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The CodeRED Emergency Notification System is a fast communication service allowing the Village of La Grange to notify citizens of an emergency situation. It enables the Village to provide mass notification quickly and easily.
The system will also be used in any other emergency incidents where rapid and accurate notification is essential for life safety.
Find out when the Village of La Grange requires a permit:
The time frame from initial submittal of a permit application to receipt of an initial plan review is 10-15 working days. Subsequent reviews are typically conducted in less than 10 working days, depending upon the complexity of the proposed construction.
You can request an inspection through the online permitting portal. A minimum 24 hours notice is needed to schedule an inspection.
View contractor requirements:
To find out the zoning of your property, enter your address in our interactive map application or download the zoning map for La Grange, Illinois:
If you are concerned about a wild or dead animal, please contact our environmental health officer at (708) 579-2320 during regular office hours or the La Grange Police Department's non-emergency number at (708) 579-2333 for off-hours concerns. Wildlife Illinois, a partnership of the USDA, US Fish & Wildlife Service, IDNR, and others, provides information about a variety of common wildlife questions.
If you are interested in Cook County's feral cat trap/neuter/release (TNR) program, please contact one of the programs many sponsor agencies (e.g. not for profit humane societies).
The Village of La Grange Building Code Information can be found here:
Sump pumps must discharge in the rear yard of your property and a minimum offset of five feet from a neighboring property. Sump pumps are not allowed to discharge in the sanitary sewer. Sump pumps may only discharge to a front yard or side yard if approved as a special circumstance by the Village Engineer. Downspouts cannot be discharged toward a neighboring property and must have a minimum offset of five feet from the lot line.
If you enter the La Grange Road main doors, we are up the stairs and to the left.
Dumpsters must be provided by a scavenger licensed by the Village of La Grange:
Flood mitigation is a continued effort that encompasses a spectrum of short- and long-term initiatives including major stormwater system construction projects, annual construction to repair and improve the sewer system, maintenance activities such as slip-lining, cleaning, televising, catch basin clearing, street sweeping, and the conduct of engineering studies that serve to identify where targeted investments will have the greatest impact on mitigating floods, as well as policies and regulations aimed at reducing flooding over time.
The South Basin/50th Street conveyance system has been designed to provide the greatest amount of flooding relief to the residents south of 47th Street in La Grange. It stands to improve stormwater drainage in six depressional areas which span west to east across the Village. The project represents a significant infrastructure investment for areas located south of 47th street.
This area, referred to as the North Basin, is the subject of a comprehensive study being conducted by Christopher Burke Engineering. The study will serve to update modeling for drainage in this area, ultimately contributing to a prioritized list of projects that will serve to improve the occurrence of flooding in this area.
More recently, construction has been delayed due to litigation with Hanson Quarry in McCook. Recent rulings by the Chancery Court have allowed the Village to proceed with preparing documents for bidding the project. The Village will also work with its partner, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (a regional entity that provides stormwater management), to arrive at an agreement (referred to as an Intergovernmental Agreement) for the funding to support the project.
Engineering plans for the South Basin/50th Street relief sewer are contingent upon several factors which are part of the iterative process of developing bid documents. The current timeline for having a biddable package that can be issued for construction companies to bid on the work is April 2024.
The North Basin Study is underway with modeling and data collection taking place through October. Preliminary results are anticipated by December, and a finalized study is anticipated in January 2024.
Engineering plans and studies include data collection, modeling, and iterative steps of design, modeling, and redesign prior to the development of initial and final proposals. Studies are performed by Civil Engineers with specialized training. The scope and complexity of conveyance design dictates the time required to prepare proposals. The conduct of this work involves the consideration and review of many design aspects, with the ultimate design reflecting the best solution for realizing the project’s objectives.
There are several resources listed on the Village’s Storm Preparation and Response webpage including how to clean your home and ways in which you might mitigate flooding in the future. If you’ve experienced a sewer backup, you may want to consider the Village’s residential Sewer Backup Prevention Grant Program.
New construction is managed closely, as the addition of new impervious surface can increase the water flowing into sewer systems. La Grange has very restrictive drainage and stormwater management requirements that go above and beyond what is required by the MWRD for all municipalities within their jurisdiction. Residential site development standards require grading improvements and below ground, on-site retention facilities (dissipation systems) for new single-family homes.
As a result of these requirements, new construction sites improve stormwater management as compared to properties developed without these requirements. Once constructed, these properties provide storage equivalent to one inch of rainfall over 45% of lot coverage and groundwater displaced by building foundations.
Videos and images can be submitted using the Flooding Event Report Form. Additionally, the Village maintains a webpage dedicated storm preparation and response which may contain helpful information.
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Lead is a naturally occurring metal that is harmful if inhaled or swallowed. Lead can be found in air, soil, dust, food, and water.
Lead was a commonly used material for water service lines before the 1950s. It was also used as a material in some plumbing parts until the Clean Water Act was passed in 1986 regulating lead in water. Approximately 70% of Village's more than 5,152 water service lines are presumed to be made from lead.
The most common source of lead exposure is from paint in homes and buildings built before 1978, before lead-based paints were banned for use in housing. Lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust are the main sources of exposure to lead in American youth. Although the main sources of exposure to lead are ingesting paint chips and inhaling dust, lead also can be found in some household plumbing materials and some water service lines. The Environmental Protection Agency states that lead pipes are more likely to be found in older homes built before Congress enacted lead-reduction requirements as part of the Safe Drinking Water Act amendments in 1986. As a result, homes built in or after 1986 are far less likely to have lead pipes.
