Mid-Summer Newsletter

Dear Neighbors,

Summer days are here again! I hope you and your loved ones are enjoying the summer weather – and taking advantage of the excellent parks and outdoor public spaces in our area. These outdoor spaces are a treasure and are part of what makes our community so special.

If you’re looking for indoor fun this summer, see below for information about free museum passes available through my office.

We recently hired four student interns and I am looking forward to working with these bright, passionate young people in our district this summer. Learn more about them and their work below!

As always, if there is a state issue that my office can assist with, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are available weekdays at (847) 486-8810, you can also email us at info@gonggershowitz.com.


Representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz

District 17’s Fourth of July Festivities

Intern Spotlight:

This summer I am thrilled to have four interns working in my district office! Hopefully you will get the chance to meet them as we are out in the District the next few months!

Marco Alvarado is a rising junior at Loyola University Chicago studying Political Science and Psychology. At Loyola Marco helped found Honors Student Government and has a passion for public policy and government. He has previously interned at Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s office and is excited about the opportunity to work in a different level of government. Marco is interested in studying social justice initiatives, mental health awareness, immigration advocacy, and consumer protection policy during his time at our office. He aspires to enter the legal field and apply his knowledge of government to create meaningful change.

Maya Crystal is a rising senior at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign double majoring in Political Science and Gender and Women’s Studies and minoring in Jewish Studies and Informatics. At school, she is the president of LGBTJew, a member of interfaith in action, and a student senator in the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Senate. She is excited to work in constituent services and help connect our residents with the services they need. Maya is incredibly passionate about higher education and looking at ways to support our public universities. In the future, Maya aspires to work as an advocate or policymaker in Illinois creating policies that will better the lives of all Illinoisans.

Sarah Kwon is a recent graduate of Glenbrook South High School (GBS) and is planning on majoring in Politics at Princeton University in the fall. At GBS, she was an active member of Student Council, serving as the Student Body President. Sarah is highly interested in issues surrounding migration, poverty alleviation, and education. She is excited to delve deeper into such topics through research and hands-on experience of working with constituents. Sarah aspires to work at any level of government or pursue a career in the legal profession. Her only hope is that she will be able to affect tangible change in the areas she’s most passionate about.

Lauren Nash is a rising junior at The College of William and Mary where she is studying government and environmental science. She also completes research with the conservation department and serves as an Orientation Leader. Lauren is looking forward to working with residents of the 17th District because of her passion for helping others and providing a fundamental service to the community. Lauren is very passionate about women’s rights and environmental conservation. She looks forward to researching these topics in greater depth and gaining greater practical experience with both subject areas. In the future, Lauren would like to pursue a career in the legal profession, possibly in environmental law.

Borrow our constituent education pass!

Did you know District 17 residents can visit numerous museums for FREE? You may also choose to take a group of 4 people!

Contact our office at 847-486-8810 or info@gonggershowitz.com with your name, address and the dates you are requesting (up to two days maximum) and we will provide you with the Constituent Education Resource Card for your use!

Events and Opportunities

  • Wilmette Sidewalk Sale returns on July 12th and 13th in downtown Wilmette, featuring your favorite Wilmette retailers, plus local artisans, entertainment and fun kids’ activities!  For more information click HERE.
  • Skokie Bookmobile Party at Lee Wright Park on July 13th from 1pm – 2:30pm. Meet at the bookmobile for music, games, fun activities, light refreshments, and local early childhood information. For more information click HERE.
  • Northbrook Electric Vehicles 101 will take place on July 14th from 2pm-3:30pm at the Northbrook Library. Learn how EVs work, how charging works, and what to expect in vehicles, infrastructure, and tax credits. After the lecture, tour electric cars and talk to local EV owners. Car show takes place in the parking lot after the presentation, approximately 3:00-3:30 pm. For more information click HERE.
  • Glenview Bearfoot in the Park Summer Concert Series on Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30pm through August 7th at Jackman Park Gazebo. For more information click HERE.
  • Skokie Wednesdays on the Green Summer Concert Series takes place on the Village Green (between the Skokie Library and the Skokie VIllage Hall) at 7pm every Wednesday throughout the summer. Come enjoy live music, good food and good times! For more information click HERE.
  • Evanston Starlight Concert and Movie Series takes place at different parks throughout Evanston every week. Concerts begin at 6:30 PM and Movies begin at 7 PM. Bring your own lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks. Restaurants and/or Food trucks will be available at select concerts, as noted below. For more information and a detailed schedule clickHERE.

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