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Posted on: January 15, 2019

City To Host Downtown Zoning Update Workshops

Downtown Zoning Update

Geneva residents, downtown property owners and other community stakeholders are invited to learn more about the City’s proposed downtown zoning updates during a series of workshops this winter.Following the adoption of the Downtown Station-Area Master Pla...

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Posted on: January 14, 2019

Third Street To Be Closed During Women's March

Police News

The Kane County Coalition of We Can Lead Change will be sponsoring the Women’s March Fox Valley at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 in downtown Geneva that will require parking restrictions and street closures.Signs will be posted Friday, Jan. 18 in the 300 bloc...

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City News
Posted on: January 14, 2019

Historic Geneva Home To Be Relocated Jan. 15

City News

A historic Geneva home will be receiving a new address Tuesday, Jan. 15 when the building is moved from State Street (Route 38) to East Side Drive.The house is scheduled to be relocated starting at 9 a.m. from its present location at 122 E. State St., wea...

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Posted on: January 11, 2019

Geneva City Offices Closed On Martin Luther King Jr. Day

MLK Day

Geneva City Hall, and other City offices with the exceptions of the Police and Fire departments, will be closed Monday, Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.Normal business hours will resume Tuesday, Jan. 22. The City Council meeting, norma...

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City News
Posted on: January 3, 2019

City's Winter Newsletter Delivered To Your Inbox

Winter Newsletter Island Park Fox River

As Geneva rings in the New Year, residents can stay connected with all the news and happenings taking place with the City's Winter Newsletter, which was distributed to subscribers Jan. 3.With the holiday season drawing to a close, the newsletter has helpf...

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Posted on: January 2, 2019

Geneva's Water Rises To The Top In Taste Contest

Drinking Water

Geneva took home top honors in a tie with Batavia for best drinking water during the Kane County Water Association’s annual taste test competition in December.Communities competed in the water association’s blind taste test where water was judged on clari...

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Posted on: January 2, 2019

Geneva Restaurant Week Offers Culinary Excellence

Restaurant Week

The Geneva Chamber of Commerce is pleased to highlight culinary excellence by offering Geneva Restaurant Week - an entire week of delicious discounted dining at some of the City's finest restaurants.For one week only, Monday to Sunday, Jan. 21-27, foodies...

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City News
Posted on: December 31, 2018

Charges Filed In Dec. 22 State Street Car Crash

Police News

A Batavia man has been charged with felony aggravated driving under the influence along with several misdemeanor offenses stemming from a Dec. 22 car crash in the 200 block of East State Street (Route 38) in Geneva.David J. Walgenbach, 28, of the 400 bloc...

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Posted on: December 27, 2018

Christmas Tree Collection Scheduled For January

Chrstmas Tree Disposal

Geneva residents will have several opportunities to dispose of their live Christmas trees during January.Trees will be picked up on residents’ garbage collection day the weeks of Dec. 31 and Jan. 7 by Lakeshore Recycling Systems, the City&rs...

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City News
Posted on: December 18, 2018

City Wins Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

The City’s budget practices continue to earn national acclaim after Geneva received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the ninth straight year.The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada honor reflects the comm...

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City News
Posted on: December 17, 2018

Geneva Arts Fair Named One Of Country's Best

Arts Fair

The Geneva Arts Fair was voted the sixth best arts festival in the country, according to ArtFair Calendar, the No. 1 juried art fair listings website nationwide.The site's reader survey mentioned the annual summer fair is located in Geneva's beautiful his...

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Posted on: December 14, 2018

Take Note Of City's Holiday Hours, Garbage Schedule

Holiday Lights Bicycle Grahams Chocolates

Geneva City Hall and other City offices, with the exceptions of the Police and Fire departments, will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 24-25 for Christmas and Tuesday, Jan. 1 for New Year's Day.Normal business hours will resume Wednesday, Dec. 26 and Ja...

