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Quiet Zone Status – August 2023

  The final phase of the Quiet Zone process required each entity to make safety improvements. Despite COVID-related setbacks, Metra has completed their required pedestrian safety improvements.

 The Village has also completed $1.2 million in safety improvements which included installing the delineators down the centerline of the roads at 25th and Ruby. The Village of River Grove has completed their required safety improvements by installing required delineators at the River Road and Thatcher Avenue Railroad Crossings.

   Additional paperwork required for our joint application  to establish a Quiet Zone with the Village of River Grove was submitted to the ICC in late August. The Village confirmed with the ICC that our application is being processed. If additional information is required, the Village is prepared to respond immediately and will submit any documentation that may be needed. We are hopeful that the designation could be in place in the next several weeks.

   Please watch this website, our Village Facebook page and newsletter or the latest updates. 

To learn more about the Quiet Zone Updates.....

Leyden Family Services at Village Hall

Leyden Family Services will be at Village Hall to help residents who have questions or need help applying for government programs including Medicare, Medicaid, and LIHEAP. Staff can also help with understanding medical bills, prescription assistance, and more. Bring your Social Security award letter and paycheck stubs that show the amount of income you receive. No appointment is necessary. 

Document Checklist

Scheduled Village Hall dates are from 9 AM to Noon on

May 17th    June 21st

July 19th    August 16th

September 20th    October 18th  

November 15th    December 20th


National Permit Discharge Elimination System Permit




Franklin Park is Participating in a Municipal Electric Aggregation Program


 The Village of Franklin Park has restarted our Municipal Electric Aggregation Program. At no cost to residents or the Village, Franklin Park will be supporting green energy. Due to the aggregation program, the Village will be purchasing over 3,000,000 kWh's of green energy, or the equivalent energy of replacing 600 gasoline powered cars for a year. 

 MC Squared Energy Services, LLC (mc2), was selected to serve the eligible residents and small business customers with an electric supply price equal to the ComEd rate for a 12-month term beginning with the October 2023 ComEd meter read cycle.  In addition, this Electric Aggregation Program provides the Village with Renewable Energy Certificates to be designated an EPA Green Power Community at zero added cost to residents and the Village.

 Letters from the Village were sent out in mid-August announcing this program, earlier than we had planned. We regret the confusion and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

 Several versions of the program announcement letter have gone out to different households, so please read your letter for specific information. Not all residents will be included in the program, so many of the letters will just be informational. Please understand that while you may receive a different letter than your neighbor, you will not pay a rate that is one penny more than your neighbor’s rate.


Summary of Program Benefits:

  •  Price is equal to ComEd’s monthly published rate (it will not be higher or lower) 
  •  Village provided with Renewable Energy Certificates to be designated an EPA Green Power 
  •  Residents and small businesses may opt out at any time with no termination fees.

 ComEd will continue to deliver the energy. You will receive a single bill from ComEd each month. If you have questions, you should contact MC Squared Energy Services, LLC at: or call 833-505-3751

 You may also contact our consultant, Adam Hoover, at 847-392-9300.

 Please note that no one from ComEd, MC Squared Energy Services, or the Village will call or visit your home to ask you to enroll

Click here to read the entire notice



Franklin Avenue Reconstruction

September Road Closure – Franklin and Williams

Due to multiple utility delays on Franklin Avenue, the Contractor (Plote Construction) is moving to accelerate work on Williams Drive (and the intersection of Franklin at Williams) to ensure that a safe driving surface is in place before winter. Starting September 5, Franklin Ave at Williams Drive will be CLOSED to through traffic in both directions and all vehicles are recommended to use the posted detour route. This work is expected to take 4 weeks. Franklin Avenue and Williams Drive will both be reopened to full access once paving activities have been completed.

Franklin Avenue will be closed to through traffic at Williams Drive. Williams Drive will be closed to through traffic between Belmont Avenue and Franklin Avenue. Vehicles will be diverted as shown in the detour map.

Local traffic will be able to access the project area and all driveways will have access through the following routes:

• If your driveway is located west of Williams Drive, vehicles will only be able to access your business via Wolf Road.

• If your driveway is located east of Williams Drive, vehicles will only be able to access your business via the

Belmont Avenue to Franklin Avenue detour.

