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Vote Early in Chicago and Cook County Through October 30th & Celebrate with a free slice of Eli’s Cheesecake

Voters in Chicago, Cook County and throughout Illinois have the great convenience through October 30th to participate in “early voting.” At 50 locations in Chicago (one in each ward, including Wright College, you can avoid the lines and cast your vote to avoid any election day problems.

As a thank you to early voters, just bring in your early voting ballot receipt to the Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe at Eli’s Cheesecake World, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, before November 6th, and we will give you a complimentary slices of Eli’s Original Cheesecake.

Help our democracy and enjoy free Eli’s Cheesecake. Such a deal!



Early Voting continues at 51 sites for Chicago voters through Thurs.,October 30. All Chicago sites are open Monday through Thursday, 9 5 p.m.

In the Primary Election, Chicago led the state in Early Voting. So now,the Chicago Election Board says: Let’s do it again, and bring a friend!

With four days remaining, Chicago voters have already cast morethan 154,000 ballots in Early Voting, far exceeding the 81,690 castduring the entire 18-day Early Voting for the Primary.

If you are registered to vote, you don’t need a reason or excuseto use the convenience of Early Voting now through Oct. 30 –but you do need to present a current government photo ID.

All Chicago Early Voting sites are 100% accessible.

Chicago voters may vote at any Early Voting location in the City of Chicagoand avoid any kind of scheduling problem that may occur on Election Day,November 4, 2008.

Once you cast a ballot during Early Voting, you cannot return duringEarly Voting or on Election Day to change your ballot for any reason.


Ward / Location / Address

1. Goldblatts Building 1615 W Chicago Ave

2. Mabel Manning Library 6 S. Hoyne Ave.

3. Chicago Bee Library 3647 S. State St.

4. M L King Community Ctr 4314 S. Cottage Grove Ave.

5. Jackson Park 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

6. Whitney Young Library 7901 S ML. King Jr. Dr.

7. Jeffery Manor Library 2401 E. 100th St.

8. Olive Harvey College 10001 S. Woodlawn Ave.

9. Palmer Park 201 E 111th St.

10. Vodak/East Side Library 3710 E. 106th St.

11. McKinley Park 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

12. Back of the Yards Library 4650 S. Damen Ave.

13. West Lawn Park 4233 W. 65 St.

14. Archer Heights Library 5055 S. Archer Ave.

15. Lindbloom Park 6054 S. Damen Ave.

16. Sherman Park Library 5440 S. Racine Ave.

17. Thurgood Marshall Library 7506 S. Racine Ave.

18. Wrightwood-Ashburn Library 8530 S. Kedzie Ave.

19. 22nd Police District 1900 W. Monterey Ave.

20. Coleman Library 731 E. 63rd St.

21. Woodson Regional Library 9525 S. Halsted St.

22. Piotrowski Park 4247 W. 31st St.

23. Clearing Library 6423 W. 63rd Pl.

24. Douglass Library 3353 W. 13th St.

25. Chinatown Library 2353 S. Wentworth Ave.

26. Humboldt Park Library 1605 N. Troy St.

27. Union Park 1501 W. Randolph St.

28. West Side Learning Ctr 4624 W. Madison St.

29. Amundsen Park 6200 W. Bloomingdale Ave.

30. Portage Cragin Library 5108 W. Belmont Ave.

31. Blackhawk Park 2318 N. Lavergne Ave.

32. Pulaski Park 1419 W. Blackhawk St.

33. Independence Library 3548 W. Irving Park Rd.

34. West Pullman Library 830 W. 119th St.

35. Logan Square Library 3030 W. Fullerton Ave.

36. Hiawatha Park 8029 W. Forest Preserve Dr.

37. West Chicago Library 4856 W. Chicago Ave.

38. Wright College – Science Bldg 4300 N. Narragansett Ave.

39. N. Park Village Admn Bldg 5801 N. Pulaski Rd.

40. Budlong Woods Library 5630 N. Lincoln Ave.

41. Roden Library 6083 N. Northwest Hwy.

42. Access Living 115 W. Chicago Ave.

43. Lincoln Park Library 1150 W. Fullerton Ave.

44. Merlo Library 644 W. Belmont Ave.

45. Edgebrook Library 5331 W. Devon Ave.

46. Truman College 1145 W. Wilson Ave.

47. Welles Park 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

48. Edgewater Library 1210 W. Elmdale Ave.

49. Pottawattomie Park 7340 N. Rogers Ave.

50. Warren Park 6601 N. Western Ave., and,

The Board of Election Commissioners, 69 W. Washington St.

