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Elk Grove Township Hosts Job Fair on Valentine’s Day

February 2nd, 2017

A dozen local businesses will meet with candidates and set up interviews. A seminar on resume creation will also be provided for attendees.

Elk Grove Township is hosting a Job Fair with a dozen area companies looking to fill open positions on Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, February 14, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. The fair will be held in the Elk Grove Township Town Hall room at 2400 S. Arlington Heights Road in Arlington Heights. Job seekers are advised to dress professionally and to bring a resume.

The event also will include an employment seminar from 10:30 a.m. until noon entitled, “Creating a Dynamic Resume” presented by Bob Podgorski of RPP Enterprises, who manages the Employment Support Center at Elk Grove Township. The center opened in 2016 and provides ongoing assistance with networking, job campaigns, interview skills and resume help for Elk Grove Township residents who need help finding work. The Employment Support Center is part of an initiative created by Elk Grove Township Supervisor Mike Sweeney, whose goal is to empower in-need residents by providing resources to help them become independent whenever it is possible.

“Elk Grove Township’s mission is to ‘empower people through community’. One of the ways in which we seek to achieve this goal is by providing opportunities for our residents to find better, suitable, and sustaining employment,” Sweeney said.

In addition to the Employment Support Center, local job listings are also posted on the Community Resource Board in the front foyer at Elk Grove Township during normal business hours.

Companies that will be present at the Job Fair include: Cabela’s, Express Employment Professionals, Magnetic Inspection Laboratory, Inc., Staffmark, Manpower, UPS, Comfort Keepers, New York Life, Avis Budget, Grand Prairie Transit, Thrivent Financial and Gere Marie. Representatives from each of the businesses plan to speak to potential candidates and set up job interviews.

The Job Fair will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. and the seminar will run from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Individuals can register for free at www.Eventbrite.com by searching: Elk Grove Township. Elk Grove Township job seekers can also contact the Employment Support Center at 224-222-0935.

Elk Grove Township Invites Community to Help Fulfillits Mission

January 18th, 2017

There are many opportunities for businesses and organizations to help in-need Township residents.

“Empowering People Through Community” is the core philosophy at Elk Grove Township. In light of the meaning behind this message, Township officials are encouraging members of the community to get involved.

There are a number of opportunities for businesses and organizations to give back to the Elk Grove Township community.

Sponsor a Food Drive

DriveBusiness owners and other community leaders can sponsor a food drive to help local residents in their time of need. Many times throughout the year, specific items become scarce in the Elk Grove Township Food Pantry. Business owners can identify those items and choose a two-week time frame to collect items from employees and customers. They are then asked to schedule a time to drop off the donations at the Township, by calling 224-222-0944.

Post Job Openings

Employers can reach local job seekers by providing an 8.5 x 11 flyer with job opening(s), which includes all of the details about the position. This information will be shared for as long as is needed on the Community Resource Board, and with theEmployment Support Center. This service is free and available to employers throughout the Chicagoland area. Email to lmenich@elkgrovetownship.com.

Donate Services/Gift Cards to Those In-Need

Individuals who seek help from General Assistance are many times going through a unique and difficult period in their lives. Donating services such as haircuts, oil-changes and tax preparation are helpful to these people, in addition to gift cards for groceries and other supplies such as toiletries.
Monetary donations can also be accepted for families who may not qualify for certain programs offered by the Township.

Participate in Holiday/Seasonal Programs

During the holiday period, Elk Grove Township supports programs aimed at helping in-need individuals and families during a stressful time of the year. Businesses and organizations are invited to participate in one of the following programs:

Thanksgiving Baskets: all the fixings for a traditional Thanksgiving meal are donated and placed in baskets that are given to those who are determined to have need by the General Assistance department. The baskets are distributed prior toThanksgiving Day.

Adopt-A-Family: In-need families are identified by caseworkers in the Township General Assistance office, and residents, which are also known as Santa’s Helpers, donate gift certificates to parents who can then purchase holiday gifts of their choosing for their children.

