goldenapplelogoCHICAGO –The deadline to nominate students for the Golden Apple Scholars has been extended, from Nov. 1 to Dec. 1. Students in their senior year of high school who plan to teach in a needy school in Illinois may be nominated for the award. They may be nominated by teachers, counselors, principals or other non-family adults, and may also nominate themselves. 

Winners will be awarded tuition assistance to a college in Illinois and will be given continued mentorship by educators who have won the Golden Apple Award. In return for the scholarship, Golden Apple Scholars agree to teach in high-need schools for five years after graduation.

Teachers from Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry or Will counties may also be nominated for the related Golden Apple Award. They must teach in grades 4-8, and can be nominated by parents, students, administrators and other teachers. Nominations are due December 31.

“We’re lucky to have many great educators and students in our area. Especially at this time of year, it’s important that we recognize and give thanks for them,” said Cunningham.

The winners will be inducted into the Golden Apple Academy of Educators, receive a paid spring quarter sabbatical at Northwestern University in Evanston and a $3,000 cash prize.

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Cunningham-Hurley-food-drive-1113Chicago – To help boost supplies at local food pantries during the holiday season, State Sen. Bill Cunningham and State Rep. Fran Hurley are launching a food drive at their local offices. From Nov. 1  to Dec. 1, community members are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food items at the offices listed below.

 Chicago                                                                  Orland Hills                                                      Worth Township
10400 S. Western Ave., Chicago          16033 S. 94th Ave., Orland Hills         11601 S. Pulaski Rd., Alsip
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.                                           10 a.m. – 2 p.m.                                             9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

“For many struggling families, the holidays are the most difficult time of the year,” Cunningham said. “I hope we can all put aside a little to help those families in need. Any size donation is welcome and can help make a substantial difference.”

All donations will be given to local food pantries in Chicago, Orland Hills, and Worth. Last year, a similar food drive by then-State Rep. Cunningham raised nearly 300 pounds of food for local pantries. Unfortunately monetary donations cannot be accepted, but gift cards are welcome.

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CHICAGO – To encourage civic service, assist community members and promote physical fitness, state Rep. Fran Hurley is partnering with state Sen. Bill Cunningham to host a Community Bike Drive for local residents to donate used bicycles.

“Donating a used bike provides a wonderful gift to someone while helping the community,” Hurley said. “We think this is a great way to assist local residents, encourage charity and get more people riding bikes. Sen. Cunningham and I are excited to be providing this service to the district.”
 
The bike drive will take place Aug. 15 through Sept. 15. All donations can be dropped off at the Mount Greenwood Community Business Association at 3330 W. 111th St. in Chicago, behind La Fiesta restaurant. Owned by local resident John DeBold, Park Schwinn at 3333 W. 95th St. in Evergreen Park will be fixing up old bikes and donating them to less fortunate children.  

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ccfpd-cunninghamCHICAGO – An effort to expand open lands in suburban Cook County sponsored by State Senator Bill Cunningham (D-Chicago) was signed into law Friday. Senate Bill 1499 gives the Cook County Forest Preserve District the power to acquire land by easement, which will now enable the district to enter into voluntary agreements with businesses, utilities and local governments to acquire patches of open land and incorporate them into the Forest Preserve green belt.

Until this legislation was signed, every other forest preserve district in Illinois can acquire land by easement. With this new law in place, the Cook County Forest Preserve will no longer be forced to purchase any land it acquired, saving the taxpayers significant cost.

“Cook County has one of the highest urban populations in the country. This legislation will preserve and hopefully create more open space,” said Cunningham. “Fighting for our environment will always be one of my top priorities while in the General Assembly.”

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Springfield Office:
Senator 18th District
311B Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-5145
(217) 782-2115 FAX
 
District Offices:
10400 South Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60643
(773) 445-8128
(773) 672-5143 FAX

16033 S. 94th Avenue
Orland Hills, IL 60477
(708) 233-9703