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May/June 2015

Celebrate the Launch @ Blooming Fest
Saturday, May 16, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Downtown West Chicago

Blooming Fest is growing a Healthy West Chicago this year. An abundance of "healthy choices" will be offered at this year's event in addition to the usual hearty plants and shrubs that will be for sale under the big tent of the West Chicago Garden Club. The annual downtown garden festival that celebrates its 15-year anniversary this year will also be host to the exciting launch of Healthy West Chicago (HWC).


The citywide health initiative, which has been in the making for over a year and which has the support of over 40 community organizations and hundreds of residents who contributed ideas in a survey and at forums, is ready to take off. Guided by a Strategic Action Plan, a document that will leverage the community's vision for a healthier West Chicago, it will outline short-, mid- and long-term goals and strategies. HWC booths designated by signage and balloons, will be positioned among other Blooming Fest booths and offer the community education, inspiration and plenty of great ideas for incorporating better nutrition and physical activity into  daily routine. Hands-on activities for kids will add to the fun. A few additional highlights follow:

  • Stop by the City booth between 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. for Coffee with the Mayor and learn how to become part of Team Pineda, a weekly walking group that builds community while building good health.
  • Ball Horticultural Company and Burpee Home Gardens will be providing a limited number of Burpee vegetable seed packets and handouts to celebrate Healthy West Chicago. Stop by the "Burpee Grow Anywhere Tour Van" during the event to ask Burpee experts your gardening questions and learn more about new plants, healthy homegrown vegetables and the latest gardening applications.
  • Joining the HWC celebration, the City Museum will be featuring a new exhibit titled, Be Well: A Dialogue of Health and Wellness Through History.
  • The Cultural Arts Commission's 2015 Banner Art Project, A Picture of Health, will be installed on Main Street for all to enjoy.
  • Advanced Physical Therapy will staff a booth committed to helping people learn how to start a fitness program and the importance of stretching when doing so. A personal trainer will be on-hand to lead a group exercise in addition to providing free literature and answers to related questions.
  • West Chicago Lions Club members will provide diabetes education, sugar free candy and a free craft for children, all in an effort to spread awareness about diabetes.
  • Northern Illinois Food Bank will demonstrate healthy snack preparation on the main entertainment stage throughout the day.
  • College of DuPage nursing students plan to bring out the 5-4-3-2-1 bucket toss activity to teach children the right balance of foods for good nutrition.
  • People Made Visible will provide great resource information about expanding a Community Gardening Program.

It all adds up to a great event and organizers of both Blooming Fest and HWC are hoping everyone in the community comes out to show support. Please spread the word to family, friends and neighbors to be part of a movement that will define the future health of West Chicago. 


May 1 - Artist Reception
May 1 - Late Night at the Museum
May 15 - Historiography
May 15 - Local Music Night
May 15 &16 - Artéculture
May 16 - Blooming Fest
May 16 - Coffee with the Mayor/Blooming Fest
May 16 - New Museum Exhibits
May 23 - ArtShare Saturday
May 25 - City Hall Closed
May 31 - Friends of Museum Spring Tea
June 5 - Artist Reception
June 5 - Late Night at the Museum
June 19 - Historiography

Due to construction issues which prevent the scheduling of the 2015 Railroad Days event at Reed-Keppler Park in West Chicago this year, the City Council canceled the four-day event, but saved two of its popular elements. Details follow: 

Saturday, July 11, 2015 - Dusk
(Rain Date: Sunday, July 12, 2015)
Viewing at Reed-Keppler Park or the surrounding neighborhood

Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 1:00 p.m.
Normal Route

May 2 - Free Comic Book Day
June 6 - Reading to Rover
June 10 - Paint to the Rhythm
June 10 - August 5 - Move to the Music
June 11 - Fun with Found Sounds
June 12 - Father's Day Crafts & More
June 16 - Garage Band 101
June 17 - Ballet Story Time
June 18 - Pete the Cat Story Time
June 20 - Pete the Cat Dance Party
June 25 - Stories in the Garden at Cantigny
June 26 - Lilo and Stitch

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

June 6 - Touch A Truck
June 26 - Date Night - Parent's Night Out

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

May 16, June 13, July 11 & August 15 -
Depot Days
June 15, July 15 & August 12 - Half-day Summer Camps at the City Museum

For details call the City Museum (630) 231-3376.


Message from the Mayor


A healthy-sized crowd including residents, businesses and elected officials attended the 2015 State of the City Address on April 20, 2015, which speaks volumes about the interest in and excitement for West Chicago's recent accomplishments and promising future. I am very grateful for this support.


