St. Charles Police Officer to Take the Plunge for Charity

City News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 6:40pm
Officer Adam Stander to Participate in the Lake Bluff Polar Plunge March 7
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St. Charles Police Officer to Take the Plunge for Charity

City News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 9:23am
Officer Adam Stander to Participate in the Lake Bluff Polar Plunge March 7St. Charles Police Officer Adam Stander will brave the freezing temperatures of Lake Michigan Saturday, March 7 for the Lake Bluff Polar Plunge benefiting Special Olympics...
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Fire Chief Joe Schelstreet Earns International Accreditation

City News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 6:42pm
Official Presentation to be Made at the March 2 City Council MeetingFire Chief Joe Schelstreet has been designated a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) by the Commission on Professional Credentialing. 
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The Latest Issue of the Crime Prevention Newsletter is Out

City News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 4:14pm
The St. Charles Police Department recently debuted its new Crime Prevention newsletter, Police Beat. The newsletter offers helpful information for protecting you, your family and home against crime. Read it online.
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St. Charles is Entering the 2015 America in Bloom Program

City News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 11:39am
Volunteers Wanted to Help with the EffortIt may be cold outside, but our thoughts are on summer, when the St. Charles community will be showcased in the 2015 America in Bloom national awards program. 
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Bitterly Cold Temperatures are Back

City News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 4:54pm
Remember Cold Weather Safety Tips and Available Warming CentersWith bitterly cold temperatures forecast for the rest of this week, the St. Charles Fire Department would like to share these cold weather safety tips from the Federal Emergency...
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Scholarship Opportunities for Local Students

City News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 1:18pm
The City of St. Charles would like to share information on two scholarship programs for local students.
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Updates to the City’s Liquor, Tobacco and Massage Licensing

Inside St. Charles Blog - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 4:17pm

Over the past few months the St. Charles Police Department, along with City staff and legal counsel, have worked to refine provisions in the city code regarding establishments that offer liquor, tobacco or massage services. A summary is below.


It is through collaboration and cooperation that we provide a safe and inviting social experience to those who patronize St. Charles and its establishments.

Our primary goal is make our community a ‘destination point” for residents, visitors and business owners alike.

The revision recommendations of the codes and ordinances you will see today are a reflection of these efforts. We want to be firm but fair in not only codifying our ordinances, but also enforcing them. We hope to accomplish the following goals:

  • Clean up some inconsistent ordinance language.
  • Provide clearer direction and definitions of outdated language and practices.

Follow industry standards and best practices in regards to our rules and regulations pertaining to the issuing of licenses, the will be enforcement of code regulations and the stance of “zero tolerance” to certain violations of our liquor ordinances. Specifically, you will see fine increase recommendations for fighting in public, public urination and intoxication and any violation pertaining to underage consumption/possession of alcohol.


As part of both the City and Police Department’s efforts to improve and enhance both compliance and accountability of tobacco retailers, a new ordinance was approved and implemented. Highlights include:

  • The merger of tobacco oversight within the Liquor Commission
  • Consolidation of alternative nicotine products within the ordinance
  • Licensee accountability and a new license structure

These will solidify our ordinances and City Code and provide both the City and Police Department a more defined tobacco and alternative nicotine products review process.


City staff worked with legal counsel in developing language for an ordinance to implement massage business licensing. City Code 5.20 – “Massage Establishments” is now a reality.

The key points in this ordinance are as follows:

  • An application process has been defined. Licensing and application fees have been recommended at $250.00, with an additional $50 charge for fingerprinting.
  • Licensing restrictions include what is/isn’t allowed within the City.
  • Establishment conditions, rules and regulations; inspections through Code Enforcement and the Police Department are part of this ordinance.
  • Due process for license violations through the local Liquor Commissioner/Commission, including revocations, suspensions, and fines.
  • Exemptions are in place for certain licensing requirements.

Mark Koenen is City Administrator of the City of St. Charles, Illinois. He can be reached at

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Explosion Midwest Powder Coat 3865 Swenson Ave.

