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Richard Balla Appointed Alderman of Ward 1 in St. Charles

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 for the Alderman seat. The seat was vacated when former Alderman Dan Stellato resigned 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.

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.

Director of Community & Economic Development Rita Tungare to Retire

Rita Tungare

Rita Tungare, Director of Community and Economic Development for the City of St. Charles, announced in May she will retire Aug. 27, 2021. Tungare, who had held the position of Community Development Director since 2008, expanded her role to overseeing both Community & Economic Development since 2013.

Tungare has been responsible for leading all aspects of land development including economic incentives, annexation and development agreements, zoning entitlements, engineering, permitting and inspections, historic preservation, and affordable housing.

Did You See Your Annual Water Quality Report?

The City of St. Charles is committed to providing safe, reliable, and economical water to its customers. Every year the City distributes a report that summarizes the quality of your drinking water. We are pleased to report again this year that your tap water met all Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) drinking water health standards. The water is tested in accordance with strict EPA regulations, so you can be assured your drinking water is safe and meets or exceeds all water quality standards as listed in the Safe Drinking Act.

City of St. Charles Resumes Non-Essential Services Under Phase 5


The City of St. Charles has lifted capacity restrictions and resumes non-essential services following Governor JB Pritzker’s announcement that the State of Illinois has entered Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan June 11, 2021.

Phase 5 allows all sectors of the economy to reopen and resume normal operations with new safety guidance and procedures. Conventions, festivals, and large events can take place.

Portions of 1st St & Walnut Ave Closed

Additional Outdoor Dining Space in Downtown St. Charles

A portion of 1st Street in downtown St. Charles closed to vehicle traffic beginning April 1 to accommodate additional outdoor public seating. Picnic tables and chairs will be placed on the closed section of 1st Street as well as on the plaza space east of 1st Street. Access to the 1st Street parking structures will be maintained. A similar plan was put in place last year to help restaurants and bars during statewide COVID-19 mitigations.