Mayor's Office

Message From The Office Of The Mayor


 Mayor Robert J. Lovero (Bio)
 6700 W. 26th Street
 Berwyn, IL 60402
 E: Mayor@ci.berwyn.il.us
 P: (708) 749-6541

 

 

 

Dear Neighbor,

As the kids are getting ready to return to school this autumn, parents throughout our city are undoubtedly going over every checklist to ensure that their children are prepared. One item that might not be on those lists, that I would like to remind every parent to keep in the forefront of their mind, is safety. October is Bullying Prevention Month, and although it is a topic that is covered in our schools, it is one that should be discussed in the home as well. More than 160,000 children stay home from school nationwide every day because of their fear of being bullied, so creating a safe and supportive family environment is essential in preventing the negative feelings associated with bullying from taking over your child’s life. In this issue of Berwyn WATCH, you will find a two page guide to starting the conversation about bullying with your child. We sincerely hope that it is helpful in creating and maintaining open and honest communication within your home.

Also, the Berwyn Police Department will once again be hosting its annual Citizens Police Academy. It is an enjoyable and informative program that helps Berwyn residents understand how their local police department operates directly from the officers that serve this community. I would highly recommend it to any adult resident of our city who can attend the 10-week (1 evening/3 hours per week) course. More information about the program is available on page 4 of this newsletter.

Lastly, I would like to invite the entire community to attend a special presentation about a crime that typically hides in plain sight, but is prevalent even in the Chicagoland area. Reported incidents of sex trafficking have increased by over 35% last year throughout the country, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates that one out of every six endangered runaways are likely victims of sex trafficking. With over 130 reported missing juveniles in the City of Berwyn in 2016, there is too great of a risk for us not to confront this issue head-on. Elizabeth Fisher, President and CEO of Selah Freedom will be joining us on October 11th from 7 to 9PM at the Morton West Auditorium to discuss what constitutes sex trafficking, how to recognize a potential victim, and how to get involved in the fight against this hidden epidemic. A supervised open-gym will be available for children over five years old, and live Spanish translation of the event will be available via headsets provided by School District 98.

I wish you and your family a safe and happy autumn, and look forward to seeing you at the October presentation.

Respectfully,

Mayor Robert J. Lovero