Second Annual Morris State of the City Address a Great Success

On June 21 the City of Morris held its second annual State of the City Address. The event was
hosted by the Grundy County Chamber of Commerce & Industry and had about 200 people
attend the event held at Morris Country Club. It was a booming success. The night started with
Christina Van Yperen, President & CEO of the Chamber, thanking the amazing sponsors with a
special thanks to presenting sponsors Joliet Junior College and “D” Construction.
Dr. Clyne Namuo President of Joliet Junior College, introduced Mayor Chris Brown and
discussed the expansion of Joliet Junior College in Morris. This is a huge opportunity for the
City of Morris and Joliet Junior College to bring education to the forefront of the community.
When Brown stepped up to the podium he discussed important topics such as updates of the
Morris Municipal Airport, the new YMCA, park remodels, and the new fire department.
“Morris sits at the crossroads of opportunity. As we sit here together tonight, many projects and
developments are underway, which will bring transformational change to our community”
Brown said during his speech.
Toward the end of Mayor Brown’s address, he awarded the first-ever Mayor Chris Brown
Community Scholarships. Luna Valderrama was awarded the $2,500 scholarship while Justin
Newman and Joy Dudley were both awarded $1,000 scholarships. To end out this amazing
address Brown brought up Keg Grove Brewing Company who announced their plans to move
into the old Morris Fire Station on the west side of Wauponsee Street in 2024.
With all the big announcements the crowd was excited and happy to be sharing in such a big
moment for the City of Morris. After the closing remarks guests stayed around to have a cocktail
and mingle with other community members. With such a successful second annual State of the
City next year’s address will be one for the books.
“We are thrilled to be able to host this event for the City of Morris and Mayor Brown. Seeing
how far the event has come this year only excites me for what we will be able to accomplish next
year,” Van Yperen said.