From Mom to Politician: Martha Weiss Does It All

By Zalusky, Steve | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), November 22, 2001 | Go to article overview

From Mom to Politician: Martha Weiss Does It All


Zalusky, Steve, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Steve Zalusky Daily Herald Staff Writer

If Martha Weiss were in the circus, she might be juggling plates while riding a unicycle.

Weiss, who seemingly has mastered both time and space, also seems to have defied categorization.

She is simultaneously a career woman, a housewife and a politician. And she does this, for the most part, from her Buffalo Grove home.

The public knows Weiss as the president of the park district board of commissioners and an active Rotarian. Her public efforts recently placed among those receiving the Illinois Woman of Achievement Award.

Behind that public persona, however, is a woman who has raised four children while carving out a career as a real estate attorney. A woman interested in world travel, she has opened her home to several exchange students.

"There isn't too much that she hasn't done," said fellow park commissioner Karen Larson. "I do not know where she has the time to do all she does."

"It has been pretty amazing," said her husband, Jeff Weiss. "She has an incredible capacity for giving herself. She has a lot of energy and really just enjoys being around people."

Weiss is modest about her achievements, attributing it to teamwork. "If you get good support under you, you look good."

But in tracing her life to its St. Louis roots, one can already see the seeds of later activity. Her political career began early with her election as student council president at an all-girls Catholic high school, where "we made the nuns change a few policies." Her connection with recreation also started during this time, when she worked as a counselor at a camp for mentally challenged youth.

While a high school senior, she met her husband. Both wound up studying at universities in St. Louis, she at Webster where she majored in anthropology and sociology, he at Washington. …

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