DeKalb County jail expansion ribbon-cutting to be followed by public tours

Joyce Klein, (center) chief of corrections for the DeKalb County Jail, leads a group of county employees on a tour of the jail expansion Wednesday in Sycamore.[]

SYCAMORE – After a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the DeKalb County Jail expansion at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at 180 E. Exchange St., public tours will offered.

The tours for the finished wing will be from 1 to
8 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The expansion will increase the number of beds in the jail to about 140, solving a decades-old overcrowding problem.

The construction project for the new jail began in June 2016 and will cost about $35 million.

Tipping fees charged to waste haulers who dumptrash at Waste Management’s landfill near Cortland will cover about 90 percent of the annual payments for $33 million in bonds issued by the county. The landfill expansion has resulted in 500 tons more trash being dumped at the site a day.

Sycamore, DeKalb cops on
rooftops for Special Olympics

Sycamore and DeKalb police officers will be back on Dunkin’ Donuts rooftops to raise money for Special Olympics Illinois from 5 a.m. to noon Friday.

DeKalb police will have officers on the rooftop of 1101 W. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb. Sycamore police will be on the rooftop of 1840 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore.

Police throughout Illinois will be on nearly 300 Dunkin’ Donuts rooftops this year, according to a news release. Last year, officers in the state raised more than $700,000 during the event.

Anyone who donates to the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run, which benefits the Special Olympics, will receive a free doughnut coupon. Guests donating at least $10 will receive a Law Enforcement Torch Run travel mug, while supplies last, and a coupon for a free medium coffee.

– Katie Finlon

Other items, such as Torch Run T-shirts and raffle tickets, will be awarded for various donation amounts, according to the release.