- Editor’s Note: As Kane County, state of Illinois and other government offices make changes to services — whether to extend closings and scale back operations or reopen government services in a careful and responsible manner — we will post the announcements here. The most-recent posts are at the top of the page. Please scroll down for additional information.
1:45PM THURSDAY, MAY 14
No St. Charles Memorial Day Public Events this Year
The St. Charles Memorial Day ceremonies and parade will not be held this year.
Event organizers have cancelled Memorial Day activities in order to practice proper social distancing in support of public health safety and the Stay at Home Order during the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, St. Charles Mayor Raymond Rogina will deliver a special video message to memorialize those who have given their lives in service to our country.
“While this year we can’t all come out to show our respects for the servicemen and women who have lost their lives fighting for this country,” Rogina said. “I wanted to be sure to take a moment to remember them and reflect on the sacrifice they made.”
The special video message will be available on the city of St. Charles website (www.stcharlesil.gov) and YouTube channel closer to Memorial Day.
12:25PM THURSDAY, MAY 14
Rockford Diocese Will Reopen Churches May 25
1:30PM TUESDAY, MAY 12
Geneva Chamber Cancels Arts Fair
The community and visitors look forward to Geneva festivals year after year, but another favorite will be canceled due to the pandemic.
“Knowing that our first thought, during these uncertain times, is the health and safety of those who may attend a festival, the Geneva Chamber of Commerce and Geneva Arts Fair coordinator, EM Events, has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Geneva Art Fair due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” officials said in a news release.
The event was scheduled to be held July 25 and July 26 this year.
“While this decision was difficult, we felt that it is for the safety of our Geneva Arts Fair visitors and participants. We know the Geneva Arts Fair is very popular and looked forward to, not only by the artists, but the public as well, therefore, we are coordinating with artists on an alternative option to display their work throughout Geneva in July,” said Paula Schmidt, president of Geneva Chamber of Commerce.
“We thank the community for their support and know the Geneva Chamber is working on creative ways to make summer in Geneva memorable,” said Laura Rush, Communications Manager of Geneva Chamber of Commerce.
Updates on all festivals may be found on the chamber’s website.
Elgin Cancels, Delays Special Events
As part of its expenditure reductions, the city of Elgin is postponing or cancelling a number of spring and early summer events. Click this link or the story embedded below and look for the post at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, May 12.
2:10PM FRIDAY, MAY 8
St. Charles Spring Clean Up Canceled; Bulk Items Expose Employees To COVID-19
The city of St. Charles 2020 Spring Clean Up program originally scheduled for June is canceled. The program allows residents to place unwanted items at the curb for pick up.
Lakeshore Recycling Systems, the vendor that conducts the program, halted collection of bulk items to limit employee exposure to the coronavirus, which the Centers for Disease Control suggests can last on some hard surfaces for many days.
The city will continue to follow state and federal health and safety guidelines related to the COVID-19 virus to evaluate Spring Clean Up in the future.
For more information on alternate disposal or recycling options for some items, visit the Kane County Recycles website. If you have questions, contact Lakeshore Recycling Systems at 630-581-8650 or email StCharles@LRSrecycles.com.
10:20AM THURSDAY, MAY 7
Statement From RiverEdge Park Regarding Postponement of June Events
Due to the ramifications of COVID-19, RiverEdge Park officials will postpone all June RiverEdge Park shows. This includes Blues on the Fox, Dark Star Orchestra and The Chicago Experience.
“The safety and health of our patrons, staff and artists are our No. 1 priority, and we stand ready to do whatever is necessary to ensure that,” officials said in a statement on the RiverEdge website.
If you have tickets to any of these performances, they will be automatically transferred to the rescheduled 2021 date. Even though the date has changed, your original ticket is still valid for the 2021 date
Below are the details about each concert. If you cannot make the new date, please contact us no later than 60 days before the rescheduled 2021 performance date. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the box office Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 630-896-6666 or email email@example.com.
“We truly appreciate your patience and your ongoing support during these unprecedented times,” the website said.
Postponed until June 18 and 19, 2021. RiverEdge has commitments from Southern Avenue for Friday, June 18, 2021, and Melody Angel, Billy Branch and Buddy Guy for Saturday, June 19, 2021. Mindi Abair and Kenny Wayne Shepherd have also confirmed for the 2021 Blues on the Fox.
