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Advisory Groups, Boards, and Commissions

Member Information
Select a board, committee or commission to view contact and term information for its members. 

Business and Economic Development Advisory Group
Board of Fire & Police Commissioners
Cultural Arts Advisory Group
Firefighters Pension Board
Historic Preservation Commission
Housing Commission
Human Relations Advisory Group
HPHS Advisory Group
Joint Plan Commission
Leaf Blower Regulations Regional Working Group

Library Board of Trustees
Liquor Control Commission 
Plan and Design Commission 
Police Pension Board
Sustainability Advisory Group 
Transportation Advisory Group
Wolters Field Advisory Group
Zoning Board of Appeals

Neighborhood Meetings
The City partners with sister governments and other Highland Park organizations to host neighborhood meetings throughout the year.
These groups are not subject to the Open Meetings Act. Although the meetings are open to the public and agendas are posted.
Ravinia Festival Neighborhood Meeting

Student Commission Application
The City of Highland Park and local high schools are working together to expand real governmental experiences for our students by having student members on our Advisory Groups, Boards and Commissions. Student members will be asked to apply to serve as an ex-officio member of a City Advisory Group, Board or Commission. Each member selected will serve on the Commission or Task Force he/she is interested. The student shall be a high school Junior who resides in the City of Highland Park. The City is hoping to work with students who demonstrate an interest or passion for the Commission and can clearly articulate their ideas in an adult forum. Student members shall meet the same expectations as other members on the respective Advisory Group, Board, Commission, or Board - except participation in formal votes. The deadline for 2024 applications is December 1, 2023.  Extended until December 10, 2023!

Student Commission Application

Rules of Procedure
The Open Meetings Act requires the members of the boards and commissions to discuss public business in an open, public forum. This law requires that whenever a gathering of three or more commissioners occurs during which public business is discussed, such meetings must be advertised (through a posted agenda) and be open to the public. 

Application Process
Highland Park residents may complete an  interest form and resume in order to be considered for Advisory Group, Commission, or Committee.  Residents may submit a form that will be kept on file for up to two years in the event of a future vacancy.  Please email your interest form and resume to

For more information, please contact Jennifer Dotson in the City Manager's Office at 847.926.1006 or via email at

Statement of Economic Interests
Per state statute, all elected and appointed officials and local government employees who have authority to authorize the expenditure of public funds, execute contracts and issue licenses and permits must file a statement of economic interest with Lake County.  Please visit the Lake County website for more information about this procedure. 

Ethics and Code of Conduct
The City of Highland Park's Ethics Guidelines establish ethical standards of conduct for all City officials, be they members of the City Council or members of a City agency, board, or commission.

Adopted by Council on January 27, 2020, the City of Highland Park's Code of Conduct outlines guiding principals and protocols for meetings of the City Council, all City advisory groups, boards, and commissions.  These focus on civility and respect and decorum to create a professional atmosphere for conducting City business.

Please note that e-mail and all other forms of electronic communication you send to the City becomes a public record subject to release under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”).  Please anticipate that all information you send to the City will be made public.  By sending information electronically to the City, you are automatically agreeing that the information may be made public. If you do not want your information to be made public, then do not send information electronically to the City and instead contact us by telephone at 847-926-1000 or visit City Hall in person.  If you have any questions about this or other FOIA matters, then please call the City’s Primary FOIA Officer, Deputy Clerk Ashley Palbitska at or call 847.926.1034.