A complete transcript of the Address may be found on the City's website, under Government/Mayor, however the details provided below offer a snapshot of some of the highlights:  

  • In February 2014 the City solicited bids for its second term Electricity Aggregation Program and, with direction from the Infrastructure Committee, the City Administrator executed a three-year agreement with First Energy Solutions Corporation for the procurement of electricity at the rate of 6.51 cents per kWh; this rate is one of the best in the Chicagoland area and is anticipated to remain such over the next several years.
  • A Healthy West Chicago Community Action Plan was developed from the input of a survey conducted last summer and 11 subsequent community forums held for people who live and work in West Chicago. All the ideas which resulted guided the development of the Action Plan which was then presented to a panel of technical experts who work to support healthy communities. A launch for Healthy West Chicago is planned for Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Blooming Fest.
  • City staff applied for and received a grant of services for an upcoming Developer Review Panel to be conducted by the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and the Regional Transit Agency (RTA). This panel, which will take place in 2015, will bring in real estate developers from around the region to provide an independent assessment and recommendations for the City concerning future Downtown Redevelopment opportunities. The Developer Review Panel will not cost the City any funding, and will only require City participation (through staff coordination) to complete this effort.
  • Another major community collaboration between the City of West Chicago, WeGo Together for Kids and the United Way Metropolitan Chicago resulted in the formation of United Way's first suburban Neighborhood Network model in West Chicago. It also resulted in a fabulous new piece of public art for downtown West Chicago at 103 West Washington Street. 

The City remains committed to the principles of integrity, teamwork, service excellence, personal growth, and innovation. As stated in its 2015 Budget, we will continue to work "to assure a safe, cohesive and dynamic community that is responsive to the needs of both citizens and businesses as it strives for continuous improvement."  





Ruben Pineda

Mayor of West Chicago  





Help Protect Basic Services and Quality of Life in Our Community

Visit and voice your position


The Illinois Legislature and Governor Rauner are considering taking local revenue to patch the state's budget holes at the expense of Illinois' cities and villages.


This local revenue source funds basic services like police, road repairs and maintenance, a timely permit review process and snowplowing. If the state proposal becomes a reality, the City of West Chicago would lose approximately $1,300,000 annually.


Our community is opposed to raising taxes or eliminating essential services or vital public works projects to make up for the lost revenue.


You Can Help:

  • Tell Springfield that they can't fix their problem by shifting the burden onto local communities.

  • Visit to send a letter to your legislators and Governor Rauner urging them not to take our tax dollars.

City Services and Resources 


messy abandoned garage full of stuff chaos at home     Note  Slight blurriness, best at smaller sizes May 4 - 8, 2015

The annual Citywide Collection Event will be offered to those living in a single- or two-family residence on the regularly scheduled garbage collection day during the week of May 4 - 8, 2015. Eight "Universal" stickers must be affixed on the pile of ACCEPTABLE items. All eligible residents are encouraged to do some spring cleaning and take advantage of this annual program. If you would like more information, or if you have questions on acceptability of an item for pickup, please visit or contact the event coordinator, Michelle Baldino, at (630) 293-2255.  



Those wishing to donate items they no longer need might find the following resources helpful:


St. Michael's United Church of Christ - Accepts clothing and shoes

400 W. Washington Street

West Chicago, IL 60185

(630) 231-0687


People's Resource Center - Accepts food and clothing

201 S. Naperville Road

Wheaton, IL 60187

(630) 682-5402


St. Vincent de Paul Society - Accepts food, clothing and household items

213 Main Street

West Chicago, IL 61085

(630) 562-4801



Wayne Township

27W031 North Avenue, West Chicago 60185

Free Event, Open to the Public, Rain or Shine

Saturday, May 30, 2015  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Document shredding will be available from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (limit 2 boxes per car)

Collectable items include:  car and sump batteries, bicycles in any condition, electronics (limit of 2 TVs per car), cell phones, inkjet and laserjet 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 for more information.   

Lawn sprinklers cris-cross each other keeping the lawn on this beautiful home thick and green.  


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 City for a 2-week period of watering for sod and/or newly seeded lawns. For more information, please call (630) 293-2255.



The West Chicago Environmental Commission is offering a paper-shredding event from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday, June 6, 2015 in the City Hall parking lot, 475 Main Street. There is a 10-box limit per car. The company in charge of the shredding is Accurate Document Destruction, Inc. from Elk Grove Village. Accurate Document Destruction, Inc. has been in operation since 2005 and has a Better Business Bureau accreditation with an A+ rating.


NEW REFUSE RATES  (7/1/15-6/30/16)


As of 7/1/15


$  2.50 Ea

35-gal cart


35-gal cart (seniors)

$  8.61

95-gal cart



Public Safety Matters 


enameled house number two hundred and ninety-three. black lettering on a white background House numbers are not only convenient for finding addresses but necessary for emergency responders to locate those in need. When responding to an emergency, minutes matter so be sure that fire, ambulance, and police personnel can easily and quickly find your address.


