A Letter from the Lake Forest Caucus President

I am no stranger to change; in fact, I have made a study of recognizing when institutional changes are necessary and implementing them, both in my career and in my life as an active community member.

I am accustomed to confronting challenges head on. I started my own technology and services firm right out of business school as an economic downturn and war faced graduates in 1991.  I also made a dramatic career change that would allow more time with my children, as they entered their school years.  Together with my wife, Betty, we addressed fundraising overhead issues  at St. Mary’s school as Parent’s Club Presidents and made dramatic changes to “get back to basics” and provide more efficient funding to the school.    After joining Lake Forest Club, we engaged a group to address serious financial management issues and affected dramatic managerial changes.

During 5 years of Caucus involvement, working with volunteers who meet for 2-3 hours bi-weekly to recruit and vet volunteers to serve on 22 boards and commissions, including school boards, I had the time to review recruiting processes.  I developed an 8-step process and a Mayoral Selection Team for vetting the 16 candidates to select our Mayor–elect, Rob Lansing.

I was part of a thirteen-member School Board Search Committee managed by Caucus Treasurer Richard Chun, who also adhered to a consistent process to review, confirm and select our four candidates for both D67 and D115.  This was no small task, and we approached it with a disciplined, professional methodology.  We interviewed over 30 individuals, including current administration and board members, to ensure we had a thorough understanding of the state of the school districts.  Most importantly, we solicited feedback from the community for potential and existing issues and geared our efforts to select candidates that exhibited the diversity needed to improve the board composition.

Our group had the freedom to de-select incumbent candidates and choose from over 12 new candidates had we deemed it necessary.  We began the process on May 24, 2016 and finished with a final vote on October 4, 2016 – over 5 months of work.    We found no issues with the currently serving candidates, school-related issues, or other concerns that would cause our committee to recommend drastic change – had there been issues of concern, I would have been the first to recommend making changes—just as I recognized and implemented major changes in both my career and family life.

I know what credibility is and have spent the time to earn it by engaging with people around me and working to lead.  I would reach out to others who attempt to discredit through slander and ask them instead to serve through civic volunteerism or in a productive capacity rather than a destructive one.

I ask that you support our Caucus-nominated candidates.  For D115 – Tom Nemickas, Sally Davis, Ted Moorman, and David Lane.  For D67 – Mike Borkowski, Dr. Rob Lemke, Alice LeVert, and Jeff Folker.

Christopher J Collins

Lake Forest Caucus President


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Lake Forest Caucus Recommends Robert Lansing for Mayor

November 30, 2017


CONTACT: Philippe Melin, 224-250-8974    philcmelin@gmail.com 

Lake Forest Caucus Committee recommends Robert Lansing as their pick for Mayor of Lake Forest

LAKE FOREST, IL. –  The Lake Forest Caucus Committee last night has recommended Robert Lansing as their candidate for Mayor of Lake Forest.  Robert has lived in Lake Forest since 1981 and has lived in the City for 38 of his 69 years.   He founded and presently serves as Chairman of Lake Forest based Westminster Capital, LLC, a real estate investment firm.

He brings decades of City volunteer experience, including but not limited, serving as Alderman from 1998 to 2002 and on the Zoning Board of Appeals from 1994 to 1998.  He is also a past Elder at First Presbyterian Church in Lake Forest and Co-Founder and Former President of the Conway Farms Club.  He lives in Lake Forest with his wife Kitty.  Two of his three children are raising their own families in Lake Forest as well.

In his written application submitted to the Caucus Committee, Mr. Lansing said, “Lake Forest is one of the top-10 residential communities in the United States ­­ I would like to further the many strengths of Lake Forest in to the future, and to continue bringing forward ideas and practices from around the United States for City staff and our Board and Council volunteers to consider for enhancing Lake Forest.” ­­

Chris Collins, President of the Lake Forest Caucus Committee, said, “Robert Lansing will be a phenomenal Mayor for Lake Forest. His wealth of experience, commitment to our community and wisdom will enable him to move our City forward.  I could not be happier with our choice.”

Mr. Lansing and the other candidates recommended by the Caucus Committee will present themselves to the public at the Caucus Annual Meeting at 7:00pm on December 7th, 2016.  All registered voting residents of Lake Forest are automatically members of the Caucus and may cast votes during the Annual Meeting on whether to slate each of the candidates recommended by the Caucus Committee.  The final slate of candidates will appear on the April 5th municipal election ballot.

The full list of candidates recommended by the Caucus Committee are:

Mayor:  Robert Lansing

Ward 1 Alderman: James (Jeb) Morris

Ward 2 Alderman: Melanie Rummel

Ward 4 Alderman: Ray Buschmann

School District 67 Board: Alice LeVert

School District 67 Board: Mike Borkowski

School District 67 Board: Robert Lemke

School District 67 Board: Jeff Folker

School District115 Board:Ted Moorman

School District115 Board: Sally Davis

School District 115 Board: Tomas Nemickas 

About the Lake Forest Caucus  Founded in 1935, The Lake Forest Caucus is an open volunteer organization whose main purpose is identifying qualified candidates to serve as volunteers for The City of Lake Forest’s Boards and Commissions. For over 82 years the Lake Forest Caucus has served as a forum to attract qualified and willing candidates to such positions with the goal of keeping Lake Forest the special place it is. More info at ww.lakeforestcaucus.com