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Spring 2012

In This Issue
Budget Hearing
Preservation Month
Island Park Reroute
Public Works Projects
708 Board News
Economic Development News
Geneva Giving Program
Customer Service Survey
PACE Bus Serves You!
Beautification News
ESDA Needs Volunteers
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If you don't have Comcast cable, you can check out a DVD of meetings at City Hall. Call (630) 232-7494 for more info.
Brush/Yard Waste Collection
The City's brush & yard waste collection programs are now in service for 2012.  Residents should put their paper/craft yard waste bags (with a sticker) out on their regular refuse collection day.
The Brush Collection Program schedule is as follows:
April 9, 23
May 14, 28
June 11, 25
July 9, 23
Aug. 13, 27
Sept. 10, 24
Oct. 8, 22
Nov. 12, 26
April 16
May 7, 21
June 4, 18
July 2, 16
Aug. 6, 20
Sept. 3, 17
Oct. 1, 15
Nov. 5, 19
Complete program details can be found online at
Thank You for Your Donation! 
The City would like to acknowledge the following donors to the Giving Program and Beautification Committee for the first quarter of 2012:

Connie Alvarez

John Bazar

Jean Beckmann

Becky's Best Food

Mary Bencini

Boardsports Unlimited

Jim and Judy Corfield

Arliss Cox

Paul and Terry DesCoteaux

Deb Donnelly

Gregg and Jane Erickson

Robert and Lori Everett

Frank and Cathy Ferguson

Flamingo Design

Terry and Dorothy Flanagan

Henry and Rosemarie Gehrhardt

Geneva Garden Club

Geneva Running Outfitters

Graham's Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream

Marvin and Linda Haseman

Heinz Brothers Greenhouse

Jan Hennessy

Sam and Carolyn Hill

Dorothy Hiller

Jacqueline Hogan

The Home Depot

Carolyn Hopkins

Thomas and Barbara Hulseberg

Clyde and Sharon Jones

Clarence and Patricia Kesner

Merritt and Alison King

Tim and Sandra Klimowski

Knights of Columbus

Richard and Darlene Larson

Todd Linley

Ruth Ann Littlefield

Richard and Cheryl Marks

Brett Mason

Sean and Darbie McCollian 

Terry and Rocky McConnaughay

Maureen McKeough

Miscella Real Estate

Jay Moffat

Moonlight Landscaping

Roger and Sharon Morris


The Olive Mill

Patty O'Neil

Thomas and Carol Ota

The Paper Merchant

Susan Pearson

Charles and Barbara Radovich

Riverview Banquets

Ron Clesen's Ornamental Plants

Jennifer Russo

Jack and Martha Ryan

Smith Family Foundation

State Street Jewelers

Mary Stavenhagen

Richard and Mary Sturm

Dewey and Betty Thayer and Andrew Eguia

Dee Veneris

Tad and Julie Vogl 

Jim and Sherri Weitl

Kay Yotz

Fred Zinke
Watts & Roe Families
Ruth Wroldsen


Mayor Burns


Dear Neighbor,


How often have you been asked the following question, "If you had only a few minutes to take from your home the things you valued most, what would you take?" The answer often depends on the stage of life we're in at the time. But, what about this question, "What one thing would you give away for future generations to examine and marvel about long after you're gone?" The answer to this question is not so much a matter of where we are in life's journey but how we want our life's story to be told long after we're unable to tell it.  


Following the theme above...I have a question (and a challenge) for all of you...all 22,000 of you who proudly call Geneva home.


What are you willing to give for placement in the City of Geneva's time capsule on Saturday, May 19th when the community celebrates the 100th anniversary of City Hall and fills a time capsule full of documents, photographs, mementos and the like for the citizens of our community 100 years hence?   What special "thing" will evoke wonder, curiosity, pride, and so on? The choice is yours.  

                         Centennial Coin

On Saturday, May 19th the City will not only be displaying the time capsule items that were buried 100 years ago by our forefathers, but we will be encapsulating current-day mementos and we want you to submit ideas that we can choose from!


