President’s Letter

     The City of Lake Forest encourages dedicated and civic-minded residents to participate in their local government.  For 82 years, the city has been well served by non-partisan citizen volunteers serving on the city council as mayor and alderman, on school boards and 20 other boards and commissions.  All serve within set term limits and without pay, (except for the mayor, who receives $10/year).  The Lake Forest Caucus operates independently from city government and without the influence of outside “special interest groups”.  Many fine citizens have volunteered via the Caucus to serve our community to make Lake Forest one of the best places to live in the US.

The Caucus has successfully identified thousands of candidates over the years, and seeks citizens willing to serve the long-term best interests of Lake Forest without personal agendas.  The Caucus looks for people with the right experience to serve on city council, school boards and the many boards & commissions.  Desired individual attributes include: being objective, collaborative, a good listener, a consensus builder, being results orientated and to be friendly & approachable.  Additional consideration is given to how well they will be able to work with city staff and city leaders as required.

Finally, the Caucus is also made up of 43 citizens who are elected in each of the city’s four Wards to serve a 3-year term.  Please consider serving in one of the over 150 volunteer positions…you’ll be glad you did.

Please complete a “Volunteer Profile Sheet” (VPS) to let us know where you’d like to serve.


Sincerely, Pete Clemens, Lake Forest Caucus President

Posted in President's Message.