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

October 2010


In This Issue

Mayor’s Community Charity Ball

Fall Fest

Salt Creek Greenway Trail Opening

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


Twenty five years ago, Village President Anthony Russotto had an idea for a Dinner Dance to raise money for Addison's local food pantry, the Addison Community Switchboard.


About 100 people came that night, and a few hundred dollars was donated to the Switchboard.


That dinner was called the Mayor's Ball, and it became an annual event.  Shortly after I became Mayor in 1995, it became the Mayor's Community Charity Ball, and various charities and service organizations became involved, using the event as a fundraiser for their causes as well.


My wife Sandy and I look forward to this event every year, because it really brings together people from throughout our community, who show their overwhelming support for Addison.


It has grown far beyond the small affair that Tony first dreamed up.  In fact, last year I was honored to present 22 different organizations with a total of $61,000! 


More than 300 items appeared in last year’s Silent Auction, including gift certificates, artwork, sports memorabilia and jewelry.

This year, the Mayor's Community Charity Ball will be held on Saturday, November 13 at Alta Villa Banquets.  Dinner tickets are $75 per person; a portion of that will go to whichever organization you choose to support.


I hope you will consider attending, and celebrating our 25th year of raising money that stays right here in Addison.  Below, you will find a list of the organizations that are a part of the Mayor's Community Charity Ball.  If you aren't a member of one these organizations, I'm sure you probably know someone who is.  Or else, you know someone who has been helped or received services from one of them.


You don't have to be a close friend of Sandy or myself, or of a member of our Village Board – you just have to be a friend of Addison.  Nothing makes us happier than to meet new people that evening.


In addition to a wonderful dinner and open bar, you can enjoy entertainment by the Addison Trail High School Chamber Strings, and Elmhurst College Jazz Band.  Hundreds of items will be open for bid at the Silent Auction as well.


We hope to see you there on November 13!



Mayor Larry Hartwig welcomes more than 550 guests to the 2009 Mayor's Community Charity Ball.  Nearly $61,000 was distributed to 22 Addison-based charities after the event.

Mayor's Community Charity Ball Tickets Available Now

Benefits 22 Charities, Service Organizations

Tickets are now available for the 2010 Mayor’s Community Charity Ball, to be held Saturday, Nov. 13 at Alta Villa Banquets.

Last year nearly $61,000 was distributed 22 local charities and service organizations, all of which use the funds right here in Addison.

This black tie optional event is hosted by Mayor Larry Hartwig. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. Dinner music is provided by the Addison Trail Chamber Strings, followed by dancing to the Elmhurst College Jazz Band.

Dinner tickets will be $75 per person, including open bar.  Approximately half of each dinner ticket will be donated to the sponsoring organization of your choice!

In addition to a delicious dinner and marvelous entertainment, you can also get a start on your holiday shopping at the Silent Auction, featuring items for any budget, such as sports memorabilia, getaways and jewelry. Guests are encouraged to pre-register their Visa or Mastercard when they arrive so that they may skip the payment line when the auction ends.

Mayor Larry Hartwig (second from left) and wife Sandy (left), greet guests as they arrive at last year's event at Alta Villa.

Tickets may also be purchased for the cash raffle, awarding $1,500, $1,000 and $500 – winners need not be present. Raffle tickets are available from any of the sponsoring organizations; they may also be purchased the night of the event.

For more information, please contact Doree Krage, Assistant Community Relations Director, at 693-7550. Credit cards cannot be accepted for dinner reservations.

The sponsoring organizations are: Addison Community Switchboard, Addison Center for the Arts, Addison Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Addison Rec Club, Addison Trail Theatre Boosters, Americans of Italian Descent, Concord Lutheran School, District 4 Educational Foundation for Excellence, Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Foundation, Friends of the Addison Public Library, Helping Hand Sertoma Club, Kiwanis Club of Addison, Knights of Columbus, LCFS - Lutherbrook Child & Adolescent Center, Medinah Shriners, NorthEast DuPage Special Recreation Association (NEDSRA), Parks & Recreation Foundation, Rotary Club of Addison, Serenity House, Sister Cities of Addison, Student Participation Center, and Women’s Club of Addison.

