2020 Fall Newsletter

Mayor Jeff WalikFrom the Desk of Mayor Jeff Walik


Let me say that 2021 can’t get here fast enough. I think that the Village of Stickney did our best to stay safe and healthy.

Although we had to cancel several of our spring and summer events, we are happy that we were able to provide a safe and socially distant fireworks show on Labor Day.  This gave our residents an opportunity to enjoy a beautiful summer evening. For our seniors we had a socially distant outdoor afternoon with Polka. For the children of our town for Halloween, we held a drive thru pumpkin and candy pick up and we also were able to hold two veteran’s ceremonies. I’m hopeful that we can resume all our great community events in 2021 as health and safety guidelines permit.

For our new residents in town, I want you to know that public safety is vey important to us and that this administration has hired approximately 20 new part-time Firefighters and approximately seven new full-time police officers. Our Public Works department manpower has not changed, but they have been hard at work keeping our Village clean and fresh.

In several meeting that we’ve had with Hawthorne Race Course, the Carey family hopes to have the brand new casino open and operating by next Thanksgiving, 2021. We also hope to see a few new businesses in 2021. 

Your Trustees will be working on next years calendar of events in the very near future and we hope to have bigger and better events than we did in 2019, unfortunately 2020 was a misfire.

Please visit our new website www.villageofstickney.com where you will find all kinds of information. PLEASE sign up for CODE RED to get notification of emergency situations, critical community alerts and other important information. You can sign up on the website, it’s fast and easy.

I wish you all a happy holiday.  Stay healthy and safe and let’s not forget about 6 feet apart, social distancing.

Village Clerk Audrey McAdamsFrom the Desk of Village Clerk Audrey McAdams


I started working on preparing for the Census in 2018.  After all that time, the self-response and field collection operations for the 2020 Census concluded on October 15, 2020.  Now the Census Bureau experts will run programs to unduplicate responses, determine final housing unit status, populate any missing housing unit data on household size and finalize the count file.  Census Bureau experts run and review programs to
populate any missing demographic data for each household.  This data will ultimately produce a tabulation count.

The statutory deadline to provide counts to the President is December 31, 2020.

The statutory deadline to provide redistricting data is March 31, 2021.

The release of population estimates for the nation, states, and counties by demographic characteristics will be released during the summer.

History of the population of the Village of Stickney:  1990= 5,678; 2000=6,148; 2010=6,786

Our population number is used for a basis of distribution of funds to the Village of Stickney from the State’s Income Tax Collections distributed to municipalities.  The Local Use Tax is also based on population of the additional revenue from state use tax receipts collected on personal property from out-of-state retailers.   Therefore, it is very important for an accurate count.

Trustee Jeff WhiteFrom the Desk of Trustee
 Jeff White

I would like to Congratulate our Officials from the recent election. Congresswoman Marie Neuman will represent us in the 3rd Congressional District. Our 16th district Cook County Commissioner Frank J. Aguilar. We are represented in the 11th district by State Senator Celina Villanueva who was re-elected.  Lisa Hernandez and Edgar Gonzalez Jr. are our State representatives. We have great relationships with all these recently elected or re-elected Officials which will help us with future endeavors. Congratulations to all!

The past 8-10 months have been rough on everyone. This Pandemic has not let up. In the Village we have taken steps to keep residents and employees as safe as possible. Please continue to wear a mask and social distance following the guidelines put forth by the medical experts.

We are always mindful of our Budget in the Village and continue to keep our spending within budget with our priority on Safety for our residents. Our Public Works dept, Police and Fire work very hard to keep Stickney clean and safe.

I would like to say Merry Christmas. Wishing health and happiness to all.  

Trustee Sam SavopoulosFrom the Desk of Trustee
Sam Savopoulos

In the previous newsletter I talked about the Village board unanimously passing a text amendment allowing Hawthorne Racecourse expanding and being zoned to operate as a Racino.  I am currently working with a consulting firm that is helping develop a TIF district that will include the area between 35th street to the canal and Cicero Avenue to Laramie Avenue.

TIF, Tax Increment Financing helps pay for infrastructure within the TIF district such as new streets, sewers, parking lots. A baseline is established for existing property tax funding to continue to go to existing tax bodies such as schools, the Village, libraries, etc. When property taxes are raised, the difference in the increase is the increment and is placed into the TIF fund. With the development of Hawthorne Racecourse to operate as a Racino, their property taxes will increase. There will also be an influx of new businesses and the want for redevelopment of existing businesses in the TIF district. These new businesses will bring more property tax revenue and revamped businesses will pay more property tax with the difference in the baseline going into the TIF fund. The revenue benefits of a TIF district around Hawthorne Racino do not end with property tax funding. The types of businesses being drawn to the TIF district will be hotels, restaurants and retailers. This influx will generate an enormous amount of sales tax revenue as well as a large increase of income from permit fees. The increased revenue to the Village through the sale tax and permit fees can then be used on Village projects, beautifying areas within our Village and funding for new and existing programs for the residents.

