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Message from Mayor Barry Bass Regarding COVID-19

Please click here to view a message from Mayor Barry Bass regarding COVID-19.

Text from the Mayor’s video message can be found below.  

Good afternoon my fellow residents of Lincolnwood:

I know many of you know me very well, and for those who don’t, I am Barry Bass, the Mayor of Lincolnwood. I come to you at a time that none of us have ever experienced, which is dealing with a national and world health crisis, COVID-19. Lincolnwood is a village of international people; we have origins from many different backgrounds, and our community approach to crisis is should always be one of togetherness.

I want residents to know that resources are available if needed, such as coordinating assistance for our elderly and anyone that may have a disability. We want to minimize risks for everyone, potentially having to deal with this rapidly moving situation.

I am in touch daily with our Village Manager to assure that our operations are still being properly maintained along with safety precautions and protocols being utilized to minimize risks to our staff, and the public. The Village is fully functional in responding to any emergency call for service needed from our first responders in addition to staff at public works servicing the infrastructure of the Village.

We are living differently now, and this is hopefully short-lived until we get back to the normal life we are so used to and love. In the meantime, residents need to know that we must abide by the Governor’s Executive Order and shelter-in-place, so we do our part as a village to reduce the spread of this concerning and potentially deadly disease. I want to emphasize that whether you are young and healthy or a part of our elder population, we have to take precautions to protect everyone. This will help ensure we are doing everything possible to protect our most vulnerable which is our valued elderly and people with compromised immune systems and certain disabilities.

I wanted to also talk about how important our valued business community is to the Village. Certain businesses are able to maintain operations during the Executive Order, which is currently in place until April 7. Curbside and delivery service is available for restaurants, and many other essential services such as pharmacies are offering delivery options. It is important to recognize that our Village relies heavily on tax revenue from these businesses, and I strongly encourage our residents to support these businesses in any way you can. This crisis affects every family differently, but if you can strive to make purchases from our local business community, this not only supports their valued business in this tough time but supports our sales tax revenue that is necessary to support operations our Village needs.

I want to repeat that this is a time of togetherness for all residents, businesses, not-for-profits, our chamber of commerce, Niles Township Food Pantry, and Township officials, Village staff, and my fellow Board members who are serving as trustees. If you need assistance, please contact the Village at (847) 673-1540. Thank you for your time, and we will get through this together.

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