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Agenda for ELVN General Meeting 4/4/17


WHEN: Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at 7:00 P.M.
WHERE: 19th District Police Station, Community Room, 850 W Addison St.


    1. Call to Order
    2. Introduction of candidates for seven (7) Board Seats.
    3. Call for nominations for additional candidates from the floor
    4. Voting commences and will cease in ten (10) minutes. Ballots will be collected and tabulated
    5. 46th Ward Update
    6. 44th Ward Update
    7. Cubs Update
    8. New Business/Old Business
    9. Announcement of election results
    10. Adjournment

Board Member Only Session

View slate of candidates.

ELVN Candidate Bios

April 4, 2017, ELVN Candidate Slate

ELVN is pleased to have very interested and qualified candidates for the seven (7) open seats on the board of directors. Please take a moment to review the information provided by each candidate. We will also be taking nominations from the floor at the beginning of the April 4th meeting, prior to casting ballots.

*Please note, incumbents up for reelection are indicated by (I) after their names.

Mark N. Lundgren (I), AICP, and his wife, Kenda, have lived in Lakeview since 2001 and are active members of ELVN.  In 2009 they founded Land Pointer, Ltd., a consultancy based in Lakeview. Mark had a forty-year career with the U.S. government in management and leadership capacities in the fields of planning, real estate, property development and intergovernmental relations. Active in the 46th Ward, Mark facilitated the Economic Development Transition Team, was a member of the 2013 Participatory Budgeting Committee, and continues to be a committed member of the Zoning & Development Committee. He served as president of his high-rise condominium association from 2002 to 2016.

Marty Wallace (I), is married to Diane and have lived in the neighbor for 40 years. Marty has been a Real Estate broker for 29 years with Bershire Hathaway Koenig Rubloff. He is active on the ELVN Board of Directors and has worked at the annual Oktoberfest. Marty has served on the 46th ward Zoning Committee. He enjoys walking the neighbor and seeing the many improvements in our area.

Aileen Tien (I) has lived in East Lakeview for over a decade, beginning in her summer internships during law school at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.  Aileen currently works for a software company in downtown Chicago that produces applications assisting law firms, corporations, and government entities with managing litigation matters.  She has served on the ELVN board since 2015 and works to ensure area residents’ concerns are addressed.

Justin Kreindler has lived in East Lakeview since 2004, as a homeowner since 2005, and as a landlord in 2014. He lives with his wife and two-year-old son near Broadway and Waveland. Justin has worked with nonprofits to support communities through issue-based campaigns, political campaigns, and building community capacity. He currently works as Director of Partner Engagement with Public Allies Chicago, which he says has led to a deep understanding of how organizations work, how they grow, and how to address the challenges they face. Justin serves on associate boards of Landmarks Illinois and Planned Parenthood Illinois Action.

Jean O’Neill (I) is a founding member of ELVN and has been a property owner in East Lake View since 1971. She remembers struggles with slumlords, gangs and graffiti.  Jean spearheaded efforts to bring a new Greeley School to the neighborhood and supported beautification of Gill Park. Jean even remembers when the Chicago Bears played at Wrigley Field! She continues to support the beautification and safety of the neighborhood.

Michael Zink (I) has lived in East Lakeview for more than 5 years and has served as ELVN Secretary since 2015.  He is an attorney in Chicago at the Law Offices of Starr, Bejgiert, Zink & Rowells, a civil litigation firm. Michael has been elected and appointed to leadership roles in legal and community organizations throughout Chicago, including the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Archdiocese, and the Advocates Society of Polish-American Attorneys.

Brandon Cunningham has lived on in East Lakeview on Dakin St for the last 3  years. He is an active member of his community. Brandon is a registered CPS substitute teacher and volunteers at his 4 and 6 year old daughters’ schools. Brandon supports the conservancy site in Montrose Harbor documenting Purple Martins populations during the summer. He is the president of the Kelly Park Advisory Council. In his spare time, he goes to work as an airline captain.

Patrick Carlson (I) is a 20-year resident of East Lakeview, a 12-year homeowner in the neighborhood, and a 2-year member of ELVN.  He is an attorney, and very interested in issues relating to development and crime in the neighborhood.  He can’t help but notice how the neighborhood has improved since first moving here, but believes it is very important that members of the community have input in all changes and developments occurring here.  He is running for re-election because ELVN is a very important forum to gather and communicate the many voices of our community.

