Woods && Wetlands

Woods & Wetlands


Joining Illinois Sierra Club Members in Lake and Northeastern Cook Counties

September, 1999, Issue #29

In This Issue 

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CALENDAR: Meetings & Outings

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Oct 2 Transportation Forum

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Sept 29 SMART GROWTH Let's do it right!

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W&W News Editor Needed

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On-line Petition to Oppose Route 53

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Education Liaison
Other W&W Volunteer Opportunities

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W&W Elections

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Join the Club, Get Involved!


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Transportation Forum: Transportation Beyond 2000 - Can we get there from here?

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 This forum is sponsored by the Lake County Conservation Alliance (LCCA), an alliance of local environmental groups, including the Sierra Club. It is dedicated to preserving our local resources and quality of life. Our Illinois Chapter Field Representative, Jack Darin will be one of the presenters, and our group is supporting this event with $200 from the Sierra Club Sprawlbuster campaign. In addition, Deron Lovaas, a specialist from our Washington DC office might attend to talk about the links to sprawl and highway building, and explain what can be done about it

Saturday, October 2, 1999 College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois.

Is traffic driving you crazy? Are you concerned? Consider this . . . You can make a difference . . . Attend the first county-wide conference on transportation, Saturday, October 2.
Join your neighbors and colleagues -- Lake County residents--Professional Planners--Municipal and Community Organizations--Elected Officials.

Decisions are being made now that affect us all -- decisions on transportation alternatives and transit alternatives and transit options. Decisions that will ultimately impact the quality of life for all in Lake County. By law, public hearings must be held to review, question and comment on these significant plans. This conference is designed to help us with this decision-making process and to learn how others have approached the same.

 Conference Program

Keynote Speakers:
Tom Bass, Office of the Governor, State of Maryland
Ed Crawford, Alliance for Modern Transit and Livable Communities
Paving the Way? A panel discussion of Lake County Roadway Alternatives:
Linda Bolte, Chicago Area Transportation Study
Ann Spillane, Environmental Law and Policy Center
ISTHA/IDOT Representative (to be announced)
Jack Darin, Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club
Avoiding the Potholes: Presentations of Innovative and Long-Tern Solutions to Traffic Congestion.
Bill Baltutis, Lake-Cook Transportation Management Association
Lane Kendig, Lane Kendig, Inc.
Lois Morrison, Campaign for Sensible Growth
Conference Information:
Saturday, October 2, 1999 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
College of Lake County
19351 W. Washington Street, Grayslake Building "B"
Auditorium Session starts promptly at 9 a.m.
Cost is $20 including lunch.
Fax credit card registrations to 847-625-9095
Questions: Call 847-223-7178
Exhibits * Networking Opportunities * Discussion
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Let's do it right!

Marilou Martin - Innovation Group Manager, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Michael H. Ebner - A. B. Dick Professor of History, Lake Forest College

George A. Ranney, Jr. - President and C.EO., Chicago Metropolis 2020, Partner - Mayer, Brown and Platt

Wednesday, September 29, 1999
Gorton Community Center
400 K. Illinois Road, Lake Forest
6:45 to 9:00 p.m.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and policy For information, call Sierra Club member Mary Mathews at (847) 295-

W&W News Editor NeededReturn to Top

The newsletter continues to be our only method for reaching all of our members. We need help to continue producing a high quality document. If you are familiar with a word processing program, such as WORD, please volunteer to be our newsletter editor. The editor receives articles and graphics from group leaders, members, and guests, and arranges it into this format. If you have access to e-mail, you can easily collaborate with the present editor, and others who want to help, for proofreading, grammatical editing, clip art, and other skills you are unsure of yourself. Count on plenty of help if you need it getting started. Contact Evan: auk@interaccess.com, or any Group leader, if you’d like to help out.

Leading this 2000 member group involves planning and holding and taping meetings, leading outings, speaking at public meetings, writing letters and alerts, meeting with representatives, publishing the website, recording Hot-Line messages, writing this W&W News, editing it into this form, and then getting it printed and mailed - whew!. Trying to accomplish all this with a skeleton volunteer staff of less than 6 people is overwhelming, and we are missing significant opportunities to protect and enjoy our local environment.

We know that many of you are concerned and have the skills to help preserve our quality of life. Please consider pitching in and making a difference by using the Club’s resources and contributing to some of these activities.

