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Upcoming Holiday Refuse & Recycling Schedule

Dec 15, 2017 08:00 AM

The Village will be closed on December 25, 2017 and January 1, 2018. Therefore, a holiday schedule for refuse and recycling collection will be in place for the weeks of December 25th and January 1st. Click the headline to see the schedules.

 
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Next Community Conversations is Saturday, December 9 at 10:00 AM

Dec 06, 2017 08:13 AM

Is something on your mind about the Village of Winnetka? Questions? Suggestions? Concerns? Your Trustees want to hear about it! Join Village Council members Penny Lanphier and Kristin Ziv at Peet's Coffee, on the corner of Elm and Chestnut, on Saturday December 9 from 10:00-11:00 AM. Discuss the hot issues, share your thoughts about our Village; get to know your elected officials.

 
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Chamber Red Invitation Holiday Sale is on Sunday, December 3

The Red Invitation Sunday Holiday Sale will be on Sunday, December 3. The shops of Winnetka will open their doors and offer many wonderful gift choices for the holiday season, along with specials, personalized service, refreshments, and discounts. Look for the Red Invitation in your mailbox for sale details about this much anticipated weekend, or visit the Chamber’s website at WinetkaNorthfieldChamber.com. Shop locally and save time and money!

 
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Curbside Leaf Collection Extended to Tuesday, December 5

Nov 16, 2015 09:44 AM

Winnetka’s annual curbside leaf collection program will run until Tuesday, December 5. Under this program, residents may rake their leaves to the parkway just inside the edge of the curb for collection by the Village. Please do not rake leaves into the streets. This creates a hazard, as leaves are slippery when wet; and also can clog storm sewers, leading to flooded streets and yards.

 
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Tree Lighting on Friday, December 1 at 5:30 PM at Station Park

Dec 01, 2017 08:14 AM

Usher in the holiday season, Friday December 1, at 5:30 pm with the annual Winnetka Tree Lighting at Station Park, 754 Elm Street – across Green Bay Road from Village Hall. There will be a visitor from the North Pole and festive carolers in Victorian costumes to lead the singing, after the lighting ceremony. There won’t be a visit with the Grinch at the Book Stall… the Grinch is stuck in Whoville. Our town is safe with Mr. and Mrs. Claus!

 
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Electric Department Performing Tree Trimming for Line Clearance

May 12, 2017 10:04 AM

Pruning trees near overhead utility lines is important for public safety and reliable electric utility service, since trees are a leading cause of power outages. Asplundh Tree Experts has been hired to perform line clearance work for 2017. All contractor personnel and vehicles should be clearly identified with the company name.

 
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Thanksgiving Refuse & Recycling Schedule

Nov 13, 2017 08:00 AM

The Public Works Department is closed on Thanksgiving, November 23, 2017. A holiday schedule for refuse and recycling collection will be in place the week of November 20th.

 
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Community Participation Welcomed at Budget Hearing on Tuesday, November 21at 7:00 PM

Nov 10, 2017 08:00 AM

The public is encouraged to attend a Budget Hearing at the Village Council’s Regular meeting on November 21. After the Budget Hearing, the Council plans to introduce the 2018 Budget and Rate Resolutions, and the 2017 Tax Levy Ordinance.

 
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Small Business Saturday is November 25

Nov 07, 2017 04:12 PM

Show your support for Winnetka’s local businesses by shopping locally on Saturday, November 26! Small Business Saturdayis a shopping holiday held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. The event was conceived as a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which profit big-box retail and E-commerce. In contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize small and local businesses.

 
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Veterans Day Program, November 11 at 5:00 PM at the Community House

Nov 01, 2017 11:45 AM

The community is invited to attend a Veterans’ Day program at the Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Avenue, on November 11 at 5:00 PM. The one-hour program is sponsored by the Winnetka Park District, Village of Winnetka, Winnetka Club, Hadley School for the Blind Veterans Initiative, New Trier V.F.W. Post #4831, and Boy Scout Troops 18 & 20.

 
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Winnetka Downtown Plan Task Force Inaugural Meeting Monday, October 30 at 5:00 PM

Oct 24, 2017 02:41 PM

Meet at Village Hall on Monday, October 30 at 5:00 PM for a walking tour of existing conditions in the Elm Street Business District. After the tour, the Task Force will meet in the Council Chambers to review the Downtown Master Plan recommendations and goals/objectives.

 
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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, October 28 from 10AM - 2PM

Oct 10, 2017 06:52 AM

The Winnetka Police Department is again partnering with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration to participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The day of the event is Saturday, October 28 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. A disposal box will be set-up in the lobby of the Police Department, 410 Green Bay Road.

 
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Halloween Trick or Treat Hours

Oct 01, 2017 10:42 AM

Halloween “Trick or Treat” Hours for Tuesday, October 31, will be from the end of school until dusk. Participating homeowners are encouraged to leave an outside light on to let children know they are welcome to visit. Motorists - please drive carefully and observe the rules of the road.

 
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Community Invited to Library Open Houses to Hear Renovation Plans

The Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District is excited to announce upcoming renovations to both locations. The public is invited to come learn more and offer feedback at one of our Open Houses to be held in the Winnetka Library, 768 Oak Street on October 15 and November 1.

 
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Village Launches Online Payments for Miscellaneous Billing

Aug 01, 2017 10:00 AM

The Village of Winnetka now accepts online credit card payments for miscellaneous bills such as false alarm fees, safety trainings, and many others. The footer of the paper bill you receive in the mail will indicate if your invoice is eligible to be paid online with a credit card. There are no fees associated with online credit card payments.

 
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Police-Fire Open House - Saturday, October 14 From 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Sep 01, 2017 11:24 AM

On Saturday, October 14, between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM, the Winnetka Fire and Winnetka Police Departments will host their annual Open House, which coincides with the end of Fire Prevention Week. This well-attended event affords the opportunity to tour the headquarters of both Departments, view equipment demonstrations, and sit in public safety vehicles like fire engines and police cars.

 

Plan Commission Public Hearing

Sep 21, 2017 11:00 AM

Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 7:00 PM in the Council Chamber of the Winnetka Village Hall at 510 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, Illinois. The purpose of this hearing is to hear testimony and receive public comment regarding three Special Use Permit applications

 
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North Shore Triathalon Takes Place September 17

Sep 15, 2017 09:07 AM

The North Shore Triathlon special event, hosted by Precision Multisport, will be taking place on Sunday, September 17, 2017. The event will include swimming, biking and running components mainly held in Wilmette, but passing through parts of Kenilworth and Winnetka. The cycling portion of the event will affect some roads and driveways from 6:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. on Sunday.

 
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Village of Winnetka Receives Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

Jul 31, 2017 11:26 AM

The Village of Winnetka has won the Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its 2017 budget document. The award represents a significant achievement for the Village, and reflects the commitment of the Village Council and staff to meet the highest principles of government budgeting. Less than 2% of almost 7,000 eligible entities in Illinois have won the 2017 Distinguished Budget Presentation Award.

 
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Lincoln Avenue Parking Lot Project Update

Aug 16, 2017 09:56 AM

Striping of the east and west portions of the Lincoln Avenue parking lot is expected to take place by Saturday, August 25, with the lot scheduled to be open to the public on Monday, August 28. The center aisles will remain closed, however, until the pavers are placed – sometime in early September. All work and work schedules are dependent on favorable weather conditions.

 
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Cook County Property Tax Appeals Seminar Thursday, September 7 at 6:00 PM

Aug 24, 2017 11:43 AM

Cook County Commissioner Dan Patlak invites the community to a property tax appeal seminar at Village Hall (510 Green Bay Road) in the Council Chamber, Thursday, September 7at 6:00 PM. The hour-long session will educate taxpayers on how to file a successful tax appeal and address why property taxes go up when the value of your home goes down. The deadline to file an appeal is September 26.

 
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Mosquito Control Scheduled Wednesday, August 30, Weather Permitting

Aug 29, 2017 12:51 PM

The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District will be conducting targeted adult mosquito control operations in portions of Winnetka on Wednesday, August 30, between 8:00 PM and 2:00 AM, weather permitting. ​

 
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Summer Lawn Sprinkling Hours

Jun 07, 2017 09:47 AM

As a user of Lake Michigan water, the Village is required to impose restrictions by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR); therefore, during the summer months, water restrictions are in effect. New regulations were adopted in 2016 and are summarized below. Lawn sprinkling is no longer allowed on consecutive days. Sprinkling is also prohibited between the hours of 12:00 PM and 6:00 PM The restricted sprinkling hours began on May 15, and are effective until September 15.

 
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Pace/CTA North Shore Coordination Plan Open Houses

Aug 25, 2017 01:51 PM

The community is encouraged to attend an open house to learn more and share input about the Pace/CTA North Shore Coordination Plan’s initial recommendations. The purpose of the Plan is to review transit service in the North Shore area in order to improve coordination of Pace and CTA services on overlapping corridors. New service opportunities will also be investigated in the study area.

 
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New Permit Requirements for Right-of-Way Excavation and Restoration

Aug 25, 2017 01:48 PM

Beginning September 1, the Village will implement new permit and inspection requirements specific to construction operations in public streets. The new procedure requires the permittee to construct the permanent roadway patches and curb repairs. The goal of these changes is to reduce the amount of disturbance in the right-of-way, improve motorist and pedestrian safety in these areas, and to formalize the procedures and responsibilities for the street restoration.

 
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Phosphorus Fertilizer Prohibition

Jun 02, 2017 03:03 PM

Phosphorus is an essential nutrient for healthy plant growth; however, it is already present in sufficient levels in local soils. The application of excess phosphorus degrades water quality by causing excessive growth of algae and other aquatic plants, depleting dissolved oxygen and reducing biodiversity. The Village Council adopted an Ordinance in March banning the use of phosphorus fertilizers in Winnetka.

 
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Labor Day Refuse/Recycling Schedule, Week of September 4 - 8

Aug 24, 2017 09:13 AM

Regular Monday collections will be Tuesday. Regular Tuesday collections will be Wednesday. Thursday & Friday collection will be as usual.

 
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Village Proposes Rehabilitation of Cherry and Oak Street Bridges

Aug 18, 2017 10:54 AM

The Village is proposing to rehabilitate Cherry and Oak Street Bridges over the Union Pacific Railroad. The project will consist of repairs to the bridges and adjacent pavement and sidewalk. During construction, each bridge will be temporarily closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic, and Metra access from the Oak Street Bridge will be temporarily closed.

 
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Hydrant Flushing in Winnetka

May 15, 2017 09:27 AM

The Village has begun flow testing hydrants in Winnetka. Work began in the far northwest corner of the Village near Scott Avenue and Forest Way Drive, and is progressing south and east throughout the summer. Signs will be placed in the areas to be tested.

 
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Hubbard Woods Platform Repairs

Work at the Hubbard Woods Train Station continued this week with platform surface rehabilitation and phase work located adjacent to the Green Bay Trail. Union Pacific has requested access to the Green Bay Trail from the Winnetka Park District and the Village of Glencoe. Those with questions, please call Noe Gallardo at 312-322-6487.

 
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West Nile Virus-Infected Mosquitoes on the Increase in Areas of the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District

Aug 03, 2017 09:01 AM

North Shore Mosquito Abatement District (NSMAD) surveillance indicates that the risk from West Nile virus (WNV) is increasing, with the highest numbers occurring in the Southern parts of the District, including Evanston, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove and Skokie.

