Rochelle's location near several major interstates makes it easy for commuters to get to and from work. In the second of two reports, we hear from commuters who have decided not to make the move to the city where they work.
Each workday, Tim Swanberg pulls into a paved spot near Nancy Dobbel's Sycamore home at just before 7 a.m. Nancy greets him, and they both don crisp Nippon Sharyo shirts. The third member of their regular carpool is Cindy Blanchard of Cortland.
Northern Illinois University broke ground Monday on the $27 million expansion of the Stevens Building. The renovation of the university’s home of theater, dance, and anthropology has been on the school’s priority list for years.
State officials broke ground this weekend on the $70.5 million Illinois Veterans Home at Chicago. According to a news release, the 200-bed facility will be the fifth veterans’ home in the state and the first in Chicago.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has approved federal reimbursement for up to 65 percent of the eligible construction costs on the project. This means as much as $45.8 million of the construction cost could be covered by the federal government.
Picture a town that can attract jobs, but not residents. That’s the case for Rochelle, which is in the middle of an industrial boom. But local leaders say they need to address stagnant population growth.
Rod Moyer, a Northern Illinois University alumnus, was heavily involved as a student from 1997 to 2002. During that time, he served as president of the Black Student Union and vice-president of the NIU chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha and graduated with an Organizational and Corporate Communications major with a marketing minor.
The application process for medical marijuana growing facilities and dispensaries has officially begun. But many applicants have been busy for months lining up sites and getting permits from local governments. Those county boards and municipal councils have been receptive.
Most people’s interaction with the new law will be through the dispensaries which will dole out the medical marijuana. But there’s no doubt that the growing centers, which will also process the plant material for its prescribed use, have drawn the most attention from local officials.