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Posted on: March 21, 2020

A Message from Mayor Dominick DiMaggio

Mayor DiMaggio

Dear Neighbors,

I want to assure you that the Village of Hawthorn Woods is closely monitoring the progression of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The well-being and safety of our residents and community has been and always will be the top priority of the Village Board and Staff. One of the things I love most about Hawthorn Woods is the strong sense of community we find throughout our Village. It is truly a great place to live and work. What makes it great, is the people. I have lived here for over 23 years and absolutely love the friendliness and kindness of our residents. I have had the honor to serve as a Trustee and now Mayor for a total of 9 years. I have never seen a harder working and more dedicated staff than those that work for our Village. This combination makes Hawthorn Woods truly exceptional and great. When times are good, exhibiting kindness and generosity are easy. However, when times are hard our true nature and character is revealed. This is the time to show our neighbors, friends, family and most of all, our selves our true greatness. This is the time to show kindness and consideration for each other. If we respect and consider each others’ needs, there will always be plenty of everything to go around. I have no doubt, that the residents and staff of our Village will be a shinning example of a community pulling together and overcoming any adversity that we are faced with. 

This situation continues to evolve rapidly. It is a very serious situation, but let us keep things in perspective and use common sense. The Village is in constant contact with local, state, and federal health and safety agencies to provide a proactive response and ensure best practices are being followed to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Our Village Departments are continually assessing needs, procedures and supplies to ensure we can provide essential services to our community.
 
All non-emergency buildings are currently closed to the public. This includes Village Hall and Public Works. Municipal operations are continuing from remote locations. All of our Village staff members are available to you by phone or email and are committed to responding to your needs throughout this difficult time. Please visit our website at www.vhw.org and click on Contact Us for various methods of reaching us.
 
Stay at Home Order
 
Governor Pritzker has issued a “Stay at Home” order for the state of Illinois to minimize the spread of Coronavirus to ensure our healthcare system can provide patients with the best care possible. The order will take effect Saturday, March 21st at 5:00 p.m. and remain in effect through Tuesday, April 7th. During this period, grocery stores, pharmacies, medical offices, gas stations, banks, carry out and drive-thru restaurants, and laundromats will remain open. All non-essential businesses must stop operating. You may still hike, go for a run, and walk your dog. Please continue to practice social distancing when partaking in these activities at all times. We ask all residents of Hawthorn Woods to comply with this order for the well-being of yourself and those in our community.


Prioritizing Public Safety
 
The Hawthorn Woods Police Department is continuing to patrol the Village 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Residents are reminded to dial 9-1-1 in case of an emergency. Modified emergency dispatch screenings of 9-1-1 calls have been put in place to assist with identifying potential COVID-19 exposure risk before police or fire department personnel arrive. Depending on the risk of exposure, personnel may have protective gear/clothing on.
 
Non-emergency reports are being taken by phone. Please call (847) 438-2349 and an officer will call you back to take your report.
 
Committed to our Community
 
During trying times like this, there is no word more important than community. This is the time when we must come together and take care of one another. We know these upcoming days may be difficult for some. Please check on each other through phone calls, emails, and text messages. On the other side of this, I know Hawthorn Woods will emerge stronger and better than before. We appreciate your cooperation as we all work together to slow the spread of this virus and return to our normal lives as quickly as possible. We are here for you, let’s be there for each other.
 
Sincerely,


Dominick DiMaggio, Mayor


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