Hunger Action Month - Plainfield Residents and Businesses Encouraged To Get Involved

September is Hunger Action Month and Plainfield is getting involved by hosting a food drive to help benefit local pantries and the Northern Illinois Food Bank.
The Village and Plainfield Library will be accepting non-perishable food donations from September 2 through September 26. Food can be dropped off in the lobby of the Village Hall, located at 24401 W. Lockport Street, and the 2nd Floor of the Plainfield Library, 15025 S. Illinois Street.
The Northern Illinois Food Bank would appreciate donations of the following items: cereal (whole grain preferred), canned chicken and tuna, peanut butter, pasta (whole grain preferred), rice, dried beans, canned fruits (in own juice preferred), canned vegetables, reduced sodium soup, and pasta sauce. For more information and ways to get involved, click here.

We need your help!

We are looking for your input on how to make Plainfield more bike and pedestrian friendly as part of our Complete Streets initiative.  E-mail your ideas to mgarrigan@goplainfield.com.


2014 Pavement Patching Program

Work is scheduled to begin August 21st on the Village’s Pavement Patching Program.  A contractor will be patching areas throughout the Village including Renwick Road, Essington Road, and streets in various subdivisions.

September Green Village Program

See the documentary, GMO OMG, on September 8 at 7 pm at the Plainfield Public Library.  GMO OMG, is directed by Jeremy Seifert, a concerned father who goes in search of answers about genetically modified organisms. Along the way we gain insight into a question that is of growing concern to citizens the world over: what's on your plate? Register for this free program on the Plainfield Library web site.


Coffee with the Mayor - September 10

Please join Mayor Collins for coffee and conversation on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 9 am at the Village Hall, 24401 W. Lockport Street.  All residents are invited.

Illinois Rail Safety Week

The State of Illinois has declared September 14-20 as Illinois Rail Safety Week to promote vehicle and pedestrian safety around railroad tracks and trains. During 2013, Illinois ranked 3rd in the nation in both vehicle/crossing collision fatalities (21) and trespasser (when people trespass on railroad property) fatalities (25).  To promote rail safety awareness and education, the Plainfield Police Department will be participating in Illinois Rail Safety Week. Enforcement details are planned at various railroad grade crossings to cite drivers and pedestrians who disobey the laws associated with crossings and railroad property. Avoid a tragedy and always obey the law when around railroad tracks.

135th Street RR Crossing Closure

The 135th Street Railroad Crossing will be closed for repairs beginning Monday, September 15th.  The crossing is scheduled to reopen on or before September 19th.  No access will be allowed through the crossing during the closure and a marked detour route will be in place.  Advance signage regarding the closure will be posted.

Will County Communities Select New Electricity Supplier

The Will Electric Aggregation Group (WEAG) has selected Homefield Energy as the new electric supplier for their communities.  The WEAG negotiated a 36 month rate that averages $.06950/kwh ($.06996/kWh for the first 24 months and $.06850 for months 24-36) on behalf of its residents and small businesses.  When compared to the Commonwealth Edison rate of $.0742/kwh this represents a 6.5% savings on the supply of electricity. Additionally, there are no early termination fees associated with this program.
In the next few weeks, eligible residential and small business customers will receive a notice from the Village and Homefield Energy which will state the offer and provide instructions for opting out of the program. Customers wishing to participate will not need to take any action to be included. Customers who choose to opt-out will be able to do so with no penalty for a 21-day period following postmark of the notice.

Residents and small businesses may receive solicitations from other suppliers over the next few weeks to switch their account. If a notice is not explicitly marked as being from Plainfield, Homefield Energy, or Commonwealth Edison, customers should assume it is not connected to the electrical aggregation program.  www.willelectricaggregation.org


Early Voting

In-Person Early/Absentee Voting for the November 4 Consolidated Election will be conducted at the Village Hall October 20 – October 31, 2014. Voting hours are Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In order to vote at the Village Hall, you must live in the Village of Plainfield and in Will County. The Village will also conduct early voting for all of Plainfield Township.  For details about becoming an election judge or for other election information, visit the Will County Clerk’s web site or call 815-740-4632.

Village of Screamfield Haunted House

The Village of Screamfield Haunted House will be open October 17-18 and October 24-26 at the Plainfield Police Department, 14300 S. Coil Plus Drive.  Visit if you dare!   Visit Facebook for details.



Trick-or-Treat hours are October 31, from 4-7 pm, in the Village of Plainfield.  Have a safe and happy Halloween!


I-55 NB & SB Exit Ramps to US 30 Widening Project

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has started work on the northbound and southbound I-55 exit ramps at Route 30 in Joliet. The work requires both I-55 exit ramps to be reduced in width. The closures are necessary to complete widening of embankment and installation of an additional left turn lane on the northbound ramp and an additional right turn lane on the southbound ramp. New traffic signals will be installed on US 30 at both the northbound and southbound ramps. The anticipated completion date for this project is December 15, 2014. Motorists can expect delays in advance of these exit ramps. Drivers are urged to use caution in work zones, obey the posted speed limits, and be on the alert for workers and equipment.

Yard Waste Pickup To End in November

The last day for yard waste pickup is Monday, November 24 for residents with Monday pickup; Wednesday, November 26 for residents with Wednesday pickup; and Friday, November 28 (due to the holiday) for residents with Thursday pickup. Leaves are considered yard waste and are not an exception to the final yard waste collection date. Yard waste collection will resume in April 2015.
Please make sure that all yard waste (brush, clippings, and leaves) is properly packaged in kraft yard waste bags, a Waste Management yard waste cart, or tied in 4 foot bundles weighing 50 pounds or less. Please note: sod, trees, stumps, dirt, stones, and landscape brick/pavers are not accepted as yard waste. For more information, click here to read the Waste Management Brochure or call (800) 796-9696.

Calling All Homeowners Associations

If you are the president or management company for a HOA, please email us your contact information (name, address, phone, & e-mail address). That way, we can provide information on meetings for homeowners associations and advance notice regarding work that is scheduled to occur in your subdivision.

Office Closures

In 2014, the Village Offices will be closed on Monday, September 1 (Labor Day); Tuesday, November 11 (Veteran's Day); November 27-28 (Thanksgiving); and December 24-25 (Christmas).

Refuse Collection Reminder

Waste Management holidays that fall on a refuse collection day will cause collection to be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week.  Refuse collection will be delayed due to the following holidays:
Labor Day (Monday, September 1) – Pickup will be delayed by one day all week.
Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 27) – Pickup will be delayed by one day for residents with Thursday collection only.
Christmas Day (Thursday, December 25) – Pickup will be delayed by one day for residents with Thursday collection only.