Franklin Grove IL, Lee County IL

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Ashley & Tim Prior won the "Christmas in the Grove" House Decorating Contest for the outstanding decorations on their home on Sycamore Street.
They have won the $100 prize!
We'd like to thank everyone that decorated and who voted!





Nomination petitions are now available for the April 6, 2021 Consolidated Election.

Positions Available:
Please note the following positions will be up for election at the April 6, 2021 consolidated election:

Village President
Village Clerk
3 - Village Trustee Full 4-Year Term
1 - Village Trustee Unexpired 2-Year Term
4 - Library Trustee


Petition packets are available at Village Hall 815-456-2131 or Village Clerk can be reached at 815-440-2616







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Tier 2 Resurgence Mitigations

As detailed in the July 15 Restore Illinois resurgence plan, Tier 2 mitigations may be applied if a region’s positivity
rate remains above the 8 percent positivity threshold after 14 days under Tier 1 mitigations. If a region continues to
experience a sustained resurgence of COVID-19 after 14 days with Tier 2 mitigations in place, stricter measures
may be necessary to curtail further spread.
Regions experiencing a sustained resurgence of COVID-19 after 14 days in Tier 1 mitigations will operate
under these Tier 2 mitigation requirements:



• All bars close at 11pm and may reopen no earlier than 6am the following day
• No indoor service
• All bar patrons should be seated at tables outside
• No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed)
• Tables should be 6 feet apart
• No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
• No dancing or standing indoors
• Reservations required for each party
• No seating of multiple parties at one table
• No tables exceeding 6 people *


• All restaurants close at 11pm and may reopen no earlier than 6am the following day
• No indoor dining or bar service
• Tables should be 6 feet apart
• No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
• Reservations required for each party
• No seating of multiple parties at one table
• No tables exceeding 6 people *


Meetings, social events and gatherings (including weddings, funerals, potlucks, etc.)
• Limit to 10 guests in both indoor and outdoor settings *
• Applicable to professional, religious, cultural and social group gatherings.
• Not applicable to students participating in-person classroom learning, sports or
polling places.
• This does not reduce the overall facility capacity dictated by general business
guidance such as office, retail, etc.
• No party buses
• Gaming and Casinos close at 11:00pm, are limited to 25 percent capacity, and
follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable


Organized group recreational activities (including sports, but excluding fitness centers*)
• Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25% of overall room capacity both indoors & outdoors *
• No groups more than 10 *
• All Sports Guidance effective August 15, 2020, remains in effect
• Outdoor Activities (not included in the above exposure settings) continue per
current DCEO guidance


In addition, IDPH recommends the following actions be taken
• Display prominent masking and distancing signage
• Discourage non-essential travel to other states and international locations
• Discourage groups greater than 4 individuals in ages 12 -17 from congregating outside of school
• Promote work from home when possible


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IDPH will continue to track the positivity rate in regions requiring additional mitigations over a 14-day monitoring period
to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigation should remain in
place. If the positivity rate averages less than or equal to 6.5 percent over a 3-day period, the region will return to Phase
4 mitigations under the Restore Illinois Plan. If the positivity rate averages between 6.5 percent and 8 percent, IDPH will
continue to monitor the region to determine if additional mitigations are needed. If the positivity rate averages greater
than or equal to 8 percent after 14 days, more stringent mitigations may be applied to further reduce spread of the virus,
which could include reducing capacity on organized group recreation, fitness or other activities supported by local
contact tracing and outbreak data and temporary suspension of certain activities.
Follow the latest regional metrics at:

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Click here to view the Lee County Unified Executive Leadership Team COVID-19 Update: October 1, 2020

Click here to view the Lee County Health Department Enforcement Letter





NICOR LIHEAP energy assistance


Find out about Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and other heating assistance programs here















A. Interference With Snow Removal:
1. After an accumulation of three inches (3") or more of snow has occurred and until both sides of the street, alley or public way have been plowed, it shall be unlawful to allow any vehicle to remain parked from the same side of a public street, alley or public way for more than twelve (12) hours after the opposite side of the street, alley or public way upon which the vehicle is parked has had the snow plowed by the village.

(Ord. 503, 9-6-1983)


2. It shall be unlawful to park any vehicle on Elm Street between Highway 38 and Brown Street at any time within twelve (12) hours after a snowfall of three inches (3") or more has occurred.

