La Grange Park Police Department

  • Agency: La Grange Park Police Department
  • Address: 447 N. Catherine, La Grange Park, 60525 IL
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La Grange Park Police Department is located at 447 N. Catherine, La Grange Park, 60525 IL. The La Grange Park Police Department phone number is 708-352-7711.

La Grange Park Police Department News

Upcoming Events: Wednesday, March 14th 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please don't miss our popular Coffee with the Police series, which will next take place on Wednesday, March 14th at 7 p.m. Chief Rompa and staff will share information on current police efforts and take questions and concerns from residents in attendance. This event will be held at Mattones, 9 E 31st Street in La Grange Park. Stay connected to the Police Department by signing up for Safety Briefs. Please e-mail Chief Rompa's Secretary, Shelley Johnson at to be added to the list.

We extend our deepest condolences to the community of Parkland, Florida, which has suffered the loss of 17 irreplaceable lives this week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. There are no words which can adequately convey the sense of despair such an event engenders. Rather, we send our support and encouragement during what is, undoubtedly, an almost impossibly difficult time. We must be committed to the belief that parents, friends, and officials can stop violence in our schools if we are attuned to the signs which indicate an individual is on a path to violence. Knowledge of these indicators, combined with the courage to act by notifying authorities, is critical to preventing school violence. Do you know the signs of someone who is ramping up toward violence? The following article from provides invaluable insight on these indicators: ______________________________________________________________________

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Commander Bauer and the Chicago Police Department

Upcoming Events: Wednesday, March 14th 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please don't miss our popular Coffee with the Police series, which will next take place on Wednesday, March 14th at 7 p.m. Chief Rompa and staff will share information on current police efforts and take questions and concerns from residents in attendance. This event will be held at Mattones, 9 E 31st Street in La Grange Park. Stay connected to the Police Department by signing up for Safety Briefs. Please e-mail Chief Rompa's Secretary, Shelley Johnson at to be added to the list.

Safety Tips: 5 tips to stay safe from IRS tax scams Jen Dawson, wealth manager at Balasa Dinverno Foltz The run-up to tax day is one of the most active times for scammers. Cases of scammers trying to steal consumers' tax refunds or falsely representing themselves in order to get a "tax payment" are widespread. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has received notice of about 736,000 scam attempts since October 2013. Unfortunately, most of these scams are very advanced and believable, resulting in nearly 4,550 victims that have collectively lost more than $23 million. One of the most effective tools to protect yourself is knowledge. With that in mind, below you'll find five helpful tips to avoid putting yourself at risk: • The IRS will never reach out to anyone via email. If you receive an email, do not reply to the message, open any attachments or click any links. Forward the email as-is to the IRS at Delete the original email. • The IRS will rarely contact anyone by phone. Many scammers are contacting taxpayers claiming to be IRS officials. It's important to know that a call will not be the first form of contact for the IRS. First, the IRS will send you a letter or bill outlining any action you need to take. A call will rarely follow. Scammers often alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS or another agency is calling. If you receive a phone call from the IRS, take down the individual's name and badge number, then call the IRS back at 800-829-1040 to determine if the IRS has a legitimate reason to contact you. • The IRS will not demand immediate payment. The IRS will not demand "urgent" payment or apply excessive pressure for any outstanding payments. For example, some scammers threaten to arrest, deport or revoke your license if a payment is not made immediately. If you owe tax, the IRS gives you the right to question or appeal the amount you owe. Phone threats are not how they enforce the tax code. • The IRS does not require you to pay a certain way. The IRS will not ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone. Normally, scammers try to persuade the victim into sending cash, usually through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. • The IRS does not ask for detailed personal information. This includes requests for PIN numbers and passwords or access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts. Overall, it is important that you are aware of the different ways the IRS will contact you if there are any issues with your tax return. If you have any concerns about whether or not a notice you receive from the IRS is legitimate, please contact the IRS immediately. If you receive a notice from a person posing as an IRS agent asking you for more detailed information, it is likely that you are the victim of an IRS scam. If you realize you are being contacted by an individual posing as the IRS, please go to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) Complaint Assistant and submit your complaint. Also, contact the La Grange Park Police Department who can assist you with further information and personal protection, provided by the IL Attorney General's Office - ID Theft Packet.

