Category: Press Release

Briefly: Affordable Veterans Housing Coming to Melrose Park; State Rep Looking To Keep Maywood Park Open; Maywood Library Events

Melrose Park Vet Homes

The site of a future 39-unit veteran’s housing complex at 101 N. 14th Avenue in Melrose Park. The groundbreaking for the complex, which is scheduled to open in August 2016, was today, Nov. 11. | Google Maps.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR

New homes to benefit homeless veterans based on need

MACK COMMUNICATIONS PRESS RELEASE || MELROSE PARK, Ill. – Elected officials, community leaders and social service representatives today, Wednesday, Nov. 11, were on hand for a groundbreaking ceremony for a new 39 unit veteran’s housing complex in Melrose Park, to be located at 101 North 14th Avenue. The event coincided on Veteran’s Day.

“We are delighted that the Safe Haven Foundation and the West Suburban Housing Development are able to build these new homes which will benefit homeless veterans and those in transition after having done so much to serve our country,” said Melrose Park Mayor Ron Serpico.

For more than 20 years, A Safe Haven has offered veteran housing based on individual need, assessment and eligibility, including transitional housing, per diem housing and permanent affordable housing throughout the Chicago area. All housing is in neighborhood settings.

“This is an important addition to the services provided in our area,” said Serpico. “Those in sudden or chronic social and financial crisis are able to get help, address the root causes of the problems and go on to live independent self-sufficient lives with pride and purpose.”

Financial partners for the project include the Cook County Department of Economic Development, Department of Planning and Development, Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, Illinois Housing Development Authority, MB Financial Bank, Nation Equity Fund, LISC Grants and Contracts Management.

Construction is expected to begin later this month. The project is scheduled to be completed August 1, 2016.

Rep. Jones Launches Effort To Keep Balmoral, Maywood Parks Open

Maywood Park

Chicago Tribune || 11/10/15 || By Phil Kadner

State Rep. Thaddeus Jones, D-Calumet City, is sponsoring legislation in the Illinois House to prevent the closing of Balmoral Park and Maywood Park racetracks at the end of the year.

Jones, whose district includes Crete, where Balmoral Park is located, admitted to me that his effort is a long shot, “but the only we hope we have right now of keeping Balmoral Park open next year so that it might attract a buyer.”

The lawmaker questioned the Illinois Racing Board’s decision to take harness racing dates away from Balmoral and Maywood, which had historically held them, and give them to Hawthorne Race Course.

“There was no public discussion about this, no consultation with state legislators, and we don’t know exactly what information the racing board was acting on when it made its decision,” Jones said, adding that he wants to hold a public hearing in Chicago to find out how the board reached its decision.

Jones’ bill, H.B. 2663, would amend the Illinois Racing Act of 1975 and allocate a minimum of 30 days of racing in the next year to any race track that was in good standing during the current year, meaning Balmoral and Maywood.

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Maywood Library Events || Remaining in November || Upcoming in December 

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Here are some of the events occurring at the Maywood Public Library District during the month of December.

December

Loyola Health Screenings

Loyola medical students will visit the Maywood Public Library District to perform health screenings for the community between 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm on Wednesday, December 2nd. This will include blood pressure checks, nutrition counseling, advice on how to quit or cut down on smoking, and chronic diseases. This event is free to the public.

Flight Academy

The Maywood Public Library District and Windy City Squadron will be hosting a “Kids Flight Academy” event on Saturday, December 5th, 2015, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, which will be free to the public.  Participants will learn to play the Star Wars X-Wing® miniatures game by FFG.  Star Wars X-Wing® is a fun and fast paced game for ages 11+. Parents are encouraged to join in the fun.  Game pieces will be provided by Windy City Squadron Events for participants.  Players can win a host of prizes by completing challenges and a host of fun game activities. Registration for the event is encouraged.

The Maywood Public Library District to Hold 2nd Christmas Holiday Sing Along Event

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, December 12th, 2015, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.  The Maywood Public Library District is holding its second Christmas Holiday Sing Along, which is free to the public. There will be live music, food, giveaways and the jackpot drawing for the Split-The-Pot Raffle. Raffle tickets are currently available at the Maywood Library Lending Services Department.  Maywood Public Library District is located at 121 S. 5th Avenue, Maywood, IL, 60153. For more information, please contact Stephanie Samuel, at 708-343-1847 x 30.

Quilting: Step-By-Step Instruction

Making a sampler quilt is a great way to learn or practice different piercing and quilting skills.  If you are interested in learning how to construct quilts, please leave your information for Mildred A. Green at the Library by calling 708-343-1847, and ask for Information Services. The Quilting class meets at the Maywood Public Library District on every Tuesday from 12:00 noon until 2:30 pm in rooms 201 and 202.

Instructions in Sewing

People who are interested in learning some of the basic skills involved in constructing clothing will want to take this free class in rooms 201 and 202 of the Maywood Public Library District on Thursdays from 12:00 noon until 2:30 pm.  Space is limited. In order to begin taking classes, please leave your information for Mildred A. Green at708-343-1847.

Remaining events for November

Vet Center

On Thursday, November 12th, at 4:00 pm, the Vet Center will visit the Maywood Public Library District.  The Vet Center offers outreach, counseling, and referral services to veterans who are eligible for their services, so that they may adjust to living in a post-war environment. For information on the Vet Center, please call 708-457-8805, or visit www.va.gov/directory/guide/facility.asp?ID=5047.

Loyola Health Screenings

Loyola medical students will visit the Maywood Public Library District to perform health screenings for the community between 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm on Wednesday, November 18th. This will include blood pressure checks, nutrition counseling, advice on how to quit or cut down on smoking, and chronic diseases. These events are free to the public.

Real Estate Education Presentation

On Monday, November 30, at 5:15 pm in room 201, Housing Helpers will offer a workshop for first time homebuyers. VFP

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Proviso East Class of 1975’s 40th Reunion, October 9 – 11, 2015

Register-Now-Proviso-East-300x300Tuesday, September 29, 2015 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR 

The Proviso East Class of 1975 will celebrate its 40th Reunion this October.  All Proviso East Class of 1975 Classmates are encouraged to register early.

Maywood, IL — The Proviso East Class of 1975 will celebrate its 40th Reunion on Oct. 9 through Oct. 11, at the Chicago Marriott Oakbrook.

The reunion committee has been meeting monthly for over a year. The chairman of the reunion committee is Gregory Badger. The event spans three days of activities, with a final Brunch planned for Sunday morning. To date, over 100 classmates have registered on the reunion website and intend to participate in the event.

All Events (except Saturday High School Tour) will be held at Chicago Marriott Oakbrook, 1401 West 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL 60523.

Proviso East Class of 1975 40th Reunion Schedule

Friday, October 9, 2015

7 PM || Casual, Reunion Meet & Greet at the Hotel Lobby Bar for classmates and guests.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

10 AM || Down Memory Lane High School Tour for classmates and guests.  Proviso East High School 807 South First Avenue, Maywood, IL 60153.

Celebration Event Details: Suggested Reunion Attire – Dressy Casual

6:30 PM || Registration and Cash Bar

7:30 PM || Presentation and Recognitions

8:00 PM || Food Stations, Hors d’oeuvres, Dinner Buffett, and Dessert Table.

9 PM to 12 midnight || Mingling and Reminiscing.

Sunday October 11, 2015

11 AM || Reunion Farewell Brunch

To register, contact: Varsity Reunion Services: (314) 647-6565, or email info@varsityreunions.com. Register online at varsityreunions.com. Cost to attend the Reunion is $96 before October 5 and $106 afterward.

Follow the event on Facebook: 1975 Class Reunion Proviso East: Information. VFP

Rep. Welch Legislative Update Highlights Proposed Rauner Cuts

BKRAUNER-CST-111014-2_50083925Monday, June 15, 2015 || OFFICE OF REP. CHRIS WELCH || PRESS RELEASE 

Westchester, Ill. – Late Friday, June 12, 2015, Governor Bruce Rauner announced that he will be making several cuts effective July 1, 2015, many targeted at hurting middle class families.    

The Governor is proposing cutting medical care for the elderly and the disabled, and emergency shelters for homeless families and children.  Before the Governor cuts services that will impact people all across Illinois, Rep. Chris Welch, D-7th, is urging Governor Rauner to come to the table and negotiate with the General Assembly.   

“There are real names and faces behind every cut the Governor proposes,” Welch said.  “We cannot cut our way to a balanced budget.  We must take a balanced approach to deal with the challenges we face.”

Representative Welch serves all or parts of Bellwood, Berkeley, Broadview, Forest Park, Hillside, La Grange Park, Northlake, Maywood, Melrose Park, Westchester, Western Springs, and River Forest.  For more information, please contact Welch’s constituent service office at 708-450-1000, email repwelch@emanuelchriswelch.com or click here.