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City News
Posted on: December 14, 2018

City's Free Leaf Bag Program Continues In December

Leaves

With the curbside leaf collection finished for the year, Geneva residents still can dispose of any remaining leaves for free through the City's bag program.Leaves can be placed in brown yard waste bags. Refuse stickers are not required, but bags must only...

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City News
Posted on: December 12, 2018

Geneva Citizen Police Academy Deadline Extended

Citizen Police Academy

Geneva residents and local merchants interested in learning how police officers work to keep their community safe are encouraged to register for the City’s 2019 Citizen Police Academy.The weekly classes will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday nights from Jan....

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City News
Posted on: December 11, 2018

Pedestrian Dies From Injuries In State Street Car Accident

Police News

An 86-year-old Geneva man died Dec. 8 from injuries he sustained from a late November car accident when he was attempting to cross West State Street (Route 38) as a pedestrian.According to two witnesses on the scene, James C. Pritchard, 100 block of Foxfo...

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Posted on: December 10, 2018

Geneva Fire Department To Conduct Live Fire Training

Fire News

The Geneva Fire Department will be participating in live fire training Friday to Sunday, Dec. 14-16 at 17-19 Richards St., the future site of the Hamilton Place mixed-use residential and commercial development.Through a cooperative agreement with the Hami...

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City News
Posted on: December 7, 2018

City Unveils Interactive Geneva Visitors Map

Explore Geneva Map

Love visiting and shopping in Geneva? There is a (mobile-friendly) map for that.Whether you are tackling your holiday gift list or planning a night out in Geneva, with one click you can discover your options and be merrily on your way.Explore Geneva, an i...

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City News
Posted on: December 6, 2018

AT&T Construction Starts Dec. 10 In Geneva

ATT Logo

AT&T announced plans to replace outdated cable television, Internet and phone service equipment located in utility easements throughout Geneva, starting on the City's west side.Construction was originally scheduled to begin in October, but the project...

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City News
Posted on: December 4, 2018

Special Brush Pickup Starts Dec. 10 In Geneva

Heavy Snow Branches

The City of Geneva will be conducting a special, free community-wide brush collection for residents starting the week of Dec. 10 in response to the number of tree limbs that were knocked down during the Nov. 25-26 blizzard.The City’s annual brush program ...

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Posted on: November 30, 2018

West Side Leaf Collection To Resume In December

Snow Leaves

The City’s curbside leaf collection is scheduled to resume on the west side of Geneva during the week of Dec. 3 after the program was temporarily halted due to a recent blizzard.The upcoming forecast indicates moderate weather combined with rain...

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Posted on: November 27, 2018

Residents Urged To Keep Fire Hydrants Clear Of Snow

Snow Hydrant

With about 8 inches of snow falling from this week’s blizzard, the Geneva 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 Department can make the difference betwe...

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City News
Posted on: November 24, 2018

City Issues Snow Parking Reminders

Snow Car

With the first substantial snowfall of the season anticipated for Sunday, Nov. 25, Geneva residents should be prepared to move their parked cars off the street to ensure the City’s plowing operations run efficiently throughout the community.The City stron...

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Posted on: November 16, 2018

Support Local Retailers By Shopping Small In Geneva

Small Business Saturday Mayor Burns

Shopping Small Business Saturday in Geneva Nov. 24 goes a long way for customer discounts and supporting our local retail community this holiday season.To encourage people to patronize Geneva’s wide selection of independent stores and restaurants, the Cit...

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City News
Posted on: October 9, 2018

UPDATE: Blizzard Impacts Curbside Leaf Collection Program

Leaves

Update - Nov. 30

The City's curbside leaf collection will resume in Zones B & C (west side of the Fox River) during the week of Dec. 3. See the City's news release for more details.

Update - Nov. 26

Due to the blizzard that produced around 8 inches of sn...

