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Block Group

Franklin Park is proud to welcome the Block Group to the Village of Franklin Park. Mayor Barrett Pedersen attended ribbon cutting at the company’s newly-renovated facility at 10632 Grand Avenue. The German-based and family-owned Block companies have facilities across Europe and Asia, making Franklin Park is the first and only Block location in North America. The Block companies manufacture transformers, reactors and more for international markets.

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Shining Smiles

Shining Smiles has opened its doors at 9704 Grand Avenue in Franklin Park. Mayor Barrett Pedersen, Clerk Tommy Thomson, Village Trustees James Caporusso, John Johnson, Bill Ruhl, Karen Special and Andy Ybarra attended a ribbon cutting to celebrate the business's grand opening. The dental company has three other locations in Bolingbrook, Plainfield and Chicago. Click here to visit the clinic's website.

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Lazy Moe's Mediterranean Grill

Lazy Moe's Mediterranean Grill has opened its doors at 9660 Franklin in downtown Franklin Park. Mayor Barrett Pedersen, Clerk Tommy Thomson, and Village Trustees James Caporusso, John Johnson, Bill Ruhl and Andy Ybarra attended a ribbon cutting to welcome the business to Franklin Park. Lazy Moe's offers Mediterranean favorites like falafel, hummus, baba ganoush, a variety of salads, and beef and chicken shawarma and kababs. Click here to check out Lazy Moe's menu.

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Dazz Boutique

Dazz Boutique has a new location at 3148 Calwagner Street in Franklin Park. Mayor Barrett Pedersen, Clerk Tommy Thomson, and Village Trustees James Caporusso, John Johnson and Karen Special attended a ribbon cutting to celebrate the new location. The locally-owned women's boutique offers a wide range of trendy clothing and accessories at affordable prices. 

Grand Avenue Facade Rebate Program


The Village of Franklin Park is accepting applications for businesses and property owners on Grand Avenue between Lucy Lane and Edgington Street who are interested in participating in the first ever Grand Avenue Facade Rebate Program. The goal of the program is to beautify and revitalize the Grand Avenue commercial corridor and encourage economic development in the area. The program provides incentives in the form of rebates for work that contributes positively to the public right-of-way by improving individual storefronts and facades. If you are interested in learning more about the program, contact the Department of Community Development & Zoning at (847) 671-8278.

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Water Collection at Village Hall


Travis Hall, a nine year old local resident has partnered with the Franklin Park Police Department to collect water for residents of Flint Michigan. Travis said he wanted to help out after reading about the water crisis in Flint. The water was deemed unsafe after the state switched the city from Detroit water to Flint River water. The water was highly polluted and caused lead to leach from old pipes, resulting in elevated lead levels in Flint children.

Village officials are asking people to drop off cases or gallon jugs of water at the Franklin Park Village Hall located at 9500 West Belmont by February 11. Donations will be accepted on Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM and on Saturdays from 9 AM to Noon. Travis and his mom will pick it up and take it Flint for distribution.

Telephone Town Hall - February 17


The Village will host a Telephone Town Hall on Wednesday, February 17 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. Mayor Barrett Pedersen will update listeners on Village programs and updates on road repairs and infrastructure improvements.

The Mayor will also take questions from callers on a range of topics including Home Rule Revenue Rebate Program for Homeowners should the Village become a Home Rule unit of Government..

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Fire Department Offers Free Smoke Alarms


The Franklin Park Fire Department is giving away one free smoke alarm per residence. In addition, a partnership with the local Ace Hardware will provide residents with coupons to purchase additional smoke alarms and other fire prevention items at a discount. Smoke alarms save lives and reduce the risk of dying in a fire by fifty percent. Click here to learn more.

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Clear Snow Around Hydrants


The Village is asking residents and business owners to clean around fire hydrants when cleaning snow from their properties and driveways. If a hydrant is buried in snow, firefighters will have a difficult time locating the buried hydrant during a fire when every second counts. Please clear an area of about 3 feet around each hydrant to allow firefighters to effectively connect to and open a hydrant. If you cannot participate, Please contact the Fire Department at 847-678-2400. Thank you for your cooperation!.

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Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program


A representative will be at Village Hall from 9 AM to 1 PM on the following Wednesdays to process applications: January 20,February 3 & 17, March 2, 16 & 30, April 13 & 27 and May 4 & 18.

