By Dee Longfellow

For The Elmhurst Independent

After representing the 5th Ward on the Elmhurst City Council since 2010, Scott Levin has announced his intentions to run for mayor in the April 2021 Consolidated Election.

“Elmhurst is a wonderful city that has a great heritage,” said Levin. “I believe that my qualifications, experience and personal attributes make me the best candidate to be the next mayor of this great city.”

Levin noted that “the change in City leadership comes at a time of great uncertainty as our country deals with the pandemic and social justice concerns.”

“I am prepared to lead the City Council, City staff, businesses and residents through some very difficult decisions,” he said. “I know that we must protect our community and our property values.

“My interest in local government, my sense of justice and fairness, my leadership in every organization I join, and my ability to work well with people, including those who hold differing views, are all important. “I have been talking to residents and business owners and I have heard and share their concerns. I will be independent, but I will work together with everyone for the good of the community. Above all, those who know me know that my integrity is beyond reproach.”

A litigation and business practice attorney for more than 35 years, Levin is a partner with Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC in Chicago. He has been recognized by his peers and selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer® (2005-2020) and an Illinois Leading Lawyer® (2010-2020). 

After earning a degree in business administration and a master’s in public administration, Levin was selected for an Illinois Governor’s Internship and stayed with the State of Illinois for nine years, serving as deputy executive director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority.

During the recession of 2009, Levin co-chaired the 24-member Mayor’s Finance Task Force, which was created to address the $6 million deficit and was the lead author of the Task Force’s report.

Since becoming an alderman in 2010, Levin has chaired both the Development, Planning & Zoning (DPZ) and the Public Affairs & Safety (PAS) committees, and is currently vice chair of the Finance, Council Affairs and Administration (FCAAS) Committee. 

After Mayor Pete DiCianni stepped down, Levin served as acting mayor for six months prior to Mayor Steve Morley’s election. 

“I have demonstrated my ability to serve as mayor, including taking leadership on many issues addressed by the City Council,” said Levin.

In addition, Levin has also been active in community organizations, having served as chairman the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce, president of his neighborhood association, vice president of the Chiefs Hockey Club, board member of the Blues Hockey Club, member of the Focus 205 Community Engagement facilitating team, committee chair of several PTA committees and chief of his son’s YMCA Guides group. Levin also has volunteered his legal services to the Special Kids Day, Life Education Center and York Hockey Club organizations in Elmhurst.

Levin said he “would bring all of his City Council, professional and community experience to the mayor’s office, along with a strong commitment to serving with energy and integrity.”

For more information, contact Scott Levin at or (312) 634-1111. 


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