Wilmette Becomes Latest North Shore Town to Urge State Lawmakers to Pass Stricter Gun Laws

“Emphatically aye.” Wilmette Trustee Peter Barrow’s statement of assent was part of the Village Board’s unanimous approval on Tuesday, Sept. 13, of a resolution encouraging the Illinois General Assembly to address gun violence and firearm safety. As part of the resolution — full text on page 298 — the board is asking for a statewide […]

Investigative Journalist and Wilmette Native Meg Kissinger Continues to Fight for People with Mental Illness

Meg Kissinger walked into a Milwaukee laundromat in 2006 that was across from a group home for those suffering from mental illness. Inside, Kissinger noticed a woman with an intense stare and jagged teeth. Kissinger — a journalist focusing on housing limitations for those with mental illness — began talking with her. Not only was […]

Wilmette Native Taylor Sweitzer Reaches the Everest Summit, Completing the Explorer’s Grand Slam

Wilmette native Taylor Sweitzer has conquered the Explorer’s Grand Slam, a prodigious challenge to reach the North Pole, South Pole, and the highest summits on each of the seven continents.  Sweitzer, a 2012 New Trier graduate, completed the feat in May 2021 after summiting his last remaining peak: Mount Everest. Fewer than 100 people have […]

Pickles Group, Founded by Wilmette Families, Helps Children Whose Parents are Living with Cancer

Three local couples bonded over a common enemy: cancer.  As they endured and supported each other as peers, they realized that their children, who endured a similar but more unique challenge, needed peers too. They founded Pickles Group.  “They all were navigating a similar situation. They all had a parent with a cancer diagnosis. In […]

Museum Celebrates Trailblazing Wilmette Women

In 1994, Catherine Pratt became the first female president of what was then Bank One in Wilmette. However, this was not a quick rise, as she had been working in the banking world for more than 20 years before breaking the proverbial glass ceiling. Her journey required a good attitude, hard work and jumping a […]