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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 ...

Additional police, counselors to be at DeKalb High on Monday after weapons referenced in video  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – A DeKalb High School senior who alluded to weapons and violence while engaging with people on social media won't be in school Monday – but ...

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

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

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 ...

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 School District 428 unveils diversity plan  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Parents weigh in on impending equity-focused institutional changes.

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 ...

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 ...

Public forum tonight on DeKalb schools diversity plan  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – A public forum on the DeKalb School District's diversity plan will be at 5:45 tonight in the forum room at DeKalb High School, 501 Dresser Road.

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. School was canceled Monday ...

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 ...

DeKalb School District 428 working toward performance improvement plans  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – DeKalb District 428 Director of Curriculum and Instruction Jennie Hueber has been working exhaustively with school principals to develop plans to ...

DeKalb School District 428 to vote on buying three minibuses  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Board will consider RFP, get update on buildings projects.

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 ...

Breaking: Storm causes flurry of closures in DeKalb County  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

MALTA – Here's the rundown of all things you need to know about cancellations and postponements of events, classes and meetings in DeKalb County:.

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 ...

Our view: Good luck to successful DeKalb football coach  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Thumbs-up: To the most successful football coach DeKalb has had in recent memory. On Thursday, school officials announced that Matt Weckler was stepping ...

DeKalb High School Marching Barbs to host Irish band  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The DeKalb High School Band will welcome the Finglas Concert and Marching Band from Ireland this weekend. There will be a free concert featuring ...

DeKalb School District 428 to vote on Dupage Valley Conference invitation  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Tuesday's DeKalb School District 428 Board meeting is expected to include a vote on whether the district should accept an invitation to join the ...

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 428 Board discusses closing TIF 1 early  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The DeKalb School District 428 Board will not be moving forward with a surplus agreement with the city of DeKalb for a planned third tax increment ...

DeKalb School District 428 Board to review improvement plans for underperforming schools  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The DeKalb School District 428 Board will continue the process of addressing underperforming or lowest-performing schools in the district during ...

Dimensions Youth Ballet presents 'Swan Lake'  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Dimensions Youth Ballet Company of DeKalb will present “Swan Lake,” a timeless love story that mixes magic, tragedy and romance into four acts, on Feb.

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 Class of 2018 celebrates commencement at NIU Convocation Center  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

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

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 ...

DHS Theater to stage 'Mutually Assured Destruction'  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

The DeKalb High School Theater Department is preparing its fall production, “Mutually Assured Destruction: 10 Plays About Brothers and Sisters,” by Don ...

Sycamore District 427 begins talks for new high school graduation requirements  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – Sycamore school officials are reconsidering high school graduation requirements in a constantly changing world.

Sycamore School District 427's calendar for 2019-20 still awaiting vote  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – More discussion still has to take place in order to define an instructional day in Sycamore School District 427 and solidifying the district's calendar ...

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 ...

DeKalb Music Boosters looking for nominations for Hall of Fame  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The DeKalb Music Boosters are looking for nominations for their Hall of Fame which are due by the first week of January.

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 ...

Longtime DeKalb softball coach Jeff Davis to coach baseball  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – When spring rolls around, Jeff Davis will be in the same place he has been a head coach since 2005 – on the DeKalb High School diamonds.

DeKalb County experiencing substitute teacher shortage  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Carrie Larsen of DeKalb said she previously taught full time in Woodstock but is currently a substitute in DeKalb, now that her five kids are in school.

DeKalb School District 428 Board to review tentative budget surplus  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – A tentative budget with a surplus of about $2.4 million will be presented at the Tuesday night DeKalb School District 428 Board meeting.

Plan your holidays with this calendar of events  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

December's near, which means there are loads of holiday sights and sounds to enjoy. Here's a list of local performances and events to help you plan.

DeKalb council approves TIF audit agreement, HUD money amendment  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

City's block grant program gets HUD money amendment.

