Candidate for Mayor
Jesal Patel has lived in Lincolnwood since he was just 4 years old. He resides at the same address today as when he moved here nearly 40 years ago. Jesal attended the district 74 schools and grew up working as a caddy at the Bryn Mawr country club. He attended Loyola academy for high school and is a graduate of Indiana University’s business school with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance-real estate. Jesal has been with his wife Kate for over 25 years and has three young children.
Jesal’s business, Patel Realty, is located in Lincolnwood and specializes in residential and retail real estate sales and investment. Jesal has been a Trustee in Lincolnwood since 2007 and has served as Board liaison to multiple Village committees and boards while also serving as chairman of the finance committee and the committee on ordinances, rules, and buildings. Jesal also has been selected to serve as a volunteer advocate for the shopping center and hotel industries. In his role he visits Springfield and Washington several times per year to meet with state and federal legislators to provide local perspective to the lawmaking process. His vast experience and knowledge along with his obvious passion and ability make him an excellent member of local government.
Candidate for Trustee
Trustee Jean Ikezoe-Halevi has live in Lincolnwood for 30 years. She was elected in 2017 after serving as a commissioner on the Zoning Board of Appeals since 2013. Prior to that, she was on Lincolnwood’s Human Relations Commission for 16 years, where she served multiple terms as chair, vice-chair and secretary.
Jean was born in Chicago and grew up near Wrigley Field. She received her Master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and has an extensive background in television and newspapers. She currently works for a national investment firm.
Jean serves as liaison to Lincolnwood’s Board of Fire and Police Commission and its Human Relations Commission. She represents our Village at the Northwest Municipal Conference and the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County.
She is married and has two adult children, a son who works for the TSA and a daughter who is a mechanical engineer. Jean is committed to keeping Lincolnwood a village where people want to live and raise their families.
Grace Diaz Herrera
Grace Diaz Herrera, a proud resident of Lincolnwood, moved here with her family in the mid-1970’s. After losing her father at an early age, Grace, her mother and younger brothers were immediately embraced and comforted by Lincolnwood’s wonderful community. Those moments have been significant in shaping their lives and Grace’s love of and gratitude to our Lincolnwood community. Grace is a proud Jaguar, a graduate of Niles West High School and Lincolnwood Day Camp camper. She has a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a Minor in Political Science from DePaul University and an MBA from Keller Graduate School. She has been a full-time Realtor for the last seventeen years specializing in residential real estate. Grace currently serves in her second term for the Lincolnwood Parks and Recreation Board and is also a CrossFit Level 2 trainer.
Incorporating her wide experience in investments, finance, real estate, law, insurance and fitness, Grace will bring the values of progress and accountability to the Village Board and reputable service to the Lincolnwood community. As a first-generation American, Grace has a deep understanding and appreciation for diversity, history, and culture. As Grace and her husband, Adrian, returned to Lincolnwood to raise their three children, her desire has only grown to preserve, protect, and continue to improve Lincolnwood for our children, our families, and our community for generations to come.
Mohammed Saleem has lived in Lincolnwood since 2014, but was always close to us, living in Peterson Park, right across Devon Ave. since 1995. Mohammed and his wife chose to move to Lincolnwood when it was time for their oldest to attend high school. They wanted a neighborhood for their family that was safe, diverse, and full of life. Mohammed’s youngest attended Lincolnwood District 74 and is now a freshman at Niles West High School.
Mohammed is the CEO of Quigg Engineering Inc., an award winning transportation engineering firm, with locations throughout Illinois, and in Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, and Florida. As an owner of an engineering firm, Mohammed understands the importance of communicating with government officials so that the voice of common citizens are heard. He has served on the Board of Directors of ACEC-IL (American Council of Engineering Companies). He enjoys volunteering his time, and serving within the Indo-Pak community. Mohammed has volunteered in many schools, showing students the importance of STEM and engineering. He is passionate about his family, his company, and the Village of Lincolnwood. Mohammed believes in an honest, transparent government that should be representative of the diverse people it is serving.
Clerk Beryl Herman been a resident of Lincolnwood since 1967. She and her late husband Ron raised their two children here.
Beryl received a Bachelor of Arts in Education and is certified in English As A Second Language and Bi-Lingual Special Education. After teaching kindergarten for CPS, she became the Coordinator of English Language Services for District 74 for over 30 years. Beryl also worked at Julia Molloy Education Center with students who came from homes where languages other than English were spoken.
Beryl has always brought our diverse community together. Doctor Marvin Garlich, longtime superintendent of District 74, called Beryl the “ethnic conscience of District 74”.
Beryl was asked to form a multi-cultural task force to work with Lincolnwood Parks and Rec to bring our diverse community into their programs. Our Task Force instated Coffee with the Clergy (suggested by the late Police Chief LaMantia) and has brought in clergy from over a dozen groups. Future plans include bringing in Native American representatives and presentations about disabilities, as well as clergy from Lutheran and Hindu communities.
Jesal Patel’s Achievements
- Trustee since 2007
- Finance Committee Chair
- Committee on Ordinances Rules and Buildings (CORB) Chair
- Board Liaison – Economic Development Commission
- Board Liaison – Zoning Board of Appeals
- Board Liaison – Plan Commission
- Board Liaison – Human Relations Commission
- Board Liaison – Beautification Commission
- Board Liaison – Parks Board
- Board Liaison – Traffic Commission
- Over 1500 hours on the dais
Jean Ikezoe-Halevi’s Achievements
- Trustee since 2017
- Board Liaison – Human Relations Commission (HRC)
- Board Liaison – Board of Fire and Police Commission
- Director – Board of Directors, Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC)
- Delegate – Northwest Municipal Conference (NWMC)
- Executive Committee – Asian American Local Elected Leaders in Illinois (AALEI)
- Local Volunteer:
- Cub Scouts
- School District 74 PTA
- Lincolnwood Library
- Turkey Trot
- Four Emmy nominations
- Received an award from the National Kidney Foundation for her documentary on kidney transplants
Grace Diaz Herrera’s Achievements
- BS Economics, DePaul University
- MBA, Keller Graduate School
- Residential Real Estate Specialist
- 2-Term Lincolnwood Parks and Recreation Board Member
Mohammed Saleem’s Achievements
- Vice President of ACEC Illinois
- Member, Board of Directors for ACEC 2016-2018
- Proud owner of AES Services and Quigg Engineering
- Volunteered in various community leaders and educators regarding the importance of STEM education to children
- Past MCC Membership Committee Chair in the mid 90’s
- Advisor and Subject Matter Expert to Muslim communities about infrastructure
Beryl Herman’s Achievements
- Initiated massive voter registration efforts in the village
- Recipient of the Madelon Grant Volunteer of the year award
- Worked in Dist 74 with Lillian Cutler in the program for hearing impaired
- Managed Todd Hall Early Childhood Screening Program
- Worked at Julia Molloy Education Center providing English instruction to special education population
- Currently on the Board of Douglas Center in Skokie which serves the disabled population