Alderman Denise Rodd | Des Plaines, Illinois, USA

Welcome to 3rdWard.org, a website dedicated to communication and transparency between Des Plaines City government and you. This website, maintained by 3rd Ward Alderman Denise Rodd, is designed to keep neighbors informed about issues and engaged in our community.

Des Plaines Hiring Crossing Guards

December 29, 2018

The Des Plaines Police Department is currently accepting applications for school Crossing Guards (and Substitute Crossing Guards) to work 1-3 hours a day, Monday through Friday, as needed. Crossing Guards prepare crossing zones, assist children in crossing streets safely, and acts as a liaison for the Police Department with students, parents, and school personnel. This is a seasonal position that pays $15.00 per hour. Please apply online at: www.desplaines.org/Jobs

What's in store for DP's future? Read the 2022 Strategic Plan

February 4, 2018

I'm proud to introduce the new Strategic Plan that carries Des Plaines into 2022.

"The City of Des Plaines introduces its Strategic Plan for 2022, a new and dynamic roadmap toward an even more exciting future. As we honor Des Plaines’ 182 year history and all of the contributions made by its residents, businesses and community leaders, we build on past and recent achievements to take our City to the next level. The City of Des Plaines remains committed to utilizing the most progressive, sustainable and efficient service delivery and partnering to create a high quality of life with those that choose to call Des Plaines home."

Download the 10-page plan here to view details of the policy direction the Council plans to take.

New website for Pantry!

January 7, 2018

Visit the newly redesigned website for the Self-Help Closet & Pantry of Des Plaines by clicking here.

The Pantry has been serving Des Plaines residents since 1971. Visit the website to learn of donation hours and urgent needs, client hours and registration info, and more.

2018 Ward Meeting Schedule

December 26, 2017

The Third Ward meetings will take place at 7:00 p.m. at Prairie Lakes Community Center on the following dates unless otherwise noted:

February 14

April 11

June 13

August 8

October 10

December 12

Council to discuss back yard hens

July 31, 2017

The discussion of whether to change the ordinance to allow back yard hens in Des Plaines will take place at the City Council meeting on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall.

Experts Ed Fuhrman and Jennifer Murtoff will be at the meeting to provide facts, dispel myths and answer questions.

Mr. Furhman is a Technical Trainer at Great Lakes Naval Air Station and founder of Chicago Land Urban Chicken Keepers - Round Lake Area. He is a long-time area advocate for sustainability and self-sufficiency and has lectured extensively on the topic of back yard hens in urban environments.

Jennifer Murtoff is a consultant for homeowners and organizations interested in setting up and maintaining back yard hens. She has worked with Heartland Housing, the Cook County Sheriff’s Department, Sunrise Lake Outdoor Education Center, and the Oscar Mayer Magnet School. She has taught classes and served as a guest speaker at local conservatories and the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Public comment is encouraged. If there is consensus from Council to allow back yard hens, they will direct staff to draft an ordinance to be presented for a vote at the August 21 Council Meeting.

Update on Wednesday, August 2, 2017

View the agenda packet for Monday's meeting to read the background material on the issue including the ordinances in place in other municipalities.

Update on Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Discussion Continues on August 21, 2017. Download the packet item for educational materials and a proposed pilot program.

Update on Monday, September 18, 2017

Council voted tonight (7-1) to deny the ordinance that would have permitted the keeping of back yard hens in Des Plaines. Mine was the sole vote to not deny the ordinance. I will bring this before Council again in 2019 when new Council members will be seated, and if it looks like we may have a favorable outcome.

Petition to allow back yard hens in Des Plaines

June 17, 2017

The Des Plaines Illinois - Chicago Land Urban Chicken Keepers (CLUCK)group of Des Plaines residents has created an online petition for residents to sign to show their support to change the City code to allow the keeping of hens in back yards. Sign the petition!

As we prepare to bring this topic up for discussion during a future Building Code Code Committee meeting, having signatures from residents all around Des Plaines will add strength to the case to change the Code.

What to do with old campaign signs

April 4, 2017

Check out this article, "7 Ways to Re-use those Old Campaign Signs," for ideas like:

  • Birdhouse
  • Sled
  • Chair
  • Painted white for new sign
  • Recycle

Let's talk water reclamation

March 8, 2017
  • When we get sudden, extreme rain events, the Des Plaines River has the potential to flood. With much of the City's storm sewer infrastructure a century old, we must contend with the challenges Mother Nature gives us.

While the City budgets each year for storm sewer replacement and road improvements (such as River Road) to mitigate flooding, what else is being done? Our guest at the next 3rd Ward meeting is Commissioner Josina Morita of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Board (MWRD). She can update us on what the MWRD is doing with our tax dollars for stormwater management and what policies are in place that affect Des Plaines.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

7:00 p.m.

Prairie Lakes Community Center

515 E. Thacker St.

Meeting Room 2 (northeast wing)

Everyone is welcome, and please bring a friend.

Blue Sky development going to zoning board

February 16, 2017

The public meeting of the Planning and Zoning Board (PZB) where the request for a zoning map change from the Blue Sky developers will be heard on Tuesday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall. The agenda can be downloaded from here:


This is a proposed multi-family development for independent individuals over the age of 65 to be built on North Avenue between Second and Third Avenues. The acreage is currently occupied by the now shuttered Era Tool plant located behind the single-family homes adjacent to the railroad tracks.

Citizens are welcome to attend and to address the PZB at the podium with their thoughts on the issue.

Next 3rd Ward meeting: Improved sidewalk and curb design around Hoffman Park

February 5, 2017

Winter will soon give way to construction season in Des Plaines. West Villa Drive in the Villas neighborhood is scheduled for reconstruction from Southeast Place to Northwest Place. As part of this work, an improved design of the curbs and sidewalks on Hoffman Parkway around the circular Hoffman Park will be implemented for the safety of drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.

Our guest, Derek Peebles, Civil Engineer with the City of Des Plaines will explain the research that went into the new design and what this work will entail. Please come:

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

7:00 p.m.

Prairie Lakes Community Center

515 E. Thacker St.

Prairie Room

Even if you don't live near Hoffman Park, come to hear Derek speak as he gives a very interesting and inside look into what goes into the engineering of roadway projects within the City of Des Plaines.

Desparately seeking Lustron!

December 27, 2016

I'm working on a project with the Des Plaines History Center on the Lustron homes in Des Plaines. If you or someone you know is living in one, please have them contact me at denise@3rdWard.org. I need photos!