Things to Know

  • Tickets are $75 per person; includes dinner and open bar.

  • Cash or check only; credit cards can not be used to purchase dinner tickets.

  • Tickets are available through any of the 22 organizations, or through the Village Community Relations Department – 630-693-7550.

  • Raffle Tickets are also available for $5 each, or 5 for $20. You could win up to $1,500.

  • Silent Auction items may be purchased that night with cash, check, Visa or Mastercard.
  • The fastest and best way to pay for Silent Auction items is to pre-register your credit card as soon as you arrive.  If you win an item, your sheet will be marked PAID and you can pick up your item immediately!  And if you don’t win, your credit card information will be destroyed by the Village of Addison within 72 hours.
  • Invitations will be mailed the first week of October. Didn't receive one? Download it here.


Halloween Safety Tips

Each year children look forward to dressing up in their favorite costume and trick-or-treat in their neighborhood. This year the children of Addison are invited to participate in trick-or-treating between the hours of 3 - 7 p.m. on Oct. 31.

Parents and children can enjoy a safe and festive holiday by watching out for signs of trouble and following these safety tips from the Addison Police Department.

  • Don’t allow children to trick-or-treat alone or late at night. Have them go with a group of friends or have a
    parent accompany them.

  • Watch for traffic.

  • Make sure children can see well through face masks, or use cosmetics to make scary or fun faces.

  • Have children stay in their own neighborhood.

  • Make sure children know never to go inside anyone’s house, even if they are invited in.

  • Make sure costumes fit properly. It’s easy to trip on long costumes or shoes that are too big.

  • Have children wear brightly colored clothing.

  • Use “glow-in-the-dark” stickers on their costumes so cars can see them.

  • Encourage them to use the sidewalks and to cross streets at intersections.

  • Children should carry a flashlight after dark.

  • Have children bring all candy and goodies home to be examined before eating any of them. Parents should check all treats with extra caution and any suspicious items should be reported to the police.

Residents are encouraged to leave their porch lights on to indicate their willingness to welcome trick-or-treaters during the Halloween celebration.

Residents are asked to hand out treats that are completely wrapped and sealed.

For more information on Halloween Safety, or any Crime Prevention program, please call Officer Omar Brucal at 543-3080 ext. 7900.

A Bit of Addison History

An early, undated photo, of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.

Watch an "Addiscene" interview about the 50th Anniversary
of Prince of Peach Lutheran Church

If you’ve traveled down Army Trail Road lately, you are probably aware that Addison’s Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, located at 1213 Army Trail Road, recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary.

The history of the church goes back to October, 1959, when the Board of American Missions of the United Lutheran Church in America announced its decision to develop a mission in Addison, Illinois.  Newly-ordained Melvin Holtz was the Mission Developer.  A parsonage located at 101 N. Adams Drive in Addison was purchased.  A Steering Committee was formed and the first service was held on Sunday, November 8, 1959 in the cafeteria of Oak School, 400 N. Addison Road, with approximately 125 men, women, and children in attendance.  Pre-organization work was planned, a constitution was approved and the first Church Council was elected.

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church became a legally responsible congregation on Sunday, March 13, 1960 when so declared by the Rev. Dr. Howard Weeg, President of the Illinois Synod.  The following week a new temporary church home was established in two vacant stores at 17 and 19 N. Addison Road.  In one week’s time, walls were painted, wiring was installed for lighting, draperies were sewn, and tile was laid on the floor.  In addition, an altar cross, lectern and baptismal font were built.

In May, 1960, Prince of Peace was officially welcomed as a member of the Illinois Synod.  Rev. Holtz accepted the call to become permanent pastor the next month.

Increased enrollment made it necessary to seek larger quarters.  In May, 1961 services began at Army Trail School, 346 Army Trail Road. 

