About

NICI was founded in 2020 by Nicor Gas to deepen its commitment to underserved communities. Our target service area is Northern Illinois outside of the City of Chicago. Priority is given to communities that do not have access to the resources available through the City’s Public and nonprofit organizational network.

Mission

Economic opportunity for everyone in Northern Illinois.

Northern Illinois Community Initiatives (NICI) builds a more vibrant and equitable region by investing in bold economic development initiatives that help communities thrive.

Core Values

Commitment

Enduring investment in people and communities

Partnership

Collaborating with diverse regional and community partners

Inclusion

Creating opportunity and growth through equitable economic investment

Forward Thinking

Advancing innovative ideas for meaningful change

Our Footprint

NICI supports communities across northern Illinois outside of the City of Chicago

Our
Footprint

Nicor Service Map

Leadership

STAFF

Tovah McCord

Executive Director

In February of 2021, McCord was named Executive Director of Northern Illinois Community Initiatives, and brings 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

John O. Hudson III

Board Chair

Hudson is a licensed attorney who serves as president and CEO of Nicor Gas, the largest natural gas distribution company in Illinois.

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Meena Beyers

Vice Chair & Secretary
Beyers is vice president of Business and Community Development at Nicor Gas.

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James M. Gorenz

Treasurer

Gorenz is director of finance for Nicor Gas.

 

 

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Louie Binswanger

Director

Binswanger is vice president of external affairs for Nicor Gas.

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News

Nicor Gas announces Northern Illinois Community Initiatives

News

Foundation will collaborate with local partners to invest in economic development initiatives in under-resourced neighborhoods

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    Contact

    • Northern Illinois Community Initiatives
      200 West Madison
      Suite 300
      Chicago, IL 60606
    • info@nici-il.org