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New Year's Message from Mayor Nancy Rotering

New Year's Message from Mayor Nancy Rotering

December 29, 2023 -- Each December, my family – like many others – relishes the opportunity to come together, enjoy favorite traditions, and reflect on the year that is coming to a close. We savor the chance to reminisce on the fun memories we’ve shared and talk through challenges. Every year, I’m so proud to remember all that we experienced, achieved, and learned. 

I feel the same in reflecting on this past year and our journey as neighbors in this community we love so dearly. We have come so far over the past 12 months, journeying through uncharted territory as one Highland Park. I will never forget how powerful it was, during the Community Walk on July 4, to see so many community members walking together in solidarity down Central Avenue, reclaiming our beloved downtown and finding support in neighbors and friends. This has been a year unlike any other. I am proud we have traveled this path together, staying true to our shared values and common humanity. 

Gratitude is a cornerstone of those values, as is its sister, generosity. In being thankful for our neighbors and all that we have shared throughout the year, we are reminded that this is the season of giving, and the generosity of others is a beacon of hope to those in need. 

If you are in a position to give, please consider supporting one of the many organizations working to assist others in our community during the holiday season and throughout the year, including the Moraine Township Food Pantry (, the Highland Park Community Foundation (, and the Volunteer Pool of Highland Park ( The City is also seeking volunteers to assist low-income elderly and disabled residents as part of the Volunteer Snow Shoveling program, available through the Highland Park Senior Center.  In addition, the City’s annual Coats for Kids drive continues to accept donations of warm winter coats, hats, and gloves at Fire Station #33 (1130 Central Ave.) through February 1, 2024. All gifts of time, talent, or treasure will be deeply appreciated.

I hope that you’ll join us in looking ahead to 2024 with this spirit of generosity and hope. On behalf of the City Council and City staff, we wish you and your loved ones a peaceful and healthy New Year! 

Nancy R. Rotering

Mayor, City of Highland Park, IL