Village of Palatine

December 20, 2019

Welcome to the Village of PalatinE-Newsletter

The Village of Palatine wishes to share community news, events and information
important to the residents it serves. 
The Village of Palatine will release a weekly
PalatinE-Newsletter keeping our subscribers informed of the happenings within the Village of Palatine.

Village Hall Offices Closed

December 25 and January 1


The Village of Palatine wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday season! As a reminder, Village Hall will be closed on Wednesday, December 25 and Wednesday, January 1. Village Hall will resume normal business hours on the following day at 8:00 a.m.

Holiday Waste Collection Schedule

Please note the following changes to the garbage and recycling collection schedule due to the upcoming Christmas and New Year's Day holidays:

Monday's garbage and recycling collections will remain the same.

Tuesday's garbage and recycling collections on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) and New Year's Eve (Dec. 31) will remain the same.

Wednesday's garbage and recycling collections on Christmas Day (Dec. 25) and New Year's Day (Jan. 1) will be collected a day later on Thursday.

*Christmas trees and wreaths can be placed at the parkway on your scheduled collection day throughout December and January.*

For more information regarding waste collection, contact the Environmental Health Division at (847) 359-9042 or visit our website.


For more information or assistance visit the Palatine Township website.


Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this Holiday Season

The holidays are a time for family, friends and coworkers to come together in celebration. Wherever you are — at an office party, a family member’s home or out at a bar — it is essential that you make the lifesaving choice to drive sober when the party ends. To help spread the message about the dangers of impaired driving, the Palatine Police Department is partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police and nearly 200 police and sheriff’s departments across the state. The goal is simple: Get impaired drivers off the roads and help save lives.

This high-visibility enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs Dec. 16 to Jan. 2. Law enforcement will show zero tolerance for drunk or drugged driving. We aim to drastically reduce impaired driving on our roads through an increased number of state and national messages about the dangers of impaired driving and more officers enforcing life-saving seat belt, speeding and distracted driving laws.

The Palatine Police Department has joined in this national effort to save more lives by having extra uniformed police officers on the streets conducting saturation patrols dedicated to identifying and arresting impaired drivers, as well as strictly enforcing speeding, cell phone and seat belt violations. Officers will be looking for, and ticketing, individuals who aren’t buckled up. It is the law in Illinois to wear your seat belt, no matter where you are seated in the vehicle. In addition, Palatine Police will conduct a Roadside Safety Check from the late evening hours on December 20th through the early morning hours on December 21st in the area of Algonquin and Roselle Roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the midnight to 3:00 am time frame is the deadliest time on Illinois roads. This time frame also has the lowest occupant restraint use involving motor vehicle fatalities.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, 839 people lost their lives in traffic crashes involving a drunk driver last December. Throughout the 2018 Christmas and New Year’s holidays alone, there were 285 drunk-driving-related fatalities – more than any other time that year.

This is why the Palatine Police Department is committed to reminding drivers that impaired driving is not only illegal, it is a matter of life or death. Alcohol-impaired driving isn’t the only risk on the road. Drug-impaired driving is also on the rise. If drivers are impaired by any substance — whether alcohol or drugs — they should not get behind the wheel.

Party with a Plan
If you plan to drink, plan for a sober driver to take you home. Is it your turn to be the designated driver? Take that role seriously — your friends are relying on you.

  •  Remember, it’s never OK to drive impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  •  Designate a sober driver, use public transportation, use a ride share service, or opt   to spend the night.
  •  If you see an impaired driver on the road, call 9-1-1.
  • Have a friend who is about to drive impaired? Take the keys away and help them get home safely. They’ll thank you later.
The Illinois Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket campaigns are funded with federal highway safety dollars and administered by IDOT in partnership with the Palatine Police Department and law enforcement throughout the country.

Toys for Tots Holiday Toy Drive


A big thank you to our very generous community members and businesses for their support in this year’s holiday toy drive. Thank you to the many fire and police volunteers who hauled boxes of toys to and from the Village Hall, and the Palatine Police and Fire Benevolent Association for organizing both the toy and monetary donations to the Marine Corp Toys for Tots Foundation.

Their hard work and support each year make this program a success. This year, several businesses made sure to give support in both large monetary and toy donations. A special thank you to the following businesses and organizations for their very generous support and care for this special program serving the needs of our community children during the holidays. 

  • Walmart
  • American Legion 
  • District 15 Administration and Schools
  • District 211 Administration

Lastly, to the community members and businesses that took time to drop off toys and/or host a toy drive box, we cannot express enough gratitude for all your help in making this program a success year after year. Children will be delighted to find presents under their tree this year and it is with your help that this is made possible.


