"In a community full of dedicated volunteers, Arlene was the top volunteer, dedicating every waking hour to the community she loves and the service of others."
Tom Hayes, Arlington Heights mayor-elect
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"Her administration was instrumental in the revitalization of downtown Arlington Heights, which now boasts a thriving arts and cultural scene. Mayor Mulder has represented her community with distinction."
Rep. Jan Schakowsky
"She is an honorable woman who was forward thinking enough to realize the economic impact of business for the community. She is a woman of her word."
Richard Duchossois, chairman, Arlington International Racecourse
"Arlington Heights is known as the City of Good Neighbors -- and if you ask people there who best embodies that spirit, there's a pretty good chance they'll answer: Mayor Arlene Mulder. She practices an inclusive brand of leadership to bring people together and get results."
Sen. Dick Durbin
"Your life's commitment to public service has helped to make our state stronger and has served as an inspiration to your successors. Most importantly, in all that you have done your work ethic has exemplified the dedication to service the citizens of this state deserve and expect."
Gov. Pat Quinn in a letter to Arlene Mulder
"She's never forgotten about the park district and she's made a concerted effort to make sure the relationship between the district and the village was strong."
Maryfran Leno, Arlington Heights Park District board president
"She has raised the visibility of the village substantially at the regional and national level ... She has been the best advertisement for Arlington Heights."
State Rep. David Harris, Arlington Heights
"She has set a remarkable and unique standard for supporting and serving the community. I have, of course, been impressed by her service. But what opens the door for her, so to speak, is a ready, welcoming smile that's a part of most anything she does."
Robert Paddock, executive vice president, Paddock Publications
"She's really been a force in terms of building relationships between governments -- and she's been a real pal."
Schaumburg Village President Al Larson
"There wasn't a lot of fighting or personality clashes because she wanted us to act professionally even when there were some significant differences of opinion,"
Steve Daday, village trustee 1989-2005