Residents interested in applying should bring the following documents:

  • A Social Security / SSI (monthly) benefit letter for 2016.Your pension letter for the last 30 days.
  • A valid Photo ID.Social Security Cards for all members in the household.
  • Proof of income for the last 30 days for all house members 18 years or older.
  • A current NICOR and ComEd bill (disconnect notices have to be included if you are applying).
  • Your Medical Card.

If you have questions, please call the Village at 847-671-4800.

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Check Your License Plates!


Due to the Illinois budget crisis, the Secretary of State is not mailing vehicle registration renewal reminder notices. Please check the sticker on your plates and make sure you are up to date. You can sign–up to receive notices via e-mail and also get more information at the Illinois Secretary of State website: www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

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Metropolitan Water Reclamation District presented Mayor Barrett Pedersen with a special award


Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) President Mariyana Spyropoulos and Chairman of Finance Frank Avila presented Mayor Barrett Pedersen with a special award recently. The award is in recognition of the Village of Franklin Park’s commitment to the health and welfare of our residents and the environment by utilizing natural lawn care on all Village-owned properties and for encouraging and educating residents and businesses about natural lawn care techniques.

Village 2015 Street Improvement Projects


In 2014, Franklin Park residents approved a referendum to enact a 1% non-home rule sales tax in Franklin Park. These funds are dedicated solely to the repair and maintenance of Village streets. Construction will begin in July and run through September. Notices will be sent to residents in the affected area soon. Be aware that construction could cause traffic delays in the area. The Street Improvement Project will include:

Belmont Avenue from Mannheim to Ruby - Remove and replace failed asphalt areas, replace sections of failed curb and gutter and replace failed concrete alley aprons.

Calwagner Avenue from Grand to Chestnut - Remove and replace failed asphalt areas, surface recycling, asphalt overlay and replace sections of failed curb and gutter.

Lonnquist Drive from Ruby to Calwagner / Iona Lane from Ruby to Lonnquist /Dodge Lane from Lonnquist to Calwagner / LaSalle Court and Desoto Court - Remove existing asphalt (entire roadway), stabilize failed paved areas and resurface streets. Remove and replace all concrete sidewalk, curb and gutter. All aprons will be removed and replaced with concrete.

Nevada Avenue from George to Scott / Dora Street from Nevada to Sarah / Sarah Street from Nevada to Fullerton - Remove existing asphalt (entire roadway), stabilize failed paved areas and resurface with asphalt.

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Village Holds the Line on Property Taxes – Again!

Since taking office in 2009, I have been committed to lowering our tax levy and finding alternative ways to fund much needed Village improvements without impacting property taxes. The Board of Trustees and I made a commitment to stabilizing our Village finances which has resulted in six years of virtually no change in the Village’s property tax levy. The Village’s property tax levy is at its lowest since 2008.

Decreasing Our Debt Service

We made a dedicated effort to reduce our debt service levy by abating four bond levies previously collected from property owners, resulting in a decrease of between $200,000 to $250,000 annually. In fact, because of our progress in this area, our debt service levy is now at its lowest point since tax year 2008. This would not have been possible without the Board’s dedication to disciplined spending and conservative budgeting. Additionally, the Village of Franklin Park is extremely fortunate to have a dedicated staff that is committed to delivering high quality services at a reasonable cost to the taxpayer.

Home Rule Revenue Rebate Program for Homeowners

In December, the Village Board unanimously passed a resolution pledging to abide by the Property Tax Cap even if residents vote in favor of the Village becoming a Home Rule unit of government. In January, the Board unanimously passed a resolution for a Home Rule Revenue Rebate program that would take effect if the Village becomes a Home Rule unit. The program would rebate revenue generated from Home Rule to eligible homeowners annually for a minimum of three years.

Residential homeowners who live in their home would receive a rebate of no less than $100 and as much as $500 and senior homeowners who live in their home would receive a rebate of no less than $150 and as much as $500 per tax year. After the three year rebate of Home Rule revenue, all funds generated by Home Rule will be dedicated to road repair and replacement. The Board will not waiver from our strong commitment to holding the line on property taxes and we will be responsible in our use of tax dollars if the Village becomes Home Rule. These two Board resolutions and the Board’s unanimous support underscore that commitment.

Mayor Barrett Pedersen

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