Safety Tips: "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." Frederick Douglass Juveniles require a solid base from which to grow and an understanding of how their actions can impact their futures, both positively and negatively. These critical needs are met, optimally, on the home front. Please be aware of and involved in your juveniles' lifestyles and choices. Whenever possible, be open and positive in your communication, watch over their personal involvements, and be clear on your overall expectations for their behavior, performance in school, etc. The following article from Campus Safety Magazine is a sobering reminder of the importance of monitoring our children's social interactions, particularly on the internet: Tragic circumstances such as these are wholly preventable. Parents, you are responsible for knowing how your children are using technology, including who they are coming into contact with online. If you aren't sure of the daily online activities of your children, start having critical conversations about what they're up to and start monitoring their devices! Parents or guardians seeking guidance on how to open up these channels of dialogue with their children are encouraged to contact the La Grange Park Police Department for assistance.

CONSIDERATIONS FOR ONLINE SHOPPERS As online buying and selling becomes more popular, we want to remind residents to always make safety a priority. Unfortunately, criminals have learned to use online transactions as opportunities to defraud others and many trusting individuals have become victims of scams. It is always prudent to remember that you are meeting a stranger and many online profiles can be deceptive in nature and content. Don't let your guard down just because you've exchanged a few messages! The LaGrange Park Department is working in conjunction with other local law enforcement agencies to encourage residents to engage in safer ways of meeting when buying and selling online. You can proactively plan for safer exchanges by doing the following: When meeting in surrounding towns that may be unfamiliar to you, always research a safe meeting location and familiarize yourself with the area Always meet in a well-lit, public place; preferably a safe zone Never go alone Always meet during the day If it's a high-priced item, first meet in the lobby of your local police department Keep your cell phone close and be ready to call 911 at the first sign of trouble Never give out personal or financial information Avoid using money wiring services for these transactions, it is the method of choice for scammers Never buy something without seeing it first Let someone know where you'll be and who you are meeting Leave if you feel uncomfortable If you are selling a large item that is not easily transportable, move the item into the garage or entryway, if possible. That way, buyers don't have to come all the way into your home

To our loyal Facebook followers: You may need to take action to continue seeing posts from the LaGrange Park Police Department in your Facebook News Feed! Please read and share ... Facebook announced last week that they are making major changes to how content is filtered into people's News Feeds. From what we can gather, posts from pages (like ours) are going to be largely removed from News Feeds in an effort to give priority to posts by family, friends and groups. We think we provide some pretty meaningful (and even critical) information to the community, and we want you to continue to be informed about what's going on in our town! Therefore, to ensure that our posts continue to show up in your News Feed, please follow these simple steps: --- Go to our Facebook page --- Click on "Following" --- Choose "See First"

Safety Tips: Message from an owner of a lost dog in Illinois: "Hello, I wanted to let your organization know that someone tried to scam me last night by saying they found my dog. They searched for a photo that looked like him and even made a fake vet bill so that they could get 'reimbursement'. "He was just so good too! He had an answer for every question! But it just didn't seem right, and so I called the vet he supposedly went to and sent them a picture of the invoice. They told me it was completely falsified." "It's just... horrible. He gave us a false hope. I don't know who to tell so I guess this is just an FYI. I don't want it to happen to anyone else." Read more at Residents who receive communications like these are encouraged to call the La Grange Park Police Department to report this scam. Social Media Assistance for Parents: A new movie from Kirk Cameron about social media addiction will be shown in select cities in our area on February 27th and March 1st.. If you're committed to raising kids who will make an impact in this world, see CONNECT and find real help for parenting kids in an age of social media. For further information, go to:

Seven young adults posed as high school students for a semester for the A&E documentary series "Undercover High." They learned that social media is a bigger source of stress than teachers and parents were previously aware. School staff often struggles to relate to the social media-related problems teenagers go through. That's what seven young adults learned when they spent a semester posing as students at Highland Park High School, Topeka, KS for the A&E documentary series "Undercover High." The show follows the adults, ages 21 to 26, as they navigate life as a student and expose the challenges facing students and school staff. "Undercover High" airs Tuesday at 10 p.m. EST.

How to Deal with Urban Coyotes Do everyone a favor and leave coyotes "wild." In a wild state, coyotes fear humans, but as soon as they begin to associate humans with food, a coyote loses its fear. This is a bad thing. Never feed or attempt to "tame" or feed a coyote -- they will lose their instinct to be wary of people if they begin to associate food with a human presence If you see a coyote, talk loudly to warn/scare it off. Make loud noises and make yourself look big. If this fails, throw rocks or sticks or spray them with a garden hose. Do not turn your back or run. Coyotes can run up to 35 miles per hour. You are much better off scaring it Feed your pet indoors - or if you do feed your pet outdoors, promptly remove the food dish after the feeding Store pet food indoors Put trash in barrels with tightly fitting lids, or store it indoors. Coyotes will eat any edible scraps Accompany your pet outside and speak loudly to warn/scare off coyotes. Be extra watchful between dusk and dawn. This includes when you let your pet out first thing in the morning Provide secure shelters for outside pets Do not provide food and water for birds or other wildlife - coyotes will prey upon them in your yard Do not let your pet run free outside - coyotes may view cats as prey, and dogs as a threat to their food base Clear brush, dense weeds and undergrowth from your property. This deprives rodents of shelter and reduces protective cover for coyotes Educate your neighbors. If there are coyotes in your neighborhood, you need everyone to practice these safety measures. Additional information can be found at -- or

Top Ten Red Cross Cold Weather Safety Tips As temperatures drop this winter, the American Red Cross offers ten steps people can take to stay safe during the cold weather. 1. Layer up! Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing your body heat. 2. Don't forget your furry friends. Bring pets indoors. If they can't come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water. 3. Remember the three feet rule. If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away - things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs. 4. Requires supervision - Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed. 5. Don't catch fire! If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs. 6. Protect your pipes. Run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent your pipes from freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children. Keep the garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage. 7. Better safe than sorry. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Your heating bill may be a little higher, but you could avoid a more costly repair job if your pipes freeze and burst. 8. The kitchen is for cooking. Never use a stove or oven to heat your home. 9. Use generators outside. Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage. 10. Knowledge is power. Don't hook a generator up to the home's wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator.

The following Winter Weather Preparedness Guide has been compiled by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to assist residents in responding to the particular challenges presented by Midwestern winter weather conditions:

Incidents Around Town: During the past week, the Police Department received reports from two residents in the 800 block of Forest that their unlocked vehicles had been broken into and that miscellaneous items had been taken. Additionally, several items were stolen from an unlocked garage in the 1500 block of Morgan. Always LOCK your vehicles, houses, garages, and sheds when you are not around. Also keep valuables OUT OF SIGHT from a thief - indoors or in the trunk, where they are not easily seen.

