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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

Beware of IRS Scams Targeting Taxpayers


If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! In recent years, thousands of people have lost millions of dollars and their personal information to tax scams and fake IRS communication. Remember that the IRS does NOT initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. In addition, the IRS does not threaten taxpayers with lawsuits, imprisonment or other enforcement action.

You can learn more about scams targeting taxpayers including aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents, identity theft over the web and scam artists posing as taxpayer advocates by clicking the links below. Unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS, or from an IRS-related component such as EFTPS, should be reported to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov.

For more information, visit the IRS's Report Phishing web page.

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Senior Seminar on Reverse Mortgages and More - March 30


Mayor Barrett Pedersen will host a special seminar for seniors entitled “Reverse Mortgages, What the TV Ads Don’t Tell You”. The session will explain how reverse mortgages work and will highlight the advantages and disadvantages versus other various financial alternatives.

The seminar is sponsored by the Fair Lending/Home Preservation Law Project at The John Marshall Law School.It will also include information on how to recognize and avoid the most common scams and frauds that target seniors including financial exploitation.

This FREE seminar will be held on Thursday, March 30 at 10:30 AM in the Community Café in Park District’s North Park. Registration is not required. The event will also include information from other organizations that serve our senior community. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 847-671-8236.

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The Clerk’s Office is hosting the site in the conference room located behind their offices, with easy access from the parking lot. Early Voting hours for the upcoming April 4 General Election run from Monday, March 20 through Monday, April 3. There are no Sunday hours at this site. Early voting hours are: -

  • Monday – Saturday (both weeks) – 9AM to 5PM
  • Monday (April 3)- 9AM to 5PM

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Village Begins Branch Pick-up


Please place all reasonably sized branches where you put your trash for pick-up by 7 AM on Monday of the pick-up week, and the branches will be picked up by the end of the day Friday. If the branches not be picked up due to unforeseen issues, we will resume collection where we left off on the following week. If branches are put out late and not by 7 AM on Monday of the pick-up week, and trucks have already gone through that section of town, branches will not be picked up until the next scheduled pick up week. If you have any questions call 847-671-8252. Pick up weeks are:

  • March 20th
  • April 3rd and 17th
  • May 1st, 15th and 30th (due to Holiday)
  • June 12th and 26th
  • July 10th and 24th
  • Aug 7th and 21st
  • Sept 5th  (due to Holida)y and 18th
  • Oct 2nd, 16th and 29th
  • Nov 13th - last pick up date (weather permitting)

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The Village of Franklin Park is accepting applications for our part-time Summer Youth Program.


  1. Applicants must be a currently enrolled High School student who has taken college admission tests (e.g.,ACT) – or applicant must include proof of registration for such test; or Student enrolled for 2016-2017 in accredited college, university or graduate school;
  2. Written recommendations from school official, professor, teacher or guidance counselor (for first time participants only);
  3. Minimum grade point average of “C” or equivalent - applicant must include proof  from current school of grade point average;
  4. Minimum Age: 16 (at time of application)  Maximum Age: 22 (at time of application)

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Senior Citizens - Apply Now for Grass-Cutting Program


The Village is accepting applications now for the Senior Grass Cutting Program, which will run from April until the end of October. Qualified seniors will pay $7 per cut. Applications are being mailed to past participants. New applicants should go to Village Hall or call 847-671-8240. If you have previously been on the grass or snow program and your health condition has not changed, you will not need to send in a new doctor’s note, but will need to submit an application. You must be living on the premises to qualify. Space is limited, so get your applications in as soon as possible!

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Apply Now for Sidewalk Program


Homeowners can apply now for the Village's 50/50 Sidewalk Program to replace damaged and cracked concrete or trip hazards on the public sidewalk near your home. The homeowner and the Village share the cost evenly. Please call at 847-671-8217 to be placed on the list. The Village will contact you to make an appointment to discuss the details.

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Village Celebrates Demolition of Former Motorola Headquarters and Digital Realty Expansion


On January 25, 2017, the Village of Franklin Park and Digital Realty held Demolition Day at the former headquarters of Motorola, a vacant 750,000 SF facility located at 9401 Grand Avenue in Franklin Park. WBBM Newsradio's report on the event can be listened to at chicago.cbslocal.com.