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Posted on: November 14, 2018

Tickets On Sale For Annual Geneva Steeple Walk

Steeple Walk

Geneva’s weekend of holiday magic is capped off with the Steeple Walk, greeting patrons with a variety of seasonal concerts at four local churches.Presented by the Geneva Cultural Arts Commission, the 10th annual event will take place from 2 to 4:30 p.m. ...

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City News
Posted on: November 14, 2018

Police Remind Motorists To Obey School Bus Laws

School Bus Safety

No matter how late a driver may be to work or an appointment, passing a stopped school bus is never a good solution.School bus laws are designed to ensure children get to and from school safely. The Geneva Police Department urges residents to be extremely...

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Posted on: November 6, 2018

City Honors 'Art On Fire' Hydrant Design Winners

Art On Fire

The Geneva City Council recently recognized talented artists who showcased their creativity in the City's "Art on Fire" hydrant design competition this year.Vinny Siracusano won first place for his "Construction Worker" hydrant located...

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Posted on: November 5, 2018

Geneva Flag Lowered To Honor Former Leaders

City Hall Flag Lowered

The Geneva flag at City Hall has been lowered in memory of three former community leaders who passed away recently, including a mayor, alderman and police chief.Richard Lindholm, 91, served as an alderman from 1959-65, Geneva's mayor from 1965-73 and late...

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City News
Posted on: October 31, 2018

ComEd Schedules Tree Trimming In November

ComEd Tree Trimming

Commonwealth Edison has informed the City about tree trimming operations scheduled to take in November along Kirk Road north of Averill Road in Geneva.While the City of Geneva owns and operates its own electric utility, ComEd does run power lines through ...

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Posted on: October 23, 2018

Christmas Walk, House Tour Return To Geneva

Christmas House Tour

Tradition and surprise. It would not be Christmas without them, and Geneva’s Christmas Walk and House Tour offer both.Starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec, 7, the Christmas Walk begins with Graham’s Chocolates First Candy Cane of the season ...

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City News
Posted on: October 3, 2018

City's Fall Newsletter Delivered To Your Inbox

Fall Newsletter State Street

As the calendar switches to October and the leaves begin to change color, the City's Fall Newsletter has been distributed to subscribers full of local Geneva news.The newsletter has information about the upcoming curbside leaf collection, including a sche...

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City News
Posted on: October 2, 2018

Road Construction Coming To Kirk Road Bridge

Road Work Ahead

The Kane County Division of Transportation is scheduled to perform bridge repair work starting the week of Oct. 8 on Kirk Road south of State Street (Route 38) in Geneva.Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction between State Street and Cherry...

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Posted on: September 25, 2018

Third Street Reopens After Road Patching Finished Early

Third Street Reopens

Third Street from Campbell to Fulton streets reopened to traffic and parking Sept. 25 after construction crews completed a road patching project 10 days ahead of schedule.The two-block segment in downtown Geneva closed Sept. 17 so the City could replace t...

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Posted on: September 17, 2018

Geneva Named Second Best Illinois City For Jobs

Flower State Street

The City of Geneva was ranked the second best community for jobs in Illinois, according to a recent study from the personal finance outlet WalletHub.The company rated the job-seeker friendliness of more than 120 Illinois cities based on 16 key indicators ...

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Posted on: September 13, 2018

2019 Consolidated Election Candidate Guide Available

Elections Ahead

Residents interested in running for aldermen on the Geneva City Council in 2019 can find a candidate guide posted on the City’s website.The guide, which provides election information on how to file for candidacy and all required forms, is available on the...

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City News
Posted on: September 11, 2018

Geneva To Flush Fire Hydrants This Fall

Fire Hydrant Flushing

The City of Geneva will be flushing fire hydrants throughout the community for a four-week period starting Monday, Sept. 17 as part of an ongoing maintenance program.Hydrants will be flushed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. The water is safe to dri...

