Posted on: August 26, 2016

Take it to the Streets with Marian Catholic High School & Becky's Warriors

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Becky's Warriors Mission: To honor the memory of Rebecca Eaton Lopez by inspiring hope and courage to Marian Catholic families who are fighting cancer.

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Posted on: March 20, 2017

Street Closure


Independence Drive at Chicago Road, Chicago Heights, will be closed beginning March 21, 2017 for the construction of a new water service line. Traffic will be rerouted at 7:00 AM and crews will be on site until the project is completed. Please visit the C...

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Posted on: March 13, 2017

Mayor's Night Out

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Mayor David A. Gonzalez is hosting a series of community evenings designed to share information with residents on the city budget, capital projects and programs.

All residents are encouraged to attend and join Mayor Gonzalez for an evening of updates, info...

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Click here to view flyer.
Posted on: March 13, 2017

Economic Development Overview-- Industrial


Revitalizing the industrial corridors along the east side of the city remains a primary focus for Mayor David A. Gonzalez.

The history and growth of the City of Chicago Heights relied heavily on the industrialization of the east side due to its booming ind...

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Posted on: March 13, 2017

Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign!


Spring is approaching and with the warm weather, residents in the city will be hosting garage sales, estate sales, or a special neighborhood event by posting outdoor signage. The City of Chicago Heights wants to ensure that residents have the information ...

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Posted on: March 13, 2017

City of Chicago Heights Joins National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation

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Mayor David A. Gonzalez is joining mayors across the country in asking residents to make a long term commitment to manage water resources more wisely by taking part in the annual Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation &mdas...

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Posted on: February 13, 2017

The Origins of Black History Month


Black History Month is an annual observance in February, celebrating the past and present achievements of African Americans. In February 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, proposed t...

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Posted on: February 13, 2017

Economic Development Overview


Maintaining an economically viable and sustainable community is a primary focus for Mayor David A. Gonzalez. Most recently, the creation of the nonprofit Chicago Heights Development Corporation continues the drive to encourage a strong local economy. The ...

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Posted on: February 9, 2017

20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

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Talei Thompson, a local motivational speaker, took the podium as the keynote speaker, with additional guest speaker Richard Schwoegler III, founder and director of Surrender All Ministries. The morning program also included a performance by God’...

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Posted on: February 9, 2017

Resident Services Department

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The City of Chicago Heights Resident Services Department is the central intake center for resident questions, concerns, and requests for city services. Residents may call or visit Resident Services to voice a concern or make an inquiry. Resident Services ...

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Posted on: February 9, 2017

Get the News You Want in 2017


As we enter 2017, stay informed and up-to-date on current events and projects happening in Chicago Heights. The website allows us to share information immediately to those that have signed up to receive our news alerts or updates. Visit or revisit the &am...

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Posted on: December 21, 2016

It's Christmas Time in the City


While City Hall was all dressed up in holiday style, the Serena Hills 4th and 5th Grade Student Choir added to the festive spirit, filling the air with the feeling of Christmas! The student choir caroled at various locations throughout Chicago Heights, sp...

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Posted on: December 21, 2016

City Celebrates the Holidays with Annual Tree Lighting and Visit from Santa Claus


Although the weather outside was frightful, Chicago Heights City Hall was delightful as the City celebrated the season with its annual tree lighting ceremony! Mayor Gonzalez and wife Carmen greeted families outside on Wednesday evening and introduced the ...

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Click here to view the photo gallery!
Posted on: December 21, 2016

2nd Graders from Serena Hills Elementary Visit City Hall

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On the morning of Tuesday, November 15th, it was not business as usual at Chicago Heights City Hall and the Police and Fire Stations. Second graders from Serena Hills School toured each facility to learn more about how different government departments fun...

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Posted on: December 21, 2016

Taco Bell has its Grand Opening Ribbon-Cutting Event

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A new Taco Bell Restaurant has joined the retail landscape on the Halsted Street Corridor! Taco Bell's new location is at the busy southeast corner of Halsted Street and Vollmer Road. The popular Mexican restaurant held a grand opening this past ...