 
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Cook County Approves Memorandum of Understanding for Winnetka Stormwater Project

Jul 25, 2017 04:30 PM

After the Willow Road Tunnel Project was set aside due to cost concerns, the Village engaged Strand Associates to re-examine alternatives to alleviate flood risk in western Winnetka. Strand recommends a multi-phase approach that would provide significant flood risk reduction against a 100-year flood event, and improve stormwater quality. The lynchpin of the vision is a project on Forest Preserve District of Cook County land, at the northwest corner of Hibbard Road and Winnetka Avenue.

 
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Electric Department Performing Thermography Inspections of Lines & Equipment

Jun 30, 2017 12:16 AM

The Water & Electric Department will be performing thermography inspections of the Village’s overhead power lines, distribution centers, switchgear and select transformer sites. Work is scheduled to begin on July 6th and last approximately two weeks.

 
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New Utility Bill Design

Jun 02, 2017 03:01 PM

The Village's utility bills have an updated design to provide better billing information and transparency about the charges for utility services. It includes contrasting colors, larger type, cleaner-looking consumption graphs, and a larger message center for disseminating important community information.​

 
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Water Department Performing Hydrant Painting

Jul 06, 2017 07:51 AM

The Village of Winnetka maintains over 625 fire hydrants. Part of this maintenance includes painting and sandblasting approximately every four years, to enhance their appearance and improve visibility of faded and weathered hydrants. In July and August, approximately 165 hydrants will be painted in the following areas: (i) north of Elm Street, west of Green Bay Road, and east of Forest Way Drive; and (ii) hydrants in the Woodley Road subdivision.

 
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Visit the Sidewalk Sale July 14 - 15

Jun 28, 2017 04:20 PM

The Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce presents the North Shore’s Premier Sidewalk Sale in Winnetka and Northfield on Friday, & Saturday, July 14-15 from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM rain or shine. Browse from a fine selection of merchandise from a variety of the finest shops in the area, as you treat yourself to unique culinary creations from Chicago Food Trucks.

 
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Fireworks Safety

Jun 29, 2017 09:31 AM

With the 4th of July right around the corner, the Winnetka Police Department reminds residents to celebrate safely this year. The possession, sale, and discharge of fireworks are prohibited by the Winnetka Village Code (Section 8.08.110). This prohibition also includes sparklers, fountains, and sky lanterns. If you see an untrained individual using fireworks, keep your distance and contact the police department.

 
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Refuse/Recycling Collection Schedule for 4th of July Week

Jun 27, 2017 08:00 AM

The refuse/recycling collections for the week of July 3, 2017 will be changed slightly: regularly scheduled Monday collections will be as usual; regularly scheduled Tuesday collections will be on Wednesday; and Thursday and Friday collections will be unchanged.

 
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Celebrate the Fourth of July in Winnetka

Jun 22, 2017 08:54 AM

Fourth of July Parade- 10:00 AM at Elm & Glendale: The parade steps off from the intersection of Elm Street and Glendale Avenue and heads east through town all the way to the Village Green. Families, friends and neighbors are all welcome to be a part of this patriotic event. After the parade, join us at the Village Green for the traditional flag-raising ceremony, children’s flag parade and family races.

 
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Some Streets Closed This Weekend in the Elm Street Business District

Jun 22, 2017 02:34 PM

The Winnetka Music Festival will necessitate the closure of some streets and parking lots in the Elm Street Business District. CLICK THROUGH TO THE FULL ARTICLE to see a link to a map of the closures. Those with questions about parking, should call the Police Department at 847-501-6034, and press the option for "Records Department."

 
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Art in the Village June 24 & 25 in Hubbard Woods Park from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

May 26, 2017 03:21 PM

The Village of Winnetka is proud to be a lead sponsor of the North Shore Art League’s Annual Art in the Village Event located in Hubbard Woods Park. Thousands of art lovers are expected to attend this annual juried exhibition featuring the work of over 70 local and nationally renowned artists. Take advantage of FREE trolley service between the Art in the Village in Hubbard Woods Park and the Winnetka Music Festival at Green Bay & Elm on Saturday, June 24 from 1:00 - 5:00 PM.

 
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Find Out how to Help Protect the Chicago River

Apr 13, 2017 10:55 AM

The Friends of the Chicago River, founded in 1979, is active in promoting the health of the River through raising awareness about the impacts of stormwater, sewage and industrial waste. The Friends encourages individuals to conserve water, especially during heavy storms when the Chicago area’s system of tunnels and reservoirs can become overwhelmed.

 
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Winnetka Police Department Does Not Solicit Funds

May 17, 2017 08:05 AM

Over the summer, some residents may receive phone calls from organizations such as the Fraternal Order of Police, Metropolitan Alliance of Police, and similar others, soliciting donations. While members of the Winnetka Police Department may also be members of one of these organizations, the Winnetka Police Department does not authorize, nor does it want, any organization to solicit on its behalf.

 
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The June 13, 2017 Village Council Study Session is Cancelled

Jun 13, 2017 08:48 AM

The regularly scheduled June 13, 2017 Winnetka Village Council Study Session is cancelled. The Regular Meeting of the Village Council will be as scheduled, on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 7:00 PM in the Council Chambers of the Winnetka Village Hall, 510 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, Illinois.

 
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Emergency Police Dispatch Consolidation

May 19, 2017 11:39 AM

The Winnetka Police Department has successfully transitioned 911, radio communications, and all of our phone lines to Glenview Dispatch. As a reminder, lobby hours are 8:00AM-6:00PM, Monday thru Friday. The lobby is closed Saturday and Sunday. Records staff will answer non-emergency phone calls during regular business hours. Please call the Police Department at 847-501-6034 for non emergency situations.​

 
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Winnetka Golf Club Celebrates Centennial

May 26, 2017 03:08 PM

Celebrate 100 years of tradition at the Winnetka Golf Club’s Golf Outing and Celebration Party on Saturday, July 22. Up to 22 foursomes will be offered the opportunity to enjoy a golf outing full of competitive fun. For $800 a foursomes your group will enjoy golf, cart, range warm-up, lunch, beverages, tee gifts, contests, special events and admission to the Centennial Celebration Party. Shot gun start is at 11:45 am.

 
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Winnetka's Community Development Director to Retire

Feb 09, 2017 02:22 PM

After 16 years of service as Winnetka’s Community Development Director, Mike D’Onofrio has announced his plans to retire. He anticipates his last day will be in June, 2017. Throughout his career, Mr. D’Onofrio worked with numerous residential, commercial and industrial developers to guide them through the municipal development approval building permit processes. The Village invites the community to join in congratulating Mr. D’Onofrio and wishing him happiness in retirement.

 
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Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony on May 29 Starting at 10:00 AM

May 16, 2017 10:21 AM

The Winnetka Park District and the Village of Winnetka invite residents to the annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 29. The Parade will begin at 10:00 AM on the corner of Glendale and Elm, and end with a ceremony at the Village Green. In case of rain, an indoor ceremony will be held in the auditorium at the Skokie School.

 
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Willow Road Resurfacing Project

Apr 13, 2017 02:16 PM

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has begun its Willow Road Resurfacing Project. The construction will span Willow Road from the Edens Expressway in Northfield to Provident Avenue in Winnetka, and will include some minor curb and sidewalk replacement. Motorists and pedestrians can expect minor delays as the construction progresses; IDOT anticipates the project should be completed by mid-June.

 
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2017 Coffee & Classics Last Sunday of the Month from 9:00 - 11:00 AM

May 16, 2017 12:57 PM

Fuelfed’s Coffee & Classics has grown very quickly since the first 24 cars showed up in Winnetka in September of 2010. These events quickly evolved into the premier monthly Sunday morning gathering, with an incredible array of beautiful ultra-rare and historically-significant European classics, all driven to and parked along Winnetka’s beautiful Village center.

 
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Memorial Day Refuse/Recycling Schedule

May 16, 2017 09:13 AM

Week of May 29- June 2 Monday collections will be Tuesday. Tuesday collections will be Wednesday. Thursday & Friday collections will be as usual.

 

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Open House and Tours

May 12, 2017 10:31 AM

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) is hosting open houses and tours on Saturday, May 20 from 9:00 AM - Noon. Visitors of all ages are invited to stop by the O'Brien Water Reclamation Plant on Howard Street and McCormick Boulevard to learn about the MWRD's history, latest technology use and waterway protection efforts. Bring your unwanted medications for collection at the open house.

 
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Water Department Cross Connection Survey

Mar 31, 2017 10:58 AM

In April, all water customers of the Village will receive the 2017 Cross Connection Survey from the Water Department. The State of Illinois and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency(IEPA) regulations require all public water system operators to implement and maintain a cross connection control program aimed at identifying and eliminating cross connection hazards.

 
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Winnetka's Police Chief Retiring in June after 26 Years' Service to the Village

May 08, 2017 09:40 AM

After 26 years of service to Winnetka, Chief of Police Patrick Kreis has announced his plans to retire. He anticipates his last day will be in June, 2017. The Chief's energy and innovation transformed the Winnetka Police Department into the first-rate public safety organization it is today. The Village invites the community to join in congratulating Chief Kreis and wishing him future success at the Village of Vernon Hills, where he has been appointed Police Chief.

 
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Landmarks Trolley Tour May 21

Apr 24, 2017 02:12 PM

The Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) and the Winnetka Historical Society are once again offering a trolley tour of Winnetka landmarks. The free tours, scheduled on Sunday, May 21 at 1:00 PM or 3:00 PM, will depart from Village Hall, 510 Green Bay Road.

 
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2017 Spring Cleanup is April 24 - 27

Jan 25, 2017 02:08 PM

Winnetka’s 2017 Spring Clean-up will be held April 24 - 27. Scheduled pickups are: Monday, April 24: north of Tower Road; Tuesday, April 25: Tower Road to Pine Street; Wednesday, April 26: Pine Street to Willow Road; Thursday, April 27: south of Willow Road. Items should be placed on residential parkways the evening before the scheduled pickup, or by 7:00 A.M. the day of the pickup, in order to minimize littering problems.

 
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Winnetka's Electronics Recycling Program Resumed March 30

Mar 15, 2017 02:53 PM

In January, the Village suspended its electronics recycling program for the winter months. The program resumed March 30, at its regular time, every Thursday from 1:00 – 3:00 PM at the Public Works Yards, 1390 Willow Road. The Village will continue its other recycling programs year-round, including recycling of styrofoam, CFL bulbs, batteries, handheld electronics, holiday lights and gym shoes. Please contact the Public Works Department at 847-716-3568 with any questions.

 
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Document Destruction Event Saturday, May 6 from 9:00 - Noon

Mar 24, 2017 10:00 AM

Winnetka’s Document Destruction Event will be held Saturday, May 6 from 9:00 AM to Noon at the Public Works Yards, 1390 Willow Road. The goal of the program is to assist residents with recycling out-dated or sensitive documents. As a continuing program, the Solid Agency of Northern Cook Country (SWANCC) is providing a one-day document destruction event for residentially-generated paper, such as medical forms, bank statement, personal files, retired tax forms, etc. Paper clips and staples do no

 
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Early Voting Underway until 5:00 PM on April 3 - Polls Open at 6:00 AM Tuesday, April 4

Mar 20, 2017 12:41 PM

The Cook County Clerk’s website is your best source of election information, including polling place and ballot information. Early Voting is taking place at select locations, along with Grace Period Voter Registration and Voting. Polls are open from 6:00 AM - 7:00 PM on Tuesday, April 4.

 
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Next Hubbard Woods Design District First Friday Event is on April 7

Mar 24, 2017 10:32 AM

Experience a different art display, design or new product introduction every first Friday of the month at participating merchants in Hubbard Woods. There will be drinks, nibbles, music and art throughout the participating merchants. Come out and support the next Hubbard Woods Design District First Friday event, April 7 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM.

