History of Lake Forest Caucus

5755377Since 1935, the mission of the Lake Forest Caucus has been to provide an open, independent, nonpartisan process for recommending qualified citizen volunteers to serve in Lake Forest government and on the School Boards. All Lake Forest registered voters are members of the Caucus.

The Lake Forest Caucus nominates residents for placement on local election ballots as Caucus candidates for City wide offices of Mayor, Alderman, District 67 and District 115 School Boards. The Caucus also interviews and recommends, each year, over 100 volunteers for open positions on the 22 Boards and Commissions (i.e. Plan, Historic Preservation, Parks and Recreation, and Library) to provide leadership, establish policy and oversee budgets. A complete listing of boards and commissions can be found on the city website HERE.

Residents who embrace community service as their civic responsibility and wish to volunteer are encouraged to become members of the Caucus Committee. A 36 member Caucus Committee, 9 members from each of the 4 Wards identify, interview, recruit and recommend qualified fellow Lake Forest residents to serve on various City Boards and Commissions. Each year the Caucus Committee must replace 12 of its 36 elected members. Residents interested in serving either in City government or on the Caucus Committee can contact their Ward Chair and complete a Volunteer Profile Sheet (VPS).

The Caucus Committee is an excellent way to meet fellow residents interested in serving our
community, to better understand the issues facing the City of Lake Forest and to have a positive impact on the operation of City government. All Lake Forest registered voters are eligible to serve on the Caucus Committee and new members are chosen by mail-in ballots (Caucus Connection) sent in March each year to all Lake Forest households.

Photos on this page are courtesy of the LFLB Historical Society

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