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Posted on: April 21, 2017

Spring hydrant flushing is here!

For the next four weeks, Public Works will be flushing fire hydrants throughout the City. The flushing removes sediment from the water mains and helps improve water quality. Water discoloration may temporarily occur after flushing. If this occurs, run col...

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Posted on: April 19, 2017

Website Agenda Center Experiencing Technical Difficulties

NOTICE: Civic Plus (The City of DeKalb Website Provider) continues to experience technical difficulties with their servers, which is affecting the agenda center module used to build and submit the City Council agendas. Therefore, the agendas posted on the...

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Posted on: April 14, 2017

DeKalb Sycamore Area Transportation Study Seeks Public Input

Examples of Active Transportation

The DeKalb Sycamore Area Transportation Study is currently seeking public input for an update to the active transportation plan. Open houses will take place next week at the following dates and locations: 

Tuesday, April 18: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Sycamore P...

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Click here to take the online survey!
Posted on: April 7, 2017

Road Closure Scheduled At W. Lincoln Highway and 4th Street

On Monday, April 10, 2017, the Illinois Department of Transportation is closing the intersection of West Lincoln Highway (Route 38) and 4th Street (IL 23) for railroad track repairs.

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Posted on: April 7, 2017

Website Agenda Center Experiencing Technical Difficulties

NOTICE: Civic Plus (The City of DeKalb Website Provider) is currently experiencing technical difficulties with their servers, which are affecting the agenda center module used to build the City Council agendas. Therefore, the agendas posted on the website...

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Posted on: March 31, 2017

DeKalb budget honored with Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

Finance Department Staff Holds Budget Award

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has announced that the City of DeKalb’s 2016.5 Budget has received the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award.

This award is the highest form of recognit...

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Posted on: March 29, 2017

City recognized with Bicycle Friendly Community Designation

Bicycle Friendly Sign Group Picture

On November 16, 2016, the League of American Bicyclists presented the City with a Bronze level award for its commitment to becoming a Bicycle Friendly Community
(BFC). To recognize this achievement, signage has been placed on the bike path along Annie Gl...Read on...

Posted on: March 29, 2017

Curbside Pickup of Yard Waste Resumes April 1

On April 1, Waste Management resumes seasonal landscape collections. Collections are scheduled on the same day as your regularly scheduled pickup day. To ensure yard waste collection, please follow Waste Management guidelines.

Place landscape...Read on...

Posted on: March 14, 2017

Aldermen To Host Public Parking Restrictions Meeting

The City Aldermen from Wards 3, 4, and 5 will be hosting informational forums with interested residents regarding public parking restrictions.

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Posted on: March 10, 2017

Seasonal Weight Restrictions On Local DeKalb Roads To Be Lifted

In accordance with the DeKalb County Highway Department, the City of DeKalb is lifting seasonal weight restrictions effective March 13, 2017 at 12:01 a.m.  Streets will remain free of weight restrictions as long as temperatures remain above freez...

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Posted on: December 7, 2016

City Parking Restrictions Study Updates

The Public Works Department and Community Development Department have been working on evaluating the parking restrictions throughout the City. Staff corrections and proposed changes to the parking restrictions for Wards 1, 2, and 5-7 have been completed.


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Posted on: March 8, 2017

Strategic Plan keeps City goals on track, moving toward success

Strategic Plan

As DeKalb’s Community Development Director, Jo Ellen Charlton’s days are long and busy. In eight hours, she might spend time writing memos, preparing meeting agendas, talking to developers and fielding phone calls.

But in between these tasks, C...

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Strategic Plan Updates on the City's Website
Posted on: February 16, 2017

Just the Facts: Cornerstone Development

The City Council discussed the proposed construction of a Cornerstone development at the site of the former Otto’s. Since the public discussion of the project, there have been some misconceptions regarding the nature of the project.

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Posted on: February 9, 2017

Oversized Vehicle Restrictions

Beginning February 13, 2017 at 12:01 A.M. the City of DeKalb will prohibit over-sized vehicles from traveling on specific roads. Warning signs will be in place by February 10. The restriction shall remain in effect until further notice. Current weather co...

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Posted on: January 30, 2017

DeKalb launches a new City Newsletter

The City is excited to launch the DeKalb e-News, an electronic newsletter dedicated to sharing information and resources with the community.  The newsletter will highlight information on community interests, events, and activities, as well as upd...

