Friday, February 8, 2013
The board will discuss in the coming months whether 2013 is the year to build an addition to the village administrative building.
The Frankfort Village Board will consider expanding the village administrative building in 2013. The board discussed a possible expansion at the annual Committee of the Whole meeting in January. The basement of the Frankfort Police Department has been the site of board meetings since 2008, but during the committee’s January meeting, Trustee Dick Trevarthan went so far as to refer to the space as a “bomb shelter.” Frankfort Mayor Jim Holland said that the expansion project would likely cost the village close to $3 million. However, the board has been budgeting for such a project since 2006, when they first discussed selling Heritage Hall, their previous meeting location. The village currently has $4 million designated for an expansion. The …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The sports memorabilia shop opened last month in historic downtown Frankfort.
The Frankfort Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Tuesday morning at Sidsgraphs. "It's really nice to see this shop here," said Frankfort Mayor Jim Holland. The store, which sells autographed sports memorabilia, was opened by Dennis Sidler in late October. Sidler's business is located in the former home of White Street Gallery and Framing at 11 S. White Street. Sidsgraphs specializes in Chicago items signed by current stars and Hall of Fame inductees. The shop also supplies items for silent auction to many charities on a consignment basis. Get news alerts and Facebook updates from these Lincoln-Way Patch sites:
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Roadwork is expected to cease mid-December, but will return next summer.
Frankfort village administrator Jerry Ducay presented a report addressing construction progress on U.S. Highway Route 45 at a village board meeting on Nov. 5. A left turn lane is currently being constructed on Route 45, near the highway's intersection with Market Street. It is estimated that the project will be completed within the next 30 days. Ducay said construction work will continue on Route 45 until mid-December. According to Ducay, the village will add a right turn lane on the west end of Route 45 at the highway’s intersection with Route 30, when construction work continues next summer. The village will also install a signal light at the intersection of Route 45 and Market Street. “At some point in the near future, all the …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Heads of Tinley Park, Frankfort and Mokena endorsed Don Peloquin, the 1st Congressional District Republican candidate. Orland Park and New Lenox mayors aren’t endorsing Peloquin, but also haven’t gotten behind Democrat incumbent Bobby Rush either.
Three south suburban mayors have vocally put their support behind Blue Island Mayor Don Peloquin, the Republican candidate for what will be the new 1st Congressional District after the Nov. 6 election. Frankfort Mayor Jim Holland and Mokena Mayor Joe Werner have recorded robo calls expressing their support for Peloquin that have been sent within their towns. Tinley Park Mayor Ed Zabrocki is scheduled to do the same. All three cited familiarity with Peloquin’s efforts in Blue Island during his 27 years as mayor, and as an area funeral home director, as main reasons for supporting him. Holland said he agrees with Peloquin’s fiscally conservative plans and views. “Don is someone who believes less government is better than more government,” …
Monday, September 24, 2012
Mayor Jim Holland will seek a third term in April's election, and he will make his candidacy official at Taste of Frankfort on Tuesday.
- Joe Vince
Monday, September 24, 2012
Jim Holland will be running for a third term as mayor and will announce his candidacy Tuesday at his Taste of Frankfort campaign fundraiser Tuesday, Sept. 25, at CD & ME, the mayor said in a press release Sunday. Frankfort's mayoral election is April 9, and Tuesday is the first day potential candidates can circulate petitions. Three Village Board of Trustee seats—Todd Morgan's, Dick Trevarthan's and Doug Walker's—also will be up for election in April, as well as the office of village clerk, which is currently held by Bob Kennedy. In his release, Holland outlined his reasons for re-election: "The trustees and I understand that the people of our community make Frankfort the great village that it is," Holland stated in the release. "We are …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Government and business leaders from the Frankfort community, as well as Mariano's representatives, attended Wednesday's groundbreaking ceremony for the new upscale grocery store on LaGrange Road.