On-line Petition to Oppose Route 53 Return to Top

Citizens Organized for Sound Transportation has placed an on-line petition opposing the extension of Route 53 through Lake, McHenry and Will counties at www.ethepeople.com. The petition can be found under the issue of "Roads & Transportation" and it is titled "Opposition to the Route 53 Extension," or just click here:

Cyber-sign it and offer to "pass it along" to your own list of cyber pals -- you can alert up to 10 friends by supplying their e-mail addresses on the "pass it along" option of the website. The signed petition will be sent to the Governor, James "Pate" Phillip and Kirk Brown in the fall.

W&W Education Liaison Return to Top

Cynthia Korotev, member, and Mundelein teacher has volunteered to bring together events and ideas and provide them to teachers seeking environmental material for their students. At the University of WI- Madison she was a journalism major and wrote articles and editorials for the Daily Cardinal student newspaper. She’s worked for a short time in both advertising and public relations. She’s always been very involved with her school district in a variety of ways: supervising the yearbook committee, hosting a French Club, and currently serves on several committees including curriculum and staff development. Currently she is working on developing a regional gifted consortium for networking with other teachers in Lake County.
847-362-3406, ckorotev@hotmail.com
If you are an educator looking for ideas and programs, or have ideas or proven programs (!!) for environmental education of our kids, please get in touch.

Other W&W Volunteer Opportunities

Your local group is run entirely by local volunteers. Please donate your time and talent to help promote protection and
enjoyment of our local environment. Check out the list of open volunteer positions on the Volunteer page..

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The W&W Executive Committee (ExCom) is made up of 5 members who serve 2 year terms. They decide political endorsements, plan programs, interact with the Illinois Chapter and National Sierra Club, and choose projects and issues for W&W Group involvement. Two of the five positions are up now for election. Your ballots are important not only in influencing the direction of the Group, but also as a show of support for these committed activists. Please consider their statements, fill out your ballots, and send them in.

George Etu - A Sierra Club member since 1978, George has always been involved in leadership roles, including serving several years as Group Chair. A vital source of information about Sierra Club procedures and know-how, he is currently the Administrative Coordinator and Illinois Chapter Representative for our Group. George wishes to continue strengthening and improving the Group as an effective environmental organization.

John Chambers is a frequent user of Lake County open spaces, working at the local level to conserve open space, wetlands, and the air and water resources of Lake County, and Libertyville, where he resides. He was recently appointed Sierra Club Power Plant Coordinator by the W&W ExCom. "Sustainable development, efficient transportation alternatives, and conservation of resources are essential to maintain the quality of life in Lake County. I may not be able to change the world, but I think I can, with the cooperation of like-minded people, help to maintain the quality of life in Lake County."


 You may vote for up to two candidates by marking the blank next to their names. Print out your ballot, complete it, and send it to our mailbox, PO Box 5012, Vernon Hills, IL 60061 by December 1st, 1998. Do not put your name on the ballot. Families with multiple members may place multiple checks on one ballot. Please note all members names on your envelope.

__ __ __  George Etu        __ __ __ John Chambers

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When you or your friend join Sierra Club, it helps make the Club stronger. When you do it using a W&W form, more of your membership contribution goes to W&W for local action. Copy this invitation into an e-mail to your friends and edit it so they know it's from you. E-mail your friend

Friend - 
I belong to the Sierra Club Woods & Wetlands because it helps me understand, enjoy, and protect our environment. The Woods & Wetlands Group organizes members from Lake and NE Cook counties for local events, outings and actions. Membership includes the benefits of the national Club: Outings, Sierra magazine, and involvement with national issues. Visit their websites: http://www.sierraclub.org/chapters/il/w&w/ and you'll see what I mean. I hope you'll consider helping to protect our environment and become a member.

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by Evan Craig
In an effort to cut costs and improve effectiveness, we are giving you the option of receiving issues of this W&W News on our Web site, with e-mail notices, instead of by mail. If we get enough responses we will launch it. Please send an e-mail to: auk@interaccess.com Feel free to include any comments for the leadership, or issues that you think others need to know about. So far we have e-mail addresses for only 80 of our 2,000 members.

Members are invited to join the W&W group's e-mail distribution lists. On the ALERTS list you will receive infrequent timely posts from the Group Chair, primarily on local issues. Some of these appear on this website, and if you subscribe you will learn about them in time to help. The ISSUES list allows you to share in a discussion with other W&Wers. To sign up, click LISTS, and then, for each one you want to try out, insert you name into these commands in the body of the message :
SUB IL-WWG-ALERTS firstname lastname
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and send the message. We do not share e-mail address lists, and you can remove yourself from our alerts list at any time.

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