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  • The DuPage Community Foundation Announces Guidelines and Applications Available for 2015 Community Needs Grants Jan 13, 2015 5:29 PM
    The Community Needs Grant Program is focused on addressing the broad needs of DuPage County residents through grants in support of the following program categories: • Arts and Culture • Education • Environment • Health and Human Services Applicants may apply for a Community Needs Grant by submitting an online grant application. The application and grant guidelines may be found at www.dcfdn.org. The deadline for the Spring Cycle is 5 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2015, and includes grants in the areas of Health and Human Services. The deadline for the Fall Cycle is 5 p.m. on Friday, September 4, 2015, and includes grants in the areas of Arts and Culture, Education and Environment. Applications to the Community Needs Grant Program will be accepted from not-for-profit organizations that are classified as 501(c)(3) and primarily serve DuPage County residents. “We learn about the many needs in DuPage County through the Community Needs Grant applications we receive and are proud of the impact we’ve had as a result of our investment in the community,” said Barb Szczepaniak, director of programs for the Foundation. About The DuPage Community Foundation: The DuPage Community Foundation seeks to raise the quality of life throughout DuPage County by fostering philanthropy, connecting donors to area needs and building community partnerships. Based on the American virtues of volunteerism and philanthropy, the Foundation fosters a legacy of support for the people of DuPage County by making grants to not-for-profit organizations working in the areas of arts and culture, education, environment, health, and human services. Since its inception, the Foundation has built its endowment to more than $60 million and awarded more than $20 million in grants to not-for-profit agencies serving the residents of DuPage County and beyond. Established in 1986, The DuPage Community Foundation is a publicly-supported 501(c)(3) organization to which contributions are tax deductible. It was created to benefit the people of DuPage County and receives contributions and bequests into a permanent endowment from individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations wishing to make lasting contributions to the people of DuPage. The earnings on these funds are then used, in accordance with donor wishes, for the Foundation’s grantmaking and community leadership activities. For more information about the Foundation, or to arrange future media opportunities, please contact Joelyn Kott, marketing & communications officer, at (630) 665-5556, extension 19, or jkott@dcfdn.org.

     
  • The Birches hosts author talk and book signing with caregiving expert Cheryl Kuba Jan 13, 2015 5:31 PM
    On Thursday, January 22 at 7 p.m., The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills will host a program by gerontologist and author Cheryl Kuba titled “Navigating the Journey of Aging Parents: A Road Map to Successful Caregiving.” Kuba, who has over 20 years of experience in the eldercare industry, will help audience members navigate the challenges of caring for an elderly loved one by addressing difficult topics such as personal care, driving, and Alzheimer’s disease. Kuba will also share research insights from her book Navigating the Journey of Aging Parents: What Care Receivers Want which examines how it feels to be dependent and elderly through the first-person accounts of older adults who rely on the care of a loved one, friend, or stranger. As of 2013, 40 percent of U.S. adults were caring for a sick or elderly family member. According to statistics provided by the CDC, 30 percent of these caregivers said they needed help keeping the person they care for safe, 30 percent said they had difficulty finding time for themselves, and 29 percent said they struggled to balance work and family responsibilities. By providing caregivers with the information and resources they need to care for their loved ones, Kuba hopes to reignite their passion for caregiving, help them enjoy the last chapter of their loved one’s life, and teach them how to balance caregiving responsibilities with other life responsibilities. “Family caregivers must become empowered to take care of themselves first, and take back their lives,” said Kuba. “The same principle that is used in airline safety has to happen on a personal level— put on your own oxygen mask first, before you help others.” Kuba’s expertise in eldercare comes from her advanced education in gerontology, her professional experience in executive-level positions in the senior living industry, and her personal experience caring for her own aging parents. “Navigating the Journey of Aging Parents: A Road Map to Successful Caregiving” will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Birches Assisted Living located at 215 55th St., Clarendon Hills. The program is free and open to public. The first forty families to register and attend this program will receive a free signed copy of Cheryl Kuba’s book Navigating the Journey of Aging Parents: What Care Receivers Want compliments of The Birches. To register, call 630-581-7350. The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills is a premier retirement community dedicated to providing professional services that support its residents’ physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual growth. The Birches offers a full calendar of purposeful programs and activities designed to promote a healthy aging lifestyle and a strong sense of community. For more information about The Birches, call 630-789-1135 or visit: birches.net.

