Thursday, September 27, 2012
Community members offer their wish list concerning characteristic appeal, eye sores and more in regard to the development of the Route 30 Corridor.
A $60,000 grant from Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning to the Village of New Lenox to plan the overall look of the Route 30 Corridor began last night with a community workshop to air ideas and goals. A wish list was prepared by residents and guided by planner John Houseal, of Chicago-based Houseal and Lavigne Associates. Referred to as the Route 30 Corridor Implementation Plan, Houseal elicited comments from residents in attendance at the workshop held at the Village Hall. The purpose of the meeting was to elicit suggestions and community input for development priorities, including what people might like to see developed along the strip in New Lenox and to identify the problems. Robin Ellis, community development director, along …
Monday, September 10, 2012
ShareFest Job Fair and breakout sessions helped a heft crowd of job seekers.
The ShareFest 2012 Job Fair held Friday at New Lenox Village Hall drew a hefty crowd that was invited to participate in the three-part program designed to land the job. Organized by Nancy Hoehn, village economic development director, and Debbie Smetana, director of human resources for the village, took their job seriously when it came to running a successful job fair. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., job seekers streamed through doors to participate in the three-pronged features of the job fair: Michele Jakubowski, executive coach at Kensington International, an Oak Brook-based talent management corporation, shared the secret of interview preparedness. First and foremost, she told a group of about 20 attendees to keep in mind that the interview is a…
Monday, September 3, 2012
Economic strife stirs creativity and ingenuity.
In Illinois the unemployment rate remains persistently high. Figures for July 2012 revealed an 8.9 percent rate, which is 0.6 percent higher than the national average, according to the Illinois Unemployment Department of Numbers. Despite slow growth of traditional jobs, people are overcoming these obstacles through creative and intuitive endeavors. Take, for instance, New Lenox's Patrick Kukosh, a 42-year-old union painter who has been out of a laborer's job for two years. His wife, Kristy, is a pediatrics nurse at the University of Chicago Hospital; the couple has a home and three children to raise. The house is neither big nor new. It's an average three-bedroom frame home. He built the second-floor addition himself in 2005. He added …
Help in achieving gainful employment is part of effective outreach on behalf of the community.
Among many programs related to the community-wide ShareFest 2012 event is the Job Fair. As part of the 11 days of giving, which officially kicked-off Sept. 1 with a clothing and food drive along with a food collection campaign, the Job Fair is intended to assist people in finding employment. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at Village Hall, 20-plus employers have signed on to interview candidates. Along with candidate interviews, Nancy Hoehn, village economic development director, has arranged for workshops to address interviewing techniques and preparedness along with one-on-one resume review sessions. The on-site seminars are: Along with the job search preparedness seminars are on-site resume review session led by human resources …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
A crowd of about 500 came to the New Lenox event, which featured a movie, drinks and vendors.
The first annual Ladies Night Out at the Commons drew a crowd of about 500 women on Aug. 22. In the two hours before the movie, I Don't Know How She Does It, mothers, daughters, grandmothers and friends came out in droves to chat, eat and sip wine, laugh and even dance a bit to the all-girl theme music that spilled out of the on-stage speakers. Even Mother Nature seemed to get in the spirit of the combination craft fair-party atmosphere by providing a perfect 73 degrees. About 30 vendors set up tables beneath the stage and around the perimeter of the Common selling everything from home-made jewelry to martini mix and from specialty foods to stemware. Village trustee Annette Bowden and economic development director Nancy Hoehn thanked …
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Southwest suburban New Lenox weathers recession and comes up strong.
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Sunday, August 5, 2012
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Hard work and conservative spending established stability, according to village officials, and businesses and new developments are on an uptick in New Lenox.
Crain's Business News announced last week that New Lenox was among the top 10 municipalities with the least amount of foreclosures in the Chicago region. New Lenox was tied with Naperville and Highland Park in achieving a foreclosure rate of a mere 2.5 percent per every 1,000 mortgageable properties. The communities with the most foreclosures in the Chicago region included Dolton, Bellwood and Round Lake Beach. Read the whole story in Crain's Business News. Read below for the top 10 communities with the lowest foreclosure rates in Chicago. Last week at the New Lenox Village Board meeting, Mayor Tim Baldermann lauded the fact that New Lenox was on par with communities such as Wilmette and Lake Forest. In a later interview with New Lenox …