 
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Spring Tree Planting Program Deadline is April 21

Mar 24, 2017 08:46 AM

The Village is taking requests for the parkway tree planting program on public streets. The Village plants 2” – 2 ½” trunk diameter parkway trees where voids exist, at no cost to residents. Larger trees are available, but residents are responsible for cost differences. Contact the Village Forester at 847-716-3535 to request an application, or more information. The deadline for spring tree requests is April 21. Plant a tree today for a greener tomorrow!

 
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Village of Winnetka Honored for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The Village of Winnetka has been awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). This award recognizes the CAFR for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2015. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of government accounting

 
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Winnetka Welcomes Core Power Yoga

Mar 07, 2017 11:25 AM

On Friday, February 24, 2017, the Village welcomed CorePower Yoga to 850 Green Bay Road. This is one of CorePower Yoga's over 160 locations nationwide.

 
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Parkway Tree Pruning

Mar 02, 2017 02:23 PM

In March and April 2017, the Village tree contractor will start parkway tree pruning primarily within the borders of Elm Street, Green Bay Road, Sheridan Road and Tower Road. Residents within this area will receive a notification letter prior to tree pruning.

 
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Graeter's Ice Cream Opens Winnetka Shop

Mar 13, 2017 09:00 AM

On Friday, March 10, 2017 the Village of Winnetka celebrated Graeter’s Ice Cream grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Graeter’s Ice Cream, family owned craft ice cream maker since 1870, produces craft ice cream using French Pots, a small batch, artisanal method of production dating back over a century. Today, Graeter’s has more than 55 retail stores and looks forward to sharing a full menu of ice cream flavors, sundaes, milkshakes, old-fashioned sodas and candy in Winnetka.

 
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Winnetka Again Named Tree City USA

Mar 09, 2017 10:22 AM

For the 24th year, the Forestry Division is proud to announce that Winnetka has been named a Tree City USA for 2016 by the Arbor Foundation, for our commitment to effective urban forest management. Tree City USA communities are recognized for meeting four requirements set by the Arbor Foundation that reflect a strong commitment to maintaining the urban tree-scape.

 
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Stormwater Update

Feb 21, 2017 11:55 AM

At the February 7, 2017 Regular Council meeting, Trustee Chris Rintz updated the Council and community about progress in the stormwater negotiations with the Cook County Forest Preserve District (CCFPD), New Trier Township High School (NTTHS), and Winnetka Park District (WPD). [Click the headline for complete article.]

 
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Polls open 6:00 AM to 7 :00 PM on April 4

Feb 24, 2017 08:30 AM

Polls are open on Election Day from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM for the Consolidated General Election, an off-year election in which Winnetka has three candidates for Village Trustee and one candidate for Village President on the ballot. All are running unopposed. Regular voter registration closes on March 7; however, Grace Period Voter Registration and Voting is available from March 8 – April 3 at limited locations. [To see a link for more information, click the headline.]

 

Customer Scam Alert from Illinois Municipal Utilities Association

One of the state's municipal electric systems has reported a new scam targeting utility customers in Illinois. Thieves are calling business customers and asking them to make payments by phone or else face disconnection. These calls have originated from an 800 number and also from 773, 218 or 503 area codes.

 
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Important Information for Snow Removal Contractors

Jan 06, 2017 01:32 PM

It is common practice for a snow removal service to push snow from its client property onto the parkway of the opposite side of the street. This process often leaves ridges of snow on previously cleared streets, creating hazards. In addition, the deposited snow is often a nuisance to the "receiving" side of the street, since potential property damage and reduced sight lines can result.

 
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One Winnetka Planned Development Final Approval Process Could Begin in the Spring by Village Council

Jan 02, 2017 01:14 PM

At the January 17 Regular Council meeting, an approval ordinance was adopted granting preliminary approval of the One Winnetka Planned Development, along with a resolution approving the development agreement for the project. The final approval process includes review by the Plan Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and Design Review Boards. Their findings will be forwarded to the Village Council in advance of its final consideration and action.

 
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2017 Landmark Preservation Awards

Feb 15, 2017 11:00 AM

The Winnetka Landmark Preservation Commission is now accepting applications for its annual awards program. The Preservation Awards program seeks to honor those construction projects in the Village that have helped preserve the history and character of the Village. The program has three categories of awards: Restoration, Rehabilitation, and New Construction.

 
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Hubbard Woods Welcomes New Pet Grooming Business

Feb 09, 2017 02:21 PM

Please join the Village in welcoming a new business to the Hubbard Woods Business District – The LaundryMutt Too opened its doors on January 29. Located at 1054 Gage Street, this is the second location for this family-owned business.

 
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Winnetka Hires First Full-Time Economic Development Coordinator

Jan 27, 2017 02:55 PM

The Village of Winnetka is pleased to announce the engagement of Winnetka’s first full-time Economic Development Coordinator, Michael Martella. Mr. Martella joins Winnetka from the Village of Bensenville, where for the last seven years he was the Marketing & Business Development Administrator. Winnetka began recruiting for the full-time role in October, 2016. Mr. Martella was selected from a highly qualified pool of candidates, and his first day at the Village was January 23.

 
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Christmas Tree Pickup Ends January 20

Dec 05, 2016 08:59 AM

Christmas trees will be picked up from the curbside for shredding, chipping, and composting through January 20, 2017. After January 20th, a refuse sticker is required to ensure pickup. Please remove everything from trees, including plastic bags or wraps, ornaments, tinsel, wires, and the stand, as these will clog and damage the shredder.

 
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Village expands Credit Card Offerings for 2017

Jan 03, 2017 03:27 PM

Starting January 3, 2017 the Village of Winnetka has expanded its current credit card acceptance policy to include additional Village services such as building permits and special billings. The Village began accepting credit card payments for utility bills, vehicle stickers, parking passes, and refuse tags in May, 2016. The inclusion of the two additional services results in credit card acceptance for nearly 90% of Village services.

 
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Electronics Recycing Program on Hiatus for the Winter

Dec 05, 2016 01:41 PM

The Village was recently informed by SWANCC’s electronic recycling contractor, COM2 Recycling, that the current electronics recycling program will be postponed for the winter months. The current program takes place at the Winnetka Public Works facility every Thursday from 1-3 pm. The last day to drop off your electronics will be Thursday, January 12, 2017; No electronics will be accepted after this time. The program is expected to resume in early April,

 
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Village of Winnetka Discontinues Cable Public Access Channel

Dec 16, 2016 03:24 PM

In 2015, the Village was informed that significant equipment upgrades were necessary for continued cable access programming, and therefore undertook an effort to study other alternatives. Ultimately, no other satisfactory, cost-efficient options are available and current operations cannot continue without a considerable capital investment. The Village elected to discontinue cable access programming as of December 31, 2016.

 
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Utility Billing System Upgrade

Dec 15, 2016 09:32 AM

The Finance Department is performing a system upgrade on Thursday, December 15. From 5:00 - 8:00 PM, the on-line billing system will be down while upgrades are carried out. On-line bill payment swill be accepted after that time period has elapsed.

 
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District 36 Enrollment Balancing Project

Dec 05, 2016 01:32 PM

To address imbalanced enrollment at the District’s three elementary schools, the School Board is in the midst of a two-phase Enrollment Balancing Project (EBP). Opportunities to review the four models under consideration for Phase I (to provide relief to Crow Island School for fall 2017) will be held at the at Carleton Washburne School in December and January. Click headline for dates.

 
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Curbside Leaf Collection Extended to December 5

Oct 10, 2016 09:54 AM

Winnetka’s annual curbside leaf collection program has been extended to Monday, December 5, since many trees were late in dropping their leaves this year. Residents may rake their leaves to the parkway just inside the edge of the curb for collection by the Village. Please do not rake leaves into the streets. This creates a hazard, as leaves are slippery when wet.

 
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Shop Local on Small Business Saturday, November 26

Nov 17, 2016 08:20 AM

Support small businesses and get a jump on your holiday shopping by shopping at your favorite small and local stores on Saturday, November 26. Positioned on between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday began in 2010 when the first ever coordinated event to encourage people to support small, local businesses was launched. In 2011 the day became official, with support from local and state government officials and U.S. Senators.

 
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Pumpkin Collection Event November 9 from 9:00 AM -1:00 PM at Village Yards

Nov 01, 2016 11:44 AM

The Village is hosting a one-day pumpkin collection on November 9 from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM at the Village Yards, 1390 Willow Road.

 
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Metra Stations at Elm Street and Hubbard Woods on Summer Hours Until November 6

Mar 01, 2016 11:00 AM

Summer hours will be observed at the Hubbard Woods and Elm Street Metra stations until November 6. The waiting rooms will be open from 5:00 AM to 6:30 PM every day of the week, and the ticket agent will be on duty at the Elm Street Station weekdays from 5:25 AM to 12:55 PM. Please note that the Hubbard Woods station no longer has a ticket agent.

 
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Winnetka's First Downtown Master Plan is Complete

Sep 13, 2016 10:58 AM

At the September 13 Regular Council meeting, DMP Steering Committee Chair Meg Benson gave an overview of the development process. She noted that things moved at a very good pace and resulted in a plan that the Steering Committee unanimously approved. Community engagement and the Working Groups provided valuable information from all corners of the Village, and the DMP envisions everyone in the Village working together – retailers, building owners, businesses, the Village and residents.

 
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Portions of Wilson Street and Winnetka Avenue to be closed on September 18 for North Shore Triathlon

Sep 15, 2016 11:50 AM

On Sunday, September 18 from 6:00 AM – 9:30 AM, Winnetka residents who live on Wilson Street south of Ash Street and on Winnetka Avenue between Green Bay and Sheridan Roads will not have access to their driveways, as these areas will be closed to accommodate a section of the bicycle portion of the Northshore Triathlon.

 
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Community is Welcome to Attend Flag Planting Event at Village Green

Aug 30, 2016 11:00 AM

The community will again come together to plant 2,977 American flags on the Winnetka Village Green to pay tribute to the victims of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. The memorial will be erected starting at 3:30 the afternoon of Saturday, September 10, and taken down at sunset on September 11.

 
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Online Flood Survey

Sep 02, 2016 04:26 PM

The Village is conducting an online survey aimed at gathering accurate information about basement flooding during the July 23 storm; of particular interest are the incidents of sanitary sewer backups. It is hoped that this community-wide survey will provide information to help with the Village's evaluation of its sanitary sewer system, with an eye towards planning for possible future improvements.​

 
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Household Chemical Waste One-Day Event in Lake Forest on September 17 from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Sep 02, 2016 09:58 AM

There will be a household chemical waste collection event at the Lake Forest Municipal Services Center, 800 N. Field Drive, Lake Forest on Saturday September 17 from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Unable to attend a collection? Dispose of your household chemical waste for a fee by calling R3 Environmental, Inc. at 847-488-1492 x 202

 
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Assistance for Residents who Experienced Flooding or Sewer Backups

Aug 03, 2016 04:30 PM

The Village Council has reinstated a cost-sharing program to assist homeowners with installation of anti-backup systems to reduce sanitary sewer backup. The Council also approved a Resolution waiving permit fees for storm repairs. Any restoration work requiring building and electrical permits will be streamlined, and no fees associated with the permits will be assessed. [Click the headline for more information.]

 
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Turf Damage Could be a Sign of Invasive Worm Species

In 2015, Amynthas agrestis, an invasive species of worm, was discovered at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Amynthas agrestis, gets its common name, ‘crazy snake worm’, due to its unusual behavior, which is more snake-like than worm-like. These worms will aggressively wiggle and writhe when exposed to air or picked up, and will attempt to slither away.