     
  • Suburban Law Enforcement Academy Graduates Class of 52 Recruits Jan 7, 2015 5:44 PM
    The Suburban Law Enforcement Academy at College of DuPage recently graduated 52 recruits representing 39 police agencies in Northern Illinois. The ceremony honored the recruits for completing 12 weeks – 480 hours – of basic law enforcement officer training which began this past fall. Six special awards were presented to the recruits. Deputy Sheriff Justin Hill of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office was presented the Firearms Proficiency Award and the George Graves Award for being selected as the most distinguished recruit by his fellow officers in the class. Officer Gerard Gannon of the Round Lake Beach Police Department earned the Academic Achievement Award. Officer Brett Darst of the Northlake Police Department won the Best Overall Physical Fitness Award. Officer Jamie Goschey of the Batavia Police Department received the Most Improved Physical Fitness Award. Officer Andrew Switalski of the Evergreen Park Police Department earned the Leadership Award. All award winners received plaques with their names engraved. The graduating recruits are as follows: Eric Babczak, Willowbrook Police Department Chase Bending, Glenview Police Department Timothy Breslin, Streamwood Police Department Ryan Butcher, Arlington Heights Police Department Michael Dailly, Elk Grove Village Police Department Brett Darst, Northlake Police Department Melissa Douglas, Harper College Police Department James Etchingham, Palatine Police Department James Friel, Northbrook Police Department Seth Frontone, Deerfield Police Department Gerard Gannon, Round Lake Beach Police Department Antonio Garcia, Hoffman Estates Police Department Jamie Goschey, Batavia Police Department Ryan Grahn, Oak Forest Police Department Alexander Guevara, Evergreen Park Police Department Steven Guther, Elk Grove Village Police Department Fredrick Hailer, Carpentersville Police Department Justin Hill, Lake County Sheriff’s Office Zane Holland, Wheaton Police Department Mark Johnson, Elk Grove Village Police Department Christopher Jones, Bensenville Police Department Brett Kielbasa, Woodridge Police Department Henri Krueger, College of Lake County Police Department Jason L’Amas, Tinley Park Police Department Kevin Lamb, Buffalo Grove Police Department Crystal Marshall, South Holland Police Department James Martino, Willowbrook Police Department Michal Mazur, Glenview Police Department Michael McCullough, Montgomery Police Department Matthew G. McDonald, Crystal Lake Police Department Elizabeth McGuire, Wilmette Police Department Adam D. McMahon, Round Lake Beach Police Department Shannon McMillon, Buffalo Grove Police Department Thomas B. Molloy, Elk Grove Village Police Department Russell Monk, Wilmette Police Department Michael Munoz, Wheeling Police Department Patrick O’Donnell, Oak Lawn Police Department Alexandra Ovington, Round Lake Police Department Nathan Parks, Hoffman Estates Police Department Bhavik Patel, Oakton Community College Police Department Lidia G. Patitucci, Naperville Police Department Michael Pignato, Lincolnwood Police Department Alex Prafke, Cary Police Department Eric Quinones, Cary Police Department Nelson Rodriguez, Round Lake Police Department Joseph Salinas Sr., Kane County Sheriff’s Office Eric Sarat, Darien Police Department Daniel Schahczinski, Wilmington Police Department Christopher Stearns, Mount Prospect Police Department Andrew Switalski, Evergreen Park Police Department Bradley Vos, Skokie Police Department Quintana Ward, Evergreen Park Police Department College of DuPage Senior Vice President Thomas J. Glaser and Associate Dean of Continuing Education/Director of the Homeland Security Training Institute Thomas Brady offered their congratulations to the graduating recruits. Trustee Dianne McGuire represented the College’s Board of Trustees. The keynote speaker was Chief Stephen Schmidt of the Elk Grove Police Department. The ceremony was held in the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage. For more information on the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy, visit the web site at www.cod.edu/slea.

