On November 1, 2012 Michael Lorge was appointed as the Village’s Corporation Council. Before being appointed Corporation Counsel, Lorge served as a trustee on the Skokie Village Board, which he was elected to in 2009.
Before becoming the Village’s Corporation Counsel, Lorge was a partner in the Chicago Law Firm of Bronson & Kahn, LLC. Earlier in his career, Lorge served as a prosecutor in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. Lorge also has been published in magazine articles and authored a book released in 2006.
Active in numerous governmental committees and civic organizations, Lorge has served on Skokie's Cable Commission and Plan Commission, served as legal counsel to the Skokie Human Relations Commission, administered the Niles Township Government Legal Services for Seniors program and served as a Niles Township Trustee from 2007 to 2009.
He is past president of Temple Beth Israel in Skokie and serves on the national board of the Union for Reform Judaism and Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute. He is the founder and chair of the Greater Chicago Jewish Festival, the largest cultural event in the Chicago Jewish community.
Lorge was born in
Chicago and has practiced law since 1978. He earned a Bachelor of Arts
degree with honors from the University of Illinois and was designated as
a James Scholar. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of
Cincinnati in 1973. Lorge resides in Skokie with his wife Susie, a
kindergarten teacher, and their four children Alyssa and Howard Dryver,
Ilana, Ariel and Sari Ruth.