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Green Scene

January 2017 E-news Issue

New Director at Helm

Tabatha Endres-Cruz
Tabatha Endres-Cruz took over the reins as Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Executive Director on January 1, 2017. Founding Executive Director Lori Gummow retired December 31 after 29 years.
Endres-Cruz, most recently Executive Director of the I.D. Pennock branch of the YMCA of the Rock River Valley, has served at several non-profits, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Rockford; Blackhawk Council, Boy Scouts of America; and the Algonquin YMCA camp. She also served as the Director of Outdoor Environmental Education at Aurora University, George Williams Campus, Williams Bay, Wisconsin, for seven years.
She holds a master’s degree from Aurora University and a bachelor’s in environmental studies from Lake Forest College. A native and resident of Rockford, she serves on the operating board of Alignment Rockford.
Endres-Cruz can be reached at Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful at 815-637-1343 or
2016 Great American Cleanup volunteers along 20th Street, Rockford.

Celebrate Earth Day Saturday, April 22 —

Join the Great American Cleanup!

Online registration is now open for the 30th annual Great American Cleanup in Northern Illinois, April 22.
Litter Coordinator Frank Manzullo is lining up equipment sites and team captains.
If you’d like him to speak to your group, call him Tuesdays or Wednesdays at 815-637-1343 or send email to

October 2016 E-news Issue



Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Board and staff were saddened to learn of the September death of former Director Patrick Murphy. As Belvidere Township Supervisor he sponsored programs and hosted the Boone County site for Clothing Drives, the annual Medication Collection and Great American Cleanup. His help and enthusiasm will be dearly missed.





Each fall as residents start to heat their homes again and Daylight Savings Time ends, we are reminded to check the operation of our smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. If yours should fail, or is more than 10 years old, the Green Guide has disposal recommendations at the link above.


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