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A Morris-based propane company is suing DeKalb County over the denial of a special-use permit.  

Dibble Family LLC wants to build a propane distribution facility at 25330 Five Points Road, in Mayfield Township outside Sycamore.

To this end, it requested a special use permit from the County Board to build the facility. However, local residents worried about the project's environmental impact, noise, and safety.

As a result, the Board voted against the proposal 15-9 in November.

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We’re just past one election, but another is right around the corner.

There are fewer candidates than spots up for election in DeKalb County. The April 4 election covers a variety of positions, like city mayors, aldermen, trustees, and school board members.

DeKalb County Clerk and Recorder Doug Johnson says there will be numerous tax referenda, like a one percent increase in Sandwich. He says these proposals help fill in gaps during times of financial need.

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The DeKalb County Board voted 15-9 against a special use permit to build a propane storage facility in Mayfield Township.

The Daily Chronicle reports Dibble Family LLC wanted to build two 30,000 gallon storage tanks at 25330 Five Points Road.  The company intended to have the facility serve existing customers in DeKalb County, about 90% of whom are farmers and agricultural businesses.  

Illinois State Police say they have a new suspect in the 1957 murder of Sycamore schoolgirl Maria Ridulph.  

The case was reopened after police were asked to investigate a suspect named in an anonymous letter.  The letter was received March 24, the same day DeKalb State’s Attorney Richard Schmack disavowed the prosecution of Jack McCullough, who was convicted of the murder in September 2012.

McCullough's conviction  was vacated after new evidence showed he was in Rockford at the time of Ridulph's disappearance, and he is now seeking a certificate of innocence.  

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Northern Illinois community members took to the streets to honor local veterans over the weekend.

It’s the fifth year local police and fire officials escorted a motorcade to several DeKalb County retirement homes. 

Residents of the facilities lined the sidewalk as the veterans’ names and service were read aloud. 

Robert Roe works at Pine Acres in DeKalb. He says it's important to raise spirits of the residents.

“We try and do things to keep our residents involved – involved in the community, and recognizing things that they’ve done in their lives," Roe said.

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