City News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 4:30pm
Feb. 6, 10:30 a.m., the St. Charles Fire Department responded to a reported activated fire alarm at the Midwest Powder Coating Company located at 3865 Swenson Avenue.
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The City Retains its Aa1 Credit Rating from Moody's Investors Service

City News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 4:28pm
Moody’s Investors Service, a leading provider of credit ratings, research, and risk analysis, once again affirmed the City of St. Charles’ impressive Aa1 bond rating. The Aa1 rating is the second highest rating offered by the independent credit...
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Please Keep Fire Hydrants Clear of Snow

City News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 4:26pm
Hydrants Need to be Visible and Accessible at All TimesIn the wake of nearly two feet of snow we received in the past week, the St. Charles Fire Department would like to remind residents to keep fire hydrants clear of snow.
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Meet State Representative Steve Andersson at Tonight's Council Meeting

City News - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 2:14pm

State Representative Steve Andersson will introduce himself at tonight's City Council meeting. 

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2:30 p.m. Sunday Snow Storm Update

City News - Sun, 02/01/2015 - 2:59pm
From the National Weather Service in Chicago

Listen to the snow storm update here Keep up on the latest forecast here

Blizzard Warning in Effect until Feb.2, 12:00 a.m.

City News - Sun, 02/01/2015 - 2:42pm
Hazardous Conditions; Avoid Travel if Possible

A blizzard warning has been issued by the U.S. National Weather Service in Chicago. Track the storm’s progress here 

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Saturday Business Hours - St. Charles Police Department

City News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 4:26pm

Beginning February 7, 2015, Saturday business hours for the St. Charles Police Department will change to 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Business hours Monday through Friday are 6 a.m. - midnight; closed on Sundays and holidays.

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Arrest Made in Tobacco Store Armed Robbery

City News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 1:13pm
On Sunday, January 4, 2015 at approximately 6:27 P.M., St. Charles Police responded to an “armed robbery that just occurred” dispatch at the Tobacco and Gift
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Theft of Mail Update

City News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 9:09am
Arrest Made

On Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at approximately 1:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Blackhawk Trail for a suspicious person possibly stealing

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City Highlights of 2014

Inside St. Charles Blog - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 3:59pm

So many good things happened in our city last year. Here’s a look at 2014 in review:

  • Developers of The QUAD broke ground on Sept. 3 as site and utility work began outside. Site work will continue this spring, followed by work on the actual structure. The QUAD has an anticipated 2016 opening.
  • New businesses opened from east Main Street to Randall Road and everywhere in between. For the sixth consecutive year, the city has frozen its operating levy, keeping the City’s portion of property taxes constant.
  • Infrastructure improvements rolled on, including:
  • Completion of a new $.8.8 million Biosolids and Operations Building at the Main Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • $1 million replacement and improvement of the north Municipal Parking Lot.
  • Resurfacing of South Tyler Road with a $500,000 matching State grant.
  • The City was recognized with several awards and accreditations, including:
  • The Police Department renewed accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and finished 3rd in the Champion Class Category of the 2013 Illinois Traffic Safety Challenge sponsored by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police Traffic Committee.
  • Our Emergency Management Agency (EMA) earned accreditation through the Illinois EMA.
  • Our electric utility received the Municipality of the Year award from the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency.
  • The City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the year ended April 30, 2013, received its 28th consecutive Certificate of Achievement from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.
  • Our Workplace Wellness program was recognized as a stand-out by the TriCity Family Services Employee Assistance Program.

Here’s to a great 2015 in St. Charles!

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1/14/2015 1:30 p.m. Update: Telephone Service is Restored at City of St. Charles Offices

City News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 8:17am

Telephone service for the City of St. Charles is now completely restored. Last evening the City experienced a telephone system interruption that caused a temporary outage for inbound calls. The City’s phone carrier has corrected the problem at

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January is National Radon Action Month

City News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 2:06pm

January is National Radon Action Month. Radon gas is found all over the United States and comes from

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