DeKalb

Jenna Dooley

Earlier this week, Amy Fontana popped the trunk of her large, red vehicle next to Huntley Middle School. She’s been collecting yard signs that read “We Support Our Teachers.” It was an effort by the DeKalb Classroom Teachers’ Association to drum up support for a new contract.

She says more than 600 went up around the city.

Negotiations wrapped up with a three year contract.

Fontana, who is a spokesperson for the DCTA, says compromises were made.

The decision to downgrade DeKalb's bond rating from Aa2 to Aa3 is based in part on the city’s pension liabilities.

According to a news release, this liability is due in part to the city using the lower funding level allowable by the State of Illinois, as well as a change to the Government Accounting Standards Board liability reporting requirement.

Moody’s also cited DeKalb’s declining tax base from 2009 to 2015 as a contribution to the rating but noted a tax-base increase in 2016 of 1.6 percent.

Jenna Dooley

DeKalb’s Beloved Community holds regular gatherings to talk about a range of topics including race and religion. This month, the group met at Hopkins Park to discuss statistics involving officer-involved shootings. 

City of DeKalb

DeKalb's Citizens Environmental Commission is working to curb plastic bag use in the city.

The Daily-Chronicle reports the group set up five bins around the city with reusable shopping bags.  Residents can pick up bags for use while shopping and either return them to the bin when they’re finished, or keep them for later use.  The group is also accepting bag donations. 

Unlike some municipalities DeKalb does not have an outright ban on plastic grocery bags.   

Beloved Community of DeKalb

President Barack Obama visited Dallas Tuesday in the aftermath of the killing of five officers protecting a Black Lives Matter protest last week. His comments since the event last Thursday have addressed racial tensions in that city and around the country.

Tackling issues of racial tensions has been part of a community dialog in DeKalb in recent months.

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