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Meet Jim

I grew up in Milwaukee’s Washington Heights neighborhood (49th and Vine, specifically, for any Heights alums out there). I went away for college and went on to live in a number of cities as I built a career in journalism. In 2006, a job opportunity at Miller Brewing Company (where family lore holds my great-grandfather worked as a brewer) brought my family and me from Chicago to Shorewood.
 
I’ve lived in enough places to know we have something special here. Early on, I looked for ways I could contribute to this village. More than a decade ago, I participated in an ad hoc committee that included school district and village leaders as well as community members. Our charge was finding ways to address challenges brought on by the Great Recession and other issues. I worked to support passage of the 2011 and 2019 school referendums that strengthened the foundation of our school district, one of this community’s greatest strengths.

In 2021, I ran  for a seat on the Village Board because I wanted to play a positive role in addressing the dysfunction and divisiveness that had taken over that body. I am proud to say that, thanks to the support and collaboration of my colleagues, I have been able to play that role. As a result, we’ve created a very effective Village Board, and I’m running for reelection so I can continue that work.
 
I’m fortunate to be married to Paula Wheeler, who served as the editor of Shorewood Today magazine for the past nine years and now counsels students through the college search and application process. She  also volunteers for the schools and as a court-appointed special advocate for kids in the child welfare system. We have two children. Our son, Andrew, is a junior at the University of Denver. Our daughter, Marie, is a senior at SHS. 

Professional Qualifications 

Molson Coors communications professional, 2006-present

  • Currently communications director, leading a team and supporting COVID-19 response efforts

  • Hired in 2006 to launch a blog that in 2008 was featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal

Business reporter, 1993-2006

  • Advertising Age, Crain’s Chicago Business, InvestmentNews, American Banker

 

Education

  • B.S. in Journalism, Northwestern University

  • Graduate of Marquette University High School, Milwaukee

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