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Different graphs shows car crash data from 2023 in DeKalb. In 2023, DeKalb had 580 more crashes than 2013. (Northern Star graphic)

DeKalb sees an increase in car crashes

By Devin Oommen and Rachel Cormier | May 1, 2024

DeKALB – As DeKalb has seen a flood of new drivers on its streets, statistics show that car accidents have risen 126% since 2013. DeKalb Police Department Commander Steve Lekkas provided background on the notable car crashes and traffic statistics...

The DeKalb County Courthouse, 133 W State St. sits under a blue sky with the American flag and the Illinois flag in front of it. Saturday the Walk to End Child Abuse will walk from Sycamore High School to the court house. (Northern Star file photo)

Annual Walk to End Child Abuse to happen Saturday

By Gabby Crabtree, News Editor | April 26, 2024

DeKALB – DeKalb County can gather to join the 14th Annual Walk to End Child Abuse and place pinwheels to represent each child the Children’s Advocacy Center served in 2023. Registration for the walk starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Sycamore High...

Matt Streb (left), chief strategy officer for NIU, discusses the developments for the purchase of land for the NIU Greek Life Center with Catherine Squires, vice president of University Advancement and president and CEO of the NIU Foundation. Shop owners of DeKalbs Central Business District voiced their concerns over a proposed levy for downtown DeKalb residents to reimburse the city for street maintenance costs. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

NIU expects to purchase land for Greek Life Center

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | April 23, 2024

DeKALB – New conceptual drawings of NIU’s Greek Life Center were shown to the City Council to back a hopeful consideration to purchase the land where the eventual construction of the center will take place.  The last update for the center happened...

Huskie buses sit parked in the Huskie Line bus barn. On Sunday at Francis Road in Virgil Township near Illinois Route 38, police responded to a car crash involving a Huskie Bus. (Gabby Crabtree | Northern Star)

Driver collides with NIU Huskie Bus in Virgil

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | April 17, 2024

DeKALB – A 25-year-old St. Charles driver is in critical condition after colliding with an NIU Huskie Bus on Sunday. Around 8:39 p.m. Sunday, Kane County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to an accident at Francis Road in Virgil Township near Illinois...

Keg & Kernel, located at 106 E. Lincoln Highway, sits open on Wednesday night. Keg & Kernel has announced it will be permanently closing April 28. (Gabby Crabtree | Northern Star)

Keg & Kernel to close its doors

By Emily Beebe, Assistant News Editor | April 17, 2024

Editor’s note: Photo Editor Sean Reed is an employee of Keg & Kernel. They were not involved in any part of the reporting or editing process for this piece. DeKALB – Keg & Kernel by Tangled Roots Brewing Company located at 106 E. Lincoln...

Kelvin Hawthorne, president of NIUs AMS chapter, stands in front of a weekly forecast. Students and DeKalb residents can expect severe weather Tuesday. (Kelvin Hawthorne | Northern Star/AMS)

Possible severe weather Tuesday

By Kelvin Hawthorne, Meteorologist | April 16, 2024

Those in the DeKalb area can anticipate a tumultuous start to the week as showers and thunderstorms are forecasted from Tuesday through Thursday.  Tuesday poses a risk of severe thunderstorms, particularly in the afternoon and evening, with the campus...

The DeKalb City Council sit and share their council member reports at the City Council meeting on April 8. The board approved an agreement for the Illinois Aviation Academy to train pilots at the DeKalb Municipal Airport. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

DeKalb Airport to house second Illinois Aviation Academy

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | April 8, 2024

DeKALB – The DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport will train pilots and potentially house an extended campus of the Illinois Aviation Academy with the City Council’s approval of a “Specialized Aviation Service Operation” agreement. The City Council...

Solar Eclipse glasses sit on a ledge. Monday from 12:50 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. DeKalb will experience a partial solar eclipse. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Solar Eclipse to occur Monday

By Anastasia Ehlers, News Reporter | April 8, 2024

DeKALB – The moon will pass in between the Earth and the Sun, block the Sun from shining and create a dark, night-like atmosphere on the Earth Monday during the total eclipse.  The eclipse will be 91.64% visible in DeKalb. The start of the eclipse...

Illinois State Police carry a U.S. flag during Deputy Sheriff Christina Musils funeral service. There was a procession that took place after the funeral service. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Sheriff’s Deputy Christina Musil laid to rest Thursday

By Emily Beebe and Gabby Crabtree | April 4, 2024

Editor’s note: This piece was last updated at 2:15 a.m. DeKALB – At 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the NIU Convocation Center, 1525 W. Lincoln Highway, a funeral service and procession was held for DeKalb County Sheriff’s Deputy Christina “Beana”...

Kelsey Gettle, legal program manager for Safe Passage, leads a group of people in a rally. Tuesday evening Take Back the Night marched around the Egyptian Theater in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness month. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

DeKalb rallies to support Take Back the Night

By Sean Reed, Photo Editor | April 3, 2024

DeKALB – A crowd of about 100 people gathered Tuesday for the annual Take Back the Night survivor speak out and protest march at the Egyptian Theatre. Victims shared their stories of sexual assault, rape and child sex trafficking at the hands of fathers,...

A laptop sits with RAMP’s homepage open. RAMP is a center for independent living for people with disabilities. (Gabby Crabtree | Northern Star)

RAMP offers assistance to people with disabilities

By Kayla Martin, News Reporter | April 1, 2024

DeKALB – Individuals with disabilities are provided services to develop personal and professional skills at RAMP.  RAMP’s DeKalb location is at 115 N. First St.  RAMP Center for Independent Living helps individuals with disabilities find jobs,...

The DeKalb Public Library sign sits outside at night with lights shining on it. At 6 p.m. on April 22, City Council will hold a public hearing for the 2024 Second Draft Annual Action Plan. (Northern Star file photo)

City Council to hold a public hearing

By Kahlil Kambui, Senior News Reporter | March 26, 2024

DeKALB – On April 22 the City of DeKalb will have a public hearing of the 2024 Second Draft Annual Action Plan, where the City of DeKalb is expected to receive $400,00 in funds for the Community Development Block Grant. The CDBG receives funding...