DeKalb

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

DeKalb is a step closer to the three-million dollar top prize in an unusual national contest:  The “America’s Best Communities” competition is helping towns invest more in their own revitalization plans.

  DeKalb has made the cut: the city is in the final 15 in the three-year-long contest. 350 communities started the competition: each round comes with more funding to help develop specific plans to improve their communities.

Target Corporation

 Target says it plans to add about 450 jobs at its DeKalb distribution center over the next several months. That will more than double employment at the site.

DeKalb Library Closes For Six Weeks

Dec 2, 2015
DeKalb Public Library

The DeKalb Library's new addition will be open for business January 18, 2016. Pastor Leroy Mitchell and Library Director Dee Coover will speak at the soft opening ceremony, with a day of activities planned. A magician will perform and members of the Black Male Initiative at Northern Illinois University will read to the children throughout the day.

DeKalb Mosque Officially Open To Public

Oct 14, 2015
Katie Finlon / WNIJ

A DeKalb mosque is now officially fully functional and open to the public. That follows a soft opening about a month ago. 

This project was a long time coming. That’s according to Saad Ali, president of the Northern Illinois University Muslim Student Association.

“Now, since we have our own place, we can do all the events,” Ali said. “We don’t have to worry about booking or renting someplace to do our prayers, events and whatnot. So now we have an official place we can have all our stuff over there.”

The Many Walks Of Life On A Greyhound Bus

Sep 17, 2015
Katie Finlon / WNIJ

The line goes from Chicago to Davenport, Iowa each day. 

I was curious what the experience was like for those riders. So I took a little round trip from DeKalb to Davenport.

I didn't even board the westbound 8:30 a.m. bus before two women shared their reasons for their trips.

Corn Fest will be held Friday through Sunday in downtown DeKalb. 

The carnival will be in the Glidden, Ellwood and Haish city lots, which are located between Oak and Locust Street off of 2nd and 3rd Street.

Rides will also be in the parking lots of Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home, Frontier Communications and Russ Burns Law Office. It also includes the employee parking lot of the DeKalb Public Library.

These parking lots will be closed until 11 p.m. Sunday for carnival set up and tear down.

DeKalb Elementary Principal Fired For Religious Gifts, Misconduct

Jun 16, 2015
Susan Stephens / WNIJ

A DeKalb elementary school principal was fired Monday after the school board charged her with violating board policies regarding religious materials.

After a day-long closed meeting, the DeKalb School Board voted to dismiss Shahran Spears as principal of Gwendolyn Brooks Elementary School. Dozens of supporters showed up at district headquarters on her behalf: 20 of them were allowed one minute to speak to the board.

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A Greyhound bus stop at Northern Illinois University's student center went into effect last week. The bus line goes from the Quad Cities to Chicago and stops in Moline, Dixon and Rochelle. 

NIU officials expressed interest in adding a Naperville stop, which was approved by the Naperville City Council last week. The stop was officially added on Monday.

Linda LaCloche, the communications manager for the city, says Naperville has a large commuter population. 

NIU Student Center Is Now A Greyhound Bus Stop

Jun 4, 2015
NIU Today

Northern Illinois University students and surrounding community members now have another way to get to Chicago.  

The NIU student center is a stop for a new Greyhound Connect bus line from Davenport, Iowa, to Chicago. It also stops in Rochelle, Dixon and Moline. The Naperville city council is recommending a stop at its Route 59 Metra train station.

Jacquilyn Stephens / WNIJ

A new DeKalb-area group is looking into ways to connect small farms with a big regional market.

Restaurants, stores, and even schools say they want more locally raised food. A growing number of farmers say they want to supply it. The trick is getting them together -- and at a price that works for everyone. That’s where a regional food hub could help.

Dan Kenney convened the first meeting on the idea Thursday in DeKalb. He sees it as an economic engine that could include commercial kitchens, a distribution center, and great training opportunities.

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