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Bensenville Calls for a Return to “Fly Quiet” Operations at O’Hare

Bensenville, IL - In a recent letter and statement, the Village of Bensenville expressed its disappointment that O’Hare International Airport is no longer following their own Fly Quiet Program. The Fly Quiet Program designates four of O’Hare’s eight runways as “preferential” for use between 10PM and 7AM due to their flight paths going over non-residential land uses such as forest preserves and industrial areas.

Unfortunately, the City of Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) no longer use two of the four Fly Quiet Runways at night, Runways 4L22R and 14R/32L, and instead utilize Runway 10C/28C, which is the closest runway to residential land uses at O’Hare. Because the Fly Quiet Program is no longer followed, Bensenville residents in the flightpath of 10C/28C can be awakened several times an hour throughout the night with planes flying just a few hundred feet above their homes.....

To read the entire press release click here.

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Michael Cassady, Village Manager
Village of Bensenville
847-894-0008

Bensenville Breaks Ground on 184,000 SF Industrial Building


Bensenville, IL - On April 14, 2015 the Village of Bensenville hosted a ground breaking ceremony at 340 County Line Road with property owner Hamilton Partners Inc. and Keely Construction on a new 184,000-square-foot industrial building near O'Hare International Airport and the future Elgin-O’Hare Western Access.

The building itself will be a Class A warehouse facility with 32 foot clear ceiling height, have multiple semi-trailer docks along with moderate office space to accommodate a variety of potential businesses. This project marks a tremendous investment in Bensenville and continues the revitalization of Bensenville’s East Business District. New street and sewer improvements have been completed in the area and the Village’s new Police & Emergency Management Headquarters at 345 E. Green Street is set to open late June.

“The Village strongly believes in the future of our rapidly growing East Business District. We are working with developers and have the policies in place to get deals done very efficiently” said Village President Frank Soto. “This development is a big win and should help stimulate further development in this key corridor along the future Elgin O’Hare Western Access Tollway”....

To read the entire press release click here.

For More Information: 

Michael Cassady, Village Manager
Village of Bensenville
847-894-0008

Bensenville Welcomes Reverend Conlon, Bishop of the Diocese of Joliet

Bensenville, IL - From Friday March 20 through Sunday March 22, the Village of Bensenville welcomed Reverend R. Daniel Conlon, Bishop of the Diocese of Joliet for a visit to town. Within its boundaries, the Diocese of Joliet has more than 650,000 Catholics, who have the choices of 120 parishes and nine missions to attend for worship.

As part of the Reverend Conlon’s visit he received a tour through the Village, including stops at many of the amenities the Village has to offer, such as Redmond Recreational Complex, the Edge Ice Arena, Village Hall and the soon to be opened Police Headquarters. He also spent a day visiting Holy Family Catholic School, St. Charles Borromeo parish and enjoyed a lunch at local restaurant Mamma Maria’s. Many distinguished guests including Village President Frank Soto, Trustee Martin O’Connell, Police Chief Frank Kosman as well as representatives from many local businesses such as ABC Bank, Bridgeway of Bensenville, Hair Shapers, and Mario’s Deli joined in as well....

To read the entire press release click here.

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Michael Cassady, Village Manager
Village of Bensenville
847-894-0008

Village President Soto Elected N.O.I.S.E. Secretary


Bensenville, IL - The National Organization to Insure a Sound-Controlled Environment (N.O.I.S.E) and its members elected Bensenville Village President Frank Soto, as N.O.I.S.E Secretary. N.O.I.S.E. was pleased to add President Soto, who, has been very active and engaged in the organization’s work and who is effectively serving and representing the residents of Bensenville in efforts to battle excessive airport noise.

“O’Hare noise is a top priority for this administration and we will not stop working to find and implement solutions.” said Village President Frank Soto “Being elected secretary for N.O.I.S.E. is an honor I am proud to receive and will enhance our efforts to obtain measurable results against airport noise.”....

To read the entire press release click here.

For More Information: 

Michael Cassady, Village Manager
Village of Bensenville
847-894-0008

Bensenville Village President Frank Soto Delivers State of the Village Address


Bensenville, IL - On Saturday March 21, Village of Bensenville President Frank Soto delivered the annual State of the Village Address at Bridgeway of Bensenville, a senior citizen living community.
The speech touched on multiple topics including the Village’s strong financial background and recent bond rating increases from Stand & Poor’s and Moody’s, economic development and new businesses, major infrastructure improvements including Irving Park & York Road, Bensenville’s Green Initiatives, beautification projects, and O’Hare Airport strategy. President Soto concluded by thanking the many people and businesses that help make Bensenville a great community.

“Every spring it is my honor and pleasure to report on the State of the Village.” said Village President Frank Soto “2014 was a very successful year on many fronts. This administration continues to provide the highest possible service for the great people and businesses in Bensenville. We have a lot to be excited for in 2015 and beyond.”....

To read the entire press release click here.

For More Information: 

Michael Cassady, Village Manager
Village of Bensenville
847-894-0008

B-Well Bensenville Plan4Health Coalition Receives Grant Funding from the American Planning Association to Combat Chronic Disease


Bensenville, IL - The B-Well Bensenville Plan4Health Coalition has received a $120,000 grant from the American Planning Association (APA) through its Plan4Health program to combat two determinants of chronic disease—lack of physical activity and lack of access to nutritious foods.

Plan4Health is a 15-month program that strengthens the connection between planning and public health. Seventy-five percent of the program’s funding supports local and state coalitions working to advance public health through better planning and partnerships. The program is implemented in partnership with the American Public Health Association (APHA) and represents a major new collaboration between planners and public health professionals. Funding for Plan4Health was provided through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“This is an exciting new opportunity to improve the health of our communities through diverse partnerships,” said Anna Ricklin, AICP, manager of APA’s Planning and Community Health Center. “Collaboration is key if we want to continue to create communities of lasting value that are equitable and healthy for all residents.”...

To read the entire press release click here.

For More Information: 

Michael Cassady, Village Manager
Village of Bensenville
847-894-0008

Charity Hockey Game Raises $50,000 For WWII Veterans


Bensenville, IL - On Saturday February 28th, the Village of Bensenville’s Edge Ice Arena played host to the 4th Annual Honor Flight Chicago Hockey Classic game. The event welcomed 2,200 guests and rose over $50,000 with 100% of proceeds benefiting Honor Flight Chicago.
Honor Flight’s mission is to thank and pay tribute to our veterans—especially our World War II veterans—by bringing them to Washington, D.C. for a day of honor and remembrance at no cost to them.

“The Village of Bensenville values and respects the brave men and woman who served this country.” said Village President Frank Soto. “It is an honor to host this event and I have to thank the great residents of Bensenville for their strong support of veterans and this event every year.””...

To read the entire press release click here.

For More Information: 

Michael Cassady, Village Manager
Village of Bensenville
847-894-0008

Bensenville Receives Distinguished Budget Award


Bensenville, IL - The Village of Bensenville has received a top financial reporting award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA), the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its 2014 Budget.

“Bensenville's finances have come a long way and we have worked very hard creating and adhering to the highest degree of financial principles and transparency. We do these things because that's what the people of Bensenville deserve and it creates savings and stability.” said Village President Frank Soto “These efforts have been recognized by others such as Moody's and Standard and Poor’s when they upgraded the Village's bond rating. However, this award is very nice to receive because it is an independent professional entity that reviews and judges budget practices and to win such an award is a great accomplishment for the Village and provides confidence in our efforts to the residents.”...

To read the entire press release click here.

For More Information: 

Michael Cassady, Village Manager
Village of Bensenville
847-894-0008

ComEd Takes Major Step Toward Smarter, Greener Energy Future with LED Streelights Pilot - ComEd tests new technology that provides municipalities with energy efficiency and greater control over street lighting for safety and emergency response


CHICAGO, IL (February 3, 2015)ComEd announced today that it has begun a pilot program to deploy smart, energy-efficient LED streetlights in two Chicago suburbs, Bensenville and Lombard. Through this pilot, ComEd is replacing approximately 800 ComEd-owned fixtures in Bensenville and Lombard combined.

