DeKalb

NIU/DeKalb
5:33 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Neighborhood Group Questions Redevelopment Documents

Memorandum of Understanding - College Town Partners
Credit WNIJ

A DeKalb neighborhood group held a news conference this morning related to a proposed partnership between NIU, the city, and several local banks. A spokesperson for Preserve Our Neighborhoods says the confidential agreement was sent to the group anonymously. The document outlines the process of buying homes around John and Harrison streets for redevelopment.

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Winter
5:48 am
Thu February 13, 2014

DeKalb Back To "Comfortable" Supply Of Road Salt

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.

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Budgeting the salt while waiting on state
9:41 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

DeKalb: More Snow, Less Salt

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Add DeKalb to the growing list of cities cutting back on salting roads.

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DeKalb
6:17 am
Wed August 21, 2013

DeKalb Library Expansion Considers Needs Of Many

Current side entrance to the DeKalb Library. Under the current expansion plan, the building would be built out from this side.
Jenna Dooley WNIJ

DeKalb library officials are in the midst of designing a $24 million dollar expansion project. 

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.

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.

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DeKalb
5:03 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Corn Fest Returns To Downtown DeKalb

Credit cornfest.com

Corn Fest is heading back to downtown DeKalb next weekend. For the past five years, Corn Fest has been held at the DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport.

Another major change this year is the timing of the festival, which traditionally has coincided with NIU's new student move-in week.

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.

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-Illinois
12:02 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Area Airports Win IDOT Awards

Credit IDOT

The Illinois Department of Transportation's Division of Aeronautics  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."

Area winners of the "2013 Airport of the Year" include:

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Local
6:25 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Recycling Knowledge In DeKalb

Classic Books in DeKalb
Credit Mike Moen

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.

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Flooding
3:04 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Storm-Related Closings: Thursday, April 18th

Stay off the playground today in Lions Park, DeKalb.
Credit Allyson Kellner

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:

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Elections 2013
7:30 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Four Vying For DeKalb Mayor

Four candidates for DeKalb Mayor. Clockwise, starting from upper left: : Jennifer Groce, David Jacobson, John Rey, and Mike Verbic.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

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. WNIJ’s Susan Stephens takes a look at the four-way race for DeKalb mayor.

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Community Close-Up
6:27 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Close-up: DeKalb And Its Homeless Citizens

Credit Dan Klefstad / pixlr

WNIJ's Community Close-up of DeKalb examines how a community supports its most vulnerable members.

About 44,000 people live in DeKalb.  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: Hope Haven.

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