HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

Happy-Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving!!! I hope that you and your family have a wonderful holiday!

If interested, as you give “thanks” this week, please consider also giving a couple dollars to a good cause to help others (all rated 4 Stars by Charity Navigator):

Clean Water: http://www.charitywater.org
Feeding America: http://www.feedingamerica.org
Feeding the World: http://www.fmsc.org

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Chief George Sheets to oversee a 2nd FD

Oak Lawn Fire Chief George Sheets is getting a new job, but he’s not leaving his current one.

Under an agreement unanimously approved Tuesday night by the village board, Sheets will remain as chief while also overseeing the Chicago Ridge Fire Department through 2016.

Read the full story HERE

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Congratulations Chief Griffin!

Oak Forest aldermen on Tuesday night approved the appointment of David Griffin as fire chief, replacing retiring Chief Terry Lipinski.

Griffin, who became the interim deputy fire chief last month, has served 14 years with the Oak Forest Fire Department and was in charge of training. He said Lipinski ran the department well, and “it’s going to be a fairly easy transition for us. I don’t think anything needs to be remodeled.”

See the full story here

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Village and Fire union reach settlement

From hoffmanestates.com:

Hoffman Estates, Ill., March 17, 2014 – The Village of Hoffman Estates and the Hoffman Estates Professional Firefighters Association Local 2061 union are pleased to announce the settlement of the most recent collective bargaining labor agreement. The previous contract expired on Dec. 31, 2011. The new agreement is effective Jan. 1, 2012, lasting through Dec. 31, 2017.

Most significant about this contract renewal is that it settles the pending appeal to the arbitration award filed by the Village in 2013. The parties continued negotiating during this appeal process and were able to reach a voluntary settlement resolving the outstanding issues. Union leadership understands the difficult economic times and its negative impact upon the Village budget, and they worked with the Village on the new contract terms. The highlights of this renewal contract include an extension of the term through Dec. 31, 2017. The union agreed to forgo a salary increase in 2013 and increases to health insurance contributions and benefit plan changes. The Village agreed to additional personal leave benefits and set wage increases through 2017 of one percent in March, 2014; one percent in Jan. 1 and July 1 for years 2015, 2016 and 2017. This settlement also resolves all outstanding grievances and unfair labor practices between the parties.

Hoffman Estates Mayor William D. McLeod stated, “While this agreement took time to reach, I want to thank both negotiating teams for working so hard to reach a mutual agreement by keeping the lines of communication open.”

Local 2061 Union President Dean Slater remarked, “The union membership wanted an agreement that served the membership while saving the Village and the taxpayers’ money. I want to thank the Village President and Board of Trustees for working with us to reach this agreement.”

See the full link and contact info here

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Officer McEvoy released from the hospital

GREAT NEWS!!!!!!!!!

Arlington Heights police officer shot in face released from hospital

By Sally Ho, Tribune reporter

About two weeks after he was shot in the face in a domestic situation that would lead to the fatal shooting of the suspect, the injured Arlington Heights police officer has been released from the hospital, officials announced Wednesday.

Officer Michael McEvoy was released from Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge on Dec. 27, according to Arlington Heights police.

McEvoy since has been recovering under the care of his family and professional caregivers at an unnamed private location, said Capt. Andrew Whowell.

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Fatal Crash on Northwest Highway After Car Falls from Route 53 Bridge, Palatine

From the Arlington Cardinal:
Palatine police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 9:05 PM Monday to a report of a crash with entrapment at Northwest Highway under Route 53 Palatine, IL. Police and firefighter/paramedics received a report that at least one person was trapped in a vehicle involved in a crash.
Police were first on the scene and confirmed a person trapped in a rollover vehicle.
Firefighter/paramedics on the scene reported one victim in the vehicle was dead at the scene.
Firefighter/paramedics were working on extrication and checking for possible additional victims, as they realized the vehicle plunged about 50 feet over the side of the bridge from the southbound lanes of Route 53. The vehicle landed upside down on the median and westbound left lane of Route 14 (Northwest Highway). Police and firefighter/paramedics immediately searched the area on the bridge and on embankments to make sure no victims were ejected from the crash.
Firefighters stood by as A-Express Towing rolled over the car.
Palatine police left the scene and Illinois State police took over the scene. At least one Illinois State Police Crash Reconstruction Officer also responded to the crash scene. Cook County Sheriff’s deputies were also on the scene.
Tire tracks were visible near the middle of the bridge on the right shoulder near the outside wall barrier. Snow that was not cleared yet possibly acted as a ramp that caused the vehicle to launch over the side of the Route 53 bridge. In normal conditions, the outer barrier wall would have probably held the vehicle on the bridge.
Northwest Highway was closed in both directions near the crash scene from about 9:10 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. Illinois State police were investigating the crash scene at least until 1:00 a.m.
Weather conditions were difficult for police and rescuers as the air temperature at midnight was -11 degrees with a wind chill of -21.

