Woods & Wetlands
Joining Illinois Sierra Club Members in Lake and Northeastern Cook Counties
September, 1999, Issue #29
In This Issue
CALENDAR: Meetings & Outings
Oct 2 Transportation Forum
Sept 29 SMART GROWTH Let's do it right!
W&W News Editor Needed
On-line Petition to Oppose Route 53
Other W&W Volunteer Opportunities
Join the Club, Get Involved!
Transportation Forum: Transportation Beyond 2000 - Can we get there from
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.
Drivers in our region spend 42 hours each year sitting in traffic –
358 million gallons of excess fuel are expended annually in Chicagoland
as a result of congestion, an increase by 50 percent since 1990.
The Chicago, IL and Northwestern, IN region is ranked third highest congested,
following Los Angeles and Washing-ton, D.C.
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.
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
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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The League of Women Voters and Northern Trust Bank present
Let's do it right!
Marilou Martin - Innovation Group Manager, U.S. Environmental Protection
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-
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: firstname.lastname@example.org,
or any Group leader, if you’d like to help out.
W&W News Editor Needed
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
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
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.
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:
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.
If you are an educator looking for ideas and programs, or have ideas or
proven programs (!!) for environmental education of our kids, please get
W&W Education Liaison
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
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."
HOW TO VOTE:
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
INVITE A FRIEND TO JOIN SIERRA CLUB TODAY
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
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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