I am excited to announce that a new speaker has joined our panel at the upcoming Anti-Hazing Forum on Wednesday, May 22. Dr. Gina Lee-Olukoya, Associate Dean of Students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has expressed an interest in contributing, and we happily welcome her to our team. In her role at the U of I, Lee-Olukoya provides oversight and support to Fraternity and Sorority Affairs and is also a member of the Board of Directors of Hazing Prevention.Org., a renowned beacon in the fight against hazing. Lee-Olukoya’s insight and expertise will certainly prove to be an enriching addition to our program. The 90-minute forum will be held at the Des Plaines Park District’s Leisure Center, located at 2222 Birch St., in Des Plaines, and will commence at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be available after the program accompanied by a question and answer session. I look forward to seeing you at this very important community event. Learn more.
Get out the glam! Support the local retailers! For the third year in a row, I am chairperson for an event that combines fun, fashion and the community. The annual Maine Township Fashion Show offers a great way to participate locally and have a great time.
The fun part—it’s an Academy Awards theme where we will be giving awards for the best celebrity look-a-like outfit with a great lunch from Chateau Ritz.
The community part includes fashions and flowers provided by local retailers, including Uptown Girlz, Natalie’s Boutique and Pesches’s flowers. Models will include township officials and special dignitaries, such as State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, 20th District State Representative Michael McAuliffe and Highway Commissioner Bob Provenzano to name just a few.
As you know, I am a strong believer in events that bring together government and the local community (check out my Gang Awareness seminar). While this fashion show is a more light-hearted event, the theme of using community resources to support our local businesses is just as important.
Tickets for a “Day at the Oscars” (May 4, Chateau Ritz, Niles) are available by contacting me at 847-696-7185 or Jan Provenzano at 847-390-8964. All proceeds will benefit the local women’s club. Whether you choose the classic beauty of Elizabeth Taylor or the hip look of Zooey Deschanel, it’s your chance to be a star! Learn more.
As one of your Maine Township Trustees, one of my proudest accomplishments has been my initiation of The Anti-Gang Education Forums. As I maintain involvement in what is happening in our neighborhoods, there is both a noticeable and gaining presence of Bullying and Hazing, not only in our schools, but also as a national problem. It is important that parents are aware of what is happening in our community, due to the fact that most children are not informing their parents about what they are experiencing. As an epidemic, this truly needs to be addressed and I am honored to be part of The Anti-Hazing and Bullying Forum on May 22. One of the speakers, B. Elliott Hopkins, director of Sports, Sanctioning and Educational Services for the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) will join Sergeant Kenneth Boudreau and Detective Greg Jacobson along with additional panelists at the forum. If you are able to attend, please mark your calendar. Together we can be the voice for our children as they face these senseless acts of abuse.
I would like to send a big Thank You to all of those who went to the polls to vote last week. It has been an honor to serve our community as one of your Maine Township Trustees and I will continue to do all that I can to ensure your trust in me. Let us move forward together as we keep Maine Township a safe and truly special place to live.
Journal Election Endorsements, Park Ridge Journal
Wednesday, April 3,2013
MAINE REPUBLICANS DESERVE REELECTION
For decades, members of the local Republican Party have run Maine Township government regularly earning the support of voters to provide such services as helping people in need of financial and food assistance, offering programs for senior citizens, maintaining roads in the unincorporated areas and advocating on behalf of local residents matters pertaining to land use and property assessment reduction.
Every four years, a slate of Democrats usually emerges to provide voters a choice by claiming that they can manage township government more efficiently and at less cost.
What we’ve found by listening to the Democratic candidates is that they are always well-meaning and in most cases fairly qualified. The problem is that the ideas they put forth are not strong or convincing enough to warrant tossing out the incumbents who are running things well.
In next Tuesday’s election, the Democratic field is comprised of four trustee candidates and a township clerk hopeful. The Republicans are offering a full slate of four incumbent trustee candidates, along with candidates for supervisor, clerk, assessor and highway commissioner.
