In 1981, then DeKalb County Sheriff Wilbur B. Scott, proposed a design for a
new " County Seal" which depicted
the wealth of DeKalb County's resources. The County Board subsequently
adopted this seal as the official County seal.
of the seal is divided into four sections with two outer rings surrounding the
sealís center. The upper left quarter represents Agriculture and the Rural
Community displaying the many contributions to the Nationís agricultural
needs. In the foreground of this quadrant stands a stalk of corn, representing
the Countyís leading crop and a noted hybrid developed locally. Also depicted
is a heifer steer representing itís beef industry. An old wind mill and red
barn of the past can be seen in the background along with the familiar
blue silo, manufactured by one of the local industries. This section is
a tribute to DeKalb County farmers.
right quarter symbolizes DeKalb Countyís Industries and Communities. The
Countyís factories, business community, and employment opportunities are shown
along with a train and a large truck representing the large number of products
distributed throughout the world. The communitiesí skyline includes the DeKalb
County High Rise Apartments (home of many senior citizens) and several crosses
representing the many diversified religious faiths. This section is a tribute to
"Life in DeKalb County."
left quarter is symbolic of DeKalb Countyís commitment to the Nationís Future
through Education. The foreground illustrates a scene from the past (the little
red country schoolhouse) and on the horizon, Altgeld Hall the "Castle"
of Northern Illinois University. A diploma and graduation cap represents the
thousands of students educated and able to make the decisions of the future.
This section is dedicated to the educators, senior citizens, and the youth.
right quarter represents the numerous recreational facilities in DeKalb County
that are available to itís residents and visitors. The County Forest
Preserves, Community and State Parks offer swimming, boating, fishing, hunting,
camping, hiking, picnicking, band concerts and magnificent fireworks displays,
not to mention a large variety of competitive sports. Depicted in this scene is
a lone fisherman doing battle with the famed "fighting tiger muskie"
of Lake Shabbona, the largest fish in the County. At the bank of the lake a tree
line is shown, portraying one of the Countyís numerous Forest Preserves. This
section is dedicated to the value of the communityís natural resources and
quality of life.
bottom portion of the seal is a banner displaying the year 1837, which
was the year DeKalb County was founded. (March 4, 1837).
In the narrow circle surrounding the four quarters are the words: Service,
Pride, Integrity, and Courage. These words are reflective of the commitment
employees strive for in their service to the citizens of DeKalb County, IL.