It has been an honor to serve the Palatine Township community for the last four years as a member of the District 15 school board, two of those years as the vice-president, and now I have the privilege to serve the same community as a Trustee on the Township Board.
I have been a Township resident for the last twenty-seven years. I graduated from Fremd High School and then received my Associates degree from Harper College. I went on to earn my undergraduate degree from Chicago State University, where I played baseball, and then to Roosevelt University to obtain my MBA, in Integrated Marketing Communications.
After working in the corporate world for a decade, I decided it was time for a change and went back to school and received my law degree from John Marshall Law School (which is now UIC – John Marshall). I opened my own law practice, Smolka Law Group, in 2016 with a focus in the area of Domestic Relations law.
I have been active with youth sports in Palatine serving as a coach for my son’s baseball, basketball, and soccer teams. With my background in baseball, I have stayed more involved with the Palatine baseball community serving as a commissioner for Palatine Community Baseball & Softball and as the co-chairman of the training and development program.
I reside in Palatine with my girlfriend, our two children, one dog, and another baby on the way.
I look forward to continuing to serve the Palatine Township community for the next four years and I welcome your thoughts, input, and ideas as we continue to move the Township forward.
The four Trustees have authority and responsibility when acting with the Supervisor as the five member Township Board. The Board is the legislative arm of the Township setting policies, practices, and procedures for the Township Supervisor to administer. Board responsibilities include auditing Township bills, attending to annual budgeting and levy responsibilities, spending Township funds, compensating Township officers, appointing the fire protection district trustees and many other functions.