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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

January 18th    February 15th

March 15th    April 19th

May 17th    June 21st

July 19th    August 16th

September 20th    October 18th  

November 15th    December 20th

Quiet Zone Status – March 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 is nearing completion of their required safety improvements. The required delineators at the River Road and Thatcher Avenue Railroad Crossings have been installed. In mid to late April when the weather warms up, the Village of River Grove will complete their final street improvements.

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....


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Village Hall Hosts Early Voting

Early Voting will take place for the April 4, 2023 Consolidated Election from March 20 through April 3.  You can register to vote at ALL Early Vote Sites. NOTE: Any voter who needs to register for the first time or file an address change must present two forms of ID, one of which shows the voter's current address. Please enter from the parking lot doors at Village Hall, 9500 Belmont Avenue. Hours are:

Monday through Friday:

March 20 - March 24 // 9AM – 5PM

March 27 - March 31 // 9AM – 5PM

April 3 // 9AM - 5PM


March 25 // 9AM - 5PM

April 1 // 9AM - 5PM


March 26 // 10AM - 4PM

April 2 // 10AM - 4PM


Apply Now for Senior Grass-Cutting Program

The Village is accepting applications for the Senior Grass Cutting Program, which runs from April until the end of October. Qualified seniors will pay $13 per cut. Applications have been mailed to past participants. New applicants should call (847) 671-8240 to apply. If you have previously been on the grass or snow program and your health condition has not changed, you will NOT need to send in a new doctor’s note but WILL need to complete an application again this year. You must be living on the premises to qualify. Space is limited so please apply early!



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



Free Tax Preparation Services Available for Seniors 

The Triton College RSVP Volunteer Program is offering free tax preparation services to individuals age 60 or older from low to moderate income households. IRS trained and certified volunteers will prepare tax returns by appointment only.  Appointments can be made for the following locations including Triton College, Leyden Township / Westdale Park in Melrose Park, the Schiller Park Community Center, and the public library in Melrose Park, Elmwood Park and Harwood Heights. For more information or to request an appointment, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3895.





2023 Branch Removal Schedule

The Village will begin regular branch removal service the week of April 3.  Place reasonably sized branches on the front parkway (not in the alley) by 7 AM on Monday of the pick-up week indicated below. The branches will be removed sometime by the end of the day on Friday. 

April 3 & 17

May 1, 15 & 29

June 12 & 26

July 10 & 24

Aug.7 & 21

Sept. 4 & 18

Oct. 2, 16 & 30

If your branches are put out late (after 7 AM on Monday of the pick-up week), it is possible that you could miss the pick-up. Pick-up begins promptly and if trucks have already driven through your section of town, your branches will not be collected until the next scheduled pick-up week.  Please note that if storm clean-up is necessary, the Village may need to delay a scheduled branch pick-up. In this situation, we will resume branch collection where we left off the following week. If you have any questions, please call (847) 671-8252. Pick up weeks are:

Please note that the following will not be removed:

  • Branches left out in a tangled mess
  • Woody branches under ½ inch in diameter
  • Leaves, vines, herbaceous plants, and weeds
  • Large stumps, roots, and root balls
  • Wooden fencing and construction lumber
  • Branches and tree debris generated by contractors




March 2023 Update:

On March 7, Franklin Avenue was opened to two-way through traffic at the Canadian Pacific Railroad Crossings between Williams Drive and Wolf Road.  Please use caution in this area – Stop Signs have been installed at each railroad crossing to provide protection from potential train traffic until the final roadway lanes have been completed.  These crossings are not protected by gates during this temporary configuration and will require all traffic to obey signage in the area.  Thank you to all residents and business owners for your patience during the road closure as we worked to replace two railroad crossings and upgrade the traffic signals. 

The General Contractor for Franklin Avenue is continuing to install new box culverts and storm sewers at the North side ditch from Wolf Road to the Canadian Pacific Intermodal Terminal Gate 4.  This work is anticipated to be completed in April.  Roadway reconstruction on the North side of Franklin Avenue is expected to resume in Spring of 2023.  It is expected that two-way traffic will remain on the South side of Franklin Avenue for the entirety of 2023.