     
  • Help The Birches Send Love and Gratitude to U.S. military members Jan 7, 2015 5:41 PM
    With February fast approaching, The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills is preparing to send Valentine’s Day care packages to deployed members of the U.S. military through its 2nd annual “Hearts and Heroes” campaign. Last year, 31 care packages were sent to U.S. military members. This year, The Birches hopes to increase that number to 50 care packages with the help of community members. If you’d like to help The Birches send love and gratitude to deployed U.S. military members for Valentine’s Day consider participating in the “Hearts and Heroes” campaign in one of the following ways: • Provide the address of a deployed military member who would appreciate a care package. The Birches is eager to send care packages to as many soldiers as possible, but needs your help identifying their names and addresses. If you know a deployed member of the military who would appreciate a care package, please email the individual’s name and APO/FPO address to Jackie Raschke at jraschke@birches.net. • Donate valentines or letters to military members for the care packages. • Volunteer your time to help Birches residents decorate care packages or make valentines. Volunteers are always appreciated. Contact Jackie Raschke at 630-570-6175 or jraschke@birches.net for a list of available dates. • Donate money or any of the following supplies: lip balm, cushioned insoles, baby powder, non-aerosol travel size toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion), toothbrushes, decks of cards, used or new CDs and DVDs, board games (small enough to fit in the shoe box), puzzles, reading and writing materials, non-perishable food that will sustain high temperatures, chewing gum, or socks. The Birches’ “Hearts and Heroes” campaign is part of the Birches Gives Back program, a new initiative dedicated to making a difference in the community through acts of service. The Birches’ Director of Encore and Memory Care Jackie Raschke started the Birches Gives Back program as a way for Birches residents to contribute something meaningful to the greater community. “Doing good deeds for others and knowing we are putting a smile on peoples’ faces is very rewarding,” said Raschke. “It’s a win-win; it makes the residents happy and it brightens the day of someone in need.” Donations and supplies can be dropped off in the front lobby of The Birches Assisted Living at 215 55th St. Clarendon Hills until January 16. If you have questions about The Birches’ “Hearts and Heroes” campaign, please contact Jackie Raschke at jraschke@birches.net or 630-570-6175. The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills is a premier retirement community dedicated to providing professional services that support its residents’ physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual growth. The Birches offers a full calendar of purposeful programs and activities designed to promote a healthy aging lifestyle and a strong sense of community. For more information about The Birches, call 630-789-1135 or visit: birches.net.

     
  • Oak Brook Park District Awarded $400,000 OSLAD Grant Jan 6, 2015 5:27 PM
    The Oak Brook Park District was awarded $400,000 and is one of 75 agencies to benefit from the $26 million Illinois has available in the Open Space Land Acquisition and Development [OSLAD] grant fund as announced by Gov. Pat Quinn in a press conference on Sat., Jan. 3, 2015. Money for the OSLAD grant comes from the state’s Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development program. It will provide $24 million to support 75 projects in 28 counties throughout Illinois. Another $2 million comes from the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. Agencies are awarded funding to pay up to half of each project’s cost. The Oak Brook Park District will utilize the grant funds to make improvements to Central Park athletic fields. The park district has received two OSLAD grants in prior years which allowed the agency to add amenities to Central Park, such as the original splash pad and horseshoe pits, and helped finance the restoration and development of the Dorothy and Sam Dean Nature Sanctuary located on Canterberry Lane. The OSLAD program is funded by a portion of the state real estate transfer tax. Since 1987, it has provided $391 million to 1,700 local parks.

     
  • Local hunger organization launches fundraising campaign Jan 6, 2015 5:34 PM
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Tina Koral 630-730-6996 tinakoral@yahoo.com Local hunger organization launches fundraising campaign Glen Ellyn, IL - January 5, 2014 – The GardenWorks Project, a local volunteer-led organization dedicated to fighting hunger by providing families in need with resources to grow food at home is using the crowd-sourcing website, Indiegogo.com, to raise funds for their 2015 growing season. The GardenWorks Project’s goal is to build 40 new gardens at the homes of families who are in need of food pantry services. These families receive a cedar raised-bed garden, soil, compost, plants and seeds, and a mentor to teach them the basics of organic home food production. The organization has set a fundraising goal of $6000, and offers a variety of “perks,” or gifts, for each contribution that include garden seeds, t-shirts, gardening and cookbooks, and even a raised-bed garden which a volunteer will fill with soil and plant for the donor. “Online crowdsourcing has been a very effective method of fundraising for us in the past. It’s easy to contribute, and we have perks that people enjoy,” said The GardenWorks Project Executive Director, Tina Koral. “These funds will allow us to continue the work that means so much to families experiencing food-insecurity in DuPage County.” For more information on The GardenWorks Project, and to access the Indiegogo fundraising page, visit www.gardenworksproject.org. About The GardenWorks Project is a volunteer-led nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing food insecurity in Chicago’s west suburbs by providing families in need of food assistance with home vegetable gardens and educational resources. We help families who would otherwise be unable to grow their own food because of financial need, disability, or advanced age. More information is available at: www.gardenworksproject.org ###

