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Posted on: March 3, 2020

Previous Coronavirus Information (3/3-3/16)

NOTICE: The page you are viewing is no longer being updated. This alert thread contains the original series of updates during the initial onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. While this thread still contains useful information some details on this page may be outdated. For the most current information about the COVID-19 pandemic and Village operations, view the current alert page.


[Note: Text that is stricken out no longer applies, due to more recent updates.]

Update 3/16/2020 5:15 P.M. - Village Hall Closed

Village Hall will be closed to the public until further notice, effective Tuesday, March 17. Limited staff are still available to answer phones and assist residents remotely. More details will be shared.

The building will be open for a brief Special Meeting on Tuesday, March 17 at 5:45 P.M. Residents are encouraged to watch the meeting on Niles TV (Comcast channel 6, AT&T U-Verse channel 99, or streaming live at www.vniles.com/NTV) to avoid in-person contact.

Update 3/16/2020 9:40 A.M. - Adjudication Hearings Update

The following details are an update to the previously announced adjudication hearing cancellation: The cancellation period runs from March 17 through April 16, unless otherwise posted. March hearings shall be rescheduled to May, and April hearing shall be rescheduled to June. All other hearing requests must be scheduled for June or later.

Village staff has started the process of rescheduling already assigned hearings and contacting respondents via phone, email or mail.

If you have questions: For Police citations, call (847) 588-6500. For Community Development citations, call (847) 588-8040.

Update 3/16/2020 8:45 A.M. - Local Business Support

The Village of Niles is asking residents to support Niles businesses that have been affected by the Coronavirus outbreak by purchasing gift cards from Niles restaurants and other businesses.  Residents can buy directly from the restaurants and businesses.  When the pandemic is over, residents may redeem the gift card at Niles businesses. Businesses are encouraged to update their websites to sell gift cards.  Please contact Economic Development Director John C. Melaniphy with any questions. https://www.vniles.com/1225/Corona-Virus---Support-Niles-Businesses

Update 3/15/2020 6:45 P.M. - Special Meeting

The Village of Niles announced this afternoon that a brief Special Meeting of the Village Board will take place on Tuesday, March 17 at 5:45 P.M. in the Council Chambers at the Village of Niles Administration Building, 1000 Civic Center Drive, Niles, Illinois. The purpose of the Special Meeting will be Board Approval of an Ordinance Declaring an Emergency Affecting the Public Health, Safety and Welfare Due to the Outbreak of the COVID-19 Virus in the State of Illinois. President Przybylo will read into the record the Declaration of Public Health Emergency Due to the COVID-19 Virus.

The Special Meeting will be broadcast live and available for the public to watch online at vniles.com/ntv (NTV Online) and on Comcast Channel 6 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99. This meeting will also be rebroadcast throughout the week. The Village is encouraging social distancing and invites the public to watch the broadcast (and/or rebroadcast) of the meeting rather than attend the meeting in person, in order to help ensure the health and safety of our residents, staff and elected officials.

All other public Village meetings are canceled for the remainder of March.

Update 3/15/2020 3:15 P.M. - Public Meetings and Adjudication Hearings Canceled

The Village of Niles is taking another step towards preventing the spread of Coronavirus by cancelling all public meetings through the end of March.

Also adjudication court at the Village has been canceled for the next 30 days.The Police Department phone number is (847) 588-6500.

Update 3/15/2020 10:00 A.M. - Niles Family Fitness Center and Niles Family Services

The Niles Family Fitness Center is closed until further notice, effective this morning (3/15).

Niles Family Services will be closed to the public until further notice, effective Monday 3/16 8:30 A.M. Niles Family Services has a 24-hour crisis team in case of emergency that can be reached at (847) 588-8460.

Limited emergency food supplies are still available from the Niles Family Services Food Pantry by appointment only. Call (847) 588-8460. Donations are also welcomed and needed, especially cereal, pasta, sauce, tuna, canned meat, canned fruit, canned pasta, beans, and rice.

Update 3/14/2020 9:30 P.M. - Online Services

The Village strongly encourages residents and businesses to use online services as much as possible. The Village’s online Citizen Request Tracker has 47 categories of service requests. Transactions such as utility bill payment can be completed through the Village’s website, via the Village Hall outdoor depository box, or by mail – Village of Niles, 1000 Civic Center Drive Niles, IL 60714. Residents are encouraged to contact the Village with any inquiries, and if they need assistance with services such as processing a payment online or via mail.

As always, the Village’s top priority is to promote the health and safety of our residents, customers, employees and community. The Village’s current decisions are made based upon guidance from the CDC, which recommends limiting in-person interactions to prevent exposure and spread of COVID-19.

Update 3/13/2020 5:10 P.M. - Police Department

Contrary to earlier notice, the lobby of the Police Department facility IS open to the public. However, in the interest of public health, staff requests that police business be conducted online or over the phone (if possible). Payments for citations can be made on the Village website under "How Do I... Online Bill Pay" and reports are able to be made online (if the report meets certain criteria) by selecting the "Government" menu, then "Police." As always, if you have an emergency, please dial 9-1-1 and the Police Department will respond. The Niles Police Department thanks the public for their patience and cooperation.

Update 3/13/2020 4:15 P.M. - ComEd

ComEd has distributed a press release announcing steps taken to support customers during the COVID-19 event.

