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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. 

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Scheduled Village Hall dates are from

9 AM to Noon on

  • October 19
  • November 16
  • December 21

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Quiet Zone Status – December 2022

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 is in the process of completing their required safety improvements. This includes installing lane delineators on River Road and Thatcher Road.

When River Grove’s work is complete, the Village of Franklin Park and the Village of River Grove will file jointly for a Quiet Zone designation.

The Village is in regular contact with River Grove regarding updates on their progress. Please watch our Village newsletter for updates.


To learn more about the Quiet Zone application process....


National Permit Discharge Elimination System Permit




Yard Waste and Leaf Removal Ending Soon

 Leaf and yard waste removal service will continue through the first week of December with the final pick up on December 6. Leaves must be placed in brown biodegradable bags or in your yard waste bin and put near your trash and recycling for pickup on Tuesdays. Please do not put or blow leaves into the street. Leaves will not be removed if they are in plastic bags or placed in the street.



Compete to Be the 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 Village Facebook page. The winner will receive Board recognition and a prize. If you have questions or would like to enter the contest via the phone, call (847) 671-8236.



Donate to Support Community Needs

Support the Police Department’s Toys for Tots campaign by bringing an unwrapped toy to the Police Station through December 19.




The Leyden Family Services’ Food Pantry is collecting non-perishable boxed or canned food items and gift cards for local grocery stores. A drop-off box is located at Village Hall.

The Franklin Park Library is accepting donations of new, unused winter clothing items. The public can drop off jackets, hats, mittens, scarves, blankets, sweaters, and other relevant items at the Circulation Desk until early January. The collection drive will support the American Legion Post 974’s Stand Down 2023. For more information, call ( 847) 455-6016, ext. 230 or email at


Job Fair - December 14 

Leyden High Schools is hosting a series of in-person events for high school-aged candidates looking for job opportunities. Local companies will participate to help fill hundreds of vacancies across the area. The next Job Fair will be held on Wednesday, December 14 from 2:40 to 4:15 PM at the West Leyden High School, 1000 N. Wolf Road in Northlake. This event is intended for students to learn about local businesses and for companies to share job opportunities. This event is free. Interested companies must RSVP to participate. For more information, contact Frank Holthouse at (847) 451-3031 or email



Practice Christmas tree safety

Protect your family from a holiday related fire. Practice Christmas tree safety, have an escape plan and test your smoke detectors regularly. Holiday related fires are common and spread rapidly. Click on the video below to see how fast a Christmas tree fire can get out of control 🔥




Keep The Wreath Red

As the holiday season begins, the Franklin Park Fire Department will once again participate in a fire prevention program called “Keep the Wreath Red.” From December 1, 2022, through January 1, 2023, a wreath will be hung at the Franklin Park Fire Department Headquarters, Station 2 located at 10001 Addison and will be illuminated by a string of red lights. Whenever a fire occurs as a result of holiday decorations, a white bulb will replace a red bulb on the wreath. 

“Keep the Wreath Red” serves as a visual reminder to all residents of Franklin Park to take additional safety precautions during the holiday season.  The most important thing residents can do is have a working smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector and test them regularly.

The following are some precautions to help make this holiday season a safe one:

Christmas Trees

  • When displaying a live tree, cut about two inches off the trunk, then mount it in a sturdy stand with widespread legs.  Make sure there is enough room around the trunk so you can fill it with water.  For larger trees, use thin wire or fishing line to fasten it to a wall or the ceiling to prevent it from toppling over.
  • Keep your tree away from fireplaces or other heat sources. Ensure that it is out of the way of traffic and does not block doorways.
  • Most importantly, remember to keep it watered.  

Holiday Decorations

  • Do not overload extension cords.
  • When decorating, make sure that all electrical light cords are not frayed or split.
  • Test lights before putting them on the tree.
  • Before using lights outdoors, check labels to be sure they have been certified for outdoor use. To hold lights in place, string them through plastic hooks or insulated staples, not nails or tacks.
  • Plug outdoor electric decorations into circuits with ground fault circuit interrupters. 
  • Turn off all holiday lights when you go to bed or leave the house. 
  • Make sure outdoor lights are used outdoors and indoor lights are used indoors, taking special care to ensure they are UL-Listed.


  • Use candle holders that are sturdy and won’t tip over easily.
  • Put candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface.
  • Light candles carefully. Keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame.
  • Don’t burn a candle all the way down – put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container.
  • Never use a candle if you use oxygen in your home.
  • Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage.  Never use candles.  
  • Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed.  Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.
  • Never leave a child alone in a room with a burning candle.  Keep matches and lighters up high and out of children’s reach, preferably in a locked cabinet.
  • Use battery operated candles instead of fire burning candles to ensure safety when possible.

For more information, please contact the Franklin Park Fire Department at (847) 678-2400.



Franklin Avenue Will Be Closed October 24 to December 18

Franklin Avenue will be closed to through traffic from Silver Creek to the Industrial Park beginning October 24 to remove and replace the existing railroad tracks and signal equipment. The roadway is expected to be fully reopened by December 18. Watch for detours. Local traffic will be able to access the project area and all driveways will have access. Thank you for your patience.

For more information: Construction Projects



December 2022


May Your Days Be Merry and Bright

I was pleased to join ComEd officials and representatives from Digital Realty to cut the ribbon for a brand new four-acre substation located on Digital's data center campus. The substation includes new transformer technology and electrical upgrades that are essential to meeting growing demand in Franklin Park.

This infrastructure will allow us to power new growth industries in Franklin Park. Over the years, we have fostered a valuable partnership with Digital Realty, a great business asset and good corporate citizen to our Village. Together, we have kickstarted the revitalization of the eastern stretch of Grand Avenue with the removal of dated utility poles and the introduction of a state-of-the-art, high technology campus that Digital Realty calls home. We look forward to continuing this partnership and creating new opportunities for quality employment, redevelopment, and beautification in Franklin Park.

Home for the Holidays

When we gather with our friends and families for the holidays, our traditions may be different, but we all are united in our belief that Franklin Park is a caring, compassionate community. If you are able, please consider donating to the Leyden Family Services Food Pantry. A drop off box is located at Village Hall. Other giving opportunities are listed in this newsletter.

The Village Clerk, Trustees and I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.


Mayor Barrett Pedersen



Watch the 2022 Winterfest and Tree Lighting video here:


Get Connected Mobile App

The Village of Franklin Park recently launched a mobile app to give you instant access to the Village while on the go. Users of Android and iPhone smartphones can send in service requests, access directories of Village phone numbers, contact elected officials, and much more








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Please Complete the Water Service Line Survey

The Village is requesting that homeowners complete a survey to determine how many lead service lines are still in use in the Village with the goal of eventually replacing them. It will ask you to identify the type of material used in your water service. Instructions on how to identify the material of your water service are included in the informational brochure. 

You can mail it in or email it to the following address:

Water Service Survey Brochure

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