Kruckenberg Road, off of Midlothian Road, was named for Bill Kruckenberg’s ancestors who came to farm the land. The farm was in the family name for more than 125 years before being sold and becoming the Heritage Oaks Park and Hawthorn Woods County Club.
The house Bill’s parents owned when he was young is on Midlothian Road just down from the farm. His family moved to Palatine when he was 3 where he grew up and graduated from Palatine High School. The son of a carpenter, Bill grew up in the trade. At the age of 21 he and a partner started a carpentry subcontracting company. He then started his own successful carpentry/general contracting company in 1981 and continued to be self-employed for 30 years. He built custom homes and light commercial projects in the area.
Bill moved back to the area in 1979, down from the farm. He became active in Hawthorn Woods politics, first as a member of the Architectural Commission, then as a Trustee. With his knowledge of construction and his good reputation in the community, he was asked by the former highway commissioner if he would like to run for that position. The rest is public knowledge.
As a foot note, Bill loves his job, which makes the long hours enjoyable. Even when he is plowing the street for the 20th hour in a row and doesn’t know what the inside of his eyelids look like, he is ready to serve the public. His dedication to his job shines through. Just ask the many people that know him.