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Vehicle Stickers On Sale Now


Every vehicle registered to a Franklin Park resident needs a vehicle sticker including cars, trucks, motorcycles, etc. Vehicle Stickers must be displayed on the lower right corner of your windshield by July 31. Passenger car stickers cost $30. Seniors, who are 65 or older, receive one free vehicle sticker per household. Owners of electric vehicles receive a free vehicle sticker and hybrid vehicles pay a reduced rate of $15. Purchase a renewal vehicle sticker via mail or on-line.

If you are a Franklin Park resident and have purchased a new vehicle or recently moved to Franklin Park, you will need to provide a copy of your license plate registration showing your Franklin Park address in order to purchase a sticker. Please call Village Hall for more details at 847-671-4800.

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Public Access to Village Hall with Limited Hours


Beginning July 13, Village Hall will be open to the public,Monday through Friday from 8 AM to Noon. Please use this website to access forms that can be filled out in advance to help speed processing. We anticipate long wait times at Village Hall for those who are coming to make water bill payments or purchase vehicle stickers. Please use the drop box or online bill pay if possible for water bills here The Village strongly encourages residents and businesses to use our convenient online bill payment system to pay water bills here: http://www.villageoffranklinpark.com/departments/finance/. If you have questions regarding bill payments or vehicle sticker purchases, call (847) 671-4800. Also, please contact us if you need to make special arrangements to facilitate assistance with payments.   

Everyone entering Village Hall will be required to wear a face mask or covering and to maintain a social distance of six feet or more while in the building. Only a limited number of visitors will be allowed in the building at one time and you may be required to wait outside until it is safe for you to enter.  

Residents 60 years or older and anyone with an underlying health condition or disability, are encouraged to visit Village Hall from 8 to 9 AM, Monday through Friday. The Village is asking the community to please refrain from visiting during this time that is being set aside for seniors and those with health issues so they can be accommodated quickly.

The Building Department will be open for walk-ins and encourages anyone seeking a permit to visit Village Hall between the hours of 9 AM and Noon. Special arrangements can also be made by calling (847) 671-8245. Permits can be obtained by using our online services. You can fill out forms and put them in the parking lot drop box and someone will contact you to pick up the permit. Go to  http://www.villageoffranklinpark.com/departments/building/ 

The Clerk’s Office will be open for walk-ins from AM and Noon but is encouraging you to utilize online services if possible. For forms or questions, you can email at clerk@vofp.com or call (847) 671-8242.  Garage sale registration, yard party and/or Freedom of Information Act request forms are available at the Clerk's page at or by calling the Clerk's Office. Return forms via email or by using the Village drop box. Garage sale registration can also be done by calling the Clerk’s Office, about a week in advance of a sale and a confirmed registration will be mailed to you.  Passport services are suspended until further notice but you can go to www.travel.state.gov or call the Passport Customer Service at 1-877-487-2778 for questions or information.

Use the Drop Box to Facilitate Business with the Village


Starting July 13, Village Hall will be open with limited hours to the public, on Monday - Friday from 8 AM to Noon only. Village staff is available to conduct business via email or over the phone on Monday through Friday until 4:30 PM. Also, you can utilize the drop box located in the parking lot of Village Hall anytime. 

Please do not put cash in the drop box. If a document does not fit, call the respective department and special arrangements can be made. For more information, call (847) 671- 4800. You can use the drop box for the following:

  • Water Bill Payments
  • Vehicle Sticker Payments
  • Permit Applications and Fees
  • Zoning Applications
  • Freedom of Information Act Requests (FOIAs)
  • Garage Sale Registrations
  • Yard Party Registrations
  • Handicapped Application Forms
  • Business License Payments
  • Grass Cutting Payments

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Illinois Moves to Phase 4


Beginning June 26, Illinois will enter Phase 4 of the Governor's Restore Illinois Plan. Individuals are required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or a cloth face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain a six-foot social distance. Face-coverings are required in public indoor spaces such as stores and office buildings. Children under the age of two years old and those who are unable to medically tolerate a face-covering are excluded.
 

Phase 4 allows indoor dining and visits to zoos, museums and theaters, all with capacity limits.  It also allows for some event arenas to be open with restrictions and capacity limits. Phase 4 allows for social gatherings of up to 50 people or fewer. To see more about what Phase 4 includes, https://dceocovid19resources.com/assets/Restore-Illinois/businessguidelines4/phase4overview.pdf

 

Please remember that the pandemic is not over. Everyone should continue to practice social distancing, wash their hands regularly and wear a mask.  If you are sick, please stay home. New COVID-19 outbreaks that cause rises in positive cases and hospitalizations could result in moving back to Phase 3.

Please continue to check on the elderly and disabled and offer to assist them is possible.

This virus can be spread before you even know you have it. Proceed as if you can be spreading the virus. For more information on the how to prevent the spread of the virus, click here Steps to Prevent the Spread of Viruses

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Watch for Lane Closures on Mannheim Road


Beginning the week of July 11, traffic on Mannheim Road will be reduced by a single lane (intermittently) in both directions under I-294 as needed between 9 AM and 3:30 PM.

