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A hammer and nails sitting on a tiled roof. Gov. J.B. Pritzker started a program in parts of Illinois that can provide funding for residential repairs.

Pritzker launches home repair accessibility program

By Caleb Johnson, Lifestyle Writer | April 26, 2023

DeKALB – Gov. J.B. Pritzker's office has provided $15.3 million in funding for a home repair and accessibility program called the Home Repair and Accessibility Program which aims at helping low-income homeowners. According to the Illinois Housing...

Students walking up stairs on their way to class. The rate of students leaving college with some credits but no degree has gone up 3.6% since 2022.

Student population with some college credits, no credentials grows

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor | April 26, 2023

DeKALB – The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center announced Tuesday that the population of former university students with some credits but no degree is up by 3.6% since 2022. The report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center...

City Manager Bill Nicklas (fourth from left) awards a custom road sign to 7th ward Alderman Anthony Faivre with the City Council surrounding them. Faivre was honored at the Monday City Council meeting for his time as an alderman. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

Alderman Faivre relinquishes seat

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | April 25, 2023

DeKALB – Seventh ward Alderman Anthony Faivre parted with outgoing messages from council members as he relinquished his seat after seven-and-a-half years service. Council and board members shared memories of Faivre’s time as an alderman and presented...

A woman holding a gas pump to fill up her cars tank. Gas prices were expected to hit peak between May and June but mightve hit earlier.

National gas price average hits peak

By Kaitlyn Lee-Gordon, News Reporter | April 24, 2023

DeKALB – The average price of gas in Illinois has fallen by 0.5 cents per gallon since last week. According to GasBuddy records, the average now stands at $4.05 per gallon. The Illinois average is 36.1 cents higher than last month's prices. The current...

Two suspects charged with the robbery of Vinny’s Pizza delivery driver

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | April 24, 2023

DeKALB – Two suspects were charged for the armed robbery of a Vinny’s Pizza delivery driver on April 19. An investigation occurred after a report that two armed individuals held the Vinny’s Pizza driver at gunpoint around 227 West Locust Street...

DeKalb firefighters reeling in the hose for their fire truck. A house fire broke out Sunday. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

Fire breaks out at residential home, no residents hurt

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | April 24, 2023

Editor’s note: This piece was updated at 1:33pm to include information about the death of the two dogs. DeKALB – A house fire broke out Sunday, at 1119 South Fourth St, leaving two dogs dead and injuring four firefighters. The source of the...

Pritzker’s school Medicare expansion approved

By Joseph Howerton, Video Editor | April 23, 2023

DeKALB – An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but increased medical coverage doesn’t hurt. The Biden administration has approved Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s proposal on increased funds for Medicaid-enrolled students in Illinois. The expansion...

NIU Cares volunteers at the DeKalb County Community Garden lift wooden boards to move them to a different location. (Madelaine Vikse | Northern Star)

NIU Cares provides service around DeKalb

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor | April 22, 2023

DeKALB – The comforting warmth of the sun helped to fuel the work of the NIU Cares volunteers, but the ear-to-ear smiles are what shined the most during the day of service. The NIU Cares Day of Service is a campus-wide event that happens in April....

Quinyatta Hutchinson was arrested for child sex abuse. (Courtesy of DeKalb Police Department)

NIU senior arrested for child sex abuse

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor | April 20, 2023

DeKALB – Quinyatta L. Hutchinson, an NIU senior, was recently charged with two crimes, one for aggravated criminal sexual abuse and one for grooming of a Huntley Middle School student. After interviews with staff members and students at Huntley Middle...

A HomeGoods sign sits near the street. A new Homegoods location is opening in DeKalb, but no opening date has been announced. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

New HomeGoods location coming to DeKalb

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | April 19, 2023

DeKALB – The DeKalb Northland Plaza welcomes HomeGoods to the Dekamore strip. The Massachusetts-based home decor store began plans for renovating the inside of the building in November and has since put up a sign announcing their soon to be location...

Three handwritten cards with recipes on them sit in a yellow and blue box. The Culinary Historians of Northern Illinois will be joining the DeKalb County History Center for one of the many new programs and exhibits at the History Center. (Courtesy of the DeKalb County History Center)

History Center to start new programs

By Caleb Johnson, Lifestyle Writer | April 19, 2023

Come learn about the history of DeKalb County with The DeKalb County History Center. The center is now free on Saturdays. The history center has a number of new exhibits and programs available. Exhibits and programs "At the History Center everyone...

 Protesters demonstrating views against Sexual Violence in front of Van Orthopedic, during Take Back the Night Monday night. ( Kaitlyn Lee-Gordon | Northern Star )

Safe Passage hosts annual Take Back The Night

By Kaitlyn Lee-Gordon, News Reporter | April 18, 2023

DeKALB – In light of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, survivors of sexual and domestic violence gathered in protest of sexual violence at the Egyptian Theatre Monday. With a crowd of over 40 people, the Take Back the Night event presented by Safe...