DeKalb

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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.

City of DeKalb

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.

City of DeKalb

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.

DeKalb Unemployment Office Closing

Jan 15, 2013
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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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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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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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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.

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.

NIU Honors Local Alumni

Oct 11, 2012
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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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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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