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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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Shred and Recycle Day – October 24


The Village of Franklin Park and State Representative Camille Lilly will host a free shred event on Saturday, October 24 from 9 AM to Noon at the Police Station. Bring your documents that contain your personally identifiable information including outdated medical records, tax returns and credit card or bank statements to be safely shredded. Please remove all clips and staples. To increase safety, please leave items in your car and they will be removed for you.

The Village will also collect electronics for proper recycling. To see the complete list of electronic items accepted, click here. The Police Department will accept medications and prescription drugs to ensure safe disposal. Also, bring your outdated cell phones and chargers too!

This is a residential shredding only (no commercial shredding) event and shredding will be accepted until the shred truck reaches capacity. There is a two-box limit per person. For more information, please call (847) 671-8236.

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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Utility Bill Assistance Through Leyden Family Services


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 here ..... Call (847) 455-3929 to schedule an over-the-phone appointment.

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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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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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.

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/.

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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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Washington Update from Our Congressman

I was pleased to have our Congressman Mike Quigley join in on Franklin Park’s Telephone Town Hall last month. Congressman Quigley believes that Representative is more than just a title; it is a job description. He has always been responsive to our Village’s needs and is very accessible to his constituents.

The Congressman provided an update on his efforts in Washington D.C. pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic and discussed his commitment to work to pass legislation to keep our communities safe and healthy. He discussed the growing economic crisis that has resulted from the coronavirus pandemic and indicated his support in legislation to expand assistance to families and small businesses during this difficult time.

Congressman Quigley also talked about the pressing need for additional funding for the U S Postal Service to meet the needs of Americans who rely on the mail for important services including prescription delivery. He argued that it is especially critical that the Post Office have adequate funding to manage the likely increase in vote by mail this fall due to the pandemic. By guaranteeing the Post Office was appropriately funded, he indicated that no one would be forced to choose between exercising their right to vote and protecting their health.We also discussed how as Americans, we have always embraced challenges and have used them as an opportunity to dream big as we did during the Great Depression. He is committed to working with Congress to enact a major infrastructure investment bill that would improve the daily lives of all Americans by creating a 21st century transportation network, rebuilding water systems, schools and other public facilities and making our electric and high-speed internet systems stronger. It would also create millions of good paying jobs for the American workforce.

Congressman Quigley’s district office staff is available to assist you with federal issues, including Social Security, Veterans benefits and immigration. You can contact his office at (773) 267-5926 or through his website at https://quigley.house.gov/.

Downtown Revitalization

Premier Luxury Apartments broke ground on its new luxury development located at 9600 Franklin Avenue. This six-story building will have 110 luxury rental units with four ground floor retail storefronts and dedicated parking. The building will feature two lobbies with fireplaces, a fitness center, a conference/media center, a rooftop patio, club room, pet spa/dog wash, and will incorporate the latest in soundproofed construction. The market rate apartments will include high end amenities and balconies; the developer expects monthly rental rates between $1,500 - $2,500. It is strictly a private sector development with no public financing obligations. The developer is not required to participate in any housing subsidy program and has indicated that no portion of the building will be set aside for housing vouchers. 

We believe that this development will help attract additional investment along Franklin Avenue and into our downtown district. To further foster downtown revitalization, the Village is increasing parking capacity to alleviate potential congestion and to be available for the new retail and restaurant opportunities. Public parking spaces will increase from 595 to 792. The Village’s new parking plan includes shifting Metra parking spaces to the north side of the tracks off Belmont and Pacific Avenue.

Additional Metra parking will be available on Belmont Avenue at the former Police Station and at the Leyden News Agency building after it is demolished. These parking expansions will help keep our residential streets clear from commuter parking. Expanded parking also encourages mass transit use, relieves traffic congestion, and helps our environment. Elimination of these buildings will remove eyesores from the community. The parking plan includes new landscaping and seasonal plants, which will transform the area and attract new investment and visitors to the downtown district.

Our Community Needs You to Be Counted

The deadline to complete the US Census is September 30. If Franklin Park is under counted because not everyone responds, our schools, roads, library, and other programs will not get the funding they deserve. As citizens, we pay our taxes and as a community, we deserve to get all the federal funding we deserve to support our needs. For every person not counted, the Village will lose $1,600 in annual federal funding, or $16,000 over the next decade. For example, if just 20 individuals are not counted, the Village will lose $320,000 over the next 10 years.

The Census count should include everyone in your household, no matter their age, gender, or ethnicity. Please include anyone who may be living at your address even if it is just temporarily. 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. Census takers are in the community. If you need assistance in Spanish or Polish to complete the Census, please call the office at 847 (671) 8236. Please participate!

Be safe, be well,

Mayor Barrett Pedersen

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