Snow Angels: Elk Grove Township started this program in 2015, in partnership with CCSD59 and several area churches and businesses. It was created to garner donations of snow pants and snow boots so that in-need children at CCSD 59cankeep warm, and participate in recess.

Businesses and organizations also can be featured in the Elk Grove Township newsletter, which reaches 40,000 homes and 5,000 businesses. For more information on how to get involved, please call 847-437-0300.

NOTICE OF SPECIAL TOWNSHIP MEETING

January 17th, 2017

NOTICE OF SPECIAL TOWNSHIP MEETING OF ELK GROVE TOWNSHIP
TO TAKE PLACE AT ELK GROVE VILLAGE HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS
901 WELLINGTON AVENUE, ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL
JANUARY 30, 2017 AT 7:00 P.M.
ELK GROVE TOWNSHIP SPECIAL TOWNSHIP MEETING
REGARDING THE SALE OF TOWNSHIP PROPERTIES LOCATED AT
711 CHELMSFORD, ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL &
2400 SOUTH ARLINGTON HEIGHTS ROAD, ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL
AGENDA
1. Call to Order
2. Overview and Purpose of the Special Township Meeting
3. Presentation by Supervisor Michael Sweeney
4. Presentation by SCGroup
5. Elk Grove Village Comments
6. Village of Arlington Heights Comments
7. Public Comment
8. Further Discussion/Adoption of Elk Grove Township Resolution # 2017–01
9. Next Step(s)
10. Adjourn

Elk Grove Township Youth and Family Services Department Supports the Community

January 15th, 2017

Elk Grove Township’ s Youth and Family Services (EGTYFS) Department works every day to lift Township parents and children up, to lead healthier and happier lives.

Counseling ervices are offered on a sliding fee scale to offer affordable support for improving the family structure, boundaries, communication and positive self-esteem, according to Clinical Director, Dean Reschke, M.S. LMFT.

“Many children today experience broken or conflictual families, bullying and isolation at school and are left ‘ living in their heads’ and suffering alone in silence,” Reschke said.

Individual, couple and family counseling services are available, as well as Life Skills Groups which are offered to nearly 2,500 children annually.

The goal of these groups is to build self-esteem through positive skills development. Bullying Prevention Programs help children understand bullying roles, and to form strategies if they are being bullied.

“Nearly all children who participate in this program report being teased, put down, or aggressed against due to at least one of the following: their name, religion, gender, race, economic class or disability,” Reschke said.

Social Skills Training Groups, including Girls Empowerment Groups, help tweens and teens understand they are not alone, that they do not need to give in to peer pressure and that they can take charge of their lives. Quotes from participants include, “I’ ve learned that I’ m okay just the way I am,”and “This group has made me stronger, as a girl.

”Reschke says at the end of the day, all of the programs offered through Elk Grove Township are meant to help people leader happier and more productive lives. “We are truly committed to this purpose,” he said.

Elk Grove Township Seeks Donations of New and Gently Used Snow Boots and Pants

November 10th, 2016

Drop boxes are at several locations now through November 30. Elk Grove Township and School District 59 are partnering once again for this second year giving program.

Community Consolidated School District 59 and Elk Grove Township are continuing their partnership for the Snow Angels campaign. Now through November 30, the program encourages area residents to donate gently used or new snow pants and boots for girls and boys, whose families are unable to purchase these items due to financial hardship.

“When we learned that children attending our D59 schools were unable to participate in recess without these items, we decided we needed to do something about it,” said Mike Sweeney, Elk Grove Township supervisor. “We partnered with the school district and reached out to our business and faith-based communities, and were able to create a very successful first-year program.”

In 2015, more than 600 snow boots and pants were donated at drop box locations throughout Elk Grove Township. Sweeney is hoping that donations will continue to grow, so that all children can keep warm and enjoy recess during the winter months.

Penske Truck Rental and Parkway Bank both partnered with the Township and school district to help make the program possible, along with area churches including Prince of Peace UMC, Shinnyo-en Chicago and Christus Victor Lutheran Church.