ComEd continues to relocate Electrical facilities on the North side of Franklin Avenue from Acorn Lane to East of Wolf Road, and from I-294 to Williams Drive.  This will have minor impacts to daily traffic movements, but is not anticipated to require any road closures.  We expect ComEd to complete the relocation of facilities on the North side of Franklin Avenue in 2023.  ComEd will begin work on the South side of Franklin Avenue and at Wolf Road in 2024.

March 21, 2023


Closure of ramp from westbound I-290 to eastbound North Avenue/Lake Street for Cook County road and bridge work supporting Illinois Tollway projects
DOWNERS GROVE, IL – A weekend-long closure of the ramp from westbound I-290 to eastbound North Avenue/Lake Street is scheduled for this weekend for storm sewer work. A detour will be posted.
The detour is needed to complete storm sewer construction across the ramp as part of the North Avenue and Lake Street rehabilitation project led by the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways. The project is located in the cities of Elmhurst and Northlake and will accommodate the Illinois Tollway’s North Avenue Interchange Project on the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294).
Electronic message signs and construction signage will be put in place to alert drivers in advance of the closure and detour. Up-to-date closure information will be posted on the Tollway website in the Daily Construction Alert. All work is weather dependent.
Beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 24, the ramp from westbound I-290 to eastbound North Avenue/Lake Street is scheduled to close. A detour will be posted routing traffic to continue westbound on I-290 to Illinois Route 83, through the interchange to eastbound I-290 to North Avenue for access to eastbound North Avenue/Lake Street and the northbound I-294 ramp. This detour is scheduled to remain in place through 5 a.m. on Monday, March 27.
In addition, the right lane on eastbound Lake Street will be closed in conjunction with the detour.

MORE INFORMATION:  Ramp_Closure_Detour_Scheduled_on_I-290_as_part_of_North_Avenue_Interchange_Reconstruction.pdf



APRIL 2023



That is the theme for the 2023 Earth Day. That has also been a mission of our Village’s sustainability efforts.  From planting trees, providing safe habitats for bees and monarch butterflies, encouraging recycling, and conserving water, we have strived to be on the forefront of environmental practices that protect our health and our planet.

Businesses, governments, and residents are all equally responsible for acting against climate disruption. Only by an investment in our planet can we hope to make significant change towards a greener, safer, and healthier world. We must redouble our commitment and fulfill our responsibility to the health of future generations.

The recent United Nations report on climate disruption tells us that 26% of the world’s population does not have access to safe drinking water. In addition, the report states that by the year 2030, global freshwater demand is projected to exceed supply by 40%! It is terrifying and dangerous.

Humanity is not sustainable without clean drinking water. You can make your own small but significant impact on the situation. Here are some simple steps that we all can do to conserve water as our part of ‘Investing in our Planet.’

  • Take shorter showers.
  • Turn off faucets when not in use.
  • Check for and repair leaks.
  • Plug the sink when washing dishes.
  • Plant gardens that thrive in our climate and don’t need excess watering.
  • Eat more local and seasonal foods.


Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle – The 3 R’s

REDUCE – cut back on the amount of waste you generate. REUSE – repurpose things so they last. RECYCLE – On Saturday, April 22 the Park District of Franklin Park will host FREE electronic recycling and shredding to celebrate Earth Day. If you are spring cleaning, this is a great opportunity to dispose of electronics and old documents properly. The Village will also collect unused or expired medications for proper disposal. The event will be fun and informative. Participate and demonstrate your support for environmental protection.

Join Us for an Arbor Day Event

Franklin Park will host an Arbor Day Celebration and Tree Planting, on May 6 at the Franklin Park Public Library. We will plant sixty donated trees on library property at 10311 Grand Avenue. Volunteers from the Morton Arboretum and the Chicago Region Tree Initiative (CRTI) will help us plant the trees and offer advice to residents who may be planting trees at their homes.

Trees clean the air, assist with climate normalization, and add beauty to our community. We owe a special thank you to Morton Arboretum and the CRTI for donating 100 trees that will be planted throughout our Village this spring. I hope you will join us for this educational and fun morning, on Saturday, May 6 from 9 AM until Noon at the Franklin Park Library. Come out and help us plant trees!

This April, make a commitment to Earth Day, Invest in our Planet and help us build a better future for generations yet to come.

Mayor Barrett Pedersen





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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





Franklin Park Fest - June 8 - 11, 2023





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