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Utility assistance available through Oak Park Township

Oak Park residents who qualify for low-income utility assistance programs can apply for the LIHEAP (Low Income Energy Assistance Program) through Oak Park Township Senior Services by calling 708-383-8060 for an appointment. The LIHEAP program helps pay a set portion of heating or electric utility bills on a one-time yearly basis for income eligible applicants (150% of poverty guidelines) or gives the applicant the option to enroll into or recertify in the percentage of income payment plan (PIPP) at certain times during the season.

Warming Centers Open

 As the cold weather season begins, residents are encouraged to use local warming centers as well as limit the time spent outside.  Oak Park has five local warming centers with varying hours:

The Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment for 2015 coverage ends February 15, 2015

Information on the 2015 Open Enrollment period and how to get 2015 insurance coverage can be found at  Individuals and families can call (800) 318-2596 or TTY (855) 889-4325, and small business can call (800) 706-7893 or TTY 711.  Here are some important deadlines to be aware of if you have 2014 coverage:

January 8th 2015 is deadline for Youth Services FY2016 Contract Proposals

Oak Park Township Youth Services is accepting applications for contracts for Youth Programming in the Oak Park and River Forest Communities. Proposals for FY16 (April 1st 2015 - March 31st 2016) will be accepted until January 8th, 2015. For the proposal documents, please click here. If you have any questions about the proposal process, please contact Danielle at 708-445-2727 or via email at

Youth Services Fiscal Year 2016 Contractor Networking Event

Contact: Danielle Flikkema, 708-445-2727
Youth Services, Administrative Assistant
November 18, 2014
Youth Services Fiscal Year 2016 Contractor Networking Event

Oak Park Township Youth Services is accepting applications for contracts for Youth Programming in the Oak Park and River Forest Communities. Our annual contractor networking event will be held Wednesday, December 3rd 2014 where we will review the contract process and explain priorities for FY16 (April 1st 2015-March 31st 2016).

Intergovernmental Committee Presentation 10/25/2104

Trustees and board members from every governmental agency in Oak Park met on Saturday, October 25th. The park district, village board, library board, township and two school boards discussed organizational challenges, taxes, expenses and revenues. The participants heard presentations on their respective budgets and how they impact economic sustainability in the village. For the complete presentation, click IGOV Presentation 10-25-14.pdf

Advisory Referenda on Township Annual Meeting Agenda

Contacts:  Greg White, Gavin Morgan
State of Illinois statute (60 ILCS 1/30-205) allows citizens to place an advisory referendum on election ballots. The process: A citizen creates a petition supporting an advisory referendum question to be placed on the Annual Meeting agenda of the local township. The citizen gathers 15 signatures of registered voters within the township and submits it to the township clerk by March 1. The clerk must place the referendum on the agenda for the Annual Meeting, which is held each year on the second Tuesday of April. The registered voters of the township who are in attendance at the Annual Meeting vote on whether the referendum should be placed on the ballot of the next election. If it passes, the clerk must submit it to the county clerk for placement on the ballot. The local township board has no role in the process.

Applications Invited for Service on the Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township

Contact: Gavin Morgan Oak Park Township is accepting applications for positions on the Community Mental Health Board (CMHB), a branch of Township government. The mission of the CMHB is “to enhance the mental health and developmental potential of Oak Park residents, establish an appropriate continuum of community support services, and manage resources in a fiscally responsible manner.” The CMHB distributes over one million property-tax dollars annually to local mental health agencies.

Board of Review Open for Appeals

Contact: Ali ElSaffar

The Cook County Board of Review has announced that it will be accepting appeals of the assessed valuations of Oak Park properties between August 27 and September 25, 2014. According to Oak Park Township Assessor Ali ElSaffar, this appeal period marks the second opportunity Oak Park property owners will have to appeal their 2014 assessed values.

Oak Park Township Tax Assessment Appeal Forum

The Cook County Board of Review along with Oak Park Assessor Ali ElSaffar will be available to help Oak Park residents file tax appeals on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at Percy Julian Middle School, 416 S. Ridgeland Ave. in the auditorium. Please bring a copy of your recent property tax bill with your Property Index Number (PIN) on it to the meeting.

Board of Reviw Forum Flyer.pdf



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