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Workers continue construction on the addition to the DeKalb
County Courthouse Monday afternoon.

DeKalb County spends around $27 million on jail expansion

By Thomas Verschelde | August 29, 2011

DeKalb County is planning to expand the county jail in order to create more space for more people. According to Roger Scott, sheriff and member of the ad hoc jail planning committee, the project will cost approximately $27 million. The reason for the...

DeKalb Township will be partnering with Cell Phones for Soldiers
to provide soldiers overseas with prepaid calling cards. Donations
can be dropped off at the DeKalb Township offices, located at 2323
S. Fourth St., near the I-88 tollway.

Support our troops, donate a cell phone

By Thomas Verschelde | August 24, 2011

The DeKalb Township will partner with Cell Phones for Soldiers to help provide soldiers overseas with prepaid calling cards so they can stay in touch with their loved ones.Sarah Merritt, public relations representative for Cell Phones for Soldiers, said...

DeKalb water tower to display Monsanto advertisement

By Thomas Verschelde | August 22, 2011

The Monsanto Company is working with DeKalb to celebrate the city's rich agricultural history."We have been working with Monsanto to place the DeKalb Genetics Corporation's ‘winged ear' logo on the two open spaces on the Dresser Rd. water tower," said...

Sycamore Police Department get new police station

By Thomas Verschelde | May 8, 2011

DeKALB | The Sycamore Police Department, 535 DeKalb Ave., recently added an 18,000 square foot addition to the old police station. “We needed the expansion due to lack of space and lack of some necessary functions that a police station needs,” said...

Peters authorizes 4-day summer work week

By Thomas Verschelde | April 27, 2011

NIU President John Peters has authorized that the university work week over the summer will be four days, according to a press release. The four-day work week will begin June 6 and will be implemented for 10 weeks until Aug. 12. The regular five-day work...

City plans new bike path

By Thomas Verschelde | April 24, 2011

DeKalb bicyclists may have new paths to explore in the next year. "The bike path addition currently planned is to be located along the north side of Fairview Drive between Route 23 (Fourth Street) and Heritage Drive," said Steve Maney, intern for DeKalb's...

City council finalizes plans for renovations

By Thomas Verschelde | April 24, 2011

DeKalb City Council is close to finalizing plans for the renovation of the city hall and police station, located at 200 S. Fourth St. Fourth Ward Alderman Brendon Gallagher said the renovations will be under way as soon as the council votes to approve...

DeKalb County libraries help victims

By Thomas Verschelde | April 21, 2011

All libraries in DeKalb County are allowing abuse victims to use their Internet services to fill out applications for protection orders. The protection order form, otherwise known as a restraining order, is a law binding document that allows a person...

In this file photo freshman psychology major Rachel Menor makes a smoothie at the smoothie counter inside the Campus Recreation Center.

DeKalb county sees unemployment rates decrease

By Thomas Verschelde | April 14, 2011

Unemployment in DeKalb County decreased by 2.2 percent in February from last year, according to data released by the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Department spokesman Greg Rivara said this is the 14th consecutive month in which the unemployment...

DeKalb County seeks change to districts

By Thomas Verschelde | April 12, 2011

DeKALB | The DeKalb County Board will decide April 20 whether it will shrink from 24 members to 18. The reduction comes to the board from an ad hoc committee that made the recommendation. Julia Fullerton, chairperson of the ad hoc rules committee, said...

Courthouse expansion funds to be determined

By Thomas Verschelde | April 12, 2011

DeKALB |The fate of a $500,000 proposal to expand the DeKalb County Courthouse will be decided by the county board April 20. The oversight committee of the courthouse proposed the money as a contingency fund. "No matter what you do you never know what...

Carpool Connections commute to campus

By Thomas Verschelde | April 7, 2011

NIU has many transportation options available including the bus lines, late night ride service and now a carpool service. Carpool Connections is a free service for NIU students, faculty and staff that matches individuals up through schedule and location...