Village of Addison
1 Friendship Plaza
Addison IL 60101-2786

(630) 543-4100

Mayor Larry Hartwig
Clerk Lucille Zucchero

Village Trustees:
Tom Hundley
Sylvia Layne
William Lynch
Joe McDermott
Harry Theodore
Richard Veenstra

Village Manager
Joseph Block ........................ 693-7503

Assistant Village Manager
John Berley .......................... 693-7532

Human Resources .............. 693-7504

Water Billing ...................... 693-7570

Community Development
Engineering, zoning,
building permits, code enforcement
............................................. 693-7530

Community Relations
Cable television, website, special events ............................................  693-7550

Public Works
Streets, water, tree trimming, branch pickup .................................. 620-2020

Environmental Services
Recycling, sewer backups, flood control ............................................. 279-2140

Police (Non-Emergency)
Traffic violations, crime prevention programs, stray animals ......... 543-3080






Village of Addison eNewsletter

April 2011

In This Issue

Branch Pickup Resumes

Emerald Ash Borer Abatement

Regular Features

Police Beat

Village Employees of the Month

News Blurbs

A Bit of Addison History

Important Links

From the Desk of
Mayor Larry Hartwig


A sure sign of spring is always when road construction projects begin!  Late last month, even though the temperature was still in the 30s, we began to see signs of spring, as preliminary work began along Illinois Route 53/Rohlwing Road.


Residents will remember that Route 53 was resurfaced about 2 years ago to finally make the road manageable.  However, this always meant to be a temporary fix.  For many years it has been part of the state's plan to reconstruct and widen the entire roadway to five lanes.


A contractor for Commonwealth Edison is currently working on relocating aerial lines along the east side of the highway.  An Illinois Department of transportation contractor will begin removing existing trees from the right-of-way shortly.


Bids for the actual construction will be opened this month.  Construction will extend from just south of Army Trail Road to the Elgin O'Hare Expressway in Itasca.  In addition to widening the roadway, sidewalks, curb and gutter will be added, and streetlights will be installed.  Two new traffic signals will be added as well, at Woodland Ave., and at the southern entrance to Sam's Club.


The existing water main will also be replaced in Addison.  The Village will contribute approximately $2.3 million toward local share expenses for the water main, sidewalks, streetlights and traffic signals.


The project will take approximately 2 years to complete.  As when Lake Street was reconstructed several years ago, this will no doubt create traffic headaches and inconvenience some of our residents and visitors to our community.  But once it is complete, every major thoroughfare within Addison will be in excellent condition.



Branch Pickup Resumes

Branches Picked Up First Week of Every Month

The Village of Addison offers seasonal branch pickup service to residents from April through October. Branch pickup will begin on the first Monday of each month, April through October, and finish by the end of the week, regardless of where you reside within the Village.

Branches should be on the parkway the Sunday before the scheduled pickup week. The service dates are listed below.  Contracted crews will pass down each street only one time, and only one collection will be made Village-wide per month.

Branch Pickup Service Dates

April 4
May 2
June 6
July 5
August 1
September 5
October 3


The requirements for Branch Pickup are as follows:

  • Branches must be placed curbside on the parkway, not in the street, stacked in one direction, with the thicker ends facing the street. DO NOT cross stack branches.
  • Branches should be limited to eight feet in length and 8 inches in diameter.
  • Limbs larger than 8 inches in diameter should be cut into 16-inch log lengths and placed separate from the branches.
  • Branches should not be tied with string, wire, etc.
  • Branch piles containing root balls, lumber, metal, glass, yard waste or other debris, as well as large branch mound that have been multi-directionally cross stacked, will not be picked up.
  • Branches should not be stacked in the alley or along private drives.  These will not be picked up.
  • No contractor cuttings will be picked up.
  • Branch piles should not be placed on the the parkway prior to or after the weekend prior to pick-up.  All branches must be stored in the back yard until then.