Here's the deal - we are offering residents to pick one of two options for consideration:


1.  Donate an item to be included in the next time capsule.  The item must fit in a container measuring 10" x 8" x 2 3/4". All submissions will be catalogued by donor, description and meaning.   If an item is selected, it will be photographed and catalogued as described above and placed in the time capsule along with the other treasures and sealed for 100 years. Call the Mayor's Office at (630) 938-4544 to arrange drop off - deadline is May 7th.


2.  Send us one idea on a unique "Geneva" item you think should be included in the new time capsule.  Email your idea to no later than Monday, May 7th. 


It's that simple...and that challenging.   We will announce the "winner" on Monday, May 14th at the regularly scheduled City Council Committee of the Whole Meeting at 7:00 pm and invite the resident to join us for a special recognition and appreciation.


I look forward to studying all the items you suggest and I thank you for participating in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  


My best,


Kevin R. Burns, Mayor


City's FY2012/13 Budget Hearing

April 16 at 7pm

109 James Street


Earth Day Event

April 21 from 11am - 3pm

Peck Farm Park

4038 Kaneville Road


Geneva Chamber Community-wide Garage Sale

April 27-28

Honor Flight Chicago Fundraiser

May 5 from 11am - 4pm 

DuPage Airport

West Chicago, IL  


60 Men Who Cook

May 11 from 5:30pm - 9pm

Kane County Fairgrounds

525 S. Randall Rd. St. Charles



May 19

Downtown Geneva


City Hall Centennial/Rededication Celebration

May 19

9am - noon

109 James Street  (parking at commuter lots strongly recommend)


Memorial Day Parade

May 28

Steps off at Third & Crescent at 10am

heads north on Third to Wheeler Park


Swedish Days

June 19-24


Geneva Art Fair

July 28-29


For a complete calendar listing, visit



The City Council recommended approval of the proposed fiscal year 2012-2013 budgets at their March 12 and March 19, 2012 Committee of the Whole meetings. Unlike the budget of a private business, municipal corporations (the City) are required to have different budgets (or funds) for different purposes. The City's 36 budgets will be presented at a public hearing, followed by a City Council meeting, on April 16, 2012 for formal approval. The City's fiscal year begins on May 1, 2012 and the budgets must be adopted no later than April 30, 2012 in accordance with state law.


The City Council has effectively responded to a volatile economy over the past four (4) years by reducing the General Fund by more than 20%. Since 2008, the City has made a concerted effort to manage and respond to the economic downturn. This has resulted in staffing levels equivalent to those in 2005-06. And although non-emergency response times may be somewhat slower to residents' requests than in the past, the City is committed to providing superior customer service for our community.


City of Geneva

Proposed Budget  


  • General Fund: $15,175,700
  • Electric Fund: $33,385,510
  • Water/wastewater Fund: $8,795,005
  • Total Budget: $73,275,060
  • Tax levy: $6,412,027
  • Tax levy rate: $0.647398 per $100 of assessed valuation
  • City portion of a typical homeowner's tax bill: Approximately 9% of the average tax bill
The City's revenues have decreased over the past four (4) years while costs for goods and materials continue to rise. To date, sales tax revenues remain flat, after seeing a 15% decrease in FY2009-10, accounting for approximately 33% of the City's general operating fund next fiscal year. Income taxes paid by Geneva residents, which are collected by the State, will account for approximately 11% of the general operating fund. 
The General Fund supports fire, police, public works, and other core services. State legislators are currently considering taking some of the City's distributive share of these funds away in order to balance its ailing budget. As a result, these services could be in jeopardy without a funding replacement. The Mayor and City Council have gone on record to state officials that the state's budget problems cannot be remedied on the backs of our citizens; particularly in light of the budget reductions that the City has made over the past four (4) years, as well as always meeting the statutory mandate to adopt a balanced budget prior to the beginning of each fiscal year.


