The magic from his old silk hat wafts throughout the community, spreading a festive air when Frosty the Snowman comes to West Chicago for Frosty Fest from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, December 2, 2017, in the historic downtown district.
Pre-fest events include the Holiday Open House from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the West Chicago Public Library and the “Small Gifts of Art” exhibit from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Gallery 200 Friday, December 1, 2017. (Full details on these two events and the 5K Run are elsewhere in the column.)
An early morning start to the day begins with the Frosty Fest 5K run/walk at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
The Frosty Fest procession steps off at 4:00 p.m. from the eastern entrance to the Metra parking lot next to La Michoacana Ice Cream left on Main Street, right at Center Street, left at High Street, left at Galena Street, left on Main Street and proceeds to the Fox Community Center, 306 Main Street, the official site of the community tree lighting. Participants are the West Chicago Police Department, West Chicago Fire Protection District, reindeer, Frosty, gingerbread man, Miss Mexican Heritage, Little Obie and City Council members riding in a horse-drawn wagon. Mayor Ruben Pineda and the essay contest winners ride in the horse-drawn carriage. Riding in the fire district’s ladder truck are Santa and Mrs. Claus.
The Mayor and winners of the essay contest officially open Frosty Fest with the lighting of the community holiday tree and lights throughout the downtown area. Following the tree lighting, music fills the air with songs by the choirs from West Chicago Community High School, Leman Middle School Gary, Turner and Wegner elementary schools. After this, the doors to the community center open to the headquarters of Santa and Mrs. Claus. The City tent provides information on the various activities.
The American Legion Post 300 hall, 123 Main Street, is a hub of activity. Members of the West Chicago Police Department serve popcorn. Also Kindred Coffee is on hand with the hot beverage. The popular cookie decorating activity provides a creative and tasty touch, plus contributes to a worthy cause. The requested donation of one dollar benefits the Neighborhood Food Pantry located at Crossroads Restoration Church. FNBC Bank & Trust matches the donations. West Chicago Park District craft projects include making glitter stockings and gingerbread men, colorful Christmas trees, paper angels and snowflake ballerinas. There are two dance performances by District 33 Ballet Folklorico, one at 5:15 p.m. and the other at 5:45 p.m. The Support Staff Association of West Chicago Elementary School District 33 distributes free gloves to children.
At Republic Bank, 101 Main Street, the creative “gingerbread houses” made at the Methodist church event are on display. While viewing, persons can enjoy the popcorn served by the West Chicago Lions Club, hot chocolate served by the West Chicago Rotary Club and snacks served by the West Chicago Kiwanis Club.
Drawing on the creative aspect, the “Small Gifts of Art” exhibit is at Gallery 200, 103 West Washington Street. (See more information on exhibit in another part of the column) West Chicago Sister Cities has a display of German ornaments and steins, plus some artifacts from the Sister City Taufkirchen (Vils), Germany. Also on display is a model Christmas train, (G Scale #1, on loan from resident Don Smith. Mariachi los Rayos de Leman Middle School performs at 5:30 p.m.
Creativity, combined with some history, is part of the scene at the West Chicago City Museum, 132 Main Street. A reindeer track scavenger hunt leads to the different Frosty Fest events, presenting a challenge for old and young alike. Paper chain snowman is the craft project. Exhibits are the new one, “We Go A Traveling,” plus “Made in West Chicago” and “Building Community: The History of West Chicago.”
Twinkling lights cast the perfect glow on the outside activities for guests to visit the reindeer and their elf handlers, to hear Christmas music sung by the choir from the First United Methodist Church of West Chicago under the direction of Ron Benner, play outdoor games and to watch the renowned ice sculptor Joe Gagnepain portray his artistic talent using his chainsaw as a paintbrush to create a holiday masterpiece. Capturing the old-fashioned charm of the community, horse-drawn wagon rides travel on a luminaria-lit route in the nearby historical residential neighborhood, starting at Galena and Main streets. New this year is Little Obie, a six-foot high scale model of a Canadian National locomotive. The railway uses the model train to help educate children about the dangers of playing near the railroad tracks. Attendees have the opportunity to ride on the train. Its station point is planned for the parking lot by the Fox Community Center.