Below is a list of cuts the Governor announced on Friday, June 12, 2015: 

Statewide Action Initiated

  • Notify all State of Illinois vendors to prepare for the potential of a longer delay in receiving payments for goods and services provided to the State.

Effective July 1, 2015

  • Suspend capital projects, including construction at state facilities, schools and colleges.
  • Suspend all capital grants for legislators’ earmarks and non-bonded or “pay as you go” capital projects.
  • This freeze does not include road and other Department of Transportation projects.
  • Significantly reduce use of outside legal counsel by eliminating and/or reducing legal contracts.
  • Department of Healthcare and Family Services Action Initiated
  • Reinstate timely re-determinations of Medicaid eligibility.
  • Roll back rates for ambulance services and renal care services to SMART-Act levels.
  • Reduce managed care capitation rates.
  • Discontinue special Medicaid payments to some hospitals.
  • Increase eligibility threshold (Determination of Need Score) to a level more consistent with national eligibility levels.
  • Achieve cost savings using new procurement strategy for purchasing durable medical equipment.

Department of Natural Resources

Effective September 1, 2015

  • Suspend operations at the World Shooting Recreational Complex (WSRC) near Sparta.  The site will become closed to the public and not available for events. All events scheduled through August 2015, including the Grand American, will not be impacted by this action.

Department of Agriculture

Effective July 1, 2015

  • Suspend funding to county fairs for premiums and fairground rehabilitation projects.
  • Suspend funding for agricultural extension and 4-H clubs for premiums at agricultural shows.
  • Suspend funding for premiums for Agricultural Education Fairs.
  • Suspend funding for the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service.
  • Suspend funding to the Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority

Effective July 1, 2015

  • Suspend funding to Choose Chicago for tourism promotion.

Department of State Police

Effective July 1, 2015

  • Suspend FY16 initiative to purchase new forensic equipment.

Office of State Fire Marshal

Effective July 1, 2015

  • Suspend funding for the Chicago Fire Department training program.
  • Suspend reimbursements for fire department training to other local governments.
  • Suspend funding for small fire-fighting and ambulance equipment grants.

Criminal Justice Information Authority

Effective July 1, 2015

  • Suspend the following legislative earmarks:
  • YouthBuild grants;
  • Bullying Prevention grants;
  • Franklin County Methamphetamine Pilot Program; and
  • South Suburban Major Crimes Taskforce.
  • Suspend statewide funding for Operation CeaseFire.
  • Suspend funding for Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention grants

Department of Human Services

Effective July 1, 2015

  • Suspend funding for Community Services for juvenile delinquency program serving youth and young adults administered by the Chicago Area Project.
  • Suspend funding for Immigrant Integration Services.  Access to the Department’s programs will continue through local offices.
  • Suspend funding for Welcoming Centers. Access to the Department’s programs will continue through local offices.
  • Suspend funding for the Youth Employment legislative earmark.

Department of Public Health

Effective July 1, 2015

  • Suspend funding for Brothers and Sisters United Against HIV
  • Suspend funding to the Tobacco Quitline

Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

Effective July 1, 2015

  • Reduce funding for state-funded job training programs and suspend funding to legislative earmarks for job training.  This does not impact the Department’s federal job training funds.
  • Suspend funding for all coal programs at the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, including discontinuing subsidies to coal companies.
  • Suspend funding for the Renewable Energy Program.  This does not impact the Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standards program.
  • Suspend funding for the Energy Efficiency Program.

Department of Transportation

Effective July 1, 2015

  • Reduce funding for Amtrak
  • Suspend state add-on payment to PACE
  • Suspend state subsidy for Regional Transportation Authority Reduced Fares grant

Department of Revenue

Effective July 1, 2015

  • Reduce funding for the following housing programs administered by the Illinois Housing Development Authority:
    • Multifamily Finance Program;
    • Reduce Homebuyer Acquisition Rehabilitation Program; and
    • Reduce Homeowner Emergency Repair Program

Department of Veteran’s Affairs

Effective July 1, 2015

  • Delay opening of Chicago Veterans’ Home

Mega Menards Opens in Melrose Park

imageMonday, June 1, 2015 || By MACK COMMUNICATION || Press Release 

MELROSE PARK, Ill. – Menards has opened a Two-Story Mega Menards in Melrose Park. The new store features expanded product lines, wider aisles and a full-service lumberyard. It is twice the size of the original North Avenue store in Melrose Park and employs about 300 people.

