Check out the latest edition of the New Trier Township Courier:
Sign up today to help feed the hungry in Nicaragua at New Trier Township agency-partner The Volunteer Center of N.E. Metro Chicago's annual, family-friendly, Kids Against Hunger Event March 17th at the Winnetka Community House. Select a shift from 8:30-10:30am - 11:00-1:00pm or 2:00-4:00pm and spend a wonderful couple hours helping feed over 100,000 starving people across the globe. Register now - Shifts are filling up: www.WNRotary.org
Did you check out the new Township email newsletter, the Dispatch? When I ran for Township Trustee last year, one of my main goals was to improve communications with the community. Every resident should know about the fabulous work our Township does for our neighbors in need and what resources are available to them.
The Civic Consulting Alliance has released its long-awaited report, detailing what we all knew from the detailed reporting by the Chicago Tribune and ProPublica: "CCA has found that the residential assessment system is more variable and more regressive than agreed upon industry standards, causing a wealth transfer from owners of lower-value homes to those of higher-value homes." Our property tax system and its reliance on appeals are broken. I look forward to this report and the previous reporting leading to some real reform. In the meantime, your Township Assessor is available to help you navigate through the complicated system.
An important reminder from a constituent:
"It is Special Education week, not only for children with Down syndrome, Autism, Dyslexia, ADHD or ADD, but also for kids/teens with special needs; those who struggle every day to succeed, who battle disorders or learning issues over which they may have no control, and those who help them progress to various achievements and independence.
It would be great to teach our children to be kind and to accept all their classmates. Kids with special needs want what every kid wants: to be accepted! And they suffer greatly when they are rejected or mocked."
Today I went to the LifeSource at the James R. Thompson Center to give blood in honor of Commander Paul Bauer, who lost his life protecting and serving, only to hear about yet another school shooting today. Enough: Our society needs innovative solutions to fight gun violence.
Do you like Spin? Check out CJE SeniorLife's fundraiser class! New Trier Township partners with CJE to provide seniors with consumer check ups. Learn more here: http://www.newtriertownship.com/esther_craven_on-site_at_…/…
Get into the spirit of Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Week with New Trier Township agency-partner Family Service of Glencoe (FSG) and numerous local organizations and businesses to create special opportunities for kindness throughout our community during the week of February 11-17, 2018. Donate formal wear The Glass Slipper Project, Chicago, IL or books for Bernie's Book Bank. Learn more at http://www.familyserviceofglencoe.org/3rd-annual-kindness-…/
Thank you Alexa Burnell and your Happy Helpers! #neighborshelpingneighbors.
A community service group known as "The Happy Helpers" decorated, packed and delivered about 40 Valentine bags filled with full-size hygiene products and fresh ...produce for Township Food Pantry clients. We are grateful to Alexa Burnell, who started this project as a "life lesson of giving back" for her children. Alexa's efforts have grown exponentially, and their generosity is now realized beyond the Township. Their work includes giving gifts and musical entertainment at nursing homes, providing goods to the Night Ministry (serving Chicago's vulnerable youth and adults through street outreach) and to hurricane victims.
When we talk about Township residents working for the common good, this is a stellar example. Thank you to Alexa, her children and all the volunteers that make Happy Helpers the wonderful organization it is.
Note the departure from the normal 2nd Tuesday of the month, meeting date. The Township's FY ends at the end of February, so the February meeting is generally rescheduled to the end of the month to provide the most up to date financials to the Board and public.
The Board meeting will be held in the Board room of the New Trier Township office.
The Board of Trustees Meeting is open to the general public. The agenda will been posted at least 48 hours before the event on the Township website and at the Township building.
Calling all New Trier High School students! “What does equal protection mean to students?” You could earn up to a $1000 scholarship for your 3-5 minute video or essay on the subject. The deadline is February 28th. As a civil rights attorney and member of the Federal Bar Association, I am happy to speak to any students interested in entering. GSEisenberg@newtriertownship.com. Good luck!
I was proud to testify today at the Cook County Board of Commissioners' Legislative and Intergovernmental Relations Committee in favor of improved lactation accommodations in Cook County courthouses. As a working mother of two, I struggled to pump for my children, one of which was premature. Cook County needs to make it as easy as possible for women who choose to breastfeed to continue to do so with the dignity they deserve when they find themselves working in Cook County facilities, serving jury duty, exercising their fundamental rights to access the courts, or representing parties. Thank you to the Committee for passing Resolution 17-9993.
The Illinois Primary is March 20th. Don't let your busy life prevent you from exercising your right to vote! Apply now for a mail-in ballot and vote from the comfort of your own home:
There are 2 more spots left in New Trier Township agency-partner, the Winnetka Youth Organization's teen volunteer opportunity on Saturday, Feb. 17th (10am-12pm) at Bernie's Book Bank's special event. You must be in grades 9th-12th to register. Email Christina Gikas, Executive Director at email@example.com to register TODAY. Cannot make this opportunity? Keep an eye out for the Township book drive again this summer.
New Trier Township is proud of its Peer Jury program, which keeps non-violent youthful offenders out of the juvenile justice system and reduces recidivism. The Children and Family Justice Center of the Bluhm Legal Clinic, where I once served as a clinical student, has issued a report detailing how far juvenile justice has come in this state and the continued challenges facing the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice.