Dear Residents,

A Happy, Healthy, Prosperous and Safe 2024 to all of you and your families.

TAX RATES: The 2022 municipal tax rates for near south and near west suburbs range between 0.000 and 5.699. Included on our list are 28 municipalities and Palos Hills ranks 3rd LOWEST with a rate of 0.706

SAFETY: Palos Hills continues to be in the top 5 municipalities to have the lowest number of crimes in the State of Illinois.

SECURITY: If you park your car in the driveway, do not leave valuables in plain view and always lock your vehicle. Keep your garage door closed even if you are in the back yard.

SCAMS: Our society is changing so please be aware of unsavory people attempting to take unfair advantage of people, especially seniors. Be aware of phone scams, identity theft, strange or unfamiliar e-mails. Individuals are getting very creative when attempting to get your information and / or money. Call our police station to either report or to get guidance on how to handle some of these situations. Do not send money or give credit card information even if the individual says it is for a member of your family. Scams are ruining people’s lives and affecting credit and bank accounts. There are scams concerning the F.B.I. and I.R.S and many other agencies. Be aware of unscrupulous people attempting to take advantage of good citizens. Please consider some of the following ideas:

  • do not open an e-mail you are not familiar with
  • do not answer …hang up the phone if you don’t know who is calling
  • don’t open your door if you are not expecting company
  • if you are notified that a family member is hurt, or needs money, or is in jail, call another family member for confirmation before you do anything.

Please be aware that if you receive a phone call or information concerning gift cards, it could be a scam, especially if you have been informed that you could “make some money.”Sometimes phone calls are being made to frighten residents by people who threaten that homes will be taken by the government if money is not paid. Please check with someone who might be aware since these are usually scam calls.

OUTSIDE LIGHTS: No matter what time of year, consider having proper working lights. Lock windows and doors and be aware of suspicious activity. Call 911 when you have any concern so the police can be dispatched to check the situation. Take the time to be alert for family, neighbors, and yourselves.

PATSE: This special bus is for seniors (60 and up) and the disabled who live in Palos Township and who have doctor appointments, and other errands. Call 430-3822 to register and receive more information. Service is available Monday through Friday 8:30 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. by appointment.

UPDATE PHONE INFO: Many people are using a cell phone as their primary phone and have eliminated the land line. It would be very helpful if the information was updated in the event the city or we need to contact you. Please call Margareth Balan at City Hall, who is with the water department with your current info. (598-3400 extension 1106).

Dryer Vents: Be aware that lint buildup can cause fires.

REFUSE CONTAINERS: Both garbage and recycling containers cannot be stored in the front of your property. Any garbage or recycling container can only be put in front of your house for pick
up 24 hours before your scheduled day. Containers must be kept in your garage, yard, or on the side of your home.

YARD WASTE: Allied resumes this service on the first Wednesday in April and it will continue through the end of November.

SUPPORT OUR TROOPS: Please remember our soldiers with snacks and other sundries while they are away from their families protecting our country. There is a wonderful list at Parks and City
Hall for needed and wanted items. The Community Center has a box for any donation.

FLY THE AMERICAN FLAG: Our freedom is protected by those who serve in the Armed Forces. Please consider flying the American Flag to show support and patriotism.

ALLIED WASTE: Some of the items which can be picked up at no additional charge are furniture, washing machines and dryers, microwaves, hot water heaters, lamps, mattresses, carpet rolls
cut into no more that 4 foot lengths, refrigerators, air conditioners, small freezers, passenger car tires, electronics such as televisions and computers. You must call Allied Waste for a free pick up and more information. (708-385-8252)

SCHOOL: School is in session. Please remember that ALL residential streets are 20 mph and watch for children. Do not pass a school bus if the red stop sign is extended.

SENIOR WATER PROGRAM: Seniors can pay for actual water usage as opposed to the basic minimum fee. Come to City Hall to enroll or call 598-3400 for information.

SHOP PALOS HILLS: Please continue to support local businesses who strive to succeed daily and especially during these very difficult times.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: It is very important that you call the police department at the non-emergency number (598-2992) if you need information, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. After
hours and on weekends, please call 598-2151 or 911 so an officer can respond in a timely manner for any concerns that would require a police officer.

FREE WOOD CHIPS AND FREE FIREWOOD to Palos Hills residents at Stony Creek Drive and Roberts Road, south of the Township Building.

You are the BEST!!!

Stay safe and healthy!!!

Your 2nd Ward Aldermen

Pauline Stratton 708-430-2240
Mark Brachman 708-710-9844