Postponement date TBD. Officials are working with Dark Star Orchestra to reschedule them to the 2021 season. RiverEdge will update its website when the new date has been finalized.
Postponed until June 25, 2021.
We’ll continue to communicate via email with all ticket holders. Up-to-date information will also be posted on our website at RiverEdgeAurora.com. Please check back often for updates.
Due to the stay-at-home order, the RiverEdge box office has been closed but box office associates are standing by remotely to answer your calls. If you must contact the box office at this time, a remote box office phone line is available at 630.896.6666 during limited hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Due to the limited staff, officials ask that you please be patient during this time and only call the box office if necessary. Box office associates are also monitoring email, so please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
8:20AM FRIDAY, MAY 1
Batavia’s Hall Quarry Beach Will Stay Closed for the 2020 Season
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Batavia Park District will be keeping the Hall Quarry Beach closed for the 2020 swim season.
With the unique nature of the facility being a “beach,” it takes at least four weeks of dedicated work to prepare the quarry for public use: adding sand, water, chlorine; sending water samples to the state for testing; recruiting lifeguards; testing and hiring lifeguards; training lifeguards; certifying the lifeguards; onboarding of concessions and admissions staff; and purchasing the equipment and supplies, among other steps, all must be completed before even one patron can enter.
“The combination of the unique nature of the beach, the uncertainty of the length of the current stay-at-home order, the likely restrictions on group activity this summer even if the stay-at-home restrictions are eased, the lead time necessary for the proper training of lifeguards, and the lead time necessary to achieve the high maintenance standards led us to the disappointing conclusion that we cannot safely open the quarry to the community this summer,” said Executive Director Allison Niemela.
“Even setting aside the training, and maintenance issues, it is unclear how the Park District could open the quarry and still comply with the strict limits on gatherings and other safety protocols issued by the Center for Disease Control and the Illinois Department of Public Health.”
Although recent CDC guidance notes that pools could begin to operate, it qualified that guidance by noting that pools would still need to comply with social distancing (i.e. people 6 feet or more apart), size limitations (e.g. keeping gatherings under 50 people), and cleaning/disinfecting guidelines.
Staff considered the impact of these recommendations on a public beach versus a private lap pool for a home or smaller private business and do not believe it is feasible to reopen and follow the CDC guidance.
“Doing so would turn our lifeguards and pool employees into ‘social distancing police’ where they are forced to watch not only the water for life threatening situations but must also turn their eyes from the water to patrons on the beach deck,” Niemela said.
Moreover, the Illinois Department of Public Health has made no indication about how it will begin conducting pool inspections and has informally stated that it has no plans to do so until more is known about the shelter in place extension.
Everyone who purchased a Hall Quarry Beach season pass will automatically receive a refund in the form of a check. Refunds will be issued by mail within the next 10 days.
“As disappointing as this news may be, it is the right decision for the health and safety of the general public as we cope with this unprecedented pandemic,” said Niemela.
For more information, or to view the COVID-19 updates, visit the website at bataviaparks.org.
8:45AM THURSDAY, APRIL 30
Geneva Suspends City Council Meetings
The city of Geneva is among the municipalities (see below) that have announced the extension of facility closures, and has suspended all City Council meetings until the stay-at-home order is lifted.
According to a city of Geneva news release, Geneva City Hall and other city facilities will remain closed to the public during May after the governor extended Illinois’ “stay at home” order for another month due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The city continues to provide public safety and essential services to the community, however, due to reduced staffing levels and some employees working from home, there may be a delay in responding to non-emergency inquiries. For the latest information regarding the city’s COVID-19 response, visit the city’s website.
Geneva will suspend City Council and all city advisory board meetings effective immediately until the “stay at home” order extension is lifted in its entirety or amended to allow for gatherings where proper social distancing guidelines can be maintained.
The city of Geneva will continue to follow the parameters outlined in the “stay at home” order and encourages the public to do the same.
Once signed, the governor’s new executive order, which includes modifications impacting both people and businesses effective Friday, May 1, will be posted on the city’s website.
In event news, the Concours d’Elegance car show scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 23 in downtown Geneva has been cancelled this year, according to organizers. For more information, visit the event’s website.