As the evening ends, all can return home with the magical memories of Frosty Fest 2017 dancing in their heads. (www.merleburl.com)
AROUND AND ABOUT
For the sixth year, WeGo Drama and Barnes and Noble present an evening of entertainment as a fundraiser. It takes place from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at the store located in the Geneva Commons, 102 Commons Drive. Events include cupcake decorating and gift wrapping. Arts and crafts for children are from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.; a “Special Storytime” of children’s stories is at 5:00 p.m.; the West Chicago Community High School acappella performs at 6:15 p.m. followed by a special One-Act Comedy at 7:00 p.m. The last event is an Open Mic for West Chicago students at 7:15 p.m. Concurrent with this is the Book Fair with a percentage of purchases benefitting the drama club. The offer is good from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Persons unable to attend can still support WeGo Drama at any Barnes and Noble in the United States or on-line from November 29 to Tuesday, December 5, at BN.com/bookfairs, entering Bookfair ID 12218004 at the checkout. For more information, email Mark Begovich at email@example.com or visit www.wegotheatre.com.
As part of its Business Round Table, the West Chicago Public Library District holds Score: General Business Discussion Round Table at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 29, 2017, in the small conference room, 118 West Washington Street. Score mentor George Safford, a West Chicago resident, is the moderator. It is geared for those starting a new business or owners of existing small businesses. To make a reservation, call the adult services department at (630) 231-1552, extension 4.
WeGo Wildcats Special Olympics basketball team plays Glenbard North High School at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at Glenbard North, 990 Kuhn Road in Carol Stream. Thursday, November 16, the Wildcats won the game Against St. Charles East with a score of 62-43. Club president Dave Hempe said, “We played much better and won a very enjoyable game. I say enjoyable because there was great team work from both teams. Passing, shooting and working together was much improved.”
Through its Relaxation Series, the West Chicago Public Library District presents four programs in November. The final one, “Beginner Yoga,” takes place at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 30, 2017, in the main meeting room 118 West Washington Street. Yoga instructor Marti Anne teaches a series of gentle poses while calming the body and mind. Persons who have yoga mats are encouraged to bring them. Call the adult services department at (630) 231-1552, extension 4 to make a reservation.
The West Chicago Lions Club holds a coat drive through Thursday, November 30, 2017. Drop off boxes are located at both Republic Bank locations, 101 Main Street and 105 West Roosevelt Road; City Hall, 475 Main Street; West Chicago Park District ARC, 201 West National Street; FNBC Bank & Trust, 600 East Washington Street: Water’s Edge Bible Church, 209 South Oakwood Street; Ball Horticultural Company, 622 Town Road; The UPS Store, 1879 North Neltnor Boulevard; Daniel and Associates Real Estate, 465 East Roosevelt Road; and Augustino’s Rock & Roll Deli and Grill, 300 N. North Avenue. New and slightly used, clean coats are needed for distribution to local families. The coats will be distributed to those in need from 8:00 a.m. to noon Saturday, December 16, at First United Methodist Church of West Chicago, 643 East Washington Street.
Norris-Segert Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 132 Fremont Street, is not hosting its annual Tree of Memory this year. However, the two trees displaying more than 700 ornaments bought by families and friends in memory of loved ones who have died are available for persons to view. Persons wanting to place ornaments on the tree may register from Friday, December 1, through Sunday, December 31, 2017. Call the funeral home at (630) 231-0060 for more information.
Hawthorne’s Backyard & Grill, 1200 West Hawthorne Lane, hosts a Meet and Greet for Otis Wilson from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 1, 2017. Wilson is the former outside linebreaker, who was a member of the Chicago Bears in the 1985 Super Bowl. He currently focuses on his not-for-profit organization, The Otis Wilson Charitable Association, which provides an all-inclusive health and fitness program for at-risk children. He and co-writer sportscaster Chet Coppock are the authors of the new book, “If These Walls Could Talk: Chicago Bears.”
