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Contact the Community Development Department for demolition information. Consult with Planning & Zoning Department to determine the zoning on your lot which will provide information on allowable lot coverage and set backs.
Also known as the Illinois One-Call System, JULIE is a free message service for homeowners and contractors to notify utility owners of planned digging activities to help prevent damage to underground facilities. Within two working days of your call, representatives from each member utility will come out and mark the appropriate location of their buried line using color code. To contact JULIE, dial: 811.
No, the City of Elmhurst cannot legally provide this service. However, the DuPage Senior Citizens Council. Many offer senior discount rates. For more information on this service, contact the DuPage Senior Citizens Council at 630-620-0804 or visit their website at www.dupageseniorcouncil.org.
The State of Illinois also offers numerous financial incentives such as tax credits, grants, and loans to businesses. More information is available at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. As well, the Elmhurst Economic Development Office has worked with local lending institutions and the City of Elmhurst to provide creative financing opportunities for new and existing businesses.
Please contact the Elmhurst Economic Development Office at (630) 530-6017 to determine what may be available.
An additional agency is the Illinois Employment and Training Center (IETC) of DuPage County. The IETC provides workforce development services, including employment and training services for DuPage area residents and businesses. More information is available on the Illinois Employment and Training Center website.
These benefits help local corporations make the connections they need down the street, the next town over, or around the world.
The Elmhurst Police Department will take fingerprints for job applications, a professional license or for immigration purposes for residents of Elmhurst or for people who are being fingerprinted because of a business or profession located in Elmhurst. Fingerprinting is done by appointment only and there is a nominal fee. For fingerprinting appointments or further information, contact the Elmhurst Police Dept. at 630-530-3050.
The City of Elmhurst is allowed to enact ordinances to cover building codes, traffic offenses and liquor offenses. If a person is arrested for an ordinance offense, they will not go to jail for that offense. It is considered a "fine only," and it is not a permanent mark on their record.
Court Supervision is a finding of the court that allows a person to plead guilty to a traffic ticket or minor offense and not receive a conviction on their driving record or criminal record. It is a form of probation where the person must report to the judge and stay out of trouble for a specified period of time. When a person successfully completes court supervision, they will have to pay a fine, but they will not have a mark on their record.
All of us receive phone calls and flyers from different organizations saying they represent the Elmhurst Police Department in fundraisers. Many of these organizations are shadowy solicitors, not authorized by the Elmhurst Police Department. The Elmhurst Police Department does have an organization, the Elmhurst Police Benevolent and Athletic Association (E.P.B.A.A.) that has a solicitation once a year that is hand-delivered to your house or business. The Elmhurst Police Benevolent and Athletic Association uses these funds for various charitable organizations and re-distributes them into the community, sponsoring baseball and hockey teams, scholarships and other charitable works in the community.
In DuPage County, if you dial 911 on your cell phone, the call will first be routed to the DuPage Co. Sheriff's Office, then forwarded to an Elmhurst dispatcher. The Elmhurst Police will eventually get the call, but it will take an extra minute or two because of the transfer process.
Information about obtaining police reports can be found here:
It means the water that comes out of the tap should not be used for drinking, brushing your teeth, cooking or washing fruits and vegetables. You should use bottled water for these activities.
The affected tap water should be brought to a rolling boil for 3‐5 minutes before being used.
Each boil order situation is different, making it impossible to predict how long the boil order will remain in effect. It will not be lifted until testing shows that the water meets public health standards and water samples test clear of coliforms. The City of Elmhurst will notify you when the boil order is lifted with a “Green Notice” on your door.
There is nothing you can do about the exposure you have already received. If you become ill, contact your health care provider. Follow the above recommendations about using your water until you are told the water is safe again.
Disease symptoms may include diarrhea, cramps, nausea and possible jaundice and associated headaches and fatigue. Symptoms may appear as early as a few hours to several days after infection and may last more than two weeks. These symptoms, however, are not just associated with disease‐causing organisms in drinking water; they may also be caused by a number of other factors. If you are ill with these symptoms, contact your health care provider.
A boil order has been issued to your water system because water system was shut off and repairs were completed and the possibility of a presence of organisms that could cause illness (e.g., fecal or E. coli bacteria), or technical/physical problems in the water system have significantly increased the possibility of bacterial contamination.
During a boil order, only bottled water or water that has been boiled for 3‐5 minutes should be consumed or used to wash dishes, wash fruits/vegetables, make ice cubes or brush teeth.
It is recommended that bottled water or water boiled for 3‐5 minutes should be used for hand washing. When this is not practical, it is recommended that if tap water must be used to wash and rinse, it should be followed up with the use of a hand sanitizer. Consuming unsafe water is the most likely way to become ill. Using extra precautions with hand washing ensures that hands are clean for eating.
