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BREAKING: DeKalb teachers' union files intent to strike over contract talk stalemate  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The DeKalb Area Teachers' Association has filed an intent to strike because of stalled negotiations with the District 428 School Board. The earliest ...



DeKalb High School graduates thank teachers who helped them  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – "Shrek." Kendrick Lamar's "Humble." "The Lord of the Rings." Those pop cultural touchstones (and several others) got shoutouts during a nostalgic ...



DeKalb High School has high hopes for coding program; D-428 board to considered it at next meeting  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Students at DeKalb High School will have continued opportunity to learn coding, which administrators are calling a “21st-century foundational skill, ...



Photos: 2019 DeKalb High School graduation  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Check out photos from the 2019 DeKalb High School graduation ceremony Saturday at Northern Illinois University.



DeKalb High School to stage 'She Loves Me'  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

The DeKalb High School theater department's spring production is the classic musical comedy, “She Loves Me.”



DeKalb High School Dean Maurice McDavid joins effort to increase teacher diversity  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – When Maurice McDavid was in eighth grade, his older brother, Henry, gave him some words of warning for surviving freshman year at DeKalb High ...



DeKalb school could use Latin system, cut valedictorian status  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – DeKalb High School could be moving their students to a Latin system instead of a valedictorian system for graduating seniors, and DHS Principal ...



DeKalb School District 428 Board will welcome 3rd resource officer Tuesday  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The DeKalb School District 428 Board will welcome Allison Remnes on Tuesday as the district's third school resource officer.



Tickets going fast to see Bears coach Matt Nagy at DeKalb High School  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – You better grab your seat sooner rather than later, because tickets are going fast to see Bears head coach Matt Nagy in person, when he speaks at ...



DeKalb 428 teachers' union stages sit-in at school board meeting as contract deadline looms  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Dozens of DeKalb District 428 teachers crammed into the board of education room Tuesday during the school board meeting to show their strength in ...



DeKalb High commits to preparing more students for college  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Erica Teagus, a senior at DeKalb High School, wants to work in the medical field, so she has got plenty of options along her career track. She could ...



DeKalb School District 428 administrators set to receive pay raises  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – DeKalb High School's dean of students, Maurice McDavid, could be the new assistant principal at Cortland Elementary School beginning July 1.



McDavid in as new DeKalb School District 428 Board president  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The newly elected DeKalb School District 428 Board members showed the power of their combined vote Tuesday, as Samantha McDavid was ...



No current plans for Shodeen DeKalb sites development  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Dave Patzelt, construction president for Geneva-based developer Shodeen Group, said the group has no current plans to develop multiple sites it ...



DeKalb School District 428 Board approves lease of Chromebooks  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The DeKalb School District 428 Board voted, 4-1, to lease 2250 Chromebook to students at their regular meeting Tuesday night. To put it in financial ...



DeKalb graduates thank teachers who helped them  The MidWeek

DeKALB – "Shrek." Kendrick Lamar's "Humble." "The Lord of the Rings." Those pop cultural touchstones (and several others) got shoutouts during a nostalgic ...



DeKalb students with special needs help the homeless  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Glenn Armatead, 19, carried an armful of paper towels to the entrance of Hope Haven on Friday, talking about his excitement delivering donations to ...



DeKalb High presents annual Madrigal Dinners  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

The DeKalb High School Music Department's annual Madrigal Dinners will be held Dec. 8 at DeKalb High School and Dec. 14 and 15 at Northern Illinois ...



DeKalb Education Foundation gifts $10000 to District 428 school programs  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB The DeKalb Education Foundation announced its gift of $10,000 to DeKalb School District 428 on Monday, as part of its twice-yearly gifting season.



DeKalb set to hire Galesburg's Reynolds as boys basketball coach  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Mike Reynolds, head coach at Galesburg, is set to be named the next head boys basketball coach at DeKalb, according to the DeKalb School District 428 Board ...



Classes resume at DeKalb High School after soft lockdown  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – DeKalb High School was placed on soft lockdown on Friday.



DeKalb School District 428 Board hopefuls to take part in forum  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The candidates vying for a seat on the DeKalb School District 428 Board will square off in a candidates forum Monday at DeKalb High School.



DeKalb, Sycamore school officials address latest teacher shortage reports, substitute shortage  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

When Cristy Meyer was in elementary school, she spent a lot of time with deaf and hard-of-hearing students as part of a special program her school offered.



District 428 votes to hire new principal, third school resource officer  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Tyler Elementary School is getting a new principal thanks to a unanimous vote Tuesday by the DeKalb School District 428 Board.



Final DeKalb School District 428 Board forum addresses race head-on  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – When DeKalb District 428 School Board candidate December Richardson responded to a question about the district hiring more diverse teachers, ...



