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 ...............................630-693-7530

Community 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

October 2012

In this issue

Halloween Safety Tips

Emerald Ash Borer Update

Fall Fest Oct. 27

Regular Features

Employee of the Month

A Bit of Addison History

News Blurbs

Important Links

MayorFrom the Desk of
Mayor Larry Hartwig

When my wife, Sandy, and I moved to Addison in 1972, it was an opportunity for us to set down roots for our family, after serving as educational missionaries in Papua and New Guinea for five years where our children, Jennifer and Scott, were born.

As we each continued our teaching careers, we settled here and became part of the community.  We first became involved in our church, St. Paul Lutheran, our children's schools, and then  community organizations.

I was appointed to the Police Commission in 1983 before running for office for the first time in 1987, when I became a Village Trustee. I really felt it was a privilege to serve the community that we had come to love and call home.

When Village President Anthony Russotto passed away, I was chosen by my fellow trustees as Acting Village President in 1995. I ran for Mayor for the first time in 1997 and have been honored to have been reelected three times since then.

This spring, there will be another mayoral election, and Sandy and I have thought long and hard about it. But we have come to the decision that I will not seek reelection next spring. As I've begun to tell people about this decision, the inevitable question is, "Why?"

We still intend to stay here in Addison and we still intend to remain active members of our community. There have been no great changes in our lives to prevent me from seeking reelection. So the real reason is that I just truly feel "it's time."

We have accomplished a great deal in the past 25 years, and I am proud of the changes that have taken place. I'm also proud that I have not only been able to serve Addison, but through various county and state agencies, make a more regional impact. Since retiring as principal of Wood Dale Junior High School in 2001, I've been able to devote more time to our community, as well as Choose DuPage, DuPage Water Commission, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, CMAP Council of Mayors, and DuPage Mayors and Managers.

Much of my time on the Board has been spent with the same dedicated people, who share the same vision for our community. I know they will continue the same good work.

And I'm also glad that Rich Veenstra, who has been a trustee since 1992 and my deputy mayor since 2003, has declared his candidacy for mayor. I support his decision, and look forward to helping him and the entire board in any way I can.

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Larry Hartwig

Celebrate Halloween Safely

Trick or Treat Hours in the Village of Addison are 3 to 7 p.m.

Halloween is an exciting and fun-filled time for many children. Unfortunately, it also results in tragedy each year. 

In an effort to help keep children safe this Halloween, the Addison Police Department offers the following safety tips for parents, children, and motorists.


1. Welcome trick-or-treaters with your porch lights and any exterior lights on.

2. Immediately report any suspicious or criminal activity to your local Police Department or Sheriff's Office by calling 911. That includes trick or treating outside of the Village-established hours of 3 to 7 p.m.

3. Do not give homemade or unwrapped treats to children.


1. Never trick-or-treat alone. It is best to have a trusted adult go with the children for the entire evening.

2. Carry a flashlight and use it so drivers can see you and you can see hazards in the street.

3. Never talk to or accept rides from strangers.

4. Do not take short cuts through backyards, alleys, empty lots, or parks. Walk in well-lighted areas only.

5. Do not go inside anyone's home. Remain on the porch at all times.

6. Only approach homes that have a front porch light on.


Addison Pest Update: Emerald Ash Borer

Ash Trees Throughout the Village Affected

Emerald Ash BorerThe Emerald Ash Borer is a small, non-native, metallic green invasive beetle whose larvae feed in the conductive wood tissues under the bark of ash trees.

The resulting damage cuts off the tree’s ability to transport nutrients and ultimately causes the tree’s decline and eventual death.

Ash trees can be infested with EAB for a few years before the tree begins to demonstrate any signs of EAB infestation.

Since each female can lay up to 90 eggs, fly within a ½ mile from origin (or greater), and can breed in an area undetected for several years, EAB infestations have proven to be fast spreading and overwhelming for municipalities.

The presence of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was first discovered in Addison in July 2009 and has since been found infesting ash trees to some extent in nearly every subdivision throughout the Village.

Since its discovery, the Village of Addison has been engaged in the ongoing process of delineating the extent of localized infestations, removing and replacing positive identifications, and inspecting suspect trees along the Village right-of-ways.

The Village continues to mark and remove positively identified infested public ash trees in an attempt to slow the rate of infestation and tree mortality, as each year the rate of infestation increases exponentially.

Trees removed will be replaced during future planting seasons by the Village (subject to appropriate tree spacing).

Infested trees found on private property shall be addressed through Village ordinances. Ash tree owners may ask about chemical treatment options to help protect their trees; however the only guaranteed method to control Emerald Ash Borer is to remove the host tree(s).