WeGo Wildcats Special Olympics basketball team plays a fifteen-minute pickup game against St. Charles East before the Chicago Bulls Game Friday, December 1, 2017, at United Center, 1901 West Madison Street in Chicago. The team is excited about playing at this game, which starts at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Bulls game at 7:00 p.m. Club president Dave Hempe has tickets for Level 300 at the cost of $25 per ticket. To purchase tickets email Hempe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Chicago Public Library, 118 West Washington Street, hosts its annual Holiday Cheer Open House from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Friday, December 1, 2017. The lobby is the site for the hot chocolate bar and snacks. Persons checking out library materials receive an extra treat of a candy cane.
The life-sized Candyland is on the second floor; check out the impressive nutcracker. Here the youth services department has a craft area for creating gingerbread photo magnets and adult services department has an area for making ornaments and bows. Pictures with Santa take place from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Musical entertainment is provided by the Mariachi los Rayos de Leman Middle School from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the main program room. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Canterbury Singers carol throughout the library.
“Small Gifts of Art’ is the exhibit at Gallery 200, 103 West Washington Street, for the month of December. The artwork of the 17-featured artists is perfect for holiday gifts, plus reasonably priced. The artists’ reception is from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Friday, December 1, 2017.
Participating artists are First Star Art by jrr & jammer, whimsical Art, stocking stuffers, puppets, totes, greeting cards and gift tags; Marge Hall, ornaments, knitted scarves and jewelry; Kathi Kuchler, jewelry, prints and felted scarves; Judith Horsley, framed photography; Sharon Malec, fiber artist with quilting, felting, crochet, spinning and weaving; Heide Morris, knit wear, ankle warmers, hand warmers, headbands, ceramic pieces, and beaded utensils; Britta Renwick, jewelry, photography, mixed media and wine cork key chains; Starla Snead, calligraphy, engraving, and passion stones; and Sue Tripp, fused glass art, including small dishes, jewelry, dreamcatchers, and ornaments.
Others are Earl Weber, wood pieces that add style to any decor; Susan Delaney, fused glass plates and dichro jewelry; Victoria Burris, butterfly inspired art; Patty Koenigsaecker; Nadine Buck, jewelry; Laurie Parker, hand painted ornaments, Christmas cards and winter wonderland paintings; Margaret Bucholz, miniature acrylic paintings and note cards; and Marita Valdizan, wire crochet ornaments and jewelry.
Gallery hours are from noon to 6:00 p.m. Thursday, noon to 8:00 p.m. Friday, and from noon to 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. (www.merleburl.com)
Registration for the City of West Chicago’s 2017 Frosty Fest 5K Run/Walk is open online at www.raceroster.com/14012 and at the race, The event takes place Saturday, December 2, 2017, starting in Turner Court. Packet pickup and registration is at 7:30 p.m. and the race begins at 8:30 a.m. The free Kids Fun Walk for children age 10 and under begins at approximately 9:30 a.m. Age groups are 11 to 14, 15 to 19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59, 60 to 69 and 70 and over. The top three overall male and female participants receive awards, plus the top three male and female in each age category receive awards. The fee is $25 for residents, $30 for non-residents, $10 for students. Kids Fun Run participants receive a Finisher’s ribbon. For further information, call Special Events Coordinator Bethany Bayci at (630) 293-2200, extension 176 or email email@example.com.
St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 155 North Prince Crossing Road, holds its eighth annual Cookie Bazaar from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 2, 2017. The cost is $9 for a one-pound box and $17 for a two-pound box of cookies. A portion of the proceeds benefits Neighborhood Food Pantry on the campus of Real Life Church, 525 North Neltnor Boulevard. For further information, call the church office at (630) 231-3787.
