April 2019
2019 Consolidated Election
The 2019 Consolidated Election will be held on April 2. City Council seats for Wards 1, 3, 5 and 7 are up for election this year. Voting will be open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. Please visit the County Clerk's website for information on your assigned polling place. In addition to the City's municipal election, the following elections will be on the ballot: DeKalb Park District, DeKalb Community Unit School District 428, Kishwaukee Community College District 523, and the Regional Board of School Trustees DeKalb County. This list may not be all inclusive depending on your place of residency. The County Clerk's Office runs and maintains voting and if any issues arise contact their office at 815-895-7147. Questions regarding the City's municipal election may be directed to the City Clerk by calling 815-748-2095.
In This Issue
Consolidated Election

Safe Exchange Zone

First Street Bridge Closure

Landscape Waste Collection

Photo Submission

Spring Cleaning Fire Safety Tips

PBPA Annual Pancake Breakfast

McDonald's Update
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Safe Exchange Zone
The DeKalb Police Department is pleased to announce the addition of a Safe Exchange Zone. The Safe Exchange Zone is located in the front parking lot of the DeKalb Police Department located at 700 W. Lincoln Hwy. This zone will provide a safe area for those that buy, sell, or trade items with others. In addition, the Safe Exchange Zone can also provide a safe area for child custody exchanges. The zone is marked by the sign show to the right.

The Safe Exchange Zone is monitored 24 hours a day and is expected to reduce and deter thefts, robberies, fraudulent transaction and domestic violence during child exchanges.

This service is free for all to use and is available on a first come, first served basis. If you have any questions please contact the DeKalb Police Department at 815-748-8400.
First Street Bridge Reconstruction - Road Closure and Detour
Beginning April 1, the First Street Bridge over I-88 will be fully closed for deck and beam replacement. This project is part of the Illinois Tollway's ongoing construction project started last summer.

A detour route has been established and will remain in effect until approximately June 26. This detour will take trucks up Annie Glidden Road to Lincoln Highway to Fourth Street/Route 23 to Harvestore Dr. We ask drivers to follow the signs for the marked detour route.

A picture of the route has been provided on the left to illustrate the detour.
Visit the City's Employment Page to view and apply for open positions. For more info, contact Human Resources at 815-748-2300. 
Landscape Waste Collection Resumes
Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS) will resume landscape waste collection on regularly scheduled pickup days beginning April 1.

Residents are reminded of the following general guidelines:

  • Landscape waste must be placed in approved biodegradable land waste bags or open garbage cans not larger than 32-gallon capacity (no plastic bags or boxes).
  • Brush must be cut to 4-foot lengths and bundled with string or baler's twine, (no wire or plastic rope) not to exceed 50 pounds.

LRS also offers Yard Waste carts for an additional, monthly fee. Please call 815-770-7550 to request a Yard Waste cart.

Questions may be directed to the Public Works Department at 815-748-2040 or information may be found on the City's website here.
Calling All Photographers
As the City works toward a redesign of our website, we have asked the community for input. An idea surfaced to add more high-quality photos throughout the website. With this idea in mind, the City is asking local photographers to help make this concept a reality. We have set up a submission portal for individuals who would like to submit their photos to be used on the website homepage, sub-pages, and other social media platforms.

To submit your photos please click here to be taken to the photo submission page and follow the instructions on how to submit a photo. If you have any questions, please contact Jason Blumenthal at Jason.Blumenthal@cityofdekalb.com or 815-748-2396.
Quick Links
Spring Cleaning Fire Safety Tips
As you begin dusting off your floor mats and start going outside don't forget about some general safety tips to keep your house safe. Below is a general list of items to check or clean this spring.

  • Testing your smoke alarms, and replacing any alarms that are ten years or older.
  • Testing your carbon monoxide alarms, and replacing any alarms that are seven years or older.
  • Checking and cleaning your dryer vents and hosing.
  • Clean clutter inside and outside your house.
  • Looking at appliances cords and cables, see if any are cracked or frayed and have a need to be repaired or replaced.
  • Talk with your family about your home fire escape plan and do a few practice drills.

These are just some general tips for this spring season to make your home that much safer.
Police Benevolent & Protective Association Annual Pancake Breakfast
The DeKalb Police Benevolent and Protective Association is the charitable arm of the DeKalb Police Department. Each year the association hosts a pancake breakfast as one of its primary fundraisers. This fundraiser allows the Association to donate to numerous causes, including local children's sports teams and other charitable causes.

