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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.


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.


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.


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. 


Best Decorated Home for the Holidays

Residents are encouraged to light up our town and light up our spirits with joyful, fun and festive spectacles this holiday season! Our Annual Best Decorated Home for the Holidays Contest is in full swing. Contest judges will drive through the Village right before Christmas looking for creative and imaginative displays. Winners will receive a prize and special recognition from our Board of Trustees for demonstrating exceptional holiday spirit.


Christmas at Hammill Square - December 3

The Village of Franklin Park will sponsor the annual Tree Lighting on Thursday, December 3 from 6 – 8 PM at Hammill Square Gazebo at Belmont & Edgington. Admission is free and children can have their photos taken with Santa Claus! Join your friends and neighbors to celebrate the season and help decorate our Village Tree. Bring an ornament or make one at the Park District’s Children’s Craft Table.

Holiday music will be performed by District 84 elementary school students. The event will feature food and holiday items for sale. Enjoy refreshments, served by our Village Mayor and Trustees. Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Leyden Food Pantry. New socks will be collected by District 84 PTA and the Village will be collecting old and non-working holiday lights and electrical cords. Click here to download the flyer.


Police Department's Toys for Tots Program

The Franklin Park Police Department annual Toys for Tots campaign helps spread holiday cheer to area children. Please bring an unwrapped toy, in original packaging to the Franklin Park Police Department at 9451 Belmont Ave. Toys will be accepted from November 28 through December 14. Thank you for donating! Click here for more details.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

A representative will be at Village Hall on the following dates, October 21, Oct 28th, Nov 25th, Dec 9th, Dec 23rd from 9:30 AM to 1 PM to process LIHEAP applications. Please bring the following documents with you: a Social Security / SSI (monthly) benefit letter for 2015, 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) and bring your Medical Card.

Click here for additional information.


Leaf 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. Do NOT rake leaves into the street.

Fall is a great time to mulch leaves and use the remnants to sprinkle over plants and shrubs to help retain water over the 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 protecting from winter weather. If you have questions regarding recycling or composting, please contact Andy Smolen at (847) 708-2963.

Apply Now for Senior Snow Removal

Seniors are encouraged to apply 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

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.


Street Improvement Program Wraps for 2015

Our 2015 Streets Program is winding down as we prepare for winter. We have been fortunate to complete so much work this season thanks to the 1% Non-Home Rule sales tax that was dedicated to this effort.

Many residents and business owners have commented on how happy they are to see these improvements throughout town. While not everyone has seen their street improved, these infrastructure improvements provide benefit to our whole community. We prioritized our work by rebuilding and resurfacing streets that were considered in failed condition. I want to thank our Citizens Advisory Committee on Infrastructure for helping us select these projects.

These much needed street improvements have enhanced our quality of life and increased our safety. Emergency and law enforcement vehicles can access incidents more quickly and safely. Vehicle damage is lessened when we do not have to travel on pot-holed streets. New businesses find our Village more attractive for investment because our streets are well maintained. Existing businesses are encouraged to invest and expand because they know we have reliable infrastructure.

None of these critical projects would have been possible without the funds received from the 1% Non-Home Rule sales tax. Franklin Park residents approved the referendum to enact this tax in November, 2014. These funds are dedicated solely to repair and maintain Village streets. They are not diverted for other purposes. .

Referendum Questions on March 2016 Ballot

The Village Board approved resolutions calling for the placement of three referendum questions on the March 15, 2016 ballot. The first referendum will ask residents if the Village should conduct a feasibility study regarding the construction of a pedestrian underpass near the Metra Station from Ruby to 25th. As you know, over the years, there has been some discussion about this major safety issue. Some Leyden High School students often go around stopped trains and lowered gates to get to school on time. Many parents have told me that though there has been education and awareness campaigns to stop this behavior, sometimes students follow their own rules. To address this issue, the Village wanted to allow residents the opportunity to provide input on this safety improvement. The feasibility study would give us a better idea of the practicality, budget and timeline to construct an underpass.

Another issue we frequently hear about in the news is the hiring of family members of elected officials within local government. While my administration has established a policy against such hiring, this referendum question asks if the Village should prohibit the hiring of a family member of any Village Officer, Director and Department Head as well as Elected Official.

The third referendum question asks residents to decide if the Village of Franklin Park should become a unit of Home Rule government. Most of our neighboring communities are Home Rule and this status is automatically allowed, by state law, to municipalities with a population of over 25,000. This binding referendum would give Franklin Park the same self- governing abilities.

Mayor Barrett Pedersen


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