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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


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A Season of Giving

Donate non-perishable food items to Leyden Family Services’ Food Pantry. There is a drop-off box at Village Hall. The Franklin Park Police Department is collecting unwrapped toys for their annual Toys for Tots campaign at the Police Station through December 18.

The Franklin Park Public Library is accepting donations for the American Legion’s Post Stand Down 2024. You may drop off new toiletries and unused winter clothing including jackets, sweaters, hats, mittens, scarves, and blankets at the Library’s Circulation Desk at 10311 Grand Avenue.

Click here for List of Items Needed    


Best Decorated Home for the Holidays

Help us spread Christmas cheer throughout Franklin Park! To have your home considered, please send an email to that includes your family’s name, address, phone number, and photos of your decorated home by December 18. We will post your photos on our Facebook page. If you have questions or would like to enter the contest via the phone, call (847) 671-8236.


Blood Drive – December 1

The final Community Blood Drive of the year will be held on Friday, December 1 from 3 to 7:30 PM in the Community Room of the Police Station. Please donate if you are able!



November 30, 2023

Overnight closures needed to safely accommodate I-294 bridge beam removal

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – Overnight roadway closures and detours are scheduled next week on Grand Avenue underneath the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) in Franklin Park to accommodate bridge beam removal for reconstruction and widening of the Central Tri-State Tollway.

Electronic message signs and construction signage will be put in place in advance to alert drivers. Full roadway closures and detours are necessary to safely provide a work zone and accommodate traffic as the Tollway rebuilds the I-294 bridge carrying traffic over Grand Avenue. Up-to-date closure information will be posted on the Tollway website in the Daily Construction Alert. All work is weather dependent.

On Monday, December 4, beginning at 7 p.m. and continuing until 6 a.m. on Tuesday, December 5, lane closures in both directions are scheduled on Grand Avenue between Northwest Avenue and County Line Road, with detours scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.

Detours for both eastbound and westbound Grand Avenue traffic will be posted during the overnight roadway closures:

•    Westbound Grand Avenue traffic will be detoured south on Mannheim Road (U.S. Route 12/U.S. 
Route 45), west on North Avenue (Illinois Route 64) and north on Kingery Highway (Illinois Route 
83) to access Grand Avenue at Lake Street (U.S. Route 20).
•    Eastbound Lake Street (U.S. Route 20) traffic destined to Eastbound Grand Avenue will be
detoured south on Kingery Highway (Illinois Route 83) via the Lake Street on ramp and then east on North Avenue (Illinois Route 64) and north on Mannheim Road (U.S. Route 12/U.S. Route 45) to access eastbound Grand Avenue.

On northbound I-294 at Grand Avenue, nightly single lane closures will be scheduled to move 
construction equipment in advance of and following bridge beam removal, as well as throughout the bridge beam removal work.

If bridge beam removal work cannot be completed during this time, additional nights of closures and detours will be scheduled overnight on Tuesday, December 5 and Wednesday, December 6.

Construction in this area is being coordinated with the Illinois Department of Transportation, Cook County, DuPage County, the City of Elmhurst, the City of Northlake and the Village of Franklin Park, as well as local fire and police departments.

Reconstruction and widening work on the Central Tri-State Tollway between Balmoral Avenue and St. Charles Road began in June 2018 and is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2024. Work in this northern section of the Central Tri-State includes repairing, resurfacing and widening I-294 between Balmoral Avenue and St. Charles Road along with improvements to medians, bridges and ramps, as well as reconstructing the inside shoulders to include Flex Lanes.

Work in this section also includes construction of the new I-490/I-294 Interchange with two new ramp bridges that will provide access for the new I-490 Tollway and a new southbound exit ramp from I-294 to County Line Road between Grand Avenue and North Avenue. Improvements as part of this project also include guardrail, drainage, lighting and signage installation, as well as landscaping improvements.

Construction updates, project information, maps and detour information for work that is part of the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Project are available in the Projects section on the Tollway’s website at

The $4 billion Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Project is reconstructing and widening the roadway between Balmoral Avenue and 95thStreet to provide congestion relief, update old infrastructure to meet current and future transportation demand and address regional needs. This work is part of the Tollway’s 15-year, $14 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future. More than 220,000 vehicles use the Central Tri-State Tollway daily.

                           Work Zone Safety
Construction zone speed limits are in effect in all construction zones 24/7 and drivers should continue to watch for changing traffic patterns and use caution, especially when workers are present. On I -294, a 45 mph work zone speed limit is in effect throughout the construction season.

The Illinois Tollway reminds motorists that the “Move Over Law” requires motorists to change lanes or to slow down and proceed with caution when passing any vehicle on the side of the road with hazard lights activated. If you see flashing lights ahead, please move over or slow down.

Illinois State Police have zero tolerance for drivers speeding in work zones or failure to comply with the Move Over Law. The minimum penalty for speeding in a work zone is $250 with up to a $25,000 fine and a 14-year jail sentence for hitting a roadway worker. Penalties for failure to slow down or move over for a vehicle on the shoulder with flashing lights includes up to a $10,000 fine, 2 -year suspension of driving privileges and jail time, in extreme cases.