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Posted on: January 13, 2017

City of DeKalb Seeks Members for Newly Revised Airport Advisory Board

Mayor John Rey is seeking to appoint four individuals to the newly restructured Airport Advisory Board. An application is attached.

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Posted on: January 9, 2017

Egyptian Theatre Feasibility Study presentation postponed

The Egyptian Theatre Feasibility Study presentation scheduled for the Committee of the Whole Meeting today at 5:00 PM is being postponed due to illness on part of the consultant which is prohibiting travel. The City is coordinating with the consultant a n...

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Posted on: November 17, 2016

Interested In Public Service?

You're Invited To Serve!
Leadership Opportunities For Appointed And Elected Officials.

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Posted on: November 10, 2016

Electrical Billing Information for New Residents

Welcome to the City of DeKalb... Please click the link for an overview of Electrical Aggregation and your opt-options.

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Posted on: November 7, 2016

DeKalb Community Development Director Announced

The City is excited to announce that Jo Ellen Charlton has been promoted to Community Development Director, where she will lead the department that oversees the development process.

Click here to read the full press release
Posted on: October 21, 2016

National Drug Take Back Day

The DeKalb Police Department will once again be participating in the DEA's National Drug Take-Back program this Saturday, October 22 from 10 AM to 2 PM. Prescription medications no longer needed can be turned in anonymously at the Police Department at 700...Read on...

Posted on: October 13, 2016

DeKalb’s Annual Loose Leaf Collection Program Begins

DeKalb’s annual Loose Leaf Collection Program kicks-off Monday, October 17.

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Posted on: October 5, 2016

Northern Lights Homecoming Parade 2016

NIU Huskies Homecoming parade information

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Posted on: October 3, 2016

Electrical Aggregation Information and Options

Answers to questions regarding electrical aggregation and your ComEd bill.

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Posted on: September 23, 2016

City Clerk To Hold Informational Meeting

City Clerk Jennifer Jeep Johnson will be hosting a meeting to receive input from the community regarding the role of City Clerk.

Date: Saturday, October 1, 2016
Who: DeKalb ResidentsHost: City City Clerk Jennifer Jeep Johnson
Location: City Hall Co...Read on...

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Posted on: September 20, 2016

The DeKalb Citizens' Environmental Commission Now Accepting Nominations For 2016 PRIDE Awards

The DeKalb Citizens' Environmental Commission is pleased to announce that it is now accepting nominations for the 2016 P.R.I.D.E. Awards (People Responsible for Improving DeKalb’s Environment Awards). P.R.I.D.E. Awards recognizing individuals are referred...Read on...

Nomination Form Link
Posted on: September 2, 2016

STEAM Learning Center Community Survey (Spanish version now available)

The City of DeKalb is in the process of studying the potential and strategy for a one-of-a-kind collaboration between the City, Northern Illinois University Center for P-20 Engagement, Proudly DeKalb, Inc. and the DeKalb Firefighters Historical Foundation...Read on...

Click here to start the survey (English)
Posted on: September 15, 2016

Coffee With The Chief

Join Police Chief Gene Lowery for refreshments and good conversation about any issues that are important to you.

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Posted on: September 15, 2016

DCCG Recognized As HealthyCommunity50 Members In Healthiest Cities And Counties Challenge

DeKalb, IL, SEPTEMBER 15, 2016 — DeKalb County Community Gardens (DCCG) and its partners, in DeKalb, IL has been selected as one of 50 members of the HealthyCommunity50 in the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge to receive a $10,000 community seed ...Read on...

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Posted on: September 14, 2016

Aldermen from Wards 3, 4, and 5 to Host Meeting Regarding FY 2017 TIF Budget

City aldermen from wards with property located within the City’s Tax Increment Finance (TIF) districts will be hosting informational forums with interested residents to review past and pending TIF project being considered as part of the FY 2017 budget.Read on...

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Posted on: September 6, 2016

Homefield Energy Billing Error

Over the weekend the City of DeKalb’s Public Works Department received notification that Homefield Energy, the City’s electrical aggregate supplier, incorrectly billed DeKalb residents for the months of July and August.

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Posted on: August 23, 2016

DeKalb Public Library Seeks Library Director

The Board of Trustees of the DeKalb Public Library seeks a creative and innovative leader as our next Library Director.

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Posted on: August 9, 2016

DeKalb Public Library Historic "Grander Opening"

The DeKalb Public Library will re-open the much anticipated Haish Memorial Library building on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. This historic day will complete the two-year, $25.3 million expansion and restoration project that began in June of 20...Read on...

