Welcome to the Village of Maple Park, Illinois

Since our founding in 1854, the community has grown to 1,300 residents who enjoy a rural-setting lifestyle with quick and easy access to urban attractions. Located 60 miles west of Chicago on Illinois Route 38, commuter rail service and interstate highways are just minutes away. Housing is very affordable and a diverse mixture of both old and new. Numerous community events and programs held throughout the year appeal to people of all ages, and help make Maple Park what it is – a great place to call “home”!

Since 1854 and still growing strong!

Maple Park Hires New Police Chief

PIcture of Tony AyalaOn February 2, 2016, the Maple Park Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Tony Ayala as the new Police Chief. Ayala has worked for the Village of Maple Park for 2 1/2 years in the role of part-time office and Sergeant. Ayala comes from the Northern Illinois University Police Department, and has 20 years of law enforcement experience. Beyond Staff and Command training, Ayala has an Associate’s Degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration.

“I strongly believe in the value of partnerships and collaboration in order to achieve large scale, community-wide goals,” said Ayala.

Chief Mike Acosta said, “He will be good for the community,”.

Ayala replaces Chief Mike Acosta, who has been chief since December 2009. Chief Acosta was in law enforcement since 1976, including 31 years at the Kane County Sheriff’s Department. In his tenure at the Kane County Sheriff’s Department, Acosta was Commander of KCART, which is an accident reconstruction group; Commander of the Kane County Major Crimes Task Force; Captain of Investigations; Worked with Internal Affairs; and was Commander of Administration.

Chief Acosta’s retirement date is May 14, 2016. Ayala’s first day on the job will be May 3, 2016.

IRS Warns of Phone Scam

IRS Urges Public to Stay Alert for Scam Phone Calls

IRS Special Edition Tax Tip 2015-18, October 21, 2015 *from the IRS website

IRS LogoThe IRS continues to warn consumers to guard against scam phone calls from thieves intent on stealing their money or their identity. Criminals pose as the IRS to trick victims out of their money or personal information. Here are several tips to help you avoid being a victim of these scams:

  • Scammers make unsolicited calls.  Thieves call taxpayers claiming to be IRS officials. They demand that the victim pay a bogus tax bill. They con the victim into sending cash, usually through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. They may also leave “urgent” callback requests through phone “robo-calls,” or via phishing email.
  • Callers try to scare their victims.  Many phone scams use threats to intimidate and bully a victim into paying. They may even threaten to arrest, deport or revoke the license of their victim if they don’t get the money.
  • Scams use caller ID spoofing.  Scammers often alter caller ID to make it look like the IRS or another agency is calling. The callers use IRS titles and fake badge numbers to appear legitimate. They may use the victim’s name, address and other personal information to make the call sound official.
  • Cons try new tricks all the time.  Some schemes provide an actual IRS address where they tell the victim to mail a receipt for the payment they make. Others use emails that contain a fake IRS document with a phone number or an email address for a reply. These scams often use official IRS letterhead in emails or regular mail that they send to their victims. They try these ploys to make the ruse look official.
  • Scams cost victims over $23 million.  The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, or TIGTA, has received reports of about 736,000 scam contacts since October 2013. Nearly 4,550 victims have collectively paid over $23 million as a result of the scam.

The IRS will not:

  • Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.
  • Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.
  • Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.

If you don’t owe taxes, or have no reason to think that you do:

  • Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
  • Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call 800-366-4484.
  • Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

If you know you owe, or think you may owe tax:

  • Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you.

Phone scams first tried to sting older people, new immigrants to the U.S. and those who speak English as a second language. Now the crooks try to swindle just about anyone. And they’ve ripped-off people in every state in the nation.

Stay alert to scams that use the IRS as a lure. Tax scams can happen any time of year, not just at tax time. For more, visit “Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts” on IRS.gov.

Each and every taxpayer has a set of fundamental rights they should be aware of when dealing with the IRS. These are your Taxpayer Bill of Rights. Explore your rights and our obligations to protect them on IRS.gov.

Is Recycling Worth the Effort?

Picture of Recycling BinIf you were wondering if recycling is worth the effort, read the article in Kane County Connects about this very issue. Spoiler Alert:  The answer from Kane County Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jarland is YES, it is worth the effort.

