Mike Rummel has served as a Lake County Board Member representing District 12 and as Lake County Forest Preserve Commissioner since his election in 2012.
On the Lake County Board, he represents portions of Highland Park, Deerfield, Lake Forest, and Knollwood. During his tenure, he has made business attraction, job creation, fiscal responsibility, and transparency his top priorities. He is currently a member of the Energy and Environment, Ethics and Oversight, and Legislative Committees respectively. As the Lake County Forest Preserve Commissioner, Rummel leads the Finance Committee and Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves Board of Directors.
Since being elected in 2012, he has helped save taxpayer’s money by reducing taxes and reducing budgets, secured the Metra UP-N Line afternoon express trains out of the Lake Forest area, and ushered initiatives to protect our valued forest preserves. Rummel has gained experience and leadership skills on numerous other committees on the Lake County Board, such as Chair of the Financial and Administrative Committee, Vice-Chair of the Revenue, Records, and Legislation Committee, Rules Committee, and the Ad Hoc Government Reform Implementation Committee.
Prior to his devoted service to the Lake County community, Rummel served as the Mayor of Lake Forest from 2005-2009. During his time as mayor, he worked to maintain the Lake Forest’s AAA bond rating and promote fiscal responsibility through public-private partnerships and intergovernmental cooperation. He led on environmental and open-space issues including overseeing the fundraising campaign to restore Elawa Farms and the opening of Townline Park, as well as securing private funding for the Lake Forest Sesquicentennial activities. Rummel also worked with community leaders to expand and renovate the CROYA Center, a community center for teens.
Rummel’s civic involvement has been a passion of his for decades. From 2001-2005, he was a Lake Forest Alderman, and during that time was the Chairman of the Finance Committee for the City of Lake Forest. Additionally, he served as the Vice President in charge of development for the Northeast Illinois Council of Boy Scouts, Acting Chairman of the Lake Forest Downtown Commission, Chairman of the Lake Forest Sesquicentennial Committee, and a member of the Ragdale Board. Rummel was previously a member of the St. Mary’s School Board in Lake Forest and was a volunteer and coach for various sports programs in the community. After graduating from Northwestern University, he founded Rummel and Associates, an award-winning insurance firm which he has been President of since 1978.
Rummel and his wife, Melanie, have lived in Lake Forest for over 30 years. Together, they have two grown children who both attended Lake Forest public and parochial schools.