City News 018 18 2017
Sgt. Bakowski with Mayor Gonzalez and Family

Detective Bakowski becomes Sergeant Bakowski

Detective Stephan Bakowski was promoted to the rank of Sergeant at the August 7th council meeting, taking the oath of office in front of a crowd of family, friends and colleagues who filled the council chambers.
Bakowski was hired as a full-time officer in 2005, expanding his  training and expertise within the Police Department by volunteering for specialty assignments. During his 6 years in the Patrol Division, Sergeant Bakowski was a member of the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System Mobile Field Force Unit (Mutual Response Team), a select team of officers that provide  aid to other communities in public safety emergencies.
In 2011, his exemplary work and dedication led to his promotion to the detective division. While serving in the Detective Division, Sergeant Bakowski worked hundreds of cases and his dedication and professionalism resulted in a position working homicide cases in the Southland regions with the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force. 
Sergeant Bakowski continued to build on his wealth of investigative experience over the next 3 years culminating with the promotion to the rank of Sergeant.  “Detective Bakowski took the Sergeants test and ended up finishing #1 on the list out of 31 candidates, receiving the highest written score and the highest Merit and Efficiency points awarded in the testing process,” stated Chicago Heights Chief of Police Thomas Rogers.
Mayor Gonzalez recognized Sgt. Bakowski on his promotion while acknowledging his family for their support throughout his career with the City of Chicago Heights Police Department.

Back to School Extravaganza

Back to School Extravaganza

Mayor David A. Gonzalez was among the sponsors for the Chicago Heights Park District Back-to-School Extravaganza who made sure the children in Chicago Heights went back to school with all the supplies they needed to make this a wonderful school year.
On August 6th, the Back to School Extravaganza drew hundreds of K-12 students from the community. Student participants received free school supplies, hair cuts, and screenings in preparation for the new school year.  
Mayor Gonzalez made a special donation by sponsoring a raffle that gifted winners with a book with a personal note from the Mayor and a $25.00 gift card for additional school supplies.  Raffle winners entering Kindergarten – 5th  grade received a copy of a children's book that contained a special message from the Mayor while winners from the Jr. High and the High School levels received hardbound journals with similar inscriptions wishing them a wonderful upcoming school year.  
“I hope that the gift cards for school supplies or school uniforms will make starting the new school year a little easier for the children and parents in our community,’” said Mayor Gonzalez. 

Officer Benjamin Nguyen

Officer Benjamin Nguyen Competes
at World Police and Fire Games

The 2017 World Police and Fire Games took place August 7th-16th in Los Angeles, bringing together nearly 10,000 athletes from police and fire agencies in 70 different countries. The games, held every two years, welcome retired and active officers and firefighters to participate in athletic competitions. 
Officer Benjamin Nguyen was in attendance representing the City of Chicago Heights Police Department. 

Officer Nguyen competed in several team and individual Track and Field Events and placed almost every event he participated in.

OFficer Nguyen and Chief Rogers
  • 1st Place - Track & Field - 200 Meters Run - Time 00:00:23.640
  • 1st Place - Track & Field - 400 Meters Run - Time 00:00:52.270
  • 2nd Place - Track & Field - 100 Meters Run - Time 00:00:11.780
  • 3rd Place - Track & Field - 4 X 400 Meters Relay

"We are very proud of Officer Nguyen as he represents the City of Chicago Heights and his country," said Chief Rogers. 

Thornwood Apartments Ready to go Back to School!

Another exciting back to school event was held at Thornwood Apartments this month. The Mayor’s Office of Special Events delivered lunch bags, healthy snacks and well wishes from the Mayor to over 100 children! 

View our new Community Events for information on upcoming community events.


Senior Picnic Collage

Bloom Township Senior Picnic

Bloom Township Supervisor, TJ Somer and the Board of Trustees hosted their Annual Senior Picnic at Veterans Memorial Park. Pavilions were set up to create a day of fun for Bloom Township's senior residents. The party-goers were treated to a chicken lunch with drinks and dessert, music, and games. A variety of different health care providers and other senior services informational booths were on hand for the crowd to explore while mingling and socializing.Mayor Gonzalez sponsored several grocery gift certificates that were raffled off to a handful of lucky party goers.   
 more information on Bloom Township Senior Services, call (708) 754-9400. 

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