Meet our 2022 Alderman Candidates

Lake Forest residents will have candidates for Alderman in Ward 1, 2 and 4.  This year the Caucus Committee voted to put forth three candidates again for another term, and advance a new candidate.

First Term

Ward 1 - Nancy Pretrick Novit

Incumbents

Ward 2 - Ted Notz (2nd Term Election)

Ward 3 - Jim Preschlack (3rd Term Election)

Ward 4 - Eileen Looby Weber (2nd Term Election)

Nancy Petrick Novit, Ward 1

Nancy Petrick Novit has been practicing law since 1986. She graduated from St. Lawrence University, and earned her Juris Doctor from John Marshall Law School in 1986.  Prior to graduating from law school, Nancy worked as a legislative aid and in 1986, she joined the Office of the Cook County Public Defender’s office as an Assistant Public Defender from 1986 – 1990. In 1990, she founded Novit & Novit LLC with her husband, and Nancy turned her attention to real estate law, business law and trusts and estates law. Today, Nancy is a general practice attorney representing her clients in a variety of matters. She prides herself on managing all aspects of every case or transaction, from inception through completion.

Nancy is a strong community advocate and has volunteered her time, skills and abilities to aiding many worthy nonprofit organizations in Lake Forest and Lake County, Illinois.  There are few corners of Lake Forest left unexplored by Nancy Novit. As a real estate attorney, parent and perpetual volunteer, she’s engaged with nearly all of Lake Forest’s many amenities. Her current standing as a member of Lake Forest’s Zoning Board of Appeals keeps her very aware of what’s going on within Ward 1 and City government as a whole.

Nancy terms off of ZBA this spring after six years of service. In this position she is most proud of streamlining the approval process for homeowners who desire to make changes to their properties. Now homeowners start with the Zoning Board so any required variances are defined prior to design input before petitioners go to the Historic Preservation Commission or Building Review (if applicable) for needed approvals. Prior to Nancy’s intervention, homeowners often found themselves needing to go back multiple times before various boards.

Nancy and her husband Kent moved into Ward 1 near Lake Forest College with their two young preschool daughters 29 years ago. Like many Lake Forest parents, Nancy initially got involved with the community through her children. Nancy served on the First Presbyterian Preschool Board, managed the Purses and Bags area of the Church’s famous Rummage Sale, was on numerous District 67 & 115 committees, volunteered with Ragdale, Infant Welfare Society, I Have a Dream of North Chicago, The History Center of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff, and is currently the Treasurer of the League of Women Voters. Of all these, Nancy is best remembered for being the daily volunteer who sat behind the desk keeping the Gorton Center open and running when financial concerns threatened to shut it down. Nancy’s work helping to analyze the then-current financial structure, program efficiencies, leases and room rental agreements, along with creating marketing, program and rental initiatives to increase use, returned Gorton to financial stability.

Today, Nancy looks forward to bringing her many experiences as a Lake Forest resident to the City Council as a Ward 1 Alderman. She is eager to meet new residents, greet familiar faces, and help those in Ward 1 address matters concerning the City. She is excited to collaborate with her fellow City Council members to continue building upon the City’s long history of strong fiscal management and community engagement.

Edward “Ted” U. Notz Jr, Ward 2

Edward “Ted” U. Notz Jr. is a senior relationship manager with Associated Bank’s commercial real estate group in Chicago, helping institutional real estate developers, investment funds, and service providers with their financing needs. Ted is a lifelong Lake Forest resident, growing up in Villa Turicum and graduating from Cherokee, Deerpath and Lake Forest High School. He returned in 1998 to begin raising a family in the H.O. Stone neighborhood with his wife and fellow Lake Forest native, Tiffany Edwards. They have two children, a 22-year-old daughter and 20-year-old son, who both have gone through Lake Forest’s public school system and have been active in the community.

