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Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Community forum entry by: Michael Kormanik

Evanston-based Greenwise Organic Lawn Care (, the leading organic lawn care and sustainable design/build landscape company in the Chicago area, is hiring experienced landscape professionals at its job fair on March 28th & 29th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Greenwise Shop, 2215 Main Street in Evanston.

Chicago’s fastest-growing lawn care company is seeking experienced landscapers, arborists and horticulturalists as foremen to lead its dynamic team of professionals.

“We’re looking to add to the amazing team that built Greenwise into the best landscape company ever” Bernie Carranza, Greenwise operations manager, said. “We take pride in creating and maintaining the finest-looking landscapes in Chicago and on the North Shore and want folks who our share commitment to excellence.”

At the Job Fair, attendees will meet and learn about the Greenwise team, the company’s mission and operation. The company will be providing job applications, conducting hiring interviews, and administering skills tests.

Ideal candidates for Greenwise will have experience in residential landscaping, lawn care, snow removal, arbor care and/or horticultural skills as well as an interest in organic lawn care and sustainable landscaping. Applicants must have a valid Illinois driver’s license and be conversational in English.

For more information, visit, call the Greenwise office at (847) 866-1930 or email

About Greenwise Organic Lawn Care
Founded in 2007, Greenwise Organic Lawn Care is the leading organic lawn care company in the Greater Chicago area. Greenwise provides organic lawn care, sustainable landscape design and installation, eco-friendly landscape maintenance, sustainable horticultural and arbor care, and eco-friendly snow clearing services.

More information about Greenwise can be found at

Posted: Monday, February 29, 2016
Community forum entry by: Robin Shannon

Workshop for Adoptive and Foster Families on April 9!

Leave with a new energy and some new ideas on how to engage your child in a more playful and loving relationship! Expert Dafna Lender, LCSW, Certified Theraplay Therapist, Trainer and Supervisor, shares practical techniques to help you to respond to behavior, attachment and trauma issues using The Theraplay Institute’s attachment-based parenting approach proven to strengthen family bonds. The all-day, interactive workshop is held in Evanston from 9-5pm on Saturday, April 9, 2015. Family caregivers and pre-adoptive parents welcome. Professionals can attend with clients or independently. Come with a family member or therapist and receive a 20% savings! REGISTER NOW at For more information email

Posted: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Community forum entry by: Ann Saltz

Voting for a judge is one of the most important decisions on the ballot. For most of us, we are more likely to have personal contact with a judge than with our president, senator, congressperson or state legislator. In considering who deserves your vote, I hope you will cast a vote for Judge Jerry Esrig, who was described by Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin as “one of the most exceptional candidates for judge that we’ve had in the 9th Subcircuit.”

The Chicago Bar Association, Chicago Council of Lawyers and the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois agree, all having given Judge Esrig their highest rating, making him the most highly rated judge running in the 9th Subcircuit.

I am am honored to join an impressive list of Judge Esrig supporters, including: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and the majority of Evanston Aldermen. I encourage you to vote for Judge Jerry Esrig on March 15. He not only has the knowledge and experience, but the compassion and integrity to be a strong independent voice on the Bench.

Posted: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Community forum entry by: Christopher Thomas

It was with great disappointment that I read Daniel Biss’ article in the RoundTable. It is disappointing because I had expected Biss’ background in higher mathematics would have compelled him to a more rational review of the situation in Springfield than just the same old partisan claptrap. His argument appears to be that 1. Governor Rauner’s tactics in the current budget impasse are entirely ideologically driven 2. Though some states have followed a similar program and have found success, others haven’t 3. Some progressive states have found success without having to follow such a program. He states, “…the Democratic approach to economic growth mitigates poverty, raises wages and helps grow the middle class.” Yet, nowhere does he outline what this program is.
Seen from afar, what appears to be going on in Springfield is that an entirely unsustainable financial burden with which the State is faced, is being defended by the Democratic Assembly leaders simply to placate their union constituents. Someone who can actually add a column of numbers ought to be able to see that the growth of debt in which the State is encumbered has to be addressed, and soon.
Far from being ideologically driven, as far as I can tell, Governor Rauner’s “assault” on public employee unions is nothing more than trying to break the incestuous cycle of “if you deliver votes for me, we will provide increased wages and benefits for you.” This condition of the fox guarding the henhouse is exactly why even FDR didn’t support the idea of public employee unions.
If the Democratic approach can deliver all of the benefits Biss described, why then – after twelve years of Democratic hegemony over both houses and the executive – is the State in the financial condition it is in? It is hard to imagine that the less than one year tenure of a Republican Governor could have accomplished all that. Senator Biss, how about you drop the Democratic rhetoric, put politics aside, and come to the aid of your State?

Posted: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Community forum entry by: Mark Greenbaum

I read the guest essay by Senator Daniel Biss in the RoundTable. I belong to the same party and Mr. Biss and likely share many of his views. With regards to the stalemate in Springfield and the opposition to Governor Bruce Rauner’s positions, it is hard to find a coherent set of policies and budget proposals set forth by our Democratic representatives. Gov. Rauner has made is easy to understand his politics and his agenda and even specific ways in which he envisions improving the state’s financial problems. What I can’t find is a similar platform with specific items from the Democrats in the House and Senate. What is the alternative budget proposal and makes concrete sense? This should seem obvious to you with regards to your remarks “Everywhere I go, I hear the same question: What on earth is going on in Springfield?” What is the Cullerton/Madigan detailed budget plan and how does it fix the Illinois financial woes?
I am rooting for you, Mr. Biss but your letter gives me little to chew on. It’s already obvious what the differences in ideology are, what is the counter proposal? Try as I might I can’t find a complete answer on the web. If you can’t articulate it, then it either doesn’t exist, you aren’t aware of it or it’s not easy for you to articulate. Help us out here. If you want us to put pressure on the governor, then we need the ammunition.

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