Village of Addison
1 Friendship Plaza
Addison IL 60101-2786


Mayor Larry Hartwig
Clerk Lucille Zucchero

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

Village Manager
Joe Block ................................... 630-693-7503

Assistant Village Manager
John Berley ................................ 630-693-7532

Human Resources ................... 630-693-7504

Water Billing .............................. 630-693-7570

Community Development
Engineering, zoning, building permits, code enforcement ...............................630-693-7330

Communty Relations
Cable television, website, media relations, special events ........................... 630-693-7550

Public Works
Streets, water, tree trimming, branch pickup ...........................................630-620-2020

Environmental Services
Recycling, waste removal, sewer backups, flood control ............................... 630-279-2140

Police (Non-Emergency)
Traffic violations, crime prevention programs, stray animals .........630-543-3080



Village of Addison eNewsletter

June 2012

In this issue

MFT Projects Scheduled

Branch Pickup Schedule

Regular Features

Employee of the Month

A Bit of Addison History

News Blurbs

Important Links

MayorFrom the Desk of
Mayor Larry Hartwig

On behalf of the members of the Addison Village Board, our staff and the entire community, I would like to express our deepest condolences to the family of Anthony J. LaRocca, who passed away on Tuesday, May 22.

Tony LaRocca served Addison with dedication, compassion and honor.  His career as an Addison police officer, water pollution control superintendent and village manager spanned more than 30 years during a time of enormous development.  It was only fitting that following Tony’s retirement, the Village Board dedicated the Village’s South Wastewater Treatment Plant at 333 S. Villa Avenue in Tony’s name.

Tony LaRocca

Click here to see a look back at the career of
Anthony J. LaRocca

Only months following his retirement in 1989, Tony was elected to the first of four consecutive terms as a Trustee of the Addison Fire Protection District, most recently serving as Board President.  His service to the Fire Protection District, along with his term as President of the Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts, will long be remembered by our community and throughout the fire protection services in the State of Illinois.

Our community has lost a true leader and we can all be grateful that Anthony J. LaRocca was a leader for Addison.


Larry Hartwig signature

Larry Hartwig



Anthony J. LaRocca Timeline of Service to Addison

1956 – Hired by the Village of Addison as a part-time police officer.

July 28, 1958  – Appointed as Water Pollution Control Superintendent.

Feb. 9, 1983 – Designated as Acting Village Manager.

Oct. 7, 1985 – Appointed as Village Manager.

Jan. 1, 1989 – Retired from Village employment.

1989 – Appointed as Interim City Administrator, City of Darien.


Nov. 7, 1989 – Elected as Trustee of the Addison Fire Protection District; reelected in 1995,
2001 and 2007.

May 15, 1995 – Village of Addison renames the South Wastewater Treatment Plant, 333 S. Villa
Ave., as the “A.J. LaRocca Wastewater Treatment Facility” 

2001-02 – Served as President of the Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts.

Police BeatHome & Business Burglary Prevention Tips

And What To Do If You Are Burglarized

The men and women of the Addison Police Department are just as excited as you that summer is here.  Although it is a time to enjoy the outdoors, this does not mean your home or other property should be neglected.  The following tips are not groundbreaking, but even the simple things go undone and can lead to a victimized home.  The most important thing you can do to prevent a burglary is to call the police and report a crime or any suspicious activity.

The burglary basics:

  • Make your home look occupied and make it difficult to break into. 
  • Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed.  
  • Leave lights on when you go out.  If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps with automatic timers to turn on in the evening and off during the day.  Also, notify the Police Department and complete a House Watch form for your residence to be checked by officers during your absence (property can be listed up to 45 days).
  • Keep your garage door closed and locked.
  • Secure vacant rental or foreclosure properties from air conditioning and copper thefts by using a padlock and chain security device or by caging in the unit so thieves cannot reach the valuable metal.
  • Do not allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers, or flyers to build up while you are away.  Arrange the postal service to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to pick them up.
  • Arrange for your lawn to be mowed while you are gone for an extended period of time.
  • Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them if necessary.
  • Push button locks on doorknobs to exterior doors are easy for burglars to open.  Replace them with deadbolt locks.
  • Sliding glass doors are vulnerable.  Install special locks and security bars on them.

 Don't tempt a thief:

  • Lawn mowers, barbecues, and bicycles are best stored out of sight.
  • Always lock your garden sheds and garages.
  • Use curtains on garage and basement windows.
  • Never leave notes on your door such as "Gone Shopping."
  • Don’t advertise your whereabouts on social media sites, such as Facebook and MySpace

 Don’t overlook the outside:

  • Have adequate exterior lighting.  A motion-sensitive light is recommended for backyards.
  • Install security lighting around a business.  Make sure the property is well lit to reduce burglary or vandalism.
  • Trim trees and shrubs so that they cannot be used as hiding places for intruders or robbers. A rule of thumb is no bush should be higher than 2 feet tall and no tree branches should hang down lower than 6 feet.
  • Make sure your door hinges are on the inside of your residence or business.
  • If you have fencing surrounding your residence or business, make sure the gates are in good condition and keep them locked at all times.
  • Make sure there is adequate protection against entry via the roof.
  • Secure basement windows with bars, glass blocks, or bricks


  • Most windows can be pinned for security.  Drill a 3/16" hole on a slight downward slant through the inside window frame and halfway into the outside frame.  Then place a nail in the hole to secure the window.
  • Also, windows can be secured with sliding window locks.