“We appreciate what Menards means to this community,” said Melrose Park Mayor Ron Serpico. “They have been a good neighbor for 20 years and a source for many jobs.”

The new store is about twice the square footage, approximately 270,000 square feet. It has brand-new full product lines: grocery, health and beauty, cabinets and appliances. The garden center is significantly expanded.

Melrose Park sales tax revenues are expected to rise with the increased volume of business.

The new store will carry brand name appliances, pet products, law and garden supplies, and a line of convenience groceries for a one-stop shopping experience. It has a complete selection of high quality tools for any job and state-of-the-art computers to help customers design do-it-yourself projects.

“We are always hiring,” said general manager Efrain Contreras. “We don’t want to miss that perfect candidate when he or she walks through the door.”

The new store is located at 3215 West North Avenue, just east of Mannheim Road. It is one of nine Two-Story Mega Menards. Menards operates 285 stores in 14 Midwestern states. For more information, click here. VFP

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Proviso Partners for Health Awarded Grant by Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Thursday, April 30, 2015 || Originally Published: Loyola Newswire || 4/24/15

MAYWOOD, IL – The Proviso Partners for Health was awarded a grant from the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) to support their efforts to improve community health. Proviso Partners for Health (PP4H) is comprised of Loyola University Health System, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing as well as Proviso-Leyden Council for Community Action (PLCCA), Proviso East High School, Triton College, Cook County Department of Public Health and several other community organizations.

“We are thrilled with the energy that has resulted from PP4H and look forward to the resources and support from IHI,” said Joanne Kouba, PhD, RDN, LDN, associate professor and director of dietetics education programs at Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing.

PP4H is one of 24 communities that is part of the spreading community accelerators through learning and evaluation (SCALE) imitative which is made possible by a $4.8 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

“The SCALE initiative will help to share the knowledge and experience of health equity solutions that benefit community transformation,” said Lena Hatchett, PhD, assistant professor and director of Community and University Partnerships at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

SCALE helps communities further their capability to improve the health of targeted populations and develop ways to share and spread community-driven approaches across the country.

“After reviewing hundreds of impressive applications, we are pleased to welcome these 24 communities to the SCALE initiative and to bring them together to deepen their ability to create effective improvement and to generously share what’s currently working in various locales,” said Soma Stout, MD, MS, principal innovator in SCALE and external lead, health improvement, IHI.

“We are excited to be awarded the grant and look forward to supporting PP4H,” said Armand Andreoni, director of community benefit at Loyola University Health System.

SCALE is designed to jumpstart an unprecedented community-to-community learning system right out of the gate in that the initiative matches four “mentor communities” – those with a recent track record of achieving better health – with 20 “pacesetter communities” that are seeking to accelerate their pace of change. PP4H has been named a pacesetter community and will support policy, systems, and environmental change through the Proviso East High School Wellness Committee, Mujeres Unidas Job training, and the Proviso East Entrepreneurial garden.

“PLCCA understands the health disparities in the community we serve, therefore we are excited to know we can build health equity within our community by evaluating the positive results of healthy environmental change,” said Andrew Martin, vice president PLCCA.

The Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division (HSD) advances interprofessional, multidisciplinary, and transformative education and research while promoting service to others through stewardship of scientific knowledge and preparation of tomorrow’s leaders. The HSD is located on the Health Sciences Campus in Maywood, Illinois. It includes the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, the Stritch School of Medicine, the biomedical research programs of the Graduate School, and several other institutes and centers encouraging new research and interprofessional education opportunities across all of Loyola University Chicago. The faculty and staff of the HSD bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and a strong commitment to seeing that Loyola’s health sciences continue to excel and exceed the standard for academic and research excellence. For more on the HSD, visit their page here. VFP

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Loyola Receives Grant to Develop Health Improvement Program for Low-Income Maywood Families

Friday, February 27, 2015 || Originally Published: 2/18/15 || Loyola University Health System Newsroom 

Newswise — MAYWOOD, Il. – Loyola University Chicago health sciences researchers have received a $500,000 grant from the George M. Eisenberg Foundation for Charities, based in Arlington Heights, Ill., for a 10-year study to improve the health of low-income minority residents in communities surrounding Loyola’s Health Sciences Campus in Maywood. The grant is an affirmation of Loyola’s commitment to public health and community service.