See the story here: http://www.arlingtoncardinal.com/2014/01/fatal-crash-on-northwest-highway-after-car-falls-from-route-53-bridge-palatine/

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Cook County Warming Centers – STAY WARM

Township Hours of Operation Address City Trans Office # After Hours
Barrington Township Sun-Thur 7:00 am-11:00pm                              Fri. & Sat. 24 hours 201 Spring St. (Metra Depot) Barrington No (847) 304-3300(PD) (847)270-9111 (PD)
Berwyn Township Mon-Fri. 9:00am-9:00pm       Sat-Sun: 9:00am-5:00pm 2700 S. Harlem (Library) Berwyn No (708)788-2660 (708)795-5600 (PD)
Berwyn Township Mon-Fri. 7:00am-10:00pm       Sat 9:00am-6:00pm                 Sun-9:00am-5:00pm 6401 W 31st St. (Police Department) Berwyn No (708)788-2660 (708)795-5600(PD)
Bloom Township 8:00am -4:30pm M-F 425 S. Halsted Chicago Hts. No (708)754-9400 (708)756-6400 (PD)
Bremen Township 9:00 am – 4:00 pm M-F 15350 S. Oak Park Oak Forest No (708)687-8220 (708)687-1376 (PD)
Bremen Township 9:00am-5:00pm M-F 16361 S. Kedzie Parkway Markham No (708)333-9530 (708)687-1376 (PD)
Calumet Township 8:00 am – 4:00 pm M-F 12633 Ashland Calumet Park Yes (708)388-6606 (708)385-0264 (PD)
Cicero Township 8:00 am – 8:00 pm M-F 4949 W. Cermak Cicero No (708)656-3600 (708)652-2130 (PD)
Cicero Township 8:00 pm – 8:00 pm M-F 5444 W. 34th St. Cicero No (708)656-3600 (708)652-2130 (PD)
Cicero Township 8:00 am – 8:00 pm M-F 2250 S. 49 Ave Cicero No (708)656-3600 (708)652-2130 (PD)
Elk Grove Township 9:00 am – 4:00 pm M-F 2400 S. Arlington Hts. Rd. Arlington Hts. No (847) 437-0300 (847)368-5300 (PD)
Evanston Township Dial 311 when in Evanston Township and the City of Evanston       311  
Hanover Township 8:30 am – 4:30 pm M-F 250 S. Rt. 59 Bartlett Yes (630) 837-0301 (630)837-0846 (PD)
Lemont Township 5:00 am -10:00 pm M-F          7:00 am-6:00 pm Sat-Sun 16050 W. 127th St. Lemont Yes (630) 257-6787 (630)257-2229 (PD)
Leyden Township 6:00 am – 9:00 pm M-F    9:00am-3:00pm Sat. 2620 N. Mannheim Franklin Park No (847) 451-5144 (847)455-0180 (FD)
Lyons Township Closed for remodeling 6404 W. Joliet Road Countryside No (708) 482-8300 (708)352-2171(PD)
Maine Township 9:00 am – 5:00 pm M-F 1700 Ballard Road Park Ridge No (847) 297-2510 (847 547-3966 (EMA)
New Trier Township 9:00 am – 5:00 pm M-F 739 Elm St. Winnetka No (847) 446-8202 (847)501-6034 (PD)
Niles Township 9:00 am – 5:00 pm M-F 5255 Main Street Skokie No (847) 673-9300 (847)982-5900(PD)
Northfield Township 8:30am – 4:30 pm M-F 3801 W. Lake Ave. Glenview No (847) 724-8300 ( 847)729-5000(PD)
Norwood Park Township 9:00 am – 4:00 pm M-F 7833 W. Lawrence Norridge No (708) 453-0861 (708)453-7880 (PD)
Oak Park Township 9:00 am – 5:00 pm M-F 520 S. Maple Rush Oak Park Hosp./ West Suburban Hospital 3 Erie Ct. Oak Park Yes (708) 383-8060 (708)383-3800 (PD)
Orland Township 8:00am-4:30 pm M-F 14807 Ravinia Ave. Orland Park Yes (708) 403-4222 (708)349-4111 (PD)
Palatine Township 8:30 am – 4:00 pm M-F 721 S. Quentin Road Palatine No (847) 358-6700 (847)359-9000 (PD)
Palos Township 8:30 am – 4:30 pm  M-F 10802 S. Roberts Rd. Palos Hills No (708) 598-4418 (708)448-0369 (FD)
Proviso Township 9:00 am – 5:00 pm M-F 4565 Harrison St. Hillside No (708) 449-4300 (708) 344-2124(PD)
Rich Township 9:00 am – 4:00 pm M-F 22013 Governors Hwy Richton Park No (708) 748-6722 (708)748-5131 (PD)
River Forest Township 7:00 am – 9:00 pm M-F 8020 W. Madison River Forest No (708) 771-6159 (708)366-7125 (PD)
Riverside Township 9:00 am – 3:00 pm M-F 27 Riverside Road Riverside No (708) 442-4400 (708)447-2123 (FD)
Schaumburg Township 8:30 am – 10:00 pm M-Th      Friday until 5 pm One Illinois Blvd. Hoffman Estates No (847) 884-0030 (847)882-3586 (PD)
Stickney Township 8:30 am – 4:00 pm M-F 7745 S. Leamington Burbank No (708) 636-8850 (708)499-0440 (PD)
Thornton Township 9:00 am – 4:00 pm M-F 333 E. 162nd St. South Holland No (708) 596-6040 ex 3122 (708)331-3131 (PD)
Wheeling Township 9:00am-4:00pm M-F 1616 N. Arlington Hts. Rd. Arlington Hts. No (847)259-7730 (847)368-5300 (PD)
Worth Township 8:30am – 4:30pm M-F 11601 S. Pulaski Rd. Alsip No (708) 371-2900 (708)385-6131 (PD)
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