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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





Cold Weather Safety - Warming Centers Available

When temperatures drop, remember to take action to stay safe. Limit time outdoors. Watch for signs of frostbite including skin that is whitish and stiff and will feel numb rather than painful. Wear several layers of lightweight clothing and keep your head and ears covered and cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.. Wear mittens rather than fingered gloves. If you are traveling in a car, bring extra clothing to keep warm in case of a breakdown. Remember also to limit the time your pets spend out of doors.

Take steps to protect your pipes from freezing. Open cabinet doors to warm up the pipes. You can prevent freezing by keeping a small trickle of water running through the pipes on extra cold days.

 To see a list of area Warming Centers .....Franklin_Park_Warming_Centers



Learn How to Prune Trees in Your Neighborhood

The Chicago Region Trees Initiative is hosting a free tree pruning workshop on February 10 from 12:30 until 3 PM in the Community Room of the Police Station. Participants will learn the benefits of pruning trees, the basics of pruning for long-term strength and structure, and walk around Franklin Park in hands-on training!  Learn more and register at:   



Secretary of State Offers Seniors "Rules of the Road" Class – March 2

The Village of Schiller Park and the Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias are hosting a free Rules of the Road Review Course scheduled for Thursday, March 2 from 10 am until noon at the Schiller Park Community Center located at 4501 N. 25th Avenue. The class combines an explanation of the driving exam and a practice written exam. The free class is open to any senior, age 62 or older, regardless of where they live. Pre-registration is required at the Schiller Park Recreation Center located at 9638 Irving Park Road or by calling Mary Maltese at (847) 678-8765.  

Blood Drive – Donate on March 3

The next Blood Drive will be held on Friday, March 3 from 3 until 7:30 PM at the Franklin Park Police Station in the Community Room. Thank you for providing the gift of life to someone in need!

Having Problems Paying Your Utility Bills?

There are resources available for those who qualify to help pay for utilities including heat, electricity, and water bills as well as repairing or replacing your heating system.  To learn more about the programs available, qualifications and the documents required to apply, call 800-571-2332 or go to

Leyden High School Hosts Job Fairs

 Leyden High Schools is hosting a series of Job Fairs targeting high school-aged candidates looking for job opportunities. Job Fair events are free for all business and community participants.  For more information about reserving space for your company at the next Job Fair, contact Frank Holthouse at (847) 451-3031 or email The tentative schedule of future Job Fairs is:

  • Wednesday, February 22 at West Leyden HS
  • Wednesday, March 22 at East Leyden HS
  • Wednesday, April 19 at West Leyden HS

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.



Behind on Housing on Housing Costs Due to COVID-19?

You may be eligible to apply for up to $60,000 in emergency mortgage assistance paid directly to your mortgage servicer. The homeowner must have experienced a COVID-related hardship after January 21, 2020, and be delinquent on mortgage, property taxes, and/or condo association fees. The homeowner must currently own and occupy the property as their primary residence. Proof of citizenship is not required. Homeownership assistance is not a “public-charge” benefit.

Learn more at If you have questions, go to or Toll Free at (866) 454-3571.


Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt

Legal counseling is available to landlords, tenants and homeowners who have fallen behind in payments, need payment restructuring, and/or assistance in eviction or foreclosure courts. The program also provides access to Cook County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Information and application materials are available at Residents may also call the hotline at (855) 956-5763.


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. 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




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.

On Thursday, January 19, beginning at 7 p.m. and continuing until 6 a.m. Friday, January 20, 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. Similar closures are scheduled to occur on Friday, January 20, into Saturday, January 21.

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 westbound Grand Avenue.

• Eastbound Grand Avenue traffic 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 Monday, January 23, and Tuesday, January 24.

Franklin Avenue Construction Update  

Franklin Avenue will continue to be closed to through traffic until further notice at I-294. We apologize for this inconvenience and hope to resume normal traffic patterns through these crossings as soon as it is safe to do so.  The roadway is expected to be open to through traffic no later than March 31st, barring unforeseen circumstances. To read more and to see the detour map : Construction Projects/






January 2023


Saluting a Local Hero

At the December 19 Board of Trustees meeting, we had the honor of recognizing a hometown hero, Meghan Lockerby. The Village Board presented a resolution honoring Meghan for her quick and courageous action to save the life of Drew Evans.

Meghan Lockerby is the athletic trainer at Leyden High School District 212.  On October,18 2022 East Leyden was hosting a regional soccer competition when a dad from the opposing team suffered a massive heart attack; doctors call it a widow maker. Meghan immediately started CPR and shocked him, keeping up her life-saving efforts until the Franklin Park fire department arrived.  It took four paramedics to keep him alive as they rushed to the hospital. 

Today, Drew Evans is doing well, but he has a very long road ahead as he recovers from this devastating cardiac arrest. Without Meghan’s quick and caring action, Mr. Evans would more than likely not have survived. The combined actions of Meghan and the life-saving efforts of the responding fire department members gave Mr. Evans the best chance of survival.

These last few years we have seen many examples of how the actions of one individual can have such a great effect. Meghan Lockerby acted without thinking of personal gain or risk. She saved the life of Drew Evans and gave him the opportunity to celebrate another holiday season with his family.

I always say we have a caring, compassionate community.  Thank you, Meghan, for being such a shining example.

Let’s all be the light in others’ lives as we enter the New Year.

Happy New Year!

Mayor Barrett Pedersen



The Village Board recognized Meghan Lockerby for her courageous and swift action to save the life of Drew Evans at a Leyden High School soccer game.

Shown: Meghan, Firefighters, Drew and his family.


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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