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Message From the Mayor


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Fall is here and the weather is drastically changing.  We are getting ready for winter as our grass cutting equipment is being cleaned, winterized and stored.  The snow plows and salt spreaders are being rebodied.  We will not allow the weather to stop us.

We accomplished alot this summer.  We paved several streets, repaired sewers and have ongoing projects on Cronin Avenue and on 83rd Street.  We are thinking and planning ahead as our engineer and Public Works Director are coordinating next year's plan for street paving and infrastructure improvements.  Along with this, I am pleased to annount that through the efforts of our Economic Development, Building and Public Works Departments, the village was awarded a $400,000.00 grant from Invest in Cook 2020 to reconstruct 82nd Place from 88th Avenue to the cul-de-sac by our Building/Public Works Departments.  This will also include sidewalks on the north side where it is much needed.  Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the village had to make several changes, but we continue to be proactive instead of letting events dictate our response.  We are working diligently to make sure our village is well prepared to deal with the unexpected.

Although we could not hold our annual Business Appreciation dinner this year because of the pandemic, the village has been in constant contact with business owners to address their concerns and assist them in obtaining loans, grants and other services available to them.  The village encourages all residents to support our local businesses to help make them successful during this trying time.

Much to our dismay, we have had to cancel our annual Veteran's Luncheon.  However, we have not forgotten about our veterans and our tradition to have the Veterans Yard Signs go up.  On behalf of everyone in the village and myself, I would like to sincerely thank our Veterans for their service.  It is only because of our veterans that we enjoy the freedoms we have.

The pandemic has also put a strain on the Holiday Seasaon.  Our extensive Winter Wonderland celebration had to be cancelled, but we will have Christmas trees on display in front of Village Hall.  Check our website for more information and to register for a tree.

One of the most important events in the village is our annual Holiday Basket program to help those in our village who are in need.  Because of the pandemic, we have had to make adjustments to our program.  This year, we will only be asking for monetary donations which are tax deductable, as we are planning on providing grocery certificates to those individuals.  Please check our website for further information and dates.

To all of our residents and businesses, the village and myself extend our best wishes for a Wonderful and Safe Holiday Season!  I thank  you for your support. 

Yours Sincerely,

Kris Wasowicz
Village President