Village of Oak Park announcements - Nov. 15, 2012

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Police plan holiday traffic enforcement crackdown

Oak Park Police will step up traffic enforcement beginning tomorrow, Fri., Nov. 16 and continuing through the weekend following Thanksgiving. Efforts will focus on reducing accidents by arresting drunk drivers and ticketing anyone in a vehicle who is not wearing a seat belt. The Oak Park crackdown is part of a federally funded effort through the Illinois Department of Transportation's Division of Traffic Safety that will help pay for off-duty officers to augment on-duty patrols. The enforcement effort runs concurrently with a media campaign that reminds motorists to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Overand Click It or Ticket.

Parking restrictions eased for Thanksgiving holiday

The on-street, overnight parking ban will not be enforced on most Oak Park residential streets during the Thanksgiving holiday. Overnight restrictions will be lifted at 2:30 a.m., Thurs., Nov. 22, and resume at 2:30 a.m., Mon., Nov. 26. Restrictions will remain in effect in overnight permit areas, such as Village-owned lots, on-street enclaves and on-street overnight parking zones. All other parking regulations also remain in effect, including all daytime posted restrictions and regulations related to traffic and public safety. For more information call 708.358.5750 or e-mail

Down payment assistance available for prospective home buyers

The West Cook Count Housing Collaborative is making homeownership more affordable with $10,000 in down payment assistance for select updated and rehabbed homes. Financing and the supply of homes is limited. To apply, call708.771.5801 or fill out an application at

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