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1. Where do fire poles come from?
2. When did the first fire apparatus arrive in America?
3. In the 1800's what was developed in England that changed the technology of firefighting?
4. Who pulled the steam pumpers to the fire scene?
5. In the hit T.V. show of the 70's "Emergency!" what were the names of the paramedics?
6. On October 9, 1871 the infamous "Chicago Fire" killed 300 people, but there was an even more tragic fire that same day that killed 1200 people. Where was that fire?
7. How long have fire sprinkler systems been in use?
8. Why do some fire apparatus display a green warning light? Why is it there? Why are red and green lights on fire stations?
9. What is a bucket brigade?
10. What are fire grenades?
11. Who invented the "modern" portable fire extinguisher?
12. What is a "Squirt"?
13. Who is St. Florian?
14. What is the Star of Life?
15. Who were the "Prowlers"?
16. Where did organized fire fighting in America begin?
17. What should I know about fire horses?
18. Do you know what a novelty lighter is?
19. What is a Fire Mark?
20. What is a Fire Tetrahedron?
21. Where did the bagpipe tradition at fire department funerals originate?

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1. What is the zoning of my property?
2. What are the building size restrictions for my property?
3. How long does it take to get a Zoning Variance or Special Use Permit?
4. Do I need a permit to install a fence on my property?
5. Do I need a permit to install a new roof on my home?
6. Does the Village issue licenses for home occupations?
7. Why are there so many property foreclosures and what is the Village’s response to them?
8. What is Section 8 housing and is it increasing in Skokie?
9. What should I do if I notice graffiti on my property or elsewhere in the Village?
10. What parts of Skokie are in a flood plain?
11. How can I comment on a Zoning Board of Appeals or Plan Commission case?
12. What are the rules for truck parking on Village Streets?

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1. What does the Corporation Counsel's Office do?
2. I need an attorney, can the Village help me?
3. Can you please tell me when my court date is?
4. I received a ticket and did not appear in court, what happens now?
5. I can't make my court date, can I get a continuance?
6. I received a ticket for a minor traffic violation, can you tell me what will happen?
7. I am having problems with my neighbors, can the Village help me sue them?
8. Where should a Notice of Foreclosure be sent?
9. My landlord is not responding to my requests, can you help me?

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1. What steps should drivers take to ensure they can hear the approach of an emergency vehicle?
2. Should motorists stop when they see or hear an emergency vehicle approaching with emergency lights and siren operating?
3. What should drivers do on a multi-lane road when they are in the middle lane and the emergency vehicle is in the right lane?
4. When drivers approach an emergency vehicle scene, what precautions should they take?
5. At a fire scene, can motorists drive over a fire hose stretched across the street?
6. What should drivers be aware of when approaching a fire station?
7. Is it illegal to follow an emergency vehicle too closely when the warning lights and siren are operating?
8. Do pedestrians have the right-of-way over an emergency vehicle responding with lights and siren operating?
9. While responding to a call for help, what can emergency vehicles do that motorists cannot?
10. When an emergency vehicle is approaching me on a divided highway, do drivers have to pull to the right and stop?

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1. If Skokie has had a property tax freeze since 1990, why are my property taxes always going up?
2. If my property assessment is the same as last year, why is my tax bill so different from year to year?
3. What is the sales tax in Skokie?
4. What is the deadline for purchasing a Village vehicle license each year?
5. How am I billed for water?
6. Can I pay my water bill online or automatically through my checking account?
7. I received a parking ticket, how do I schedule a hearing date to contest the ticket?
8. Who can answer questions about my property tax bill?
9. How can my firm be placed on the Village bidder's list?

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1. How does the strength of fire protection in the community affect property owner’s insurance policy premium?
2. When I call for an ambulance, why do I sometimes see an ambulance from another town?
3. When I call an ambulance, why does a fire engine also come?
4. Why do I see fire engines or ambulances go through intersections with their red lights flashing, and then turn them off? Are they just in a hurry to go somewhere?
5. The alarm on my carbon monoxide detector just went off, what do I do?
6. Why do firefighters break windows and cut holes in roofs when the fire is inside a building?
7. I need to take a CPR course, does the Skokie Fire Department teach courses?
8. Where can I get my blood pressure checked?
9. Can I schedule a fire engine presentation or station tour?
10. How are members of the Skokie Fire Department hired?
11. What do firefighters do when they are not responding to fire or emergency medical calls?
12. When I see an emergency vehicle approaching while I am driving, should I always pull over to the right and stop?

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1. Where can I learn more about emergency preparedness in Skokie?
2. How do I submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request?
3. Where can I report an issue or request a service in Skokie?
4. When is yard waste collected?

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1. I've found a baby animal (bird, squirrel, rabbit, etc.). What should I do?
2. I lost my pet. What should I do to help get it back?
3. I hear noises in my attic. What's up there and what can I do?
4. What is digging up my lawn?

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1. Does the Skokie Health Department offer recycling opportunities?
2. What is the Skokie Medical Reserve Corps?
3. How do I get a certified copy of a birth or death certificate?
4. Is smoking regulated in the work place and public places in Skokie?
5. Where can I rent a car safety seat when my grandchildren come to visit?
6. Can someone present a health related educational program to our group?
7. My power went off for several hours. Is the food in my refrigerator and freezer safe to eat?
8. Can I keep chickens in Skokie?

