Seasonal Programs & Notices

Emergency Contact Information

To report an after-hours emergency for Public Works, such as a water leak or main break, please call WESCOM at 815-838-2131. (Normal business hours for Public Works are Monday through Friday 7:00 am to 3:30 pm).

Fall Hydrant Flushing

The Fall Hydrant Flushing Program will be from mid-September until the end of November. Signs will be posted in the flushing areas so residents are aware when flushing will take place in their neighborhood.

Branch Pick-Up Program

Wondering what to do with your branches?  Since September 1, 2011, the city's policy is to pick up branches/brush ONLY after SEVERE weather.  Please take advantage of th Yard Waste Program included in your Waste Management service.  Waste Management will be picking up yard waste on your garbage day starting April 1st through the week ending November 30th. In order for Waste Management to pick up your branches, they must be contained in a kraft bag (no sticker necessary) or bundled. Branch bundles must:

  1. Be no more than 4 feet in length
  2. Be no more than 5 inches in diameter
  3. Weigh no more than 50 pounds
  4. Be securely tied with string or twine

Unbundled branches will NOT be accepted.   

2013 Leaf Program Begins

Fall is Here – Un-be-LEAVE-able!!!

As we say goodbye to summer and welcome the brilliant colors of fall, we must prepare for the dilemma that accompanies the season…what do we do with our leaves???  Don’t fret.  The Leaf Pick-up Program begins in mid-October and will run until December 6th, weather permitting.  Please note, Waste Management will pick up your kraft bags full of leaves on your garbage day at no additional charge through the week of November 25thNO sticker is needed, provided the bag is filled with leaves only.  If you’d prefer to take advantage of the Public Works Leaf Program, please be patient as it is extremely difficult to determine when we will be in your area.  Leaves that are placed along the parkway will be picked up as quickly as possible.  Please DO NOT put leaves in the street or in the curb/gutter, as it will create drainage problems for you and your neighbors.  The truck will follow a specific route for safety purposes, as well as efficiency, so we cannot make special trips to any specific address.  Also note, the machine can only pick up leaves. If a pile of leaves is mixed with branches, it will not be picked up.

Snow Removal Plan

The City has established a priority plowing system to help traffic move as efficiently and as safe as possible. Priority One streets are those that are main streets, including those in subdivisions, roads that link arterials, and those streets with schools located on them. Priority Two streets are minor residential, side streets, and those cul-de-sacs with steep inclines and/or sharp curves. Priority Three streets include dead ends, cul-de-sacs and alleys. There are a number of roads within the city that are plowed and salted by the Illinois Department of Transportation, i.e., Route 171 (State Street/Archer Avenue), Route 53 (Broadway), and Route 7 (159th Street/9th Street), including the high level bridge. Will County plows Division Street east of Briggs and Briggs Street south of Division. Also, as a reminder, City Ordinance 70.27 states, "no person shall park any vehicle upon public streets at any time after snow begins to fall and for a period of eight hours after snow stops falling on the streets and public parking lots. If the snow on the street exceeds two inches in depth, the parking prohibition shall continue until snow removal operations are complete."

Parkway Trees

The City recently completed a survey of all the parkway trees within the City limits.  We will be starting to remove the dead Ash trees that have been effected by the Emerald Ash Borer. At this time, we discourage planting in the parkway until a new list of “acceptable” trees is available.  As they become available, updates will be posted on the website at

Jodi Herman, Administrative Assistant