The City Clerk, an elected official, attends meetings of the City Council, keeps records of its proceedings, and publishes and attests to all Ordinances and Resolutions passed by the Council. The Clerk is the keeper of all important documents relating to City business.
The Clerk is also the local election official and works closely with the office of Cook County Clerk, David Orr’s office, to determine accessible polling locations, register voters, and supervise Early Voting which is held approximately one month prior to an election for a two-week period.
Helpful information can be obtained at the Cook County Clerk's Office website. You can verify your registration, resister to vote, view the election schedule and your sample ballot, find out your polling location, review referendum information, or download a voter registration form, voter registration card, or an application to Vote by Mail.
In-person voter registration is available at City Hall during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. You must be a citizen of the United States and at least 18 years of age by the next election. Two forms of identification must be presented upon registering-neither of which need to be a photo id but one must include your current address.
The Clerk’s office also processes Raffle Licenses, Solicitor Permits, Tag Day Permits, Block Party Permits, Special Event Permits, and Livery & Taxicab Licensing.
Park Ridge City Clerk Betty W. Henneman has served the Park Ridge community since 1984. She can be contacted at Contact Info if you require further assistance. Deputy City Clerk Cheryl Peterson was appointed in 2006 and serves as the assistant to Clerk Henneman and to Mayor David Schmidt. She can be contacted at Contact Info.
APRIL 7, 2015
February 26 First day to apply for a mail ballot
March 10 Last day to register to vote
March 11 First day of Grace Period registration and voting
March 23 First day of Early Voting
April 2 Last day to request a Vote by Mail application
April 4 Last day of Early Voting
April 4 Last day of grace period registration and voting
April 7 Election Day
John J. Moran
Richard Van Roeyen
Robert J. Wilkening
MEET THE ALDERMANIC CANDIDATES
John J. Moran is a candidate for first ward alderman. He is a Park Ridge native with strong ties to the community. Since graduating from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, he has been working as a financial planner, helping hundreds of individuals, families and business owners make smart financial decisions. He currently holds the designation of Certified Financial Planner ™ and is a founding partner of the Moran-Havansek Financial Group in Park Ridge.
Keeping Park Ridge a great place to own a home and raise a family is John’s main objective. Economically, the city will be facing many difficult decisions in the next few years. The impact of this decision will be felt for decades. John’s financial background and loyalty to the taxpayers of Park Ridge will make him an excellent addition to the council and a representative that the 1st ward can be proud of.
John has been dedicated to the Park Ridge community for over a decade. He’s currently the commissioner of the Park Ridge Hawks travel basketball program, held an executive role in the St. Paul of the Cross Men’s Club, donated his time to be a Child Life Volunteer at Lutheran General Hospital, served on the board of the Park Ridge Noon Kiwanis, is currently a member of the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce and has been appointed, twice, by Mayor Schmidt to serve on the Park Ridge Youth Commission.
His commitment to the community is rooted in his belief that a city as great as Park Ridge doesn't happen by accident. It takes the dedication and hard work of many citizens who want to make a difference.
John and his wife, Alaina, are the proud parents of 3 beautiful children. The newest, Keegan, made an early arrival in late January, while the family was on vacation at Disneyworld. Brinley(3) and Johnny(2) can now say that their little brother is the best souvenir they’ll ever bring back from Florida.
To learn more about John, please visit www.electjohnmoran.com
Andrea Cline is a candidate for first ward alderwoman. She is a stormwater management professional, who in her professional life finds solutions to flood problems and the funding for them. Over the past 12 years, she's worked with countless municipalities in Northeast Illinois, where she's secured millions of dollars in grant funding for flood relief plans and projects. Andrea has a M.S. in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development from the University of Wisconsin and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois.
While finding a comprehensive solution to the flooding situation in Park Ridge is important to Andrea, there are many other issues facing the City. She believes the City needs to continue to be fiscally responsible and examine every expenditure, while working to increase sales tax revenue from local businesses by streamlining the timeline for the development approval process. The City needs to make doing business in Park Ridge as straight forward as possible. The time is right for the City to undergo a strategic planning effort, charting a long term path for the future of the City. The comprehensive plan, from 1996, needs to be updated. Underlying all of this, Andrea will aid the City in fostering greater citizen involvement, communication, and work to improve relationships between the Council, staff, residents and other government agencies. Through her government experience, Andrea will bring a collaborative, customer service approach to the City. She will ensure that City government is run responsibly and held accountable. Andrea can make the tough decisions the City is facing.
