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Posted on: December 16, 2014

Seat Belt Enforcement Increased Over Holidays

The Geneva Police Department is reminding residents to fasten their seat belts and drive safely during the holiday season or run the risk of receiving a ticket.

From Friday, Dec. 19 to Sunday, Jan. 4, Geneva Police will... Read on...

Buckle Up Illinois Website
Posted on: December 15, 2014

Tymoszenko Named Geneva's New Economic Development Director

Cathleen Tymoszenko

Cathleen Tymoszenko has been named the head of the City’s Economic Development Department bringing more than 26 years of municipal experience to Geneva.

Tymoszenko served as the Director of Community Development for the... Read on...

Posted on: December 15, 2014

Winter Sports Season Kicks Off On Geneva Broadcast Network This Week

Geneva High School sports returns to our airwaves this week with the winter sports season underway.

We will be showing Girls Basketball at 4 p.m. this week. The Vikings entered the season with high expectations coming... Read on...

Posted on: December 1, 2014

Bag Leaf Collection Runs Through December

The City’s vacuum fall leaf collection program has concluded for the season, but residents can still use yard waste bags to dispose of any leaves remaining in their yard in December.

Residents must place the leaves in... Read on...

Posted on: December 11, 2014

Police Announce Roadside Safety Check Results

The following news release was written by the Illinois State Police:

The Illinois State Police announced the results of a Roadside Safety Check held during the late evening hours of Dec. 5, and early morning hours of Dec.... Read on...

Posted on: December 10, 2014

Make Safety A Priority With Holiday Decorations

Not sure what to get a Geneva firefighter for the holidays? The simple thought of holiday decoration safety in homes and businesses makes the perfect gift.

Each year, the Fire Department participates in the Keep the... Read on...

Posted on: December 8, 2014

Deck Construction To Prompt Lane Closures

Motorists who drive on First Street (Route 31) near South Street should expect periodic lane closures starting this week as construction crews install precast panels for the third tier expansion of the commuter parking deck... Read on...

Posted on: December 3, 2014

Police Report More Catalytic Converter Thefts

The Geneva Police Department and several other surrounding communities have continued to experience a rash of catalytic converter thefts from unattended parked vehicles.

Since October, eight catalytic converter thefts... Read on...

Posted on: November 26, 2014

Geneva Police Warn Residents Of IRS Tax Scam

Numerous Geneva residents have reported receiving tax scam phone calls from people identifying themselves as being from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

The callers are demanding payment for taxes allegedly owed and... Read on...

Posted on: November 24, 2014

Geneva Issues Winter Parking, Snow Plowing Operation Reminders

With a Winter Weather Advisory calling for snow today, the City of Geneva would like to remind residents about parking regulations to ensure plowing operations run smoothly and efficiently throughout the community.

When... Read on...

Notify Me - News, Alerts & More
Posted on: November 11, 2014

Steeple Walk To Ring In The Sounds Of The Season

The Steeple Walk returns Sunday, Dec. 7 to usher in the holidays, greeting patrons with a variety of seasonal music concerts at four Geneva churches.

The holiday tradition will take place from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Two... Read on...

Purchase Steeple Walk Tickets
Posted on: November 14, 2014

Patten House Restaurant Recognized With Mayor's Choice For Business Investment Award

Mayor's Choice Award - Patten House

The Patten House of Geneva Restaurant and Bar was honored with the third annual Mayor’s Choice Award for Business Investment by restoring and preserving the historic character of their new location at 124 S. Second St... Read on...

Tour the Patten House on "Business Beat"
Posted on: November 19, 2014

City Of Geneva Announces Holiday Hours, Garbage Collection Schedule

Residents needing to conduct business with the City of Geneva around the holidays should take note of the City’s holiday schedule.

City Hall and all City buildings, with the exception of the Police and Fire departments,... Read on...

Posted on: November 14, 2014

Police: Drive Carefully With Snow In The Forecast

The first measurable snow of the season is possible this weekend Nov. 15 & 16. Whether or not the snow actually occurs, the Geneva Police Department believes this is a good time to remind residents of some basic winter... Read on...