 
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Protect Against West Nile Virus Risk

Aug 18, 2016 07:36 AM

Recent North Shore Mosquito Abatement District mosquito trapping operations indicate that the risk to humans from West Nile Virus is very high within our area. They advise residents to take precautions to minimize risk of infection by wearing repellent and avoid being outside during peak mosquito hours at dawn and dusk. [Click headline to read more.]

 
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Water Line Protection Program Solicitation

Sep 30, 2016 11:04 AM

The Village has been informed that a vendor is soliciting customers by mail to enroll in a "Water Line Protection Program." The mailing promotes a program whereby customers pay a monthly fee to cover potential water service line issues. Prior to enrolling, customers are encouraged to understand the terms, conditions, and coverage of the program. This solicitation is not associated with, or promoted by, Winnetka's Water & Electric Department.

 
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New Trier Township Seeks Advisory Committee Volunteers

Jul 22, 2016 03:30 PM

The Community Services Administrator for New Trier Township is looking for volunteers to serve on the Township’s Advisory Committee to assist with the allocation of resources to non-profit organizations serving the Township’s residents. For a link to more information about citizen advisory committees, expand this article by clicking the headline. Those interested should contact Brian Leverenz at 446-8203.

 
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Home Repair Fraud Prevention Tips

Aug 01, 2016 02:50 PM

As a result of the recent storm damage to the community, many homeowners will be looking to repair or make improvements to their property. The Winnetka Police Department encourages exercising due diligence when hiring contractors.

 
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Sheridan Road to be Closed from Tower Road to Scott Avenue on Monday, August 1

Jul 27, 2016 10:58 AM

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has announced that Sheridan Road will be closed to through traffic from Tower Road to Scott Avenue on Monday, August 1 as a stormwater project in the lower ravine area continues. Because this project is being managed by IDOT, all questions about the work should be directed to the IDOT Resident Engineer, Larry Pray, at 847-410-7393; or the IDOT Project Engineer, Jim Stewart at 847-705-4262.

 
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Village to Provide Special Refuse Collections for Storm Debris

Jul 24, 2016 01:42 PM

The Village was impacted by a severe storm on July 23, causing widespread flooding. In order to assist affected residents in the cleanup and recovery process, the Village will provide curbside pickup of storm-related debris beginning Wednesday, July 27 and continuing for the remainder of the week. Collections will be free of charge from the curbside or parkway. [Click headline for more info.]

 
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Natural Lawn Care is Important for a Healthy Neighborhood

Apr 14, 2016 04:14 PM

Nurturing soil is the groundwork for a healthy yard. Yards are outdoor homes, providing space for playing and relaxing. Over the years, lawns have been managed in a reactive or conventional way of applying fertilizer and weed killer. Homeowners now have choices for cultivating and maintaining their property with organic or natural methods - or a proactive approach to managing lawns and turf, that does not harm the environment.

 
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Lakeshore Recycling Requests Your Cooperation

Jun 27, 2016 02:16 PM

Lakeshore Recycling Systems uses an automated system to collect recycling. In order to help their drivers, the Village reminds residents to orient their recycling containers so the lid opens on the street side – with the handle facing the house side. This ensures the lid closes after the container is dumped and also prevents materials from flying into the street.

 
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North Shore Art League Art in the Village This Weekend

Jun 24, 2016 01:53 PM

he North Shore Art League is bringing its national juried show, Art in the Village, to Winnetka’s Hubbard Woods Park this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, June 25 - 26, the park will be bustling with over 60 artists’ booths from across the country. The park has recently undergone a total renovation, and this venue will provide a beautiful setting to appreciate quality art and enjoy the new landscape.​

 
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Dwyer Park Community Engagement Continues

Jun 24, 2016 09:00 AM

The Winnetka Park District continues to gather community input during the planning stages of the Dwyer Park playground renovation. The District conducted their first set of community meetings in May and a second set June. The purpose of those meetings was to lay out the planning process and begin to hear the thoughts of neighborhood residents. The third set of meetings are at Dwyer Park (856 Elm Street) on the following dates: July 7 at 6:30 PM or July 9 at 9:00 AM.

 
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Hill Road Detour in Effect Until June 24

As part of the Village’s 2016 Street Rehabilitation Program, there will be a detour on Hill Road between Church Road and Forest Street, starting Tuesday, June 21. The detour will be in effect during construction work hours, and is expected to last through the end of the week. Those with questions should call Susan Chen, 847-716-3532, or Mehdi Vakil, 847-716-3530.

 
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Recycling Makes CENTS for Winnetka

Mar 21, 2016 02:35 PM

A Message from the Environmental & Forestry Commission: There is money in our refuse! Throwing items away instead of recycling them wastes money and other precious resources. Each ton of refuse that is recycled out of the waste stream saves the Village at least $50, since Winnetka pays SWANCC (Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County) $50 per ton of refuse received at their transfer station for deposit in a landfill.

 
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Current Village Employee Parking Permits Expire on July 1

Jun 07, 2016 02:15 PM

Parking permits are valid from July 1 through June 30. Winnetka businesses can submit a current, dated, signed list of employees yearly to the Village. The Village will keep the list on file for that current year only. The list may be submitted in June and used as current, written proof of employment so that each employee need not show a pay stub.

 
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Utility Pole Inspections

Jun 06, 2016 07:05 AM

The Village has hired Osmose Utilities Services to conduct the annual inspection and maintenance of wooden utility poles. The work includes the partial excavation and drilling at the base of poles for inspection and/or treatment. All field technicians and vehicles should be clearly identified with the company name.

 
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Community Invited to Dedication of New Fire Engine - Tuesday, June 7 at 5:00 PM

The Winnetka Fire Department will be placing its new 2016 Smeal Fire Engine into service following a short dedication ceremony on June 7 at 5:00 PM. The new Engine is replacing a 1996 engine, and features include an improved passenger air-bag safety system and stability control, new hose deployment system, a built-in power plant for the extrication tools and a computerized pump panel. The public is welcome to attend the dedication, and to stay for cake and coffee, which will be served followin​

 
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Hubbard Woods Park Rededication - June 15 from 5:30 - 8:30 PM

May 27, 2016 09:56 AM

In conjunction with the opening night of the Wednesdays in the Woods Summer Concert Series, join the Winnetka Park District Board and staff as we officially celebrate the incredible transformation of Hubbard Woods Park. Plan to come out early, stake your choice location for the concert, and enjoy the festivities!

 
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Protect your Rain Barrell from Mosquitoes

Apr 14, 2016 04:02 PM

The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District (NSMAD) supports water conservation and runoff reduction provided by the use of rain barrels. However, the NSMAD stresses that proper installation and maintenance is essential to minimizing the potential for these devices to produce huge populations of mosquitoes. Improperly installed and maintained rain barrels can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

 
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Stormwater Vision Phase Workshop Meeting Materials & Summary

Apr 29, 2016 02:04 PM

Did you miss the April 12 Presentation and Workshop? Would you like to review the Stormwater Alternatives Study vision laid out by Strand Associates? Do you have further questions or comments to offer? Please visit the Vision Phase webpage (http://www.villageofwinnetka.org/residents/stormwater-alternatives-evaluation/public-meeting-highlights/april-2016-workshop/) to review, learn, and provide input today.

 
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2016 Winnetka Park District Community Needs Assessment Survey Results

Apr 29, 2016 02:01 PM

Chris Tatham from the ETC Institute presented the findings from the 2016 Community Needs Assessment Survey at the April 28, 2016 Board Meeting. Learn more at http://www.winpark.org /strategic-plan. ​

 
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2016 is Reassessment Year for New Trier Township

Apr 08, 2016 11:36 AM

2016 is Reassessment Year for New Trier TownshipIn early May, the Cook County Assessor’s Office will mail notices of proposed valuations for the second installment tax bill due fall of 2017. The time to file an appeal of your assessment is when you receive the notice, not when the bills come out. Visit the Cook County Assessor’s website or the New Trier Township Assessor’s office (739 Elm Street) to file an online appeal, for assistance, and also to apply for 2015 property tax exemptions.

 
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Urban Design Quick Poll

Apr 08, 2016 11:24 AM

The Village would like your feedback – as part of the Downtown Master Plan process, a “quick poll” is being conducted – it’s fast and it’s easy! As you walk, shop and congregate in various places, your experience is greatly impacted by urban design: i.e. lighting, landscaping, outdoor amenities and other features that form the streetscape and define its character. Participate in our 30-second poll to provide your input. [See full article for link.]

 
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Downtown Master Plan Special Report

Apr 14, 2016 10:32 AM

On April 13, the Village published a special Downtown Master Plan edition of the Winnetka Report newsletter. All are invited to learn about the planning process, and discover what the community has to say about the future of the business districts. Also included in the newsletter – redevelopment site concepts which were discussed by the Steering Committee in February and March.

 
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Coal Tar Contractors Need a Permit

Apr 08, 2016 11:27 AM

As residents begin to make improvements to their properties this spring, the Village would like to remind them of the ban of coal tar-based pavement sealants on all properties within Winnetka. Coal tar is a waste material generated during coal processing that contains high levels of chemical compounds shown to be harmful to aquatic live and pose a potential risk in humans.

 
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Strand Vision Phase Workshop on April 12 at Washburne School Theater at 7:00 PM

Mar 21, 2016 08:40 AM

Residents are encouraged to review the March 3 and 5 Exploration Phase Open House summary and materials, and to submit their comments via a comment form. Strand is building on the feedback received to-date in preparation for the Vision Phase Workshop at Washburne Middle School Theater on Tuesday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. At this Workshop, residents should expect to see refined concepts of the study areas, and conceptual cost estimates.

 
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Downtown Master Plan: Redevelopment Sites Workshop #2 on Monday, March 28 at 7:00 PM in the Village Hall Council Chambers

Mar 18, 2016 11:08 AM

Teska Associates, the Village's Downtown Master Plan consultant, has used input from the first Redevelopment Sites Workshop on February 29 to refine draft development scenarios. These new drafts will be reviewed at the next Steering Committee meeting, Monday, March 28 at 7:00 PM in the Village Hall Council Chambers.

 
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Park District Community Priorities Needs Assessment Survey

Feb 21, 2016 07:49 PM

Resident Input Is Needed to Determine Park and Recreation Community Priorities. The Winnetka Park District is developing its 2016 to 2021 Strategic Plan to help shape the future of Parks and Recreation facilities, programs and services most important to residents. We would like to hear from you! Your input will measurably help the Winnetka Park District with the Strategic Plan process.

 
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Draft 2030 Winnetka Waterfront Master Plan Is Available For Viewing

Feb 16, 2016 11:25 AM

Draft versions of the 2030 Winnetka Waterfront Master Plan were reviewed by the Park Board at their January 21 and February 11 Meetings. Approval of this plan is expected by the Board of Commissioners at the February 25 Board meeting, 6:30 PM at the WPD Community Room, 540 Hibbard Road. Public is invited to attend. (Click the headline for more info.)

 
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Winter Parking Restrictions

Dec 04, 2015 08:18 AM

A “Snow Emergency” is declared by the Village when two or more inches of snow fall within a 24-hour period. Parking on residential streets is prohibited until the street is cleared of snow. Temporary signs will posted in the business districts before enforcement activity, but no signs will be placed in residential areas.

 
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Village of Winnetka Stormwater Alternatives Study Public Exploration Phase Workshop

Feb 16, 2016 11:41 AM

The public is invited to attend an Open House hosted by Strand Associates, the Village’s consultant for the Evaluation of Stormwater Management Improvement Alternatives for Western and Southwestern Winnetka, at the Winnetka Community House on Saturday, March 5 at 10:00 AM. [Click the headline for more info.]