The Village of Addison has approximately 2,100 ash trees scattered throughout Addison’s parkways, making up roughly 15 percent of the village’s 14,000 estimated total canopy.

The Village proactively eliminated the planting of Ash species in the Village parkways and new subdivision construction after reports of wide spread damage throughout Michigan in 2002, helping to insure a greater species diversity throughout Addison.

How do I know if the tree on my property or parkway is an Ash tree?

Below are a few internet links to help you identify ash trees:

How can I tell if my Ash tree is infested by the Emerald Ash Borer?

Signs and Symptoms of EAB include: Emerald Ash Borer Hole

• Canopy dieback
• Very small D-shaped exit holes
• Shoots sprouting from the tree trunks
• S-shaped larval galleries underneath the bark
• Splitting and flecking bark
• Extensive / increased woodpecker damage

* Ash trees exhibiting three (3) or more of these signs / symptoms shall be declared as a nuisance infestation and designated as a required removal by the Director of Public Works or his designee.

What can I do to protect my tree from the Emerald Ash Borer?

Once identified as infested by Village arborists, the suspect Ash tree shall be designated as a required removal. Ash trees not confirmed as infested can be treated with insecticides to help prevent infestation.

Boring insects already in the tree, improper applications or improper timing of applications contribute to poor or ineffective control. Chemical applications will need to be applied to a healthy tree annually for the term of that tree’s existence. When considering ongoing, annual usage of insecticidal control, one should weigh the value of the tree against the cost of treatment.

Even if a property owner has invested time and money in proactive treatments, the Village will require its removal if the tree in question has been determined to be infested.

Again, the only guaranteed method to control Emerald Ash Borer is to remove the host tree(s). Insects and insect holes are commonly found in parkway trees. Several native wood boring insects are often found attacking weakened ash trees.

Infested trees have been found in virtually every subdivision of the village. In order to remove the trees quickly to limit further spread, the Village has contracted with an outside company for the removal of more than 400 ash trees. Village crews will continue to remove trees as well.

Ash trees may appear to be declining for several other reasons.

• Live branches can be brittle and prone to breakage during dry seasons.
• Sprouts along the branches and trunk may form in the year following a heavy pruning.
• Ash trees along the roadside may also exhibit dead branches resulting from poor soils, root damage, insufficient soil moisture, and salt damage.

It is very important for area residents to be aware and vigilant in inspecting their ash trees for this pest. If you suspect you may have found adult or larval form of this insect, contact the Village of Addison Department of Public Works, at (630) 620-2020.

Additional information can be obtained by visiting the following links:

WindmillA Bit of Addison History

With autumn upon us, we share a seasonal photo from the Addison Historical Museum's collection.

The postcard shown below is postmarked December 20, 1910, and the message on the back of the photo is in German.

Pictured are young men from the Addison Seminary in a pile of leaves that they had probably raked.

From 1864 to 1913, Addison was home to a Lutheran Teachers' Seminary, which stood just west of the current Village Hall. During those 49 years, 1,484 young men were graduated, after having been trained to be teachers in Lutheran schools.

In 1913 the Seminary relocated to River Forest, Illinois and was later renamed Concordia Teachers' College. It has been almost 100 years since the seminary left Addison; however, the school is still in existence, and is now known as Concordia University.

Doree KrageEmployee of the Month

Doree Krage
Asst. Director of Community Relations
Community Relations Department
September 2012

Doree Krage has been a Village employee for 19 years. She started part-time as the Public Relations Assistant, and in 1999 became the full-time Assistant Director of Community Relations.

Doree handles the Village of Addison website, as well as the eNewsletter and other communications with residents, such as eBlasts. She appears on Addison Community Television, and also helps behind the scenes on TV programs. She helps coordinate and promote village events, with the design of flyers and programs. She is also the main coordinator of the annual Mayor’s Community Charity Ball.

Doree and her husband Blaine have three daughters: D.J., who is 24, and twins Nicole and Ali, who are 19. She enjoys traveling, reading and working out. In her spare time she is adjusting to her new “empty nest.”

News Blurbs

Early Voting Begins Oct. 22

DuPage County Board of Election Commission officials have established 12 early voting locations for the Nov. 6 General Election, including at the Addison Township Offices at 401 N. Addison Road.

Early voting allows voters to cast their ballots in the General Election at their convenience prior to Election Day. 

Early voting begins Oct. 22 and runs through Nov. 3. For a complete list of locations, including hours of operation, click here.

Mayor's Ball Tickets Available

Tickets to the Mayor's Community Charity Ball on Nov. 10 are now available. Proceeds will benefit 20 local charities and services organizations within Addison.

The $75 ticket includes open bar, dinner, dancing and entertainment. A cash raffle and Silent Auction will also be held.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Doree Krage at 630-693-7550.

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