Posted on: November 5, 2014

Video Provides Overview Of City's Leaf Collection

Have questions about the City of Geneva's leaf collection? No problem. We have a short video that provides a good overview of our programs.

The video can be viewed on the City's YouTube Channel at the link below... Read on...

Leaf Collection Video
Posted on: October 31, 2014

Watch 'Art For All' On Geneva Broadcast Network, YouTube

Mayor Kevin Burns recognized many talented students during the 14th year of the "Art For All" program Oct. 29 at City Hall.

Fifty students from five schools were honored for their artistic talents, including... Read on...

Watch 'Art For All' Ceremony
Posted on: October 24, 2014

Natural Resources Committee Makes Another $10K Donation To City To Plant Downtown Trees

Geneva’s downtown tree inventory received another boost this fall thanks to a $10,000 donation from the City’s Natural Resources Committee (NRC).

The money will reimburse the City for the purchase of 25 new trees, which... Read on...

Learn More About The Geneva NRC
Posted on: October 23, 2014

ComEd Tree Trimming Program Underway In Geneva

Commonwealth Edison will resume its fall tree trimming program the week of Nov. 24, which is expected to take three to four weeks to complete.

While the City operates its own electric utility, there are ComEd power lines... Read on...

ComEd Tree Trimming Maps
Posted on: October 15, 2014

City Of Geneva Expands Social Media Presence With YouTube, Instagram Accounts

Geneva continues to look for new ways to connect with residents, merchants and other community stakeholders with an expanded social media lineup that now includes YouTube and Instagram.

People can watch current shows... Read on...

Stay Connected With City News & Info
Posted on: October 14, 2014

Geneva's Curbside Leaf Collection Starts Oct. 27

Geneva residents should mark their calendars for when the City’s curbside leaf collection will be in their neighborhood in the coming weeks.

The City is divided into three geographical zones, with each zone collected... Read on...

Geneva's Leaf Collection Program & Map
Posted on: October 13, 2014

Emergency Management Agency Seeking Volunteers

The Geneva Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) is seeking volunteers for severe weather spotting, traffic management, festival crowd control and other emergency-related tasks.

The agency assists both the Geneva Police and... Read on...

Posted on: October 8, 2014

Historic Loveday House Featured in Geneva's 2014 Pewter Ornament

People looking to get a jump start on their holiday shopping can purchase the City’s popular pewter ornament and other merchandise that makes the perfect gift for those who live in or love Geneva.

The 2014 pewter ornament... Read on...

Shop The Geneva Store
Posted on: September 29, 2014

Geneva To Conduct Search For New Economic Development Director

The City of Geneva will be searching for a new leader to head up its Economic Development Department after director Ellen Divita announced her resignation.

Divita, who has worked with the City since 2008, has accepted the... Read on...

Geneva Economic Development Department
Posted on: September 24, 2014

Geneva To Flush Fire Hydrants During October

The City of Geneva will be flushing fire hydrants throughout the community for a four-week period starting Monday, Oct. 6 as part of an ongoing maintenance program.

Hydrants will be flushed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to... Read on...

Hydrant Flushing Progress Map
Posted on: September 22, 2014

Babica Named Geneva's New Public Works Director

Public Works Director Rich Babica

Rich Babica will bring more than 22 years of experience to Geneva after being chosen to lead the City’s Public Works Department.

Babica most recently spent the last decade as the Public Works Director of West Dundee. He... Read on...

Posted on: September 18, 2014

Thrillist Ranks Geneva One Of The Best Vacation Spots Near Chicago

Geneva has earned yet another honorable distinction, this time being named by Thrillist as being one of the top vacation destinations near Chicago.

Thrillist said the following about Geneva:

"An easy 1 hour drive or... Read on...

Thrillist Top Vacation Spots
Posted on: September 16, 2014

Product Recall: Make Sure To Check Your Smoke Alarm

The Geneva Fire Department has an important message for you if you have a smoke detector or a combination smoke detector/carbon monoxide alarm manufactured by Kidde.

