Frequently Asked Questions

The Village Board and staff receive many questions from residents. We would like to share the most frequently asked questions with all of our residents. If you have a question, please send it to our general email at vlemont@lemont.il.us.

  1. Why can't the Village secure signs along the tollway pointing out businesses and other Lemont attractions?
    Answer: As a matter of policy, the tollway does not allow signs directing to specific businesses, similar to ones you see on other interstate highways. The tollway does have an application process for signs that could point out attractions such as Downtown Lemont or other general landmarks. The tollway has criteria that governs these signs including number of visitors to a site, etc. The Village is in the process of applying for a sign of this nature.
  2. I’m hearing talk of some homes in Lemont wanting to become Airbnb’s. Is this allowed?
    Answer:  Being a “non-home rule community,” the Village’s revenue raising abilities are limited to what the State legislature specifically allows. Since the Village has implemented most of the revenue streams allowable per state statute for a non-home rule community, it may have no choice but to cut staff and reduce service levels in order to operate in a fiscally responsible manner.  
  3. With the talk of tight budget constraints and potential staff reductions, can raising our taxes alleviate some of this burden to the Village?
    Answer:  Being a “non-home rule community,” the Village’s revenue raising abilities are limited to what the State legislature specifically allows. Since the Village has implemented most of the revenue streams allowable per state statute for a non-home rule community, it may have no choice but to cut staff and reduce service levels in order to operate in a fiscally responsible manner. 
  4. Why does the Village require vehicle stickers when other towns have been able to eliminate them?
    Answer:  The Village recognizes the inconvenience and hardship associated with purchasing a vehicle sticker.  However, for a non-home rule community the vehicle sticker is one of the few revenue streams specifically allowed by state statute for a non-home rule entity to implement. Other towns that have eliminated the sticker have likely replaced the revenue stream with more palatable revenue streams which the Village is not able to implement.  
  5. There seems to be an increase in the amount of truck traffic and parking areas for semi-trucks in the town. Can’t something be done to alleviate this?
    Answer:  Again, due to “non-home rule community” rules we must abide by via the State of Illinois, the Village is limited in its ability to regulate trucking operations and/or truck routes. Through zoning and annexation agreements, the Village can limit new businesses, but existing businesses and ones that develop outside Lemont and in the unincorporated areas, the Village may have limited options to regulate at this time.  
  6. If “Home-Rule” communities have a better ability to govern their towns, how can Lemont become a “Home-Rule” town?
    Answer:  There are only two ways a town can become “Home-Rule” and that is by either having a population of over 25,000 or by passing a referendum that requires a community consensus. 
  7. Why aren’t there more Metra train stops and pickups in town, along with a weekend schedule?
    Answer:  The Village has worked with its partners along the Heritage Corridor line for several years with a goal of increasing service and ridership on the line. There are several reasons Metra has given over the years for the lack of service on the Heritage Corridor line. The majority of the reasons involve ownership of the line and improvements required to accommodate more traffic. Metra operates the Heritage Corridor line through a trackage rights agreement with Canadian National (CN) Railway. Due to heavy levels of freight traffic on the line and only two tracks along the line, CN has been unwilling to allow significantly more commuter service unless additional infrastructure is added to accommodate the increased service. In 2017, the Village and our partners were able to achieve a mid-day outbound train to be added to the schedule. Until significant improvements are made to the line, there are no plans currently for additional train service. A stop was added to the Heritage Corridor line earlier this year in the Village of Romeoville. This stop has already produced enhanced ridership which may give assist in our lines case for more service.
  8. Why do trains have to blow their horns through the entire town?  Can’t they make this quieter or sound them less often?
    Answer:  In order to achieve “quiet zone” status as governed by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the crossings through a town have to meet certain criteria for safety to make up for the loss of the horn sound when a train passes through. Lemont has five public crossings and several other private crossings of which significant safety improvements are required for the majority of the crossings to meet federal rules on “quiet zones.” The estimated price tag for theimprovements is $1.25 million according to a recent study completed by theVillage in 2015. To add another variable in the issue, a crossing is being proposed at Walker Road for a private development adjacent to the quarry area.The Village will update the study and present new numbers for consideration once this crossing is being implemented.