George Van Dusen and his wife Susan have lived in Skokie since 1974. Their children, now adults, were educated by Skokie’s public schools, and they reside in Skokie with the Van Dusen grandchildren. The Mayor earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Detroit and both a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. from Loyola University. He served as a Trustee in the Village of Skokie from 1984 until he was appointed Mayor in January 1999. While a Trustee, he served as the Village’s delegate to the Northwest Municipal Conference (NWMC) and, in 2007, served as NWMC President. He is currently Chairman of the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County, and is a member of several government-related boards. Van Dusen was the Director of Suburban Operations for U.S. Congressman Sidney Yates from 1973 until the Congressman’s retirement in 1999. Van Dusen is a member of Temple Beth Emet. From 1999 to 2022, he taught U.S. History and Government as an adjunct faculty member of Oakton Community College. He is the author of two books, Clear It with Sid! Sidney R. Yates and Fifty Years of Presidents, Pragmatism, and Public Service (2019) and The Detroit Tigers Encyclopedia (2002).