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Posted on: September 10, 2018

Geneva NRC Hosting Fox River Clean-Up Day

Natural Resources Committee Fox River Clean-Up Day 2017

The City of Geneva's Natural Resources Committee (NRC) is looking for some helping hands as part of the group's seventh annual Fox River Clean-Up Day in late September.The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, Sept. 30. Volunteers can meet the co...

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Posted on: September 7, 2018

Third Bike Art Installation Added To Downtown

Swedish Dala Horses Cultural Arts Bike Rack

Bicyclists have a new spot to hitch their ride as Geneva’s newest art sculpture combines a functional bike rack with the City’s Swedish heritage.  Located at James and Third streets, the “Dala Hitching Post” is the third installation of the Genev...

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Posted on: September 6, 2018

City Seeks Community Input On New Strategic Plan

Street Signs In Downtown Geneva Fall 1

Residents, merchants, and stakeholders are invited to help shape the future of Geneva by attending the City’s Strategic Plan Advisory Committee’s upcoming community forum.

The forum will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Genev...

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Posted on: September 6, 2018

Cultural Arts Commission Seeking Event Chairs

RiverPark Summer Concert Series 2018

The Geneva Cultural Arts Commission is seeking two volunteers to manage the Geneva Film Festival and RiverPark Summer Concert Series programs.The event chairs will organize these annual community events and report to the City's Cultural Arts Commission. G...

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Posted on: August 23, 2018

Third Street Road Patching Project Begins Sept. 17

Third Street Road Closure

Third Street from Campbell to Fulton streets will be closed for three weeks starting Monday, Sept. 17 as the City replaces two sections of roadway concrete and a brick crosswalk that heaved during the winter.Both traffic and parking will be prohibited on ...

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Posted on: August 16, 2018

City Upgrading Security For Online Bill Payments

Online Bill Pay

Starting Wednesday, Aug. 22, Geneva utility bill payment customers will have to create a username and password to access their accounts online.The change is part of security enhancements being made by the City to the utility bill payment portal, which wil...

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City News
Posted on: August 13, 2018

Community Effort Needed For Back To School Safety

Back To School

As Geneva children return to the classroom Wednesday, Aug. 22, the Geneva Police Department asks families and motorists make back-to-school safety a priority to ensure a successful start to the new year.The Police Department provides a comprehensive list ...

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City News
Posted on: August 9, 2018

City Issues Building Permit To Geneva Library

Geneva Library

Construction for the new Geneva Public Library near Seventh and Campbell streets will be getting underway shortly after the City issued a building permit Aug. 8.The 57,000-square-foot facility will have 76 off-street parking spaces, meeting areas, a commu...

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Posted on: August 2, 2018

Geneva Garbage Stickers, New Pewter Ornament Now Available For Purchase On City's Website

Garbage Stickers - Lakeshore Recyling

Geneva residents who do not have time to buy garbage stickers at their local retailer can now purchase them conveniently from the “Shop the Geneva Store” on the City’s website.Garbage stickers are being sold online in sheets of five for $13. Customers can...

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City News
Posted on: August 2, 2018

New To Geneva? Check Out Our 'New Residents' Web Page

Flower State Street

Moving to a new home tends to be a busy time for many people. The City now provides a centralized list of key services and information to help make the transition a smooth one for Geneva's newest residents.The "New Residents" web page helps peop...

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Posted on: July 11, 2018

New Geneva Utility Bills To Debut In July

Finance Division Utility Bill Payment Dropbox

Geneva customers will be receiving a new-look utility bill starting in July that will provide a greater understanding of their account.The switch to a new printing vendor will reduce the City’s utility bill production costs by 43 percent going forward and...

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City News
Posted on: July 10, 2018

Development Map, New Project Webpages Promote Transparency

Development Map Cetron Place

Last year, the City created an interactive Development Map in response to residents seeking more advanced notice about potential projects in their neighborhood. With the map proving popular, the City has taken the initiative to promote even greater transp...

