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Blood Drive – December 4


Give the gift of life by donating blood on Friday, December 4 from 3 – 7:30 PM in the Community Room of the Police Station.

Holiday Parade – December 5


The Village will hold a jolly, fun-filled holiday parade to allow Franklin Park families to safely experience some seasonal cheer. The parade will be held on Saturday, December 5 and will feature festively decorated Village vehicles and of course – Santa, Mrs. Claus, and elves! The parade will travel throughout town and will include many Village streets. All residents are invited to safely view the parade from their front yard, porch or parkways and sidewalks along the route. Residents are encouraged to decorate their homes. Children can hold up signs to greet Santa and tell him what gifts they hope to open on Christmas morning!

The parade will conclude at Hammill Square and Santa will help the Mayor, Clerk and Trustees light the Village Christmas tree.

The parade will kick-off at 2:30 PM from Fire Station #2 at 10001 Addison. To see the entire parade route .... click for map and click for street listing.

The parade is expected to last approximately 2 hours subject to traffic and trains. Please note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the annual event held inside the Utility Building including visiting and taking photos with Santa will NOT be held this year.

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Franklin Park Sparkles for the Holidays


Release your inner elf! Everyone is invited to participate in the Village’s annual Best Decorated Home for the Holidays Contest. To apply for consideration, please send an email to villagenews@vofp.com that includes your family’s name, address, phone number and photos of your decorated home by December 18. As we receive entries, we will feature your photos on our Village Facebook page to help spread Christmas cheer.

This year, the winners will be selected by the Village’s Beautification Committee, chaired by Village Trustee Karen Special. The winners will receive Board recognition and a prize. The Clerk’s Office will post a list of homes that have registered for the contest on our Village website. Plan to take your family for a drive to see the decorated homes and enjoy the festive decorations! 

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State of Illinois Announces New Mitigations


The State of Illinois announced new, statewide mitigations will take effect on Friday, November 20, in effort to help reduce the spread and rising positivity rate of COVID-19.

The new Tier 3 mitigation efforts include closing casinos, museums, and theaters, pausing indoor group sporting activities, and requiring personal care services, fitness centers and retail stores to operate at 25% capacity. Grocery stores and pharmacies may operate at up to 50% capacity. Utilize delivery or curbside pickup when possible. To view details regarding Tier 3 Resurgence mitigations, https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/restore-illinois-mitigation-plan.

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RESTORE ILLINOIS TIER 3 RESURGENCE MITIGATION FAQ

Suburban Cook County has issued an advisory asking residents to stay home as much as possible and only go out when needed, such as for work (if you cannot work from home), for school, for groceries, for pharmacy or take-out food pick-up, or other essential errands.

The State of Illinois' mitigations and the County's advisory request that people avoid gatherings with others outside of your household including for holidays and discourages non-essential travel.

Cook County Department of Public Health data tracks the number of new cases by town. Click https://ccdphcd.shinyapps.io/covid19/ and select “Case Data by Town” to see an update on the cases in Franklin Park.

Remember that COVID-19 is spread through contact with people who are near you. Close contact is considered being within six feet for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, even if wearing face coverings. Please adhere to the CDC guidelines by wearing a face mask, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands regularly. These practices remain the most effective ways of slowing the spread of COVID-19. If you are sick, please stay at home.

Please continue to check on the elderly and disabled and offer to assist them if 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 how to prevent the spread of the virus, click here Steps to Prevent the Spread of Viruses.

If you were unable to attend the Village's drive through mask distribution, call (847) 671-8236 to request masks be mailed to your home.

 

Contact Tracing Is Important

The Cook County Health Department (CCDPH) is utilizing contact tracing to help stop the spread of the virus. To learn more, go to https://cookcountypublichealth.org/communicable-diseases/covid-19/contact-tracing/.

If you have tested positive, please contact anyone who has been exposed to you so that they can consult with their primary physician or local health department to determine if they need to be tested and/or quarantined. COVID-19 can be spread 48 hours before an infected individual develops symptoms or tests positive. Also, anyone who tests positive or is experiencing symptoms should contact people they have been in close contact with, during that window.

The CCDPH is contacting individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and people who have been exposed to, or in close contact with, individuals who test positive. If you receive a call from 312-777-1999, please answer the call.

If you need support or assistance to effectively self-isolate or quarantine, please call the CCDPH COVID-19 Hotline at 708-836-4755, Monday through Friday 9 AM to 4 PM.

For more information about the symptoms and transmission of the virus:

 

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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Use the Drop Box to Facilitate Business with the Village


Village Hall is open with limited hours. 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/Snow Removal Payments

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Public Access to Village Hall with Limited Hours


Village Hall is open to the public with limited hours. Please use this website to access forms that can be filled out in advance to help speed processing. The Village encourages residents and businesses to use our convenient parking lot dropbox and online bill payment system to pay water bills here: http://www.villageoffranklinpark.com/departments/finance/. If you have questions regarding bill payments, 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 is open for walk-ins and encourages anyone seeking a permit to visit Village Hall or to call (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 is open for walk-ins 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 due to back-ups in processing with the federal government but you can go to www.travel.state.gov or call the Passport Customer Service at 1-877-487-2778 for questions or information.