In September, the Consumer Product Safety Commission... Read on...

Kidde Smoke Detector Recall Notice
Posted on: September 10, 2014

2015 City Council Candidate Guide Now Available

Geneva residents interested in running for a seat on the City Council in 2015 can find a Candidate Guide posted on the City’s website.

People can find the election information on how to file for candidacy, as well as all... Read on...

City Council Candidate Guide
Posted on: September 5, 2014

Geneva Makes ‘8 Best Outdoor Dates In And Around Chicago’ List

Thrillist recently named Geneva’s Island Park one of its “8 Best Outdoor Dates In And Around Chicago.”

According to the website, “An easy one-hour Metra ride from Downtown (Chicago), a trip to Geneva checks every box on... Read on...

Thrillist's "Best Outdoor Dates" List
Posted on: September 4, 2014

Community Invited To Share Their Thoughts At Geneva Town Hall Meeting

The City of Geneva is seeking community feedback on its long-range planning goals as officials continue crafting a vision for the future.

Residents and business owners are invited to a town hall meeting from 6 to 8 p.m.... Read on...

SPAC Committee Webpage
Posted on: August 27, 2014

Follow the City of Geneva On Instagram

Looking for more photos of Geneva? People can now find them on our new Instagram account @CityofGenevaIL.

The City is expanding its social media presence to showcase our fantastic festivals and events, our beautiful... Read on...

City Communications
Posted on: August 20, 2014

Geneva Named One Of The Safest Communities in Illinois

Movoto Real Estate Blog named the City of Geneva the third safest community in Illinois based on a recent crime statistics study.

According to the study, Movoto said it was a close race between the top three communities,... Read on...

Movoto: 10 Safest Illinois Communities
Posted on: July 29, 2014

Expansion Project To Close Commuter Parking Deck For Six Months Starting Aug. 4

The Third Street Commuter Parking Deck will be closed for about six months starting Monday, Aug. 4 to add a third tier to the existing downtown structure.

The $4.5 million project, which will provide an additional 180... Read on...

Shuttle Schedule, Map & More Project Info
Posted on: July 11, 2014

Geneva Residents Can Report Confirmed Coyote Sightings Online

Geneva residents can now report confirmed coyote sightings through the City's online request tracker system.

Residents can visit www.geneva.il.us and select "Report A Concern" (or click the link below).

The... Read on...

Geneva Online Request Tracker
Posted on: May 13, 2014

Geneva Supporting Downtown Entertainment With Outdoor Music Grant Program

Downtown Geneva will come alive this year with a host of entertainment acts thanks to the City’s outdoor music grant program.

Outdoor Music Geneva (OMG) grant funding has been approved to help downtown businesses bring in... Read on...

OMG Grant Program Information
Posted on: April 7, 2014

Utility Bills Provide Donation Opportunities To City's Volunteer Groups, Programs

Geneva residents wanting to make a donation to one of the City’s volunteer committees and non-profit programs can do so through the convenience of their monthly utility bill.

Starting in April, customers should notice the... Read on...

City Boards & Commissions
Posted on: March 18, 2014

Geneva Honored As Best Place To Live by 'Chicago Magazine'

Geneva continues to be a premier community to work, live, play and raise a family after being recognized as one of the region’s best places to live in the April edition of “Chicago Magazine.”

Geneva was one of 12 suburbs... Read on...

'Chicago Magazine' website

Fire News

10 Stories
Posted on: December 10, 2014

Make Safety A Priority With Holiday Decorations

Not sure what to get a Geneva firefighter for the holidays? The simple thought of holiday decoration safety in homes and businesses makes the perfect gift.

Each year, the Fire Department participates in the Keep the... Read on...

Posted on: October 13, 2014

Emergency Management Agency Seeking Volunteers

The Geneva Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) is seeking volunteers for severe weather spotting, traffic management, festival crowd control and other emergency-related tasks.

