March 25, 2020
Dear Village Residents,
I hope everyone is surviving the COVID-19 Pandemic. Below are the latest updates and information we have. We will continue to send out updates as warranted. 
 
Residents are encouraged to conduct village business via email at info@springgrovevillage.com or phone at 815-675-2121. Building permit applications can be found on-line here and be printed out and emailed to bwalczak@springgrovevillage.com , or mailed or dropped off at the Municipal Centre located at 7401 Meyer Road. The Village will make every effort to ensure timely inspections. Permit, water/sewer, and miscellaneous payments can be mailed, made on-line here , or can be placed in the ticket drop box outside the front door of the Municipal Centre.

Non-emergency police reports will be taken via telephone at 815-675-2596. If your call is after normal business hours and you reach a dispatcher, they will take your information and an officer will return your call as soon as possible. Examples of non-emergency calls are (but not limited to): damage to property, fraud or theft. Police officers will continue to physically respond to all high-priority, emergency and in-progress calls. Of course, in any emergency, call 911. Tickets and other police payments can be made on-line here .

The Village Board has been given legal authority to have trustees call-in to public meetings to limit the amount of people in attendance. If agendas are light, the meeting will be postponed.

Our small businesses may be feeling a big impact from COVID-19. Governor Pritzker has filed for a statewide Economic Injury Declaration with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in order to qualify Illinois small businesses impacted by the outbreak for federal Economic Injury Disaster loans. These loans can provide relief to Illinois small businesses struggling to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, or other bills. Eligibility requirements are determined by SBA and can be found here . Advisors are available to assist with the loan application process and are currently operating remotely. Businesses can locate their nearest Small Business Development Center here . The Federal Government is currently negotiating a bill in the Senate that would be very good for our businesses affected by the shut down. This site is being continuously updated with COVID-19 information for small businesses which you can refer to at any time.

Visit Coronavirus.gov for the latest updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Illinois, visit the  Illinois Department of Public Health  website and their frequently asked questions available  here . The IDPH has a hotline for questions on Coronavirus or to report a potential case. Please call 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov to have all your COVID-19 questions answered.


Mark Eisenberg
Spring Grove Village President
2020 Census On-Line Response Due April 1
Please respond by April 1 to the 2020 Census online at my2020census.gov . It is only nine questions long and will take less than 10 minutes to complete. You should have received a letter in the mail with your Census ID and instructions. If you did not receive a letter or need help, call 844-330-2020. Completing the census will ensure we get the federal & state funding we need for critical services, like schools, roads and other public services. Read more about how the Census affects our community here .
Senior Citizen Hours at Jewel
Jewel in Spring Grove is asking customers to allow senior shoppers to have priority shopping with fewer customer in the stores on Tuesdays & Thursdays, between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. They understand that this may not work for everyone but appreciate everyone’s consideration.
Get Help with Grocery Shopping
A young group of volunteers would like to help senior residents, or others who are at a high risk of contracting COVID-19, by shopping for their groceries. If you, or anyone you know, needs help with grocery shopping or with purchasing other necessities, please contact them here .
Coronavirus Scams
Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus, selling unapproved and misbranded products, claiming they can treat or prevent the Coronavirus. The companies’ products include teas, essential oils, vitamins and more.There are no approved vaccines, drugs or other products currently available to treat or prevent the virus.   Read more here .
Photo of the Week

Dawn Adenau knows early spring is here when her weeping pussy willow branches start overflowing with silky catkins that are as soft as kittens. After a few weeks, its branches will be covered with lovely green leaves. If you have a photo of Spring Grove you would like to share, email i t here .
Federal Taxes Deadline Extended
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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has shared updated information regarding the delay of the filing deadline for all federal taxes. The new deadline for taxpayers to file and pay their federal income tax is now July 15. This deadline extension does not apply to state income tax returns. Illinois allows for an automatic extension to file until October 15; however, this does not extend to payments.
Nature's Feed
As a pet supply store, Nature's Feed is an essential business in Illinois. They are remaining open with some changes to their operations. They are offering curbside service or free delivery for those within a 15-mile radius (round-trip). For curbside service, call or email them your order, pay over the phone and they will bring the product out to you. Deliveries will take place on certain days. Contact them for more information. The safety of all remains their top priority, and they appreciate your patience and understanding. Email them at info@naturesfeed.net or call (815) 675-2008.
Groot Bins
Groot Service Changes
As stated in the special eNews that went out on Monday, Groot has suspended pick-ups of loose items, such as bulk construction debris and appliances and white goods. These measures are temporary and are being implemented industry-wide to reduce the potential for community spread of COVID-19 and for the safety of the drivers. There are no changes to trash, recycling and upcoming landscape waste collections, which are due to start in April, at this time.
ComEd Payment Assistance
ComEd is taking action to help its customers with payment assistance programs.
They are imposing a moratorium on service disconnections and waiving new late payment charges, in coordination with Illinois leadership who are implementing guidance to control the spread of COVID-19. Please view the flyer here for more information. Customers who may be experiencing financial hardship should visit ComEd.com/CARE or call 800-334-7661.
Support our Local Businesses
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Please support our local businesses as much as possible. During the current State mandate, when you would normally go out to eat, please call or go online and order from our local restaurants. Some may have deliveries, others curbside pickup. You can also order take-out inside the restaurant as long as you keep social distance. View a list of Spring Grove restaurants here .
Blast from the Past
This building once stood at the southwest corner of Main & Blivin Streets where Robert Esh ran a grocery store in the late 1800s. He would also go out with his horse and wagon and take his groceries around to sell. Around 1915, his son Vivian and Vivian's wife, Bertha, took over and turned it into an ice cream parlor until Vivian died in 1920. In 1946 Mary Hedge answered an ad in the newspaper for an apartment for rent for thirty dollars a month. The bottom floor had been turned into two apartments. Mary made curtains for the large front windows and her husband built four walls in their apartment. Ann Quick also answered the ad and came with her husband and baby. The condition of the building was so bad that Ann sat down on the sidewalk and cried. Her apartment was to the left of Mary’s and was also one big room. Helen Gherke was the landlady from Chicago. She had a wall built and a door put in to make a bedroom. Ann’s husband made a counter and they started “a hamburger joint”. Young people came by for a bowl of chili, hamburger or salad. After Ann left, Shirley Dawson took over serving lunches and ice cream. She called her restaurant "Shirley’s Lunch" and stayed for a short while before moving her business down the street. Frank Brown and his wife lived upstairs. Mrs. Brown was a familiar sight sitting in the upstairs bay window. The building was vacant and deteriorated even more in the 1950s. In 1966, the village sent Helen Gehrke a notice that the building was structurally unsound. The exterior walls had shifted, door and window frames were rotted and the roof was sagging. A petition was filed in court, forcing demolition of the building which the village ended up undertaking after hearing no word back from Ms. Gehrke. You can see the wrecking machine in the top photo.
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