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FAFSA deadline extended for MAP grant eligibility

By Danny Ciamprone | March 21, 2011

Panic turned to jubilation at the NIU Financial Aid Office Monday morning after the MAP grant eligibility deadline was extended to Friday. The deadline for students to complete the FAFSA in order to be eligible for the MAP grant was originally 11 p.m....

Make-A-Wish Foundation looks to cover cost of air fees

By Danny Ciamprone | March 20, 2011

DeKALB | The Illinois chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants about 765 wishes a year. Of those, 70 percent are travel related, said communications manager Jessica Miller. This year the Make-A-Wish Foundation is encouraging Illinois residents to...

DeKalb city officials remember city attorney

By Danny Ciamprone | March 20, 2011

The city continues to morn the loss of City Attorney Norma Guess, who died of kidney cancer on March 12. Guess battled the disease for three and a half years. According to a press release, Guess died in her home surrounded by immediate family members....

Quinn introduces bill that could reduce number of Illinois school districts

By Danny Ciamprone | March 9, 2011

Gov. Pat Quinn introduced a bill that could cut the number of Illinois school districts from 868 to 300 if passed. Quinn said the bill would save taxpayers $100 million."Those guys must be crazy," said James Briscoe, superintendent of DeKalb School District...

7 dire mistakes to finding a job

By Danny Ciamprone | March 8, 2011

DeKALB | No longer do people have to worry about finding a job as long as they stay away from seven deadly mistakes. In his book, “How to Find Work in the 21st Century,” author Ron McGowan outlined seven mistakes he believes are the most detrimental...

Unconvential shirts sold at Relay for Life

By Danny Ciamprone | March 2, 2011

In the fall of 2009, Sycamore resident Ian Steczo's best friend lost his life to colon cancer. One week before that, his father was diagnosed with lung cancer and given six months to live. "It's just like an impending doom when they give you a time limit,"...

Council approves road safety project

By Danny Ciamprone | March 1, 2011

Route 23 will be getting safety improvements this summer. The DeKalb City Council unanimously approved a mass road improvement project Monday night. The project will focus on the section of Route 23 (Fourth Street) from Sycamore Road to 500 feet south...

Red Cross Month marks time for giving

By Danny Ciamprone | February 28, 2011

DeKALB | March is here, and it’s time to give your blood to someone. This month, the American Red Cross is sponsoring Red Cross Month. Besides donating blood, the Red Cross asks for volunteers to donate their time, make a donation or take a class on...

Heroin becoming more common in suburbs, police

By Danny Ciamprone | February 27, 2011

DeKALB | What was once believed to be a primarily metropolitan drug has emerged in the Chicago suburbs. In the past 10 years, heroin has become a common drug in northern Illinois and Cook County.  According to a recent report by Roosevelt University,...

NIU professor reacts to union situation in Wisc.

By Danny Ciamprone | February 22, 2011

DeKALB | He has been described as the "Mubarak of the Midwest" by guitarist Tom Morello, and his new budget bill had over 50,000 Wisconsin residents lining streets. According to a Feb. 21 CNN article, Republican Gov. Scott Walker proposed a new bill that...

Food banks looking for more donations during tough times

By Danny Ciamprone | February 20, 2011

One in 10 Illinois residents need to receive emergency food sources from food banks. This is the latest statistic in a report issued by the organization Feeding Illinois. The report also states unemployment rates are at 11 percent and poverty is at 12...