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

August 2011


In This Issue

Carson & Barnes Circus Returns

10th Annual 'Addison By the Slice'

Consumer Alert about Emerald Ash Borer

Regular Features

Village Employees of the Month

News Blurbs

A Bit of Addison History

Important Links

From the Desk of
Mayor Larry Hartwig


Since the spring, Addison has joined with its neighboring communities – Bensenville, Elmhurst and Wood Dale – to promote "regional" events, such as Elmhurst's St. Patrick's Day Parade and Bensenville's Libertyfest.


The idea behind this has been to increase the audience for each of these events and hopefully make them more successful.  Also, of course, by pooling our resources there is a cost savings as well.


The final two regional events will happen this month, and I hope that our residents take advantage of them.  The first is Prairie Fest, which will take place Thursday, Aug. 11 through Sunday, Aug. 14 at the Wood Dale Town Square, at Wood Dale Road and Commercial Street.  There will be everything you could want in a summer festival – food, carnival, entertainment.  For more information, you can click here.


Then the following weekend, Addison will again host the Carson & Barnes Circus, Friday, Aug, 19 through Sunday, Aug. 21.  There will be seven opportunities to see one of these wonderful, family friendly shows, and I really believe you'll be entertained!  Even better, if you purchase your tickets before Aug. 19 you will be able to save money, while also raising money for 10 local charities and service organizations here in Addison.  Further details are below.


These regional events will be reevaluated after this year, but it's something that I hope will grow in the future, giving our residents even more opportunities for inexpensive, fun things to do, close to home.



Carson & Barnes Circus Returns This Summer

Super Saver Tickets a Great Value

Tickets are now available for the Carson & Barnes Circus, returning to Addison for seven shows, Friday, Aug. 19 through Sunday, Aug. 21.

The Biggest Big Top in North America will go up behind Indian Trail Junior High, at 222 N. Kennedy Drive.  Parking will be available on Friendship Plaza near Village Hall, as well as at Green Meadow Shopping Center.

“Last year’s performances by Carson & Barnes were very, very entertaining, and I think anyone who came felt they got their money’s worth,” said Mayor Larry Hartwig.  “We are very glad they are coming back to Addison this summer.”

Super Saver Tickets are now available for $25, admitting 2 adults and 3 children (age 2-11) to any show.  Individual tickets are also available for $10.

At the gate, tickets will be available for $22 for adults and $10 per child, so be sure to purchase your tickets right away!  Several service organizations and churches will have tickets available.  They are also for sale during normal business hours at Village Hall, District 4 Administrative Offices and Addison Park District.

Those who wish to purchase tickets with a credit card can do so online here through PayPal. 

Shows will be held on Friday at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m.

For more information, and a list of the organizations you can support by buying your ticket, click here.

‘Addison By the Slice’ to be held Aug. 2

10th Annual Pizza Contest Lets Public Choose ‘People’s Choice’

On Tuesday, Aug. 2, communities across the nation will celebrate National Night Out by turning on their porch lights, locking their doors, and meeting their neighbors in partnering with police to stop crime.

In Addison, we’ll do that while enjoying pizza on the Village Green, and crowning the best pizza in town at the 10th Annual “Addison By the Slice” Pizza Bakeoff, presented by 95.9 The River.

Pizza slices are just $1, and beer, wine, pop and ice cream will also be available.

After you’ve had the chance to sample several kinds of pizza, visit the Crime Prevention Booth to cast your ballot for the “People’s Choice” Award.

Celebrity judges will also present awards in several categories, such as Best Crust, Best Sauce, etc., following a blind taste test.

Musical entertainment will begin at 6 p.m. with Brave NuSoul, winners of this year’s Battle of the Bands contest.  At 7 p.m., Flashback will perform.  Winners of the contest will be announced at 9 p.m.

Along with 95.9 The River, sponsors of the event are Itasca Bank & Trust and Salute Concrete.

As of press time, pizzerias scheduled to participate are Nardi’s Tower of Pizza, Salsa Grill, Uncle Pete’s Pizza and Zio Tony's Pizzeria.

In the event of rain, join us in the Village Hall rotunda.

Consumer Alert: Costs are no Greater to Remove Tree Infested with
Emerald Ash Borer, says Illinois Arborist Association

Reports some tree care companies charging more to cut/remove EAB-infected trees

ANTIOCH, Ill. – Tree care companies which charge homeowners and businesses a higher fee to cut down and remove a tree because it is infested with Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) are overcharging, says the Illinois Arborist Association (IAA). Claims that it costs more to dispose of infested wood are also false. Consumer complaints concerning this practice have been reported across Illinois in recent months.

Symptoms of EAB infestation – thinning leaves, branch dieback and wood pecker feeding – are becoming apparent on ash trees throughout parts of Illinois. It is expected every county in the state will eventually be impacted, threatening the state’s more than 100 million ash trees.

Illinois Department of Agriculture Bureau Chief Warren Goetsch suggests homeowners acquire at least three bids on any project before deciding on a vendor.  Additionally, homeowners should use a vendor who has executed an EAB compliance agreement with the Department so the resulting ash wood is handled properly. 

