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Happy February! I hope you and your families are happy, healthy and getting back into the swing of things after the New Year. February is often seen as the dreariest month of the year. While short, it is also full of ways to learn, celebrate, and have fun. 

Be sure to keep an eye on the Village of Burr Ridge social channels throughout the month as we celebrate Black History Month. We will be sharing information and resources around Chicago’s history and African-American heritage, as well as ways to engage locally.

I want to take a moment to express my gratitude to those who participated in the Burr Ridge Blood Drive this month, despite the snowy weather. We collected 22 units, saving up to 66 lives! We will sponsor more donation events during the year. Through this effort, we can continue to save lives. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.

As a reminder, our last Village Board Meeting of the month will take place on Monday, February 28th. 

Sincerely,

Evan Walter
Village Administrator 
Edgewood Valley Country Club Annexation

On February 28, the Village Board will consider a voluntary petition for annexation by Edgewood Valley Country Club (EVCC). EVCC was established in 1910 and moved to its current location at 7500 Willow Springs Rd. in 1926. Should the annexation be approved, EVCC will be zoned R-1 Residential in accordance with State law. Under State law, properties which are not rezoned upon annexation are automatically zoned to the least dense zoning district, in this case the R-1 Residential District. If annexed, EVCC plans to continue its current operations as a private club over the long-term future, providing a wide variety of activities, such as golf, tennis, and pools, on over 170 acres of well-landscaped grounds to its members.

Please contact Community Development Director Janine Farrell (jfarrell@burr-ridge.gov) if you have any questions!

Save the Date! Exemption Auto Renewals

In response to COVID-19, the Cook County Assessor’s Office will continue the automatic renewal of the following exemptions: Senior Freeze Exemption, Veterans with Disabilities Exemption, Persons with Disabilities Exemption, Homeowner Exemption, and Senior Exemption. If you received these exemptions last year, then you don't need to reapply.

For first-time applicants, the 2021 tax year exemption filing period will begin in early March 2022. Visit the Cook County Assessor’s Office Website for more information or sign up to receive updates from the Cook County Assessor’s Office.

Help Our Community Restore Local Funding

The Village of Burr Ridge is joining communities across the state in urging Springfield to restore local funding for essential services and to fulfill the State’s agreement with municipal governments.

The Local Government Distributive Fund (LGDF) is a portion of Illinois income taxes, paid by our local residents and businesses, that are collected by the State and redistributed back to municipalities on a per capita basis. State legislators have an opportunity to restore LGDF in 2022, so that municipalities across Illinois receive critical funding to provide essential services in the community. This could also help reduce the reliance on property and other taxes without increasing income taxes for our residents and businesses. In summary, restoration to 10% would result in an additional $250,000 in income taxes returned annually to the Village!

You can help by making your voice heard!  Please contact your State Senator and Representative and let them know that you support restoring promised LGDF funding this year. Contact information for your local representatives can be found at here

Employee Spotlight

Please welcome Janine Farrell to her new role as Community Development Director. Janine served as a Burr Ridge Plan Commissioner from 2018 until resigning to take this position in our community. Ms. Farrell has over ten years of supervisory planning experience in Will County and the Village of Frankfort and is a Burr Ridge resident. Ms. Farrell will assume the role of staff liaison to the Plan Commission while also leading many important development projects and overseeing the management of the new Community Development Division.

2022 Governmental Leader of the Year Award
 
Police Chief John Madden has won the DuPage Mayor’s and Manager’s Conference (DMMC) 2022 Governmental Leader of the Year Award. Chief Madden was nominated for his instrumental work in helping found the Metropolitan Emergency Response and Investigations Team (MERIT), which has become the premier regional response team in the County and Chicagoland region for large and complex public safety matters. We are so proud of the work Chief Madden does for Burr Ridge and the larger region and congratulate him on his award!

Special Shoutout

A special shoutout to our Public Works Department, who have been out plowing snow every weekend since New Years Day in order to keep our streets in the best condition possible so you can stay safe on the road and get where you need to go. We are so grateful for their commitment to our community.

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