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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The first case of West Nile virus in DeKalb County has been reported to the county health department. A 59-year-old male county resident was diagnosed recently, a department spokesperson said.
“This is not unexpected,” said Jane Lux, Public Health Administrator at the DeKalb County Health Department, “due to the fact that there have been cases diagnosed throughout Illinois and the United States, and we know that mosquitoes in our area are infected.”
It has been more than a year since civil unions became legal in Illinois. And in that time, more than 5,000 couples have tied the only knot available to same-sex partners. Several DeKalb couples have just celebrated their first legally-recognized anniversary.