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South Holland earns accolades for its community spirit

2013-04-22T00:00:00Z South Holland earns accolades for its community spiritMary Ann Thornton Times Columnist nwitimes.com
April 22, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Leading a community with integrity and moral purpose advances the mission and vision of a community.

South Holland has seen tremendous growth and success as a result of exceptional leadership and high standards. During a time when South Holland endured a rapid demographic shift, the leadership of the village did not respond negatively to the change. Instead, they led a charge to embrace change and to appreciate the value and the good of a diverse community.

Their passion for inclusiveness and unity earned a special recognition in 2008, the William Dodd Healing Racism/Chicago Award for endless service to facilitate inclusion and reconciliation of diverse populations, and for service to foster cultural and racial harmony and to eradicate discrimination and racism.

South Holland has made great strides in advancing its mission as a model community. Village leadership has an enormous spirit and vision to further develop South Holland as a community full of choice, opportunity and variety, and over the years, administration has worked tirelessly to bring this vision to fruition.

South Holland is the lead supporter and advocate for the Metra Southeast Service line that will travel from LaSalle Street in Chicago to Balmoral Park in Crete. The village will be among several south suburban communities along this new service line. As the community plans for this exciting initiative to take shape, the Village Board and administration have purchased residential and commercial properties in the area that would serve as the destination of a new Metra station and parking facility.

South Holland is a fiscally sound community that operates on a balanced budget. In 2012, the village’s bond rating was increased to Aa3 by Moody’s Investors Service. This is an exceptional achievement earned through great leadership and fiscal management.

South Holland has earned many commendations for its contributions to advancing the mission of its community and the region. In 2001, South Holland earned the Outstanding Municipality Award presented by the Chicago Southland Alliance during its annual Alliance Day. In 2007, the village was named one of the “Most Livable Communities” by Forbes.com, and in 2011 Family Time Magazine named South Holland’s Veterans Memorial Park one of the 10 best parks and playgrounds within northeastern Illinois.

Other commendations have included an Award of Excellence, South/Southwest Association of Realtors (1999); Community Leadership Award, Christ Community Church COGIC (2004); Appreciation Awards, Calvary Reformed Church and the South Holland Ministerial Association (2005); Municipal Leader of the Year, Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau (2009); Outstanding Achievement Award, Diversity Inc. (2011); Star Award, Seton Academy (2012); and the Ed Van Kley Star Award for Community Excellence, Thornton Township High School District 205 Academic Achievement Foundation (2012).

The opinions are solely those of the writer. Mary Ann Thornton is communications manager for the village of South Holland. She can be reached at mat39@comcast.net.

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