DeKalb County

DeKalb County Business Incubator Assists Fledgling Firms

Jul 26, 2016
Chase Cavanaugh

Companies started by entrepreneurs face many challenges, including the need for space and funds.

The DeKalb County Government recently opened a business incubator in its facilities off of Annie Glidden Road.  It's the brainchild of the County Board’s Economic Development Committee, which wanted to provide a space for small businesses to grow.  Chairman Bob Brown explains:

DeKalb County Continues E-Waste Program

Jul 6, 2016
DeKalb County

DeKalb County is pairing up with DC Trash for electronic waste recycling once again.  

E-waste collections will take place all over the county in DeKalb, Sandwich, Sycamore, Waterman, and Shabbona.    

DeKalb County residents can attend any one of the events, which will take place on each Saturday of the month.  

DC Trash is accepting most electronics with a battery or a cord, without a cost, except computer monitors and televisions.  

The evens will start on August 6th in DeKalb at the public lot on Grove and South 4th Street from 9-11AM.  

Cocaine Bust Is Largest In DeKalb County History

Jun 20, 2016
US Drug Enforcement Administration

  A recent cocaine seizure is the largest drug bust in DeKalb County history.  Officials seized 264 pounds of cocaine last week after intercepting a trailer on Esmond Road. 

The Daily Chronicle reports that investigations in an undisclosed Northern Illinois city led to the retrieval of $436,000 in cash.  DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott says the cocaine was most likely in transit to another market. 

DeKalb County Disburses First Round Of Property Taxes

Jun 3, 2016
DeKalb County

DeKalb County disbursed the first round of property taxes to municipal governments. 

The Daily-Chronicle reports local school districts received more than half of the $22 million payout.  Community colleges received $1.3 million while the county forest district was given $2.5 million.  

In total, the county will distribute $213.3 million in property tax revenue this year.  

The raw numbers can be found at the website of the DeKalb County treasurer.  

Genoa Man Found Not Guilty In Sexual Assault Case

May 13, 2016
DeKalb County

A 41-year old Genoa man has been found not guilty of sexually assaulting a 4-year old girl.  

Stuart Diaz has been in DeKalb County Jail since 2013 under charges of predatory sexual assault.  The Daily-Chronicle reports Diaz finished a 3-day trial yesterday, maintaining his innocence throughout the proceedings. 

Public Defender Tom McCullouch called the charges against Diaz flimsy, and said the prosecution’s reference to “Uncle Stewie,” was an attempt to make his client seem creepy to jurors. 

Give Local DeKalb County Raises Nearly $374,000

May 5, 2016

  Give Local DeKalb County considers its efforts a success despite technical difficulties. 

The charity campaign puts its unofficial donation totals at $270,000.  This figure does not include an additional $104,000 in matching funds. 

Giving hours were extended to yesterday afternoon after online vendor Kimbia’s servers were overloaded by donation traffic.  In total, more than 60 nonprofits took part in the campaign.  

DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership, DeKalb County Community Foundation

An online philanthropy event next week could help raise more than $100,000 for DeKalb County nonprofit groups, according to community foundation officials.

The DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership and the DeKalb County Community Foundation are hosting Give Local DeKalb County for the third year in a row. The online event -- a local subset of Give Local America -- benefits area nonprofit organizations from social services to arts and culture and generated about $189,000 last year.

DeKalb County

A ledger error by the Illinois Department of Revenue has resulted in thousands of taxing districts, including DeKalb County, to be overpaid for their 2014 Personal Property Replacement Taxes.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

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.