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Healthcare Coverage Available 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/.

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Assistance with Utility Bill Payments


Utility bill payment assistance is available for residential customers who have been affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Customers who are challenged in paying their outstanding balances and electric bills should contact ComEd’s 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.

Nicor Gas is offering extended payment plan options, for up to 24 months, for customers in need with no down payments. These measures are designed to help customers avoid service disconnections and to lower monthly payments by spreading out costs over time. Visit nicorgas.com to establish a payment arrangement online.

Leyden Family Services can assist income-eligible households to apply for utility bill assistance for gas and electric service through the LIHEAP and other utility programs that will make a payment directly to the utility company on your behalf. To be eligible, households must meet program requirements, including meeting income guidelines. Households must be able to provide all required supporting documentation. You can learn more about income eligibility at vofp.com. Call (847) 455-3929 to schedule an over-the-phone appointment

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Final Branch and Leaf Pick-up


The Village’s contractor will continue leaf removal service until December 14th. Leaves cannot be picked-up if they are put in plastic bags or placed in the street. Please put leaves in brown biodegradable bags only and place them near your trash and recycling for pick-up. Bags can be purchased at local grocery and hardware stores. Please do not put or blow leaves into the street. It jams street sweepers and clogs sewers causing back-ups and street flooding. If possible, clear the leaves away from sewer covers in front of your home to prevent street flooding.

Burning leaves is not permitted. Residents can skip the raking and mulch their leaves by mowing over them and leaving them on your lawn to add nutrients and provide protection during the winter. Also, sprinkle over your plants and shrubs to help retain water during winter months.

The last pick-up of branches for the year will take place the week of November 16. Please have your branches on the parkway by 7 AM on Monday. If you have questions regarding size and weight restrictions, please call (847) 671-8252.

Yard waste pick-up will be collected through Monday, December 14.

The Department of Public Works will street sweep through late November. Please remember to check signs on your block for parking restrictions. For more information, call (847) 671-8252.

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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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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. The Village worked with Metra to design the required safety improvements. Metra expects to receive the last of the materials needed to complete the improvements by the end of this year. Metra expects to complete construction on the safety improvements in the Spring of 2021.

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 Quiet Zone Designation in Franklin Park.

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A Christmas Like No Other

Illinois is under Tier-3 Restrictions to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Hospitals are close to capacity to treat COVID-19 patients. We have come to the realization that our holidays will be different this year. Gatherings will include fewer people; meals will be smaller, and Christmas Day may include a Zoom session with extended family and friends.

The State and County health departments suggest limiting holiday celebrations to just your household members. Limiting gatherings with friends and family is difficult. But we also know that wearing our masks properly, over the nose and mouth and secured snugly, social distancing, avoiding crowds and frequent hand washing will save lives and stop the spread of the virus.  That would be a welcome Christmas present.

Though we may be missing large gatherings, there are many health care and essential workers who will be working tirelessly and will be away from their families on Christmas.  The pandemic has brought us new challenges. But up until now these heroes have met these challenges and have sacrificed for us to protect the health and safety of our families and communities!   We owe them our thanks, our respect, and our ongoing support this holiday season. Part of that support is reducing our exposure to COVID-19 so that more of us do not end up in the hospital.

 

Holiday Magic

The holiday season will still be a festive time in our Village.  One of our favorite traditions is displaying and lighting our Village Christmas tree at Hammill Square. We will miss coming together as a community to celebrate and enjoy each other’s company at Winterfest.  Santa will lead a parade through many streets throughout town to help create some socially distant magic on Saturday, December 5. Then he will help me light our tree in the gazebo.  I encourage you to drive by our beautiful tree and see the decorations the Village has put up around town.  Then go through our neighborhoods and enjoy the creative light displays and decorations created by your neighbors.  

Holiday seasons are often hectic, but this year the pandemic has caused us to slow down. We urge you to take advantage of the serenity and create your own magic. Grab that ugly sweater, put on some Christmas music, and try a new cookie recipe.  Be sure to share some with your neighbors!  We can spread joy by dropping off holiday treats at the doorstep of the homes of our senior or disabled neighbors.  You can also offer to help with shopping or take their holiday cards to the Post Office. 

And if you are blessed with abundance, share that bounty with others. Giving is the greatest gift. Please don’t forget that some in our community may be experiencing economic hardship this holiday season.  Leyden Family Services’ Food Pantry has a drop-off box in Village Hall. Please donate non-perishable food items or gift cards in any denomination for Jewel or Walgreen’s. 

With a vaccine that will be available to most of the public by March or April of next year, I am hopeful 2021 will bring us enhanced safety and a return to the social connections we are all missing. Until we can all see each other again in person, I wish you all a joyous, healthy, and safe holiday season.

Mayor Barrett Pedersen

 

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