DeKalb County News Briefs

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Before you can hunt in Illinois, you need a license. And, before you can get a license you need to take a class. The DeKalb Police Department will offer the required 10-hour safety-training course starting March 5. Call 815-748-8400 to register.


Deadline nears for collection of personal hygiene products

The public has until Feb. 15 to answer the DeKalb County Health Department’s call for donations of personal hygiene necessities. County health officials are stocking DeKalb County food pantries as part of the department’s emergency preparedness. 

Collections are taking place at the health department headquarters, 2550 N. Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb; DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St., DeKalb; Genoa Public Library, 240 W. Main St., Genoa; Kishwaukee Family YMCA, 2500 Bethany Road, Sycamore; Fox Valley Family YMCA, 707 S. Main St., Sandwich; and the Sycamore Public Library, 103 E. State St., Sycamore.

County health officials are asking for regular-sized items but travel-sized items are also welcomed. For more information, contact emergency preparedness director Cindy Graves at 815-748-2447 or coordinator Melissa Edwards at 815-758-6673.


Dads, daughters to dance the night away

The DeKalb Park District is planning a special night for dads and their daughters. Called Love You to the Moon and Back, the park district’s Daddy Daughter and Heroes Dance gives little girls a special night out that includes pictures, desserts, contests, a special memento and dancing.  This event celebrates the bond between a little girl and her father or male role model. The event will be held 6-8 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Terrace Room at Hopkins Park, 1403 Sycamore Road, DeKalb. Tickets for an adult and one child are $25 for residents and $30 for non-residents, and $10 for each additional child.

The NIU Police Department along with other local law enforcement and fire department agencies are partnering with the DeKalb Park District to escort any girl that needs a date. For information on registering with a “hero escort,” call 815-756-8560.

Police to hold mandatory class for hunters who want licenses

The DeKalb Police Department will offer a 10-hour safety-training course for hunters next month. The three-day safety-training class will include firearms safety, hunter ethics, wildlife management, first aid, survival techniques, state regulation information, basic archery, muzzle loading and game identification, all with an emphasis on gun safety.

Sponsored by the DeKalb police and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the class is free and will be limited to 25 students, chosen on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants must attend all 10 hours to receive their hunting licenses. Instruction will be held 6-10 p.m. March 5, March 7 and March 12, on the second floor of the DeKalb Police Department, 700 W. Lincoln Highway.

Illinois state law mandates any person born on or after Jan. 1, 1980, must successfully complete the full course to receive his or her first hunting license. To register, call the police department at 815-748-8400 and dial option No. 1, or email

Tax preparation help available for adults with certain incomes

The free AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program is again available at the DeKalb Public Library to help people with low to moderate incomes. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are available on a first come, first served basis from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays through April 13, except March 30.

Taxpayers should bring a photo ID, all necessary tax documents and last year’s return forms to the help session. For more information, call 815-757-1800 or contact the reference desk at 815- 756-9568, ext. 2150 or email


Prospective students, parents invited to visit Kish College

Kishwaukee College will host a Visit Day Feb. 18, President’s Day, for prospective students and their families. Check-in will begin at 8 a.m. in the Kishwaukee College Conference Center. Services will be available until 12 p.m.

Visit Day will feature a conference-style event, allowing participants to select from two to three different sessions for each timeslot. This flexible schedule will allow for a customized day with sessions that will most benefit individual participants. There will be a continental breakfast at check-in and the formal program will begin at 8:30 a.m. 

Session topics include: Career Technologies Programs, TRiO Student Support Services, WIOA Youth Program, Paying for College, College 101, Supporting Your Student (parent session), Student Activities, Athletics, Foundation Scholarships, and the Honors Program.

Visit Day also will include a tour of the academic divisions as well as an optional campus tour and an Information Fair. Students can register for Visit Day at

For more information about the event, contact Student Outreach at or 815-825-9460.



–DeKalb County News Briefs–