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Posted on: July 9, 2018

City Reminds Residents About Lawn Watering Schedule

Irrigation System - Lawn Watering

Sprinklers will be out in force this week to help keep lawns green with warm weather in the forecast. As Geneva residents plan their summer watering schedules, they should take note of the City’s sprinkler regulations.Water sprinklers are permitted betwee...

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Posted on: July 2, 2018

Lakeshore Recycling Begins Garbage Service In July

Lakeshore Recycling Systems Garbage Truck

Lakeshore Recycling's garbage contract with the City of Geneva is now in effect as of July 1. Collection days will remain the same, but pickup the week of July 2 will be pushed back one day later than normal due to the Independence Day holiday.Garbage col...

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City News
Posted on: June 26, 2018

Customers Can Start, Stop Utility Services Online

Online Bill Pay

New to Geneva or moving out of town? People can now start or stop utility services from the convenience of the City’s website.The forms for both residential and commercial utility customers can be found online. Both forms are mobile-friendly.Customers who...

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City News
Posted on: June 25, 2018

Mike Clements Appointed New 2nd Ward Alderman

Alderman Mike Clements

The Geneva City Council approved Mayor Kevin Burns’ appointment of Mike Clements to fill the vacant 2nd Ward alderman seat at a special meeting June 25.Alderman Clements is vice-president of research and development for Meyer Capital Management in Barring...

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Posted on: June 29, 2018

Advanced To Remove Carts After Pickup This Week; Sticker Update

Advanced Disposal Garbage

Update

The City of Geneva officially ran out of Advanced Disposal's yellow garbage stickers June 28. Residents still needing to purchase Advanced stickers can do so at Pride of Geneva, 1166 E. State St. as well as the Jewel Foods in St. Charles, Batavia an...

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City News
Posted on: June 18, 2018

Geneva Encourages Residents To Participate In Voluntary Electric Load Reduction Program

Peak Power Day Voluntary Electric Load Program

With warm summer weather entering the forecast, Geneva residents can provide some relief to the City’s electric operations – and their own utility bills – by reducing their power consumption for a few hours in the afternoon.The City offers a voluntary ele...

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Posted on: June 13, 2018

Garbage Service To Transition To Lakeshore Recycling

Lakeshore Recycling Systems Garbage Truck

Geneva residents will save money and see several new service enhancements as the City transitions its refuse program to Lakeshore Recycling Systems as part of a five-year contract effective in July.Residents will still have the option to “pay-as...

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City News
Posted on: June 12, 2018

Shakespeare In The Park To Feature "Taming Of The Shrew"

Shakespeare In The Park - New

Cowboys and cowgirls will roam Geneva’s Island Park Saturday, July 7 when Stone Soup Shakespeare performs “The Taming of the Shrew.” This free performance starts at 6 p.m.The ensemble will engage the crowd with song, dance, Shakespeare and may even invite...

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City News
Posted on: June 11, 2018

Geneva Offers Amnesty Program To Settle Debt

Money Graphic

People who have an outstanding balance on certain bills, fines or fees owed to the City of Geneva can take advantage of a one-time amnesty program during the month of July.Debtors who have a move out-final utility bill, parking tickets, code compliance vi...

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Posted on: June 7, 2018

RiverPark Summer Concert Series Celebrates 10th Anniversary In Geneva

RiverPark Summer Concert Series 2018

The popular RiverPark Summer Concert Series will mark its 10th anniversary with an expanded entertainment lineup featuring four free performances along the Fox River.  The concerts will be held at 6 p.m. Sundays, July 8, July 15, July 22 and July...

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Posted on: June 4, 2018

Geneva Flag Lowered In Memory Of Julie Schreiner

City Hall Flag Lowered

The Geneva Flag at City Hall has been lowered to half-staff June 4 in memory of Julie (Bricher) Schreiner, 52, who passed away April 26.Born in 1965, Mrs. Schreiner was the fourth of eight children of Tom and Karen Bricher. She grew up on the family farm ...