Ted was appointed in October 2019 to serve as Ward 2 Alderman and has been actively involved with city affairs over the years, serving as chairman of the Building Review Board, on the Zoning Board of Appeals, Lake Forest Caucus, Historic Preservation Foundation, and several ad hoc committees, including the Laurel Avenue Redevelopment Commission.  He has held senior leadership roles at First Presbyterian Church and has served on the board of the Lake County Community Foundation. Ted’s interest in public service began as an undergraduate, with internships with the Lake Forest city manager, on Capitol Hill for Illinois’ 10th District Congressman, and in The White House in D.C.  He graduated from Denison with a BA in political science and DePaul with an MBA.  

Ted deeply appreciates the invaluable contributions Caucus, city staff, and resident volunteers make to ensure Lake Forest functions effectively and efficiently, preserving the cherished characteristics of the community while making sure it is positioned to be relevant into the future.

Jim Preschlack, Ward 3

Jim Preschlack took office May 2018 as Third Ward Alderman. He first came to the community with his family in 1977 and has called Lake Forest home base ever since.  Jim received a BA in Economics from Hamilton College and an MBA from the University of Rochester.  In 1998, Jim moved back to Lake Forest and married his wife Paula Lillard Preschlack, who also grew up in town.  They currently reside in the Knollwood Club with their two teenagers, Stanley and Lillard, and their standard poodles, Louis and Pippy.

Jim worked as a management consultant before and after business school with Accenture, Arthur D. Little and KPMG Consulting, where he specialized in helping companies define and implement large scale transformational change programs.  In 2016, Jim co-founded InFlow Partners, a boutique business accelerator based in Lake Forest that helps early stage companies develop "go-to market" strategies, acquire new customers, and raise capital to scale their businesses. 

Jim has been active in the community, volunteering for the Lake Forest Caucus, the Historic Preservation Commission as a member and as its Chairman, the Vestry of the Church of the Holy Spirit, and Beacon Academy, a Montessori High School in Evanston.  Jim serves as the Chairman of the Public Works Committee, City Host of the Lake Forest Collaborative for Environmental Leadership, and is a member of the Environmental Sustainability Committee and the Finance Committee.

Eileen Looby Weber, Ward 4

Eileen Looby Weber was born and raised in Lake Forest. She pursued a bachelor’s degree in Horticultural Production & Marketing at Purdue University. It was her love of flowers and working with people that led Eileen to join Lake Forest Flowers. She earned an MBA at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management while continuing to manage the business.

As a member of the Society of American Florists and American Academy of Floriculture, Eileen teaches hands-on floral workshops and demonstrations at Elawa Farm, Evanston Art Center, and many North Shore Park Districts & garden clubs. She began her City Council Role in 2020 after serving on the Cemetery Commission, Waukegan Road/Settler’s Square & Route 60 Corridor Working Groups. Eileen chair’s the Civic Beautification Committee and is a member of the Environmental Sustainability Committee.

She is an active volunteer for the Church and School of St. Mary, a member of the Junior Garden Club of Lake Forest and Purdue Agriculture Alumni Board of Directors.  Her past volunteer service includes the LF-LB Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Past President of the Lake Forest Caucus, Past President of the Amberley Woods Condominium Association and Board Member/Committee Chair of Carmel Catholic High School Board of Directors.

Eileen and her husband, Brian, have two sons, Michael (6) and Edward (3). When not at the flower shop, you can find her gardening, playing golf, or with her boys in the community she adores.

Jan. 25, 2022 – Annual Meeting

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Voting at Gorton Community Center from 3pm-8pm.
Annual Meeting at Gorton and streamed on YouTube at 8pm.

Masks mandatory for in-person Gorton voting and meeting attendance.

Voting

Meet our Alderman Candidates

Annual Meeting Agenda

  • President’s Report – Kim Pfahl, Caucus President, will present an update on current Caucus Committee activities, including recruiting for City Boards and Commissions.
  • Treasurer’s Report – Lauren Hara, Caucus Treasurer, will provide an update on the financial condition of the Caucus.
Join the live stream on YouTube.
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Feb. 25, 2022 – Annual Fundraiser – Volunteers at Heart

Join us for our annual fundraiser at Ferrari Lake Forest!

