One very positive aspect of the January cold weather is the prospect of doing nothing, except favorite indoor activities, a positive aspect of living in Illinois. There are some requirements we need to keep such as going to work, attending meetings, which can be made more pleasant if virtual. Yet, there is the time to pursue hobbies, read a book, exercise, try a new recipe and savor your favorite winter beverage-mine is hot chocolate. Do take the Time to enjoy a little “time out.”.
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West Chicago free Christmas tree pick up ends Saturday, January 15, 2022. Lights, garland and decorations must be removed from the tree. Do not put the trees in plastic bags.
West Chicago Lions Club and West Chicago Rotary Club held a Gently Used and New Coats, Hats and Gloves Collection for adults and children. Distribution of the items takes place from 9:00 a.m. to noon Saturday, January 15, 2022, at First United Methodist Church of West Chicago, 643 East Washington Street. There is a limit of one coat per person and that person must be present.
In partnership with Robert R. McCormick House at Cantigny Park, the League of Women Voters of Wheaton hosts their Civics Awareness program at 7:00 p.m.Thursday, January13, 2022, via Zoom. To make a reservation visit Cantigny.org. A Zoom link to access the presentation is sent two days prior to the event.
Dr. Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz presents “Critical Race Theory: What it Is and What it Isn’t.” She is a historian of the nineteenth century United States who specializes in American women's history. At Eastern Illinois University, she teaches the US survey, American women's history, Civil War era history, social studies teaching methods, historical research/writing, and serves as coordinator for History with Teacher Licensure in Social Science. She also works with the Illinois Civics Hub as the Preservice Teacher Liaison and writes about civics teaching topics for IllinoisCivics.org. She is the author of “The Tie That Binds Us,” “The Women of John Brown’s Family” and “The Legacy of Radical Abolitionism.”
League of Women Voters of Wheaton includes West Chicago, Warrenville, Winfield, Wheaton and Carol Stream. The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization that does not support or oppose any political party or candidate, but whose purpose is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government.
West Chicago Park District holds a Bags Tournament at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, January 15, 2022, at Zone250, 250 West National Street. Six games per team. First place wins a trophy, first and second place winners receive cash. All participants receive a sandwich and a wrap, chips and a cookie compliments of Hawthorne’s Backyard Bar & Grill. The cost is $80 per team. To register, visit https://www.we-goparks.org/special-events.
Virtual Chair Yoga” is the West Chicago Public Library program at 3:00 p.m. Monday, January 17, 2022. Susan from Dancing Cranes demonstrates the benefits of yoga without getting down on the floor. In an hour of Chair Yoga, persons breathe more deeply; stretch, strengthen and move their body; relieve stress and relax. Tor register visit wcpld.info, under event calendar. The program takes place monthly during the winter.
DuKane Abate monthly membership meeting is at 7:30 p.m.Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at American Legion Post 300, 123 Main Street. The discussion regards Motorcyclists’ rights. Guest speakers are Judge Susan Clancy Boles, Judge Daniel B. Shanes and Justin Burau, Congressional Candidate for Illinois District 3.
Healthy West Chicago hosts a free virtual family cooking class, “Confetti Pepper Cornbread and Black Bean Veggie Soup,” at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 19, 2022, via Zoom. Chef Maria gives tips on eating healthy, saving time in the kitchen and involving children in food preparation, plus demonstrates how to make the featured recipe. Recipe ingredients are provided to the first 20 registered participants. The day to pick up supplies at the West Chicago Public Library are communicated to those who registered first. To register visit healthywestchicago.org/newevents or https://bit.ly/3dTHq9y. For further information, email Carly Smitherman at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 630-230-6370. (https://merleburl.com)
Healthy West Chicago holds a Family Cooking Class, “Vegetable Migas” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, January 20, 2022, via Zoom. Classes are free and open to all West Chicago Elementary School District family. Supplies are provided to the first 20 registrants with pick up at West Chicago Public Library, 118 West Washington Street. To register, visit https://bit.ly/3qorrpg. For further information email email email@example.com. Participants learn tips on eating healthy and involving children in food preparation. Chef Maria demonstrates healthy family approved recipes.
The West Chicago Park District has a Sip and Paint event, “Gnome Body But You,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, January 20, 2022, at the ARC, 201 West National Street. Abby Adams of Make YOU Brush is the instructor. Participants over the age of 21 can bring their own favorite adult beverage of wine or beer to sip while painting. The $35 registration fee includes step by step instructions and necessary supplies Stencils are provided, no experience is necessary. To register, visit we-goparks.org/adult-programs.
