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					                                                                                                                                                       Township News                                                                                                                            Spring 2010           Township News                                                                                                                                 Spring 2010

                                                                               Going Green In
                                                                               Joliet Township                                                         Senior Companion Program Fills Needs For All
                                                                               Energy Star Rebates                                                     We all need to be needed, and as we get older, it becomes more challenging       and training workshops throughout the year.
                                                                                                                                                       to satisfy that desire. The Senior Companion Program understands that              For more information how to become a Senior Companion or if you wish
                                                                               Consumers have already begun to receive                                 desire and offers adults age 55 and older an opportunity to feel needed and      to arrange for this service for a family member or a loved one, please call

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Everyone Counts in 2010                                                                                                Township Programs
                                                                               their ENERGY STAR point of purchase                                     appreciated by assuming a meaningful role in the life of a homebound senior      Catholic Charities at 815-933-7791.
                                                                               rebates on qualifying heating and cooling                               by becoming a Senior Companion Volunteer.
                                                                               equipment through participating contractors                                The three main responsibilities are to provide socialization opportunity                                                                                                                                                                                                           and Services
                                                                               and water heaters at participating retailers as                         for the client, provide transportation to such places as medical offices, hair
                                                                               long as funding lasts.                                                  salons, grocery stores, and to provide respite relief for family members of                                                                                    Stand up and be counted in U.S. Census                                                                                  • General Assistance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Basic needs allowance:

