Dear Terra,

Today marks the 80th anniversary of D-Day, when Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy and launched an invasion that would ultimately liberate Western Europe, defeat Nazi Germany, and end World War II.

In honor of their incredible courage, I wanted to share these words from President Biden's statement today:

"As we reflect on the sacrifices made on D-Day, we are reminded that freedom is not free and it has never been guaranteed. Every generation has to earn it, fight for it, and defend it in the battle between autocracy and democracy — between the greed of a few and the rights of many. Eighty years after our Nation’s brave Airmen, Coast Guardsmen, Sailors, Soldiers, and Marines embarked on D-Day — and as Americans everywhere answered the call to prayer and filled their hearts and homes with hope — may we honor the faith they kept in our Nation and their legacy by upholding the future that they died for — one grounded in freedom, democracy, opportunity, and equality for all."

Say hello to our new summer interns!

It's June! That means it's summer intern season at our district office.

To introduce these public-spirited young people to our district, I'm sending them door-to-door to ask you to fill out our 2024 Constituent Survey.

As you'll see, the survey asks about your priorities for the Illinois state budget and for our communities. Your input is so valuable to me as I work for our communities in Springfield, and I greatly appreciate your taking the time to share your thoughts and concerns.

If you're not home during the day (or if you'd rather do this on your own time), you can fill out the survey online. Just click here to get started. Don't worry – it only take a few minutes to complete. I look forward to hearing from you!

Enjoy another summer evening filled with music in Glen Ellyn TOMORROW

There's something so special about sitting outside and enjoying a concert on a summer evening. If you can, I hope you'll kick off your weekend at Downtown Glen Ellyn's Family Friendly Friday Summer Concert, from 5 to 9:45 p.m. tomorrow on Main Street.

Tomorrow's concert features Altered Suburbia, an all-female band (which includes Abraham Lincoln Elementary 3rd-grade teacher Amy Bishop!) and Serendipity, a pop/rock band that plays hits from the '60s, '70s and '80s.

Glen Ellyn restaurants will be serving food and drink to concertgoers, so please do not bring your own. To learn more, you can click here.

Pride Month Spotlight: Ortez Alderson

Ortez Alderson's career as a militant activist stretched from his teens, when he protested the Vietnam War and fought the draft, to his last years as an activist fighting on behalf of people of color with AIDS.

As a young man on Chicago’s South Side, Alderson joined the Chicago Gay Liberation Front and went on to co-found the Third World Gay Revolutionaries, to focus on the specific concerns of Black people in the LGBT community.

In his 20s, Alderson studied acting and appeared in numerous plays in Chicago. In 1981, he moved to New York to continue his acting career. When the AIDS epidemic struck the gay community, Alderson used the skills he had built as an anti-war and gay activist to organize demonstrations to raise public awareness of the devastating disease and to demand government action.

Tragically, Ortez Alderson died of complications from AIDS in 1990, at the age of 38.

In 1991, Alderson was inducted into Chicago’s LGBT Hall of Fame.

Grab a bucket, tackle and pole! There's a fishing derby in Lombard SATURDAY

Bring your tackle box, poles and bucket for a morning of fishing (rain or shine) at the Lombard Park District's annual Fishing Derby, from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at Four Seasons, on Finley Road at 16th Street.

Trophies will be awarded for the biggest fish, the smallest fish, and the most fish caught, in both youth and adult categories. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m., and pre-registration is required. You can click here to register and learn more.

EQDG invites everyone to PrideFest in Downers Grove SATURDAY

Everyone is invited to join EQuality Downers Grove (EQDG) for PrideFest 2024 from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, in Fishel Park, 1036 Grove St.

The event will include music, food trucks, crafts, face painting, community organization booths, and a costume parade and contest for people and pets (on leashes, please.) In the event of rain, the fest will be held at Lincoln Center, 935 Maple Ave. in Downers Grove. You can click here to learn more.

Hurrah! It's garden walk season again! Don't miss Garden Gait in Lisle SUNDAY

If you enjoy peeking into other people's gardens, you won't want to miss the Lisle Woman's Club's Garden Gait, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday, June 9.

The Gait showcases five private gardens, along wth a craft fair and complimentary refreshments.

The event begins at the Museum at Lisle Station Park, at 921 School St.

You can visit the Lisle Woman's Club website here to buy advance tickets for $20 each, or you can buy them on the day of the event for $25. Proceeds support the Club's scholarship programs and other philanthropic projects.

Support World Blood Donor Day (and maybe win a cruise!) in Lombard TUESDAY

World Blood Donor Day is coming up on June 14, and the Village of Lombard is asking you to show your support by taking part in their blood drive on Tuesday, June 11.

In addition to helping save lives, every blood donor will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a cruise!

Tuesday's blood drive will begin at the lower level of Yorktown Shopping Center, outside Von Maur, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and continue at the First Church of Lombard, 220 S. Main St., from 1:30 to 7 p.m.

Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. For more information or to schedule a donation time slot, contact Blood Drive Coordinator Carol Bauer at (630) 620-5712, or visit here.

Don't toss those wilted greens! Learn about Composting 101 in Lisle TUESDAY

Would you like to do one simple thing to improve soil health, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and mitigate the impact of droughts?

Then you'll want to attend Composting 101, a presentation by a University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener presenter this Tuesday, June 11 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Lisle Library, 777 Front St. You'll learn how to improve the health and vitality of your garden by using the organic matter generated in your home and yard. To register and learn more you can click here.

Take a calming dip in the pool at Sensory Swim Night in Glen Ellyn WEDNESDAY

For children and adults with sensory sensitivities, the noise and activity of a community pool can be overwhelming. So I'm very pleased that Sunset Pool is setting aside a few evenings this summer to offer a serene and enjoyable atmosphere for children on the autism spectrum and others with sensory sensitivities.

Glen Ellyn Park District's first Sensory Swim Night of the season will be offered from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, at Sunset Pool, 483 Fairview Ave. This event is open to all ages. No registration is required; just pay the entry fee at the door. Admission is $3 for residents and $4 for nonresidents. You can click here to learn more.

Enjoy summer lunchtime fun at York Center Park District's Kids Klubs on WEDNESDAYS

Starting this Wednesday, June 12, the York Center Park District invites children and their parents to enjoy a midday show from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday at Lake Yelenich Park, 1609 S. Luther Ave. in Lombard.

There will be a new, interactive show every week, from giant bubbles to reptiles to a foam dance party! The shows are free – just bring your own blanket or lawn chair. Pizza and other foods and beverages will be available for purchase at the concession stand. For more information, you can click here.

Kick back at Lake Ellyn at the Park District's Thirsty Thursday on the Deck on June 13

You are invited to sip craft beer and wine from The Beer Cellar and listen to live entertainment at the Glen Ellyn Park District's Thirsty Thursday on the Deck, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. June 13 at the Lake Ellyn Boathouse, 645 Lenox Road.

This event is for adults ages 21 and over. Registration is required; the $15 fee per person includes your first drink ticket and light snacks. For more information, you can click here.

We're back! Sign up for Tuesday with Terra on June 18th at Helen Plum Library in Lombard

I'm excited to start up a new summer of Tuesdays with Terra, my monthly one-on-one constituent meetings. We're starting out from 1:30 -3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18 at the Helen Plum Library, 411 S Main St. in Lombard.

So if you have an issue you'd like to discuss or an idea you want to share - or even if you just want to talk about our state government and the work we do, I'd love to meet with you. As always, registration is required. To make your appointment, please reach out to my office at 630-812-9292 or email

Upcoming Events

We have lots of events coming up, so please take a look and mark your calendars today!

June 14: Family Bingo Night, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center, 800 St. Charles Road in Glen Ellyn

June 14: Music on Maple Street Concert Series featuring "Barry Cloyd Presents: 'Where Have All the Flowers Gone?' The Ballad of Pete Seeger," from 7 to 8 p.m. at 23 W. Maple St. in Lombard

June 14: Adult Trivia Night: Pride Edition at 7 p.m. at the Lisle Library District, 777 Front St.

June 15: Lisle Car Show, on Main Street, Burlington Avenue, and commuter parking lots

June 15: Multicultural Art Festival, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Sheldon Peck Homestead, 355 E. Parkside Ave. in Lombard

June 15: Glen Ellyn Park District's Gone Fishin' Derby, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Lake Ellyn Boathouse, 645 Lenox Road

June 15: Juneteenth Celebration by Naperville Neighbors United, from noon to 3 p.m. at Rotary Hill, 440 Aurora Ave. in Naperville.

June 19: Jazz in the Park, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Maryknoll Park, 845 Pershing Ave. in Glen Ellyn

June 20: Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce End of Session Recap, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Calamos Conference Room, NACC Office, 55 S. Main St.. Suite 375

June 21: Glen Ellyn Park District's Shot in the Dark, from 8:30 to 10 p.m. at Holes & Knolls, 845 Pershing Ave.

June 25: Blood and Food Drive, from 9 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m. at Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center, 800 St. Charles Road in Glen Ellyn

June 25: Family Fun in the Neighborhood, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Spalding Park, 22W325 2nd St. in Glen Ellyn

June 26: Glen Ellyn Park District's Movie in the Park, at 7:30 p.m. at Surrey Park, 95 Surrey Drive

June 28: Music on Maple Street Concert Series, featuring Angela James, from 7 to 8 p.m. at 23 W. Maple St. in Lombard

June 28: Summer Break at the Lake, from 5 to 10 p.m. at Lake Ellyn Park, 645 Lenox Road in Glen Ellyn

If you have any questions about pending legislation or other issues related to your state government, please don't hesitate to contact my office at 630-812-9292 or

Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay strong,

Terra Costa Howard

State Representative 

42nd District

913 S. Main St.

Lombard, IL 60148

(630) 812-9292

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