Barbara Minneci is sworn in as a commissioner on the township mental health commission by Lyons Township Clerk Elyse Hoffenberg. (Photo by Steve Metsch)
Minneci joins Lyons Township Mental Health Commission
By Steve Metsch
Barbara Minneci is very familiar with the Lyons Township Mental Health Commission, so she should fit in comfortably.
After having worked eight years as an assistant to the commission’s executive director Ron Melka, Minneci is now a member of the nine-person commission.
Minneci, a Willow Springs resident, was sworn in by Township Clerk Elyse Hoffenberg when the township board met June 13.
“I want to do my best to bring it to a new level,” Minneci said after the meeting.
“Between working with my commissioners, the agencies, (township staff) and Ron, I think we can do a great job here,” she said.
“There certainly is a need. We’ve got to get the word out that mental health here in Lyons (Township) is ready to do our job,” she added.
Minneci had worked as a coordinator in the Chicago Public Schools for 25 years.
Melka thinks Minneci will make an immediate positive impact: “She’s wonderful, an excellent person to work with, very much a go-getter.”
During the meeting, Township Supervisor Christopher Getty spoke highly of Minneci.
“She is a person who knows the ins and outs of every capacity of the mental health commission,” Getty said. “She was an exceptional employee while she was here with us and is a dedicated township resident. The fact that she wants to continue to serve in a volunteer capacity, we appreciate her very much for that.”
The board unanimously approved Minneci becoming a commissioner.
In other business, the board unanimously approved:
- a $300 donation to the Justice Public Library for its summer reading program.
- $400 to sponsor a beverage cart in the UCP Seguin Foundation Burke Beverage Golf Outing on Aug. 21 at the La Grange Country Club.
- a $750 grant to the Lyons Mustangs Athletic Club to help fund its operations.
- a $1,000 community partner sponsorship with the La Grange Highlands Civic Association.
- a $1,500 sponsorship to the Windy City Blues Society which is partnering with the village of Willow Springs for the Chicago Blues Challenge on July 29.
A paper shredding event was well attended on May 20, Hoffenberg said. Eighty residents brought in 2,860 pounds of paper for shredding, she said. Native plant sales on May 13 and June 11 were also popular, she said.
Fifty-one high school and college students have signed up for the township’s summer jobs program, Trustee Donna McDonald said.
The township also received a good review in an audit presentation by David Jelonek of Hillside-based G.W & Associates.
“Revenues exceeded expenditures, so there was no spending against reserves from the previous year,” he said. “The main operating fund spent under budget. … It was a clean audit and no issues.”
Mount Carmel beats Downers Grove North for 15th state title
Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Mount Carmel’s plan was to open and close the season in Normal. They wanted to open the 2023 campaign by beating then-nationally ranked East St. Louis in a neutral-site game at Hancock Stadium at Illinois State University, then return 13 weeks later and a win a state championship.…
Cold Turkey Trotting | Young runners heat up Orland Park race held in freezing temps
Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Staff Writer The temperature may have been freezing, but the winners were not complaining. The 35th Orland Park Turkey Trot, held per tradition on Thanksgiving, started in 30-degree weather. And the young champs embraced it. Jack Krusinski, 16, of Palos Heights, won the 2.5 mile event with a time of…
Area Sports Roundup | Cougars get revenge on Marian, earn date with top seed
Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Staff Writer The Saint Xavier defense made sure to get some revenge for a couple of losses in recent years to Marian University. The Cougars racked up 10 sacks, 15 tackles for losses, three forced fumbles and two interceptions in a 31-21 victory over Marian in the second round of…
Girls Hoops | St. Laurence stages huge comeback to win Beecher Tourney
Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Staff Writer This is not the way to start a championship game. But it’s a pretty good way to finish it. St. Laurence fell behind Rich Township, 19-0, in the Beecher Fall Classic final on Nov. 22. While it could have been easy for rookie coach Claire Austin and her…
Bedford Park officer shot Sunday morning
Spread the loveBy Bob Bong A Bedford Park police officer was in stable condition Sunday after he was shot while investigating a stolen car near the Speedway station at 6800 S. Archer Avenue. Police were responding to reports of a nearby car crash about 3:40 a.m. Police said a car reported stolen in a carjacking…
Property assessments released for Worth Township
Spread the loveCook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi last week released the initial assessments of residential and commercial properties in Worth Township. “I strongly encourage property owners to review their reassessment notice to ensure their property characteristics and market value reflect their home,” said Kaegi. “It is important to understand that assessments in Cook County reflect…
St. Laurence falls to Rochester, takes second in Class 4A
Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Staff Writer As a four-year varsity player at St. Laurence, Corey Taubr experienced three losing seasons before the Vikings made a stunning postseason run this year. They made it to the IHSA Class 4A final, where they lost 59-38 to Rochester on Nov. 24 at Hancock Stadium on the campus…
