Karen Lader
Sgt. Karen Lader
Nominations are being sought for the 2021 Sgt. Karen Lader Memorial Good Citizen’s Award which will be presented to a Maine Township resident who has demonstrated strong support and dedication to his/her community. The winner will be recognized at the Maine Township Annual Town Meeting on April 13 with a plaque and monetary award.

“Karen Lader epitomized to both Township residents and her Sheriff’s office co-workers what it means to be a good citizen,” said Laura J. Morask, Township Supervisor. “Always ready with a smile, a kind word and an indefatigable source of ideas and energy for our Neighborhood Watch group, she is sorely missed. It gives all of us some measure of comfort to each year honor someone who exemplifies her spirit.”

You can submit a nomination form online or pick one up in person by visiting Maine Township Town Hall, 1700 Ballard Rd., Park Ridge, during regular business hours of 9 am to 5 pm weekdays. The deadline for submission is April 5.

In 2011, Maine Township proudly instituted the award in honor of Lader, a resident of Des Plaines and a 15-year veteran of the Cook County Sheriff’s Police who lost her courageous battle with cancer in 2010. Deeply involved with Maine Township residents especially in the Neighborhood Watch Program, she was also active in the successful National Night Out Against Crime event held each August. She also worked on Special Olympics and animal rescue. “Sergeant Karen Lader was not only a caring police officer, her life was an example of what it means to be a good citizen,” said Maine Township Clerk Peter Gialamas. “She was someone who truly cared about making a difference. I am proud to have known her.”

Completed forms can be mailed to Clerk Peter Gialamas, at Maine Township Town Hall, 1700 Ballard Road, Park Ridge, IL 60068, sent via email to info@mainetown.com, or submitted online. For more information, please call 847-297-2510.