DeKalb County

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A major overhaul of DeKalb County’s jail is on target to be finished by the summer of 2018. Sycamore’s city council got an update at its meeting this week on the progress of the $35-million jail expansion.

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Reimbursements for some Illinois county positions haven’t been paid since July – even though they’re required by law.

That’s because of the state budget gridlock.

Those positions include each county’s state’s attorney, public defender and assessment supervisor.

DeKalb County's Top Prosecutor To Run Again

Nov 23, 2015
Susan Stephens

DeKalb County State's Attorney Richard Schmack will seek another term.

Schmack, a Democrat, is likely to face opposition in the general election next November. At least three local attorneys --Hinckley attorney Charles Rea, Sycamore attorney Rick Amato, and former DeKalb County State's Attorney Clay Campbell - are seeking the Republican nomination for the office.

Schmack's campaign committee, Citizens to Elect Richard Schmack, said he will file his nomination paperwork and petitions November 30 to appear on the March 15, Primary Election ballot.

New Initiatives Needed To Reduce Prison Population

Oct 29, 2015
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Illinois is making strides to reduce the inmate population by taking the initiative to address problems and discuss some possible solutions. Last week was "Sociology Week" at Northern Illinois University. It presented several opportunities to address issues about crime that cause prisons to fill up quickly.

The NIU Sociology department was co-host of the John Howard Association's "Prison Reform Illinois" presentation.

Susan Stephens

Three local attorneys are expected to run for the State's Attorney seat for DeKalb County. They are former State's Attorney Clay Campbell, Hinckley attorney Charles Rea, and Sycamore attorney Rick Amato. Amato held the position in 2003 and Campbell in 2012.

The newcomer to the race is Charles Rea.  Current States Attorney Richard Schmack hasn't announced whether he will run in the Democratic primary. Campbell announced his bid earlier this year in May.

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Supporters of a proposed bingo hall in southern DeKalb County will have to wait a little longer for the backing of county officials. 

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Illinois might get its first Native American-run casino in its history.

That's if DeKalb County officials give their blessing to put some land into federal trust after a seven-year hiatus.

Earlier this month, the county's Economic Development Committee voted to discuss a resolution for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation to open a class 2 casino in Shabbona -- meaning it would only provide bingo.

Ogle, DeKalb Counties Get 'Disaster' Declaration

Apr 10, 2015
Carl Nelson / WNIJ

Gov. Bruce Rauner today declared DeKalb and Ogle counties state disaster areas after severe storms and tornadoes ripped across northern Illinois.

At least two people in DeKalb County are reported dead and roughly a dozen more injured. Dozens of homes and businesses have been damaged or destroyed.

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Voters across DeKalb County will get to cast their thoughts about the influence of money in politics when they go to the polls in April. 

The county board approved a non-binding question that asks voters if they support measures to increase transparency for campaign funding.

DeKalb County Approves Enterprise Zone

Nov 20, 2014
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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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