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January 2020 Edition

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2019 Development Year in Review

Welcome to 2020!  Here is a look back at some of the economic development and planning accomplishments in 2019:

  • The Village Center is being readied for development for our future downtown. Overhead wires are being buried and streetscape improvements will be installed in Spring/Summer 2020.  A new plaza and park are part of a well-designed public open space system around the Metra Station.

  • Habitat for Humanity’s first two of 27 townhomes are under roof at Greenbrook Ct. and will be available for sale spring 2020.  Habitat is always seeking volunteers…  to get involved, either personally, or as part of your corporate giving program, contact Volunteer Coordinator Michala Wright at  mwright@dupagehabitat.org

  • The new Verandah senior housing development, located at 900 Irving Park Road, has completed the first 14 units. Phase 2 has been approved for the construction of the remaining 41 townhomes. Condos and Assisted Living units will be the last phase.  Information is online at http://verandahretirementcommunity.com/.

  • The new and expanded Menards warehouse will be open Spring 2020 followed by a complete interior remodel. Watch for a well-designed public amenity at the corner of Kingsbury and Irving Park Road.

  • Staff continued to market the community for bringing new development and businesses with the focus on the Village Center and recruiting businesses for key locations.  Did you know that our commercial vacancy rate dropped from about 22% in 2014 to about 6% in 2019?

  • IDOT and the Tollway held public meetings in August and October to get feedback regarding extending IL-390 ramp westward, from Lake Street to County Farm Road to address local traffic issues help develop our future downtown.  More information on the project  is on-line.

  • Several events were held for business retention, recruitment and growth, including Business After Hours, the Local Business Expo, Annual Small Business Forum, Business Education Seminar on Technology (BEST), and two Business Corridor Meetings (Mallard Lake and Turnberry Lakes).   If you’d like to host a meeting in your area, please contact Kathy Sjodin at (630) 823-5780.

  • Hanover Park just added several new restaurants – yes, we are a Global Village! Check out the new Yummy Station for Asian cuisine, Neehee’s for Indian, Ali Baba for Mediterranean and Briana’s Pancake House for an authentic American brunch! Over 50  local dining establishments in Hanover Park – check the Village’s online Business Directory.
  • The Village Board will review the preliminary plan for a new commercial and industrial development on the vacant 23-acres at the NW corner of Lake Street and Gary Ave which includes over 200,000 sq.ft. of new industrial space and 17,000 sq.ft. of new retail space.

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Save The Date – Use Google to Grow Your Business Online

Are you using Google to identify customers on-line? Google has launched a series of educational resources to help businesses optimize their on-line presence and grow their business.  Attend the Economic Development Committee’s (EDC) 2nd BEST session on February 11, 2020 to learn how to use free Google Tools and grow your business. 

The EDC works with local businesses to provide feedback, helping businesses to connect, network, and create opportunities to educate businesses.   Join us after the BEST session for pizza and more networking.  You are welcome to attend the Economic Development Committee at 12:30 pm.   Click here for more information and to register.

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Economic Development Committee Annual Business After Hours

People do business with people they know!

There’s no better way to connect with each other than to attend the Village of Hanover Park's Business After Hours.
  Join us for international dining and bring your business cards!  The event is hosted by the Village’s Economic Development Committee and the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce.   

All local Hanover Park businesses and Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce members are invited to this free networking event.  Please RSVP, and send your business information to be included in the slideshow. 
When: Monday February 24, 2020 
Where: Village Hall, 2nd Floor
Time:  5:00 – 7:00 PM

For more information and to RSVP, call (630) 823-5780, or ksjodin@hpil.org


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Hanover Park is Dedicated to a Complete Count for the 2020 Census!
How Do I Take the 2020 Census?

By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding: online, by phone, or by mail.

Watch this new Public Service Announcement (PSA) by the U.S. Census Bureau to learn more about the different ways to respond to the 2020 Census.

Village Considers Recreational Cannabis

As the sale, possession and consumption of recreational cannabis becomes legal in the State of Illinois starting January 1, 2020, municipalities are evaluating regulations for their own communities.  Following a couple of informal discussions regarding the Recreational Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, the Village Board directed the Development Commission to hold a public hearing and make recommendations regarding time, place, and manner of operation for cannabis businesses. 

The Development Commission held a Public Hearing on November 14, 2019, and continued the discussion to their December 12, 2019 meeting.  The Public Hearing was advertised via various social media in addition to published notice in the newspaper.  Several members of the public attended and presented their view.  The material provided to the Development Commission including the staff report, a summary of the legislation, research and survey from various municipalities, maps, and various options for analysis are all available on the Village’s website at www.hpil.org . You are welcome to call the Community Development Department staff at 630-823-5780 for any questions you may have, or email at communitydevelopment@hpil.org  
The Development Commission will consider the issue at the January 9, 2020 meeting and forward a recommendations to the Village Board for consideration and final action, expected in January or February of 2020.  Please note that all agendas, meeting minutes, and agenda-related materials sent to the Development Commission and the Village Board are available to the public online on the Village’s website.  All Development Commission and Village Board meetings are open to the public, and held at 7:00 p.m. in Rm. 214 of the Village Hall, located at 2121 Lake Street, Hanover Park, IL.  

