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Hiring Event on March 28

South Suburban College Hiring Event on March 28.

Looking for a great job? Meet with Pace Bus at this special pre hire event at South Suburban College! This event will prepare you for employment with Pace.

The screening process will include:

• Application Completion
• Computer Assessment/Questionnaire
• Background Check (case by case/non-violent offence)
• Vouchers Provided for Drug Screens

Potential students must have a valid Illinois Driver’s license and a court ordered Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) (also called Driving Record Abstract) with a good driving record in the last 5 years. Potential students must pay $12 for their MVR.

For more information, and to register, visit:

Crete Bunny Hop

Win prizes with the Crete Bunny Hop!

The 2023 Crete, Illinois Bunny Hop starts April 1st. Hop into participating Crete businesses while wearing bunny ears and receive raffle tickets for a chance to win one of three prize baskets. More information here: or at

Participating Businesses:

Aurelio’s Pizza
BMO Harris Bank
Chuck’s Tavern
Crete Country Store
Crete Lumber & Supply Co.
Crete Park District
Crete Public Library District
Edward Jones
Evil Horse Brewing Company
Jemma’s Slots
Nick Fellers – State Farm Agent
Old Plank Trail Community Bank
Salon 22
Smokey Jo’s
The Edge Coffee House & Roasting Company
The Finishing Touch Florist
Vintage Oak
Vintage Treasures
Yarn Hollow

⭐️Surplus Vehicle Sale⭐️

The Village of Crete is now accepting bids for a White 2005 Ford Expedition with 69,400 miles. See picture for details.

For information about how to submit your bid, contact Mike Smith: 708-672-2731 / Bidding ends Noon on March 24th. The Village of Crete reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Vehicle sold “As Is – No Warranty.”

Blood Drive Thursday

Imagine this scenario: You, or a loved one, has just been involved in a serious accident. In the ambulance on the way to the hospital, the paramedics inform you that blood will be needed, the availability of which, may be the difference between life and death.

By donating blood, you can save actual lives! From medical emergencies to surgeries to chronic conditions, like sickle cell disease, your donation will make a significant and lasting impact.

Make a difference in your community and give the gift of life!

This Thursday, February 16, at Willard Wood Park Center, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, 515 First Street, Crete. Pre-register at


Trash Pickup

Regarding trash pickup at Queens Estates, Republic Services says, “drivers most likely are going to work ahead like they have the last couple of weeks due to the holidays and will start approximately 30-45 minutes earlier than usual on Saturday to get in and out.”

Three New Police Officers

Three new Crete Police Officers were sworn in at noon today.

Officers Ricardo Rodriguez, Joshua Jones and Julian Flores will begin 16 weeks of training at the Macon County Law Enforcement Training Academy on January 8.

Congratulations and welcome to Crete!

Snow Fall Parking Ban

Please note that the snow fall parking ban is in effect for the Village of Crete.

Motor vehicles may not be parked or standing in a public street or alley, within 12 hours of a snowfall of 2 inches or more. Violators may be ticketed or towed. Public Works begins plowing streets as snow accumulates. Homeowners are responsible for own driveways and sidewalks. When shoveling, please remember to throw excess snow in the yard, not into the street, as this is against Village Ordinance #25-39. Residents are kindly asked to help keep access clear to fire hydrants near their house.

Stay safe.

Trash Collection Delay

Republic Services say collection may be pushed back to Friday morning, due to anticipated adverse weather conditions. They ask residents to put out garbage Thursday afternoon, evening or before 5AM Friday morning.

Additionally, severe conditions may result in missed pickups, which will be completed on Tuesday, December 27. This is all an effort to keep drivers as safe as possible.

Also, a reminder that next week, garbage will be picked up a day later than normal, due to the holidays.

Stay safe!

Crete Fire Deputy Chief Einhorn 50 Years of Service

Mayor of Crete and Deputy Fire Chief, Mike Einhorn, celebrated 50 years of service in the fire department on December 5, 2022.

Deputy Chief Michael Einhorn cuts the cake at the open house event in his honor.

“It sort of just creeps up on you, I guess,” Mr. Einhorn said, while cutting the cake at the open house event at Fire Station 1 the following day.

Crete Fire Chief James Muirhead and Crete Fire Captain Jim Boehner

“It’s an incredible feat. Very few people can claim that,” Crete Fire Chief, James Muirhead said.

“A mark that’s not reached by many people,” Crete Fire Captain, Jim Boehner added.

Mr. Einhorn in his 1968 Crete-Monee Highschool yearbook photo

After graduating from Crete-Monee Highschool in 1968, and earning a degree in industrial management from Purdue University in 1972, Mr. Einhorn joined the Crete Fire Department at the age of 22.