Green Days
                                                                                  During Earth Week, April 16-25, 2010,                                the client.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Rent, food, utilities, clothing,
                                                                               consumers will be able to get point of purchase rebates on ENER-                                                                                                                                                                       Joliet Township Government is joining with the U.S.         funding, and guides local decision makers on where to
                                                                                                                                                          Senior Companion volunteers receive a modest, tax-free stipend,                                                                                                                                                                                                                       personal and household items
                                                                               GY STAR qualified clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators,                                                                                                                                                                         Census Bureau to encourage your participation in            build new roads, hospitals, childcare and senior citizen
                                                                                                                                                       reimbursement of transportation costs, a stipend for meals, a free annual                                                                                                                                                                                                                for eligible applicants.
This year’s Earth Day celebration on April 22nd will mark the event’s          freezers, and room air conditioners. Rebates will be available for                                                                                                                                                                     the historic 2010 Census.                                              centers, schools, and more. Businesses use
                                                                                                                                                       physical exam, accident and liability insurance while on duty and more.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Recipients must participate in
40th Anniversary of the occasion which was founded in 1970 by                  items purchased at participating retailers. For more information                                                                                                                                                                          The purpose of the census is to count                               data to locate supermarkets, new housing,
                                                                                                                                                          Volunteers generally visit with two or four individuals for a total of 20                                                                                                                                                                                                             a Community Work Program
Gaylord Nelson, who was then U.S. Senator from Wisconsin. Nelson               and an updated list of participating contractors and retailers, visit                                                                                                                                                                  every person living in the United States,                              and other facilities.
                                                                                                                                                       hours per week to share a meal together, reminisce about old times, play                                                                                                                                                                                                                 set up through the township
proposed the first nationwide environmental protest to “shake up the  and click                                                                                                                                                                                including people of all ages, races, ethnic                               Census Day is April 1, 2010, but
                                                                                                                                                       cards or games, share information about current events and community                                                                                                                                                                                                                     and look for employment.
political establishment and force the issue onto the national agenda.”         on the Illinois ENERGY STAR Appliance Rebate Program link.                                                                                                                                                                             groups, citizens, and non-citizens.                                    Census questionnaires will be delivered or
                                                                                                                                                       activities, and shop together at local grocery stores and malls.
  “It was a gamble,” he recalls, “but it worked.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The U.S. Constitution mandates this headcount every      mailed to households throughout March of 2010.              • Employment Assistance/
                                                                                                                                                          Presented through Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet, participants in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ten years. The results of the census determines our local   With only ten questions, it’s the shortest census form        Workfare Program
                                                                                                                                                       the Senior Companion Program must meet income eligibility requirements
Local Events In & Around Joliet Township include:                                                                                                      and be at least 60 years old. They must participate in an orientation meeting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Senior Companion Program helps volunteers feel appreciated as they        Congressional representation, affects our community         in the entire history of the United States.                   Assisting those who are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        help local homebound seniors.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                receiving general assistance.
Community Clean Up Day
April 23rd
Volunteers meet at St. Sava Church—3457 Black Road, Joliet
                                                                               Cold Cash                                                                                                                                                                                                                              News From The Supervisor                                                                                                  We partner with Illinois
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                WorkNet and the Workforce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Investment Board of Will
8:00 AM–Noon                                                                   ComEd will pay you $25 for your old working fridge or freezer,
                                                                               pick it up and recycle it for FREE!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Design by: J.V. Murphy & Associates |             Working To Serve You Better                                                                                               County helping those who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                are unemployed and looking
GR2010: Celebrating Sustainability Festival                                       If you’ve got an older, working second fridge or freezer keeping                                                                                                                                                                                                       During these difficult     We are here to help our neighbors in Joliet Township,       for active employment.
Saturday, May 22, 2010                                                         your soft drinks or ice cream cold, it’s probably costing you more                                                                                                                                                                                                        times, I would like to   and I feel it is important to support organizations that
Joliet Public Library—Black Road Branch                                        money than you think.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Pre-Employment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         assure the residents     make our neighborhoods a better place to live.
9:00 AM–4:00 PM                                                                   For a limited time, ComEd will pay you $25 to turn in that old                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bus Tickets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         of Joliet Township         Many organizations need volunteers. I encourage
For information, call the Joliet Public Library at 815-740-2660.               fridge or freezer.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Provides qualified individuals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         that we are work-        you to donate your time whenever possible.
The public is invited to experience the latest developments in renewable          Working with JACO Environmental, they will pick it up for free                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                with transportation to and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ing hard to provide
energy and green technology at a first-of-its-kind festival focusing on the    and recycle it in an environmentally responsible way.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            from work interviews. Proof
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         assistance and ser-
environment. For information please call 815-260-6011 or click on                 If you have an older working window air conditioner, they will                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                of employment or job
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         vices to as many or                              recycle that as well.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            searches is required.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         people as possible
                                                                                  Restrictions apply. For details or to schedule a pick up, visit:                                                                                                                                                                                                       who are in need.                                                                     • Animal Control
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1 PM–4 PM
Film Series Schedule                                                  or call (888) 806-2273.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Town Board
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          8:30 AM–12 Noon                                                                                                                                       Pick up of stray animals,
Joliet Public Library—Black Road Branch                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Daniel L. Vera                     continues to be                                                                        adoption of dogs and cats,
6:30 PM–8:30 PM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          good stewards of                                                                       and trap rental for small
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Office Hours
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the tax monies each year funding over 20 social                                                                           wildlife.
          > April 29 Garbage—The Revolution Starts at Home                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            service agencies and organizations in our Township while
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fax: 815.726.4785                                                                                                                                           • Medical Caseworker/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      providing direct services through our General Assis-
          > May 6 The Future of Foods
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Phone: 815.726.4781                                                                                                                                           Special Services
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      tance offices with Employment Assistance Counseling,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Reviews all general assistance|
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Joliet, IL 69432                    Utility, Food, Medical and Rental Assistance, and           Pictured above left to right: Steve Larranaga,
          > May 13 Dirt! The Movie                                                                                                                          Permit No. 349                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      cases with special medical
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  175 West Jefferson Street           referrals to other agencies in our community.               owner of Joliet Litho-Print; Dan Vera, Joliet Town-
                                                                                                                                                               Joliet, IL
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ship Supervisor; and Al Bucciarelli, sales rep with           needs. Provides resources for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         If you or someone you know is in need, please call
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Reinhart Food Service working as volunteers in the            Rx prescription drug needs
          > May 20 Fresh—New thinking about what we’re eating                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         815-726-4781 to make an appointment to meet
                                                                                                                                                            U.S. POSTAGE                                                                                                                                                                                                          kitchen at the St. Paul the Apostle Friday Fish Fry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                and referrals to the Will
                                                                                                                                                             STANDARD                                                                                                                                                 with a caseworker.                                          Events.
                                                                                                                                                            PRESORTED                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Grundy Medical Clinic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Call 815-726-4781 for details.
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                                News From The Highway Commissioner                                                                                                                                Employee Spotlight                                                                                                           Saluting Excellence In Our Schools
                                What’s Your Sign?                                                                                                                                                 Cornelia J. Malone has always had a natural passion           Emergency Food and Shelter through United Way.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  for helping and caring for others. Born in Mississippi, she     She is a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church and serves                                                              Joliet Central Wins First Place
                                 Do you reside on a street or road that is identified with a green                                                                                                moved to Joliet in 1972. While here, she attained a Bach-     on various ministries and is a 25-year member of Alpha
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In January, six students and their sponsors from     They won the title with a time of 44:22 compet-
                                 sign? If so, then your street lies within the boundaries of the City of                                                                                          elors Degree in Social Work from Lewis University.            Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Joliet Central High School were recognized by       ing against Elkhart Area Career Center.
                                 Joliet. If your sign is blue, then you live on an unincorporated Joliet                                                                                             Cornelia has over 30 years of local experience in social     Married to George L. Malone, they are proud par-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the Town Board on the occasion of winning First        Participating students included Tim Covarrubia,
                                 Township street or road.                                                                                                                                         work. For 5 years, she worked as a social worker in the       ents of one daughter, Crystal, who last year received her
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Place at the 2009 Hot Rodder’s of Tomorrow          Barndon Gabel, Patrick McCarney, James Seeley,
                                    Color-coded street signs are an important clue for municipal and                                                                                              Women, Infant and Children Program (WIC) and 7 years          Masters of Fine Arts in Dance degree and is currently resid-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Engine Challenge National Championship.             Kevin Smith and Jacob Strom.
                                 township workers to correctly identify boundary lines.                                                                                                           in a similar position for The Salvation Army before joining   ing in New York City.
 James J. Maffeo                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The Joliet Town board recently recognized six Joliet      The competition requires the challenging            The sponsors of the competition were Mark
                                    When you notice a green street sign that is missing or damaged,                                                                                               the Joliet Township Government Office.                                                                                       Central H.S. students on winning the 2009 Hot          teams to disassemble and reassemble a               Brannick and Dave Haberkorn.
 Highway Commissioner
                                 please contact the City of Joliet, Engineering Division/Sign                                                                                                        Initially, she began as a Caseworker at the Township and                                                                  Rodder’s of Tomorrow Engine Challenge National
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Championship.                                          350 Chevy Engine using only hand tools.
“As your Joliet Township         Department at 815-724-4200.                                                                                                                                      worked her way up to Director of General Assistance
 Highway Commissioner, I            For missing or damaged blue signs, please contact the Township                                                                                                where she is responsible for the daily operation of the
 look forward to continuing      Highway Department at 815-722-6646. Our regular business hours                                                                                                   General Assistance Program, which provides general
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Joliet West Students Produce Two
 the effort of keeping our
 roads safe for all residents    are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. After hours                                                                                                   services to those who meet eligibility guidelines.
                                 or on the weekend, please leave a message or email our offices at                                                          Name: Cornelia J. Malone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Successful Plays To Benefit Easter Seals
 and visitors.”                                                                                                                                                                                      She has worked at the Township for over 20 years and
                                                                                                                   Title: Director; General Assistance
                                                                                                                                                                                                  has served the community on numerous boards including
                                                                                                                                                            Program of Joliet Township.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  the Help Food Pantry, YMCA, Community Service Council,                                                                       Joliet Township Government sponsored two student-produced plays at Joliet West High School this year.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Will-Grundy Medical Clinic, Hospice, and Will County                                                                         The money donated helped the students buy the rights for Check Please by Jonathon Rand and Black
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Comedy by Peter Shafer.

