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The It's Skokie Podcast focuses on Skokie, Illinois. Our weekly guests include representatives from local government management, elected officials, community and business leaders along neighbors, and friends who get together to discuss the many good reasons to love Skokie. Listen in. I promise you will learn something. Listen in. I promise you will learn something.

The It's Skokie Podcast focuses on Skokie, Illinois. Our weekly guests include representatives from local government management, elected officials, community and business leaders along neighbors, and friends who get together to discuss the many good reasons to love Skokie. Listen in. I promise you will learn something. Listen in. I promise you will learn something.
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The It's Skokie Podcast focuses on Skokie, Illinois. Our weekly guests include representatives from local government management, elected officials, community and business leaders along neighbors, and friends who get together to discuss the many good reasons to love Skokie. Listen in. I promise you will learn something. Listen in. I promise you will learn something.

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Episodes

Meet Jeff Burman!

7/18/2019
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Jeff Burman has done a lot about the litter situation in Skokie and leads the Education Foundation for our local schools. A long-time resident and very active in the community Jeff and his wife were recently named "Humanitarians of the Year" by the Village of Skokie. Listen up and I promise you will learn something!

Duration:00:25:49

YWCA North Shore and Skokie!

7/16/2019
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We met with Eileen Hogan Heineman and Antonio Rice recently to discuss all the great programming that is offered in Skokie by the YWCA North Shore. We gathered today at Sweety Pies for our meeting where we touched on the mission of the YWCA and specifically young men's leadership programs and a court call program and in the middle schools. "Building Healthy Relationships" programming in schools, "Let's Talk at Lunch" discussions about race, "Stand Against Racism" are just a few programs...

Duration:00:27:32

Culvers of Skokie and the Community

7/10/2019
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Ilene, Mark, and Scott went to go visit Katie Bulgrin and Michael Smith, the owners of Culvers. Katie and Mark had lots of options where they could open a new Culvers in the area and chose Skokie for a number of reasons. Join us as we talk to these business owners that have tremendous community spirit. Have a listen, I promise you will learn something.

Duration:00:27:56

Meet Village of Skokie Trustee Randy Roberts!

7/10/2019
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Scott sat down recently to talk to Skokie Village Trustee Randy Roberts about how he came to live in Skokie and later become a Village Trustee. Randy has been involved in many wonderful initiatives that have benefitted the community. Have a listen - get a good idea of how local government works.

Duration:00:30:26

Minicast: Andy Hermann and Rosetta Metz talk home organizationand staging and staging.

7/9/2019
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Andy and Rosetta recently met and discussed organization and staging. Rosetta owns Lettuce Organize LLC and you can hear more about what she does when you listen in to the podcast.

Duration:00:16:20

Minicast: Andy Hermann and Mike Levin on Skokie real estate.

6/17/2019
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Mike and Andy join Scott at the Village Inn to talk real estate in Skokie. While the north shore as a whole has way too much inventory on the market Skokie seems to be different with a much shorter supply. Listen in and learn what's selling and the current trends in both commercial and residential real estate.

Duration:00:14:04

And now a word from our sponsor: Mark Bechtold US Bank

6/14/2019
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Mark Bechtold and I met at the Village Inn in Downtown Skokie and discussed the types of home loans Mark offers and the position of US Bank in the market. Sloppy joes, tater tots and 5 minutes of interesting banking talk. Have a listen. I promise you will learn something!

Duration:00:06:01

Episode 31: Heather Jackson - Choreographer of Viral Police videos, organizer of Wednesdays on the Green and the owner of Kaleidoscope Dance

6/12/2019
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We meet with Heather at Euro Echo Cafe in beautiful downtown Skokie and discuss a number of really cool things that Heather does. In addition to being the Choreographer for the Skokie Police Departments Viral Police video, she is the organizer of Wednesdays on the Green and the owner of Kaleidoscope Dance. Recorded live at Euro Echo Cafe in beautiful Downtown Skokie we cover all sorts of Skokie and hope you will become inspired to get more involved.

Duration:00:21:49

Episode 30: Meet the Mayor of Skokie George Van Dusen

6/6/2019
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Today's podcast was recorded at Village Hall in Downtown Skokie. Besides the milestone of our 30th episode, we get to talk to the Mayor of Skokie himself, George Van Dusen. This is a great inside look at his life in politics and how he got here today in his own words. We discuss his wife and her gift of storytelling and discover he really has the gift as well. Have a listen, I promise you will learn something.

Duration:00:38:47

Episode 29: Mike Isaacs Favorite Stories

6/3/2019
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We venture to the Niles Township offices to talk to Mike Isaacs, formerly of the Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times, and the Pioneer Press. Mike was the writer that covered Skokie in the Skokie Review for whoever owned the paper until recently. We talk to Mike about Skokie and the stories he covered. It wasn't always good news but he covered the community as deeply as his editors would allow. Mike was a source of information for most every Skokie event big or small for a long time. Currently, Mike...

