Cynthia L. Doorn-Nylen, Trustee

Cynthia L. Doorn-Nylen, Trustee Serving as a Trustee since September of 2002, Cindy is the Chair of the Community Coordination Committee promoting Community Relations & Communications

Do what you love & love what you do, always providing more than is expected as if you do it for yourself. Loving someone deeply gives you courage, to be loved by someone gives you strength. May you live each day with the courage and strength of the love of God from whom all blessings flow.

Operating as usual


Registration begins today for Photos with Santa at Winter Wonderland! This special treat is limited to South Holland residents only. Limited tickets are available. Register at the Community Center; ID is required.

NOTE: Due to Covid safety, this year Santa is only taking photos with children. Please refrain from sitting on Santa's lap. But kids are encouraged to bring a letter for Santa so he can know your Christmas wish list!

Photos from Village of South Holland's post

Photos from Village of South Holland's post

So happy for this great improved shopping experience 💫

So happy for this great improved shopping experience 💫

The South Holland Aldi is back open, with a newly elevated design!

The updated store provides an improved layout and ample refrigeration to accommodate an expanded fresh and convenient food selection. It also features open ceilings, natural lighting and is built with environmentally friendly materials.


Recycle your electronics, medications, and paper at Thornton Township's recycling event this Friday!


As you are likely aware, a decision will be made soon in the trial of Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin, which could potentially lead to civil unrest in the coming days. It is our sincere hope that circumstances surrounding these issues will not lead to unrest, which could put our residents and businesses in harm’s way. However, if the need arises, we are developing detailed plans to keep the Village of South Holland safe. These are just precautionary measures, but we are committed to proactively communicating with you regarding our plans.

If there is unrest in the region, we will close or limit access to various roadways, if necessary, just as we did in the summer of 2020. Many surrounding communities are planning to do the same. Recognizing that this can be an inconvenience, please be assured that your safety is our number one concern.

If roads leading into South Holland will be closed, we plan to have a checkpoint for residents to re-enter the village on 170th Street at Paxton Ave, heading westbound from Torrence Avenue. There is also a high likelihood that the Illinois State Police will close the 159th Street interchanges on I-80/94 and the Halsted interchanges on I-294, so please plan accordingly.

Consider running your errands, doing your grocery shopping, and filling up your vehicles’ fuel tank sooner than later. If you’re able, you may want to consider staying close to home in the coming days.

If unrest were to occur, we may need to adjust our response plans as things develop. Our primary means of communicating will be via email and text. Click on the links below to sign up for our email and text notifications:


Thank you for your patience and cooperation in these matters.


Wondering why you should buy a ticket to the Heritage Community Party of South Holland’s (HCP) Virtual Pasta Dinner on March 30th? Well, here are the 3 GREAT REASONS why you should participate:

1. The PEOPLE: Hear from Mayor Don De Graff, Clerk Sallie Penman, and Trustees Larry De Young, Andrew Johnson, and Vickie Perkins who are seeking YOUR VOTE on April 6, 2021.

2. The PLATFORM: Learn about the HCP’s NEW and IMPROVED platform which details how your elected officials will serve you and seek to better the Village of South Holland.

3. The PASTA: Enjoy a delicious dinner of pasta, meatballs, salad and more without having to prepare it yourself.

Get all of the details and your tickets by clicking this link, calling 708-824-8455, or by contacting your friendly HCP Committee Member! (Don't know a HCP Committee Member? That is another reason to participate. 😉)

Village of South Holland

Village of South Holland

This year we are hosting a virtual Artists' Gallery! All South Holland artists (ages 16 and older) are eligible to participate. Email [email protected] to sign up!

Village of South Holland

Village of South Holland

Have you seen our newest statue? Stop by the South Holland Police Department at 16330 South Park Ave to check it out!

South Holland Public Library

South Holland Public Library

The South Holland Public Library has created a special book display to honor Ruth Bader Ginsberg (1933-2020). Books for both adults and youth are included. Stop in and check out one of the items to learn more about this very special person.

Village of South Holland

Village of South Holland

Choosing where to live is the most meaningful choice you can make. Let’s make it easy.

Village of South Holland
Village of South Holland

Village of South Holland

UPDATE - 8:30pm - The east and west entrances to 159th Street (from I80/94 and I294) have now been opened by IDOT. Further closures are a possibility. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.


