Island Lake reverts to old logo, ditching 2012 version

  • Island Lake is changing its logo to an old version that had been used for many years. It replaces a logo that was adopted in 2012.

    Island Lake is changing its logo to an old version that had been used for many years. It replaces a logo that was adopted in 2012. Courtesy of Village of Island Lake

  • Mark Beeson

    Mark Beeson

  • Shannon Fox

    Shannon Fox

Updated 5/1/2014 2:55 PM

It's turn-back-the-clock time again in Island Lake.

The logo that adorns official emails from some village employees and municipal stationery is changing, reverting to a version that had been used for many years.


The image -- a sailboat on water in a square frame -- will replace a logo adopted by the village in 2012. The 2012 picture showed a boat on blue water with the sun shining in the background, and it was in a circular frame.

"I like the old (square) logo," Trustee Mark Beeson told the Daily Herald. "I think it looks nostalgic."

The square-bound logo was designed by a former mayor about 30 years ago, Village Clerk Teresa Ponio said. Officials didn't know why the water in that image was purple rather than blue.

The water in the newly adopted version will be changed to blue, Beeson said.

When the circular logo was adopted in 2012, then-Mayor Debbie Herrmann extolled the design, saying it was "a more 'now' look." It had been designed by a resident, officials said at the time.

Mayor Charles Amrich suggested the change, officials said, and it was approved last week. Amrich couldn't be reached for comment.

Shannon Fox was the only board member who opposed the swap.

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"I don't believe we should continue on the path of stepping backward," Fox told the Daily Herald. "We should be moving forward."

She said she didn't know what will happen to stationery and other items adorned with the jettisoned symbol.

The logo switch is the latest flashback for the village.

They began in April 2013 when Island Lake voters elected Amrich mayor after an eight-year absence from that post.

Many of Amrich's supporters said they wanted to return things in the village to the way they once were, while critics accused Amrich of wanting to turn the town into Mayberry -- a reference to the fictitious town in the classic "Andy Griffith Show."

On the night Amrich took office, he named Don Bero as the town's police chief. Bero had been chief during Amrich's first stint as mayor.

Other former village employees have been hired back since Amrich became mayor, too.

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