These closures are needed to provide a safe work zone for workers and accommodate drivers while substructure concrete repairs and electrical work take place on the I-294 bridge over the Bensenville Rail Yard. When there is no active work, all lanes on Mannheim Road will be reopened until work zones and closures are needed again. The work is anticipated to occur through July, weather permitting.

COVID-19 Testing Sites Available in Illinois


Testing sites are open to all regardless of symptoms. Testing is FREE and no appointment, doctor referral or insurance is needed. The closest testing site is the Harwood Heights facility at 6959 W. Forest Preserve Road in Chicago and is open daily from 7AM to 3 PM. To learn more, go to dph.illinois.gov/covid19/covid-19-testing-sites.

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ComEd Announces Comprehensive COVID-19 Package to Assist Customers


To help families and communities recover from the economic challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, ComEd has announced a COVID-19 assistance effort that provides more flexible payment options, financial assistance for past due balances; an extension in suspension of service disconnections and waiver of late fee charges. The package also provides bill assistance for eligible low-income customers, more flexible payment options for customers and the waiver of certain deposits and fees for an extended period of time.

Customers who are challenged in paying their outstanding balances and electric bills should contact ComEd’s customer care team as soon as possible at 800-334-7661, Monday through Friday from 7 AM - 7 PM to take advantage of new and existing assistance options. More information is available at ComEd.com/CARE.

Illinois Tollway Approves Railroad Agreements for New I-490 Tollway and Western Access to O'Hare International Airport

June 02, 2020


The Illinois Tollway released information regarding agreements with the railroad, marking significant progress for the I-490 Tollway Project.  The I-490 Tollway Project hopes to improve access to O’Hare International Airport for businesses and communities. 

The forms of agreement will allow for the mutual exchange of property rights necessary for construction of the new I-490 Tollway extending south from the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) to the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) with interchanges creating new access into and around O’Hare International Airport.  The agreement will also enable improvements to rail operations in the Chicago Terminal area. 

Click here to read the entire press release.

Required: Outdoor Licensed Premise Permit for Outdoor Dining Areas


In accordance with the Governor’s latest Executive Order regarding outdoor dining for restaurants in Illinois, the Village has produced an application for an Outdoor Licensed Premise Permit.  This permit is required for all restaurants that intend to operate an outdoor dining area.  All outdoor licensed premises must adhere to all local and state guidelines for approval.  These guidelines are attached to the permit application in Executive Order No. 2020.04 and the Restore Illinois Outdoor Dining Guidelines.

Outdoor Licensed Premise Permit applications must be submitted to the Building Department for review.  Applications and required supplemental materials can be submitted at Village Hall via the Water Bill Drop Box in the parking lot.  Permit applications will not be accepted without a valid signature.

The application and guidelines for requirements can be accessed here:

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Restore Illinois Outdoor Dining Guidelines

If you have any questions, please contact the Building Department at (847) 671-8245.

Guidance for building owners to address potential water quality issues prior to “re-opening” buildings


The Village of Franklin Park Water Department understands that this is a stressful time for our community and for the customers that we serve. Please know that we continue to take all steps necessary to maintain safe, reliable water service.

More information can be found on the following links below:

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Street Sweeping and Branch Pick-up Begins Again on June 15


The Village’s Department of Public Works will begin regular street sweeping beginning on June 15. Residents are reminded to move their cars to facilitate cleaning. Please check signs on your block for parking restrictions.

The Village will restart regular branch pick-up service June 15. Place reasonably sized branches on the front parkway for collection by 7 AM on Monday of the pick-up week indicated below. The branches will be removed sometime by the end of the day Friday.

If your branches are put out late (after 7 AM on Monday of the pick-up week), it is possible that you could miss the pick-up. Village trucks begin promptly and if they have already driven through your section of town, your branches will not be collected until the next scheduled pick-up week.

Please note that if storm clean-up is necessary, the Village may need to delay a scheduled branch pick-up. In this situation, we will resume branch collection where we left off the following week. If you have any questions regarding the schedule or size and weight requirements, please call 847-671-8252.

Pick up weeks are:

  • June 15 & 29
  • July 13 & 27
  • August 10 & 24
  • September 7 & 21
  • October 5 & 19
  • November 2 & 16 (Weather permitting do to leaf pick up and or snow).

Healthcare Coverage Availabe if You Lost Your Employer-based Coverage Due to Coronavirus


The Marketplace Health Insurance Exchange (in accordance with the Affordable Care Act) in Illinois is now holding a special open enrollment period for uninsured individuals amid the spread of the novel coronavirus also known as COVID-19.  

 

If you lost your job or experienced a reduction in hours due to COVID-19 that has resulted in losing your job-based health plan, you may qualify to enroll in a Marketplace plan now. To learn more, go to https://www.healthcare.gov/coronavirus/.

Flushing Wipes Can Clog Pipes


Please do not flush wipes of any kind down the toilet, even those that are labeled flushable or biodegradable. This could lead to sewer backups and in-home plumbing issues. The wipes collect with other matter and get drawn into sewer lift station and wastewater treatment plant pumps where they can clog or damage the pumps and require manual cleaning.

