Robert Burns: Candidate For Northbrook Trustee


Robert Burns

Robert and his wife, Carol bought their first home in Glenview before moving to Northbrook in 2003. Their two sons attend Glenbrook North High School. He is very familiar with the North Shore suburbs having grown up in Wilmette.  Robert has built a career on developing collaborative strategies, project management and fiscal responsibility.  He believes by developing a strong communication with the residents, Northbrook can better managed and prioritize development so that it is more reflective of what the community wants.

Robert stayed in Illinois for college where he graduated Southern Illinois University with a BS in Finance. He has over 30 years’ experience as a global trade compliance officer with multiple corporate offices in the northern suburbs including Pfizer, WW. Grainger, Emerson, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, and currently Leica Biosystems. He directs an international team through the legal department that maintains global compliance with ever-changing government laws and regulations. Robert has restructured many business contracts over his career and saved millions of dollars for his employers.

When Robert is not working he is a sports enthusiast! Robert has been a volunteer coach with Northbrook Baseball and Bluehawks Hockey since 2013. He was selected as House League Coach of the Year in 2015.  

The single most pressing issue facing our (board, district, etc.) is bad leadership and this will be corrected when our team is voted in.

The United for Northbrook (U4N) team is running for Village offices because the incumbent Board continues to make wrong decisions for the community and does not seek resident input. Northbrook needs a local focus with transparency and honesty. While incidents of car theft, burglaries, armed robberies, firearm shooting related offenses and drug investigations are increasing in our community, the incumbents have reduced support to our local police and fire departments. While revenues from sales taxes and commercial real estate taxes plunged, the Board has done nothing to help small and medium size businesses. During the national protests this summer, caucus candidates joined marches, encouraged Village Administrative Officials to have their personnel participate in political marches and bragged about their commitments to diversity, yet as elected officials, they've ignored and been dismissive of immigrant communities within our own village. U4N will reset the Board's priorities. We're focused on public safety, sound fiscal decisions, strong schools, clean parks, support for development and local businesses to reduce resident's tax rates, and inclusion of immigrants who live in the Village.