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Maple Park Baseball Registration Open

Maple Park Baseball LogoREGISTRATION OPEN

2016 Maple Park Baseball Registration

To Register Click Here
Registration Opens:   December 15, 2015
Registration Closes:  March 1, 2016
Credit Cards Only, No Checks Accepted!

Be sure when registering that you include your current email. This is how Maple Park Baseball will contact you for league updates and team information.

Age Requirements:

Little Sluggers:  $55 (co-ed Clinics) Preschool 4 Year Olds
T-Ball:  $65 (co-ed) Pre-K – Kindergarten

Baseball:

Instructional:  $75 Grade 1-2
Minors:  $85 Grade 3-4
Majors:  $95 Grade 5-6

Any Maple Park girls (grades 1-8) wanting to register for softball must do so at:  www.kysl.org

Any questions please contact Kevin Piemonte or Matt Trainor.

ComEd Tree Trimming to Begin Soon

Guy Cutting a Tree BranchTrees and branches that interfere with power lines can create safety hazards and cause power outages. Preventative tree maintenance helps avoid power outages.

  • Within the next 3 months, ComEd will be trimming trees, branches and vines that interfere or have the potential to interfere with power lines.
  • In some cases, tree removal may be required. The remaining tree stumps are treated with an approved herbicide to prevent future regrowth. Herbicide will be applied by state-licensed applicators.
  • All work is performed by trained, qualified arborists.ComEd Logo

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Visit ComEd.com/Trees or call them at (800) Edison-1 (800-334-7661).

The Village of Maple Park is not doing the tree trimming and has no information regarding the schedule for said tree trimming. Please call ComEd with questions.

Last Day To Register To Vote February 16, 2016

Vote LogoIf you are interested in voting in the March Primary and are not registered to vote, you can come to the Maple Park Village office to be registered, but you will need to do that before February 16,2016. Do your civic duty and vote! Office hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to noon and Tuesdays 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Other hours by appointment. If you have any questions, you can call (815) 827-3309.

MAPLE PARK POLICE CHIEF ACOSTA TO RETIRE

Maple Park, January 6, 2016 – The Village of Maple Park would like to announce that Police Chief Michael Acosta has submitted his resignation. He will be leaving the Maple Park Police Department in May 2016. The Village Board is considering hiring from within first.

If you have any questions, please contact Liz Peerboom, Village Clerk at (815) 827-3309, or via e-mail at epeerboom@villageofmaplepark.com.

The Secretary of State Office is No Longer Sending Out License Plate Renewal Notices

The Secretary of State Office No Longer Sending Out License Plate Renewal Notices — Drivers are on their own!

The Secretary of State’s office is no longer sending out Annual License Plate Renewal Notifications. This means drivers are on their own to remember when their license plates renew.

Unfortunately, most people do not think about their renewal until they get their notification. The end result is that people are now getting ticketed for missing their renewal deadline.

As a solution, you can sign up to receive an “electronic notification” which will also allow you the option to renew your license plates online.

To sign up to have a renewal notification sent to you by email follow these steps:
•Go to the Secretary of State Website www.cyberdriveillinois.com.
•On the right side of page click on the box that says “Email my renewal notice.”
•It will then ask for your Registration ID and Pin number. These numbers are on your current License Registration Card that looks like this. (See below). Then click submit.

Planning Commission Vacancy

December 2, 2015 – The Village of Maple Park Planning Commission will have an opening for a Commissioner beginning May 1, 2016. This Commissioner would be appointed for a three year term.

The qualified candidate for this unpaid position is required to be a resident of Maple Park. Meetings are on the third Thursday of each month, and other meetings called by the Planning Commission Chair.

If you are interested in this position or have any questions about the process please contact Liz Peerboom, Village Clerk at (815) 827-3309, or via e-mail at epeerboom@villageofmaplepark.com.

Snowfall Reminder

**This is an important reminder for the upcoming snow. To assist the Village’s Public Works department, we would appreciate it if residents would not park on or along any Village street during snowfalls of two inches or more. The Police Department will ticket and or tow violators. With your cooperation this will help them in getting the roads cleared as quickly as possible. Thank You!**

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