Groundbreaking services were held on April 29, 1962 for the first unit of the present building at 1213 Army Trail Road, consisting of a nave seating about 200, offices and a combination Sunday Church School/Fellowship Hall.  The cornerstone laying service took place on September 9, 1962.  The first worship service in the completed church building was on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 1962. 

Nine years later there was another groundbreaking ceremony for the second unit addition of 4,000 square feet to the building, which provided more space for Sunday Church School classes, an all-purpose room and church offices.  A third unit addition and renovation work began in the fall of 1992. 

The church has had nine pastors in its 50-year history, as well as a current membership of approximately 180 families, some of which are former members of Christ the Redeemer Lutheran Church of Bloomingdale, which merged with Prince of Peace in October, 2004.  The church has numerous youth, adult and community ministries, including the Addison Blood Drive, Addison Community Switchboard, Lutherbrook Academy, and Serenity House.

Information for this article was taken from the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Album Directory, 1970, and the 50th Anniversary Celebration Program.  For more on the history of Addison’s churches, visit the Addison Historical Museum, 135 Army Trail Road.  Open Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Salt Creek Greenway Trail Grand Opening
The Salt Creek Greenway Trail was officially opened on Saturday, September 25.  Officials were joined by members of the Elmhurst Bike Club, who took an inaugural ride from Busse Woods to Brookfield Zoo.

Speakers included (front row, left to right) State Representative Dennis Reboletti, Mayor Larry Hartwig, Addison Park District Board President Don Jessen, and DuPage Forest Preserve District President Dewey Pierotti.


Watch complete coverage of the Grand Opening at Community Park here.

Village Employees of the Month

Debra Pekosh
Clerk Typist
Police Department

September 2010

Debbie Pekosh has been a Village of Addison Employee for 32 years. Prior to her current position as a Clerk Typist, Debbie was with Dispatch for 21 years.

Some of the duties Debbie performs include handling the transmittal of documents in which she types and sends all tickets to the Clerk’s office. Other duties include racial profiling, imaging documents and accident reports. She is also responsible for sorting and separating all paperwork that comes into the department.

Debbie and her husband David have 3 children. Jeffery is 16 ½, Eric 15, and Kelsey 13.

One of Debbie’s hobbies involves storm chasing with a group from the local college. She travels with her fellow storm chasers in vans all over the central United States photographing storms and has, on occasion, spotted a tornado. In her spare time, Debbie is busy keeping up with 3 teenagers. She also enjoys taking her dogs swimming.

News Blurbs

Trick or Treat Hours

The Village’s Trick or Treat Hours will be on Sunday, Oct. 31 from 3 to 7 p.m.

Children should only trick or treat within three blocks of their home.

Parents are encourage to supervise children at all times, especially when crossing streets.

Lyric Opera Performs

For the 15th year, Lyric Opera’s “Opera in the Neighborhoods” program will pay a visit to Addison.

Children in grades 4 - 6 from all public and parochial schools in Addison in grades 4-6 are invited to the two performances at Addison Trail High School.  Addison School District  4 will provide the bussing for the students .  

The dress rehearsal will take place on Friday, October 8 at 10:30 a.m. at Addison Trail,  giving high school students the opportunity to see the production and find out more about careers in the lyric and theater from the cast of opera singers.

Voter Registration

The last day to register to vote, or to transfer registration, for the upcoming Nov. 2, 2010 General Election is Tuesday, Oct. 5.

You may register to vote at Village Hall, the Addison Public Library, Addison Township or Bloomingdale Township. 

To check the status of registration, or download a registration application, visit the DuPage County Election Commission website.

For information, call the Village Clerk’s office at 630-543-4100.

Early Voting

The DuPage County Election Commission offers Early Voting at locations throughout the county from Oct. 11 through Oct. 28.

Voters may visit and cast a ballot for the Nov. 2 General Election at any of the locations throughout the County.

In Addison, Early Voting will be offered at Addison Township, 401 N. Addison Road, Mon., Wed., & Fri., 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Tues., & Thurs., 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.; and Sat., 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

For a complete list of sites in DuPage County, and voting times, click here.

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