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Batavia Post to Present turns into an event for the ages!

Celebrating 60 years since Batavia appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. hundreds of Batavians skated on the Depot Pond and reveled in the perfect (if chilly!) weather for this event. CBS2 did a preview story that appeared on the 6:00 pm news. 

Sam's Club storefront

Sam's Club closing in Batavia

(BATAVIA, IL) In a move that will affect an estimated 150 local employees and the City of Batavia’s sales tax revenue base, Sam’s Club in Batavia is targeted by the company for closure on January 26, 2018.

The move is part of a nationwide series of store closures by the company, with locations in Indiana, Tennessee, Atlanta, Louisiana, Texas and New York that will be shut down in the coming months.

As a source of big box tax revenues for nearly 20 years, the Sam’s Club closing in Batavia will have an adverse affect on the City’s 2018 budget. “At this time we are assessing the city’s financial position going into 2018 and putting on hold any hiring for two new positions targeted for 2018,” said Batavia City Administrator Laura Newman. “We will also be discussing revisions to the 2018 Operating Budget to examine our ongoing expenses.”

The City of Batavia has had recent success in filling big box space including the former Circuit City storefront location in the retail strip that includes Trader Joe’s, Walgreen and Smashburger. A new Sierra Trading Post and Dollar Tree store are scheduled to open in the plaza in 2018.

For more information, contact City of Batavia Communications Coordinator Chris Cudworth at 224.828.0735 or 630.454.2051. email:

Regular Waste Hauling schedules next week

Please note that even though City offices will be closed on Monday, the regular waste hauling schedules will be conducted by Advanced Disposal.



Kane County Recycles will hold a special post-holiday recycling event on January13th, 2018.This collection will include electronics and books. It will take place between 8 a.m. and 12 noon Saturday, January 13, at the Kane County Branch Court office at 540 S. Randall in St. Charles.

Electronics collection will include computers, laptops, stereos, DVD players, electronic games, holiday light strings and more, all of which can be recycled at no charge. Books are also free to drop off. TVs (of any size, and any age) and computer monitors will also be collected, but they have a cost. The cost for recycling television sets and computer monitors is $25 for screens under 21 inches, measured diagonally.

The cost is $35 for screens 21 inches and over. You can pay onsite with cash or card.Kane County also has 2 Electronics Recycling Drop-off locations that are open Monday through Friday every week, except for holidays. See here for the list of holiday closures. Kane County Recycles has posted a full schedule of collection events for 2018, which will restart in April. Questions: Kane County Recycling Coordinator, Jennifer Jarland, 630-208-3841,

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

City of Batavia closed on Monday in observance of MLK Day

City administrative offices will be closed on Monday, a national holiday in observance of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Offices will open again on Tuesday.

Gift Wrapping

Batavia Mainstreet Unwraps its 2018 Calendar of Events

The 2018 Batavia Mainstreet Calendar is here. Plan your year with Mainstreet! We'll see you there!

Batavia Inspire Award
Rainbow over Batavia

Annual Batavia Inspire Event to be held on January 25

2017 Spirit of Batavia Award honors night

Since 1958, The Batavia Chamber of Commerce has recognized those individuals who inspire us with their outstanding contributions to our Batavia Community. This year's Batavia Citizen of the Year Award goes to
Marcia Boyce from Boyce Body Werks.

In its second year, the2017 Spirit of Batavia Award has been presented to the
Rotary Club of Batavia for recently making a significant, positive impact on our community.

We will also be celebrating the recipients of our Ole Awards. These are organizations who have beautified Batavia and provided economic growth with newly constructed buildings and renovations of existing and historic properties. These organizations inspire us to invest in, and take pride in, our Batavia community! This year's Ole award winners are:
Aldi Corporate, Moline Bearing, Goodwill, Batavia Family Dental, Salsa Verde, Suncast, Briana's, Dino Alex and Gaetanos.

Please plan to join us at the Nagel Emporium at Abbey Farms on Thursday, January 25 at 6:00 p.m. to celebrate our honorees! The ticket price is $40 and it includes heavy appetizers, a champagne toast and a cash bar. Reserved tables of 8 are available for $350 or individual tickets are $40/each. In lieu of raffle items, we will be holding a live auction! One item will be an advertising package for a full year valued at $1500! We also have some remaining sponsorship opportunities available on our registration page, please be sure to check them out! 


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