(Ord. 452, 3-4-1974, eff. 3-4-1974)


B. Towing Vehicle, Costs: Any motor vehicle parked or standing in violation of this section may be towed or moved to another location or to a village impoundment area by a village vehicle or private towing service. No vehicles towed to a village impoundment area shall be released to the owner, lienholder or other person entitled to possession unless proper proof of entitlement to possession is first furnished to the village and all storage charges and towing charges incurred by the village are paid to the village.

C. Nonliability Of Village Or Towing Service: The owner and lienholder of vehicles parked or standing in violation of this section shall not be entitled to any claim for damages to any motor vehicle unless wilful and wanton misconduct shall be established.

(Ord. 503, 9-6-1983)








Village of Franklin Grove's "Early Warning Siren"


What Does the Siren Mean?
The system uses two Siren tones only.

* Alert Tone- 3 minutes:
A continuous tone to signify an emergency alert, this signal will be used to signify a tornado warning (not a tornado watch).
*Siren Test Tone- 1 minute:
Please note that the Village will perform a monthly siren test to ensure ail sirens are functioning. The entire system is tested for minute at 10:00am on the first Tuesday of every month.
*All Clear" NO TONE"

Please tune to your local news agencies such as smart phones, NOAA Weather Radio, AM, FM radio and TV then listen for notification regarding the emergency.

Radio Signal Test:
Every Wednesday between I0 A.M, and Noon, NOAA Will send out a signal at which time a red light on the siren pole will light up for 9 hours showing that it is receiving a signal.

What should I do if I hear the siren for 3 minutes?
If the sirens are activated and it is not our monthly 1 minute siren test, the public should:
*Seek immediate indoor shelter inside a sturdy building, on a lower level, away from windows and glass.
*Children should be taught to seek shelter.
*Tune into your local media such as smart phones, NOAA Weather Radio, AM, FM radio or television to get information about the warning and when the threat has passed.

Will the siren activate if we have a power outage?
No! The siren will not activate!
That is one reason you should not depend on the siren for your only source of warning.
Another reason the siren will not activate is if the tower in Whiteside County that activates our remote system has its power knocked out, it will not signal our system to activate.

Why use outdoor warning sirens?
Sirens are still the most effective method to warn the population at large in the shortest amount of time. This applies to adults and children who may be outdoors at ball games, in their yard, or anywhere else where they are not in contact with a smart phone, the normal news media channels such as radio, TV or local public address systems.
On average, tornado deaths in the United States have gone from 8 per 1 million people in 1925 to 0.11 per 1 million people today a trend largely attributed to early-warning systems fed by advanced meteorology and the introduction of Doppler radar

Will the sirens warn me of every dangerous storm?
No, Franklin Grove's siren is for "tornado warnings only" not watches or severe storms. It is programmed to activate if NOAA sends a warning saying conditions are appropriate for a tornado anywhere in Lee Co. it cannot be specific to Franklin Grove. Doppler radar "does not always" pick up all conditions for tornadoes. "The safest approach is to be proactive and use all of the information available to protect yourself and your family from threatening weather.

Nothing can replace common sense.
If a storm is approaching, the lightning alone is a threat. Sirens are only one part of a warning system that includes preparation, smart phones, NOAA Weather Radio, and local media such as AM, FM radio and TV".










Tri County Opportunities Council /LIHEAP Energy Assistance
Even though we are closed to the public due to COVID-19, we are still assisting the public with their gas, electric, propane via mail or email.
Please call the office 815 625 7830 and they will take your mailing address or your email and they will then get the application along with the information of the things needed to go along with the application sent to you.
This goes by income and the number of people in the household.








The Franklin Grove Community Clean Up Day

Has been canceled for the time being

Please check this page frequently for updates








Starting October 24, 2019

We are now asking to have leaves raked or blown to the curb, free of debris and sticks


We will be running the leaf vacuum every day when weather permits during prime fall season

Any questions regarding pickup, please contact our shop at (815)440-4632 ~ Ron Miller

Thank you,

Franklin Grove Village Employees










Please forward all questions, concerns or comments about the tax levy ordinance to:

Village of Franklin Grove, IL
105 E South St
P.O. Box 206
Franklin Grove, Illinois 61031







The Village of Franklin Grove, IL, invites you to plant a free tree!

Our beautiful old maples are living on borrowed time and we need to replenish our natural forest.

Tree-lined roads improve curb appeal, and trees cool off our streets to cut your energy bills.

The variety of trees available this year are Crimson King Maple, Sugar Maple, Sunburst Locust, Hackberry or Pin Oak


In addition, McCormick's Nursery has agreed to extend the discounted offer to residents that would like to plant a tree on their own property!

