New Lenox economic development direct...

New Lenox economic development director praised

There are 16 comments on the The Herald-News story from Mar 28, 2012, titled New Lenox economic development director praised. In it, The Herald-News reports that:

Economic Development Director Nancy Hoehn received kudos at the board meeting Monday from Mayor Tim Baldermann and trustees for her work in bringing a Portillo's to the village.

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James

Broadview, IL

#1 Mar 28, 2012
Ill take the under on 8 million a year, not enough people out here for those kind of numbers. Mcdonalds on rt 30 does 4 mill a year, and there open 24 hours...I can see 4 million a year, villiage better bugdet for half those numbers.. 10 dollar beef sand, fries and a coke 15.00 bucks, dont think the people in this community will pay for that for very long.. Portillos is a good franchise, wish them luck. Maybe the mayor will have portillios cater for his concerts next year
Jim

Broadview, IL

#2 Mar 28, 2012
The Mayor and Economic Developer are not very smart people! You can tell he is a cop and not a buisness man. Chili's over there is one of the lowest grossing chili's in the state averageing 30,000 a week, Little Joe's, Williamsons, Papa Joe's, Charley Horse, Primetime,Ajs, Chicago Dough, all give things away at half price to entice customers to come into there buisnesses all week long. Maybe if economic developer traveled around this poorly developed town and put an under pass or over pass on cedar and 30 to connect developed rt 30 to the sivler cross area, so you dont get stopped at the train twice an hour every hour from 8am to 11pm. God for bid an ambulance has to get from concert area to hospital, gotta take cougar to get and hopefully avoid the train. Your talking mins here, could possiably save a life.. Thought that what being a public offical was about. Being "for the people" Not recruiting opening other buisnesses in a terriable ecomony. The Mayor can praise all he wants, however lowing property taxes,working with banks to build homes in his comunity and offering incentives to people to buy out here. That should be his objective. Not beef sandwiches and hotdogs.. Good for portillo's hope they do well, will be busy for a week then the craze will pass. Just like culvers and white castle. Great New Lenox wants to be like shorewood! how about the top 100 places to live like Naperville or Orland.
how about

River Grove, IL

#3 Mar 28, 2012
I think New Lenox has enough fast food and chain restaurants. How about something a bit more upscale? When looking for a place to enjoy a really good meal for a special occasion or just because, we have to go outside New Lenox to find a place. I know the economy is bad but people still like to splurge once in a while, I would rather have one really great meal than eat multiple times at Chili's or Williamsons.

Also is the only type of development this person can generate food related?
bad eats

Bolingbrook, IL

#4 Mar 28, 2012
For special occasions we go out of town - there's nothing nice here. R30 is too much of a hassle trying to get fast food. I think the only area of hope for a nice restaurant would be Laraway Rd, but I won't hold my breath given our current board members and mayor.

R30 is mirroring R59 - something the administrator and economic director are very familiar with.
First Hand News

Bolingbrook, IL

#5 Mar 28, 2012
I agree that we need to get a nice fine dining restaurant here. But I love the idea of Portillo's. It won't serve just New Lenox though. That's the beauty of it. Bring in outside of New Lenox to shop or eat in New Lenox. It takes more than just the town people to make things successful. And obviously "JIM" doesn't have a clue the cost in an over or underpass the the "residents" would have to pay for. Nor does "Jim" state that the lowest portion of his tax bill if he is a village resident is the village portion because they rebated 40% of it. So I say Love Portillos and let's keep pushing for a fine dining establishment as well. Would be great.
jack

Naperville, IL

#6 Mar 28, 2012
First Hand News wrote:
I agree that we need to get a nice fine dining restaurant here. But I love the idea of Portillo's. It won't serve just New Lenox though. That's the beauty of it. Bring in outside of New Lenox to shop or eat in New Lenox. It takes more than just the town people to make things successful. And obviously "JIM" doesn't have a clue the cost in an over or underpass the the "residents" would have to pay for. Nor does "Jim" state that the lowest portion of his tax bill if he is a village resident is the village portion because they rebated 40% of it. So I say Love Portillos and let's keep pushing for a fine dining establishment as well. Would be great.
Thats great, but don't we already have a Portillos? Oh wait thats AJ's or no, Pops, woops my bad! Portillo's uses pink slime in their burgers, so be ware!
Jim

Broadview, IL

#7 Mar 28, 2012
Article says 8 million a year in sales, thats 22,600 a day in food. Say there average check is 15 bucks which is probably about right, thats 1500 customers a day, I wonder with no office building, no industrial, no population to the north of them and east towards frankfort, which they will have to draw from lagrange road which is pretty far. Theyll do 50 to 60 grand a week if there lucky..just dont see it happening. Nice praise like we are getting the chicago bears to relocate to new lenox in all the empty farm land...nice score, front page news!!
Jim

Broadview, IL

#8 Mar 28, 2012
First Hand News wrote:
I agree that we need to get a nice fine dining restaurant here. But I love the idea of Portillo's. It won't serve just New Lenox though. That's the beauty of it. Bring in outside of New Lenox to shop or eat in New Lenox. It takes more than just the town people to make things successful. And obviously "JIM" doesn't have a clue the cost in an over or underpass the the "residents" would have to pay for. Nor does "Jim" state that the lowest portion of his tax bill if he is a village resident is the village portion because they rebated 40% of it. So I say Love Portillos and let's keep pushing for a fine dining establishment as well. Would be great.
One last thing, this town should be about infastructure, you got that. U got big biz..You have 2 sides of a town right now, that arent excessable. Get a grant from the state? I dont own a house in new lenox I own commerical real estate, I dont get a kickback on what pay for property taxes. Ask the mayor about the underpass in chicago ridge they put in on 111th just pass central. Youd have to wait a half hour for the train to pass everyday. Like u have to wait now with the big frieghters that come through at 830 at night in new lenox. But wait this economic devleoper lives in texas and doesnt have to put up with this..what a croc. Wine and dine dick portillo. Nice job elected officals
Really