                                Dial-A-Ride Bus Service                                                                                                       Watch for future editions of the Joliet Township Newsletter to place one of our employees in the spotlight so you may
                                                                                                                                                              become familiar with those who serve Township Residents throughout the year.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The donation also assisted the high school theatre group in funding the set creation for both plays.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               All proceeds from both performances benefited Easter Seals of Joliet.                                              Joliet West students donated the proceeds from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  their two plays to United Way Easter Seals.
                              PACE has contracted with a private carrier to provide Dial-A-Ride Bus Service to Joliet Township residents age 60+ or                                                                                                                                                                               The plays were presented earlier this year and were well received.
                              residents of any age who have a disability.
                                 The service operates Monday through Friday from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM and operates within Homer, Jackson, Joliet, Lockport,
                              Plainfield, and Troy Townships. One way Intra Township fares are $1.25 and One Way Inter-Township fares are $2.00.
                                 Rides are scheduled 24 hours in advance by calling 1-800-244-4410 or TYY 1-800-393-4232 the day before your
                                                                                                                                                            Town Clerk On The Job                                                                                                                                              JCA Girls Class 3A                                              News From The Assessor
trip, with the exception of subscription service requests which need to be scheduled on Thursday of the week prior to which the service is needed.
   The service does not operate on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Champs                                                                                           Illinois law currently provides taxpayers with four Homestead
                                                                                                                                                                                                  The most important job that the Town Clerk’s office           insure that the contents no longer needed to be kept. The      The Town Board recognized the Joliet Catholic                                                    Exemptions, the use of which will lower the amount of proper-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  performs is the maintaining of the records and it is no       entire process took over 6 months to complete.                 Academy Girls Volleyball Team on winning the                                                     ty tax owed to the County Treasurer. The exemptions include:

