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Local representative addresses national concerns

Local representative addresses national concerns

By Meaghen Harms | April 26, 2011

Sycamore | Rep. Randy Hultgren (R - Winfield) discussed health care and the national debt at the Sycamore town hall meeting Tuesday evening. About 70 people attended the town meeting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Sycamore City Council Chambers, 308 W....

Firefighters leave a house at 414 Prospect St. in DeKalb Tuesday morning after battling a structure fire.

DeKalb Fire Department is understaffed

By Meaghen Harms | April 19, 2011

DeKALB | The DeKalb Fire Department is one of the least staffed fire departments of any university community in Illinois. This is according to Fire Chief Bruce Harrison who said the department is currently under a staffing shortage. The three fire stations...

Low voter turnout for aldermanic election

By Meaghen Harms | April 17, 2011

Monica O'Leary won the Ward 7 aldermanic position with 26 votes in an unusually low turnout. Monica O'Leary defeated SA President Erik Calmeyer by four votes during the local election on April 5. "Everything for this election is unofficial until all...

NIU benefactors donate $1M to University Honors Program

By Meaghen Harms | April 14, 2011

Two longtime NIU benefactors donated $1 million to the NIU University Honors Program. John and Nancy Castle, a local businessman and NIU professor of rehabilitative counseling (respectively), donated the money to help honors students to study overseas....

Divas Dish to raise money for Glidden Homestead

By Meaghen Harms | April 7, 2011

Local women will be chefs for a day at the third annual Divas Dish. Joseph F. Glidden Homestead & Historical Center will be hosting the Divas Dish fundraiser from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday at the NIU Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center. The event...

Woman charged in crash deaths could face prison, fines

By Meaghen Harms | April 7, 2011

The Sycamore woman charged with the deaths of an NIU student and her boyfriend appeared in court Thursday morning. Patricia Schmidt, 46, was charged with two counts of reckless homicide and two counts of aggravated reckless driving. If convicted, the...

4-C helps with local child care

By Meaghen Harms | April 6, 2011

DeKALB | Information about childcare for both parents and childcare providers can be found locally at Community Coordinated Child Care. Community Coordinated Child Care, also known as 4-C, is a local social service agency. "We are a social service agency...

O’Leary beats Calmeyer in tight 7th Ward election race

By Meaghen Harms | April 5, 2011

DeKALB | Monica O'Leary beat out her opponent Erik Calmeyer, NIU student and Student Association president, by four votes to win the alderman election of the 7th Ward. O'Leary said she was excited about the results of the race. "My stomach is still in...

Low expectations for voter turnout in aldermen elections

By Meaghen Harms | April 4, 2011

Students and citizens have the opportunity to have their voice heard today through local elections. Polls in DeKalb County open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Several positions are up for election in DeKalb and Sycamore including aldermen, park district...

Sycamore 3rd and 4th Wards alderman candidate profiles

By Meaghen Harms and Thomas Verschelde | April 3, 2011

Greg Taylor: Candidate for Sycamore 3rd Ward alderman (INCUMBENT) Experience: Taylor served as alderman for the last four years. Education: Attended Ohio State University Why running for alderman: Taylor said it's very important to him that there be someone...

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Monica OLeary, seventh ward almerdman candidate, speaks with DeKalb Mayor Kris Povlsen Wednesday night at Meet the Candidates at the Egyptian Theatre.

DeKalb 7th Ward alderman candidates

By Meaghen Harms | April 3, 2011

Monica O’Leary: Candidate for DeKalb 7th Ward alderwoman (CHALLENGER) Education: Attended NIU Experience: O’Leary has been a resident of DeKalb for 27 years. She served as minister at New Hope Baptist Church; owner of Monica’s Auto Repair, 1211...