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The Village of Mount Prospect’s 11th Mayor, Irvana Wilks, was sworn into office in May 2005. She won in the mayoral race that year in decisive and commanding fashion, garnering more than 50 percent of the vote in a three-way race. Already with a 14-year tenure on the village board as trustee and prominent name recognition in the village, Wilks followed Gerald “Skip” Farley at the helm of Mount Prospect. During her campaign for mayor, Wilks ran on a platform of “One Community” to promote diversity within the village; “Project Prosperity” to encourage feedback and participation from local businesses; and “Spirit of Public Service” to give residents more opportunities for civic involvement. In 2007, Mayor Wilks oversaw the beginning of the long-anticipated construction on Levee 37, which holds permanent flood-fighting pumps to protect 600 residents and dozens of businesses in Mount Prospect, as well as Prospect Heights, from flooding along 80 miles of the Des Plaines River. In 2008, Wilks again ran for, and won, the village’s top spot to continue her work on its major projects. This also included the redevelopment of Randhurst Shopping Center into “Randhurst Village,” considered her greatest political legacy, which opened in summer of 2010. Irvana Wilks chose to step down in 2013 at the age of 67 after 25 years of total service, including two terms at the helm of Mount Prospect. She preceded the Village’s current mayor, Arlene Juracek, who ran unopposed in 2013. While she described her retirement from public service as “bittersweet,” Wilks was looking forward to finally getting back to her roots as a novel and poetry writer. #FlashbackFriday #mountprospect #mountprospectcentennial #mountprospect100 ... See MoreSee Less

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Mount Prospect’s tenth Mayor, Gerald L. “Skip” Farley learned the value of public service from his father, who once said, “If we can’t help each other in times of need, what good are we?” It would be that philosophy that would motivate Farley to spend 27 years in public service to the village. Prior to becoming mayor in 1989, he spent 10 years on the village board and one year on the plan commission. In the 32 years from the time he became a resident until the end of his record-setting fourth mayoral term in 2005, much had changed. As mayor, Farley implemented a $14 million storm water management project, stimulated the downtown area, and continued the trend of relying on a smaller share of property taxes as a source of revenue for the village. Construction of a new police and fire building became a reality with the blessing of voters, a new village hall and parking deck was completed, and the library saw renovations. During his final “State of Mount Prospect” address in February 2005, Farley had much positive progress to report. The most visible change in the village was a resurging downtown area. The opening of big box retailer Costco and Home Depot were among many improvements to the Randhurst shopping district. A final project included a comprehensive traffic control plan to establish traffic standards for the village’s 125 miles of residential roads. Although major improvements were keeping homes near Weller Creek dry, the village was still waiting on the construction of Levee 37, proposed after the floods of 1986 and 1987 along the west bank of the Des Plaines River. When asked about his “finest hour,” Farley indicated that his time in office was “to basically make a difference in other people’s lives.” It’s very apparent the words Farley heard his father say at a young age remained engrained and served as his philosophy during nearly three decades of service to the citizens of Mount Prospect. Today, Farley and his wife, Janice, continue to serve on the Mount Prospect Sister Cities Commission and have also played integral parts on the Mount Prospect Centennial Commission. #FlashbackFriday #mountprospect #mountprospectcentennial #mountprospect100 ... See MoreSee Less

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