SOUTH HOLLAND | The Village Board hired a prominent lobbying firm to help the village get more state funding for infrastructure improvements.
The board voted 6-0 Tuesday to hire the Chicago-based firm of Alfred G. Ronan Ltd. The village will pay Ronan’s firm $5,000 per month. The contract took effect this week and runs through May, with options to renew.
Village Administrator Jason Huisman said Ronan’s firm will help South Holland get more money for road repair and other infrastructure projects. It will help the village gain money in future state construction projects and also in getting funds that have already been approved by the General Assembly but have not been released, he said.
Huisman also said Ronan’s firm could help the village with its continuing economic development efforts. Ronan, "could advise us on how we should go about bringing businesses to South Holland," he said.
Huisman cited the loss of automobile dealerships in recent years along 162nd Street which still sit empty.
"He can help us to figure out how to fill those spots that used to be car dealerships," Huisman said.
Ronan is a former Illinois House member from Chicago’s Northwest Side who became a lobbyist after losing a re-election bid in 1992. Since then, he has become one of the most prominent lobbyists dealing with Illinois state government.
His client base includes about a dozen municipal governments, including Lansing. The Village Board there recently hired Ronan’s firm to help with future development of the Lansing Municipal Airport and to help gain more funding for infrastructure repairs.
Lansing will pay Ronan’s firm the same fee as South Holland, along with reimbursement for expenses incurred.