By Matt Baron
A longstanding collaborative program on the frontline of helping at-risk youth and their families in Oak Park and River Forest is receiving State of Illinois recognition as a “shared service best practice.”
The Youth Interventionist Program is among 20 initiatives, statewide, to receive the accolade. An overview of the program, including case studies outlining ways in which the program has helped youths, is included in the second edition of the Journal of Local Government Shared Service Best Practices.
The journal is issued by the Illinois Lieutenant Governor’s Office, which selected the program from more than 260 nominations. The project emerged from the Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Task Force, which Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti chaired in 2015 with the goal of making “local government more efficient, effective and streamlined.”
In her introductory remarks announcing this year’s top examples, Sanguinetti stated, “At the core of this effort is the firm belief that local leaders and residents know what is best for their communities and should be empowered to find solutions that will serve their unique interests.”
Oak Park and River Forest Township officials are expected to attend a July 31st event in which Sanguinetti will unveil the journal, including synopses of all 20 honorees, at the Hoffman Estates Police Department.