As many of you are aware, anti-Semitic flyers were recently anonymously distributed to homes in parts of the district. I share the disgust and anger that many of you feel in response to this kind of bigotry in our community.
As a community that embraces diversity and celebrates our differences as well as shared values, we must remain vigilant but unafraid in the face of hate of all kinds. This incident, along with so many others, simply reinforces our resolve and drives us to work even harder to make our state and our nation a more empathetic and peaceful place.
Representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz
2022 Summer Internship Program
Support for Ukraine and Updates
The federal government has now approved $13.6 billion in emergency aid for Ukraine, which includes money for humanitarian aid, defense assistance, and economic support for the region.
If you are looking for ways to help or donate, there are several links below with more information.
The Ukrainian National Museum, based in Chicago, has a great list of organizations with QR codes depending on which type of support people would like to donate to. You can view them HERE.
In addition, The Department of State has information and links regarding Ukraine HERE. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has information on where to donate on their website HERE.
Women’s History Month
This Women’s History Month, we’re highlighting trailblazing women in the district. On August 23, 1936, the Chicago Girls’ Flying Club sponsored the first Rod-Air-O competition at Curtiss-Reynolds Airport near Glenview. The event featured performances by 15 members of the Ninety-Nines, a group of female pilots founded by Amelia Earhart (Pictured: Jane Ray, Chicago Tribune historical photo).
Early Voting Changes
- June 12 – Last day to register to vote online
- June 13 – Early voting period begins
- June 23 – Last day to request a mail-in ballot
- June 27 – Early voting period ends
District Shout Out – Michelle Valiukenas
Michelle Valiukenas of Glenview was awarded the Peggy A. Montes Unsung Heroine Award, which is presented to one woman from each of the seventeen County districts. Michelle was nominated by Commissioner Scott Britton, for co-founding the Colette Louis Tisdahl Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to improve outcomes of pregnancy and childbirth and support families dealing with the loss of a child. The organization has helped over 1,000 families in 42 states and given away almost $1 million in grants. Michelle also co-leads a support group for parents who have lost babies, participates in Mom Congress, and has served on Northfield Township’s Commission on Human Services.
Applications and Opportunities to Get Involved
- Glenview is debuting its first Citizen Government Academy (CGA), a seven-week course for up to 30 individuals interested in learning how municipal government works. It will take place Thursday evenings beginning May 26. Applications are available HERE.
- Village of Skokie Health and Human Services Department is offering Skokie residents a workforce training grant for free tuition for one of Oakton Community College’s short-term certificate programs for unemployed or underemployed residents. More information and the application due March 31st can be found HERE.
- Summer Camp Financial Aid Scholarships are available for children who are residents of New Trier Township for the summer 2021 camp sessions. Contact Jeanne Winsted Rosser at 847-446-8201 for assistance. Apply by April 22nd HERE.
- Register for Youth Services Pride Youth Program’s annual Trans Youth & Family Summit on Sunday, April 3rd and, if you are in high school, apply to be a youth leader with prideLEAD, to plan events, educate peers and adults in your community, and learn more about social justice for LBGTQ+ issues. Apply by April 30th HERE.
- ComEd recently launched its Future of Energy program, which will provide up to $250,000 in scholarships for women and minorities pursuing STEM degrees in college. Through March 28, 2022, students throughout Illinois can apply for the scholarship program, which will provide financial assistance awards of up to $10,000 and a chance to intern with ComEd. Apply HERE.
Events in the District
- Electronics recycling and document destruction events will be held in the district this spring. Skokie’s Spring Greening Recycling Event will take place on April 3rd. Morton Grove will be holding theirs on May 14th from 9am-12pm at Morton Grove Public Works. Northbrook will hold a drive-thru recycling event and sapling giveaway on April 23 from 9am-12pm at the West Metra Commuter, as well as an Earth Month kick-off event with a restoration workday and seed giveaway on April 3rd at Somme Woods.
- Respiratory Health Association (RHA) Hustle Chicago stair climb returns to historic Soldier Field on Sunday, May 15, 2022. The event benefits RHA, a Chicago-based organization offering programs to help people living with lung disease and promote clean air. Learn more and register HERE.