LOCAL NEWS – THURSDAY NOVEMBER 14th 2019

Jim Leach

The Sycamore School Board took up the issue of arming teachers at it’s meeting earlier this week. According to the Daily Chronicle, Board Member Steve Nelson said he’d prefer to have school resource officers in charge of security at the school, rather than leave that to teachers. Board President Jim Dombek said he prefers strengthening the SRO program in the district, and using state funds to help pay for the officers.


At this week’s City Council meeting, DeKalb Mayor Jerry Smith commended a group of NIU students for a peaceful and civil protest in which they gave the city a list of demands for changes they’d like to see in the city’s police department. According to the Daily Chronicle, Smith said the city is taking the students’ demands seriously and hopes to continue civil discourse to improve relations with the community.  More than 100 people marched to the police station on Saturday and gave the police chief a list of things they’d like to see changed, including increasing diversity on the police force, and holding regular diversity training.


Gregory Perkins is officially DeKalb’s 4th Ward Alderman, as the lifelong DeKalb resident was sworn in at Tuesday’s meeting. According to the Daily Chronicle, his first vote was a “yes” to approve a tax levy request that could save residents money on their tax bills. The council also unanimously voted “yes” on a final vote to allow all types of marijuana businesses in the city including growers and cultivators. Perkins was nominated by Mayor Smith after former 4th Ward Alderman Pat Fagan resigned his position after he moved out of the ward.


DeKalb police are asking for the public’s help to identify suspects who fired shots at each other from moving vehicles on Tuesday night. According to the Daily Chronicle, the incident happened in the 200 block of Linden Place around 6:45 pm. Police said there were reports of multiple reports of shots fired while cars were chasing each other. Officers are still investigating this incident and haven’t identified the vehicles involved. Police said the suspects seemed to be shooting at a specific person. Investigators are asking anyone with information to contact them.


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