Beth Murphy (I) has lived, worked, and owned property in East Lake View for over 30 years, and has served on the ELVN Board since 2003. She has a strong commitment to enhancing the community’s quality of life. Her businesses, Murphy’s Bleachers and Murphy’s Rooftop Co., have actively supported ELVN for over 25 years. Beth is also an active member of the Lake View Citizens’ Council and the Community Directed Citizen’s Council.  As the host of the annual ELVN Oktoberfest, she has helped us raise more than $150,000 for local charities over the past 12 years.

Joshua Ring has lived in Lake View for 2 years, and is a life-long Chicagoan.  He and his wife and two teenage daughters live on North Clifton Avenue, a few houses north of Wrigley Field and the Cubs offices. Joshua works for The Gannett/USA Today Network downtown as an Integrated Director of Sales. He has served as President of his condominium association for the past two years and has been reelected to a third term.  He is passionate about his home and neighborhood and looks forward to working with other ELVN members to ensure that area residents’ concerns are represented and addressed. He hopes to assist in the improvement in the quality of life in our neighborhood and to develop a sense of community while ensuring that the health and wealth of the neighborhood are protected.

ELVN Nominations, Elections, Membership and 2017 Meeting Schedule

Nominations for Board Members are being taken via e-mail to friends@eastlakeview.org. You can nominate yourself or other interested individuals you think would be an active board member. Be sure to provide: complete name, residential address, phone number and e-mail address. All nominations must be received by March 1st in order to be placed on the ballot.

Things to know regarding Board Membership:

  • Expected to attend all board meetings which are typically the first Tuesday of each month
  • Term is for two year period
  • Expected to represent ELVN at other organizations via attending meetings and/or participating on committees
  • Participate or lead one or more ELVN committee
  • Support annual Oktoberfest Fundraiser by selling/buying $200 worth of tickets, obtaining over $500 in donations (cash or silent auction items) and working the event for a minimum 2 hour shift
  • Must be current on your membership dues
  • Must reside or own a business within our boundaries: Irving Park to Addison, Clark to the Lake

Election of Board Members

Election of Board Members will be held at our April 4th Meeting at 7:00 pm. Your Membership Dues must be current (paid by March 14th) in order to be eligible to vote. See below for location and membership details. Voting is only available at the meeting, no proxy voting. Nominations may be made from the floor at the beginning of the meeting. Ballots will cast during the first 15 minutes of the meeting and then tabulated during the meeting. The newly elected board members will be announced at the conclusion of the meeting.

Membership Dues

Membership Dues for 2017 are due now. You can pay your membership dues via our website  or you can mail a check payable to ELVN to 3712 N. Broadway #470 Chicago, IL 60613.

Dues are $10 per individual and $50 for a business. Dues must be paid by March 14th in order to be eligible to vote for board members at the April 4th meeting.

2017 Meeting Schedule

Our meetings are open to the public and we encourage you and your neighbors to join us. If you have a topic you would like to have on the agenda, please send an e-mail to friends@eastlakeview.org at least 10 days prior to a meeting with topic information and contact person info. Below is the schedule of ELVN meetings for 2017. Meetings are subject to change so please check the website or watch for e-mails to confirm dates, time and locations.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – Board only at alternate location
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
** No Meeting in July, 2017 **
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
OKTOBERFEST – Sunday, September 24, 2017 3:30 pm at Murphy’s Bleachers
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
** Community Holiday Party TBD**

Meetings take place at 7:00 pm at the 19th District Police Station Community Room …. 850 W. Addison Street

Looking forward to having many nominees and seeing all of you at the General Meeting on April 4th!

Agenda for March 1, 2016, ELVN meeting

ELVN_community_meetingEast Lake View Neighbors will be hosting a General/Community meeting on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at Horace Greeley Elementary School, 832 W. Sheridan Rd., at 7:00 PM.


