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Crete Memorial Day Parade

Crete Memorial Day Parade is this Monday, May 29.

Memorial Service starts at 11:00 AM at Crete Park, followed by the parade at Noon down Main Street, from Crete Park to Burville Road.


Crete Earth Day

Earth Day started in Crete Park on Friday, where Illinois Lutheran Highschool students and the Crete-Monee high-school boys’ Volleyball team helped pick up litter, rake leaves, and spread mulch. Later, the Crete-Monee ROTC and Highschool Baseball team helped clean up Heritage Park. The event, sponsored by local businesses and organizations and organized by the Crete Park District, aims to raise awareness about the negative impact of littering. The event continued Saturday with volunteers from Lion’s Club cleaning up Lion’s Park, Crete Park Bike Trail, and Garrett Park. The Crete Park District plans to organize an even bigger event next year.

National Safe Digging Month

April is National Safe Digging Month.

Every couple of minutes, underground utility lines are accidentally damaged by homeowners and contractors who don’t contact JULIE before digging. Consequently, 49.3 million Americans nationwide risk endangering themselves, their families, and their communities by digging without first contacting their local 811 Center. Luckily, Illinois has a free notification service called JULIE that is dedicated to preventing damages to underground utility lines and keeping everyone safe, including homeowners, landscapers, contractors, and professional excavators.

Contact JULIE before beginning any digging project. Visit the website for a Safe Digging Month Toolkit containing valuable information on this safety initiative #Call811 #JULIEBeforeYouDig

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!