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1. Where can I go to get my child's shots for school?
2. Does the Village of Skokie provide health screenings for its residents?
3. If I have a communicable disease, where can I get more information about it?
4. Do I need any vaccinations when I travel outside the United States?
5. Can a nurse visit my homebound mother?

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1. Are there volunteer opportunities available through the Human Services Division?
2. How do I meet with a Social Worker?
3. Can I receive ongoing therapy from the Human Services Division?
4. Who is eligible to receive home-delivered meals?
5. What type of specialized transportation does Skokie have for seniors?
6. My aging parent lives in Skokie. What services are available to them? Can I make the arrangements for them?
7. My next door neighbor and I are fighting about a neighborhood problem and things are very tense between us. Can the Village help?
8. My teenager is very rebellious and I'm afraid he or she might end up in serious trouble. Can I turn to the Village for help?
9. I am concerned about an elderly neighbor or my senior friend who lives in Skokie. Is there someone at Human Services who could make sure they are safe in their home?

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1. What are the Manager's Office hours?
2. Do I need a permit to host a special event in Skokie?
3. Do I need a permit to solicit in Skokie?

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1. How do I apply for a job?
2. Where do I find information regarding Village staff?
3. Is personnel a fun place to be?

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1. How do residents report crime tips or suspicious activity?
2. Why did the Police Department need a new $30 million police station?
3. How does the Skokie Police Department follow up with residents and business owners whose homes or businesses have been burglarized?
4. Can residents sign up to ride along with Skokie Police Officers on patrol?
5. Why does the Police Department charge when they respond to a false alarm at my residence (business)?
6. Can the Skokie Police Department put a special watch over my home while I am on vacation?
7. How do I start a Neighborhood Watch program in my neighborhood?
8. How do I view the Skokie Police Department 75th Anniversary book?
9. How can I make a commendation or complaint with the Police Department?

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1. When will my alley be graded?
2. My backyard floods - what can the Village do to help me?
3. Are all streets in the Village under Village jurisdiction?
4. Who do I report a damaged or a burnt out street or alley light to?
5. Will the Village provide lighting for the alley behind my home?
6. Do you have any advice on how I can avoid or deal with frozen pipes?

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1. Does the Village prune the parkway tree in front of my home?
2. Does the Village have a parkway tree planting program?
3. Is Dutch Elm Disease active in Skokie?
4. Does the Village provide any cost sharing to treat Dutch Elm Disease?
5. What is the Village doing to control the Emerald Ash Borer?
6. How often should I water my trees during dry periods?

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1. What should I do if my refuse or recycling cart is damaged?
2. When will my refuse cart be emptied?
3. When is yard waste collected?
4. How should materials be prepared for collection?
5. Where can I recycle my CFL bulbs?
6. Does the Skokie Health Department offer recycling opportunities?

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1. When does the Village plow my street? Sidewalk? Alley?
2. What should I do with my car if it is parking on the street while I'm on vacation or at work and it snows?
3. Can I park on either side of the street once the street is plowed?
4. My vehicle was towed due to a violation of the alternate-side parking program. Where can I pick it up?
5. Why is snow pushed into my driveway by snowplows?
6. Every time a snowplow comes down my alley, it plows the snow up against my garage and I have to shovel out. Why does this happen?
7. I have a serious medical condition. Can you plow my street first in case there is an emergency and an ambulance needs to get through?
8. My garbage has not been picked up yet, even though it's my regular collection day. When will it be picked up?
9. Are all streets in the Village under Village jurisdiction?
10. Are there streets that are exempt from snow parking provisions?

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1. How often are streets swept?
2. How often are the residential streets swept?
3. When will the street sweeper be in my area?
4. Will my paved alley be swept?
5. How often are the multi-family areas swept?
6. I live in a multi-family area. Will I receive notification about street sweeping?
7. If I live in a multi-family area and don’t move my car, will I be ticketed?
8. Does the Village sweep any other areas besides the residential and multi-family streets?
9. How do I get my leaves collected in the fall?

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1. How do I add my company name to the Village bid list?
2. When does the Village pay invoices?
3. Where can I find copies of Village contracts?

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1. What can I use SkokieLink for?
2. How do I connect to SkokieLink?
3. Where are the SkokieLink Hotspots?
4. Where can I get wireless access?

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1. How can I learn more about the Downtown Skokie market?
2. Where can I find store space?
3. What do I need to know about zoning?
4. How do I get Village approval for my business?
5. Are other Village approvals needed?

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1. My pickup is strictly a passenger vehicle. Do I have to park it in my garage overnight?
2. I use my "B" plated vehicle for both a commercial and non-commercial use. May I park it on the street in front of my house during the evening hours?
3. If I do not have a garage, may I park my commercial vehicle in my driveway?
4. My pickup truck has a plow attached to the front, and a small storage chest in the bed during the winter season only. Does this prohibit me from parking on a residential property or street?
5. My panel van has rear seating and both rear and side windows, may I park it in front of my house?