2023 Festival of Lights

Festival of Lights


Just a reminder that the 2023 City of Ottawa annual Festival of Lights Parade is scheduled for Friday, November 24 beginning at 6 P.M.

The parade will begin at LaSalle Street and the 200 block of West Jackson Street.

The parade units will turn south onto LaSalle Street and end at Main Street. Entertainment by the Friendly City Sound and Shepherd Choir, fireworks and the lighting of the tree in the Jordan Block will follow.


On Friday, prior to the parade “no parking” signs will be posted on the following streets:

*200 block of West Jackson Street No parking in that block after 3 P.M.

*900 block of Clinton Street (East Side only) No parking on that side of street after 3 P.M.

*600, 700, 800, and 900 blocks of LaSalle Street No parking in these blocks after 4 P.M.

*100 block of West Main Street No parking in that block after 4 P.M.

Vehicle parked in any of the above spaces will be towed at owner’s expense

NOTE: Illinois 23/LaSalle Street, from Lafayette Street to Main Street will be temporarily closed from 5:45 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. on Friday, November 24, 2023 for the purpose of the Festival of Lights Parade.

Parade Route Map

Accepting Applications for Police Lateral Transfers

The City of Ottawa, Illinois and its Board of Fire and Police Commissioners are seeking applications for qualified lateral transfer Patrol Officers.

Applications are available below or at City Hall, 301 W. Madison St., Ottawa, IL 61350.

Applications must be returned to the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, 301 West Madison Street, Ottawa, Illinois 61350 no later than 4:30 p.m. on December 15, 2023.

Police Lateral Transfer Application Packet

Housing Rehabilitation Grant

Housing Rehabilitation Grant

City of Ottawa grant deadline is fast approaching and we need your help to apply!  If you live in a single-family owner occupied home within the boundaries of this map

The City of Ottawa is again applying for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to assist qualified homeowners who lack the financial resources to address improvements to their home and neighborhood. Improvements could cover structural, electrical, plumbing, accessibility accommodations, and more. 

We need your help to apply. If you live in a single-family owner-occupied home within the designated project area, see this map (Map) and meet the income guidelines below we need you to fill out a survey. Surveys may be picked up at City Hall or North Central Illinois Council of Governments, 613 West Marquette Street, Ottawa, IL. Information on these surveys will be kept strictly confidential in accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-579).

Income Guidelines:

Number in HouseholdMaximum Annual Income

For surveys or questions please contact:

Connie Buchanan

North Central Illinois Council of Governments (NCICG)

Phone: 815-433-5830

Email: cbuchanan@ncicg.org

Tami Koppen

City of Ottawa

Phone: 815-433-0161 ext.240

Email: tkopppen@cityofottawa.org