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County COVID-19 cases rise to 928

Graphic illustration by Kurt Bitting

Northern Star Staff

August 7, 2020

DeKALB — The DeKalb County Health Department announced Friday the number of positive COVID-19 cases increased to 928. Among those who’ve tested positive for the coronavirus, 100 are younger than 19, 236 are in their 20s, 155 are in their 30s, 129 are in their 40s, 119 are in their 50s, 69 are...

Greek Life makes adjustments for Fall 2020

An empty beer bottle lies littered on the front lawn of a fraternity house on West Hillcrest Drive in DeKalb

Jamie O'Toole, Lifestyle Editor

August 6, 2020

DeKALB — Greek life and chapter recruitment will involve more requirements and precautions this year due to COVID-19. Presidents and current members are taking precautions to keep students involved remotely and updated with events and news through safe alternatives.  For fall semester, formal recruitment activi...

College of Law moves all fall semester courses online

College of Law moves all fall semester courses online

Haley Galvin, Managing Editor

August 4, 2020

DeKALB — College of Law Dean Cassandra L. Hill announced Monday all College of Law classes will be 100% online for the fall semester, according to a Monday email from Hill. Law school classes were originally scheduled to use a hybrid method. The decision came after Hill evaluated the current state o...

NIU hosts virtual Town Hall to discuss fall semester

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Jamie O'Toole, Lifestyle Editor

August 4, 2020

DeKALB — The dean of students and other representatives from across campus met to discuss how health protocols will be enforced for the fall semester at a virtual Town Hall Meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday. Throughout the semester, students will be encouraged to report any COVID-19 symptoms and if they've...

County COVID-19 cases rise to 836

County COVID-19 cases rise to 836

Northern Star Staff

July 31, 2020

DeKALB — The DeKalb County Health Department announced Friday the number of positive COVID-19 cases increased to 836. Among those who’ve tested positive for the coronavirus, 87 are younger than 19, 214 are in their 20s, 140 are in their 30s, 113 are in their 40s, 106 are in their 50s, 61 are in t...

Move-in day: what you need to know, required COVID-19 testing

Move-in day: what you need to know, required COVID-19 testing

Ahyen Labanan, News Editor

July 30, 2020

DeKALB — NIU Housing and Residential Services created new procedures for Fall 2020 move-in.  Testing  Students will be required to take COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction tests prior to moving into residence halls, according to the Housing and Residential Services website.  Students are ...

DACA: Homeland Security announces changes

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals students stand Thursday in front of the Supreme Court after the Supreme Court ruled to block actions to end DACA.

Northern Star Staff

July 29, 2020

DeKALB — The Department of Homeland Security announced in a memorandum Tuesday it will make immediate changes to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.  The Department of Homeland Security will reject all first-time requests for DACA and applications for employment authorization documents and limit th...

Alderperson urges DeKalb residents to wear masks

DeKalb City Council member, Bill Finucane reviews the agenda for the meeting on July 27th.

Kierra Frazier, Senior Reporter

July 28, 2020

DeKALB — Second Ward Alderperson Bill Finucane announced at Monday night’s City Council meeting that he’s been self-quarantining since he was in contact with a person who had COVID-19 symptoms two weeks ago. Monday night’s meeting was Finucane’s first time out of quarantine in the past two ...

Local artists to paint mural, church to be relocated

DeKalb Mayor Jerry Smith partakes in the City Council meeting at DeKalb Public Library on July 27th.

Kierra Frazier, Senior Reporter

July 28, 2020

DeKALB — A public mural painting will soon emblazon the underpass of the Lincoln Highway bridge in light of recent racial injustice protests after the death of George Floyd. A $1,000 check was presented at Monday night’s meeting by the Hometown Association of REALTORS to fund the mural. Th...

DeKalb County COVID-19 cases rise to 787

DeKalb County COVID-19 cases rise to 787

Northern Star Staff

July 24, 2020

DeKALB — The DeKalb County Health Department announced Friday the number of positive COVID-19 cases increased to 787.  Among those who’ve tested positive for the coronavirus, 83 are younger than 19, 197 are in their 20s, 130 are in their 30s, 103 are in their 40s, 191 are in their 50s, 58 are...

ICE policy: new international students with online-only classes can’t enter U.S.

ICE policy: new international students with online-only classes can’t enter U.S.

Northern Star Staff

July 24, 2020

DeKALB — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Friday the continuation of March 9 guidance for the Fall 2020 semester. This guidance states new international students cannot enter the U.S. to take entirely virtual classes.  “Nonimmigrant students in new or initial status after Mar...

Pritzker announces state mitigation plan

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announces that three more people have died in the state from from Covid-19 virus, two Illinois residents and one woman visiting from Florida, during a news conference Thursday in Chicago.

Kierra Frazier, Reporter

July 24, 2020

DeKALB — Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced July 15 a new COVID-19 mitigation plan that splits the state into 11 different regions to focus on the resurgence of cases within Illinois.  Prior to the new mitigation plan, the state was split up into four regions when it came to COVID-19 restrictions and r...