January 2020
The 2020 Census Is Coming
The 2020 Census is just around the corner and the City wants all residents to be prepared to participate in the count. Starting on March 12, the U.S. Census Bureau will be sending out postcards that will have a special code that you must enter while filling out the Census. For the first time, everyone will be able to fill out the survey online, by phone, or by paper. These expanded options will make it so individuals can pick the easiest reporting method for themselves.

Please fill out the Census as soon as you can due to the extreme importance of your response. The number of residents living within the City determines State and Federal funding as well as how many representatives the State of Illinois maintains in the House of Representatives.

For every person not counted in the 2020 Census, the City may lose up to $1,535 in Federal funding. This means a loss of $15,350 per person over 10 years. Federal funding helps to fund things like infrastructure (roads), healthcare, and education.

In addition to Federal funding, the State of Illinois' representation in the House of Representatives may change based on the number of citizens in the State. Illinois is already on track to lose one seat in the House of Representatives. This is an important issue that will have an impact on how our state is represented in the Federal government.

In order to ensure an accurate count of the City, a Complete Count Committee (CCC) has been formed. This Committee's goal is to promote the outreach and education of the 2020 Census. This committee is comprised of many different organizations from all sub-sects of the community.

If you or someone you know would like to make an impact on the outreach for the 2020 Census, you can contact Jason Blumenthal at Jason.Blumenthal@cityofdekalb.com.
In This Issue
The 2020 Census is Coming

IGA Paves the Way for New Development

Dressing for Cold Weather

Employment Opportunities

Things to Know - Cannabis in Illinois

Christmas Tree Disposal

Detective Mark Nachman Benefit

Adopting A Fire Hydrant Program
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IGA Paves the Way for New Development
City officials hope to usher in the new year with an announcement that new development has been secured in the Chicago West Business Center. In December, area taxing districts all signed off on an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) which paves the way for the development of a large parcel of land south of I-88. The IGA offers partial property tax abatement once the site is fully developed. The owner of the development site, Krusinski Construction, and the City of DeKalb have been in talks with an international food manufacturer eyeing the site for a large distribution and manufacturing facility. Although site preparation has already begun, no formal commitment has been secured. Should this project be secured, it would represent a major step forward for DeKalb's economic development, bringing nearly 1,000 new jobs to the community.
Chicago West
Dressing For Cold Weather
This winter may have given us a break from the cold early on, but freezing temperatures are right around the corner. Cold weather can be life-threatening. When you are outside this winter season, remember to follow these 3 simple steps:

  1. Dress in layers
  2. Cover exposed skin
  3. Limit time outside

Bundling up in layers and staying dry is one of the best things you can do to stay safe. Another good safety practice is to always let someone know where you are going. Protect yourself from the cold this winter. If you are in need of shelter, there are several warming centers available in the community. Click here for a full list of warming centers.
Visit the City's Employment Page to view and apply for open positions. For more info, contact Human Resources at 815-748-2300. 
Employment Opportunities for the New Year
If you or someone you know is interested in working in public service, the City of DeKalb might have a job for you. Currently, we are looking to fill open positions in our Police Department as well as our Public Works Department.

The Police Department is accepting application from individuals who would like to become a Police Officer or certified Police Officers looking to laterally transfer to DeKalb. Application deadline for both of these positions is January 10.

The Public Works Department has two openings available. First is a position in Public Works Maintenance that focuses on maintenance of City facilities, while also responding to emergency situations such as storm sewer backups or assisting with snow removal. This position will be open until January 5. The second position is Street Superintendent. This position will oversee the maintenance and repair of the City's infrastructure systems while supervising the Street Division staff.

For more information on any of these positions please visit our employment page.
Things to Know - Cannabis in Illinois
Cannabis leaf
In 2019, the Illinois General Assembly passed the Cannabis Regulations and Tax Act which opened the door to legalized recreational cannabis. Beginning January 1, possession and consumption of recreational cannabis is allowed in Illinois; however, there are some misconceptions about the new law. We have compiled a non-exhaustive list of regulations that are now in effect to help clarify the what is allowed and what is not allowed.

  1. No person under the age of 21 may use or possess any substance containing cannabis.
  2. No person who is 21 or older may posses (a) more than 30 grams of cannabis flower, (b) 5 grams of cannabis concentrate, (c) cannabis-infused product(s) containing a total of more than 500 milligrams of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
  3. No person shall possess any amount of cannabis in any form (a) in a school bus, (b) on the grounds of any preschool or primary or secondary school, (c) in a vehicle not open to the public unless the cannabis is in a reasonably secured, sealed container and reasonably inaccessible while the vehicle is moving, or (d) in a private residence that is used at any time to provide licensed child care or other similar social service care on the premises.
  4. No person shall use cannabis (a) in a school bus, (b) on the grounds of any preschool or primary or secondary school, (c) in any motor vehicle, (d) in a private residence that is used at any time to provide licensed child care or other similar social service care on the premises, (e) in any public place where a person could reasonably be expected to be observed by others, (f) knowingly in close physical proximity to anyone under 21 years of age who is not a registered medical cannabis patient, or (g) while operating a motor vehicle, aircraft, or motorboat.
  5. No cannabis smoking in any public place, including tobacco smoke shops.
  6. Cannabis may not be grown in homes or elsewhere for recreational purposes.
  7. All cannabis must be purchased from a licensed dispensary. The purchase of cannabis from any unlicensed source is illegal.

