A message from South Holland Mayor Don De Graff:

Dear South Holland Residents and Friends,

This week we will again experience a national election. As I’m sure you’re aware, many millions of U.S. citizens have already early voted. 

It is our sincere hope, whatever the outcome of election, that it will not lead to civil unrest which could put our residents and businesses in harm’s way. Protecting you and our entire community is our top priority, so let me assure you that we are developing detailed plans to keep the Village of South Holland safe. These are just precautionary measures, which we certainly hope will not be needed, but we are committed to proactively communicating with you regarding our plans.

TRAFFIC PLAN

During the civil unrest in the region this summer, our approach proved to be highly effective in protecting our residents and businesses. Similarly, we will again close or limit access to various roadways, if necessary. Recognizing that this can be an inconvenience, please be assured that your safety is our number one concern. 

If there is unrest in the region, we plan to have a checkpoint for residents to re-enter the village on 170th Street at Paxton Ave, heading westbound from Torrence Avenue. There is also a high likelihood that the Illinois State Police will close the 159th Street interchanges on I-80/94 and the Halsted interchanges on I-294, so please plan accordingly.

Consider running your errands, doing your grocery shopping, and filling up your vehicle’s fuel tank on or before Tuesday, Nov. 3. If you’re able, you may want to consider staying close to home in the days following the election. 

HOW WE WILL COMMUNICATE

If unrest were to occur, we may need to adjust our response plans as things develop. Our primary means of communicating will be via email and text. You are already on our email list, but if you would like to receive text updates as well, you can sign up here.

Let’s all pray that God will cause civility and peace to blanket our nation, and especially here in our special community of South Holland.

Mayor Don A. De Graff

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