Voter Registration

January 30, 2012

February 21, 2012 is the last day to register to vote prior to the March 20, 2012 election.

Residents can register to vote at the City Clerk’s Office or at the Park Ridge Public Library, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Voter registration by Illinois law closes 28 days preceding an election and re-opens two days after election day.

Registration is necessary for anyone who has moved to Park Ridge or within Park Ridge. To be qualified to register to vote, you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age by the date of the next election, and have resided in the precinct at least 30 days prior to the date of the election.

Registration is best conducted in person and two forms of identification are required, one showing the address of the registrant. Acceptable ID includes Driver’s license, utility bill in applicant’s name; employee, public assistance or student I.D; printed checkbook with applicant’s name and residence address; birth certificate; mail postmarked to applicant’s current address from a federal, state or city agency, utility, etc.

Naturalized citizens must provide the date and the location of their naturalization.


Spring 2012 Citizen’s Police Academy Classes Forming

January 19, 2012

Have you ever wondered what takes place in a Police Department?
Are you looking for a way to give back to your community?
The Park Ridge Police Department is now accepting applications for enrollment in the upcoming City of Park Ridge Citizen’s Police Academy spring class.

The intent of the Citizen’s Police Academy is not to train citizens to become police officers. Rather, it is an opportunity to see first hand what types of duties and responsibilities police officers and other police employees have.

Learn about the justice system, patrol procedures, criminal investigations, narcotics, firearms, defensive tactics, hostage negotiations, crime scene investigations, gangs, dispatch, emergency vehicle operations, neighborhood oriented policing, go on a ride-a-long with the officers on patrol and much more!

The classes will begin on Thursday, March 15, 2012 and will continue for ten weeks through May 24, 2012, Graduation Day. The Citizen’s Police Academy will be every Thursday night from 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm throughout the ten-week period.

Qualifications for the Park Ridge Citizen’s Police Academy are as follows:

21 years of age.
Live or work in Park Ridge.
Applicants will pass a simple background check, and have no felony convictions.

Applications are due no later than February, 23rd, 2012. You will be notified in writing as to whether you have been accepted, denied, or placed on a waiting list for enrollment in the next class. If you have any questions, please contact Lt. D. Mellema or Officer J. Genualdi .

Electronics Recyling Event set for April 21, 2012

January 8, 2012

The City of Park Ridge, Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce and Park Ridge Park District will host a one day collection for the recycling of electronics on Saturday, April 21, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Public Works Service Center, 400 Busse Highway.

There will be a fee of $5 per car, however the Chamber of Commerce will distribute a $5 coupon good towards a $20 purchase at participating Chamber members.

Only the following items will be accepted:
Cell phones
All computer related-related equipment
TV’s and audio/visual equipment
Video game consoles
PDA’s, MP3 players and radios
DVD players and VCR’s
Fax machines
Household batteries
Baby monitors
Hair dryers
Toasters, food processors and blenders
The following items will not be accepted:
Hazardous Waste
Air conditioners and fans
Microwaves ovens and stoves
Car or acid filled batteries
Washing machines and dryers
Please do not bring hazardous waste or other unlisted materials.

Fire Department Key Box Program

December 29, 2011

Did you know?
The Park Ridge Fire Department has a key box program that will allow you to secure your buildings keys, and yet provide access for the fire department in case of emergency. Key boxes may be purchased at Anderson Lock in Des Plaines at (847) 824-2800. You must specify that you need a Supra box keyed for the Park Ridge Fire Department. These are very useful for elderly or disabled people who may have difficulty getting to the door in an emergency.
For further information, call the Fire Prevention Bureau at (847) 318-5286.

Meet with Representative of Congresswoman Schakowsky’s Office

December 6, 2011

A reprensentative of Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s office is available to answer your questions every Wednesday from 9am until Noon at the Park Ridge Public Library. No appointment is necessary, just drop in.

Save the Iannelli Studios

March 22, 2011

Alfonso Iannelli lived and worked in Park Ridge from 1919 until his death in 1965.  His work spanned a spectrum of genres and his studio, located at Elm and Norhtwest Highway, attracted many artists and help transform Chicago into the nation’s leading art center during the early half of the 20th century. 

In order to preserve Iannelli’s studio the Kalo Foundation is leading a campaign to restore the property. 

Visit for more information and to contribute online to help save the Iannelli Studios.

Battery Recycling Program

January 31, 2011

The City of Park Ridge has begun collecting rechargeable and alkaline batteries from residents for recycling. The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) recently partnered with Interstate Batteries to provide the recycling to SWANCC communities. 

Batteries may be dropped off at the Park Ridge Public Works Service Center, 400 Busse Highway, Monday thru Friday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Batteries being accepted are:
  • Alkaline: AA, AAA, C, D and 9V
  • Rechargeable: NiCd, NiMh, lithium ion, lithium polymer – Before dropping off rechargeable batteries, residents need to tape the contact points on each battery or place in an individual self-locking plastic bag  to avoid sparks.

Sunday Suppers Offered at St. Paul of the Cross

September 28, 2009

The Park Ridge Ministerial Association sponsors Sunday Night Suppers,  every Sunday.  Doors open at 5:45 with a nutritious meal served at 6 p.m.  The suppers take place at St. Paul of the Cross Church, 320 S. Washington in Park Ridge.

For more information call 847.825.7605 or visit

Free Job Seeker Workshops at the Library

July 2, 2009

All day workshops covering a variety of job search tools and techniques will be held at the Park Ridge Public Library on March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8 and July 13, 2012. The workshops will run from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Please register by calling the Reference Desk at the Library at 847-720-3230 or online at:

Use regular phones not cell phones for emergency calls

April 28, 2008

Use of a regular “land line” telephone is preferred over a cell phone when calling in an emergency, Park Ridge Fire Chief Craig Gjelsten notes, so whenever possible, please use a regular phone for “911” calls.