Jim Kennedy Funeral Arrangements

Jim KennedyVisitation

3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday, March 16

Willow Funeral Home
1415 West Algonquin Rd
Algonquin, IL 60102

Funeral service

10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 17

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church
1023 McHenry Ave, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Interment after service

Windridge Memorial Park
7014 S Rawson Bridge Rd
Cary, IL 60013

In 2006, Jim Kennedy became the first Democrat elected to the McHenry County Board in over a generation, and led the way for other Democrats to win election to the County Board. He had also served as a Village Trustee in Lake in the Hills, and was currently on the Board of Valley Hi Nursing Home in Woodstock.

Jim was a retired Sergeant for the Elk Grove Village Police Department, and father of three. In 2017, Jim was awarded the Thomas Jefferson Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Democratic Party of McHenry County.

He passed away unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, March 6. He was 63 years old.

Rest in peace, Jim.

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  • Paula Yensen
    commented 2018-03-16 21:40:48 -0500
    I got to know Jim when I was elected to the Lake in the Hills Village Board in 2001. At a time when I was the new kid on the block, Jim took the time to listen to my ideas and helped me learn how to be a good board member. Jim was a mentor to me.

    When Jim decided to run for County Board in 2006, I was one of the first people to volunteer to help him on his campaign. We walked together, knocked on doors together, and we learned how to win together.

    Two years later it was my turn to run, and Jim was the first one who volunteered to help me. It was his leadership that convinced me I could do it, too.

    He was always ready to help, and always quick to offer encouragement when things got tough.

    Jim had a big heart and big dreams. It’s a tragedy he didn’t get to enjoy his retirement, and I don’t think he ever realized how well-liked he was in the community.

    Jim Kennedy made us all better people because he was so good. I will miss him.
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