FNBC Bank & Trust, 600 East Washington Street, hosts Pictures with Santa from 10:00 a.m. to noon Saturday, December 2, 2017. Treats are served. (www.merleburl.com)
The Station, the youth group at First United Methodist Church of West Chicago, hosts its fourth annual Christmas Candy Cottage Workshop from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, December 2, 2017, at the church, 643 East Washington Street. Families make a “house” to take home. The $10 charge per house includes graham crackers, frosting and candy. For further information, call the church at (630) 231-3344 or visit www.firstumcucc.org. (www.merleburl.com)
The Station, the youth group at First United Methodist Church of West Chicago, holds two fundraisers to help with Christmas activities. Both are at the church, 643 East Washington Street. One is gift wrapping, either drop-in or drop-off, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sundays December 3 and 17, 2017. There is no set fee, just a donation. The other is Christmas Kids Nigh Out, kid-free shopping trip for parents. It takes place from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, December 10. Children enjoy games, veggie tales and dinner. The charge is $20 for the first child, $10 for each additional child with a $45 max, there is a $5 discount for persons registering by Sunday, December 3. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To begin the Advent season, St. Michael’s United Church of Christ, 400 West Washington Street, celebrates with the Hanging of the Greens in the sanctuary and decorates the Chrismon Tree at its 9:30 a.m. worship service Sunday, December 3, 2017. Chrismon is a combination of two words, Christ and monograms. The different monograms include the Crosses, the Symbols and the Parables, with the colors of gold and white; some are beaded.
Maggie Capettini, Gallery 200 member and education director at West Chicago City Museum, has five paintings on display in the Plein Air 17 exhibit at the Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery, 201 West 10th Street. The exhibit takes place from Sunday, December 3, 2017, through Sunday, February 24, 2017. The artists’ reception is from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, December 3.
The West Chicago Public Library District holds two two-hour computer classes in the small conference room, 118 West Washington Street.“ Apple Devices for Beginners” is at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 5. Attendees bring their iPad and or iPhone and learn the basics. “Android Devices for Beginners” is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. Attendees bring their own Samsung, HTC phones and tablets and learn the basics.
Wayne/Winfield Area Youth/Family Services offers hour-long computer classes for senior citizens at Wayne Township, 27W031 North Avenue. Not only do seniors learn basic skills, but also have the opportunity to socialize. The fee is $2. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (630) 231-7166. “Creating a Free Email Account and Email Basics” class is at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 6. “Shopping on Amazon.com” class is at 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 8.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 338 Georg Street, honors the Advent season with soup suppers at 6:00 p.m. followed by advent services at 7:00 p.m. Wednesdays, December 6, 13 and 20, 2017.
The United Methodist and Congregational Men and Women host the 18th annual Breakfast with Santa from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, December 9, 2017, at the church, 643 East Washington Street. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, and beverage. The ticket price is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, $3 for children age 3 and under, and $20 for a family of two adults and three or more children. Pictures with Santa are $5. This is a wonderful tradition for families, including grandparents, aunts and uncles, and/or a group of friends. Proceeds benefit the Neighborhood Food Pantry on the campus of Real Life Church. Tickets may be purchased at the door or call the church office at (630) 231-3344. (www.merleburl.com)
We Grow Dreams Greenhouse and Garden Center, 1055 West Washington Street, hosts its annual Open House from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, December 9, 2017. Items for sale include the unique table top reindeer, poinsettias, Christmas planters, house plants and succulents and home crafts fashioned by the team members. Refreshments are served.
The greenhouse provides people with disabilities the opportunity to lead fulfilling lives and to train and work in a supportive, safe and caring environment while producing and providing products and services to the community.
The Ninth Annual Holiday Celebration for the Community, sponsored by American Legion Post 300 and Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 6791 is Saturday, December 9, 2017, at American Legion hall, 123 Main Street. Social hour begins at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner, catered by Pal Joey’s at 7:00 p.m. Providing the entertainment is DJ Joel Quest. Door prizes and raffles add to the fun of the evening. Cash only bar.
Ticket price is $20 and $35 for two, if paid in advance, $25 at door, $10 for children under the age of 12, and no charge for children age 2 and under. Purchase tickets in advance at the VFW or the Legion, 123 Main Street. The event is open to the public. For further information call (630) 231-9823.
