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The College of Lake County announced that staff members Connie Kravitz (left) and Dr. Sharon Sanders-Funnye recently received awards from professional organizations.

Lake County

Pair of CLC staffers nab prestigious awards

The College of Lake County announced that staff members Connie Kravitz and Dr. Sharon Sanders-Funnye recently received awards from professional organizations. Kravitz, CPA, controller in the college’s Finance Department, received the Darrell E. Roberts Emerging Professional Award from the Virginia-based Community College Budget Officers (CCBO) organization. The award is designed to encourage professional involvement in the CCBO Leadership Academy by recognizing a future leader who possesses high potential to advance in leadership roles and responsibility in the fields of higher education business, finance and administration. At CLC, Kravitz developed a procedure to assess budgetary needs by aligning budget proposals with the college’s strategic plan and stakeholder expectations. Kravitz, who joined CLC in 2016, also received a Leadership Academy Scholarship through the Illinois Community College Chief Financials. Sanders-Funnye (Ed.D.), director of CLC’s Educational Talent Search Scholars program, received the Award of Excellence from the Florida AfterSchool Alliance (a state affiliate of the National AfterSchool Association) for her volunteerism in Lake County. Sanders-Funnye, who joined CLC in 2008, has directed the college’s TRiO Educational Talent Search Scholars program for 10 years. During the past four years, she has developed programming for high school students, including SAT preparation and practice exams, assistance with college applications, college visits, multicultural visits, career fairs and other off-hours workshops. For more information, call 847-543-2000 or visit

Ela Township

Township offers Happy Holidays Dinner Dance

Ela Township and Ela 55+ will host the annual Happy Holidays Dinner Dance from 4:30-8 p.m. Dec. 14 in Father Valker Hall, located downstairs at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 135 S. Buesching Road, Lake Zurich. The event includes a cash bar, dinner and dessert, dancing and live entertainment, and a celebration commencement. In addition, raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win gift baskets. Admission is a minimum cash donation of $10 for residents and $20 for non-residents. Proceeds will benefit the Emmaus House Community Dinner and the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. Registration is required and closes Dec. 8. Buses will be available at no charge through the Ela Township Dial-A-Ride program (847-438-6677) for those needing a ride to the event. For more information, call Ela 55+ at 847-438-9160 or visit


Resnick elected to IPRA Board of Directors

The village announced that Mundelein Park & Recreation District Executive Director Margaret Resnick has been elected to serve as the Chicago Metro Region representative on the Illinois Park & Recreation Association’s (IPRA) Board of Directors. Resnick will be sworn in at the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD)/IPRA “Soaring to New Heights” conference, in January 2019. Resnick, a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP), has been serving as the park district’s executive director since 2007. As a member of the IPRA Board of Directors, she and other newly elected leaders will review the IPRA strategic plan, policies and procedures, as well as a detailed “State of the Association” that provides up-to-the-minute details of IPRA’s financial health, history, strategic plan and growth. For more information, call 847-566-0650 or visit


Village to host Photos with Santa holiday event

The village announced that it will host Photos with Santa from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 15 at Village Hall, 28581 Route 120. Families can stop by for an opportunity to visit with Santa and have pictures taken with him. The village will provide participants with a photo — or families can bring their own cameras. In addition, the village will have snacks available, and the River East Public Library will have holiday crafts for the children. Village Hall also has donation boxes available in the main lobby for the Toys for Tots program (new, unwrapped toys and gifts), and is accepting homemade ornaments for its holiday tree as well. Ornaments will be accepted at the Village Hall counter until 4:30 p.m. Dec. 20. With each submission, participants will be entered into a drawing to win one of three Amazon gift cards. The drawing will be held Dec. 21. For more information, call 815-385-1117 or visit

Highland Park

City, Park Dist. finalize golf property agreements

The Highland Park City Council recently approved a series of agreements finalizing the long-term future of the Highland Park Country Club. Included is a transfer agreement of the HPCC golf course property from the city to the Park District of Highland Park. The Park District will pay the city $500,010 for the property, located at 1201 Park Ave. West. In addition, the Park District will invest $1.4 million to transition the property into a passive, recreational, natural area. The transfer of the property is expected to be finalized in December. A provision in the property transfer agreement requires the involvement of the Park District and the city if the Army Corps of Engineers determines that portions of the property may be used for regional stormwater management purposes. In addition, the Park District will lease back four acres to the city for a tree nursery. The leased acreage is located at the northwest end of the property and is adjacent to the city Public Services facility. The city will retain ownership of the HPCC building and the Learning Center property banquet operations. Meeting room rentals at HPCC will continue, and the Park District will continue to manage ongoing operations at the Learning Center, including the driving range and miniature golf course. The Park District and the city will share annual revenue after operating expenses. For more information, call 847-432-0800 or visit    



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