NEWSLETTER                                          November 2019
Bedford Park - Clearing Industrial Association
5101 West 67th Street
Bedford Park, IL.  60638
President's Message

Can you believe 2019 is coming to an end!  I  would like to thank everyone for supporting the BPCIA events this year.  Interaction through the Association's events creates a foundation for an overall business achievement.  Your attendance and support deserves our thanks.  

Our membership is growing, partly because of our current members, who share information with non-members resulting in growth in our Association.  Plus, our membership committee is working on a membership drive.  They are contacting any Bedford Park non-member business, and explaining our mission, and the benefits of becoming a member.  If there is anyone you feel may be interested in joining the BPCIA, please send us their contact information and we will be sure to reach out to them.  Information can be obtained through Donna at 708-496-0336 or  

We recently had a Quarterly Luncheon on the new Marijuana law starting on January 1, 2020.  Below you will find a link to that presentation.  

Did you know you can register for events and pay online?  Visit our website and click on events.   Mark your 2020 calendar with our upcoming events listed below.  

Have a wonderful holiday season, 
Rob Mead
BPCIA President 
First Responders Appreciation Day
Thank You Bedford Park Police & Fire

One of our members and property owner, Sam Ekstein, had a great idea!  He wanted to show support and honor the Bedford Park First Responders.  He came up with an idea to host an Appreciation Day at Magoo's Bar, which he owns.  

After some brainstorming meetings and a lot of heart and soul put in on his part, he hosted  a "Bedford Park First Responder Appreciation Day" on October 29th.  The idea was to say thank you for your service before you may ever need their help.  

Below is a picture of Tim Horn (3rd from the left) who is alive today because of the Bedford Park Fire Department, his wife and co-workers.  Tim says, "The BP First Responders were unbelievable.  The firefighters and paramedics on the call 6 months ago on April 30, 2019 were true lifesavers.  As was my wife Sandy doing CPR on me with others at our company until they arrived, within 7 minutes!  They are true heroes.  God bless them and the Village of Bedford Park.  The First Responders do not get enough credit for all that they do". 

Pictured  from left to right:  FF/PM Dan Stanford, FF/PM Bob Gasparas, Tim Horn, Sandy Horn, Capt. Kurt Raber, FM Mark Murray.  Present at the call, but not pictured are: Lt. Jim Homa, Eng. Joe Wagner, FF/PM Harry Parks and FF Jim Kirkolis.  


Sam Ekstein talks about the event:  "WOW... As some of you may be aware we are involved in charity work and you never know when you plan any event if it will meet your hopes and expectations
I am delighted that last night exceeded our expectations it was so well attended, it was absolutely to my delight that people stayed, the laughter, good cheer and unending smiles did not stop.  An additional unexpected benefit were several people commenting that while everyone knows everyone, last night so many had the opportunity to be together at one time in one place
While I received many thanks it would not have happened without the assistance and support of so many of you, last night was truly a collaborative effort.
Accordingly I appreciate the thanks however please keep in mind it was everyone's enthusiastic participation that made last night so wonderful."

All my best
Be safe

Know Your Neighbor:  Proven Occupational Health 

Provena Occupational Health is Proud to be a BPCIA Member. It is important to us in helping support the local businesses and community of Bedford Park and the surrounding areas. 

Meet Dr. Ilieva, MD Occupational Health Specialist
My name is Katia Ilieva. I am a Diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine. 
I have extensive experience as a Family Physician and Occupational Health. I come to Proven Occupational Health with 22 years of experience. My goal is to support your business and workers by providing personal attention, prompt and comprehensive care. Serving you and your workers with Respect, Integrity, and Trust.

Who We Are:
P roven Occupational Health Located in Palos Hills, Illinois at 103rd & Roberts Rd.
We specialize in treating workplace injuries and putting educational programs in place to prevent accidents from happening.    We do our part to help local businesses comply with both Occupational Safety and Health  Administration (OSHA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) rules and regulations.
With years of experience, our certified occupational medicine physician, case managers, and occupational health professionals provide expert care. Our provider, Dr. Ilieva, focuses on reducing delayed treatment, addressing prolonged medical care, time off of work, and minimizing OSHA recordable injuries.
You can expect same-day work status reports, progress notes within 24-48 hours, and same day or next day referral service to specialty providers.

Prevention and Wellness Screenings
Proven Occupational Health provides a variety of safety training and wellness services to help your organization prevent injuries from occurring. Lower risks, higher efficiency and productivity is what we will help your business achieve.

Wellness Services
Proven Occupational Health can offer wellness services designed to improve health scores and reduce healthcare costs for your business and employees.

Proven Occupational Health has a variety of physicals to choose from. Our Providers are registered with the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners and our staff are qualified to assure a seamless process.

Drug Testing
Proven Occupational Health drug screen coordinators will guide you through the process of selecting the right drug testing for your company. From individual drug testing to designing a random selection program tailored to your company needs - Proven is here for you.

Employer Site Services
Let our staff come to your business to provide quick, efficient and timely services.
Located in Palos Hills, Illinois, we provide safety training, wellness programs, biometric screenings, educational programs and workplace assessments to help your organization prevent injuries from occurring. OSHA guidelines are adhered to and closely monitored to reduce recordability.
Marijuana ~ Corporate Policies & Procedures
What Employers Need to Know 

On January 1, 2020, Illinois has legalized recreational/adult-use marijuana.  Is your company prepared?  This topic was discussed at our Quarterly Luncheon held on November 25th at the Marriott Chicago Midway.  Noah Frank shared timely and insightful information and resources. 

Click on the link below for the PowerPoint Presentation:

Welcome New Members

Yessica Rodriguez Chicago Center for Women's Health 
Diana Bridges      Proven Occupational Health  

Upcoming Events


January 21, 2020
Quarterly Luncheon
Cyber Security & Risk Assessments

March 31, 2020
Quarterly Luncheon 
Cook County Assessor F ritz Kaegi
Hilton Oak Lawn

April (tbd)
Annual Meeting & Election of Officers

June 11, 2020
Golf Outing at Cog Hill

August 6, 2020
Golf Outing at Cog Hill

Reservations:  Call 708-496-0336 or email


Bedford Park - Clearing Industrial Association
5101 West 67th Street, Bedford Park, IL.  60638

Phone: 708-496-0336   -   Email:   -   Website: