Sycamore

Genoa Man Found Not Guilty In Sexual Assault Case

May 13, 2016
DeKalb County

A 41-year old Genoa man has been found not guilty of sexually assaulting a 4-year old girl.  

Stuart Diaz has been in DeKalb County Jail since 2013 under charges of predatory sexual assault.  The Daily-Chronicle reports Diaz finished a 3-day trial yesterday, maintaining his innocence throughout the proceedings. 

Public Defender Tom McCullouch called the charges against Diaz flimsy, and said the prosecution’s reference to “Uncle Stewie,” was an attempt to make his client seem creepy to jurors. 

Give Local DeKalb County Raises Nearly $374,000

May 5, 2016

  Give Local DeKalb County considers its efforts a success despite technical difficulties. 

The charity campaign puts its unofficial donation totals at $270,000.  This figure does not include an additional $104,000 in matching funds. 

Giving hours were extended to yesterday afternoon after online vendor Kimbia’s servers were overloaded by donation traffic.  In total, more than 60 nonprofits took part in the campaign.  

Danielle Guerra / Shaw Media

The Daily Chronicle recently published a two-part series called “Road to Dismissal” examining letters and emails that take a closer look at how DeKalb County State’s Attorney Richard Schmack became convinced that the wrong man was behind bars for the death of Maria Ridulph of Sycamore. Jack McCullough has since been released from prison, but some in the community still question his innocence. Eric Olson is editor of the Daily Chronicle and talks about writing the story.

DeKalb County

A ledger error by the Illinois Department of Revenue has resulted in thousands of taxing districts, including DeKalb County, to be overpaid for their 2014 Personal Property Replacement Taxes.

city of Sycamore

Council members voted unanimously in favor of a system that allows offenders to resolve any citations with an administrative hearing officer. 

This is an attorney who has the ability to act as a judge in various civil cases.  In addition, the system allows parking tickets to be contested through the mail.   Sycamore’s police chief says it will take a few months to get the system up and running.  

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