Potential Fraud Alert
At least one resident has received a phone call from a caller stating he was with the Internal Revenue Service Tax Division in Washington D.C. The caller informed the resident that she owed a fee of $795.00 and if she did not pay it, she would be arrested. Additionally, he threatened to freeze her assets if she did not pay the fee.
Please exercise caution when disclosing any bank account or financial information to an unidentified individual. Please visit http://www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Scams-Consumer-Alerts/ for information regarding potential tax scams.
Summer City Wide Garage Sale
Trash and Recycling Services
Beginning May 1, 2014 Crest Hill residents will begin new automated trash and recycling services as part of a new contract with Allied Waste/Republic Services.
Allied Waste/Republic Services will deliver one 96-gallon cart for trash and one 96-gallon cart for recycling. Residents will be able to trade their cart for a smaller 65 gallon or 35 gallon cart if the 96 gallon cart does not suit their particular needs. Households will be provided one wheeled blue cart for household refuse and a second wheeled blue cart with a green lid for recycling. Directions on the new cart program will be provided at delivery. Carts will be dropped off prior to the May 1st start date.
Recycling will be every other week and Yard Waste will continue to be on regular trash pickup day.
If residents want to get rid of their old containers after they have received their new containers, place them at the curb on your normal pickup day and simply leave a note saying "Garbage man please take this container" and it will be included with your normal pickup.
Note: When using the new automated trash/recycling containers, please make sure containers are placed at the curbside with handle and wheels against the curb and also containers should not be next to mailboxes or any stationary objects such as cars. For questions please contact the Water Department at 815-741-5104.
Municipal Real Estate Tax Rebate Check
Dear Property Owner:
The City of Crest Hill will be sending out a tax rebate check on Monday, March 24, 2014. Expect your check in the mail sometime this week. You will only recieve a rebate check if you are a property owner and paid your 2012 property taxes.
NOTE: As part of the promotion of the 2012 referendum, the City committed to rebate twenty-five (25%) percent of the municipal Real Estate tax paid by each property owner in the last complete property tax billing cycle. The tax rebate is calculated at 25% of the "2012 Tax" total for the City of Crest Hill portion of your bill.
Operation Care Package Christmas Cards
The Crest Hill City Clerks Office is collecting blank unused Christmas cards with envelopes. These cards will be earmarked for Operation Care Package for the 2014 Holiday Season. Operation Care Package sends out roughly 10,000 Christmas packages to those who are serving our country. If you have any questions on how you can help us with this project please contact the City Clerks Office at (815) 741-5100.
Ventra: The Easy New Way to Pay for the CTA and PACE
Consumer Affairs recently launched a toll-free hotline to address any questions involving government and services:
XFINITY WiFi Hotspots
Press Release-Illinois Building Blocks Program
Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) Programs
Brochures are available at City Hall, for more information visit www.keepyourhomeillinois.org. or call toll-free 1-855-KEEP-411.
Energy Impact Illinois
Huge Rebates Help You Save On Energy Use
Richland School District 88A Information
Parents of children of Richland School District 88A in grades 5-8
As a result of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, your child can receive extra help in the approved subject areas. You can receive this free tutoring because your child’s school is in its second year or later of school improvement (the school has not made adequate yearly progress on state tests for at least three years), and your family meets the income limits under the law.
If your child has qualified for free or reduced lunch and you are interested in this program, packets may be picked up at the Richland District 88A office at 1919 Caton Farm Road in Crest Hill.
For more information regarding this program, please contact Ms. Medina at 815-744-7288 ext. 2212.
Created through legislation recently signed by the Governor, POWER (Providing Opportunities for Work through Education and Resources) teaches business owners about the Illinois certification and procurement process, provides counseling and guidance from leading executives, and alerts members of state contract opportunities. It was created to expand the state’s contractor network while helping our small and minority-owned businesses thrive.
POWER recognizes that no two businesses are the same, and adapts to address individual needs. Our counselors form relationships with business owners and tailor plans that put companies in the best position to succeed. By partnering with experienced private sector executives from SCORE Chicago, POWER is a one-stop shop for support and information to grow and enhance businesses.
Given today’s economic challenges, there is no better time to launch this important initiative – and I am excited about the possibilities. Please take the time to check out POWER, and do not hesitate to contact us with questions, or to enroll, at 312-814-5920 or illinoiscomptroller.com.
ALERT: Warning of Water Bill Scam
Warning to All Crest Hill Residents
There is a nationwide scam that is often referred to as "Obama Will Pay Your Bills" and it has hit the Joliet area. Residents are being asked to hand over their social security information in exchange for a bank routing number and account number for a Federal program that will pay your water bill. This program that promises to pay utility or other bills does not exist.
Residents are reminded to never forward private information, such as social security numbers, in response to random e-mails and other unknown requesters. This scam appears to pay your water bill, but the payments are eventually rejected and the victim is left with an unpaid bill and their sensitive private information has been compromised. City of Crest Hill water customers are always encouraged to safeguard their private information.