The City, on behalf of all staff and residents, would like to thank Canadian National Railway Company for funding the noise study on Division Street. With that assistance, the City is able to continue to improve the community for all its residents.

Important Information to Comcast Customers about TV Boxes

Crest Hill Residents with Comcast Service,

This is to inform you that limited number of customers in the community will be recieving a detailed letter providing instructions to exchange equipment.  Customers with older converters will need to exchange them for newer converter boxes.  If you have any questions or would like additional information please conctact Comcast at 224-229-6135.  A sample of the letter can be viewed by clicking here.

Operation Care Package Christmas Cards

Chief of Police Retires, New Chief Sworn In

Monday night's City Council meeting was, in large part, an opportunity to say goodbye to Dwayne Wilkerson who has served with the Crest Hill Police Department for 30 years. Wilkerson was appointed Chief of Police in 2009 and has served ever since, that is, until last night. He made his final appearance at a Crest Hill City Council meeting as Chief of Police and was honored in doing so. The City Council passed Resolution 984 which praises Wilkerson for numerous recognitions, commendations and awards earned during his 30 years of service to Crest Hill.

"I thank you very much for your service and for your friendship," Mayor Soliman exclaimed as he presented Dwayne with his retirement badge. "I am going to miss our daily talks."

Wilkerson, appearing humbled and grateful, had not much to say as he thanked the City Council and those he worked with during his tenure. "It's been an honor to serve this City," he said. Wilkerson was received by elected officials, staff and those in the audience with a standing ovation. 

Just as the retired Chief of Police sat down, the time came for Deputy Chief of Police Ed Clark to be sworn in as the new acting Chief of Police. Clark has served the City of Crest Hill since 1999 and has been one of the two Deputy Chief's. 

City Clerk Vicki Hackney recited the oath for Clark to repeat and Clark's wife Tina pinned the new badge onto his lapel. "I will put my best foot forward for this City," Clark added as he was welcomed with applause. 

Congratulations to both the Retired Chief of Police and the new Chief of Police. 

Dwayne Wilkerson receives his retirement badge from Mayor Ray Soliman

Ed Clark is sworn in as new Chief of Police by City Clerk Vicki Hackney

Crest Hill Represents For Take Back The Night

Sunday, October 17, was the annual Will County Take Back The Night event held at St. John Lutheran Church in Joliet. This particular event was special because it was the 20th Anniversary march for the program that helps bring attention to victims of domestic violence. Representing Crest Hill in the march were Alderwomen Claudia Gazal and Barb Sklare as well as City Clerk Vicki Hackney. 

Take Back The Night is an opportunity for survivors of domestic abuse and supporters of those survivors to join others of all races, cultures, backgrounds and experience to combine the strength of their voices to declare an end to violence. 

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, please DO NOT be afraid to get help. For more information about Take Back The Night visit the website

Alderwoman Barb Sklare, Alderwoman Claudia Gazal, Pilar Gazal, Co-Chairperson Amirrah Youssef, and City Clerk Vicki Hackney


United Meters Letter Regarding Installation of New Remote Reading Water Meter

Attention Crest Hill Residents: 
The City of Crest Hill wanted to make its residents aware of a letter being sent out from United Meters to schedule an appointment for installation of a new meter remote.  A sample of the legitimate letter can be viewed below. Any questions please feel free to contact the Sewage Treatment Plant at 815-723-8671 or the Water Department at 815-741-5124.
Dear Water Customer:
The City of Crest Hill at no cost to you, needs to replace your current Water Meter and/or Remote Automatic Meter reading device in your home or business. The new remote reading water meters will allow the city to more accurately read the water meter and to eliminate any estimated bills.
The City of Crest Hill has contracted with UNITED METERS, INC. to install the new water meter remotes. In order for UMI to complete the installation of the new meter remote, access to the water meter inside your house is required.  Also, the water may have to be shut off during the meter replacement, which is expected to take 30-60 minutes. UMI technicians will be driving white company trucks with the UMI logo and will carry UMI ID badges. UMI’s technicians will also be going door-to-door to complete the replacement of the water meter remote readers.
You are requested to contact UNITED METERS, INC. toll free at 1-877-533-8964 to set up an appointment to have work completed. UMI’s office hours are 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday thru Friday and 8:00 am – 12:00 pm on Saturday. Please call to make your appointment when you receive this letter.
If you have any questions regarding this installation project, please contact the City of Crest Hill Public Works Department at (815) 741-5108. Your cooperation in calling UMI to schedule an appointment is vital to the success of this important project. 
Tony Torres,
Public Works Director 
City of Crest Hill
1610 Plainfield Rd.
Crest Hill, IL 60403

IL Rt 53 Viaduct Project Update

On Monday October 10th, the City of Crest Hill's Contractor will be starting construction to repair the IL 53 viaduct concrete abutment walls and install landscape along the right of way, leading up to the viaduct.  In order to provide safety to the workers, there will be temporary daily lane closures for the next 35 days for north and south bound traffic, at the IL 53 viaduct between Caton Farm Road and Theodore Street.



