Since last July, dozens of DeKalb County businesses and organizations have shown interest in being part of an organized Art Council. What is missing is someone to take charge. Pat Vary chairs the county’s Economic Development Committee. She says there are many advantages to formalizing an Art Council. For example, the group could pool resources to rent or buy office space to store props and hold activities. Critics say the government body should stay out of the art business and focus on other priorities.
Science-fiction author, technology activist and blogger Cory Doctorow visited the NIU campus recently. Doctorow has long been involved in issues of privacy and freedom related to modern technology. His bestseller “Little Brother” focused on just those issues as a group of teens use the internet to battle government attempts to strip them of their civil liberties. WNIJ’s Guy Stephens had a chance to sit down with Doctorow for a conversation about the dilemma society faces in the Internet age.
An open house and a rededication ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 12, marked the formal reopening of Cole Hall on the Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. The building was closed after a gunman killed five others and himself nearly four years ago in a lecture room.