Calling 630-CITY works pretty well. Just need the address (or close by address), a description of the trash pile and/or items, and say that it was ILLEGALLY DUMPED on the city right-of-way aka "easement".
They don't pick up little things, but if it's a small pile (noticable form the road), single large items (sink, desk, lamp, box) or car tires they'll pick them up, usually within a week.
Until either (a) the Springfield Apartments are better managed or (b) the BP gas station takes an interest in improving their corner, they'r will continue to be problems. There are plenty opf vacant houses in the neighborhood, that's not the issue. It's those 2 hubs of negative activity there that fester the atmosphere of permissiveness.
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