DeKalb

Carl Nelson / WNIJ

The location of a parade meant to celebrate arts and culture was moved from a main road to a less busy one in downtown DeKalb. That’s because some businesses were concerned about road blocks interfering with prime Saturday business hours.

ARTigras was held for the first time last year and will be on May 7 and 8 this year. The festival’s 40-minute parade was originally supposed to go from First to Fourth Streets on Lincoln Highway, but it was moved to Locust Street.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

DeKalb is a step closer to the three-million dollar top prize in an unusual national contest:  The “America’s Best Communities” competition is helping towns invest more in their own revitalization plans.

  DeKalb has made the cut: the city is in the final 15 in the three-year-long contest. 350 communities started the competition: each round comes with more funding to help develop specific plans to improve their communities.

Target Corporation

 Target says it plans to add about 450 jobs at its DeKalb distribution center over the next several months. That will more than double employment at the site.

DeKalb Library Closes For Six Weeks

Dec 2, 2015
DeKalb Public Library

The DeKalb Library's new addition will be open for business January 18, 2016. Pastor Leroy Mitchell and Library Director Dee Coover will speak at the soft opening ceremony, with a day of activities planned. A magician will perform and members of the Black Male Initiative at Northern Illinois University will read to the children throughout the day.

DeKalb Mosque Officially Open To Public

Oct 14, 2015
Katie Finlon / WNIJ

A DeKalb mosque is now officially fully functional and open to the public. That follows a soft opening about a month ago. 

This project was a long time coming. That’s according to Saad Ali, president of the Northern Illinois University Muslim Student Association.

“Now, since we have our own place, we can do all the events,” Ali said. “We don’t have to worry about booking or renting someplace to do our prayers, events and whatnot. So now we have an official place we can have all our stuff over there.”

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