoted many years to co-chairing Welfare Council, formerly with United Way and now with the Highland Park Community Foundation. Among other community activities, she serves on the Community Family Center Board and is active at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El. A graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law with an undergraduate degree from Smith College, she was a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney.

Moraine Township Trustee Dwayne Douglas

Dwayne Douglas of Highland Park has served as a Moraine Township Trustee since 2009; he is the township’s liaison to the Latino Advisory Committee and the Highland Park Human Relations Commission and is ethics advisor for Moraine Township government. He is president of the Jefferson Inn of Court, an organization of lawyers and judges dedicated to ethics, legal education, and professionalism, and is co-chair of Prairie State Legal Services’ Campaign for Legal Services. In 2004 and 2012, Douglas received awards from the Lake County Bar Association for his service to the indigent. He is a graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Moraine Township Trustee Cindy Wolfson

Active in community service her entire adult life, Cindy Wolfson has focused on domestic violence education and on awareness and advocacy of issues affecting the lives of women, children, and families. She serves on the board of the National Council of Jewish Women, leading this national network of state policy advocates on issues such as equality, health care, immigration, and social justice. She has called Highland Park home for 27 years.

Moraine Township Trustee Amy Zisook

Amy Zisook’s career spans business, government and politics; she was a White House Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton and vice president of civic and government affairs at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. As president of Amy Zisook & Associates, her clients have included the Clinton for President Committee, U.S. Senator Paul Simon, then-Congressman Dick Durbin, and the Chicago Bar Association. Amy is a graduate of Highland Park High School and of Miami University of Ohio with a B.S. in finance. Her community involvement includes tireless work for the Highland Park/Highwood Community Family Center, vice presidency of the Lincoln School P.T.A., and active membership in the social action committee of North Suburban Synagogue Beth El.

Moraine Township Trustee Pablo Alvarez

Pablo Alvarez has lived in Highland Park with his wife and two daughters for the last eight years. He currently works as a counselor at Highland Park High School. In addition, Pablo serves as the HPHS chess coach. In 2016, he was voted ICCA Chess Coach of the year by coaches across Illinois. In 2015, Pablo received the Illinois State Board of Education “Those Who Excel” award. For the past four years, Pablo has chaired the Moraine Township’s Latino Advisory Committee. Mr. Alvarez also served for seven years on the Friends for Health Board which supports the Lake County Health Center in Highland Park. Pablo Alvarez has earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northern Illinois University and has completed additional graduate work at Aurora University and North Central College.

North Shore Water Reclamation District

North Shore Water Reclamation District Trustee Daniel M. Pierce

Dan Pierce

Dan Pierce has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2004, serving Ward 5 (Highland Park and Highwood). Pierce is currently President. Trustee Pierce  was the Mayor of the City of Highland Park for three terms, 1987-1995 & 1999-2003, and was a State Representative from 1965 to 1985. He is the recipient of the National Association of Cleanwater Agencies Public Service Award and Illinois Association of Wastewater Agencies Public Official Award. An attorney, he is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.  Pierce was a U.S. Air Force captain during the Korean War.

Precinct Committeeperson
203 Carrie M Travers
204 Christopher A Ganschow
205 Anne F Bassi
206 Sanford M Stein
207 Matthew S Pestine
208 Nelson Armour
209 Yumi Shilowitz Ross
210 Kimberly E Stone
211 Nancy F Krent
212 Tracy L Jacobson
213 Jill Sherman Meyer
214 Sharon R Narrod
215 Steven R Sheffey
216 Daniel M Pierce
217 Lauren Beth Gash (Chair)
218 Clara L Berman
219 Alyssa L Knobel
220 Mark S Levy
221 Nancy Chausow Shafer
222 Nancy R Rotering
223 Dwayne Douglas
224 Barbara F Altman

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