West Chicago Park District holds a Youth Dodgeball Tournament Friday, January 21, 2022, at the ARC, 201 West National Street. Teams consist of 5-8 players and are guaranteed at least 2 games. Players must register individually, but form their own teams including a coach. Champions in each division l receive team prizes. Age brackets are divided into grades, from 1st to 6th grade. To register, visit https://www.we-goparks.org/special-events.
Now that de-decorating is taking place, persons may discover strands of incandescent and LED holiday lights that no longer work. The City of West Chicago provides the “green” solution for disposing this items through Friday, January 21, 2022. The offer is open to residents, businesses, clubs, churches and organizations. Drop-off locations are First United Methodist Church of West Chicago, by exterior door at 643 East Washington Street; Murphy Ace Hardware, 319 South Neltnor Boulevard; West Chicago Public Library, 118 West Washington Street; and the ARC Center, 201 West National Street. The West Chicago Environmental Commission coordinates the program with Groot Industries.
Wayne Township also offers holiday light disposal. The recycling location is from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Wayne township Road District, 4N230 Klein Road. It ends Tuesday, March 2, 2022.
College of DuPage offers English as a Second Language and Citizenship classes at Wegner School, Marcella Drive, and West Chicago Community High School, 326 Joliet Street. Approximately 30 percent of tuition is federally funded under WIA Title II. ESL testing dates at Wegner are 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 25, and Thursday January 27, 2022. Classes are from 6:00 to 8:25 pm. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Classes begin Tuesday, February 1.
ESL testing dates at the high school are at 6:30 p.m. Monday, January 24, and Wednesday, January 26. Classes are 6:30 to 8:55 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Classes begin Monday, January 31. Citizenship classes are only held at the high school. Testing dates are at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 22, and Thursday, February 24. Classes meet from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Classes begin Tuesday, March 1.
West Chicago Plan Commission/Zoning Board of Appeals shifted the continuation of the Public Hearing on Pulte Home proposals from its Tuesday, January 4, 2022, meeting to its Tuesday, February 1, meeting The hearing regarded a request from Pulte Home Company LLC for a Preliminary Planned Unit Development and Preliminary Plat of Subdivision for a 269-lot residential development on the south side of Smith Road between Route 59 and Klein Road. The first meeting Wednesday, December 15, ran more than three hours with more than 110 participant, most who were opposed to the development.
West Chicago resident and artist Anni Holm is working on a project for her upcoming exhibit in February at the Old Danish Kirke Museum in Manistee, Michigan. The Kirke, meaning church in Danish, showcases the Danish heritage of the area. Holm’s exhibit is a contemporary piece telling the story of the original land and settlers. The exhibit will include a forest of 100 artificial trees, filling the pews of the old church. It will also include a video presentation displayed in a wood cabin, a Danish flag made by U.S. Danish citizens, and an audio presentation of sounds from a Danish church. To create the exhibit, Holm needs 100 artificial Christmas trees. At this time she has 50. Persons who have a tree they would like to donate can reach Holm by calling or texting (847) 436-2664.
Establishing a Diaper Pantry, St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 155 North Prince Crossing Road, has an on-going Diaper Drive. These are among the items that are distributed to families in need on Saturdays. Persons may drop off diapers from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fridays.
The Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6791 host Bingo on Sundays at the post, 431 North Neltnor Boulevard. Doors open at noon, games start at 1:30 p.m.
The City of West Chicago seeks volunteers to fill vacancies on several of its Boards and Commissions. These opportunities provide residents, and non-residents in some cases, with a chance to be involved in the community while sharing their own personal experiences, expertise, and talents. Positions are open on Civil Service Commission, Cultural Arts Commission, Environmental Commission, Historical Preservation Commission, Plan Commission/Zoning Board of Appeals and Police Pension Board. For specific information on boards and commissions and forms to volunteer, visit https://bit.ly/3F3k63 or the City’s website https://westchicago.org.
“Renewal” is the theme for the 2022 Art Banner Exhibit. All media is acceptable with no limitation to technique or subject as long as it relates to the theme. It is a juried exhibit. The selected entries are displayed on banners hanging in the historic downtown area from May through September. To submit artwork, visit https://form.jotform.com/212725943004046 for the entry form. The deadline to enter is Tuesday, February 15.
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Free COVID testing is from 10:00 a.m. to noon Mondays and Fridays at Wayne Township, 27W031 North Avenue. For further information, call the township at (630) 231-7173. American Family Medical Center manages the testing site. The contact person is Mr. Ravl, (630) 207-5099.
