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May - June 2015

From the Desk of President Argiris

As the busy summer months approach, the Village too is becoming even more busy and active. I have been meeting with several legislators, including Congressman Bob Dold and State Representative Carol Sente among others, to discuss topics important to Wheeling. Keeping these lines of communication
open is key to the continued progress  of  our Village.  Communication and cooperation also continues with the Wheeling Park District as we formulate a plan  for moving  the Senior Center  into  the Park District’s Community Recreation Center, in conjunction with future expansion of that facility. We held a productive joint meeting in April, and anticipate more public discussions in May and June. I eagerly await a final conclusion on getting our seniors the high-quality facility they deserve.
 
On April 7 we had an election for three Trustee positions. Many congratulations to incumbent Trustees Ray Lang and Dave Vogel on their re-elections! Both campaigned hard to continue representing the residents of  Wheeling.  The outcome of the race for
the third Trustee seat remains contested, with candidates Mary Papantos and Joe Vito separated by a small number  of  votes.   As we  eagerly  await  the  final  determination,  both  deserve  praise  for  their  respectful  campaigns  and  enthusiasm  for  serving our  community. As  I  stated  in  a  recent  letter  to  the Daily Herald,  I believe our Board  is now  as  productive, creative, and responsible as it has ever been. I look forward to continuing the hard work we’ve begun to bring about major capital improvements, promote new development, take an active regional leadership role, and make policies that will keep Wheeling on a long-term path of prosperity. 

In March, I traveled to Springfield with 25 Northwest Municipal Conference (NWMC) members  for  the  conference’s  annual  Legislative  Days.  The members and I met with Governor Rauner and many legislative leaders from the House and Senate to discuss the governor’s proposed budget and how it would affect local governments. As you may have read in your local papers, Governor Rauner is proposing a cut to the Local Government Distributive Fund in order to help balance Illinois’s budget. This would have a direct impact on local governments like Wheeling. Municipal leaders, including myself, continue to urge lawmakers to avoid using local revenue to fill state budget gaps.
 
Recently, acting in my capacity as chairman of the NWMC’s Transportation Committee, I had the opportunity to take part in the Stand Up For Transportation press conference in Union Station’s Great Hall to raise awareness about the need for consistent, long-term federal funding for the nation’s transportation systems.  I was joined by members of the Illinois Congressional delegation, including Senator Dick Durbin and Representatives Bob Dold, Mike Quigley, Bill Foster, and Dan Lipinski, as well as representatives from the CTA, Pace, Metra, and Amtrak.  The initiative is meant to ensure a revenue source and campaign for an expansion of mass transit. For Wheeling, this will mean specific effort in pushing for expanded Metra rail service. This is even more important for our community as we continue to develop our town center adjacent to the Metra station. For more information, visit http://standup4transportation.org/.
 
Construction season is now upon us, as is evidenced by projects such as the Hintz Road repairs currently underway and major progress on our town center area. Development of the Northgate Crossings apartments on Northgate Parkway (see picture above) is proceeding, with the clubhouse and first units likely to be available by late 2015, and the total project anticipated to be completed as early as fall 2016. The Wheeling Town Center project (former Wickes Furniture site) has begun the Village’s Planned Unit Development process with the Plan Commission, and groundbreaking is anticipated this year. On April 1 the LaSalle Group broke ground on the Whitley of Wheeling, an assisted living and memory-support facility at 60–156 West Dundee Road, east of the Post Office. The project is expected to open in the fall of 2016.
 
Seeing the continued teamwork of the Village Board and staff as these projects come to fruition makes me as proud as ever to be President of  this great Village.  I hope you can feel the excitement  in  the air as we embark upon  the  journey of creating the best future for the Village of Wheeling that we can!

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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