Monday, October 27 – Thursday, October 30, 2008 – Daily 9 am – 5 pm

Questions? Call 312-269-7900 / TTY 312-269-0027

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Cook County Farm Bureau Leadership Team and Cook County Summer Agricultural Institute Visit Eli’s Cheesecake

It was our pleasure to host Robert Rohrer, the Manager of the Cook County Farm Bureau and the leadership of the Board to discuss ways to
promote agricultural education and the food industry in Cook County.

Visiting Eli’s with Bob Rohrer was Jim Brandau, the President of the Cook County Farm Bureau and Board members Larry Paarlberg, Jim Gutzmer and Dan Biernacki.

In the past school year, the Agriculture in the Classroom Program for the CCFB in Cook County reached over 21,800 students through over
900 class room presentations to 4th grade classes. This “in school field trip” gives the students an introduction to agriculture and the important role that the food supply chain plays in their lives.

In the prior week, we were visited by Summer Agricultural Institute sponsored for teachers in Cook County by the Cook County Farm Bureau.
These teachers working with Haley Loy and Gail Pettersdorf from the CCFB visited Eli’s as part of a week in-depth introduction to the food and agricultural industry in Cook County.

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Tribute to George W. Dunne, President of the Cook County Board and dear friend of Eli’s


From the first week that Eli’s the Place for Steak opened on Chicago Avenue in 1966, there was a standing date for table 31 at 8pm on Monday nights. The picture above from the early days shows the special guests that made
Eli’s their dinner destination after office hours at the 42nd Ward Office; it was Cook County Board President and Ward Committeeman, George W. Dunne, pictured on the left, Ward Organization President and and bon vivant, Ira Colitz (in the center), and Eli Schulman on the right.

This standing dinner date that extended over 20 years was one of the highlights of Eli’s week. Other guests joining the group included Secretary of State, Jesse White, Alderman Burt Natarus of the 42nd Ward and Walter
Burnett, Alderman of the 27th Ward.

This past week, Chicago mourned the passing of George Dunne, who died at his farm in McHenry County on Sunday, May 27th. His service and wake at Holy Name Cathedral attracted the leaders in the business and political
community, all of whom shared respect for George and his passion for helping people. In an era when many politicians thrive on the perks of power, George walked to work each day from his 42nd residence without body guards or escorts.

In his Eulogy at Holy Name, attorney and long time friend, Ray Simon, remarked how George’s life revolved around the 42nd Ward, which includes the Magnificent Mile and Holy Name Cathedral. George was born in the Ward in
1913, seven years before the completion of the Michigan Avenue Bridge, which marked the beginning of the development of Michigan Avenue. He served as Ward Committeeman from 1961 to 2004, a term of 43 years in which the entire profile of the Michigan Avenue neighborhood changed with the development of Streeterville for residential and Northwestern Memorial uses and the decline of the low income housing projects in Cabrini Green to the west as new housing for mixed incomes was developed in its place.

George Dunne was instrumental in the creation of the Eli’ M. Schulman Playground in Seneca Park after Eli’s passing in 1988. It was very fitting as George started his career in politics as the Lake Shore Park Manager,
which is the person responsible for watching over the smaller Seneca Park to its west. In his eulogy, Ray Simon, mentioned George’s affection for Eli and for his sense of humor that was demonstrated at the ceremony naming the Playground for Eli in the Fall of 1988. As Simon recounted, George was a speaker at the dedication ceremony and told of Eli’s love of parks–Arlington Park, Maywood Park and Hawthorn–all race tracks. When George told that story and when Ray recounted it, the audience enjoyed a great laugh, knowing of Eli’s interest in the races.

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Eli’s Cheesecake and its committment to agricultural education featured in the June Co-Operator, the official publication of the Cook County Farm Bureau

Eli’s Cheesecake…You Can
Have Your Agriculture and Eat It Too!

By Elaine Stock,
Special Feature Writer



Eli’s cheesecakes are slowly baked to a golden brown in a
70 ft long and 12 ft wide tunnel oven.

Cheesecake lovers savor the taste of the gourmet cheesecakes made by hand at Eli’s Cheesecake Co. The taste just doesn’t happen by chance. A great amount of attention is paid to selecting the finest ingredients to create a quality dessert item. The same attention to detail comes into play as Eli’s strengthens its commitment to charity and education, particularly agricultural education.

Eli Schulman entered the food industry in 1940 when he opened his first restaurant, Eli’s Ogden Huddle on Chicago’s west side. In 1966, he opened Eli’s The Place for Steak. The restaurant owner had a knack for taking exceptional care of his customers. He earned the reputation for serving a high quality dinner, using the finest of ingredients.

