Village Trustee Herman L. Walter, Jr.
On July 16, 2018, Herman L. Walter, Jr. was sworn in as a Hillside Village Trustee to serve out the unexpired term of the late Lytton “Andy” Andersen and was elected to a four-year term in the recent April 2nd village election.
Trustee Walter has been involved in Hillside government for a number of years now. His first appointment was to the Hillside Human Relations Commission, which he eventually became Chairman of. He was then selected to serve on Hillside’s Zoning Commission. His commitment and outstanding work ethic during his tenure on these two commissions did not go unnoticed. As soon as a vacancy opened on the Hillside Village Board, Herman Walter became Mayor Tamburino’s first choice. As a Village Trustee, Herman was required to step down from the two appointed commissions before he could begin his service as Chair of the Board of Trustees Public Services Committee.
Herman Walter is the youngest of 5 children and grew up in Chicago’s West Garfield Park; he is a graduate of Orr High School. While at Orr, he was on the varsity track team running the mile and two-mile races; he also played the trombone in the school band. Herman fondly remembers his West Garfield neighborhood as a community where neighbors watched out for each other. As a teenager he took an interest in “souped-up” cars and spent many a weekend at the now shuttered US 30 Drag Strip in Indiana. The irony is not lost on him that the car he now drives is a Nissan.
After high school, Herman enrolled at Lewis University in Romeoville where he earned his B.A. in Economics. While at Lewis he interned and after graduation was hired full time for the Stepan Company near Joliet, a worldwide conglomerate that manufactures ingredients for other companies’ products. He left Stepan after 16 years to join Joint Financial Service Company where he presently manages the investment portfolios of businesses and individuals.
Herman Walter has lived in Hillside almost 25 years. When asked why he left Chicago to move to Hillside he said, “I wanted to be a little closer to work, yet not too far from my Chicago roots. As I meticulously searched for a new home I discovered Hillside’s ideal central location and even more impressive, it’s overall community pride. All these years later, I have never once questioned my decision to call Hillside my home.”
As Village Trustee, Herman’s top priority is economic development. He believes Hillside’s optimal location can be a magnet for attracting businesses. He will also focus on the village’s strategy to enhance Butterfield Road’s business district.
Herman is unmarried and a member of Rock of Ages Baptist Church in Maywood where he also serves as a deacon. He is a devoted White Sox fan and beamed from ear to ear when this reporter brought up the Sox’s 2005 World Series Team. Since high school Walter has traded his track shoes for a bicycle, and at least once a year he and other bike enthusiasts cycle from Hillside all the way to Chicago’s Millennium Park by Lake Michigan. Besides biking, he also enjoys traveling the high seas on cruises with family and friends.
Trustee Herman Walter ended this interview by stating, “I want everyone to know that I am very approachable and open to all ideas and suggestions on how we can make Hillside an even better place to live and work so that businesses and families alike can be proud to call Hillside their home.”