June 23, 2020 Update from the Mayor

June 23, 2020 Update from the Mayor

There are 128 confirmed COVID cases in Hickory Hills with 4 related deaths.  Unfortunately, many states are now reporting record increases in new COVID cases.  In Illinois, thanks to the incredible guidance of public health experts and the resounding response of our citizens, the positivity rate in Illinois continues to decline.  This decline includes the Northeast region of the state, (Chicago and its suburbs) — which now  has a 4.9% positivity rate.  While we are now able to enjoy more activities, this is no time to let our guard down since the virus remains active despite increased temperatures.

Response from Elsie’s Food Bank

The following is a text that I received from the Director of Elsie’s Food Bank concerning the overwhelming response from our amazing community:

Mayor Howley, I am so humbled by the outpouring of support from the people in your town! To date, through just the monetary donations from the citizens of Hickory Hills we have collected $5,740! I am amazed and at the same time humbled. A year ago we were going to close, now we are in a good place financially. The Greater Chicago Food Depository is donating much food free of charge right now. We also received a $1,500 grant for masks, gloves, sanitizers and anything else to keep our volunteers safe. We are so grateful for the outpouring of support, and right now it would be wrong to keep accepting any more financial help. We have only spent $400 on meat so far, and have been getting several donations of cereal, Panera bread and the Worth VFW has held a food drive and have given us 3 separate loads of food. We did receive two $1,200 donations, one was a memorial which I really want to think how we should use that. Elsie’s started out 20 years ago with an $1,800 memorial, so I know great things can come with less, as long as you have a good plan in place. Our numbers are up 50-60% and I’m thinking they may not come down any time soon. We are financially good right now. Please thank the wonderful citizens of Hickory Hills who gave so much!

I will continue to stay in touch with Elsie’s and let you know if and when they might again be in a position of financial need.  Thank you all again for your incredible response to assist our neighbors in need and to support this wonderful group of volunteers at Elsie’s.

Crossing Dog

S’More the Hamster vs. the Corn Cob

Sound Guy

Enjoy the weather!

Mayor Mike