January 5, 2021 Update from the Mayor

January 5, 2021 Update from the Mayor

On Sunday, Illinois health officials announced 4,469 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID and 81 additional deaths.  In Chicago, the seven-day average test positive rate increased to 9.7%.   The United States has now had more than 354,000 COVID related deaths and Cook County has the second most COVID cases of any county in the United States.  There are now 932 cumulative cases of COVID in Hickory Hills and we have now reached 20 deaths.  It was a tragic start to 2021 as a Hickory Hills resident died of COVID on January 1, January 2 and January 3. 

COVID Related deaths in Hickory Hills by age are depicted below:

Covid deaths by age

The new year brings the same virus risks that we endured during 2020.  However, there is tremendous hope for an end to this with the numerous vaccines that scientists have developed.  Please do not let your guard down prior to mass vaccination.  Wear a mask; Wash your hands and be cautious about where you go and who you are with when indoors.  Better to be safe than sorry!

Fairplay Finer Foods Donation to Help Elsie’s Food Pantry!

This morning I received a phone call from John Kukla, the manager of Fairplay Grocery Store.  John indicated that Fairplay wanted to donate hams to support Elsie’s Food Pantry during these difficult times.  Elsie’s was thrilled to hear the news as they continue to support a much higher number of families and individuals in need.  Thanks again to Fairplay for its generosity to members of our community who need it most.    

Educational Opportunity for Young Women Interested in STEM

The Exelon Foundation is excited to announce that applications are now open for the 2021 Exelon Foundation STEM Leadership Academy! The summer 2021Exelon STEM Leadership Academy is a free, week-long, residential* program for 10th and 11th grade girls interested in STEM to learn from women working in STEM and other leaders; explore sustainability, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and climate change; and connect with like-minded peers. The Academy concludes with an energy challenge and a chance to win great prizes! Each participant will also receive an iPad to use for Academy activities and to take home at the end of the week.

Some of our past participants have said:

“Thank you for this opportunity. This week has been the best experience of my life!”

“I learned to own my own energy and to be my own person. If I am confident in what I do AND act, I can do anything I set my mind to. There are so many more jobs I can look into, especially since many industries are looking for more women. It was incredibly inspiring.”

Young women who are interested in STEM, in 10th and 11th grade (class of 2022 and 2023), and live in Northern Illinois, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C./Baltimore areas are encouraged to apply before April 25th, 2021.

Applications and more information can be found here!

Cook County Forest Preserves at Our City’s Doorstep

Throughout 2020, the Forest Preserves of Cook County have provided residents with an important and safe resource for physical and mental wellness. With winter upon us, we especially want to remind the public that there are myriad ways to enjoy the Preserves this season.

Residents of the City of Hickory Hills have access to beautiful nature and exciting amenities thanks to the Forest Preserves of Cook County, including Buffalo Woods and Hidden Pond Woods on Hickory Hills’ western border. The two sites serve as a gateway to the Palos Trail System’s hiking, biking, equestrian and cross-country skiing opportunities. The trail system is part of the expansive Palos Preserves that also contains the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center and paddling opportunities at Saganashkee Slough. The city is also located near Hickory Hills Woods, which features a picnic grove perfect for hosting celebrations and gatherings. Learn more about the preserves, activities, amenities and more at fpdcccom.

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Mayor Mike