The entire city of Lake Forest seemed to celebrate the tree-lighting ceremony in Market Square tonight. One of the reasons I love our region so much is the strong sense of community.

I enjoyed meeting school board leaders, local business owners, and moms and dads. I especially enjoyed hearing from Paul Fowler at Christ Church in Lake Forest about their Renew Communities Program that is helping to build up North Chicago from within!

Great job to the Lake Forest High School choir, who did a fantastic job heralding the holiday spirit. I also want to thank Lake Forest Mayor Randy Tack and the Lake Forest Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce for their part in organizing such a special community event. Happy Holidays!