Huntley Illinois
Economic Development




Safest Places in Illinois 2015

ValuePenguin (ValuePenguin)

When deciding where to live, safety is a top priority. ValuePenguin has analyzed the most recent FBI Crime Report to determine the safety of Illinois communities. Huntley ranks third among the top 10 safest communities with populations between 15,000 to 30,000.


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 in Illinois for Young Families - 2013

NerdWallet (NerdWallet)

Recognized Huntley as one of the top five suburban Chicago communities for young families based on the quality of schools, affordability and the presence of a thriving and prosperous community.


Model Program, Policy and Procedure (MP3) Environmental Award - 2013

McHenry County Council of Governments (MCCG)

Awarded for the I-90/Route 47 Green Interchange Program in recognition of the environmental design features associated with the new interchange.

Council - Manager Recognition - 2012

International City/County Management Association (ICMA)

Acknowledgment by the membership and the ICMA Executive Board that the Village of Huntley has established a position of professional management for its appointed executive which is recognized for its achievements.


Model Program, Policy and Procedure (MP3) Innovation Award - 2012

McHenry County Council of Governments (MCCG)

Awarded for the Village's re-purposing of the former Village Hall facility in dowtown Huntley to provide office space for the Huntley Area Chamber of Commerce.




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. Website/Online Marketing Program - 2013

Mid-America Economic Development Council (MAEDC)

Awarded to the top three economic development agencies which demonstrate excellence in their website or online marketing programs.  MAEDC sponsors its annual Economic Development Awards competition to recognize and stimulate the creative use of quality marketing by economic development organizations throughout the ten-state Mid-America region in promoting their respective communities.




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.  One of just 27 communities in the State of Illinois (under 25,000 population) recognized for excellence in financial reporting and budgeting.


S&P AA+ Rating - April 2014

Standard & Poors

The internationally known rating agency upgraded Huntley's long term indebtedness to AA+ from the previous AA level. S&P comments included "We consider Huntley's economy strong....", and "...the Village's budgetary flexibility is very strong..."


Highest Standard of Compliance - Annually since 2003

Illinois Department of Public Health

Awarded for the Village’s continued maintenance of the Illinois Fluoridation Act.


Certificate of Recognition for Participation and Compliance - Annually since 2002

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA)

Discharge Monitoring Report Quality Assurance Study Program.


Model Program, Policy or Procedure (MP3) Environmental Award - 2011

McHenry County Council of Governments (MCCG)

Awarded for the Village’s Green Infrastructure Program Wastewater Effluent Re-Use


Operator of the Year Award recipient Brian Baumann - 2011

Fox Valley Operators Association


Treatment Plant Operators Magazine - April, 2011 (TPO)

West Wastewater Treatment Plant featured for Recycle, Re-Use of Effluent Design




Model Program, Policy and Procedure (MP3) Health & Safety Award - 2013

McHenry County Council of Governments (MCCG)

Awarded for the Employee Wellness Program, a broad-based employee fitness program which successfully meets the needs of the organization in a cost effective way with measurable outcomes.


Small Business Worksite Wellness - 2012

United Healthcare

Awarded to ten organizations which demonstrate an exceptional commitment to helping their employees improve their health and well-being through worksite wellness programs.




Model Program, Policy and Procedure (MP3) Health & Safety Award - 2014

McHenry County Council of Governments (MCCG)

Awarded for L.E.A.D. the Way (Learning Effective & Assertive Decision-making) program developed in-house to replace DARE program for 5th graders

Certificate of Reaccreditation - 2013

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)

Awarded to the Village of Huntley in recognition of the Department’s continued maintenance of CALEA standards.


Officer of the Year Award - 2012

McHenry County Chiefs of Police Association

Detective Joe Willard of the Huntley Police Department was presented the Officer of the Year award for 2012.


Certificate of Accreditation - 2010

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)

Awarded to the Village of Huntley 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. Only one of six communities in Illinois with both police and fire services nationally accredited – Huntley, Glencoe, Highland Park, Mokena, Naperville and Wilmette.




Certificate of Accreditation - Annually since - 2009

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.




"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.

“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.


Confucius Classroom Award - 2012

Asia Society (Asia Society)

Asia Society named School District 158 as one of only two Illinois school districts providing exemplary Chinese language programs. District 158 has not only demonstrated effective Chinese language instruction, but also strong local leadership and support, and demonstrated commitment to international exchange and collaboration. As a Confucius Classroom Award recipient, District 158 acts as a resource center for other schools in the region.  Each Confucius Classroom is linked with a partner school in China to enhance opportunities for language learning and to provide students, teachers, and administrators with opportunities to conduct exchanges and joint projects.


Pacemaker Award - 2012

National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA)

Huntley High School’s "The Voice", in its first year on online, was awarded the National Scholastic Press Association’s Pacemaker award. The award, unofficially known as “the Pulitzer Prize of high school journalism,” is the highest award in the country for setting the pace in the high school journalism world.


Academic Excellence Awards - 2011

Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)

Conley Elementary School, Heineman Middle School, and Marlowe Middle School received Academic Excellence Awards from the State Board of Education.


Red Quill Award-ACT's College/Career Readiness System - 2009 - 2010

ACT College Testing (ACT)

Huntley High School was one of only four Illinois high schools selected as a recipient of the distinguished Red Quill Award for 2009-2010 by ACT’s Midwest Regional Office. 




Distinguished Parks & Recreation Agency - 2012

Illinois Association of Park Districts and the Illinois Park & Recreation Association

Recognized for programs and activities associated with a Distinguished Parks and Recreation Agency.


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Where is Huntley?

Strategically located at I-90 and Rt. 47. Only 30 miles from O'Hare Airport and Rockford-Chicago Airport.

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