Duration:00:35:26

Episode 28: Gina Speckman and the Chicago North Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau

5/29/2019
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For Episode 28 Scott, Ilene and our faithful sidekick, Mark are back for another visit around the Village. Today we meet up with Gina Speckman, the Executive Director of the Chicago North Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). The CVB does everything from helping make the arrangements for large to small group events to assisting with information for a small wedding that hasn't got a planner. We even joked they could help you with your date night. The CVB promotes all the hotels in...

Duration:00:24:57

Episode 27: Michael Lorge Corporation Counsel for the Village of Skokie

5/16/2019
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Ilene and Scott went to Village Hall and met with Michael Lorge. Michael is a long time resident of Skokie and community builder/leader. Michael has strong connections to Skokie and the Jewish community. We learn about what all he does for the community and the day to day work of the Corporate Counsel. We learn just a little bit of how the process works inside Village Hall.

Duration:00:34:21

Episode 26: Skokie Park District Devonshire Cultural Center and Spring and Early Summer Big Events!

5/8/2019
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Today Ilene, Mark, and Scott met with Jon Marquardt and Robin Horwitz from the Skokie Park District at Euro Echo Cafe in beautiful Downtown Skokie. We discuss the Devonshire Cultural Center and The upcoming Festival Of Cultures. Did you know Skokie has a Pride event coming up? Robin shares the upcoming season at Devonshire and Jon is quizzed on his musical theatre knowledge. Did you know raccoons can drag off mannequins? This and more in today's podcast.

Duration:00:24:35

Episode 25: Insider Chat

5/1/2019
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Scott, Ilene, and Mark assemble at Sweety Pies in beautiful Downtown Skokie to talk about the past 24 podcasts, where we have been and where we are going. We get Mark to talk about a big event at the Township office on June 15 and discuss the upcoming interview with the Mayor. It's been fun doing these and we hope for many more to come.

Duration:00:25:36

Episode 24: Farmer Matt from The Talking Farm

4/30/2019
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Ilene and Scott ventured over to The Village Inn recently and had a great meeting with Matt from the Talking Farm. Did you know that Skokie has a three-acre working produce farm? Learn more about what the farm does and how it helps the community in this weeks episode. They offer 12 Educational Programs where students learn, using hands-on techniques, about sustainability, urban agriculture, and horticulture. Over 3,350 learning hours yearly offering over 3,000 hours of on-farm,...

Duration:00:26:21

Episode 23: Meet Roger Hirsch from the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra

4/23/2019
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Both Ilene and Mark needed the day off so I asked my friend Andy Herrmann from @properties to sit in and keep us on the rails. Today, Andy and I go back to the Skokie Public Library to record the podcast. We meet with Roger Hirsch from the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra (SVSO). We talk about everything from the community participation in the orchestra to the venue they play at - the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. The orchestra is a mix of professional musicians and...

Duration:00:17:45

Episode 22: Skokie's Public Works with Max Slakard and George Issakoo

4/17/2019
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Today Ilene, Mark and Scott head over to Skokie's Public Works Department where we meet with Max Slankard, Director of Public Works and his Assistant, George Issakoo. Top of the agenda we learn what Public Works does and some of the extreme situations they operate in to keep Skokie operating. Public Works is also starting a program that starts on Earth Day to reduce the number of plastic bags in the Village. Have a listen. I promise you will learn something!

Duration:00:23:33

Episode 21: Allison Stark and Orchard Village

4/10/2019
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This week we travel to Orchard Village and meet with Allison Stark. Orchard Village is one of the awesome not-for-profits located right here in Skokie. Orchard Village empowers people with developmental challenges to achieve integrated, fulfilling lives in their communities. We end up talking a lot about farming and produce. How they grow it and provide it to the community.

Duration:00:20:24

Episode 20: Skokie's Public Health Department with Dr. Catherine Counard

4/4/2019
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Hard to believe its been 20 episodes. This week Scott and Ilene travel to Skokie Village Hall where we meet with Dr. Catherine Counard. Dr. Counard covers all the really exceptional programs the Village offers and the collaborative way the Health Department works. In 2017 Dr. Counard and her team created the Community Health Plan that is a five-year strategy for a healthier Skokie. Learn the details of this and more in this week's podcast.

Duration:00:27:01

Episode 19: Westfield Old Orchard with Serge Khalimsky

3/21/2019
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This week Mark and Scott head off to Westfield Old Orchard to the meet with Serge Khalimsky the General Manager of the mall. We learn what that job does and some insider info about the mall. He knows what is happening in retail and all the trends. Retail is changing for sure but he sees it as a renaissance. Listen in. I promise you will learn something.

Duration:00:28:52