DeKalb

Employment
6:24 am
Tue January 15, 2013

DeKalb Unemployment Office Closing

Credit IDES

The Illinois Department of Employment Security has announced it is closing seven offices and cutting 192 positions. The list of closures includes the DeKalb office. The agency says the decision is due in part because a somewhat improved economy. That has led to fewer unemployment insurance claims.

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DeKalb Nature Path
5:07 am
Thu January 10, 2013

ComEd, DeKalb Park District, Citizens Working On Replanting Path

Wood piles up along the DeKalb Nature Trail as ComEd removes more than a mile-long swath of trees and brush from below their power lines.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

A small group of stakeholders will meet at the end of the month to craft a plan to remedy ComEd’s clear-cutting along a DeKalb nature trail. Members of the DeKalb Park District, ComEd representatives, and two people who live near the popular trail make up the panel. 

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Federal Mandate?
5:57 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Com Ed Clear-Cuts DeKalb Trail To Protect Power Lines

DeKalb Nature Trail, near Sycamore Road, clear-cut beneath Com Ed's transmission lines.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

More than a mile of trees and plants are being mowed to the ground along a DeKalb nature trail. That’s how Com Ed is handling a federal mandate meant to keep trees away from its largest transmission lines. WNIJ’s Susan Stephens reports.

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DeKalb
5:00 am
Fri November 23, 2012

DeKalb Aldermen to Discuss Rental Housing Fee

DeKalb Mayor and Aldermen
Credit city of DeKalb

The DeKalb City Council will once again discuss adding a yearly registration fee for landlords. DeKalb City Manager Mark Biernacki proposed the "Housing Registration and Inspection Bureau"  because, he says, there are growing concerns of crime in some areas of the city. Not all landlords agree they should be lumped in with that characterization.

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Politics
5:39 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Stadelman And Cabello Win State Legislative Races

Democrats have retained control of the Illinois legislature. In Rockford, a State Senate seat long-held by a Republican went to a Democrat. And a Winnebago County Republican appointed to a State House seat holds on to it.

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Education
4:45 am
Thu October 11, 2012

NIU Honors Local Alumni

Richard Johannesen Professor Emeritus, Communication 1971-2002
NIU

Five DeKalb-area residents are among 11 alumni who will be recognized this weekend by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Northern Illinois University for their accomplishments and service NIU.

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Arts
1:00 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Artists and Mentors Shine in DeKalb's 'Penguin Project'

Susan Stephens WNIJ

Tonight, the curtain rises on an elaborate production of the Disney musical “Beauty and the Beast Junior” at DeKalb High School. The sets are in place, the costumes are ready, and the 70 actors have been practicing their lines and moves all summer. But this isn’t your typical high school production. This is The Penguin Project

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Local government revenue
1:48 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Will Sycamore join the video gaming roster?

Video gambling is on the agenda for the Sycamore City Council tonight, a week after DeKalb approved allowing machines in qualifying establishments.

Several bars and fraternal organizations have indicated their interest to City Manager Brian Gregory, while three restaurants and a winery have said they are not interested. Officials have estimated the city could realize almost $100,000 annually from the machines, although Mayor Ken Mundy believes that number is high.

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Local
9:29 am
Fri May 11, 2012

DeKalb selects new police chief

Eugene Lowery currently serves as a deputy chief for the Crystal Lake Police Department.

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Business
8:35 am
Fri May 4, 2012

DeKalb hotel project may prevent business "leakage"

Proposed site of Hampton Inn
Google Maps

Construction is nearing for an 80-room, four-story Hampton Inn along I-88 and Annie Glidden Road in DeKalb. Mayor Kris Povlsen says the hotel may keep visitors from leaving the city to stay overnight in neighboring towns. 

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