The City has historically been conservative in its expenditures. Reductions have been made in every department over the past several years to offset normal and abnormal increases in operating expenses including insurance, fuel and other commodities, as well as unfunded state mandates.  


As the City begins the new fiscal year on May 1, the Mayor, City Council and staff continue to take an optimistic, but cautious, approach to the economy, especially as it relates to the operating budgets. It is anticipated that the City of Geneva (like all other cities) will face a funding gap in future years if the State of Illinois follows through on its threat to seize municipal funds (such as income taxes, personal property replacement taxes, sales taxes and motor fuel taxes) in order to subsidize its own budget deficit. Potential future funding gaps will be addressed by a continued reduction of City expenditures. The City has, and will continue to, implement spending reductions such as leaving positions unfilled, decreasing equipment and vehicle purchases, limiting or eliminating overtime, reducing fuel consumption, and adapting to the challenges ahead. Capital projects may be limited only to those necessary to address the safety and welfare of the community.


City staff provides monthly financial updates to the City Council and the public at City Council meetings (first and third Mondays of each month). A copy of the proposed 2012-2013 budget is available at City Hall, the Geneva Library, and on the city's website. Please contact City Administrator Mary McKittrick at or (630) 262-8495 with questions.



Watch for a schedule of events on the City's website, GenevaMail, or contact Preservation Planner Karla Kaulfuss at (630)938-4541 or for more information. 


Information about Historic Preservation Month will be located on the City's website at:  


This year's events will include the 2012 Historic Preservation Awards and the Centennial Celebration of City Hall.  Please join us!


Mayor Kevin Burns & 2010 Historic Preservation Award Winner, Steve Burnham



The Geneva Park District received an Illinois Transportation Enhancement Grant to replace the north bridge at Island Park.  The north bridge at Island Park was constructed in 1931 and has been exhibiting structural deficiencies and compromise at several locations due to its age and deterioration of concrete.


The construction will begin in the late spring of 2012 and conclude in late fall 2012. In the interest of safety, the construction will necessitate the re-routing of the Fox River Bike Trail around Island Park for the duration of the construction project. Island Park will be closed during the duration of construction, and the detour will be clearly marked.


This project is being partially funded with over $700,000 in grant funding from the Illinois Department of Transportation. The new bridge will be structurally updated while maintaining the historic integrity of the park.  The new design includes lookouts on each side that will allow trail and park users the opportunity to stop and admire wildlife and nature without disrupting the flow of traffic along the Fox River Trail.


"This project is extremely important to the community and to the Geneva Park District. This bridge is a vital link to the 100+ mile long Fox River Trail network and a critical point near the confluence of the Fox River Trail and the Illinois Prairie Path.  To keep everyone's safety a priority, we feel re-routing the Fox River Trail is essential," said Sheavoun Lambillotte, Executive Director for the Geneva Park District.


The Geneva Park District is proud to be a leader in our commitment to preserving and maintaining open space in our community and increasing the quality of life of the residents of Geneva. The anticipated improvements to the Fox River Trail at Island Park are one more example of our commitment to this mission.


The Geneva Park District will be placing signs to detour Fox River Trail patrons prior to construction.


Coming from the north, patrons will be detoured at Route 38. They will be directed to cross Route 38 at Route 25 and head west utilizing the south side sidewalk across the Route 38 bridge. Patrons will then be directed to go south on River Lane and pick up the trail again at the end of River Lane. The trail will lead to the pedestrian bridge to cross back to the east side of the river and continue south.


Coming from the south, patrons will be detoured at the pedestrian bridge by the railroad bridge. They will be directed to head west across the river and then head north on the trail which will end at River Lane. Patrons will take River Lane north to Route 38 and will head east over the river utilizing the south side sidewalk of the Route 38 bridge. They will then cross Route 38 at Route 25 and continue north. CONTACT THE GENEVA PARK DISTRICT IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS AT (630) 232-4542.