  1. Call to Order
  2. Introduction of Candidates for Board Seats – Voting Begins
  3. 44th Ward Update – Cubs Update
  4. 46th Ward Update – Attorney Dean Maragos Presentation regarding a convenience store proposed for 801 W Irving Park Rd.
  5. Lakeview Pantry
  6. New Business/Old Business
  7. Adjournment
  8. Board Member Only Session

East Lake View Neighbors (ELVN) 2016 Slate of Nominees for the Board

A reminder – The East Lake View Neighbors Annual Meeting and Board Election is scheduled for Tuesday March 1, 2016, at 7 PM. Location is To Be Determined, and a complete agenda is forthcoming.

Jim Spencer has been a Board member for four years and served as ELVN Chair of the past two years. He also serves on the Board of the Lakeview Citizens Council. Jim, his wife Maureen and their Foster Children Eugene and Gino live in the immediate Wrigley Field area and have been strong advocates in protecting the residential character of east lake view. He has owned and managed an apartment building in the neighborhood since 1996.

Chester Kropidlowski has lived in East Lake View since 1991 and has been a Board member for over ten years and is a past Chair of ELVN.  In 1998, Chester retired from the City after a 32 year career with the Chicago Department of Transportation as a City traffic engineer. His duties included dealing with Lake View traffic and parking issues and managing the night baseball Neighborhood Protection Program. Since retirement, Chester has worked as a traffic engineering consultant including consulting for both the City and the Cubs regarding the Wrigley Field program. Chester was Chair of the Transportation Committee for the 44th Ward Master Plan and was active in the development of the 46th Ward Master Plan. Chester and his significant other, Lenore, frequently enjoy the many restaurant and entertainment opportunities available in Lake View.

Patrick Nagle has lived in Lakeview for over 20 years and has worked as an attorney for 20 years. Patrick currently serves as a federal Administrative Law Judge. He has been an ELVN member for the past several years and is a member of Alderman Cappleman’s Zoning Committee. His wife and he are raising two children in the neighborhood and he is invested in making this community an optimal place for people to live and work.

Terie Kata has been active in ELVN since 1991, serving as Chair for five years, and Treasurer for over seven years. Terie, working as an ELVN contractor and working with our friends, the Murphy Family, raised ELVN fund-raising to new highs in attendance and profits at our annual Oktoberfests. Terie is an active member of numerous community and business organizations including being on the Board of the Lake View Citizens Council.

Tom Rothschild has called East Lakeview home for 19 of the 21 years he has lived in Chicago. Currently the Treasurer of his condo association, Tom has been active on the board of every building in which he has lived. His work with the condo board has led him to form relationships with the Alderman’s’ offices. Tom presently represents ELVN in the 44th Wards neighborhood sculpture program.

Heather Way Kitzes is proposed to be the Chicago Cubs representative to the ELVN Board. The Chicago Cubs are a long time Organizational member of ELVN. Since April 2015, Heather has held the position of Manager, Government and Neighborhood Relations for the Chicago Cubs. Heather’s current responsibilities include working with local community members on issues surrounding Wrigley Field. Prior to her role with the Cubs, Heather held the position of Executive Director with the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce for nearly 13 years. During her tenure, LCC experienced consistent membership growth, the formation of critical strategic partnerships and drafted and delivered the award winning Lakeview Area Master Plan (LAMP). Over the years, she has served on many local and regional boards including the Alderman Tunney’s 44th Ward Community Directed Development Council; Lakeview Citizen’s Council Executive Committee; Shiel Park Advisory Council; and the Lake View Pantry Board of Directors, among others. In 2014 she was elected as the Community Representative to the Inter American Magnet School LSC. Additionally, in 2012, she was appointed by former Governor Pat Quinn as a Commissioner to Serve Illinois, the state’s commission on volunteerism and service. She believes strongly that service and volunteerism are the key to a well-rounded professional and personal life. Although a long time Lake View resident, Heather currently lives in Andersonville with her husband David and their two children, Jack and Lilly.

Kit Welch and her partner have been residents of East Lakeview since May of 2012. Kit is an active member of her Condo Association including being the Association’s Treasurer. She also has experience as a Board member for a nature preserve in Florida  and has participated in various community organizations. She currently is a volunteer diver at the Shedd Aquarium. Kit’s Community support can be summarized by a quote:  “As a Realtor, I have a vested interest in our neighborhood, and feel that I have a lot to contribute to the ELVN board. I am an advocate for all members of our community having a voice, and I support reasonable, responsible development of the area in and around East Lakeview.”

