Public Works

The Public Works Department is responsible for the operation and maintenance of public infrastructure. This includes asphalt patching, street sweeping, maintaining street signs, repairing and upgrading streetlights, parkway tree trimming, snow removal, maintaining the City’s wells, repairing water main breaks, and operating the wastewater system. Public Works staff is also responsible for maintaining all municipal facilities and equipment, including vehicles for police. These services are essential to ensure a safe and comfortable city for our residents. 

Water Main Breaks

Please report water leaks or main breaks to City Hall by calling (815) 838-0549, option 3. For emergencies after hours, please call WESCOM at (815) 838-2131.

Discolored Water

Due to pressure fluctuations in the system, you may experience some discolored water. The sediment in the mains causes this to occur. In the early spring, the mains will be flushed to remove the accumulated sediment. We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. It will take a few hours for the system to settle. Please contact the Water Department if the problem persists for more than a day.


Sump Pump Connection Permit (PDF)
Prevailing Rate of Wage Ordinance (PDF)