Mt. Prospect receives Illinois Sister City of the Year
Award Mount Prospect Mayor Irvana Wilks and members of the Mount Prospect Sister Cities
Commission. By Submitted by village of Mount Prospect
The Mount Prospect Sister Cities Commission has been awarded the
2011 Illinois Sister Cities of the Year Award. The award was presented Sept. 16
during the Illinois Municipal League Conference to Mayor Irvana Wilks and
members of the Commission by Frank Lateano, president of the Illinois Sister
Lateano congratulated the Mount Prospect Sister City organization
for “presenting a comprehensive, year-round schedule of cultural events
partnered with its Sister City, Sevres, France.” This included a Farmers French
Market, a French wine tasting event, a French Trivia night, a community Pot
Luck Dinner, a Fourth of July float, a French family festival and the first
intercontinental book discussion between Mount Prospect and Sevres.
In accepting the award, Mayor Wilks urged the Illinois mayors to
consider Sister City relationships as a way to promote world understanding and
peace, because we are all members of one global community. She also
acknowledged the personal and financial commitment, and hard work of those
involved with the Sister Cities efforts in Mount Prospect.
The Mission of Sister Cities International is “promoting peace
through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation — one individual, one
community at a time.”
Mount Prospect and Sèvres, France, officially entered into their
Sister City relationship in May of 2000, when a delegation from Sèvres first
visited Mount Prospect.
Since then, several exchanges have taken place on individual and
group levels. Sèvres is a city of 23,000 residents and is a suburb of Paris,
located on the Seine River. The town of Sèvres is well known for a porcelain
factory (La Manufacture de Céramique) and museum (Le Musée national de
Céramique). Published in the Daily Herald on Wednesday, October 19,2011.