Three more test positive for coronavirus in DeKalb County

On April 4th, 2020 by admin

SYCAMORE - Three more DeKalb County residents, all in their 30s, have tested positive for coronavirus Saturday, according to the DeKalb County Health Department. The new cases bring the total reported cases locally to 22 as of Saturday afternoon. Existing cases include one person under 19, two in their 20s including a Northern Illinois University student, six in their 30s, five others in their 40s, three in their 50s and three in their 70s. A Kishwaukee College student is also among those confirmed to have the viral respiratory disease after they self-identified themselves to the institution, which was announced Thursday. One other NIU student was confirmed to test positive but does not live in DeKalb County.Little is known about the 22 positive cases in the county, as public health officials and representatives of Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital have declined to provide any, citing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which prohibits any information be released which could identify the patient. Limited testing is being conducted at Northwestern Medicine health system hospitals and private lab facilities across the state, which are prioritizing high-risk patients or those experiencing severe symptoms. ...

Kelsey Rettke named editor of Daily Chronicle

On April 4th, 2020 by admin

Kelsey Rettke has been named the editor of the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb. Rettke’s work with the Daily Chronicle began in October 2018. In that time, the 27-year-old has done extensive reporting about local government, crime and courts, education and business. Rettke also serves as a breaking news reporter for the company’s regional news outlet, Shaw Media Illinois. “As the subscribers who read the Daily Chronicle already know, Kelsey Rettke has been tirelessly and completely covering the community in these trying times,” Shaw Media Illinois Senior News Editor Jon Styf said. Rettke is the 17th editor in the Daily Chronicle’s 141-year history. Hailing from Beloit, Wisconsin, she served as the editor-in-chief of Beloit College’s student publication, The Round Table, before starting her career at the Daily Chronicle. Her work has included a focus on watchdog journalism, among other areas, and addresses community concerns including taxes, local elections, poverty and economics. “I’m proud to carry on the Daily Chronicle’s 141-year legacy with our team of committed journalists, who inspire me every single day,” Rettke said. “I’m also keenly aware of what a critical, historic and uncertain moment this is, not just for local journalism but for our community. I believe in what we’re doing here, and we will continue to carry on our mission to bring you relevant and timely coverage during this crisis and beyond.” Recently, Rettke received two awards from the Illinois Press Association for work completed in 2019. Rettke took first place in the government beat reporting category...

Rockford teenager charged with armed robbery in connection to August cellphone store incident

On April 4th, 2020 by admin

DeKALB – A Rockford teenager has been charged in connection with an armed robbery of a cellphone store on Lucinda Avenue last summer. According to DeKalb County court records, Rockford police arrested Jyrese D. Mallett, 18, of the 400 block of Stanley Avenue in Rockford, who faces charges of aggravated robbery and armed robbery in connection to the incident, which occurred Aug. 3, 2019. If convicted of the most serious crime, he could face up to 15 years in prison and fines up to $25,000. Mallett was arrested March 26, and he appeared in DeKalb County court for bond call at the DeKalb County Court house Thursday, where his bond was set at $150,000. Mallett would have to post 10% to bail out. – Kelsey Rettke Initial reports of the armed robbery came through Northern Illinois Police, who issued an alert back in August that DeKalb police were searching for “at least five people” suspected of being involved in an armed robbery around 7 p.m. at the Boost Mobile store, 901 Lucinda Avenue. It’s not known if any other arrests have yet been made in the case. ...

Three restaurants at DeKalb Oasis close due to COVID-19 economic impacts

On April 3rd, 2020 by admin

According to a layoff notice posted on an Illinois job site, 85 workers at the Popeyes, TravelMart and Starbucks at the DeKalb Oasis were laid off by parent company HMS host as those stores ceased operations due to economic impacts as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Messages left with HMS Host went unanswered. No one at the Illinois Tollway could be reached for comment either. The spreadsheet posted to the Illinois Work Center Friday listed the layoffs under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act. Information on the other services at the Oasis was unavailable. At 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, the McDonalds, Sbarro and Subway were open at the Oasis. The TravelMart, Popeyes and Panda Express were closed. The Oasis was subject to the initial order from Gov. J.B. Pritzker closing restaurants to dine-in customers. The tables at the Oasis have been removed but some of the restaurants are open for carry-out. The WARN information indicated that the first layoffs came March 20 and were COVID-19 related. The site also indicated that Starbucks, Popeyes and Travel Marts at Oases in Bedford Park, South Holland, Belvidere, Lake Forest and two in Chicago were also closed permanently. ...

California: Culver City Council Votes to Keep Gun Shops Open

On April 3rd, 2020 by admin

Last night, the Culver City Council voted unanimously to adopt the Third Supplement to Public Order Under City of Culver City Emergency Authority, allowing firearm retailers to continue business during the COVID-19 crisis. The meeting was prompted by recent guidance issued by Department of Homeland Security ​and positions taken by Los Angeles County....