Please coordinate deliveries to follow this detour route to minimize delivery delays. Franklin Avenue will be completely closed at Williams Drive and semi-truck traffic will not be able to travel through the closure limits.

Questions or Concerns

The Village of Franklin Park is aware of the disruption and inconvenience that will be caused and appreciates your patience and cooperation during this construction project. If you have any questions or concerns,  call the Consulting Resident Engineer, Kevin Wilson at (847) 833-0274 or the Village Engineer, Tom McCabe at (847) 671-8304.

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Watch for Scams

If you receive something in the mail requesting the need to
have a worker conduct a test or an inspection in your home, 
review the information carefully to verify if it is really from
the Village
. If you are unsure, please contact the Village at
(847) 671-4800 or call the Police Department at (847) 678-2444.

As a reminder, residents should always ask for identification
from anyone requesting access to their home. If you are
approached by an individual claiming to be a Village of
Franklin Park employee or a worker from a local utility,
make sure they have proper identification. You can also
check to see that they are driving a clearly marked Village
of Franklin Park or utility company vehicle. 
If something
seems suspicious or it just doesn’t “feel” right to you, please
call the Franklin Park Police Department at 847-678-2444




The Building Department is proud to announce the launch of our new convenient online program that will give residents, business owners and contactors the ability to apply for contractor licenses, permits and inspections from anywhere, 24/7.

Click Here For Online Permitting

We are offering the following online services:  Contractor License Registration, Permits which include:  Building, Electrical, Sign, Fire, Dumpster, POD, Small Wireless, Home Business, and Vacant Building Registration.  This, along with five inspection types which comprise of:  Pre Sale, Rental, Deed Amendment, Occupancy and Multi-Dwelling Registration Inspections.

You will still be able to print out our fillable forms as well as visit us in person. For assistance, please contact our staff at 847-671-8245.



To view the Village's scheduled roadway, water main and other planned upgrades for 2023: Annual Construction Project Map 2023




Mayor’s Column – September 2023



  Over the last several years the Village has had countless meetings with federal, state, and local agencies, as well as on-going discussions with the railroads to complete the process for a Quiet Zone designation. We worked diligently to secure $1.2 million in funding for the required safety improvements which included installing delineators down the centerline of the roads at 25th and Ruby. We coordinated with the Village of River Grove as they completed installation of delineators at the River Road and Thatcher Avenue crossings and worked with Metra to complete their required pedestrian safety upgrades.

  Additional paperwork required for our joint application with the Village of River Grove to establish a Quiet Zone was summited to the ICC in late August. I have confirmed with the ICC that our application is being processed. I also indicated that if any additional information is required, the Village is prepared to respond immediately and to submit any documentation that may be needed.

  I appreciate the community’s patience during this long process, and we are hopeful that a Quiet Zone designation is on the horizon. Please watch our website and Facebook page for the latest updates.

Franklin Park Receives Climate Resiliency Planning Assistance

  Thanks to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Franklin Park is one of five communities selected to participate in the Climate Resiliency Planning program.  This nearly $16 million program will help communities prepare for more frequent and severe weather events like rainstorms, higher temperatures, and droughts. It is critical that communities are prepared to mitigate damage and losses and to safeguard the health and well-being of our residents.

  Extreme weather events and escalating climate disruption are causing severe damage to our infrastructure, our economy, and our quality of life. It is imperative that lifesaving and planet-saving efforts begin immediately.

  The grant will allow us to develop Climate Resiliency Plans by engaging in a community driven planning process to set goals, identify potential projects, and risks. Additionally, the County will support implementing nature-based solutions and other resiliency measures, such as green infrastructure improvements, stormwater management, and renewable energy installations.

  Communities were selected through a competitive process and were also assessed on the need for resources, tree canopy coverage, flooding risk and the number of impervious surfaces.

  The County is able to provide funding for the Climate Resiliency for Communities Program through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The County allocated over $100 million in ARPA funding to support a clean environment for all and to fight climate change.

Mayor Barrett Pedersen


U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Congressman Jesús G. "Chuy" García (D-IL-4) joined Mayor Pedersen at a press conference on August 22 to discuss Franklin Park’s $8 million rail safety grant. Funding will support safer crossings for roadway users including pedestrians and students, reduce negative impacts of blocked railroad crossings and aid response time for police, fire, and emergency medical vehicles.


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