Yes, it is safe to shower or bathe in the water. The primary concern is that the water not be consumed. Instruct children not to put the water in their mouth when they are bathing. When bathing infants, extra precaution should be taken including the use of bottled water or water that has been boiled for 3‐5 minutes and cooled for use.
Use bottled water or water that has been boiled for 3‐5 minutes to wash and rinse dishes. Home dishwashers cannot be assured to completely kill organisms that may be in the water.
Yes, you may continue to use the water to wash clothes. The major concern is consuming the water
The DuPage County Health Department is responsible for checking area restaurants to confirm that safe practices are being followed. Special procedures are required for them to ensure that food preparation and handling is done in a safe manner. Additional procedures are also required to provide safe dishwashing.
When the precautionary boil order is lifted you will receive a (GREEN) notice from the City that you may return to normal use of your water service.
Animals generally are not affected in the same way as people by contaminants in the water. An individual may give their pet bottled water or water that has been boiled for 3‐5 minutes and cooled if they choose. Fish tanks should not be affected.
Cleaning the breast area with soap and bottled water or water boiled for 3‐5 minutes and cooled prior to feeding will provide assurance that the child not ingest contaminants that may be on the skin.
Anyone who receives a bill for water services from the local municipality that is under a boil order should observe the boil order.
Anyone who ingests contaminated water may become ill. Infants, young children, the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems are more at risk of illness.
There is an added charge for excess use.
Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, is a tool state lawmakers gave local governments more than 20 years ago to help local governments restore their most run-down areas or jumpstart economically sluggish parts of town. With this tool, financially strapped local governments can make the improvements they need, like new roads or new sewers, and provide incentives to attract businesses or help existing businesses expand, without tapping into general funds or raising taxes.
Since the Federal and State governments have greatly reduced their support for economic development, Tax Increment Financing permits municipalities to accept some of this responsibility without raising local property taxes.
TIFs help local governments attract private development and new businesses. New businesses mean more jobs, more customers, and, in turn, more private investment. TIF designation also helps retain existing businesses that might otherwise find more attractive options elsewhere. The jobs and additional investment — private and public — mean more money for the community. TIF also helps to overcome the extraordinary costs that often prevent development and private investment from occurring on environmentally contaminated and other properties. As a result, the TIF area itself improves and property values go up.
Without TIF benefits, a deteriorating area will not improve. Businesses do not sink capital into decaying areas and most local governments cannot afford the needed costly improvements without raising taxes. But in a TIF district, dollars for improvements are generated by businesses — new and old — attracted by the TIF benefits. Specifically, money for infrastructure improvements and other incentives comes from the growth in property tax revenues — the tax increment.
A tax increment is the difference between the amount of property tax revenue generated before TIF district designation and the amount of property tax revenue generated after TIF designation. Establishment of a TIF does not reduce property tax revenues available to the overlapping taxing bodies. Property taxes collected on properties included in the TIF at the time of its designation continue to be distributed to the school districts, county, community college and all other taxing districts in the same manner as if the TIF did not exist. Only property taxes generated by the incremental increase in the value of these properties after that time are available for use by the TIF.
TIFs create short and long term benefits for communities. TIF benefits include:
No tax increases
In TIF areas properties are assessed and taxed the same way as in non-TIF areas. The only change is that during the life of the TIF the property tax revenues are distributed differently — with the incremental increase in tax revenue going to the municipality to finance some of the redevelopment expenditures within the TIF area.
Increased property values
The engine that drives TIF is investment in private property subject to the property tax. It is primarily this investment that causes the increased property values and enables the TIF to be a valuable redevelopment tool for cities.
Private investment and development
Job training programs
Stronger, broader tax based
Incremental revenue is reinvested in the TIF district
Stimulates investment outside TIF district boundaries
Yes. Since the establishment of the first Tax Increment Financing districts in California in 1952, TIF has been used throughout the United States in both communities large and small, rural and urban.
According the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), as of June 2006, 49 states and the District of Columbia were using Tax Increment Financing as a catalyst for local development and redevelopment. According to CDFA, only Arizona does not have a state TIF law in place.
Previous studies indicated that the Midwest leads the nation in TIFs. Four of the seven leading states in the use of Tax Increment Financing are Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. This being the case, Tax Increment Financing helps make Illinois communities competitive with communities in the Midwest as well as throughout the nation.
In Illinois, TIF districts are used by Sauget (pop. 138) and Chicago (pop. 2.8 million), and every size community in between. Tax Increment Financing can help any size community rebuild infrastructure and attract private investment.
