Chicago’s Executive Airport Board dedicated the boardroom in which it meets to the late Mayor of Prospect Heights, Nick Helmer.
Prior to his first mayoral election in 2011, Helmer represented Prospect Heights for 14 years on the Board of Directors, which is jointly owned by the City and Village of Wheeling.
His family and local officials gathered Wednesday for the grand opening of Mayor Nicholas J. Helmer’s Executive Boardroom. Helmer’s widow, Gail, personally unveiled the plaque beside the door.
Helmer died Jan. 26 at the age of 79 after a brief hospitalization for complications from a fall during an ice storm. He was more than halfway through his third term as mayor.
A lifelong love for aviation had led to his previous service on the airport board.
If and when the airport’s main building is replaced, the naming honor would carry over to the new facility’s boardroom, executive director Jeffrey Miller said.
Such a new facility is something Helmer was a strong supporter of, he added.
Although it has become fairly common practice for airports to name meeting rooms to honor people significant to their history, Helmer’s name did not replace anyone else’s, Miller said.