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Michelle Holleman Announces Run for Re-Election to the Highland Park City Council for a Four-Year Term
November 28, 2018 – City Councilman Michelle Holleman confirmed that she is running for re-election to the Highland Park City Council in the April 2019 Consolidated Election. Holleman filed her petitions with the City of Highland Park Clerk with five-times the required signatures, indicating widespread community support.
Holleman is endorsed by current and former elected officials including Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering, Highland Park City Councilmen Alyssa Knobel and Dan Kaufman among others. She has also earned the endorsement of the Honorable Lauren Beth Gash, District 112 Board Member Dan Jenks and Park District of Highland Park Commissioner Cal Bernstein.
“Michelle has made important contributions to the City Council and we value her service. She is well-researched, straightforward, and brings a depth of unique professional experience. We all benefit from her voice and viewpoint,” said Rotering.
“I am proud of my work on behalf of the residents of Highland Park. My understanding of complicated financial obligations provides an important perspective and guidance as we plan for our short-term and long-term financial needs,” stated Holleman. “Most notably, I championed the reclassification of City-owned residential properties as non-profit, saving the City hundreds of thousands of dollars which will be reinvested in these affordable properties. I led the effort to repeal the City’s involuntary landmarking ordinance and always work to ensure that the rights of property owners and residents are respected.”
Holleman was appointed to the City Council in 2014 to fill a vacancy and elected to a four-year term in 2015. She currently serves as liaison to the Housing Commission, Liquor Control Commission, and the Ravinia Festival Community Relations Commission. She previously served as a liaison to the Historic Preservation Commission, Design Review Commission, School District 112, School District 113, the Sister Cities Foundation, Wolters Field Advisory Committee, and the Park Avenue Beach Task Force. Holleman is an active member of the Highland Park Presbyterian Church, the Highland Park High School Parent Teacher Organization, the Highland Park High School Giants Club, the Tenth Dems, and the League of Women Voters.
Holleman is a communications consultant with more than 25 years of experience serving private business, government, and not-for-profit organizations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a master of science in education from Northwestern University. A Highland Park resident for more than 22 years, she and her husband, Tom, have three children ages 16, 18, and 20 who attended Highland Park High School, Edgewood Middle School, and Ravinia Elementary School.
Her work on the City Council follows a long record of community service and engagement. A founding member and communications director for Community Leaders Educating and Advocating for the Referendum (CLEAR) which successfully sought passage of the referendum to improve the high schools, established F.O.R. (Friends of Rosewood) to support the responsible redevelopment of Rosewood Beach, served as a member and youth outreach program volunteer at the Highland Park Presbyterian Church and on the board and as president of Family Network, provided volunteer leadership for Highland Park’s Cub Scout Pack 34 and Boy Scout Troop 324, and as served a volunteer for Ravinia and Edgewood Middle Schools.