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Marah Altenberg

I decided to major in journalism at the University of Illinois in Champaign, and I took that commitment very seriously. A big reason I chose journalism was because I wanted to help safeguard society and give back. A career in print journalism was supporting a way to encourage a strong democracy. Government can be confusing and sometimes not always pointed in the right direction. Transparent communication is essential to steer our society in a positive direction.

Government can be confusing and sometimes
not always pointed in the right direction.

 

My role as a journalist was incredibly fulfilling and now I am excited to be on the other side and have the power to make important decisions that I believe can impact my neighbors and fellow constituents for the better. I have a solid background in the important issues including budgets, municipal issues, education, housing, transportation and infrastructure and so much more. My middle-class upbringing taught me about the importance of hard work and family. My father started as an insurance salesman and worked his way up through management to become a regional manager. My mother was a social worker in lower income communities and later in her career worked with the elderly. My parents valued education and raised me to be a global citizen.

I have a solid background in the important issues including budgets, municipal issues, education, housing, transportation and infrastructure and so much more.

 

Like my parents, who were involved in their community, I have been involved in our Buffalo Grove community for more than 20 years. I have volunteered in our schools, served as a member of our synagogue board, served as a Youth Commissioner for our village, created a successful scholarship fund that has been perpetuated for 20 years and have chaired several successful fundraising events. I am married for more than two decades to an incredible person, Jonathan Altenberg, who is also extremely involved in our community. We have two fabulous daughters, Jessica, 21, who is majoring in mechanical engineering at University of Illinois in Champaign, and Caitlyn, 17, who attends Stevenson High School. We also have two adorable dogs, Sophie and Charlie.

 

Our family loves to explore new places. We lived in Singapore for a couple of years for my husband’s job. The four of us feel like global citizens and truly understand the different financial circumstances and cultures of the many places that span the globe. I believe we all need to act like global citizens and do what is necessary to help preserve the environment. Everyone has something important to contribute and we need to provide opportunities that can aid people in finding employment and finding their place in the world.

 

During this turbulent and unprecedented time in our county we want to provide these things for our residents and assure them that there is a prosperous future ahead and we want to help them achieve that dream.