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Lee and Ogle County May Get New Enterprise Zone

Aug 5, 2016

Lee and Ogle County are one step closer to getting a new enterprise zone.   

The State Enterprise Zone Board released preliminary rankings this week on 18 counties applying for 12 new zones. 

Saukvalley.com reports Lee and Ogle Counties already have a zone but it expires next year.  The two counties placed sixth in the rankings, and if their application is accepted, they can both renew their zone and tweak it.  Tweaks would include reduce the zone's footprint while expanding into Rochelle and Dixon’s corporate limits. 

What Consolidation Means For Rural School Districts

Jun 6, 2016
Chase Cavanaugh/WNIJ

One of the quirks of Illinois public education is the fact that public elementary, middle, and high schools in a single city or county may be their own independent school district.

While some tout the advantages of greater local control, others argue this governing structure is inefficient. In the first of a two-part series, we examine the ways these separate entities may consolidate, starting with rural schools.

Earlville Superintendent Waiting For Word On His Future

Dec 11, 2015

A Northern Illinois school official is working from home and waiting for word on his future.

Earlville School District Superintendent Wade Winekauf was arrested last month on a charge of domestic battery. Ogle County State's Attorney Eric Morrow says the office is reviewing the police reports and other information for possible charges. Mr. Winkauf's bond return day is Thursday, December 18th, at 9:00. Charges will be filed before that date and time.

Ogle, DeKalb Counties Get 'Disaster' Declaration

Apr 10, 2015
Carl Nelson / WNIJ

Gov. Bruce Rauner today declared DeKalb and Ogle counties state disaster areas after severe storms and tornadoes ripped across northern Illinois.

At least two people in DeKalb County are reported dead and roughly a dozen more injured. Dozens of homes and businesses have been damaged or destroyed.


Almost $11,000 is unaccounted for in an internal audit of a northern Illinois sheriff’s department’s towing fund. The Ogle County Sheriff's Department expects the audit to take a couple of months. 

The forensic audit also found about $61,000 in fees were not deposited in the county's general fund as required.

The investigation began after a forensic auditor could not account for the money in the administrative tow fund, which was controlled by former Sheriff Michael Harn. An ordinance allows the sheriff's department to charge $350 to tow vehicles.