News & Notices

January 25, 2021
Snow Emergency
The City of Sterling has declared that a Snow Emergency will be in effect commencing as follows: Monday January 25th, 2021 at 12:00 PM After that time, all vehicles must be parked in accordance with the City of Sterling’s Snow Emergency Parking Regulations. 1. No parking on Snow Routes until all snow has been removed from the full width of the street. 2. No parking in the Central Business District and in city parking lots from 1:30 A.M. to 5:30 A.M. 3. Odd and even parking restrictions will be in effect on all other City Streets. On the odd days of the month, you park on the odd-numbered side of the street; and on even days of the month, you park on the even-numbered side of the street. Odd and even days will be considered as beginning between 6:00A.M. and 8:00 A.M. You will not be ticketed between 6:00A.M. and 8:00 A.M. Odd and even numbered sides of the street refer to the usual residence and building address numbers.

January 24, 2021
Republic Services
Due to the prediction of a winter storm, Republic Services has suspended trash pick up on Tuesday, January 26th. They will be operating on a one day delay for the rest of the week.

January 23, 2021
Plan Commission Meeting
Plan Commission meetings are the 3rd Thursday of the month.

October 3, 2020
Virtual Council Meetings
Due to the pandemic the Council Meetings will be conducted virtually. You can participate via the zoom app on your phone, tablet or p.c. using the free Zoom app. You will need to download it before the meeting to join in time. Click for more!

May 29, 2020
Lawrence Brothers Rebuild Illinois Grant Application
The City is seeking a Rebuild Illinois Shovel Ready Sites grant for Enviro Assessment work, Architectural Planning & Design, Building Improvements, and other Site Prep for the Lawrence Brothers site.

April 6, 2020
COVID-19 Loans for Business
We are pleased to announce a local $300,000 Revolving Loan Fund for COVID-19 Relief to provide more immediate relief to our local small businesses! Details:

April 1, 2020
Sign Up for Online Bill Pay
City Hall is closed. Please sign up for online bill pay. YOU WILL HAVE TO CREATE A USERNAME & PASSWORD to pay your utility bill online.

March 17, 2020
COVID-19 - Service Changes
Important information in reference to COVID-19. Lobby Closure, Bulk/Yard Waste Collection suspended and more...

March 1, 2020
Important Information
Information regarding Utility Bills, Fines, Licenses, Police Records, Birth/Death Records and General Information

February 12, 2020
2020 Census
Make sure you are counted

January 26, 2020
Sewer Bill Information
If you have any questions about your account, please call (815) 632-6632.

October 20, 2019
City App
Put the city in the palm of your hand. Our app will connect you with all the services and information that the City of Sterling has to offer.

October 15, 2019
USEPA Brownfield Cleanup Grant Proposal
The City intends to apply for a USEPA Cleanup Grant for the former Lawrence Brothers site. Copies of the Narrative and Analysis of Brownfield Cleanup Alternatives can be seen by clicking the linked title.

September 17, 2019
All solicitors are prohibited from soliciting at any location listed on the “DO NOT KNOCK” registry or from any location with a sign posted prohibiting solicitation.

September 1, 2019
Yard Waste
Yard waste collection will come to an end on November 30th, it will resume on April 1st 2020. Reminder that burning is not allowed in the city limits of Sterling.

July 6, 2019
Team up to Clean up
The City of Sterling is excited to offer neighborhood and volunteer groups use of the neighborhood beautification trailer to help clean up and improve parks and neighborhoods inside Sterling.

May 5, 2019
Home Repair Program - Economic Growth
GROWTH was awarded Single Family Rehabilitation (SFR) funds to assist eligible homeowners with critical home repairs. The program provides up to $45,000 per home to assist the homeowners in bringing their properties up to standards.

February 1, 2019
Electronic Recycling
Public Works collects E-Waste for Sterling city limits residents. Call 815-632-6657 between 7:30 am to 2:30 for an appointment.

December 1, 2018
Snow Season is Here
Please be prepared for snow season by brushing up on Sterling's snow emergency policies.

November 30, 2018
Open burning
Open burning is not allowed in the city limits or within 1000 feet of the city limits.

March 3, 2018
Sump Pump and Roof Drain Disconnect Grant Program
The City of Sterling has created a grant program to provide financial assistance to property owners to help pay to disconnect their sump pumps and roof drains from the sanitary sewer.

January 1, 2018
Central Park/Grandon
Central Park/Grandon Civic Center has gotten more use in recent years, but it has some aging infrastructure from lights to trees. Here's a concept that's been created to update the park and hopefully make it more adaptable and friendly for a variety of uses. While it may not happen all at once, we'd like to use some TIF funds to get a good start on this in the next year or two. Give us your thoughts!!! Click the title to see the concepts! What's good? What's bad? What's missing? Comment on Facebook or at

December 10, 2017
Sterling Municipal Codes
Questions regarding the municipal code can be directed to the City Clerk's office at 815-632-6630.

December 2, 2015
No Parking in Fire Lanes
Sterling Police and Fire Departments are reminding shoppers that parking in a fire lane is illegal and dangerous.