DeKalb

Illinois
8:16 am
Fri November 21, 2014

DeKalb, Rockford Ready Winter Salt Supply

Credit Larry Stephens

Many Illinoisans are thinking ahead to the coming winter. DeKalb and Rockford Public Works officials are no exception. Both offices already have plans for their road salt supplies.

Gilbert Sebenste, staff meteorologist at Northern Illinois University, says that residents may not be thrilled by the news, but it looks like this winter will be just as cold as last year -- if not colder.

But, he adds, nothing is guaranteed.

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Illinois
7:52 am
Tue November 4, 2014

University Village Agrees To Settle Fair Housing Lawsuit

Credit University Village / uvdekalb.com

Officials at a DeKalb apartment complex agreed to pay $255,000 for a lawsuit that began last year.

Regina Wallace's family allege University Village violated fair housing laws. They say the complex failed to meet her disability needs and retaliated against her for requesting accommodation.

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Astronomy
4:55 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Several Options Available For Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing Today

Credit Flickr user Ravenshoe Group / " Solar Eclipse - Tree Silhouette" (CC v. 2.0)

There will be a partial solar eclipse today. It will be visible around 2:40 p.m. and end before 7 p.m. in DeKalb and surrounding areas.

Thomas Willmitch, Planetarium Director at Illinois State University, talked about what to expect with the upcoming solar eclipse.

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DeKalb
6:41 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Large Businesses That Come To DeKalb Will Still Receive Tax Breaks

Credit Simon Cunningham, licensed under CC BY 2.0 / lendingmemo.com

Big companies will continue to receive a tax break for moving to DeKalb after the city agreed to extend a tax agreement through next year. It provides incentives for large businesses that come to or expand in DeKalb as long as they follow certain criteria on building size, jobs and wages.

The Daily Chronicle reports the tax abatement has been critical in attracting more than 1,200 new jobs and millions of dollars in revenue since 2006. Local officials expect state designations to be awarded by next year and go into effect in 2016.

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Corn Fest
5:24 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Corn Fest Road Closures In DeKalb

Credit https://www.cornfest.com/festival-map/

Certain roads will be closed in downtown DeKalb throughout the weekend due to Corn Fest.

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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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