Municipalities Extend Facility Closures Through May 30
The city of Elgin and other municipalities in Kane County are operating but many have announced the extension of facility closures through May, in accordance with the extension of the state’s stay-at-home order.
This article contains more information about the city of Elgin services and facility closures:
9:30AM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29
City of Elgin Adds Its Golf Courses To List of May 1 Openings
The city of Elgin’s golf courses — including Bowes Creek Country Club, The Highlands of Elgin and Wing Park Golf Course — will open to the public with limited services on May 1. Tee times bookings will go live on respective golf course websites at 7 a.m. today (Wednesday, April 29).
The city of Elgin has implemented operational plans for its three golf courses consistent with the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity released golf operational restrictions effective 6 a.m. Friday, May 1 as part of Gov. JB Pritzker’s Stay at Home Order Extension.
No walk-in reservations are allowed. Book your reservations via the GolfElgin App or golf course websites. You can not book a tee time without prepayment. Phone payments can be made by calling the respective golf shop.
Upon arrival, an outside service staff member will verify your name and confirm prepayment is received before directing golfer(s) to the first tee. Rates are dynamically priced. Check the websites for cost and availability.
- Bowes Creek Country Club: 847-214-5880
- The Highlands of Elgin: 847-931-5950
- Wing Park Golf Course: 847-931-5952
“We appreciate everyone’s patience during this extremely difficult time,” said Director of Golf Operations Mike Lehman. “We look forward to golfers enjoying a little bit of normalcy this spring.”
- Players must maintain safe social distancing of six feet apart from others.
- The first tee time is subject to change daily.
- Beginning May 1, cart paths are for golf operations only. Walking, running and biking by the general public is prohibited.
For more information, please contact Communications Manager Molly Gillespie at 847-931-5613 (O) or 224-762-0516 (C).
10:30AM MONDAY, APRIL 27
Here’s a Quick Look at Golf, State Parks Open as of May 1
A news release from the Office of the Governor announced May 1 modifications to the Illinois stay-at-home order that include opening of state parks and golf courses.
Here’s a quick look at what’s up in the Kane County area:
State parks will begin a phased re-opening with fishing and boating in groups of no more than two people permitted.
Unfortunately, those parks do not appear on the state’s list of open parks. Here’s the list of partially-open parks, courtesy of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources:
Northeastern Illinois: Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park / North Point Marina, Chain O’ Lakes State Park, Illinois and Michigan Canal State Trail (includes Buffalo Rock, Channahon, Gebhard Woods, and William G Stratton), Kankakee River State Park, Moraine Hills State Park
If you do choose to visit one of our state parks, please remember to:
- Practice social distancing by keeping at least six feet of distance between yourself and others;
- Please stay home if you are sick or feeling any symptoms, such as fever, coughing, troubled breathing, and/or other flu-like symptoms;
- Visit alone or with members of your household;
- Stay local and visit parks that are closest to where you live;
- If you arrive at a park and crowds are forming, please move to another area or return another time/day to visit; and
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper arm/elbow.
Golf will be permitted under strict safety guidelines.
Call your local golf course for additional information about whether the course is open or closed.
Here are the rules for Hughes Creek:
- Social Distancing will be in place throughout the golf course.
- We ask that players check in no more then 15 mins. before tee time.
- No carts permitted — except individuals with a physical disability or physical limitations that prevent them from walking the course.
- Only privately-owned pull carts may be utilized, rental of pull carts from course will not be allowed.
- Players CAN NOT touch flag stick.
- The cups will be elevated with roughly 1 inch below the lip of the hole, so players can retrieve their ball without having to put their hand in the bottom of regular cup.
- No rakes, water coolers, benches, ball washes.
- Restaurant can remain open for carry out only.
- Bring hand sanitizer with you and use during your round and at the end.
State Rules For Operation
Here are some of the rules for operation:
- Players shall be grouped in twosomes.
- 15 minutes between tee-times: (Average tee-times are roughly 12 minutes apart.) (Spreading out bookings would ensure people do not congregate at tee boxes.)
- Signage describing operational changes including: no congregating, increased frequency of cleaning, no handshakes, and maintain social distancing between players.
- No practice ranges, chipping greens, or putting greens to limit large gatherings of individuals.