The agency assists both the Geneva Police and... Read on...

Posted on: September 16, 2014

Product Recall: Make Sure To Check Your Smoke Alarm

The Geneva Fire Department has an important message for you if you have a smoke detector or a combination smoke detector/carbon monoxide alarm manufactured by Kidde.

In September, the Consumer Product Safety Commission... Read on...

Kidde Smoke Detector Recall Notice
Posted on: May 20, 2014

Fire, Police Departments Respond To Report Of Possible Fox River Rescue

The Geneva Fire and Police departments responded to a report at 10:53 p.m. May 19 of a person “jumping” from the Union Pacific Railway trestle into the Fox River to avoid being struck by an oncoming train.

The original... Read on...

Posted on: May 17, 2014

No Injuries Reported in Fisher Farms House Fire

Nobody was injured during a house fire that took place at 4:40 p.m. May 17 at 3152 Larrabee Drive in the Fisher Farms subdivision.

The Geneva Fire Department responded to the scene when the occupants called 911 after... Read on...

Posted on: May 13, 2014

Fire Department To Perform Water Flow Testing On Geneva's East Side May 21-23

Geneva will be conducting water flow tests on the City’s east side fire hydrants between 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, May 21 to 23.

The testing provides valuable information to Geneva’s Fire and Water departments... Read on...

Posted on: May 9, 2014

Geneva Children Can Learn Important Safety Tips At Risk Watch Summer Sessions

Geneva children who will be entering first-grade this fall can learn important safety first lessons as part of the City’s annual Risk Watch summer program.

Presented by the Geneva Fire and Police departments, Risk Watch... Read on...

Risk Watch Details
Posted on: April 22, 2014

Boater Drowns in the Fox River; Firefighters Rescue Second Individual

At 4:27 p.m. April 19, 911 telecommunicators received reports from bystanders saying that two men using a two-person kayak lost control of the craft shortly after launching it into the Fox River.

The strong current... Read on...

Posted on: March 16, 2014

No Injuries Reported in Highbury Lane House Fire

The Geneva Fire Department said there were no injuries after responding to a house fire at 2:41 a.m. March 16 at 515 Highbury Lane.

A resident called 911 reporting a building fire east of his location in the 400 block of... Read on...

Posted on: February 12, 2014

Geneva Asks For Community's Assistance To Keep Fire Hydrants Clear Of Snow

As Geneva continues to deal with one of the snowiest winters on record, the Fire Department wants to remind residents to clear out the closest fire hydrant to their house.

A fast and adequate water supply for the Fire... Read on...


Just the Facts

3 Stories
Posted on: October 29, 2014

Rumor: Vacant Dominick's Store Property

RUMOR: Mariano’s grocery store is exploring the possibility opening a location in Geneva's vacant Dominick’s store.

FACT: The City approached Mariano's in 2011 when they first came into the market several years ago... Read on...

Posted on: October 8, 2014

Rumor: Annexing Property Along Kirk Road

RUMOR: The City of Geneva is annexing property along Kirk Road without the property owners’ permission.

FACT: The City of Geneva has not annexed any property along Kirk Road (or anywhere else) without the property... Read on...

City's Southeast Master Plan
Posted on: October 8, 2014

Welcome to "Just The Facts"

FACTS VERSUS RUMORS
Eliminating Misperceptions

Just The Facts" is dedicated to eliminating and clarifying misperceptions in the Geneva. We hope you enjoy getting "Just The Facts" on issues facing our community.... Read on...


Police News

29 Stories
Posted on: December 16, 2014

Police Increase Seat Belt Enforcement Over Holidays

The Geneva Police Department is reminding residents to fasten their seat belts and drive safely during the holiday season or run the risk of receiving a ticket.

From Friday, Dec. 19 to Sunday, Jan. 4, Geneva Police will... Read on...

Buckle Up Illinois Website
Posted on: December 11, 2014

Police Announce Roadside Safety Check Results

The following news release was written by the Illinois State Police:

The Illinois State Police announced the results of a Roadside Safety Check held during the late evening hours of Dec. 5, and early morning hours of Dec.... Read on...

