A Simpler Time Before 'Quarancuts' | Under Rocks Podcast

May 14, 2020
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On the second episode of the Under Rocks podcast, host Dan Libman, tech wiz Spencer Tritt and WNIJ correspondent Jason Cregier visited the Shabbona Barber and Hot Shave Parlor in Shabbona, Illinois, where Jason would receive the closest shave of his life.

This was back in late February, before the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic swept across Illinois. Now the thought of getting a haircut, let alone a close shave, seems almost foreign.

Farm fields abound around Indian Creek High School. But step into a classroom, and you're a far cry from the rural stereotype.

The kids are looking down at laptops, glancing back up to check the flat-screen monitors mounted to the walls displaying the Quizlet program they're using to study.

The only thing that isn't updated is the bell. "It's actually a real bell," jokes Principal Sarah Montgomery. "It's not digital."

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Supporters and opponents of a proposed gambling complex in southern DeKalb County turned out Tuesday for a meeting with federal officials. It was the first step in a long study of how 24-hour bingo parlors will affect the village of Shabbona.

The federal government wants to hear from the public tonight about how they think they’ll be affected by a gambling facility in Shabbona. 

A proposed entertainment complex offering 24-hour bingo has been in the works for years on Potawatomi Nation land near Shabbona, in southern DeKalb County. Tonight, the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs hosts a public hearing at Kishwaukee College. It’s the first step in the process of developing an environmental impact study of the project.

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A gambling center with 24-hour bingo halls, restaurants and lounges may be on its way to the village of Shabbona.

The U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs is hosting a hearing Jan. 26 for the public to discuss the idea proposed by the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Indian tribe.

The proposal is still years away from becoming a reality.

The DeKalb Daily Chronicle reports that an environmental impact study paid for by the tribe could take up to two years to complete.

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Supporters of a proposed bingo hall in southern DeKalb County will have to wait a little longer for the backing of county officials.