The U.S. Representative Adam Kinzinger recently stopped by Whiskey Acres Distilling Company in DeKalb.  He spoke of the “American Spirit” and the importance of community while meeting with Whiskey Acres Co-owners Jim Walter, Jamie Walter, and Nick Nagele.  Kinzinger applauded them for switching part their facility’s production to making hand sanitizer during the pandemic.

DCEDC congratulates Whiskey Acres Distilling Company for demonstrating innovation, diversification, and community!

To read the article, as published in the Daily Chronicle, please follow the link-Whiskey-Acres-American-Spirit-is-Alive



Date posted: July 10, 2020 | Author: | Comments Off on Whiskey Acres is keeping the American Spirit alive!

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Northern Illinois University President Lisa Freeman says the university is prepared to help international students navigate what she called “harmful and unfair” new federal policies related to noncitizen students and e-learning in the COVID019 pandemic.

Thank you, Dr. Freeman and Northern Illinois University for helping our bright and talented international students.

To read the article published by the Daily Chronicle, follow the link-NIU-Helping-International-Students

Date posted: July 9, 2020 | Author: | Comments Off on NIU helping International Students

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As part of ongoing efforts to revitalize neighborhoods in DeKalb’s north side, residents in the Annie Glidden North neighborhoods will be able to access free public Wi-Fi internet soon, thanks to a sizeable grant from the City of DeKalb Community Development Block Grant, administered by HUD, and a generous “in-kind” donation through the service provider, Syndeo.

See the full article below, as published in the Daily Chronicle.

Free wi-fi coming to the Northside

Date posted: June 29, 2020 | Author: | Comments Off on Northside of Annie Glidden to receive free Public Wi-Fi

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DCEDC is happy to share this great news!

After a great deal of anticipation, our newest DeKalb County grocery and supercenter will open its doors on Thursday, July 9th at 6:00 AM. Congratulations to Meijer and the City of Sycamore are in order.

To read the article as published in the Daily Chronicle, please follow this link-Meijer Sycamore to Open July 9th


Date posted: June 29, 2020 | Author: | Comments Off on Meijer Grocery and Super Center to open on July 9th

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DeKalb’s City Manager, Bill Nicklas points to the history books, which share the building’s rich history.

The two-story Queen Anne-style building at 164 E. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb was built by DeKalb National Bank in 1892. The DeKalb Police Department was located behind the building in what is now a parking lot.

The building originally housed DeKalb National Bank and Sheets & Knodle Hardware. In 1902, the bank changed its name to First National Bank of DeKalb, the hardware store relocated and a limestone facade was added.

To read the complete article, please click on the link-DeKalb City Hall Relocates to Historic Location


Date posted: June 24, 2020 | Author: | Comments Off on City of DeKalb Relocates to Historic Building

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Northwestern Medicine continues to be grateful for the outstanding level of support we have received from our community. Our caregivers have been exceptionally well supported with food, tributes, and countless other kind gestures. Our healthcare workforce has been heartened and energized by your support and we are deeply grateful for the encouragement. Thank you so much!

Consistent with the State’s Restore Illinois plan, Northwestern Medicine has begun rescheduling treatment for patients whose care had been postponed, and for whom further delay in care would be medically inadvisable.

Hospital Safety Measures Set in Place

As we welcome patients back to our facilities, we recognize that you may feel concerned about exposure to COVID-19. The health and safety of our patients, physicians, and workforce remain our top priority, and we have undertaken extensive steps to ensure a safe environment. These steps include:

• Entry Screening Procedures: Any person entering the hospital, whether staff or patient, will be screened for fever and asked about COVID-19 symptoms. Those with symptoms will be triaged for care or asked to return home. Masks and hand sanitizer are available at all entry points.

• Universal Masking: With the exception of patients in their hospital rooms, every person is required to wear a mask while in the hospital buildings.

• Testing: Patients undergoing surgeries or procedures will undergo testing for COVID prior to arrival.

• Disinfecting: Our Environmental Services teams continue to perform rigorous cleaning of our facilities, including frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces. Exam rooms are fully disinfected after each patient. Magazines and other materials that cannot be cleaned properly have been removed from waiting areas.

• Promoting Physical Distancing: Seating areas have been modified to reduce the amount of furniture and allow for physical distancing, and elevator use will be restricted to two people. Signage has been placed throughout the hospital buildings to signify appropriate physical distancing.

• Separate Areas for Patients with COVID Symptoms: Testing of patients with flu or COVID symptoms are conducted in safe, designated locations.

For current and complete information on safety and accessing care, please visit our website:

Telehealth and In-Person Care

We continue to respond to the important ongoing healthcare needs of our community. We are offering phone, video chat, and e-visit options to enable patients to receive many types of care during this time. In the coming weeks, we will be reopening more patient care services in our hospital and outpatient areas. A multidisciplinary team of physicians and staff will coordinate this process in a gradual, thoughtful way. Each patient will be evaluated for the appropriate type of visit: in-person or by phone/video chat.

