Lyons Township Democratic Committeeman Steve Landek greets Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle at Fall Fest. (Photos by Steve Metsch)
Lyons Township Democrats rally at Fall Fest’s return
By Steve Metsch
The Democratic Party of Lyons Township Fall Fest reflects what the organization is all about, one official said.
Brian Bernardoni, president of the Roberts Park Fire Protection District, said he attends each year to support fellow Democrats.
“At the end of the day, this is still a political organization, a service organization, and an organization that knows how to get out votes,” he said.
The annual festival was held outdoors on Sunday on a perfect summer day near the corner of Archer and 63rd Street in Summit.
“I think (Township of Lyons Trustee) Mike Porfirio said it best,” Bernardoni said.
“Lyons Township Democrats have always represented service in the communities and this is a great way we can celebrate what we’re doing in the communities and all get together as we go into the fall,” he added.
Several elected officials were on hand including 12th District state Senator and Bridgeview Mayor Steve Landek, who also is the Lyons Township Democratic committeeman.
Township Supervisor Christopher Getty introduced township Clerk Elsye Hoffenberg, township Assessor-elect Patrick Hynes, Highway Commissioner Sean McDermott, trustees Mark Anderson, Colleen Kelly, Donna McDonald, and Porfirio; and current Assessor Barb Weyrick, who is retiring after 35 years with the township.
“The strength of our organization is based on service,” Landek said. “(Barb Weyrick) has given service for many, many years.”
Weyrick said she loved the support she’s received over the years.
Cook County Commissioner Frank Aguilar, Summit Mayor Sergio Rodriguez and trustees Sam Dardovski, Aleco Julius and Art Sullivan, and former township supervisor Pat Rogers were there.
So were State Treasurer Mike Frerichs and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.
Frerichs talked of ways his office has helped residents save money, including helping families with savings plans to help pay for college and retirement.
Introducing Preckwinkle, Landek said, “She’s the leader … It’s nice we’re all on the same team, but there’s only one quarterback.”
Preckwinkle said, “You can’t be a leader without a good support team,” adding she is “grateful” for those supporters around the township and Cook County.
Thomas A Morrissey was introduced with the news that last week he learned he will officially be appointed a Cook County associate judge on Oct. 4.
Currently a Riverside Township trustee, he will resign from that position as he can’t do both.
“I started out with the Attorney General’s office in the public sector, and I’m looking forward to going to work in the public sector and helping people on a daily basis,” Morrissey said.
Getty called the Fall Fest “an overwhelming success all across Lyons Township.
“We had people from our towns that make up Lyons Township come by,” Getty said. “There were representatives from the county and state and all had a great time. It’s a group effort to make this a big success and we did that today.”
Porfirio added that the event was much needed after the 2020 Fall Fest was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Guests enjoyed cheeseburgers, brats, hot dogs and tacos, along with beer, wine and water. Several picnic tables were set up beneath a large tent.
“It was great to re-establish tradition and get the crew back together,” Porfirio said. “Election season is gearing up for 2022, and people are getting that that mindset to get things moving.”
Carol McGowan contributed to this report
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