Purple & Gold Day April 24

Join your fellow WIU Leathernecks for Purple & Gold Day April 24. From 5-7 p.m. April 24, alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends are invited to attend the Macomb Purple & Gold Day at the Sports Corner in downtown Macomb.The tradition of celebrating Purple & Gold Day at Western began April 24, 2000, with the close of the University’s 100-year celebration. The date in 2000 marked the 100-year anniversary of the day in 1899 when the Illinois Legislature approved the creation of what would become WIU.


The City of Macomb’s Yard Waste site located on Tower Road will open on Thursday, April 4, 2019 with hours of operation of Thursday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

If you need additional information, please contact the Public Works Department at 309.833.2821.




Severe Winter Weather Forecast for Macomb and Surrounding Area

City Announces Warming Centers Available

Due to the Severe Winter Wind Chill Advisory issued for Macomb by the National Weather Service (NWS), Mayor Michael Inman along with ESDA Director Edgar Rodriguez announced that the Community Room located on the first floor of City Hall; 232 E. Jackson Street will be open as a warming center for area residents beginning immediately. It will remain open to the public, during normal business hours, which are MONDAY through FRIDAY 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. City officials are also grateful to announce there are other facilities in the City that are available, to the Public, as warming centers, too. They are:

At Western Illinois University:
– University Union, 700 West Murray St.
Hours: 7 am – 11 pm, Monday-Friday
7 am – 12:30 am, Saturday
8 am – 10 pm, Sunday
– Corbin Hall (the Common areas on the Main Floor) 410 N. Western Ave.
– Olson Hall (the Common areas on the Main Floor) 400 N. Western Ave.

Macomb Public Library, 235 S. Lafayette St.
– Phone: (309) 833-2714
– Hours: Monday-Tuesday 9 am-6pm,
Macomb Salvation Army: 505 N. Randolph
– Phone: (309) 837-4825
– Hours: Monday-Friday 9 am-12pm & 1 pm-3pm


YMCA of McDonough County: 400 East Calhoun St.
-Phone: 309-833-2129
-Hours: Monday-Friday 5am-9pm, Saturday 6am-6pm, Sunday 12noon-6pm

Should anyone need emergency shelter, during a time outside the operating hours of the warming centers, please contact the McDonough County 9-1-1 Center for assistance.

Officials will monitor the weather forecast and should the need continue, consideration will be given to extending the Warming Centers through next weekend.

“Be sure to dress appropriately, stay hydrated and check on neighbors, children, the elderly, and pets during this extreme winter weather period,” stressed Inman.

As a reminder, the Go West bus transportation system will be running during these hours and can be used for those who may not have transportation.

SNOW EMERGENCY – Friday, January 11, 2019

With the anticipated winter weather forecast of three (3) to six (6) inches of snow, the City of Macomb is declaring a Snow Emergency starting at 6:00 p.m. this evening (Friday, January 11) until Sunday (January 13) evening at 6:00 p.m. A snowfall of three (3) inches shall automatically constitute a snow emergency. It shall be unlawful for any person to park or allow a motor vehicle to remain parked on a street that has been designated as a snow route in the city. Snow routes are listed below.

As a reminder those citizens within the city that are located in the designated sidewalk abatement zones, should be prepared for a sidewalk enforcement declaration by the Public Works Director that will result in the need to clear their sidewalks within 24 hours of the public announcement. The City would kindly ask that citizens consider having the sidewalks cleared before Monday, January 14 start of school.

Adams Street from Randolph Street to the west city limits.

Bower Road from University Drive to Jackson Street

Calhoun Street from Campbell Street to Bonham Street

Candy lane its entire length

Carroll Street from Lafayette Street to Western Avenue and from Randolph Street to Prairie Avenue

Deer Road its entire length

Dudley Street its entire length

Grant Street its entire length

Harmony Lane its entire length

Jefferson Street its entire length

Lafayette Street from Washington Street to Grant Street

Maple Avenue its entire length

Murray Street from Johnson Street to Western Avenue

McArthur Street from Washington Street to Grant Street

Pearl Street its entire length

Pierce Street from Johnson Street to State Street

Piper Street from Candy Lane to Pearl Street

Prairie Avenue its entire length

Randolph Street from Washington Street to Grant Street and from Calhoun Street to Glenwood Park

Tower Road from Wigwam Hollow Road to Lafayette Street

University Drive from Wigwam Hollow Road to Western Avenue, from Western Avenue to Lafayette Street and from Lafayette Street to Bower Road

Ward Street its entire length

Washington Street from Lafayette Street to Ward Street and from Campbell Street to White Street

Western Avenue from Adams Street to University Drive

Wheeler Street from Prairie Avenue to the east city limits

White Street its entire length

Wigwam Hollow Road its entire length

The City of Macomb would appreciate your cooperation and patience and please help keep our streets safe for those who must travel.



My street hasn’t been plowed yet.

The city plows all emergency routes first, once completed the Public Works Department will be plowing secondary and residential streets.

They plowed my driveway shut and I just cleaned it, they need to come back and clear my driveway entry.

As residential streets are plowed there may be a windrow of snow which occurs at the end of driveways. Regrettably, this is unavoidable and residents are expected to clear their driveways.

I use the alley to get in and out of my garage. The city needs to get my alley plowed right away.

Once all emergency routes have been plowed the Public Works Department will address the residential areas. What is your address and I’ll let Public Works know this alley has been requested to be plowed.

The snowplow knocked down my mailbox.

May I have your address and phone number for the Public Works Department. Someone from Public Works will contact you for damage assessment and repair or replacement as needed.


My sidewalk needs to be cleaned and salted.

By City Ordinance, sidewalks are the responsibility of the adjoining property owner. Residents are expected to keep sidewalks safe as possible.