DeKalb School District 428 unveils diversity plan  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – DeKalb School District 428 officials unveiled their seven-point Diversity Plan on Thursday, which ambitiously seeks to celebrate the humanity of the ...



DHS Class of 1999 looking for classmates  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

The DeKalb High School Class of 1999 will host its 20th class reunion next month.



Illinois Report Card: Majority of DeKalb schools underperforming  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Five of the 11 schools in District 428 are commendable, according to the Illinois Report Card data released Wednesday by the Illinois State Board of ...



DeKalb County school districts close as cold expected to persist through midday Thursday  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Thursday morning's temperatures will not bring a reprieve for DeKalb County, and could in fact be colder than Wednesday morning's, according to the National ...



Kish College, DeKalb County public schools closed Tuesday, Wednesday  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – DeKalb and Sycamore schools will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, administrators announced Monday night.



DeKalb: 4 newcomers win District 428 seats, 3 new faces on City Council  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Voters elect four new faces to D-428 board; three newcomers to council.



Local students honored as 2019-20 Illinois State Scholars  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission has announced the 2019-20 Illinois State Scholars. These students rank in approximately the top 10 percent of high ...



DeKalb School District Unveils Diversity Plan | WNIJ and WNIU  WNIJ and WNIU

A public forum was held last week at DeKalb High School to officially unveil District 428's Diversity Plan. The seven part plan has been in the works for.



DeKalb football: Keith Snyder focusing on consistency as head coach  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – With an unprecedented record of success the past six seasons under Matt Weckler, new DeKalb head football coach Keith Snyder said he isn't ...



DeKalb native Richard Powers wins Pulitzer Prize for fiction  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Richard Powers, a 1975 graduate of DeKalb High School, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his book “The Overstory.”



DeKalb accepts invitation to join DuPage Valley Conference  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The facilities, the students, the community – DeKalb athletic director Peter Goff said the member schools of the DuPage Valley were impressed with ...



Election 2019: Tracy Smith, DeKalb Ward 3 Alderman  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Office sought: 3rd Ward Alderman City of DeKalb. Occupation: Operations Manager at Voluntary Action Center. (Trans-Vac/Med-Vac). Education: Graduated ...



Mother of victim in DeKalb stabbing questions dropped charges  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – The mother of a 15-year-old boy injured in a stabbing at Hopkins Park said Thursday that her son remains hospitalized after his right leg was ...



Keicher, Syverson to host free senior fair  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – State Rep. Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore, and state Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Rockford, will host a free health fair for local seniors and their caregivers in ...



First National Challenge raises $55000 for DeKalb, Sycamore athletics  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – For Nancy Korth, Sycamore native and die-hard Spartans fan, a Friday night well spent means getting the whole family together for the annual First ...



Prep football: Weckler resigns as DeKalb football coach  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Stepping down as the DeKalb football coach was one of the easiest decisions Matt Weckler said he ever made. He also said it was one of the hardest ...



DeKalb police to ramp up patrol for Distracted Drivers Awareness Week  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Drivers tempted to use their cellphone or text while driving next week will have a greater chance of being pulled over. DeKalb patrol officers will ramp ...



DeKalb choir students perform in ADCA conference  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKalb School District 428 was fortunate to have 12 students selected for the national honors choir at the recent American Choral Directors Association ...



Report of gun seen on bus leads to lockdown at DeKalb High School  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Administrators at DeKalb High School placed the building on a “soft lockdown” as students took final semester exams Friday, in response to reports ...



Annual Biking with Beanzie ride set for July 14  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DAILY CHRONICLE. The Kishwaukee Kiwanis Club of DeKalb invites cyclers to DeKalb for the 21st annual Biking with Beanzie ride on July 14. Over the past 20 ...



New DeKalb High School assistant principal selected  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Donna Larson, former DeKalb High School dean of students, was appointed one of the school's new assistant principals Tuesday during the DeKalb ...



How field tile matters in DeKalb County  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

If you visited the newly opened DeKalb County History Center you may have overlooked a nondescript artifact in a display case near the far wall from the ...



DeKalb police: Teen sent threatening message; D-428 goes into soft lockdown  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DEKALB – A 13-year-old boy has been charged with disorderly conduct and released after police said he posted a threat on social media involving DeKalb ...



Northern Illinois University powers up with regional high school students  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Regional high school students put their renewable energy-powered engineering skills to the test Thursday at Northern Illinois University. It wasn't ...



DeKalb Park District pursuing nature trail extension on Shodeen property  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The DeKalb Park District is again pursuing extending the Nature Trail through the development known as Irongate, owned by the Shodeen Group, ...



