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Glazier Corporation

Glazier Corporation broke ground on a retail development on the corner of Mannheim Road and Crown Road, just north of Grand Avenue in November . Mayor Barrett Pedersen and Trustees Bill Ruhl, Cheryl McLean and John Johnson were on hand to welcome them to Franklin Park. Glazier closed on the 42,000 SF vacant site in October to develop a 3-unit retail center to include a Chipotle and a T-Mobile which will be operational by summer of 2017.

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Fargo Manufacturing

The Village is pleased to welcome Fargo Manufacturing to Franklin Park. Mayor Barrett Pedersen and Village staff held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the business's new facility at 2312 N. 17th Avenue. Formerly located in Chicago’s west side, the business relocated to the Village due to its safety, central location and manufacturing clusters. Fargo Manufacturing was first established in 1947 and produces checkout counters, store fixtures, and auxiliary fuel systems and parts for MD500 and MD900 series helicopters. You can learn more about the business at fargoauxfuel.com and uniquecheckoutsystems.com.

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Edward Elmhurst Health Clinic

Edward Elmhurst Health Clinic has opened its doors inside the Jewel-Osco grocery store located at 10203 W. Grand Avenue in Franklin Park. The clinic's services are provided by board-certified family nurse practitioners and physician assistants. No appointment is necessary and most major insurance plans are accepted. Visit EEHealth.org/walkin for more information and wait times. 

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Mai-Quesi II

The Village welcomes Mai-Quesi II Seafood & Mexican Cuisine, located at 3531 Rose Street in Franklin Park. Mayor Barrett Pedersen and Village Trustees James Caporusso, John Johnson, Karen Special and Andy Ybarra attended the restaurant’s grand opening event. With the extremely popular Mai-Quesi I in Aurora, this is the family-owned business’s 2nd restaurant in the Chicagoland area. While fabulous seafood dishes are the focus of this upscale eatery, you can also order grilled meat dishes and Mexican favorites. Check out the restaurant’s menu and gallery at www.mai-quesi.com.

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Zacatecas Mexican Restaurant

Zacatecas Mexican Restaurant has opened its doors at 10150 Grand Avenue in Franklin Park. Mayor Barrett Pedersen and Village Trustees James Caporusso, Bill Ruhl and Karen Special attended a ribbon cutting to welcome the business to the Village. The family-owned restaurant has been operating in the Chicagoland area since 1980 and is known for its homemade Mexican food and American-style breakfast. You can learn more about the restaurant's move to Franklin Park in the Franklin Park Herald-Journal.

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Event to Demolish Motorola Building - January 25


The Village of Franklin Park and Digital Realty Trust are hosting a special Demolition Day event on Wednesday, January 25th to begin tearing down the old Motorola building at 9401 West Grand Ave. Join us at 10 AM as we say goodbye to the vacant building and to celebrate the construction of Digital Realty's newest state-of-the-art data center.

Digital Realty has already invested hundreds of millions of dollars in Franklin Park when they developed properties at 9333-9377 West Grand Avenue where they currently operate a data center. The new building will be an attractive addition to the Grand Avenue corridor and will transform the street. For more information, call 847-671-8276.

Telephone Town Hall – January 24
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The Village has scheduled the next Telephone Town Hall for Tuesday, January 24 at 6:30 PM. If you do not receive a phone call from the Village at that time inviting you to participate, you can join the meeting by calling in at no cost to you. Simply dial 847-400-0841 and you will be connected to the call. Listen in and learn more about important news and information on projects in Franklin Park. Participants will also be able to ask a question during the call.

Neighborhood Watch Meeting – January 19 at 6 PM


The next meeting of the Franklin Park Neighborhood Watch will be held on January 19 at 6 PM in the Community Room of the Police Station. The meeting will include a presentation on the Police Department’s Canine Division and on the situation regarding opiate addiction.

The meeting will also include an over view of the Village’s Neighborhood Watch Program which aims to foster community involvement with law enforcement to help protect our neighborhoods.

The meeting is open to all residents and refreshments will be served. If you would like more information, please call 847-671-8203 or email at neigborhoodwatch@vofp.com.

Leyden Family Services Information and Assistance Days


Leyden Family Services will be at Village Hall on January 4th and 18th from 9:30 AM to Noon to help residents who have questions or need help applying for the government assistance programs listed below. Please remember to bring your award letter from Social Security and paycheck stubs that show the amount of income you receive. Many of the following programs require additional information to be brought with you so make sure to read the Document Checklist BEFORE you visit. Download it here.

  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
  • Medicare Savings Program
  • Benefit Access (License plate discount and ride free bus/train pass)
  • Extra Help (prescription assistance)
  • Doctor bills that you don’t understand
  • LIHEAP (energy assistance-when available)

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Special Exemptions Available to Seniors


Did you know that residents who are 65 or older, can qualify to receive free garbage pick-up service in Franklin Park? Simply bring your water bill and a valid Drivers License or State ID to Village Hall to update your records. Seniors also qualify to receive a free vehicle sticker each year and for the Village-subsidized grass-cutting and snow removal!

State law now requires that Seniors have to reapply annually for their Senior Exemption on their Property Taxes. The Senior Exemption provides tax relief by further reducing the equalized valuation of an eligible residence. Go to www.cookcountyassessor.com or contact the Cook County Assessors Office for assistance

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Happy New Year!

I want to begin our New Year with a heartfelt ’Thank You’ to our dedicated Village staff who work tirelessly to make our community safe, stable and secure. I also want to commend our Board of Trustees for their commitment to protecting the taxpayer and making our Village government a model of efficiency.

Let It Snow!

January in Franklin Park means snow. It is a source of pride that Franklin Park's streets are cleared quickly, making it easier for our residents, businesses and visitors to safely get around. To increase the efficiency of snow removal and to save taxpayer money, our Street Department has begun using a mixture of liquid salt brine and calcium chloride. Applying this ahead of a snowfall allows staff to begin removal operations earlier. This brining helps the rock salt activate and start working faster especially in artic temperatures. Brining makes it harder for the snow to bond to the pavement, making removal easier. This innovative process also saves the Village money by using less rock salt and taking less time to clear our streets. In fact, this process saved the Village approximately $4,000 with the season’s first snowfall in December. This process also gives our Street Department more time to clear our alleys and crosswalks, remove snow around schools and make sure customers can access our stores and restaurants.

Can You Say "Quasquicentennial”?

It is not easy. It actually is pronounced kwos-kwi-sen-ten-ee-uhl! That is the official term for a 125th anniversary. That is what Franklin Park will be celebrating this year, commemorating our Village’s incorporation on August 4, 1892. The Village is putting together ideas and plans to celebrate throughout the year. We want our celebration to honor the traditions, values and heritage of all our citizens. If you have an idea for a Quasquicentennial activity or event please go to our website, www.vofp.com, click on Contact Us and submit your idea. We will publish updated information in the newsletter and on our Facebook Page.

Our New Year’s Resolution to You!

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and myself, we resolve to continue to work hard to make Franklin Park the safest, most compassionate, sustainable and stable town possible. We pledge to treat all citizens with respect and to make, you, the taxpayer, our highest priority. We will dedicate our efforts to upgrade our infrastructure, safeguard our neighborhoods and families and as always, be careful stewards of your taxpayer dollar.

We look forward to a great anniversary year in Franklin Park.

Mayor Barrett Pedersen

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