TIFs are found throughout the State of Illinois — from Zion near the Wisconsin border to Marion in the South, and Rock Island on the Mississippi River to Danville near the Indiana border.
Tax Increment Financing was first used in California over half a century ago.
Over 20 years ago, the Illinois General Assembly passed the Illinois Tax Increment Allocation Redevelopment Act that brought this development tool to Illinois. Illinois was the 25th state to adopt this economic development mechanism.
Tax Increment Financing has proven to be an enduring and widely used economic development tool nationwide. TIFs are more frequently used now than ever because other development tools like Industrial Revenue Bonds and Urban Development and Infrastructure Grants, are no longer readily available to local governments.
Billions of dollars in federal and state aid to local governments have been eliminated. At the same time, unfunded federal and state mandates have increased the financial burden on most municipalities. Factor in state imposed property tax caps, and the funding problems facing local governments make it obvious that local governments are left to do more with less.
Tax Increment Financing offers local governments a way to revitalize their communities by expanding their tax base, offsetting, in part, the federal and state funds that are no longer available to them without imposing increased property taxes on the whole community.
No. On the contrary, TIFs can create money for schools.
First, schools continue to receive all the tax revenue they were entitled to before the creation of the TIF district.
Second, under most circumstances, a school’s state aid is greater when a school district overlaps a successful TIF district. The incremental growth in property values is excluded from the property tax base when the state calculates the amount of aid it should award to a school district. The “poorer” a school district, the more it stands to benefit from having a TIF district.
Third, the property tax revenue generated from private development attracted by a TIF designation is truly “new” money. Without TIF, development would not occur and the tax increment would not be produced. Not only would new tax money not be generated, but also the area itself would remain economically stagnant.
Critics of TIF argue that school districts are entitled to immediately receive a percentage of the TIF increment. However, it is the tax increment that pays for the improvements that attract private investment and stimulate economic growth. If the increment cannot be used for financing improvements and incentives, private investment and economic development will not occur, and no increment will be made available to any taxing bodies.
Fourth, when the TIF district expires, the tax increment that had been used by the municipality to pay off the redevelopment costs is returned to the tax rolls and available to schools and other local taxing bodies---even in areas where property tax “caps” have been adopted.
Fifth, from time to time a TIF district generates more incremental revenue than is needed to retire the TIF debt and pay redevelopment costs. That surplus is often distributed to the other taxing bodies, including schools.
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has traditionally classified TIFs into five major categories:
Central Business District
Mixed Development/Non- Central Business District
Illinois TIF law specifies a number of requirements that must be satisfied for an area to qualify as a TIF district, beginning with identifying the district and the physical and economic deficiencies that need to be cured. Then municipal officials and a joint review board made up of representatives from local taxing bodies must review a plan for the redevelopment of the TIF area. Then a public hearing is held where residents and other interested parties can express their thoughts on the subject.
Then the proposal must pass through the same process any other ordinance passes through approval by the municipal governing board. Then the mayor will sign the ordinance into law. No state or federal approval is required.
A Redevelopment Plan is an assessment of an area in need of economic assistance. The Plan demonstrates why the area needs to be redeveloped and how the municipality plans to revitalize the area.
Illinois law requires review by the major overlapping local governments and a public hearing on the Redevelopment Plan prior to TIF designation. The Plan must be made available for public review and inspection at least 45 days prior to the public hearing.
A Redevelopment Plan includes:
Illinois law includes three sets of conditions for qualifying areas as TIFs:
To be designated as a blighted area:
Improved property (land that is not vacant) must contain at least 5 of 14 factors that make it detrimental to the public safety, health or welfare of the community. These factors must be present, with that presence documented, to a meaningful extent so that a municipality may reasonably find that each factor is clearly present and reasonably distributed throughout the improved part of the area. These factors are:
Vacant land must have at least two of the following six factors that impair sound growth of the area, using comparable standards of evidence as for improved areas:
In addition, there are six other types of vacant land that can be designated for TIF. They include land that was blighted before becoming vacant; unused quarries, mines, or strip mine ponds; unused rail yards, rail tracks or railroad right-of-way; chronic flooding that adversely impacts on property in the area and is caused by improvements recently constructed in the area; unused or illegal disposal sites; large areas that have been previously designated as a town center and meet other requirements.
To be designated as an industrial park conservation area:
The municipality must have had a relatively high unemployment rate and the area to be designated must be located within the municipality or within 1.5 miles of the municipal boundaries and be annexed to the municipality; be zoned industrial prior to the establishment of the TIF and contain vacant land suitable for an industrial park and a blighted or conservation area contiguous to the vacant land.
