Updated: March 20, 2013 3:11AM
Presence: State Rep. Barbara Wheeler, R-Crystal Lake, announced her legislative office opening and how to contact her in the 64th House District, in Springfield and through social media. Wheeler’s office in the district is located at 37 E. Grave Ave. Her office hours will be Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The office can be contacted by calling (847) 973-0064. Her office in Springfield can be contacted by calling (217) 782-1664 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. While predominately a McHenry County district, the 64th includes parts of Wauconda, Volo, Fox Lake and Spring Grove.
Survey: The Grayslake Community Park District is in the process of conducting a community-wide mail and email survey about its services. The Park District has contracted with an independent consulting company, Public Research Group, to administer the survey. Randomly chosen residents will receive the survey either in the mail or through email, and are asked to take a few minutes and complete the survey by Feb. 8. All responses are strictly confidential. This survey will allow residents to rate the Park District including its parks, facilities, recreation programs and events. The survey results will help to guide the Park District on which current and new program offerings, as well as any future park and facility developments, may best meet the community’s future needs. For more information, call (847) 223-7529.
Lecture: Author and professor of international politics and international security issues, John Mearsheimer, will speak about America’s policy in Iran on Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. at the Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy at the Adlai Stevenson Historic Home, 25200 N. St. Mary’s Road. Mearsheimer is the E. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service professor and co-director of the Program on International Security at the University of Chicago, and has written extensively on foreign affairs, including the books “Why Leaders Lie: The Truth about Lying in International Politics,” “The Tragedy of Great Power Politics and The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy” (with Stephen M. Walt) and numerous articles. There will be coffee and informal conversation in the Stevenson home after the talk. Cost is $15 and students are free. For more information, call (847) 816-7433 or visit www.stevensoncenterondemocracy.org.
Honor: On Jan. 16, Zion-Benton Coalition for Healthy Communities was honored with a $5,000 grant and an award by The Charmm’d Foundation in recognition of the successful launch and implementation of its 2012 Zion-Benton Leadership Academy (ZBLA), whose purpose is to develop a new cadre of community leaders. Recognition was given for the strategic planning and collaborative efforts of ZBLA and the significant impact it is already having in the community. The Coalition plans to continue ZBLA and will use the grant to further its success by providing funding to offer high-quality leadership development opportunities to strengthen both ZBLA and its participants, who in turn will help build a stronger community. The mission of the Coalition is to lead its communities in a collaborative effort to improve identified health, wellness and social issues in Zion-Benton. For more information, visit charmmdfoundation.org.