Habitat For Humanity Brings Family To Crest Hill

The rain would not drown out the celebration that brought the City of Crest Hill and Habitat for Humanity together for a great cause. Nearly 40 people came out on Saturday to welcome the Reyes family to a brand new home built by Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing organization building simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with people in need. 

The dedication and the gathering brought tears to the eyes of Francisco Reyes who, along with his wife Maria and son Benzi, stood happy and proud on the front steps of their new Nicholson Street home. 

Rainy and damp weather were not a factor as guests and neighbors gathered around to hear Habitat for Humanity Director of Family Services, Ron Novak, welcome and introduce the Reyes family. Several of the home builders were on hand to ring in the occasion including students from the Lockport Township High School Building and Trades classes, Joliet Junior College HVAC Program, and many more. Mayor Ray Soliman, City Clerk Vicki Hackney, and Alderman John Vershay as well as City Administrator Heather McGuire and Economic Development Manager Scott McMaster were also present for the celebration.

Although refreshments were made available, the Reyes family was so honored that they invited guests to a home cooked lunch that they provided.

Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity, Nicole Murray, stated that Crest Hill is a perfect community for this program. "I have driven up and down these streets looking for the next opportunity," says Murray. 

The City of Crest Hill hopes the partnership continues with Habitat for Humanity and welcomes the Reyes family as its newest residents. 

For more information about Will County Habitat for Humanity, please visit the website.

Mayor Ray Soliman, Francisco Reyes, Maria Reyes, Benzi Reyes, and City Clerk Vicki Hackney

Crest Hill Adds Two New Police Officers

The morning of Monday, September 19 was an encouraging day for the City of Crest Hill. Two new members of the Crest Hill Police Department were sworn in by City Clerk Vicki Hackney. Both Brandon Urquidi and Patrick Shea stood proud as they recited the oath before family and friends. Mayor Ray Soliman along with Police Chief Dwayne Wilkerson and Deputy Chief Ed Clark welcomed and wished both men a long, successful career with the City of Crest Hill.

Urquidi, a Joliet native and Joliet Junior College graduate, served briefly with the West Chicago Police Department before filling the vacancy with Crest Hill. His father, Fernando Urquidi, is a highly decorated Joliet Policeman. Officer Fernando Urquidi received the Martin S. Murrin award in 2015. This award is the highest honor in the Joliet Police Department given for outstanding bravery, heroism, selflessnes, personal courage and devotion to duty. 

Shea, of Frankfort, graduated from Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. Patrick is also the son of a policeman. Detective Patrick Shea is a nearly 30 year veteran of the Burbank Police Department. 

Urquidi and Shea should prove to be fine officers with the City of Crest Hill.


Patrick Shea, Mayor Ray Soliman, and Brandon Urquidi                                         Patrick Shea, City Clerk Vicki Hackney, and Brandon Urquidi

Early Voting


Petition Packet Information-April 4, 2017 Consolidated Election

Crest Hill:
This is to inform the residents of the City of Crest Hill that the petition packets for the April 4, 2017 Consolidated Election will be available for pickup beginning Tuesday, September 20, 2016.  Petition packets can be picked up at the City Clerk’s Office, 1610 Plainfield Road, Crest Hill, IL 60403.  Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Petitions must be filed between December 12th and December 19th, 2016.  Crest Hill residents will be voting for the following offices:
Mayor (1 office – 4 year term)
City Clerk (1 office – 4 year term)
City Treasurer (1 office – 4 year term)
Alderman – Ward One (1 office – 4 year term)
Alderman – Ward Two (1 office – 4 year term)
Alderman – Ward Three (1 office – 4 year term)
Alderman – Ward Four (1 office – 4 year term)

Comed Routine Tree Trimming Notification

Tree Trimming to Begin Soon..
Trees and branches that interfere with power lines
can create safety hazards and cause power outages.
Preventative tree maintenance helps avoid power
• Within the next 3 months we will trim trees,
branches and vines that interfere or have the
potential to interfere with power lines.
• In some cases, tree removal may be required.The
remaining tree stumps are treated with an approved
herbicide to prevent future regrowth. Herbicide will
be applied by state-licensed applicators.
• All work is performed by trained, qualified arborists.
Property owners call1-800-Edison-1 for questions.

