Vulnerable Resident Locations

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
​Natural disaster events are unavoidable and unpredictable. The best thing a community can do is prepare for any situation that may arise as best they can. This means being proactive and creative in visualizing scenarios and thinking of ways to handle those situations effectively. It ...

Interactive Village Maps

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
​ Residents often frequent the Village website to get a multitude of different information. Some of that information comes from maps that are provided in the Village Maps section of the website. In an effort to provide more convenience to residents and give them a better ...

Flood disaster response

Monday, November 18, 2013
​Over the past few months the Village of Skokie’s Fire and Police Departments had been preparing for a full-scale flood disaster exercise. This exercise saw the activation of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at the Skokie Police Department and a number of scenarios that personnel ...

Street Rating Inventory Management

Monday, November 18, 2013
​One of the major responsibilities of any local government’s engineering department is to maintain and upkeep the locally owned streets. The Village of Skokie’s Engineering Department recently called upon its Geographic Information System (GIS) to assist in managing its street ratings for all Village-owned streets. ...

GIS Supports Community Sculpture Brochure

Monday, November 18, 2013
​The Administration Department recently called upon the Village’s Geographic Information System (GIS) to assist with the creation of a map to be included in the Village sculpture brochure. The brochure is meant to provide some history and a brief description about the Village’s ten sculptures. ...

GIS Assists in Spooky Happenings

Monday, November 18, 2013
​The month of October was an exciting time around the Village of Skokie. The onset of autumn was apparent with seasonal decorations going on display and trees changing into their fall colors. This year the Village manager’s office decided to put on a fun activity ...

Clinic Referrals for Uninsured and Underinsured Residents

Friday, November 15, 2013
​The Personal Health Division within the Health Department at the Village of Skokie provides numerous services to its residents. From immunizations to testing for diabetes, the Health Department offers a wide range of clinics at affordable prices. There are however, services that the Health Department ...

Village working with the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

​In the Spring of 2012, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) contacted the Village of Skokie to participate in a graduate level course allowing Planning and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)students to get hands on experience working for a local government. After a few phone ...

ComEd Disaster Exercise

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
​In the wake of last year’s power outages, the Village of Skokie has been working with ComEd to solidify the communication during outage events. On June 21, 2012 the Village, ComEd and other surrounding communities participated in disaster exercise aimed at testing the communication and ...

Using GIS for Collecting Sign Inventories

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​The Village of Skokie started maintaining street signs over 30 years ago. Over time, the inventory evolved from strictly paper/mylar based to eventually incorporate an Excel spreadsheet with ID’s of signs on the paper maps. While this has worked in the past, current technology provides ...

Storm event response using GIS

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​The Chicagoland area was battered with storms during the morning of June 21, 2011. The strong winds and lightning wrecked havoc regionally. During the aftermath, Public Safety in the Village of Skokie was busy taking reports of downed power lines, trees, damaged traffic signals and ...

Emergency Incident Tracking

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​While it may not occur as part of the day to day operations, an unfortunate reality for all local governments is the need to coordinate response and cleanup efforts as the result of an emergency event, such a severe storm or other natural disaster. To ...

Special event the Festival of Cultures

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​​The Skokie Park District in conjunction with the Village of Skokie hosts the Festival of Cultures. Over the years, it has become a premier ethnic festival in Illinois celebrating the food, music, and sports that define cultures throughout the world. This year will be the ...

Supporting local government decision making with business intelligence

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​The Village of Skokie keeps track of a comprehensive land use database using standards set forth by the American Planning Association. The Land Based Classification Standards (LBCS) is a series of codes that defines the Function, Site, Structure, Activity, and Ownership of land. The Village ...

GIS supporting the Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​The Village of Skokie’s state of the art Police Department houses the Village’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC). This center is utilized as a meeting destination for decision makers during an emergency event. The EOC is supported by generators during power outages and serve as a ...

Emergency Planning: School evacuations

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​Emergency planning is a part of life. You have probably prepared for emergencies and not even realized it. It could be stocking up on extra pantry items before a blizzard or filling out an emergency contact form at your place of employment or child’s school. ...

Monitoring landscaping contracts with GIS

Saturday, November 9, 2013

​Skokie is using its Geographic Information System (GIS) to aid in the bidding process for landscaped areas in the downtown area. The Village’s ability to create and manage data in addition to producing maps allows them to generate products quickly and efficiently. By creating maps ...

Reserved residential parking

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​The Village of Skokie’s Human Services Department manages a program aimed at providing reserved on-street parking for residents with special needs. This program has certain guidelines depicting how many permits can be issued along certain lengths of roadway. The ordinance states:“The number of reserved disability ...

GIS supports the Beautification Commission

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​The Village of Skokie Beautification and Improvement Commission assists the Mayor and Trustees in landscaping and conservation issues. Every year, the Commission seeks out properties whose owners maintain it at an exceptional level. During this time, the commission visits each nominated property, taking pictures and ...

Fire response mapping

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​The Village of Skokielinois Fire Department provides services to over 63,000 residents and is part of a Mutual Aid Agreement with surrounding communities. In order to provide the best possible service, Skokie’s Fire vehicles need to be equipped with detailed street maps outlining not only ...

GIS Offers New Tools to Water Department

Saturday, November 9, 2013
The Village of Skokie’s Geographic Information System (GIS) Team has been hard at work developing tools to increase productivity and simplify employee’s workflows related to geographic data. Through MapOffice™ Advanced, a customized web mapping application, Village employees have many tools aimed at ...

Water Infrastructure Updates

Thursday, October 31, 2013
​The Village of Skokie’s Water and Sewer Department rely heavily on data within the Geographic Information System (GIS) for planning and field work. Field Note Mapbooks (FNM) were created to simplify the process of editing the data and bridge the gap between the field crews ...

Skokie Incorporates Street Lights into it’s GIS

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​The Village of Skokie has begun the integration of streetlights into the Geographic Information System (GIS). GIS is a technology that relates geographic features with tabular data, allowing users to view data from a central repository rather than disconnected databases. The integration of street lights ...

Tracking H1N1 vaccines in GIS

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​The year 2009 brought us the Novel Influenza A outbreak, commonly known as H1N1 or the swine flu. The Village of Skokie’s Geographic Information System (GIS) and Health Departments worked together to analyze vaccine recipients locations in proximity to the Village. Address and age information ...

Address database consolidation

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​Address data is the backbone of the municipal government. Services, including refuse pickup and police and fire response, and taxes depend on current and accurate addressing. The Village of Skokie Community Development Department and Geographic Information System (GIS) staff have realized the importance of consolidating ...

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