Noel B. Cummings
1976 — to present
President Cummings joined with the Village of McCook and created the McCook-Hodgkins Enterprise Zone in 1985. The Enterprise Zone grants certain incentives to businesses either expanding within the Zone or locating within its limits. The Zone has attracted, among others, the United Parcel Service Consolidation Hub, Cummins Northern Illinois, J. Sterling, Petro-Vend, and Continental Bakeries.
In 1988 negotiations began with the United Parcel Service which resulted in the annexation of approximately 250 acres into the Village directly to its West.
In 1989, UPS purchased the real estate that was formerly the abandoned Fisher Body division of General Motors, but not before reaching an agreement with the Village which included many benefits to the Village.By the time UPS’ Consolidation Hub becomes operational, it will have invested approximately $279,110,000 in the Village, and bring approximately 2,100 jobs to the area during its first year of operation. Ancillary to the UPS facility, President Cummings applied for and received grants to construct an on-off ramp at I-294 and 75th Street. This was done to alleviate truck traffic through the Village. He also connected Santa Fe Drive with 75th Street to allow easy access to I-294 for Village residents.
The Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company constructed a new intermodal facility to service the United States Parcel Service Consolidation Hub.
In 1986, the Village created a Tax Increment Finance District for the Northwest territory of the Village. President Cummings felt that the blighted truck terminals were unsightly and non-revenue producing. By selling bonds, the Village was able to assist in the construction of the Quarry Shopping Center.
In 1992, the first anchor retailers opened to the public. They were Sam’s Warehouse, Walmart, Kohl’s, Office Max, and Fashion Bug. The Quarry has been expanding nicely with the addition of Target, Applebee’s Ultra 3 and Pep Boyd along with a myriad of smaller retailers.
In 1992, Celozzi-Ettleson Cadillac began selling upscale automobiles to the general public. In the Fall of 1995, the Village welcomed Continental Chevrolet which is expected to greatly increase sales tax revenues, create more jobs and increase the equalized assessed valuation of the Redevelopment Project Area.
The Republic Bank opened their new building in the Spring of 1996. 600 new jobs resulted from the construction of the Quarry and the assessed valuation of the property increased from $10, 813, 145 to almost $40 million dollars!
Renovation of the historic, Old Fire Station is complete. In January of 1995 the Village Board of Trustees began holding monthly activities.
Continued upgrade of the Public Works Department providing the highest degree of service to our residents and businesses.