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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


National Permit Discharge Elimination System Permit



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




Holiday Hours

Village Hall will close at 3 PM on Friday, December 22 and will reopen on Wednesday, December 27. Village Hall will also be closed on Monday, January 1.

Garbage removal will take place on Tuesday, December 26, and January 2. Recycling removal will take place on Wednesday, December 27, and January 3.


How to Appeal Your Property Taxes - December 20

The Board of Review will host a seminar on how to appeal your property taxes on December 20, at 6:30 PM at the Schiller Park Community Center located at 4501 North 25th Avenue. Analysts will help you to file an appeal and answer questions. Please bring your PIN Number, located on your tax bill.  Visit for information on how to file an appeal online or by mail. The deadline for filing an appeal in Leyden Township is January 2, 2024.


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.



November 30, 2023


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 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

                           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.




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




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. 


Mayor’s Column – December 2023

Our Spirit of Giving This Holiday Season

Each year, I look forward to attending the Franklin Park-Manila Lions Club annual Thanksgiving Dinner.  I am always honored to be a co-host, and this year was no exception. This free event for seniors and people in need is always a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season and to remember that the true meaning of the holidays is the spirit of giving. Our Lions Club does so much for our community, including sponsoring free hearing and vision tests at our Senior Health and Resource Fair.

The most valued traditions to me are the opportunities to serve, share, and give back. Our world can often seem chaotic and in conflict. We could all use more kindness, tolerance, and support. I am enormously proud of our town and of the staff and administration that continue to find ways to give back and enhance our community.  

The Franklin Park Firefighter’s Association is proud to contribute $4,000 to the Leyden Township Community Food Pantry and $4,000 to the Unity in Community Foundation. The donations were made possible by proceeds from the sale of the Fire Department’s Hispanic Heritage Month t-shirt’s. These donations will support the efforts of these organizations and give back to the community we love to serve. T-shirts are still available at and can be a great gift idea or stocking stuffer.

Officers of the Franklin Park Police Department have once again raised over $1000 for this year’s No-Shave November campaign and have raised more than $5000 since 2017 to fund groundbreaking cancer research and free services to cancer patients and their caregivers. Our Police Department is currently collecting unwrapped toys for their annual Toys for Tots campaign at the Police Station through December 18. 

Thank you so much to our friends at Ex-Cell Kaiser for initiating this year’s food drive for the Leyden Family Services’ Food Pantry. There is a drop-off box at Village Hall if you would like to donate non-perishable food items. No one should go hungry, especially during the holidays.  

Our veterans have sacrificed so much for this country and protected our liberties and ability to maintain our traditions. Today, many veterans now can use a little help. The Franklin Park Public Library is accepting donations for the American Legion’s Post Stand Down 2024. You may donate new jackets, sweaters, hats, mittens, scarves, and blankets at the Library’s Circulation Desk at 10311 Grand Avenue. A complete list of accepted items can be viewed on our website. Our American Legion and the Woman’s Auxiliary are integral to the giving, caring spirit of our community.

I am so proud of our staff, corporate partners, and our community for demonstrating a strong spirit of giving. Please join our community in this holiday tradition of caring, sharing and giving.

On behalf of our Village Trustees, Clerk, and our entire staff we wish everyone a safe, healthy, and joyous holiday season. Merry Christmas.

Mayor Barrett Pedersen






The federal government has again made COVID-19 rapid tests available to every household. Place an order to receive four free tests delivered directly to your home. Go to


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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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