December 2019
Christmas in Downtown DeKalb
It is starting to look a lot like Christmas and Santa is wondering whether you have been naughty or nice. On Saturday, December 7, 14, and 21, Santa will be coming to downtown DeKalb. Bring your family to Frank Van Buer Plaza with everyone's wish-list in hand and visit with Santa from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Once you have finished visiting with Santa, stick around for an old fashioned carriage ride around downtown DeKalb.

Check out the Community Events section below for other great holiday happenings around town.
In This Issue
Christmas in Downtown DeKalb

Heroes and Helpers

New 4th Ward Alderman Named

Seasonal Parking Restrictions

Warming Center Information

Library Workshop for Businesses

Snow Removal on Sidewalks

Christmas Tree Safety
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Heroes and Helpers
The DeKalb Police Department’s Benevolent & Protective Association and Target will host this year’s Heroes and Helpers event on December 8 at the DeKalb Target Store.
The Police Department and Target understand that some local families are facing extraordinarily difficult circumstances this holiday season. To alleviate some of their concerns, they are offering children in special situations a way to have a wonderful Christmas. These children will have the opportunity for a one-on-one experience with a police officer to choose Christmas presents for themselves and members of their family. They will also get to have their photo taken with Santa. Children participating in this event are chosen with the assistance of the DeKalb School District.

This program is primarily funded through private donations. The need is great and this program relies on community support to succeed. If you would like to learn more about the program or would like to make a donation to help us bring more children to this year’s event, please contact Sergeant Chad McNett at 815-748-8439. Any amount is appreciated and no donation is too small.

Checks can be made out to DeKalb PB&PA and can be dropped off or mailed to the DeKalb Police Department at 700 W. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb. We thank you in advance for supporting this program for kids. 
Mayor Appoints New Fourth Ward Alderman
At the November 11 City Council meeting, Mayor Jerry Smith appointed Greg Perkins to the serve as the new Alderman for the Fourth Ward. Alderman Perkins will serve the remainder of former Alderman Pat Fagan's term which ends in the Spring of 2021.

There will be an opportunity for the community to meet Alderman Perkins on Wednesday, December 4, when he will co-host a ward meeting with Alderman Bill Finucane to discuss concerns or issues within the Second and Fourth Wards. 
The meeting will be held at The Salvation Army, located at 830 Grove Street, DeKalb, Illinois, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Alderman Finucane and Alderman Perkins will provide opening remarks and time will be allotted for citizen comment.  

Contact Alderman Finucane at or Alderman Perkins at with questions or comments prior to the meeting. 
The following evening, December 5, Alderman Tony Faivre will host a ward meeting at the DeKalb Police Department in the second floor Community Room, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., to discuss concerns or issues within the Seventh Ward or in DeKalb in general.

Alderman Faivre will provide opening remarks and the remainder of the time will be allotted for citizen comment.  

If you have any questions please contact Alderman Faivre at prior to the meeting.
Visit the City's Employment Page to view and apply for open positions. For more info, contact Human Resources at 815-748-2300. 
Seasonal Parking Restrictions
The City reminds residents that seasonal parking restrictions begin Sunday, December 1, and are in effect through March 31, regardless of weather conditions. Check posted signs for parking restrictions before you park. 
Also, designated snow routes prohibit parking after a 2” snowfall until snowplows have completely cleared the street. Residents are encouraged to sign up to receive alerts through the Alert DeKalb system and follow the City's social media accounts for winter weather announcements.
Warming Center Information
The City of DeKalb has many services available to help residents weather the winter months. The below facilities are available as warming centers during their normal operating hours.

  • DeKalb Senior Center - 330 Grove Street
  • DeKalb Park District - 303 S. Ninth Street (Haish Gymnasium)
  • DeKalb Public Library - 309 Oak Street

In the event one of the above locations is closed, Hope Haven is a 24-hour no turn away shelter. Hope Haven is located at 1145 Rushmore Drive in DeKalb.

Below are some additional services the City provides:

  • Request a well-being check for someone who may be suffering from extreme weather by calling 815-748-8400.
  • Report inadequate heat in a residential building by calling 815-748-2070 during regular business hours or 815-739-0745 after hours.
  • Resolve a heating problem with your landlord by calling 815-748-2070 during regular business hours or calling 815-739-0745 after hours.
  • Locate a Warming Center by calling 815-748-8460.
  • Find social services and other resources by calling 2-1-1.

In the event of a weather related emergency, always dial 9-1-1.
Quick Links
Library to Host Workshop For DeKalb Area Businesses
Do you own a business in the DeKalb area? Are you always looking for ready employees near you? Do you find hiring expensive or time consuming? Come to the DeKalb Public Library on Monday, December 2, at 6:30 p.m., to learn about a new local resource that easily connects job seekers with employers in the DeKalb area. Participants will learn about new ways to find ready and qualified candidates for entry level and part time positions in their business. Participants will also get a chance to compare the cost of hiring and learn of a new way to hire locally at little to no cost.

