News Flash

Evergreen Park News and Updates

Posted on: January 25, 2023

Mayor's Monthly Message

Mayor Monthly News Flash

A Message from Mayor Kelly Burke

 Hello Neighbors,

Last week I had the honor of presenting the State of the Village address at the monthly luncheon of the Evergreen Park Senior Council, providing updates on business, events, and public safety.

In 2022, the Village approved 35 business licenses, with Chili’s and the combo of Macy’s Backstage and Market by Macy’s being the newest big additions. There is more to come in 2023 with the new Subaru dealership, a wine bar, and Biggby Coffee expected to open. Bringing in new business continues to be a top priority and the Village will focus on improving the amenities and services that businesses find attractive.

We are very lucky to have a fantastic Police Department and Fire Department here in the Village. They do an outstanding job serving our residents each and every day. Just like many industries, hiring has been a challenge and the Village is willing to make policy adjustments and participate in intern and training programs to find new qualified employees.

Safe driving through our Village streets is an understandable concern for our residents. The Village was recently awarded a grant through the AAA Auto Club Group to purchase six new solar speed signs. We will also be working with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning this spring and summer on a traffic safety study. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

In terms of events, the Village returned to pre-pandemic levels in 2022. We added a new food truck event in Klein Park that exceeded our expectations. It will return this year along with all of the community favorites of Flake Fest, Independence Day Parade and Fireworks, Labor Day Concert and Fireworks, Oktoberfest, and Dickens Fest. 

This summer, residents can expect a repaving project on 99th St between Western and California, the replacement of a water main along 95th St from Western to Kedzie, and the replacement of an antiquated water lift station at 91st and Richmond. 

The garbage and recycling contract between Waste Management and the Village recently expired.  Waste Management’s renewal rate for a new 5-year contract was higher than we thought was reasonable.  We extended the contract for one year only and will issue a request for proposal in mid-2023 to give other companies the opportunity to bid on garbage and recycling services in the Village.  Unfortunately, in the meantime residents will see an increase in their quarterly garbage pick-up bill from $74.52 to $92.13.  We expect that amount will decrease once we have a competitive bid.   

Finally, community input is an important component of serving as your Mayor. I invite feedback from both residents and business owners on what you would like to see for Evergreen Park.  Please contact me at 708-422-1551 or with any feedback, questions, or concerns.

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