DeKalb County

Illinois
6:37 am
Thu November 20, 2014

DeKalb County Approves Enterprise Zone

Credit DeKalb County

DeKalb County Board members approved a new enterprise zone. The Daily Chronicle reports the board voted unanimously Wednesday to establish the cooperation with DeKalb, Sycamore, and four other communities.

The next step is to have local municipalities follow suit and send an application to the state.

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Environment
8:42 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Illinois Commerce Commission Approves New ComEd Transmission Line

Credit Flickr user E Photos / "IMG_1927 - Power Lines" (CC v 2.0)

The Illinois Commerce Commission approved ComEd’s Grand Prairie Gateway Project, a new transmission line that will run across DeKalb, Ogle, Kane and DuPage counties.

Construction is set to begin after April 2015 for the line to be in service by June 2017. The line will require about 400 steel power poles from ComEd’s existing substation just east of the Kane County line to the substation in Byron.

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Steven Schulz
7:03 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

UPDATE: Initial Autopsy Results Show DeKalb County Man Shot

The area where Steven Schulz' pickup was found -- north of Route 72, near Annie Glidden Road and the Kishwaukee River.
Credit Google Maps

6:30 pm, 7/10/14

The DeKalb County man whose body was found Wednesday in the Kishwaukee River died of a gunshot wound to the head. That's the word today from the DeKalb County Coroner.

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department says the autopsy and investigation turned up no signs of a struggle or trauma. 23 year old Steven Schulz was reported missing earlier this week: his pickup was found near the Kishwaukee River in northern DeKalb County. A full autopsy report will be available in the near future, after lab results are returned.

A dive team called in from St. Charles found the gun police believe was used to shoot Schulz. The case is still being investigated by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department, although Sheriff Roger Scott says there is no threat to public safety.

 

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DeKalb County Community Gardens Project
6:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Connecting Communities With Plants: NIU's 'Communiversity' Gardens

DCCG's Heath Johnson and DeKalb Mayor John Rey on the verge of a handshake as NIU President Doug Baker looks on.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

It has been a big week for DeKalb County Community Gardens: the three year old not-for-profit won a 20-thousand dollar grant from the organics company Seeds for Change. And Thursday, they broke ground on the “Communiversity Garden,” a collaboration with Northern Illinois University.

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New job for John Acardo
5:50 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Three Years And Out: DeKalb County Clerk Resigns

DeKalb County Clerk and Recorder John Acardo, in a 2012 interview with WNIJ.
Credit Jacquilyn Stephens / WNIJ

DeKalb County’s Clerk and Recorder is resigning. John Acardo announced Wednesday he has taken a new job, as Kishwaukee College’s human resources director. 

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Open Meetings Act
6:41 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Two Northern Illinois Counties Accused of Possible Meeting Violations

Meetings Under Review in Whiteside and DeKalb Counties

In Whiteside County, Sauk Valley Media is waiting to hear from the Illinois Attorney General’s office.  At issue--whether members of the county board violated the Open Meetings Act.  Late last month, members of the board allegedly threatened to call police when a reporter tried to cover a discussion over the selection of a new board chairman.  Members contend it was a caucus gathering, not a public meeting.

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Cold Case Murder
12:43 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

McCullough Sentencing December 10th

Jack D. McCullough
Credit file / DeKalb County Sheriff's Department

Sentencing for Jack McCullough has been moved to early December. The sentencing was supposed to be today, but a lawyer representing McCullough says the defense was not given enough time to prepare.

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More Trash?
2:25 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Appellate Court Weighing Case Against DeKalb Landfill Expansion

Members of "Stop the Mega-Dump" plot their next move on the steps of the Second District Appellate Court in Elgin.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

The proposed expansion of the DeKalb County landfill is now in the hands of three appellate court judges.

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Health
10:30 am
Thu September 6, 2012

DeKalb County Reports First West Nile Virus Case

The first case of West Nile virus in DeKalb County has been reported to the county health department.  A 59-year-old male county resident was diagnosed recently, a department spokesperson said.

“This is not unexpected,” said Jane Lux, Public Health Administrator at the DeKalb County Health Department, “due to the fact that there have been cases diagnosed throughout Illinois and the United States, and we know that mosquitoes in our area are infected.”

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Politics
2:25 am
Tue July 31, 2012

One year of 'wedded' bliss: civil unions in Illinois

Dozens of these signs were carried around the DeKalb County courthouse during the July 2011 civil unions celebration.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

It has been more than a year since civil unions became legal in Illinois. And in that time, more than 5,000 couples have tied the only knot available to same-sex partners. Several DeKalb couples have just celebrated their first legally-recognized anniversary. 

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