The Journal & Topics Newspaper enthusiastically recommends the reelection of Supervisor Carol Teschky, Highway Commissioner Robert Provenzano, Assessor Thomas Rueckert, Clerk Gary Warner and for trustee, Peter Gialamas, Walter Kazmierczak, Laura Morask and Susan Moylan Krey. They’ve displayed sound leadership the last four years by maintaining—and in some cases—improving on a high level of service and openness in government.
My commitment to fighting gangs and creating community awareness of how to protect families remains strong. My work last year in gathering together law enforcement, township officials and residents for a Gang Awareness seminar made a strong difference in the community and I plan to continue these no-cost programs when reelected. I was so honored that Township Perspective profiled this program as an example of a strong state program. The program has helped fight crime and bring together the community, supporting the ongoing battle against gangs. I will continue to be a Leader in the Fight Against Gangs to protect our neighborhoods.
- Savings on medication costs for all Maine Township residents, regardless of income, age or health
- No eligibility requirements and is available at thousands of participating pharmacies and covers over 60,000 drugs, including generics
- Potential savings over health insurance plans (check with your provider), even though designed for those without health insurance
- No expense to township taxpayers. In fact, the township will eventually receive a royalty on each prescription filled, saving taxpayers even more.
As American citizens, our three most important privileges and duties are voting, jury duty and military service. Think of all the times you read a news article and bemoan the rising tide of (taxes, crime, fill in the blank). Your vote has a voice on April 9, 2013, as we go to the polls for many important races. Traditionally, people associate voting with the Presidential election cycle, but the local races are where your vote really counts. Local elections select the core people of our neighborhoods that directly affect you and your family’s daily lives. I have been reflecting on the importance of this privilege, especially as a Maine Township trustee and 25-year resident of Park Ridge. We face critical community issues, including tax revenue, commercial development, flooding problems and more. Gang awareness and helping young people with employment remain a strong focal point for me as an elected official. Your vote is important to help me and the Maine Township Republican slate continue to move forward on key issues by reducing your tax levy by 25%, increasing no-cost senior and youth programs and offering a free township-wide prescription drug program, all while maintaining a balanced budget with no debt. Take the time to vote at your precinct location. Whether you vote early (early voting runs from March 26-April 6) or on election day, Punch #81. Your vote makes a difference!
The Des Plaines Aldermanic Debate, sponsored by the Journal & Topics Newspapers on March 21, 2013, offered great information on the important issues facing our community in the upcoming election. Gaming, tax revenue, commercial development, flooding problems and more were discussed in front of a packed room in preparation for the April 9, 2013, Illinois election. As we gear up for reelection, I was proud to be introduced as part of the Maine Township Republican slate that has done so much for the community. I look forward to continuing my work with the slate to provide no-cost programs for gang awareness and to help young people with employment through job fairs or helping seniors maintain their homes. Don’t forget to vote. For early voting information, click here.
I recently had the opportunity to help unveil the new permanent art installation created by the youth of our community at Golf Mill for the Niles Teen Center. This is a cause near and dear to me. It is amazing what after school children’s programs can do to help keep our kids off the street at what I refer to as the “witching hours.” I teach a Township-wide free gang prevention seminar that I developed seven years ago and this is one of our main themes;that parents need to know where there kids are but equally important, to enlist the community to develop programs and places where kids can hang out and want to hang out. Niles has done an admirable job in both these respects! Particularly in this project. Much as we don’t like to admit it, sometimes gang graffiti has encroached into the northwest suburbs and is frequently referred to by experts in the field of crime prevention and gang violence as the calling card of the gang. What is so great about this Niles project was having these kids channel artistic and creative skills into an art project. The many participating youth were asked to each make a “tile” with a theme of pride in their community and then the tiles were made into a huge collage for permanent display.