This workshop is free and intended for adults. No registration is required. It will be held in the lower level Zimmerman Meeting Room. For additional information, please contact Samantha at  or at (815) 756-9568 ext. 1701.

The DeKalb Public Library is open seven days a week. Visit , like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter for other library news and events.  
Snow Removal on Sidewalks
The DeKalb Municipal Code states that property owners are responsible for snow and ice removal from public sidewalks. Upon two inches of snowfall, property owners should remove all snow and ice within 48 hours. By clearing walkways, pedestrians, including children walking to school, have a safer path to travel. The City encourages residents to be a good neighbor by helping those who may not be capable of shoveling on their own.
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.
Christmas Tree Safety
The Fire Department would like to provide you with some Christmas tree safety tips for this holiday season.

When picking the tree:
  • Pick a tree with fresh needles.

When placing the tree:
  • Make sure the tree is three feet away from any heat source.
  • Do not block an exit.

When lighting the tree:
  • Use lights that are labeled for indoor use.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn Christmas tree lights off before going to bed.

After Christmas:
  • Get rid of the tree right after the holiday, or wait until it is dry.
  • Check with your local community for a tree recycling program.
  • Bring outdoor lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards.
Upcoming City Hall Closures
City offices will be closed on the following dates in November:

  • December 24 - Christmas Eve Day
  • December 25 - Christmas Day

Normal office hours will resume on the following business day. If you need more immediate assistance, please call the Police Department's non-emergency number at 815-748-8400.
Upcoming Meetings
Planning & Zoning Commission
December 4, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Citizens' Environment Commission
December 5, 4 p.m. at City Hall

Economic Development Commission
December 6, 8:30 a.m. at City Hall

Committee of the Whole Meeting
December 9, 5 p.m. at Council Chambers

City Council Meeting
December 9, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

DeKalb Public Library Board
December 11, 7 p.m. at DeKalb Public Library
Citizens' Community Enhancement Commission
December 16, 4 p.m. at City Hall

Airport Advisory Board
December 17, 7 p.m. at DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport

Planning and Zoning Commission
December 18, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Committee of the Whole Meeting
December 23, 5 p.m. at Council Chambers

City Council Meeting
December 23, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

*The December 23 Council Meetings are subject to cancellation if no business is to be conducted.
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
Egyptian Theatre Events
135 North Second Street, DeKalb, IL

The Egyptian Theatre invites you to come join them for the Holiday Season to all of their amazing events they will be putting on. They will be showing It's A Wonderful Life for their classic film series on December 1. In addition to that they will have many live performances such as The Nutcracker by Beth Fowler Dance Company, A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage, and the Sycamore and Rochelle Performing Arts Academy. Lastly, Santa comes to the Egyptian on December 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information and tickets, please visit the  Egyptian Theatre website.

Winter Bash
Northern Illinois University, 300 Altgeld Hall
Wednesday, December 4, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Join the Chamber of Commerce for their "Night at the Castle" Winter Bash at NIU's Altgeld Hall in partner with NIU Dining Services and Conference and Event Services. There will be complimentary parking services, appetizers, desserts, and more. Mingle with business members of the community and NIU in the Altgeld Hall ballroom. For more information on this event check out their webpage.

Kishwaukee Concert Holiday Concert
Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, NIU Campus, Saturday, December 14, 3 p.m.

The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Campus Strings will perform a free family Holiday Concert on December 14 at 3 p.m. For more information you can check out the webpage.
DeKalb Public Library Events
309 Oak Street, DeKalb, IL

The DeKalb Public Library offers an assortment of programs and events for children and adults of all ages. Some of the events that you will find in the month of December are an ugly holiday sweater murder mystery event, a showing of The Lion King , and a visit from Santa. Check out their website for details.

Glidden Homesteads Tours on Tuesdays
Joseph F. Glidden Homestead and Historical Center, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The Joseph F. Glidden Homestead and Historical Center is open for tours on Tuesdays from 10 am. to 2 p.m., and by special arrangement. Admission is $4 per adults, and free for children younger than 14. For more information check out their website.

Stage Coach Players
Stage Coach Players, 126 S Fifth St, DeKalb, IL
December 5, 6, 7, 13, and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and December 8 and 15 at 2 p.m.

This Holiday Season, the Stage Coach Players present to you It's A Wonderful Life. This faithful, fast-moving stage adaption of the classic film features fluid scene changes, reasonable set requirements, and scores of beefy roles, particularly for women. It's not only a joyful Christmas tale, it's the gorgeous love story of George and Mary Bailey, a vivid portrait of the Greatest Generation, a descent into the darkest hour of a man trapped by circumstance, and a powerful meditation on what makes a meaningful life. For more information please check out their website   here.
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

Greg Perkins, 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
Hours of Operation
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
7 a.m. - 4 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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