DeKalb http://northernpublicradio.org en DeKalb Back To "Comfortable" Supply Of Road Salt http://northernpublicradio.org/post/dekalb-back-comfortable-supply-road-salt <p>In late January, DeKalb city officials announced they would have to conserve road salt as they waited for another shipment from the state. That meant only applying salt on major roads and not residential streets. At that time, the city had a supply of 250 tons of salt with an additional 800 tons on order. DeKalb Public Works Director T.J. Moore says the supply has since been replenished.<br /> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 11:48:50 +0000 Jenna Dooley 43103 at http://northernpublicradio.org DeKalb Back To "Comfortable" Supply Of Road Salt DeKalb: More Snow, Less Salt http://northernpublicradio.org/post/dekalb-more-snow-less-salt <p>Add DeKalb to the growing list of cities cutting back on salting roads.</p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 03:41:08 +0000 Susan Stephens 42491 at http://northernpublicradio.org DeKalb: More Snow, Less Salt DeKalb Library Expansion Considers Needs Of Many http://northernpublicradio.org/post/dekalb-library-expansion-considers-needs-many <p>DeKalb library officials are in the midst of designing a $24 million dollar expansion project.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>In the library of the future, there are plenty of electrical outlets for students to use laptops. Library staff ditch vacuum cleaners in favor of floors made from used tires. Busy moms are able to pick-up books without unstrapping the kids from the car.</p><p>These are all features being considered for the DeKalb Library expansion. The finish line is still a few years down the road, but planners are now designing the layout and trying to please as many patrons as possible.</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:17:46 +0000 Jenna Dooley 34689 at http://northernpublicradio.org DeKalb Library Expansion Considers Needs Of Many Corn Fest Returns To Downtown DeKalb http://northernpublicradio.org/post/corn-fest-returns-downtown-dekalb <p>Corn Fest is heading back to downtown DeKalb next weekend. For the past five years, <a href="http://cornfest.com/" target="_blank">Corn Fest</a> has been held at the DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport.</p><p></p><p>Another major change this year is the timing of the festival, which traditionally has coincided with NIU's new student move-in week.</p><p>Festival organizer Lisa Angel says going forward Corn Fest will continue to be held in the downtown, but will be scheduled for the week following NIU's move-in activities.</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 10:03:35 +0000 Jenna Dooley 34794 at http://northernpublicradio.org Corn Fest Returns To Downtown DeKalb Area Airports Win IDOT Awards http://northernpublicradio.org/post/area-airports-win-idot-awards <p>The <a href="http://www.dot.state.il.us/aero/index.html">Illinois Department of Transportation's Division of Aeronautics</a>&nbsp; has recognized several northern Illinois airports for their accomplishments throughout the year, including, according to IDOT, "an outstanding partnership with the state of Illinois and their commitment to customer satisfaction."</p><p>Area winners of the "2013 Airport of the Year" include:</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 17:02:06 +0000 Guy Stephens 30139 at http://northernpublicradio.org Area Airports Win IDOT Awards Recycling Knowledge In DeKalb http://northernpublicradio.org/post/recycling-knowledge-dekalb <p></p><p>Book stores are fighting for survival in the digital age. National chains and independent owners are dealing with the growing presence of e-readers. But in DeKalb, the community’s only remaining used book store appears isolated from the ups and downs within the industry. This tiny outlet operates more as a public service than an actual business. Fri, 17 May 2013 11:25:56 +0000 Mike Moen 30014 at http://northernpublicradio.org Recycling Knowledge In DeKalb Storm-Related Closings: Thursday, April 18th http://northernpublicradio.org/post/storm-related-closings-thursday-april-18th <p></p><p>We’ve received a lot of rain here in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, and more is on the way. The following is a list of some of the closings and cancelations due to extraordinary flooding in some parts of our listening area:</p><p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 20:04:45 +0000 Susan Stephens 28571 at http://northernpublicradio.org Storm-Related Closings: Thursday, April 18th Four Vying For DeKalb Mayor http://northernpublicradio.org/post/four-vying-dekalb-mayor <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s a lot of change in store for the city of DeKalb…at least when it comes to who’s in charge. There’s turnover in most leadership positions, from Northern Illinois University to city government. </span>WNIJ’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Susan Stephens takes a look at the four-way race for DeKalb mayor.</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 12:30:41 +0000 Susan Stephens 27979 at http://northernpublicradio.org Four Vying For DeKalb Mayor Close-up: DeKalb And Its Homeless Citizens http://northernpublicradio.org/post/close-dekalb-and-its-homeless-citizens <p></p><p><strong><em>WNIJ's Community Close-up of DeKalb examines how a community supports its most vulnerable members.</em></strong></p><p>About 44,000 people live in DeKalb.&nbsp; Another 5,000 students live on campus at Northern Illinois University. The city is also host to a growing number of people who sleep in their cars, on their friends’ couches, or in the county’s only homeless shelter: <a href="http://hopehavendekalb.com/">Hope Haven</a>.</p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 12:27:57 +0000 Dan Klefstad 26453 at http://northernpublicradio.org Close-up: DeKalb And Its Homeless Citizens DeKalb Moving Forward With Safe Housing Program Despite Fee Objections http://northernpublicradio.org/post/dekalb-moving-forward-safe-housing-program-despite-fee-objections <p><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif"; font-size: 18pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;'>The <a href="http://www.cityofdekalb.com/">city of DeKalb </a>continues to set up a new safe housing program. The effort is aimed at reducing blight and crime in the community. However,&nbsp;<span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif"; font-size: 18pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;'>local landlords are voicing frustration over how the effort will be funded. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 11:24:47 +0000 Mike Moen 24404 at http://northernpublicradio.org DeKalb Moving Forward With Safe Housing Program Despite Fee Objections