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Images: Arlene Mulder Through the Years

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Arlene Mulder presents Frank Cassell, Roosevelt University dean, with the 1993 Arlington Heights vehicle sticker honoring the university. From 1987 to 1996, Roosevelt's northwest suburban campus was in the former Forest View High School, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights.

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Arlington Heights Village Trustee Arlene Mulder walks to the tee at Arlington Lakes Golf Club, at a 1991 outing.

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Arlene Mulder in 1979, the year she was picked to fill a vacancy on the Arlington Heights Park District board.

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After Hotels of Distinction Inc. rescued the Arlington Park Hilton hotel from receivership in October 1993, new mayor Arlene Mulder met there with, from left: Alan Tremain, chairman of the Hotels of Distinction board; Jean Claude Mathot, president and COO of Hotels of Distinction; and Charles Gray, general manager of the Arlington Park Hilton Conference Center.

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From 1993: Luther Village Director of Sales Kathleen Ullo, developer Charles Shaw and Arlene Mulder break ground on Bradley House, a 139-unit senior building at Luther Village that was completed in 1994.

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Arlene Mulder as a park board candidate in 1981.

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In 1993 at the track: Al Mulder goes over a racing program with, from left: his son, Michael; Vladimir Sceririn, the fiance of his daughter, Michelle; Michelle Mulder; and his wife, Village President Arlene.

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In 1994, the mayor addressed students at Windsor School, explaining the upcoming April 1995 advisory referendum asking residents if they wanted a full casino at the racetrack.

Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

Who me, officer? In 1994 Arlington Heights Police Officer Bob Murray "arrests" Mayor Arlene Mulder on charges of lying about her golf handicap. Under the terms of the American Cancer Society Jail n' Bail benefit, friends had to raise sufficient "bail" to get her out.

Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

On April 20, 1993, Arlene Mulder is elected to her first term as village president. She holds a victory cigar given to her from friend and supporter Ken Cook.

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Arlene Mulder talks with Walter Payton, for years an Arlington Heights resident, at an Arlington Heights business opening in 1995.

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Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene Mulder reads to John Jay School students during a Read Me a Story slumber party in 1996.

Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

Mulder, far right, at a 1997 luncheon for the Greater O'Hare Association of Industry and Commerce with Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, Elk Grove Mayor Craig Johnson and Lisa Zeigler, vice president of marketing and communications with the GOA.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Mayor Arlene Mulder finds she has some big shoes to fill as she tries on a pair owned by Bill Wennington of the Bulls. The shoes were being sold by silent auction in a 1997 benefit for the "Healthy Arlington 2000" program.

Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

The mayor reacts to a 65-foot chip shot that hit the pin, during the Arlington Heights Park Foundation golf outing held Sept. 15, 2005 at the Nickol Knoll Golf Club.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Arlene Mulder and Dick Duchossois, chairman of Arlington International Racecourse.

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On Oct. 20, 1997, the Arlington Heights Village Board agreed to the Arlington Town Square development, a blockbuster decision that would close off Davis Street and set the ball in motion for further downtown redevelopment. Mayor Arlene Mulder told a packed council chambers, "I strongly believe this is in the best interests of all Arlington Heights."

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Arlene Mulder at St. Viator High School in May 1997 with Cook County Clerk David Orr, left, and Chicago Bear Andy Heck. Heck was sworn in as a deputy voter registrar and the three came to St. Viator to discuss the importance of voting.

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Arlington Heights Village President Arlene Mulder and canoe partner Bob Zember put their hearts into the 1999 Lake Arlington canoe race sponsored by the Lions Club.

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Arlene Mulder and Robert Paddock, vice chairman and executive vice president of Paddock Publications, reminisce about village celebrations over the years, including the hugely successful Ponies on Parade in 2000.

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Col. Charles Jorgenson, left, and Brig. Gen. Steve Best talk to Arlene Mulder in the lobby of the new Army Reserve Center in Arlington Heights during the dedication ceremony of the $16 million center on Nov. 19, 2002.

Gilbert Boucher | Staff Photographer

Mayor Arlene Mulder and Tom Rivera, former president of the Greater Woodfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (now the Woodfield Chicago Northwest Convention Bureau) arrive at St. Colette Catholic Church in Rolling Meadows for the April 19, 2002 funeral of Stuart R. Paddock Jr., publisher emeritus of the Daily Herald.

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Arlene Mulder dishes up free Baskin Robbins ice cream on May 1, 2002. BR donated to the village's Emergency Assistance Fund and also to First Book, a national literacy organization.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Arlene Mulder warms up for the ceremonial first pitch at the annual Million Week softball game between Arlington International Racecourse employees and Arlington Heights police officers in Pioneer Park, on Aug. 11, 2003.

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Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene Mulder (front, in yellow jumpsuit) floats to the ground with U.S. Army Golden Knight SFC Bryan Schnell. With Schnell, she jumped from 13,000 feet on Aug. 21, 2004 at the Skydive Chicago event in Ottawa, IL, that was featuring jumps for local celebrities and politicians.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

A thrilled Mulder signals to the crowd that she is okay after a safe landing.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Arlene Mulder's 6-month-old grandson, Ethan, visits with her on Oct. 12, 2004 at the Arlington Heights Historical Society, where she announced she was running for a fourth term.

Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

Village President Arlene Mulder welcomes guests and honorees to the annual Hearts of Gold dinner, held Feb. 18, 2006 at the Sheraton Chicago Northwest Hotel.