A COVID-19 vaccination clinic is open from 2:30 to 6:00 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 155 North Prince Crossing Road. The clinic is for persons age 18 and older. To make an appointment, call the church office at (630) 231-3787 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A COVID-19 testing site is open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in a VNA Health Care Mobile at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 155 North Prince Crossing Road. There is no charge. Appointments are required and may be made at (630) 892-4355 or (847) 717-6455
The DuPage County Health Department developed a dashboard to provide information on the total number of people, in DuPage County, who have tested positive for COVID-19. In addition, the dashboard includes a map which shows the distribution of reported cases by municipality and is updated at 4:00 p.m. daily. DuPage County's "COVID-19 Dashboard" is a one-stop-shop for all the information it offers including a town-by-town breakdown of cases. As of Monday, January 10, 2022, there were 6,831 cases and 57 deaths; this is the number from the beginning of track recording.
To keep residents aware of community COVID-19 updates, the City has posted West Chicago's COVID-19 COMMUNICATIONS CENTER on its website, www.westchicago.org. It is located on the upper left-hand side in red. Clicking on this, residents can see the latest information.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Victor Covarrubias, who at the age of 68 passed away Saturday, January 1, 2022.
Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Charles “Chuck” Miller, who at the age of 76 passed away Tuesday, December 28, 2021.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Germain Prescott, who at the age of 98 recently passed away.
Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Evander Lopez, who at the age of 22 passed away Wednesday, January 5, 2022.
Before winter break, Currier School students and staff said good bye to Ana Ferreyra, who is moving back to Mexico. She retired from West Chicago Elementary School District 33, where she was a Paraprofessional for 18 years.
Sergeant Eugene Samuel was promoted to Commander of Investigations and Administration of the West Chicago Police Department. Mayor Ruben Pineda administered the Oath of Office Monday, January 3, 2022.
In 1999, Samuel joined the West Chicago Police Department, serving in many different areas. These included patrol officer, traffic officer, member of the Honor Guard, traffic crash investigator, child safety seat technician, field training officer, in house trainer and range master. He also received multiple recognitions from Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists for his efforts regarding DUI arrests. In 2006 he was promoted to sergeant, assigned to the patrol division and several years later into the Traffic Safety Unit. In 2018, Samuel was selected as Administrative Sergeant, in charge of supervising support services.
West Chicago Fire Protection District promotes holiday decoration safety through the “Keep the Red” program. The wreaths were on display at all three stations and again remained red. Red bulbs on the wreaths are replaced with a white bulb if the cause of a fire is holiday-related. During the 30-plus years of participation in the program of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, the wreaths have remained red most of the time.
Daniel J. Peck is the new Marketing & Communications Coordinator for the City of West Chicago. He was employed in similar positions with the City of Wheaton and the Village of Romeoville and has more than 10 years experience in marketing communications. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design from Western Illinois University in Macomb. As he starts his new position, Peck said, “The City of West Chicago is rich in history and culture. I am truly excited and grateful to serve this community within this special role.”
He and his wife Kim live in Lockport and are expecting their first child in April. They have two ,“larger than necessary,” rescue dogs. As a committee member of DuPage Animal Friends for more than six years, Peck serves assists with Marketing & Communications.
Dave and Diane Sabathne celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary Sunday, January 9, 2021.
Ava Maslyk is the 1922 Nueces County Jr Livestock Show Queen. One of the judges was Patti Wilson Kozlowski, who represented Bishop 4-H and was the first queen in 1963. Kozlowski was a teacher for more than 26 years at West Chicago Community High School and currently serves on the State Board of Directors at SkillsUSA Illinois.
At the Monday, January 3,2022, meeting, City Council approved an ordinance for the City of West Chicago to call for a Public Hearing and a Joint Review board meeting to consider a designation of a Redevelopment Project Area and the approval of a Downtown Tax Increment Financing District. No..21. The Item Summary states, “ On July 19, 2021, City Council authorized an agreement with Kane McKenna & Associates to prepare a TIF eligibility Study and Report, along with a Redevelopment Plan. Required notices were published and the Plan was announced available for review at the Council meeting of December 20, 2021. TIF rules require the Council to conduct a public hearing and set a date and time for a Joint Review Board meeting.” This ordinance sets the Public Hearing date as Monday, February 7, 2022, and the JRB meeting date as Wednesday, January 19, 2022.
In a TIF District, property tax payments to local governments such as park, school and library districts are frozen up to 23 months. Any increases in property tax levied, caused by the property increasing in value, is called an increment and put into a fund the city controls . TIF money can be spent on work that increases the values of the property in the district.
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