Posted on: December 9, 2014

Police To Be Conducting Training Exercise At Church

The Geneva Police Department will be conducting an active shooter training exercise Wednesday, Dec. 10 at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, 102 S. Second St.

The training will take place indoors during two... Read on...

Posted on: December 5, 2014

State Police Announce Roadside Safety Check

The Illinois State Police, District 2, and Geneva Police Department will conduct a joint roadside safety check in Kane County during the weekend of Dec. 5.

State Police has zero tolerance for impaired driving in Illinois... Read on...

Posted on: December 3, 2014

Police Report More Catalytic Converter Thefts

The Geneva Police Department and several other surrounding communities have continued to experience a rash of catalytic converter thefts from unattended parked vehicles.

Since October, eight catalytic converter thefts... Read on...

Posted on: November 26, 2014

Geneva Police Warn Residents Of IRS Tax Scam

Numerous Geneva residents have reported receiving tax scam phone calls from people identifying themselves as being from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

The callers are demanding payment for taxes allegedly owed and... Read on...

Posted on: November 14, 2014

Police: Drive Carefully With First Measurable Snow Of The Season Possible This Weekend

The first measurable snow of the season is possible this weekend Nov. 15 & 16. Whether or not the snow actually occurs, the Geneva Police Department believes this is a good time to remind residents of some basic winter... Read on...

Posted on: October 31, 2014

Catalytic Converters Targeted In Recent Thefts

The Geneva Police Department has reported six recent thefts of catalytic convertors from vehicles parked in two commuter lots near the downtown Metra Station.

These thefts have occurred primarily during the day time hours... Read on...

Posted on: October 22, 2014

Report Of Student Seen With Gun Deemed Unfounded

Geneva Police have determined a report of a teenager allegedly seen with a handgun waiting for a school bus this morning has proven unfounded and no children were ever at risk.

Police received a call from a resident about... Read on...

Posted on: October 15, 2014

Geneva Police Warn Residents About Utility Phone Scam

The Geneva Police Department wants to make residents aware of a potential scam involving phone calls threatening to shut off people’s utility services.

We are aware of phone calls coming from an 800 area code number... Read on...

City's Finance Division
Posted on: October 7, 2014

Homecoming Parade To Close Down Several Streets

Geneva High School students will celebrate Homecoming this weekend with their traditional parade Friday, Oct. 10, which will require several streets be closed for motorists.

State Street (Route 38) between Third and Ninth... Read on...

Posted on: October 1, 2014

Geneva Annouces Halloween Hours; Police Provide Safety Tips

Geneva children and parents are encouraged to trick-or-treat in their neighborhoods between the City’s recommended hours of 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.

Participating downtown Geneva businesses will again be offering... Read on...

Posted on: September 26, 2014

Trick-Or-Trot Race To Impact Downtown Traffic

Several downtown Geneva streets will be closed to traffic early Saturday, Sept. 27 to accommodate the Trick-or-Trot 5K and 10K race course.

The run begins in front of the Historic Kane County Courthouse on Third Street... Read on...

Trick-or-Trot 5K Race Information
Posted on: September 25, 2014

Geneva Police Participating In National Drug Take-Back Program Sept. 27

The Geneva Police Department will be working with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in collecting expired or unwanted prescription medications Saturday, Sept. 27 as part of the National Drug Take-Back Day.

People can turn... Read on...

Prescription Drug Disposal Program
Posted on: September 18, 2014

Fox Valley Marathon To Disrupt Downtown Traffic

Several downtown Geneva streets will be closed to traffic early Sunday, Sept. 21 to accommodate the Fox Valley Marathon race course.

The Marathon begins in St. Charles and heads south into Geneva, impacting downtown... Read on...

Fox Valley Marathon Website
Posted on: September 12, 2014

Geneva Man Charged With Disorderly Conduct

A Geneva man was charged with disorderly conduct after Geneva Police said he allegedly fired a handgun outside of his home Sept. 3.

