Mayor Michelle’s Biography
Mayor Michelle is a life-long resident of Calumet City. Her career in public service began with her employment with Calumet City, Illinois, in October, 1977. She was promoted to Deputy City Clerk in 1979. In 1985, she was the youngest person ever elected as City Clerk. She was subsequently elected to five, four-year terms in 1989. 1993, 1997, and 2001. Mayor Michelle attended the University of Illinois, Municipal Clerk’s Institute at Champaign-Urbana and is a certified Municipal Clerk. She is a registered Municipal Clerk with the State of Illinois.
In 2003, Michelle ran for Mayor and the preliminary results showed she lost by 24 votes. An election recount was held, and the Court determined that she, in fact, won that elected by 57 votes. Subsequently, she was re-elected in 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2017. Michelle is the first woman elected Mayor in Calumet City.
Mayor Michelle has received numerous awards throughout her career. Most recently she was awarded a “Woman of Honor” award by Thornton Township.
As Mayor of the City of Calumet City, her major initiative is healthy neighborhoods. She developed an aggressive neighborhood revitalization program which includes, restoration of older homes, demolitions of dilapidated homes, and reducing the density in neighborhoods. The Plan also includes demolitions of taverns in residential neighborhoods and retiring those liquor licenses. She personally drives and walks the neighborhoods to identify and address concerns with the residents. Many hours are spend in the neighborhood securing vacant homes and buildings and making the properties blend into the neighborhoods by cutting the grass and painting.
Calumet City shows off its community pride with banners, flower pots and main streets and area plantings. If you know Michelle, you know of her love for her town. Mayor Michelle worked to produce Calumet City’s first music video set to the music of Bon Jovi’s song “I Love this Town” and now displays a new brand Calumet City “Love This Place” on banners and Welcome Signs.
The doors of City Hall are always open. Mayor Michelle promotes the hiring of women and minorities. She advances a public policy of cultural sensitivity and inclusion. Mayor Michelle encourages neighbors to get to know each other through community events such as Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage, Polish American Heritage, block parties and holiday events.
Michelle feels she has been blessed with a long, successful career in public services because she is an honest, hardworking professional who communicates effectively with those she serves and those she serves with.