Marilyn Pierce - Transcript

Transcription of “Marilyn Pierce: Improving Life in Edgewater”
Voice-over: Dorothy Nygren
Date: June 16, 2013
Place: Chicago, Illinois.
Transcriber: Dorothy Nygren
Total time: 3:08 minutes

Copyright © 2013 Edgewater Historical Society

DN: Lynn Pierce was born in Waukegan and began her journalistic career in 1953. She moved to Chicago in her late teens to further that career. Lynn purchased a two flat in Edgewater in 1986 and has lived here for twenty seven years. She joined the Edgewater Community Council and the E.P.I.C. block club (Every Person Is Concerned) the year that she moved to the Magnolia-Glen neighborhood. She has served on the Edgewater Community Council, the Raven Theater Board of Directors and the Swift [Elementary School] Local [School] Council, to name just a few. As an example of her strong community work, and as coordinator of a task force on overcrowded schools. Lynn arranged for teaching of Swift School seventh and eighth graders at Senn Metropolitan Academy, brokered demountables for two schools, Hayt and Peirce, and then brokered additions for three schools, Hayt, Peirce and Swift.

In recent years, she has served Mary Ann Smith as her aldermanic assistant for Enforcement and Compliance and the Edgewater Community Council as its Housing Director. As chairman of Thorndale Action Task Force, and through elected officials and members, she has helped substantially reduced the crime and dramatically increased public safety on the 1100 block of west Thorndale.

When asked why she became involved in all these community activities, Lynn replied, “Throughout my adult life, I have felt an obligation to become involved in various causes, efforts, and organizations in an attempt to help those who are unable to help themselves, and to improve the quality of life for those who live and work in the communities in which I have lived. That commitment continued and continues in Edgewater.”

When asked what is unique or special about Edgewater, Lynn tells us, “If you need to ask, you don’t live in Edgewater. It is a wonderfully heterogeneous community, a microcosm of the world. Its churches, synagogues, and mosques are homes to literally dozens of nationalities and ethnicities. Its block clubs, neighborhood associations, and community business and organizations abound. And among its residents, property owners and renters, are those who are committed to improving the lot of all who live and work in this lovely north side community.

Lynn subscribes to this guiding principle, penned by Scottish born statesman, Edmund Burke, “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.”