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Message from the Village President

 

Welcome to the Village President’s web page on the Village of Lincolnwood website.  On this web page I will share updates and information about the Village of Lincolnwood.  As always, if you are interested in learning more about what is detailed on this page or have questions for me, please call (847) 745-4717 or email me at bbass@lwd.org.

My fellow residents,

As the summer ends and the fall rolls in, we have a lot to be thankful for here in the Village of Lincolnwood. I want to start this edition highlighting some of the recent news and events within our community.

  • The Village celebrated the completion of the Water Transmission Main Project, one of the largest undertakings in Village history. This project represents an investment in the future of Lincolnwood and the people who call our Village home. This switch to a more cost-effective and stable source of water has been a long time in the making, and I am proud to see it come to fruition. This is an example of a government that works. The Village has the strength and leadership to identify residents’ needs and complete a project under budget and months ahead of schedule. We are fortunate to partner with the City of Evanston, whose innovation allows them to offer “water transmission” as a thriving business opportunity. I have always loved the City of Evanston and extend my gratitude to Mayor Stephen Hagerty, former Mayor Tisdahl, and their associates and staff. Many people deserve credit for this project, including the Village Board of Trustees, our Public Works Director, Andrew Letson, Christopher B. B Burke Engineering, and other staff who helped see this project to completion.
  • Congratulations to two of our residents awarded with honors at our last Village Board meeting in July. Sheri Doniger received the Madeleine Grant Volunteer of the Year Award for her service to the community, and Tom Bujnowski received the Human Relations Commission Person of the Year Award for his great work as a Building Engineer with School District 74. Join me in congratulating them both!
  • On Tuesday, July 28, 2020, the Village hosted a Stormwater Town Hall to provide information regarding efforts to manage stormwater throughout the community. Members of the Village Board, staff, and the Village’s consulting engineer, Christopher B. Burke Engineering, led the informational presentation and answered questions regarding stormwater management. The presentation covered types of flooding issues, on-going stormwater management projects, the stormwater master plan, and the rebate programs available to assist residents.
  • The District 1860 project continues to move forward, despite delays caused by the pandemic with groundbreaking expected to occur later this year, barring any unforeseen event. As news related to this exciting project becomes available, it will be shared on the Village’s website, www.lincolnwoodil.org, in addition to our social media and newsletters.
  • The Parks and Recreation Department will be holding the L.E.A.P. after school program for School District 74 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. This program will take place each day School District 74 students are in session, from school release until 6:00 p.m. Please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at recreation@lwd.org to have your family added to the roster.
  • I must regretfully share the passing of former Lincolnwood Police Chief Bob LaMantia in early August. Chief LaMantia served as the Police Chief from 2006 until 2017, and prior to working for Lincolnwood, he served the Village Mayor Barry Bass of Wilmette in their Police Department. During his tenure, he was involved in the Village’s Coffee with the Clergy program, a series of interfaith conversations for religious leaders in the community, and overseeing the transition of E9-1-1 dispatch services to the Village of Skokie. We join Chief LaMantia’s family in mourning.
  • The Village of Lincolnwood is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and adapting to best meet the needs of our residents during this difficult time. Staff will continue to update these pages as new information becomes available.  Our Coronavirus web-page can be found at www.lincolnwoodil.org/our-community/coronavirus/.
  • As per the Governor’s guidelines, the Village requires all persons over the age of two to wear face coverings, which cover their nose and mouth and are made of cloth or other material that is reasonably designed and made to inhibit, filter, or restrict the breath, sneeze, cough, or other exhaling from one’s nose and mouth. Lincolnwood branded face coverings are available for purchase in Village Hall for $10.
  • There are multiple groceries in our area that offer delivery including Walmart Grocery in Lincolnwood. Delivery services can be accessed on their webpages. If you or someone you know are in need of food assistance, the Niles Township food pantry is available at (847) 983-0073.  If you need additional assistance or have questions call the Village at (847) 673-1540.
  • If you have neighbors who are elderly, home-bound, or that may need assistance, giving them a phone call during this challenging time can go a long way. A neighbor may need food, medicine, supplies, or might appreciate just having someone to talk to on the phone.

The concept of water and the pride I felt at the completion of the water transmission project brings to mind a teaching.  We learn that the appearance of one person to the other is like water.  When we look in water, we see our true selves, a reflection of who we are.  So too, when we look at others, if we show a face that is smiling, that person will then smile back.  When we are frowning, that face will be looking back at us.  Solomon, the wise, is telling us to always look at others in a positive way and that positivity will be reflected back on us.  The power of water is the ability to reflect on ourselves and see the good in others and be positive and encouraging to absolutely everyone, no matter what.  A practical lesson we could use today in our current (hopefully temporary) crisscross/upside-down world.

Sincerely,

Barry I. Bass
Village President

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