The San Francisco-based data center firm Digital Realty purchased the 18.5-acre site in 2016, which has sat vacant for over 20 years. Digital Realty plans to demolish the property’s existing offices and warehouse structures in order to build a new 470,000 square foot data storage center and a 78,000 square foot ComEd substation. Digital Realty is the world’s largest data center firm, owning and managing technology-based real estate and digital infrastructure for cloud-based computing globally. The firm operates 156 data centers across 4 continents and 11 countries. Digital Realty originally selected the Franklin Park location due to its close proximity to multiple fiber providers and utility substations, as well as its convenient access to O’Hare International Airport and Chicago’s downtown.

According the Village Mayor Barrett Pedersen, “The Village is thrilled to grow with Digital Realty. This demolition marks a historic return of tech-based investment and innovation to the Village.” The proposed data center is an expansion of Digital Realty’s existing 23-acre data storage campus, located directly east at 9333-9377 Grand Avenue. The campus consists of 3 buildings totaling 575,000 square feet. While still in its final phase of construction, the facilities will soon be fully leased. After the redevelopment of 9401 Grand Avenue, Digital Realty’s Franklin Park campus will encompass 41 acres of land. Digital Realty’s demolition of the building and redevelopment of the property will create a significant number of high-tech and construction jobs and generate substantial property and electrical transaction taxes.

You can watch the video of the Demolition Day event here .....

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXjb0i2co_4Owi1AOG_aQZw

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Construction of New Retail Establishments


Construction is underway for a new retail development at Mannheim and Crown Roads, just north of Grand Avenue. Glazier Corporation is working through the winter to construct a three unit retail center where Chipotle and T-Mobile have signed leases and should be open by summer. Also a Starbucks is being constructed on the hard corner of Grand and Mannheim.

Leyden Family Services Information and Assistance Days


Leyden Family Services will be at Village Hall on March 1, 15 and 29 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)

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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

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Strong Financial Standing, Higher Ratings, With Lower Tax Levy

Hard work by our staff and due diligence by our Board of Trustees has allowed the Village’s overall tax levy for 2016 to be at the lowest level since 2009. Outstanding financial management has prompted Standard & Poor’s to raise our credit rating to A+. This has allowed us to considerably lower our debt service levy which has declined over 25% since 2009, as well as our cost of borrowing, which we have used to achieve interest expense savings of $3.4 million, over the next several years. The Village portion of your overall Franklin Park tax bill has also declined. Only 17% of your property tax bill goes to the Village. We know how hard you work for your money. Please know we are working hard to manage it wisely.

New Business, New Vitality, Without Incentives

We are all excited that Franklin Park will now have a Starbucks and a Chipotle. Digital Realty’s expansion and new construction will revitalize Grand Avenue and make our town even more attractive for future business expansion and relocation. Businesses seek out Franklin Park because of our convenient location, our access to markets and skilled labor and our reliable infrastructure. They also know that we have cut the red tape, making it easier to expand, invest and grow.

Our economic development professionals work closely with our business community to make sure that they have the resources they need to be successful. What we do NOT offer in Franklin Park is taxpayer give-a-ways from the Village to attract business. How did we do it? The old fashioned way – hard work! I am proud that we have seen excellent growth. We have partnered with our local business and community leaders to create an environment for success. We listen to their needs and they have responded. You can look forward to more new business activity in the coming months.

Are the Trains Getting Longer?

Several residents have told me that it seems like trains are getting longer. Well they are right. As a matter of fact, the federal government now allows some trains to be up to two miles long! Waiting for a two mile-long train to pass can be frustrating, but being held up by a stopped train can be infuriating. I have been in contact with the Federal Railroad Administration to discuss this situation and to express that this is a serious safety issue for our residents, especially students trying to get to school on time and also a commerce issue for our businesses. It is imperative that we report train stoppages. Please call 847-678-2444 and report the location of the stopped train; i.e. Calwagner, Ruby, 25th. Norcomm dispatchers will convey the time and date to our Police Department for further review. Making railroad officials aware of the problem will speed up a resolution.

Are the Trains Getting Quieter?

Soon! The Trustees and I know that Quiet Zones, areas where trains cannot use their horns, is of utmost importance to our residents The Village submitted an application for a Quiet Zone on the Canadian Pacific line and was notified recently that our application was approved. We have been completing the necessary steps to qualify for a Quiet Zone and have Hancock Engineering designing the required safety measures at Rose and Ruby Streets and at the pedestrian crossings at the Metra Station and Calwagner Street. We will be working with Metra to get the improvements at the Metra Station and Calwagner designed and installed. Upon completion, the operating railroads will be notified that a Quiet Zone is in place. That will make us all sleep easier!

Mayor Barrett Pedersen

 
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