See detour map below for more information:






A list of current projects can be found on the City's website at


Residents should check back from time to time for status updates; or, all (630) 232-1501. 



The Geneva Mental Health Board is pleased to announce that Jerry Murphy from the INC Board (Community Mental Health Funding Alliance), will be presenting "Layperson's Guide to Mental Illness," on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 7:00pm in the Geneva City Council Chambers.


This interesting presentation is geared to the general public. The presentation is the work of the Community Awareness Committee of the Kane County Mental Health Council. The public and all interested parties are welcome and encouraged to attend this informative presentation. As always, the public is also welcome to attend the regular Geneva 708 Mental Health Board meetings that are on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm in the Geneva City Council Chambers. More information can be found at


Gardenology Celebrates Their Fourth Year on May 19

Gardenology advisers and vendors will bring their best ideas and garden related products to jump-start your gardening season. Experts in every horticulture field including farming, landscape design, weavers, local nurseries, a dog trainer, COD's Hort. Dept. and more will be on hand to answer your questions. Topics include herbs, flowers, vegetables, heirloom plants and perennials. Learn about attracting birds & butterflies, wildlife control, composting, organic fertilizers and more. Scheduled seminars, demonstrations and children's events are planned and will be posted on the Gardenology website. Please join us for the day long festival and our garden path to Nature. For more info go to:    

French Market to Open April 22

The Geneva French Market is located at South Street and 4th Street in the Commuter Parking Lot and operates every Sunday through October 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Customers can find an array of products from fresh produce to fine French linens and custom made jewelry. Each year more vendors are drawn to the market because of its popularity on Sunday mornings. If you have never seen the French Market, please stop by and see what you are missing. For more details, visit


Geneva Green Market - 75 N. River Lane - Opens June 7thGreen Market

The Geneva Green Market will be open every Thursday from June 7 through October 25 from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm. and is located at 75 N. River Lane in downtown Geneva. The Geneva Green Market features locally-grown minimally processed produce and products for chefs or everyday people who really care about the quality of the foods they eat. Mark Weaver, of Geneva's Inglenook Pantry is actively involved in getting local chefs to support the Geneva Green Market and buy fresh, locally grown product, as well as offering the public educational information and demonstrations on cooking with fresh product. For more information on the Geneva Green Market, please visit  

Sundays Are Special in Geneva - Over 100 Shops Open

Downtown Geneva is OPEN on Sundays! Did you know over 100 shops and restaurants are regularly open on Sundays in Geneva's historic downtown shopping district? Shops and restaurants in downtown Geneva will be hosting special events and activities. A complete list of special Sunday events can be found at Events will be added continuously so check back often to see what is happening on any given Sunday in downtown Geneva!


Looking for something to do this weekend? How about a delicious dinner at one of Geneva's new restaurants, or an evening of theatre at the Geneva Underground Playhouse? Check out our calendar of upcoming events for a variety of events at Geneva's shops and restaurants.


Cultural Arts Commission Spring Activities 

  • Dancing With Geneva Stars Gala - February 4, 2012

The Geneva Cultural Arts Commission and the Geneva Academic Foundation held their 4th Dancing With Geneva Stars fundraiser. Led again by Carolyn Hill, the organizing committee raised over $20,000 to be used to promote the arts and academics in Geneva. Congratulations to Laura Rush and Derek Swanson as this year's winners!  

Winners Laura Rush and Derek Swanson


The Committee would like thank the following sponsors of Dancing With The Geneva Stars:  


The team sponsors include Republic Services/Allied Waste, Mike & Carol Donahue, Fox Valley Orthopedics, Kelley & Associates, Stith Oral & Mixillofacial Surgery, The PrivateBank, Fagans, Nancy Hanna Video, Fox Valley SuddenValues & Town & Country Gardens.


Event sponsors include Blue Haven Capital, Inland Bank, McDonalds of Geneva, Park Lane Jewelry, Sacrey & Sacrey Dentistry, Stockholms, Wildwood Restaurant, Down to Earth Pottery, Image Awards, Megan Kelly Photography, The Herrington Inn. The sponsor level includes Chicago Title-Geneva, Dick Lewis-State Farm, Mothers Club of Geneva & The State Bank of Geneva.