 
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Residents to Reap Rewards from Joint Recycling Contract

Jan 15, 2016 02:54 PM

In an effort to save costs on recycling collection, the Villages of Winnetka and Glencoe have been working to co-select a vendor to provide this service for their residents. Both Villages are serviced by the same law firm, provide their garbage collection in-house, and had the same recycling provider. These circumstances allowed the two Villages to issue a joint request-for-proposal (RFP) with the aim of achieving economies of scale.

 
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Village Hall to Open at 1:00 PM on Monday, February 15

Feb 03, 2016 09:41 AM

The morning of Monday, February 15, 2016 Winnetka Village Hall will be closed for staff training. Village Hall will re-open at 1:00 p.m. All other Village services will remain in operation. The Village thanks residents for their understanding. The continuing education of Village staff to serve the community in the best and most efficient manner is a top Village priority.

 
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Downtown Master Plan Vision Statements Completed

Feb 02, 2016 02:09 PM

Drawn directly from the comments and ideas shared via the project’s outreach components, the ‘Vision Statements’ celebrate the desired look, feel, function and overall objectives for each district as we look ahead into the future. The community is invited to attend the February 29 Steering Committee meeting to join the discussion! [Click headline to read more.]

 
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Get Your 2016 Village Vehicle and Dog Licenses

Dec 04, 2015 04:45 PM

Village licenses for 2016 are on sale at the Cashier’s Counter at Village Hall, 510 Green Bay Road. The counter is open weekdays from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM. All dogs over the age of six months must be licensed, and a current Village license is required to be attached to their collar or harness. A current, original rabies vaccination certificate must be submitted with the license application.

 
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Sign up for E-Alerts

Jan 08, 2016 08:36 AM

The Village of Winnetka now offers residents the option to sign up to receive E-Alerts on selected topics. Signing up is easy: simply visit the Village’s website, VillageofWinnetka.org, and click “subscribe” at the bottom left of the homepage; then enter your name and email address on the appropriate form on the Subscription page.

 
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Christmas Tree Pickup Extended to Friday, January 22

Jan 04, 2016 06:11 AM

Due to inclement weather, Christmas tree collection has been extended to Friday, January 22, to ensure all trees get picked up from the curbside for shredding, chipping, and composting. After January 22, a $2 refuse sticker will be required to ensure pickup.

 
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Come Hear the Downtown Master Plan Vision Statements on Monday, January 25 at 6:00 PM at Village Hall, 510 Green Bay Road

Jan 15, 2016 04:07 PM

Teska Associates, the Village’s Downtown Master Plan Consultant, has taken the extensive feedback and insights to develop Vision Statements for each of Winnetka’s business districts. The one-paragraph statements were drawn directly from the comments and ideas shared via the Plan’s outreach components since last October.

 
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Stormwater Management Program Material Migrated to Village Website

Jan 08, 2016 04:31 PM

All of the material that was contained on that site has been moved to the Village website. Just click on the Residents tab, and select Stormwater Management from the menu list. The information from the Stormwater Management Program website has not changed; however, it is organized somewhat differently on the Village’s site. Residents are encouraged to visit the Stormwater Management page and become familiar with the new set-up.

 
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Cook County Forest Preserves

Jan 08, 2016 04:25 PM

The Cook County Forest Preserve District (CCFPD) would like to keep residents informed of the year-round activities and events it offers, most of which are free. There are a wide variety of outdoor activities and events to learn about and explore nature, as well as volunteer opportunities to preserve our natural resources.

 
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Village President Greable Looks Back on 2015

Jan 08, 2016 03:46 PM

2015 was a year marked by extraordinary effort and significant accomplishments for your Village Council and staff. So I want to start this report with a special thank you to each one of them for their exceptional energy and dedication to pushing forward on your priorities for Winnetka Village government. In doing so, we have succeeded at delivering excellent quality services, preserving the Village’s strong financial position and passing a balanced budget without an increase in the Village’s por​

 
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Stormwater Alternatives Study Public Open Houses

Jan 07, 2016 11:36 AM

Strand Associates, the Villages consultant for the Evaluation of Stormwater Management Improvements and Alternatives for Western and Southwestern Winnetka project, will host two public open houses. The community is encouraged to attend one of the events to hear about early study activities, corroborate individual flooding occurrences, gain an understanding of Strand’s study area insights, and begin to share suggestions for mitigation. Click the headline for details.

 
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Village Hall Door Restoration Work

Aug 24, 2015 02:30 PM

The Village has engaged several contractors who are performing restoration work on all exterior and some interior doors at Village Hall. Most of the work will be performed off-site; however, this is a construction project that will cause some noise, disturbance and changes to ingress and egress at Village Hall.

 
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2015 Landmark Preservation Award Winners Announced

Oct 29, 2015 08:29 AM

The Winnetka Landmark Preservation Commission recently awarded Preservation Awards to seven Winnetka properties. The awards presentation took place at the October 20 Village Council meeting. The Preservation Awards program seeks to honor those construction projects in the village that have helped preserve the history and character of the village. The program has three categories of awards: Restoration, Rehabilitation, and New Construction.

 
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Village Asks for Feedback on Downtown Master Plan

Oct 26, 2015 11:08 AM

Winnetka residents gathered at North Shore Country Day School on November 17 to offer suggestions for Winnetka’s business districts. The workshop was organized by the Village's consultants, Teska Associates, as part of their work to develop a new downtown master plan for Winnetka’s business districts.​

 
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Public Invited to Downtown Master Plan Vision Workshop

Nov 04, 2015 09:19 AM

As part of the ongoing engagement process for the Downtown Master Plan, Teska Associates, the Village’s consultant, will be hosting a Public Workshop to develop a community vision for the business districts. The event will be held at North Shore Country Day School (Upper School) on Monday, November 16 beginning at 7:00 p.m.

 
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Construction Alert for Winnetka Avenue

Sep 22, 2015 02:33 PM

The Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways has begun Phase II construction on Winnetka Avenue between Hibbard Road and the Edens Expressway. Throughout construction, the County and their contractor will work to minimize disruptions. Winnetka Avenue will remain open to two-way traffic at all times, but during certain operations, the road will narrow to one lane with flagging operations in place. During flagging operation days, major delays are anticipated.

 
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Village Launches Available Commercial Properties Database

Sep 24, 2015 04:13 PM

To facilitate business development within Winnetka, the Village has launched its Available Commercial Properties Databaseon the Village website. This complimentary service profiles available properties by business district, including images, space details, zoning information - and much more - with a simple scan, zoom, and click.

 
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Winnetka Kicks Off Downtown Master Plan Process

Oct 08, 2015 10:46 AM

Winnetka formally began work on its Downtown Master Plan on Monday, October 12, when the project Steering Committee and Working Groups held a joint kick-off meeting at the Winnetka Community House. Click on the headline above to see more...

 
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Sheridan Road Reduced to One Lane on Saturday, October 10, All Day

Oct 09, 2015 02:06 PM

The Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) contractor will primer the Winnetka portion of Sheridan Road tomorrow starting at 7:00 AM. FRESH OIL signs will be posted, and the changeable message boards will also provide information. Since the road can only be primed one side at a time and the prime material must cure for a suitable length of time, traffic will be reduced to one lane all day. Click the headline to see more...

 
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Sheridan Road Stormwater Improvement and Resurfacing Program:

Sep 14, 2015 03:16 PM

The Illinois Department of Transportation began the “Lake Cook Road to Winnetka Avenue Resurfacing and Drainage Improvement Project” the week of September 28. This project encompasses the resurfacing of Sheridan Road between Lake Cook Road south to Winnetka Avenue, as well as storm water improvements in the Ravines section of Sheridan Road between Tower Road and Scott Avenue.

 
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Pumpkin Collection at Village Yards on November 4, 9:00AM - 1:00 PM

Oct 15, 2015 03:21 PM

In a continuing effort to expand environmental initiatives and limit contributions to landfills, Winnetka will host a one-day pumpkin collection on Wednesday, November 4 from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Residents are encouraged to bring their pumpkins during this time to the Municipal Yards Facility, 1390 Willow Road, for proper disposal.

 
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Dispose of Unwanted/Unused Drugs on 9/26 at the Police Department, 410 Green Bay Road

Sep 24, 2015 04:00 PM

It's a great time to clean out your medicine cabinet! The Winnetka Police Department is once again participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The goal of the program is to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. Simply drop off expired or unused prescription drugs at the Police Department on September 26 between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, no questions asked.

 
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Winnetka Waterfront 2030 Community Open House #4

Please join the Winnetka Park District on Wednesday, September 16 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Park District Community Room, 540 Hibbard Road, for the last in a series of four public open houses to help craft a plan for the future of Winnetka’s lakefront. Resident feedback is essential at this critical point in the process, prior to Park board review of the proposed plan.

 
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Back to School Safety Tips Keep Your Kids Safe

Aug 26, 2015 01:01 PM

The start of the school year is a busy and exciting time. Traffic increases during this time of year due to school buses, pedestrians, and bicyclists. The Winnetka Police Department has some safety reminders.​

 
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Independence Day Refuse/Recycling Schedule

Aug 24, 2015 09:13 AM

Week of June 29 - July 3 All collections will be as usual.

 
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MWRD Completes Sanitary Sewer Relining Project on Winnetka Avenue

Aug 14, 2015 03:12 PM

The second phase of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District's sanitary sewer relining project on Winnetka Avenue between Green Bay Road and Sheridan Road has been completed. All of the traffic control will be removed and patches will be completed by Friday, August 14. Minor restoration work will be performed over the next several weeks.

 
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Upgraded Stormwater Pump Station Substantially Complete

Aug 07, 2015 02:21 PM

The Village is pleased to announce the substantial completion of a new, upgraded stormwater pump station at Ash Street and Hibbard Road. This improvement increases both the reliability and capacity of the previously existing pump station, and will provide increased drainage capacity for the area bounded by Oak Street, Glendale Avenue, Hibbard Road, and Willow Road, for smaller rain events.

 
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Avoca School District #37 Traffic Study

Aug 07, 2015 02:31 PM

Recently the Villages of Wilmette and Glenview conducted a joint traffic study on areas near both Avoca West Elementary School and Marie Murphy School. A community follow-up meeting is planned for August 10, 2015.

 
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Repair Plans for Exterior Water Service Lines

Jul 14, 2015 05:33 PM

The Village has been informed that a vendor is soliciting customers by mail for "Repair Plans for Exterior Water Service Lines." The mailing promotes a program whereby customers pay a monthly fee to cover potential water service line issues. Prior to enrolling, customers are encouraged to understand the terms, conditions, and coverage of the program. This solicitation is not associated with, or promoted by, Winnetka's Water & Electric Department.

 
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View the Winnetka Bikeway Master Plan

Jul 24, 2015 04:25 PM

View the Winnetka Bikeway Master Plan at the Park District Community Room, (540 Hibbard Road) on Saturday, August 1 from 9:00 – 11:00 AM.

 
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MWRD Winnetka Avenue Sewer Project Necessitates Round-the-Clock Construction Until Friday, August 7

Jul 28, 2015 04:31 PM

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago will be lining its interceptor sewer under Winnetka Avenue until August 7. A 24 hour work day is required due to the size of the sewer; however, no weekend work is anticipated. The contractor will attempt to minimize disruption to the neighborhood; however if residents have questions or problems they wish to address, please call Brad Schenning at 602-319-7344; or Dan Swidrak at 636-385-

 
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Water Department Hydrant Painting Project

Jun 05, 2015 01:14 PM

The Village of Winnetka is responsible for maintaining over 625 fire hydrants throughout the Village, including unincorporated service areas. Hydrants are sandblasted and painted approximately every four years to enhance their appearance and improve visibility of faded and weathered hydrants. This year’s program of approximately 165 hydrants will be painted in the southeast portion of Winnetka.

