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The DeKalb County Health Department.

DeKalb County reports 47.5% of population is fully vaccinated

Northern Star Staff September 18, 2021

DeKALB — The DeKalb County Health Department announced Friday the number of positive COVID-19 cases increased to 11,825 and 49,435 county residents are fully vaccinated. Among those who’ve tested positive for the coronavirus, 2,277 are younger...

The Illinois Department of Employment Security announced Thursday that the unemployment rate fell to 7% in August. 

Illinois unemployment rate falls to 7% in August

Aidan Bengford, News Reporter September 17, 2021

DeKALB – The Illinois Department of Employment Security announced Thursday in a news release that the unemployment rate fell from 7.1% to 7% in August.  The unemployment rate identifies individuals who are out of work and seeking employment. An...

A flu shot clinic in the Duke Ellington Ballroom will be held Sept. 22 and Oct. 12.

Flu season 2021: Where to get a flu shot in DeKalb

Ariel Morris, Reporter September 15, 2021

DeKALB —  Flu season is upon us and due to the spread of COVID-19, experts suggest it's even more important to receive the flu shot this year. Now since the spread of a new variant, “Mu,” experts recommend that taking the seasonal flu vaccine...

DeKalb Fire Department vehicle drives down Lucinda Ave.

DeKalb Fire Department receives grant to increase staffing

Northern Star Staff September 14, 2021

DeKALB — On Aug. 31, the Dekalb Fire Department received a $2.7 million federal grant for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response.  The department was awarded the 2020 SAFER grant after the City of DeKalb and DeKalb International Association of Firefighters...

City Manager Bill Nicklas at the City Council meeting Monday, talking about redistricting the wards following the results of the 2020 Census.

City Council approves citizen police review board on first reading

Elisa Reamer, News Reporter September 14, 2021

DeKALB – The DeKalb City Council passed an ordinance on first reading 8-0 Monday to implement a citizen police review board.  “I think it's incredibly important that we have a review board outside of the chain of command, as we've seen in many...

Gas prices in Illinois are 7.2 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand $1.01 per gallon higher than a year ago, according to Gas Buddy.

Week of Sept. 13 gas update: Prices drop 5.2 cents per gallon

Northern Star Staff September 13, 2021

DeKALB — Illinois gas prices have dropped 5.2 cents in the past week, averaging $3.23 per gallon, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 4, 378 stations in Illinois.  Gas prices in Illinois are 7.2 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and...

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

Weekly weather update for Sept. 13

Northern Star Staff September 13, 2021

DeKALB — The weather for the week of Sept. 13 will see warm temperatures stick around and a slight chance for showers. Forecast data was provided by the National Weather Service.  Monday Monday will be partly sunny with a high near 83 degrees....

A doctor holds a vaccine vial in their gloved hand.

DeKalb County reports 47.07% of population is fully vaccinated

Northern Star Staff September 11, 2021

DeKALB — The DeKalb County Health Department announced Friday the number of positive COVID-19 cases increased to 11,594 and 49,019 county residents are fully vaccinated. Among those who’ve tested positive for the coronavirus, 2,202 are younger...

STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Fest will be held on Oct. 23 this year on the heart of NIU's main campus.

STEM Fest to return in person Oct. 23

Noah Silver, Sports Reporter September 10, 2021

DeKALB — STEM Fest will take place this year on Oct. 23, in the heart of NIU’s campus at the Holmes Student Center, MLK Commons and Founders Memorial Library. In previous years, the event was held at the Convocation Center. This free open house...

Fire Truck is parked in the garage at the first DeKalb Fire House, 700 Pine St. 

State Fire Marshal urges college students to create fire safety plan

Waleed Alamleh , Sports Reporter September 10, 2021

DeKALB — The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal is urging universities in the state to take measures in helping to educate students, parents, and faculty of the steps they can use to prevent fires.  The month of September is used to bring...

Express Employment Professionals joins DeKalb Chamber of Commerce.

Express Employment Professionals join DeKalb Chamber of Commerce

Davione Barrow, Sports Reporter September 10, 2021

DeKALB – The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce commended Express Employment Professionals on its first year in DeKalb, as well as welcoming them to the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce. The company has over 20 years of experience and is looking to continue to branch...

The DeKalb Police Department

DeKalb Police Chief, local activists react to civilian police review board

Greg Gancarz, News Reporter September 9, 2021

DeKALB – Both local activists and the DeKalb chief of police say the future adoption of a citizen police review board is a win for the City of DeKalb. Plans for implementing a review board started in August after City Council members voted to create...

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