Village of Addison
1 Friendship Plaza
Addison IL 60101-2786


Mayor Rich Veenstra
Clerk Lucille Zucchero

Village Trustees:
Cathy Kluczny
Tom Hundley
Sylvia Layne
William Lynch
Joe McDermott
Harry Theodore

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 2013

In this issue

Be Mindful of Water Quality

Legislative News

Fall Fest

Regular Features

Employee of the Month

A Bit of Addison History

News Blurbs

Important Links

Mayor Richard VeenstraFrom the Desk of
Mayor Rich Veenstra

Since taking office in May, one of the things I have been looking forward to the most is hosting the Mayor's Community Charity Ball in November.

Having attended the event every year since it began, I can tell you it's a wonderful opportunity to socialize with members of the entire community while raising funds for worthy causes.

More importantly, though, I really feel the Mayor's Ball is a shining example of who we are in Addison – we work hard together toward a common goal, and help each other along the way. I've spoken with officials from other communities, and no one has ever heard of another event of this kind.

Each of the 20 charities and service organizations have their own mission and goals, whether that's to feed the hungry, to provide scholarships or health care, or to help children's causes. Yet they all have something in common – they are all based in Addison, and they are all working to improve our community and help those who live in it. And they all work very hard to make this event successful.

This year's event is Saturday, Nov. 9 at Alta Villa Banquets. Tickets are $80 per person, and for the first time can be purchased online with a credit card. There is a $5 discount for those who still wish to pay by check. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket will support the charity of your choice.

The evening includes dinner, entertainment, open bar and dancing, as well as a cash raffle and silent auction. It's also an opportunity to meet people from every area of our community, whether it's business leaders, school volunteers, elected officials, or simply your neighbors.

If you've never attended before, I encourage you to join us this year. Even if you aren't a member of any of the organizations that use this as a fundraiser, I'm sure you will find an agency on this list that you can support.

I look forward to seeing you on November 9!


Rich Veenstra

Be Mindful of Water Quality This Fall

Tips from DuPage County Stormwater Management

The fall season brings football, cooler days and changing leaves. However, the changing season also brings the inevitable need for yard cleanup.

All DuPage County residents live in a watershed, meaning most everything entering storm drains eventually runs into rivers or streams. In autumn, leaves are oftentimes blown or swept into storm drains and waterways and can become a source of water pollution. Once they reach waterways, leaves decompose and release phosphorous into the water, which can result in algae blooms and decreased oxygen for fish.

However, pollutants are not the only problem. Leaves can also build up along curbs, gutters and storm drains, which blocks stormwater runoff from entering this drainage infrastructure. Should a major weather event occur, this can lead to localized flooding.

DuPage County residents can help to keep excess leaves out of storm sewers and waterways by engaging in a number of activities.

  • Start a compost pile or add leaves to an existing one. While the organic debris is not ideal for aquatic life, composted leaves and other organic materials are an excellent resource for fertilizing your garden in the summer months. It provides necessary nutrients, while also reducing the need for chemical fertilizers.
  • Leaves can be chopped into small pieces using a mulching mower, which will decompose directly on lawns. The leaf pieces can also be collected and spread around flowerbeds and shrubs as mulch.
  • If recycling leaves in-house is not an option, residents may bring leaves to DuPage Yard Waste (1195 W. Washington St., West Chicago) for a fee. To transport, collect leaves in a secure and properly sealed paper bag to ensure they do not blow into storm sewers or streams.
  • Residents may also contact their local municipality or waste hauler for information on leaf removal services.

For more information, visit


Legislative News from House District 77

News from State Representative Kathleen Willis

Kathleen WillisSpring isn’t the only time for cleaning.  This October, please join me, the Addison Chamber of Commerce and the Addison Park District for a Fall Recycling Extravaganza on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Community Rec Center Parking Lot, 120 E. Oak Street.

Recycling is not always an opportune enterprise.  It can be difficult find the time to dispose of items that we accumulate throughout the years.  This event is aimed at providing an opportunity for a convenient and complimentary recycling service for many different items.

Load up your car and keep these items out of landfills to save our planet and to make our community greener and cleaner.  We will be offering opportunities to recycle electronics, light bulbs, bicycles, crayons and keys,

medical equipment such as crutches, canes walkers and wheel chairs, glasses, hearing aids, and document shredding.

Simply load up your car with what you would like recycled, stop by and we’ll take care of the rest.  This event is free and open to the public.  I hope you will be able to join us and use the fall to de-clutter.  If you have any questions about what items are available to be recycled, please feel free to give my office a call at 708-562-6970.  Also, to keep up to date on other events and important information around the district, please check out my new website at

State Representative Willis represents District 77, which covers the northeast corner of Addison. For information on how to contact Representative Willis, as well as our other legislators, click here.

Arthur H. MillierA Bit of Addison History

Oct. 6 marks the 129th anniversary of the Village of Addison.  In 1884, 28 voters from Sections 21 and 28 of Addison Township voted to organize and incorporate certain portions of these sections into a village, which would be called Addison.