Nazareth tops Joliet Catholic for historic title win
Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Nazareth football coach Tim Racki was bummed out. The Roadrunners had completed an historic season by defeating Joliet Catholic for the IHSA Class 5A championship, becoming the first team in IHSA history to enter the playoffs 4-5 and win a state title. They are also the first team…
St. Rita bests Kenwood for Prep Bowl title
Spread the loveBy Mike Walsh Correspondent Nine is just fine as far as St. Rita is concerned. On Nov. 24 at Lane Stadium, the Mustangs defeated Kenwood 21-7 to win the 93rd Prep Bowl, the annual matchup between the Chicago Catholic League and Chicago Public League champions. The win gave St. Rita (8-5) its ninth…
St. Joe’s closing for good
Spread the love. Once was the largest Catholic parish in the area . By Tim Hadac More than a century of service to Roman Catholics in the westernmost section of Garfield Ridge, as well as suburban Summit, comes to an end this month as the lights go out for good at St. Joseph Church, 7240…
Temporary staffing agencies seek to block new state labor law
By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois firstname.lastname@example.org SPRINGFIELD – A group of temporary staffing agencies and their trade associations are asking a federal court to block enforcement of a new state law that governs how day laborers and temp workers are managed and paid. The lawsuit, filed earlier this month in Chicago, challenges several changes…
Former GOP senator, third-party governor candidate to represent himself in corruption trial
By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois email@example.com SPRINGFIELD – Monday was supposed to have been the first day in the weeklong federal corruption trial of former Republican state Sen. Sam McCann, who allegedly misused more than $200,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses. A pull-down projector screen in the Springfield courtroom of U.S. District Judge…
Candidates for 2024 primary brave cold for potential ballot advantage
By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois firstname.lastname@example.org SPRINGFIELD – Monday marked the kickoff for the 2024 election cycle, with hundreds of candidates filing their petitions at the Illinois State Board of Elections. Those in line by 8 a.m. Monday at the ISBE building in Springfield will be entered into a lottery to be the first…
State high court to hear case against staffing agencies accused of suppressing wages
By HANNAH MEISEL & DILPREET RAJU Capitol News Illinois email@example.com The Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear arguments from three staffing agencies that say their industry is exempt from state antitrust laws in a case claiming the firms conspired to hold down wages for their workers. The Chicagoland-based companies have already lost twice in…
State high court skeptical municipal police and fire pension consolidation hurt retirees’ voting rights
By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois firstname.lastname@example.org The Illinois Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments in a case alleging the state’s 2019 law that consolidated nearly 650 individual police and firefighter pension funds actually hurt retirees by diluting their voting power. The nearly three-dozen pensioners and 17 individual pension funds that sued over the law…
Pritzker designates additional $160M for migrant response as winter approaches
By HANNAH MEISEL & JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois email@example.com CHICAGO – As winter quickly approaches, Gov. JB Pritzker on Thursday announced plans for the state to spend an additional $160 million to aid and house a sustained influx of migrants sent to Chicago from the nation’s southern border. The administration sold the plan as…
Candidate filing begins Monday, signaling official start of 2024 election cycle
By DILPREET RAJU Capitol News Illinois firstname.lastname@example.org Monday morning marks the official beginning of the 2024 election cycle in Illinois, opening up the week-long period when candidates for local, state, congressional and judicial races are required to turn in the signatures they’ve spent the last two months collecting to get on the ballot. The…
State high court skeptical municipal police and fire pension consolidation hurt retirees’ voting rights
By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois email@example.com The Illinois Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments in a case alleging the state’s 2019 law that consolidated nearly 650 individual police and firefighter pension funds actually hurt retirees by diluting their voting power. The nearly three-dozen pensioners and 17 individual pension funds that sued over the…
Iowa-Illinois carbon dioxide pipeline application withdrawn
By ANDREW ADAMS Capitol News Illinois firstname.lastname@example.org Plans for a pipeline that would have transported carbon dioxide from Iowa for eventual storage in central Illinois are off the table – for now. Wolf Carbon Solutions, the company behind the proposed project, filed a motion with state regulators on Monday to withdraw its application, although…
State school board weighs increased funding requests ahead of budget season
By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois email@example.com SPRINGFIELD – Officials at the Illinois State Board of Education say they’re receiving more requests for increased funding for next year than the state could possibly afford, and they’re bracing for the possibility that budgets will start to tighten in the near future. “It does appear that…