The smart streetlights use the communications network ComEd installed as part of its smart grid investments. Like smart meters, the energy efficient street lights tap into a wireless network that allows for two-way communication with grid operators.

“The smart streetlight application is only one of many capabilities offered by our smart grid technology. This technology has the ability to be paired with other applications that would help improve safety, security and quality of life for the communities we serve,” said Anne Pramaggiore, President and CEO of ComEd. “Connecting streetlights to our smart grid allows communities to remotely and instantaneously dim lights for energy savings and brighten them for greater safety. They can also be controlled on-demand by first responders to better manage emergency situations.”

To read the entire press release click here.

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ComEd Media Relations
312-394-3500

Moody’s Upgrades Village of Bensenville’s Debt Rating to Aa3


BENSENVILLE, IL -Moody's Investors Service has upgraded the Village of Bensenville's General Obligation Unlimited Tax (GOULT) debt rating to Aa3 from A1. Concurrently, Moody's has upgraded the rating on the Village's GOLT debt certificates to A1 from A2.

The Aa3 rating reflects the Village’s stable financial operations with a substantial increase in reserve levels. Also incorporated into the rating is the Village’s stabilizing tax base, socioeconomic profile, above average debt profile, and manageable pension burden.

“We have put a high priority on stabilizing the finances of the Village of Bensenville. It’s nice to see that work being validated by a reputable independent firm such as Moody’s. The bottom line is that better credit ratings ultimately translate into reduced interest costs for the Village. Our

To read the entire press release click here.

For More Information: 

Michael Cassady, Village Manager
Village of Bensenville
847-894-0008

Healthy Family Fun a Way of Life in Bensenville


BENSENVILLE, IL -On Saturday September 13, 2014 the Bensenville Community Youth Services Coalition welcomed hundreds of guests to the first ever B-Well Walkathon & Family Fest.

B-Well Bensenville is a community-wide initiative created by the Youth Coalition whose goal is to encourage Bensenville’s young people and families to achieve healthier lifestyles by promoting the activities and resources available within the community. This initiative takes a prevention-driven approach to health, supporting policies and environmental changes that promote healthy eating and active living in neighborhoods, schools and workplaces. The Youth Coalition is comprised of members from all of the Village’s taxing bodies as well as the DuPage County Health Department, various churches, and healthcare organizations throughout Bensenville”...

To read the entire press release click here.

For More Information: 

Michael Cassady, Village Manager
Village of Bensenville
847-894-0008

We’re lovin’ it! Bensenville Celebrates McDonald’s Grand Opening


BENSENVILLE, IL -Doors opened for the first time at 11am Friday September 12, 2014 at a new McDonald’s located at 302 West Irving Park Road in Bensenville.

Besides the thrill of opening the doors for the first time, McDonald’s owner/operator Dennis Cha is also excited to become a member of the Bensenville community, “We want to be more than a restaurant. We want to be a good neighbor." stated Mr. Cha

“It is a pleasure to welcome a new member to our Irving Park Road Business District and extra special when companies with a reputation like McDonald’s choose to join us.” Stated Village President Frank Soto “The sense of community McDonald’s has can be felt instantly with all of the wonderful charitable events planned in their first month alone.”...

To read the entire press release click here.

For More Information: 

Michael Cassady, Village Manager
Village of Bensenville
847-894-0008

www.bensenville.il.us

Bensenville Police Facility Awarded $6.8 Million in Energy Conservation Bond


BENSENVILLE, IL -On Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 the DuPage County Board approved the award of an $6.8 million Qualified Energy Conservation Bond (QECB) for the construction of a new police facility which broke ground in November of 2013.

“I would like to thank the entire DuPage County Board and Chairman Dan Cronin for approval of a QECB.” Said Village President Frank Soto “We are proud to have the County’s support for this significant project helping to keep Bensenville the safe community it is for decades to come.”

