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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.

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
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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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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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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.


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.

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. 

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.