Area Charity Groups Welcome All For Thanksgiving

Nov 27, 2014
Feed'Em Soup Community Project Facebook Page

If you have nowhere to go for a turkey dinner today, northern Illinois charity groups welcome patrons and volunteers.

Feed ‘Em Soup in DeKalb will welcome anyone looking to help others - not to mention eat with others - this Thanksgiving holiday.

The event today from 5 to 7 p.m. is free and is open to anyone and everyone in the community.

DeKalb resident Noelle Stanbery has been a volunteer at Feed’em Soup for four years. She says the restaurant and soup kitchen feeds about 200 people every Wednesday night.

DeKalb, Rockford Ready Winter Salt Supply

Nov 21, 2014
Larry Stephens

Many Illinoisans are thinking ahead to the coming winter. DeKalb and Rockford Public Works officials are no exception. Both offices already have plans for their road salt supplies.

Gilbert Sebenste, staff meteorologist at Northern Illinois University, says that residents may not be thrilled by the news, but it looks like this winter will be just as cold as last year -- if not colder.

But, he adds, nothing is guaranteed.

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Officials at a DeKalb apartment complex agreed to pay $255,000 for a lawsuit that began last year.

Regina Wallace's family allege University Village violated fair housing laws. They say the complex failed to meet her disability needs and retaliated against her for requesting accommodation.

Flickr user Ravenshoe Group / " Solar Eclipse - Tree Silhouette" (CC v. 2.0)

There will be a partial solar eclipse today. It will be visible around 2:40 p.m. and end before 7 p.m. in DeKalb and surrounding areas.

Thomas Willmitch, Planetarium Director at Illinois State University, talked about what to expect with the upcoming solar eclipse.

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Big companies will continue to receive a tax break for moving to DeKalb after the city agreed to extend a tax agreement through next year. It provides incentives for large businesses that come to or expand in DeKalb as long as they follow certain criteria on building size, jobs and wages.

The Daily Chronicle reports the tax abatement has been critical in attracting more than 1,200 new jobs and millions of dollars in revenue since 2006. Local officials expect state designations to be awarded by next year and go into effect in 2016.

Corn Fest Road Closures In DeKalb

Aug 28, 2014

Certain roads will be closed in downtown DeKalb throughout the weekend due to Corn Fest.


A DeKalb neighborhood group held a news conference this morning related to a proposed partnership between NIU, the city, and several local banks. A spokesperson for Preserve Our Neighborhoods says the confidential agreement was sent to the group anonymously. The document outlines the process of buying homes around John and Harrison streets for redevelopment.

In late January, DeKalb city officials announced they would have to conserve road salt as they waited for another shipment from the state. That meant only applying salt on major roads and not residential streets. At that time, the city had a supply of 250 tons of salt with an additional 800 tons on order. DeKalb Public Works Director T.J. Moore says the supply has since been replenished.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Add DeKalb to the growing list of cities cutting back on salting roads.

Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

DeKalb library officials are in the midst of designing a $24 million dollar expansion project. 

In the library of the future, there are plenty of electrical outlets for students to use laptops. Library staff ditch vacuum cleaners in favor of floors made from used tires. Busy moms are able to pick-up books without unstrapping the kids from the car.

These are all features being considered for the DeKalb Library expansion. The finish line is still a few years down the road, but planners are now designing the layout and trying to please as many patrons as possible.