Village of Oak Park announcements - March 15, 2013

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By Community Editor

Courtesy Village of Oak Park

Health award nominations deadline near

The deadline is fast approaching to make a nomination for an annual award that honors those who made exceptional contributions to improving the health of Oak Parkers during 2012. These individuals and organizations will be honored with the William Fitzsimmons Award during 2013 Public Health Week, April 1 - 7. The deadline for nominations is Fri., March 22. Nomination forms are available at Village Hall and online – just click here. Completed forms should be dropped off or mailed to the Oak Park Department of Public Health, Village Hall, 123 Madison St., Oak Park, IL 60302. Nominations also may be made via e-mail to Nominations submitted via e-mail should include responses to all fields listed in the original nomination form. The Fitzsimmons Award is named for local physician and humanitarian William Fitzsimmons who served as the Health Department's medical consultant from 1976 to 1992. Call 708.358.5480 or e-mail for more information on the awards program.

Interest rates on security deposits

Tenants of apartment buildings containing four or more units are entitled to interest on their security deposits. Interest must be paid or applied toward rent within 30 days of the expiration of each 12-month period. The security deposit must have been held for at least six months and the rent must be current to be eligible for interest. Call 708.358.5407 or e-mail for more information.

Car-sharing opportunities abound

Oak Parkers who would rather share a car than own one have two choices. Zipcar, a for-profit, international car sharing company, and not-for-profit I-GO both offer programs in Oak Park. Zipcar has vehicles in three Oak Park public parking locations — 438 S.. Taylor, at the corner of Madison and Taylor streets; 1118 North Blvd.; and 300 South Blvd. I-GO has cars at 833 S. Euclid Ave., near the corner of Harrison Street and Oak Park Avenue; 715 South Blvd.; 331 N. Harlem Ave.; 632 S. Austin Blvd.; 18 Lake St.; and at Village Hall, 123 Madison St. Both companies allow users to reserve cars online by the hour, anytime of the day or night. Hourly rates include gas, insurance, reserved parking spaces and all vehicle maintenance. For more information, or to apply for membership, visit or

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