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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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