The 2009 International Property Maintenance Code, which the City of West Chicago has adopted, requires that residential buildings be numbered.  It is recommended that all West Chicago residents take a few moments to install house numbers or examine existing house numbers. Be sure that the numbers are easily read from the street. Doing so could mean the difference between life and death in an emergency. Consider the following:

  • Script numbers or numbers that are spelled out in words may be aesthetically pleasing, but are difficult to read quickly from the street.

  • Brass or bronze numbers are difficult to see. Use numbers that contrast with the background.

  • If the house is located more than 45 feet from the street, the numbers should be displayed on a fence, mailbox, or other appropriate place (as well as on the house) that will make it visible for approaching vehicles.

  • Be sure that the view of the numbers is not obstructed by shrubs, trees, or decorations, such as flags.

  • Numbers should be clearly seen when approaching from either side of the house.

  • If the residence is also served with an alley, the address should also be placed on the rear of the building or garage to properly identify the correct address from the alley.   

Election Results


Unofficial results of the April 7, 2015 consolidated election are as follows:


Alderman Ward One

James Beifuss

Alderman Ward Five

Kurt Meissner 

Alderman Ward Two

Jayme Sheahan

Alderman Ward Six

Rebecca Stout

Mark Edwalds (2 year term)

Alderman Ward Three

Al Hallett 

Alderman Ward Seven

Noreen Ligino-Kubinski 

Alderman Ward Four

Melissa Birch 



Newly elected officials will be sworn in for their new term at the City Council meeting on Monday, May 4, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 475 Main Street. The public is invited to attend the ceremony and the reception that will follow.


The City wishes to thank retiring Aldermen James Smith and Matt Fuesting for their years of service to the community.


Community Milestone:

Wheaton Academy Celebrates 160 Years


Wheaton Academy's Alumni Chapel

Photo courtesy of J. Mark Bade

Wheaton Academy began in 1853 when a group of abolitionists founded Illinois Institute to educate their children. Two years later, they were given permission to form a college. Jonathan Blanchard was called upon to head the school and when he arrived in 1860, Illinois Institute was reorganized into Wheaton College and its preparatory school, Wheaton College Academy.


For 50 years, the college and academy students were closely mingled; it was not until 1915 under Dean William Rice that Wheaton College Academy began to achieve its own identity by acquiring a separate faculty and building, known as Schell Hall on the Wheaton College campus today.


By 1945, Wheaton Academy outgrew that building and moved to its own 25-acre campus on Prince Crossing Road in West Chicago. The new campus provided dormitories for boarding students, while the Aurora & Elgin train line that ran just north of the school was convenient for commuters. By 1951, the faculties of the campus were complete with the construction of LeTourneau Gymnasium and the chapel, which was transported from an army camp.


Though separate in faculty, the College was still financially responsible for Wheaton Academy until 1963. After that, support was gradually decreased until 1970, when the college decided that Wheaton Academy should be closed permanently. Parents and board members, however, were not willing to see the 117-year-old institution die and chose to continue the school themselves. It was renamed Wheaton Christian High School at that time. The first few years of independence were a tough transition, during which time the dormitories were closed and the enrollment suffered.


The school survived, and by the late seventies it was once again thriving. An enrollment of over 300 students and the aged school building called for a new facility, which was realized in the Phase I and II building projects of 1979 and 1983. This is the main school building today. A section of the old building survives, known as Academy Hall, and is used for supplementary classrooms and storage space. After a land purchase in 1988, the campus is now 50 acres.


In 1995, the school returned to the name Wheaton Academy. The name captures both the school's heritage and the school's vision.


Museum TransomCity Museum 
132 Main Street - (630) 231-3376
Friends of the West Chicago City Museum

Late Night at the Museum

Date: Friday, May 1, 2015

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


Late Night at the Museum

Date: Friday, June 5, 2015

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



The City Museum will open two new exhibits at Blooming Fest, on Saturday, May 16, 2015Be Well: A Dialogue of Health and Wellness through History will explore the notions of health and wellness and how they have changed through time.


Visiting Danish artist Diana Velasco will also open her Sense of Place exhibit on May 16, 2015, displaying postcards filled out by residents with memories they have of local places. A selection of photographs of those locations will accompany the memories. Diana will be at the Museum during Blooming Fest to meet visitors before she heads to the Danish Museum of America in Elk Horn, Iowa, the following week. The visiting artist program is held in collaboration with People Made Visible, Inc.