QECB’s are a taxable tax credit bond. The issuer of the bonds is eligible for a 70% rebate on the interest paid to the bondholders. By qualifying for these energy conservation bonds the Village will save up to $1 million in interest costs.

To read the entire press release click here.

For More Information: 

Michael Cassady, Village Manager
Village of Bensenville
847-894-0008

www.bensenville.il.us

Governor Quinn Visits Bensenville for New Wastewater Treatment Plant Project


BENSENVILLE, IL -On June 19th, 2014 Governor Pat Quinn held a press conference at the Village of Bensenville’s Public Works facility for a New Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade Project.

Over the next two years, Williams Brothers Construction, Inc. will be converting the nearly 70 year old plant to a state of the art facility. The project will cost approximately $30 million to complete. The project is focusing on simplifying operations and providing processes intended to improve water quality on the receiving streams/creeks.

“I would like to thank Governor Quinn and the State of Illinois for helping to fund this necessary infrastructure project, which is being completed without having to raise taxes.” stated Village President Frank Soto “Besides providing a direct benefit to our residents and business this project will also help create jobs and put people back to work.”...

To read the entire press release click here.

For More Information: 

Michael Cassady, Village Manager
Village of Bensenville
847-894-0008

www.bensenville.il.us

Village of Bensenville Home Values Rise 9.7%


BENSENVILLE, IL -Bensenville posted one of the highest percentage increases in single-family home prices in the northwest suburbs experiencing a 9.7% increase from 2012 vs 2013 tracked by CoreLogic Case-Shiller. CoreLogic Case-Shiller computes a single-family price index for each ZIP code by matching up repeat sales of the same property.

“Bensenville is a great place to live, work, and play.” stated Village President Frank Soto “We work to provide the highest quality of life possible for our residents and see that hard work paying off as people’s home values are increasing.”

The Village of Bensenville has been very aggressive in their efforts to stabilize and increase home values. The Strategic Plan includes a Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) which has helped create this sharp increase in home values...

To read the entire press release click here.

For More Information: 

Michael Cassady, Village Manager
Village of Bensenville
847-894-0008

www.bensenville.il.us


Bensenville Breaks Ground on New McDonald’s


BENSENVILLE, IL -On Thursday May 22, 2014 the Village of Bensenville held a groundbreaking ceremony to welcome the construction of a new McDonald’s restaurant on Irving Park Road just west of York Road.

The groundbreaking ceremony included representatives from McDonald’s, owner/operator Dennis Cha, as well as Bensenville’s Village President Frank Soto and fellow Trustees, and even Ronald McDonald lent a helping hand.

“This new McDonald’s is one of many major investments to the Irving Park Road Corridor and we are excited to welcome them,” stated Village President Frank Soto. “McDonald’s is not only a company with a reputation and history of success, but they are also proven contributors to the communities they serve through participation in special events and philanthropy.”

To read the entire press release click here.

For More Information: 

Michael Cassady,Village Manager
Village of Bensenville
847-894-0008

www.bensenville.il.us


O’Hare Airport Noise Reduction a Top Priority for Bensenville


BENSENVILLE, IL -The Village of Bensenville embarks on a new path seeking solutions related to the increased noise levels caused by the commissioning of Runway 10C/28C on October 17, 2013 at O’Hare International Airport. Bensenville is situated directly west of the new runway, resulting in significantly increased noise complaints from Bensenville residents. As such, Bensenville’s Board of Trustees is working to identify solutions to mitigate the negative impacts of the new runway.

“The Village of Bensenville is actively working to identify different methods to address the concerns of our residents over the increased noise caused by Runway 10C/28C. Progress towards noise mitigation now can proactively address future issues for other new runways planned at O’Hare” said Village President Frank Soto...

To read the entire press release click here.

For More Information: 

Michael Cassady, Village Manager
Village of Bensenville
847-894-0008

www.bensenville.il.us


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