The EPA regulates drinking water supplies to ensure that they are safe. As a result, the Village regularly tests its water for lead, bacteria, and other regulated contaminants. No lead contaminant level violations were recorded during the last Water Quality test. To view the Village’s Annual Water Quality Reports, please click here.
Replacement of lead service lines has begun, with service line replacements occurring concurrently with watermain replacement projects. Starting in 2025, the Village will carry out a multi-year plan to replace all of the lead service lines found within the Village. All service lines are planned for replacement by the end of 2029.
Service lines in La Grange are privately owned all the way to the watermain. In implementing the Lead Service Line Replacement program, the Village has designated the portion from the watermain to the B-Box (shut-off valve) the public portion of the service line, with the private segment of the service designated as the portion of the service from the B-Box to the water meter located inside the home or business.
The illustration below shows a water service line from its connection to your home all the way to the water main. You can see the portion of the water service line that is the owner's responsibility and the portion that is the Village’s responsibility.
During the time in which the program is active, owners of properties served by lead service lines will receive a notification regarding the program. Two options will be presented, which includes participating or declining to participate the Village program. A participation agreement will be included along with the notification. Please complete and return these forms to the Village as instructed in the notification.
Individuals who elect not to have the Village replace their lead service line on private property will be required to complete a form that will be submitted to the Illinois Department of Public Health documenting that consent was not given to perform the replacement.
It is important for the Village to make the most of available funds by efficiently managing replacement projects in a systematic fashion. It is also understandable that some property owners may want to replace their service line prior to replacement under the Village’s multi-year schedule.
Service line replacements performed outside of the Village’s replacement program are the sole responsibility of the property owner. Costs are borne by the property owner and the Village will not reimburse costs associated with replacements performed outside of the scheduled replacements in the program.
If you would like to hire a contractor to complete this work on your private property, a building permit from the Community Development Department will be required. Any work must be completed by an IL licensed plumber with a valid La Grange contractor registration. Upon approval of plans and payment of fees, the Public Works Department will perform necessary inspections and install the water meter as required. View a schedule of fees for the new water service.
At least 45 days prior to a lead service replacement, the Village will send you a notification, providing details on the work being performed in your neighborhood.
Water service line replacement will be completed by a Village-hired contractor. Landscape restoration is the responsibility of the property owner. A trenchless replacement process will be used to minimize yard disruption. You will receive instructions with any information you may need, and we will keep you updated during this process.
Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline 800-426-4791 or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.
Additional information on lead service lines can be found at the following:
Regular monitoring and testing is performed to ensure continued availability of safe drinking water. However, if you learn that you have a lead service line and you would like to take additional preventative actions, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency provides the following to reduce potential exposures in drinking water:
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The Police and Community Relations Improvement Act (50 ILCS 727) and Illinois Police Training Act (50 ILCA 705) mandates training requirements for active police officers in the State of Illinois. The Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board is the state agency mandated to oversee training requirements, curriculum and standards. The Police Department’s training regimen includes de-escalation training. More information regarding Police Officer training is provided on the Village website and the Police Department Monthly Reports.
The La Grange Police Department has multiple policies that require the use of de-escalation techniques in a variety of scenarios. Some examples of those scenarios are mental health calls, civil disputes and civil commitments.
Pursuant to La Grange Police Policy, Officers shall use only that amount of force that is reasonably necessary to accomplish a legitimate law enforcement purpose. Officers using any type of force are accountable for the force that was used. The La Grange Police Department takes all use of force incidents seriously and is committed to review and evaluate all incidents
La Grange Police policies outline a use of force continuum which provides for a variety of interactions:
Level 1 – Officer Presence
Level 2 – Verbal commands
Level 3 – Physical Compliance Techniques
Level 4 – Chemical Agents
Level 5 – Less Lethal
Level 6 – Deadly Force
The Illinois Criminal Code (720ILCS 5/7-5.5) details prohibited use of force by peace officers. A “chokehold” is unlawful under the Illinois Criminal Code when used by a law enforcement officer in any situation where deadly force is not justified. The Police Department also has a policy prohibiting chokeholds which mirrors the State Statute.
Police Officers observing another officer using force that is beyond that which is reasonable under the circumstances are required to intercede to prevent the use of unreasonable force. An officer who observes another employee use force that exceeds the degree of force permitted by law are required to promptly report the observations to a supervisor. In all allegations of unreasonable force, an internal investigation will commence by the order of the Chief of Police and where found, may result in discipline ranging from reprimand through suspension or termination.
La Grange Police Department policy states that a verbal warning should precede the use of deadly force where feasible. Officers shall use force only to the extent reasonably necessary given the facts and circumstances confronting the officer to accomplish a legitimate law enforcement purpose. Officers using any type of force are accountable for the force that was used. The La Grange Police Department takes all use of force incidents seriously and is committed to review and evaluate all incidents.
A La Grange Police Officer is not allowed to discharge a firearm at or from a moving vehicle unless deadly force is justified. The Illinois Criminal Code (720 ILCS 5/7-5) identifies the parameters of a Police Officer’s use of force in making an arrest and including the use of deadly force.
La Grange Police policies require that any use of force shall be documented promptly, completely and accurately. A report is required to be filed for any incident involving the use of physical compliance techniques, chemical agents or weapons and a review of the incident is conducted by supervisory staff. The La Grange Police Department takes all use of force incidents seriously and is committed to reviewing and evaluating all use of force incidents.
It is the policy of the La Grange Police Department that if an injury is alleged or results from a police officer’s use of force, it shall be the involved Officer’s responsibility to ensure that adequate medical care is made available to the injured party as soon as practicable.
The protocol for providing medical aid includes notification to a supervisor, summoning medical assistance, and documentation of injuries and a written report. All La Grange police officers are trained in first aid, CPR, and the medical administration of Narcan.