Olian Pleads for Late Nite Highland Park

Former councilwoman asks for $12,000 to save entertainment program.

came close to becoming a budget cutting casualty before former Councilwoman made a plea to the during it's last meeting. 

Funds for Late Nite Highland Park, a program that provides entertainment at many local establishments throughout the city, were originally going to come from the allocation to the . 

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Olian, who started the program six years ago as a way to showcase the city's young talent, told the Council that without a $12,000 allotment in the city budget the program could not continue.

“Funding should not come out of the Alliance budget,” Olian said. “I request the $12,000 from 2011 be put in the 2012 budget. Without that I will be unable to continue and that will be the end of Late Nite Highland park.” 

After Olian spoke, expressed support for the proposal. After the regularly scheduled meeting, the Council considered the subject at its budget workshop. 

At that session asked Olian to prepare a budget, which she promised to do for the Council’s consideration at its next budget workshop Monday. Olian also stressed Late Nite Highland Park is a city-wide project and not limited to the central business district. 

“I needed to hear from them it was a city initiative and it is worthwhile,” Olian said. “It is not just downtown entertainment. When you promote Highland Park, you promote all of Highland Park.” 

The next day met with city Economic Development Assistant Carolyn Hersh to help find ways to meet Late Nite Highland Park’s needs. “We worked on a multi-pronged approach to accomplish what is desired,” Rotering said. 

Budget matters continue 

With the Council tentatively scheduled to vote on a final 2012 budget at its Nov. 28 meeting, it held a public hearing on the proposal. Finance Director Elizabeth Holleb made a formal . 

Holleb gave details of proposed revenue sources and expenditures which are available in complete detail on Highland Park’s website

Commission slots filled 

Rotering also appointed more than 30 people to Highland Park’s boards and commissions. Alyssa Knobel was named chair of the Business and Economic Development Commission with Robert Goldstein serving as vice chair. Two new members are Brent Weiss and Robert Mintz. 

Bruce Farrell Dorn was reappointed chair of the Board of Police and Fire Commissioners. Mimi Brin and Robert Baizer were renamed members. 

was reappointed to the Cultural Arts Commission and named chair. Mary Jo Papich, Catherine Ricciardelli and Abby Neumann will also serve. Nancy Hannick will be vice chair of the Design Review Commission. 

The Healthy Highland Park Task Force will be chaired by Edye Wagner and Roni Weiss. Dr. Gerald Burke, Mary Jo Lndl, Dr. Albert Miller, Hania Fuschette and Corrinne Bronson-Adatto will also serve. 

Jean Sogin will become chair of the Historic Preservation Commission and Gerald Fradin will be vice chair. Also serving are Judy Bramson and Mary Curran. Jakee Miller, James Irwin and Janet Bernstein will be part of the Human Relations Commission. 

David Putlak and Jeanni McCormick are now on the Joint Plan Commission while Donald Matthews will serve on the Natural Resources Commission. Debra Rubin is the new chair the Plan Commission with Bill Dytrych as vice chair and Adam Stolberg as a member. 

The Ravinia Festival Community Relations Commission will have Barbara Borden as its vice chair. New members are Ramona Choos and David Newman. 

Dr. Stephen Rheinstrom will continue as chair of the Transportation Commission with Richard Hocking acting as vice chair. New members are Phil Glick, Kim Stone, Sally Higginson and Peg Laaemle. 

Bennett Klasky was reappointed to the Zoning Board of Appeals and named its new chairman. John Doherty will be vice chair while David Fettner and Mark Muller will also serve.

Paul Smith November 29, 2011 at 10:00 PM
"I'm not trying to be xenophobic". Except you are. Thanks to Terri for keeping the focus on economic development going (even if it means dreaded external visitors coming to town to spend their money.)
James M. Lynch November 30, 2011 at 12:26 AM
Terri; Great project and a worthwhile investment in our city. We have a great city but need to keep telling people from other towns WHY it's great, including our many cultural activities, family friendly events, interesting and unique shops, great food and more. When people consider leaving Chicago and heading to the 'burbs to raise children, Late Night, our lakefront, our Parks facilities, and our other cultural choices will encourage them to consider moving here over other cities they might choose. Keeping a city vibrant, attractive and current is a shared 'trust', for the city and it's inhabitants and the time you and Nic donate in effort is a huge value that's not mentioned here in dollars, but if everyone in the community rolled up their sleeves the way you and so many others do, we'd see continued growth and prosperity for our city. Thanks to you for this great program and for the council working so hard to keep it intact. James.
David Greenberg November 30, 2011 at 01:51 AM
By all means - come on by, spend money. But if the revenues that the City reaps from sales tax don't cover the costs created by the visitors, that impacts taxpayers. As I asked - let's see the proof that the expenditure is worth it. This activity has been going on for a few years now, there should be some data available.
Paul Smith November 30, 2011 at 02:46 AM
David – can’t get my head around the concept of why or how a city would only allow residents to shop at its stores or restaurants. This must be a first in urban planning: discouraging tourists or visitors under the idea that tax revenues from residents are somehow more valuable than tax revenues from non-residents.
David Greenberg November 30, 2011 at 03:18 AM
Paul - I never said that a City should only allow its residents to shop at its stores/restaurants. What I said is that if the City, and by extension, the Taxpayers of Highland Park, is being asked to fund late night entertainment under the premise that it will make more money than it costs, then let's see the proof. If it's not bringing in at least what it costs, then the taxpayers shouldn't be asked to fund it.


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