Backup Has Arrived

  Years ago, I was out on a ride along with the DeKalb Police Department, with Sergeant (now Commander) Craig “Woody” Woodruff.  We were stopped on a normal call that escalated to a bad call.  Without thinking, Woody stepped between me and the danger.  His first reaction to a threat was to protect–to put himself at greater risk in order …

NIU students care for Earth, community during annual event

Northern Illinois University sophomore Keira Donnamario (left) and senior Alexis Isely work Saturday in the garden at DeKalb resident Mary Lu Stracker’s home during NIU Cares Day.   DeKALB – Alexis Isely never gets tired of seeing the faces of those she helps on NIU Cares Day. This year, the Northern Illinois University senior raked leaves and worked in the …

Volunteers Rock on Downtown Clean Up

It began as a discussion on David Bell’s “You Know You’re From DeKalb, When” Facebook group page. DeKalb elementary school teacher Cate Cardella then put words into action and organized a 2018 Downtown DeKalb Clean-up Day. More than 60 volunteers showed up on a Sunday afternoon to clean debris from the old central business district. First ward alderman David Jacobson brought …

History professor Aaron Fogleman wins Guggenheim Fellowship

With scarcely a day going by without proposals, protests or headlines surrounding the issue of immigration, Northern Illinois University historyprofessor Aaron Fogleman informs present-day issues by peering deep into the past. From 1492 to 1870, more than 22 million migrants made their way to the Americas, says Fogleman, who quantified the wave of migration through meticulous research. In many respects, current debates echo …

DeKalb police lead benefit to aid family of officer with cancer

DeKalb Police Cmdr. Craig Woodruff talks about Alert DeKalb in October at the DeKalb Police Department. Police Chief Gene Lowery said to know Cmdr. Craig Woodruff, a 20-year veteran of the DeKalb Police Department, is to love him. “He is an exceptionally intelligent, solid police officer, mentor to many and an exemplary leader who always has his heart in the …