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The Caseys gas station at the corner of Annie Glidden Road and Hillcrest Drive. Gas is priced at $3.69 per gallon. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Outlook not good for motorists as gas prices rise

By Caleb Johnson, News Reporter | January 24, 2023

The average price of gasoline in Illinois continues to rise for the second week in a row. The cost of gas is now around $3.52 per gallon – this is up 3.8 cents per gallon compared to last week's rates. In regards to last month's prices, cost appears...

City council accepting proposals for land near Greek Row

By Colin Kempsell | January 23, 2023

DeKALB – The DeKalb City Council is accepting proposals for the purchase of vacant land in the North Annie Glidden neighborhood, adjacent to NIU’s Greek Row. The plot of land on the corner of Hillcrest Drive and Blackhawk Road has been the subject...

City of Sycamore to receive over $4 million to repair lead service lines

By Colin Kempsell | January 23, 2023

DeKALB – Director of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency John J. Kim announced Jan. 17 that the City of Sycamore will receive $4,111,200 million in funds to repair its lead service lines. The money comes from a State Revolving Fund from...

A hand reaching for the gas pump in a cars gas tank (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Gas prices stabilized for now, future uncertain

By Caleb Johnson, News Reporter | January 18, 2023

This week, the average cost of gas in Illinois has risen to $3.48 per gallon, this is up from last week's average cost by 10.2 cents. The average price of gasoline in Illinois currently stands 17.9 cents higher per gallon than last month at this time...

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul speaks at a rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 28, 2022. On Dec. 30, Raoul filed paperwork with the state Supreme Court to appeal a local judge’s ruling that eliminating cash bail for criminal defendants is unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

The future of cash bail is uncertain

By Evan Mellon, Assistant News Editor | January 17, 2023

The SAFE-T Act promised to eliminate cash bail, which proponents said would create more equality under the law. Now, its future is uncertain as the Illinois Supreme Court will decide its legality. In late December, at least 58 counties, including the...

DeKalb could see a Metra train line and station in the future.

Metra could come to DeKalb following new study

By Colin Kempsell | January 10, 2023

DeKALB – The DeKalb City Council gave the green light Monday to fund a transportation study that could bring a Metra train line and station to the city. The city council voted unanimously in favor of the study to be conducted by Sam Schwartz Consulting...

The building location for the Northern Illinois Center for Community Sustainability, northwest of the Convocation Center. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

NIU receives $15 million for $23 million sustainability center

By Bridgette Fox, News Editor | December 14, 2022

DeKALB – NIU has received $15 million from the Illinois government to fund the university’s $23 million sustainability center. The center will be approximately 30,000 square feet located on the west side of campus, northwest of the Convocation...

Princess Angel is a 1-year-old cat and is house-trained.

Tails Pet of the Week: Princess Angel

By Madelaine Vikse, Editor-in-Chief | December 4, 2022

DeKALB – Princess Angel, a 1-year-old cat, is this week’s Tails Humane Society’s Pet of the Week. Princess Angel is a medium-sized brown female domestic shorthair mix. She arrived at Tails on Sept. 6, is house-trained and has not been declawed,...

The berimbau comes from Africa and was brought to Brazil during the Transatlantic slave trade.

Upcoming Arcomusical concert, berimbau demonstration at DeKalb Public Library

By Joseph Howerton, News Reporter | December 2, 2022

DeKALB – Ring in the holidays with a live musical performance by Arcomusical at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 at the DeKalb Public Library post opening hours. Arcomusical is an ensemble dedicated to the berimbau instrument and its music. The berimbau is a...

DeKalb 2022 voter turnout saw decrease from previous midterms

DeKalb 2022 voter turnout saw decrease from previous midterms

By Colin Kempsell | November 30, 2022

DeKALB – 2022’s midterm election saw less voters in DeKalb County than in 2018, a 3.9% decrease in overall midterm turnout. DeKalb County overall had about a 56.4% voter turnout, according to the DeKalb County election results. DeKalb County had...

A Sycamore fire engine rests part-way out of the garage as one of the holiday wreaths hangs above at a Sycamore fire station. (Courtesy of Sycamore Fire Department)

Sycamore Fire brings back holiday ‘Red Wreath Program’

By Jermel Williams, Sports Reporter | November 29, 2022

DeKALB – The Sycamore Fire Department will have their annual firehouse tradition of the Red Wreath Program from Nov. 24 - Jan. 3. During this time, both fire stations one and two will display a wreath on the front of their buildings. Station one is...

Marv, the Tails pet of the week, smiling at the camera by a tree. (Courtesy of Tails Humane Society)

Tails Pet of the Week: Marv

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | November 28, 2022

This week, Tails Humane Society is featuring a 4-year-old dog named Marv as its Pet of the Week.  He is a friendly and loving dog. Marv had a holiday sleepover for Thanksgiving and the family he stayed with had great things to say about him.  They...