This year's annual Pancake Breakfast will take place on Sunday, April 7, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1336 East Lincoln Highway, from 8 a.m. until noon. Ticket prices are $5 for adults and $2 for children. Children 6 and younger are free. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Police Department or at the door.
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Users can also text ALERTDEKALB to 67283 to report criminal or suspicious activity and quality of life concerns.
McDonald's Submits Plans to Update
West Lincoln Highway Location
The City has received plans and a zoning petition for proposed upgrades to the McDonald's at 805 W. Lincoln Highway. Improvements include updating the facade, signs, repairing/replacing sidewalks, walkways, ramps, parking stalls, and the addition of two drive-thru lanes. A fire hydrant in the middle of the sidewalk along W. Lincoln Highway will also be re-located. The Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on April 3 for consideration of these improvements.
Upcoming Meetings
Ward 4 & 6 Joint Meeting
April 1, 6 p.m. at DeKalb Police Department Community Room

Planning and Zoning Commission
April 3, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Citizens' Environmental Commission
April 4, 4 p.m. at City Hall

Economic Development Commission
April 5, 8:30 a.m. at City Hall

Committee of the Whole
April 8 , 5 p.m. at Council Chambers

City Council
April 8, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

DeKalb Public Library Board
April 10, 7 p.m. at DeKalb Public Library
Fire Pension Board Meeting
April 11, 8 a.m. at City Hall

Citizens' Community Enhancement Commission
April 15, 4 p.m. at City Hall

Planning and Zoning Commission
April 17, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Police Pension Board
April 19, 10 a.m. at DeKalb Police Department

Committee of the Whole
April 22, 5 p.m. at Council Chambers

City Council
April 22, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Airport Advisory Board
April 23, 7 p.m. at DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport Maintenance Facility
To view agendas for City meetings, please go to the City's Agenda Center here .
To check for meeting cancellations and location updates, please check the City Website here .
Community Events
Drop In Tuesdays at Glidden Homestead
Glidden Homestead, Every Tuesday,
10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Drop in and see the National Register of Historic Places site where barbed wire was invented with an in-depth guided tour. For more information go to their website.

NIU Graduate Jazztet
The House Cafe (263 E. Lincoln Highway), April 9,
6:30 p.m.

Come enjoy a night of free jazz music featuring the talented students of Northern Illinois University. Information can be found on NIU's website.

Family Concert with Jim Gill
Haish Gym, April 16, 4 p.m.

Jim strums energetic rhythms on his banjo while everyone claps, sings, dances and even sneezes along to the silly and insipiring musical games that he creates. For more information visit the DeKalb Park Districts website. This concert is free.

Breakfast with the Bunny & Easter Egg Hunt
Hopkins Terrace Room, April 20, 9 a.m.

Bring the kids to Hopkins Park to enjoy a visit with the Easter Bunny from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Then stick around for the annual Easter egg hunt that begins promptly at 10:45 a.m. For more information visit the DeKalb Park Districts website.
Egyptian Theatre Events
135 North Second Street, DeKalb, IL

The Egyptian Theatre has a wide variety of events in April. Events include The Wizard of Oz, the DeKalb School District Art Show, and American Idol Scotty McCreery live in concert . For more information and tickets, please visit the Egyptian Theatre website.

Stage Coach Players
Stage Coach Players, 126 S Fifth St, DeKalb, IL
April 25, 26, 27 at 7:30 p.m. and April 28 at 2 p.m.

The Stage Coach Players proudly present Calendar Girls written by Tim Firth. When a middle aged British Woman loses her husband to leukemia she and her best friend resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. For ticket information please check out their website.

DeKalb Public Library Events
309 Oak Street, DeKalb, IL

The DeKalb Public Library offers a variety of programs and events for children and adults of all ages. Check out their website for details.

Northern Illinois University Events
DeKalb Campus

Northern Illinois University offers a variety of music, arts, and entertainment events that are open to the public. Check out NIU's Events Calendar for a full list of events.
Event dates, times, and locations are subject to change without notice. Please contact the event sponsor for additional details.
City Officials
Jerry Smith , Mayor

David Jacobson , Alderman - 1st Ward

Bill Finucane , Alderman - 2nd Ward

Joyce Stupegia - Alderman 3rd Ward

Patrick Fagan , Alderman - 4th Ward
Kate Noreiko, Alderman - 5th Ward

Mike Verbic , Alderman - 6th Ward

Anthony Faivre , Alderman - 7th Ward

Lynn Fazekas , City Clerk

Bill Nicklas , City Manager
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City Phone Numbers
City Hall           
200 South Fourth Street
Monday - Friday   
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Police Station
700 West Lincoln Highway
Monday - Friday   
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Public Works 
1216 Market Street
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport     
3232 Pleasant Street  
Monday - Friday     
7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
City Clerk 815-748-2095  
City Manager's Office 815-748-2090

Community Development Department 815-748-2060

DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport 815-748-8102

Finance Department 815-748-2000

Fire/Police Emergency 911 

Fire Non-Emergency 815-748-8460

Mayor's Office 815-748-2099

Police Non-Emergency 815-748-8400

Public Works Department 815-748-2040
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