Sycamore, Illinois news
Seventeen years after a fire destroyed the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. John in Sycamore, the congregation gathered recently to celebrate paying off the debt of its new church with a mortgage-burning ceremony.
Masks are now required for all Illinois schools – from preschool through grade 12 – as well as daycares, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced Wednesday. Here’s what some DeKalb County parents had to say in response.
“We will follow the mandate effective immediately,” said Sycamore Superintendent Steve Wilder. Both Sycamore and Genoa-Kingston districts, which previously approved optional masks, will now comply with Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker’s new mandate requiring masks indoors in public schools statewide regardless of vaccination status.
On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, visited the Deutsch dairy farm in Sycamore on a congressional break district tour and said that joining a committee to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill insurrection is “about fighting for something bigger than your own reelection.”
After a year and a half, Sycamore city officials gave the green light for city staff to post the city’s 2021 comprehensive plan during the City Council meeting this week.
DeKalb County communities now are eligible for more than $6 million in COVID-19 relief funds if they apply for the funding through the state before the end of September, according to Illinois state officials.
More than a month after Illinois moved into Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan, City of Sycamore officials announced masks will go back to being required for all employees and visitors in government buildings as virus cases trend upwards.
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.
A Sycamore resident was cited for failing to yield after a Wednesday rollover crash that happened near the Kishwaukee Family YMCA, according to city police.
Jesus Romero, one of the owners of Taxco Mexican Cuisine in Sycamore, announced Tuesday he will be moving soon to Florida with his family, but the restaurant will remain open, as his aunt has taken over the business.