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Colorful skulls adorn the walls of a room in the DeKalb Public Library. That's because teenagers chose the design of the “teen room” in the library’s renovation.

The Haish Building has been getting a makeover for the past six months. An extension opened earlier this year.

Some changes include removal of different levels to increase accessibility and technological upgrades.

There’s a full computer lab, 3-D printers, and more meeting rooms.

DeKalb County officials continue to track West Nile Virus in birds and bugs.

The county currently has four mosquito traps that are monitored weekly. A recent batch near Genoa tested positive for West Nile Virus. Greg Maurice is the Director of Health Protection. He says mosquitos that transmit West Nile Virus prefer hot and dry days. They love stagnant water, and their parting gift can leave you feeling pretty woozy, but is rarely fatal.

Brian Mackey

The head of a coalition of social service agencies says she’s disappointed the state of Illinois is arguing in court it doesn’t have to fully pay for its contracts.


Last year during the Illinois state budget impasse - social service agencies weren’t paid.

But they continued to do contract work. A recent stopgap budget partially paid for that work.

But now - nearly 100 organizations that provide services for at-risk youth or finds housing for low income people, are suing the state for full payment.

Andrea Durbin leads one of those organizations.


Illinois officials have confirmed another new case of Legionnaires' disease at a veterans' home in Quincy.

The directors of the Illinois departments of veterans' affairs and public health said in a joint statement Thursday that three residents testing positive for the disease were recovering.

State officials said last month that two residents at the Illinois Veterans Home in western Illinois were sick. These are new cases.

Last year an outbreak killed 12 and sickened 54.

Illinois Republican state Sen. Matt Murphy is resigning his seat to take a job in the private sector.

Murphy is one of GOP's top lawmakers in the Senate and has been one of the lead voices in budgetary issues as well as one of the governor's biggest allies.

The suburban Chicago lawmaker said in a letter Friday that his resignation is effective Sept. 15. 

Murphy said in the letter the job he is taking “allows me to better meet my family obligations'' but did not specify where he is going.