Update 3/13/2020 4:00 P.M. - E-Recycling and Budget Meeting

The Electronics Recycling Event at Niles Public Works on Saturday, March 14 will still take place as scheduled. Information here.

The March 19th Budget Workshop will be postponed and rescheduled at a later date.

Update 3/13/2020 3:15 P.M. - Early Voting

[This update has been edited. It previously stated the Police Department was completely closed. On the contrary, the lobby is open for business if necessary.]

Early Voting continues to take place at Village Hall and will have extended hours over the weekend to help accommodate voters whose polling places may be affected by closures. Early Voting at Niles Village Hall is open 9am-7pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday (March 13, 14 and 15), and 9a-5p on Monday (March 16).

The Village of Niles continues to evaluate potential adjustments to services to help protect the community and support efforts to control the spread of Coronavirus.

Update 3/13/2020 12:15 P.M. - Water Meter Replacement Program

The Village of Niles has started a Meter Replacement Program throughout the Village. The Village has signed a contract with (PMI) Professional Meter, Inc. The meter replacement program is mandatory for the selected residents. Meters will be installed systematically throughout the Village, and when PMI is approaching a neighborhood, residents in the area will be sent a series of postcards requesting them to schedule an appointment. Residents are asked to be responsive and schedule an appointment once this notification is received.

However, due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak, the Village understands your concerns and is happy to re-schedule your water meter replacement appointment for a later date. Please know that your meter will still need to be replaced, but the Village is happy to accommodate your request given the current uncertainties related to the Coronavirus/COVID-19. For the time being, there will be no cancellation fees or any other penalty for temporarily delaying the meter replacement. You may reach out to the contact provided on your postcard notice to reschedule your appointment.


Update 3/13/2020 11:20 A.M. - Senior Center, Historical Society, Teen Center Closing - Links to Community Organizations

The Niles Senior Center is closed, and all programs canceled, until further notice. The Niles Historical Society will be closed beginning Monday, March 16 until further notice. The Niles Teen Center will be closed beginning at 7pm on March 13 until further notice.

At this time, the Niles Family Fitness Center, Niles Family Services [Note: see more recent update for closing information], the Meals on Wheels program, and early voting are all operating as usual. The Lending Closet and Niles Family Services Food Pantry will be available by special appointment. For the Lending Closet, call (847) 588-8420.

Niles Family Services Food Pantry will have expanded pick-up and drop-off hours for food. For Niles residents and families in need of emergency groceries, please call (847)588-8460 to set up an appointment for the Food Pantry, or for more information. Supplies are limited at this time, and should be obtained for emergency purposes. We want to ensure that everyone has access to necessary items. Donations are needed and being accepted. The Food Pantry does not have any toilet paper or related paper products at this time.

The Niles Family Services Food Pantry is located on the 3rd Floor of the Senior Center at 999 Civic Center Drive and is accessible by appointment until further notice. Niles Family Services has a 24-hour crisis team in case of emergency that can be reached at (847) 588-8460.

Links: Below is a list of links to local organizations where you can find the most up-to-date status of their operations.

Links to School Web Sites: East Maine District 63 emsd63.org, Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 d64.org, Culver School District 71 niles71.org, Maine Township District 207 maine207.org, Niles Township District 219 niles-hs.k12.il.us, Notre Dame College Prep nddons.org, Northridge Prep School northridgeprep.org, Embers Academy embersacademy.org, St. John Brebeuf School sjbschool.org, Logos Christian Academy mylogos.org.

Links to Local Services’ and Organizations’ Web Sites: Niles-Maine District Library nileslibrary.org, Niles Park District niles-parks.org, Maine Township mainetown.com, Niles Township nilestownshipgov.com.


Update 3/12/2020 - Niles Senior Center Closing

The Niles Senior Center is closed to the public until further notice, and all programs and classes are canceled effective immediately. Please see the full information in this alert: https://www.vniles.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1790&ARC=2116


Original Notice 3/3/2020 - Coronavirus

The Village of Niles has an emergency operations plan in place and is prepared in the event our area is impacted by the coronavirus disease or other emergency matters.  We continue to encourage Niles residents to sign up for our e-newsletter and emergency alerts (RAVE) here: https://www.vniles.com/848/Stay-Connected

The coronavirus disease (or COVID-19) causes a respiratory illness. Symptoms can range from mild to severe. While the risk to the general public remains low, the information below will help you to take everyday preventive actions and make an informed assessment about this coronavirus outbreak. A proactive approach – like staying home when you are sick, washing your hands often and cleaning frequently used surfaces – can help prevent the spread of illness.

The risk for Illinoisans of contracting the novel Coronavirus are low at this time, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. You can take these steps to stay healthy:

•    Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds before eating, after coughing or sneezing. Be sure to wash your thumbs, wrist, and between your fingers. 

•    Avoid touching your face (i.e. eyes, nose, and mouth) with unwashed hands.

•    Stay at home if you feel ill.

•    Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw it away. Again, wash your hands afterwards.

•    Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects regularly using a regular household cleaning spray or alcohol wipe. 

For more information about how you can best prevent the spread of viruses, and steps you can take to stay healthy, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

The Illinois Novel Coronavirus Hotline is (800) 889-3931 and can be called at any time. For additional resources, see the IDPH web page, Cook County Department of Public Health, or Centers for Disease Control web page.

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