Sycamore School District 427 Board considering next steps in school tech  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – Sycamore schools are not quite at a 1:1 student-to-electronic device ratio throughout the district, but they are starting to consider options on how ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

NIC-10 rejects Barbs' bid for membership, DeKalb now looks to be independent  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

The Northern Illinois Conference 10 rejected DeKalb High School's bid to join the league, athletic director Nic Kearfott said Friday.

DeKalb school board approves diversity plan  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Events spanning about 15 years, starting with accusations of racial discrimination at DeKalb High School in 2004, led to the creation and adoption of ...

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.

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 ...

Mock prom crash staged at DeKalb High  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKalb firefighters use the jaws of life to extricate a "victim" from the wreckage as DeKalb High School juniors and seniors attend a mock prom crash scenario ...

Area prep wrestling preview: Dahnweih eyeing state title for Barbs  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Sitting matside in the DeKalb High School wrestling room Tuesday afternoon, Blah Dahnweih laid out his wrestling destiny softly but firmly.

Sycamore School District 427 dicusses Illinois Report Card data  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – Sycamore School District 427 officials said some Illinois Report Card data suggesting one school in the district is underperforming might be a little ...

Sustainability, techology, budgets on Sycamore School School District 427 Board agenda  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – Environmental sustainability and budgets will be the main talking points for the Sycamore School District 427 Board meeting Tuesday.

Breaking: Kishwaukee College to close at 11 a.m. because of storm  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

MALTA – Kishwaukee College closed at 11 a.m. today because of the storm that's descended on DeKalb County, according to Kayte Hamel, the college's ...

Penguins can fly: 'Mary Poppins' opens Thursday at DeKalb High  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Penguin Project nears 10 years of helping people with disabilities into the spotlight.

Breaking: NIU delays opening until 5 p.m.; Kish College, DeKalb County school districts closed  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Northern Illinois University has further delayed its opening Wednesday because of the nasty weather, as the DeKalb campus will open for night classes at 5 p.m..

DeKalb County school nurses remind community of illness prevention tactics  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – A sore throat here. A runny nose there. Maybe a case or two of strep or lice. Kris Tilton, school nurse at Sycamore Middle School and Sycamore ...

Girls cross country: Olsen, Barbs looking to make leap  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKalb senior Katherine Olsen, the reigning Daily Chronicle girls cross country athlete of the year, isn't letting last year's success affect the upcoming season.

$50K in raised funds expected from this year's Sycamore vs. DeKalb First National Challenge  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – After surpassing $1 million in donated funds last year to Sycamore and DeKalb athletics since the First National Challenge fundraiser's inception in ...

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 ...

DeKalb 17-year-old receives successful heart transplant  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Most certainly, few people have gotten better news in the wee hours of the morning.

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 badminton continues successful season led by group of four Barbs  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Holly Trapp first pick up a badminton racket during the sixth grade in physical education class, where she met Hui Zhu.

DeKalb deputy fire chief to retire, seeks Janesville chief job  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Jim Zarek plans to retire after 29 years with the DeKalb Fire Department, and you probably can guess where he applied for his ideal retirement job: ...

Prep golf: DeKalb wins at Belvidere North  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

The DeKalb golf team won at Belvidere North's two-man tournament Monday.

Will DeKalb land in the DVC?  Chicago Daily Herald

Football: This week's Eyes on Five looks at even more conference changes making an impact in DuPage County.

Kishwaukee College graduation rate nearly doubles over 5 years  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

MALTA – Why should students need to submit a portfolio of what they learned in three or fewer years at Kishwaukee College? That's the question college ...

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.

Transformation Through Rhythm promotes unity  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Experience the power of music to promote healing, unity and community at the eighth annual Transformation Through Rhythm Concert will be held at ...

DeKalb sports: Goff settles in as Barbs' athletic director  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – As he was standing near the football field on his first day as DeKalb athletic director, one song kept playing in Peter Goff's mind as he surveyed his ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Banquet planned to support children's literacy project  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The DeKalb/Sycamore Bookcase Project will host a banquet to support the annual effort to promote literacy by providing 50 solid oak bookcases as ...

Bench trial: DeKalb County judge reflects on heart transplant  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Waller 1 of 50 recipients of new heart this year at Chicago hospital.

