Village of Diamond

Mayor’s Message

 

WELCOME FROM THE MAYOR OF DIAMOND

As Mayor of the Village of Diamond and on behalf of the Village Board, Planning & Zoning Board, employees, and our residents, I extend to you our warmest welcome.  We are very pleased that you are interested in learning more about our Village.  Diamond’s unique character is rooted in its 125-year history – a history full of bright people and fascinating tales.  Back then, newly discovered mines in the area offered opportunities for employment and one of those areas which began to grow was Diamond, located approximately 54 miles southwest of Chicago.

Throughout the years Diamond has seen continued growth and improvement.  The current Board has focused its attention on attracting economic development and improving infrastructure.  With that in mind, the Village established the Diamond I-55 Corridor TIF District in the Will County portion of our community and the Diamond Enterprise Zone located in both the Will and Grundy County portions of our community.  In 2019, we welcomed the completion of the Morris Hospital Diamond-Coal City Campus which offers a variety of medical services including immediate care, imaging, lab work, physical therapy, occupational health, family and specialty physicians.  In 2020 we welcomed the Diamond Indoor Trap Range, which offers recreational and competitive trap shooting, a first of its kind in the country!  A Hog Wild Restaurant is located inside the Trap Range and provides an excellent array of food choices.  In 2021 the Village will welcome Domino’s Pizza.

The Village continues to pursue grant opportunities for major infrastructure improvements and we are aware of the importance and benefits of public/private partnerships.  We also create partnerships that utilize federal, private, and public funds for the construction of major roadway improvements.  These partnerships have resulted in almost $4M of intersection and roadway improvements on IL 113.   A public/private partnership is also being utilized to install a signal at Will Road and IL 113.

The Village is dedicated to continually improving our community.  In 2019 significant watermain projects were completed in the village.  To effectively communicate with our residents and business owners, the Village instituted “Smart Message”.  To date, over 2,000 folks have registered and receive phone calls, e-mails, and text messages regarding road closures, construction information and more.

Our residents enjoy the quaint, small town atmosphere, along with a great school district, convenient shopping, services, churches, nearby beautiful state parks and recreational opportunities, as well as low taxes and a low crime rate, while still having all the offerings of urban life a short drive away.  The Covid-19 pandemic has been a challenge to the world that we will continue to face head on with all hands-on deck!  We are committed to staying safe, so please, wear masks, social distance, and wash hands frequently.  United we stand!

Our Village Board meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. here at the Village Hall.  We invite you to attend our meetings and become involved in our community.

Sincerely,

Teresa “Terry” Kernc
Mayor