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Civil case fee will fund child custody exchange program

By Alissa Jacob | May 1, 2014

DeKalb County Board approved a Neutral Site Custody Exchange Fund to help the children of divorced parents by keeping the parents apart to prevent conflicts.The fund will collect $8 from the plaintiff and defendant of civil cases, according to minute...

Bridge repair to benefit Soybean Association

By Alissa Jacob | April 30, 2014

The Illinois Soybean Association and DeKalb County Board members said they are relieved Illinois made an agreement with DeKalb County to fix a local bridge.The bridge is over the south branch of the Kishwaukee River, crossing Keslinger Road in Afton Township....

Police say changes improved department

By Alissa Jacob | April 23, 2014

Changes made last year at the DeKalb Police Department resulted in an improvement of performance, police say.The DeKalb Police Department, 700 Lincoln Highway, created a domestic violence unit, expanded the special operations unit of the DeKalb Police...

County looks for replacement sober house

By Alissa Jacob | April 22, 2014

The DeKalb County Board continues to look for a replacement location for the Sober Living House Project.Jeff Metzger, chairman of the DeKalb County Board, said the announcement of the cancellation of the Sober Living House was at a special meeting of...

Mobile park owner selling to keep residents safe

By Alissa Jacob | April 17, 2014

Frank Santoro has agreed to sell his Evergreen Village Mobile Home Park to DeKalb County for $1.47 million.The DeKalb County Board had implemented a plan to relocate the residents of Evergreen Village Mobile Home Park, 955 E. State St., due to flooding...

Two joggers run through Greek Row on Hillcrest Road in front of Phi Kappa Theta Tuesday. Some residents are displeased with proposed ideas for changing neighborhoods like Hillcrest as part of NIU’s Bold Ideas.

Bold Ideas don’t sit well with all

By Alissa Jacob | April 16, 2014

Some homeowners in the Ellwood Historic and Hillcrest neighborhoods are upset they were not included in the Bold Ideas Master Plan for the future of NIU.A meeting was held April 6 at the Ellwood House Visitor Center, 509 N. First St., to inform the neighborhoods...

Local roads to be fixed due to high accident rate

By Alissa Jacob | April 10, 2014

Changes are coming for East County Line Road and Route 64 in Sycamore due to high truck traffic and accident rate.The DeKalb County Board is teaming up with the Illinois Department of Transportation to implement a plan to improve the conditions of the...

DeKalb website design wins Sunshine Award

DeKalb website design wins Sunshine Award

By Alissa Jacob | April 7, 2014

The DeKalb County government has been awarded the Sunshine Award from the Illinois Policy Institute.Stephen Reid, DeKalb County Board member, said the award is given for DeKalb’s “transparancy, openness and governemnt.”Websites received the award...

115 judges teach law to high school students

By Alissa Jacob | April 3, 2014

Circuit Judge Robbin Stuckert brought courtrooms to the classroom by giving high school students a better understanding of the importance of civics through a presentation and discussion.Stuckert is one of 115 judges in Illinois who has been trained to...

Group wants to decrease waste

By Alissa Jacob | April 2, 2014

A Zero Waste Task Force plan has been created to reduce waste intake to the DeKalb County Landfill, 18370 Somonauk Road in Cortland.The goal of the task force is to reduce the amount of waste going into county landfill and implement a plan that improves...

Program explores leadership

By Alissa Jacob | March 26, 2014

Women of color are being given an opportunity to better their personal and professional development to succeed in college at De Mujer a Mujer.De Mujer a Mujer is being hosted by the Latina Assistance Program Saturday. The event will be noon to 6 p.m....

Program shows reading is fun

By Alissa Jacob | March 24, 2014

The Boys and Books program went to West Elementary this month to show young boys how fun reading can be.The Boys and Books program is one of several programs offered by the Jerry L. Johns Literacy Clinic, 3100 Sycamore Road, suite 2003. The program enhances...