DeKalb names Kerkman new golf coach; McIntosh announces resignation  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – It was a busy day for DeKalb coaches, as on Thursday changes were announced affecting three different head coaching positions.



2019 Community Expo chance for residents, business community to merge  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – Visitors partaking in the Community Expo on Thursday in Sycamore should wear comfortable shoes, and come hungry and prepared to walk, said ...



DeKalb Music Boosters announce Hall of Fame inductees: Ann Montzka Smelser, Judy O'Connor  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The DeKalb Music Boosters have named Ann Montzka Smelser and Judy O'Connor, both music educators in DeKalb School District 428, to the ...



DeKalb Public Library on hunt for vintage '70s, '80s yearbooks  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

The DeKalb Public Library is looking for DeKalb High School yearbooks from the era of disco and Pac-Man to complete its digital collection. The library, 309 Oak ...



Keicher's Youth Advisory Council gives students a voice  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

State Rep. Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore, discussed issues that are important to local high school students when he met with his 2019 Youth Advisory Council this ...



New DeKalb High School principal to focus on building trust, improving learning  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Becoming principal of DeKalb High School is a professional goal achieved for James Horne. Now he's eager to change the subject. Horne, in his ...



Schrader: Alfred E. Neuman for DeKalb City Clerk?  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

After my column about the DeKalb City Clerk flap two weeks ago, I received mostly negative feedback for “trivializing a serious issue” and also was told that “one ...



DeKalb High School speech team readies for first state competition in 3 years  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – DeKalb High School Forensics Club member Joy Kewih just wants an opportunity to prove she is one of the best in the state at what she does.



Art on display  The MidWeek

Eighteen-year-old Grace Verbic, a 2018 graduate of DeKalb High School, is a freshman at DePaul University majoring in voice and opera. Although she spends ...



DeKalb police warn about man impersonating city employee to burglarize homes  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – DeKalb police are warning residents about someone impersonating a city of DeKalb employee in order to gain entry to people's homes.



Two St. Olaf Band members return to DeKalb County during tour  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Two DeKalb County natives are coming back to their old stomping grounds to perform as members of the St. Olaf Band from the Northfield, Minnesota ...



Oscar-nominated actor, DeKalb native Jenkins' tour concludes with honors  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated actor Richard Jenkins' public tour of his hometown wrapped up Tuesday night with a reception and a ...



DeKalb High School graduates acknowledge fellow classmates who lost their lives  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Three chairs, almost empty, anything but forgotten. When the 400-plus members of DeKalb High School's Class of 2017 graduated Saturday at ...



DeKalb High School student killed in crash  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – A St. Charles man is facing multiple charges after a four-car crash Tuesday that killed a DeKalb High School student and left many in the local ...



Bears Coach Matt Nagy Is Coming to DeKalb Next Weekend  q985online.com

Chicago Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy will be speaking at DeKalb High School about 'building successful teams' next Sunday.



Local farm owner named Citizen of Year  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

KIRKLAND – A local resident has been recognized by the village of Kirkland for his role in creating programs for adults with disabilities.



Partnership creates internships at Kish Hospital for people with special needs  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Donna Larson, assistant principal at DeKalb High School, has seen first-hand what people with special needs can do – when given the opportunity.



DeKalb tire business closes after 42 years  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – A notable DeKalb business is shutting its doors after 42 years of *service*. For Jim and Norma Anderson, running Illini Tire Co., 1031 W. Lincoln ...



Educators, staff recognized during DeKalb School District 428 Board meeting  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Two DeKalb School District 428 music teachers were recognized with awards for excellence in education at Tuesday's district board meeting.



Registration now open for NIU summer arts camps  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Northern Illinois University has theater, jazz, visual arts, percussion and brass on the summer camp agenda for June and July.



DeKalb hosts 'Premier Night' for athletes, parents Friday  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

The DeKalb High School athletic department will host premier Night on Friday at the football stadium, a fundraising event for all athletes.



Full-day preschool at NIU center accepting applications  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The Child Development and Family Center is accepting applications for its all-day Preschool for All Expansion program. The program is free for ...



Upward Bound launches at DeKalb High School  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – High-schoolers eager to blaze a trail might be eligible for a powerful assist along that path with the launch of the TRiO Upward Bound program at ...



DeKalb Class of 2018 celebrates commencement at NIU Convocation Center  The MidWeek

DeKALB – Families flocked to the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center on Saturday to watch 442 DeKalb High School students receive their diplomas ...



DeKalb High School presents the 29th annual Madrigal Dinners  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

The DeKalb High School Music Department's 29th annual Madrigal Dinners will be held Dec. 16 and 17. This holiday event showcases an audition-only vocal ...