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Illinois Minimum wage Increase

The minimum wage goes up in Illinois on January 1, 2020 and does have some provisions for workers under 18 working less than 650 hours/calendar year, workers making tips,  and workers in the first 90 days of employment.  A second increase follows on July 1, 202, and then January 1st for the next 5 years.  More information is on the Illinois Department of Labor site.

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Cook County C-PACE Funding Assistance for Energy Efficiency Projects

DuPage County has activated their “Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program designed to assist business in accessing low-cost, long-term funding for energy efficiency, water conservation projects in commercial buildings.  Cook County anticipates launching their program in the first quarter of 2020.  Questions may be directed to Mohammed Elahi, Deputy Director, Bureau of Economic Development, 312 603-0310, or mohammed.elahi@cookcountyil.gov

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IRS Per-Diem Update 2020 - Guidance for Business Travelers and their Employers

The IRS recently issued guidance  for business travelers to include changes resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Although TCJA suspended the miscellaneous itemized deduction that employees could take for non-reimbursed business expenses, self-employed individuals and certain employees, such as Armed Forces reservists and eligible educators may still use per diem rates for meals and incidental expenses, or incidental expenses only.

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New Laws for Illinois - 2020

From recreational marijuana, redefining “local foods,” establishing a uniform admission system pilot program at 4 State Universities,  to allowing Cook County to have a multi-year senior citizen homestead exempt program, a variety of new laws take effect in Illinois.  The Illinois Municipal League has compiled this list of new laws taking effect in 2019-2020.

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Illinois No Salary History and Equal Pay Toolkit  Now Available 

Illinois's new No Salary History law went into effect on September 29th, which means that employers will no longer be allowed to ask job applicants for past wages during the hiring process. Women Employed has created a toolkit to help job applicants understand their rights, employers understand their responsibilities, and advocates spread the word.

You can access the toolkit here. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mary Kay Devine at mdevine@womenemployed.org, or by phone at 312-782-3902, x224.

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Final Rule: Overtime Update

On September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule to make 1.3 million American workers newly eligible for overtime pay.

The final rule updates the earnings thresholds necessary to exempt executive, administrative and professional employees from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime pay requirements, and allows employers to count a portion of certain bonuses/commissions towards meeting the salary level. The new thresholds account for growth in employee earnings since the thresholds were last updated in 2004.

A “Fact Sheet” is here, and more information is found here.

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Training Opportunities

Illinois is fortunate to have a network of Small Business Development Centers which offer free and/or low-cost training to help small businesses start-up, grow, and do business better.  

Training Events at the College of DuPage
Visit the  Illinois Small Business Development website  for information on classes and to register. January workshops at the College of DuPage Business Development Center include:

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Training at WBDC

The Village hosts business hours by the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, at Village Hall. 

Associate Director of Entrepreneurial Services, Aisha McBurrows will meet with you to help with business planning – while the WBDC specializes in certification of Women and Minority owned businesses, ALL BUSINESSES are welcome to access their services.  Contact Aisha for an appointment at (630) 256-4642.

Information on upcoming programs for January is found on-line. 

Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Breakfast Oak Room, Bartlett Park District, 7:30–9 AM.

Event Description:

This is a FREE event for all Bartlett Area Chamber Members. 
7:30 am     Networking and Light Breakfast
8:00 am     Program: Tips on making the most of your membership investment; networking effectively to be a good partner; volunteering and  growing your business; and working with the Chamber to make membership pay!


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Casino Royale – Bartlett Area Chamber Community Event

The Village of Hanover Park supports our local Chambers of Commerce.  Join the Bartlett Area Chamber at their annual Casino Royale for a fun night out with friends and family on Friday, February 7, 2019 at Moretti's Ristorante in Bartlett.  All are welcome, open to the public!  21 and over please!

If Poker, Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, or BINGO is your game of chance, then Casino Royale is your avenue for entertainment!
Discounted admission through Monday, February 3!  $35 through February 3; $40 from February 4-7, includes 75 betting chips, appetizers, and one raffle entry. $40 at the door, so get your tickets today!

No money will be exchanged for winning chips, but guests will have chances to enter and win prizes and specialized baskets donated by local businesses.
Date: February 7, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM CST
Place: Moretti’s Ristorante and Pizzeria in Bartlett 


Google Tools You Should Be Using

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Business Matters in Hanover Park 

The Community and Economic Development Department has initiated this Newsletter called "Business Matters" for our local business community.

The newsletter is electronic only and includes information to help your business stay connected to Village news, upcoming networking events, grant or funding opportunities, and other issues of interest for growth and development. The newsletter is also posted on the Village website.
Is there business news – such as new products, new services, or awards that you would like to share?  Please contact the Community and Economic Development Department at 630.823.5781 and we will be happy to include your information in the newsletter.

Questions? Please Contact the Community & Economic Development Department

Director of Community and Economic Development

Village Planner

If you would like your business news included in a Business Matters newsletter, please contact Village Planner Ellen Weber at (630) 823-5779, or eweber@hpil.org

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