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Committee announces cancelation amid ongoing pandemic

Bourbonnais, IL – The Chocolate Tour scheduled for Saturday, February 6, 2021 has been officially canceled. After careful consideration, the Chocolate Tour Committee announces the annual event, cohosted by the Village of Bourbonnais and Bourbonnais Township Park District in conjunction with Sweet Street, will return Saturday, February 5, 2022. Following notification to the 2020 Chocolate Tour business stop participants and sponsors, the committee acknowledged due to the uncertainties of the months ahead, the 350-person event could not be safely executed.

Preventative measures taken to promote public safety

Bourbonnais, IL - The Village of Bourbonnais announces the closure of the Administration Building lobby at 600 Main Street NW. Monday, October 19, 2020, a village employee tested positive for COVID-19. As a precautionary measure, village officials immediately closed the lobby. Those employees who were in “close contact” with the employee have been identified and sent home to safely isolate. The lobby will remain closed through Friday, October 23, and the decision to reopen will be revisited again by officials on Monday, October 26. 

Community responds to online engagement

Bourbonnais, IL - 2020 has proven to be a year unlike any other. In an era where event calendars have been plagued with cancellations and postponement, the Village of Bourbonnais has promoted community engagement through another platform: online surveys. The recent Local Parks & Recreation Planning survey welcomed input from residents, businesses and visitors via an online survey in September 2020. 300 people participated in the three-minute survey and provided feedback as a part of efforts to create a master plan for upgrades and improvements to existing and future parks.

Villages invites naming in online survey #3

Bourbonnais, IL - In the fall of 2019, the Village of Bourbonnais announced its plans to create a dynamic and attractive central core for community gatherings around the Municipal Center and surrounding areas. The vision to create a high-quality, destination-focused center for residents and visitors to utilize for various seasonal functions and events year-round welcomed several public outreach opportunities in 2020. To-date, over 1,200 participants have engaged in ‘Imagine Bourbonnais’ through two online surveys and an open house event. The village invites the community to prioritize preferred concepts and have the opportunity to name the project before the deadline: Sunday, November 1, 2020.

Social distancing suggestions from CDC provided

Bourbonnais, IL – Following weeks of review and awaiting public health guidance, Mayor Paul Schore and Village of Bourbonnais officials announce trick-or-treating will take place in Bourbonnais but may look a little different this year. Confirmed hours are 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 31, 2020 in the village. Unlike pre-pandemic Halloweens, village officials are providing social distancing suggestions and best practices from the Halloween and Costume Association in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Village renews green electric aggregation program 

Bourbonnais, IL - Following the passage of a voter Referendum, the Village of Bourbonnais contracted to procure electric supply in bulk for residents and small business owners. The average participating Bourbonnais resident enjoyed savings on their ComEd bills for several years. The Village received bids to renew the program, but no savings were available versus the ComEd rate. However, the Village was able to secure new benefits at zero rate risk for ratepayers.

Proceeds benefit original Bourbonnais schoolhouse



Bourbonnais, IL – Monday, August 17, 2020, the Village of Bourbonnais will begin selling their Chicago Bears banners as a memento of the annual summer training camp in “Bearbonnais”. From 2001 to 2019, the banners lined the main streets of Bourbonnais welcoming the Chicago Bears and thousands of fans. All proceeds will benefit the Bourbonnais Grove Historical Society and the 1837 Log Schoolhouse Restoration Project.

Increase to reflect rising service costs

Bourbonnais, IL – Due to the continuation of increased sewer operating costs and refuse service costs, the village will propose a rate increase at the board meeting scheduled for Monday, August 3, 2020, to cover the growing expenses. The recommended increase will total $2.00 per month for a single, residential property within the Village of Bourbonnais. Current residential, single-family homes pay a monthly flat rate fee of $66.00, inclusive of sewer and refuse services. If approved, the rate increase will become effective beginning September 1, 2020 to allow residents and businesses adequate time in preparing for the adjustment. The last rate increase went into effect August 2019.

2020 Dinnerless Celebration for the Restoration of the First Log Schoolhouse

Bourbonnais, IL - (Shared From the Bourbonnais Grove Historical Society)

For Immediate Release

Dear Bourbonnais Grove Historical Society Members and Friends,

2020 Annual Fund Drive for Restoration of First Log Schoolhouse

Continues with Dinnerless Celebration!

2020 maintenance program begins June 25th

Bourbonnais, IL - In an ongoing effort to improve and update necessary infrastructure throughout the village, the annual MFT (Motor Fuel Tax) street maintenance and curb replacement program will begin Thursday, June 25th with the following areas included: