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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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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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Hometown 411

By PinballQueen5322 - May 30 2019
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Scott and Ilene find lots of amazing facts about my hometown!

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Hometown 411

By PinballQueen5322 - May 30 2019
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Scott and Ilene find lots of amazing facts about my hometown!
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It's Skokie Podcast

Latest release on Dec 09, 2019

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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.

Rank #1: Episode 29: Mike Isaacs Favorite Stories

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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 is working for Niles Township as a media consultant. We talk about the upcoming open house at the Township offices on 6/15 and all the services provided by the Niles Township office here in Skokie. 

Jun 03 2019

35mins

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Rank #2: Episode 36: Chicken Fat

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Recorded live on the patio of the Village Inn Pizzeria Sports Bar and Grill, Ilene, Mark, and Scott talk about everything from Downtown Skokie Businesses to some exciting news as Mike Isaacs joins the It's Skokie Team soon! 

Jul 24 2019

28mins

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Rank #3: Episode 19: Westfield Old Orchard with Serge Khalimsky

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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.  

Mar 21 2019

28mins

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Rank #4: Episode 15: A Chat With The Chief

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Our guests today are Ann Tennes, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Village of Skokie and Skokie Chief of Police Anthony Scarpelli. We discuss items from how to stay connected and informed to the viral Skokie Police Lip Sync Challenge video. Have a listen. I promise you will learn something. 

Feb 19 2019

27mins

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Rank #5: Episode 12: The Park District Big Event Summary

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Our guest today is Jon Marquardt the Assistant Superintendent of Recreation for the Skokie Park District. We talk about all the upcoming events, the Diversity Committee, and at the end, we find out what the music schedule for this year's Backlot Bash is!

Jan 29 2019

25mins

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Rank #6: Minicast Episode 2: llene gone wild

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Back at the Village Inn in beautiful Downtown Skokie.

We are trying to get out more often so after our scheduling meeting for the next 4 shows, Ilene and I discuss the opportunities that exist in Skokie to get more word out. 

Mar 17 2019

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Rank #7: Minicast: Andy Hermann and Mike Levin on Skokie real estate.

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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. 

Jun 17 2019

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Rank #8: Episode 16: Beth Lindley - Skokie Human Services Director

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Beth Lindley joins Scott and Ilene and we talk about all the good that the Village of Skokie's Human Services Department provides for the community. Scott gets a whole bunch of plugs in at the end and Ilene tries not to make a face. I promise you will learn something!

Feb 26 2019

22mins

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Rank #9: Meet Village of Skokie Trustee Randy Roberts!

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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. 

Jul 10 2019

30mins

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Rank #10: Episode 11: Potpourri day. Breakfast spots, bike racks and dogs.

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Our guest called in sick so... Get to know the hosts a bit more when we cover our favorite breakfast spots and more. Scott gets on his dogs in parks soapbox and we decide Mark should really buy Sparky's. 

Jan 23 2019

20mins

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Rank #11: Episode 14: Len Becker and Economic Development in Skokie.

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Ilene and Scott discuss economic development with Len Becker. Economic Development Manager for the Village of Skokie. We talk Tech Park, Old Orchard, Downtown Skokie and more. Wait until the end when we do our in-depth discussion of the "great mattress store mystery". 

Feb 12 2019

28mins

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Rank #12: Episode 23: Meet Roger Hirsch from the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra

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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 amateurs with half of them living in Skokie or the area. They do four concerts a year with one coming up on Sunday, April 28, 2019. Have a listen I promise you will learn something.  

Apr 23 2019

17mins

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Rank #13: Episode 5: Take Me Out to the Ball Game? Really? With Charlene Brooks.

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Charlene Brooks joins Ilene and Scott on this weeks podcast. We talk about her role as a Cantor and her studies to become a Rabbi. Charlene's other hat is as a singer/performer and has a big New Years Eve show planned.  We talk about the Skokie Theatre and the Skokie Idol contest that begins soon and more in this weeks episode of It's Skokie! 

Nov 27 2018

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Rank #14: Episode 13: Meet Diana Juarez

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Meet the Director of the Parents ELL Center Diana Juarez. Diana discusses all the things the ELL Center does for the community and the objectives of the Center. Check out itsskokie.com for the show notes and more.