Trustee Tim KalolnekFrom the Desk of Trustee
Tim Kapolnek

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. The Covid-19 virus is very serious, and everyone needs to do their part to help slow the spread. Please follow all federal, state, county and local guidelines. Please wash your hands often with soapy water, remember to social distance, and PLEASE wear a face mask that covers your nose, mouth and chin whenever you go out in public.

Winter will be upon us soon, and the snow will eventually fall. The Village snow shoveling program for seniors will go into effect when this happens.  You must be signed up and meet the requirements. This year we were able to add to the list from the start of the program and we hope to be able to add more in the future. Just a reminder that there is no set time when your snow will be shoveled, and there must be 2 or more inches of snow.

Please be aware of scammers, especially this time of year. Never give personal information to anyone over the phone, or if someone comes to your door and asks for a payment. ComEd, Social Security, Nicor Gas do not call and solicit you by these methods. Beware of computer scams also. If you receive something that says you need to contact Microsoft and gives you a phone number to call, disregard it, and turn your computer off for at least 24 hours.  If you are unsure, please contact the police department non-emergency number (708-652-2130) or the Consumer Fraud Hotline (800-386-5438) to report it.

I would like to wish all of you a very blessed Christmas and Happy New Year.
Please be safe with your Holiday gatherings.

Trustee Mitch MilenkovicFrom the Desk of Trustee
Mitch Milenkovic

Arbor day is a national holiday created to recognize the importance of trees. Its purpose is to raise awareness of trees and the important role they play in our environment and to encourage people to plant trees. It is celebrated every year on the last Friday in April. The most common way to celebrate Arbor Day is to get together in groups to plant trees.

In light of the impact of COVID19, this past Arbor Day we were not allowed to gather in groups, so we came up with an alternate way to celebrate.

The idea was to “Host a Tree ID Challenge”. We offered this challenge to all fourth and fifth grade students at Home and Edison school. 

The students were asked to:

  • Choose a minimum of three (3) species of trees in their neighborhood
  • Research the type of tree it is and answer the following questions
    • Name of tree
    • Scientific name
    • What is the maximum height it will grow to be?
    • How to care for the tree
    • Send in a photo of yourself with the tree (optional)
  • Write a paragraph explaining what ARBOR DAY is

All the students that participated did a great job. We had such a good response and it was not an easy choice. 
The winners of the Tree ID Challenge were:
Edison School
4th grade – Adalyn and David
5th grade – Alahny
Home School
4th grade – Angel
5th grade – Luciana

I want to congratulate ALL the students that participated in this challenge, good job!

From the Desk of Mary HrejsaTrustee Mary Hrejsa

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Everyone knows this past year has been one like no other. We have had to cancel most of our activities.   Thanks to our Parks and Recreation Committee, we are planning to resume all of our activities for 2021.  

Thanks to Public Works for keeping our Parks and Streets in excellent condition.  

We appreciate all our volunteers and we are always looking for more input.  You can contact me if you would like to be involved thru the Village of Stickney email mhrejsa@villageofstickney.com

Trustee Lea TorresFrom the Desk of Trustee
Lea Torres

We are living in very trying times.  Here at the Village we are trying to plan things to fit into the gravity of the situations we are facing.  We don’t know about Christmas, the things we are trying to plan may or may not happen.  Our largest concern is that everyone stays healthy.
We don’t want to live in fear and yet we must be careful. Planning Christmas for Seniors, children and pets are what we are looking at doing right now. Our Mayor will find a way to do things that will benefit everyone and not put people at risk.

Our lifestyles have changed and hopefully we will be back to normal soon.  I still look forward to Holidays, they are the best time of the year! I look forward to family and friends.  I hope we will be able to have all this soon or in a limited version. 

Our upcoming events will be posted on our bulletin board outside and we will further keep you posted with Code Red.

I want to wish everyone a very blessed and happy Christmas!

Police Chief James SassettiFrom the Desk of Police Chief
James Sassetti

On behalf of the men and women of the Stickney Police Department we would like to wish you and your family the warmest of holiday greetings. This year’s holiday season is going to be very different due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  We would like to re-iterate to residents to follow CDC considerations which can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html.

