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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Get a rain barrel for half price ahead of Earth Day

The Village of Oswego’s ECO Commission, Upcycle Products and the Illinois Conservation Foundation have partnered to offer Oswego residents the opportunity to buy rain barrels for about half their retail price.

Rain barrels collect rain runoff from roofs and gutters and store it for later use on gardens and lawns. In addition to saving our community’s precious water resources and reducing water bills, rain barrels are often beneficial to gardens because rain water can be softer and have fewer minerals in it than ground water.

A portion of proceeds from rain barrels purchased through the Village’s partnership with Upcycle Products also benefit The Conservation Foundation, which is responsible for conservation projects across Oswego and the region. Local projects have included rain gardens, native plantings, and watershed protection plans.

Rain barrels cost between $55 and $60, about half the price of similar models purchased on Amazon. They are made from food-grade upcycled materials, including former pickling containers, and specially washed clean for garden use.

Residents may purchase barrels online by April 17 at, for pick-up at the April 21 ECO Earth Day event. Home delivery is also available throughout the year for an additional $5.

For more information, visit contact Upcycle directly at 815-735-9583.

Oswego awarded for excellence in financial reporting for 15th year

For the fifteenth year in a row, the Village of Oswego has been recognized for its commitment to transparency in financial reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association.

Oswego was awarded the Certificate of Achievement from the GFOA for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year Ending April 30, 2017. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the field of government accounting and financial reporting, and this year is the fifteenth year that Oswego has been awarded the recognition.

In addition, the Village of Oswego received the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting for its Resident’s Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year Ending April 30, 2017. The Resident’s Annual Financial Report is a simplified and visually engaging version of the Village’s financial reports designed to be easily understood by residents without financial backgrounds. This is the second year the Village of Oswego has earned recognition for the Resident’s Annual Financial Report.

The 2017 Resident’s Annual Financial Report is available for download under the Popular Links section of the Village’s homepage at A copy of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report is available at

For more information on Village of Oswego financial reporting, contact the Village of Oswego’s Finance Director Mark Horton at 630-554-0864 or visit

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