Eli was certain the meals he served were top of the line; however, he wasn’t satisfied with his selection of desserts. As a result, he experimented with a cheesecake recipe and created what is known today as Eli’s Cheesecake. “My dad was looking for the perfect dessert to compliment his meals,” explained his son, Marc, who took over leadership of the business after his father’s death.

“He was an innovator in food trends. It was his goal to create his own dessert,” Schulman said. On July 4, 1980, the then 70-year-old cheesecake creator debuted the unique Chicago-style cheesecake at the first Taste of Chicago. “Eli’s cheesecake is richer and creamier than traditional cheesecake,” Schulman explained. “It has a different taste, texture, and profile than the New York-style cheesecake.

Eli’s Cheesecake is now housed in a modern, state-of-the-art building constructed on the northwest side of Chicago in 1996. From this facility, more than 200,000 portion servings of various desserts are produced daily and marketed across the U.S. and internationally. A vast amount of agricultural products are used to create Eli’s Cheesecake. The basic ingredients include: cream cheese, sugar, eggs, sour cream, pure vanilla, and salt. Eli’s uses five million pounds of cream cheese on an annual basis.

Schulman said his father had a great reputation for his hospitality. As a result, he entertained many celebrities at this classic steakhouse. The elder Schulman developed a very close relationship with WGN farm broadcaster Orion Samuelson. It was that friendship which put the Schulman family on quite an educational journey. “Dad believed in life-long learning,” Schulman said. “He had a great passion for food, and he had a great passion for education.”

Many students and organizations have benefited from Schulman’s passions. The younger Schulman is determined to keep alive his father’s legacy. “My father’s first interest was to have me get an education,” Schulman explained. He practiced law for five years before joining the food industry to carry on his father’s visions. “I wanted to take my father’s dream to the next level,” Schulman added.


Students from Chicago High School for Agricultural
Sciences sample Eli’s Wildflower Honey Bar at a Starbucks on Michigan Avenue.
The dessert was made using honey produced by the students at the

Schulman said Eli’s was in the agriculture business and, reinforcing the
Schulman family’s commitment to education, the younger Schulman has been very
active in agriculture education for approximately the past eighteen years. He
co-chairs the advisory board for the Chicago High School for Agricultural
Sciences (CHSAS). “There are a lot of kids in the Chicago public high school
system,” Schulman said. “There is only one ag school with 600 students focusing
on agriculture. It’s great to be involved. We have an interest in food and
dairy. I’m seeing what great opportunities exist in an urban ag education.”

Eli’s has partnered with the CHSAS to develop the Wildflower Honey Bar. The
cheesecake company buys honey raised on the school’s bee farm to use in its
newest product which is marketed through Starbucks.

His agriculture involvement carries over to participation in the Summer Ag
Institute (SAI), sponsored by the Cook County Farm Bureau. For more than five
years, Eli’s has served as a tour site for teachers attending SAI. “Ag education
is so important,” Schulman said. “The kids get it. It is the sometimes the
hardest to explain to adults why agriculture education is so important.”

During the summer, Eli’s also co-sponsors a weekly Farmer’s Market with
Wright College on its property and partners in a Summer Sustainable Agriculture
Entrepreneurship Program for CHSAS students with Wright College, the Department
of Natural Resources at the Colleges of ACES at UIUC and the University of
Illinois Extension.

Getting involved in ag education is just one way Eli’s is involved in the
community. The family-owned company is dedicated to giving back to the community
in other ways. Each holiday, Eli’s associates participate in the Eli’s Giving
Tree Program by personally delivering Eli’s desserts to a charitable group of
their choice. As a company, Eli’s supports over 500 organizations each year with
donations of desserts for events or as prizes for auctions and other fundraising

Schulman feels one of the greatest gifts his father gave him was the gift of
education. He attributes the company’s direct tie to agriculture and his
family’s friendship to Orion Samuelson, Chicago’s voice of agriculture, as the
main reasons for Eli’s interest in ag education. Schulman realizes that
opportunities in agriculture are about as varied as the flavor choices available
to their customers.

Eli’s Cheesecake President said business is steady year round, with the mail
order portion of the business being the heaviest around holiday time. Last year,
Eli’s The Place for Steak closed to make room for Northwestern Memorial
Hospital’s planned addition. The family is looking for a location on or near
Michigan Avenue to bring back the restaurant. In the meantime, focus will remain
on the bakery portion of the family business, which includes a dessert café and
tourism center, which was named the top food tour in the country by “Top 5″ on
the Food Network.

Eli’s is valuable to agriculture in Cook County. Not only is it a user of
agriculture commodities, but it is dedicated to helping reach as many people as
possible with agriculture education efforts.

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