DeKalb teen returns home after heart transplant  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – It's been a long time coming (seven months to be exact), but DeKalb teen Christopher Canaday returned home Wednesday night after a grueling ...



Oscar nominee takes in the shape of his alma mater at DeKalb High  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKalb High School Athletic Director Peter Goff presents Richard and Sharon Jenkins with school spirit wear as Principal James Horne looks on Monday ...



Mike Reynolds makes the move from Galesburg to DeKalb as boys' basketball coach  Quad-Cities Online

Mike Reynolds knew in his heart that he would always love Galesburg basketball. He also knew it was going to take something that blew him away to make him ...



Bears coach Matt Nagy: 'It's about the players, not the plays'  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Surely, Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy saw shades of the oldest of his four sons when 9-year-old Gavin Pickert stepped up to the microphone.



New DeKalb High School principal ready for challenges  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – New DeKalb High School Principal Michele Albano comes to town from a school twice the size, but the challenges she faces here will be similar, and ...



DeKalb player parts with Steph Curry shoes in incredible act of kindness  MyStateline.com

The focus during high school basketball games is often on the scoreboard and which team won and which team lost, But this week at a DeKalb High School ...



DeKalb: Top local stories of 2018  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

It was another eventful year in DeKalb County. Here's a somewhat chronological rundown of some of the most important stories that unfolded and continued ...



New DeKalb School District 428 Board members sworn in  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Although change occurred for the DeKalb School District 428 Board during Tuesday's meeting when two new board members were sworn in, some ...



DeKalb High School competing for $100000 safe driving grant  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – DeKalb High School students have a chance to win a $100000 grant and are asking the community to help improve their chances.



DeKalb High School robotics club picking up speed  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – High-school freshman Adam Tumminaro has always thought robots were cool, and now, he's working on building one to compete in the largest ...



DeKalb native, actor Richard Jenkins talks acting, coming back home  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Most of the people in the audience raised their hands when actor and DeKalb native Richard Jenkins asked if they're all actors. When Jenkins ...



DeKalb resident files suit to stop school district from enrolling out-of-towners  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – An anonymous Dekalb taxpayer has filed a federal lawsuit inhopes of stopping DeKalb School District 428 from enrolling students who don't live in ...



DeKalb High School celebrates Black History Month with Jeopardy!, jazz and more  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Julian McElroy said he believes humans made up the concept of “race” to put others into boxes, as two people are not the same just because they ...



Trial soon for St. Charles man accused of DUI, reckless homicide  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – The St. Charles man accused of driving drunk and killing a DeKalb High School senior is headed to trial, but first the judge who will preside must ...



Cortland woman, DeKalb High School grad joins MTV's new 'Teen Mom' cast  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

CORTLAND – Cortland resident Kayla Sessler, 19, was about halfway through her senior year at DeKalb High School when she and her boyfriend of the past ...



Keicher, Syverson to host DeKalb Senior Fair  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – State Rep. Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore, and State Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Rockford, will host a free Health Fair for local seniors and their caregivers in ...



2019 Community Expo hit for families, businesses alike  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – Angel Grasty could hardly contain her excitement surrounded by four boys holding glow sticks from First National Bank. She came out to the 2019 ...



DeKalb County students explore career paths during 6th Heavy Metal Tour  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – Sycamore High School junior Frances Helton said she always has been a music lover – so much so that her family and friends have encouraged ...



DeKalb High School forensics team to perform at First Lutheran  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

First Lutheran Church in DeKalb will host a free showcase given by the DeKalb High School forensics team at 7 p.m. Monday.



7 honored at First National Bank New Leaders Reception  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Seven people were honored at First National Bank's New Leaders Reception on Thursday at the Barsema Alumni and Vistor's Center at Northern Illinois ...



DeKalb School District 428 Board narrowly appoints new superintendent  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – After more than eight months without a full-time superintendent, the DeKalb School District 428 Board narrowly approved the contract of Richard ...



Advocates hoping LGBTQ history will be incorporated into classroom  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Louis Peckys, 17, a junior at DeKalb High School, recently did a class presentation on J. Edgar Hoover, the first director of the FBI. Although Peckys, a ...



Heimerman: Today, I spell accuracy SLOW  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Great googly moogly. Get that reference, fans of sports and Snickers? Remember the commercial where the grounds worker misspelled Chiefs as Chefs in the ...



Bienvenue a DeKalb: French diplomat emphasizes importance of languages to DHS teens  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – When asked what she did in school this week, DeKalb High School senior Bethany Billips can say she got to talk to a French diplomat in her top-level ...



Collins Dental welcomes massage therapist  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Adhering to its vow to hire locally and invest in the community, Collins Dental Group has added Renee Larson to the office family. Born and raised in DeKalb ...



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