Stories about the DeKalb County Board in DeKalb County, Illinois
A local food and education center may be one step closer to becoming a reality in DeKalb’s Annie Glidden North neighborhood, after the DeKalb County Community Gardens asked for $900,000 from the county board for the development.
A familiar face in DeKalb County government has announced her candidacy for the office of DeKalb County Clerk and Recorder while current clerk Doug Johnson, a Republican, said he won’t seek reelection in 2022.
A public hearing to continue discussion on a proposed solar energy project by Owens Creek LLC is scheduled for Thursday, amid what’s turned into heated debate over the past few weeks in DeKalb County related to solar energy and land use.
As local COVID-19 virus transmission rates remains high in DeKalb County, local health officials said this week they’re continuing to prioritize on-site vaccination clinics ahead of a possible fall surge.
While DeKalb County Board members on Wednesday indicated they support limiting how much space local solar energy projects can take up, they also approved a resolution increasing the acreage limits of allowable projects by 10,000 acres.
“I look forward to building on the relationships that I have with many of you and continue to build on those in the future,” said newly appointed Acting DeKalb County Sheriff Andy Sullivan, who said he plans to fun formally for the position in the 2022 election.
DeKalb County Board members will consider whether to limit the number of acres solar energy projects can take up within the county Wednesday. “The issue has come up that people in the community ... don’t want to cover all of the ground with solar panels,” said DeKalb County Board member Steve Faivre.
Rodney Kyler of Milan Township said he believes the total land allowed for solar farms in his community “should be zero,” echoing concerns voiced by multiple residents this week that industrial solar energy projects are robbing DeKalb County of viable farm land.
Public hearings for two DeKalb County industrial solar energy projects which developers say could bring significant revenue to the area may be tentatively scheduled for sometime in August, project officials say.
DeKalb County Board members elected beginning November of 2022 will soon get a per diem salary raise for attending meetings, and other elected county officials are looking at 2% annual salary increases following a recent DeKalb County Board vote.