Saturday, August 30, 2008

Newsletter/Blog will be emailed monthly

I am re-committing myself to send out my newsletter once a month as I had done for many years prior. Please respond back to me if you do not wish me to email you the newsletter / blog. I will be making entries on the blog from time to time so you can also just go to either my web page at or directly to the blog at for up to date entries. I have not been getting anywhere near the amount of feedback from you since I stopped emailing the newsletter so.... here we go again. I know this has ruffled a few feathers in the past but it is something of value to me as your Councilman to get feedback on my thoughts and actions that are currently "On The Table".

Monday, August 25, 2008

08 Election Choices

Please vote.....I am voting for Obama for President because we need a big change in the way this country does business. We cannot continue to unilaterally make decisions that effect the entire globe without reaching out to other nations to form a true consensus on international policy and action. Gun boat diplomacy will not work in this century and we are paying the price on many levels for the failed policies over the past eight years. A vote for Barack Obama is a slam dunk for me. This man will bring ourselves and our children's future hope. He has the vision, intelligence, temperament, and leadership abilities to provide the greatest opportunities for our nation. In my opinion this could be the most important vote of our lives.

Karen May for State Representative and Susan Garrett for Senator because they work hard for all of us, are accessible to the citizens, and vote with the citizens best interests in mind.

Lake County Forest Preserve District Referendum should be approved in my opinion because we need to stop over development in the county and save as much open space as we can afford. This vote does not increase taxes!!!!! It keeps the rate where it is and continues to use monies for purchasing lands and creating trails. The LCFPD has done a great job over the past several decades providing a great green corridor and the work is not done..... This will not cost any additional tax money and is well spent.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Press Release- - YES Trees... NO Signs

I am very proud of my fellow Councilmembers whom have worked with me on this effort. With the leadership of Mayor Belsky You will see great strides on our sustainability programs ..... Stay Tuned!!!! We do not have a choice in protecting our environment if we want our children to have a bright future.

Steve Mandel 847-456-6933

Highland Park Has Been Named Tree City USA

Councilman Mandel, Brenner, and Kirsch Say Yes to the Environment by planting Trees Instead of Putting up Yard Signs.

Candidates to Eliminate Yard Signs and Plant Trees Instead

The Green Revolution has taken root in America and in no place more than our home town of Highland Park. The City Council has enacted model legislation to help preserve our environment. Ground breaking initiatives such as tree preservation and residential volume based waste hauling with free recycling have provided model legislation for municipalities across the nation.
It is with the spirit of positive leadership infused with the Green Revolution that the three declared candidates for Highland Park City Council are announcing today a voluntary ban on the use of lawn signs in elections. Furthermore, the three candidates, Steve Mandel, Mike Brenner and Jim Kirsch have pledged to use the funds, normally spent on yard signs in their campaigns, to funding the deployment of new trees throughout the City of Highland Park.

Yard signs require natural raw materials like petroleum, wood and steel and by eliminating their use we are conserving energy and preventing trees from being destroyed and turned into signs. Furthermore, the city will be beautified by eliminating yard signs from our campaign which create visual pollution.

It is our intent to lead by example and challenge others running for office to take this environmental step. We encourage all declared candidates in Highland Park to join us in this waste-not pro-environmental initiative. Our goal is to join forces with others who seek elected offices and achieve replacement of ugly political yard signs with a goal of planting as many new trees as possible, thus reducing waste and our carbon footprint within our community. The true success of this initiative is dependent on all candidates putting our local environment first and political interests second. Let’s set an example for our nation and again provide leading edge environmental leadership through our governmental process.

Yes.... I am running for Re-election as your Councilman

I am running for re-election as your Councilman. As in the past, my heart and spirit are strong. I would like to continue working for you to promote our community values and to personally be there for assistance whenever you call me to help solve a problem. Together, we can continue to produce good results.

I continue to promote policy on improving our environment and open space preservation, cultivating a healthy business climate, and maintaining open communications between our city and the community. In these tough economic times it is essential to reduce costs and partner with all local governments to consolidate and reduce the burden of our real estate property taxes. I know we can meet this challenge.

Our community is admired and serves as a model across the nation because of our environmental, housing, and law enforcement initiatives. As always, I am committed to work with Mayor Belsky and my fellow Councilman to produce cutting edge results.

Please call me if you have time. As always, I can be reached at home (847)831-0373 or by cell phone (847)456-6933.

Thank you for all your support.

Steve Mandel