John Ostenburg

Senior Fellow at Metropolitan Planning Council

John Ostenburg

John Ostenburg

Senior Fellow at Metropolitan Planning Council

Biography

John A. Ostenburg recently retired after serving 20 years as mayor of Park Forest, Illinois. His career in government included seven years as a trustee on the Park Forest Village Board and two years as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives. While mayor, he was an active member of the National League of Cities (NLC), having served for several years as a member of the Community & Economic Development Committee. He also was a member of the NLC’s Race, Equity And Leadership (REAL) Council and served as council co-chair for the 2017-2018 year. At the time of his retirement as mayor, he was chairperson for the Executive Board of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus (MMC), which serves 275 municipalities in the greater Chicago region, and also spent five years as chairperson of the MMC Environment Committee. He was a member of the Executive Committee for the South Suburban Mayors & Managers Association (SSMMA) for several years, and is a past president of the organization. SSMMA represents 45 cities, towns, and villages in Chicago’s southland.

He retired from the staff of the Chicago Teachers Union in 2010 after having served under three union presidents. He was editor for the award-winning Chicago Union Teacher for several years and also chaired the Communications Department. In addition, he was the union’s interim Legislative Director during 2003 and continued as a CTU lobbyist. He served as chief of staff for the union for the three years preceding his retirement.

He and wife Jackie are parents of four children (one deceased) and grandparents of nine. They attend St. Irenaeus Church in Park Forest.

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Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director at National League of Cities

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President at Chicago Teachers Union

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Former President at Chicago Teachers Union

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Communications Director at Chicago Teachers Union

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Former Treasurer at Chicago Teachers Union

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John Ostenburg
Senior Fellow at Metropolitan Planning Council
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FOUNDED IN 1934, THE METROPOLITAN PLANNING COUNCIL IS A NONPROFIT, NONPARTISAN GROUP OF BUSINESS AND CIVIC LEADERS COMMITTED TO SERVING THE PUBLIC INTEREST THROUGH THE PROMOTION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF SENSIBLE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT POLICIES NECESSARY FOR A WORLD-CLASS CHICAGO REGION. THE COUNCIL CONDUCTS POLICY ANALYSIS, OUTREACH AND ADVOCACY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PUBLIC OFFICIALS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS TO IMPROVE EQUITY OF OPPORTUNITY AND QUALITY OF LIFE THROUGHOUT METROPOLITAN CHICAGO.

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TO PROMOTE UNION ACTIVITIES FOR TEACHERS, CAREER SERVICE MEMBERS AND OTHERS IN THE AREA OF CHICAGO,IL

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FOUNDED IN 1934, THE METROPOLITAN PLANNING COUNCIL IS A NONPROFIT, NONPARTISAN GROUP OF BUSINESS AND CIVIC LEADERS COMMITTED TO SERVING THE PUBLIC INTEREST THROUGH THE PROMOTION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF SENSIBLE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT POLICIES NECESSARY FOR A WORLD-CLASS CHICAGO REGION. THE COUNCIL CONDUCTS POLICY ANALYSIS, OUTREACH AND ADVOCACY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PUBLIC OFFICIALS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS TO IMPROVE EQUITY OF OPPORTUNITY AND QUALITY OF LIFE THROUGHOUT METROPOLITAN CHICAGO.

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Former Co-Chairman at Barack Obama's Campaign for President of United States, 2008

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Former President of United States

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