  • An alarm system is an excellent tool for home or business security.  It provides peace of mind to homeowners and business owners, especially while you are away on vacation or closed for the evening.  There are a wide variety of alarm systems on the market.
  • Make several inquiries to different companies for the best security system available to you.
  • Once an alarm system is installed, check the system on a regular basis.

If Your Home Or Business Is Broken Into:

  • Do not enter the building just in case the intruder is still inside your home or business.
  • Use a neighbor's phone or cellular to notify the police.
  • Do not touch or clean up anything until the police have inspected the area for evidence that can lead to the apprehension of the intruder.
  • Write down the license plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles in the area. 
  • Note the physical descriptions of any suspicious person(s) in the area.
  • If you have a cellular phone that is equipped with a camera, photograph any suspicious vehicles with the license plate numbers or person(s) you see while you wait for police.

Other Precautions You Should Take:

  • Never leave keys under doormats, flowerpots, mailboxes, or other "secret" hiding places since burglars know where to look for hidden keys.
  • Make sure your telephones are pre-programmed with emergency contact numbers.
  • If you have a safe, make sure it is securely anchored.
  • Keep a detailed inventory of your belongings on an inventory form.  This form will help you record your valuable possessions, including a description of the items, date of purchase, original value, make, model, and serial numbers.  Keep a copy in a safe place away from home since this a good precaution in case of fires or other disasters.  Make a photographic or video recording of valuable objects, heirlooms, and antiques.  Your insurance company can also provide assistance in making and keeping your inventory.
  • Be a good neighbor.  If you notice anything suspicious in your neighborhood, call the police immediately.  Request to be put on our Extra Patrol list.
  • Mark your valuables with your driver's license number using an engraver.  Marked items are harder for a burglar to dispose of and easier for police to recover.

WindmillA Bit of Addison History

The Addison Historical Museum was recently contacted by a former Addison resident who lived near Lake St. and 5th Ave. from 1946-1949, and then again from 1953-1955. 

This former resident recalled a place called Long’s Truck Stop, located on the south side of Lake St., west of 5th Ave., where trucks carrying cows and pigs would park overnight, on their way to the Chicago Stock Yards. 

He also recalled that when neighbors nearby had their windows open, they had a night long serenade provided by the animals, and it was “difficult to ignore both the serenade and the fragrance.” 

He described Long’s Truck Stop as a two-story building, with a red asphalt-type siding, rolled out and applied from the bottom up. He stated that the owners probably lived on the premises, served up meals, and provided bathing and sleeping facilities to the truck drivers who stopped there.

If you can provide any further information about, or a photo of Long’s Truck Stop, please contact the Addison Historical Museum, located at 135 Army Trail Road in Addison.  Phone:  (630) 628-1433.  email:

News Blurbs

Branch Pickup Reminder

Branch Pickup begins the first Monday of each month and is completed by the end of the week, regardless of where you reside within the Village.

If you should miss the pickup within your area, branches should not be placed at the curb until the next pickup, otherwise you may be subject to code violations. Special pickups cannot be scheduled.

Branch pickup will begin on the following dates: June 4, July 2, August 6, Sept. 4 and Oct. 1.

For further guidelines for branch pickup, click here.

Landscape Waste Removal

Landscape waste pickup has begun and will continue 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 landscape waste stickers at Village Hall and affix them to each container. There is no charge for the decals, which are necessary to make the landscape waste easily distinguishable and visible to the collectors. One sticker is needed per container.

Otherwise, residents may purchase paper biodegradable bags at area retailers. 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.

'Ask Mayor Hartwig' Live June 4

Mayor Larry Hartwig makes his monthly appearance on Addison Community Television's Before the Board program on Monday, June 4 to answer questions from residents.

Tune in to the live broadcast at 6 p.m., and call in with a question or concern to speak to the Mayor on the air. Or email your question before or during the program to

Addison Community Television airs on Comcast Cable Channel 6, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 and is streamed live here.

Garden Market Planned

The Village of Addison is exploring the possibility of coordinating a "Garden Market" – an opportunity for local gardeners to meet weekly to sell some of the excess produce from their own gardens.

If you or someone you know is a backyard gardener, who may be interested in participating, please email as soon as possible.

John BrechinEmployee of the Month

Robert Jakubowski
Maintenance Worker III
Public Works Department
May 2012

Robert Jakubowski, the May, 2012 Employee of the Month, has been a
Village of Addison Public Works Employee for 23 years.  He is in charge of signs, pavement marking and traffic control.

Robert, and his wife, Sherianne, have a son Jamie, who is 16, and a daughter Elise, who is 12 years old.

His hobby, as he stated, “Is driving my children to all of theirs!

In his spare time Robert enjoys landscaping and traveling.

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