President Preckwinkle with Jack Lanigan, Sr., (aka Senior) , after presenting the award.

President Preckwinkle with Jack Lanigan, Sr., (aka Senior) , after presenting the award. (Photo Credit: Larry Burrows)

Speaking to a packed room of well wishers, Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle presented Jack Lanigan, Sr. (AKA, Senior), with the first “Big Shoes Award,” on March 11, given by the Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation (CSEDC) to recognize outstanding entrepreneurs in the Chicago Southland for their efforts and example as community leaders.   “He is a man whose accomplishments in manufacturing reflects the spirit of the Southland and aligns with the goals of CSEDC,” stated President Preckwinkle when presenting the award.  Jack Lanigan, Sr., (aka Senior) is the founder of Mi-Jack Products and Lanco Group of Companies.  Mi-Jack started on Senior’s kitchen table and has become Lanco – an organization made up of of 22 companies in the material handling, transportation, and entertainment industries.

President Preckwinkle also explained that Cook County has a long and successful collaborative partnership with CSEDC,  as well as the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association (SSMMA), which also participated in the event. Both organizations help Cook County identify problems as well as propose and implement solutions to spur economic growth.

For more information on the Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation (CSEDC), go to  http://ssmma.org/about-the-csedc/