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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.


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.


First Neighborhood Watch Meeting - September 8

The Neighborhood Watch Program is a partnership between the community and the police to prevent crime. Members will learn to identify suspicious activity and report the activity to other neighbors and the police. Block Captains will serve as the primary liaison to the Police to communicate their block suggestions and concerns to law enforcement. This important program forges bonds among residents and reduces crime by building stronger relations between law enforcement and our residents.

Please plan to attend the first Neighborhood Watch meeting on Thursday, September 8, at 6 PM in the Community Room at the Police Station. Learn more about this important program and how you can become a block captain or a member.

Please join us in keeping our families safe and our neighborhoods secure, and sign up to be a Block Captain or Neighborhood Watch member at



Email us at neighborhoodwatch@vofp.com or phone 847-671-8203.


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


Keep Weeds and Lawn Mowed

Franklin Park residents are encouraged to mow their lawn on a regular basis and to eliminate weeds growing in alleys or behind your home. Grass and weeds that are high are breeding grounds for rodents and mosquitoes. Thank you for your cooperation!

Leyden Family Services Information and Assistance Days

Leyden Family Services will be at Village Hall on August 3, 17 and 31 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 list 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)

County Offers Low Cost Rabies Vaccines - August 23

The County’s Mobile Rabies Clinic will be in Franklin Park on Tuesday, August 23 from 10 AM to 2:45 PM in the Jewel parking lot at 10203 West Grand Avenue. The cost of a one-year rabies shot is $7 for dogs and cats and a three-year rabies shot is $21. Ferret vaccines are $9. Only cash or checks are accepted; no credit or debit cards. The rabies shot is the only vaccine that will be provided at the clinic and no microchips will be given that day.

Precautions will be taken due to the highly infectious canine flu. Dogs will not be allowed to socialize. Retractable leashes are not allowed and all dogs must be leashed using a straight leash or the animal must be in a carrying case. No indoor facilities will be used and the vaccine will not be administered in your vehicle. Any dog showing symptoms of illness will be moved away from other dogs.


Shred Event and Electronics and Cell Phone Recycling - August 27

The Village will partner with State Representative Camille Lilly to host a free Shred Event on Saturday, August 27, from 10 AM to Noon in the parking lot of the old Franklin Park Police Station. Shredding documents helps to protect your personal identity and to keep your private information out of the trash. The event is open to residents only and is not available for business use. No other items can be included. Two containers limit per person. You can also drop off electronics to be recycled. Download the list of what is acceptable here.......

Also, the Village will collect old and unwanted cell phones that day to refurbish for seniors to utilize in emergency situations. AT&T is underwriting the cost of the Shredding Truck. Material for shredding will be accepted until the truck reaches capacity.

2016 Franklin Park Fest Featuring Railroad Day Survey

Please take a minute to fill out the 2016 Franklin Park Fest Survey. Let us know what you liked and how you think we could improve the event in the future. We appreciate your feedback!


Village Study of the Crystal Creek Floodplain Complete

On May 5th the Village of Franklin Park held an open house to announce the findings and recommendations of the recently completed study of the Crystal Creek Watershed floodplain limits. As a result of this study, we expect the floodplain limits to be substantially reduced, and it is anticipated that the majority of properties within the Crystal Creek floodplain in Franklin Park will be removed from the currently adopted floodplain. Removal of a parcel or building from the 100-year floodplain could relieve the property owner of the requirement of purchasing costly flood insurance.

Visit the Engineering Department’s Floodplain Information webpage to learn more and to preview the findings.


Citizen Involvement Equals Community Empowerment

Our great Village has remained strong, safe and family-friendly because we are fortunate to have so many of our residents who are active and involved. Whether it is volunteering through our churches, schools or community organizations, serving on an Advisory Board or Commission, or reaching out to a neighbor in need, Franklin Park’s residents are quick to get involved. I am inviting residents to serve once again as part of Franklin Park’s Official Neighborhood Watch program. It creates a partnership between law enforcement and the community to allow us to come together to address a variety of community issues and learn the best way to report and reduce crime.

Neighborhood Watch – Join Now

This program, administered by our Police Department, is a crime prevention program that keeps our families safe and our neighborhoods secure. Through active participation, residents will get to know their neighbors and assist law enforcement in deterring and solving crimes. The program utilizes block captains who are the direct link between their neighbors and the police department. They will advise Neighborhood Watch participants on community issues, and plan ways that the community can work together. Our first Neighborhood Watch meeting will be Thursday, September 8, at 6 PM in the Community Room at the Police Station. Please attend to learn more about this important program and how you can become a block captain or a member. Members will receive an informative training manual. The Neighborhood Watch Program will conduct a series of scheduled meetings and will feature speakers from law enforcement who will discuss the latest developments in crime prevention as well updates on local, regional and national issues. Contact neighborhoodwatch@vofp.com or phone 847-671-8203 with questions. I know we will have a great turnout.

Be Part of the Process

Another way to be involved is to serve as an Election Judge. The Cook County Clerk’s office is looking for people to serve as poll workers for the November 8th Presidential Election! Poll workers will be paid from $175 to $325 based on the position. This is a great way to participle in our democratic process. Anyone interested should visit www.cookcountyclerk.com/judges or call 312-603-0965 to learn more and submit an application. Student positions are also available.


Franklin Park is making it easier for you to cast your vote. Beginning Monday, October 24 and ending on Monday, November 7, Village of Franklin Park will be hosting an Early Voting location. Early Voting for the November 8th General Election will take place in the Conference Room behind the Clerk’s Office, the entrance from the parking lot will be clearly marked. The dates and times are as follows: Monday through Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM and on two Sundays, October 30 and November 6 from 9 AM – 3 PM. Not registered to vote? No problem, register at the Clerk’s Office through October 11. Don’t miss your chance to make your voice heard through the power of your vote!



Mayor Barrett Pedersen


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