Researchers will develop and test a Family-based Lifestyle Intervention Program (FLIP) for low-income African American and Hispanic/Latino families. The program will promote the adoption of healthy lifestyles and help families navigate the healthcare system. Activities include meeting monthly with families, quarterly health assessments (including measuring weight, blood pressure, fitness levels, etc.) and monthly cooking and fitness workshops. Researchers will examine the long-term effects (over 10 years) of such intervention in families. Most previous public-health interventions have had limited durations.

A lifestyle team comprised of a medical student, dietetic intern, exercise science student, public health student and healthcare navigator will administer FLIP. The navigator will receive extensive training in Affordable Care Act coverage options for low-income families, and how to refer these families to Affordable Care Act navigators employed by the state.

Loyola’s Health Sciences Division seeks to reduce health disparities through research that emphasizes improvement in healthcare access and effective disease prevention strategies for underserved populations. VFP

West Cook YMCA Launches New Diabetes Prevention Program

Thursday, February 12, 2015 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR

“Eat Healthy But Less; Move More,” is Rally Cry of New West Cook YMCA’s Year-Long Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Program

Oak Park, ILL—February 1, 2015—A new Type 2 diabetes prevention program is being launched by the West Cook YMCA.

One of 174 YMCAs across the U.S. to participate in a new national initiative, the West Cook Y program’s rally cry will be, “eat healthy but less; move more,” said Phillip Jiménez, West Cook YMCA CEO.

The West Cook YMCA program is funded by a $ 40,000 grant from the Arthur Foundation, a Riverside, Illinois a private independent philanthropic organization, and a $ 13,000 grant from the YMCA of the USA.

“This new initiative will help adults at the risk for Type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of developing the disease,” said Jiménez. National studies indicate that 86 million Americans, one in three adults, have prediabetes. The sad fact is that only one in ten persons know that they are prediabetic,” he added.

“The new program will also help participants improve their overall health and well being,” he added.

Following an initial launch phase during which program administrators, coordinators and coaches will receive special training, the first group will meet in July of 2015 to begin a year-long program through June, 2016.

During the first 16 weeks, YMCA lifestyle coaches trained in a Centers for Disease Control -approved curriculum, will meet with small groups of participants in weekly sessions. The goals of the program will be to reduce participants’ individual weight by 7 percent and to help them build up to 150 minutes of moderate exercise, like brisk walking, each week.

Following the initial intensive 16- week period, participants will meet in eight monthly sessions with their lifestyle coach to report and measure progress, Jiménez explained.

Sessions will be classroom- style conducted at the West Cook YMCA in Oak Park, at employers or other partner sites throughout the nine other west suburban communities the West Cook YMCA serves.

Adults,  18 years and older who have a Body Mass Index ( BMI) of 25 or more and who are at risk for or who have been diagnosed with prediabetes, will be eligible to participate in the YMCA program.

The cost for each participant enrolled in the year-long program will be $ 429, with scholarships and subsidies available to qualified participants.

It is not necessary to be a YMCA member to participate in this program.

The YMCA is committed to making the program available to anyone who meets the criteria, regardless of their insurance status, Jiménez explained.

Employers in the West Cook YMCA’s service area, which includes Oak Park, River Forest, Forest Park and seven other nearby western suburbs, will be encouraged to enroll employees in the new Diabetes Prevention Program either on site at the workplace or at the YMCA.

“Traditionally, YMCAs were places known for their ‘swim ‘n gym’ programs for individuals to improve personal fitness. Today, we also focus on a broad range of initiatives, like the Diabetes Prevention Program that is bent on promoting wellness for families, workplace organizations and entire communities,” explained Jiménez.

Research by the National Institutes of Health has demonstrated that a program like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention initiative can reduce the number of new cases of Type 2 diabetes by 58 percent and as high as 71 percent in adults over the age of 60.

“Because many individuals at risk for development of Type 2 diabetes have no obvious symptoms of the disease, we will rely on a network of health care providers, physicians, clinics, hospitals and local medical centers and other health care providers to refer participants to this new program,” Jiménez said. VFP

About the West Cook YMCA (www.westcookymca.org)

The West Cook YMCA was founded in 1903 when it opened across the street from Scoville Park at 156 North Oak Park Avenue. In 1954, the Y moved to its present location at 255 South Marion Street in Oak Park.

Annually, the West Cook YMCA serves more than 10,000 youth, families, seniors, and single adults of Oak Park, River Forest, Forest Park, Bellwood, Elmwood Park, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, River Grove and Stone Park with more than 100 weekly programs and classes focused on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.