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Which Schools Ranked at the Top for St. Charles IL?

by The Rullo Team

The new school year is right around the corner! Are you searching for a home in the neighborhoods of the top St. Charles Illinois schools?  We're here to help!

According to, St. Charles IL is a top place to live and mainly because it has so many highly rated schools.  The following schools have received an A rating from the nationally known

Corron Elementary School  Corron Elementary is located in the Thornwood Subdivision and is one of twelve elementary schools in the St. Charles School District serving grades K-5.  Both the teachers and academics at Corron scored an A rating from   Search all homes for sale in the Corron Elementary School neighborhood.

Bell-Graham Elementary School  With a school motto of " to foster a reflective and joyful learning community where students respect diversity and use their hearts and minds to positively impact the world and set the course for their lifelong journeys", Bell-Graham Elementary strives to provide the best experience for their students and parents.  Serving K-5 grades, this top-rated school is located in the Fox Mill neighborhood.  Search all homes for sale in the Bell-Graham Elementary School neighborhood.

Wredling Middle School  Located at 1200 Dunham Rd, this top-rated middle school opened its doors in 1995 with the following elementary schools feeding into it:  Anderson, Fox Ridge, Munhall, Lincoln, and Norton Creek.  Serving grades 6-8, Wredling Middle School maximizes the learning opportunities for its children.  Search all homes for sale in the Wredling Middle School neighborhood.

St. Charles East High School  Consistently ranked at the top of the high schools in St. Charles, this school is dedicated to excellence and student achievement.  Serving grades 9-12, St. Charles East High School is located at 201 South 7th St.  Search all homes for sale in St. Charles East High School 

Learn more about the top-rated schools in Geneva and Batavia in next weeks blog.  Have questions about the local schools or homes in the area?  Contact The Rullo Team.

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2016 Brush Pickup Schedule

by The Rullo Team

Brush Pick-Up Schedule - 2016


CITY OF ST. CHARLES - 2016 Brush Pickup Schedule

The Brush Pick Up program includes the months of April, May, June, July, August, September, and October. Only residents that pay an additional monthly fee on their utility bill are eligible. Review your City utility bill to see if this fee is included, check My Neighborhood or call Utility Billing at 630.377.4426 for verification.

East Side                              West Side

April 18                                 April 25

May 16                                  May 23

June 20                                 June27

July 18                                  July25

August 15                              August 22

September 19                        September 26

October 17                            October 24

*November: No Pick Up

CITY OF GENEVA  - 2016 Brush Program

The City of Geneva's brush program provides monthly pickups from April through November. The collection is intended for the disposal of limbs/branches that are removed by the property owner for normal maintenance and upkeep, not for lot clearing. The City's contractor will not collect material produced by a private contractor.

For more information, please call the Geneva Public Works Department at 630.232.1501

West Side                            East Side

April 4                                   April 11

May 2                                    May 9

June 6                                   June 13

July 4*                                  July 11

August 1                                August 8

September 5*                        September 12

October 3                              October 10

November 7                           November 14

* Holiday observed. Crews will begin the following scheduled workday.

CITY OF BATAVIA - 2016 Brush Collection Schedule 

Curbside residential brush pickup resumes in May for residents that pay the monthly leaf/brush fee on their utility bill.  If your brush was out at 7 a.m. on Monday of your scheduled collection week and not collected by the end of the workday on Friday, please notify the Street Division at 630.454.2400 no later than the following Monday. 

East Side                              West Side

May 9                                    May 16

June 13                                 June 20

July 11                                  July 18

August 8                                August 15

September 12                        September 19

October 10                            October 17

              November 28 - Citywide

How to Prepare Brush/Limbs

  • Brush should be put out before 7am on Monday of the scheduled pick up.
  • With cut ends facing the street, branches must be at least 3 feet in length and less than 12 inches in diameter.
  • Do not tie bundles of brush with rope or wire and do not pile higher than 4 feet.
  • Branches must be on the parkway, in front of your house or along the frontage where refuse/recycling is collected.
  • Please make every attempt not to park in front of the piles; crews will be unable to pick up the brush.
  • Tree trunks/stumps: If you take down a whole tree, please be aware that the maximum size that the crew has the ability to pick up is 12” in diameter by 12’ long.  Anything larger or longer would need to be cut up or split before pick-up.
  • Small branches, trimmings and leaves: These items can be placed in a generic brown paper yard waste bag and place one refuse sticker on each bag. Yard waste bags will be picked up on your weekly refuse pickup day.
  • Severe storms could delay the timeliness of the pickup due to an extremely large volume of material to be collected. Every attempt will be made to deploy additional staff and equipment if such delays do develop.

