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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.

Simon Cunningham, licensed under CC BY 2.0 / lendingmemo.com

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
https://www.cornfest.com/festival-map/

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

WNIJ

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.

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Corn Fest is heading back to downtown DeKalb next weekend. For the past five years, Corn Fest has been held at the DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport.

Another major change this year is the timing of the festival, which traditionally has coincided with NIU's new student move-in week.

Festival organizer Lisa Angel says going forward Corn Fest will continue to be held in the downtown, but will be scheduled for the week following NIU's move-in activities.

IDOT

The Illinois Department of Transportation's Division of Aeronautics  has recognized several northern Illinois airports for their accomplishments throughout the year, including, according to IDOT, "an outstanding partnership with the state of Illinois and their commitment to customer satisfaction."

Area winners of the "2013 Airport of the Year" include:

Recycling Knowledge In DeKalb

May 17, 2013
Mike Moen

Book stores are fighting for survival in the digital age. National chains and independent owners are dealing with the growing presence of e-readers. But in DeKalb, the community’s only remaining used book store appears isolated from the ups and downs within the industry. This tiny outlet operates more as a public service than an actual business.

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