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Welcome to the web pages of Moraine Township, serving residents in the southeast corner of Lake County, Illinois.
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Make a donation to Moraine Township Food Pantry today!

Support for the Moraine Township Food Pantry goes towards food and for purchasing new items for the build out of our improved and larger pantry coming in 2018.

YUM FOR GOOD! BAKE SALE for the Moraine Township Food Pantry
The amazing Shari and Jayla Marcus, and Cindy Guerrero, are once again baking their fingers to the bone to raise funds for Moraine Township Food Pantry. In 2016, their efforts raised $1,325 for our Pantry!!!

Please stop by 2005 Partridge Lane, Highland Park on Saturday, October 21 between 12-5 and pick up goodies to WOW your family or dinner guests with beautiful, tasty treats!

NOTE: IN ADDITION TO THE USUAL SUSPECTS AT A BAKE SALE, HEALTHY, GLUTTEN-FREE AND VEGAN OPTIONS WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE.

Three Ways to Help:

  • BUY! Come to the bake sale! Decadent and healthy treats! Can't attend? Call ahead and we will freeze a bag of baked goods especially for you!


  • BAKE! Drop off baked goods in advance and we will sell it!


  • DONATE! Donate to the food pantry online (see link above) or at the Moraine Township office, 777 Central Avenue, Highland Park.

TIME SENSITIVE: Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment shortened to 45 days for 2018
Moraine Township will once again offer assistance to residents to enroll for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Open Enrollment begins November 1, 2017 and ends December 15, 2017.

Trained and Certified counselors are available to work one-on-one with residents to help them understand their options, balance their medical needs and budgets, compare coverage and costs, and help ensure that enrollees receive the premium subsidies and cost-sharing reductions they may be income-qualified to receive.

In prior years residents have had 90 days for open enrollment, extending into January of the next year. This year open enrollment ends December 15.

"We are very concerned that many participants in the Health Insurance Marketplace will not be aware of this abbreviated open enrollment period and will miss out of health insurance for all of 2018 if they are not enrolled by December 15," notes 5-year Certified Application Counselor volunteer Barbara Altman.

Residents who are currently enrolled in health insurance plans through the Marketplace have two options. They can:

  • re-enroll in their existing plan for another year;
  • select a different plan for 2018
Enrollees may find it beneficial to learn about changes that may have taken place in their existing plan, or review details and compare costs of alternative plans.

Appointments will be available weekdays plus some weekend and evening hours. To schedule an appointment call 847-432-3240.

Click to read more.

Moraine Township Food Pantry Shelves Re-Stocked Thanks to Mariano's Northbrook Shoppers

Mariano's Northbrook store and its generous customers demonstrated the spirit of giving by purchasing bags of food to help stock the Moraine Township Food Pantry in Highland Park, as part of their Chicagoland Stuff The Squad program, in partnership with local police stations.


(Mariano's Manager Nick Durso, Moraine Township Supervisor Anne Flanigan Bassi, volunteer Roxy Stefinko, and Northbrook Police Officer Brad Gutwillig)

"During July, customers were asked to purchase $5 or $10 bags of food for Moraine's Food Pantry. Customers responded, purchasing 159 bags of food for the Pantry!" reported Nick Durso, Mariano's Northbrook Store Manager. Click to read more.

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BEST POSTAL FOOD DRIVE EVER!!!!! Letter Carriers Help Stamp Out Hunger
Highland Park Letter Carriers delivered almost 2,000 bags of food to Moraine Township's Food Pantry Saturday, May 13, 2017, and several Letter Carriers joined almost 40 other volunteers over the course of the afternoon and early evening to help unload food, carry it to the basement, and sort it into bins.

"This was a tremendous effort on the part of our Highland Park Letter Carriers, organized by Joe Cholewa. Letter Carriers stayed after unloading their trucks to help carry and sort food, and their effort was far above and beyond the call of duty and deeply appreciated," commented Township Supervisor Anne Flanigan Bassi.

A special thanks to all the residents who left food contributions by their mailbox for letter carriers to bring to Moraine Township's Food Pantry.

"We have never had a food drive like this," noted Township Trustee Amy Zisook. "Every square inch of our office and pantry is filled with food. We are amazed!" Click to read more.

Moraine Township Paratransit Program Receives Grant from Healthcare Foundation of Highland Park
Daily transportation to the doctor, grocery store, and work remains available and affordable for Moraine Township senior and disabled residents thanks to the continued generous support of the Healthcare Foundation of Highland Park.

"The generous support of the Healthcare Foundation has made it possible for us to keep our ride cost fixed for years and help Township seniors living on a fixed income get to medical appointments and quality-of-life errands such as grocery stores and beauty salons," reported Moraine Township Supervisor Anne Flanigan Bassi.

The Township operates two vans daily from 8:30am to 4:00pm to take residents door-to-door up to 15 miles from the Township border.

"Medical trips are a priority, including taking residents to dialysis appointments, post-surgery or post-injury rehab. Township seniors and disabled residents are also invited to use our vans for quality-of-life trips, enabling our seniors to age in place and continue to make meaningful contributions to our community, and making it possible for disabled residents to work or volunteer," commented Trustee Amy Zisook, Township Transportation Liaison.

