DeKalb County

Scott Schirmer / Illinois Department of Agriculture

Corn may be ubiquitous in DeKalb County, but it isn't immune to external threats.

A sample from a corn field recently tested positive for bacterial leaf streak. DeKalb is the first county in Illinois to have a USDA-verified case of the disease.

It’s similar to symptoms of gray leaf spots – which farmers come across frequently – except bacterial leaf streak cannot be treated with fungicides.

Facebook: Dekalb County Sheriff's Office, Illinois

Police recovered a missing car in connection with the case of a Sycamore double murder.

 

Chicago police found the Chevy Impala near Lincoln Park Zoo this week.

 

The car was taken from the home of Patricia and Robert Wilson. The mother and son were found dead Aug. 15 in rural Sycamore. The two appeared to have died from blunt force trauma.

 

Police say the car may have been parked near the zoo for several days. It was returned to DeKalb County.

 

Potential evidence has been sent to the State Crime Lab.

 

Jessie Schlacks / WNIJ

The Office of the State Fire Marshal recently announced that a DeKalb County Circuit Court issued a Default Judgment Order against an Illinois corporation and its president.

    

 

The order totals over $1.3 million for violations of the Gasoline Storage Act at a closed DeKalb gas station operated by the corporation.  A spokesperson says the address is 1101 N. First Street.

The order says the company failed to remove four abandoned underground petroleum storage tanks, including one that was a 32-year-old condemned tank. 

Detectives Seek Answers In Sycamore Double Murder

Aug 16, 2016
Chase Cavanaugh

Two rural Sycamore residents were found dead in their home Monday night.

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office found signs of forced entry at the home of 64-year old Robert Wilson and his 85-year old mother Patricia.  Chief Deputy Andy Sullivan says the victims appear to have died from blunt force trauma, and Ms. Wilson's vehicle appears to have been stolen. 

“The victim’s missing vehicle is a 2010 White 4-door Chevrolet Impala, Illinois License Plate 903-0890.  Locating this vehicle will help investigators in this tragic case," he said.  

What Happens When You Don't Pay Property Tax?

Aug 8, 2016
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They say the only certainties in life are death and taxes. In Illinois, property taxes have a few uncertainties as well, particularly when you don't pay.  

Municipalities and state governments have a vested interest in making sure everybody pays their fair share and, while each area may have a unique quirk, the overall process is universal. People pay their property taxes and, if they have trouble, seek out a deferment program.

But if you can’t pay, your debt could be sold off to the lowest bidder. DeKalb County Treasurer Christine Johnson explains her local process.

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