July 2018

City Officials


Jerry Smith

City Council

David Jacobson
Ward One

Bill Finucane
Ward Two

Michael Marquardt
Ward Three

Patrick Fagan
Ward Four

Kate Noreiko
Ward Five

Mike Verbic
Ward Six

Anthony Faivre
Ward Seven

City Clerk


Interim City Manager

Molly Talkington
DeKalb Celebrates the Fourth of July
This Fourth of July, come to Hopkins Park for a full day of Independence Day celebration.

Starting at 8 a.m., the DeKalb Park District will host the Independence 5K Run/Walk. Online registration is $25 with onsite registration being $30. Please click here for the registration page and additional information specific to the event.

After the 5K, cool down at Hopkins Park Pool or enjoy the other festivities offered in the park. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, outdoor games, and appetites for an afternoon of fun with family and friends. Local food trucks and vendors will be setting up around 2 p.m. and continuing into the evening.

At dusk, the DeKalb Municipal Band will begin their "Star Spangled Spectacular" with many odes to our great nation including America the Beautiful , The Star Spangled Banner , Stars and Stripes Forever , and many more.

The night will end with a bang as the band plays through the fireworks show. Fireworks are co-sponsored by the DeKalb Park District and City of DeKalb.

Last, we encourage everyone to celebrate responsibly. The Fire Department would like to remind residents that sparklers, snakes and smoke devices are the only fireworks permitted in Illinois, and the Police Department will be on the lookout for impaired motorists and asks everyone to use a designated driver.
In This Issue

Fourth of July

Tollway Construction

Grilling Safety

Safe Streets Initiative

Water Main Replacement

Electronic Waste Recycling Program

Cooling Stations

Business Spotlight: Forge Brewhouse

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Illinois Tollway to Close Peace Road Ramps
As the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) Rehabilitation Project progresses, the City would like to notify residents of significant impacts anticipated in the coming weeks.

As of June 27, the Illinois Tollway completed work and reopened the eastbound and westbound exit ramps from I-88 to Annie Glidden Road. The eastbound entrance ramp remains closed, but is expected to be completed in early July.

The next major phase of this project in the DeKalb area involves ramp and bridge closures at the Peace Road interchange. As soon as July 9, the northbound lane of the Peace Road bridge over I-88 will be closed, along with the westbound entrance ramp to I-88 and westbound exit ramp to Peace Road. Detours will be posted once closures are in place. The Tollway has indicated that closures at the Peace Road interchange will not occur before all ramps at the Annie Glidden Road interchange are reopened.

The City will notify residents through social media, the City's website, and the ALERT DeKalb system as major updates are received from the Tollway. Updates can also be found on the Illinois Tollway's website .
Fire Department Reminds Residents
to Practice Safe Grilling
The time for backyard cookouts and outdoor grilling is in full swing. With that in mind, here are some grilling safety tips from the DeKalb Fire Department.

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grates and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call 911. Do not move the grill.

Visit the City's Employment  page on the website to view and apply for open positions. For more information, contact Human Resources at 815-748-2300. 
Phases Three and Four of the Safe Streets Initiative
Approved by City Council
Phase Three of the Safe Streets Initiative was passed by City Council on May 15. This establishes no parking zones from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. in areas west of Annie Glidden Road. Phase Three will go into effect on June 27, with a grace period in effect through July 11. Full enforcement will begin July 12. 