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Leyden Family Services Offering Assistance Over the Phone


Leyden Family Services' Seniors & Benefits Department is available to assist you by telephone! Over the phone appointments are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM. Staff can assist with to apply for Medicare, Medicaid and other governmental programs. Call (847) 455-3929 to make an appointment.

Click here for more info..... Leyden Family Service – Seniors & Benefits Department

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Count Franklin Park In! -- The 2020 Census is Simple, Safe and Important


TThe results of the Census determine the number of representatives Franklin Park will have in the US Congress and in the Illinois General Assembly. The census data will be used to determine the distribution of federal funds that are used in education, local health care, housing and employment programs. If Franklin Park is under counted because not everyone responds, our schools and other programs may not get the funding they deserve.

The Census count should include everyone in your household, no matter their age, gender or ethnicity. People who may be living at your address temporarily should be counted too. The more people who are accurately counted in the Census, the more money Franklin Park will get from state and federal funds!

Complete the Census today at www.my2020census.gov or by calling 844-330-2020.

Para más información en Español llame al 847-671-8236.

Jeśli potrzebujesz więcej informacji w języku polskim zadzwoń na numer 847-671-8252.

Franklin Park is COUNTING on you to participate! Watch this website for more information.

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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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July 2020

Wear a Mask, Wash Your Hands, Watch Your Distance

There is a saying that you are blessed if you live in interesting times. No one can dispute that these last few months have been ‘interesting’. As I reflect on the turmoil and uncertainty of these past few months, I am encouraged by Franklin Park’s resiliency, compassion, kindness, and sense of community. I am grateful to our residents, businesses, staff, and the Board for how they have demonstrated the highest ideals of our great Village.

Visit Our Restaurants - Safely

Illinois has now entered Phase 4 of the reopening process in response to COVID-19. Indoor dining, zoos, museums, and some event arenas are open with restrictions and capacity limits. I know we are all glad to be able to get out and enjoy some of our favorite past times. We are also thankful for the economic boost this will give to our small businesses.

This reopening does not mean that the pandemic is over. Risks still exist. Masks must be worn when in public places, social distancing must be observed, and regular hand washing should be maintained. We have been able to achieve Phase 4 because our community and business owners were diligent in adhering to the guidelines which allowed for slowing the spread.

We must continue to be cautious and prudent during this phase or we will move backwards and erase the progress we have made. So please, enjoy Franklin Park’s restaurants, but remember to be safe and stay well.

Franklin Park Policing Update

Currently, there is a national discussion taking place regarding the policies, training, and practices of police departments. In Franklin Park, we must strive to ensure that our Police Department’s overarching mission is to keep our community safe while respecting the rights and dignity of all. I am committed to working with our Police Department to make sure that we are principled in our approach to training, incorporating innovation, continuing to embrace sensitivity, and promoting mutual respect. As we move forward, we must include community voices in our policies and build upon established relationships with our residents to ensure collaborative problem solving.

Our police officers are trained to the highest industry standards and will utilize techniques that de-escalate tense or dangerous situations to safeguard our citizens and our officers. Additionally, our police officers will continue to attend sensitivity and community relations training. Our Police Department does not stock tear gas, flash bangs or rubber bullets. Officers who carry any special weapons or equipment must be retrained and requalified annually. Most importantly, we will abide by the principle that it should be the last resort to take a human life.

We are undertaking a review of departmental policies including our use of force procedures and we are committed to enacting reforms, as necessary. We are open to modernizing our policies and providing training to ensure the highest level of safety for the public and for our officers. We are currently seeking grants to obtain state-of-the-art equipment that will increase transparency and accountability. We are committed to maintaining and enhancing an environment where we work in partnership with the community to make certain that everyone’s rights are preserved.

Western Access Milestone

The Illinois Tollway recently approved agreements with Canadian Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads that will pave the way for the I-490 Tollway project to accommodate roadway and interchange construction. This agreement will allow the construction to cross the Union Pacific Railroad at several points and achieve true access into O’Hare Airport from the west.

The Elgin O’ Hare Western Access Project is one the most important and impactful economic development and infrastructure projects in decades. Suburbs to the west of the airport will now be able to benefit from their proximity to the airport and experience a reduction in traffic congestion. In addition, the project will create thousands of jobs and increase tax revenue for the region.

I have worked closely with three administrations to bring this vital transportation project, which will solidify our prominence as the Crossroads of North America, to completion. I thank the Tollway Board and staff for their diligent work. This is a true example of regional cooperation. I thank all the stakeholders, public and private, for their commitment and tenacity. Looking forward to realizing the benefits for Franklin Park. Enjoy the summer safely.

Enjoy the summer safely.

Mayor Barrett Pedersen

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In June, the Village handed out free face masks to residents at a drive-up distribution site. If you were not able to attend, call (847) 671-8236 to arrange a pickup. Masks are a physical barrier to protect from viral and bacterial droplets after a cough or sneeze and also prevent the spread of micro droplets that disperse while speaking. 
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