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Posted on: July 18, 2016

Kishwaukee Fest Presents: SKATE STREET DEKALB:

Kishwaukee Fest of DeKalb County is excited to have 'Skate Street' return as the featured Wednesday attraction. Skate Street will include skateboard demonstrations and some competition challenges. This event will be held on Locust Street between 2nd stre...Read on...

Posted on: July 5, 2016

Public Works Department Participates In "Local Heroes" Program

Local Heroes

Members of the DeKalb Public Works Department spent time during the morning of June 30th, with students at The Growing Place. A part of the 'Local Heroes' program, the Public Works employees explained what it takes to keep our City clean and safe. Stud...Read on...

Posted on: April 20, 2016

DeKalb conducts Traffic Signal Survey

traffic light

The City of DeKalb needs your feedback! The 2016 Coordinated Traffic Signals Survey is now live on the City website and is ready to be filled out. The purpose of this survey is to coordinate the City’s signalized intersections to provide better traffic fl...Read on...

2016 Coordinated Traffic Signals Survey
Posted on: February 18, 2016

Attention: Water, Sewer, And Refuse Customers

The City of DeKalb will be changing from a three month billing cycle to a two month billing cycle for water, sewer, and refuse services, according to the following schedule.

April 2016 – Customers whose first two digits of their account number are betw...Read More...

Posted on: December 10, 2015

DeKalb launches new FOIA forms on City website

The City of DeKalb has made it easier than ever to request documents and other information via its website.

Interactive Freedom of Information Act Request forms have been launched, which allow users to file a FOIA request from any computer or mobile d...Learn More

FOIA Forms Available HERE
Posted on: November 30, 2015

Get Rewarded for Recycling!

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In an effort to expand services available to the community, the City of DeKalb has identified a new opportunity with RecycleBank. The City is proud to announce a new service on its website that rewards citizens for recycling.

Through its partnership w...Click Here to Visit RecycleBank

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Posted on: August 12, 2015

Notify Me and RSS

The website allows for two ways for users to be notified about changes to the City of DeKalb website. The first is the Notify Me tool, which is located under the “Sign Me Up” tab on the City’s homepage. Once to the Notify Me page, users can register with ...Learn How...

Posted on: July 16, 2015

City to begin treating basins for West Nile Virus despite negative test results

Although DeKalb County has reported its first positive test of West Nile Virus, the City has found no sign of the virus in tests of water in catch basins performed July 15.

Regardless of the negative test results, it is the City's policy to treat catc...Learn More

Posted on: July 6, 2015

Community members invited to give input on Strategic Plan

Downtown DeKalb

During the month of July, community members are invited to give their opinions and ideas for DeKalb’s strategic plan.

The planning effort, which will result in a 10-year vision for the City, will be driven by input from community members. The City is ...Learn More

Click here to learn more about the Strategic Plan
Posted on: June 7, 2015

DeKalb seeking input on Strategic Plan

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The City of DeKalb is planning a set of 7 "community conversations" to engage residents and gather ideas for the City's Strategic Plan.

A schedule for the community conversations is being finalized and will be made available on the City's we...Learn More

Strategic Plan Homepage
Posted on: June 6, 2015

Planters delivered to City of DeKalb

Proven Winners DeKalb.jpg

As part of the Communiversity program, 22 large flower and foliage planters have been delivered by Proven Winners to beautify the City and Northern Illinois University Campus.

The planters have been a part of a beautification effort partnership betwee...Read on...

Posted on: July 1, 2015

City offices to be closed Friday, July 3

City of DeKalb Offices, including those located at City Hall, will be closed on Friday, July 3 in recognizance of the Fourth of July holiday.

Normal business hours for the City will resume Monday, July 6.

Posted on: July 1, 2015

Fireworks, food and fun planned for Saturday

a Fourth of July celebration with food vendors, a concert by the DeKalb Municipal Band and fireworks will be held on Saturday, July 4 at Hopkins Park.

The event begins at 2 p.m. and fireworks will be set off at dusk.

For more information, visit th...Learn More

Event Information
Posted on: June 25, 2015

July Electronics Recycling event canceled

Because of the 4th of July holiday, the Electronic Recycling Collection has been canceled for this month.

Electronics Recycling Collection events are typically held on the first Saturday of each month.

The next collection will be Saturday, August...Read on...