Even though our holiday season will be drastically affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to remind everyone that safety is still important.  Please follow the following holiday safety tips as recommended by the Academy of Pediatrics:

  • Trees
    • When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label "Fire Resistant."
    • When purchasing a live tree, check for freshness.  A fresh tree is green, needles are hard to pull from branches and when bent between your fingers, needles do not break. The trunk butt of a fresh tree is sticky with resin, and when tapped on the ground, the tree should not lose many needles.
    • When setting up a tree at home, place it away from fireplaces, radiators or portable heaters. Place the tree out of the way of traffic and do not block doorways.
    • Be sure to keep the stand filled with water, because heated rooms can dry live trees out rapidly.
  • Lights
    • Check all tree lights, even if you've just purchased them, before hanging them on your tree.  Make sure all the bulbs work and that there are no frayed wires, broken sockets or loose connections.
    • Before using lights outdoors, check labels to be sure they have been certified for outdoor use.  To hold lights in place, string them through hooks or insulated staples, not nails or tacks.  Never pull or tug lights to remove them.
    • Plug all outdoor electric decorations into circuits with ground fault circuit interrupters to avoid potential shocks.
    • Turn off all lights when you go to bed or leave the house. The lights could short out and start a fire.
  • Decorations
    • Use only non-combustible or flame-resistant materials to trim a tree. Choose tinsel or artificial icicles of plastic or nonleaded metals.
    • In homes with small children, take special care to avoid decorations that are sharp or breakable.  Keep trimmings with small removable parts out of the reach of children to prevent them from swallowing or inhaling small pieces.  Avoid trimmings that resemble candy or food that may tempt a young child to eat them.
    • Remove all wrapping papers, bags, paper, ribbons and bows from tree and fireplace areas after gifts are opened.  These items can pose suffocation and choking hazards to a small child or can cause a fire if near flame. 
  • Toy Safety
    • Select toys to suit the age, abilities, skills and interest level of the intended child.  Toys too advanced may pose safety hazards for younger children.   
    • To prevent both burns and electrical shocks, don’t give young children (under age ten) a toy that must be plugged into an electrical outlet.  Instead, buy toys that are battery-operated.
    • Children under age three can choke on small parts contained in toys or games. Government regulations specify that toys for children under age three cannot have parts less than 1 1/4 inches in diameter and 2 1/4 inches long.
    • Watch for pull toys with strings that are more than 12 inches in length. They could be a strangulation hazard for babies.
    • Parents should store toys in a designated location, such as on a shelf or in a toy chest, and keep older kids’ toys away from young children.

 Again, on behalf of the entire Stickney Police Department, have a safe, happy and healthy holiday season.

Fire Chief Jeff BoyajianFrom the Desk of Fire Chief
Jeff Boyajian

As the holidays approach the men and women of the Stickney Fire Department, would like to wish you and your families the best of the holiday season.  The following are some safety tips to keep your winter months and your holidays as safe as possible.

  • Carbon Monoxide:
    • Carbon Monoxide is odorless and colorless
    • Have your heating system, water heater and any other gas, oil, or coal burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year.
    • Install a battery-operated CO Detector in a central location outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of your home.
    • Use portable generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from all doors, windows and vents.
    • Make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove and fireplace are clear of snow and other debris.
    • If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Do not run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not covered with snow.
    • Some of the symptoms of CO poisoning include, headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea/vomiting, shortness of breath, confusion, blurred vision, and in severe cases unconsciousness
  • Holiday Light Safety:
    • Make sure all tree lights are checked for damage including frayed wiring, broken bulbs, or loose connections.
    • Practice good extension cord safety. Never run cords under rugs or coil them tightly around themselves, which can cause them to overheat. 
    • To reduce the risk of fire, don’t overload a circuit.
    • Use only lights and extension cords approved by OSHA-certified laboratories, like Underwriters Laboratory (UL).
    • Ensure that lights being placed outside are labeled for outdoor use.
    • Holiday lights using light-emitting diodes (LEDs) use one-tenth the energy of traditional mini-lights, and are cooler to the touch, reducing the risk of fire.
    • Consider a programmable timer to your strings of lights to ensure lights are not accidentally left on. This also helps regulate energy use and reduce cost.
    • Always look up before decorating outdoors. Never raise ladders or extend objects into or near power lines.

Again, the Stickney Fire Department want to wish you and your family a safe, and healthy holiday season.

Public Works Supervisor Joe LopezFrom the Desk of Public Works Supervisor Joe Lopez


  1. First, main streets and main intersections are plowed and salted. This would include Ridgeland, Oak Park, 40th, 41st, 42nd, 43rd, 44th and 45th, streets
  2. Next all North and South streets and 40th place will be cleared
  3. Public facilities which will include the parking area for businesses along Pershing Rd.
  4. Parks and Bus stops
  5. We do not do any snow removal on Pershing Rd. because it’s a state route.

When snowfall measures two inches or more you must follow the snow removal signs posted at the beginning and towards the end of your block. Alleys are plowed when snowfall measures 6” or more and will be cleared once all the main streets are cleared. 

Snow Removal hours are from 8am – 11pm

Public Works cannot be called to clear private property or driveways, and we are not responsible for rollover snow on driveway or sidewalks from snowplowing.
Please be courteous to your neighbors and motorists; 
              Christmas Day           New Years Day
When your collection falls on or after one of these holidays, your garbage/recycling collection will be delayed one day during the holiday week.

Happy Holidays!