Feb 05 2019

22mins

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Rank #15: Episode 22: Skokie's Public Works with Max Slakard and George Issakoo

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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! 

Apr 17 2019

23mins

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Rank #16: Episode 27: Michael Lorge Corporation Counsel for the Village of Skokie

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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. 

May 16 2019

34mins

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Rank #17: Episode 18: Discover the North Shore Center For The Performing Arts in Skokie.

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On the road in Skokie again with a special guest host!

Episode 18 takes us to the North Shore Center For The Performing Arts In Skokie (NSCFTPA). Ilene has the day off so Ann Tennes, our most frequent guest and the "voice of opportunity" is filling in.

Ann and I recap the big St. Pat's parade that was held in beautiful Downtown Skokie recently. We talk attendance and the fun the parade was. The Kiwanis Club of Skokie was the producer of the event with the support of the Downtown Skokie Alliance and three school districts.  

The point of the episode is to meet Michael Pauken, the General Manager of the NSCFTPA (even the abbreviation is a mouthful). We discuss the facility, the shows, the mission and more in this very informative episode.

Did you know that deeply discounted tickets are available the day of any event for Skokie residents? Nope? Neither did I. Have a listen. I promise you will learn something.

Mar 14 2019

29mins

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Rank #18: Meet Jeff Burman!

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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! 

Jul 18 2019

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Rank #19: Episode 7: Shalom, Shalom or two Scotts?

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Shalom Klein joins Ilene and Scott today and the theme is the community. Shalom does more to promote Skokie than just about anyone we know. We discuss his business networking, connecting people and his service to the community. 

Dec 11 2018

23mins

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Rank #20: YWCA North Shore and Skokie!

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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 they bring to us here in Skokie.

Jul 16 2019

27mins

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When Podcasts Collide: "It's Skokie" meets "The Skev"!

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Ilene and Scott venture into Evanston and meet with Aaron Masliansky, host of "Inside the Skev" podcast that features Skokie and Evanston. It's hard to tell who is running the show on this one and there is a LOT covered.  "Skevanston" is the area inside zipcode 60203. Learn what makes this a very unique area in this podcast. 

Dec 09 2019

41mins

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Open Communities with Mary Ellen Ball

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Ilene and Scott travel to Evanston to meet with Mary Ellen Ball – Executive Director of Open Communities. 

Open Communities seeks to eradicate housing discrimination, in all of its forms, and against all persons, because of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sex, disability, familial status, or source of income. 

We cover what the organization does in Skokie and surrounding communities in this week's episode. 

Dec 05 2019

21mins

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Episode 48: Community Animal Rescue Effort - C.A.R.E.

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In this episode, we celebrate our one year of doing this podcast. On this occasion Mark, Ilene and Scott venture to Community Animal Rescue Effort - C.A.R.E. right here in Skokie. We meet Jennifer Guth and talk about the history and mission of C.A.R.E.

Since 1987, Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.™) has been promoting adoptions and care for dogs and cats. The volunteer-driven, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization serves all of the communities of Chicago’s North Shore. Shout out to Evanston Subaru in Skokie for being a big supporter of this great Skokie based organization. 

Oct 30 2019

29mins

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Episode 47: Skokie Police Departments Community Connections.

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We travel to the Skokie Police Station HQ to meet with Chief Scarpelli and Sargent Franklin to discuss the Skokie PD's outreach and services for the community. From home security checks to block watches and outreach to schools.  Have a listen to this fun podcast and we can tell you a few things you didn't know about the Skokie Police Department. 

Oct 24 2019

31mins

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Episode 46: Aw Yeah!

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We visit Aw Yeah Comics in "Beautiful Downtown Skokie". Hey, they actually came up with "Beautiful Downtown Skokie" in their own comic book!

The owners have done so much for Downtown Skokie we just have to share the story. Have a listen. I promise you will learn something! 

Oct 17 2019

33mins

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Episode 45: Meet the Iversons

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Jim and Gloria talk about their mission and how they make Mini Man Monkey Brains work. We hear from Gloria who is a Special Education Teacher how the store was founded and it's very special mission to train young men on the Autism spectrum some valuable job skills. 

Scott, Mark, and Ilene lead this spirited conversation recorded live at Mini Man Monkey Brains. We cover  Halloween in Downtown Skokie and more! 