 
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Winnetka Receives Flood Insurance Program Designation

Jun 05, 2015 01:17 PM

Last May, Brian Eber of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources presented the Winnetka Village Council with a plaque awarding the Village of Winnetka a Class 6 Rating for the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System (CRS). The CRS recognizes a community’s efforts to provide more than minimum flood protection by offering a reduction in flood insurance premiums for its property owners.

 
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North Shore Gas Recommends Using Location Service Before Cleaning Sewer Lines

Mar 13, 2015 11:35 AM

North Shore Gas strongly recommends that you request your plumber or sewer cleaning company to call 866-573-6867 to schedule a utility locate prior to beginning a sewer line project. In rare instances, natural gas lines are inadvertently installed through a sewer line. In such cases, the gas line can be pierced, which may lead to a dangerous release of natural gas. .

 
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Change in Refuse, Recycling and Yard Waste Collections This Week

Jun 30, 2015 03:38 PM

The Village will be closed on Friday, July 3, for the 4th of July Holiday. Therefore, regularly scheduled refuse / recycling / yard waste collections for Thursday will be picked up on Wednesday; and regularly scheduled refuse / recycling / yard waste collections for Friday will be picked up on Thursday.​

 
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American Flag Retirement

Jun 22, 2015 09:39 AM

The New Trier Post 4831 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will be retiring American Flags this Tuesday, June 23 at 4:00 p.m. at the Tower Road Pier, weather permitting. The Veterans of Foreign Wars has coordinated this event with the Winnetka Fire Department, which collects retired American Flags throughout the year. If weather does not permit proceeding on June 23, the event will take place on June 24.

 
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Water Department Performing Hydrant Painting

Jun 01, 2015 03:02 PM

The Village of Winnetka is responsible for maintaining over 625 fire hydrants throughout the Village, including unincorporated service areas. Hydrants are sandblasted and painted approximately every four years to enhance their appearance and improve visibility of faded and weathered hydrants.

 
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TEDxWinnetka Women Coming to Community House May 28

Apr 30, 2015 03:23 PM

The Winnetka Economic Development Department is proud to bring you TEDxWinnetkaWomen on May 28, from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM at the Winnetka Community House. The day will feature tremendously talented speakers who will share their stories in the traditional TEDx format of eighteen minute presentations.

 
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Gas Main Replacement at Tower Road & Greenwood Avenue

May 15, 2015 03:46 PM

A new section of gas main at the intersection of Tower Road and Greenwood Avenue was not properly JULIE marked and the contractor “scratched” the top of the pipe on Friday, May 15. There are no life safety issues at this time, and there is no leaking of gas; nevertheless, North Shore Gas must replace this section of the new gas main. In the meantime. they will install a repair sleeve over the scratched piece of pipe.

 
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Enter Our Village-Wide Photo Contest

Apr 17, 2015 01:39 PM

The Village of Winnetka invites resident photographers - professional or amateur - to help capture the essence of Winnetka. Submit your best photographs of the Village’s natural beauty, historic spots or central social settings, as well as photos of people enjoying the quality of life in Winnetka. Winning photos will be featured on website pages and other Village publications.

 
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Document Shredding Event, Saturday, May 2 from 9:00 - 11:00 AM at Public Works Yards, 1390 Willow Road

The Village of Winnetka, in partnership with the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County, (SWANCC) will again host a document destruction event on Saturday, May 2, from 9:00 - 11:00 AM at the Winnetka Public Works Yards, 1390 Willow Road.

 
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Beware of IRS Telephone Scams

Apr 30, 2015 02:40 PM

Several residents have reported receiving telephone calls from people claiming to work for the IRS. The scammers typically claim an unpaid tax liability is due and try to elicit private information or payments from the resident. The IRS does not initiate any such calls and will not ask for private information via phone or email.

 
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Business Community Invited to The Exchange - April 30 at 7:30 AM, at the Community House

Apr 01, 2015 02:55 PM

The Exchange is a quarterly gathering coordinated by the Winnetka Economic Development Program (EDP) that seeks to empower the Village’s business community and accelerate their success. The next Exchange will be held on Thursday, April 30, at 7:30 AM, at the Community House, 620 Lincoln, Room 211A. This program will focus on the realities of online retail shopping vs. brick and mortar stores.

 
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Trash and Recycling Collection in Commercial Districts

Apr 17, 2015 02:11 PM

The Environmental and Forestry Commission (EFC) is proud to announce their commercial district refuse & recycling containers are now in use. The recycling bins are marked on their tops and sides. Accepted recyclable materials include paper, cardboard, glass, metal/aluminum, and plastics – except those labeled #6.

 
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IDOT Traffic Signal Enhancements

Apr 17, 2015 11:39 AM

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is responsible for traffic signals on state roads, including Willow Road, Green Bay Road, and Sheridan Road. IDOT is engaged in an area-wide program to upgrade traffic signals with new pedestrian pushbuttons and countdown timers, as well as retrofitting signals with battery backup so they continue to function during power outages.

 
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Just Released - A Guide to Doing Business in Winnetka

Apr 17, 2015 11:35 AM

The Village's Economic Development Department has released a short but helpful manual for prospective business owners in Winnetka. This guide is a quick "how-to" and contains important information to know as you seek to open your business in one of our three thriving commercial districts.

 
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Recycle Your Used Food Cartons

Nov 25, 2014 10:56 AM

Cartons commonly in use that can be recycled include milk, orange juice, creamer, juice boxes, soup broth, soy milk, and protein drinks. Too many recyclable cartons are still going to landfills when they could be re-purposed as paper towels, napkins, and even building materials. Recycled paper production creates 74% less air pollution than non-recycled paper. It's easy to make a difference - just put your clean, empty cartons in your recycling cart.

 
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Tower Road Closed Between Forest Way Drive and Hibbard Road Until July

Mar 20, 2015 03:06 PM

The Northwest Winnetka Stormwater Management Project has begun, necessitating the closure of Tower Road from Forest Way Drive to Hibbard Road until approximately the first week of July. Village staff has met with the contractor, affected property owners, and key stakeholders in an effort to ensure the project creates the least amount of disturbance.

 
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Phase I of New Trier High School Temporary Classroom Installation Complete - Phase II in Progress

Last week seven of 14 modular buildings were successfully delivered to the Winnetka campus of New Trier High School. The trailers will be used as temporary classrooms during the school's upcoming renovation project. The remaining seven trailers will be installed starting Monday, March 16. On the afternoon of Monday, three temporary classrooms will be delivered to Duke Childs Field, for installation at the school on Tuesday, March 17.

 
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MWRD Sanitary Sewer Cleaning and Televising Project

Dec 23, 2014 08:47 AM

Over the next two to three months, Sheridan Plumbing & Sewer, Inc. has been contracted by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago to perform sanitary sewer cleaning and televising along Cherry Street from Glendale Avenue to Sheridan Road.

 
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2014 Village Citizen Survey Reveals Quality of Life in Winnetka is High

Jan 09, 2015 11:26 AM

The results of last summer’s first citizen survey have been tabulated by the Village’s survey partner, National Research Center, Inc. (NRC). Surveys were mailed to every Winnetka household, and the Village achieved a 45% response rate. The results emphasize that Winnetka residents enjoy a high quality of life. More than 9 in 10 respondents rated Winnetka as an excellent or good place to live and raise children.

 

Winnetka is on Facebook

Feb 05, 2015 01:31 PM

Click "Like" on Winnetka's new Facebook page! The page promotes local businesses and keeps you current on events and sales happening in the Village. Winnetka Shopping District is an excellent source for residents as well as visitors. In addition to the new Facebook page, the Village has launched a new monthly E-Developments newsletter focused on business developments in Winnetka. Subscribers to E-Winnetka need to separately subscribe if they wish to receive E-Developments.

 
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Two Residential Burglaries Reported Monday, January 19

Jan 20, 2015 03:51 PM

The Winnetka Police Department is investigating two residential burglaries that occurred on Monday, January 19, during the late afternoon hours. Both incidents occurred on the west side of the Village; entry was forced through first floor doors. Items taken included jewelry and cash. Fortunately, one of the homes was equipped with an alarm system that was activated and the amount of property loss was limited due to the immediate police response.

 
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Applications for Senior Property Tax Exemptions Are in the Mail

Jan 20, 2015 12:22 AM

Renewal forms for senior citizen property tax exemptions are being mailed this week; however, those who just turned 65 in 2014 will not receive a form. Applications are available in the New Trier Township Office at 739 Elm Street in Winnetka and online at www.cookcountyassessor.com.

 
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Residential Burglaries Occurring on the North Shore

Oct 27, 2014 10:28 AM

Several neighboring North Shore communities have experienced burglaries in recent weeks; many of them during daytime hours, while the homeowner had only stepped out for a few minutes to run errands or walk the dog. An attempted burglary was reported in Winnetka on October 18.

 
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Take Steps to Reduce Exposure to Cold

Jan 06, 2015 11:40 AM

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urges the community to take precautions and monitor local weather reports during this week’s dangerously low temperatures and accumulating snow.

 
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Construction Alert - Winnetka Road to Remain Open to Two-Way Traffic Detours for Frontage Road

Dec 03, 2014 04:32 PM

Construction work on the north lanes of Winnetka Avenue between Happ Road and the Edens Expressway is finished. The south lanes are expected to be repaired by New Year's Day. The project requires the closing of Frontage Road at Winnetka Avenue.

 
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Environmental & Forestry Commission Meeting Cancelled due to Lack of Quorum

Dec 10, 2014 02:26 PM

The Environmental & Forestry Commission must cancel it's regularly scheduled meeting tonight, due to a lack of quorum; several commissioners are out with the flu. The Village apologizes for any inconvenience this circumstance may cause.

 
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Shop Local and Save on Sunday, December 7

Dec 05, 2014 10:30 AM

The Red Invitation Holiday Sunday Sale is this Sunday, December 7. The merchants of Winnetka and Northfield will offer many wonderful gift choices for the Holiday Season. Shoppers will be treated to specials, personalized service, refreshments and discounts.

 
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Metra to Host Station Safety Event at Elm Street Station

Dec 02, 2014 03:33 PM

Metra will host an Operation Lifesaver Station Safety Blitz at the Elm Street Station on Thursday, December 4, from 4:45 AM - 9:00 AM. Representatives will distribute educational materials and give commuters an opportunity to ask safety questions.

 
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Donate a Gift to Toys for Tots Through December 18

Nov 25, 2014 10:41 AM

Each year, the Village of Winnetka participates in the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The program aims to collect new, unwrapped toys during the fall each year, and distribute them as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. ​

 
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Monday, December 1 Last Day for Curbside Leaf Collection

Oct 02, 2014 01:37 PM

The Village's annual curbside leaf collection program will continue until Monday, December 1. Please place leaves at the curb by 7:00 AM. There will be no callbacks for leaves not set out by 7:00 AM. Please call Public Works Department, 847-716-3568, with questions

 
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MWRD Sewer Work Necessitates Road Closure on Winnetka Avenue Until Approximately November 24

Oct 15, 2014 04:38 PM

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) has closed a section of Winnetka Avenue between Church Road and High Street, in order to install pipe liner for the interceptor sewer and perform rehabilitative work to the sanitary manhole at this location.