Community members are asked to drop off donations in the drop box at any of the following locations, now through November 30:

  • Elk Grove Township: 2400 S. Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights
  • All District 59 Schools and D59 Admin Building: 2123 S. Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights
  • Parkway Banks: 1408 W. Algonquin Rd., Arlington Heights, 1590 S. Elmhurst Rd., Mt. Prospect, 951 Meacham Rd., Elk Grove Village.
  • Prince of Peace United Methodist Church: 1400 S. Arlington Heights Rd., Elk Grove Village
  • Shinnyo-en Chicago Temple: 120 E. Devon Ave., Elk Grove Village
  • Christus Victor Lutheran Church: 1045 S. Arlington Heights Rd., Elk Grove Village

For more information, please call Elk Grove Township at 847-437-0300.

Elk Grove Township Hosts Special Meeting November 21

November 3rd, 2016

The Township is seeking elector approval to sell property at 401 W. Golf Road in Mount Prospect.

Elk Grove Township will be holding a special meeting at the Friendship Park Conservatory, 395 W. Algonquin Road, Des Plaines on Monday, November 21, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

The purpose of the meeting is for the Township Board to seek approval for the sale of property located at 401 W. Golf Road in Mount Prospect.

Notice of this type is required of any government body that proposes the sale of land.

Please see the meeting agenda below:

AGENDA

  • Call to Order
  • Overview and Purpose of Special Township Meeting
  • Presentation by Supervisor Michael Sweeney
  • Presentation by SCGroup
  • Presentation by Village of Mt. Prospect representative
  • Public Comment
  • Further Discussion/Adoption of Elk Grove Township Resolution #2016-07
  • Next Step(s)
  • Adjourn

For more information, please contact Elk Grove Township at 847-437-0300.

Elk Grove Township Empowers Residents to Help Themselves

October 3rd, 2016

Partnerships such as the Employment Support Center reinforce a philosophy around giving those who are struggling, the tools to stand on their own.

In early 2016, Elk Grove Township revised their logo and its accompanying tagline, which now reads, “Empowering People Through Community”. Since that time, several public and private partnerships have been established to reinforce this philosophy. The overarching goals are not only to provide a wider array of services and support to Township residents, but also to ensure the government body is running as lean as possible.

The Employment Support Center, which was established in the spring of 2016, is an example of how the Township is taking steps to empower its residents. The center is run by RPP Enterprises, which provides assistance with resumes, interviewing, networking and job searches.

When an individual applies to receive General Assistance at the Township, they are required to schedule an appointment with the Employment Support Center if they are unemployed.

“We are committed to giving our residents the tools they need to stand on their own,” said Elk Grove Township Supervisor, Mike Sweeney. “The message here is that we will provide help, but if residents can change their circumstances, the expectation is that they take steps to do that.”

Elk Grove Township has held itself to the same standard of improvement in regards to the use of tax dollars. Since 2013, the tax levies have been frozen for both the Town Fund and General Assistance Funds.

Sweeney credits strong fiscal management and strategic partnerships with businesses, non-profits and faith-based organizations for many resident-focused programs that have been established over the last few years.

Programs such as the Back to School Blast Off which provides school supplies for in-need District 59 students, as well as the Snow Angels program that garners donations of snow pants, snow boots and coats for these students. Both have resulted from partnerships within the community with a minimal investment from the Township.

For 2016, Sweeney said the goal is to reduce the General Assistance fund by 13-percent, and the Town Fun by 5-percent.

“We are always looking for ways to reduce the tax levy, while continuing to invest in our clients, and helping them to help themselves,” he said.

Elk Grove Township Remains Fiscally Accountable Through Salary Reductions, Partnerships and No New Taxes

September 13th, 2016

Township officials and the administration continue to find new ways to maximize programs and services.

As part of an ongoing effort by Elk Grove Township to tighten its financial belt, the Township board recently made good on promised salary reductions for elected officials that equal to more than $30,000.

The cost-cutting was pledged by Township Supervisor Mike Sweeney, who was elected in 2013, in conjunction with the hiring of Township Administrator Paul Pioch in the summer of 2015.

