To the Editor:
The Village of Huntley has a lot to be proud of. Since I was first elected Mayor in 2001, I’ve seen first-hand that our “Friendly Village with Country Charm” has always benefited from our ideal location in suburban Chicago’s “Golden Corridor,” at the crossroads of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) and Route 47.
We’re now one of the fastest growing communities in Illinois, and our economy is following suit due in large part to the collaborative effort between the Illinois Tollway and our Village to create direct access between these two critical crossroads. This was no small task, and the Village is thankful for the increased economic access that has resulted from our strong partnership with the Illinois Tollway.
Since the opening of the new I-90/Route 47 interchange, economic interest in our area has blossomed. Most notably, Weber Grill just created over 500 local jobs by opening a new global distribution center and is investing over $25 million in a new facility. Weber cited the interchange and subsequent access as one of their primary decision points, while calling Huntley “One of the most highly sought locations for business.”
Weber isn’t the only business to factor in the improved transportation access to their decisions. From the new 128-bed Centegra Hospital, employing nearly 1,000 health care professionals, to a potential new microbrewery near our town center, Huntley is poised to reap economic benefits that only direct access to a world-class transportation network can help deliver.
Since the completion of the interchange at I-90, Huntley has already created nearly 2,200 new jobs. More companies, large and small, deciding to call Huntley home means more good-paying jobs for our residents, more revenues for our local businesses and more resources to invest in our quality of life, thus making Huntley an even better place to live and work.
Our partnership with the Illinois Tollway on creating this access point to their system will be paying dividends for years to come. The Illinois Tollway prides itself on collaborating with local communities to drive economic development. As far as the Village of Huntley is concerned, they have delivered on that promise.
Mayor Charles Sass