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Posted on: December 14, 2016

Colder Weather Ahead

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As temperatures continue to drop over the next few days, please be observant and follow some simple safety guidelines.

--Remember to wear multiple layers of clothing. Hats, scarves, and gloves help to conserve body heat.

--Keep a close eye! Space heaters sh...

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Posted on: December 2, 2016

I-REFI Mortgage Assistance Program

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The Illinois Housing Development Authority has announced its refinancing program for underwater homeowners.  I-REFI program offers up to $50,000 in federal assistance to buy down your mortgage and refinance you into an affordable loan. Click on l...

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Posted on: November 28, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving


November is the time to be thankful, a time to remember and to embrace the people who enrich our lives. May you enjoy a plentiful feast of good food and makelifelong memories with family and friends.

Wishing you a safe holiday weekend...Happy Thanksgiving!...

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Posted on: November 28, 2016

Giving Thanks


Alderman Vincent Zaranti and Park District Commissioner Curtis Strazcek pause for a moment for a photo at their annual Thanksgiving event in Ward 6 this past weekend.

"Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action"

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Posted on: November 21, 2016

City of Chicago Heights Pays Tribute Veterans Day 2016

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The City of Chicago Heights hosted Morning of Reflection this past Friday, November 11th at the Chicago Heights Park District. Local veterans groups, family, friends and residents gathered to pay tribute to the men and woman of our armed forces.Bloom High...

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View our 2016 Veterans Day photo gallery here.
Posted on: November 21, 2016

Grand Opening of the Chicago Heights Economic Development Corp


The Chicago Heights Economic Development Corporation hosted a grand opening event November 15th at their new offices at 365 W 14th Street. Representatives from local businesses, area schools, churches, agencies, and non-profit organization were in attenda...

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Posted on: November 16, 2016

Emergency Repairs

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The City of Chicago Heights Water and Sewer Department has completed emergency repairs to a manhole in the vicinity of Greenbriar Avenue and Arquilla Drive.

Posted on: November 14, 2016

Chief Thomas Rogers Honored by Cook County Crime Stoppers


Last Thursday, Chicago Heights Police Chief Thomas Rogers was the recipient of the Excellence in Law Enforcement Award from Cook County Crime-Stoppers. In 2006, in his capacity as a detective, Rogers worked alongside fellow detectives from the South Subu...Read on...

Posted on: November 14, 2016

Veterans Day 2016

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On November 11th, the nation celebrates Veterans Day to honor all who have served in the military for the United States. Across America, various parades and ceremonies are held to celebrate the loyal services of our country’s armed forces.
The date was c...Read on...

Posted on: November 7, 2016

Newsletter Schedule Change


The new website is designed to keep residents informed and up-to-date on current events and projects happening in and around the City of Chicago Heights. The site allows us to share relevant and useful information with residents immediately who have signe...Read on...

Posted on: November 7, 2016

Rain Barrel Program Ending


Please be aware that the Rain Barrel Initiative is coming to an end. The City of Chicago Heights will continue to accept applications until November 18th, 2016. Rain barrels will still be available for purchase from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation Dist...Read on...

Rain Barrel page here.
Posted on: November 4, 2016

Repairs Complete

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Emergency infrastructure repairs in the area of 23rd Street & Euclid Avenue are complete and road access has been returned.

Posted on: October 31, 2016

Resurfacing Project Moving Forward

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The City has over 90 miles of streets and roadways, and each year, through CDBG and capital improvement funds major resurfacing work is completed on our streets and roadways. The City applies for CDBG funds a year in advance, with the actual construction ...Read on...

Construction Updates page.
Posted on: October 31, 2016

7 Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

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For young children, Halloween night is one of the best of the year. However, trick-or-treating can be dangerous if kids and parents aren’t careful. Take a look at some vital trick-or-treating tips before you accompany your child.

1. Plan a route in ad...Read on...

Posted on: October 24, 2016

Another New Arrival

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The City will welcome a new business to one of our commercial districts that will offer residents an exciting new shopping opportunity. Furniture Depot purchased the warehouse location at 375 North Halsted Street. The 30,000 square foot space sits at the ...Read on...

