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.
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.
In February of 2021, McCord was named Executive Director of Northern Illinois Community Initiatives, and brings 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector.
Wendell Dallas serves as president and CEO of Nicor Gas.
Gorenz is director of finance for Nicor Gas.
Binswanger is vice president of external affairs for Nicor Gas.
November 15, 2022• News
LaTanya Cross remembers days not long ago when her husband, Ronnie, worked on cars in their garage at home. Ronnie expressed interest inRead More →
October 31, 2022• News
Melvin Leach, a case worker for the Harvey Brooks Foundation of Joliet, is aware of the lack of grocery stores in the city’sRead More →
October 17, 2022• News
In some ways, it seems like a long time has passed since NICI launched one year ago. Illinois was moving back into restrictions again dueRead More →