Welcome to the Village of Beecher
It is with the deep regret that the Beecher Police Department and the Village of Beecher announces the death of Jeffrey L. Weissgerber, Beecher Chief of Police on Thursday, October 5th, after a sudden illness at the age of 57.
Chief Weissgerber was hired as a full-time police officer by the Village of Beecher in April, 1988 and received certification as an officer from the Police Training Institute on October 7, 1988. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the Beecher Police Department in 1992, and then to the rank of Lieutenant in 1994. He also served as acting Chief of Police; once in 1998 and again in 2000. He was appointed Chief of Police on May 1, 2000 and has served as Beecher’s Police Chief for the last 17 years.
Chief Weissgerber was the longest-serving Village employee, providing service to the residents of Beecher for 29 years. During that time, he has received numerous written commendations from his superiors and many letters of gratitude from residents whom he assisted in their time of need. In his service to the Village, his calm demeanor, kindness, sense of humor and understanding of policing in a small community will be sorely missed.
The entire staff of the Beecher Police Department, and all other employees and officials of the Village of Beecher are saddened by his passing and extend their deepest sympathy and condolences to the Weissgerber family during this difficult time. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Halloween Trick-or-Treat hours in the Village will be held on Tuesday, October 31st from 4-7 p.m. and the Lions Club will hold their Annual Weenie Roast in Firemen's Park beginning at 6 p.m. serving hot dogs and drinks.
THE VILLAGE NOW OFFERS THE OPTION
OF EMAILING YOUR WATER BILL!
We’re pleased to announce we have chosen a new solution that will automate the water billing process, adding convenience and flexibility for our customers. Instead of having your water billed mailed, you can now choose to go paperless and have your bill emailed to you.
No more postcards lost or misplaced bills!
We also have the option of auto-draft which would pay your water bill directly from your checking account on the due date. By opting into both, you can completely automate your water bill from start to finish saving you time and money!
Click here for the autodraft form.
We’re excited to offer you a more efficient system that saves time and money for both you and us. Please feel free to call us at the Village Hall with any questions 708-946-2261.
Prairie State College will be holding a Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration
on Thursday, November 9th at 2 p.m. For more information on this event click here
The Village Board approved an ordinance for use of Non-Highway
Vehicles (golf carts & recreational vehicles) on Village streets at the
July 24th Board meeting which takes effect on August 1st.
Click here for Non-Highway Vehicle Permit Application and copy of ordinance.
NEW CROSSWALK FLASHING LIGHTS
There has been some confusion about the new crosswalk flashing lights installed by IDOT as part of Beecher's "Safe Routes to Schools" initiative. Below is a quick summary of the law:
MOTORISTS: State law in Illinois requires motorists to stop and yield to pedestrians crossing within a crosswalk. First violation is a petty offense with a minimum fine of $150. A second or subsequent violation is a petty offense with a minimum fine of $300.
PEDESTRIANS: The laws are clear that pedestrians have the right of way within a crosswalk but the law also says “NO PEDESTRIAN SHALL SUDDENLY LEAVE A CURB OR OTHER PLACE OF SAFETY AND WALK OR RUN INTO THE PATH OF A MOVING VEHICLE WHICH IS SO CLOSE AS TO CONSTITUTE AN IMMEDIATE HAZARD”. Make sure you cross the road within a crosswalk and activate the flashing lights by pressing the button and do not cross until safe to do so.
To email your elected officials go to the VILLAGE OFFICIALS AND STAFF page