The Village of Oak Park | 123 Madison St.  Oak Park, IL 60302 | village@oak-park.us

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September 2017

Oak Parkers young, old and in between with an interest in modern firefighting and emergency medical services should mark their calendars for Saturday, October 7. That’s when the Oak Park Fire Department will open its doors to the public for an open house. The event, held in conjunction with...
With the new school year now underway, Oak Park police are urging motorists to stay alert — especially when driving in school zones. Motorists need to be focused and avoid distractions like talking on cell phones, police say, as well as come to a complete stop at intersections and not block...
Payments for many municipal services and fines may be made by check or money order at Village Hall, 123 Madison St., anytime via drop boxes — one outside by the parking lot and one just inside the south entrance by the stairway to the Police Department. Checks should be accompanied by any support...
With more than 400 videos and nearly 322,000 views, the Village’s official YouTube channel puts the sights and sounds of Oak Park on display for the world to see. The YouTube channel is an extension of VOP-TV, the Village’s municipal television station. Topics are as diverse as Oak Park’s tree-...
Beginning Jan. 1, shoppers in Oak Park’s larger retail stores will be charged 10 cents for every single-use bag the store provides to carry home purchases. The new local law, which applies to retail stores of 5,000 or more square feet, is intended to reduce the negative impact single-use bags have...
Residents interested in keeping up with local municipal policymaking can follow Village Board meetings at www.oak-park.us/boardtv, where meetings are streamed live and archived for on-demand viewing. The online meetings database even offers the option to search the meetings archive using key words...
Oak Park and River Forest residents ages 60-plus or with disabilities can request local curb-to-curb transportation through the Oak Park Township. Transportation is available for qualifying residents for medical appointments, shopping trips, social engagements, recreational activities, dining out...
A presentation to help persons with disabilities use public transportation to get to appointments, maintain social connections and enjoy independent travel is set for 7:15 p.m., Wed., Sept. 27 at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St. Sponsored by the Disability Access Commission, the...
Nominations are being sought for awards that recognize efforts by organizations, individuals and businesses to improve the Village through property preservation, sustainability and accessibility. Here are the details: Sustainability: Green Awards recognize specific deeds or actions that embody and...
Discrimination complaints…Village Code defends the rights of individuals within the protected classes of race, sex, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, age, marital status, familial status or disability in the purchasing, leasing, securing a loan, renting...
While mosquitoes are likely to become less active as summer heat diminishes, the threat of West Nile Virus could continue as late as mid-October. Public health officials urge residents not to become complacent and to continue taking precautions to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes. The most...
Euclid Square Park re-opening…The official re-opening of Euclid Square Park, 705 W. Fillmore Ave. is scheduled for 10 a.m., Sat., Sept. 9. In addition to tennis and pickelball, the park features a new playground and an improved walking path surrounding the park. More information about the park...
Oak Park property owners planning a fall project can get the permitting process underway online at www.oak-park.us/villageview. The online system offers users an intuitive, widget-driven website portal for conducting a wide range of property related Village business via a computer, tablet or mobile...
Keep track of the latest information regarding road construction projects in Oak Park at www.oak-park.us/construction. Simply click the project updates tab at the top of the page for regular updates on specific projects. The site also includes an interactive map that residents can use to track...
Drug disposal box…A prescription drug disposal box is available in the lobby of the Police Department at Village Hall, 123 Madison St. Needles or other medical waste are not accepted. Safe disposal of drugs is becoming increasingly important, as trace residues of some medications can turn up in the...
As the flu season approaches, local public health officials are reminding residents that shots are recommended for everyone older than 6 months. Flu vaccine is offered at numerous commercial pharmacies, grocery stores and other retail sites in the Oak Park area. Most of these sites accept private...
Residents can help prevent identity theft by shredding sensitive papers, as well as recycle old clothing of just about any kind in any condition from 9 a.m. to noon, Sat., Sept. 16, at the Public Works Center, 201 South Boulevard. Both services are free. Here are the details: Shred sensitive papers...
Getting around Oak Park by bike is easy for residents and visitors alike thanks to the Divvy bike share program. Thirteen Oak Park Divvy stations are strategically located near the CTA Green Line and Metra tracks downtown and the CTA Blue Line and Interstate 290 in south Oak Park, as well as along...
Following a competitive bid process, the Village of Oak Park has entered into a new agreement with Constellation Energy Services to provide electricity for residential and small business customers through the municipal aggregation program. Electricity customers who receive a letter from...
With fall right around the corner, a changing variety of produce can be found at the Oak Park Farmers’ Market. Plums, nectarines, peaches, pears, grapes, apples and cider are just some of the seasonal favorites now available along with meats, eggs, honey, cheese and milk from the more than two...
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...
With an estimated 30,000 coyotes currently living in Illinois, like it or not, coyotes are a permanent fixture in Oak Park. Seeing a coyote does not necessarily mean a dangerous situation for humans or domestic animals. If approached by a coyote, do not run — make yourself appear larger by yelling...