- No golf carts may be used on course (either owned by golf club or privately owned), except individuals with a physical disability or physical limitations that prevent them from walking the course may rent a cart from the golf club.)
- Only privately-owned pull carts may be utilized, rental of pull carts from the course will not be allowed.
- Elevate the “bottom” of the cup: (This can be done by placing the cup upside down so that the new bottom is roughly an inch below the lip of the hole. Golfers could retrieve their ball without having to put their hand in the bottom of the regular cup.) (Alternatively, place Styrofoam in the bottom of the cup).
- Flags cannot be removed from the cup.
- Clubhouses, halfway houses, and proshops shall remain closed.
- Prohibit beverage and snack carts.
- Courses shall operate at a minimum basic operations level of staff to limit customer and staff contact; i.e. “starter”, “course manager”, “maintenance crew”, “kitchen staff to prepare to-go only food service.”
- Remove drinking water jugs and prohibit use of water fountains that are permanently affixed with signage
- Elimination of on-course and practice facility touchpoints (i.e. bag drop, benches, ball washes, bunker/sand trap rakes, rental equipment, and water coolers)
- Hand sanitizer and soap in all restrooms, including those on the course. (Restrooms shall be sanitized regularly)
- No indoor events or outside tournaments.
- Restaurants can remain open for takeout only; all tables and chairs removed or flipped upside down to prohibit use.
- Indoor facilities may be open for minimal operations for use by golf course workers to facilitate the outdoor recreation footprint and activity.
State Player Restrictions:
- Any players with any symptoms of COVID-19, should not play.
- In addition, any players from a household with someone with symptoms of COVID-19 should not play.
- Golfers must walk and carry own clubs; no caddies.
- Bring your own supply of balls, tees, ball markers, and any other equipment needed to play golf.
- Insist on social distancing on tees, greens, and throughout the round.
- Players shall maintain adequate physical distancing between other twosomes.
- Golfers should pick up their own ball.
- Handle your own scorecard.
- Bring your own water/sports drink, towel, and snack.
- Do not use the public drinking fountain or ball cleaner.
- Leave the flag in place while putting.
- Sort out the sand in the bunker with a club.
- Put on your golf shoes at your vehicle.
- Bring hand sanitizer with you and use during your round and at the end.
- No handshakes at the beginning of the round or at the 18th hole
11AM FRIDAY, APRIL 24
State Rules That Electronics Recycling Is Essential Service; April Shred Event Cancelled
Kane County Recycles this week announced that its April 25 special document shredding event has been cancelled, but recycling drop-offs have been listed as essential services by the governor’s executive order, and the Batavia recycling center will open on Monday, April 27.
Here’s a status report on recycling programs, courtesy of Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jarland:
Shred Event Cancelled
Kane County Recycles wants to remind you that the special document shredding event that had been planned for this Saturday, April 25, is cancelled. Please refer to this Recycling Program Status document for future updates concerning recycling programs and events.
Recycling Drop-Off Open
Recycle your TVs, Computers, Electronics, and Clothes – Governor’s Executive Order 20-10 Essential Service
Electronics and Clothes can be recycled on weekdays at Kane County’s Recycling Center on Fabyan Parkway in Batavia.
- Location: 517 E. Fabyan Parkway, Batavia, IL
- Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, starting Monday, April 27
- Accepts: Electronics and Clothing
- Costs: Fees apply for TVs and monitors. The cost is $25 or $35, depending on the size of the screen. You can pay online and bring printed receipt. All electronic items other than screens are free to drop off.
Recycle Chemicals, Oil Paint, Hazardous Materials
Geneva, Batavia, West Dundee, Carpentersville, South Elgin, Plato Township, and Mill Creek residents have access to this program through partnerships between their town (or township) and the county. U.S. Ecology, the service provider, is operating this program in compliance with state guidelines.
Please see full program details here.
COVID-19 Safety Protocol
The programs operating at this time meet protocol for minimizing contact with service staff, while still providing essential service.
Employees wear masks and gloves, and regularly sanitize their hands and equipment. Please follow the below rules for use, to ensure the operators can continue to provide these services safely and in accordance with State and Local guidelines.
Recycling Center Rules for Use include staying in your vehicle with windows up and paying online.
Household Hazardous Waste Home Collection program will also be employing safety protocol in the delivery of that service.
