This week my colleagues and I returned to Springfield for the first of two weeks of Veto Session. Over the past several months members of the General Assembly have been meeting in work groups to focus on issues including public safety, reproductive healthcare, mental health and gun violence. Our goal is to build consensus and have legislation ready for consideration by the House during these critical months leading up to the inauguration of the 103rd General Assembly in January.
It has been an honor of a lifetime to represent my community in Springfield. As we look ahead to the holiday season and precious time with loved ones, I want to wish you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!
As always, if you are ever in need of assistance, do not hesitate to contact my office. We are available weekdays at (847) 486-8810, you can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz
I would like to thank the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois for honoring me as one of their top 2022 Women Legislator’s alongside my colleagues Sen. Cristina Castro and Rep. Eva-Dina Delgado.
Sen. Laura Fine and I were able to stop by Covenant Senior Living in Northbrook for the first time since before COVID to sit down with seniors and discuss the work we are doing in Springfield.
I was recently back at the Skokie Chamber of Commerce’s annual legislative forum alongside Sen. Ram Villivalm, Sen. Laura Fine, Treasurer Mike Frerichs, MWRD Commissioner Josina Morita and Niles Township Supervisor Bonnie Kahn Ognisanti. It is always great to hear directly from our business community on important issues.
I was so happy to participate in this year’s “Principal for a Day” event at Winkelman Elementary School. We met with administrators and toured the building, but the highlight of my day was sitting with Ms. Lauter’s 3rd grade class to answer their questions and talk to them about what it means to be a good citizen and neighbor.
Mortgage Assistance Applications open through January 31st, 2023
The state of Illinois is currently accepting applications from homeowners for grants of up to $60,000 to eliminate or reduce past-due mortgage and property tax payments. Apply before the Jan. 31, 2023 deadline.
To find out if you’re eligible and get prepared, the Illinois Housing Development Authority’s website HERE.
National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week
In the lead up to Thanksgiving, November 12th through the 22nd is National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness week. Please consider supporting one of our community’s food pantries in the lead up to the holiday season. You can find information on how to donate, or volunteer at any of the local food pantry locations by visiting their website. Niles Township, Northfield Township and New Trier Township.
District Shout Out
Westcott School and Westmoor Elementary
Last month two Northbrook schools were honored as 2022 National Blue Ribbons recipients. Westmoor School in Northbrook/Glenview District 30 and Westcott in Northbrook District 28. I want to recognize all the hard work done by teachers and staff to be rewarded with this honor!
Events and Opportunities
- The Glenview Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Holiday in the Park & Parade on Saturday, November 26th at 4 PM. Follow the parade down Glenview Road from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church going west to Jackman Park. Festivities in the park include a visit with Santa, hay rides, a train ride for kids, carolers, cookies, hot chocolate and popcorn while supplies last. More information HERE.
- The Women’s Club of Evanston is hosting the 2022 Holiday Bazaar on Saturday November 19th and Sunday November 20th at 1702 Chicago Avenue, Evanston 60201. More information can be found HERE.
- Know before you file! Evanston Public Library and the Chicago Bar Association are hosting a Zoom webinar on Tuesday November 29th at 6 PM about changes to Federal and Illinois tax law for the 2022 filing year. You can learn more and RSVP HERE.
- Skokie Park District will have an evergreen wreath making workshop at the Emily Oaks Nature Center on Wednesday, November 30th from 7 to 8:30 PM. Registration is required, more information HERE.