April 2, 2020 Update from the Mayor

April 2, 2020 Update from the Mayor

Happy Thursday evening everyone. Just wanted to share the following current COVID information:

Today, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced 715 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 7,695 cases including 157 deaths in 61 counties in Illinois. Cases by county can be found on the state’s coronavirus website at coronavirus.illinois.gov. For those of you who may not have been following when I sent before, the following link from the Cook County Department of Public Health tracks verified COVID cases in each town. Hickory Hills now has 13 confirmed cases. https://ccdphcd.shinyapps.io/draftapp03282020/

During his daily press briefing, Governor JB Pritzker announced the creation of the “All In Illinois” campaign. The Governor’s press release about the new campaign is available via this link. The campaign reinforces the state’s core message: stay at home and stay safe. Visit www.enjoyillinois.com/allinillinois for more information and how you can participate in the “All In Illinois” campaign.

The Governor’s Office is continually updating their COVID-19 resources. Linked here is the most recent edition of their Daily COVID-19 FAQs.

Update from Public Works

As I have mentioned, city public services continue as close to normal as possible while keeping our employees healthy and safe. Brush pickup began April 1, 2020. Please call Public Works at 708/598-7855 with any questions. From Public Works Director Sue Lehr: “Looking out the window, you are bound to catch some birds fluttering about and singing. Along with the Cardinals and Blue-Jays (birds, not the sports teams) you might get a glance of Public Works crews working on cleaning up after our winter activities. As winters go, we had a mild one this year but there are always areas that need restoration each Spring. Public Works crews are leveling parkways this week, readying them for black dirt and in preparation of the final layer of that green “carpet”.”

S&M Auto Sales Is Open For Business

S&M Auto Sales located at 7825 W. 95th Street in Hickory Hills was just getting ready for its grand opening when the Stay at Home Order was declared. Importantly, they are open for business as an “essential business”, but you just need to call for an appointment if you wish the visit the showroom. I know that this is a difficult time for many, but for those who are in need or a car, please consider giving them a call at 708/529-1300 or e-mail them at sandmauto1@gmail.com.

Restaurants Open for Carry Out and Delivery

Also, just a reminder that our restaurants are still open to serve us. After my daughter and I visited my mother, I could not help stopping in to grab some takeout from Taqueria don Tono located at 8843 W. 87th Street. As always, the steak taco meal was amazing!


Doorbell Humor

Finally, during our Stay at Home it seems that we are even more alarmed than normal when the doorbell rings. Hope you enjoy this Sebastian Maniscalco routine:

Stay positive.

Mayor Mike