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January/February 2018

Bringing a reusable bag on a shopping trip in Oak Park is not only environmentally friendly, but also cost effective now that the Village’s retail single-use bag law is in effect. As of Jan. 1, shoppers in Oak Park’s larger retail stores are being charged 10 cents for every single-use bag the...
With this issue, the OP/FYI newsletter returns to its original bi-monthly publication schedule as part of the effort to trim Village operating expenses and take advantage of the growing reliance of citizens on the internet as a source of the most up-to-date news. In addition to this issue,...
With approval of the municipal budget for 2018, resources will continue to focus on infrastructure improvements and enhancing public safety, while ensuring fiscal stability. For the fourth year in a row, the budget allocates additional resources to maintaining and improving the community’s critical...
The Finance Department ensures the fiscal integrity of the Village of Oak Park by developing, maintaining and administering all programs related to the accounting of municipal revenues and expenditures. This critical municipal government role results in a wide range of financial documents available...
Residents interested in really getting to know the details of their Oak Park properties have an online resource available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at www.oak-park.us/communityportal. Just by entering an address into the portal search window on a computer, pad or smartphone, users can link to...
Advance directives clinic…Senior citizens and people with disabilities seeking free legal assistance preparing advance directive legal documents such as power of attorney or living wills can schedule an appointment through Oak Park Township. Representatives from the Center for Disability &...
Anyone in need of a place to warm up as temperatures dip can find a range of options in Oak Park. Local sites include the following: Housing Forward, overnight shelters in various locations, 888.338.1744 Rush Oak Park Hospital, 520 S. Maple Ave. – open 24 hours, 708.383.9300 Oak Park Township...
Families with young children can look to the Collaboration for Early Childhood for information about early development and resources, finding child care or preschool and parenting support. The organization, funded in part by the Village and school districts 97 and 200 to serve children at their...
Residents are invited to gain deeper understanding and appreciation of Islam at an academic lecture scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m., Wed., Feb. 7 in the Veterans Room of the main Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St. Franklin Lewis, chair of the University of Chicago’s Department of Near Eastern...
The surprisingly large numbers of wild animals that call Oak Park home typically keep to themselves. But as winter weather makes their search for food and shelter more difficult, the odds of residents coming into contact with a wild animal increase. Typically, the biggest problem with wild animals...
Holiday trees will be collected the weeks of Jan. 8 and 15. Be sure to remove all decorations and stands, and place the tree in the regular collection area by your regular collection day during these two weeks. If your regular collection point is in an alley, be sure to place the tree in the alley...
If you receive an unexpected visit from someone claiming to be an employee of the Village who wants to enter your home, ask to see their official identification. The official ID card features the employee’s photo, name and the Village logo on the front. Use the same procedure if someone claiming to...
 June may seem like a long way from January, but planning already is well underway for A Day in Our Village, Oak Park’s annual festival celebrating diversity and community involvement. This year’s event is scheduled for Sun., June 3. A variety of volunteers are needed to help promote and staff the...
Winter celebration…Celebrate winter from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sat., Jan. 27, in Austin Gardens, 167 Forest Ave., at the Park District of Oak Park’s annual Winterfest. The free event will feature outdoor ice skating (weather permitting), games and music. Limited skate rental will be available for $1...
An experienced sustainability professional with corporate and government contract experience has been selected to lead the Village of Oak Park’s municipal environmental programs. Marynda “Mindy” Agnew, an Oak Park resident, was selected from a field of more than 50 applicants to be Sustainability...
Residents who join the Village composting program for the first time will get three months free this year if they sign up for 12 months of continuous service, a savings of $44.56. The cost is $14.85 per month charged on the quarterly water bill, which is about the same as recycling one bag of yard...
The Oak Park Fire Department offers a variety of life-saving classes including CPR and training in how to use an automated external defibrillator, or AED. Classes are held from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Fire Department’s certified American Heart Association community training center in the main station,...
The Village has specific rules that govern parking when it snows — rules that are enforced seven days a week, including holidays. Residents are urged to monitor local forecasts and plan accordingly. When snow exceeds two inches, all parking is prohibited on the main streets posted as snow routes....
Don’t hesitate to call 911…If you see unusual activity, suspicious people or vehicles in your neighborhood, don’t hesitate to call 911 immediately. Crime Tip Hot Line…Suspicious activity can be reported anonymously to the Police Department’s Crime Tip Hot Line at 708.434.1636. Anonymous tips also...
Residents are urged to move their cars from the streets when temporary no-parking signs go up to allow private contractors to prune parkway trees quickly and safely as the winter trimming cycle continues. Areas scheduled for pruning this season are between North Avenue and Division Street from...