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Steven Jamrog, 21, faces the camera. Jamrog, a Sycamore CUSD staff member, was arrested Tuesday on six counts of aggravated battery. (Courtesy of the Sycamore Police Department)

Sycamore School District employee arrested for battery

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | March 1, 2024

DeKALB — Steven Jamrog, 21, a Sycamore CUSD 427 staff member was arrested on Feb. 27 for six counts of aggravated battery and is under suspicion of inappropriately touching students. Sycamore Police launched an investigation on Feb. 11 from a report...

A window displays fairy lights and decorations. Seance at Tiffany’s is a business that offers metaphysical products and services located at 150 E. Lincoln Highway. (Kayla Martin | Northern Star)

New metaphysical boutique expands DeKalb’s mystical views

By Kayla Martin, News Reporter | February 29, 2024

DeKALB – Seance at Tiffany’s, a new store in downtown DeKalb, had their grand opening Feb. 22 welcoming in their new neighbors and customers with cupcakes and a charcuterie board. The boutique, which is located at 150 E. Lincoln Highway in downtown...

Mayor Cohen Barnes (from left), 5th Ward Alderman Scott McAdams, 6th Ward Alderman Mike Verbic and 7th Ward Alderman John Walker sit and debate the possible implications of the nuisance gathering ordinances passing. The City Council on Monday centered around amendments to an ordinance adding offenses committed by an increase in nuisance gatherings in DeKalb. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

City Council fights over enforcements to nuisance gatherings

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | February 27, 2024

DeKALB – Outrage and disappointment erupted from City Council members after a discussion regarding the legitimacy of deterring “nuisance gatherings” invoked speculations of possible discrimination, which challenged its expected approval. The City...

A voting booth stands in front of a window Nov. 8, 2022 within the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center. Illinois primary election will take place March 19. (Northern Star File Photo)

Still time to register for March elections

By Brandon Clark, News Reporter | February 22, 2024

DeKALB – As political party signs start to divide neighborhood yards in blue and red, it can only mean one thing – the March primary elections.   Illinois’ general primary election is taking place March 19. Feb. 20 was the voting registration...

El Jimador sits with decorative lights hanging up around the awning. El Jimador is a Mexican restaurant in DeKalb that was recently named the business of the year. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Business Spotlight: El Jimador Mexican Grill

By Hannah Soukup, Assistant News Editor | February 20, 2024

Editor’s note: This article is not sponsored by El Jimador and is not an endorsement from the Northern Star as an organization.  DeKALB – El Jimador Mexican Grill, established in 2020, provides authentic Mexican food with biweekly events for members...

The words “BEST OF DEKALB 2024” float between golden brackets. Voting for the 2024 Best of DeKalb is now open. (Joey Trella | Northern Star)

Best of DeKalb 2024 voting now open

By Angelina Padilla-Tompkins, Editor-in-Chief | February 18, 2024

Best of DeKalb voting for 2024 is now open!  From Monday to Feb. 29 NIU students, faculty and staff, along with DeKalb residents, can vote on their favorite places in 22 categories.  Some of the categories include best bar, best coffee shop, best...

At the start of the second quarter, senior forward Tara Stauffacher (21) talks to her teammates during the game Wednesday. When the second quarter started, the NIU Huskies were up 15-10. (Katie Follmer | Northern Star)

Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists hosting food drive

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | February 15, 2024

DeKALB – Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists is asking the community for its canned goods from the end of February to the beginning of March. The physical therapy office will host a food drive from Feb. 19 to March 1 and will donate the items...

The marquee for the Egyptian Theatre hangs above the sidewalk on North Second Street. The theatres board announced it is buying back properties it previously owned in the 1930s adjacent to the historic building. (Courtesy of the Egyptian Theatre)

Historic Egyptian Theatre buys back adjacent properties

By Caleb Johnson, Lifestyle Writer | February 14, 2024

In the name of preservation the Egyptian Theatre has recently repurchased properties it owned in the 1930s. The Egyptian Theatre is now in possession of the two nearby units, both 143 and 147 N. Second St. The board of the Egyptian Theatre wishes...

Frank Dicaccio, DeKalbs asylum seekers citizens committee representative, shares the committees progress to the Council and the audience on Monday at the City Council meeting. The asylum seekers citizens committee is gathering assistance from local non-profits to accommodate migrants seeking asylum in the Chicago-land area. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

City Council discusses migrants finding refuge in Dekalb

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | February 13, 2024

DeKALB – Conversations of how the city of DeKalb would support migrants seeking asylum from the U.S. border brought financial considerations and an update to a pressing national issue to City Council Monday. Council and community members came with...

Baskin-Robbins and Dunkin’ Donut’s building sits with advertisements for their Valentine’s Day specials hung on their windows. Multiple restaurants in DeKalb are having special deals for Valentine’s Day. (Gabby Crabtree | Northern Star)

Sweet Deals on Valentine’s Day

By Gabby Crabtree, News Editor | February 13, 2024

DeKALB – Multiple businesses in DeKalb are taking advantage of Valentine’s Day and are offering special deals to customers and their loved ones. BASKIN-ROBBINS Love Potion #31, a white chocolate and raspberry ice cream with raspberry filled chocolate...

People are sitting at a table and talking. DeKalb Chamber of Commerce held the 100th Annual Celebration Dinner Thursday at the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center. (Gabby Crabtree | Northern Star)

DeKalb Chamber of Commerce celebrates centennial celebration dinner

By Gabby Crabtree, News Editor | February 9, 2024

DeKALB – Honors of the 2024 Nonprofit Organization, 2023 Business of the Year and inductees to the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame were all announced at the 100th Annual Celebration Dinner. From 5:30 p.m. to 8:35 p.m. Thursday in the Barsema...

DeKalb Director of Utilities and Transportation Bryan Faivre (center) raises a glass of water at the Illinois Section American Water Works Association District 1 Water Taste Test Competition alongside representatives from engineering firm Willett Hofmann and Associates. DeKalb won first place in the district on Jan. 26 in Freeport. (Courtesy of the City of DeKalb)

DeKalb wins ‘Best Tasting Water’ in district

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | February 7, 2024

DeKalb will face off for the distinction of having the “Best Tasting Water” in the state after winning the Illinois Section American Water Works Association (ISAWWA) District 1 Water Taste Test Competition. The city of DeKalb competed against other...