COVID-19 Testing

Testing for COVID-19 and for antibodies is available for patients meeting certain age, risk factors, and symptom criteria with a physician’s order. Individuals should discuss testing options with their physicians.

Other COVID-19 Information

Northwestern Medicine is proud to serve the community as a trusted source for accurate information regarding COVID-19. Please visit for up-to-date information.

Date posted: June 24, 2020 | Author: | Comments Off on Northwestern Medicine COVID-19 Update

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For Immediate Release

Kishwaukee College will be open for classes for the Fall 2020 semester. As the State of Illinois begins to re-open, Kishwaukee College is planning to bring some students, faculty, and staff back to campus. The current plan is to offer the majority of classes online, with some lab and career and technical education courses on campus following the CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines.

There are three types of courses for the fall:

  1. Online/Online. These courses will be offered in a traditional online format. Students complete coursework at any time of day that works best for them.
  2. Online/synchronous. These courses are online at a particular time, with scheduled virtual class meetings that students will attend via computer, providing live interaction between instructors and students. “Online/synchronous” class sessions will meet during the times listed on the course schedule for those sections.
  3. Hybrid. These courses will combine online lectures with limited on-campus meetings in labs, shops, and studio art. These on-campus meetings will occur during the times listed on the course schedule.

Kish is committed to providing quality, affordable education to students in a safe environment.  “We are looking forward to welcoming students back to campus in the fall with new safety guidelines and reduced capacity on campus and in the classroom,” said Kish College president, Dr. Laurie Borowicz. “With the current plan, the College will be prepared to make quick adjustments to the course schedule and College operations should there be further disruptions if a surge in COVID-19 should happen.”

With all courses having an online component, the College is committed to providing the necessary tools and resources needed for student success in the online environment. Having access to the required technology is key. The College has Chromebooks and laptops available for check out for students who do not have access to a computer. In addition, the College campus will be open during set hours for students needing access to the internet.

Kish is a great local option, whether students are getting started on a college degree or wanting to prepare for a new career.  We are here for you. The fall semester begins on August 17. Students can enroll now online or set-up an appointment with an academic advisor or counselor. For more information, visit

Date posted: June 23, 2020 | Author: | Comments Off on Kishwaukee College announces plans for Fall 2020

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Dear DCEDC Member:

The Northern Illinois University College of Business and DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) is pleased to announce the continuation of a joint program to improve member access to cost-effective, professional human resources.  The IGNITE! program provides a structure for member companies to connect with and employ NIU Business students part-time and subsidizes compensation for up to five DCEDC member companies, local start-ups, and local non-profits.

The NIU College of Business has over 2,000 undergraduate students studying Accountancy, Business Administration, Finance, Management, Marketing, and Operations Management & Information Systems.  Over seventy-five percent of NIU Business students live in DeKalb County during the school year and nearly sixty percent work anywhere from one to 40 hours a week.  Many students are in jobs that do not meaningfully contribute to their professional growth.  The NIU Business students are an untapped resource for DCEDC member companies.  At the same time, DCEDC member companies are not an instinctual source of work for NIU Business students.  The IGNITE! program changes this dynamic.

How it works:

To participate in the IGNITE! program, DCEDC member companies must submit an online proposal for a semester-long, part-time (no more than 20 hours per week) position.  Positions must include clear goals, defined professional responsibilities, projects and developmental opportunities, and general expectations.  The proposal deadline is July 15, 2020.

A committee will choose five proposals from DCEDC’s current member companies, local start-ups, and local nonprofit organizations for funding.  Students will be paid $10 per hour.  The NIU College of Business will subsidize student payment at a rate of $9.25/hour.  The hiring organization will contribute $250 to support student wages or pay the student $0.75 per hour directly.  The hiring organization will also provide development opportunities to the student.

Selected organizations must assist in promoting their opportunity to students virtually through information sessions and the NIU job board in late August 2020.  The selected organizations will be responsible for interviewing, hiring, onboarding, training, and management of the student. The period of employment is August 24, 2020-December 15, 2020 with the possibility of extending into the spring semester.  More specific information can be found online at

The NIU College of Business and DCEDC share a similar goal: To strengthen public/private partnerships for the purpose of economic growth and diversification.  The IGNITE program is an important step toward achieving this goal.




Paul Borek, Executive Director                                                 Balalji Rajagopalan, Ph.D. Dean, NIU College of Business


Information for Project IGNITE! 2020

Date posted: June 23, 2020 | Author: | Comments Off on Attention DCEDC Member Companies-A value-added and time-sensitive opportunity awaits you!

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The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) will launch the first round of Business Interruption Grants (BIG) by providing $60 million to businesses experiencing losses or business interruption as a result of COVID-19 related closures. The BIG Program is available for up to 3,500 businesses that experienced a limited ability to operate due to COVID-19 related closures. DCEO will begin distributing funds to qualifying businesses in early July. The total program funding will amount to at least $540 million in grants for small
businesses, $270 of which has been set aside for childcare providers, and is funded by the CARES Act.

To review the full press release, please click on the following link New Grants Available


Date posted: June 19, 2020 | Author: | Comments Off on Governor Pritzker Announces New Grant Programs

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