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Apr 14

How do I stay up to date with the Boards, Committees, and Commissions?

Posted on April 14, 2016 at 2:08 PM by City of DeKalb

With the combination of Boards, Committees, and Commissions (BCCs) that are included within the City of DeKalb it can sometimes be difficult to keep up to date on specific meetings and members. This post will review the different website functions that will help you stay informed on everything B/C/C related.

The fastest way to access meetings and agendas is to click on the “Meetings & Agendas” button which is found on the front page (pictured below).

meetings and agendas button

The Agenda Center (pictured below) lets you search agendas and minutes by time period, start date / end date, particular phrases and even by specific boards and commissions. You can even find information dating back to 2012!  This is the easiest tool to use when trying to locate specific meeting agendas or minutes.

agenda center

Another useful tool that is helpful for knowing the dates of specific meetings is the City Calendar. Below is a picture of where you can find it on the front page.

events button

Within the City Calendar you can not only look at specific months, but you can choose what calendar you want to look at. You can select all calendars, or you can choose a more niche calendar depending on what you are looking for. You can also click on a specific date on the calendar to see what events are occurring. If you don’t know what category the meeting you are interested falls under, you can search for it within the search bar.

city calender

Utilizing and becoming familiar with both of these two tools will help you stay informed on the variety of Boards, Committees, and Commissions within the City.


Apr 14

I just received a parking ticket. What is my next step?

Posted on April 14, 2016 at 2:07 PM by City of DeKalb

You had a busy day and forgot to move your car. The next morning you have a parking ticket on the windshield. What is your next step? Currently, there are three different ways to pay off a parking ticket. You can pay off the ticket at the DeKalb Police Department (700 West Lincoln Highway) or the DeKalb City Hall Finance Division (200 South Fourth Street). Additionally, you can mail your parking ticket payment to:


DeKalb Police Department
700 West Lincoln Highway
DeKalb, IL 60115

To contest a parking ticket you must speak to the officer who wrote you the parking ticket. Should the ticket be upheld and you are still unsatisfied, you may request a court date. The officer and you will then appear before a Judge to hear testimonies and deliver judgment.


If you have any questions regarding parking tickets, please contact the Parking Division at 815-748-8412.  Click on the map below to view a map of free parking in Downtown DeKalb.

Downtown Parking


Jan 28

How do I contact my City Council representative?

Posted on January 28, 2016 at 10:43 AM by City of DeKalb

First you need to figure out what ward you are located within. Click the ward map below view an interactive ward map.  The interactive map allows you to type in your address and determine which ward your home or business is located.

ward map

Then click here to see the full list of council members. Click on your representative and it will lead you to their contact information. Council members are available through both email and phone and they love to hear questions and concerns from community members.