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Goodwill of Northern Illinois president announces retirement

Sam Schmitz
Sam Schmitz

STERLING – The head of Goodwill of Northern Illinois is stepping down after a decade as president.

President Sam Schmitz announced his retirement Wednesday, but he plans to stay on until his replacement is chosen, which will likely happen in the spring.

“I will certainly miss going to a job day-in and day-out, where you know that your work helps people enhance their own lives,” Schmitz said in a news release Wednesday. “However, it is time for new leadership to take the agency to a new level of service to the communities in which we operate.”

When he became president on Jan. 7, 2008, the agency had about 250 employees and $4.4 million in revenue. Those numbers have grown to 540 and $17 million, respectively.

“Sam has been an extraordinary leader for our organization over the past 10 years,” Goodwill Board Chairman Brian Reck said. “While we’ll miss him as he transitions to retirement, we’re grateful for the team he’s built to carry on Goodwill’s mission in our community.”

Goodwill of Northern Illinois has a store in Sterling, at 2216 E. Fourth St. Go to goodwillni.org for more information on the agency.

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