Medical Equipment Loan Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                  simple task.                                                     Some of the records dated back to the 1970’s but the        2009 Class 3A State Championship at Red Bird                                                         General Homestead Exemption
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Minutes, correspondence, contracts, bids, and inven-      majority were from 1990-2009. The former Clerk had             Arena at Illinois State University in Normal Illinois.                                               This exemption lowers the equalized assessed value of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                  tory records all have different levels of importance and      completed a similar process in 2001.                              The Team captured its second straight cham-                                                   property up to $5,000. To qualify, you must own the property
Did you know that Joliet Township residents may contact the Township Office to temporarily borrow donated medical                                                                                 standards for maintaining. It’s important to be able to          The next task at hand will be to review our records         pionship title and third since 2003.                                                             and must have lived in the property prior to January first of
equipment? The use of the equipment is free of charge and it may be picked up at the Township Office. If you or your                                                                              locate records as quickly as possible when the Town Board     retention listing to insure that all of the types of records      Coach Christine Scheibe and senior player                                                     the year you apply.
organization would like to donate medical equipment to the Equipment Closet for others to use, please call us at 815-                                                                             or citizens request information.                              are being maintained and archived according to current         Alyssa Warren accepted the honorary resolution                                                       Senior Homestead Exemption
726-4781. We are currently in need of wheel chairs, but will gratefully consider all medical equipment donations.                                                                                    The records of the Township are maintained according to    standards.                                                     congratulating the team players, coaches, faculty,                                                   Persons age 65 or older who meet qualifications for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                  standards in the Local Records Act, which is administered        As we all know, new types of documents and corre-           staff, students, parents, and alumni on another                                                  General Homestead Exemption may receive a $3,500 reduc-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               James A. Brenczewski             tion in equalized assessed value. A copy of the deed and proof
                                                                                                                                                                                                  by the Illinois State Archives, Local Records Unit, within    spondence are invented every day. We now have e-mail           outstanding triumph.                                            Assessor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                of age will be required.

                                              Town Board Supports Free Clinic
                                                                                                                                                                                                  the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State.                correspondence to be aware of, computer files, and voice
                                                                                                                                                            Beth Ann May                             Last summer and fall, my staff and I reviewed boxed        mail records.                                                                                                                    Senior Citizen Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The 2009
                                                                                                                                                            Town Clerk                                                                                                                                                                                                                           This exemption freezes the assessment on your property. To qualify, you must have owned
                                                                                                                                                                                                  and stored records to determine if any could be destroyed.       Keeping up with the current standard of all the records,                                               Class 3A State
                                                                                                                                                                                                     This past December, we were able to destroy 190 cubic      old and new, is critical to the history of the Township.                                                  Championship         and occupied the property for two years starting January 1st, be age 65 or older, and have a
                                          Joliet Township Government Officials and staff members recently attended the Will-Grundy Medical                  “I am honored to be able                                                                                                                                                                                      JCA Girls
                                                                                                                                                                                                  feet or 119 banker’s boxes of records.                           The Clerk is the Keeper of the Records and we take                                                                          maximum gross household income of $45,000. You must apply and qualify every year.
                                          Clinic Annual Dinner where they were recognized for their annual contribution and support of the Free              to serve the people of                                                                                                                                                                                       Volleyball Team
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Most of these records were general administrative files,   that statement very seriously at Joliet Township.                                                                                Homestead Improvement Exemption
                                          Clinic’s important programs.                                                                                       Joliet Township.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                  contracts, bids, financial journals, and ledgers and paid                                                                                                                                      If you make a qualified improvement or an addition to the home that you own and occupy,
                                             Seated left to right in photo: Jim Brenczewski, Assessor; Jeff Wallace, Trustee; Sue Bustin, Medical
                                                                                                                                                                                                  bills and invoices.                                                                                                                                                                          the assessment increase due to that alteration may be kept off the tax rolls for 4 years. There is
Caseworker; Cornelia Malone, General Assistance Director. Standing left to right: Bob Wisniewski, Trustee; Dan Vera, Township Supervisor; and
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Every box was reviewed, documented and researched to                                                                                                                                      a maximum $25,000 assessed value that may be exempted.
Gerry Pubentz, Workfare Investigator.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 You may file for all of these exemptions at the Township Assessor’s Office.

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