The Illinois Tollway’s 15-year, $14 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future, is improving mobility, relieving congestion, reducing pollution, creating as many as 152,000 jobs and linking economies throughout the region. The first 11 years of Move Illinois are on schedule and within budget, delivering the rebuilt and widened Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I -90) as a state-of- the-art 21st century corridor and opening a new interchange connecting the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to I-57. Progress continues on projects addressing the remaining needs of the existing Tollway system, delivering the Elgin O’Hare Western Access Project and reconstruction of the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294).

About the Illinois Tollway
The Illinois Tollway is a user-fee system that receives no state or federal funds for maintenance and operations. The agency maintains and operates 294 miles of roadways in 12 counties in Northern Illinois, including the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88), the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355), the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90), the Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80) and the Illinois Route 390 Tollway.


Grand Avenue Corridor Plan

The Village of Franklin Park and local stakeholders are working with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) to create a plan to transform Grand Avenue into a safe, accessible, and thriving corridor. The plan will help residents and elected and appointed officials guide future actions, decisions, and development in the community.

Visit the Grand Avenue Corridor Plan web page to see plan updates, share your feedback, explore documents, and take the future improvements survey.


Cook County Launches Residential Solar Installation Program

Cook County Sun and Save program will install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at no cost for income-qualified residences and homeowners in Cook County. The program will also cover some roof and electrical repairs for income-eligible owner-occupied homes in Cook County that meet the program’s guidelines. Installing solar helps reduce carbon emissions, utility bills and barriers to clean energy for residents.

Households must meet all the following requirements:

  • Homeowners of single-family and small multi-family residences of four units or less located within Cook County.
  • Homeowners must live in the home. For small multi-family homes of four units or less, the owner/property owner must live in one of the units and is required to be the primary applicant for the program.
  • Household income of the homeowner must be between 80% and 120% of the Area Median Income.

To learn more:



Franklin Avenue Reconstruction

Franklin Avenue and Williams Drive will be open one lane in each direction through the winter. 

Belmont Avenue, west of Williams Drive, is currently open westbound only and should be reopened to traffic in both directions by December 1st



Leaf Pickup and Yard Waste Removal Information

Leaf and yard waste removal service will continue through the first week of December. Leaves must be placed in brown biodegradable bags or in the Yard Waste container from Republic Services. Put your container or biodegradable bags out for pickup on Tuesdays. Leaves will not be removed if they are in plastic bags or placed in the street. Bags can be purchased at local grocery and hardware stores. Do not blow leaves into the street because it damages street sweeper equipment and can clog sewers causing street flooding.

Burning leaves is not permitted. Instead of raking leaves, you can mulch them! Simply mow over the leaves a few times and let them sit on your lawn. The mulched leaves provide nutrients and protection from winter weather. Also, sprinkle over your plants and shrubs to help retain water during winter months. The Department of Public Works will sweep curbs through late November. Check signs on your block for parking restrictions. For more information, call (847) 671-8252. 



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



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




Mayor’s Column – November 2023



The Village is pleased to report that the Quiet Zone designation will continue to go into effect over the next several weeks. This designation will spare residents from the train horn blasts required ahead of each pedestrian crossing.

With this Quiet Zone designation, train engineers will no longer be legally required to sound their horns. However, if the train engineer perceives a threat on or near the tracks, such as seeing a car, pedestrian, or an animal on the tracks, they can still blow the horn. Also, an engineer can sound their horn when passing another train, if a train is stopped on the tracks, or if a passenger train is picking up passengers. In addition, an engineer may sound their horn in the railyard located west of Mannheim Road.

When our Quiet Zone designation was granted, the railroads were notified to remove the automatic triggering of the computerized mandatory sounding of the horn. Please note that this may take several months to have this system reprogrammed.

The Quiet Zone designation is the result of years of hard work and determination by the Village Board and staff. Our regional, state, and federal partners collaborated with us to obtain this benefit for our community. This effort demonstrates the achievements that result from working together for the common good.

I would like to offer special thanks to Mayor David Guerin of River Grove for being a steadfast partner and gracious neighbor throughout this process.


The second installment of Cook County’s Property Tax bills reflects the recent reassessment of home values performed by the Assessor’s Office in our area and is resulting in dramatic increases in residential tax bills. The reassessment raised property values considerably, and the property tax bills are higher accordingly. This is impacting homeowners in River Grove, Schiller Park, Northlake, Franklin Park, and other communities throughout Leyden Township and other parts of Cook County.

  As Mayor, I am sensitive to and concerned about the increased burden being placed on our homeowners, many of whom are families who are already experiencing an over-stretched budget or are seniors dependent on a fixed income. The Village of Franklin Park has been holding the line on property taxes for more than a decade. The increase in taxes results from the Assessor increasing the official value of your home. If you believe that your home’s official value is too high, you may appeal the assessed value of your home with the Assessor.

I contacted the Assessor’s Office for a reasonable and thorough explanation of these significant increases, some of which are 30% or even higher than previous bills. I have also requested that Assessor Fritz Kaegi attend a Village Board meeting to discuss this matter.

Please check your property tax bill carefully to make sure you are receiving all the exemptions for which you qualify including your Homeowners Exemption and Senior Exemption (if you are age 65 or older). There are also exemptions available for returning veterans, low-income senior citizens (Senior Freeze) and persons with disabilities. To learn if you qualify for these exemptions, visit the Cook County Assessor’s office website at:

We will keep you updated on feedback and information we receive. 

Barrett Pedersen

Property owners to pay more in taxes







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