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Village of Wilmette E-news
The following email provides timely information on general news and community events from the Village of Wilmette. For more information, please visit the Village of Wilmette website.

Updates from Village Hall
It has been brought to our attention that the E-News sent this afternoon contained a broken hyperlink to video of the Village Board's deliberation on the Optima development at 1210 Central Ave. We apologize for this error. The correct link can be found  here and in the news item below. We have verified that all hyperlinks connect to the correct resources.
Village Update on COVID-19 Preparation & Plans

Based upon guidance from the CDC, which recommends limiting in-person interactions to prevent exposure and spread of COVID-19, the Village is taking the following actions:
  • The Village will continue to provide essential public services, such as police, fire and public works.
  • The Public Works Facility and Historical Museum are closed to the public until further notice.
  • Village Hall will be closed to in-person visits beginning Monday, March 16 until further notice.
  • The Village is canceling all public meetings until March 20.  
  • Services such as utility bill payment, vehicle sticker renewals and invoice payments can all be completed through the Village's website, at Village drop box locations or by mail.
  • The Village is working to ensure the continued delivery of important services, such as building permits and real estate transfers, and will communicate alternate service delivery methods as information becomes available. 
For more details, please contact the Village or visit the Village's websiteThank you for your continued partnership in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
As news about COVID-19 (coronavirus) fills our news streams, we understand that accurate information, timely updates and sound advice are essential to residents' health and safety. Here are the trusted resources that the Village is following - we recommend that residents look to these resources for timely and accurate information:
Have questions or concerns?
  • Call the Illinois Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV anytime (24 hours a day, seven days a week).
  • If you are sick, first call your primary care doctor. Stay home and limit contact with others. Follow the CDC's recommendations for "What To Do If You Are Sick." 
  • If you or someone you know (adults or children) are experiencing fear and anxiety about coronavirus, review the CDC's information about Mental Health and Coping with COVID-19.
Sign Up for Smart 911 to Receive Emergency Notifications 
The Wilmette Police and Fire Departments urge residents to  register for Smart911, the Village's emergency notification system, to receive public safety alerts and emergency notifications from the Village. By registering and completing a profile at or through the Smart911 App, residents can create a Safety Profile with key information, which is automatically shared with the 911 dispatcher to assist emergency responders.  You can also opt to receive Village of Wilmette Public Safety Alerts, Emergency Notifications and Village of Wilmette Important Messages, which are especially valuable in the current COVID-19 environment or other emergency.  Download the Smart911 App on the Apple Store or Google Play or at Learn more at
Register and Vote on Election Day (March 17)

The U.S. Presidential Primary is only four days away! If you have not registered yet, you can register and vote at your home precinct on Election Day (March 17). Visit the Cook County Clerk's "Your Voter Information" page to find your polling place, view a sample ballot and more. 
  • Village Hall will be open for the Illinois Primary Election on March 17, but there will be no in-person Village services. Voting hours remain 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • According to Cook County, polling place locations may change on Election Day and voters are urged to search for their location before voting on Election Day.
  • Early voting at Centennial Recreation Center is still open and has extended hours:
    • March 13 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • March 14 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • March 15 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • March 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Village Board Votes to Approve Stormwater Project Contracts and Optima Development
The new stormwater storage vaults will be similar to this StormTrap installation in Northbook, IL.
At the March 10 meeting, the Village Board approved two major projects:


1. The Board unanimously approved (7-0) construction contracts for the first phase of the West Side Neighborhood Storage Project. The Board also approved final plans, including agreements with the Wilmette Park District for use of their property, as well as the Wilmette School District 39 for property easements. The project is now ready to move forward and will break ground in April at Community Playfield. Watch the Stormwater discussion and vote here.


2. The Board approved (5-2) Optima's proposed development at 1210 Central Ave. after a public comment period, testimony from the developer and Village staff and Board discussion of the public benefit of the project. Thank you to the many community members who provided valuable input last night and over the past few months. 

Watch video highlights here:  

Keep an Eye on Your Mailbox - Census Invitations Are Arriving Soon

2020 Census PSA: How Do I Take the 2020 Census? (:30)

The first mailed Census invitations will arrive by March 20 with instructions on how to register and complete the census online. You can also complete the census by phone or by mail.
Please keep the following security tips in mind as you complete the census:
  • When you go online to complete the census, make sure you access only the U.S. Census Bureau's secure site:
  • Never provide sensitive personal information like your social security number or bank information.
  • The 2020 census will NOT ask about citizenship status.
  • The census will never ask for money or donations.
  • Census data is strictly confidential and may not be accessed by other federal or local agencies. 
Wilmette Events and Happenings

Based upon guidance from the CDC, which recommends limiting in-person interactions to prevent exposure and spread of COVID-19, all Village and Historical Museum events have been canceled through March 20. This includes open houses for the Neighborhood Stormwater Storage Project and the Skokie Boulevard and Lake Avenue Intersection Improvements. We will share updates through the Village website, E-News and social media channels as information becomes available. Thank you for your continued partnership in preventing the spread of COVID-19.