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McCullough did not kill Ridulph: Schmack

By Northern Star staff | March 28, 2016

Richard Schmack, DeKalb County state’s attorney, said Jack D. McCullough, 76, of Seattle, could not have abducted and killed 7-year-old Maria Ridulph in 1957, according to a DeKalb County State’s Attorney Office news release Friday.The state’s attorney’s...

Election Profile: DeKalb County States Attorney

Election Profile: DeKalb County State’s Attorney

By Jessi Haish | October 11, 2012

DeKalb County State’s Attorney Election Profile Clay Campbell Background: Republican, Incumbent Has practiced criminal law in DeKalb County for 20 years Graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Southern Illinois University Graduated with...

Richard Schmack spoke in a Stevenson smart classroom Wednesday evening. Schmack is running for DeKalb County states attorney this year, and took the opportunity to explain the roles of the position and why he feels he is the proper candidate.

Candidate for DeKalb County state’s attorney speaks at Stevenson Wednesday night

By Jessi Haish | September 26, 2012

Richard Schmack, DeKalb County state’s attorney candidate, answered students’ questions at the NIU College Democrats meeting Wednesday night at Stevenson South. Chris Pitts, senior political science major, said he attended the meeting to find out...

DeKalb sees increase in violent crimes

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | May 2, 2012

Once every 1.5 days, a violent crime is committed in DeKalb, according to the DeKalb Police Department 2011 Annual Report. Between 2007 and 2011, violent crimes increased from 191 to 234 instances per year. “It’s no surprise to us that the rate of...

Clay Campell wins state’s attorney primary

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | March 20, 2012

Clay Campbell arrived to a joyous reception at the law office of Christine Taylor in Sycamore after winning re-election as the DeKalb County State’s Attorney. Friends, secretaries and coworkers applauded Campbell upon his arrival Tuesday night. Even...

Voting in local primaries begins Tuesday

By Joe Palmer | March 19, 2012

Polls open Tuesday for over 30 local primaries to decide who will be on the ballots in November. Voters will participate in the local elections, with two state positions up for grabs and a national primary taking place. Eight of Tuesday’s elections...

States attorney Clay Campbell speaks about corruption of public officials in the Five Seasons Room of the Community Outreach Building 2500 N Annie Glidden Rd, Tuesday evening.

Campbell addresses affect of corruption in northern Ill.

By Joe Palmer | March 6, 2012

DeKalb County State’s Attorney Clay Campbell told citizens there is a high price for staying silent about corruption at a town hall meeting Tuesday. Campbell spoke at the DeKalb Community Outreach Building, 2500 N. Annie Glidden Road, and gave his view...

States attorney candidate Sean Smith gives his closing statement during the States Attorney Forum in Swen Parson Hall Tuesday evening.

Campbell, Smith participate in states attorney forum

By Hailey Kurth | March 6, 2012

A few students and community members gathered Tuesday in the Swen Parson building to watch the current DeKalb County States Attorney, Clay Campbell, debate with his opponent, attorney Sean Smith, in an hour-long forum. One topic that came up during the...

Candidate profiles: DeKalb County State’s Attorney

By Northern Star Staff | February 12, 2012

DeKalb County State's Attorney Clay Campbell Hometown: Sycamore Current Occupation- DeKalb County State's Attorney Political Affiliation- Republican Main Platform- Successfully prosecuting the large number of murder and homicide cases that they've filed...

Attorneys in process of finalizing Van Arsdale plea agreement

Attorneys in process of finalizing Van Arsdale plea agreement

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | February 8, 2012

Phil Montgomery, assistant state's attorney for DeKalb County, requested more time at a hearing Wednesday to determine the amount of restitution for one of the former NIU students charged with the April 5 shooting of NIU linebacker Devon Butler. Richard...

Ron Matekaitis, associate judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit,
announced at the Hopkins Park Terrace room Wednesday afternoon that
he will be running for circuit court judge in the March

Ron Matekaitis announces candidacy for circuit court judge

November 10, 2011

Ron Matekaitis, associate judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit, announced Wednesday he is seeking election as a circuit court judge.Matekaitis served as a DeKalb alderman for eight years, a DeKalb County Board member for four years and as an attorney for...

New candidate enters State’s Attorney race

By Kelly Bauer | October 12, 2011

Sycamore resident Sean Smith entered the race Wednesday for DeKalb County State's Attorney seat. Clay Campbell is the current DeKalb County State's Attorney. He was elected in 2010 and ran on a platform of cutting taxes and reducing bureaucracy, according...