To be designated as a conservation area:
In the establishment and operation of a TIF district, there are many opportunities for public participation.
Before a TIF district is created, the Redevelopment Plan must be available for public review at least 45 days prior to the public hearing. The public hearing offers the community an opportunity to raise questions and voice their concerns about the proposed redevelopment.
A member from the community, representing the public, serves on the Joint Review Board along with representatives of the major taxing bodies overlapping the TIF.
A registry of interested residents and organizations must be created for each TIF and notice of important TIF activities shall be sent to those registered.
Committee meetings of the city council or village trustees afford the public another opportunity to voice support or opposition of the TIF district.
Extensive annual reports are required for each TIF and will soon be available to the public through the State Comptroller's web page.
Additional notices and public meetings are required for certain housing TIFs.
Municipal officials control the allocation and disbursement of funds within the TIF district.
In the case of minor changes to the Redevelopment Plan notice must be given to all taxing bodies and to the public through publication in a newspaper of general circulation within the area prior to the TIF being established.
However, major changes to the Redevelopment Plan adding parcels of property to the TIF district, changing land use, changing the nature of or extending the life of a TIF, increasing the number of low income households to be displaced, add new redevelopment costs to the budget, or increasing the budget by more than 5% after adjustments for inflation, require another public hearing, and all the opportunities for public input that were available during the initial establishment of the TIF district.
Local governments monitor the progress of the TIF district. By law, all the school districts and major taxing bodies meet with the TIF municipality annually to review the progress of each TIF.
Under Illinois law, municipalities have an obligation to cooperate with other taxing bodies in monitoring TIFs. By law, the Joint Review Board must meet annually to review the effectiveness and status of the TIF district.
Illinois TIF law allows a TIF district to exist for a maximum of 23 years. Any TIF district may be terminated earlier if all financial obligations are paid-off and the municipal board votes to terminate the district.
If no redevelopment project has been initiated within a TIF district within seven years following district designation, the municipality must repeal the TIF. Upon termination of the TIF district, the full tax base, including the increment which had been used to pay for improvements, becomes available to all taxing bodies for their use throughout the future.
Since 1977, when Tax Increment Financing was enacted, about 30 TIF districts have been voluntarily terminated by their municipal sponsors. The average duration of these TIFs was about 6.5 years.
Your trash and recycling will be picked up on your normal day. In addition, the City has additional Allied Waste crews currently picking up flood damaged goods. Also, City crews are loading City trucks with garbage and hauling it to the Allied Waste transfer station in Northlake.The City is doing everything it can to remove garbage but due to the extreme volume it will take some time.
Services to the public include the sampling of the potable water supply to satisfy the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act. This sampling involves various bacteriological, mineral, metal, and organics sampling of the public water supply.
The Division is also responsible for receiving and treating Lake Michigan water from the DuPage Water Commission, then repumping that water to the Elmhurst water distribution system to satisfy the demands and maintain system pressures.
The Division is also responsible for the operation and maintenance of eight (8) stormwater pumping stations and five (5) retention reservoirs. This involves equipment and facilities capable of pumping in excess of 550 million gallons per day of stormwater either directly to Salt Creek or to various water retention reservoirs located throughout the City. The tasks of the division also include overseeing and design of the upgrades to the storm water pumping system as outlined by the goals set after the 1987 flooding.
The Division responsibilities continue with the operation and maintenance of the sanitary lift stations and Wastewater Treatment Plant. The City operates ten (10) sanitary lift stations to collect and convey wastewater from various areas within the City and transport it to the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The Plant itself has a capability of pumping 79 million gallons per day and is operated under a permit from the Illinois EPA. The permit places restrictions on the plant and requires a level of quality for the treated wastewater before it is discharged to Salt Creek.
Currently, the department has 16 full-time and 1 part-time employee covering 1 shift 7 days a week. The public water supply is monitored continuously by a SCADA computer controlled supervisory system, which both monitors and operates various aspects of the public water supply. This SCADA system is capable of responding to changes in demand within the system adjusting chemical feeds and alerting operations staff when conditions may change causing an operational problem within the system. The SCADA computer controlled system had been expanded for the monitoring of the storm, water pumping and sanitary water pumping responsibilities within the division.
The annual average quantity of potable water produced to the system is approximately 4.9 million gallons per day. Minimum daily water produced had been as low as 3.9 million gallons per day. The maximum daily potable water produced had been as high as 9.9 million gallons per day. The Division is capable of pumping over 20 million gallons per day to the water distribution system.
The Wastewater Treatment Plant treats an average of 7.5 million gallons of wastewater per day. Historical high flows have been as high as 79 million gallons per day when the City experiences rain and snow runoff simultaneously.