Agenda for Tuesday, Feburary 2 ELVN meeting

East Lake View Neighbors (ELVN) will be holding a board meeting on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at 7:00 P.M. at the 19th District Police Station.  Please join us.


  1. Call to Order
  2. 44th Ward Update – Green Curtain Events Sausage Fest Proposal
  3. 46th Ward Update – Vermilion Development Proposal for Northeast Corner of W. Sheridan and N. Broadway
  4. Cubs Update
  5. Old Business/New Business – Board Seat Nominations and Election
  6. Adjournment
  7. Board Member Only Session

ELVN Board Member Nominations

raisedhandsEast Lake View Neighbors will be accepting nominations for Board Members of ELVN at our next meeting on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room at the Police Station located at 850 West Addison Street. We invite all eligible people to consider serving on our Board. If you are interested, please attend the meeting on February 2, 2016, and either accept or submit your nomination. All nominees will be verified for eligibility and will be asked to submit a brief biography which will be considered by all ELVN Members. Nominees will stand for election to the Board at our General Community Meeting on March 1, 2016.

To be eligible to serve on The ELVN Board, nominees must live and own property within the boundaries of our Organization. The boundaries are Lake Shore Drive, Clark Street, Addison Street and Irving Park Road. Additionally, all nominees must have a fully paid membership by February 16, 2016.

Responsibilities of ELVN Board Members are as follows:

  • To understand the needs and concerns of the Community
  • To actively promote ELVN within the Community and to work to increase ELVN Membership
  • To attend at least seven (7) Board/Community meetings within the calendar year
  • To participate in annual fundraising activities such as our annual Oktoberfest
  • To be engaged in the activities of ELVN through active participation

Please consider this great opportunity to get involved in your Community. Contact friends@eastlakeview.org with any questions.

ELVN General/Community Meeting and Board Seat Election, Monday, March 23rd

ELVN General/Community Meeting & Board Member Election
Monday, March 23, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Community Room, 19th District Police Station, 850 W. Addison St.


  1. Call to Order
  2. Board Member Introductions
  3. Introduction of Candidates for Open Board Seats
  4. Voting Begins for Eight (8) Board Seats
  5. Chamber of Commerce Reports
  6. 46th Ward Updates
  7. 44th Ward Updates
  8. Chicago Cubs Report
  9. Open Forum
  10. Announcements
  11. Adjournment

Meet the Candidates for ELVN Board – Tuesday, March 3

ELVN Board Election will be held at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in the Community Room at the Chicago Police Station, 850 W Addison Street.

Meet the candidates:

Beth Murphy (incumbent, board member)

Beth has lived, worked, and owned property in East Lake View for over 30 years where she has demonstrated a strong commitment to enhancing the community’s quality of life. Her businesses, Murphy’s Bleachers and Murphy’s Rooftop Co., have actively supported ELVN for over 20 years. Beth has served on the ELVN Board since 2003, including a two-year stint as vice-president. She is also an active member of LVCC and CDDC.  Her support of the ELVN annual Oktoberfest has allowed us to raise more than $100,000 for local charities and schools.

Jean O’Neill (incumbent, board member)

Jean is a founding member of ELVN, has served on the Board since its inception and remembers struggles with slumlords, gangs, and graffiti. Jean spearheaded efforts to bring a new Greeley School to the neighborhood and supported beautification of Gill Park. Jean has been a resident and property owner in East Lake View since 1971, when the Chicago Bears were playing football at Wrigley Field.

Bruce Handler (incumbent, current board vice-president)

Bruce’s family moved to Lakeview in 1978. He served on the ELVN board for 2 years and his condo board for 9, 7 as board president. Nora, his wife, served on the ELVN board as well. Currently, his endeavors include training law enforcement and correctional officers and teaching medical students at the University of Illinois. Bruce enjoys supporting the local festivals, restaurants, businesses and theaters in Lakeview and attends CAP’s meetings. We have one adult son living in the city.

Marty Wallace (incumbent, board member)

Marty has lived in East Lake View since 1976, where he has successfully worked as a broker with Koenig Rubloff Realty Group. Marty works hard securing donations and selling tickets for ELVN’s annual Oktoberfest. Born and raised in Chicago, Marty also enjoy attending Cub games and walking our beautiful lakefront with his wife, Diane.

