BSL ALERT — Highland Park, Illinois

Highland Park is a “home rule” city.

Please send your POLITE AND RESPECTFUL opposition to breed specific legislation to the Highland Park city officials listed below. Please also send viable alternatives to BSL, as well as alternate ordnances for their consideration.  Talking points for letters can be found on

CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS: The Highland Park City Council regularly meets on the second and fourth Monday of the month, beginning at 7:30 p.m., in the Council Chambers in City Hall, 1707 St. Johns Avenue, Highland Park, Illinois. Call (847) 432-0800 to confirm meeting times and dates.

Michael C. Brenner

Mayor Pro Tem


James Kirsch,Councilman


Scott Levenfeld, Councilman


Steven W. Mandel, Councilman


Terri R. Olian, Councilwoman


Lawrence D. Silberman, Councilman


Mayor and City Council

Phone: (847) 432-0800

Fax: (847) 432-7625

Michael D. Belsky

Mayor of Highland Park


Email Mayor Belsky

Highland Park Mayor Michael Belsky called for a citywide ban on pit bulls today, three days after a 14-year-old girl was bitten on the face and arm.

Mayor Belsky stated:
“These are mercurial dogs, they are unpredictable and they are lethal,” Belsky said. “I think we need to lead by example here, and maybe other communities will follow suit and create a groundswell, like the smoking ban.”

Belsky had already been working with state legislators and several concerned residents about amending Illinois law so that the home rule community would be able to prohibit breeds, he said.


One response to “BSL ALERT — Highland Park, Illinois

  1. I have been in touch with the city council and its mayor. One council member, Steven Mandel, is NOT in favor of banning any breed of dog, while other council members are defending Mayor Belsky’s public comments. In fact, from what my emails state, non of the council members even knew what the mayor had stated in a report from a Tribune reporter.
    I hope Highland Park officials will come to their senses soon before this meeting as they are NOT aware of any proposal of banning the Pitbull at this time.
    I have proposed a protest over the mayor’s outspoken words and am asking for his resignation. IF he can discriminate against a certain breed of dog due to his ignorance, than what else is he thinking?
    How many of us will be at this next council meeting? Mayor Belsky’s comments have already offened many around the world.

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