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.


Engineering Committee Minutes

Click HERE to download the 1/7/10 Engineering Committee Minutes.


igo Car Sharing Comes to DP

Wouldn't it be nice if you could run errands without worrying about car washes, insurance, or gas?  If you are considering eliminating one, two or ALL cars from your driveway, think about the igo car sharing program.  Learn more at www.igocars.org and get your questions answered on January 25th when an igo representative will be on hand. Click HERE to download a flyer for the event.


MLK Day 1/18/10: Help Haiti

"An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

On January 12, a series of earthquakes measuring 6.5 to 7.3 on the Richter scale devastated Haiti.  On January 18, celebrate the life of Dr. King by donating to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief and Development Fund.  Visit their website or text "HAITI" to 90999 (read more about texting a donation here).  The American Red Cross is working with its partners in the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network, including the Haitian Red Cross, and other partners to assist those affected by this disaster.


Ward Meeting: Meet Your State Rep

3rd Ward Meeting
Wednesday, January 20th
Prairie Lakes Community Center


Read more about the meeting HERE.


Casino Update: Development Schedule

Memo from the Department of Community and Economic Development

The preliminary Planned Unit Development (PUD) materials for the Des Plaines Casino development were received by the Department of Community and Economic Development on January 4th and are currently undergoing staff review. Based upon this submittal, we have laid out the following timeline for the Casino’s regulatory approvals:

(subject to change)
January 25th
- Plan Commission review of Preliminary PUD submittal
January 26th - Community Development Committee review of Preliminary PUD
February 16th - City Council first reading of Preliminary PUD and zoning change
March 1st - Second Reading PUD & estimated date of commencement of demolition
March 15th - Tentative start of construction (site work)
July 30, 2011 - Completion

There are intermediary steps which must be adhered to, of course, and the final engineering and Final PUD submittals would have to follow the Preliminary almost immediately, but it looks as though those elements are already nearly complete and the schedule, while aggressive, is achievable.


River & Rand Redevelopment Plan

Here are the links to the Five Corners Final Report as presented to the City Council on 1/4/09:

Section 1

Section 2


Ward Meeting: Wednesday, January 20th

Next month's 3rd Ward Meeting will feature two very special guests.  State Representatives Elaine Nekritz and Rosemary Mulligan represent a combined 29-years of experience serving the 3rd Ward in the Illinois General Assembly.  Their respective districts divide the 3rd Ward in two pieces.  On the following map, those who live north of the orange line are a part of the 57th Legislative District and are represented by Elaine Nekritz.  Those living south of the orange line have seen Rep. Rosemary Mulligan's name on the ballot since 1993. 

For those who have made it out to past meetings, you'll recollect how frequently we refer to State Statutes, new laws, and entities/processes that are controlled by the State of Illinois.  This is your chance to meet your State lawmaker and our chance to pose some candid questions.  Please invite your neighbors to join us...

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
Prairie Lakes

Note: This month's meeting had to be on the third Wednesday of the month due to legislative schedules.



Register to VOTE!

The last day to register to vote in the February 2nd General Primary Election is January 5th, 2010.  Citizens wishing to register must bring two forms of identification to the City Clerk’s Office, Room 602, City Hall, 1420 Miner St.  Individuals born outside the United States will need to present naturalization papers. 

The City Clerk’s Office is open from 8:30 AM – 5 PM, Monday – Friday.  For additional information, call the City Clerk’s Office at 847-391-5311.


City Commission Openings 

Presently, the Mayor's office is looking to fill eight vancancies on City Commissions:

1 - Consumer Protection
2 - Zoning Board
5 - Youth Commission

Donna Catlett in the Mayor's Office will be your best resource to learn more about the specific workings of City Commissions.  She can be reached at: 847/391-5301


Daily Herald Clarification

Des Plaines vows to make streets, neighborhood flooding 2010 priorities
12/08/09 - By Madhu Krishnamurthy

To clarify a story that ran Nov. 29 about neighborhood flooding in Des Plaines, 3rd Ward Alderman Matt Bogusz said any cost sharing with residents for rear-yard drainage improvements may exclude residents who cannot afford to pay yet live in neighborhoods with the most flooding problems - but that it also may get residents who are serious about fixing their backyards to pitch in.

Read the full text of the article HERE