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3.23.23 | What You Need to Know Today

THE LITTLE MERMAID CAMP – Kids ages 8 to 15 can join the Summer Musical Theater Camp at Governors State University’s Center for Performing Arts. Registration is open for the camp that runs June 19 to 23, ending with a performance of “The Little Mermaid.” Cost is $270. Scholarships are[Read More…]

Meet the Candidates: Lisa Komorowski, Flossmoor library (free)

Age: 52Education: Robert Morris CollegeJob/role: Loulou Belle/OwnerOther elected positions: N/A Issues:I believe our library’s important issues are supporting literacy and education, promoting lifelong learning and serving as a community gathering space. Goals:One of my top goals is to supply our library with inclusive learning materials and services that reach every member in our community. 

Jessica Barnes

Meet the Candidates: Jessica Barnes, Flossmoor library (free)

Age: 42 Education: B.A. History, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; M.S. Library and Information Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.Job/role: Special projects librarian at Reaching Across Illinois Library System.Family: husband Greg, daughter AudreyOther elected positions: N/A Issues:The library is central to American civic life. It’s one of the few places that is open to everyone. It provides an[Read More…]

3.22.23 | What You Need to Know Today

BECOME A LADY WHO LIFTS – H-F Racquet & Fitness Club offers a class for women 18+ looking to learn more about weight lifting. Taught by a certified personal trainer, Ladies Who Lift is an introductory strength training class to build confidence in the weight room. Club membership is not[Read More…]

Adrienne River

Meet the Candidates: Adrienne N. River, Homewood library (free)

Age: 63Education: B.A., Carleton College, and J.D., Northwestern University.Job/role: Appellate attorney for the Office of the State Appellate Defender, a state agencyFamily: Husband Dr. Philip River, and a daughter.Other elected positions: Currently president of the Homewood Library Board of Trustees; former trustee of the Village of Park Forest. Issues:The most important ongoing issues in a[Read More…]

Tom Popelka

Meet the Candidates: Thomas ‘Tom’ Popelka, Homewood library (free)

Age: 41Education: M.A. History, Rice University; M.A. Education, University of Illinois at Chicago; B.A. History, DePaul University.Job/role: Associate Director, Foundation and Corporate Relations, University of ChicagoFamily: Wife, Becky, and two daughters.Other elected positions: NoneIssues:The most important issue for me is the library’s continued commitment to being a community space for everyone. This includes a commitment[Read More…]

Jennifer Cutshall

Meet the Candidates: Jennifer Cutshall, Homewood library (free)

Age: 43Education: Master’s in Library and Information ScienceJob/role: Library Director, Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library DistrictFamily: Married with two sons.Other elected positions: NoneIssues:Current and future financial stability. Equal access to all materials and services. Patron and staff satisfaction. Goals:I will be a capable and responsible public steward of our library and aim to serve the[Read More…]

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