2022 Member Accolades and News
2022 Member Accolades and News
Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County and ReStore is officially moving into a home of their own: The organization is purchasing the old ValuCheck space, located at 1914 Glenn Park Drive in Champaign. Habitat has been renting both their current space on University Ave in Champaign which houses administrative offices and a retail store and a separate warehouse near downtown Urbana, for storing construction materials. With the ValuCheck building purchase and subsequent renovation, they will be consolidating all operations under one roof. Habitat plans to move operations in September, with a targeted date of October 1st as the “grand re-opening” of the ReStore, Habitat’s home improvement resale shop that raises funds for their local home-building efforts.
Hickory Point Bank announced that Curt Vorachek has been named Senior Wealth Management Advisor. “We are pleased to welcome Curt, a veteran investment management professional who brings a holistic approach to wealth management,” said Anthony G. Nestler, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Curt’s expertise will enhance our value proposition for new and existing clients.” In his new role, Mr. Vorachek will develop asset allocation strategies, manage a variety of portfolios, develop business succession plans and partner with the bank's experts to serve a diverse group of clients.
Fehr Graham, the Illinois chapter of the American Public Works Association recently recognized the state’s top projects, including one that Fehr Graham engineers helped design. The Kickapoo Rail Trail recreational project in Vermilion County took the honor of the top transportation project in the less than $5 million category.
The Kickapoo Rail Trail project repurposed an abandoned 1,300-foot railroad bridge for recreational use near Vermilion County Fairgrounds. Fehr Graham completed topographic surveys and prepared construction plans and bid documents for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). The Kickapoo Trail will be built in phases. When completed, the trail will run from Weaver Park in Urbana to Kickapoo State Park in Danville.
In 2008, Fehr Graham became part of the team which had been working for nearly two decades to make the Kickapoo Trail a reality. We prepared plans and bid documents in early 2019 to prepare for the November 2019 IDOT letting and helped with other phases of the 25-mile project, which was completed last year
Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation (CUSF) will be honoring four teachers in 2022 with the Shining Star Awards. Selected Unit 4 and District 116 teachers are nominated by their peers and have exhibited exemplary service, extra effort, enthusiastic attitude and innovative ideas that noticeably benefit their students. Unit 4 Schools are represented by Jeniece Mitchell, a 6th-grade reading teacher at Franklin STEAM Academy, and Michael Crossin, Unit 4 Young Adult Program special education teacher. Urbana District 116 is represented by Lucy Kebler, a second-grade teacher at Dr. Preston L. Williams Jr. Elementary, and Jody Miller, a kindergarten teacher at Leal Elementary School.
Illinois American Water is celebrating Earth Day by awarding over $14,000 in Environmental Grants for water source protection. Eight innovative community projects will share over $14,000 to help improve, restore or protect watersheds.
According to Justin Ladner, Illinois American Water President, including the 2022 commitment more than $290,000 will have been contributed to 90 projects dedicated to water source protection and environmental projects since 2009 via Illinois American Water’s Environmental Grant Program. “These organizations play an important role in environmental stewardship in our communities every day, not just Earth Day. By providing critical funding and collaboration, we can further support environmental and sustainable partnerships to enhance our watersheds.”
Projects supported by Illinois American Water’s Environmental Grant Program will be completed by Nov. 30, 2022. One of the 2022 Environmental Grant recipients and projects was Urbana Park District.
Urbana Park District will receive a full grant request of $920 to support the Weaver Park Wetland Plant Re-establishment project. The Weaver Park Wetland Plant Re-establishment will support the effects of ATV damage to the wetland system, restore habitat, increase plant diversity and educate community members on the importance of wetlands. Urbana Park District will partner with East Central Illinois Master Naturalists and Grand Prairie Friends Land Trust. Urbana Park District will partner with Illinois American Water on educational signage. Urbana Park District was also a 2021 Environmental Grant recipient.
Heartland Bank and Trust Company announce the promotion of Todd Lindsey, CTP, to Vice President, Manager of Treasury Services. Located at the 1101 West Windsor Road office in Champaign, Lindsey is responsible for overseeing Treasury Management client services and relationship growth throughout the bank’s footprint.
A 1987 Graduate of Eastern Illinois University and with Heartland since 2016, Lindsey earned the Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) designation from the Association of Financial Professionals in 1997 and brings 28 years of banking and financial experience to the bank. Involved in the Champaign-Urbana community, he has been active in booster groups supporting University of Illinois athletics as well as fundraising supporting local non-profits. Originally from Mason City, Illinois, Lindsey makes his home in Urbana, Illinois with his wife Martha Cooper.