Jacob S. Danmar, 66, of the 200 block of Syril Drive was served Sept. 11 with a... Read on...

Posted on: September 3, 2014

Police Well-Being Check Ends Peacefully

A 90-minute standoff between a 66-year-old Geneva man and officers from the Geneva Police and Kane County SWAT Team ended peacefully this afternoon.

At 10:37 a.m. Sept. 3, Geneva Police responded to a home in the 200... Read on...

Posted on: August 14, 2014

Geneva Police Urge Motorists To Use Caution When Driving Near Schools

With Geneva classrooms welcoming back students Wednesday, Aug. 20, the Geneva Police Department wants motorists to be mindful of children walking to school.

Police officers will have a visible presence in school zones and... Read on...

Posted on: July 6, 2014

Geneva Police Conducting Death Investigation

Geneva Police responded to a report of a woman lying on the Union Pacific Railway tracks at 6:50 a.m. July 6 south of Esping Park, 227 Briar Lane.

A Metra conductor observed a white female laying on Track No. 2, the... Read on...

Posted on: July 3, 2014

Police Patrols To Focus On Holiday Driving Safety

Geneva Police officers will be putting extra emphasis on driving safety as part of its holiday enforcement detail this weekend.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a nonprofit dedicated to minimizing... Read on...

Posted on: July 2, 2014

Geneva Police Seeking Assistance In Solving Swedish Days Parade Burglary

The Geneva Police Department received a report of a burglary that occurred on an unsecured school bus during the Swedish Days parade June 22.

The bus, which was used to transport the South Shore Drill Team to the parade,... Read on...

Posted on: July 2, 2014

Geneva Police Issue Fireworks Rules, Safety Reminders

The Geneva Police Department wants residents to make safety a top priority of their Fourth of July celebration this weekend.

Both the Geneva Police and Fire Departments echo the message of the Office of the State Fire... Read on...

Posted on: June 20, 2014

City Mourns The Loss Of Police Records Specialist

The City of Geneva is mourning the loss of one of our Police Records Specialists, Cathy Baldwin, who died unexpectedly at her Cortland home on June 20.

When Cathy did not arrive for work this morning, attempts were made... Read on...

Posted on: May 20, 2014

Fire, Police Departments Respond To Report Of Possible Fox River Rescue

The Geneva Fire and Police departments responded to a report at 10:53 p.m. May 19 of a person “jumping” from the Union Pacific Railway trestle into the Fox River to avoid being struck by an oncoming train.

The original... Read on...

Posted on: May 16, 2014

Geneva Police Announce Street Closures For Delnor Triathalon, Memorial Day Parade

Motorists heading to Geneva Memorial Day weekend should take note of two special events that will temporarily impact local traffic.

The Delnor Multi-Sport Madness youth triathlon will be held from 6:30 to 10 a.m. Sunday,... Read on...

Posted on: April 24, 2014

Geneva Police Participating In National Drug Take-Back Program April 26

The Geneva Police Department will be working with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in collecting expired or unwanted prescription medications Saturday, April 26 as part of the National Drug Take-Back Day.

People can turn... Read on...

Posted on: March 31, 2014

Geneva Police Respond to Motorcycle Crash

Geneva Police, along with the Batavia Fire Department, responded to a report of a single vehicle motorcycle accident at 4:06 p.m. March 30 on Fabyan Parkway west of Route 25.

The investigation revealed the driver of the... Read on...

Posted on: February 28, 2014

Geneva Police Remind Residents To Put Down Cell Phones While Driving

The Geneva Police Department would like to take this opportunity to address the issue of distracted driving and remind residents that it is now against the law to be holding a cell phone while driving.

Distracted driving... Read on...

Posted on: January 17, 2014

Body Of Missing Geneva Man Located in Bolingbrook

Jeffrey Talley

With great sadness, the Geneva Police Department advises that the subject of a previous missing person report filed last November in Geneva has been found deceased in Bolingbrook.

The investigation of the cause of death... Read on...