SOURCE: Kane County Recycles
2:30PM THURSDAY, APRIL 23
Kane County Court Extends Scaled Back Operations To After June 1
Clint Hull, chief judge of the 16th Judicial Circuit in Kane County, has ordered that most criminal and civil cases be continued to after June 1, 2020.
“This decision is to protect the health and safety of the general public and courthouse employees and made after consultation with the presiding judges and offices of the County Board, State’s Attorney, Public Defender, Court Services, Circuit Clerk, and representatives of the private bar,” Hull said in a news release issued today.
The Kane County Judicial Center at 37W777 Route 38 in St. Charles, and Kane County Juvenile Justice Center at 37W655 Route 38 in St. Charles remain open to hear those cases deemed essential and any emergency motions.
Essential cases include but are not limited to in-custody criminal cases, order of protection hearings, juvenile delinquency, juvenile abuse and neglect, mental health hearings and emergency matters.
All cases set for trial between April 22 and July 31, 2020 shall be continued until Aug. 3, 2020. The Circuit Clerk will reschedule all trial matters for status and resetting of a new trial date after Aug. 3.
Branch courts will remain closed through Friday, May 29, and re-open Monday, June 1, 2020. They include Aurora Branch Court at 1200 East Indian Trial Road, the Elgin Branch Court at 150 Dexter Court and Kane County Branch Court at 530 S. Randall Road in St. Charles.
All bond call matters will continue to be heard at the Kane County Judicial Center until June 1, 2020, by video.
“We appreciate the cooperation we have received from everyone involved in the court system. We are doing our best to balance the needs of protecting the public and our courthouse staff with keeping the courthouse open to hear those cases that must be heard. We are focused on cases that involve individuals who are in-custody and those matters that are required for the protection of individuals and the public.”
Additional safety measures include limiting the number of people allowed into a courtroom to no more than ten people and that all individuals including the staff and public must remain separated by no less than 6 feet.
The Circuit Clerk’s Office will be mailing new court dates to the last known mailing address. Questions about future court dates should be directed to the Kane County Circuit Court Clerk at 630-232-3413 or email@example.com.
Next court dates will also be available through the public portal on the Kane County Circuit Clerk’s website at www.cic.co.kane.il.us. Users should have case numbers or party names available.
New court dates will not be immediately available. Officials ask that you wait seven to 10 days after your regularly scheduled court date before calling about your new court date.
Additional information can be found at the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit website at www.illinois16thjudicialcircuit.org.
8:45AM MONDAY, APRIL 20
Kane County Animal Control Starts Adoptions By Appointment
Kane County Animal Control will begin offering opportunities for pet adoption by appointment, starting today (Monday, April 20, 2020).
Offices remain closed to other in-person business at this time, said Kane County Animal Control Director Brett Youngsteadt.
“We are bringing scheduled people in one by one, with an hour time slot so we can clean between each person,” he said. “Our dog adopts will all be done outside, and our cats will be allowed into our viewing room only.”
The phone number for KCAC is 630-232-3555. The office is located at 40060 Keslinger Road, Geneva. Click this link for more information about office hours and how to contact Kane County Animal Control.
“We want to thank you all for your patience during this difficult time,” Youngsteadt said. “We are still very concerned for safety and will continue to ensure our animals, staff, and the public are safe through these changes. We are excited to continue serving the county and look forward to sending our furry friends to their forever homes!”
Pet Adoption Protocols as of April 20
- Appointments will only be taken DURING office hours by phone call. EMAIL APPOINTMENTS AND APPOINTMENTS CALLED IN AFTER NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ARE NOT CONSIDERED VALID.
- There are three appointment slots every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the following times: 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon.
- Only one adopter will be allowed to visit per appointment time.
- Appointments are first come, first served for each animal.
- All dog interactions will happen outside of the KCAC facility. If you have another animal that will need a meet-and-greet, KCAC will ask that you bring the pet with you, and the meeting will all be done in the same appointment slot.
- If the animal is adopted before your appointment, you will be notified by phone call before your appointment time.
- All adoption applications MUST be submitted prior to your appointment.
- Completed applications may be submitted via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by fax (630-232-3585). Adoption applications can be found at this link: http://kanecountypets.com/documents/AdoptionApplication.pdf