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Grab your Bike

Head to Blooming Fest                             


A new "spin" on an old favorite will bring added energy to West Chicago's annual downtown garden festival, Blooming Fest, on Saturday, May 17, 2014. Capitalizing on the theme of cycling which is the focus of a current City Museum exhibit, The (Bi)Cycle of Life, and the Cultural Arts Commission's annual Community Banner Art Project of the same name, organizers have added a number of new activities this year that will complement the exhibit and public art display and enhance the event experience for festival-goers. The following lists some highlights:

  • A display of antique bicycles      will be available for viewing at the City Museum.
  • Children are invited to bring their bicycles for decorating prior to a bike parade on Fremont Street.
  • Members of the Police Department will be on hand to offer safety tips and promote the Bicycle Registration Program.
  • ABD Cycling Club will provide information on racing and training criteriums and will sponsor the appearance of U.S. Paralympics cyclist and 2012 Gold Medal Winner Joe Berenyi.
  • The DuPage County Forest Preserve District's Department of Law Enforcement will be represented through volunteers from its Trail Patrol Program.

Blooming Fest's 14-year history as a popular destination for garden enthusiasts remains at the center of the event, with the widely acclaimed plant sale presented by the West Chicago Garden Club on Galena Street, and guest horticultural speakers at 122 Main Street. Plus, family-friendly activities include children's games, an inflatable jump house, a car show, music, food and a community art show. For those looking to buy that one-of-a-kind item for their garden or as a gift, a craft sale will offer everything from birdhouses and ornamental garden art to hand-cut gemstone jewelry and home décor.


The one-day, outdoor event is free and open to the public between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and will take place rain or shine on Main Street in the historic downtown district of West Chicago. For further information, call (630) 293-2200 ext. 135 or visit for a complete schedule of events.



Spring Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup

May 10, 2014

8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The Environmental Commission has adopted a section of highway on IL Route 64 as part of the City's Adopt-a-Highway Program. Anyone, over the age of 18, interested in joining Commission members as they clean up this section of roadway, is welcome to attend. Minors, age 12 and up, are welcome to attend if at least one of their parents also attends the event. Residents, business owners and local service groups are encouraged to join the Program. If you are interested in learning how the Program works, please call Dan Beebe at (630) 816-8096 for more information.

May 2 .....................Gallery 200 Reception
May  2 ................... Late Night at the Museum
Week of May 5.......Citywide Collection Event
May 10....................RR Safety @ Historic Depot
May 10....................Spring Highway Cleanup
May 16....................Local Music Night
May 17....................Blooming Fest
May 17 ...................Coffee with the Mayor @   
                                Blooming Fest
June 6.....................Gallery 200 Reception
June 6.....................Late Night at the Museum
June 7.................... Paper Shredding Event
June 7.....................Touch-a-Truck
June 20...................Local Music Night
June 28...................Coffee with the Mayor

May 1................. Kentucky Derby Party

May 3..................Free Comic Book Day

May 10................A "Hole" Lot of Fun Mini-Golf


June 7.................Suzette the Balloon Lady

June 11...............Cha Cha Chicos Storytime

June 14...............Woodworking with Dad

June 17...............Hello Kitty Summer Fun

June 18...............Area 51 Amazing Animal


June 19...............Bedtime Math

June 20...............Boredom Blaster Friday

June 24...............Movie Makers Club

June 25...............Sew a Pet

June 26...............Reading to Rover

June 27...............Boredom Blaster Friday


For details visit,
or call (630) 231-1552

May 10..........Rock This Town

June 7...........Touch-a-Truck

June 15.........Dad's Day Out

June 20.........Flick and Float

June 27.........Teen Night


*Entire month of June is "Leave No Child Inside Month". More information is available at

For details visit, or call (630) 231-9474 



Local businesses, not-for-profit organizations and others wishing to participate in the Mexican Independence Day parade are invited to submit an application for consideration. Visit, under Forms. Volunteers are needed. Please call Valeria Lopez at

(630) 293-2200 x 170 or

Mayor's Message 
Mayor Ruben Pineda


More than 100 people gathered at City Hall on April 7, 2014 for the annual State of the City Address. For those who could not be there, the following will list some of the highlights of the past year and what is being planned for the future of West Chicago:

  • A balanced budget which realizes an impressive decrease of 5.21% as compared to the 2013 Budget. No tax hikes for the City's customers, and no increase in water and sewer rates.
  • For the second year in a row, the City is on the list of top 100 Safest Cities in America, a designation given by NeighborhoodScout.
  • Two new Ordinances, (licensing of pawn shops and precious metals dealers and licensing of junk peddlers) have shown early success.
  • Major IDOT roadway projects including the North Avenue Reconstruction and Widening Project which is near completion, the overpass at Kautz Road and Route 38 which is expected to be completed this year, and design work for the reconstruction of the Fabyan Road/Route 38/Washington Street intersection which has begun, will all benefit the City.
  • Public Works crews did a commendable job of keeping up with a brutal winter by keeping roads clean and safe.
  • A major retailer, Old Time Pottery, chose West Chicago as its first west suburban location last year.
  • Five Brilliant Businesses were recognized and honored by the City's annual business awards program.
  • Absorption rates for the City's vacant industrial spaces have been increasing at great rates, and those for vacant retail spaces are showing signs of improvement.
  • A new operating structure for the West Chicago City Museum is saving the taxpayers over $50,000 a year through the hiring of a private company to handle operations, and is enjoying great programming success.
  • The City has received a Constant Contact All Star Award for the second year in a row for the effectiveness of its electronic news communications for residents and businesses.
  • The monthly Coffee with the Mayor program is growing in leaps and bounds, fueling citizen engagement and community-building.
  • All City Commissions are active and thriving.
Also noted were current projects and those on the horizon:
  • Planned in partnership with the College of DuPage, two independent studies were authorized to determine the feasibility of locating the Midwest Regional Training Center, a tactical training facility for law enforcement and fire service personnel, in the Roosevelt Road corridor.
  • Downtown environmental studies for the West Washington Street Redevelopment Area have been completed and the City's contractors have begun the necessary remediation, bringing the City that much closer to realizing its vision for a Municipal Campus.
  • A unique partnership with United Way through WeGo Together for Kids to add an additional layer of investment and expertise that will benefit the education, income, and health for all of West Chicago.
  • The development of a 10-year strategic plan for a citywide wellness program called Healthy West Chicago, funded through Cadence Health and supplemented by United Way and WeGo Together for Kids.
For a complete transcript of the 2014 State of the City Address, visit



City Services & Other Resources

The annual Citywide Collection Event will be offered to residents on their regularly scheduled garbage collection day during the period of May 5 - 9, 2014.  If you live in a single or two-family residence, you must affix a total of eight "Universal" stickers on your pile of ACCEPTABLE items (see examples below). 


Examples of "Acceptable Items" include, but are not limited to: garage and attic clean-out debris; barbeque grills; bicycles; carpeting, if rolled into sections not exceeding four feet in length and not weighing more than 50 pounds per roll; household construction materials (e.g., lumber, drywall, plywood, doors) if bundled or placed within 33-gallon refuse containers and/or not weighing more than 50 pounds; furniture; box springs and mattresses; and household fixtures excluding electronics (as described below).


Examples of "Unacceptable Items" include, but are not limited to: hazardous waste; tires; automotive parts, fluids and batteries (e.g., oil, transmission fluid, windshield washing fluid, starters, brake shoes, etc.); household batteries; oil based paint; pesticides; propane tanks; and large household appliances (refrigerators, washers, dryers, stoves, dishwashers).  Small household appliances (e.g., toasters, televisions, microwaves, computers, monitors, speakers, stereo equipment) are no longer acceptable items as they are now banned from Illinois landfills from all sources under penalty of law.   You may visit for more information on recycling the materials listed above. 


The City of West Chicago encourages all residents to do some spring cleaning and take advantage of this Program.  If you would like more information about this annual community improvement event, or if you have questions on acceptability of an item for pickup, please feel free to contact the event coordinator, Michelle Baldino, at (630) 293-2255.  




