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Several Sycamore residents filed a class-action lawsuit against the City claiming a polluted local water supply. 

The suit alleges the City neglected an aging local water system. In turn, that allegedly led to toxic metals, such as lead leeching into the water supply, along with the proliferation of bacteria. Attorney Mark Vasquez said these cases can take a while to litigate. That’s due to factors such as when the court decides to rule on it.

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Public libraries are working to open up their facilities to the public again, even as they expand their offerings online. 

When Governor J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order went into effect mid-March, most businesses and nonprofits temporarily shut down. Jen Barton, the director of Genoa Public Library, said there wasn’t any specific guidance in the order for libraries.

Northwestern Medicine is implementing new rules at its hospitals and clinics in response to the spread of COVID-19. 

Teen Killed In DeKalb County Crash

Dec 23, 2019
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Kal-El Sexton, 17, of Cortland was pronounced dead Saturday after a fatal crash on Plank Road east of Lukens Road. Sexton was driving a 2006 Pontiac G6 Saturday morning when the fatal crash occured. Police are unsure of the cause of the crash. The passenger of the vehicle has been identified as Dalahn Colley, 46, of the same address in Cortland.

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Retired Sycamore Mayor Kenneth Mundy died Tuesday, December 3, at the age of 73.  The cause of death was throat cancer.

Mundy served as mayor of Sycamore from 2005 to 2017, but his involvement with the city began as early as 1972 when he was the treasurer of the Public Library Board.  He also served as city treasurer from 1981 to his mayoral election.

Current Sycamore Mayor Curt Lang said this presence, along with significant involvement in the community, touched many lives.

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Two Illinois State Representatives are using a high school football wager to raise money for local food pantries.

Representative Jeff Keicher said he and his colleague Joe Sosnowski are major fans of their local high school football teams. They agreed to match $500 in donations to the winning city’s food bank in the Saturday quarterfinal between the two teams.  Keicher said the bet started innocuously enough.

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The American Red Cross has set up a reception center to assist residents affected by a weekend fire in Sycamore.

The St. Albans Green apartment complex fire displaced more than 100 people.  

It's one of around two dozen fires the Red Cross has responded to in Dixon, Kankakee, and other locations throughout northern Illinois since last week. 

The Red Cross provided shelter, comfort kits and information about recovery services and health and mental health services to those affected by the fires.

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The DeKalb County History Center opens this weekend. It's also the unveiling of a traveling Smithsonian exhibit. 

The Smithsonian Museum on Main Street exhibit, "Crossroads: Change in Rural America," will be on display May 11-June 22, 2019.

Michelle Donahoe is the Executive Director of the Center. She says it's an opportunity to connect DeKalb County's roots in rural America.

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For our premiere episode, we are joined in DeKalb, Illinois, by full-time Lincoln presenter Kevin Wood. Kevin is also a running Lincoln. He runs races. In his Lincoln getup. Hat and all. And he is a multilingual Lincoln. He gives presentations in English and Spanish and translates Lincoln documents into French and German. He can recite the Gettysburg Address in all four languages.

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Birds are a common sight throughout Northern Illinois, with many species coming through the area as part of seasonal migration. Some are just stopping by, but others have become more permanent residents. WNIJ’s Chase Cavanaugh takes a look at ways to deal with them.

Last week, the Illinois governor’s budget address outlined several proposals to reduce state spending. One focuses on K-12 schools.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner wants public school districts to begin “cost sharing” their employees’ state pensions over the next few years. Districts would be responsible for 25 percent of their pension cost during the first year, then an additional 25 percent each of the following three years. He said this overhaul is a fiscal necessity.

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DeKalb and Sycamore schools are finishing up necessary repairs on their water fixtures. That’s after some buildings had traces of lead in the water supply.

Six DeKalb elementary schools and two DeKalb middle schools recently had unsafe lead levels detected in the water. That’s according to reports shared by the school district.

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Sycamore High School students have spoken: The majority are in favor of a flexible schedule during school days.

More than 80 percent of all Sycamore High School students, families and teachers say they would be in favor of a flexible schedule during school days. That’s according to survey data collected by administration recently.

Tim Carlson, principal of Sycamore High School, says he is all for anything that could better prepare students for the modern workforce, especially when it comes to teaching kids how to better manage their free time.

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The Northern Illinois Steam Power Club is hosting its 61st annual Sycamore Steam Show and Threshing Bee this weekend.

Standing in front of a compound steam engine used to make ice nearly a century ago,  Rockford resident Dick Caudle says he has had a lifelong love for steam-powered engines.

Sycamore Swears In New Police Chief

Aug 8, 2017

Jim Winters took the oath to serve as Sycamore's new police chief Monday after the city council voted 7-0 in favor of his appointment. 

Winters joined the department last summer upon the retirement of the previous deputy police chief. He has been acting chief since his predecessor, Glenn Theriault, was placed on administrative leave after "un-arresting" an Elgin officer and colleague detained for suspected driving under the influence. 

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Elevators in new structures built in Sycamore have to be wide enough to fit a two-foot by seven-foot ambulance stretcher in the laying-down position.

