Bill Kenney – President, Treasurer, Founding Director


Bill Kenney founded the Northern Illinois Historic League in February 2015. Bill holds a BS in Finance and a Masters in Business Administration from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Bill has served in a number of capacities involved with Crystal Lake nonprofits dating back over 25 years. Some of these include Little League baseball, the CABA Baseball World Series, Crystal Lake Historical Society founding director (along with wife Diana), and office support for the Salvation Army McHenry County Red Kettle seasonal campaign. Bill had worked for many years with Zurich-American Insurance in Schaumburg in Finance and Information Technology. Bill has substantial background in building and perfecting networks, evidenced by what we see today as the Northern Illinois Historic League.


Tina Beaird – Director


Tina Beaird is the Genealogy/Local History Librarian at the Plainfield public library and owner of Tamarack Genealogy. She holds a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science with a specialization in Archives/Preservation from Dominican University in River Forest, IL. Over the years she has been awarded several digitization grants to scan and preserve historic records. Tina is a governing board member of the Oswego Heritage Association and volunteers for other groups extensively. Tina lectures on topics including genealogical research, archival preservation, and Illinois history at national, state and local conferences. She has provided professional research assistance for more than a decade and has been researching her family’s history, as time permits, for over twenty years.


Ron Arnold – Director

Ron Arnold retired from Robert Morris University after 35 years of service as faculty and as high level official.  He is on the Chicago Loop Alliance Board as well as the Chicago Central Area Committee Board. He actively participated in the Central Association of College and University Business Officers and the National Association of College and university Business Officers.  During this time, he has served on the Comprehensive/Doctoral Institutions Council.  Locally, he has served on the boards of the Crete and Monee Area Chambers of Commerce and was appointed to the Financial Oversight Committee of Crete-Monee School District 201U.  Ron represents the Monee Historical Society. Ron holds a BS in Finance and a Masters in Business Administration from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.


Jeanne Hamacher – Director


Jeanne Hamacher retired from Lake Park High School (Roselle) after 34 years as a Social Studies teacher. Beyond her classroom duties, she served as staff liaison for the teacher-mentor program as well as an advisor for Junior Class Council, Student Council, and Illinois YMCA Youth and Government. She has continued her involvement with Youth and Government as an elected member of its Program Board. In 2013-14, she was named a teacher-fellow with the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City. She periodically free-lances with the museum on education projects. She has presented, with PBS, at a national Social Studies conference; her topic focused on how to make the Great War “local”.  Jeanne serves as chair of the  Illinois World War One Centennial Committee.