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A man was seriously injured at the Sycamore Steam Show and Threshing Bee this morning. His arm was caught in a piece of antique machinery: a Sycamore fire department spokesman describes the injury as serious, but not life-threatening. He was flown by helicopter to a trauma center in Rockford.

  There was an ambulance company on site: they were able to free him and treat him until the helicopter arrived. He’s said to be in his early 30s. Meanwhile, the steam show has resumed.

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The school year's end is drawing near for many Illinois communities, but bullying won't necessarily end when classes do. A new city ordinance might change disciplinary actions for those offenses, but will it be enough to get bullies to stop?

Jenna Dooley

The Evergreen Village flood mitigation project is now in the demolition phase. According to DeKalb County Planning Director Paul Miller, there are several parts to this, including the removal of asbestos on more than a dozen homes.

Miller says demolition of mobile homes has been underway since October. Approximately 40 units have been removed.  The county is working toward having the site cleared and cleaned by the end of May 2015.

Sycamore Police Facebook Page

A northern Illinois police department is the 17th agency in the state—and the first in DeKalb County—to be accredited.

The Daily Chronicle reports the Sycamore Police Department was recognized by the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program Monday during a City Council meeting. The department all 71 criteria for its policies and procedures to earn the honor. (CC BY 2.0)

Sycamore officials will perform a test of the city's CodeRED Emergency Notification System on Wednesday, October 1 at 10:00 AM.

Sycamore Pumpkin Festival

The Sycamore Pumpkin Festival kicks off this week.  It will be a bittersweet start to the festival's 51st year.  This is the first year since the death of the Festival's founder, Wally Thurow, affectionately known as "Mr. Pumpkin."  Sycamore author Tom Oestreicher has written a biography of Thurow and the festival.  The book is called Mr. Pumpkin & The Sycamore Pumpkin Festival: A 50 Year History.

Playmate recalls the last time she saw Maria Ridulph

Three half sisters of accused murderer Jack Daniels McCullough testified for the prosecution Tuesday in the 55-year-old disappearance and death of little Maria Ridulph. Two contradicted their parents’ statement that the accused was home that fateful night, and one recalled their mother’s deathbed declaration about the case.

They were preceded on the stand by Kathy Sigman Chapman, Maria’s playmate on Tuesday evening, December 3, 1957. A member of the prosecution team brought her to the witness stand before the session started. Chapman – with close-cropped grey hair and wearing a dark skirted suit – tested the chair, looked around, chatted briefly with the court stenographer, then smiled and stepped away.

Kindred Hospital

Sycamore police say it appears one or both  of the two people found dead in a Sycamore hospital Tuesday died of self-inflicted gun shot wounds. The bodies of a man and a woman were discovered in a patient's room after shots were heard in Kindred Hospital, an acute care facility. 

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.

The foods of summer: Ollie's frozen custard

Jul 20, 2012
Jenna Dooley

DeKalb County's summer haven from the heat is none other than Ollie's Frozen Custard in Sycamore.  The hotspot features tasty treats and a recognizable logo: Ollie, a smiling man with a bowler hat and bushy mustache.

Known most for its creamy custard, Ollie’s has been the post-baseball game favorite since 1985 with the opening of its first store in DeKalb. When space became limited, it moved to Oakland Drive in Sycamore in 1990.