The holiday season can be a tough time for some people. The following points can provide assistance to those who may be experiencing difficulties 9 ways to manage the holiday blues by Healthline Medical: There are many things that can contribute to the holiday blues. Whether it's something as simple as overscheduling yourself or a deeper emotional need, it's possible to work through your feelings and start anew. Here are nine ways to deal with the holiday blues: 1. Limit alcohol - Limit your alcohol intake, and try not to keep it readily available around your house. If you're attending a party and you know alcohol will be accessible, limit yourself to one or two drinks. Drinking to excess can affect your mood and amplify any negative feelings that you may have. 2. Get plenty of sleep - Try to go to bed at a specific time each night. Being well-rested can improve your mood and help you feel ready to take on the day. 3. Learn to say "no" - Overscheduling and not making time for yourself can lead to emotional breakdowns. Learn how to say "no," and stay firm on your decision. 4. Be open to new traditions - You may have an image of what you think the holiday should consist of, and this may not be what's actually happening. Instead of holding on to what the holiday should have been, allow new traditions to unfold. 5. Get support when mourning a loved one - If you've experienced the loss of a loved one, the holidays can be especially tough. Although it can be tempting to isolate yourself and grieve, it can be beneficial to spend time with your friends and family. They can support you through this difficult time. 6. Spend time with your loved ones - Instead of spending the holidays alone at home, get your friends or family together for a dinner party at your place. The more the merrier! You can spruce things up with lively decorations and add welcoming floral arrangements to your living spaces. 7. Exercise regularly - Plug in your headphones and pop out for a walk around the block a couple of times a day. A quick 10-minute walk will get your heart rate up and release mood-boosting endorphins. 8. Do something fun to get over a recent breakup - It can be difficult to be alone when you're nursing an aching heart. Instead of sitting at home, fill up your calendar with activities. Websites such as offer group outings, such as dinners and dancing, almost every night of the week. 9. Avoid overeating - Before heading out to social events, fill up on veggies. You can even fill up a small sandwich bag and snack in the car. Holiday outings can often lead to overeating, which can affect your mood and overall well-being. The holidays can also be an especially difficult time for older adults. If you're unable to be with friends or family this holiday, look for volunteer opportunities that allow you to be around others. Some non-profits will even come pick you up if you're unable to drive. STAY POSITIVE !!!!!!!