The Village’s Branch Pick-up program is truly a service to Addison residents. It encourages each resident and building owner to pride themselves in the health, aesthetics and value of their home, building, surrounding yard and landscape. It promotes the community’s desire to beautify our neighborhoods while maintaining safe and healthy surroundings. Each month, April through October, a resident or building owner has the opportunity to place branches out curb-side in front of their property. The programs service level may range from the pick-up of a single broken branch placed out on the parkway, to the pick-up removal of a resident's entire tree, cut up and stacked as specified under the program's requirements.

Should you have further questions, please contact the Village of Addison Public Works Department at 630/620-2020.

Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety

Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) is a project sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Administration, Bureau of Justice Assistance, and National Institute of Justice.  DDACTS is an operational model that uses the integration of location-based crime and traffic data to determine the most effective and efficient methods for deploying police and other resources. This involves the analysis of strategic crime and traffic data to identify areas that are prone to significant levels of criminal incidents and traffic crashes.  Drawing on the deterrent value of highly visible traffic enforcement and the knowledge that crimes often involve the use of motor vehicles, the goal of DDACTS is to reduce the incidence of crime, crashes, and traffic violations.  In order to further our goal of making the public safe by reducing the incidence of crime, crashes, and traffic violations in the Village of Addison, the Addison Police Department, under the direction of Chief Tim Hayden, implemented the DDACTS Model as one of its primary strategies for the deployment of resources.

DDACTS ensures accountability and provides a dynamic, evidence-based problem-solving approach to crime and crashes. This approach, grounded in community-oriented law enforcement, suggests that time- and place-based policing, as opposed to traditional person-based policing, is more efficient as a focus of law enforcement actions; provides a more stable target for law enforcement activities; has a stronger evidence base; and raises fewer ethical and legal problems.  The application of high-visibility traffic enforcement is a proven and effective countermeasure that addresses both crime and crashes whether they occur simultaneously or independently in time and/or location.

Implementation of DDACTS is a starting point for executing long-term change in which the Addison Police Department can take a more integrated approach to the deployment of personnel and resources. The following presumptions about the future of law enforcement in the Village of Addison support the necessity for implementing DDACTS:

  • Resources allocated for law enforcement activities are frequently not sufficient to keep pace with the demands placed on the police department to respond to calls for service and threats to public safety.
  • Decreasing social harm and improving quality of life for our residents continue to be primary missions of the Addison Police Department. 
  • The need for the police department to provide timely and accurate data to justify expenditures and deployment decisions will only increase as Federal, State, and local officials, along with the public, continue to scrutinize the allocation of tax dollars.
  • Technology has and will continue to improve the policies and practices of our police department. Existing and emerging technologies, in-car cameras, in-car computers, red light cameras, crime mapping software, crime forecasting software, along with the application of information technology, have greatly enhanced the effectiveness of law enforcement practices.
  • The Addison Police Department must collaborate and keep pace with other public and private service sectors that are turning to information technology to assess needs, deliver services, and manage costs.
  • Community-focused, place-based policing has emerged as an effective strategy for addressing current issues of social harm and concerns for public safety.
  • Finally, because a shortage of law enforcement resources is likely to continue in the foreseeable future, the Addison Police Department will continue to explore new strategies to further improve quality of life in the Village of Addison. 

DDACTS uses an implementation plan that integrates seven guiding principles that characterize comprehensive community law enforcement programs.  The principles are (1) partners and stakeholder participation; (2) data collection; (3) data analysis; (4) strategic operations; (5) information sharing and outreach; (6) monitoring, evaluation, and adjustments; and (7) outcomes.

Partners and Stakeholder Participation - Partnerships among law enforcement agencies and with local stakeholders are essential and provide opportunities and synergies for decreasing social harm and improving the quality of life in a community.

Data Collection - Place-based, current crime, crash, and traffic-related data, coded for type of incident, time of day, and day of week are the building blocks of DDACTS.  The collection of crime data may include Index Crimes and Non-Index Crimes. Additional data may include citizen complaints, field interviews, dangerous driving behaviors, and other nontraditional data such as the location of parolees and probationers, individuals with suspended or revoked licenses, and wanted persons.

