Deerfield Mayor Shapiro named NWMC chair

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Deerfield Mayor Daniel C. Shapiro was inaugurated as president of the 2022-2023 Northwest Municipal Conference on May 18.

Shapiro is the 64th President of the NWMC and the second from the Village of Deerfield. Schaumburg Village President Tom Dailly was named Vice President, while Hanover Park Mayor Rod Craig and Lincolnwood Village Superintendent Anne Marie Gaura were named Secretary and Treasurer, respectively. Their mandates run until June 2023.

The inauguration took place during the NWMC’s annual gala at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park. A total of 158 members and guests celebrated the accomplishments of Nancy Rotering, outgoing NWMC President and Mayor of Highland Park, as well as Shapiro’s inauguration as President.

Attendees were entertained by former Ravinia Jazz Scholar scholars and viewed a video highlighting the efforts of NWMC members to help residents, businesses and the region manage and recover from the pandemic.

The Northwest Municipal Conference is an association of 42 municipalities and one township representing a population of over 1.2 million. Established in 1958, it serves to strengthen local government and improve intergovernmental cooperation in the northern and northwest suburbs of Chicago.

Rotering thanked members and staff for their collective accomplishments over the past year. She noted the efforts of local governments to address the challenges created by the pandemic with the aim of emerging stronger through extraordinary partnership and collaboration.


        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

She reported that the NWMC has been successful in its legislative efforts to increase the Local Government Distribution Fund, which has brought in more than $2 million to NWMC members.

Rotering highlighted other accomplishments, including legislative successes, the training of new members through the NWMC Elected Official Institute, the quadrupling of products available through the Suburban Purchasing Cooperative, and the strengthening of partnerships and initiatives with the government councils of the region and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus.

She also noted the continued financial strength of the organization, which approved the FY22-23 NWMC budget with no dues increase for the ninth consecutive year.

In his inaugural remarks, Shapiro identified a number of initiatives for the year, including the continued restoration of the Local Government Distribution Fund; support NWMC members seeking additional infrastructure funding through the Rebuild Illinois Capital Program and the Federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act; expanding programs and services through the Suburban Purchasing Co-op; and strengthening the financial and programmatic future of the organization through an ad hoc facilities committee and the development of a long-term financial plan.

“It will be important to take the lessons we have learned over the past two years and analyze their application to other issues impacting local government. We will work with our members and government partners to aggressively resolve any lingering pandemic issues with the same vision. and the collaboration that is the hallmark of this organization,” Shapiro said.

Shapiro thanked and called on all members to be actively involved in conference committees and activities.

“The strength of this organization is in the commitment of time and resources from members and staff to get the job done,” he said.

“Thank you for your confidence in me to lead the Northwest Municipal Conference, and I look forward to working with all of you to achieve our common goals.”

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