5 holiday scams you're most likely to fall for Itay Glick, Votiro December 2, 2017 4:41 PM With the U.S. economy much improved, this year's Christmas season is expected to be one of the best in years, and with the advance of digital technology, smartphones will be a key buying method for many consumers. Put those elements together and you have the latest "off the press" scam - the use of phony text messages and Whatsapp messages to spread malware, ransomware, and general misery. According to one study, one in every 25 apps supposedly issued by retailers especially for Black Friday were fraudulent - researchers found no fewer than 32,000 phony apps - delivering not news of a special "secret sale" but malware that could steal your credit card information, lock up your device in a ransomware scam, or unleash a malware agent on a corporate server if your device connects to the company's network. Cybercriminals are set up make up to $1 billion this year using an array of phony deals and online scams, according to the BI; a report from ACI Worldwide, meanwhile, predicts that online fraud attempts will rise 43 percent during this year's holiday season. Here are some of the most common scams that can trick even the smartest of us at this time of year: 1. The online secret shopper: The old "secret shopper" scam is back this year with a new online variation. As a secret shopper, victims are supplied with gift cards they can use to go shopping "on assignment," evaluating a site's customer service, delivery, and the like. As a reward, you get to keep the items you order, and/or actually get paid for your work. Of course, if there is such as thing as an "online secret shopper," you can bet companies are not recruiting shoppers via random email or Twitter messages. To participate you have to hand over personal details, including bank account info, in order to allow for the transfer of your "salary." Needless to say, once you've handed that information over, the scammers cut off communication and use your details to apply for loans or credit cards - or sell it to other scammers who do that. 2. Amazon/iTunes/Wal-Mart/Costco gift cards: Microsoft's Bill Gates once gave away thousands of dollars to random email addresses, but in these tough economic times, scammers have downgraded to just a gift card, worth maybe $100. Times are tough enough, however, that even that paltry sum is enough to get the juices flowing among many victims as they click on the offered link in order to apply. Part of the genius of this scam is that the user may actually believe they have a gift card coming, because they are such good customers of Amazon/Apple etc. Once you click on a link, you'll likely be taken to what appears to be an empty web site - except it isn't empty. The site will have already connected with your device long enough to dump a piece of malware on it that will eventually open up a communication channel with a remote command and control server. The hackers behind this site can then scan your device for useful information, credit card numbers, or other valuable data. 3. Fake charities: After spending hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on gifts, meals, theater tickets, and the other appurtenances of the holiday season, it would take a particularly stone-hearted individual to resist giving to those in need - especially if the organization asking for the money rings a bell, with a name sounding like one that advertises on TV. Who, for example, wouldn't want to help kids suffering from terminal cancer to visit Disney World or the Superbowl? That's what the Make-A-Wish Foundation does. But there are many other charities with very similar names yet different motives. Instead of Make-A-Wish, a phony charity email scam would feature an appeal for the Children's National Wish Foundation, with a link for donors to click on. Once clicked, the link may distribute malware and/or collect personal or credit card information. 4. "Classic" Phishing/Spear-phishing: Black Friday/Cyber Monday online sales exceeded $12 billion last year, and eight e-commerce sites were responsible for nearly 60 percent of those sales, so the chances are pretty good that anyone who bought something online made purchases at Amazon, Wal-Mart, Target, Macy's, and the others that topped e-commerce sales lists. That concentration is good news for hackers running a spear-phishing campaign. All they have to do is flood email boxes with messages telling customers there is a problem with their order at one of these sites and that they need to log in and provide credit card data, shipping information, etc. If you didn't shop at, you probably wouldn't click on a link or open an attachment in an email. But if you get one from, a site you did shop at, chances are much greater you will click - and submit your information, as requested. 5. Holiday screensavers: A relatively new - and very successful - scam is the holiday screen saver scam. Hackers of mobile apps or computer screensavers have developed a malware that can be used to rip off data and invade a device or recruit it to become part of a botnet to send spam or attack other devices. Most of these attacks originate in an email sent to a victim, putting not only the victim at risk but also their place of employment, since so many people access their personal accounts at work - which makes vigilance and proper defense all the more important. All these scams are based on taking unfair advantage of victims who are trying to make the most of the holiday period. It's unfair and unjust, but with a little extra caution, you can keep yourself - and your company - safe from attack

Gov. Rauner launches 24/7 helpline to combat opioid epidemic, help Illinoisans in crisis Governor's opioid task force delivers programs to attack overdose surge CHICAGO (Dec. 5, 2017) - Gov. Bruce Rauner today announced the launch of a statewide helpline to provide immediate assistance for those impacted by addiction to opioids and other substances. The helpline will provide a confidential outlet for individuals experiencing opioid use disorders, their families and anyone affected by the disease 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Helpline specialists are trained in evidence-based approaches to help connect callers with treatment and recovery-support services. To reach the helpline, individuals can call 1-833-2FINDHELP. "This helpline will provide a quick way for Illinoisans struggling with dangerous addictions to access resources, treatment options, and support," Gov. Rauner said. "We are focused on helping them get on the road to recovery to combat further drug overdose tragedies." In launching the helpline, Rauner is fulfilling his promise to tackle the opioid crisis and combat the growing number of overdose deaths related to heroin, other opioids, and synthetics like fentanyl. Administration officials have been meeting throughout the year to establish an agenda to combat the epidemic. Rauner unveiled the Opioid Action Plan and signed Executive Order 17-05, creating the Opioid Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force this year. The task force was charged with building strategies that would help reduce projected opioid overdose-related deaths by one-third within the next three years. Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav Shah co-chair the task force, which was responsible for implementing new programs and policies. "Our growing opioid epidemic is a national emergency that knows no neighborhood, no color and no class. It's an equal-opportunity aggressor that is destroying lives," Sanguinetti said. "I'm grateful our task force was able to meet the governor's deadline to launch these programs and save lives. I'm excited to know the helpline is now available for people to take that important first step, and ask for help." IDPH data shows opioid overdoses killed 1,946 people in Illinois in 2016 - more than one and a half times the number of homicides and nearly twice the number of fatal motor vehicle accidents. In addition, data from the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) estimates that approximately 248,000 Illinois residents need, but do not receive, treatment for illicit drug use. "We live in a world where stigma prevents individuals from coming forward and asking for help. Treating opioid use disorder like any other disease is just the first step in combatting this horrible crisis. We also must make treatment accessible," said Illinois Department of Human Services Secretary James Dimas, who helped get the helpline up and running. "It will never be easy, but with strong support and access to treatment through services like the helpline, we can help save these lives." The opioid task force has been traveling across Illinois to learn first-hand about the challenges communities are experiencing and ways the State can assist. "We've heard about the successes of drug court and law enforcement safe passage programs. We've also learned about the challenges of longer-term follow-up care and continued support services," Shah said. "The input we are receiving from health care providers, law enforcement, people affected by opioid use disorder, community organizations, and mental health professionals will help inform our efforts as we move toward implementing the Opioid Action Plan. "We're hopeful the new 24-hour helpline will connect people with the services they need and address some of the challenges communities face." Another policy established under Executive Order 17-05 was a Standing Order to make the overdose reversal drug Naloxone (Narcan) available to first responders and members of communities across Illinois, without a prescription. The order was issued by IDPH in October. The Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances is funded by federal grant dollars that the State of Illinois secured from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The Opioid State Targeted Response grant is administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. If you or someone you know is experiencing opioid use disorder, call 1-833-2FINDHELP