Frankfort, IL

#9 Mar 28, 2012
Jim wrote:
The Mayor and Economic Developer are not very smart people! You can tell he is a cop and not a buisness man. Chili's over there is one of the lowest grossing chili's in the state averageing 30,000 a week, Little Joe's, Williamsons, Papa Joe's, Charley Horse, Primetime,Ajs, Chicago Dough, all give things away at half price to entice customers to come into there buisnesses all week long. Maybe if economic developer traveled around this poorly developed town and put an under pass or over pass on cedar and 30 to connect developed rt 30 to the sivler cross area, so you dont get stopped at the train twice an hour every hour from 8am to 11pm. God for bid an ambulance has to get from concert area to hospital, gotta take cougar to get and hopefully avoid the train. Your talking mins here, could possiably save a life.. Thought that what being a public offical was about. Being "for the people" Not recruiting opening other buisnesses in a terriable ecomony. The Mayor can praise all he wants, however lowing property taxes,working with banks to build homes in his comunity and offering incentives to people to buy out here. That should be his objective. Not beef sandwiches and hotdogs.. Good for portillo's hope they do well, will be busy for a week then the craze will pass. Just like culvers and white castle. Great New Lenox wants to be like shorewood! how about the top 100 places to live like Naperville or Orland.
Start studying for that GED.
Pickles

Chicago, IL

#10 Mar 29, 2012
bad eats wrote:
For special occasions we go out of town - there's nothing nice here. R30 is too much of a hassle trying to get fast food. I think the only area of hope for a nice restaurant would be Laraway Rd, but I won't hold my breath given our current board members and mayor.
R30 is mirroring R59 - something the administrator and economic director are very familiar with.
I can't believe you said the "L" word! I realize at some point they're going to ruin Laraway Road with commercial development, but hopefully not until I retire and get out of here. Right now, Laraway is one of the easiest traveled roads in and out of town, and I like it that way. Keep the commercial development north! Almost everything on Rt. 30 between Cooper and Nelson needs to be torn down and redone as it is. As far as Portillo's being a feather in the cap, I think not. I'm sure there are some local people around who could coe up with a lovely place to dine without it being a cookie cutter chain, although that would really fit into New Lenox best with all the cookie cutter homes.
Move

Middlebury, IN

#11 Mar 29, 2012
Pickles wrote:
<quoted text>
I can't believe you said the "L" word! I realize at some point they're going to ruin Laraway Road with commercial development, but hopefully not until I retire and get out of here. Right now, Laraway is one of the easiest traveled roads in and out of town, and I like it that way. Keep the commercial development north! Almost everything on Rt. 30 between Cooper and Nelson needs to be torn down and redone as it is. As far as Portillo's being a feather in the cap, I think not. I'm sure there are some local people around who could coe up with a lovely place to dine without it being a cookie cutter chain, although that would really fit into New Lenox best with all the cookie cutter homes.
Its very simple, if you don't like New Lenox, leave New Lenox. Nobody is tieing your hands. Move to the better place, and stay there.
Pickles

Chicago, IL

#12 Mar 29, 2012
Move wrote:
<quoted text>Its very simple, if you don't like New Lenox, leave New Lenox. Nobody is tieing your hands. Move to the better place, and stay there.
I moved here from Tinely because New Lenox was the better place.
rick

Bristol, WI

#13 Mar 30, 2012
Jim wrote:
<quoted text>
One last thing, this town should be about infastructure, you got that. U got big biz..You have 2 sides of a town right now, that arent excessable. Get a grant from the state? I dont own a house in new lenox I own commerical real estate, I dont get a kickback on what pay for property taxes. Ask the mayor about the underpass in chicago ridge they put in on 111th just pass central. Youd have to wait a half hour for the train to pass everyday. Like u have to wait now with the big frieghters that come through at 830 at night in new lenox. But wait this economic devleoper lives in texas and doesnt have to put up with this..what a croc. Wine and dine dick portillo. Nice job elected officals
That underpass is not in Chicago Ridge.
not impressed

Broadview, IL

#14 Mar 30, 2012
I just don't believe that getting business to go into New Lenox is that difficult anymore. If she wants to impress me. Have her go to Mokena and try and get some big name businesses go in over there. That would be an impressive feat indeed. Come deal with the stagnation that has become Mokena.
Greg

United States

#16 Apr 14, 2012
We will see how much she is praised at the next village board meeting. every small biz in new lenox coming. Hope she stays in texas
Tired of Complainers

United States

#17 Apr 16, 2012
You know, most of the local business complainers need to wake up. A little competition amongst you is good for the community and they are taking advantage of their options. I am tired of hearing about the poor old business owners. If you have a good product, and you are fair priced and good to your customers, you shouldn't have a thing to worry about. The complainers are the ones that are having a hard time keeping their customers because of price or service. Figure it out boys. There's enough to go around if you play fair.

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