Effective 7/1/14 - 6/30/15
$2.50 each
35-gallon cart - senior
35-gallon cart
95-gallon cart
















This event takes place on Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (document shredding begins at 10:00 a.m.) at 27W031 North Avenue. It is a rain or shine event and is free and open to the public. Items that will be collected include:

car and sump batteries, bicycles in any condition, electronics, cell phones, inkjet and laser jet cartridges, tattered American flags, and textiles for reuse or recycling (shoes, boots, clothing, gloves, hats, bags, purses, belts, sheets, blankets, drapes, towels, etc.)

Please call Cindy at (630) 231-7140  with questions or visit our website at 




The West Chicago Environmental Commission will be sponsoring a paper shredding event on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the West Chicago City Hall parking lot, 475 Main Street. Ensure that your personal and financial documents are destroyed in a safe, secure and environmentally responsible manner. On-site paper shredding ensures that all confidential materials are destroyed on premises by trained professionals while you watch. During this event, your documents will be shred in a matter of minutes and you don't have to worry about dust, noise or waste disposal. Local residents and businesses may bring up to 10 boxes for onsite document shredding.




Residents can drop off their usable, unwanted latex paint from June 9 - July 3, 2014, at the Woodridge Greene Valley Wastewater Treatment Facility, 7900 S. Route 53, Woodridge, free of charge, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and Saturdays, June 14 & 28, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Usable paint is paint that has not been frozen, is less than 10 years in age and has not been mixed with other products.


Free Recycled Latex Paint will be available starting June 16, 2014.

The paint will be filtered and re-blended into a variety of colors, types, and finishes.

Recycled paint will be distributed to residents for free during the same hours at the same location. Paint is offered free of charge to any resident, business, non-profit, etc. in 5-gallon containers. For more information, contact the DuPage County Public Works Department at (630) 985-7400 or the Department of Economic Development & Planning at (630) 407-6700.




During the period between May 15 and September 15, the outside use of unattended running water from a hose or sprinkling system, for the use of watering/sprinkling of lawns and gardens, is limited to odd numbered days for buildings/residences that bear an odd numbered street address and on even numbered days for those which bear an even numbered street address. An exception may be granted by the Utility Division Superintendent for a 2-week period of watering for sod and/or newly seeded lawns. For more information, please call (630) 293-2255.  



Purchasing deduction meters can lower the cost of your water bill because sewer charges for outside watering will not be incurred.  These meters can be used for filling swimming pools, gardening, washing cars and other outside water usage.  The fees are as follows:  3/4" Deduct Meter = $312.64 or 1" deduct meter = $375.94 (these fees  include the inspection charge).  A homeowner would also be responsible for hiring his/her own plumber to install the meter.


Public Safety Matters




With the warmer weather, residents should be aware that there are life-safety concerns regarding the installation and use of blue inflatable-type swimming pools.  While a permit is not required for these types of pools, several code requirements do apply for pools that are more than 24 inches deep. The pool must be protected by a barrier of at least 48 inches high above surrounding grade. This barrier may consist of a fence, the walls of the residence, or, the pool walls itself provided that any access to the pool can be secured.  If a re-circulating pump is provided, there must be a grounded, GFCI-protected electrical outlet between 5 and 10 feet from the exterior wall of the pool. Extension cords are not permitted.  The edge of the pool must be at least 10 feet horizontally from overhead electrical wires.




According to Clarke Mosquito Control, retained by the West Chicago Mosquito Abatement District (WCMAD), individuals can take the following steps to protect themselves against infection and assist in the fight against West Nile Virus (WNV):

  • When mosquitoes are active, dress in light-colored, long-sleeved clothing, long pants and socks when outdoors during prime mosquito hours. Apply mosquito repellent with DEET to clothing and exposed skin in accordance with label directions.
  • Neglected swimming pools can be ideal sources for larval development to the mosquito species that transmits WNV and a public health hazard. Residents should report neglected pools to the Mosquito Hotline at 1-800-942-2555. Technicians will be dispatched to inspect and treat the pool, as necessary, to eliminate the risk.
  • Discard any outdoor container that might hold water, or empty water from wading pools and birdbaths once a week.  
  • Keep grass cut short and shrubbery well trimmed around the house so adult mosquitoes will not hide there.  
  • Do not dump grass clippings into low lying areas that collect water after rainfalls to prevent mosquito larvae development. The use of mulching lawnmowers is encouraged to eliminate grass clipping disposal.
  • Report dead birds on your property to the DuPage County Health Department through its "Dead Bird ReportingTool" at Dead birds (crows, blue jays and raptors) can be the first indicators of the presence of West Nile Virus in the area.