Maryland: Gov. Hogan Resists Calls to Shut Down Gun Stores

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Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary, along with a number of other openly anti-gun legislators, sent a letter to Governor Larry Hogan asking him to reverse his earlier decision acknowledging gun stores as critical businesses during this COVID-19 crisis....

DeKalb police briefly closed Lincoln Highway downtown responding to mental health crisis Friday

On April 3rd, 2020 by admin

DeKALB - DeKalb police briefly closed Lincoln Highway downtown Friday afternoon responding to a man who was experiencing a mental health crisis, said interim Police Chief John Petragallo. Shortly after 1 p.m. Friday, the street was cleared and paramedics from the DeKalb Fire Department were on their way to Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital so the man could undergo a mental health evaluation. "We had a subject undergoing a mental health crisis here, and it's over now," Petragallo said. "There were no injuries." Petragallo said police responded to calls in the 200 block of East Lincoln Highway Friday afternoon for a man on the sidewalk who seemed "really upset." Petragallo said there are no charges at this time, and the road was closed for about 20 minutes. ...

Northwestern Medicine Health System preparing for patient surge

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Jay Anderson, president of Northwestern Medicine's Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb and Valley West Hospital in Sandwich, said they're bracing for the surge. "We're preparing for the patient surge," Anderson said. "Northwestern Medicine, in concert with our local government, the state of Illinois and the country is preparing for this pandemic to arrive in our area." It hasn't surged yet, he said, though Northwestern Medicine facilities across the region have created a surge plan to help balance out patient volume across the hospitals. As of Thursday, the Illinois Department of Public Health has reported 141 deaths because of COVID-19, with cases expected to surpass 7,000 Friday, many in the region covered by Northwestern facilities. Hospitals in the state have, in turn, braced for the impact: overrun ICU wards, overworked staff, an exceedingly dwindling supply of Personal Protective Equipment. It's a sight that's not yet hit Illinois, if our neighbors to the east and west coasts are anything to go off of, Anderson said. Anderson said Northwestern Medicine has a plan, though. "I think right now as a health system, we're feeling prepared," he said. "Even here locally [in DeKalb], we've been able to acquire new ventilators from local sources. I am sitting right next to a bottle of Whiskey Acres hand sanitizer as we speak. And just in the emergency room, I saw some Upstaging Inc, face shields." Similar to other area hospitals, Kishwaukee has been for weeks the beneficiary of efforts to ensure PPE and other needed supplies for hospitalized...

"People are pushing their limits' at state parks

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State parks are closed to help stop the spread of COVID-19, but some people are "pushing their limits" and being ticketed or getting their vehicles towed. “People are pushing their limits and not listening to the governor’s order,” said Phillip Wire, Conservation Police Sgt. in District 6, which covers La Salle, Bureau, Putnam, DeKalb, Winnebago and Boone counties.  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources in accordance with Illinois’ stay-at-home order, has closed all state parks, fish and wildlife areas, recreational areas and historic sites. “We’ve had lots of people who are out — not just Starved Rock and Matthiessen (state parks), but all areas of state parks that are closed,” Wire said.  Conservation officers have found people often at Blackball Mines Nature Preserve in North Utica as well as "all over the place" along the Illinois and Michigan and Hennepin canals that are closed, Wire said. While many people maintain social distancing, not everyone will, Wire said.  In years past on warm weekends, people are shoulder-to-shoulder all the way to Wildcat Canyon at Starved Rock, Wire said. By the end of 2019, Starved Rock State Park saw over 2.4 million visitors that year, making 2019 the fourth-busiest year on record. Last week, conservation officers towed two cars illegally parked on Route 71 east of the campground road along the south edge of Starved Rock State Park, Wire said.  Recently, a family came to Starved Rock and found it was closed, and then the family found a closed nature preserve...

Need a Friday popcorn fix? The Sycamore Theatre's got curbside concessions this afternoon

On April 3rd, 2020 by admin

SYCAMORE – Community members needing a popcorn fix can stop by The Sycamore Theatre, 420 W. State St. in Sycamore, for curbside concessions today from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 3. Popcorn and candies will be available for purchase with cash or card. Regular popcorn costs $5 for small, $5.50 for medium, $6 for large, $6.50 for a tub and $9 for a family-size. Flavored popcorn costs $6 for small, $8 for medium and $10 for refillable. Refillable prices are $5 for regular and $8 for refillable. Refillable buckets will be given a bag for health and safety precautions. Flavored popcorns include cheddar, white cheddar, caramel, chocolate, pizza, garlic parmesan, cheddar pretzel ale, sriracha, jalapeno and bacon. Message The Sycamore Theatre on Facebook to preorder. ...

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