Jenna Dooley

Betty Hampa of Genoa was a freshman at Northern Illinois University in 1959. She says her friends invited her to volunteer as an usher at the Egyptian Theater for a visit by the then-Senator of Massachusetts.

“I just remember that he said things that would excite young people," Hampa recalls. "He seemed like he talked about going to the moon… a lot of exciting things. Because he was young, he was handsome. He just had this charisma about him or something that just really grabbed you."

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Northern Illinois police say residents have reported sightings of scary clowns.   

They occurred in areas such as DeKalb and Rockford and mirror similar reports coming in from across the country since late August.  

Rockford police say most reports have been unfounded, with the exception of one dressed for a radio promotion.

DeKalb police officer Craig Woodruff says there were two reports late Tuesday night. One allegedly fled the scene when spotted by passerby, but the other was reportedly riding a bicycle in a costume.


DeKalb's City Council will consider revisions to its marijuana possession fines at a Committee of the Whole meeting tonight.  

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed a law in July that makes possessing less than 10 grams of marijuana a civil penalty.  It comes with an associated fine of up to $200.   

By comparison, DeKalb charges a minimum of $350 for possessing less than 2.5 grams of cannabis.  The fine goes up to at least $750 if the issue is adjudicated in court.  

Dibble Family LLC’s request to build a propane distribution facility in DeKalb County is facing another public hearing.  

The Morris-based company wants to build the facility at 25330 Five Points Road, a patch of farmland west of Sycamore.  However,  local landowners worry their properties could be affected if the building catches fire.

DeKalb School District Superintendent Doug Moeller was placed on paid leave Wednesday.  

The move comes two days after DeKalb High School Principal Michele Albano sought an order of protection against him by a Kane County judge. 

Albano claims Moeller became upset after she refused to go out with him, and then called her  three times on the night of September 11.  She says at the time, he was drunk.