Northern Star

What students need to know about the ‘fair tax’ amendment

A voting booth in the Holmes Student Center on Oct. 28

Ashley Dwy, Reporter

October 29, 2020

DeKALB – On the ballot for the 2020 general election is an amendment to Section 3 of Article IX of the Illinois Constitution, also known as the fair tax amendment. It's a proposal to make Illinois’ current income tax look more like the federal income tax. The current flat rate income tax that Illinois has ...

Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center still open on Election Day

Holmes Student Center on Sept. 1

Kierra Frazier, News Editor

October 27, 2020

DeKALB — Students looking to register to vote and cast their ballot on Election Day at the Holmes Student Center will no longer be able to after DeKalb County Clerk Doug Johnson removed the center as a registration center weeks before the election.  Students on campus trying to register to vote or ca...

Campus Cinema building demolished after years of vacancy

Campus Cinema location being torn down on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

Kierra Frazier, News Editor

October 23, 2020

DeKALB — After being abandoned for years, the Campus Cinema building in the Annie Glidden North neighborhood is being demolished following a settlement agreement for city ownership. In the past several years, the building, at 1015 Blackhawk Road, has seen “dangerous and unsafe” conditions such a...

Pritzker announces tougher restrictions for Region 1

Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks during his daily coronavirus news conference at the Thompson Center in Chicago on Monday, April 20, 2020.

Kierra Frazier, News Editor

October 23, 2020

DeKALB — Governor J.B. Pritzker announced Thursday at a news conference that Region 1 will begin even tougher restrictions Sunday following a rise in positivity rates. Starting Sunday, the number of people allowed for social gatherings will go from 25 down to 10, and tables at restaurants and b...

DeKalb prepares for flu season, students encouraged to get vaccinated

A flu shot clinic in the Duke Ellington Ballroom was held on Oct. 14 for students and residents.

Greg Gancarz, Reporter

October 21, 2020

DeKALB — Students and DeKalb residents have local options for obtaining a flu shot before the cold winter months begin. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention always recommends that all people six months or older get the flu vaccine, said Lisa Gonzalez, DeKalb County Health Administrator. ...

Masks not required to vote on campus despite university requirement

Masks not required to vote on campus despite university requirement

Kierra Frazier, News Editor

October 19, 2020

DeKALB – Despite the campus-wide face mask requirement, those who choose to cast a ballot at the Holmes Student Center for early voting aren’t required to wear a face mask. The Illinois Department of Public Health announced in August that election authorities are prohibited from preventing a noncompl...

Today is the last day to complete the 2020 Census

Today is the last day to fill out the Census

Kierra Frazier, News Editor

October 15, 2020

DeKALB — Thursday is the last day to fill out the census. Residents can respond by mail, phone or online at 2020census.gov. Despite efforts to extend the deadline to the end of the month, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s order Tuesday.  Sherrie Taylor, senior research specialist for the Center for Gover...

University announces spring semester plans

The NIU Huskie Pride Statue and Holmes Student Center are recognizable landmarks to help new students find their way around campus.

Northern Star Staff

October 8, 2020

DeKALB —  Spring semester classes will be taught in-person, online or a combination of both methods of instruction this academic year and will end one week early, according to a Thursday email from Beth Ingram, executive vice president and provost.  There will be no spring break this semester and, in...

2020 annual Clery report shows decrease in on-campus crime 

Almost all on-campus police reports went down between 2018 and 2019, except arrests related to weapons and arson reports, according to the 2020 Annual Safety and Security Report. 

Ashley Dwy, Reporter

October 8, 2020

DeKALB — Almost all on-campus police reports went down between 2018 and 2019, except arrests related to weapons and arson reports, according to the 2020 Annual Safety and Security Report.  This report informs students of any reported crimes over the past three years. Yearly statistics are report...

Attorney general rules NIU Foundation must respond to FOIA requests

Attorney general rules NIU Foundation must respond to FOIA requests

Kierra Frazier, News Editor

October 6, 2020

DeKALB — The Illinois Attorney General’s Office determined in August that the NIU Foundation must respond to Freedom of Information Act requests after the foundation denied at least three requests since 2016.  DeKalb resident Derek Van Buer submitted two FOIA requests to the NIU Foundation in ...

Election: How to vote in DeKalb

A Huskies Vote sign stands in the Holmes Student Center.

Kierra Frazier, Senior Reporter

September 29, 2020

DeKALB — With less than 40 days left until Election Day and early voting underway, Laura Vazquez, undergraduate program director in the Department of Communications, is urging students to make a plan when it comes to voting this year.  “I want students to remember, they have to plan how they're go...