District residents are encouraged to report standing water areas that could develop larvae, and excessive mosquito annoyance conditions. The calls should be made to WCMAD's contractor, Clarke Environmental Mosquito Management, Inc. of Roselle, on the Mosquito Hotline at 1-800-942-2555.


For the latest information on the West Nile Virus, consult the Illinois Department of Health website at, or the DuPage County Health Department website at





State law requires you to contact JULIE before you start any digging project, no matter how small the project or how deep you plan to dig. Both the call and JULIE's services are free. There are two convenient ways to reach JULIE:

Red's 5 Steps to Safer Digging
Red's 5 Steps to Safer Digging: Video also available at


  • Call Before You Dig

    8-1-1 is the nationwide toll-free number for locate services.

    Toll-free number - 1-800-892-0123 - staffed 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

  • Click Before You Dig Using E-Request (link may be found below).

You can now enter your own locate request if you have a valid email address and a single-address excavation. You will receive a confirmation email from JULIE, Inc. along with general information pertaining to the excavation project. E-requests are processed by JULIE before the start of the next business day. The legal start date and time will be 48 hours from the time that JULIE processes your locate request. NOTE: Your E-request is not valid until you receive an email confirmation from JULIE, Inc. with a start date and time.


E-request link: 


Museum News
132 Main Street - (630) 231-3376 


The (Bi)Cycle of Life debuted at the Museum in April and coincides with the Cultural Arts Commission's latest Community Banner Art project. The exhibit will focus on the history of cycling in and around West Chicago and the connection it had and continues to have with surrounding nature.


The Cultural Arts Commission is proud to announce a new opportunity for community art-sharing, and has put out a call for local artists to participate in a two-day exhibit. The event is called Artéculture, which is a play on the word horticulture, intended to connect the garden and art theme for its debut at Blooming Fest on Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Prior to Blooming Fest, there will be a preview of the community art on Friday, May 16, 2014 during Local Music Night from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. The event takes place on both dates at Gallery 200/STUDIO, located at 203 Turner Court.

A new logo for an exciting new community art-sharing event developed by the  Cultural Arts Commission was created by Commission member and artist Heide Morris. The logo is representative of art and horticulture as the event will debut at West Chicago's Blooming Fest, a downtown garden festival, which will now feature an art component each year.

Artéculture is a grass-roots initiative which provides a showcase for the talents of all residents or those with a connection to West Chicago. The Commission's hope is to develop the art niche at the downtown garden festival by appealing to the art and craft enthusiasts, as well as gardeners who attend Blooming Fest. However, the subject of the featured artwork is not limited to a garden theme.


Exhibitors must be connected to the community through school, work, home or Gallery 200. Artwork sought is two-dimensional and ready to hang (preferably framed with wire and eye hooks). Sculpture and crafts are also welcome. The registration fee is $5 per piece of art with a limit of two works per artist with a combined size dimension of 24" x 24". Art must be delivered to Gallery 200/STUDIO on either Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. or Saturday, May 10, 2014 from noon - 2:00 p.m., and picked up following the event on Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. If necessary, additional pickup arrangements may be made through the City Museum.


The efforts of volunteers who serve on the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission support programs and projects like Artéculture which nurture the strong creative spirit within the community and enrich the cultural arts experience for all West Chicago residents. For more information, or an entry form, visit 




The community is invited to a reception for the 2014 Community Banner Art Project at the City Museum on Saturday, May 17, 2014 (at Blooming Fest) from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. See the original works of art that will be transferred to 30" x 60" banners that will hang on street light poles on Main Street through September. Take the opportunity to cast your ballot for the People's Choice Award by picking up a ballot at either City Hall, the City Museum or Gallery 200. Ballots will also be available at the reception.

Gallery 200
200 Main Street - (630) 231-9550  
Gallery 200/STUDIO
203 Turner Court - (630) 231-9550

Support the arts in West Chicago and take advantage of the many cultural offerings of Gallery 200, now a division of People Made Visible.