 
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Starting November 26 no Ticket Agent at Hubbard Woods Metra Station

Nov 18, 2014 11:32 AM

The Union Pacific Commuter Operations department has announced that starting on Wednesday, November 26, the Hubbard Woods Metra station will no longer have a ticket agent on site. Commuters may purchase tickets either at the Winnetka (Elm Street) station, Ogilvie Center, through the mail or on the internet.​

 
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Village and Residents Collaborate on Myrtle Alley Improvements

Oct 24, 2014 10:40 AM

In a fine example of cooperation between Village staff and residents, the Myrtle Street alley was recently repaved after homeowners requested concrete paving to replace the existing gravel pavement. As with certain requested upgrades to public infrastructure, residents are required to contribute funds for a portion of the project cost. Once the improvements are completed, the Village maintains the area.

 
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2014 Field Survey Work: Willow Road Stormwater Tunnel

Oct 03, 2014 02:17 PM

MWH and its subcontractor, American Surveying and Engineering (ASE), will be performing field surveys of potential storm sewer alignments within Winnetka during the months of October and November in support of the Willow Road Stormwater Tunnel and Area Drainage Improvements Project. These investigations are required to gather detailed information regarding surface features and utilities that need to be considered during the design of the proposed storm sewer improvements.

 
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November 4 Village Council Meeting Rescheduled to November 6

Oct 30, 2014 11:44 AM

The November 4 Regular Meeting of the Winnetka Village Council has been rescheduled to Thursday, November 6, at 7:00 PM in the Village Council Chambers at Winnetka Village Hall, 510 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, Illinois 60093. The agenda for the Rescheduled Regular Meeting was posted on the bulletin board on the first floor of Winnetka Village Hall on Friday, October 31, and on this website under Council Agendas.

 
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Trick or Treat Hours in Winnetka

Oct 06, 2014 11:41 AM

On Halloween night - Friday, October 31 - children may "trick or treat" from 3:00 – 7:00 PM. Homeowners, please leave a front light on so children will know that they are welcome to visit. Motorists are reminded to watch for children out "trick or treating."

 
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Detour Alert for Outbound Edens Ramp

Oct 17, 2014 02:53 PM

Starting Monday, October 20, 2014 IDOT plans to close the outbound Edens Expressway Ramp at Willow. Traffic will be able to exit at Lake Street or will be detoured north to Dundee. The closure is anticipated to be in effect for 10 days.

 
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Residents Urged to Participate in Village Citizen Survey

Oct 10, 2014 02:39 PM

By now, residents have received their 2014 Village Citizen Survey. There are two options for responding: either complete the hard copy survey and return it in the prepaid envelope, or complete the survey online. A letter containing instructions for completing the online survey is included in the survey packet.

 
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Village Performing Geotechnical Investigations in Connection With Willow Road Stormwater Tunnel and Area Drainage Improvements

Aug 29, 2014 02:55 PM

This month,the Village’s Tunnel Engineer, MWH, and its subcontractor, Testing Service Corporation (TSC), are performing geotechnical investigations in Winnetka in connection with the Willow Road Stormwater Tunnel and Area Drainage Improvements Project. These investigations are required to gather information on subsurface conditions that can impact the design and construction of the proposed storm sewer improvements.

 
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Cook County Clerk Accepting Applications for Mail Ballots

Aug 12, 2014 03:11 PM

Persons who cannot vote at their polling place on Election Day or in person during early voting may vote by mail. The Cook County Clerk’s office is now accepting applications for mail-in ballots; however, the first day that ballots will be sent out is September 25.

 
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Caribou Coffee to Transform into Peet's Coffee & Tea

Sep 05, 2014 01:59 PM

As has been reported in local news outlets, Caribou Coffee is exiting the Chicago market. Fifteen locations in the Chicago area, including one in Winnetka, will re-open as Peet’s Coffee & Tea, a sister chain. Winnetka’s Caribou location closed on August 23 for the transformation to begin.

 
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New Trier Township Prevention Council to Host Meeting to Discuss Underage Drinking Solutions

Sep 18, 2014 02:24 PM

On Tuesday, September 23 at 7:00 PM, New Trier Township Prevention Council is hosting a town hall meeting focusing on ways to reduce underage drinking in the community. The meeting will take place at New Trier High School’s Northfield Campus (Room C234).

 
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Smoke and CO Alarm Recall

Sep 17, 2014 04:46 PM

CPSC and Health Canada recalled 1.3 million Kidde Smoke and Combination Smoke and CO Alarms, the recall indicates that the alarms could fail to alert consumers of a fire or a CO incident following a power outage. The recalled units were eligible to bear the cULus Mark. The recall indicates that there have not been any reported incidents or injuries associated with the recall.

 
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Emergency Telephone Notifications

The Village subscribes to the "CodeRed" emergency notification service. This allows residents to be notified in the event of an emergency, such as hazardous materials leaks, missing persons, water outages or boil orders and other important messages.

 
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Village Collecting Storm Debris Until Friday, September 12

Sep 08, 2014 09:14 AM

The Public Works Department will collect tree and brush debris from the parkways in the wake of last Friday’s windstorm. Material will be collected from the parkway until Friday, September 12. To make handling easier, please cut and bundle brush if possible, and place branches and bundles with the thicker, cut side facing the curb.

 
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North Shore Triathon Road Closures: Sunday, September 14

Sep 12, 2014 10:33 AM

On Sunday, September 14 between 6:00 – 9:30AM, Winnetka residents residing on Wilson Street south of Ash Street and on Winnetka Avenue between Green Bay and Sheridan Roads will not have access to their driveways, as these areas will be closed to accommodate a section of the bicycle portion of the North Shore Triathlon.

 
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Village Receives $2 Million in Grant Funding

Sep 12, 2014 09:20 AM

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago has awarded the Village's Northwest Winnetka (Greenwood/Forest Glen area) stormwater project $2,000,000 in grant funding. The proposed improvements for Northwest Winnetka include an additional trunk sewer along Tower Road, installation of additional lateral sewers to drain individual roads, and an outlet pipe to the pond. The Village estimates the project cost at approximately $4.6 million.

 
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IDOT Public Meeting for Input on Multi-Modal Transportation System

Sep 04, 2014 02:50 PM

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) invites the community to attend a public meeting to give input into the development of its 2016-2021 Multi-Modal Transportation Improvement Program.

 
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Environmental & Forestry Commission Launches Commercial District Recycling/Trash Receptacle Pilot Program

Aug 29, 2014 03:22 PM

The Village of Winnetka’s Environmental and Forestry Commission (EFC) is proud to announce the inception of its Commercial District Recycling and Trash Receptacle Pilot Program. In 2013, the EFC put a proposal in front of the Village Council to install 25 sets of recycling and trash containers in various locations throughout the Village's commercial districts.

 
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Jos A Bank to Open in Hubbard Woods

Aug 22, 2014 03:48 PM

Men’s Clothing Retailer, Jos A Bank, will be opening a new store in Winnetka’s Hubbard Woods Business District. Located at 1070 Gage Street, the approximately 3,100 square foot store will occupy the former BMO Harris Bank location at the corner of Green Bay Road and Gage Street. The store will be open for business beginning Saturday, August 23.

 
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Heavenly Pianos Opens in Hubbard Woods

Aug 25, 2014 03:29 PM

Heavenly Pianos recently expanded their business with a second location. The original showroom is located in Arlington Heights. The second, in Winnetka’s Hubbard Woods Business District, is located at 952 Green Bay Road and opened on August 12.

 
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Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt Open in Hubbard Woods

Aug 26, 2014 01:51 PM

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt has opened the doors of a new location in Winnetka’s Hubbard Woods business district at 950 Green Bay Road, directly across from Hubbard Woods Park. Orange Leaf has over 300 locations nationwide, including new stores opening in Deerfield and LaGrange. Visit the newest store in Winnetka to sample their selection of frozen treats.

 
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Be Alert to New Telemarketing Tactic

Aug 11, 2014 10:32 AM

The Winnetka Police Department has received reports of some residents receiving telemarketing calls which display the Caller ID as “Village of Winnetka.” The Village of Winnetka is not associated with these calls, and the number displayed by Caller ID is fabricated.

 
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Greenwood Avenue Closure

Aug 07, 2014 09:32 AM

On Thursday, August 7, Greenwood Avenue will be closed between Ashbury and Edgewood Avenues. A contractor for North Shore Gas will be setting valves as part of the North Shore Gas project. The gas service will not be cut off, and only four homes are in the affected area.

 
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Village Solicitor Regulations

Jul 31, 2014 04:31 PM

Solicitors in Winnetka are required to be permitted by the Village. Solicitation refers to persons selling merchandise, services, taking orders or subscriptions or requesting donations, gifts and pledges. Certain exceptions are allowed to include persons merely discussing political or religious matters and not requesting funds.

 
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Hibbard Road Closed Between Pine and Elm Streets July 29 - 31

Jul 28, 2014 02:29 PM

Hibbard Road will be closed between Pine and Elm Streets starting Tuesday, July 29, for the purpose of disconnecting the old water service for the Park District service center. Traffic will be detoured via Elm, Glendale, and Pine. Construction and pavement replacement is estimated to take 2 days.

 
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Sunset Ridge Road Closed Between Willow Road & Winnetka Avenue

Starting July 21 and lasting approximately three weeks, the southern intersection of Willow Road and Sunset Ridge Road in Northfield will be closed to allow for final utility connections and pavement installation. Local traffic will be detoured to Wagner Road.

 
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Stormwater Management Program: Northeast Winnetka at Tower and Old Green Bay Roads

Apr 16, 2014 02:34 PM

As part of Winnetka’s Stormwater Management Program, the Village Council has awarded a contract to Copenhaver Construction to construct storm sewer improvements in Old Green Bay Road and Tower Road, from Hubbard Place to Lincoln Avenue (Northeast Winnetka).

 
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Traffic Signal & Street Light Pole Painting Project

May 06, 2014 11:41 AM

Village contractors have been engaged to paint 165 street light poles and traffic signals at 5 intersections located throughout the Village. The majority of the street light poles are located along Sheridan Road and Green Bay Road.

 
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Willow Road Concrete Patching Begins July 14 in Eastbound Lanes

Jul 08, 2014 09:22 AM

A project to patch portions of Willow Road between Provident Avenue and Green Bay Road is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 14. The work will require the closing of Willow Road to eastbound traffic from July 14 – 19, using a Cherry Street detour.

 
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Traffic Signal Modernization at Green Bay Road and Oak Street

Jul 03, 2014 04:25 PM

As part of the Village’s long term plans to modernize all of the traffic signals throughout town, the Village will be making traffic signal improvements to the signal system at Green Bay Road at Oak Street. The project will involve the removal and replacement of the existing traffic signals to bring the intersection up to current Illinois Department of Transportation standards, as Green Bay Road is a State route.

 
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Stormwater Utility Credit and Appeal Processes On Stormwater Management Program Website

Jun 10, 2014 01:10 PM

In March, the Winnetka Village Council adopted an ordinance which created a stormwater utility that becomes effective July 1, 2014. Provisions of the ordinance also establish that both credits and appeals will be permitted for the stormwater utility. Property owners will have the opportunity to make these applications after receiving a stormwater fee on the regular utility bill.

 
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Vehicle Access to Tower Road Pier & Beach Closed on Friday June 27

Jun 26, 2014 08:41 AM

The Water & Electric Department is removing a damaged regulator and installing a replacement unit on Friday, June 27. A large crane is required to do the work, and vehicular access to and from the pier (beach) will be blocked during the construction activities.

 
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Crosswalk Paver Installation in Elm Street Business Districts

May 27, 2014 01:57 PM

The contractor has completed the first half of the new brick paver crosswalk improvements. On Friday June 6, motorists will be re-directed to drive on the newly completed portions of the crosswalks while the contractor begins excavation of the remaining portions.