Tapa La Luna staff: Owner dies from heart attack Monday  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Tapa La Luna co-owner and DeKalb native Rob Deshazer died Tuesday from a heart attack, his business partner said.

Clinton Rosette Middle School to host second annual Taste fundraiser Thursday  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

School to host 2nd annual Taste of CRMS fundraiser.

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 ...

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 ...

MetroNet to begin high-speed internet installation Aug. 1 in DeKalb  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Starting Aug. 1, Indiana-based telecommunication *service* provider MetroNet will begin construction of a multimillion-dollar fiber optic network in ...

Sycamore names IMEA All-District Musicians  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – Fifty-four high school and 38 middle school students from the Sycamore School District were recently selected to participate in the 2018 Illinois ...

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 ...

Indian Creek, Paw Paw high-schoolers could merge  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Voters will decide whether Paw Paw students should attend Indian Creek.

Encouragement: 'If we can do it, they can, too'  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Kish graduates, alumni offer advice at commencement.

Tickets on sale Aug. 25 for Penguin Project's 'Mary Poppins'  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

The Children's Community Theatre Penguin Project will offer an evening filled with music, magic and laughter when it presents Disney's “Mary Poppins Jr.,” Sept.

Armstrong: State tourism director praises DeKalb County CVB  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

The DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Bureau was honored to host another visit from Cory Jobe, state director of tourism, on Sept. 8. We celebrated the ...

Propheter receives Palmer Family music scholarship  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – Dylan Propheter of DeKalb is the recipient of the 2018 Palmer Family Music Education Scholarship award.

Upward Bound tutor accused of molesting child  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – A tutor with a program geared to help children go to college who wouldn't otherwise have the means has been charged with sexually assaulting a ...

D-428 support staff, school board reach tentative agreement  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Just in time for Corn Fest or to hit the road to see their beloved Barbs open the football season against Lake Park in Roselle, DeKalb School District ...

Boys track and field: DeKalb's Marks, Yepiz place first and second in unfamiliar two-mile race  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Junior Riley Marks and sophomore Emmanuel Yepiz found themselves in a unique position Friday evening during the eight-team Tim Holt Invite at ...

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.

Sycamore School District 427 to hold public hearing for tax levy  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – The Sycamore School District 427 Board will hold a public hearing for the 2018 tax levy during its regular meeting Tuesday.

More safety measures coming to Sycamore High School  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – Returning Sycamore High School students may notice a few more changes made this year in the name of increased school safety.

Jamrah Middle Eastern Cuisine owners plan new downtown DeKalb location  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Owners of a local Middle Eastern restaurant said they saw the good things happening in downtown DeKalb and wanted to be part of it. The owners of ...

57th annual Sycamore Pumpkin Festival Parade reflects 'A Pumpkin Carnival' theme  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – Karen Grush and Nancy Dashner, neighbors in DeKalb, have been attending the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival Parade together for about 40 years.

Bond for DeKalb man accused of having sex with child reduced to $50K  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – A DeKalb County judge ruled Thursday that a former Upward Bound tutor accused of criminal sex abuse of a child younger than 17 can post ...

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.

Sycamore School District 427 officials to look at student enrollment increase  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – Sycamore School District 427 officials are looking at a larger student increase this year than in recent years ahead of its district board meeting ...

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 ...

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 ...

Kaneland comes back to stun DeKalb  Chicago Daily Herald

Kaneland rallied from 13 points down on two occassions to knock off the No. 5 ranked team in Class 6A, DeKalb, 21-20 on Friday night in Maple Park.

Richard Jenkins comes to NIU | Entertainment  Northern Star Online

Oscar-nominated actor Richard Jenkins will be at Northern Illinois University on 2 p.m. Tuesday for a Q & A with students in the Stevens Building's O'Connell ...

Happy Homecoming  The MidWeek

Oscar-nominated actor, DeKalb native Richard Jenkins returns to town.

Looking Back for Jan. 9, 2019  The MidWeek

1919 – 100 YEARS AGO. The Chronicle would have been a pretty newsy looking paper, as usual, today had it not been for the gas company. Things have been ...

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