Steelpan in The Last Jedi influenced by NIU’s Liam Teague

A distinctive part of the soundtrack for Star Wars: The Last Jedi was the steel drum on the music that played during the movie’s scenes on the planet of Canto Bight.  That influence, it turns out, can be traced back directly to NIU’s Liam Teague, Professor of Music and Head of Steelpan Studies.   But it wasn’t until last year’s release of The Last …

Barbed wire named as one of top 10 Illinois innovations and inventions

Barbed wire, one of the biggest claims to fame of the city of DeKalb, has been recognized as one of the top 10 Illinois inventions and innovations in the Illinois Top 200 project. To celebrate the state’s bicentennial, the Illinois Top 200 project lets citizens vote every two weeks on the greatest leaders, books, businesses and more. By the state’s …

Armstrong: DeKalb County Bold Spirits live on WGN radio

The Illinois Governor’s Conference on Tourism took place Feb. 26 to 28 in Chicago. It is the premiere event for Illinois tourism professionals. DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Bureau Board Chairman Brad Hoey, Whiskey Acres partner Nick Nagele and I were in attendance with more than 500 tourism professionals. The night before the conference began, Cory Jobe, director of the …

Public Works Official Saves Choking Victim

Drew Zimmerman; Daily Chronicle – Andy Raih, acting streets superintendent, said public works officials received some first aid training a few years ago from the DeKalb Fire Department. Training focused on CPR procedures, defibrillator use and other basic first aid. Raih said refresher courses are still performed here and there. Raih put his training into action in January when he …

Martucci Earns NIU Gymnastics’ Highest Individual Score in Over Two Decades

DeKALB, Ill. – Northern Illinois University gymnastics’ junior floor specialist Anna Martucci (Clarkston, Mich./Our Lady of the Lakes) earned a 9.975 on Sunday to record the highest individual score since Margaret Mroz hit a perfect 10.0 on the same event during the 1995 season. The Huskies hit a season high and tied the third highest score in school history with …

GENTRI performs at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Cancer Center

The Egyptian Theatre and Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital hosted a private concert at the Cancer Center in DeKalb on Saturday, February 10 to over 80 attendees. GENTRI: The Gentlemen Trio held a public concert at the Egyptian Theatre Saturday night but took time during the day to perform at this special event for patients of the Cancer Center along with …

DeKalb County to host the IESA State Wrestling Finals for the 20th time, the event is estimated to bring $300,000 into the local economy.

Photo Credit: Illinois Elementary School Association The DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Northern Illinois University (NIU) are proud to be hosting the Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) State Wrestling Finals for its 20th year.  The economic impact for the area is estimated to be $300,000. We anticipate more than 5,000 visitors will attend this two-day event. The 2018 …

#DistinctlyDeKalb – Fatty’s Giveaway Winner is…

Congratulations to Amanda McLain for being selected as the #DistinctlyDeKalb – Fatty’s Giveaway winner! Amanda has just won a $50 gift certificate and 2 tickets to tonight’s comedy show featuring: Larry Reeb! Fatty’s pub and grille is a local commodity in the community located at: 1312 W Lincoln Hwy, Dekalb, IL 60115 Here’s a big thanks to our friends at …

NIU Mock Trial teams excel in competition

NIU’s Mock Trial teams have once again had a successful season – and it’s not over yet! This past weekend, two NIU teams competed at the American Mock Trial Association’s (AMTA) Regional Tournament in Joliet, IL – one of 27 sanctioned regional tournaments in the country held over three weekends in February. There were a total of 26 teams at the …