The points above are what will be enforced within the City of DeKalb. Again, these quick points are not exhaustive and each municipality will vary throughout the state. If you have any questions about the enforcement of this new law please contact the City of DeKalb Police Department at 815-748-8400.
Quick Links
Christmas Tree Disposal
The City offers a special collection of live Christmas trees for the first two weeks in January through regular curbside refuse collection. Trees should be left at the curb on your regular collection day.

All trees should be free of tinsel, lights, wire, shiners, flocking, glitter, and other decorations. Trees placed inside plastic bags will not be included in this special collection.

Questions regarding holiday refuse or recycling may be directed to LRS at (815) 770-7550, or visit the LRS DeKalb website.
Event to Benefit Detective Mark Nachman
On Saturday, February 29, there will be a benefit to support Detective Mark Nachman. Mark was born and raised in DeKalb. He served six years in the Army National Guard and has spent most of his 24 years on the DeKalb Police Department as a Detective, specializing in cases involving crimes against children. Mark is also a dedicated husband, father, and friend.

In January 2019, Mark was diagnosed with a large brain tumor. While doctors were able to successfully remove the tumor, the road to recovery has been a long one. The effects have forced him to hang up his badge much too soon.

Please consider helping support Mark and his family by attending this event, which will be held at Faranda's from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Ticket prices are $30 and there will be a cash bar, food, dancing, and raffles.

Tickets may be purchased at Family Services Agency, by emailing CaryLekkas@yahoo.com, or calling Mike at 815-901-3315. If you can't make the event, donations can be made at any Resource Bank location.
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Adopt a Fire Hydrant
This winter, we ask all residents to adopt a fire hydrant in order to make them accessible for fire equipment in these snowy winter months. Please make sure that there is a 3 foot radius around the entire hydrant that is free and clear of snow. This way, we can effectively and rapidly attach our hoses to it for fire suppression. Also, if you see any ice build up on it, take a shovel or another hand tool and "bang" off the ice so that all valves can still be operational. Any issues with hydrants can cause detrimental delays in fighting fires. Here are some statistics that illustrate the importance of making sure hydrants are in the ready at all times during the winter.

  • 890 people die in winter home fires each year.
  • $2 billion in property loss occurs each year from winter home fires.
  • Winter home fires account for only 8 percent of the total number of fires in the U.S., but result in 30 percent of all fire deaths.
  • Cooking is the leading cause of all winter home fires.
  • A heat source too close to combustibles is the leading factor contributing to the start of a winter home fire (15 percent).
  • 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. is the most common time for winter home fires.
Upcoming City Hall Closures
City offices will be closed on the following dates in January:

  • January 1 - New Years Day
  • January 20 - Martin Luther King Jr. 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
Citizens' Environment Commission
January 2, 4 p.m. at City Hall

Economic Development Commission
January 3, 8:30 a.m. at City Hall

Committee of the Whole Meeting
January 6, 5 p.m. at Council Chambers

City Council Meeting
January 6, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

DeKalb Public Library Board
January 8, 7 p.m. at DeKalb Public Library

Human Relations Committee
January 7, 6:30 p.m. at City Hall

Firefighters Pension Board
January 10,  1 p.m. at City Hall
Police Pension Board
January 17, 10 a.m. at DeKalb Police Department

Citizens' Community Enhancement Commission
January 20, 4 p.m. at City Hall

Planning and Zoning Commission
January 22, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Committee of the Whole Meeting
January 27, 5 p.m. at Council Chambers

City Council Meeting
January 27, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Airport Advisory Board
January 28, 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
Egyptian Theatre Events
135 North Second Street, DeKalb, IL

Reserve your tickets today for the many great events the Egyptian Theatre are bringing to you in January. The events include Jazz at the Egyptian, a Classic Film Series showing of Casablanca, and the performance of comedian Brian Regan. For more information and tickets, please visit the  Egyptian Theatre website.

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.

2020 Northern Illinois Bridal Expo
Duke Ellington Ballroom at the NIU Student Center, January 26, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The Northern Illinois Bridal Expo will be held on January 26, at the Duke Ellington Ballroom from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meet numerous wedding vendors and get the best deals on your wedding necessities. There will be DJs, floral designs, makeup artists, dresses, and more.

Ribbon Cutting for DeKalb County Convention & Visitors Bureau
2500 N. Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb County Outreach Building, Suite F., January 9th, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

On Thursday, January 9, from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. there will be a ribbon cutting for the DeKalb County Convention & Visitors Bureau. This event will be open to all community members, with light refreshments served. This event will be located at 2500 N. Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb County Outreach Building, Suite F. The ribbon will be cut at 5 p.m.

If you have any questions you can call (815) 756-1336, or email office@dekalbcountycvb.com
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. 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.

Stage Coach Players
Stage Coach Players, 126 S Fifth St, DeKalb, IL
January 31 and February 1, at 7:30 p.m. and February 1, at 2 p.m.

The next play that will be performed by the Stage Coach Players is Visiting Mr. Green. This play is about Mr. Green, an elderly, retired dry cleaner who wanders into New York traffic and is almost hit by a car driven by Ross Gardiner, a young executive. Gardiner is given community service as a result and must visit the recent widower once a week for six months. This comedy about two men who do not want to be in the same room together becomes a gripping and moving drama as they get to know each other, come to care about each other, and open old wounds they've been hiding and nursing for years. For more information please check out their website   here.

Harlem Globetrotters Basketball Game
NIU Convocation Center, January 30, 7 p.m.

The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to the NIU Convocation Center on January 30, starting at 7 p.m. They will be pushing the limits of basketball and having even more fun. There will be new high-flying dunks, hilarious stunts, a new-record-breaking attempt and unforgettable family moments. You can purchase your tickets at the Harlem Globetrotters website.
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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