Michael Zink (board nominee)

My wife, daughter, and I have lived in East Lake View for just over three years.  I am an attorney with a practice that includes many areas of law that particularly affect our community, including condominium, real estate, and landlord-tenant law.

I have served on the boards of multiple organizations, which would guide me as a member of the ELVN Board. I have likewise taken part in event planning and fundraising activities that would serve me in this role as well. I look forward to serving our community with the ELVN.

Patrick Carlson (board nominee)

I have lived in the Lakeview area for 20 years.  I have been a homeowner at 850 West Grace for 11 years.  In that time, I have seen significant changes to the neighborhood, and I have participated in community discussions concerning various proposed developments.  I am an attorney, and I have been involved with issues concerning zoning and development, including litigation, in the past (although not concerning any properties in the East Lakeview neighborhood).

I appreciate the important role neighborhood associations play in the discussions concerning community development.  The people who take the time and effort to participate regularly in neighborhood associations are the people who guarantee that thoughtful, well-informed decisions are made. I also appreciate that neighborhood associations are the way that the concerns of the neighborhood residents are voiced to the people who make the decisions that affect them.  If elected to the Board, I will participate in all meetings and events, and make sure that I am informed on all the issues before all votes.  I will act as voice for the residents in my neighborhood, so that their concerns are always considered.  I will work to make sure that the neighborhood that I have enjoyed for decades remains a great place to live and work.

R. Findlay (board nominee)

T.R. Findlay moved to Lakeview in the early 1990’s, and has lived in East Lakeview since 2011 with his wife, Crystal. He works in the financial services industry. T.R. has a strong interest in promoting East Lakeview as a vibrant, diverse neighborhood, filled with unique urban attractions. His avocations include: performing live music, attending concerts and festivals, and mingling with neighbors at the dog park.

Susan Coursey (board nominee)

Susan is a resident and home owner in the Wrigleyville neighborhood and current board member of the East Lakeview Neighbors. She fell in love with the city while on a family visit back in 2011 and has lived in a few different neighborhoods prior to buying a home in Wrigleyville to raise her children.

For the past 15 years Susan has worked in marketing for such companies as Robert Mondavi Winery, Six Flags Theme Parks and currently with The Coca-Cola Company, where for the past six and a half years she has handled the company’s local field and experiential marketing programs representing their North American portfolio of brands. In her spare time Susan enjoys spending time with her family, working on their new home, and sailing along the Chicago lakefront. She resides with her husband Brandon, daughters Evelyn and Vivienne and their cat Grease.

Aileen Tien (board nominee)

I first resided in Lakeview during the summer of 2005. Upon graduation in 2007, I secured a lease in a building on the corner of Pine Grove & Waveland and lived there renting until 2013.  I purchased a condo unit at Sheridan Courtyard Condos, at the corner of W. Sheridan and Broadway.

I did not become aware of ELVN until Sedgwick Developers submitted a proposal to build an 18-story building on the former Mobil Gas station plot next to Sheridan Courtyard Condos.  I was involved in mobilizing Lakeview East neighbors to oppose Sedgwick’s attempt to rezone the parcel in question.  I appreciate the support from ELVN in our efforts to defeat Sedgwick’s rezoning request.

After that experience, I wanted to become more involved in the community and to expand my efforts beyond the corner of W. Sheridan & Broadway. I am applying to become a member of the ELVN Board and being a former web developer, I would be able to help with any changes needed on the ELVN website.

Susan Homeier (board nominee)

Mark Lundgren (board nominee)

Mark and his wife, Kenda, have lived in Lakeview since 2001 and are active members of ELVN. They formed Land Pointer, Ltd., a consultancy striving to provide assistance in planning, real estate, and management. Mark facilitated the Economic Development Transition Team for the 46th Ward used by Alderman Cappleman and part of the master plan for the ward. He was a member of the 2013 Participatory Budgeting Committee and continues to be an active member of the Zoning & Development Committee for the 46th Ward. From 2002 to present, Lundgren has been elected as a board member and president of his 240-unit high-rise condominium association. He is also active in other civic affairs.

Mark earned advanced management/executive certificates from The University of Chicago, NAVFAC Executive Development Program, and Texas A&M University.