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Tornado watch issued for some of the viewing area Tuesday
8:15PM: update: The storms over Winnebago county have continued to weaken as they moved off to the Northeast, while the storms to the Southeast are also out of the area. Our severe threat is quickly diminishing, but our focus now turns to much colder air moving in tonight, including a 20-30 degree temperature drop in the next few hours.
Dekalb Feb 27 Weekly Crime Report
During the last week, Dekalb witnessed a total of 53 crime cases, with Assault being the most frequent crime type, accounting for 12 cases. This was closely followed by Theft and Domestic Related incidents, with 11 and 10 cases respectively. Trespassing and Arrests also made up a significant portion of the crime total, with 8 and 7 cases respectively. Other crimes, including Burglary and Vandalism, were less frequent, with only 1 case each. It's worth noting that the category labeled 'Other' included 3 cases, with instances of disorderly conduct and littering/dumping. These statistics highlight the need for continued vigilance and proactive measures to ensure the safety of the place.
Freeport man charged with exposing himself to gas station clerk
CORTLAND, Ill. (WTVO) — Police in DeKalb County have charged William Chatman, 41, of Freeport, with public indecency after he allegedly exposed himself to a gas station employee. DeKalb County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the Mobil Gas Station, at 5 W Lincoln Hwy, around 3:29 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Police said that, when they […]
Strong to severe storms likely ahead of powerful cold front
The Storm Prediction Center placed part of the viewing area under an enhanced risk of severe storms later today. The level 3 of 5 risk includes a portion of Winnebago, Boone, McHenry, Ogle, Lee, and DeKalb Counties across northern Illinois. It also includes most of Walworth County in southern Wisconsin. The majority of the remainder of the Stateline is under a slight risk (2 of 5). As the graphic above shows, there is a sharp cut off for those that will likely see severe storms to those that don’t at all. This has to do with the placement of the cold front.
A Toast to Sycamore: Discover 4 Exceptional Pubs in Town
In this article, we're exploring four unique pubs located in Sycamore. Have you had the chance to visit any of them? If you have, we'd love to hear about your experiences in the comments section below!
Parts of northern Illinois are now under a 3/5 for severe potential
Northern Illinois braces for severe weather with record-breaking warmth, potential hail storms, and a dramatic temperature drop. A 3/5 severe threat looms over DeKalb, Lee, Ogle, Winnebago, Boone, and McHenry counties, with snow showers and gusty winds to follow. Stay alert for late afternoon and evening developments.
Taste Paradise: Discover the Top 3 Pizzas in Sycamore
This article presents three distinct pizzas available in Sycamore for your culinary exploration. Have you had the chance to try any of these yet? If you have, we'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below:
Update: NIU police say bomb, shooter threat to DeKalb campus is not credible
DEKALB, Ill. (WIFR) - Northern Illinois University police say the school’s DeKalb campus is the latest to receive a non-credible bomb/active shooter threat. Around 8 a.m. Monday, the university’s College of Business received the threat to Barsema Hall, a classroom building. Police warned people not to touch suspicious packages, backpacks or boxes and asked the community not to call 911 for updates.
City Council fights over enforcements to nuisance gatherings
DeKALB – Outrage and disappointment erupted from City Council members after a discussion regarding the legitimacy of deterring “nuisance gatherings” invoked speculations of possible discrimination, which challenged its expected approval. The City Council meeting Monday started in awkward spirits after a recess was called within minutes of...
Kenneth “Ken” W. Mason, 71
Kenneth “Ken” W. Mason, 71, of Leland, IL passed away Friday, February 23, 2024 at Northwestern Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb, IL surrounded by his loving family. He was born September 7, 1952 in Kewanee, IL. the son of Frederick and Lillian (White) Mason. He married Sandra L. Plote on October 11, 1975 in Marseilles, IL. He was a member of Leland United Methodist Church where he was on the board as a trustee for several years. He worked at Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital for over 30 years in the Maintenance Department. He enjoyed all sports and especially loved watching his grandchildren play. Ken was known as a jack of all trades and was also a trivia master of everything with his profound knowledge.
Marseilles Man Faces Multiple Charges in Serious Accident that Injured Detective
A Marseilles man is facing serious trouble relating to an accident that seriously injured a law-enforcement officer. The Kane County State's Attorney's office says that, on October 23, 53-year-old Indalecio Munoz was driving a commercial motor vehicle on Illinois Route 47 when he crossed into oncoming traffic and ran head-on into a vehicle being driven by Kane County Sheriff's Detective Brian Anderson. Anderson suffered serious injuries in the collision.
What is a red flag warning? What to know as alert issued in parts of Chicago area
A red flag warning was issued across parts of the Chicago area Monday, but what does it mean and what should residents watch for?. The warning begins at 12 p.m. for McHenry, Kane, DuPage, Kendall, Grundy, Will, Kankakee, DeKalb and LaSalle counties in Illinois. It remains in effect until 6...
DeKalb County Welcomes Local Resident Jerry Wright to Community Foundation Board
Jerry Wright, a DeKalb representative, has joined the DeKalb County Community Foundation Board of Directors. Wright has a history of community service, especially with youth, and is eager to address community needs through grant funding. He is involved in youth sports and serves as the chaplain for the Northern Illinois University (NIU) Huskies football team.
Dark comedy ‘Witch’ brings laughs, contemplation
DeKALB – Hushed whispers filled the air as audiences waited with bated breath, then the stage was set and the crowd was taken back in time by the actor’s stunning performance. With painstaking detail, the cast and crew have recreated a slice of history, mixed with a twist...
Three people sent to hospitals after two-vehicle crash in Kingston
KINGSTON, Ill. (WIFR) - Dekalb police report three people were sent to local hospitals after being extracted from their vehicles Friday evening. The crash happened just before 6:30 p.m., Feb. 23 at the intersection of Glidden Road and Baseline Road. Emergency services reported to the scene and extracted occupants from their vehicles.
IL-76 candidate profiles: Cohen Barnes
This week, we are looking at the primary candidates running for Illinois state representative for the 76th district. Since there are five candidates, WNIJ will present the candidates in alphabetical order each morning throughout the week. DeKalb Mayor Cohen Barnes is looking to expand his political reach to the Illinois...
ComEd and Summit Ridge Energy Community Solar Projects
Measuring the scope and impact of three new community solar projects developed by Summit Ridge Energy in ComEd’s northern Illinois region would seem to be a simple quantitative exercise. Chicago-based ComEd, an Exelon company, powers the lives of more than 4 million residential and business customers, mostly in northern...
City council: Water reclamation rate resolution passes
ROCHELLE — At its meeting Monday, the Rochelle City Council unanimously approved a resolution establishing water reclamation rates for Rochelle Municipal Utilities that will take effect Aug. 1. RMU's rate structure had not changed since Aug. 1, 2021. The city recently had a rate analysis conducted based on its...
Wrestling: High standards lead to high marks for Hubs
ROCHELLE — After a historic season where the Rochelle Hub varsity wrestlers won a school-record 28 dual matches and advanced five individuals to the IHSA State Championship meet in Champaign, the program returned this winter with an equally as impressive campaign. Rochelle finished with a 24-7 overall record and...
A Day in NIU Dining
NIU dining provides provides students with nutrition and a source of employment while on campus. How does dining work serve the Huskies in day to day operations? Join Dan Koenen and members of dining services as they explain a day in dining.