The Holiday Choral Concert is at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, December 10, 2017, in Weyrauch Auditorium at West Chicago Community High School, 326 Joliet Street. Performing are the Mixed Chorus, Women’s Chorale, Honors A Cappella Chamber Choir and the Concert Choir. The director is Brandon Fantozzi.
Gallery Theater Studio holds auditions for the play, “Rose Colored Glass” from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday December 10, and from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, December 11, 2017, at the theater, 129 Main Street. The rehearsals begin in January. Performance dates are Fridays and Saturdays, February 16, 17, 23 and 24, and Sundays, February 18, and 25, 2018.To schedule an appointment e-mail email@example.com; walk-ins are welcome. Monologues are not required; auditions will be sides from the script.
Auditions are for the roles of Lady O’Riley and Rose Fleishman only; the role of Peg O’Riley has been cast. Lady O’Riley, an idealist, is an Irish Catholic Immigrant in her is 60s and owner of Lady O’Riley’s Pub. Rose Fleishman, a realist, is an Austrian Jewish immigrant in her 40s and owner of Fleishman’s Delicatessen across the alley from the Pub. Peg o’Riley I, granddaughter of Lady, is 13 at the start of the play and as the play progresses is a bit older as the narrator of the play.
Set in 1938 Chicago, the play takes place in the back rooms of Lady O’Riley’s and Rose Fleishman’s delicatessen. Their disparate worlds, separated by much more than the alley between their kitchens, are about to collide. Peg O’Riley, the 13-year-old granddaughter of Lady, has grown determined that these two mistrustful widows will become friends, but it is not until they become involved in the same cause that their friendship has a chance to bloom. In a series of stunning flashbacks, Peg now older, remembers the moving story of how Lady and Rose formed a united front to fight American apathy in an attempt to bring Rose’s nephew out of Europe before the war. The play shows the beginning of the holocaust from our side of the ocean and how two remarkable women struggle not only with American apathy, but also with immigration laws and bureaucracy, in addition to their own prejudices…all in the name of one boy’s safe passage from Europe to America.
West Chicago Park District monthly social activity for senior citizens is at noon Thursday, December 14, 2017, at the ARC, 201 National Street. For the holiday celebration, the district provides roasted loin of pork, mashed potatoes, roasted root vegetables with balsamic and honey, steamed corn with butter and dinner rolls. Guests bring a $5 or under gift, wrapped in holiday wrappings for the gift exchange. Guests also can bring a holiday dessert, if they wish. The charge is $11 for residents and $13 for non-residents. Reservations are due by Thursday, December 7, and may be made online at www.we-goparks.org or in person at the ARC.
The West Chicago Park District holds two Drop N’ Shop events from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays, December 15 and December 22, 2017, at the ARC, 201 West National Street. Sign up is required a week in advance. The charge is $20 per child for residents and $24 for non-residents. Parents drop off their children for an evening of fun in the gym and Treehouse, which includes a G-rated movie and cheese pizza. It is for children age 2 and older. To register visit the ARC in person or online at www.we-goparks.org. For further information, email Gina Radun at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First United Methodist Church of West Chicago, 603 East Washington Street, is the site for PADS. With the temperatures turning colder, many of the men guests at PADS guests are in need of gloves, stocking caps and large-size sweatpants for layering under regular clothing or for sleeping. Persons can drop off items between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.
Winfield Township enters its 29th year of its “Adopt-A-Family” program. Working in conjunction with Neighborhood Food Pantries located on the Real Life Church property at 525 North Neltnor Boulevard, the township has 70 families enrolled; 38 already are adopted, leaving 32 to be adopted. All registrants are screened for eligibility according to Emergency Assistance guidelines. The “adoption” of a family involves providing a gift for each child and a $50 gift certificate for a holiday meal from a local area grocery store. General Assistance Director Claudia Gabrels said, “Monetary donations for holiday meals or gift cards are always welcome for families who are not adopted or can be used throughout the year, if needed.” To make a donation, or for more information, call Gabrels at (630) 231-3591 Monday through Friday.
