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Food and Beverage Tax

On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, the Village Council adopted a 1% Food and Beverage Tax, effective January 1, 2018. The tax is expected to generate $1.5 million per year to fill the gap created by recent declines in both sales and income tax revenue. The tax applies to the purchase price of prepared foods and non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages for immediate consumption, as well as packaged alcohol sales. Read more...

Village Receives Distinguished Budget Award

The Village of Downers Grove has received the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation award for the 2017 Municipal Budget document. Read more...

Rx Drug Disposal Program

sample prescription drug vials

Since 2014, the Downers Grove Police Department has provided a program for residents to assist them in safely disposing of old prescription medications. Improper disposal of medications can pollute drinking water with toxic chemicals. Storing unused medications can pose other safety issues. It is estimated that each day 2,500 teenagers get high for the first time on unused drugs they find in medicine cabinets at home or at their grandparents' home.  There are also incidents of accidental ingestion of these medications by children, the elderly or pets.

In order to eliminate the availability of unused prescription medications, Downers Grove residents may contact the Downers Grove Police Department Crime Prevention Unit and make an appointment to bring the prescription drugs into the police department for disposal. Residents may also request an appointment for a Crime Prevention Officer to come to their home to collect the medications.

The Downers Grove Police Department accepts prescription medication in pill form, only. We are unable to accept any over-the-counter medications or vitamins, liquid medications,or sharps (needles, EpiPens, lancets or other items used for home glucose monitoring).  The following links will help you understand how to safely dispose of these items:

The prescription medications will subsequently be disposed of in accordance to the protocol followed for disposing of drugs being held in evidence. The method used is safe, will not threaten the drinking water, and eliminates the availability of the medications in our resident's homes.


Persons interested in participating in this program must make an appointment by contacting Crime Prevention Specialist Stacy Blaskovich at (630) 434-5641.



Parking Deck Maintenance

The week of July 24, the Village will begin Phase 2 of recommended maintenance activities in the Downtown Parking Deck. This work will include concrete, masonry and facade repairs, removal and replacement of sealant materials, door and frame replacement, and miscellaneous repairs throughout the deck. Read more...

Unclaimed Bicycles

Unclaimed Property

The Village is preparing to dispose of the items listed below that have been held for the last 6 months, but not claimed by any owner. If you believe one of these items belongs to you, please contact Property Control Officer Mary Wennerstrom at (630)434-5681.

All unclaimed bikes will be donated to a local not-for-profit organization.