August 2019
DeKalb Corn Fest
The City of DeKalb will be celebrating the 42nd annual Corn Fest on August 23, 24, and 25 in downtown DeKalb. Come and join family and friends to participate in all the exciting activities that will be taking place. Kids of all ages will enjoy the many carnival rides, games, and concessions that will be available. And for real kids, Kite Fest and Kid's Fest will offer fun, interactive, and educational activities. Others will enjoy the Craft Fest, the many different vendors, and the Auto Fest. Stop by the beer garden with friends and enjoy an ice cold beer, grab some fresh sweet corn at the Chuck Siebrasse Corn Boil, and then sign up for the bags tournament where you will have a chance for a cash prize for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd, place. Lastly, come to the sound stage where you can enjoy the music played by  7th Heaven, Hi Infidelity, and Slim Jim Phantom from the Stray Cats.

For everyone's safety and enjoyment of the festival, all backpacks, knapsacks, and tote bags will be subject to search upon entering the festival grounds. The following are a few items that are prohibited at Corn Fest: outside alcoholic beverages, coolers, glass bottles, pets, grills, bicycles, skateboards, and firearms. Lincoln Highway will be closed between First Street and Fourth Street, along with Second Street and Third Street between Grove and Oak starting August 22 at 4 p.m. and ending the evening of August 25. For additional information on schedules, parking, and public transportation, please visit the Corn Fest Website or call 815-748-2676.
In This Issue
DeKalb Corn Fest

NIU Move In

National Night Out

Fair Housing in DeKalb

Cooling Centers

Utility Bill Payment Options

Census Jobs

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NIU Move-In Day
Join us in welcoming back new and returning Huskies to the DeKalb community. NIU Move-In Day will take place on August 23 this year. Students will begin moving into the Gilbert, Grant, Neptune, Stevenson, and New Hall residence halls that day between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Please be aware of heavier than normal traffic in the area, particularly on Annie Glidden Road. For more information regarding this event, please visit the NIU Residence hall move-in webpage.
National Night Out
The DeKalb Police Department will once again host National Night Out (NNO). This event is scheduled for Tuesday, August 6 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Walmart parking lot located at 2300 Sycamore Road. NNO is America's night out against crime, a community education event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW). The campaign involves citizens, civic groups, neighborhood groups, local businesses and members of police and fire departments from over 15,000 communities including all 50 U.S states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. The event will consist of local police and firefighters, music, food, games, live safety demonstrations, and interactive kid's demonstrations. This family-friendly event is free to the public.
Visit the City's Employment Page to view and apply for open positions. For more info, contact Human Resources at 815-748-2300. 
Survey on Fair Housing in DeKalb
In partnership with the Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb, the City is inviting residents to complete a survey to share their experiences with fair housing. The results of this survey will help formulate actions to address any issues identified. The survey is available in English and Spanish. Below you will find links to both versions. Your participation is very important.

Cooling Centers
Summer may be coming to a close but there are still hot and humid days ahead. Hot and humid conditions may lead to an increased risk of heat related stress and illness, particularly for the very young, the elderly, and those participating in strenuous outdoor activities. In extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed, and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. Most heat disorders occur because the victim has been overexposed to heat or has over-exercised for his or her age and physical condition. Conditions that can induce heat-related illnesses include stagnant atmospheric conditions and poor air quality.

There are a number of locations around the City where you can beat the heat. For more information on local cooling centers, please click here.
Quick Links
Utility Billing Payment Options
Do you know all your options when it comes to how you can pay your utility bill? The City offers a number of convenient methods for payment beyond the traditional method of mailing a check. Other methods include:

  • Automatic withdrawal from a bank account. Enrollment is easy. Just complete the Enrollment Form. There are no additional fees associated with this program.

  • Pay by phone. Call 855-573-609 to make a payment or account balance inquiry. (fees may apply).

In addition to these convenient methods, you can always drop your payment in the City Hall drop box or pay in person at the Finance Counter. Questions regarding utility billing can be directed to 815-748-2085.
Receive important notifications from the City by signing up for ALERT DeKalb. Text, email, and phone messages are used to alert the public to emergency situations, severe weather, and traffic disruptions.