“We needed to hire a professional administrator to handle the Township’s daily operations, and to meet the cost increase for that, I vowed to reduce my salary by approximately 30-percent, and that of the clerk’s by 25-percent to limit the budget impact,” Sweeney said.

Additionally, Township Highway Commissioner Art Niewiardowski took gradual salary decreases each year since 2013, which totaled $15,000 in reductions. Total elected officials’ salaries have been reduced by approximately 40-percent since 2012 in Elk Grove Township.

For the last three tax levies, both the Town Fund and General Assistance have remained the same under Sweeney’s leadership.

Additionally, a number of new public-private partnerships have been established. Those partnerships have enabled new programs through Elk Grove Township to come to fruition.

They include:

  • The Elk Grove Township Employment Support Center: Offered to Township residents, this center provides resources to help individuals find employment. Seminars, coaching and other opportunities are available. Area businesses are also invited to post their openings through the Township Employment Support Center at no charge.
  • The Snow Angels Program: Elk Grove Township partnered for the first time in the winter of 2015 with CCSD 59 and several area churches, along with Parkway Bank and Penske Trucking Rental to create this program that garners donations of snow pants and snow boots for in-need CCSD 59 students.
  • Back to School Blast Off: This program began in the fall of 2016 and consists of an outreach effort from the Township community to donate school supplies for in-need children. Nearly a dozen business and organizations were ‘drop off’ locations for the donated school supplies that benefit CCSD 59 children to start the school year off with needed supplies.
  • Meijer Simply Give Program Partnership: In July of 2016, the Township Food Pantry partnered with Meijer for their ‘Simply Give’ program, where monetary donations can be made at the store checkout so that the food pantry can be replenished with needed items. Donations can still be made through the program, which runs through September 24, 2016.

Sweeney added that due to the growing number of partnerships, the Township is able serve more individuals and families when they are in need.

“We are always looking to develop new relationships and partnerships with businesses and organizations throughout Elk Grove Township, to best serve our residents,” Sweeney said.

For more information on how to get involved with programs at Elk Grove Township, please call 847-437-0300 or visit www.elkgrovetownship.com.

Elk Grove Township Offers Free Career Seminars This Fall

September 12th, 2016

Elk Grove Township residents are invited to attend a free career seminar call Behavioral Interviewing on Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. until noon at the Elk Grove Township Employment Resource Center, 2400 S. Arlington Heights Road in Arlington Heights.  Click here for additional information.

Elk Grove Township Establishes Summer Internship Program

September 3rd, 2016

The program’s first intern gained exposure to all Township departments, and is now attending law school at the University of Illinois.

Elk Grove Township established its first-ever summer internship in May of 2016, and its first intern, Kiran Gill, successfully completed the program in August.

The internship provided the opportunity for Gill to gain experience from a variety of functions within Township government, including Administration, Finance, General Assistance and Transportation.

“Throughout my rotations in the various offices, I was tasked with completing substantial projects. Each helped me to better understand Township government, and the ways in which it serves its residents,” Gill said.

Interns are expected to play a part in the development of programs that benefit residents, as well as attend Township meetings and those of neighboring government bodies.

Elk Grove Township Supervisor Mike Sweeney said it is extremely important for the Township to provide these opportunities for college-aged individuals.

“Our goal is to provide valuable education opportunities and work experience for young adults from the area, who are working to find their future professional focus,” Sweeney said. “We were thrilled to have Kiran join our team; she added great value during her time here to the many programs and services we offer.”

Gill, who graduated from Northern Illinois University (NIU) in the spring of 2016, was one of three students recognized by the NIU president for her achievements. She was named a Lincoln Laureate for the 2015-2016 academic year, which is an annual award given to the top graduating senior based on academics and involvement in extra-curricular activities.

Gill obtained her degree in Political Science and is now attending law school at the University of Illinois in Champaign.

She said she is grateful for the opportunity to gain real-world local government experience that she can utilize in her future professional experiences.

To learn more about all of the services provided by ElkGroveTownship.com or call 847-437-0300.