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Community Meeting on Backyard Sustainability

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Join us for a community meeting on sustainability practices that can be implemented in your own backyard.

Where: Evangelical Community Church, 2237 W. 120th Street
When: October, 23, 2013 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The meeting, supported by our 7th Ward Aldermen and Neighborhood Watch #37, will be facilitated by students from University of Illinois-Chicago. Participants will have the opportunity to visit stations representing different topics and give input on sustainability practices that could be used in their own backyards and related policies that could be passed in Blue Island.

You will be the ‘expert’ and asked to give input & feedback based on your knowledge of your neighborhood; the presenters will use your ideas to draft policy that can be presented to City Council in order to make sustainability practices easier to carry out.  Your participation is needed!

Topics of discussion:

  • • Reducing flooding
  • • Growing food
  • • Recycling and disposing waste at household and neighborhood levels
  • • Alternative heating and cooling systems for your home, including geothermal water heaters
  • • Alternative electricity sources for your home, including residential windmills and solar panels
  • • Rain barrels, rain gardens, and cisterns

Share your voice in Blue Island’s future as a green community!

Please call or email Aaron Carpenter with any questions at 708.396.7036.


Public Comment on Comprehensive Plan

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

If you missed the Comprehensive Plan Open House, you still have an opportunity to review the draft plan and submit comments through 4/23. The draft plan, maps and recommendations are available for review and comment at the following locations:

  • • Blue Island Public Library
  • • Tommy A. Brown Sports Association
  • Online


The Blue Island Comprehensive Plan builds on previous planning and revitalization efforts, and will guide growth and decision-making in the City for years to come. Download the draft Comprehensive Plan.

Next Steps

  • • CMAP staff will update draft plan based on public comments received
  • • Final Comprehensive Plan Draft will
  • • Public Hearing scheduled for 5/24 Plan Commission Meeting
  • • City Council Hearing tentatively scheduled for 6/12.

Comprehensive Plan Open House

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

On Monday, April 16 the City of Blue Island and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) will be hosting an Public Open House at the City Hall East Annex from 4:30 to 7:30pm for the Blue Island Comprehensive Plan.

The draft plan will be available for public review and comment. Exhibits on display at the open house will include future land use maps as well as the recommended priorities for the City in the near future.

The purpose of the open house is to receive public comment prior to the beginning of the formal review process with City Council.  Representatives from the City and CMAP will be available to answer questions.

The Blue Island Comprehensive Plan builds on previous planning and revitalization efforts, and will guide growth and decision-making in the City for years to come.

No formal presentation will be given, so please feel free to drop in at any time between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.  Additional information about the comprehensive plan is available on CMAP’s Blue Island project webpage at Please contact Jessica Simoncelli at jsimoncelli [at] or (312) 386-8631 with questions about the open house.

Tell your friends!  Download and share the flyer in English and Spanish.

Notice of Public Meeting & Intent to Apply for USEPA Pilot Grant

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Notice of City of Blue Island’s intent to apply for U.S.EPA Brownfields Multi-purpose Pilot Grant; Notice of a Public Meeting to discuss, accept and consider Public Comment on the Draft Grant Proposal; and Request for Public Comment on the Draft Grant Proposal.

The City of Blue Island intends to apply for a U.S.EPA Brownfields Multi-purpose Pilot Grant that is due on February 10, 2012. This proposal is associated with the assessment, cleanup planning and cleanup of hazardous substances at 2 parcels located at the SE corner of the Northeast Mixed-Use Commercial Park, the former landfill site at 119th St and Vincennes Ave.  More Info

Public Meetings for Comprehensive Plan

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

As a part of this comprehensive planning effort, the City of Blue Island invites local residents, business owners, community leaders and other stakeholders to share their ideas about what the future of Blue Island should look like.

The public will have 2 opportunities this month to contribute to the comprehensive plan by attending a special community planning event. These events will be held in the evening, and are open to all members of the Blue Island community.

For more details, please contact Jessica Simoncelli via email or call (312) 386-8631.

Workshop #1
Date: Monday, June 20th, 2011
Time: Registration – 6p; Program 6:30-8p
Location: Salvation Army, 2900 W. Burr Oak

Workshop #2
Date: Tuesday, June 21st, 2011
Time: Registration – 6p; Program 6:30-8p
Location: Blue Island Recreation Center, 2805 141st Street