Data Analysis - The creation of integrated maps that overlay crime, crash, and traffic-related data lets agencies identify problem locations, or “Hot Spots.” Additional analysis, through a number of proven Hot Spot evaluation techniques, can distinguish causation factors for each type of data, delineate spatial and temporal factors, and consider environmental influences on crime and crashes.

Strategic Operations - Based on data analysis, the Addison Police Department is able to identify Hot Spots that focus enforcement activities and countermeasures. Hot Spot analysis guides the realignment of workflow and operational assignments to focus enforcement efforts and increase efficiency.

Information Sharing and Outreach - Built into the model are opportunities to share results, promote community participation, and document accomplishments. Regularly generated progress reports give management the documentation needed to keep officers informed, hold meetings with community members, and report to government administrators and elected officials. Progress reports also provide the basis for ongoing media relations.

All Department personnel have been trained in the DDACTS model and began implementing the DDACTS model in January of 2011.  Chief Hayden and the members of the Addison Police Department's Command Staff support this new initiative and will work with line personnel to fully integrate this new policing strategy into the culture of the police department.  Two areas of the community have been targeted for the DDACTS program.  These two areas account for our highest calls for service statistics.  Adjacent to these two areas are five high accident intersections that will also be targeted as part of the program.  Our goals for the two target areas for the first year are as follows:

  • Objective 1: To reduce Burglary to Motor Vehicles and all other combined Thefts by 10% compared to the previous twelve months.
  • Objective 2: To reduce Criminal Damage to Property/Defacement by 10% compared to the previous twelve months.
  • Objective 3:  To reduce Disturbance related calls for service by 10% as compared to the previous twelve months.  
  • Objective 4: To reduce crashes in the target area by 10% as compared to the previous twelve months. 

The Addison Police Department caught the attention of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) when they discovered that we recently implemented DDACTS.  Normally NHSTA provides extensive training to agencies that are interested in pursuing the program.  When they discovered that Chief Hayden took the initiative to study, research and implement DDACTS on his own, they decided to send their Regional Program Manager to visit our police department to observe how we have implemented DDACTS in the Village of Addison.  At this time we are the only known police department that has implemented the DDACTS model of policing without any formal training from the federal government.  We have achieved some notoriety at the federal level for this accomplishment.  The NHSTA representative was accompanied by a representative from the Illinois Division of Traffic Safety.  Both of the representatives said that they were impressed with the progress we've made with implementation of DDACTS and they will bring this information back to their respective agencies.

DDACTS, like Community Oriented Policing, is a long term program and not a quick fix.  Having said this, we are happy to see that some of the statistics for the first month are encouraging.  DUI arrests were up 27% from last January, Parking Tickets were up 13%; and traffic stops were up 8%.  It is estimated that it takes at least a year of deploying the DDACTS model before we can make an effective evaluation of the success of the program. 

Emerald Ash Borer
Abatement Has Begun

In its continuing effort to prevent the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer, which was first discovered in Addison in 2009, the Village of Addison plans to remove all positively identified infested public trees in the coming weeks.

The insect has been found on parkway ash trees along Swift Road (south of Army Trail), Collins Ave., Fullerton Ave. (west of Lombard Road), Mill Meadows Lane, Lake Manor Drive, Lake Park Drive (west of Mill Road) and Winthrop Drive (east of Grace St.) It is suspected in several trees in the Heritage subdivision as well.

Any trees that are removed from the parkway will be replaced by the Village. For more information about the Emerald Ash Borer, click here.

A Bit of Addison History

Addison would look a lot different today if a 1964 proposal by the State of Illinois for Route 53 had been approved and implemented.