Fine art of music artwork cubist ensemble of instruments.
Local Music Night is set for the third Friday of each month in 2014 at Gallery 200/STUDIO. Upcoming dates include May 16, 2014 and June 20, 2014. It's free! It starts at 7:00 p.m. and wraps up at approximately 9:00 p.m. after a half-hour of the ever-popular Open Mic segment. Visit for details on scheduled performers as they become available. 
Reminder: Local Music Night will have the added element of visual art on May 16, 2014 with a preview of the works of the new community art-sharing event Artéculture (see above).




May Featured Artist - Marge Hall                    June Featured Artist  - Buddy Plumlee   Opening Reception:  May 2, 2014                   Opening Reception: June 6, 2014

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.                                                 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.


 Business News


When Ball Horticultural Company, a world leader in plant development and distribution, planned to expand its headquarters in West Chicago, it thought big. It thought big not only in building a state-of-the-art, environmentally sensitive laboratory and warehouse, but also in its approach to landscape improvements that would accompany the additions. Its goal was to create the most ecologically friendly setting possible.


It succeeded on both fronts: Its Ball Premier Laboratory has been certified by the U.S. Green Building Council and the project has netted three sustainable landscape awards. Ball Horticultural's corporate campus landscape improvements have been recognized with:

  • A Conservation & Native Landscaping Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Chicago Wilderness,

  • An Environmental Stewardship Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects' Illinois Chapter, and

  • An Excellence in Landscape Award from the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association.

"It's an honor to have our corporate landscape celebrated by such an array of landscape and conservation professionals," said Bill Doeckel, director - retail & brands, for Ball Horticultural. "It's validation that our commitment to sustainability really is the right way to do things. What's more, our CEO and owner, Anna Ball, absolutely loves it. She's done native landscaping at her home, so this aligns perfectly with her sustainability-minded priorities."


Native plants comprise roughly 75 percent of the project area, with more than 150 species of native grasses and forbs within the prairie, savanna, woodland and wetland landscapes. All of this helps the landscape retain stormwater and reduce local flooding.


"All of these elements have been carefully orchestrated to keep rainwater on site, rather than having it run off and contribute to local flooding," said Geoff Deigan, president and CEO of WRD Environmental, which Ball Horticultural retained to design the landscape improvements. "Ball Horticultural really deserves to be commended for making stormwater management such a priority."


Photo and content courtesy of Terracom.  



A Future in Manufacturing?


DuPage County is launching a new program designed to address two big problems in the DuPage area: high unemployment among youth, and the lack of young people pursuing careers in manufacturing.


This initiative, called the Make Your Way (MYWay) Program, is for DuPage County youth ages 18 to 21. MYWay will introduce area youth to the good career options available in manufacturing with:

  • four weeks of paid career prep and exploration,
  • an industry-recognized safety certification,
  • a six-week paid internship at a local manufacturing company

Participants can make up to $3,260 over the full 10 weeks. At the end of the paid internship, they may be hired by the company, or they may continue with further occupational training.


Interested 18 to 21 year olds who live in DuPage County should call (630) 955-2070 or email to learn more about this exciting new program. 

Important Numbers
City Council: 
Fire Administration
(630) 231-2123
Fire Emergency
Police Administration
(630) 293-2222
Police Response

City Administration
City Hall
(630) 293-2200

Ruben Pineda
Nancy Smith
City Clerk
Michael Guttman
City Administrator 
Ward 1 
Lori Chassee     (630) 231-8709 
James Beifuss   (630) 231-0584

Ward 2 
James Smith      (630) 231-1524 
Don Earley         (630) 231-3060

Ward 3 
Laura Grodoski  (312) 925-9241 
Alton Hallett       (630) 254-7112

Ward 4 
Al Murphy             (630) 231-4624  
Sandy Dimas        (630) 293-5170

Ward 5 
Kurt Meissner       (630) 231-9302 
John C. Smith, Jr. (630) 293-3802

Ward 6 
Rebecca Stout      (630) 293-7335 
Mark Edwalds       (630) 632-6670

Ward 7 
Matt Fuesting        (630) 762-1996 
John Banas           (630) 762-9762
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