- Joe Vince
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Ceremonial gestures often accompany the opening of a new business. Now that Mariano's Fresh Market has had its groundbreaking ceremony, all that's left is the ribbon-cutting. Frankfort officials and representatives from Roundy's Supermarket, Mariano's parent company, broke ground Wednesday, Aug. 29, on the new upscale grocery store. At the same time, bulldozers and construction workers pushed soil and moved pipes in an effort to meet the store's projected opening of March 2013. Watch the video from the event for interviews with Roundy's owner Bob Mariano and Mayor Jim Holland. Check Out Our Mariano's Section for These Stories and More: Get news alerts and Facebook updates from these Lincoln-Way Patch sites:
Thursday, August 9, 2012
The recently rebranded I-Cash program reconnects Illinois residents with unclaimed assets, and currently has $1.5 billion in unclaimed funds—$34 million in Will County alone.
Who doesn't need a little extra cash in their pockets? If you're strapped for cash and looking for a quick and easy way to line your wallet or purse with a few greenbacks, the State of Illinois knows where a cool $1.5 billion sits, untouched. The State of Illinois currently holds more than $1 billion in unclaimed cash—and this year, the goal is to dole out $120 million of it (a 20-percent increase from last year). The State's newly renamed I-Cash program—formerly called Cash Dash—is designed to give residents the ability to reclaim money or assets they may have lost track of. Illinois residents can search a database to see if any of it belongs to them. And according to State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, $34 million belongs in the hands of …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
The village has a certain amount of independence when it comes to water usage thanks to the well system it's on. Find out what effect that is having this summer.
The stifling heat and lack of rain has forced communities like New Lenox, Mokena and Tinley Park institute water restrictions, ranging from staggered schedules to outright watering bans. In Oak Lawn, residents experienced a disruption in water pressure as an emergency backup generator system was installed. At the same time, however, water service in Frankfort has remained the same despite residents using 7.5 million gallons a day, an amount that had the village limiting usage at around this time last year. READ: Kids Reel in Fish, Prizes at Frankfort Derby "Last year, we started hitting our limit on water," said Mayor Jim Holland at Monday's Frankfort Village Board meeting. "This year, we're using more water, but not having any problems." …
Monday, July 9, 2012
High temperatures didn't keep 55 kids from heading out to Prairie Park for the ninth annual catch-and-release Get Hooked on Frankfort Fishing Derby. Find out who the fish were biting for at the event.
Trying to catch fish when it is already 80 degrees at 8 a.m. can be a challenge, even when there are prizes involved. But the 55 kids, ranging in age from 3 to 12 years old, made it look easy Saturday, July 7, while hooking hundreds of fish at the Get Hooked on Frankfort Fishing Derby at Prairie Park. "We had more fish than we thought we really would with the water being so warm," said Mary Canino, Frankfort's community relations manager. READ: Patch Breaks Down the Numbers of Past Fishing Derbys Prizes, including tackle boxes and fishing poles, were awarded for the categories of most fish and biggest fish caught in both the 3-to-7 and 8-to-12 age brackets. Amaya Johnson, 4, and Brayden O'Sullivan, 11, both of Frankfort, gathered the most …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
The names of more than 700 soldiers buried in Frankfort were read, and the flag on Brediert Green was lowered at Monday's event. View the photo gallery from the ceremony and share your own pictures and videos from the day.
The Village of Frankfort honored and remembered veterans during the traditional Memorial Day ceremony held on Breidert Green on Monday, May 28. Mayor Jim Holland, a veteran U.S. Coast Guard pilot, thanked service men and women for "sacrificing the comforts of home, comforts of family, to defend our great country." He shared the history of Memorial Day, its significance and how Frankfort has always been active in supporting and honoring veterans. Joe Powers, the incoming commander for VFW Post 1493, continued the tradition of lowering the flag for Memorial Day, and a wreath was laid to honor fallen soldiers. Music was provided by the Hickory Creek Middle School Band for a large crowd that withstood the heat to hear the names of the 710 …