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It was West Chicago v. St. Charles in Battle of the Badges

Our friends at the West Chicago Police Department didn’t make it easy, but our St. Charles Fire and Police won the Battle of the Badges on Sept. 12, with a final score of 17-16.  

We had so much fun and raised over $1,000 for the Special Olympics Illinois! Thank you to St Charles District 303 for hosting this event at St. Charles East High School, Fully Promoted of St. Charles for sponsoring softball shirts, and the food trucks Puffy Houzz and Culinary Gangster for donating a portion of their sales back to Special Olympics Illinois.

Meet Ward 1 Alderman Richard Balla

Richard Balla

Richard Balla was sworn in as Alderman of Ward 1 at the Aug. 2, 2021, City Council Meeting. Balla will serve the remaining two years in the term following former Alderman Dan Stellato’s retirement June 21, 2021. 

 Balla is a life-long resident of St. Charles and has been a resident of the 1st Ward since 1997. He is a graduate of St. Charles High School and Iowa State University and is the Vice President of Accounting at Tour Edge Golf in Batavia, Ill. 

Natural and Beneficial Functions of Floodplains

A floodplain is any land area susceptible to being inundated by floodwaters from any source. When left in a natural state, floodplain systems store and dissipate floods without adverse impacts to residents, buildings, roads, and other infrastructure. Natural floodplains provide multiple benefits for the community including flood protection, erosion control, improved water quality, recharged aquifers, enhanced wildlife habitats, and recreational opportunities.

Police Department Maintains National Accreditation

The Police Department has held CALEA Accreditation since 1989

The St. Charles Police Department once again has been awarded National Accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). CALEA maintains professional standards for public safety to improve the delivery of services by participating law enforcement agencies. The St. Charles Police Department first achieved its accredited status in 1989, when it became one of the first agencies in the State of Illinois to become Nationally Accredited.

The Library is Open!

The St. Charles Library unveiled its newly renovated and expanded space at a special Grand Re-Opening Celebration July 17. The 100-year-old library was redesigned for the 21st century, while taking special care to incorporate the original Carnegie Library space. The new library is 65,000 sq. ft. and contains more than 300,000 items for patrons, with updated features and modern technologies, including a new drive-up window, teen space, makers space, sound room, 3-D printer, and laser engraver. See what’s new and open the door to a new adventure at the St. Charles Public Library.

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. A working smoke alarm cuts the risk of dying in a house fire in half. Smoke alarms give early warnings of fast spreading smoke making them a key part of a home fire escape plan.  

Tips from the National Fire Protection Association: