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City of DeKalb gets holiday lights grant for ‘Lights on Lincoln: Santa Comes to Town’ event

DeKALB – ComEd and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus recently announced grants of up to $2,500 to 10 northern Illinois communities, including DeKalb, as part of the inaugural ComEd Powering the Holidays Program.

According to a Tuesday news release from ComEd, the grant will be matched to help the city fund LED lights for Santa’s arrival during the city’s “Lights on Lincoln: Santa Comes to Town” event. The grant also will help make the event accessible to all residents by funding free bus rides to DeKalb’s annual event, which is typically at the beginning of December.

The grant program was established this year to “celebrate identity and culture; provide a platform for intercultural exchange and understanding; encourage respect and open-mindedness for different cultures; develop an appreciation, understanding and respect for what is important to neighbors and provide a pathway for people to gain a sense of belonging to their communities,” according to the news release.

Powering the Holidays grants can be used for any community holiday lighting event held from Nov. 1 to Feb. 13, 2022. Municipalities, townships, counties and other local governments within the northern Illinois areas ComEd serves were eligible to apply.

For information about the grant program, go to the Metropolitan Mayor’s Caucus website at

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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