If you are interested in more information about the benefits of home ownership in the Fox Valley Area please contact a real estate professional with the Rullo Team.

Fall Lawn Care

by The Rullo Team

Get outside and enjoy this beautiful fall weather and have a great looking yard in the spring! 

Below are a couple of things you can do now before the snow flies.



Contrary to popular opinion, fall is the best time of the year for lawn care. Fertilization, weed and thatch control, establishment of new lawns, and renovation of poor quality lawns should be done over the next few weeks.  Now is the time to prepare so that you start next spring with a healthy lawn. 

  • Keep mowing until your lawn stops growing.  Don’t mow too short, if anything, leave it a little bit long.
  • Don’t starve your lawn. If you live in the northern U.S., fertilize one more time around Thanksgiving.
  • Kill broadleaf weeds like dandelions and ground ivy. Time your herbicide application around the first time there is frost in your area or when the temperature dips to at least 40°F overnight.



“When fall is in the air, it’s time to put spring in the ground”.  Autumn is the time to plant spring flowering bulbs.  Bulb experts usually recommend planting bulbs when the nighttime temps drop into the low 50’s or 40’s for two weeks, although you can even plant in December as long as you can still dig


  • Choose a spot where the soil drains well. 
  • Spring-flowering bulbs like sun, but you can plant them under trees that will still be bare when the flowers bloom. 
  • The rule of thumb is the planting hole should be about 3 times the length of the bulb; dig individual holes or a wider hole that can hold a number of bulbs. 
  • Plant them pointy side up

Sure, it is delayed gratification, but the appearance of flowers and a beautiful lawn at the end of a bleak winter will be worth the wait.


  If you are interested in more information about the benefits of home ownership in our area please contact a real estate professional with The Rullo Team.

Leaves Are Falling!

by The Rullo Team


2015 Tri-Cities Leaf Collection Schedule   


Be sure to check the 2015 Leaf Collection Maps and Schedules for boundaries, schedules and availability.


St. Charles

Leaves must be on the parkway by 6:30 a.m. on your area’s designated day even though it may take several days to pick up the piles in your specific area.

This program is funded by a portion of the fee collected on the utility bills of eligible homeowners. Check your utility bill or call Utility Billing at 630-377-4426 with questions about your eligibility for this program.




 Residents must place their leaves on the parkway no later than 7:00 A.M. of the day of your scheduled

pickup period. If leaves are placed on the parkway after the collection crews have gone by, they will not

return until the next scheduled pickup date.

Each year, the order in which the zones are collected is alternated to provide equal service to all residents. Collection this year will require approximately 2-3 work days to complete each zone




 Residents are asked to rake leaves to the space in the parkway no farther than 6’ behind curb and not in street by 6 a.m. on the Monday of your scheduled week.

Leaves will be collected in designated areas, rain or shine.  Crews will not return to an area once they have made one pass during the scheduled weeks.

Another Geneva Commuter Parking Lot

by The Rullo Team

New Fourth Street Commuter Parking Lot Coming This Fall!

A minimum of 70 new commuter parking spaces will be coming to downtown Geneva this fall. Trees and brush have been removed from the future parking lot at Fourth Street and Crescent Place. Construction is set to begin in October and is expected to be completed by mid­-November, weather dependent. The parking lot will be designated for commuter permit parking during the day but will be open for free public parking during the evenings and weekends. The project has been a high priority in the City's Capital Improvement Program. The parking lot and expansion of the Third Street Commuter Parking Deck were needed to accommodate parking that will be lost as part of Union Pacific's future plans to add a third rail line, which will remove 145 existing surface parking spaces. For more information about the Fourth Street parking lot construction, call Assistant Public Works Director Brian Schiber at 630-­232­-1501 or send him an email [email protected]

If you are interested in more information about the benefits of home ownership in the Fox Valley Area please contact a real estate professional with the Rullo Team.

Trick or Treating Times

by The Rullo Team


It's that time of year again, when little goblins and ghosts will be going door to door trick-or-treating. Children and parents are encouraged to trick-or-treat in their neighborhoods between their City’s recommended Halloween hours:

  • St Charles recommends that you limit trick-or-treating to 3 to 7 pm on October 31
  • Geneva children and parents are encouraged to trick-or-treat in their neighborhoods between the City’s recommended Halloween hours of 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, October 31. **Families also are invited to two additional candy collection opportunities in Geneva. Participating downtown businesses will be offering free Halloween treats to children from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, October 29, and Geneva Commons will host trick-or-treating from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, October 25.
  • Batavia’s suggested hours for trick-or-treating are from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31

To assure that all little superheroes, princesses and scary monsters

have a fun and safe Halloween experience this year, parents should take an active role in this process

by making sure their families follow these safety tips:


Young children should be accompanied by their parents or another responsible adult.