     
  • The Zonta Club of Oak Brook announces scholarship availability Jan 6, 2015 5:28 PM
    Applications for the 2015 Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award are now available from the Zonta Club of Oak Brook, IL. The application can be downloaded and completed directly from the club webpage: http://www.zonta-oakbrook.org/Awards.html. Applications should be mailed to the club mailbox (as listed in the application) to the attention of Donna Joss and must be received by February 28, 2105. Applicants aged 16-19 on the 1st April each year, living in a Zonta district/region at the time of application are eligible to apply. The local winning recipient will earn an award of $1000 from the Zonta Club of Oak Brook. Her application is then forwarded to District 6 (comprising clubs in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana) for consideration of a higher prize amount. The goal of the Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award Program is to encourage more young women to participate in public affairs by recognizing a young woman’s commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to the advancement of the status of women. Applicants are asked to write about their voluntary commitment to their school and to their community and to reflect on the problems limiting the advancement of the status of women in their own country and worldwide. The Zonta Club of Oak Brook is just one of over 1200 clubs in 63 countries and geographic areas. More information about our membership and activities can be located on our webpage: http://www.zonta-oakbrook.org Zonta International, founded in 1919, with world headquarters in Oak Brook, is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.

     
  • 90 Acts of Kindness Challenge Jan 6, 2015 7:54 AM
    In honor of our church’s upcoming 90th Anniversary the students of our Sunday Church School are participating in a 90 Acts of Kindness Challenge. Between September 7th, 2014- October 18, 2015( the Anniversary celebration) we hope to complete 90 Acts of Kindness that will benefit others. Listed below are several examples of completed Acts of Kindness. Our church is Assumption Greek Orthodox Church located at 601. S. Central, Chicago. Our parishioners are from various suburbs as well as the city.

     
  • Your 2015 Guide to the Suburbs: It’s our best advice, but share yours too Jan 1, 2015 7:30 AM
    Want to make the most of 2015? Daily Herald Editor John Lampinen introduces a special New Year's Day guide to living, working and playing in the suburbs.

     
  • The DuPage Community Foundation Announces 2015 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards Grant Guidelines and Applications Available Dec 29, 2014 4:52 PM
    Three Spirit of Volunteerism grants will be awarded to recognize organizations which have implemented successful volunteer programs and have leveraged volunteers to enhance organizational outcomes. The amount of the grants will be $10,000, $20,000 and $30,000. Most not-for-profit organizations serving DuPage County residents are eligible to apply. For grant guidelines or to determine eligibility, visit www.dcfdn.org and click “Grant Guidelines” under the Spirit of Volunteerism Awards section to the right. Established in 2011, the Spirit of Volunteerism Awards were created as a means to say “thank you” to the volunteer and staff leaders of DuPage County not-for-profit organizations for their tireless efforts to help raise the quality of life for our community’s residents during these challenging economic times. Specifically, the Spirit of Volunteerism Awards seek to recognize organizations that have successfully leveraged volunteers to enhance their organizational outcomes. “Not-for-profit organizations rely heavily on volunteers and have become quite creative in the ways in which they engage them to deliver their programs and services,” said Barb Szczepaniak, Foundation director of programs. “The Spirit of Volunteerism awards provide an opportunity to recognize and reward the contributions of volunteers for the critical impact they have on individual organizations and the community as a whole.” The application deadline is 5 p.m. on February 15, 2015. Recipients will be selected by a review committee which is comprised in part of donors who have financially supported the award. Questions about the application process may be directed to Szczepaniak at barbs@dcfdn.org. About The DuPage Community Foundation: The DuPage Community Foundation seeks to raise the quality of life throughout DuPage County by fostering philanthropy, connecting donors to area needs and building community partnerships. Based on the American virtues of volunteerism and philanthropy, the Foundation fosters a legacy of support for the people of DuPage County by making grants to not-for-profit organizations working in the areas of arts and culture, education, environment, health, and human services. Since its inception, the Foundation has built its endowment to more than $60 million and awarded more than $20 million in grants to not-for-profit agencies serving the residents of DuPage County and beyond. Established in 1986, The DuPage Community Foundation is a publicly-supported 501(c)(3) organization to which contributions are tax deductible. It was created to benefit the people of DuPage County and receives contributions and bequests into a permanent endowment from individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations wishing to make lasting contributions to the people of DuPage. The earnings on these funds are then used, in accordance with donor wishes, for the Foundation’s grantmaking and community leadership activities. For more information about the Foundation, or to arrange future media opportunities, please contact Joelyn Kott, marketing & communications officer, at (630) 665-5556, extension 19, or jkott@dcfdn.org.

