Category Archives: Democrats In Action

4th of July Parade

Join fellow Moraine Township Dems and show your support for Democratic values and our candidates! And have fun on July 4th. The

Highland Park parade will step off at 10:00 am. We start gathering at 9:00 – please arrive by 9:30 – 9:40.

We need people to walk with us, people to serve as Moraine Dems Parade Marshals, and folks who can help us staff the Democrats’ table at the festival at Sunset Park after the parade.  Or just come by our booth and visit.

The parade will begin at 1700 St. John’s Avenue – the train station parking lot east of the tracks and south of Laurel (look for

Spot #34 – Moraine Township Democrats) – and will end at Sunset Woods Park. The total parade distance will be nine blocks.

Hope you can join us!  To RSVP, click here.  For more information, call us at (847)702-6635.

Deerfield Whole Foods Supports Township Food Pantries

Moraine Township officials receive generous contribution from Deerfield Whole Foods to support the food pantry

Moraine Township officials receive generous contribution from Deerfield Whole Foods to support the food pantry

Through its Feed 4 More program, Whole Foods Market in Deerfield presented a check for $8,768 to Moraine Township to support its food pantry.

The funds were raised during November and December 2014 from customers who volunteered to add food pantry contributions to their bill when checking out. Contributions were directed to Moraine and West Deerfield Townships’ food pantries.

Highlighting the overwhelming generosity of its customers, Whole Foods Marketing Director Cheri Buell said, “A significant percentage of our shoppers joined in the effort to help make the holidays special for local families going through difficult times.”

With 25% of Highland Park/Highwood elementary school students qualifying for the federal free or reduced lunch program, and many senior residents struggling to cover increasing expenses on fixed incomes, use of Moraine Township’s food pantry has been increasing. In 2014, Moraine Township accommodated 4,600 resident visits to  its food pantry.

“The Feed 4 More event exceeded all our expectations and will provide our pantry with the resources necessary to continue to address food insecurity in our community,” said Township Supervisor Anne Flanigan Bassi. “Whole Foods also partners with our pantry through weekly donations of fresh produce and bakery goods, helping our clients provide nutritious meals to their families on limited budgets.”

Township Clerk Gail Feiger Brown commented on the importance of this contribution: “In the last year our pantry has added produce, eggs, and cheese, in addition to shelf-stable food and frozen meat previously offered. Whole Foods Market Deerfield’s contribution is crucial to our effort to continue to add perishable food to help our clients stretch their food dollars.”

“We are very fortunate to have this ongoing support,” added Township Trustee Amy Zisook. “Whole Foods Market Deerfield lives the ideal of giving back to the community and demonstrates compassion and concern for our residents.”

Moraine Township’s food pantry is open to all income-qualified Moraine Township residents Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and at other times by appointment. Residents are invited to visit the food pantry at 777 Central Avenue twice a month to receive fresh produce, cheese, eggs, frozen meat, and shelf-stable food.

For more information, contact Bassi at (847) 432-3240 or super@morainetownship.org. Moraine Township’s website is www.morainetownship.org.

 

State Rep. Drury Gets Leadership Role

Rep. Scott Drury

Rep. Scott Drury

Scott Drury, who represents the 58th District in the Illinois legislature, wrote to supporters on February 3:

“I have been appointed Vice Chair of the House Criminal Judiciary Committee! This is a major accomplishment and a testament to our hard work and tireless efforts to transform Illinois. The Criminal Judiciary Committee is the House of Representatives’ primary voice on numerous major issues confronting the State of Illinois, including public corruption, firearms policy, reformation of the criminal justice system and sentencing policy. We look forward to serving Illinois in this new capacity.”

Subsidized Health Insurance Open Enrollment Ended February 15

Moraine200colorAbsent a life event (e.g., marriage, divorce, job-loss) that qualifies someone for a special enrollment period, February 15 was the last day to enroll in a health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare), and obtain premium subsidies.

“People can still obtain insurance through private brokers or insurance companies after February 15,” notes Moraine Township Supervisor Anne Flanigan Bassi, “but help paying for the insurance will no longer be available.”