Special thanks to those donating their time and talents to the event include Odalisque Beauty, Katrinas Hair Salon, Joe Stanton, Scott Rolf, Vic Portincaso, Steve Lord.


The swag (gift) bags given to our dance teams include gift items & gift certificates. Contributors were Coffee Drop Shop, Egg Harbor Café, Fuller's Car Wash, Geneva History Center, City of Geneva, Kane County Cougars, Moveable Feast, Paper Merchant, State Street Dance Studio, The Latest Crave and Wax Appel.


Providing needed assistance to the success of the event include Penny Anderson (Wardrobe Mistress), R J Recording & Sound, Julie Williams of Geneva High School. Special thanks to City of Geneva, History Center, Gallery 28 for their support. To Eagle Brook Country Club, thank you for being so accommodating and allowing DWGS to utilize the entire facility.


Finally, to the DWGS patron, Linda Cunningham, founder & artistic director of State Street Dance Studio for whom the entire show would not happen without your artistry.   Professional dance instructors Alex Artega, Michael & AuBrey Saelee took 12 unprofessional dancers and created a special evening of dance.


To the dance teams, thank you for your tireless work soliciting votes & rehearsing your dance routines. And thanks to the volunteers who worked for the committee at the event.


DWGS Committee, Carolyn Hill, Tim Vetang, Anne Cesarone, Jane Cladis, Therese Davison, Mary Bencini, Paulette Borota, Nancy Dantino, Mary Ann Diggory, Nancy Hanna, Dave Heun, Mary O'Brien, Susan Terwilliger, Trish Tkach & Linda Cunningham.

  • Geneva Film Festival - March 29-31, 2012

Thanks to Scott Rolf and his committee in organizing the 5th Annual Geneva Film Festival. This year over 100 films were screened and 33 films were shown in the 3 day festival at the State Street Dance Studio in Downtown Geneva. Thanks also to the many sponsors who supported the film festival.

  • Calling All Artists!! 

A Greater Geneva Art Guild is beginning to form in the Tri-City area. In addition to supporting, encouraging and creating opportunities for the arts in Geneva, the Guild will act as a cultural forum where artists can participate in arts education, critiques, and networking. For more information on membership meetings on April 14 and May 4, please see


  • Cultural Arts Commission Amends Its Logo 


The Cultural Arts Commission has decided to emphasize their tag line "Heart of the Arts" and in so doing has tweaked its logo. The new logo, by Jan Schmuckal of Gallery 28 is seen here. 




City Special Event Application 

Beautiful Geneva is an ideal location to hold a special event or festival. Centrally located as the Kane County seat of government, the City is home to pleasing neighborhoods, short walkable city blocks, the Fox River and Fox River Bike Trail, many non-profit agencies, a vibrant Chamber of Commerce, a strong business community, and active citizens. 

Since 2002 the number of events held in the City has increased and the City uses a "Special Event Application" form to approve requests to host events in the City which are public events using public property and/or services. Application forms are submitted to the City Economic Development Department and then routed to each City Department for approval. If you intend on hosting an event, please contact Ellen Divita, Director of Economic Development at (630) 232-7449, or The form can be found at:

Open Your Business in Geneva! 

Considering opening your own business in Geneva? Contact the Economic Development Department at (630) 232-7449. Our Geneva Business Resource Guide will help you identify City, County, and State resources to help you in your business planning. The Geneva Community Profile contains statistics and cost information to help you with your business plan, plus we can help you identify available properties. These documents and more information is found online. Thank you for considering Geneva! 

