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Tenants living in unincorporated apartments report health concerns to county

Photos from a WNIJ public records request to the DeKalb County Health Department. Photos were sent to Health Department officials at various times via email since 2016. Photos and emails do not reflect internal remedial efforts made in response by Suburban management or maintenance crews, and it’s unclear whether management was made aware of tenant concerns before tenants reached out to the health department.

Sarah Jesmer

December 9, 2019

Editor's note: This story is part of a collaboration with WNIJ. Listen to this story's radio broadcast here. Read News Editor Noah Thornburgh's story here. Listen to WNIJ's broadcast on why we came to this story here.DeKALB — County renters and landlords are amidst a time of reckoning in the wake of 2019’s ...

Between the Lines: Dean Frieders, DeKalb city attorney

Dean Frieders

Samantha Brockett

November 12, 2012

DeKalb city attorney Dean Frieders may not be entirely responsible for the city’s decisions, but he is the person who city council looks to for its information. Frieders grew up in a farm near Naperville and lived in Waterman for many years. He currently resides in Kane County, and said it was his experien...

Legal options: Council votes to review proposals from outside contractors for city attorney

First ward alderman Bertrand Simpson listens to debate about outsourcing the city attorney and assistant city attorney's position Monday night at the regular meeting of the DeKalb City Council.

Danny Ciamprone

April 25, 2011

DeKalb City Council voted Monday to view proposals from outside contractors to perform the services of city attorney. The council directed a Request for Proposal (RFP), which asks private contractors to perform services held by the city attorney. Norma Guess, the former city attorney, died March 12 of ...

DeKalb city attorney dies from cancer

Danny Ciamprone

March 13, 2011

DeKALB | City Attorney Norma Guess lost her three and a half year battle with kidney cancer Saturday night. According to a press release, Guess died in her home surrounded by immediate family members. DeKalb Mayor Kris Povlsen expressed his sadness over the loss. "She was a city attorney who had the upm...