“Competition for tree takedown and removal work should drive the price down, not up,” said Paul Deizman, Illinois Department of Natural Resources. All or part of 25 Illinois counties – from the Wisconsin state line as far south as Champaign and Vermillion Counties – are impacted by EAB.

“Companies have minimal extra expenses from EAB-infested trees, so consumers should beware of sales pitches which include hardship rhetoric. While there may

not be extenuating circumstances which impact final costs, overall the cost of disposal has actually gotten cheaper in the past five years.”

Deizman notes some companies may be missing out on interstate firewood sales they previously relied upon, but those examples are rare, and firewood sales are allowed throughout Illinois, including the Chicago area.

“Before any work is performed on trees, residents should confirm the final price for the job in relation to typical tree removal and ask if the person working is a Certified Arborist,” said Mark Younger, IAA president. Certified Arborists have the skills and training to perform jobs safely and professionally, and must maintain an industry-approved ethical standard. A complete list of Illinois Certified Arborists can be found at, or contact the IAA at (877) 617-8887.

Infested ash trees may be salvaged for lumber and turned into useful products. Consumers should inform arborists removing trees of their desire to reclaim lumber before trees are felled. A network of sawyers and woodworkers knowledgeable in handling infested ash logs can be found at

More information regarding EAB, the internal state quarantine, and compliance agreements is available at

Illinois Arborist Association background
The Illinois Arborist Association is a non-profit organization that educates members and the general public in proper tree care.  IAA supports research on trees and is based on the mission to “Foster interest, establish standards, exchange professional ideas and pursue scientific research in Arboriculture.”

A Bit of Addison History

Both the Addison Chamber of Commerce and its forerunner, the Addison Boosters Club, were founded by residents Elmer Krage and Richard Laux.  Mr. Krage was chief electrical engineer for Alcoa and Mr. Laux was the postmaster of Addison at the time. 

The year was 1936 and these two activists felt that the beauty of Addison was being spoiled by weeds which were over-running front yards.  Although State law had created the position of a township thistle commissioner, little was being done. 

So the Addison Boosters pressured property owners to clear the weeds.  “If they didn’t do it, we would do it ourselves,” said Krage.  About 100 residents joined the club the first  year.  Annual dues were 50 cents.  Little money was needed, none for postage or stationery.  

“Everything was by word of mouth,” Krage recalled.    “The Addison Boosters Club worked to help local people and succeeded.”

Information for this article was taken from a Supplement to The Addison Leader, dated March 31, 1976.  

For further information on this subject, visit the Addison Historical Museum, 135 Army Trail Road, Addison.  Open Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.   Phone:  (630) 628-1433.  email:

Village Employees of the Month

Mary Heneghen
Clerk Typist
Police Department

June 2011

Mary Heneghan has been a Village of Addison Employee for 4 years. Mary started as a part-time receptionist in the Records Department for 2 years before moving on to full-time in the Police Department. 

Her responsibilities include coordinating and assisting in instructing the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program classes that are required for rental property owners in the Village. She also works with the owners to provide them with any information and issues related to the program. 

Mary has 2 children, Maura age 10 and P.J. age 8 and enjoys spending as much time as she can with her family. 

In her spare time, Mary likes reading and also enjoys running as part of her exercise program.    

Richard Russo
Public Utility Worker III
Public Works Department

July 2011

Rick Russo, the July 2011 Employee of the Month, has been a Village of Addison Employee for 24 ½  years.  Rick works in all aspects of the Water Department. His responsibilities include water operator, maintaining the water system and taking water samples. He also is responsible for  fixing water main breaks, hydrants and water meters. 

Rick and his wife Kim have 3 children, Nicole age 15, Taylor 13 and son Ricky age 10.

Some of Rick’s hobbies include fishing, snowmobiling and going to sporting events with his family.

In his spare time, Rick enjoys coaching his son’s football, baseball and basketball teams.  He also spends time taking his daughters to and from their dance classes. 

News Blurbs

Electronics Recycling

The Addison Public Works Department now accepts electronics at the Recycling Center at 711 N. Addison Road.

The “E-Scrap” Collection Box is 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 11 a.m.

‘Ask Mayor Hartwig’

Deputy Mayor Richard Veenstra will fill in during Addison Community Television’s monthly feature, “Ask Mayor Hartwig,” to answer questions from viewers live on the air.

Tune in to “Before the Board” at 6 p.m., on Monday, Aug. 1 and call the phone number on your screen to speak with the Deputy Mayor about a question or concern.

Or email your question before or during the program to

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

Prairie Fest

The City of Wood Dale, along with the Village of Addison, City of Bensenville and City of Elmhurst, invite you to Wood Dale Prairie Fest, Thursday, Aug. 11 through Sunday, Aug. 14 at the Wood Dale Town Square, at Wood Dale Road and Commercial Street.  Includes Carnival, Food, and lots of entertainment!

For more information, click here.

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