Museum visitors will also be able to see the local history exhibit Building Community as it gets a revamp this spring and summer. Stop in and see the changes staff is making to this second floor exhibit, and answer questions about what other displays you would like to see. 


Summer Camp

The City Museum will be offering half-day summer camps again this summer. Children ages 6 through 12 can attend a monthly half-day camp by registering with the City Museum at or (630) 231-3376. Half-day camps will be held on June 15, July 15 and August 12, 2015. Registration is free to resident children or $5 for non-residents. 


Depot Days

The City Museum will have the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy 1860s Depot open for Depot Days this summer. Beginning at Blooming Fest, the Depot will be open on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and Saturdays, June 13, July 11, and August 15, 2015 from noon - 4:00 p.m. Stop in during these days to see some of West Chicago's railroad history - it's FREE. Kids are also invited to make a craft and take part in the hands-on activities that will be taking place at the Depot. 


News from the Cultural Arts Commission


Artéculture, a grass-roots initiative which provides a showcase for the talents of residents or those with a connection through work or school to West Chicago, will be held at the Fox Community Center at 306 Main Street from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on May 16, 2015.

A preview night for Artéculture has also been scheduled for Friday, May 15, 2015 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the same location, and the evening preview event will be supplemented by Local Music Night, an established community music series coordinated by People Made Visible.  Those interested in participating will find all the details and an entry form at under Residents/Forms and Applications.The Commission would like to thank the Fox Community Center Board for graciously offering the space for an event that nurtures the creative spirit in our community.


News from Friends

The Friends of the West Chicago City Museum will hold its Summer Tea Fundraiser in collaboration with the West Chicago Historical Society on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. Refer to the Friends of the Museum website at for further details regarding the location. The 2015 Tea will feature the Tea Ladies, from Bloomington, Illinois, presenting the fashions of Downton Abbey in their program A Day At An Edwardian Manor-Celebrating Downton Abbey! Tickets can be purchased for $15.00 from the City Museum, 132 Main Street, during open gallery hours, Wednesdays through Saturdays from noon to 4:00 p.m. Ticket includes a tea luncheon. A silent auction will also be held to benefit the two organizations.


The Friends of the Museum group has a new webpage. Check out all the great information about West Chicago history, its Commemorative Ornament Series and offerings at the City Museum, at


Gallery 200 (A division of People Made Visible)
200 Main Street - (630) 231-9550  
Gallery 200/STUDIO
203 Turner Court - (630) 231-9550    


Featured Artists

The month of May brings Andy!, Metal Art to Gallery 200, with a reception on Friday, May 1, 2015. If you thought metals were just for cars and serving utensils, you will be amazed. Andy! is well known for his whimsical wall art and wonderfully organic jewelry.


Fantasy, Fable & Fae is the title for Rita Heim & group's exhibit and sale which opens on Friday, June 5, 2015 and runs the entire month of June. Not all art is serious - this will be one of the more whimsical shows of the year. Gallery 200 artists incorporate fantasy themes in their work, from galaxies to what's hiding in the woods.
Local Music Night

Friday, May 15, 2015, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Fox Community Center - 306 Main Street

At Artéculture's preview night


ArtShare Saturdays

Saturday, May 23, 2015, Noon - 4:00 p.m.

Marge Hall - Painting Flowers:  Learn from the best. Marge will demonstrate how she can take a simple photograph and reveal details most people never see - truly a bee's eye view, and breathtaking.


Saturday, June 2015, Noon - 4:00 p.m.

To Be Announced - check Gallery 200 website for further details.



Fridays in June, July & August - must book in advance

First Star Art - Mixed Media

First Star Art will hold classes in Mixed Media: acrylic & watercolor painting, collage, photography, sculpture, and more. Classes will be held Friday afternoons (must book in advance), during June, July and August. The cost is $20 per session (or $50 for three classes booked in advance), with supplies included. Maximum number is three students (ages 6+ with adult accompaniment) per class. Sign up at Gallery 200 or email 


Friday, May 29, 2015

Britta Renwick - Your Project and Do It Yourself

Complete a project in an evening. Design a necklace or bracelet for yourself or for a gift.

To sign up, email or stop by Gallery 200. 








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Ruben Pineda


Nancy Smith
City Clerk


Michael Guttman
City Administrator 



Ward 1 

Lori Chassee     (630) 231-8709 

James Beifuss   (630) 231-0584


Ward 2 

Don Earley         (630) 231-3060

Jayme Sheahan (630) 293-2200


Ward 3

Laura Grodoski  (312) 925-9241 

Alton Hallett       (630) 254-7112 


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Ward 4 

Sandy Dimas     (630) 293-5170

Melissa Birch     (630) 621-0128


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 

John Banas                   (630) 762-9762

Noreen Ligino-Kubinski (630) 762-9929 










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