D202 Candidate Profile: Jonathan Baum

Jonathan Baum says he's the only person in recent decades who has served on both Evanston school boards, and he's seeking a second term on the high school board in part to create what he calls "a seamless educational experience" for students in the two districts.

In a video interview with Evanston Now, Baum said Evanston Township High School is making tremendous strides in reducing the number of students who fail to graduate.

Baum. of 2754 Broadway Ave., grew up in Evanston and is director of pro bono services for the Katten Muchin Rosenman law firm in Chicago.

In 1990 he ran for the state legislature, losing the Democratic primary to Jan Schakowsky, who went on to become Evanston's long-serving representative in the U.S. House, and who has endorsed Baum in the school board race.

He and his wife Bonnie have four children, who've all attended Evanston schools. He holds a bachelor's degree in government from Harvard and a law degree from the University of Chicago.

Campaign website: baum202.org

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