Phase Four was passed by City Council on June 25. This phase establishes permitted parking zones from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. between Annie Glidden Road and Normal Road, from Greenbrier Road north to Ridge Drive. Additional information related to Phase Four implementation will be released soon. 
Resident parking permits for areas passed as part of Phase One and Phase Two will expire on August 1, 2018. Residents who qualify for renewal will need to submit application permits and a $25 fee at 700 W. Lincoln Highway. Applications can be submitted as early as July 16, 2018. Please note that it may take as much as one business day to process permit applications. 
To stay up to date on the implementation of new parking restrictions and parking permit guidelines, please visit the Safe Streets Initiative page of the City's website. 
Oak Drive Water Main Replacement
Public Works plans to replace 1,100 feet of water main along Oak Drive off Sycamore Avenue. The existing six-inch water main was installed in 1955 and has had numerous breaks in recent years causing water service disruptions to residents within the area. The water main will be replaced with a new eight-inch ductile iron water main to ensure a safe and reliable water supply with adequate fire flow protection. The project is scheduled to begin in early August. Residents can expect parking restrictions and limited driveway access during construction.
Monthly E-waste Recycling Reminder
As a reminder, the DeKalb County Health Department has contracted with DC Trash to recycle electronic waste. Collections occur the first Saturday of every month. The next two collection dates are July 7 and August 4 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the public parking lot located at Grove and S. Fourth Street. Some items that can be recycled include computers, monitors, printers, scanners, and TVs. There is a fee of $10 for computer monitors, $20 for TVs smaller than 18 inches, and $30 for TVs larger than 19 inches. All other items are free.

For more information, please visit the DeKalb County Health Department website or call 815-748-2408.
Cooling Centers
If you are in need of a break from the heat, stop by one of DeKalb's designated cooling centers.

The DeKalb Senior Center and the DeKalb Public Library are both available as cooling centers during their normal operating hours. In the event that either of these locations is closed, Hope Haven is a no-turn-away shelter. Hope Haven is located at 1145 Rushmore Drive in DeKalb.

If you need help locating a cooling center or are in need of a well-being check for someone who may be suffering from the extreme heat, please call 815-748-2070 during the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. If you are calling after these hours, please call 815-748-8460 and press 9. Call 911 in an emergency.

Please remember that if it is too hot for you it is too hot for your pet. Do not leave pets in closed vehicles. Keep yourself and your pets hydrated and cool this summer.

For more information on cooling centers and summer heat, please click here .
Business Spotlight: The Forge Brewhouse
The Forge Brewhouse moved their brewing operations to DeKalb earlier this year. Using funds available through the City's Architectural Improvement Program, the owners were able to make significant improvements to the building located at 216 N. Sixth Street. Economic Development Planner Jason Michnick and Mayor Jerry Smith met up with JD Heinrich, owner of The Forge Brewhouse, to talk about the new location and the early success of the new taproom.

Please tell us about the improvements you made at your new location.

There was nothing here prior to our arrival. This space was used for storage and we were excited to bring a business to this area. We were able to install a new front facade, improve the delivery area in the back, install bathrooms, a bar, and all of the brewing equipment.

What is your favorite part of the new building?

The best part of the building is the new location. We have been attracting new patrons. It is a whole new atmosphere from our old location. Our crowd has also been of all ages, and we are excited to be a part of the community.

How has business been since the move?

It has been every bit what was expected and then some. We had a very busy grand opening and we are excited about the new location.

What is your favorite restorative beverage that you brew here?

I don't have a favorite. I go through phases with what I like. I try to change up what I am drinking. One of the Belgium dubbels on the menu, called "Wait for it," is really good. The best part is we are in the process of coming up with a few new brews.

The Forge Brewhouse is open Thursday and Friday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit their  website  for more information.
Sign up for ALERT DeKalb
Your safety is our mission and that is why the City encourages residents to sign up for ALERT DeKalb. This free service is used to notify citizens about severe weather, public safety information, and traffic disruptions. Messages can be sent through multiple channels, such as e-mail, phone calls, and text messages, as determined by your preferences. ALERT DeKalb is a two-way communication tool that can also be used to send information directly to the Police Department.

