Wheaton Weekly

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' Campaign Made Roads Safer for the Holidays

The Wheaton Police Department partnered with the Illinois Department of Transportation and law enforcement across the state for the 2019 holiday “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. From Dec. 16 through Jan. 2, law enforcement showed zero tolerance for impaired driving, arresting one offender for driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance. The Wheaton Police Department also took the following enforcement actions:

  • 31 citations for failure to wear a seatbelt
  • 4 citations for distracted driving
  • 3 citations for unlawful consumption of alcohol 
  • 2 citations for speeding
  • 2 citations for operating an uninsured vehicle
  • 1 citation for improper lane usage
  • 1 citation for failure to secure a child over 8 years of age
  • 1 citation for failure to obey railroad-crossing signal

“We can’t stress this enough: Impaired driving is deadly, illegal behavior, and it puts the driver, passengers and other road users at risk,” said Deputy Chief Robert Miller. “The ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign helps our law enforcement officers address this problem head on. Because of this special enforcement effort, our roads were safer for the holidays.” 

Textile Recycling

Textile Recycling Added to Monthly Electronic Recycling Drop-offs

Starting on Jan. 11, 2020, the City’s monthly electronic recycling drop-off events will expand with a new program to collect textiles. The monthly events take place from 9 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday of each month at the Public Works Storage Yard, 820 W Liberty Drive.
Residents can now donate unwanted clothing and textiles for reuse and recycling through the nonprofit RewearAble. Accepted items include all clothing, bedding, towels and rags.
Items may be in any condition. However, this program will not accept any items with residue of oil-based paints, motor oil, stains, paint thinners, varnishes or polyurethane. Rags with these chemicals on them can spontaneously combust and catch fire, so they cannot be accepted. See more about this program on the City's website.

Wheaton Police Share Information on New Cannabis Laws

On January 1, a new Illinois law made it legal for adults age 21 and older to possess and use small amounts of cannabis for recreational use. Under the new law, there are a number of restrictions on where adults can use and possess cannabis. Please watch this video with the Wheaton Police Department for more information about adult-use recreational cannabis.

Holiday Light Recycling Ends Jan. 13

Now through Jan. 13, 2020, bring strands of incandescent or LED lights in any condition to the Public Works Storage Facility at 820 W. Liberty Drive between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. For more information, see the City's website.

Employment Opportunity

The City of Wheaton is seeking applicants for the position of Director of Engineering. Learn more about this position and how to apply on the City's website.

City of Wheaton Videos

Wheaton Insider: Adult-Use Cannabis

2019 Wheaton Holiday Parade

Jan. 6 City Council Meeting

Upcoming Meetings

Liquor Control Commission Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 9, 7 p.m.
Wheaton City Hall
303 W Wesley Street
Council Chambers

City Council Planning Session

Monday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m.
Wheaton City Hall
303 W Wesley Street
Council Chambers

Note: The Planning & Zoning Board meeting originally scheduled for Jan. 14 has been cancelled.

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