Because of the Healthcare Foundation of Highland Park's support, the Township can keep fares affordable for income-qualified residents, while caregivers ride free. Revenues from user fees offset less than 10% of program costs. Click to read more.

SENIOR ASSESSMENT FREEZE FORMS AVAILABLE
The Senior Freeze Exemption freezes the taxable value of taxpayers' primary residence for income-qualified seniors. To qualify, applicants must:

  • Be 65 years of age or older
  • own the property as their principal residence for the past two January 1
  • Have a total household income of $55,000 or less
For more information, call Moraine Township Assessor's office 847-432-2100

MORAINE TOWNSHIP IS A WELCOMING AND INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY
At its March 9, 2017 Board Meeting, the Moraine Township Board of Trustees passed a resolution in support of the Partnership for a Safer Lake County's Welcoming and Inclusive Community. Elected officials recited and signed the attached pledge to stand against hate and discrimination and affirm that Moraine Township is a welcoming community for all.

If you would like to be part of this effort, please sign the attached pledge and drop it off at 777 Central in Highland Park, email super@morainetownship.org, or fax (847-432-2178). We will display your signed pledge with ours.

Moraine Township Reduces Property Tax Levy and Elected Officials Compensation
The Moraine Township 2016 Property Tax Levy will be reduced by 5%, and compensation for Elected Officials will be cut by 28% for the 2017 - 2021 term, as decided by a Moraine Township Board of Trustees vote last week. In the last four years, Moraine Township has reduced its levy by over 9%.

The reductions are funded by the elimination of rent expense due to the October purchase of a permanent home for Township services, reduction in Elected Officials compensation, as well as reorganization of office staffing, according to Moraine Township Supervisor Anne Flanigan Bassi. Click to read more.

Moraine Township Secures Permanent Home to Serve Residents
In a tax-saving move, Moraine Township has purchased a building to continue serving residents with critical human services. The new space will remain conveniently located in downtown Highland Park so that clients can continue to access the popular Food Pantry and for Township staff and volunteers to adequately deliver other needed social services. Click to read more.

Community Members Support the Moraine Township Food Pantry

Birdie Cohen and Daphne Christopoulos present earnings from their lemonade stand to raise funds for the Food Pantry


Roxanne Kupfer with cleaning supplies and paper products from Building Blocks Childhood Center collection for Moraine Township Food Pantry.


Kevin Klug, owner of Klug Orchards, donates produce weekly to Moraine Township Food Pantry at the Ravinia Farmers Market - thanks to Mike Babian for facilitating this valuable nutritious donation for our Pantry.

FOOD PANTRY MOST NEEDED ITEMS

  • Cereal
  • Pasta
  • Fruit - canned or cups
  • Graham crackers
  • Crackers - all kinds
  • Pancake mix

Kelly Nichols of Mom's Clean Air Force hosts local food drive for Moraine Township

MORAINE TOWNSHIP OFFERS FREE NOTARY SERVICE AND VOTER REGISTRATION
Need a notary? Register to vote? Visit us!

NO LONGER DRIVING? NEED A RIDE?
Moraine Township has two Door-to-Door vans operating from 8:30 to 4:30 weekdays to take seniors and disabled residents up to 15 miles beyond the Township border in any direction (except east!). Call 847-432-2000 to schedule a ride.

FEED THE METERS, FEED YOUR NEIGHBORS

The change collected at the two new "parking" meters installed in downtown Highland Park will lead to positive change in the community's fight against food insecurity. Spearheaded by Namrita Narula, a sophomore at Highland Park High School, all funds collected from the donation station meters will be used to purchase fresh produce for the Moraine Township Food Pantry.


"Food insecurity is a reality in our community," noted Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering, "and we were thrilled when Namrita came to the City Council with the request to have the collection sculptures in downtown to provide additional funding for the Food Pantry."

"We are inspired by the compassion and dedication of this young woman to help our neighbors going through difficult times," commented Moraine Township Supervisor Anne Flanigan Bassi.Click to read more.

CHECK OUT THE REVISED ASSESSOR's PAGE for detailed information on: how your property is assessed, how the levy is determined, how you can compare your property to others, understanding the Appeals process, and more.

DOWNLOAD FLYERS WITH INFORMATION about Moraine Township services in English and Spanish here online, or stop by our office.

FOOD PANTRY is open during regular daytime hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Pantry is available as needed at other times requested by residents who are unable to come during pantry hours. Call us at 847-432-3240.

When residents visit our Pantry, in addition to bags of dried food and canned goods, we also provide frozen meat, fresh produce, and when possible, eggs and cheese.

NEED INDIVIDUAL or FAMILY HELP: Contact ourGeneral Assistance Manager to inquire about qualifying for utility bill assistance and much more.

TRANSPORTATION: If you are interested in furthering access to public paratransit or seeking more information, take a look at our page on Transportation. Moraine is active in the LCCTSC.

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Do take a tour around our site and let us know if you've found what you're looking for, and if all the links to pages you wanted to see are working for you.

We're always interested in your feedback!

Contact: webmaster@morainetownship.org

10/17/17

 

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