Moraine Township has certified navigators available at no charge to work one-on-one with residents to help enrollees understand and compare coverage, costs, and financial assistance. The township partners with the Lake County Health Department and Get Covered Illinois in this service.

Township navigator Barbara Altman cautions that “people who are uninsured for more than three months in 2015 may be liable for a penalties when filing 2015 income tax returns in 2016, so enrolling while financial assistance is still available will ensure both savings and access to healthcare in the event of an accident or unexpected health event.”

To schedule an appointment call Moraine Township at 847-432-3240; appointments are available weekdays, weekends, and evenings.

Medicaid enrollments are accepted year-round, and the Township assists residents with Medicaid enrollment throughout the year.

For further information call Moraine Township at the number above or email super@morainetownship.org.

Moraine Township Receives Stormwater Management’s 2014 BMP Project of the Year Award

Moraine200colorThe Lake County Stormwater Management Commission (SMC) awarded Moraine Township the 2014 BMP (Best Management Practices) Project of the Year Award for its drainage project at Mooney Cemetery. The project was partially funded thanks to a generous grant from the Stormwater Management Commission Watershed Management Board.

“Designed to address drainage issues and replace an aging asphalt driveway in a sustainable way, the project included environmentally-sensitive components such as pervious pavers and two rain gardens,” said Anne Flanigan Bassi, Moraine Township Supervisor. “Having the installation of the rain gardens completed with volunteers saved the township significant expense and gave us all the satisfaction of working together to accomplish something lovely and worthwhile.”

“The township is being recognized for its Mooney Cemetery green infrastructure project designed for sustainability and constructed through the spirit of volunteerism and partnership,” said  Mike Warner, executive director of the commission. More than 70 volunteers—from Boy Scouts, Rotary Club, YouthBuild Lake County, Highland Park/Highwood League of Women Voters, and the Park District of Highland Park,as well as neighbors of the cemetery and in one case, a volunteer whose ancestors are buried in the historic cemetery—pitched in to install and mulch 750 plants in two rain gardens.

“The township has struggled with water issues at the cemetery for years. With surfaces less than 1% in pitch, it is very difficult to get land to drain efficiently, and ponding occurs in depressions,” said landscape architect Nancy Hannick . “Permeable pavers on the driveway allow water to be absorbed below the road bed and directed via pipes to two rain gardens.”

“The results exceeded our high expectations,” Bassi observed. “Even with heavy rains during the spring of 2014, there was no ponding water at the site.”

The township is planning an open house and tour of the project next summer.  Master gardeners and the landscape architect will provide instruction to the public about the benefits of natural landscaping drainage solutions.

For more information, call Supervisor Bassi at 847-432-3240 or email super@morainetownship.org. Moraine Township’s website is morainetownship.org.

Holiday Gift Drive Serves 600-Plus Children

Moraine200colorAs he greeted more than 600 children who received holiday gifts at Moraine Township’s Annual Phyllis Santullano Holiday Gift Drive, Santa Claus observed that “their smiles could light up our city.” Santa’s elves were ably assisted by generous sponsors from the Highland Park/Highwood community who were anonymously matched with the children.

“We are reminded daily of how fortunate we are to live in a community with a spirit of generosity and compassion that is second to none,” noted event co-chair Sue Kach.

Moraine Township, which partners with the community and schools on this effort,  increased the number of children sponsored by more than 200 this year. School social workers and counselors nominate families who are struggling financially, and every child in that family is sponsored.

“The age, gender, size, and a wish list from the anonymous child were provided to sponsors who committed to spending $40 to $50 on new toys and clothing for each child,“ explained Township Clerk Gail Feiger Brown, who co-chairs the effort. “When gifts are distributed to the children, the family also receives grocery gift cards to shop for the foods that make their family’s holiday celebration special.”

The Annual Holiday Gift Drive is named after Phyllis Santullano, a Highland Park City Council member during the 1970s and ‘80s who founded The North Suburban Self-Help Center to help struggling families in our community. Moraine Township’s Annual Holiday Gift Drive helps to keep Phyllis’ spirit of compassion and generosity alive.

For further information call (847) 432-3240 or email clerk@morainetownship.org. Moraine Township’s website is www.morainetownship.org