Laura Morask, Township Supervisor candidate brings to the position her years of experience as a trial lawyer and as a four term township trustee. As a former veteran prosecutor, she spent decades fighting crime, gangs, as she worked her way up to retiring from Cook County as a deputy supervisor of Chicago’s Harrison District. In her years of experience she forged numerous relationships with all branches of law enforcement which led her to institute while a trustee, the first ever gang crimes seminar for our Maine residents. This seminar grew from 20 attendees to over 100 during the subsequent years in response to seeing a rise of violent crimes in parts of unincorporated Maine Township. . Laura brought in a panel composed of each municipal Police Chief, key Drug crimes prosecutors, and the Cook County States Attorney. She worked in parterniship with the Township Code enforcement and Highway department in identifying gang grafitti to residents so as to better enable quick removal. The township’s depolyment of the Cook county Sherrif Police in the hireback program enabled quick and mutual crime fighting strategies with local law enforcement and subsequently saw a decrease in those same types of crimes.
In 2012, Laura founded her own law firm where she practices criminal law, and police defense. As a 29 year Park Ridge resident, parent of two boys, entrepreneur and local business owner, she is acutely aware of the issues facing taxpayers, parents, local and small businesses seeking to thrive in our Maine Township communties. Over the years Laura has made working with the township youth a high priority, with a focus on providing safe and fun after school alternatives for at risk youth. Her work led her to receive the Statewide Friend of Youth award from the Township Officials of Illinois for best youth program development. Laura was also extremely proud to be recognized as a community leader by receiving the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce Community Star award in January, 2012. Additionally, she was a recipient of the Award for Exemplary Service in Elected Office in 2015.
As a Supervisor candidate she pledges to continue her long record of fiscally responsive township government as demonstated most recently by voting to keep our residents’ tax levy flat, and voting to decrease her own and other elected officials’ salaries. She firmly believes that as the government most responsive and closest to the residents, that Maine Township offers amazing services for a fraction of tax dollars; under 2% and is one of the only units of government to balance the budget, have zero debt, all while maintaining and innovating new services to our most vulnerable members of the community.