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.
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.
We’ve received a lot of rain here in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, and more is on the way. The following is a list of some of the closings and cancelations due to extraordinary flooding in some parts of our listening area:
There’s a lot of change in store for the city of DeKalb…at least when it comes to who’s in charge. There’s turnover in most leadership positions, from Northern Illinois University to city government. WNIJ’s Susan Stephens takes a look at the four-way race for DeKalb mayor.
WNIJ's Community Close-up of DeKalb examines how a community supports its most vulnerable members.
About 44,000 people live in DeKalb. Another 5,000 students live on campus at Northern Illinois University. The city is also host to a growing number of people who sleep in their cars, on their friends’ couches, or in the county’s only homeless shelter: Hope Haven.
The city of DeKalb continues to set up a new safe housing program. The effort is aimed at reducing blight and crime in the community. However, local landlords are voicing frustration over how the effort will be funded.
The DeKalb City Council has trimmed the fine for marijuana possession. If a person is caught with less than one-tenth of an ounce of the drug, they can choose to mail-in a $350 fine instead of going to court.