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“We’re impressed with Mark’s knowledge of two key issues in this election – municipal finance and gaming. We’re confident he’ll be able to address the unfunded pension issue and preserve Arlington Park, a very important component of our local economy.”
-Jack and Lisa White
Mark is a father and, along with his wife, Tracy, a 16-year resident of Arlington Heights. He is an advocate for taxpayers, an educator and an attorney. Tracy works for Clearbrook where she manages the Family and Community Autism Resource Room.
With the Center for Disability and Elder Law, Mark is responsible for creating an outreach program for seniors and a training program for volunteer lawyers to assist seniors in maximizing their property tax exemptions and thereby minimizing their property taxes.
The program goals include protecting seniors from the potential loss of their homes through tax deficiencies and tax sales. The program uses public spaces in collaboration with local governments, senior centers and public interest law centers to educate the public.
Mark is a volunteer for the Arlington Heights Friends of the Library and a member of the Arlington Heights Housing Commission.
Mark attended the University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Ill., where he received a Juris Doctor degree. He graduated from Illinois State University, Normal, Ill.
Mark is an Adjunct Professor of Law in State and Local Tax at the University of Illinois – Champaign.
Between 2005 and 2007, Mark was the General Counsel and Ethics Officer for the Illinois Department of Revenue. There, he led and directed a legal staff of 30 lawyers handling legal affairs of a governmental agency with 2,000 employees.
This included legal oversight of the Illinois Gaming Board, the Racing Board, the Lottery and the Liquor Commission. Mark advised on ethics rules, contracts, procurement, legislation, policy and personnel.
Mark’s broad legal background includes work in mediation, real estate, commercial transactions, professional liability, employment, state and local tax, corporate law, product liability, finance and white collar criminal defense.
Mark has taught a large number of seminars on topics including State and Local Tax, Expert Witnesses, Trial Preparation and Ethics.
He served as Chair of the Judicial Evaluation Committee and the Standing Committee on Supreme Court Rules of the Illinois State Bar; Chair of the Executive Committee of the Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening of the Illinois State Bar; and Chair of the 12,000-member Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council of the Illinois State Bar.
Mark has handled numerous pro-bono cases to assist needy clients.