According to a December 16, 1964 article in The Addison News Bulletin, the State’s proposed route lay just west of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church on Army Trail Road.  It continued north to just west of Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, cut across the Gun Club, took the eastern line of the property for the soon to be Addison Trail High School, and would have run east of the partially constructed St. Philip the Apostle Church and School.  It would have continued north, bordered Westwood subdivision and cut directly through property that had been donated for Wesley School.  A proposed cloverleaf interchange at Army Trail would have possibly wiped out the two churches on Army Trail Road.  

Obviously, the 1964 proposal was never implemented.  Lack of available State financing, due to the recession of the 1970s prevented construction, so local government officials began to work with the Illinois General Assembly and gained approval to build a toll road, which would generate revenue from its users.  

In 1984, the State Toll Highway Authority became involved, and construction soon began on what is now known as I-355, which officially opened on December 26, 1989, intersecting Army Trail Road between Rohlwing and Swift Roads in Addison, a mile or so west of the route proposed in 1964. 

For further information about this subject, visit the Addison Historical Museum, 135 Army Trail Road, Addison.  Open Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Phone:  (630) 628-1433.  email address is   Also, any further information about the Gun Club mentioned above would be appreciated.

Interstate 355 opened in 1989 near Addison's western border.  The original proposal for Route 53, however, would have yielded a very different Addison from the one we know today.



News Blurbs

Electronics Recycling

Beginning Monday, April 4, the Addison Public Works Department begin accepting electronics at the Recycling Center at 711 N. Addison Road.

The “E-Scrap” Collection Box will be placed next to the regular Recycling collection containers. 

The area is under surveillance, and we urge the residents not to remove any contents that have been placed inside for recycling.

ALL Electronics are accepted inside this container. It will be emptied by ACME Refining, a zero waste recycler (All computer data is eradicated safely and securely, under EPA guidelines).

Examples of accepted items:

  • PCs/ Laptops/Servers/Monitors
  • Data Storage Devices
  • Tapes/Disks/Drives
  • Switches
  • Cable Boxes and Modems
  • Printers
  • Fax and Copy Machines
  • PBX/Telephones/Cell Phones/Wireless Devices
  • VCRs/DVDs/Video Game Consoles
  • Electronic Medical Equipment

The Recycling Center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., during the months of October through March.  It is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., April through September.  It is open year round Saturdays, 8 to 11a.m.

Election Night Updates

Addison Community Television will present Election Night Coverage on Tuesday, April 5.

Tune in on the hour and half hour, beginning at 8 p.m., for results from the local contested races in the Consolidated Election.

Addison Community Television can be seen on Comcast Cable Channel 6, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99, or online at here.

Landscape Waste

The Village of Addison provides landscape waste pickup each year, April through November. Grass and other landscape waste should be kept separate from other solid wastes, and will be removed on normal garbage pickup days by the contracted waste hauler.

Acceptable yard waste will be collected either from bags or trash cans.

Residents may fill 30-33 gallon trash containers with landscape waste, provided they obtain two landscape waste stickers at Village Hall and affix them to the container. There is no charge for the decals, which are necessary to make the landscape waste easily distinguishable and visible to the collectors.

Otherwise, residents may purchase paper biodegradable bags at area retailers including: Jewel/Osco, 140 W. Lake St., Walgreen’s, 16 E. Lake St., Walmart, 1050 N. Rohlwing Road and Len’s Ace Hardware, 30 W. Lake St. Stickers are not necessary when utilizing the paper bag system.

An unlimited amount of landscape waste may be placed at curbside, but it must be kept separate from other garbage. Mixed garbage will not be removed.

Large branches, tree cuttings, sod rolls, root balls and soil are not acceptable in the landscape waste program.

Village Employees of the Month

All Employees
Public Works Department

March 2011

The entire Public Works Department was chosen to receive the Employee of the Month award for March.

They were nominated due to their dedicated efforts during the blizzard in early February.  The nomination came in from a resident, as well as many positive comments about how well things were handled during the 3 days of extreme weather.

While there have been a few times that a “team” of employees have shared the award, this is the first time since Employee of the Month was introduced at the Village of Addison that an entire department has won.


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