Local politics have been part of Andrea's family for many years. Her father, Ed Young, was a three term Village Trustee in Lisle, ran for DuPage County Board, and currently serves as the Lisle Township Highway Commissioner.
Andrea is married to Bill who is active in the Chamber of Commerce, mother to Lucy and Max, serves on the Franklin PTO, and is active in the Park Ridge Newcomers Club, Park Ridge Professional Mom's, and Go Green Park Ridge.
To learn more about Andrea, visit www.electAndreaCline.com.
Richard Van Roeyen grew up in Skokie, and most recently lived in Glenview prior to being an eight year resident of Park Ridge. He is familiar with the North Shore of Chicago and recognize the many benefits of being a member of the Park Ridge community. Richard was an entrepreneur in Manufacturing for over a decade. Running this business entailed:
- Overseeing production for a facility that ran 24/7
- Contract negotiations including the purchase and timely delivery of materials
- Product design and engineering
I have worked as a high school teacher for the past fifteen years. During that time I have taught courses in English, Health, Consumer Education, Work Program, Career Exploration, U.S. History, Algebra, and Geometry. My wife, Lauren works as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. It's no accident that my wife and I are both employed in fields that put us in positions to positively impact the lives of children and others. We have two elementary school aged children and a dog.
I recognize that citizens are busy leading their lives and do not routinely attend City Council meetings in force. You need to have confidence that your Alderman has your back. I believe that I can demonstrate to each of you that I can cooperatively work with the Council to get things done on your behalf. Getting things done doesn't mean wasting your money, or simply asking for more money to solve problems. Just as we manage our expenses for our families we must wisely manage our community finances. That being said, I think that reasonable people recognize that at times difficult and unpopular decisions must be made in order to serve the greater good of the community. If we are to be authentically evaluating financial accountability, we need to ask and answer the difficult questions. I will always ask those questions even though I know the resulting answers will not always be the popular or most desirable ones.
For more information about Rick, visit his website.
Robert J. Wilkening is a candidate for Alderman of the 3rd Ward. He has been a resident of Park Ridge for 39 years where he lives with his wife Gail. They have recently observed their 40th wedding anniversary and have two grown children. Mr. Wilkening has served two terms (eight years) on the Board of Education for Elementary School District #64 (Park Ridge-Niles). While on the District #64 Board, served as Chair of Finance and Personnel Committees and participated in three teacher-union contract negotiations with the teacher’s union. Mrs. Wilkening has also served two terms on the Board of the Park Ridge Park District.
He is the President of Wilkening & Company Management Consultants. Wilkening & Company was founded in 1989. Mr. Wilkening is its owner, chief executive and principal consultant. With offices in Park Ridge, Illinois, the firm conducts assignments in a wide variety of industries. The focus of the firm’s practice is: sales force effectiveness & compensation, performance management & executive compensation, strategic planning and governance. Much of Wilkening & Company’s work is conducted with CEOs, owners, Boards of Directors and senior executives of mid-sized private and/or family-owned companies. Mr. Wilkening earned a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois (Urbana), and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Graduate School of Business of the University of Chicago, in Finance.
He is running for Alderman of the 3rd Ward because Park Ridge is now facing serious challenges as it struggles to deal with an aging and undersized sewer system. As the result of the above, residents and homeowners in many parts of the City are now facing damaging frequent flooding and sewer backups.
At the same time, the City must also repair its financial health badly damaged as the result of an ill-advised investment in a real estate development that has gone badly. This has caused unplanned financial restrictions on day-to-day spending for resident services and capital spending. The City is at a crossroads and it is now clear that both of the above noted situations must be addressed, fixed and managed. The City Council has its hands full.
Mr. Wilkening will apply 40 years of executive and consulting experience to help Park Ridge address the vexing issues it now faces. The next 12 months is a very important year for the City. Planning and selecting the right solutions in 2015 for improving resident quality-of-life and wellbeing is crucial. Then, the City must work those plans with urgency and commitment.
For more information regarding Bob go to: www.bobwilkening.com.
Daniel J. Knight