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Message From the Mayor

  

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Happy New Year with all good wishes for you and yours!  I am sure that you will agree with me that 2020 has been a very strange year and thank-fully it has come to an end. COVID-19 put the whole world in turmoil.  With the COVID vaccine now being administered, we may be moving toward some type of normalcy in our lives and the ability to resume daily activities.  Many businesses have been devastated with financial losses from which many will not recover.  The complete economic impact of the pandemic may never be known.  However, we are currently taking steps with suggestions from the Chamber of Commerce to help our businesses by providing some tangible relief for them.

Here in our little corner called Justice, we sift through everything and keep our village website current with the facts and programs available to our residents and businesses during this trying time.  We made changes in how we operated, used common sense and implemented workable solutions to protect our employees and residents to safely deliver services and respond to resident and business needs.  It worked because we have accomplished a lot in 2020.  We addressed our budget in April 2020 and made adjustments by cut-ting all non-essential equipment purchases, we didn’t hire new personnel to fill existing vacancies until it was absolutely necessary and our Department Heads cut many other items to keep spending to a minimum yet still provide services to our residents and businesses.  We take our finances seriously and we understand that in the times like these we need to come together to make things work.  Thanks to our Department Heads and especially our employees we were still able to do a lot of work.

We received the grant for 83rd St. and partnered with the Justice-Willow Springs Water Commission for this project which is now finished.  The water commission installed a new water line on Cronin Ave. replacing a 70-year old bro-ken pipe.  Although the remainder of this project is delayed due to weather, it will be completed in the spring.  Our Public Works department repaved two streets this year and made tremendous progress fixing our streets.  As everyone can see, the Tollway Project is moving forward at great pace and we have secured grants to fulfill our obligation under contract.

Economic Development in the village is skyrocketing. The triangle property has secured two restaurants, Steak ’n Egger and Wing Stop. Presently, the interior work is being done and progressing well.  The property behind Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home was purchased and construction of a commercial center will start this year.  Plans have been submitted and are currently under review for a development with a four story name brand hotel with a swimming pool, a restaurant with banquet hall and retail development.  We have just been notified that the Village of Justice received the Community Development Block Grant-2020 of $110,000 for the street and drainage improvements for 82nd St. between 82nd Ave. and 83rd Ave. Our village is growing and the future is looking very promising. We will continue to stay the course and work toward the betterment of our community.  Our Economic Development team deserves kudos for the results of their efforts. 

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