To encourage resident participation in Village government, the Village President appoints various voluntary citizen advisory committees comprised of residents with an active interest in the community. Residents, business people, and/or service agency representatives who reside, do business, or deliver and/or provide a service in Hanover Park can be appointed to a committee or commission by the Village President with the approval of the Board of Trustees.
The Village relies heavily on volunteers to serve on the Boards, Committees and Commissions. Click here to complete a volunteer profile application, or if you have any questions pertaining to any of the Boards, Committees, or Commissions, please contact the Village Manager’s Office at (630) 823-5608. Appointments are voluntary and there is no compensation.
Click here for regular meeting dates and times.
Cultural Inclusion and Diversity Committee
The Cultural Inclusion and Diversity Committee fosters and promotes understanding, mutual respect, cooperation, and positive relations between and among all residents of the Village by creating a sense of shared community among residents and affirming the value of each resident.
As an advisory committee to the Village President and Board of Trustees, the goals of the Cultural Inclusion and Diversity Committee are to:
- Promote social harmony in the Village and to help deter through educational and action programs prejudice, discrimination, and intolerance, and
- Promote community involvement, partnerships, and initiates by conducting educational or informational programs to address the cultural diversity within the Village, and
- Identify cultural and social service needs of the residents of the Village and to work with existing entities to address these needs in the most meaningful way.
As a fledgling committee, we welcome participation by both residents and employees working in Hanover Park businesses. We are in the process of growing our membership, identifying the needs of the community and prioritizing our initial goals and objectives in order to positively impact the lives of all residents of Hanover Park.
The Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Committee meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6:15 pm. For more information about the Cultural Inclusion and Diversity Committee, please feel free to contact Wendy Bednarek, Staff Liaison to the Committee at (630) 823-5661 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Development Commission reviews and provides recommendations to the Village Board regarding proposed developments and subdivisions. The Commission utilizes the Village’s Comprehensive Plan recommendations to provide long-term policy direction. The Commission conducts public hearings on all petitions for zoning variations, special uses, planned unit developments, rezonings (zoning map amendments), text amendments, comprehensive plan amendments, and subdivision plats.
Variances are a device to alleviate unfairness in particular zoning cases. For example, where a general requirement that all side yards be three feet wide would work a hardship, because one or two lots might have a shape that was not consistent with the standard pattern. Permission could be granted to depart from the standard rules. "Practical difficulties" or "particular hardship" are generally the only standards.
Special use is a category of use (i.e., house, gas station, restaurant, etc.) proposed within a zoning district (residential, commercial, light industry, etc.) that does not meet standard requirements and which will require additional requirements. A review ensures the design and location do not impinge greatly upon the predominant uses in the particular zoning district.
The Environmental Committee works to provide residents of the Village with information and opportunities relating to environmentally-friendly practices. We hold a number of annual events, including the following:
April - Earth Day (joint educational event with Carol Stream)
May - River Sweep (clean up a section of the DuPage River)
June - Drain Stenciling (marking drains that empty to rivers)
June - Community Apairy Open House (come learn about bees and honey!)
September - Recycling Event
View our yearly event calendar here and money-saving tips here.
We welcome volunteers for our various events. If you or your group are interested, please contact us at (630) 823-5706.
An apiary is a location for raising honey bees. The Village opened the nation's first Community Apiary in 2011 to help combat the very real threats facing these vital insects. To apply to keep bees in our apiary, download an application here.
Efforts by the Environmental Committee and our volunteers have been recognized by two Governor's Hometown Awards (for the Community Apiary and the Recycling Event). You may have seen our award signs as you entered town.
Hanover Park Business CONECT
(Committee on Networking, Education,and Community Teamwork)
The Hanover Park Business CONECT (Committee on Networking, Education, and Community Teamwork) promotes the Village's business opportunities through promotional events and activities. They also develop and update materials that advertise and promote businesses in the Village. The Committee facilitates formal and informal networking opportunities at various Village functions and meetings with the representatives of the business community. Specific activities include the "Mayor's Choice" Business of the Year recognition program and reception, a Realtors & Business Reception, and a Business after Hours event through the Chamber of Commerce.
Hanover Park Business CONECT is always looking for suggestions from local businesses and participation in promotional events and activities! Please call the Department of Community Development at (630) 823-5780 if you would like more information about the Hanover Park Business CONECT. Read more about in the Development section of our website.
Sister Cities Committee
The Illinois State Chapter of Sister Cities International held its 2004 Annual Meeting and Convention in Hanover Park on April 23 - 25, 2004. Read about it in the Special Events section of our website.
The Sister Cities Committee's functions are to promote, foster, and publicize local, state, and national Sister Cities Programs. The committee acts to foster international municipal cooperation through aid and education.
Due to the generosity of residents, businesses and not-for-profit agencies, we have been able to forward several containers of goods to Cape Coast. Our last shipment contained school supplies, office furniture, hospital/clinic equipment and first aid supplies.
Annually, the Sister Cities collects surplus school supplies from students of surrounding schools. We also place a drop box in the front lobby of Village Hall for those individuals who would also like to contribute. In October, as part of "Make A Difference Day," the Sister Cities Committee collects first aid supplies to assist the hospitals/clinics in the Cape Coast area.
Mr. Frank Grant-Acquah, a long standing member of the Sister Cities Committee, is a Fanti Chief presiding over the Chicagoland area.
In 2010 Hanover Park welcomed our second Sister City of Valparaiso, Zacatecas, Mexico. The Committee meets at 7:00 PM on the second Tuesday of each month, in the Community Room at the Police Headquarters, 2011 Lake Street. The Public is invited to attend. For additional information, contact the Village of Hanover Park, 630-823-5600.
The Veterans Committee was formed to promote the values of those who have served their country in the military, to coordinate activities that bring merit to residents who have served their country, and to cooperate with local VFW and other groups who represent the interests of the veterans.
Veteran's Honor Roll Plaque
The Veterans Committee has an Honor Roll Plaque hanging up at Village Hall to honor those who have honorably served our country. Click here to see names on Honor Roll Plaque. If you are interested in being recognized on this plaque, click here to download a copy of the Veteran's Honor Roll application.
Operation Air Lift Collection
The Veterans Committee is collecting donations for Operation Airlift. Donations can be dropped off in the lobby of Village Hall located at 2121 West Lake Street. Items needed include food and food products such as chewing gum, cookies (boxed or individual), hard candy, beef or turkey jerky, peanut butter in small plastic jars, peanut butter or cheese crackers, individual packets of peanuts, pop top fruit (small cans), soups (Maruchan in cups, dry), trail mixed/granola bars, and variety pak cereal. Also needed are personal/paper products such as bath towels (dark colors), batteries, chap sticks, envelopes, eye drops, games, hand sanitizer (packets or plastic bottles, no pump type), Kleenex tissue (small pocket size), pens/pencils, Q-Tips/cotton swabs, shaving cream (gel, no aerosal cans), small shampoo, vaseline, and writing tablets. Please note all items should be plastic, as nothing can be shipped in glass containers.
Support Our Troops
The Village has yellow ribbon and bows available in the Clerk's office for residents who would like to show their support for our troops. The cost is $1.00 for 2 yards of yellow ribbon and a bow. Please show your support!
For a list of upcoming Veteran's Committee events, click here.
For further information about the Veteran's Committee, please contact Trustee Rick Roberts at (630) 823-5901.