A description of what the newly incorporated village was like at the time is found in “Memoirs of Albert H. Miller and the Miller Family History,” which is a book in the collection of the Addison Historical Museum.  The book was written in 1947 by a gentleman who had been both a student and a professor at the Lutheran Teachers’ Seminary in Addison.  In it he recalls:

“When I arrived in Addison as a student in 1884, I was not much impressed by the village.  It consisted of one long street with a number of houses stretched along one side.  The villagers with one or two exceptions were all Lutherans.  A public school was attended by six or eight pupils while the other children from the village, from the outlying farms, and from the nearby Orphan Home were enrolled in the church school.  Two general stores, Marquardt’s and Treichler’s, supplied the wants of the 500 population and the students who had money to spend for cookies, crackers, books, and other articles.  There were of course, no pavements.  During the spring months, the mud was so soft and deep that wagons often sank up to the hubs when the farmers drove to church or took their products to the Chicago market.

“The church (Zion Lutheran, Bensenville) which the students attended was approximately 2-1/2 miles distant, and all were expected to take part in the services.  We often plowed through the mud, especially after a heavy rain which covered the rubber boots which we were obliged to wear, far above the ankles.  No excuse for nonattendance was accepted, except, perhaps, for a real or supposed illness.

“The village boasted of a two plank sidewalk, usually much out of repair, on the side of the street on which the houses were located.  There was a lighting system provided.  It consisted of lamp-posts, few and far between, each of which supported a kerosene lamp.  This was refilled every day with sufficient oil to last four or five hours, and when the oil was exhausted, the lamps extinguished themselves.  No venture outside of the house was made on a dark night without a lantern.  The professors, coming to a meeting of the faculty, never came without one.

“During the hot summer months, the mud changed to a hard, stony-like substance which made walking difficult and cumbersome.  During the spring, the soil that had been washed by the rains into the ditches was brought back to the road by the farmers to smoothen out ruts and ridges.  I may mention here that all students 21 years and older were required to pay a poll tax of $2.00 a year, or work two days on the road.  There were eight of us eligible for this job, and as we were usually moneyless, we shoveled the two days.  It was no real hardship for us, as we did not overexert ourselves.  Besides we were excused from lessons, and usually the other students collected funds to provide us with an eighth of beer which greatly alleviated the hardship (?) of our employment.  In addition to all this, the other boys would come to see us, sit on the side of the road, and pass supposedly humorous remarks to us “poll tax slaves.”

“We could not expect sewers and running water to be found, and it became a real problem to take a bath.  In summer we went to the Salt Water Creek to bathe, but as the water was never deep enough to swim, we merely floundered about, but had the satisfaction of having taken a bath.  To take a bath in winter, usually took from two to three hours.  The first operation was to dip out the water from the bath-tub which the last bather had kindly left in the tub.  A huge caldron of water had to be filled, a fire made to heat the water which had to be dipped out of a cistern…..but enough!  I might mention the beautiful black rim on the side of the tub, which no one ever thought necessary to remove.  Such was the Addison Seminary of by-gone days of 1884.

“When we arrived in Addison 22 years later, in 1906, I did not expect much improvement in the village.  Yet there was improvement.  Now there were houses on both sides of the street, with well-laid cement sidewalks, the roadway was hard gravel.  As many of the villagers were retired farmers, the houses were architecturally better built with fairly well-kept lawns about them.  A meat market had been established, and even a bank had been organized.  The lighting system of 1884 was still in existence.  A church had been built, and the Illinois Central Railroad had built a spur to the village, making communication with Chicago very convenient.  As yet there was no running water nor a sewage plant, but some years later event these conveniences were provided.  Altogether, we were well satisfied in our new home under existing conditions.”

The Addison Historical Museum is located at 135 Army Trail Road in Addison.  Phone:  (630) 628-1433.  email:  Open Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Maria ReyesEmployee of the Month

Maria Reyes
Patrol Officer
Police Department
September 2013

Maria Reyes has worked in the Village of Addison Police Department for 8 years.

She also works part-time at College of DuPage and teaches “Intro To Criminal Justice.”

Maria patrols Addison on the afternoon shift and is assigned to the Community Response Unit.

She is married to Mark and has an adorable 6 month old son named Ryder.

In her spare time, Maria loves to cook and run in marathons.

News Blurbs

Landscape Waste Ends Nov. 1

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.

For more details on proper ways to dispose of landscape waste, please click here.

Final Branch Pickup Next Week

The final seasonal branch pickup service to residents will take place next week, beginning Monday and finish by the end of the week.

Branches should be on the parkway the Sunday evening. Contracted crews will pass down each street only one time.

For more information about Branch Pickup, please click here.

'Ask Mayor Veenstra' Oct. 7

Mayor Rich Veenstra will answer questions from residents Monday evening when he makes his monthly appearance on Addison Community Television's "Ask Mayor Veenstra" program, Oct. 7.

Tune in to the live broadcast at 6 p.m. and call the phone number on your screen to speak with the mayor about a question or concern.

Or email your question before or during the program to

Addison Community Television can been seen on Comcast Cable Channel 6, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99, and is streamed online here.

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