Kane County Small Cities Grant 

The City is finishing the Southeast Sub-Area planning study. A public meeting will be held in May to present the draft plan. After that the plan will be brought to the Plan Commission, and then to the City Council. The Plan is intended to guide business development of the undeveloped lands in the southeast corner of the City's planning jurisdiction (approximately 300 acres). This sub-area plan would be an amendment to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan which currently recommends the southeast corner of the City's planning jurisdiction to be developed as light industrial with a small area around the perimeter to be commercial use (supporting the already contiguous recreation, lodging, and industrial uses). A survey is being prepared to send to businesses within the planning boundary and immediate area. Watch for more information the SEMP website, found under the "News" tab on the City website. Questions can be directed to Ellen Divita at (630) 232-7449, or

All Geneva Business Directory is Online 

Geneva at your fingertips! A listing of all Geneva businesses is now online to help you identify local goods and services:  

Welcome to these new Geneva businesses:   

A Toda Madre

416 W State

Camic and Johnson Ltd.

216 Campbell

Chez Moi Café

415 W State

CrystallineVelvet, Berry House

227 S 3rd #105

Discount Mattress

1492 S Randall #H

H & R Exteriors, Inc.

560 Lark #F

Havlicek Ace Hardware

617 W State

Her Art

10 S 3rd

Jennifer Kaye Photography

313 W State #201

Law Office of Gilbert R. Dizon

514 W State #208

N Nail & Spa

1492 S Randall #D

Renaissance Women's Health

2172 Blackberry #204


700 E State

Rue 21

1524 S Randall

Rydin Photography

514 W State Unit 103

The Marketing Group

1 N River #206

Weight Watchers

1492 S Randall #E

Well Polished Nail Salon

228 S 3rd

Congratulations on your new location:  

Loberg, Miki & O'Brien, LLc

514 W State #202

Heartland Blood Centers

   649 W State

Charles Schwab

500 S 3rd #135

Christian Science Reading Room

1035 E State #F

Coming Soon

All Risk Ltd.

501 W State #205

Animal Care Clinic of Geneva

1115 Randall

Excel Gymnastics

1000 S Randall

Gracious Hall Catering

321 Stevens #N

Law Offices- Clingen Callow & McLean, LLC

501 W State 203

Living Well Cancer Center

442 W State & Williamsburg

PC House Calls, Inc.

1770 S Randall

Pizza Express

1459 E State

Ross Dress for Less

1660 S Randall

Seigle's Cabinet Center

728 W State

Sounds Fantastic Entertainment

1770 S Randall

The Bedding Experts

614 Commons #3015


518 Commons #2245

Vein Clinics of America

1792 S Randall

Wayne Historic Preservation Society

204 Dearborn #119

Yester Years Antiques & Collectibles

830 E State

Welcome New Owners
Jose Maria's at 730 E. State
PerkUp! Geneva at 316 Crescent  

Helping Geneva retain its beauty and accessibility with the addition of trees, benches, bike racks and more.

treeWhat better way is there to create a memorial than to help beautify our surroundings?  The Geneva Giving Program is an endeavor by the City of Geneva to improve public areas with functional amenities while supporting the various and valuable activities of our volunteer groups.  Individuals and corporations have the opportunity to donate trees, benches, bike racks or contribute financially to the City of Geneva. Stop by City Hall or call (630) 232-7494 for more information. 

The City offers an online customer service survey for our residents. 

Please visit to view and/or submit a form.

Pace Suburban Bus is the premier public transportation provider of northeastern Illinois that safely and efficiently moves people to and from work, school and other regional destinations. Pace serves tens of thousands of daily riders with a "family of services" including over two hundred fixed bus routes, Dial-a-Ride and Call-n-Ride programs, ADA Paratransit service, Vanpools, Community Vehicles and Advantage Vans. Pace service is available in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties.

Pace Community Relations Representatives provide outreach to businesses and communities on Pace services, programs and initiatives. In addition to serving as a resource to respond to questions and other needs of businesses, units of government, and non-profit organizations, they can provide assistance in a number of ways, including:


- Transit days/Transit tables - helping employees and/or residents understand the transit options available to them.

- Participation in employee benefit fairs.


