Honored as Glenbrook South’s Distinguished Alumna this year was Laura Fine, a Glenview resident, parent and Illinois State Representative.
Fine graduated from GBS in 1985. She lives in Glenview with her husband Michael and two sons, Jeremy and Jacob, the latter of whom graduated from GBS the same day Laura received her award.
As a GBS student, Laura demonstrated exceptional leadership and service to the school, even earning the Norman E. Watson Leadership Award. She was passionate about telecommunications, receiving her B.A. from Indiana University and working for various media outlets as a news producer reporter, anchor and writer. It was while she was in the media industry that Laura grew fond of politics, going on to receive her M.A. in political science from Northeastern Illinois University, serving as clerk of Northfield Township, and becoming a collegiate political science instructor.
Laura is currently serving her third full term as state representative of the 17th District in Illinois. As a member of the Kiwanis Club of Glenview-Northbrook, Laura is involved with the GBS Key Club. Last year, she helped pass a resolution that designated a Random Act of Kindness Week across the state. This idea came from the Key Club’s Kindness Initiative, and more than 40 other state representatives served as co-sponsors of the bi-partisan state bill.
More than 30 years ago, when Laura graduated from GBS, she said she was filled with “emotion, excitement and a lot of nerves” thinking about what she would do with her future.
“Even back then, GBS was a special and unique school that offered so many options for students to become interested and involved,” she said.
Laura encouraged this year’s graduating class to become authors of their own stories.
“Think about your future as a piece of clay – you get to mold it and form it in any way you choose,” she said. “… And be confident – you are now equipped with the tools you need to build your future.”
A former Key Club vice president, Laura said she is especially proud of the 5,543 community service hours that this year’s graduating class donated their time to.
“My heart is filled with such pride,” she said.