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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 – January 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 in the process of completing their required safety improvements. Workers are installing the required delineators at the River Road and Thatcher Avenue Railroad Crossings. Street markings will be installed once the temperature reaches 50 degrees.

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



Congressman Jesus “Chuy” Garcia Hosts Office Hours at Village Hall – March 28

Staff from the office of Congressman García will provide Satellite Office Hours at Village Hall Tuesday, March 28, from 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM to provide services directly to residents of Franklin Park and surrounding communities. Staff will be able to assist constituents with federal issues including Social Security, Veteran's benefits, Medicare, immigration, and more. No appointment is needed. For more information, call (773) 342-0774.


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 2023

Building, Growing, Improving

Maintaining and upgrading our infrastructure is key to keeping our neighborhoods attractive and our home values stable. It is also a critical factor for businesses seeking expansion or relocation. In addition, increasing connectivity to the Illinois Tollway, the highway system, rail yards, and O’Hare Airport is crucial to our business base.

The Village Board and staff are careful stewards of the taxpayer’s money and have worked tirelessly to find grants and partners to fund needed improvements. These efforts have resulted in the Village of Franklin Park receiving over $70.5 million in grant funding for infrastructure projects & improvements since 2009.

The Village has been able to upgrade and modernize infrastructure by utilizing Cook County, State of Illinois, and federal grant programs. Grants allow the Village to complete projects that provide adequate roadways, sidewalks, bike routes, lighting, and storm water mitigation. These improvements help to alleviate issues such as traffic congestion and flooding while providing enhanced safety measures and amenities that improve residents’ quality of life, and establishing corridors that are more suitable for redevelopment and investment.

A map of our 2023 planned infrastructure improvements can be found on our website at Construction Project Map. The following summary highlights some of the projects scheduled for this year:

  • Roadway improvements are planned for Schiller Boulevard from Mannheim Road to Scott Street. The project also consists of replacing the existing water main and lead service pipes and a new sidewalk, curb, and gutter. Work will start in the late spring and be completed this fall. The project is funded through the Village’s non-Home Rule Sales Tax.
  • Exciting changes continue at Grand and Mannheim near the new Wyndham hotel. A new roadway will be built connecting to Grand Avenue and will include sidewalks and attractive and sustainable landscaping. The project is totally funded by the Tax Increment Financing money.

·  Cook County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds will support the widening of Belmont Avenue west of Williams Drive.

·  The King Street Roadway project, funded by an Intergovernmental Agreement between the Village and the Tollway, will facilitate new pavement on East Frontage Road and East King Street, east of Wolf Road in the industrial park. This project also includes a new curb and gutter, sidewalk replacement, and storm sewer.

You can read about the Franklin Avenue Reconstruction Project on page 2 of this newsletter. This important project will help to decrease congestion and travel times in the region by getting trucks off local roads and onto the Tollway system more efficiently.

Calling All Eagle Scouts

The Village needs your help in identifying the names of Franklin Park residents who obtained the rank of Eagle Scout. We are working on creating a plaque recognizing area Eagle Scouts which will be displayed in Village Hall.  Please contact my office at (847) 671-8236 to assist us with the project or if you have questions.

Eagle Scout and 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





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