(708) 531-1961

PennyNLWard1@comcast.net

Personal Information:
I grew up in Leyden Township, one block from Northlake, attending St. John Vianney and West Leyden High Schools. I am married to Paul R. Feldmann. We have two sons, Paul and Mike, three dogs, and a Jenday Conure (small Parrot). I enjoy golfing and am in a ladies golf league.

Was there a moment when you realized you wanted to run for office?
In 1995, just after graduating with my Master’s Degree and having a 7 year old and 5 year old attending Whittier Elementary School, I decided to join the PTA. Over the years, I served as President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and Corresponding Secretary. I also served on the Northlake Middle School PTA. I served as the District 87 Northside Chairman for the school referendum and organized the AOK4Y2K Parade and Rally. During my time on the PTA, I learned about Robert’s Rules of Order, setting and keeping a budget and working with others. It was fun serving the school community. It was while on the PTA at Northlake Middle School that I received a call from the Mayor, asking me to fill the remaining year of the previous Alderman’s four year term.

What are your reflections on your time in office?
It has been an honor serving the citizens of Northlake. I am proud of all that has been accomplished, in particular the New Police Station. Public Safety is our number one concern. While in office, I brought forth the idea of the Dog Park in Center Point Preserve. I raised money for the project and now, the Dog Park is the only park that generates revenue to maintain itself. I pushed to have School Speed Limit Signs posted at all of our local schools. I encouraged the idea of the “Forever Vehicle Sticker” just like the US Postal Service does for postage. If the city vehicle sticker is free, then why spend money every year to print new ones and make people change it in the dead of winter?  I went down to Springfield along with Mayor Sherwin to help secure funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. I encouraged the Northlake Animal Hospital to move into Northlake.  I facilitated the discussions of the sale of the Northlake Lutheran Church to the City which is now the Northlake City Centre.   I chaired the new City Website Committee.  I also encouraged the creation of a new City promotional video.   In addition to all that, I have fielded numerous calls from citizens over the years and helped solve their problem. These are just a few of the things that I have worked on over the years. I am blessed to work with such a magnificent and professional team of elected officials in Northlake.

What is your philosophy as an elected official?
Help everyone that I possibly can, knowing that I won’t be able to please all the people all of the time. Give 100 percent. Call people back in a timely manner. Enact common sense ordinances that don’t require people to jump through hoops.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to get involved in politics or local government, etc.?
Volunteer in local organizations and clubs. We are a small community. Your efforts won’t go unnoticed.