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.


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.

DeKalb School District Gets A Security Upgrade

Feb 4, 2015

DeKalb School District 428 has gone high-tech to help prevent potential security threats. Superintendent Douglas Moeller is confident the new security measure, known as the Raptor System, will be effective to address security risks rapidly.

“It obviously is much more convenient for our families who we do want to be involved in their children’s school experience,” Moeller said. “The old process was time-consuming; and a lot of parents, I think, felt that we were trying to keep them out of schools rather than welcoming them into our schools.”

DeKalb Park District

The DeKalb Municipal Band celebrates its 160th year with a concert out of the norm from its usual outdoor performances. The band presents its first holiday concert Saturday at the Egyptian Theatre. 

The DeKalb Municipal Band is the oldest continuous performing band in Illinois. 

City of DeKalb

The filing period for DeKalb city candidates’ petitions for the April election starts next week and ends Dec. 22.

The offices up for election are: Wards 1, 3, 5, 7 and City Clerk.

Petition packets are filed with the City Clerk’s office. The Candidates’ Guide can be downloaded from the city’s website.