On May 2, 2018 CDEL collaborated with Congressman Mike Quigley (D-5th) and State Representative Kathleen Willis (D-77) to host a Senior Center Power of Attorney Initiative (SCI) workshop at Northlake Public Library. CDEL has worked with Congressman Quigley's office for over six years on the SCI; it was CDEL's first time working with Representative Willis.
At the workshop, CDEL partnered with the legal department of Zurich Insurance on this Day of Service for the second year in a row. CDEL's Tom Wendt headed out to Zurich's headquarters in Schaumburg to conduct an early morning CLE, training 20 Zurich attorneys and legal support staff on Powers of Attorney and Illinois Living Will Declarations.
At the workshop, CDEL and Zurich assisted 28 seniors. The Zurich attorneys worked in teams assisting the seniors. Representative Willis was hard at work, checking the seniors in as they arrived and speaking with her constituents while they waited to meet with the attorneys. Congressman Quigley was able to fit an appearance at the event into his schedule. Even the Mayor of Northlake, Jeffrey Sherwin, was in attendance (but, no, he did not have his POAs drafted).
Thanks to the combined effort of Zurich (especially Nancy Sandberg), CDEL (especially CDEL Volunteer Coordinator Mary Ann Manley) and Representative Willis' office (especially Gloria Orozco), the day went off without a hitch. In particular, CDEL would like to thank Congressman Quigley's Congressional Aide and Senior Coordinator Rosetta Sexton, who has really been a driving force behind CDEL's work with the Congressman's office. Sadly, this was Ms. Sexton's last workshop with CDEL, as she is retiring from the Congressman's staff. CDEL has enjoyed working with Rosetta and she will be missed!
"It was one of the most well organized SCI workshops we have ever had," said CDEL Legal Director Thomas Wendt. "From the training at Zurich, to the bus to Northlake, to the snacks (generously supplied by the offices of the Congressman and Representative) that kept all of the seniors waiting their turn happy, everything went extremely smoothly."