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

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January/February 2019

New rules and regulations designed to simplify and streamline Oak Park’s parking rules and regulations will be tested this year in one of the Village’s most in-demand parking areas — Harlem Avenue east to Oak Park Avenue and South Boulevard south to Harrison Street, including portions of the...
The municipal budget for 2019 focuses resources on enhancing public safety and improvements to essential infrastructure, while ensuring fiscal stability. The 2019 budget is comprised of 35 funds and $155.8 million in expenditures, excluding Police and Firefighter pensions and the Foreign Fire...
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...
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. Follow the Police…Residents can view regular updates related to public safetyin Oak Park on Facebook at www.facebook.com/voppolice and on Twitter at...
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...
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 2. A variety of volunteers are needed to help promote and staff the...
When the weather cooperates, free outdoor skating is offered at rinks in Taylor Park, 400 W. Division St., Longfellow Park, 610 S. Ridgeland Ave., and Austin Gardens, 167 Forest Ave. A green flag will fly when the rinks are open and a red one when they are closed. Skaters must bring their own...
More than 60 individuals, organizations and businesses were recognized recently for their commitment to protecting Oak Park’s heritage and making the Village a vibrant place for residents and visitors alike. Eight Preservation Awards were presented by the Historic Preservation Commission and seven...
Oak Parkers who want to have a say in who sits on the boards of the Village, Park District, Public Library and both school districts will have their chance come April 2, 2019, the date for the next Consolidated Municipal Election. But only registered voters can participate. Registration is offered...
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,...
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...
The Village of Oak Park has a number of communications channels to help residents receive up-to-the-minute information about their community and engage with Village Hall. The Village’s social media pages provide residents, businesses and visitors with information about municipal programs, services...
Applications for 2019 Program Year Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grant programs will be available Jan. 31. Applications are due in March when the assessment process begins, with allocations typically announced in October. The federally funded but locally...
Yard waste and compost collection will continue through the winter on a bi-weekly basis with pick-ups scheduled for every other Wednesday at properties served by the Village’s refuse hauler. Residents not enrolled in the Village composting program will need to affix a green sticker to each bundle...
Holiday trees will be collected the weeks of Jan. 7 and 14 from residential properties of five or fewer units served by the Village refuse hauling contractor. Be sure to remove all decorations and stands, and place the tree in the regular collection area before your regular collection day during...
Residents can safely dispose of expired and unwanted prescription medicines in the lobby of the Oak Park Police Department at Village Hall, 123 Madison St. Needles and other medical wastes are not accepted. Safe disposal of drugs is increasingly important, as trace residues of some medications can...
Individuals living with memory loss and their care givers will have a safe space in the community to connect, share a meal and enjoy recreation and educational opportunities when the Memory Café opens on Jan. 22 at the Oak Park Township Senior Services Center, 130 S. Oak Park. Ave. The program will...
If you are suffering from cabin fever or the winter blues, the Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St. (at East Avenue, just south of I-290) could be just what you need. Visitors can indulge in the oxygen-rich air, while listening to the sounds of birds and waterfalls, and enjoying scents of Azalea...
Residents age 60 and older and individuals 18 to 59 with a disability who have difficulty managing their financial affairs, may be eligible for help through the Oak Park Township. In addition to help with tasks such as balancing a checkbook or sorting mail, assistance also includes help applying...
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....
Beginning this year, one third of the Village’s 18,000-plus parkway trees will be trimmed, rather than one quarter as in past years. An analysis of annual requests for pruning beyond the previous four-year cycle found that more than half of the complaints came from the quarter of the Village...