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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
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
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
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!