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Illiana meeting Wednesday

Updated: August 17, 2014 6:10AM



Residents looking for more information on the proposed Illiana tollway may get some of their answers at a meeting scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Wilmington City Hall, 1165 S. Water Street.

Will County Ombudsman, Mike Hansen is expected to give an update on the project and answer questions. State Rep. John Anthony, R-Morris, will also participate.

“Residents have many questions about the proposed $1.3 billion Illiana project that will cut across Will County and impact property owners in its path,” Will County board member Ragan Freitag, R-Wilmington, said in a press release.

The 47-mile route would link Interstate 65 in Indiana near Lowell with Interstate 55 in Illinois near Wilmington.

Hansen was appointed ombudsman for the project and to represent the interests of property owners affected by the proposed Illiana in dealings with the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Contact Hansen at (815) 744-9500 or mikehansen@mikehansenlaw.com for more information.

Federal grant bolsters Markham emergency response

The City of Markham has been awarded a $184,042 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in order to aid first-responders of the Markham Fire Department in responding to fires and other emergencies.

According to a press release from U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program has provided first-responder organizations in need with approximately $5.25 billion dollars since 2001, and still plans to award approximately $320.9 million in grants to fire departments and non-affiliated EMS organizations from Fiscal Year 2013 funding.

Funding is provided nationwide in order to help organizations purchase response equipment, personal protective equipment and vehicles, and to help cover training costs.

“This grant will provide Markham firefighters with the tools they need to protect the lives and property of residents and to enhance their own safety,” said U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL) in a press release. “I’m always ready to assist our firefighters in securing the funding they need to keep our communities safe.”

Monica Albers

Children’s Museum recognized

The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn has received the GuideStar Exchange Gold participation level for its high level of transparency and accountability within the industry. It is the first Chicago-area children’s museum to receive this distinction from GuideStar USA, Inc.

The museum received this logo after disclosing all required information on the nonprofit report page of www.guidestar.org.

This news comes as the museum prepares to honor its hard-working members at its annual Volunteer and Staff Recognition Dinner, set to take place on July 23 at 6 p.m. at Garden Chalet in Worth, Ill. The event will be recognizing one exceptional staff member and several exceptional volunteers. A community partnership award will also be presented to Oak Lawn Community High School, according to a press release.

Also to be recognized at the event, Ian Chafee, Ron Maynard and Kevin Mathers have been named as this year’s Soaring Spirit Honorees.

“It’s a great honor for us to be able to honor Ian, Ron and Kevin this year,” Adam Woodworth, the museum’s executive director, said in a press release. “Both Ian and Ron have been instrumental in anything and everything technology-related in terms of museum operations, saving the museums tens of thousands of dollars over the past 10 years. Kevin is vice-president of our board of directors and has helped the museum by working to grow our Fall Fun Fest event, chairing the event from 2007-2013. He also has been an integral part of the museum’s marketing plan and strategic plan.”

Tickets for the Volunteer and Staff Recognition Dinner can be purchased for $25 each, with tables seating eight for $200. Reservations can be made through the museum’s website, www.cmoaklawn.org or by phone at (708) 423-6709 ext. 201.

Monica Albers

Homer Glen approves drainage improvements

Homer Glen village officials last week approved stormwater drainage improvement projects for two subdivision detention ponds.

The village contracted with Gilberts-based Copenhaver Construction for $297,729 to reconstruct the existing detention ponds at Lady Bar and Secretariat lanes in the Derby Meadows subdivision and north of Sparrow Court in the Meadowview subdivision.

Work is expected to begin this summer and take a few months to complete, said Michael Salamowicz, director of development services.

The ponds have not been functioning the way they are supposed to, have a significant buildup of silt and vegetation and a large mosquito problem, according to village officials.

Reconstructing the ponds will restore them to a functioning state, Salamowicz said.

Michelle Mullins



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