For more information about ALERT DeKalb or to sign up for notifications, please click here .
Upcoming City Hall Closures

City offices will be closed on the following dates in July and August:

  • July 4 - Independence 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
Human Relations Commission
July 3, 6:30 p.m. at City Hall

Planning and Zoning Commission
July 5, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

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

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

City Council
July 9, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Special Committee of the Whole Meeting
July 10, 5 p.m. at Council Chambers

DeKalb Public Library Board
July 11, 7 p.m. at DeKalb Public Library
Fire Pension Board
July 12, 8 a.m. at City Hall

Citizens' Community Enhancement Commission
July 16, 4 p.m. at Haish Conference Room

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

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

City Council
July 23, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Airport Advisory Board
July 24, 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
Fourth of July Celebration
July 4 at Hopkins Park

Bring chairs, blankets, games, and appetites for an afternoon and evening with family and friends. Food booths from many favorite local caterers, grills, and vendors will be on site in the early afternoon hours. The DeKalb Municipal Band will perform in the band-shell before and during the fireworks. Fireworks at dusk are co-sponsored by the City and the DeKalb Park District. Activities begin at 5 p.m.

Music at the Mansion Concert Series
July 11 and July 25 at Ellwood Mansion

The Ellwood House Museum, DeKalb Park District, and DeKalb Special Events are excited to be hosting this year's Music at the Mansion Artist Series. Every other Wednesday come on down to the Ellwood House and rock out to some free music. Beer, wine, soda, and water are available for purchase with catering being provided by Fatty's. July 11 will feature Johnny and the Boomers followed by the Chicago Rat-Pack Band preforming on July 25th. Both events start at 6:30 PM. For more information please visit the Ellwood House website.

DeKalb Farmers' Market
Every Thursday, June through September, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The DeKalb Farmers' Market will be held in Van Buer Plaza, at North Second and Locust Street, and will be open every Thursday, June through September. The DeKalb Farmers' Market provides the community with fresh locally grown produce, baked goods, coffee, flowers, food trucks and more.

DeKalb Municipal Band
Every Tuesday at Hopkins Park Band Shell

This year marks the 164th continuous year the DeKalb Municipal Band will be preforming. Bring your friends and family every Tuesday night to enjoy some music! For more information please go to their website.

Movie in the Park
July 13 at Hopkins Park

The DeKalb Park District will be showing Early Man on their inflatable big screen. This event is free for all ages and will begin at 8 p.m.
Cardboard Boat Regatta
July 28 at Hopkins Pool

A'hoy mate! The DeKalb Park District is giving you an opportunity to be your own captain. Starting at 2 p.m. you can build a ship out of cardboard and race it against your friends. Check out the Park District's website for additional details.

Stage Coach Players
Stage Coach Players, 126 S. Fifth St, DeKalb, IL

This July the Stage Coach Players will be bringing It Shoulda Been You by Brian Hargrove to DeKalb. This is a non-stop, 90-minute laugh-riot, all about a family wedding that goes a little south. For ticket information, please visit their website by clicking here.

Egyptian Theatre Events
July 7 at Hopkins Park

In conjunction with the DeKalb Park District, the Egyptian Theatre is bringing the United States Army Field Band & Soldiers' Chorus to DeKalb. On July 7th at 7:30 p.m. come on down to the Hopkins Park Band Shell to hear this amazing touring ensemble. Need it be in Boston, Baghdad, Tokyo, or Tampa, the US Army Field Band travels all over the world to keep the will of the American people behind them and support diplomatic efforts. This event is free to the community.

For more information, please visit the Egyptian Theatre 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.
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
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport    
3232 Pleasant Street  
Monday - Friday     
7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Police/Fire Emergency 911 

Police Non-Emergency 815-748-8400

Parking Ticket Inquiries 815-748-8412

City Clerk 815-748-2095 
City Manager's Office 815-748-2090

Finance Department 815-748-2000

Fire Department 815-748-8460

Mayor's Office 815-748-2099

DeKalb-Sycamore Area 815-748-2367
Transportation Study

DeKalb Taylor Municipal 815-748-8102

Public Works - Street Division 815-748-2040

Public Works - Utility Division 8 15-748-2050