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Getting to Know Linda Iovino

Monday, December 13, 2010

Photo and Story By James Paradiso

She's not a Regional Manager, District Manager or Store Manager.

Like the mother at the head of the table in Norman Rockwell's 1943 painting, "Thanksgiving Dinner," ready to serve her family and close friends, Linda Iovino is a service clerk and beauty advisor, ready to serve and advise her customers at Walgreens.

Four nights a week, 4:30 pm to 11:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturdays, Linda faithfully performs a valuable and valued service at 632 Roger Williams Avenue in Ravinia's business district.

"What I love about my job," she says, "is talking with people and finding out how they're doing. I like to make people feel good, get a good laugh out of them and make their day better."

"I started with Walgreens as a second job, when I was Parish Manager at Immaculate Conception, which was stressful. I thought I needed an outlet. I applied online with Walgreens, and first started working in Lake Forest and then in Ravinia."

Not only does Linda work at Walgreens, she is also a school crossing guard for the City of Highland Park for District 112's Braeside School. "Other jobs I've had include administrative sales with the Town of Fort Sheridan and secretary in District 112's Elm Place School and Edgewood Junior High," she said.

The most frequent question customers ask her, Linda recalls, is where the nearest gas station is. "They also ask for the location of specific products. At night we do facing, pulling everything forward on the shelves, so I know where most items are, and I shop there myself," she adds. "I was a Walgreens' customer before I started working here. I've always loved Walgreens."

"The most misunderstood part about my job is I don't work only as a cashier. In addition, I stock shelves, create displays for cosmetic promotions, answer phones and assist customers with all their requests."

What some of Linda's customers might not know about her is that she has lived in Highland Park most of her life, graduated form Highland Park High School, plays the accordion and remembers when Steppenwolf Theatre started in the basement of Immaculate Conception's school.

Harry Porterfield interviewed Linda's father in 1995 for a segment of his "Someone You Should Know" series on WLS-Ch. 7. "My Dad was a WW II 4th Marine veteran and survivor of the Bataan Death March," she said. "There was a 1945 movie made by RKO called 'Back to Bataan' with John Wayne and Anthony Quinn. At the end of the movie, they featured some of the actual survivors of the death march who made it home including my Dad. My Dad actually has an autographed picture signed by Anthony Quinn, 'To Sergeant Neil P. Iovino, my press agent and my buddy. ' "

"Thanks to people like Linda," said Eve Tarm, VP of the Ravinia Neighbors Association and Chair of its Business District Committee, "our Walgreens in Ravinia feels like a good old neighborhood store. She is part of our neighborhood, someone who always brings a smile on your face."

Lifelong Highland Parker, accordion player, service clerk and beauty advisor, who always brings a smile to your face: All in all, Linda Iovino is someone special you should know.