April 14, 2020 Update from the Mayor

April 14, 2020 Update from the Mayor

Today, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced 1,222 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 23,247 cases including 868 deaths, in 88 counties in Illinois.  Hickory Hills now has 28 confirmed COVID cases.

Governor JB Pritzker has signed and order suspending laws that permit the service of a garnishment or wage deduction summons to discover assets as part of consumer debt collection proceedings. The step is intended to protect the use of federal stimulus money for essential needs.

Other Local News

Ricky Rockets Fuel Center to Start Development Next Week

If you do venture out for some essential travel, you may see the start of the demolition of the former Drive Time building on the site of the former Lexington House property.  Ricky Rockets Fuel Center will be moving forward with the construction of a fuel center, car wash and a separate retail plaza just east of the 95th Street Produce store.  We remain optimistic that the adjacent retail center will have several desirable business tenants to serve our community.  Pictured below is an existing Ricky Rockets in Hoffman Estates.


Weekly Public Works Activities

This week our fine public works team will be undertaking various parkway repairs and brush pickup throughout the city.  I also hope that I do not jinx them by writing this but they will be removing the snow plow equipment from many vehicles.

April always seems to bring unpredictable weather, snow flurries early in the week will bring warmer temperatures for the weekend. Residents that had branches come down in the windy weather can put them out at the curb. Public Works comes down each street once a week, weather permitting, to chip the branches.

Asphalt plants are starting to open up for the season and that means the City is gearing up  for our street resurfacing program that will start at the end of the month.

Monday Virtual Tours and Comic Relief

Thanks to Public Works Director Sue Lehr for the following suggestion:

Take the kids on a field trip, virtually. Chicago area museums and zoos are offering virtual tours that can be reached directly through their websites or through the following link.

One of my favorite shows from years ago was Cheers.  Just a funny clip below about cleaning….:not suggesting any lab created conspiracy.

Mayor Mike