DeKalb County

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Whether it's Steve Jobs building a computer in his garage or Hector Boyardee cooking pasta at the Plaza Hotel, many American brands and businesses start from humble origins.  Current start-ups seek to replicate that success, but they don't do it alone.

In this Friday Forum, WNIJ's Chase Cavanaugh discusses the groups that help northern Illinois small businesses get started.

Katie Finlon / WNIJ

A DeKalb County judge ruled on an e-mail subpoena Wednesday in a libel suit by the DeKalb Police chief against a Crystal Lake man.

DeKalb Police Chief Gene Lowery sued Dr. Thomas Salvi for more than $300,000 last year. Salvi sent e-mails to then-mayor John Rey claiming Lowery was an “aggressive thug” and “fraud” and should be fired.

Lowery’s attorney previously filed the subpoena requesting Salvi’s employer to provide all e-mails sent or received by him since May 2013. Salvi's lawyer filed a motion to block the subpoena due to privacy concerns for his patients.

Katie Finlon / WNIJ

The libel case between the DeKalb police chief and a Crystal Lake man will continue Nov. 8.

DeKalb police chief Gene Lowery sued Thomas Salvi for more than $300,000 last year. Salvi sent e-mails to then-mayor John Rey claiming Lowery was an “aggressive thug” and “fraud” and should be fired.

Rey said he didn’t believe Salvi’s claims, according to court records. Salvi's legal team says there isn’t enough evidence that the claims ruined Lowery’s reputation or otherwise harmed him.

DeKalb County

Residents wanting to run for office can start collecting signatures Tuesday for the March primary.

Positions up for nomination include DeKalb County Sheriff, Clerk, Treasurer and Regional Superintendent of Schools.

Doug Johnson is DeKalb County's Clerk and Recorder. He said this election may not draw as much attention as others, but said these offices have the largest impact in everyday life.

“These are the people that are making the laws and the rules, and running our state and county," he said.

Ross Beach / WNIJ

There seems to be a growing taste for homegrown spirits in the DeKalb area. Now a family-run distillery is looking to expand.

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