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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.


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. 


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.


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.


Village Hall to Host Early Voting

Franklin Park has made it easier and more convenient for you to vote in upcoming elections by becoming an Early Voting location. Early Voting for the November General Election will take place at Village Hall, behind the Clerk’s Office in the conference room, with easy access from the parking lot.

Early voting dates and hours are:

  • Monday, October 24 - Saturday October 29: 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Sunday, October 30: 9 AM - 3 PM
  • Monday, October 31 - Friday, November 4: 9 AM - 7 PM
  • Saturday, November 5: 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Sunday, November 6: 9 AM - 3 PM
  • Monday, November 7: 9 AM - 5 PM


Happy Halloween

This Halloween, remember to purchase costumes and decorations from stores located in our community. When trick or treaters come knocking, hand out locally-made treats like Baby Ruth and Butterfinger candy bars produced by Nestle in Franklin Park! Official Trick or Treat hours in the Village are 3 to 7 PM. Have fun and be safe!


Village Seeks Christmas Tree for Display

The holidays are just around the corner and the Village is planning to make the season bright for our residents. If you have a large evergreen you would like to donate to serve as the Village's holiday tree in the gazebo, please call 847-671- 8252. Our Streets Department will remove and transport the tree and your family will be invited to help Mayor Pedersen and area children to light it up at the annual event in December.


Coverage Available for Outside Water Lines

Did you know that homeowners are responsible for the repair of your buried, outside service water line that runs from the utility service shut off valve to your home? A program offered through the National League of Cities (NLC) and administered by the Service Line Warranty Program (SLWP) offers voluntary warranty protection, at an affordable price, for water lines in the event of a failure. It will cover repairs or replacements on the outside water line that runs from the point of the utility responsibility to your home.

Many factors beyond the life expectancy of the pipe can contribute to a failure including tree root intrusion, ground shifting and weather – all factors which are covered through this program. The program provides up to $4,000 in coverage with an additional allowance for street or sidewalk cutting. Additionally, the program has no annual or lifetime limits, service fees or deductible. If lines break, leak or clog – SLWA will repair the line using local, licensed contractors who are familiar with local code and can ensure a timely response. For questions about this service, or to enroll, please contact Service Line Warranties of America at 866-922-9006 or visit www.SLWofA.com.

yard_wasteLeaf Pick-up and Street Sweeping

Please put leaves in brown biodegradable bags only and place bags near garbage and recycling for pick-up. Bags can be purchased at local grocery and hardware stores. Leaves cannot be picked-up if they are placed in plastic bags or in the street. Pick-up continues until Monday, December 5 . Do not put or blow leaves into the street. It clogs the sewers and causes unnecessary flooding and maintenance costs.

Fall is a great time to mulch leaves to sprinkle over plants and shrubs to help retain water and protect them over the long winter months. You can also skip the raking and simply mow over your leaves a few times and leave them on your lawn to add nutrients and provide protection from winter weather. The Department of Public Works will sweep Village curbs through late November. Please check signs on your block for parking restrictions. For more information, call 847-671-8252.


Apply Now for Senior Snow Removal

Applications are available now for the Village-subsidized Senior Snow Removal Program that allows participants to pay $15 per service request. If you were previously enrolled in the program, you MUST enroll again before it fills up. Applications are available at Village Hall or by calling 847-671-8240.


Help Veterans In Need

In honor of Veteran’s Day, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of West Suburban Cook and Southern DuPage Counties is collecting new underwear for veterans at Hines VA Hospital. Residents who would like to make a donation of new undershirts and/or underwear can drop off their donation at Village Hall until November 10. New undershirts in sizes L, XL, XXL, and larger as well as new underwear also in sizes L, XL, XXL, and larger are needed. All items must be provided in sealed packages.


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


Keep Weeds and Lawn Mowed

Franklin Park residents are encouraged to mow their lawn on a regular basis and to eliminate weeds growing in alleys or behind your home. Grass and weeds that are high are breeding grounds for rodents and mosquitoes. Thank you for your cooperation!


Safety is ALWAYS First in Franklin Park

In October, we commemorate Fire Prevention Week, originally established to remember the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. That horrific fire killed over 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed countless structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.

Since that time, great strides have been made in fire prevention and safety, including no longer constructing sidewalks out of wood.

Safety Is Our Priority

In Franklin Park we take fire prevention seriously. The training our firefighters receive is second to none. Your safety is our number one priority and we are committed to having personnel and resources to handle all situations. This year our fire personnel have applied to attend and/or have completed over 1638 hours of outside schooling and training.

All of our new firefighters are cross trained to be paramedics and many of our fire vehicles can provide advanced life support to our residents. This increases efficiency, and combined with our rapid response time, saves precious minutes. 

Additionally, our close proximity to several first class hospitals and trauma centers allows us to bring a resident to the hospital of their choice unless the emergency is immediately life threatening. 

By having two large video screens in the vehicle bay at our fire stations, responders know if they have to cross train tracks. The cameras let them know if there is a train blocking their route. If so, they know to turn and go over the bridge and get to the incident faster. Saving minutes, saves lives.

Cooperation With Our Neighbors

We also work cooperatively with our neighboring communities, including O’Hare International Airport. Last year we assisted our neighbors 277 times! Our neighbors helped us 88 times.

We train with the Chicago Fire Department to be prepared to respond to an incident at O’ Hare, a train derailment or hazmat situation. This preparedness training means we can respond quickly and work safely together. We will also be able to share resources such as fire retardant foam needed for large scale events.  

Public safety personnel from O’ Hare Airport train with our Franklin Park First Responders in classroom settings, in our vacant buildings, and in our drill tower.  In return, our firefighters get advanced training at their state of the art burn pit and crash simulator. These scenarios simulate fuel spills, or incidents in the fuselage, where we must attack fires while rescuing passengers.

Teaching fire prevention in the home is a high priority. All family members should know the basics of fire safety. Every home should have working fire extinguishers, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and they should be tested regularly. All families should have an evacuation plan and a pre-arranged meet-up spot and practice that plan so you can assess how well it works.   

The Franklin Park Fire Department will be hosting an Open House Saturday, October 15, from 11 AM until 2 PM at Fire Station #2.  This is a great opportunity to learn how to keep your family safe. 

Yours in safety,

Mayor Barrett Pedersen


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Franklin Park, IL 60131

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