Oct 09 2019

33mins

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Episode 44: Community Schools Revisited School District 69

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Mark, Ilene, and Scott meet with Skokie School District 69 Superintendent Dr. Margaret Clauson and Sarah Rankin again to discuss community schools and everything that has happened in the last 10 months since we last spoke. This time Liza Sullivan who is the birth to age 3 coordinator joined in to discuss the Ready For Success program and how it engages parents.  

School District 69 is the only district in Skokie to support this effort and implement in their schools. Listen in and discover how all the resources available in the community are used to benefit the students.

http://sd69.org/community/community-schools/

Oct 02 2019

28mins

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Episode 9: Jim Schiefelbein

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Recorded live at the NSBAR Centennial Celebration.

Sep 13 2019

9mins

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Episode 8: Steve Hudson

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Recorded live at the NSBAR Centennial Celebration.

Sep 13 2019

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Episode 7: Carrie Healy and Steve Volkodav

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Recorded live at the NSBAR Centennial Celebration.

Sep 13 2019

8mins

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Episode 6: Deborah DeBoer

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Recorded live at the NSBAR Centennial Celebration.

Sep 13 2019

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Episode 5: Joel Raynes

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Sep 13 2019

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Episode 4: Deborah DeBoer and Scott Milliman

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Recorded live at the NSBAR Centennial Celebration.

Sep 13 2019

5mins

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Episode 3: John Broadbook

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Recorded live at the NSBAR Centennial Celebration.

Sep 13 2019

4mins

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Episode 2: Antje Gehrken and Drussy Hernandez

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Recorded live at the NSBAR Centennial Celebration.

Sep 13 2019

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Episode 1: Senator Laura Fine and State Representative Jonathan Carrol

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Recorded live at the NSBAR Centennial Celebration.

Sep 13 2019

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Episode 43: Reunited and It Feels So Good... Learn more about "Kneads and Wants" here in Downtown Skokie!

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Avengers assemble! Mark is back with Ilene and Scott for this action-packed podcast  We all meet up on the Village Inn on the patio for a quick catchup. We talk about some of the stuff we left out on last weeks podcast and Mark has some questions to cover while he was gone.

Midway through, Mark runs over and drags Dillon one of the owners of Downtown Skokies newest businesses Kneads and Wants over. Located in the old Sweety Pies location at 8042 Lincoln Avenue this new bakery has all sorts of awesome coffee drinks and baked goodies. We learn all about the new business and how it will grow over the next few months.  There is plenty of info to digest in the latest episode. Have a listen, I promise you will learn something. 

Sep 12 2019

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Episode 42: Meet John Lockerby, Skokie Village Manager!

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This is one you need to hear. We finally got the Skokie Village Manager, John Lockerby to join us for a podcast. We get to learn about the differences between a Village and a City and about the Village Managers job. 

John gave us some great news about developments that are popping up all over Skokie and new businesses. There is an Amazon distribution center, employing 600 people on its way and, Sketchbook Brewing Company coming to Skokie on Main Street! 

There is more than enough news to make this one something you should enjoy! 

Sep 04 2019

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Episode 41: Meet John and Will Haben!

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Scott and Ilene went to visit John and Will Haben at the Haben Funeral Home in beautiful Downtown Skokie to discuss the family's history of being involved in with local business. These third and fourth-generation business owner/operators and local residents have a lot of family history in Skokie.

Have a listen. I promise you will learn something! 

Aug 28 2019

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Episode 40: Michelle Tuft on the Backlot Bash and more!

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Mark, Ilene, and Scott got to meet Michelle Tuft, Superintendent of Recreation and Facilities for the Skokie Park District. Michelle is in charge of the fun and the places to have fun. 

First, we discuss Skokie’s Backlot Bash is celebrating it’s 13th event this weekend. There will be music, carnival rides, a beer tent, bingo and lots, lots more. We also learn about some of the upcoming programs and more. 

Backlot Bash website: http://www.backlotbash.com/

Skokie Park District website: https://www.skokieparks.org/

Aug 21 2019

31mins

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Hometown 411

By PinballQueen5322 - May 30 2019
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Scott and Ilene find lots of amazing facts about my hometown!