 
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Hubbard Woods Parking Garage Repairs Advance to Phase 2

Apr 23, 2014 10:53 AM

The contractor has completed all required patching work on the parking deck, and work is now proceeding on prepping and repainting the lower parking deck. To expedite this process, the lower parking deck will be closed for a period of one-week; it is expected to be re-opened to the general public approximately June 10. During this closure, motorists are encouraged to continue usage of the upper parking deck, which may be accessed from Scott Avenue via the ramp.

 
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Community-Wide Mailing: Stormwater Utility Implementation

May 14, 2014 07:07 AM

In the coming weeks, every utility customer will receive a letter that contains background information on the Village's stormwater utility, which becomes effective July 1. The mailing will also include an explanation of calculations, the fee the customer will be billed, and a sample bill to display the new utility bill format.

 
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Village Seeks Public Input on Downtown Revitalization

May 29, 2014 04:54 PM

As part of the Village of Winnetka’s efforts to revitalize and strengthen its business districts, the Village Plan Commission will host a forum on Wednesday June 4, 2014, at 7:30 pm. The meeting will be held in the Village Council Chambers at Winnetka Village Hall, 510 Green Bay Road.

 
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North Shore Gas Company Work in Northwest Winnetka

May 08, 2014 11:54 AM

To facilitate planned construction of larger storm sewers in northwest Winnetka, North Shore Gas Company is relocating existing natural gas delivery mains along Grove Street, Edgewood Lane, Greenwood Avenue, Vernon Avenue, Tower Road, and Forest Glen Drive.

 
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Willow Road Construction Update

With the arrival of the summer construction season, motorists can expect ramped-up activity on the $27 million Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) project to widen Willow Road from two to four lanes.

 
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Stormwater Utility Fee Estimator Now Available

Starting in July, a bi-monthly stormwater fee will be added to all utility bills. The fee is based on each property’s stormwater runoff impact. The Village is committed to helping residents understand the utility and their anticipated fees, and therefore has developed the Stormwater Utility Fee Estimator, which is now available on the Stormwater Master Plan website.

 
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Property Tax Appeals Seminar - Monday, May 19 at 6:30 PM

May 07, 2014 02:50 PM

Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin and New Trier Township Interim Assessor JoAnn Shrier Gordon are co-sponsoring an informational property tax appeal program for New Trier Township residents on Monday, May 19 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Wilmette Park District Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Road at Skokie Boulevard in Wilmette.

 
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Cook County Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

May 12, 2014 10:21 AM

The draft Cook County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) is nearly complete, and a draft of the plan will be available for public comment from May 27 to June 10, 2014. As part of the public comment period, three open public meetings will be held the week of May 26.

 

Construction Scheduled to Begin at Willow Road I-94 Ramps

Apr 30, 2014 01:43 PM

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that weather permitting, ramp work on I-94 at Willow Road in the village of Northfield will begin Wednesday night, April 30.

 
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National Retailer Opening in Hubbard Woods

Apr 12, 2014 12:41 PM

Men’s Clothing Retailer Jos A Bank has announced plans to open a new store in Winnetka’s Hubbard Woods Business District. Located at 1070 Gage Street, the approximately 3,100 square foot store will occupy the former BMO Harris Bank location at the corner of Green Bay Road and Gage Street.

 
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New Frozen Yogurt Shop Coming to Hubbard Woods in June

May 01, 2014 03:17 PM

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt recently started construction of a new location in Winnetka’s Hubbard Woods business district at 950 Green Bay Road, directly across from Hubbard Woods Park.

 
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Tower & Green Bay Road Sidewalk Repairs

Apr 24, 2014 08:48 AM

The Village of Winnetka’s Public Works Department will be conducting sidewalk repairs on the Northwest corner of Tower & Greenbay Road. Work is scheduled to begin Friday, April 25, 2014 weather permitting. The project repairs will include; Paver brick replacement, concrete walk repair and limited curbing repairs. The work will take place from approximately April 25, 2014 through April 30, 2014, weather permitting.

 
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Temporary Street Closure, East Elm Business District

Apr 23, 2014 01:11 PM

The Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce and Fuelfed, Inc. co-sponsor a monthly gathering of vintage European vehicles, owners and car enthusiasts. The next event on Sunday, April 27, from 9:00 - 11:00 AM, is open to the viewing public free of charge.

 
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Traffic Signals @ Green Bay & Tower Roads

Apr 17, 2014 06:22 PM

The traffic signals at Green Bay Road and Tower Road are flashing red due to a failure of the control unit, which cannot be immediately repaired in the field. The Water & Electric Department has made arrangements to have a replacement controller and technician on site this Friday, April 18, to repair the controller.

 
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Deadline for Private Tree Requests is April 25

Apr 14, 2014 10:45 AM

The Village offers a private tree planting program to residents for front yards only. Several shade and ornamental tree species are offered from 1” – 2” diameter size.

 
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New and Improved Winnetka Report

Apr 14, 2014 01:58 PM

When you checked your mailbox last week, you may have noticed that the Winnetka Report newsletter has been completely redesigned. The colors are more vibrant – there are more images and the format will make it easier to find key information.

 
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Village Council Amends Liquor Code

With policy input and direction from the Council, a number of Liquor Ordinance amendments were adopted at the April 1, 2014 meeting. The goal of changes was to create process efficiencies and to provide more variety and flexibility to license holders.

 
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Village Recognized with Certificate of Achievement

The Village of Winnetka was recently awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). The Certificate recognizes the Village’s comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the March 31, 2013 fiscal year.

 
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Earth Hour is on Saturday, March 29

Earth Hour inspires a global community of millions of people to switch lights off for an hour as a massive show of concern for the environment.

 

Annual New Trier Township Meeting

Mar 28, 2014 08:33 AM

All residents are invited to the 165th Annual New Trier Township Town Meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, April 8 at the Winnetka Community House. The reception begins at 6:30 PM, with the program starting at 7:30 PM. In one of the oldest traditions of Township government, all Illinois Townships meet on the same day in April to review the official business of Township government. The Township strongly encourages residents to join this festive and informative evening.

 
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Illinois Cracking Down on Distracted Driving

The Village of Winnetka is joining a public awareness campaign to educate drivers about the State of Illinois hand-held cellphone ban. The new law, which took effect January 1, 2014, prohibits the use of hand-held cellphones except in an emergency, and allows only for speakerphones and headsets that feature voice-activated or one-digit dialing. Fines start at $75 for drivers caught using a hand-held cellphone while driving, and increase to $150, and eventually suspension of driver’s licenses

 
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Open House Dates for Hubbard Woods Park Land Use Plan

Mar 12, 2014 10:52 AM

The Winnetka Park District is developing a conceptual Land Use Plan (Master Plan) for Hubbard Woods Park. The community is invited to the next set of open houses on Wednesday, March 19, from 6:30 - 8:00 PM; and Saturday, March 22 from 9:00 - 10:30 AM at the Park District's Community Room, 540 Hibbard Road.

 
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Free Senior Enrichment Seminars

Mar 13, 2014 03:57 PM

The Circuit Court of Cook County invites seniors to its Free Senior Enrichment Seminar Series at the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington, Chicago, Illinois, 60602 (Room CL-115 on the Concourse Level). Seminars are described below:

 
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Radon Awareness

Cook County’s Department of Environmental Control (CCDEC) provides information on radon and offers discounted radon test kits ($7 each) to Cook County Residents.

 
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Help Ensure Firefighters Have Access to Hydrants in an Emergency

Feb 01, 2014 10:26 AM

The record snowfall this winter has caused some Winnetka fire hydrants to become buried. Minutes saved locating and digging out a fire hydrant can be crucial in an emergency situation. A snow-packed hydrant also is more susceptible to freezing, which could hinder firefighting efforts.

 
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Comment Deadline on Stormwater Master Plan Document is March 7

Feb 17, 2014 02:08 PM

The Stormwater Master Plan, in its final draft form, is now available for public review and comment. This is a large document that may take several minutes to download. Hard copies of the Master Plan document are available in the Village Manager’s Office at Village Hall and at the Winnetka Library. Comments will be taken until March 7 - and will be provided to the Village Council

 
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Screen Break Week Starts March 2

In conjunction with the Alliance for Early Childhood, the Winnetka Police & Fire Departments will host events during ScreenBreak Week (formerly TV Tune-Out Week).

 
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Winter Storm Raises Flood Risk; Dropping Temperatures Overnight to Cause Icy Conditions

The triple threat of higher temperatures, melting snow and potentially heavy rain brings the risk of flooding to Winnetka, both on private property and in the streets. In addition, the frost depth will prevent water from sinking into the ground, causing a great deal of runoff. In preparation for these conditions, Village Public Works crews will be out this week clearing snow from the curb areas and uncovering storm drains.

 
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Village Server May be Offline Saturday Afternoon

Due to a scheduled electrical repair at Village Hall, power to the building will be shut off starting at 1:30 on Saturday, February 15 and lasting approximately four hours. During this time period, the Village’s website may temporarily be unavailable. The Village apologizes for any inconvenience.​

 
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Metra Stations To Stay Open During Cold Snap

Feb 07, 2014 04:20 PM

Until further notice, during the sub-zero temperatures over the next few days, Metra stations in the Village will be open on a 24-hour basis for commuters to shelter in.

 
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Sheridan Road Detour

Feb 11, 2014 01:25 PM

The Water & Electric Department is currently responding to a water main break at the intersection of Sheridan Road and Ravine Drive.

 
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Village to get Creative in Light of Area Wide Road Salt Shortage

Feb 04, 2014 03:56 PM

The Village’s salt supplier has indicated that due to an area-wide shortage, they are not accepting additional orders; other local suppliers are receiving similar responses. In order to conserve supplies, the Public Works Department is modifying its salting priorities to enhance focus on main streets, hills, curves, and intersections, and to reduce focus on residential roadways.

 
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Winnetka Police Warn of Phone and Email Scams

Jan 29, 2014 02:51 PM

The Winnetka Police Department advises residents to be wary of fraudulent phone calls and emails. Phone and email scams are very common, and may catch unsuspecting victims by surprise. Activity involving scams has picked up in the area recently, so be mindful of these two common methods used by scam artists.

 
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Adopt a Hydrant

After a major snow storm, it is not possible for the Village to clear all of its 647 fire hydrants. Hydrants that are buried or blocked by piles of snow may result in the Fire Department experiencing difficulty finding them in an emergency, with the possible consequence of additional property loss or endangerment of residents.

 
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Missing Endangered Glencoe Resident

The Glencoe Police Department requests assistance in locating a missing Glencoe man with dementia who was last seen Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the 800 block of Forestway Drive in Glencoe.

 

Village Council Press Release

Winnetka Village Council approves design engineering contract for Willow Road Stormwater Tunnel Project.​

 
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Delayed Recycling Collection

Jan 07, 2014 04:45 PM

Due to the extremely low temperatures and dangerous wind chills early this week, the Village's refuse and recycling collection operations will be delayed.

 
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Recycle Holiday Lights

Dec 13, 2013 01:23 PM

Free Holiday Light Recycling is offered to residents and any member of the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) community. All string lighting an extension cords can be dropped off at the Public Works Yards (1390 Willow Road) weekdays from 8:30AM - 4:00PM. Garland, live greens, wreaths or other non-recyclables cannot be accepted.

 
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ULI Chicago Releases Winnetka Report

Dec 20, 2013 12:46 PM

ULI Chicago Panel of Experts Issue Report Recommendations for Redevelopment of Winnetka Commercial Districts.​

 

Willow Road Redevelopment

Dec 12, 2013 08:53 AM

Motorists will see that work continues on Willow Road through the Village of Northfield. A website is available that offers the current Work Plan as well as traffic condition information.

 
 
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