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West Nile Virus


PRESS RELEASE – June 2, 2023

With the return of warm temperatures coupled with drier conditions during May, the production of mosquitoes involved in the transmission of West Nile Virus (WNV) is on the increase. WNV positive mosquito samples have been found in northern Cook County, and it is only a matter of time when positive samples will be found in our area. While the risk of WNV transmission is still low at this time, amplification of WNV within the adult mosquito population will occur.

Residents are encouraged to use a common sense approach in avoiding exposure to adult mosquitoes and any potential mosquito-borne diseases. Window screens should be inspected and repaired if damaged to prevent mosquitoes from entering the home. In addition, any openings around window air conditioners, clothes dryer vents, etc. should be eliminated for the same reason. If possible, avoid outdoor activities around dusk. If not possible, wear shoes, socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Loose fitting, light colored clothing is best. Appropriate use of insect repellents per manufacturer’s instructions is recommended.

Residents should look for potential mosquito breeding sources around the home and take the following simple steps:

1) Throw away all trash that can hold water as cans, jars, bottles, etc.

2) Clean rain gutters/downspouts to prevent water from standing in gutters or on flat roofs.

3) Change water in bird baths, wading pools, etc. at least once a week.

4) Maintain swimming pools properly.

5) Remove or turn over containers, buckets, wheel barrows, etc. which may accumulate water.

6) Screen rain barrels to prevent adult mosquitoes from depositing eggs on the water’s surface.

7) Aerate ornamental ponds and stock with goldfish or other surface-feeding fish to control

mosquito production.

8) Dispose of any used tires without rims to prevent water accumulation.

For additional information, please visit the District’s website at www.desplainesvalleymad.com

Partial Closures on Jackson Blvd – Wednesday, May 31

On Wednesday, May 31st, starting at 7am until the work is completed, Jackson Blvd from Desplaines to Madison Street will allow limited traffic in order to install a new water main into the 7700 block of Wilcox.

Jackson Blvd will be closed westbound at Desplaines, but limited traffic will be allowed to travel eastbound on Jackson in order to exit to Desplaines Ave.

Jackson Blvd will be closed southbound at Madison but limited traffic will be allowed to travel northbound on Jackson in order to exit at Madison St.

Residents in the 7600 blocks will still be able to exit at Jackson Blvd.

Front Yard Fridays

In partnership with Public Works Week, May 21-27, and the Recreation Board’s Spring Clean-Up Event on Saturday, May 27th we would like to invite you to participate in Front Yard Friday on May 26th!

Public Works Week is a busy week for our public works department. Along with the usual work that they do to keep the village beautiful and running smoothly, we have our Electronics Recycling event! All week long we are accepting electronics, furniture, scrap metal, motor oil and more! Folks love this amazing recycling event and often use it as a kick-off for their spring cleaning at home.

As we clean-up inside our homes, we are inviting folks to step outside and pick up around their front yards too. Our public works department cleans up litter all week long and it is one of those seemingly endless tasks. If we all pick up just the little bit in our yards, we reduce the amount that ends up blowing around all over town! While this can be done all week long, Fridays are especially helpful as we go into the weekend when there is not village staff on hand to pick up. We can keep this going all summer long and you may meet a neighbor or two while you are out there!

So, please keep in mind a few great events this week:

Public Works Week – If you see the crew out and about give them a big “Thank You!” for all of their hard work throughout the year.

Electronics Recycling Week

Electronics Recycling Week will take place from Monday, May 22 to Saturday, May 27.

7:00am to 3:30pm at Forest Park Public Works- 7343 West 15th St.

Public Works Personnel will be out all week removing bulk items on your parkway (no later than Saturday, May 27).

For a list of acceptable items, please click here.

Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

On Saturday, June 3rd, Law Enforcement agencies, BROADVIEW PD, BELLWOOD PD, FOREST PARK PD, HILLSIDE PD,  MAYWOOD PD and WESTCHESTER PD will be teaming up for the Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

To prepare and have everything we need for the event, the agencies are seeking monetary or in-kind donations of any amount to offset the costs for the event.

Items needed as in-kind donations are: water (bottled and gallons), fruit (clementines, bananas), healthy snacks (granola bars), small cups (for runners to grab throughout the route).

Monetary donations will go towards the purchase of Torch Run T–Shirts and lunch celebration for the participants after the event.

If you would like to make a donation for any one of our participating agencies, please use this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScX7Q6Wu9s9zXUkwiJv0x3w2OCH-x0_C_jlrxYCnygTUKn9dg/viewform

We (and the Special Olympics of Illinois) appreciate and thank you for your kind support!

See you on June 3rd!

Community Alert

For Immediate Release

April 28, 2023

For Immediate Release

Contact: Detective Lieutenant Pater

Contact Number: 708-615-6229

Shots Fired – 400 block of Beloit Ave

On April 28, 2023 at approximately 1:45 am, Forest Park Police responded to the 400 block of Beloit Ave for a report of gun shots fired in the area.  Responding officers were able to locate the target of the shooting, who was not injured and was uncooperative with officers. 

At this time it appears the shooter and target are known to each other and this incident does not appear to be a random act.  There is no reason to believe there is an imminent threat to the community.     

Forest Park Police Criminal Investigations Division personnel are actively investigating this incident. Anyone with information regarding this investigation, please contact the Forest Park Police Department at (709)366-2425 or email at Detectives@ForestPark.net.