Users can also text ALERTDEKALB to 67283 to report criminal or suspicious activity and quality of life concerns.
Hiring for 2020 U.S. Census
The United States Census Bureau is currently hiring for a variety of positions for the upcoming 2020 Census. These temporary positions provide great pay, flexible hours, and paid training. Many positions will fill roles right in our own community. Average wages are $18 to $22.50 per hour, depending on the position. The Census Bureau is looking for individuals with varying backgrounds and experience.

To apply please visit For more information about the positions, or help applying, please call 1-855-JOB-2020
Upcoming Meetings
Citizens' Environmental Commission
August 1, 4 p.m. at City Hall

Economic Development Commission
August 2, 8:30 a.m. at City Hall

Board of Fire and Police Commissioners
August 6, 5 p.m. at DeKalb Police Department

Human Relations Commission
August 6, 6:30 p.m. at City Hall

Planning and Zoning Commission
August 7, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Committee of the Whole
August 12, 5 p.m. at Council Chambers

City Council Meeting
August 12, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers
DeKalb Public Library Board
August 14, 7 p.m. at DeKalb Public Library

Foreign Fire Insurance Tax Board Quarterly Meeting
August 19, 8 a.m. at City Hall

Citizen's Community Enhancement Commission
August 19, 4 p.m. at City Hall

Planning and Zoning Commission
August 21, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Committee of the Whole
August 26, 5 p.m. at Council Chambers

City Council Meeting
August 26, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Airport Advisory Board
August 27, 7 p.m. at DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport
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
Corn Fest  
Downtown DeKalb, August 23-25  
The City of DeKalb will celebrate the 42nd annual Corn Fest. Come out with family and friends and enjoy events throughout the weekend. For more information, check out the Corn Fest website.
DeKalb Municipal Band  
Hopkins Park Band Shell, Every Tuesday, 8 p.m.  
Bring your lawn chairs, family, and friends each Tuesday throughout the summer to enjoy the Band. For more information about the band and their concerts, please go to their website.
Music at the Mansion Concert Series  
Ellwood House Museum, Every Wednesday  
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  
Enjoy Wednesday nights on the front lawn of the Ellwood House Museum and listen to free live music. There will be a variety of musical styles for all generations. For more information, visit their website here.
DeKalb Farmers' Market  
Van Buer Plaza, Every Thursday,  
10:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.  
Stroll downtown and try some fresh baked bread, locally grown produce, coffee, flowers, food trucks, and art. You do not want to miss this event with most weeks having music presented by the Egyptian Theatre. More information can be found on the Chamber's   website.
Movie in the Park  
Hopkins Park, August 9, starts at dusk  
Come on out to Hopkins Park for an outdoor showing of  Ferris Bueller’s Day Off . This free movie showing will have pre-movie games and dancing. When nature turns the lights off the movie will begin. 
NIU Move-In Day
NIU Campus, August 23rd 8 a.m.

NIU students will begin their move in day on August 23rd at 8 a.m. For more information regarding this event you can visit the event details.

Stage Coach Players
Stage Coach Players, 126 S Fifth St, DeKalb, IL
August 1, 2, 3, 9, 10 at 7:30 p.m. and August 4 and 11 at 2 p.m.

The Stage Coach Players present Michael Frayn's  Noises Off .   This play has been called “the funniest farce ever written.”   Noises off  presents a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called  Nothing’s On.  Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. For more information please check out their website   here.

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

Carolyn Morris , Alderman - 1st Ward

Bill Finucane , Alderman - 2nd Ward

Tracy Smith, Alderman - 3rd Ward

Patrick Fagan , Alderman - 4th Ward
Scott McAdams, 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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Monday - Friday   
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Police Station
700 West Lincoln Highway
Monday - Friday   
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Public Works 
1216 Market Street
Monday - Friday
7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport     
3232 Pleasant Street  
Monday - Friday     
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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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