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Travelon

The Village is proud to be the new home of Travelon.  Travelon is an industry leader in providing forward-thinking travel products and accessories with an emphasis on anti-theft features and modern design.  Their new facility at 11333 Addison Ave, Unit 200 has 20,000 square feet of office space and nearly 95,000 square feet of warehouse space.  Serving as their new headquarters, this facility will accommodate about 100 employees dealing with distribution, design, and product development.  Find additional coverage on this ribbon cutting ceremony here

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Jersey Mike's

Mayor Barrett Pedersen and representatives of the Village of Franklin Park celebrated the addition of Jersey Mike’s Subs to the growing retail development at Grand Avenue and Mannheim Road.  The sandwich shop prides itself on their use of fresh ingredients and culture of giving—each Jersey Mike's partners with a local charity.  Jersey Mike’s has joined AT&T and the future home of Sprint to fill the newest Franklin Park Marketplace development by Glazier at 2830 Mannheim Road! 

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Starbucks

Mayor Barrett Pedersen, Trustees and Village staff held a ribbon cutting in June, 2017, to welcome Starbucks to Franklin Park. The popular international coffee retailer moved into a recently-constructed 2,500 SF building at 2800 Mannheim Road, on the northwest corner of Grand and Mannheim. The new retail facility features a drive-thru, an outdoor patio, a bright and spacious interior and nitro cold brew coffee on tap. The new Starbucks is located on a former BP gas station site, which was remediated by the property owner in 2009. 

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T-Mobile

The Village is pleased to welcome T-Mobile to Franklin Park. Mayor Barrett Pedersen, Trustees and Village staff held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the business's new facility at 2926 N. Mannheim Road, Unit 3. At their grand opening event, T-Mobile invited employees to shave their heads to raise money for Franklin Park children fighting cancer through the St. Baldrick's Foundation. T-Mobile's brand new space is part of a three-unit, 6,000 SF commercial development recently constructed by Glazier Corporation. 

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Panattoni Development Company

The Village of Franklin Park held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the largest construction project of 2016: a new 491,089 SF industrial speculative development by Panattoni Development Group at 3400 Wolf Road, the former site of Castle Metals. Over 300,000 square feet of the building has already been leased to distribution firm CST. Panattoni Development Company is one of the largest privately held real estate development companies in the world and has 24 offices in the United States, Canada and Europe. 

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Chipotle is open for business in Franklin Park!

Mayor Barrett Pedersen,Trustees Karen Special , John Johnson and Andy Ybarra, Clerk Irene Avitia and Village staff cut the ribbon to officially welcome the new restaurant to the area. Chipotle Mexican Grill is located at 2926 Mannheim Road. Chipotle offers a menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients that are sustainably grown.

 

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Senior Tax Deferral Program Offered by the Cook County Treasurer’s Office


Senior citizens who are hard-pressed to pay their property taxes should contact the Cook County Treasurer’s Office to learn more about the Senior Citizen Real Estate Tax Deferral Program. The program offers loans to cover property tax payments to Senior citizens whose annual household income is $55,000 or less. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2020. For more information, go to cookcountytreasurer.com or call 312-443-5100.

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Senior Property Tax Exemption News


A new law passed by state legislators allows for the automatic renewal of the Senior Exemption. This means that a senior homeowner only has to apply once, instead of applying each year to prove they are 65 or older.

Prior recipients of the Senior Exemption should have received a postcard in the mail informing them that they no longer need to reapply. New applicants for the Senior Exemption must apply this year and thereafter it will automatically renew. Please note, the Homeowner and Senior Exemptions are the only two exemptions that renew automatically each year. 

Prior recipients of the Senior Freeze Exemption received renewal forms in the mail in January with a application due date of February 13. The Senior Freeze Exemption still needs to be applied for each year. 

Renewal applications for the Disabled Persons, Disabled Veterans and Long Time Occupant Exemptions will be mailed in early February and can be downloaded from www.cookcountyassessor.com at that time. Taxpayers may also call the County Assessor’s office at 312-443-7550 and request applications or visit cookcountyassessor.com/Exemptions/ to learn more about these exemptions.

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Chamber Scholarship


Apply Now for Chamber’s College Scholarships

The Chamber by O’Hare announced it is accepting applications for its annual scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year. The scholarship program offers three scholarship opportunities available to all Franklin Park, Schiller Park, and River Grove residents. One $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to a full-time student accepted at an accredited college, university, or community college.

A second $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to a full-time current or incoming Triton College student pursuing a degree in an engineering technology/manufacturing-related academic area. Finally, in partnership with Digital Realty, a third $1,500 scholarship is available for a full-time student pursuing a technology related program at an accredited college, university, or community college.

Applications may be obtained by emailing info@chamberbyohare.org or patzinga@ triton.edu. Please include a contact phone number with your email. Completed applications and all required information must be received by February 18. 

