Alice Gallagher served the Village as a Trustee (2013-2017) and was elected as Village President in 2017. She was re-elected in 2021 and will continue to serve as Village President for the next four years (2021-2025). Alice is an attorney and yoga teacher. She is a graduate of Miami University and Seattle University School of Law. Alice was President of the Field Park PTO (2003-2004), Chair of the Western Springs Foundation for Educational Excellence (2004-2005), and a member of the Western Springs School District 101 Board of Education (2005-2009). She has volunteered as an ESL Teacher for School on Wheels (2008-2010), and a yoga teacher and mentor (2016-2017).
Since becoming Village President in May 2017, Alice has served on the regional council of government West Central Municipal Conference, as President of the Central Council of Mayors, a Director of the Executive Committee, Chair of the Central Council Transportation Committee, and Co-Chair of the joint Central/North Central Transportation Committee. Alice also serves on the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning Council of Mayors Executive Committee. In February 2019, she was appointed by Governor Pritzker to serve on the Board of the Illinois Tollway, where she is Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Finance, Administration, & Operations Committee, and the Systems Review & Customer Service Committee.
Alice and her husband Terry raised their five children in the Field Park neighborhood, where they remain today.
President Gallagher generally holds office hours at Village Hall on Wednesdays from 2:30 - 4pm. Residents may wish to call Village Hall at 708-246-1800 to confirm.
Village President Alice Gallagher publishes a "From the President" newsletter on the Thursday following the bi-monthly Board of Trustees meeting - a platform for sharing information about current issues in the Village of Western Springs. This newsletter replaced the weekly Tuesday Topics newsletter.