Wayne Township offers the “Adopt-A-Family” program. Businesses, persons and organizations purchase a meal and a gift for each member of the family, new toys for children age 0 through 14 and gift cards for youths age 15 and up, plus senior citizens. Donations for holiday meals also are needed. The cost is a $30 donation for a holiday meal for persons using the food pantry from the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Each boxed meal has a frozen turkey, side dishes, desserts and beverages for eight persons. “Gift cards and monetary donations are always welcome. These can help us meet the needs of most individuals and families,” said Juanita Martinez, General Assistance Director. “At this time, we have 200 families on the list.” For further information or to adopt a family, call Martinez at (630) 231-7173.
West Chicago Police Department once again is working with the DuPage County Marine Corps League to collect toys for the US Marines Corps Reserve “Toys for Tots” program. The ages are from infant through 16 years of age. Toys are donated to children in local area communities. Drop off new unwrapped toys during regular business hours of 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Friday, December 19, in the decorated box in the lobby at the police station, 325 Spencer Street. Stuffed animals should be placed in a clear plastic bag; toy weapons are not accepted. The toys then go to a warehouse, where they are sorted and distributed. For further information, call Police Officer Mike Zepeda, who coordinates the program in West Chicago, at (630) 293-2222.
West Chicago Police Department sponsors Operation “Warm and Fuzzy” for winter clothing such as coats, scarves, mittens, gloves, hats and boots for those in need. It takes place through Wednesday, December 20, 2017. Persons can drop off new or gently used items in the specially decorated Christmas boxes at West Chicago Police Department, 325, Spencer Street; Dunkin’ Donuts, 330 South Neltnor Boulevard the ARC, 201 West National Street; and West Chicago Public Library District, 118 West Washington Street. (www.merleburl.com)
Both of the West Chicago veterans’ organizations hold Bingo as a fundraiser on a weekly basis. American Legion Post 300, 123 Main Street, games are on Fridays. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., games start at 7:00 p.m. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6791, 431 North Neltnor Boulevard, games are Wednesdays. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., games start at 7:00 p.m. The Auxiliary games are Sundays. Doors open at noon, games start at 2:00 p.m.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Maria Carne Aguilera, who at the age of 71 passed away Monday, November 20, 2017.
Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Joan S. Makin, who at the age of 77 passed away Friday, November 17, 2017.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Fay Stone, who at the age of 88 passed away Tuesday, November 21, 2017.
At the Monday, November 21, 2017, City Council meeting, City Administrator Michael Guttman introduced Tom Dabareiner, new Community Development Director. He held this position in Bloomington for a little more than three years and prior to that in Downers Grove. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay and his Masters degree in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Dabareiner said, “I am on a steep learning curve about West Chicago and enjoying every minute of it. I went to the City Museum for a 90-minute tour and liked learning the rich history of West Chicago.’” He replaces John Said, who resigned in September. (www.merleburl.com)
Arbor Liquors, 110 Arbor Avenue, was recently sold and now is Mr. A’s Liquors. Andy Patel is the owner, plus he owns Mr. A’s Emporium Wine on Franciscan Way and Mr. A’s Galleria Liquors on South Neltnor Boulevard. He is updating the exterior and interior of the building.
At the Monday, November 21, 2017, meeting, City Council approved the purchase of 509 Church Street from the West Chicago Fire Protection District for the amount of $195,000. The city had been leasing this property from the fire district and uses the space for its Facilities Management Division.
Also approved was an increase of twenty-five cents in the Commuter Parking Fees. The item summary states, “At its March 2017 meeting, the Finance Committee directed staff to pursue up to a fifty cent increase in the daily parking rate at the commuter lot to offset the costs of future capital improvements as well as to take into account the bank fees the City was not incurring for adding the use of credit cards for payment as an added convenience to its customers.” Metra approved only a twenty-five cent increase. “So that the City may provide notice to the customers of the increase, this item is being presented for approval prior to the 2018 Budget consideration, so that the rate becomes effective January 2, 2018.”
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