$69 for 8'-9' Crimson King Maple, Sugar Maple, Sunburst Locust, Hackberry or Pin Oak.

If interested in taking advantage of this offer, contact McCormick's by August 5th at 3602 E. Lincolnway in Sterling, or call 815-626-4422.

Trees can be picked up, or marked and delivered with the village tree in time for September planting.


Get your free tree by calling Nick Sprague at 815-973-0705 today. We'll even plant it for you.

Help keep the grove in Franklin Grove - plant a tree today!





Annual Drinking Water/Consumer Confidence Report






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The Franklin Grove Cemetery Association is in need of funds to keep the grounds in pristine condition.

The Board was just made aware of the law that "PROHIBITS" funds charged for perpetual care when purchasing lots being used for maintenance, i.e. mowing and general upkeep. Thus, the board must determine what legal options are available for funding this important maintenance upkeep.

The Board is seeking donations, as our funds are in very short supply due to the low interest rates on our Certificate of Deposit and the State Law, which prohibits using those funds from perpetual care.

We are in the process of assessing our options, but the funds for keeping the grounds mowed and trimmed are about to run out. At this time, donations to keep us going until we have a more definite solution are our only option.

We hope you will respond to our request. The donations may be turned in at the Franklin Grove Branch of the First National Bank in Amboy with the specific notation to hold for THE FRANKLIN GROVE CEMETERY MAINTENANCE FUND.

We would appreciate whatever you can do to keep the grounds in pristine order.

Thank you very much,
The Franklin Grove Cemetery Board



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Franklin Grove IL


Effective Immediately

Any water, sewer or garbage customer who receives a shut-off tag must pay the bill at:

Franklin Grove Village Hall

105 E. South Street

Franklin Grove, IL

Any questions contact the Village Clerk at








Bill payment for Franklin Grove, IL

Bill Payment Information for Residents of Franklin Grove

Pay your water, sewer & garbage bills at the following locations:

*1st National Bank in Amboy (Franklin Grove Branch)

Village Hall - 105 E. South Street (East Door Slot)

Mail - allow 7 to 10 days for delivery

Village of Franklin Grove,IL

105 E South St

P.O. Box 206

Franklin Grove, Illinois 61031







March 15 to May 15 and from September 15 to November 30

A. The intentional burning of any material including any garbage, refuse, or waste, is prohibited except as specifically provided herein.
B. Burning of leaves and twigs is permitted from March 15 to May 15 and from September 15 to November 30 of each year, inclusive, provided:
1. Such burning must be on private property and shall not be on any public street, alley or sidewalk.
2. Such burning shall only be from nine o'clock (9:00) A.M. until seven o'clock (7:00) P.M.
3. Such burning must be attended by a responsible person.
C. Recreational fires shall be permitted when all of the following conditions are met:
1. Grills, cooking pits, smokers, and other cooking devices are exempt from time restrictions.
2. The base of the fire is fully contained in a fireproof containment device including, but not limited to, a fire pit, steel ring, grill, etc., not to exceed sixty inches (60") in diameter. After nine o'clock (9:00) P.M. the fire should be fully contained in a fireproof containment device including, but not limited to, a fire pit, steel ring, grill, etc., not to exceed thirty six inches (36") in diameter.
3. Combustible fuels are limited to clean, dry, untreated, unpainted woods.
4. Fires shall not be allowed to smolder and/or emit noxious or offensive odors at any time.
5. Fires shall be attended at all times and when extinguished they should be cool to the touch on the exterior three inches (3").
6. Accelerants not specifically designed for igniting recreational fires may not be used to ignite recreational fires.
7. Fires must be maintained a reasonable distance from structures, vegetation and other combustibles.
8. Fires must be extinguished immediately upon the direction of a law enforcement officer or at the direction of the fire chief.
D. Any person violating any provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and fined not less than one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00) nor more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00). (Ord. 718-11, 11-11-2011)
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Brush Pickup

All garbage cans and yard waste to be set in front of the house not in the alley. Also grass clippings, etc. should be placed in a paper bag, not plastic.

All tree branches and brush no longer than 4 feet and tied in bundles of 40 to 50 lbs.


Building Permits

Any new construction or remodel needs to have a permit as well as any decks, fences, dog runs, etc.

When in doubt, call the Village Hall to inquire if a permit is needed.

Dumpsters and Street Obstructions

All dumpster and any other street obstructions require a permit to be obtained by the Village Zoning Officer


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