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July - Aug 2016
From the Desk of President Argiris
Another fabulous summer has finally arrived in Wheeling, and with it comes the return of Rock ’n’ Run the Runway! For the second year in a row, the Village will partner with the City of Prospect Heights and Chicago Executive Airport to present this popular family celebration. The festivities will kick off with a morning 5K run/walk, followed by an evening of live music and fireworks, all in the unique setting of the third-busiest airport in Chicagoland. Last year’s inaugural event drew an estimated 5,000 people, and this year several new and expanded features will give returning attendees a chance to make discoveries while enjoying old favorites. We look forward to seeing you there on July 3!
As the school year comes to an end, I’m pleased to announce that the Village and our friends at Community Consolidated School District 21 have reached an agreement to maintain crossing guard service in order to protect students at busy intersections throughout Wheeling. I offer my thanks to School Board President Bill Harrison and the District 21 staff for being forthright, cooperative, and creative during our discussions, and I’m satisfied that we’ve arrived at an innovative solution that will be administratively efficient and cost-effective while providing Wheeling children with the same peace of mind that they and their families are accustomed to. I look forward to continuing this cooperation with District 21 in other areas of mutual concern as we address the needs of the residents we jointly serve.
That’s not the only innovation we’ve made in recent weeks to better serve our residents. For over 35 years the Village has had a Senior Citizens Commission that advocates on behalf of Wheeling’s aging population; for nearly as long the Pavilion Senior Center has had an Advisory Council that has helped guide the operations of that facility. Although the two bodies have had different missions, they’ve overlapped considerably, and they’re drawn from the same pool of dedicated and energetic volunteers. Now, thanks to an ordinance passed by the Board of Trustees, both have been merged into a single commission that will take a coordinated approach to the challenges and opportunities of our senior population, both at the Senior Center and throughout the community. We greatly value the hard work and good judgment of these exemplary citizens, whose contributions to Wheeling extend far beyond their service on senior issues.
This summer brings the anniversary of the Wheeling-based Korean Cultural Center of Chicago, and I’d like to congratulate them on five successful years in our community. The Village continues to enjoy a productive partnership with the Cultural Center, and we’re fortunate to have it as an educational, cultural, and business resource.
Finally, it wouldn’t be summer without a reminder that it’s also
construction season, in both the public and the private sectors. The
intersection improvements along Dundee Road are now underway, and their
impacts on east–west travel will increase as these projects move ahead.
This temporary inconvenience is a sign of all the progress we see taking
shape around us, as we work with state and regional agencies to prepare
for development that continues to flourish throughout the Village. The
most visible current example of this success is the Northgate Crossing
apartment complex, where three of the nine planned buildings are
complete and in various stages of occupancy by new Wheeling residents.
Northgate Crossing and Wheeling Town Center together will add nearly 600
new luxury apartment units in close proximity to the Metra station.
Additionally, the Board recently approved an expansion to the Northgate
Crossing development to include 12 new townhomes across Northgate
Parkway from the apartments. This expansion is a testament to the
attractiveness of Wheeling, and I am happy to be welcoming these new
residents into our community! I look forward to sharing more
information with you in our next newsletter about economic development
It’s going to be a productive season in Wheeling, and as always, it will also be an outstanding opportunity to enjoy the warm weather, to spend precious time with our families, and to gather with our friends and neighbors, because it’s these sorts of fellowship—even more than concrete and steel—that build great communities. On behalf of the Board of Trustees and everyone at the Village, please accept my best wishes for a safe and happy summer!