UPDATE: The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has decided to close the east and west entrances to 159th St (from I-80/94 and I-294) for this evening as a safety precaution. IDOT has jurisdictional authority over State expressways, and they have implemented these closures.


A message from our Chief of Police:

In light of the unrest and looting that took place in Chicago last night, the Village of South Holland is prepared to protect access to our town, should the need arise.

As of right now, all exits and entrances remain open; however, we have the necessary equipment in place to close them quickly if needed. Should we close access, we will notify residents via email,* as well as on our website and social media channels.

Thank you,

Shawn Staples
South Holland Police Chief

*Sign up for our email list here:

Village of South Holland

Village of South Holland

The electronic recycle event scheduled for this Saturday, July 25, was cancelled by the company that was to collect, due to restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thank you for your cooperation. We will post here if the event will be rescheduled.

Village of South Holland

Village of South Holland

Here are some photos from Friday's Unity Walk, which was a peaceful walk from First Reformed Church to Calvary Community Church and back, followed by a time of reflection and lament.

The purpose of the walk was to highlight the principles of Micah 6:8 as it relates to the nation’s current civil unrest: Act justly... Love mercy... Walk humbly.

Village of South Holland

Village of South Holland

This Friday at 6pm, the Village of South Holland is partnering with the South Holland Ministerial Association and South Holland residents to hold a peaceful walk and time of reflection.

This event, intended to highlight the principles of Micah 6:8 as it relates to the nation’s current civil unrest, will feature prayers and insights from South Holland pastors and leaders.

This is a peaceful, family-friendly event that will follow social distance guidelines. Face masks are strongly encouraged.

The walk begins and ends at First Reformed Church of South Holland. See more details, including parking info, here:

Village of South Holland

Village of South Holland


Dear Residents and Friends,

It is important for me to address an occurrence that took place yesterday. There is a widely-circulated video showing a racially charged incident that unfortunately took place between two South Holland residents. It saddens and pains me, and should pain all of us, that such an incident took place.

I’m sure you are aware that the Village Board and Administration denounce all racist comments and behavior. I have heard from so many of you that you are thankful and proud that we are recognized as a community with a long history of modeling diversity, inclusion, freedom, equality and justice.

With that in mind, let’s continue to join together as a community of Faith, Family and Future to shine our light brightly for all to emulate.

Don A. De Graff

Village of South Holland

Village of South Holland

Although this Memorial Day looks different from years past due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we still honor all military personnel who have given their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces. In this video, we brought together our first responders, musicians, and Mayor Don De Graff to honor 16 new names being added to our war monument in Veterans Memorial Park.

Remember to take the 2020 Census seriously! Funding for the next 10 years makes it critical to be sure everyone is inclu...

Remember to take the 2020 Census seriously! Funding for the next 10 years makes it critical to be sure everyone is included! Thank you💗

Have any questions on the 2020 census? Text 987-987 and get them answered!


Today's message in part from Mayor Don DeGraff:


• I’m delighted to share with you that a new COVID-19 drive-up testing facility was opened yesterday in nearby Markham. It is located at the Vehicle Emissions Testing Station, at 3824 W 159th Place. In addition to first responders and health care workers, seniors over the age of 65 and adults with serious underlying medical conditions are eligible to be tested. The site is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. They can perform up to 800 tests per day.

• As of the time of this writing, the total number of confirmed cases in South Holland is 130, according to the Cook County Department of Public Health. While we are not privy to the details regarding each case, no doubt our significant number of nursing homes, group homes, and our overall high percentage of senior citizen population, contributes to our case count. As the situation continues to improve nationally, let’s all continue to practice social distancing as much as possible.

Village of South Holland

Village of South Holland

We know there is a lot of uncertainty right now regarding jobs and the economy. The Village of South Holland has seasonal jobs available in our Public Works and Code Enforcement departments!

If you or someone you know is looking for employment, visit our job page:

NOTE: Through the COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Order, job applications are available at our Customer Service Center, 16220 Wausau Avenue. The building is closed to the public but you can knock on the door or call 708.210.2900 upon arrival and a staff member will bring you an application. Completed applications must be deposited in the mail slot on the door of the Village Hall administration building (Building B), or in the water bill payment dropbox located in the circle drive in front of Village Hall.

Village of South Holland

Village of South Holland

As an added measure to keep yourself and others safe, Governor JB Pritzker urges all Illinois residents to wear face masks while out in public. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) provides these practical, helpful tips on where and how to wear masks effectively.