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The mayor offers holiday wishes during a holiday party at the Arlington Heights Senior Center on Dec. 17, 2004.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

The mayor and Jon Ridler, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, flip through a sales pamphlet at the opening of the Arlington Heights Lowe's on Jan. 11, 2006.

John Starks | Staff Photographer

Village President Arlene Mulder speaks to guests during groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Arlington Heights Village Hall on June 8, 2006.

BOB CHWEDYK | Staff Photographer

Judge William Maki swears the mayor into office for the final time, on May 4, 2009.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Congressman Mark Kirk chats with Mayor Arlene Mulder at her final election party on April 7, 2009 at the Wellington Restaurant in Arlington Heights.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

At her goodbye party, Arlene Mulder has a laugh with another longtime mayor, Gerald "Skip" Farley, who was village president of Mount Prospect for 16 years before retiring in 2005.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Arlene Mulder gets geared up to deliver meals to seniors on Mayors for Meals Day, March 21, 2007. The national day was set aside to raise awareness of senior hunger.

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Arlene Mulder gives then-Congressman Bob Dold a tour of downtown Arlington Heights in March 2010, talking with residents and business owners about ways to improve the area.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

The opening of Mariano's Fresh Market on July 19, 2010 is celebrated by, from left: store Co-Director Greg Vengrin; Village President Arlene Mulder; Mariano's Chairman Bob Mariano, and store Co-Director Ken Szymanski.

Jamie Sotonoff | Staff Photographer

Arlington Heights Village President Arlene J. Mulder congratulates Gov. Pat Quinn after the governor signed two bills to improve the quality of life for people needing mental health services, on Aug. 18, 2011 at Alexian Brothers Center for Mental Health in Arlington Heights.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Nokia Siemens Networks, which acquired the Motorola Solutions campus in Arlington Heights, unveils its new sign outside the facility on Sept. 18, 2011, with the help of Arlene Mulder. Behind her is Susan Schramm, head of marketing and corporate affairs for Nokia Siemens Networks.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Union Pacific Railway Chairman Jim Young gives Mayor Mulder the symbol of Arlington Heights' membership in the Train Town USA Registry on July 7, 2012. During UP's 150th anniversary year, the railroad honored communities that have had a close relationship with trains. Train service in Arlington Heights began in 1854 with the completion of the Illinois & Wisconsin Railway line.

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Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene Mulder and Arlington Racetrack personnel rev up the crowd at the Mane Event last August, by tossing out T-shirts and hats promoting the running of the Arlington Million.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Director of Public Works Scott Shirley pins a broach on Arlene Mulder's lapel, in recognition of her final Snow Day on Nov. 8, 2012.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Arlene Mulder, right, visits with Lois Arbanas as she celebrates her 105th birthday at the Moorings on Dec. 1, 2012. Mulder recognized Arbanas on her 100th birthday with a plaque, and added to that collection with another framed certificate of recognition last December.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

The Arlington Hts. Public Works Department gives the mayor a classy sendoff on Nov. 8, 2012, the final Snow Day of her career. That's the day the plow drivers practice their routes for the upcoming winter, and for 20 years Mulder has opened the day with a pep talk.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Village President Arlene Mulder delivers the State of the Village to residents at the Moorings, on March 14, 2012.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Arlene Mulder gets a warm ovation at her final Mayor's Community Prayer Breakfast, on Feb. 7, 2013 at the Doubletree Hotel. "Our lives go so fast, but this morning we can take a moment of prayer to ask for guidance and motivation," she said.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Arlene Mulder gets a hug from Trustee John Scaletta before giving her last State of the Village speech to the Arlington Heights Rotary at the Rolling Green Country Club on April 11, 2013.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Longtime Arlington Heights volunteer Grace Fiebig and Mayor Arlene Mulder share a hug at a 2003 volunteer celebration hosted by The Volunteer Center (now HandsOn Suburban Chicago). Fiebig, now 93 and still active, attended Mulder's farewell party on April 28, 2013.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Arlene Mulder greets Betty Lou Bukowski, a volunteer at Northwest Community Hospital for three decades, at the mayor's good-bye party April 28.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

The Arlington Heights Village Board and state Sen. Matt Murphy pause for a photo at the 66th annual Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce Installation and Recognition Celebration on Jan. 24, 2013. From left: Trustees Joe Farwell, Bert Rosenberg and Tom Hayes; Sen. Murphy; Mayor Mulder; and Trustees John Scaletta, Carol Blackwood and Mike Sidor.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Outgoing Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene Mulder cleans out her temporary office.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Outgoing Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene Mulder gets a hug from Village Human Resources Director Mary Rath.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Outgoing Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene Mulder finds something of interest while cleaning out her temporary office.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Outgoing Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene Mulder holds up a Daily Herald Opinion about Metra that she saved.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Outgoing Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene Mulder smiles Friday.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Long-time Village President Arlene Mulder, left, and long-time staffer Valerie Gerstein, walk slowly down a Village Hall hallway May 2, saying goodbye.

Courtesy of Marcie Paddock

Gallery posted: 5/5/2013 1:00 AM

About this Gallery

One of the benefits, news-wise, of Arlene Mulder's tenure in office has been her high visibility. To make this gallery, our Daily Herald photo staff pored over hundreds of images of the mayor through the years, to choose the ones that best tell the whole story of her public life.
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