The next City Council meeting will be on Monday, January
16th at 7:30 p.m.
Snow Plowing Procedure
The City of Darien follows a priority based system for plowing
streets. High traffic arterial streets are plowed first,
and if necessary, re-plowed until they are safe and passable.
At that time, lower traffic collector streets are plowed.
When both arterial and collector streets are safe and passable,
the plows begin work on residential streets and cul-de-sacs.
It takes approximately four hours to plow all of the city’s
streets once. Consequently, during heavy, ongoing snow, it
could take several hours to get to an individual, residential
Please keep in mind that Plainfield Road, Cass Avenue and 75th
street are DuPage County roads and are not plowed by the City of
During plowing operations, the City’s priority is getting snow
off the streets to allow movement of traffic. As a result,
snowplows may deposit a windrow of snow in front of your
driveway. We realize this is an inconvenience, but we
cannot plow snow efficiently without this by-product. We
ask your cooperation in removing the snow to the sides of your
driveway, and not pushing it back in the street where it can
create a hazard for other drivers.
Once all streets are open and passable, the City begins
addressing other snow concerns, including cutting down large
piles of snow at intersections which might create sight distance
problems. Finally, after all the street work is complete, the
City’s crews begin work clearing sidewalks along Plainfield
Road, Cass Avenue and 75th Street.
If at any time you have an emergency that requires you to leave
your home and you cannot do so because of snow, please dial
City of Darien Winter Parking Regulations
There is no parking allowed on city streets during a snow event
when snow or ice exceeds one inch. Snowplows and other
emergency vehicles must have access and ability to pass down
streets; parked vehicles in the roadways inhibit these vehicles
and block visibility. In snow emergencies snowplows are
able to more efficiently clear your street without parked
vehicles obstructing the process. We thank you for your
cooperation and support!
Free Christmas Tree Pickup
The City of Darien has partnered with Veolia Environmental to
provide free Christmas tree pick-up again this year. On the
weeks of January 9th and January 16th, Veolia
Environmental will collect Christmas trees left in the parkway
on your normal garbage day. For the trees to be picked up, they
must be free of all ornamentation, including garland, lights,
and tinsel. If the tree is bagged, it will need a sticker to be
picked up. If you have any questions regarding this program,
Recycle Your Holiday Lights
Don't know what to do with the strands of Christmas lights that
are tangled, broken or have lost their glow? Don’t throw
them in the garbage - recycle them! The City of Darien has
partnered with Elgin Recycling to offer our residents free
recycling of holiday lights! All light colors and strand
lengths will be accepted. Items include mini-lights (Italian
lights), C7 lights, C9 lights, rope lights, LED lights, and
extension cords. Please - no CFLs. From
November 26th through February 10th you may bring your lights to
the Darien Police Department lobby at 1710 Plainfield Road
Monday thru Friday from 6am to 10pm, and Saturday & Sunday from
7am to 3pm. For more information please call 630-353-8115
City Meeting and Committee Agendas
The following links will direct you to the City Meeting and
Committee agendas and packet information on our website.
Stay informed on City issues and upcoming projects!
City Council Meeting Agenda:
Darien Blood Drive – Donate Blood – Save lives!
Darien Woodridge Fire Protection District will host a blood
drive on Saturday, January 14th from 9am to 3 pm at
7550 Lyman Avenue. Appointments are recommended.
Please call 1-877-543-3768 or register online at
use sponsor code 776E.
Darien Historical Society Needs Your Photos!
Original photos taken of Darien area and events between 1945 and
1970 are requested for brief borrowing and scanning. Copies will
be used in the forthcoming book, "Darien", published by Arcadia
Press. Your photos will be returned in the condition received
and could be chosen to help tell the story of Darien. Call
“The Sunday Dinner” hosted by the Darien Historical Society
Sunday, January 29th at Alpine Banquets - Doors open at 1:00
p.m. Tickets are $25.00 and include Dinner, Entertainment
& Prizes. Cash bar available. Don’t miss Megan Wells
“Presenting Eleanor Roosevelt”. Please call Alice for
preferred seating tickets & more information at 630-964-6792
2012 Creative Youth Art Fair—Call for Entries
Budding young artists, ages 4 through high school are invited to
submit their work for the Darien Woman’s Club Charity Fund, Inc.
annual Creative Youth Art Fair, set for Sunday, February 26th at
Eisenhower Junior High. The fair showcases artwork created by
children from Darien and the surrounding school districts in 6
different media categories. Registrations forms are
available on the DWC website:
www.darienwomansclub.org Forms must be completed and
postmarked by February 9th, or dropped off at the Indian Prairie
Library circulation desk by February 16th.
Darien Park District “Baby Bargain Boutique”
& Maternity Sale – Saturday, January 21st from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00
p.m. at 7301 Fairview Avenue. Buy or sell good, usable
maternity clothes, toys, baby gear & kids furniture. For
more information & to register to sell call 630-968-6400
2012 Darien Vehicle Stickers are now available!
Vehicle stickers are not required in the City of Darien, but are
available for your convenience. The donation is $3.00 per
sticker, and this year all proceeds benefit the Historical
Society. Stickers are currently available at City Hall,
the Police Department and the Park District.
New Illinois Law Requires Seat Belts for All Passengers
On Jan. 1, 2012, a new Illinois law goes into effect that will
require backseat passengers to buckle up. Previously, Illinois
law required only drivers, front seat passengers and certain
passengers younger than 19 years old to wear seat belts. The new
law states that every driver and passenger of a motor vehicle
operated on a street or highway must wear a properly adjusted
safety belt, with few exceptions.
The law, HB 219, exempts passengers of emergency vehicles and
taxi cabs. The law does not apply to motorcycles, motor vehicles
that are not required to be equipped with safety belts by
federal law, or motor vehicles with a model year prior to 1965.
The full text of the law is available on the
Illinois General Assembly’s website.
New Illinois Law Bans Electronics from Your Trash
Starting Jan. 1, 2012, Illinois law will make it illegal for you
to throw your electronics in the garbage. This law seeks to
prevent dangerous substances contained in electronics from
infiltrating our water supply and soil when they end up in
landfills. For places you may recycle electronics in DuPage
county please visit