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.

Entries by Alderman Denise Rodd (51)

Saturday
Sep282013

It's Fall in the 3rd Ward!

Check out the latest issue of the Ward R3PORT, the newsletter of the 3rd Ward. We're featuring an Eagle Scout project written by our newest contributor, Marlen Garcia. The Westfield neighborhood is the subject of an article by local historian, Brian Wolf. We have information about wildlife and tree markings, and much more! Read the fall issue.

Wednesday
Sep252013

October Ward Meeting Moved

Due to the 2014 City of Des Plaines budget meetings, the October Ward meeting will not take place on the second Wednesday. Instead, please save the date for Thursday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Prairie Lakes. We will discuss and plan an event to take back Potawatomie Park from recent, troublesome situations. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Gregory Sarlo, a clinical psychologist with experience in "positive loitering" in Rogers Park.

Tuesday
Sep172013

Minutes Available from September Ward Meeting

 Minutes from the September 11, 2013 3rd Ward tour of the City of Des Plaines Emergency Operations Center are now available. Special thanks to Officer John Pluta and his staff of Citizen Corps Volunteers for an informative introduction to this IEMA accredited facility.

Wednesday
Sep042013

Third Ward to Tour EOC on Sept. 11

The monthly 3rd Ward meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at the Des Plaines City Hall where residents will be given a tour of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) managed by our Des Plaines Police Department. Officer John Pluta of the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency division will conduct the tour.

Residents will meet in front of the 9/11 Memorial sculpture located in front of the City Hall plaza, between the City Hall and Police Department. We'll gather for a moment of silence at 7:00 pm, and then proceed into City Hall for the tour.

Sunday
Aug112013

Finance Director Presents PAFR at August Ward Meeting

Des Plaines Finance Director, Dorothy Wisniewski, presented the Popular Annual Finance Report (PAFR) to 3rd Ward residents at the montly Ward meeting. This report summarizes Des Plaines' revenues and expenditures for the 2012 fiscal year in a "user friendly" format.

For the first time, the City of Des Plaines is participating in the Government Finance Officers Association PAFR award program this year. If you aren't able to attend the meeting, you can download a copy of the PAFR from the City's website. The minutes from the meeting are now available.

Monday
Jul152013

Minutes Posted from June/July

Thanks to our volunteer note taker, 3rd Ward meeting minutes are now available from the June and July meetings. Even if you attended the meetings, take a look at the minutes for follow up to questions.

A special thanks to Police Chief Bill Kushner for spending time with us at our June meeting. Residents left the meeting feeling very proud of our new Chief and the work he is doing in the Police Department.

Tuesday
Jul092013

Foxes Sighted in 3rd Ward

According to Animal Control Officer Jeff Paul, there are several fox families in Des Plaines and the 3rd Ward has the most that he knows about. Foxes are actually great neighbors as they control the populations of mice, squirrels and rabbits where they live. They are instinctively afraid of people, which is important to theirs and our safety. They should never be fed or approached - keep a respectful distance. Foxes are protected by State law, so they must not be trapped or relocated.

For more information about living with foxes in your neighborhood, read the article "I Have a Fox in My Yard/Neighborhood" by the Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation center in Barrington. Also, we'll have a discussion about foxes and other wildlife at the 3rd Ward meeting on July 10, 2013 at 7pm at Prairie Lakes.

Tuesday
Jun112013

Read the Summer Newsletter!

The new issue of the 3rd Ward newsletter, Ward R3PORT, is now online. Grab your tablet, and head outside for some summer reading. Download the Summer 2013 issue.

Saturday
Jun012013

3rd Ward Meeting Rescheduled Due to Weather

Please join us for our rescheduled 3rd Ward Meeting on Wednesday, June 26 where Police Chief Kushner will be our guest. He will be available to answer all your questions. If you cannot make the meeting and would like to submit questions ahead of time, email denise@3rdWard.org or post them on www.Facebook.com/DP3rdWard.

Tuesday
May072013

OK, Let's Go!

Last night I was sworn in, and am now preparing for the next 3rd Ward meeting. Please join me and Fire Chief Alan Wax on Wednesday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m. Chief Wax will show a presentation of the April 18 flood event.