Election Judges Needed

Our Will County Clerk, Nancy Schultz Voots, is seeking individuals to apply to be an Election Judge for the upcoming election on November 8, 2016.  Election Judges play an important role in the voting process.  There will be a 2 hour training class prior to the election and you will be compensated $150.00 for working the election.  The hours to work on Election Day are 5:00 AM to 7:00 PM.  Working on Election Day is an excellent opportunity to serve your community!  All applicants must be a registered voter in Will County.
To apply visit their website at or contact Mary Kay Campbell or Christine Randall at the County Clerk’s office at 815-740-4617.”


At the April 18 City Council meeting, the City of Crest Hill received recognition for excellence in its governmental accounting and financial reporting practices. The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded the City a Certificate of Achievement for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year that ended April 30, 2015. This award is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting. Less than 12% of municipal governments in the State of Illinois achieved this honor in 2015.
With the new fiscal year opening May 1, the City Council unanimously passed a balanced budget for 2016/2017. The City’s general fund shows revenue of $9,489,004.00 and expenses of $9,422,004.00. The water/sewer fund shows revenue of $7,864,368.00 and expenses of $6,902,823.00. Both accounts confirm a surplus.
The overall budget has allowed for the hiring of two additional police officers for public safety and $3.7M in construction improvements. The improvements to the intersection of Gaylord Road and Division Street as well as the reconfiguration of Enterprise Boulevard will progress the safety and traffic flow along the Division Street Corridor. Additionally, the intersection of Weber Road and Caton Farm Road will see major improvements that will help spur economic development along the Weber Road Corridor.
This is the second year continuing to fund for new vehicles, computers and other technology that ensures City employees have the most up to date equipment to provide better services to residents. A feasibility study is also in progress to assess space needs for a new public works facility.
Always committed to its police officers, the City has a long range vision and plan for a fully funded police pension by 2038. This will be done by adding $150,000 to that fund each year for the next ten years, which is above the requested annual amount. State law requires police pension funds be 90% funded by 2040.
One item always at the forefront for Mayor Soliman is the continuation of the City’s property tax rebate check program to all of its residents and property owners.
The Crest Hill budget maintains a six month reserve and, more importantly, comes without any tax increases to its residents. The overall fund balance is strong and the City has a high quality AA3 bond rating.
“The City of Crest Hill has come a long way over the last eight years and we are proud to continue our tradition of providing quality services to our residents, visitors, and businesses,” states Mayor Soliman. “We are fiscally responsible and conservative in our budgeting practices and are proud to have received an award that reflects this.”

Will County Electronics Recycling Drop-Off Site in Lockport

Electronics recycling drop-off site for Will County residents

Tuesdays and Fridays from 6:00a.m. to 11a.m.

17112 Prime Blvd. in Lockport

The program is limited to Will County residents.  Identification must be presented.  Limit of two TV's per vehicle.

For more information please visit

Residential Safety Tips

Staff from Working America will be in the Crest Hill Area

Working America is the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO National Trade Union, will be in the Crest Hill area.
Staff from Working America advised they will be in the Crest Hill area for the next 4 to 5 weeks.  They said they are not soliciting from the residents and are not required to have a solicitor permit. They state they are providing information about their organization and looking to increase their membership.

Staff members will have identification showing their affiliation with Working America.

Should you have any questions or concerns please contact the Crest Hill Police Department at 815-741-5111.



Please review these Residential Safety Tips 

If you see any suspicious activity in your neighborhood please contact the Police Department.  The Police Department can be reached at (815) 741-5115 with any questions during business hours.  As always, please call 9-1-1 with any emergencies. 


Lockport Township Wellness Clinic

Baby/Youth wellness clinic. Click here for details.

2016 Recycling Calendar

Hydrant Flushing

Hydrant Flushing will be conducted throughout the City of Crest Hill during daytime hours.  The program begins Monday, September 29, 2014 and will take approximately 5 weeks.  Any questions please contact Public Works at 815-741-5108.

Click to view Hydrant Flushing Schedule

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 for information regarding potential tax scams.

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.


Consumer Affairs

Consumer Affairs recently launched a toll-free hotline to address any questions involving government and services:

1-855-IL-ASK-US   (1-855-452-7587)    

XFINITY WiFi Hotspots

Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) Programs

Click here for information on  Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network.

Trouble Paying your mortgage?

Brochures are available at City Hall, for more information visit or call toll-free 1-855-KEEP-411.


Energy Impact Illinois

Huge Rebates Help You Save On Energy Use

Click here for more information

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.

POWER Program

POWER Program - Illinois Comptroller - Judy Baar TopinkaCreated 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

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.