Bring your friends and neighbors to meet local elected officials and community volunteers who serve on Lake Forest Boards and Commissions. This event is a great opportunity to learn more about how city government functions.  Tickets include drinks, appetizers, great company, and fast cars!

Purchase Tickets – coming soon!

When: 6-8:30 PM, Friday February 25, 2022

Where: Ferrari Lake Forest

Can’t attend? Please make a donation.

The Lake Forest Caucus serves an important role in promoting civic engagement and effective local government.  Since 1935, the mission of the Lake Forest Caucus has been to provide an open, independent, nonpartisan process for recommending qualified citizen volunteers to serve on Lake Forest’s City Council, school boards, and the city’s 22 governing boards and commissions.

The Lake Forest Caucus is funded entirely through donations and is 100% supported by citizen volunteers.  Please consider supporting our fundraiser through your attendance or a donation.

Want to learn more about the Caucus?

Michael Alonzi

From growing up in Deerfield to moving my family to Lake Forest in 2001, home, is indeed about where the heart is. It is not about “politics” and the current “XYZ cultures”. It is about neighbors, family and what is best for the next generation. It is not about a dictate but about a understanding, consensus and taking part. My career has spanned from Broadway to the Board Room. Through it all home, family and community was the one constant that has kept me grounded.

My goal for the potentials of working with my community is to give back to my neighbors, friends and family for the opportunities to live in a community where family and friendships are the focus and not the lever.

Scott Anderson

Scott Anderson is a President of Forest Builders and Forest Plumbing. He is a lifelong multi generation resident of Lake Forest and an alum of University of Mississippi with a BS in Civil Engineering. Scott has provided expert advice and oversight for many of the Village of Mettawa Public Works infrastructure projects including roads and water lines as well as for commercial development projects. Scott has also served as the Village Engineer for the Village of Mettawa and is also the elected Highway Commissioner of Sheilds Township.

S. Aneeqa Aqeel

Dr. S. Aneeqa Aqeel is an economist and member of the American Economic Association. Aneeqa grew up in Islamabad and Copenhagen. She has a B.A. Hons. in Economics & Management, and an M.Phil. in Economics from University of Oxford, and a Ph.D. in Economics from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  Her research and interests include macroeconomics, housing, emerging market macroeconomics, and cryptocurrency. As an educator, she has served as Assistant Professor of Economics at Lake Forest College, and a guest lecturer at Loyola University Chicago and multiple economic associations.

Aneeqa has lived in Lake Forest with her family for 11 years and loves the serenity and beauty of this city. An active member of the community, she has served as a Board Member of the Lake Forest Symphony, and as a parent volunteer at Lake Forest Country Day School for several years. Aneeqa is excited to serve as a Ward 4 Caucus committee member and continue to participate in the life and progress of Lake Forest.

Viktor Brisku

Viktor Brisku, his wife Adriana, and their two boys moved to Lake Forest in 2017. The Brisku family selected Lake Forest as the ideal place to raise their family.

Viktor grew up in the Chicago area and attended the University of Illinois-Chicago and holds degrees in BS Biology and BA Psychology. He has over 20 years of experience in technology sales, marketing, and management.

He volunteers in various cultural and community organizations and joined the caucus to contribute what he can to help his neighbors and community.

Chris Casey

Chris Casey has lived in Lake Forest with his wife Eileen since 1995. They have three children who all graduated from the School of St. Mary as well as Lake Forest High School. He has a BA in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Chris has been a sales leader his whole career with the past 20 years in advertising sales for business-to-business publications, websites, and digital media. He spent a lot of time volunteering at St. Mary’s as well as coaching youth sports. He is looking forward to giving back to the community as a Caucus committee member of the 3rd Ward.

Stephanie Hadjis

Stephanie Hadjis earned her B.A. in English Literature from Princeton University and her M.A. in English Literature and J.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After beginning her career in academia, she has been practicing civil litigation for nearly 15 years. She and her husband, Theodore, have lived in Lake Forest since 2015 and are the parents of one son. She is Associate General Counsel at Health Care Service Corporation, the parent company of a number of Blue Cross plans, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. Stephanie is excited for the opportunity to serve such a remarkable city.