Changes to Groot Services

The following changes to Groot services are effective as of January 1, 2020.  These services apply to single family and townhome residents that are billed for waste collection services by the Village of Palatine.
White Goods
White good collection by Groot will be subject to a $20.00 charge payable in advance to Groot.  White goods are collected each Wednesday.  White goods include refrigerators, ranges, water heaters, freezers, air conditioners, humidifiers, washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, ovens, furnaces, dehumidifiers, water softeners, trash compactors , microwaves ovens and other similar domestic large appliances. 
Electronic Waste
Electronic waste collection by Groot will be subject to a $20.00 charge payable in advance to Groot.  This includes the collection of up to five (5) items, including televisions (under 50 pounds). Televisions in excess of 50 pounds will require an additional charge of $50.00 per unit.  Residents must contact Groot at least one (1) business day in advance of their regular service day to schedule collection.  Electronic waste includes televisions, computers, keyboards, facsimile machines, recorders, digital music players, digital video disc players, video game consoles, small scale servers, scanners, electronic mice, digital convertors, cable receivers, satellite receivers and digital video disc recorders. 

For additional resources and locations for electronic waste recycling, please visit and search electronics recycling.
Refuse Carts
All refuse must be placed in refuse carts provided by Groot for weekly collection.   Any requests to exchange the refuse cart size for a 65 or 35-gallon cart are subject to a $30.00 delivery fee payable in advance to Groot.  Please place refuse and recycling in the correct carts and do not place any carts in the street.  Refuse carts have black lids and recycling carts have either green or yellow lids. 
Residents should contact Groot at 800-244-1977 to schedule all collections and to make payment.  For additional information, please contact the Environmental Health Division at 847-359-9042.


Keep the Wreath Red

Please help the Palatine Fire Department spread the word about their annual Keep the Wreath Red holiday safety program. Each year between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, a wreath with red lights will hang above all 5 fire stations. For every call that is holiday related, one bulb will be changed to a white bulb.

We hope, as you pass the wreaths you will consider potential fire safety problems in your home and take the time to correct them. Some safety considerations include:

  • Check all holiday lighting for wear or damaged wiring and replace as needed.
  • Use indoor/outdoor lighting and extension cords where they are intended.
  • Do not run lighting or extension cords through windows, doors or across sidewalks.
  • Do not overload electrical cords. If it is hot, it is overloaded!
  • Turn off all holiday lighting prior to leaving or going to bed.
  • If displaying a live tree, use a sturdy tree stand and water the tree often.
  • Keep the tree, wreaths and all holiday decorations away from any heat source; such as fireplaces, space heaters, candles and heating ducts.
  • Use only sturdy candle holders and only place on firm, uncluttered surfaces.
  • Do not place candles in windows near blinds and curtains.

For more information on home fire safety visit our website or the National Fire Protection Association.

All of the members of the Palatine Fire Department wish you a safe and happy holiday season.

Palatine Park District
School's Out Fun


The fun never stops when you plan your day off of school with Palatine Park District! On Monday, December 23, Friday, December 27 and January 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. the School's Out Fun series at Falcon Park Recreation Center gives your child a day filled with fun, games on the turf and in the gym, crafts, and more. Sign up today to have a fun filled day off of school! To register visit the Palatine Park District website.

Local 2020 Census Jobs


Would you like to help the Palatine Community and make a little extra income? The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count. These temporary positions feature competitive wages, flexible hours, weekly pay and paid training. Support your community and be a part of history. Apply online today or call 1-855-JOB-2020! 
On the Census Team, every one counts!

Upcoming Community Events

Palatine Jaycees Christmas Tree Sale
Palatine Aquatic Center
340 E. Palatine Road
Friday, December 20, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 21, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 22, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Palatine Winter Farmers' Market
Palatine Train Station Parking Lot
137 W. Wood Street
Saturday, December 21, 8:00 a.m. to Noon

U.S. Census Bureau
Palatine Library
700 N. North Court
Monday, December 23, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Mrs. Scrooge - Susannah's Gift Benefit
Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center
150 E. Wood Street
Friday, December 20, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 21, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Salt Creek Winter Camp
Salt Creek Sports Center
647 Consumers Avenue
Monday, December 23, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 26, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday, December 27, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Pre-registration is required

Salt Creek Noon New Year's Eve Party
Salt Creek Sports Center
647 Consumers Avenue
Tuesday, December 31, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Pre-registration is required

* Palatine community groups are welcome to submit public events to our event calendar by filling out an 
event calendar request

Employment Opportunities

Technical Support Specialist
Information Technology

PEMA Volunteer

Next Village Council Meeting

Monday, January 6
7 PM, Council Chambers

*To view current and past agendas and packets or to view videos of the council meetings, please click here.

Village of Palatine

Village of Palatine

200 East Wood Street
Palatine, Illinois
(847) 358-7500

Monday through Friday

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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