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Posted on: May 15, 2018

Geneva Hires New Assistant City Administrator

Ben McCready, Assistant City Administrator

Geneva has named Benjamin McCready as its new Assistant City Administrator and Director of Administrative Services after the position was reinstated into the City’s budget last fiscal year.McCready will manage the City’s Administrative...

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Posted on: May 2, 2018

City Hosting Public Meeting About Road Work

Public Works News

With the arrival of spring weather, road construction season must be around the corner. Geneva residents looking to get more details about the City’s upcoming street improvement program are invited to a public meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 23...

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Posted on: May 2, 2018

City Scheduling To Plant Parkway Trees In Mid-May

Tree Planting

The Geneva Public Works Department is planning to start planting 60 new parkway trees in various locations throughout the City the week of May 14, weather permitting.Trees typically are planted in April, but the cold start to spring pushed back the projec...

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Posted on: April 23, 2018

Emergency Management Leader Named Parade Marshal

Dale Warfel - EMA

The Geneva Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Dale Warfel has been named 2018 Swedish Days Parade Marshal.  Warfel grew up in St. Charles and graduated from St. Charles East High School in 1982. While still in high school and after g...

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Posted on: April 23, 2018

City Flag Lowered In Memory Of Jeffrey Keller

City Hall Flag Lowered

The Geneva flag outside City Hall has been lowered to half-staff in memory of Jeffrey Wolf Keller, 20, who passed away April 13.The Geneva resident worked at Antonio's Pizza Factory on Randall Road. He also enjoyed playing baseball and gaming. His obituar...

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Posted on: April 16, 2018

Swedish Days Entertainment Lineup Announced

Swedish Days Entertainment

Geneva Chamber of Commerce’s 69th Annual Swedish Days Festival supported by Northwestern Medicine runs from June 19-24 in downtown Geneva and has an array of talent that offers something for every type of music fan at three different venues. &am...

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Posted on: April 12, 2018

'Art On Fire' Hydrant Design Contest Registration Open

Art On Fire

Geneva residents can bring their artistic creativity into the community this spring by participating in the “Art on Fire” hydrant design program.The City, in collaboration with the Cultural Arts Commission, is seeking artists to adopt ...

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Posted on: April 10, 2018

Geneva Earth Day Celebration Brings Plenty Of Family Fun

Earth Day

Geneva families are encouraged to go green as the City’s Natural Resources Committee and the Geneva Park District team up to celebrate Earth Day.The 11th annual Earth Day festivities will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21 at Peck Farm Park...

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City News
Posted on: April 9, 2018

City Council Adopts 2018-19 Fiscal Year Budget

Budget

The Geneva City Council approved the 2018-19 budget April 2, and here are some highlights of the upcoming fiscal year spending plan that starts Tuesday, May 1.The City’s budget is actually a combination of 37 individual budgets, all having different purpo...

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Posted on: April 6, 2018

City Launches New Online Cemetery Maps

Cemetery Map

People seeking information about Geneva’s two cemeteries can now access a public information map on the City’s website.During the past several years, the City has been compiling data from both Oak Hill and West Side cemeteries regarding burials, lot owner...

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City News
Posted on: April 5, 2018

Construction Resumes For Burlington, Fresh Thyme Stores

City News

Construction activity resumed the week of April 2 for the future Burlington and Fresh Thyme Farmers Market stores in the Fabyan Crossing shopping center on Randall Road.Burlington - formerly known as Burlington Coat Factory - is scheduled to be open for b...

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Posted on: April 2, 2018

Geneva To Flush Fire Hydrants This Spring

Fire Hydrant Flushing

The City of Geneva will be flushing fire hydrants throughout the community for a four-week period starting Monday, April 16 as part of an ongoing maintenance program.Hydrants will be flushed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. The water is safe to dri...

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