WAYS TO ENSURE SAFE HOLIDAY DECORATING AT YOUR HOME: Candles started 55% of holiday decoration fires in December (between 2011-2015 per NFPA) and December is overall the peak month of the year for home candle fires. The most common cause of candle fires is candles being placed too close to things that could catch fire. Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn. Always blow out candles before leaving a room or going to bed. Never leave a child or a pet alone in a room with a burning candle. Use sturdy candle holders that won't tip over. Never use a candle if oxygen is used in your home. Consider decorating with flameless candles that look and smell like real candles. When buying a fresh cut Christmas tree check to make sure the needles do not fall off when touched. Cut 2 inches from the base of the trunk before placing the tree in the stand. Locate your Christmas tree so it is at least 3 feet away from heat sources and is not blocking an exit. Make sure to add water to the stand daily. An adequately watered Christmas tree will not dry out as quickly. A dry tree is a fire hazard and should be immediately removed from your home. Locate the dry tree outside away from your home, garage or other structures while waiting for disposal. When decorating with lights and/or other electric powered devices make sure they are listed by a qualified testing laboratory for safety. Inspect light strings before using them and replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read the manufacturer's instructions for the maximum number of light strings to connect. When decorating outside make sure you are using outdoor rated electrical decorations and cords. Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so cords don't get damaged. Always turn off decorations before leaving your home or going to bed - a timer can be added to assist in the overall safety of the area. Finally, it is important to remember that unattended space heaters and/or those that are plugged into multi-outlet adaptors can cause surrounding areas to heat rapidly, thus causing potential fire hazards

BEWARE OF PORCH PIRATES! Package theft is a crime of opportunity. Some passers-by, seeing an unattended box from Amazon, CDW, or Staples, just can't resist the lure of easy loot. Other thefts happen when organized theft rings follow delivery trucks around town, scooping up the boxes just as quickly as the delivery person can put them down. Use the following resources to mitigate the consequences of theft, "Porch Pirating/Poaching" the theft of delivered packages from one's doorstep, by managing the delivery. UPS: UPS My Choice: United States Postal Service: FedEx Delivery Manager: Note: FedEx is not required to knock or ring the doorbell upon delivery. Use FedEx Delivery Manager to let your driver know you want a ring-or a knock. You can leave instructions for drivers to always ring your doorbell or knock on your door when a package is being left.