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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.


Glazier Corporation

Glazier Corporation broke ground on a retail development on the corner of Mannheim Road and Crown Road, just north of Grand Avenue in November . Mayor Barrett Pedersen and Trustees Bill Ruhl, Cheryl McLean and John Johnson were on hand to welcome them to Franklin Park. Glazier closed on the 42,000 SF vacant site in October to develop a 3-unit retail center to include a Chipotle and a T-Mobile which will be operational by summer of 2017.


Holiday Bus tour of Decorations  -       December 2

Sign-up now to participate in the Franklin Park/ Schiller Park/River Grove Chamber of Commerce’s Holiday Bus Tour. View the Official Chicago Christmas Tree & listen to the Chicago Children’s Choir singing Christmas carols at Cloud Gate (The Bean) in Millennium Park. Afterwards visit the Christkindlmarket in downtown Chicago which offers great holiday shopping with unique gifts, a festive atmosphere and refreshments. You will have adequate time to walk and shop. The tour should last about 3½ - 4 hours. Seating is limited so reserve early! Pre-payment is required. Call Gaye Faro at 708-865-9510. 

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Support Toys for Tots

Please bring an unwrapped toy to the Franklin Park Police Department and drop it off in the lobby at 9451 Belmont Ave. Toys will be accepted through December 18. Thank you for helping to make a child’s Christmas a little brighter!


Paul G. Ruch Food Drive – December 10

It’s time to support the Paul G. Ruch Food Drive, one of the largest food donation events in Franklin Park! Place a bag or box of non-perishable food items on your front doorstep by 9 AM on Saturday, December 10. Area scouts will collect the food and bring it to the Leyden Family Services Food Pantry. If you cannot donate food, you can still donate to the Leyden Family Services Food Pantry by visiting their office at 10200 W Grand Avenue or by calling 847-455-5688. Thank you to Franklin Park Cub Scout and Boy Scout Troops for continuing this tradition!


Local Scout Is Collecting Bicycles

Franklin Park resident Mike Nowicki is working to make a difference in the lives of children in developing countries. As a part of his Eagle Scout project, Mike is collecting used bicycles and working with an organization that refurbishes them and ships them overseas. If you would like to donate a bike, contact Mike at 708) 409-0757 who will be collecting bikes until Dec 21.


Property Tax Appeal Workshop

Mayor Barrett Pedersen invites residents to attend a special Property Tax Assessment Appeal Workshop on Thursday, December 8 from 6 to 8 PM. Officials from Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Mike Cabonargi’s Office will be available to help residents file an appeal at the workshop or get guidance on how to file on-line by the December 13 deadline.


Donate to the Food Pantry

Please donate non-perishable food items to support the Leyden Township Food Pantry’s Holiday Food Drive. A drop-off box is located at Village Hall through-out the holiday season. Thank you for helping those in need during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays!


Hydrant Flow Testing

M.E. Simpson is preforming hydrant flow testing in our town for the Village of Franklin Park water department. M.E. Simpson will be doing it in all sections of town. This process will require M.E. Simpson to open fire hydrants to get our operating flows and system pressures. Signs will be posted in general sections according to areas they will be working in the day before. Any questions please feel free to contact us at Water department 847-671-8269, or main utilities number at 847-671-8252.

Leyden Family Services Information and Assistance Days

Leyden Family Services will be at Village Hall on November 9 and December 7 and 21 from 9:30 AM to Noon to help residents who have questions or need help applying for the government assistance programs listed below. Please remember to bring your award letter from Social Security and paycheck stubs that show the amount of income you receive. Many of the following programs require additional information to be brought with you so make sure to read the Document Checklist BEFORE you visit. Download it here.

  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
  • Medicare Savings Program
  • Benefit Access (License plate discount and ride free bus/train pass)
  • Extra Help (prescription assistance)
  • Doctor bills that you don’t understand
  • LIHEAP (energy assistance-when available)

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.


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



Make Franklin Park Sparkle!

It is hard to believe the holidays are here already. Franklin Park is a community that embraces and celebrates all cultures and holiday traditions. One of our favorite traditions is our Annual Best Decorated Home for the Holidays Contest. Go out to the garage or up into the attic and gather those snowmen, lights, reindeer, angels or stars. Stretch your creativity and maybe even start a little friendly competition with your neighbors. We can make Franklin Park the most festive town around. Let's show the whole region our spirit and become a destination as one of the best decorated Villages! Contest judges will drive through the Village to select winners who will receive a prize and special recognition at a Board meeting. What are you waiting for?

The Season of Giving

For many of us the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year. But for others, they are stressful. Some do not have the ability to put special packages under the tree. Some are fighting loneliness. And many may be struggling to put food on the table. One way you can help is to donate to the Leyden Food Pantry. There is a drop box in Village Hall for your donation of non-perishable food.

Our local churches and community groups also offer ways that you can make the holidays a little easier for those in need. You will be filled with the holiday spirit when you try to lift someone’s spirits this season. Take a plate of homemade cookies to a friend or neighbor and feel the warmth that comes from giving.

Meet Voodoo

The newest member of our Franklin Park Police Department. Voodoo is a valuable asset to law enforcement and to our officers. She helps in many ways including sniffing out illegal drugs, explosives and even helping to find missing persons. She also serves as a deterrent to potential troublemakers. She has been sworn in and is on the job! Voodoo is a big help, but she is also nice to have around!


The Village Board of Trustees and I wish everyone a happy, healthy and joyous holiday season.

Mayor Barrett Pedersen


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