Stories about Cortland, Illinois
DeKalb County elected leaders and business owners say they're not surprised by Gov. JB Pritzker's indoor mask mandate announcement Thursday, which goes into effect Monday. “I just hope this is an eye-opener for many people who aren’t vaccinated,” said DeKalb Mayor Cohen Barnes.
"There’s not a lot of businesses here [in Cortland], and I thought it was a good place to start a business,” said Ruben Armas, who along with his wife, Imelda Espinoza, recently opened Twins Ice Cream in Cortland. “So far, business has been very good. People are learning we are here."
A Cortland man is facing criminal charges after he threw a chihuahua at a wall during a domestic dispute, killing the animal, police say.
More than half of Sycamore’s population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while the more populous city of DeKalb’s inoculation rate is about 40%, according to the latest available state data. New data obtained by the Daily Chronicle paints a more detailed picture of who’s vaccinated where, and how local leaders are using that data in ongoing pandemic responses.
DeKalb county had 23 drug overdose deaths between March 1, 2020, and May 7, 2021, up from the 13 that occurred from Jan. 1, 2019, to Feb. 29, 2020. Families share their grief of losing their loved ones. “I want my Dawnie back ... and she’s never coming back,” one grandmother says.
DeKalb County’s regional fire fighting strike team headed to Rockton Monday evening to aid more than 150 firefighters in battling a blaze at the Chemtool Inc plant on the Illinois-Wisconsin border.
DeKalb Mayor Cohen Barnes said the possibility of implementing a citywide vaccine passport mandate “is not on our radar.” Most local municipal leaders say they’re not in favor of implementing vaccine documentation or passport requirements for events such as Corn Fest or for indoor gatherings.
“We want Town Hall to be open and inviting,” Pietrowski said. “So we encourage them to reach out to the mayor, reach out to trustees and we would love their involvement and feedback on what they would like to see in the town.”
“I don’t want to see everything go to DeKalb and Sycamore,” Pietrowski said. “I want to see Cortland grab some of those opportunities for itself as well.”