Another photo of Mr. Einhorn from the 1968 Crete-Monee Highschool yearbook

“I had a friend, and his dad was on the fire department. And he got to go up to the fire station, and I always was kind of envious. And I thought, well, there’s one way to get on the inside and that’s join the department.”

Crete mayor and Deputy Fire Chief Michael Einhorn at the December 6, 2022 open house event.

In 1976, fire fighter Einhorn went to EMT school, and in 1979, he earned an additional degree in fire science. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1980.

Fire fighter Einhorn being promoted to Lieutenant in 1980 – second from right.

“It was an intriguing position. Back then we only had 110 calls a year, so if you missed a call, you really missed a call,” Deputy Einhorn said.

Lt. Einhorn graduating from the Ingalls Hospital paramedic training program in 1980

Lt. Einhorn was also among the first paramedics to be trained for the department, graduating from Ingalls Hospital, and winning the ‘Silver Stethoscope’, as the second highest achiever.

Michael Einhorn is sworn in as mayor of Crete in 1985

In 1985, Captain Einhorn was sworn in as Mayor of Crete, taking over for 16-year-incumpent Roland Christopher.

“Everyone was like ‘you made it, you made it, you became mayor,’ and I’m like, ‘oh wow’, it was kind of neat,” Mr. Einhorn said.

Mayor Einhorn attends the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Shell Gas station at 394 and Steger Road in 1989

In 1989, mayor Einhorn attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the Shell Gas station at 394 and Steger Rd. And, later that year, he married Sheila Fehland.

Later in 1989, Michael Einhorn marries Sheila Fehland

Crossing into the new millennium, Mr. Einhorn became assistant chief and then deputy chief, and says today that he is far from retirement.

Crete Fire Department portrait of Michael Einhorn

“As long as I’m heathy, and I can transition to the management end of it, which is really what I like to do,” Chief Einhorn said.

“He’s still going, and not slowing down. 50 years and he is still going strong,” Chief Muirhead added.

“I figured out that Chief Einhorn has responded to over 12,000 calls during his 50 years of service,” Captain Boehner said.

Crete Fire Chief Muirhead reads resolution at village board meeting

At the December 12 village board meeting, Chief Muirhead surprised the mayor by reading an official resolution, recognizing his 50 years of service.

The village board listens to Chief Muirhead read the resolution, honoring Michael Einhorn

“This is a resolution honoring and thanking Deputy Chief Michael Einhorn. He has served Crete’s Fire Department with pride, integrity, bravery and passion,” part of the resolution read.

Deputy Chief Michael Einhorn receives a standing ovation from the village board

After Chief Muirhead finished reading the resolution, Mr. Einhorn received a standing ovation from the entire village board.

“I really appreciate that. This certainly wasn’t expected,” Mr. Einhorn said. “I just try to do what I can to add to the operation. A lot of times I probably put the fire department above other things in life. I appreciate you recognizing it,” he said.

“He’s probably one of the best tactical firemen that I know,” Chief Muirhead said. “If you want to talk tactics, he’s the man to talk to. He knows how to put a fire out and he has influenced a lot of people with his tactics and how he does things.”

“Chief Einhorn spends a great deal of time making sure that our training program is sufficient and he is very much aware of the needs of the fire service,” Captain Jim Boehner said. “He has seen a lot of changes and he is still extremely active, and very few people can reach that milestone.”

Michael Einhorn as Deputy Chief of the Crete Fire Department

“I’m most proud of the department that I’m on,” Deputy Chief Einhorn said. “A lot of guys got trained going through here, and I think that I was a part of that, at least I think I was, and I think that’s a big thing.”

Santa Sleigh Parade and Fundraiser Night 2

Night 2 of the annual Crete Santa Sleigh Parade and Fundraiser starts tonight at 6PM from Crete Public Works. Escorted by lights and siren from Crete’s finest and bravest, Santa and his Elves will collect non-perishable food and monetary donations for the Crete food pantry, and new, unwrapped toys for Angels on Assignment.

Check out the LIVE Santa tracker to see the exact location here:

Please place donations on the curb for collection along the parade route, or hand them directly to Santa and his Elves when they come by. Please make checks payable to Crete Food Pantry.


Santa Sleigh Parade and Fundraiser this afternoon

The annual Crete Santa Sleigh Parade and Fundraiser starts this afternoon. Escorted by lights and siren from Crete’s finest and bravest, Santa and his Elves will collect non-perishable food and monetary donations for the Crete food pantry, and new, unwrapped toys for Angels on Assignment.

Starting 5̶P̶M̶  6PM today, Santa will visit the downtown Crete area. Refer to the map for the specific route. And check out the LIVE Santa tracker to see the exact location here:

Please place donations on the curb for collection along the parade route, or hand them directly to Santa and his Elves when they come by. Please make checks payable to Crete Food Pantry.