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July/August 2022

The coming months will see Oak Park’s Village Board of Trustees continue to work toward its goals around affordability, safety, equity, vibrant neighborhoods and sustainability with a series of key policy discussions. Included among the topics coming before the Village Board are reparations and a...
Residents ages 15 to 18 are invited to learn skills and techniques that can help them find and keep a job at the Community Relations Department’s annual Youth Skills Workshop from 2 to 5 p.m. July 25-29 at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street. Participants in the free workshops learn skills...
The Oak Park Health Department is taking its mobile response van into the community to provide health checks and free COVID-19 testing and vaccinations. Be on the lookout for the mobile response van at community events such as the Oak Park Farmers’ Market and Downtown Oak Park’s Thursday Night Out...
Childhood vaccines available…Be on the lookout for opportunities to access vaccinations for children from the Oak Park Health Department.  As kids prepare to head back to school and participate in sports programs, the Health Department can provide COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots. Find...
The Oak Park Health Department is hosting a community meeting at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19 at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., as part of its ongoing effort to build its community health assessment and strategic plan, known as the IPLAN. During the meeting Health Department staff will...
Property owners are urged to keep their shrubs and trees along sidewalks and alleys properly trimmed to ensure safe passage by pedestrians and motorists. Blocking the public way not only creates hazards, it also is a local ordinance violation. Residents whose plantings create issues are asked to...
Every resident is required to purchase a license for each owned or leased motor vehicle before July 15. The rate increases by $20 after the deadline. Failure to purchase a license also could result in a $78 ticket. A current vehicle license is needed to purchase a parking permit. Vehicle license...
The Oak Park Police Department urges residents to take steps to protect their vehicles from catalytic converter theft, which has become increasingly common throughout the region. Catalytic converters are part of a vehicle’s exhaust systems. Precious metals used in the devices make them appealing to...
Bicycle thefts tend to increase during warmer weather. Following these steps, police say, can help deter bicycle thieves: Register your bike with the Police Department at www.oak-park.us/bikeregistration. Should your bike be stolen and later recovered, the registration provides information about...
The Oak Park Police Department is planning to install eight Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) units this summer at various locations in the community. ALPR systems capture an image of a vehicle’s license plate, read the image using software, compare the plate number read against databases...
Oak Park residents are urged to keep an eye out for spongy moth this summer. The spongy moth is an invasive tree pest that feeds on many tree species but is especially problematic on oak trees. In large numbers they can defoliate a tree, and with several years of defoliation trees can experience...
As temperatures rise, so does the threat of the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus. Last year, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 64 human cases, 35 of which were in Cook County, and three deaths. Take precautions…Avoid being bitten by mosquitoes by wearing long sleeves and pants,...
The Village encourages block parties as a way to build community spirit, meet neighbors and have fun. Each block may sponsor two block parties per year, but the number of block parties on any given day must be regulated to ensure traffic flow. Since some weekends fill quickly, neighborhoods are...
Residents who leave their windows and patio doors open overnight to catch a summer evening breeze could unwittingly become targets of burglars. Oak Park Police urge residents to use devices that prevent entry by limiting travel of the sash or door. Making sure patio furniture cannot be used as a...
Village officials are alerting residents about an anticipated surge in electricity supply rates that could bring about an increase in electric bills. This summer ComEd’s published electricity supply rates are projected to increase 15 to 25 percent from the previous year across northern Illinois....
When severe weather brings down power lines, public safety personnel urge residents to be aware of the danger. Their advice — always assume power lines are live, since even momentary contact with a live power line can injure or kill. If a power line comes down, ideally, a firefighter or police...
New logo…Be on the lookout for the new Oak Park Farmers’ Market logo, which was recently unveiled. The logo was developed through a process overseen by the Village’s Farmers’ Market Commission. The logo is featured on souvenir merchandise available at the Market’s information tent. Sales of the...
The Village of Oak Park has a number of communications channels to help residents receive the latest 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,...