- Presentations at meetings and events at businesses and in the community.


Community Relations Representatives are assigned a regional territory to provide the most specialized service and are available to meet and discuss how Pace can support your transportation needs. Please feel free to call or e-mail the representative below to get started with Pace.


Mary J. Robb

Community Relations Representative

Pace Suburban Bus

550 W. Algonquin Road

Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Mobile: 847-271-1017

Fax: 847-228-2431



Geneva Beautification Committee Garden Sponsorships

Want to help support the beautiful flowering gardens in downtown Geneva? You can sign up to sponsor a garden to show your community support or to honor a birthday or anniversary, as a thank you or in memory of a loved one.


Signing up is easy and you don't need to have a green thumb or take on weekly garden tending. Each garden is adopted annually by a local group or individual who will plant and maintain the garden during the year on your behalf. Your sponsorship helps offset the cost of flowers and supplies for the garden during the year.


A sign acknowledging your sponsorship will be placed in the garden area of your choice for a year or more, depending on your sponsorship, alongside the sign of those who tend the garden for you. Prices vary depending on the size and location of the garden.

These gardens are available for sponsorship:

  • Corner of Third & State: $300 First Year, $250 Second Year, $200 Each Year thereafter
  • Geneva Post Office: $300 First Year, $250 Second Year, $200 Each Year thereafter
  • Second & State: $200 First Year, $150 Second Year, $100 Each Year thereafter

The Sponsor Sign is $45 extra; one time charge; no word limit. Wording is subject to approval by the GBC. Garden Sponsorship envelopes are available at City Hall, 22 S. First Street, or sponsorship forms can be found at Make check payable to "Geneva Beautification Committee". Call Sherri Weitl at 630-232-4794 for more information.


Cookbook Sale

The Geneva Beautification Committee is offering a cookbook fundraiser. Volunteers and friends of Geneva Beautification have compiled 250 of their favorite recipes into a colorful collection that would be perfect for gift giving, as a hostess gift, or as a family cooking activity. The cookbooks are only $10 each and the proceeds will help purchase flowers and plant materials for the downtown Geneva gardens.



The Geneva Beautification Cookbook offers unique recipes from appetizers through desserts as well as Tips and Tricks to make your meal or party planning fun and easy. The spiral bound book allows easy viewing and the collection is divided into categories with a full index to make finding your favorite recipe simple.


Geneva Beautification Cookbooks are available for purchase at Geneva City Hall, 22 S. First Street, Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm. Cash or check accepted, sorry no credit cards. A limited number of books have been printed so purchase your cookbooks now. For information call Sherri Weitl at (630) 232-7494.


The Geneva Beautification Committee is a volunteer group of residents, organizations and businesses that plant and maintain over 50 gardens in the historic business district of Geneva. While local businesses have generously donated many of their needs, a majority of the plant material and some gardening items still need to be purchased with funds from donations and fundraisers. The Committee relies solely on volunteers to plant and maintain the gardens. Visit our web site at  to find out more about supporting Geneva Beautification through donations and fundraisers or to find out how you can help through volunteering.



The Geneva Emergency Management and Disaster Agency (ESDA) is seeking new volunteers. The mission of ESDA is to provide assistance in man-made and natural disasters and be prepared to support the City public safety agencies in the event of an emergency. Members are trained in emergency management, storm and weather reporting, crowd control, security for police and fire situations and communications. ESDA also provides crowd control support during City festivals.

If you are interested in supporting the citizens of Geneva as an ESDA member, fill out an application at the following link and email it to

About Geneva


The City of Geneva, population 21,495, is located 40 miles west of Chicago in the Fox River Valley.  Geneva's character is found in its historic architecture, adaptive re-use of historic buildings, mature landscapes and open space with over 700 acres of park land.  With festivals and events year-round, Geneva is a place to connect with others for shopping, dining, or browsing art galleries.
Home to excellent schools, library, and parks, it continues to be one of the premiere cities in the Chicago area to live, work, play, and raise a family.