Awards

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Awards

Police, Fire and Parks - Accreditated Agencies
Huntley Police Department's Certificate of Reaccreditation - 2016
The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) awarded a Certificate of Reaccreditation to the Village of Huntley in recognition of the Department’s continued maintenance of CALEA standards. Awarded to the Village initially in 2010 for meeting all standards deemed essential to the protection of the life, health, safety and rights of citizens and exemplified the best practices in the field.  Huntley is one of six communities in Illinois with both police and fire services nationally accredited – Huntley, Glencoe, Highland Park, Mokena, Naperville and Wilmette.

Huntley Fire Protection District
The Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) Fire Service accreditation requires an embedded culture of quality throughout the organization.  Accreditation necessitates the development and maintenance of several key documents including a Strategic Plan, Self-Assessment Manual (SAM), and a Standards of Cover (SOC) deployment analysis.  The Huntley Fire Protection District is one of only 13 accredited fire departments in Illinois, and 144 accredited fire departments in the United States.

Huntley Park District Distinguished Parks & Recreation Agency  2013 - 2018 
Illinois Association of Park Districts and the Illinois Park & Recreation Association recognized the Huntley Park District for programs and activities associated with a Distinguished Parks and Recreation Agency.

Individual Awards & Recognition
Project to the Year Award 2017
The Village of Huntley was awarded the Project of the Year award for historical restoration/preservation (under $5 million category) from the American Public Works Association’s Fox Valley Branch. The recognition was for the work done on the historic Hackett House, located at the southeast corner of Route 47 and Main Street. The village purchased the 2,600-square-foot house in 2013 as part of its downtown revitalization project.

Safest Cities in Illinois - 2017
Safewise Report  Safewise
Huntley was ranked the 46th safest community in Illinois.  When deciding where to live, safety is a top priority. To identify the safest cities in Illinois, Safewise reviewed the 2015 FBI Crime Report statistics and population data. They eliminated all cities with fewer than 5,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

Best Cities for Global Trade - 2014
Global Trade Magazine 
Each year, Global Trade Magazine awards cities throughout the United States for their global trade activities. The “Best Cities for GlobalTrade” report offers 10 needs-oriented and relevant categories and looks at 10 cities in each.

Green & Clean Huntley Day 2014
Governor's Hometown Award 2014 (State of Illinois)
More than 40 tons of recyclables were collected while residents learned about sustaining the environment. Awards are presented to recognize volunteers across the state for their work in improving their communities.  Applications are based on a variety of factors, including local need, volunteer participation, use of resources and results achieved.  The project categories include services and mentorship, beautification and sustainability, parks and recreation, memorials and monuments and history and historic preservation. 

Best Places in Illinois for Home Ownership - 2014
NerdWallet (NerdWallet)
Recognized Huntley as the #1 Illinois community for home ownership based on home availability, affordability, growth, low crime, and the presence of a thriving and prosperous community.

Best Cities for Global Trade - 2014
Global Trade Magazine  Each year, Global Trade Magazine awards cities throughout the United States for their global trade activities. The “Best Cities for GlobalTrade” report offers 10 needs-oriented and relevant categories and looks at 10 cities in each.

Huntley School District 158  "Outstanding Early Career Educator" - 2015 - 2016
Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Chris Bessey, a fifth-grade teacher at Leggee Elementary School, was named by the Illinois State Board of Education as the Outstanding Early Career Educator for 2015-2016.  The award goes annually to one teacher in the first five years of his or her career who has demonstrated excellence and an outstanding level of commitment to the teaching profession.

Huntley School District 158 “Educator of the Year” Award - 2014
Illinois Computing Educators (Iceberg)
Marisa Burkhart, Director of Educational Technology for School District 158, was awarded Educator of the Year.  Ms. Burkhardt coordinated creation of the district’s online instruction/learning program at Huntley High School and implemented one-to-one learning with tablets for students in some elementary and middle schools.  Educators are nominated by colleagues, teachers, students and school administrators for outstanding contributions to the integration of technology and the improvement of teaching and learning in their school or district.

AP District Honor Roll -  2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
College Board (College Board)
School District 158 was one of only 425 school districts in the US and Canada honored with placement on the 2015 “AP District Honor Roll”.  This award is provided to districts which increase access to advance placement (AP) course work while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams.  Inclusion on the 6th annual AP District Honor Roll is based on examination of three years of AP data.  District 158 offers 23 different AP courses.

Annual Achievements
Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting - Annually Since 2002
Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)
Awarded to state and local governments which go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles to prepare comprehensive annual financial reports that evidence the spirit of transparency and full disclosure.

Distinguished Budget Presentation Award - Annually Since 2004
Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)
Awarded to state and local governments which prepare budget documents of the very highest quality that reflect both the guidelines established by the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting and the GFOA’s best practices on budgeting.