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Congressman Mike Quigley’s staff at Village Hall – February 26


Are you frustrated with the federal government and need help cutting through red tape? Do you need help with federal issue including veteran’s affairs, Medicare, immigration, social security, and more? Plan to visit Village Hall to meet with staff from Congressman Mike Quigley’s office on Wednesday, February 26 from 4 to 6 PM for assistance.

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Municipal Aggregation Program to Restart in January


The Board recently voted to restart the Municipal Aggregation program because the Village’s program now will feature 100% renewable energy, unlike what ComEd supplies. The program’s rate will be identical to ComEd’s rate; it will not be not be higher or lower. Additionally, the supplier (Eligo Energy) will provide the Village with monetary funds to be used for renewable energy projects, such as electric car charging stations.

The program will begin in January and have a two-year term. Residents will receive a letter from the Village explaining the program which will be mailed in mid-November. Residents can opt out of the program at no charge, if they do not wish to participate. Please note that no one from ComEd, Eligo, or the Village will call or visit your home to ask you to enroll. If you are contacted and told that you must enroll, you may file a complaint with the Illinois Commerce Commission.

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Housing Authority to Accept Applications for Senior Towers on October 17


The Housing Authority of Cook County will begin accepting applications for one bedroom units in Franklin Towers on Thursday, October 17. Franklin Towers is a Senior Living Housing Community located at 9535 West Franklin Avenue.

This project-based voucher program provides rental assistance to qualified applicants. To be eligible, applicants must be 55 years or older and income may not exceed $31,200 for a single person household or $35,650 for a two person household.

Download the application here.

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Get Help Applying for Government Assistance Programs


No appointment is necessary to meet with Leyden Family Services at Village Hall on the following Wednesdays from 9 to 11:30 AM:

  • Jan 29th
  • Feb 5th and 19th
  • March 4 and 18th
  • April 8th and 22nd
  • May 6th and 20th.

 

Staff can assist you to apply for Medicare, Medicaid, SNAP, the Medicare Savings Program and LIHEAP. They can help you make sense of your medical bills, obtain prescription assistance and to get license plate discounts and free train and bus passes! Bring your Social Security award letter and paycheck stubs that show the amount of income you receive. Check the Document Checklist before you visit here ....

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Quiet Zone Update


The Village has received a $1,416,343 Pedestrian Rail Safety Grant to fund a significant portion of the safety improvements needed at the pedestrian crossing at the Calwagner and 25th Street grade crossings and the Metra Station. We are working with Metra to design and construct the safety improvements. The Village will make street improvements including installing a median barrier at 25th and Ruby. Watch our Village newsletter for updates as we move closer to obtaining a Quite Zone Designation in Franklin Park!

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A Green and Sustainable New Year

Throughout our country and around the globe, there has been increased interest in addressing the effects of climate disruption. A stronger focus is being placed on ways that every citizen can assist in using sustainable energy practices. Today, more citizens are aware of their carbon footprint and the impact that has on the sustainability of our families, our community and our planet. That is a good thing, but we still need to do more.

By making small changes, each of us can help reduce carbon emissions. They include a number of sustainable practices that will contribute to the overall health of our planet. Scientists have shown that when even one person makes a change to protect our climate, others in the community are inspired to do the same.

Since each one of us has a role to play and each one of us can make a positive impact for our climate, Franklin Park is declaring 2020 to be the Year of Living Green and Sustainability. Each month this year we will be focusing on specific steps we can take as a community and as individuals to protect and sustain our planet. There are actions we can take now that are easy and economical to implement.

A Greener Commute

There are many ways to reduce emissions that will also make you healthier and will also help save money.

  • Walk to local stores, parks, libraries and schools
  • Take public transit whenever possible
  • Ride a bike 
  • Car-share
  • Switch to a plug-in car

Greener Options For Us All

Eat Locally - Food that is shipped from other countries has a larger carbon footprint. Eating products grown and processed locally is healthier for you and the planet. Reject Over Packaging - We can waste less when we support products that use bio-degradable packaging and are minimizing the amount of packaging used.

Recycle Wisely – Take care to keep items like plastic shopping bags and film wrap out of your recycling bin. These items will clog or break sorting machines. Please return all plastic bags along with plastic wraps and films to Jewel or other grocery stores that will recycle them properly. Confused about what can or cannot be recycled? Go to our Recycle Guide at vofp.com. Home Energy Audit - Utilities such as ComEd and Nicor encourage switching to energy efficient light bulbs, unplugging electronics when not in use, washing clothes in cold water and line drying when possible.

These changes will all reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and save money. Also, check your insulation and look for drafts or leaks around doors and windows. We urge you to join us in the initiative and help to influence others to participate in a GREEN AND SUSTAINABLE NEW YEAR.

Have a Happy, Healthy, New Year! Mayor Barrett Pedersen

My sons and I were proud to volunteer again this year at the annual Franklin Park Manila Lions Club Senior Holiday Lunch.  It is always a great event and I cherish seeing so many friends.

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Mayor Barrett Pedersen

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