Making a difference Arlington chamber honors businesses that went extra mile.

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL) Jan 19 , 2007

Byline: Sheila Ahern Daily Herald Staff Writer

Like three generations before him, Derek Hanley opened an Irish pub hoping the community would line up for a pint.

They did.

Since it opened in 2001, Peggy Kinnane’s Irish Restaurant and Pub has been one of the most popular spots in downtown Arlington Heights.

Hanley and others were honored Thursday night by the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce. Around 300 people attended the 60th annual installation and recognition celebration held at the Sheraton Chicago Northwest hotel in Arlington Heights.

“I never expected to be received by a community like Arlington Heights has received us,” Hanley said.

In the past year, Hanley has held fundraisers for people suffering from cancer, multiple sclerosis, leukemia, cystic fibrosis and more. He also hosted a golf outing that raised $15,000 for hospice care in memory of his father, who died in Ireland.

Village President Arlene Mulder presented awards to Hanley and the other winners.