Chicago Heights Economic Development Corp
Posted on: October 24, 2016

Chicago Road Parkway Tree Partnership

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The City of Chicago Heights, the Lions Club and the Chicago Heights Park District, partnered and planted 27 trees along Chicago Road through the Parkway Tree Partnership program.

The partners on this project gathered to assist with the planting of the...Read on...

Posted on: October 17, 2016

Mayor Addresses Teens at Bloom Township High School's National Manufacturing Day

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The purpose of National Manufacturing Day is to inspire students to explore careers in the manufacturing field. Mayor Gonzalez’s opening address at Bloom's manufacturing day event highlighted exciting opportunities in manufacturing. Over 300 student part...Read on...
Posted on: October 17, 2016

50/50 Sidewalk Program Deadline Extended until October 19th


The City's 50/50 Sidewalk Program deadline has been extended until Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Residents who were on the current list and are participating should complete the Contract for Participation available at the link below and return the form alo...Read on...

Contract for Participation
Posted on: October 17, 2016

Leaf Pick-up and Street Sweeping Map and Schedule Available Now!!!

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View the Street Sweeping Schedule and Map along with the guide and dates of the City's supplemental leaf pick-up program under Public Works.

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Posted on: October 17, 2016

Street Resurfacing Updates!

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For updates on current projects, visit Construction Updates.

Construction Updates
Posted on: October 3, 2016

Festival of Sister Cities Video!

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Click here to watch a video recap of this year's Festival of Sister Cities!

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Posted on: October 3, 2016

Street Sweeping Schedule Coming Soon!

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Visit the City of Chicago Heights Public Works Department page for upcoming street sweeping schedules and maps.

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Posted on: October 3, 2016

Taco Bell Coming Soon!

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The City of Chicago Heights is welcoming a new Taco Bell currently under construction on Halsted, joining another perennial favorite being built down the street, Dunkin' Donuts! These new restaurants are part of the revitalization of our commercial corrid...Read on...

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Posted on: September 26, 2016

A Successful Tree Giveaway


Thanks to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District's Restore the Canopy Project, the City of Chicago Heights' first Great Tree Giveaway was a success. Exactly 100 Pin Oak saplings found new homes today. Visit our website for news and updates on events ...Read on...

Posted on: September 19, 2016

Festival of Sister Cities Gallery


This year marked the 5th annual celebration of the Festival of Sister Cities. Visit the festival gallery to see the celebration in action.

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Posted on: September 19, 2016

News Around Town

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For news and events around town and outdoor activities, visit our website for information and updates.

Posted on: September 19, 2016

Restoring the Canopy

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Remember to pick up your free oak sapling between 2:00 PM-5:00 PM on Friday, September 23rd. For more information, contact Kelli Merrick at 708-755-3038.

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Posted on: September 7, 2016

Festival of Sister Cities Schedule

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A sample of the weekend festivities for the 5th annual Festival of the Sister Cities is available at
Posted on: September 7, 2016

Free Historic Bus Tour starts at Festival of Sister Cities September 10th

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Hop on for an hour-long tour of historic points of interest throughout Chicago Heights led by members of the Chicago Heights Historic Preservation Committee. While on the tour, the group will stop at the historic First Presbyterian Cemetery in homage to o...Read on...

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Posted on: September 7, 2016

The Great Tree Giveaway Update


Note the update to the date of the Great Tree Giveaway:

100 free oak saplings will be available at City Hall September 23, 2016 from 2:00 PM-5:00 PM.

For more information, contact Jessica Mancina at 708-755-3106.

Posted on: August 29, 2016

Festival of Sister Cities--New on Stage

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The streets of Chicago Heights will be filled with music during the upcoming Festival of Sister Cities! As the City embraces our wonderfully diverse culture, you can expect to hear a variety of different sounds such as Rock, Pop, Disco, R&B, Hip-Hop ...Read on...
Posted on: August 29, 2016

Rain Barrel Program Update

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The requests for rain barrels under the Rain Barrel Initiative are still rolling in as we enter the last few months of the summer. To date, Chicago Heights residents have ordered 1400 rain barrels!

