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NANCY ROTERING HAS ALWAYS BEEN A POWERFUL LEADER WHO REFLECTS OUR VALUES.

An attorney for over 30 years, Nancy Rotering is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, has an MBA from Northwestern University and a BA from Stanford University in economics. She practiced law with McDermott Will & Emery in Chicago for seven years focusing on health care fraud and abuse before being elected Mayor of Highland Park three times. She teaches at Northwestern University in addition to serving as mayor.

As the first woman elected mayor, Nancy reformed city government and built a culture of transparency, collaboration, and ethics.

NANCY ROTERING TOOK ON THE NRA – AND WON.

After the Sandy Hook tragedy, Nancy led the effort to ban military-style assault weapons in Highland Park. The NRA challenged the law in federal court and appealed all the way to the US Supreme Court, where Nancy and the people of Highland Park prevailed.

In 2011, Nancy held ComEd accountable and worked with then-Attorney General Lisa Madigan to bring millions of dollars of infrastructure investment and stability to the electrical grid of northeast Illinois.

In 2015, Nancy founded the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic, providing free legal services and equal access to justice for residents navigating housing, immigration, and domestic violence matters. Nancy was honored as the 2013 Rotary Humanitarian of the Year. In 2014, Today’s Chicago Woman named Nancy to their “100 Women of Inspiration,” and Forbes included her in their “Forty Over 40” list.

Nancy Rotering was a member of the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of Illinois and the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership Training Academy until she resigned to run for Supreme Court Justice.

ILLINOIS SUPREME COURT – 2ND DISTRICT

For the first time in nearly 60 years, Illinois has new State judicial districts. The newly drawn 2nd District covers Lake, McHenry, DeKalb, Kendall and Kane Counties. Nancy lives in Lake County, the largest county in the district.

THE 2ND JUDICIAL DISTRICT LEANS DEMOCRATIC.

There is no incumbent Supreme Court Justice in the newly drawn 2nd District, but a review of past election results makes clear that this is a Democratic seat. Democrats have won every Presidential election since 2008 in the district. In 2020, President Biden trounced Donald Trump by 14% and Senator Durbin beat Mark Curran, who is running for Supreme Court in this district as a Republican, by 9%. Governor Pritzker and Senator Duckworth, both on the ballot in 2022, won as challengers in 2018 and 2016 respectively despite the fact that the district was deep in the heart of Governor Rauner and Senator Kirk’s base. The district, and the partisan trend, both favor Democrats.

About Nancy Rotering

An attorney for over 30 years, Nancy Rotering is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, has an MBA from Northwestern University and a BA from Stanford University in economics. She practiced law with McDermott Will & Emery in Chicago focusing on fraud and abuse prior to her move to public service. She teaches at Northwestern University in addition to serving as Highland Park Mayor.
 
Nancy’s work on environmental, human service, and community issues helped her defeat a 20-year incumbent on the Highland Park City Council. Two years later, Nancy ran and won a hard-fought victory to become the first woman Mayor of Highland Park. She shook up City Hall with a major reform of city government that resulted in a culture of transparency, accessibility, collaboration, and ethics. Rotering was recognized for her leadership when Highland Park banned assault weapons, was challenged by the NRA in federal court and prevailed. In 2011, she held ComEd accountable and worked with then-Attorney General Lisa Madigan to bring millions of dollars of infrastructure investment and stability to the electrical grid of northeast Illinois.

In 2015, Nancy founded the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic, providing free legal services in the areas of housing, immigration, and domestic violence in northeastern Illinois. Her work has been recognized. Nancy was honored as the 2013 Rotary Humanitarian of the Year. In 2014, Today’s Chicago Woman named Nancy to their 100 Women of Inspiration, and she was named to the Forty over 40 list in Forbes.

Rotering has been a leader in inclusive government, making sure that every resident has a voice. Her dedication to public service spans decades. She serves on a broad range of civic and philanthropic commissions, boards, and committees. She is the President of the Northwest Municipal Conference, a council of governments representing 43 municipalities and over 1.2 million residents; a member of the Executive Committee of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, representing 275 municipalities and millions of residents in the Chicago and collar counties region; and currently serves as the sole representative of Lake County on the Board of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.

Rotering and her husband Rob have four sons and live in Highland Park.