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Lara Al-Ali, President


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Baste becomes first Arab American on Bridgeview Village Board
In the newly decorated board room at the Bridgeview Village Hall, in front a standing room only crowd of family and friends, Kalid Baste became part of history.

He was sworn in as the first Arab American to serve as a village trustee in Bridgeview.

Baste was given the oath of office by Mayor Steve Landek, who selected Baste to be a village trustee after James Cecott announced he would not seek re-election.

It was an easy decision for Baste to say “yes.”

“This is my hometown. My brothers, my father, we all live in the same community. We stay in this community. We’re not running away. So, if you stay here, you need to better it,” he said.

Baste, 48, is an accountant with an office at 112th Street and Harlem Avenue in Worth. He’s been in business about 26 years.

Baste has lived in Bridgeview since 1985. He and his wife have three children.

The twins, a boy and girl, are in college and one son in high school. The eldest are studying to become an orthopedic doctor and dentist.

“The youngest is shooting to be an engineer,” he said.

Baste grew up one of 11 children in a Palestinian Muslim home and is honored to be the first Arab American on the village board.

“It means a lot,” he said after taking many photos with well-wishers.

“The people who serve on this board or any other committee or board in this village or in any village should be a representation of the residents,” he said after the May 3 board meeting.

Bridgeview, which has a popular mosque north of 95th Street and west of Harlem Avenue, boasts a large Muslim population and many Muslim businesses.

As a respected businessman, Baste “brings a good perspective” to village government, Landek said.

“I think he’s going to be great addition,” Landek said.

Baste has not served on any village committees, but has helped Landek over the years.

“The mayor calls upon me if he wants to know about somebody’s good character in the community. If someone wants to conduct business in the community (the mayor will ask me) ‘Do you know anything about this person? Anything we should be aware of?’” Baste said.

It only made sense that the next trustee should be an Arab American.

“Is he?” Landek deadpanned. “It’s time.”

“He has a lot of experience in business. He’s an accountant, has a very successful practice. He’s an investor in property. He knows what’s necessary as a business owner, an investor,” Landek said.

After he was sworn in, Trustee Pat Higginson said “welcome aboard.”

Trustee Claudette Struzik echoed that, adding: “You know what happens once you start this, 30 years later you’re still here.”

Baste smiled and replied: “I’m up for the challenge.”

Later, Baste noted that he “has a footprint in this village.”

“I own real estate in this village. We have a strong footprint. We’ve been here for a long time, since 1985. That’s a long time. It’s nice to have somebody who is a product of this village and is still in this village,” Baste said.

Baste, who is the youngest village trustee, said he will be “heavily interested in having the right businesses in this community.”

“For some people, some businesses, you have to think about (if) they want to be here because they want to make money. But do I want you here? Are you the right fit? We want the right businesses for this community because they attract the right customer, they bring (in) the right sales tax dollars.

“I’m a finance guy and I want to see the economics of this village continue to grow. That’s where a lot of my focus will be, real estate and finances,” Baste said.

Asked what type of businesses he has in mind, he said, “I like big box businesses that are owned by smaller people.”

“Look at Pete’s Fresh Market on 103rd. Some may see them as a big box business, but they started off as one store in the city and here they are now. And, they employ a lot of people from this area,” he said.

“I like businesses like that because no matter how big they are, they’re here, versus a company based in Utah with a district manager. I want you to be here. That’s what I like,” he said.

He also likes Bridgeview’s diverse population.

“First of all, it keeps racism away because we all have to get along with one another. I have to understand you. You have to understand me. Those are important factors,” Baste said.

“I remember when I had to go to Dominick’s with ladies from our (Muslim) community during Desert Storm because they were getting harassed.

“But this is back in 1990. You can’t blame the residents here for something taking place abroad. Same as a shooting at a school. You can’t blame everybody in that respect,” he said. (Written By Steve Metsch)



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Dear Business Owner,

The Bridgeview Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 46th Annual Golf Outing & Dinner on Thursday, August 31st at Old Oak Country Club in Homer Glen. This event has always been a success in bringing people together for networking in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

Over the years our event has been successful in fundraising for our scholarship fund and general fund with the help of your continuous support. Your business will receive recognition at the golf outing and reflect your participation in the Chamber’s newsletter, Linkedin, and Facebook page. We have been truly grateful for your kind efforts and contributions throughout the previous years. We were hoping that you would support us again by making a donation towards this year’s event. Kindly fax, email, or mail your response back to us by August 15th. Please make your contribution payable to the Bridgeview Chamber of Commerce or call the office to pay by phone at 708-598-1700.

In addition to sponsorship, you also have the opportunity to showcase your product or service to our guests via door prizes. Door prizes will be raffled off to our guests during dinner. Thank you for your continued support. We appreciate your generosity and willingness to assist in the success of this event.


Lara Al-Ali
Chamber President

Company’s Name: _________________________________________________________

Sponsorship Opportunities

Signage provided and displayed prominently identifying you as the business sponsor to all golfers. It’s a great way to promote your business. You may have your own personnel on the hole to assist all golfers, please contact the Chamber office for more information.

 Hole Sponsorship ($100)  Refreshment Hole Sponsorship ($300)

 Patio Lunch Sponsorship ($250)  Putting Contest Sponsorship ($250)
 Driving Range Sponsorship ($100)  Dinner Cocktail Sponsorship ($350)

▪ ____ Gold Sponsor $1,000 (Large Sign at Entrance, Banner at registration desk, flyer insert in goodie bag, Logo on golf cart, Arm Length of general raffle tickets)

▪ ____ Silver Sponsor $750 (Banner at Cocktail Hour, Sponsorship Sign, Logo on Beverage cart, Arm Length of general raffle tickets)

▪ ____ Bronze Sponsor $500 (Two hole sponsor signs, Six months of E-blast, Free Ad in Newsletter, Arm Length of general raffle tickets)


The biggest hip-hop music festival of the Midwest is coming to SeatGeek Stadium this upcoming weekend. The 3 day music festival officially begins Friday, June 23rd and will run until Sunday, June 25th. We are expecting over 30,000 guests each day for the Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash 2023! Be aware traffic will be affected in the local area.

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