Please note that MWRD released a recent statement iden...Read on...

Please download the application here.
Posted on: August 29, 2016

The Great Tree Giveaway!

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The City of Chicago Heights is excited to announce the Great Tree Giveaway. Through a partnership with MWRD and their Restore a Canopy Project, 100 free oak saplings will be available for pick up at City Hall on Friday, September 23rd from 2:00 pm – 5:00 ...Read on...

Posted on: August 22, 2016

New at the Festival of Sister Cities

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In just over 3 weeks, the city will celebrate our diverse cultural heritage with the Festival of Sister Cities. Chicago Heights boasts a number of new attractions, including a bike show and a Kool & the Gang tribute band on Saturday, September 10th. ...Read on...
Posted on: August 22, 2016

The City Hosts Industrial Roundtable Event at Prairie State College


Last month, Jack Hynes, City of Chicago Heights Economic Development, hosted an Industrial Roundtable Event at Prairie State College. The meeting centered on engaging local businesses and making them aware of the economic opportunities available. Sevente...Read on...
Posted on: August 15, 2016

Zarlengo’s Reveals Expansion Plans

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Zarlengo’s Italian Ice began over 30 years ago with a family dream of an ice cream shop rooted in Chicago Heights. Since then, the local shop off Ashland and Joe Orr Road has remained a staple in the community while distributing Zarlengo’s Italian Ice, Za...Read on...

Posted on: August 15, 2016

The Festival of Sister Cities

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The Chicago Heights Sister City Festival will bring cultures together again this year Sept. 10 and 11 at Bloom High School, 10th Street and Chicago Road. This annual celebration of cultural heritage will include an assortment of ethnic foods, crafts, and ...Read on...

Posted on: August 15, 2016

Thornwood Apartments Back-to-School Event


Another exciting back to school event was held at Thornwood Apartments yesterday. Over 120 children received school supplies for a great start to the school year. Alderman Vincent Zaranti and Park District Commissioner Curtis Straczek provided refreshment...Read on...

Posted on: August 15, 2016

ComEd and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Partner to Advance Public Safety Initiatives


Chicago Heights Police Chief Thomas Rogers is pleased to announce the Police Department is the recipient of a ComEd Powering Safe Communities grant. ComEd and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus have awarded $170,000 in grants to fund projects in 24 municipali...Read on...

Posted on: August 8, 2016

City to Rezone as Part of Comprehensive Plan


The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning [CMAP], the organization that assisted in the development of the city’s comprehensive plan, will collaborate with the city to review the city’s current downtown zoning ordinances. Under CMAP's Local Technical A...Read on...

Posted on: August 8, 2016

Zarlengo's to Expand


The City is pleased to announce Zarlengo's Italian Ice is expanding in Chicago Heights. Please watch the website for a full article on the exciting expansion plans!

Posted on: August 8, 2016

City Enters Next Phase of Quiet Zone Project


The City is moving forward with a proposed railroad quiet zone for the corridor through Chicago Heights to reduce train horn noise.
Earlier this year, the City completed a study in collaboration with Union Pacific and Canadian National Railroads, whose r...Read on...

Posted on: July 29, 2016

Free Home Energy Assessments

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ComEd is offering free home energy assessments as part of its Energy Efficiency Program. View the flyer below for more information.

Posted on: July 28, 2016

Community Event: Back-to-School Outreach Fair

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The first day of school is rapidly approaching! With that in mind, the Chicago Heights Park District’s Back-to-School Outreach Fair returns on Sunday, August 7th.
Residents are invited to attend the fair and receive free school supplies and health care s...Read on...

Posted on: July 27, 2016

Illinois Housing Development Authority Re-Opens Mortgage Assistance Program

The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) was joined today by U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk and Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer to announce the re-opening of the Illinois Hardest Hit program (HHF) on August 1, a mortgage assistan...Read on...

