City News April 26th, 2019
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National Rebuilding Day 2019

On Saturday, April 27th in recognition of National Rebuilding Day, the nonprofit organization Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago, is partnering with the City of Chicago Heights and Cook County to complete free home repairs for 17 resident homeowners in the city who applied and met the program guidelines. 
The home repairs will be completed by volunteer organizations and volunteers from the skilled trades. The event will kick-off at Marian Catholic High School at 7:00 AM with approximately 100-150 volunteers from the skilled trades attending the kick-off ceremony. Mayor David Gonzalez, Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle and other volunteer teams will be gathering at the various homes identified for repairs. In total, we are expecting over 750 volunteers who will be working until 5:00 PM on Saturday.
National Rebuilding Day

Rebuilding Together, funded by donations from large corporations, small businesses, and public and private nonprofit organizations, each year harnesses its army of volunteers for its “National Rebuilding Day,” the last Saturday in April, to descend on a community to improve the homes and communities of low-income residents.
“Having Chicago Heights adopted by Rebuilding Together as a beneficiary of its generosity from its donors and volunteers is deeply appreciated by our residents,” said Gonzalez. “Personally, I want to thank Rebuilding Together and its volunteers for their contribution to help repair the homes of some members of our community.”
Since 1991, Rebuilding Together has repaired over 1,600 homes and 250 nonprofit facilities.
In addition to the 17 home repair projects, an additional five to seven Chicago Heights homes will benefit from Rebuilding Together’s “Safe at Home” modification improvement program that includes the installation of smoke alarms, grab bars, etc.

For more information on Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago, visit their page here.

Group Pic Smith Park Cleanup
Volunteer with wheel barrel

Smith Park Beautification Day 2019

On April 13th, the Chicago Heights Park District and the Chicago Heights Lion's Club partnered with the Governors State University Student Education Association and Kappa Delta Pi to sponsor a Beautification Day event at Smith Park.
Park District representatives and city staff rolled up their sleeves alongside several members of the Chicago Heights Lions Club to lend a hand tending flower beds, picking up litter, and laying mulch.  Governors State University's Student Education Association had a huge turnout of volunteers at the park who donated time and elbow grease to spruce up the park and flower beds around the field house.

Smith park Clean up
Resource Fair

Community Resource Fair

The City of Chicago Heights hosted a Community Resources Fair at City Hall. The event was designed to give residents the opportunity to meet with local businesses and receive information about services available. 
Members of the community were able to connect with local organizations, schools, and businesses.  The vendors in attendance included the Chicago Heights Public Library, Illiana Financial Credit Union, Chicago Heights Lions Club, and Chicago Heights Park District.

Tree pickup
Children picking trees

Another Successful Tree Giveaway!

Thanks to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District's Restore the Canopy Project, the City of Chicago Heights' 3rd Annual Spring Tree Giveaway was a success! Over 100 Pin Oak saplings found new homes last week!
Visit Metropolitan Water Reclamation District for more information on the Restore the Canopy Project, and visit the city website for more information on upcoming events.

Spring Tips and Guidelines

Garbage and Yard Waste Disposal Guidelines

This is the time of year for cleaning up and cleaning out! Please read the following information regarding weekly garbage pick-up and yard waste disposal to ensure that you are complying with the requirements for disposal when you are working on improvement projects around your home, business or property. 

Landscaper waste

Yard Waste

Landscape contractors or lawn maintenance companies contracted to perform services on private property must remove all yard waste as part of the work they perform. Removal must be done by the end of the day on the day the work is completed. Individuals (property owner, homeowner) performing yard work on private property must dispose of yard waste in accordance with the requirements for local garbage collection or through a service provider. 


Requirements for Disposal of Yard Waste During Regular Weekly Garbage Collection

  • Republic Services provides pick up of bundles of branches cut into five feet or less in length with no branches greater than four inches in diameter. Bundles mean that the branches are ties and secured with twine, rope, etc.
  • Any moderate size of unbundled branches that are approximately three feet wide by three feet high by three feet deep (one cubic yard).
  • Yard waste must be placed at the curb in biodegradable paper lawn bags or a lawn tote. Biodegradable lawn bags will be picked up without limit.
  • View the City of Chicago Heights Yard Waste Disposal Guidelines here.
Green Streaks

Congratulations to the Chicago Heights Small Fry
"Green Streaks" on their second place finish in the
51st Annual International Championship tournament
in Orlando, Florida!

Clean Up Day Saturday May 18 2019
City of Chicago Heights is no longer a passport application acceptance location


The City of Chicago Heights Clerk's Office will cease to be a U.S. Passport Application Acceptance Facility beginning Monday, April 15, 2019. To find an acceptance facility near you, please contact your local post office or visit the U.S. Passport Agency website here.

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