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Homewood’s Vern Smith edits crime fiction anthology, Winfry begins NACo presidency, and more – Chicago Tribune

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Homewood’s Vern Smith edits crime fiction anthology, Winfry begins NACo presidency, and more – Chicago Tribune

Vern Smith, a writer based in Homewood, has put together a collection of short stories that run the gamut of crime fiction.

From hard-boiled to humorous to gritty noir to straight-up mystery, “Jacked: A Crime Fiction Anthology” includes offerings from heavy hitters like Matt Witten, Andrew Miller, Meagan Lucas, Eric Beetner and Allison Whittenberg, and equally impressive contributions from relative newcomers to crime fiction, such as Paul Alexander, Zephaniah Sole, Christine Boyer and Meredith Craig.

Will County Board Member Denise Winfrey was sworn in as president of the National Association of Counties July 24 at the conclusion of NACo’s 87th Annual Conference in Colorado.

“I am honored to lead the National Association of Counties as we pursue opportunities to strengthen our communities for the future,” Winfrey said. “Counties have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in addressing the challenges we have faced in recent years — and continue to face today. I look forward to delivering tools and resources that will help all our counties and residents rise to new heights.”

Active in NACo for many years, Winfrey has served on NACo’s Large Urban County Caucus; Healthy Counties Advisory Board; Community, Economic and Workforce Development Policy Steering Committee; International Economic Development Task Force; Resilient Counties Advisory Board; and Membership Standing Committee. She is a member of the Women of NACo and the National Organization of Black County Officials. She is also a graduate of NACo’s High Performance Leadership Academy.

She has been a member of the Will County board since 2009.

University of Alabama student Tinley Park’s Alexander Witkowski, a student at the University of Alabama, is participating in the university’s cooperative education program during the summer 2022 semester.

He is working for Michelin North America.

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