Posted on: July 26, 2016

Save the Date: 2016 Fall Festival of Sister Cities

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The fun begins with an evening carnival on September 9th, where visitors can enjoy the rides and games that will be available throughout the weekend. The Festival of Sister Cities officially kicks off on Saturday, September 10th, and continues through Sun...Read on...

Posted on: June 25, 2016

Residents Enjoy Coffee with the Cops!

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The Chicago Heights Police Department held the third Coffee with a Cop event, with this coffee chat hosted by our local Burger King restaurant on Joe Orr Road.
On Friday, June 24th, officers spent the morning greeting visitors and serving up coffee in th...Read on...

Posted on: July 18, 2016

Open Streets Returns July 31st

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Open Streets is an inclusive community event that offers residents a chance to have fun on the street. This year, Joe Orr Road will be closed during the event to vehicle traffic, and residents will have the opportunity to hike, roller skate, exercise and...Read on...

Posted on: July 1, 2016

Notice of Public Hearing

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Public notice is hereby given that on Monday, the 18th day of July, 2016, Mayor David A. Gonzalez and the City Council of the City of Chicago Heights, Cook County, Illinois will hold a public hearing at 6:45 p.m. at City Hall, 1601 Chicago Road, Chicago H...Read on...

Posted on: June 24, 2016

Bloom Township Finishes Food Pantry Construction!


The Bloom Township Food Pantry will serve area residents from its newly constructed site and will celebrate its Grand Opening on Saturday, June 25th.
Please take note of the following events that support the Township Food Pantry and look for additional d...Read on...

Posted on: June 23, 2016

Vehicle Sticker Deadline

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City Clerk Lori Wilcox is encouraging residents to purchase their vehicle stickers early to avoid the inconvenience of long lines and facing late penalties. City vehicle stickers may be purchased at City Hall in the Clerk’s Office, Monday through Friday ...Read on...

Posted on: June 17, 2016

Ultra Foods Celebrates Grand Re-Opening

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Ultra Foods in Chicago Heights celebrated a grand re-opening after an extensive remodeling project that not only drastically changed its layout but added new food options for customers.
Among Ultra’s new food options are freshly prepared entrees, a sushi...Read on...

Posted on: June 16, 2016

City Submits Proposal for ITEP Grant


Chicago Heights recently submitted a grant application to take part in the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program.
The ITEP is a federally funded program for community based projects that expand travel choices and enhance the transportation experien...Read on...

Posted on: June 16, 2016

State-of-the-Art Sewer Lining Project Underway

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Work is underway on a manhole rehabilitation, point repair and pipe lining project to protect City sewer lines from damage and intrusion.
Using a state-of-the-art “no dig” process, contractors will install new lining in a portion of the city’s sanitary s...Read on...

Posted on: June 10, 2016

Police Take Part in Special Olympics Torch Run


This week the Chicago Heights Police Department took part in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics.
On Wednesday, June 11, Chicago Heights police officers ran with the Special Olympics torch from the intersection of Joe Orr Road and Dixi...Read on...

Posted on: May 31, 2016

Memorial Day Moments in Chicago Heights

On Monday May 30th, the City of Chicago Heights hosted its annual Memorial Day ceremony. The ceremony is a time to pause and reflect, to honor the memory of those who served and lost their lives, and to remember the families and loved ones who were left b...Read on...

2016 Memorial Day Ceremony Video
Posted on: June 3, 2016

Police Get Dunked at Dunkin’ Donuts for Special Olympics

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Chicago Heights police officers took to the roof once again at the Dunkin' Donuts at 431 West 14th Street to raise funds for the Illinois Special Olympics Torch Run.
The police department had officers greeting customers from the roof, while officers at ...Read on...

Special Olympics Website
Posted on: June 3, 2016

Another Successful Citywide Cleanup!

On Saturday, May 21st, the Mayor joined a large group of volunteers who gathered to spend the morning sprucing up neighborhoods all over the city. Among the volunteers were students and staff from Bloom, community groups, residents, and the Street Departm...Read on...