Thursday, May 16, 2013
$10 million in general obligation bonds issued at the May 13 city council meeting will be used to fund the city’s water treatment plant upgrade, which broke ground Feb. 15.
Thursday, May 16
The City of Highland Park has received the Aaa rating from Moody's Investor Services for general obligation bonds issued this week to fund the upgrades to the water treatment plant. Moody's also reaffirmed this rating on all outstanding debt. The Aaa credit rating is the highest that can be earned by an organization and could result in as much as $500,000 in savings on interest costs, according to the city. "The Aaa rating is a testament to the sound financial management, conservative decision making, and strategic planning on the part of the City Council and City leadership and staff," said City Manager David Knapp. The Aaa rating, which has been held by the city for more than 15 years, will assist in reducing the cost of capital projects…
Monday, April 29, 2013
The community is invited to the Immigration Assistance Program event on May 4 at Highland Park High School, hosted by the Illinois Attorney General's Office.
The City of Highland Park in conjunction with the Office of the Illinois Attorney General presents an opportunity to learn more about the Immigration Assistance Program at an informational event on Saturday, May 4 at 9:30 a.m. at Highland Park High School at 433 Vine St., in the Commons Room. "This is a great opportunity for residents to bring any specific questions they may have about their rights as well as immigration reform," said Mayor Nancy R. Rotering. A team of Attorney General staff will present in English and in Spanish on a multitude of topics to include renters’ rights, employee rights, fair housing and drivers licenses for immigrants as well as specific information about access to college. Updates concerning the new …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Highland Park is offering another summer of live music at Port Clinton Square, beginning June 6 with a new folk band and going till August.
The information below comes from the City of Highland Park. The City of Highland Park is pleased to announce the line-up for Highland Park’s Summer Concert Series on Thursday nights in Port Clinton Square. Concerts will start at 7:00 p.m. in the Square, located on Central Avenue between First and Second Streets. These family-oriented performances highlight the diversity of Highland Park musical arts. Some seating will be provided. The following concerts are scheduled for the 2013 season: June 6 Check With Lucy (up-tempo new folk) June 13 Maxwell Street Klezmer Band (Jewish folk) June 20 Robbie Gold (acoustic alternative) June 27 Local Favorite (classic and country rock) July 11 Los Perros Cubanos (1940s Cuban) July 18 Great Divide (…
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Blood drive participants are invited to a barbecue after the event.
Thursday, April 18
The City of Highland Park will host a blood drive May 25 from 8 a.m. to 3p.m. in partnership with LifeSource. The blood drive will be held at Fire Station #33 located at 1130 Central Ave. All participating donors will receive a commemorative T-shirt and are invited to a barbecue immediately following any donation. Donors should expect the entire process to last approximately one hour, however the actual blood donation should last no longer than 10 minutes. As a part of the process, donors will be given a questionnaire, and then a short physical by LifeSource personnel to test hemoglobin (iron) levels, blood pressure, temperature and pulse. Refreshments will be provided immediately following all blood donations. "Donating blood once can …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Some businesses aren't pleased with IDOT's recent removal of hundreds of trees along Route 41. What do you think?
After the removal of hundreds of trees (primarily invasive species) in the Briergate Business District along Route 41 and Old Skokie Road, some disappointed business owners are saying it went too far, reported the Chicago Tribune. Earlier this month, the City of Highland Park issued a press release stating they were working in conjunction with the Park District of Highland Park and IDOT to improve the physical and aesthetic conditions in the business district, reported Patch. City Forester Joe O'Neill told the Tribune that while some residents and business owners may feel to many trees were removed, the majority were ash trees infected by the emerald ash borer. Briergate Business Association District President David Brunjes, who is also a …
Highland Park received the Illinois Section American Water Works
Association 100 Year Club Award in honor of the George B. Prindle Water Treatment Plant.
The information below comes from the City of Highland Park. The City of Highland Park received the Illinois Section American Water Works Association 100 Year Club Award in honor of the water supply services provided to customers through the George B. Prindle Water Treatment Plant since 1869. The award was received by the Public Works Department on behalf of the City.The Department staff namely Water Distribution Superintendent Bill Stewart, Water Production Superintendent Don Jensen, and Water Plant Operators Henry Peskator and Jim Chang also received Quarter Century Awards to honor their dedication and commitment to water production for the City of Highland Park for more than 25 years. “We are all proud of the outstanding service our …
Appointments, walk-ins welcome to donate blood in Highland Park on May 25. Then stick around for a barbecue.
The information below comes from the City of Highland Park. The City of Highland Park will host a Blood Drive on May 25 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in partnership with LifeSource. The drive will be located at the City’s Fire Department at 1130 Central Avenue, Station #33, and all participating donors will receive a commemorative T-shirt and are invited to a barbecue immediately following any donation. Donors should expect the entire process to last approximately one hour, however the actual blood donation should last no longer than 10 minutes. As a part of the process, donors will be given a questionnaire, and then a short physical by LifeSource personnel to test hemoglobin (iron) levels, blood pressure, temperature and pulse. Refreshments will …
Friday, April 12, 2013
From the water plant upgrade to street resurfacing, Highland Park residents can now track the progress of 2013 construction projects with this cool tool.
Friday, April 12
The City of Highland Park has launched a new interactive map on the City’s website that will allow users to track updates on 2013 City infrastructure improvement projects. Projects this year include construction on the Water Plant Upgrade, street resurfacing, sidewalk extensions, water main line repairs on Rogers Williams Avenue and Sunnyside Avenue, sewer repairs on Elmwood Drive and more. Linked on the city’s main page under “Construction Projects”, users can search their address, and by clicking on various color-coded blocks, receive updates on projects scheduled on their street or neighborhood. Updates will include an estimated project start and end date, details of the project, construction progress, and a point of contact for any …
Friday, April 5, 2013
A pilot food composting program in Highland Park has been put on hold while the receiving facility in Waukegan addresses odor complaints.
This week was the last time—for now anyway—that Highland Park residents could participate in the curbside food scrap collection and composting program that got only underway in January. Nu-Earth Organics, a composting facility in Waukegan, has stopped accepting food scraps from communities including Highland Park in light of complaints about the stench from nearby residents, reports the Chicago Tribune. The Lake County News-Sun reported last July that Park City residents had complained to their city council about the offensive odor and Nu-Earth owners promised to investigate. Highland Park officials have said the city's composting program will be on hold until another option is found. However, it's likely the City of Waukegan will amend Nu…
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
A joint effort between the city, park district and IDOT is improving the aesthetics of the business district.
Tuesday, April 2
The City of Highland Park, Park District of Highland Park and Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) are working cooperatively to improve the physical and aesthetic conditions in the Briergate Business District along Highway 41 and Old Skokie Road. IDOT initiated clearing invasive trees and shrubs (primarily Buckthorn) on the IDOT right-of-way between 1800 and 1200 Old Skokie Road along the west boundary of Highway 41 and the east side of Old Skokie Road. Crews will also be devoted to clearing refuse from this area. A diverse mix of native grasses, sedges and wildflowers appropriate to the area will be seeded in. This project will take place over a few years in order to ensure that invasive species are adequately controlled and the …