Food insecurity is something that most of us don’t think about everyday, but it quietly impacts hundreds in our community. According to Moraine Township, over 25% of our kindergarten through eighth grade students qualify for free or reduced-cost lunches, impacting every school in North Shore School District 112. Additionally, many senior citizens count on the Moraine Township food pantry for basic food supplies. During the month of October, over 400 people visited the pantry, seeking food for themselves and their families.
At 11:00am today, our community gathered at the Highland Park Public library to salute the incredible men and women who serve or have served the United States of America.
During the last 24 hours, Highland Park has experienced three public safety incidents: a shooting at Highland Park Hospital and two robberies in downtown Highland Park.
Three summers ago, we were suffering through a difficult season of storms and power outages that lasted for days. In the aftermath, we met with ComEd as a community, and we collaborated with regional neighbors and elected officials to work with ComEd to address the on-going problems so many were experiencing. Additionally, we held hearings with the Illinois Commerce Commission and Illinois General Assembly members, and we filed testimony with the Illinois Attorney General in an action demanding reimbursement for losses.
Last year, the New York Times featured an interview with Brad Garlinghouse, the CEO of a company called YouSendIt. He talked about how he infused his organization with three important values: be in, be real, be bold. You can find the interview by clicking here.
As a City Council and staff, our focus is on three core priorities: fiscal stability, public safety and investment in our infrastructure in addition to supporting our businesses, meeting the needs of our most vulnerable community members, celebrating the arts and preserving our natural resources. We run our city to be sustainable both now and for the future, investing in our infrastructure and public safety, and maintaining a balanced operating budget. Over the past few years, we have focused on improving the efficiency of City operations, collaborating with sister governments and scrutinizing spending. As part of this effort, I asked staff to provide the City Council with an inventory and comprehensive analysis of our city-owned property.
I delivered the State of the City Address at the City Council meeting on February 24, 2014, highlighting a year of transparency, collaboration, responsible teamwork and proactive governance.
The City of Highland Park maintains about 155 miles of paved road. Every spring, streets in northern climates such as ours develop potholes and after the winter we’ve had, this season is shaping up to be one of the worst. Public Works crews are out in force filling holes, but new ones are popping up every day with the extreme freeze thaw cycle.
This morning dozens of brave (crazy?) Highland Park High Schoolstudents and faculty took advantage of the 19-degree sunny day and jumped into Lake Michigan to raise money for 2014 Charity Drive recipient ALS/Les Turner Foundation. This is the 20th year of Charity Drive. Help out our community-minded students all this month as they work to help others. Click here to learn more or watch the video below.