The Sycamore city council voted unanimously to pass the new elevator building regulation last week. The ordinance is effective immediately.

Sycamore Mayor Curt Lang says the regulations would only apply to future buildings that are two stories tall or higher. Older buildings are not required to comply.

A recent murder in Sycamore is bringing attention on domestic violence within the community.

37-year-old Lidia Juarez of DeKalb was found dead in her car outside the Illinois Department of Human Services, where she worked. Her estranged husband -- and a suspect in her death -- was killed in a shootout with police Friday afternoon.

DeKalb County records show Antonio Juarez violated an order of protection earlier this year.

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Sycamore Police Chief Glenn Theriault announced his resignation Monday. 

It comes in the wake of an April 8 incident where an Elgin officer was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence. Theriault was informed of the officer's detention and allegedly "un-arrested" the officer, releasing him without charges.  

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A former mobile home park east of Sycamore will reopen as a forest preserve later this summer.

DeKalb County purchased  Evergreen Village and relocated about 400 residents from 123 trailers in 2014 due to continuous flooding in the area. Since then, the county forest preserve district has been working to restore the site with the help of $7.1 million in state and federal grants. The Daily Chronicle reports the county needs to wait to transfer the land to the forest district until the grants funding is officially closed.

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Sycamore Police Chief Glenn Theriault is not at work, and city officials aren't saying why. 

The Daily Chronicle reports Sycamore city manager Brian Gregory placed Theriault on administrative leave. Gregory confirmed the move, but would not give any further details. Under Sycamore's council-manager form of government, the city manager is in charge of personnel issues, with employment decisions needing approval from city council.  

Theriault has served as chief of police in Sycamore since January 2015. Before that, he was a police commander in Elgin. 

Sycamore City Council Considers Capital Plan

Feb 21, 2017

Sycamore’s city council examined a $14.3 million capital improvement plan for fiscal year 2018.

The Daily Chronicle reports about $10 million would go toward the third phase of construction for a wastewater treatment plant expansion.  The city slowly raised sewer rates since 2015 to pay for the improvements, but the current plans have dedicated revenue streams.

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Several agencies are involved with the investigation, including the Sandwich Police Department and Illinois State Police.

64-year-old Robert Wilson and his 85-year-old mother Patricia died five months ago from blunt force trauma after a forced entry into their home.

Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital could have a $46 million Wellness Center in the next two years

They want state approval to build a more than 100,000 square foot health and fitness center.  The DeKalb facility would be south of Bethany Road and Greenwood Acres Drive.   

The group's application claims the goal of the center is to increase access to forms of preventative health care, and boost the overall health of DeKalb County.  

The application is on the agenda for the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board's March 14 meeting.  

DeKalb and Sycamore held lotteries this week to determine which candidates would appear first on their local ballots.  

For DeKalb's mayoral race, incumbent John Rey will appear first on the ballot.  Following him are Jerry Smith, Michael Embrey, and Misty Haji-Sheikh.  

DeKalb also determined the order of candidates for its Ward 2 Alderman  race.  First is incumbent Bill Finucane, followed by William Lamb and Barry Federici.   

Cold Weather Prompts Public Service Closures

Dec 13, 2016
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Temperatures are taking a sharp drop this week, and it’s affecting public services and charities.  

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A little girl from Sycamore went missing 59 years ago Satuerday. The disappearance is still remembered by many in the community.

Seven-year-old Maria Ridulph was playing outside with a friend before she disappeared on Dec. 3, 1957. Then, a man named “Johnny” appeared and started talking to them and gave them piggy-back rides.

When her friend came back after she left to grab mittens, Ridulph was gone. Police found her body in northwest Illinois months later.

Victim Identified In Sycamore House Fire

Oct 31, 2016
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The DeKalb County Coroner identified 47-year-old Jeffrey Conery as the victim of a house fire Sunday morning.

The home is located on Somonauk St. in Sycamore. No one else was in the residence at the time of the incident.

According to a news release, the home did have working smoke detectors.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Sycamore Fire, Police and the State Fire Marshall's office.

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The Sycamore City Council adopted an ordinance Monday that regulates donation boxes for clothes, shoes and other products.  

The measure addresses recent complaints that boxes have appeared on private property without permission, some becoming dumping grounds for unwanted goods. When property owners tried to contact the owners of the boxes, they received no response.  

Dibble Family LLC’s request to build a propane distribution facility in DeKalb County is facing another public hearing.  

The Morris-based company wants to build the facility at 25330 Five Points Road, a patch of farmland west of Sycamore.  However,  local landowners worry their properties could be affected if the building catches fire.

A former Sycamore resident who abducted and raped an NIU student in 2001 at gunpoint is asking a judge to reconsider a decision that changed his jail sentence.

Todd S. Allgood, 48, forced the student to drive to his Sycamore trailer, where the attack took place.  

The original jury trial resulted in a 55-year prison sentence, but the Illinois Second District Appellate Court ruled last year that part of that sentence  violated state law.  Allgood's prison term was reduced to 31 years earlier this month.  

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