Thank you for taking these precautions and helping slow the spread!

Share your story! #InThisTogether

Share your story! #InThisTogether

In the next issue of South Holland Living, we want to tell the stories of the GOOD that is coming from this crisis… neighbors helping neighbors, people donating supplies to medical staff, words of encouragement on sidewalks and in windows. Send your "good news" stories—and photos!— by direct messaging us or emailing [email protected]. #inthistogether #southhollandstrong

Village of South Holland

Village of South Holland

It's Census Day! Have you filled out the 2020 Census yet? While you're cooped up at home with some extra time on your hands, visit to complete the survey. It's quick, easy, and confidential. Let's ensure South Holland counts!

Village of South Holland

Village of South Holland


Dear South Holland Residents and Friends,

As you all know, we are living in a time of unprecedented upheaval. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed our lives in a very short period of time. This past week, we have seen announcement after announcement about closings, cancellations, precautions, and social distancing measures. The news is coming at us every which way, and after a while it can get discouraging. To that end, I say…

Have faith, my friends. We will endure.

I am confident that the South Holland community will come out of this trial stronger than ever. We must work together, however. If you are healthy, support our local restaurants by ordering takeout whenever possible. Reach out to your elderly or immunocompromised neighbors to help with groceries. While at home with kids, teach them a new life skill they may not have learned at school. These are all ways we can come together and make the very best of this unparalleled situation.

From a Village standpoint, we are taking every precaution to ensure our residents stay safe and healthy. We have implemented social distancing measures by postponing events, limiting contact at our public spaces, and cleaning our equipment, vehicles and workspaces often. Meanwhile, our Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services departments remain fully operational, 24 hours a day, and are completely prepared to handle any and all emergency matters that may arise (though we pray that will not be necessary).

To stay updated on Village announcements regarding COVID-19, text SOUTHHOLLAND to 22828 to receive email updates. We will also post all news at

Have hope, and pray for God’s intervention. We are South Holland strong, and we are in this together.

God’s blessings to each and every one of you,

Don A. De Graff

COVID-19 Information – Village Of South Holland
COVID-19 Information – Village Of South Holland

COVID-19 Information – Village Of South Holland

The Village of South Holland is closely monitoring the ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Because of newly released government mandates and additional cases being reported in Cook County, the Village has implemented the following preventative and social distancing measures:

Village of South Holland

Village of South Holland

Visit each of our new bronze statues around town and earn a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card!

Here’s how to enter:

1. Take a selfie with each set of statues (5 locations total).
2. Post the photos on Facebook and/or Instagram. Increase your chances of winning by posting on both!
3. Tag Village of South Holland (FB) or @_southholland_ (IG)
4. Use hashtag #SouthHollandStatues

The contest ends Tuesday, October 22 at 11:59pm. We have a beautiful weekend ahead of us so get out there and have fun!

Beautiful new Cultural Art Statues placed around town.  They are amazing and thought provoking as we celebrate our commu...

Beautiful new Cultural Art Statues placed around town. They are amazing and thought provoking as we celebrate our community diversity!

The Village is proud to present our new public art project with these lifelike statues placed around town! We worked with the company Randolph Rose Collection to select statues that reflect our unique community and our values of Faith, Family and Future. What do you think of them? Which one is your favorite?

We will be announcing some fun ways to get out and see the statues (with prizes!), so stay tuned!

South Holland Cruise Night - Should be a great evening - followed by a Movie In the Park - Incredibles 2!
Village of South Holland to host Town Center Social and Cruise Night - The Lansing Journal

South Holland Cruise Night - Should be a great evening - followed by a Movie In the Park - Incredibles 2!

Saturday, July 27, 4:00–8:00pm information provided by the Village of South Holland SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (July 24, 2019) – The Village of South Holland is hosting its Town Center Social and Cruise Night on Saturday, July 27, 2019. The event will feature live music, food vendors, kids activities, ...

South Holland Fire Department

South Holland Fire Department

Village of South Holland

Village of South Holland

Have you seen the newest issue of South Holland Living?

This month you'll find a few updates and recaps on what is happening in the village, helpful information on upcoming events this summer, and a few great stories on some wonderful people in South Holland.

Check it out online here:

Thank you for your support & continued confidence in our leadership.

Thank you for your support & continued confidence in our leadership.

Though in this election cycle we were unopposed, our candidates never take governance for granted. Thanks to all of you who voted! Remember, great communities don’t happen by accident.


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