 If there is a chance children will be out after dark, at least one member of each group should carry a flashlight.

Teach and stress to children to watch for traffic. Walk only on sidewalks and cross the streets at intersections.
Bicycles and skateboards should be left at home.

Use stick-on reflective material generously.

Only give or accept wrapped or packaged candy.

Do not trick-or-treat at a house if there is no light on.

Ensure costumes fit and are worn in a manner that prevents tripping.

If children wear masks, make sure they can see clearly and their visibility is not obstructed.

Stay within familiar neighborhoods.
Carrying hard props such as swords and daggers should be substituted with soft foam rubber materials.



For more tips and guidelines on Halloween safety, please visit:

Daylight Savingstime

by The Rullo Team

Spring Ahead ~ Fall Back


On Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 2:00 a.m., set your clocks back one hour … or you could just turn your clocks back before you go to sleep in order to save yourself the hassle. Don’t worry about your cell phones because they reset themselves. If you’re out still partying for Halloween, many bars and restaurants are staying open that extra hour, which means another hour of fun, but you’ll have to check with your local establishments! 




This is also the perfect time to remember to change the batteries in you smoke and CO detectors!




Credit for Daylight Saving Time belongs to Benjamin Franklin, who first suggested the idea in 1784. The idea was revived in 1907, when William Willett, an Englishman, proposed a similar system in the pamphlet The Waste of Daylight.

 The Germans were the first to officially adopt the light-extending system in 1915 as a fuel-saving measure during World War I. The British switched one year later, and the United States followed in 1918, when Congress passed the Standard Time Act, which established our time zones. This experiment lasted only until 1920, when the law was repealed due to opposition from dairy farmers (cows don’t pay attention to clocks). 

During World War II, Daylight Saving Time was imposed once again (this time year-round) to save fuel. Since then, Daylight Saving Time has been used on and off, with different start and end dates. Currently, Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 A.M. on the second Sunday of March and ends at 2:00 A.M. on the first Sunday in November.




by The Rullo Team

St. Charles, Geneva and Batavia High schools have been ranked in the top 100 public high schools in the state of Illinois by a 2015 study done by US News & World Report, with St. Charles North (#35) and St. Charles East (#42) leading the pack. For more details, visit the US News & World Report website. Congratulations to all 4 schools!
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by The Rullo Team

The Flea Market dates fall on the first Sunday of the month and the preceding Saturday.
Exception for 2015: April dates are the 11th & 12th because the first Sunday falls on Easter.
Show times: Sat noon–5, Sun 7-4.
SHOWS ARE NEVER CANCELLED due to sun, wind, rain, dust or snow!
Feb 28 & March 1st (Split weekend) - 1st 2015 spring show 
April 11th & 12th (2nd weekend because the 1st weekend is Easter)
May 2nd & 3rd
June 6th and 7th
July 4th and 5th (Our 47th Anniversary & Independence Day)
August 1st & 2nd
September 5 & 6th (Labor Day Weekend)
October 3 & 4th (Founder's Weekend)
Oct 31st & Nov 1st (Split weekend/ Halloween/ start to holiday season)
December 5th & 6th (Holiday Show)
*No January & February Shows; March 5th & 6th,2016 starts the next season*
Please visit the
Kane County Flea Market website for more information.

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by The Rullo Team

Charlestown Mall to be relaunched as “The Quad of St. Charles”

The proposed plans for The Quad St. Charles include:
- Keeping the building as an enclosed shopping mall.
- Constructing new entrances to create street-facing front entrys into the mall building.
- Reconfiguring the interior and exterior areas around the former Sears store.
- Complete renovation of the interior, including the center court.
- Removing the food court wing of the mall.
- Creating new retail/commercial buildings around the mall, including outlot buildings along Main Street (Illinois Route 64).
- No changes to the detention basins or landscaping along the north property line of the mall.

Construction Timeline: Phase 1 of the project is underway. This initial phase includes relocation of mall ring road (eastern portion is now open; western portion should be completed early spring), site utility work (completed) and site grading to create lots for new freestanding buildings along Main Street. Next, planned to start in Spring 2015, is major exterior demolition and site work around the mall building itself. The anchor stores and theater will remain open during the duration of the construction.
The development team is active behind the scenes marketing the project to prospective retailers and beginning the process to secure tenant leases for a 2016 opening.

The website for The Quad St. Charles provides updated information from the developer, The Krausz Companies, Inc. Visit the City of St. Charles website to view the Site Plan and Concept Renderings and to keep updated on the work that is being done by the City Council and the Plan Commission. If you’d like more information on the project, please contact the Community & Economic Development Department at (630) 377-4443.
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