     
  • Master Gardener presents tools and tips for BodySmart Gardening Dec 26, 2014 7:29 PM
    This winter, join University of Illinois Extension to become a “BodySmart” Gardener, and find out how you can prevent aches and strains and make gardening more enjoyable. Presented by award-winning DuPage County Master Gardener Jan Hanson, the “BodySmart Gardening” workshop will focus on techniques to prevent injury while working in the yard.

     
  • Waddle & Reed Christmas event benefits children in need Dec 26, 2014 7:33 AM
    Waddle & Reed Christmas event benefits children in need

     
  • Gift Wrapping for Patients is Serious Business at Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System Dec 23, 2014 8:01 AM
    Gift Wrapping for Patients is Serious Business at Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System

     
  • Elk Grove Theatre Presents “The Shining” January 13 Dec 23, 2014 7:59 AM
    Elk Grove Theatre Presents “The Shining” January 13

     
  • Virginia Lake Elementary students illistratue children’s holiday book Dec 22, 2014 7:43 AM
    A Good News Story

     
  • COD Board of Trustees Approves Tax Abatement Dec 19, 2014 5:23 PM
    The COD Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Thursday night to approve a tax abatement in District #502, essentially declining a $1 million dollar increase in next year’s operating budget. Prior to voting, members of the board expressed confusion about the proposal presented to the board by the College’s Chief Financial Officer, Tom Glaser. In brief remarks, he explained the measure would freeze the property tax levy for the school district in the coming year. The nearly five hour meeting included a lengthy closed session, and board members continued to squabble about the Trustee’s policies for public comments. Board vice chair Kathy Hamilton reiterated her objections to assigning agenda-related comments to the start of the meeting and general comments to the end of the meeting, stating “It is a sad commentary on the Board’s regard for First Amendment Rights.” The administration also reported on a survey project outsourced to Comiskey Research, which compared District #502 community perceptions about the College of DuPage to survey results from a previous study. Comiskey reported on results from 400 respondents, including their views about four year bachelor’s degrees at COD. After the presentation, Trustee Hamilton questioned the survey methods and how its questions were framed. Hamilton stated that she rejected the results and Comiskey’s conclusions. The Board also approved a contract with the Scott Marquardt group for lobbying services, and discussed and approved in a 6 to 1 vote an audit of WDCB, the campus radio station (Hamilton voted no). During the meeting, more than a dozen community members and college employees spoke during public comments, based on concerns about expenditures, transparency, and the size of the boardroom and seating provided for the public. Several speakers responded to a November speech by Trustee Dianne McGuire in which she defended the COD Board of Trustees and read a poem by Martin Niemoller. Matthew Tyrmand, Deputy Director of American Transparency, stated that he visited from New York in order to address her comments. He said, “McGuire used rhetoric evoking Nazi Tyranny in a comparison with those who would demand honesty and integrity in government. Those that invoke Nazis in a spending debate have no place IN government and especially in a position of trust in a public educational institution.”

     
  • Suburban schools changing how they discuss heroin Dec 19, 2014 11:58 AM
    In response to the rise in local heroin use, educators say classroom scare tactics about the perils of drugs in general are evolving into lessons that take a science-based look at addiction and opioids, including heroin. “Our kids are so sophisticated today,” says DuPage County Regional Superintendent Darlene Ruscitti. “It's a whole different type of learning going on.”

