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

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March/April 2018

Celebrate green living at the Village’s ninth annual Earth Fest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., April 21 at the Public Works Center, 201 South Blvd. Fun for the whole family awaits, including a wide range of activities for kids. Environmentally-conscious residents will be able to engage with more...
Sponsors and vendors are being sought for Earth Fest, the Village’s annual celebration of green living set for April 21. Sponsors not only receive special recognition in event promotional materials, they also help spread awareness about environmental issues, support environmental initiatives,...
Local groups and volunteers are invited to participate in the 45th annual A Day in Our Village, Oak Park’s annual festival celebrating diversity and community involvement. Scheduled for Sun., June 3, the event features activity and information booths in Scoville Park at Lake Street and Oak Park...
Oak Park residents interested in diving deep into Village finances need look no further than www.oak-park.us/financial-reports where a wide range of documents is posted. From annual budgets and audits to bond ratings and municipal compensation reports, virtually every document related to how taxes...
Income-eligible, single-family households are invited to apply for no-interest home rehabilitation loans of up to $25,000 to correct health and safety issues and building code violations, such as broken pipes, a leaking basement or roof, crumbling entry stairs, dangerous electrical systems or...
Property owners with extra garage or off-street parking spaces can earn cash with a listing through the Village’s parking clearinghouse. The list is managed by the Parking Services Division, which provides copies upon request, via email or in person at Village Hall, 123 Madison St., to those in...
Calling the Oak Park Police is not the only way to report suspicious activity or persons. The more than 200 vehicles bearing the Village of Oak Park logo offer an added tool to communicate with law enforcement. Known as Fleet Watch, the decades-old program enlists the entire municipal workforce...
The Oak Park Police Department operates under a community policing strategy that includes assigning officers to specific neighborhoods based on eight geographic zones. Residents are urged to visit www.oak-park.us/rbo to identify their respective zone officers and sign up for email alerts,...
As a courtesy to residents and their guests, the overnight parking restrictions will not be enforced on most Oak Park residential streets during several holidays in the year ahead. Restrictions will remain in effect in areas reserved for overnight permit holders, such as Village-owned lots, on-...
A disposal box is available in the lobby of the Police Department at Village Hall, 123 Madison St. for residents to safely dispose of unwanted prescription drugs. Needles or other medical waste are not accepted. Safe disposal of drugs is becoming increasingly important, as trace residues of some...
The overall crime rate in Oak Park increased a modest 2 percent in 2017, according to data compiled by the Police Department for the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program that studies patterns and trends over time. The increase was driven in part by an uptick in robberies, the category that...
Thefts, typically crimes of opportunity, remained the single largest category of crimes reported in Oak Park. Some 1,035 thefts were reported in 2017, compared to 1,057 in 2016.  Burglary continued to be the second largest single crime category, with 311 cases reported in 2017, compared to 360 in...
The Oak Park Police Department is expanding its channels for communicating with the public with a new presence on Facebook and Twitter. Residents can now receive regular updates related to public safety in Oak Park on Facebook at www.facebook.com/voppolice and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/...
Sculpture walk…Artists are being sought to temporarily display their work at the seventh annual Oak Park Sculpture Walk. At least 12 works will be part of the outdoor exhibit set for May through September. After the event, the Village may consider purchasing a piece for its permanent collection....
A new online water billing payment system is set to launch by the end of March that will make it easier for property owners to view and pay electronically with a credit/debit card or electronic check. In addition to allowing a quick, one-time payment without registering, customers also will be able...
An additional 12-passenger shuttle bus with a wheelchair lift will be available to transport area seniors, residents with mobility issues and caregivers thanks to an agreement between the Oak Park Township and Park District of Oak Park. The bus-sharing agreement means four vehicles will offer curb-...
With only 4.5 square miles and 52,000 residents, many would say Oak Park is a small town. But the municipal services that make our community such a great place to live, work and do business are anything but small. Oak Park has more than 100 miles of Village-owned streets,500 alleys, nearly 20,000...