The Will County Center for Economic Development honored banker Jim Roolf with the Frank Turk Business and Community Achievement Award at its annual investors breakfast Friday. In naming Roolf, CED board chairman Tom Osterberger said it was a "long time coming." The award is given almost annually to those who have demonstrated throughout their life and career, a commitment to community service and business excellence, and improving the quality of life for all residents, CED officials said. "He is a very deserving individual," said CED president and CEO John Greuling. The award, in honor of Frank Turk Jr., a lifelong Joliet businessman and co-founder of the CED in 1982, is given to an individual who is dedicated to making Will County a better place to live and do business, Greuling said. Roolf is president of the Joliet Banking Center and First Midwest Bancorp, Inc., where he has worked for 43 years, according to Greuling. He is past chairman of the CED, and has served on the boards of the , Silver Cross Hospital, Illinois State Toll Highway Authority, Joliet Catholic Academy, and , he said, noting that Roolf has "extensive community service" and a lengthy list of local and national awards. In accepting the award, Roolf told the crowd it is "critically important to our future that we all do our part. Don't think it is too small or too big," he said. "Don't underestimate what you can do. If you make a commitment to do something, charge forward. "No one can stand in your way if you are energized and committed to doing it," he said. "Anyone who knows Frank Turk, knows we are here because of his efforts. We do it because we take pride in where we live and want to make sure the future is better," Roolf said. Roolf, on behalf of First Midwest Bank, also worked with Will County officials to sell the former bank site at Ottawa and Jefferson Streets in downtown Joliet to the county for a new courthouse. Twitter @SusanLaff Richards football coaching legend Gary Korhonen dies at age 77 Monee man, passenger killed in Manhattan Township crash Ex-Markham mayor indicted by federal grand jury in alleged bribery scheme