     
  • Annual MLK breakfast will feature leader of interfaith youth movement Dec 19, 2014 5:33 PM
    Eboo Patel, Ph.D., whose Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) organization is focused on building the interfaith movement on college campuses nationwide, will be the featured speaker at the 20th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast hosted by Benedictine University and College of DuPage on Monday, January 19, 2015. The breakfast will be held from 8:00-9:30 a.m. in the Main Dining Room of the Krasa Student Center on the campus of Benedictine University. Patel, named by U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Leaders of 2009,” is the founder and president of IFYC. The author of several books, Patel is also a regular contributor to The Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, NPR and CNN. He served on President Barack Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and earned a Ph.D. in the Sociology of Religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship. Patel serves on the Religious Advisory Committee of the Council on Foreign Relations, on the board of directors for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, on the National Committee of the Aga Khan Foundation USA, and on the Department of Homeland Security’s Faith-based Security and Communications Advisory Committee. Both Patel and the IFYC were honored with the Roosevelt Institute’s Freedom of Worship Medal in 2009, and he was recently awarded the Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize, which is given to an individual to enhance awareness of the crucial role of religious dialogue in the pursuit of peace. The King Breakfast, which honors the legacy of the civil rights leader and celebrates diversity, is one of the largest events of its kind in the state. More than 500 community leaders and citizens attend annually. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund. The event is sponsored by Nicor Gas. For more information and tickets, call the McAninch Arts Center at (630) 942-4000 or visit http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?pid=7882739. Tickets are $25 each.

     
  • Holidays at Friendship Village Dec 18, 2014 7:30 AM
    Holidays at Friendship Village

     
  • Oak Brook-based IMRF Receives Excellence Award Dec 19, 2014 5:41 PM
    Illinois Performance Excellence announces Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund of Oak Brook, IL is a recipient of the 2014 Silver Award for “Progress toward Excellence” for demonstrating effective, systematic, well-deployed approaches that respond to the multiple requirements to most of the Criteria. Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund will be formally honored at the 20th annual award recognition ceremony, “Saluting Excellence,” on March 26, 2015, held at the Abbington Banquets located in Glen Ellyn. “Congratulations to Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund and all of its employees for its commitment to an on-going journey to excellence,” says Darcy Davidsmeyer, President and CEO of Illinois Performance Excellence. “IMRF is taking the lead in its industry to address organizational performance and process/resource alignment with the outcome for better efficiencies, focus and overall results.” Recipients of the ILPEx Silver Award go to those organizations which have demonstrated effective, systematic, well-deployed approaches that respond to the multiple requirements to most of the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) was created by the Illinois General Assembly. Since 1941, IMRF has partnered with local units of government to provide retirement, disability and death benefits for public employees. With a funded status of 96.7 percent and $33 billion in assets, IMRF is well-funded and sustainable. Today, IMRF has about 400,000 members and retirees, and serves nearly 3,000 different units of government, including towns and villages, libraries and park districts, and counties and school districts (non-teaching personnel). The average member who retired in 2013 had 22 years of service and received an annual benefit of about $16,500. “For any organization committed to excellence by improving the products or services it provides its customers, clients or members, the task of identifying and implementing the best approach can appear daunting. There are innumerable books and videos on the best management practices. The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund has found the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence as implemented by ILPEx to be the most successful and comprehensive approach for developing the culture and infrastructure necessary for meeting our customer service goals. Our members deserve the best and ILPEx is helping us to meet that challenge. IMRF is honored to be recognized for its progress toward excellence as it receives a Silver Award. This recognition and the feedback report support and reinvigorate our efforts to become a world class organization,” said Louis W. Kosiba, Executive Director, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. About Illinois Performance Excellence (ILPEx) ILPEx was founded in 1994 to nurture, develop and highlight excellence by bringing individuals and organizations together, to learn from each other, to share best practices for organizational change and process improvement. As a 501 (c)(3), ILPEx’s mission is to advance Illinois organizations’ capability and knowledge of performance excellence by delivering consultation, instruction and assessments within the framework of the Criteria for Performance Excellence. For more information on how your organization can benefit from services provided by Illinois Performance Excellence, visit www.ilpex.org, or call 630-637-1595. For more information on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, visit www.nist.gov/baldrige/.

     
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