Preliminary Site Work for KDOT Randall Road Traffic Signal Project to Begin in April

City News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:34am
Use Extra Caution When Driving through Work Zones—Expect the UnexpectedMarch 23-27 is National Work Zone Awareness WeekIntersections along Randall Road from Fabyan Parkway to Silver Glen Road will receive traffic signal upgrades this summer. 
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Thank You Langum Woods Volunteer Clean Up Crew!

City News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:25pm
Boy Scout Troop #5, along with several community volunteers, learned about the value of natural areas and got a firsthand look at what it takes to care for our local parks earlier this month. 
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St. Charles City Services & Resources Brochure Available in Spanish

City News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:42am
The City of St. Charles has developed a brochure in Spanish that outlines some useful city services, community resources and important safety information. 
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Kirk Road Lanes Closed Between Dukane & Production Drives March 16-19

City News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 3:56pm
Closure Allows for Electrical WorkThe southbound outside lane and shoulder of Kirk Road will be closed daily from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday, March16 to Thursday, March 19 as the City of St. Charles Electric Department performs work in...
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Early Voting Begins March 23 for the April 7 Election

City News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 4:00pm
Five Aldermanic Seats are Up for Election
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2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade - Parking Restrictions & Road Closures

City News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 11:38am
The 2015 St. Patrick's Day Parade is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2015. A number of street closings will be in effect. There will also be additional parking restrictions in the downtown area.
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Seat Belt and DUI Safety Checks this St. Patrick's Day Weekend

City News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 4:04pm
Part of the IDOT Fiscal Year 2015 STEP Program Enforcement Campaigns March 13-17
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Volunteers Needed to Help Spruce Up Langum Woods

City News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 4:52pm
Saturday, March 14 from 9-11 a.m.
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St. Charles Police Officer to Take the Plunge for Charity

City News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 7:40pm
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 - 10:23am
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 - 7:42pm
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 - 5:14pm
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 - 12:39pm
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 - 5:54pm
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 - 2:18pm
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 - 5:17pm

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 - 5:30pm
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 - 5:28pm
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 - 5:26pm
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 - 3:14pm

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

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