Welcome to 3rdWard.org, a website dedicated to communication and transparency between Des Plaines City Government and you. This website, maintained by 3rd Ward Alderman Denise Rodd, is designed to keep neighbors engaged in their community and informed about issues.

Wednesday
Jul202016

Garbage Pick Up Earlier this Week

Due to the heat wave predicted, garbage pick up in Des Plaines for the remainder of the week will start a half hour earlier at 6:00 a.m. in order for crews to finish earlier. Carts can be put to the curb after 4:00 p.m. on the day before your pick-up day.

Thursday
Jun092016

Senior Apartment Proposal on North Ave

Whether you attended the Ward meeting on June 8 or not, if you would like to stay abreast of the news and meeting notices about the proposed senior apartment development "Blue Sky Residence," on North Ave., please sign up for the 3rd Ward newsletter. You can also contact me directly at denise@3rdward.org

Wednesday
Jun012016

3rd Ward Meeting Moving to Library

The 3rd Ward Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m. will move to the Des Plaines Public Library Meeting Room B (1st FL). Interest in the proposed senior independent living apartment development by Pontarelli Cos has been high, and the Library will give us some more elbow room. Please spread the word!

Monday
May162016

Pontarelli Guest at June Ward Meeting

Save the date for the next 3rd Ward meeting on June 8, 2016 at the Des Plaines Public Library (Meeting Room B - 1st FL) at 7:00 p.m. The guest will be Dan Pontarelli, who is proposing a new development: Blue Sky Residences - an independent living community of 1BR and studio rental units for residents over the age of 62. The location is proposed for the parcel occupied by the former Era Tool manufacturing plant on North Avenue between Second and Third Ave. Dan is the developer of the Prairie Corners Townhomes on Prairie and First and also the mall on Rand and River where the Dunkin' Donuts and Taco Village are located.

Friday
Mar042016

Be Heard on Monday

I've heard from many of you regarding the topic of the City offering health benefits to the elected officials in Des Plaines. I hold the opinion that this is an outdated and unsustainable practice that costs nearly $100,000 per year and benefits - at most - 10 people in the City of Des Plaines.

On Monday, the City Council will vote on an amendment to the ordinance that specifies compensation for elected officials. If the amendment passes, it will codify health, dental and life insurance benefits for elected officials and their families.

Please attend the City Council meeting on Monday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall. Whether you are there to listen or to voice your opinion, it will be good to see you there.

Wednesday
Jan272016

Council to Discuss Health Benefits

In a 3rd Ward meeting that I attended about five years ago, a neighbor raised his hand and asked the question, "Does the City provide Aldermen with health insurance?" I was as surprised as most in the room that the answer was, "Yes."

The City offers all elected officials and their families the same health and dental benefit package that is offered to full-time employees. This has been a tradition since long ago when insurance was cheap and  we had a mayoral form of government. In current times, with health care coverage costs rising, a city manager form of government, and part-time elected officials, this practice should end.

I have researched the topic, listened to residents, and brought it up before Council to discuss. On Monday, February 1, 2016, this topic is on the Finance Committee agenda for discussion.

If you would like to attend and express your opinion to Council, please come to City Hall on Monday, February 1, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. The agenda item is after the Warrant Register item near the beginning of the meeting.

Wednesday
Dec092015

No Ward Meeting on December 9

The 3rd Ward meeting scheduled for December 9 was moved to December 1 where City Manager, Mike Bartholomew attended as the guest and held discussion on the brand campaign.

The next 3rd Ward meeting is January 13, 2016. To sign up for reminders and the monthly newsletter, click the Sign Up Now link at left.

Saturday
Sep122015

Should We Allow Backyard Chickens in Des Plaines?

I'm doing some research, and would like to hold a Ward meeting to discuss keeping chickens in Des Plaines backyards. In the City of Chicago, backyard chickens (including roosters) are allowed in every neighborhood. Here's what some suburbs are doing

Infographic courtesy of The Allstate Blog.
Saturday
Aug152015

New Hot Dog Stand for 3rd Ward?

If you've driven by the old ice cream stand on Wolf and Algonquin Rd. lately, you've seen a sign in the window suggesting that something new is coming. The Des Plaines Community and Economic Development Department (CED) has confirmed that the parcel with the shop has been purchased, and that the new owner intends to open a hot dog stand. CED will work with the new owner on licensing and business assistance programs to improve the building.

Thursday
Aug062015

Ozinga Ready Mix Plant Tour Cancellation

Our tour guide for the Ozinga plant tour scheduled for Wednesday, August 19 was involved in an accident on Friday. He is recovering; however, won't be able to conduct the tour of the Ozinga Plant. Check back here for a rescheduled date and time.