Village president
Michael J. Garvey

Age: 37

Profession: Attorney, Law Offices of Robert F. Stringini Ltd. of Addison.

Education: St. Joseph High School, DePaul University (BA in political science); law degree from University of Illinois College of Law.

Political/community: Brookfield village trustee (2003-present; appointed Feb. 1998-April 1999; elected 1999-2001); current member of the Brookfield Infrastructure Committee and Board of Local Improvements; current village board liaison to the Brookfield Library board; acting village president (Feb.-April 2001); former chair of Brookfield Plan Commission; former member, Brookfield Competitive Communities Initiative Committee; former chair of Facade Improvement Committee; volunteer for Project NICE and Meet the Creek; volunteer for Brookfield Chamber of Commerce, Brookfield Historical Society and Kiwanis Club.

Other experience: co-chair, Brookfield Relay for Life; St. Louise Dad’s Club; member, Illinois State Bar Association, West Suburban Bar Association, DuPage County Bar Association.

Top three concerns: Restore professionalism and organization to the administration of government in Brookfield; do away with the appropriations system and institute an annual budget; eliminate wasteful spending and devise a long-term street improvement plan.

Bill Russ

Age: 50

Profession: Licensed real estate broker and insurance consultant.

Education: Attended St. Rita High School; attended Southwest/Daley College (City College of Chicago).

Political/community experience: Brookfield village president (2001-present); Brookfield village trustee (1989-97 and 1999-2001); village president pro-tem/finance chairman (1995-97), village clerk pro-tem (1989-95); chair of the Brookfield Board of Local Improvements; chair of Brookfield Economic Development; liaison to the Water and Public Safety committees; liaison to the West Central Municipal Conference; Brookfield liquor commissioner; past president of the Illinois Small Business Association (1993-99); past member of the Cook County Economic Development Commission (1994-2002).

Other experience: member, Loyal Order of the Moose, Legion of the Moose; member and trustee of the Brookfield VFW Post #2686 Men’s Auxiliary; past member, Brookfield-LaGrange Park Lions Club; lifetime member, Brookfield Historical Society; named Outstanding Young Man in American by the Jaycees; member of the National Association of Realtors; member of St. Barbara Parish; voted Employer of the Year in 2003 by SEIU Union Local 73.

Top three concerns: Continue to work hard for more economic development; continue to rebuild the village infrastructure; continue to improve village service for residents.

Village clerk
H. Jeane Eineman

Profession: Bookkeeper at Perlow Steel in Broadview

Education: University of Michigan graduate

Political/community experience: Brookfield Plan Commission member; previously a candidate for the Brookfield Library board and Lyons Township trustee; local charity work.

Top three concerns: Treat everyone with respect and courtesy; keep open land in Brookfield open; work together with everyone on the board.

Dan J. Raddatz

Age: 43

Profession: Forester/maintenance worker for the Village of River Forest.

Education: Lyons Township High School

Political/community experience: Brookfield village clerk (2001-present); former trustee for St. Michael’s Lutheran Church; paid-on-call firefighter for the Village of LaGrange; former president of the Village Improvement Party; member of South and West Clerk’s Association and International Municipal Clerks.

Other experience: Operations manager for Raddatz Furniture from 1981-2002.

Top three concerns: To have a certified deputy clerk working on staff at village hall;  request funding for all village staff to cross-train in the clerk’s office; update the village Web site to contain village ordinances and board agendas.

Village trustee
Wilfred “Wil” Brennan

Age: 63

Profession: Retired teacher, IN-TECH Technical Institute

Education: Riverside-Brookfield High School grad; technical/extension courses at Chicago State University, Governor’s State University, University of Illinois-Chicago. Chicago Board of Education teaching certificate.

Political/community experience: Brookfield village trustee (2001-present); village board liaison to Public Works, Finance and Zoning Board; member of the Brookfield Board of Local Improvements and Infrastructure committees; former Little League manager; Boy Scout master.

Other experience: IBEW Union member for 46 years and officer for 12 years; former business owner; former union business representative; attended seminars on ADA, WARN Act and mutual gain bargaining.

Top three concerns: Continue village infrastructure programs; encourage commercial and multifamily residential development; work toward village board cohesiveness.

Catherine Colgrass Edwards

Age: 58

Profession: Retired Brookfield Parks and Recreation director.

Education: Riverside-Brookfield High School; graduate of the Illinois Professional Development School of the National Recreation & Park Association and the Illinois Park & Recreation Association. Various continuing education courses in recreation-related subjects.

Political/community experience: past member and chair, Brookfield Special Events Commission; past member, Brookfield Centennial Celebration Committee; past member, Brookfield History Book Committee; member, Brookfield Chamber of Commerce; past co-chair, founder American Cancer Society Relay for Life; Little League volunteer; Cub Scouts volunteer; past president, Congress Park PTO; past president, VP of School District 102 Parents Instrumental Music Association; past member, Lyons Township High School Boosters; PEP Party secretary.

Top three concerns: Ensure timely audits and financial reports and fund routine replacement of village equipment and vehicles; pursue hiring an economic development director; emphasize recreation services, including the establishment of a Community Center and develop funding for Ehlert Park improvement.

Kit P. Ketchmark

Age: 40

Profession: President/general manager of landscape contracting firm.

Education: Lyons Township High School, University of Illinois-Chicago (BA business).

Political/community experience: Brookfield village trustee (2001-present); village board liaison to Recreation, Finance and Conservation commissions and member of the Infrastructure Committee; director, Brookfield Historical Society since 1993; past member, Brookfield Main Street and Brookfield Competitive Community Initiative Committee; current member, Brookfield Chamber of Commerce, Hollywood PTA and Hollywood Citizens Association; Little League coach.

Top three concerns: Assure proper accounting procedures are followed and timely financial information is distributed to the board; hire an economic development director and embrace the 202 Master Plan as a guide for future decisions; give priority to creating a long-term street improvement plan.

Mitch Mierop

Age: 49

Profession: Senior loan rep/Express Closing Division for World Savings.

Education: Morton West High School grad.

Political/community experience: Brookfield Special Events chairman (2004-present).

Top three concerns: Increase recreation activities and senior and youth organizations; establish a Neighborhood Watch program and address issues with common sense and open minds; tie the village and Brookfield Zoo closer for economic development opportunities.

Thomas Nowicki

Age: 68

Profession: Retired from the U.S. Postal Service

Education: Four years of high school.

Political/community experience: Brookfield village trustee (2004-present).

Top three concerns: New business; keeping Brookfield safe; new streets.

Michael A. Towner

Age: 44

Profession: Research technician/trainer at UOP in McCook

Education: Glenbard East High School graduate.

Political/community experience: Brookfield Playground and Recreation Commission member (2000-present), chairman (2004-present); Brookfield Special Events Commission member (2004-present), Meet the Creek volunteer, Kiwanis Cleanup, Project NICE.

Top three concerns: Hire a professional village manager and get a clearer picture of village finances; formulate a long-term plan for funding street maintenance and replacement; dedicate more money toward park maintenance, pursue grant money for a Recreation Center in Ehlert Park and develop South Kiwanis Park into a conservation area.