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Sycamore native Tammie Shered smiles toward a camera in a selfie. Shered is running for DeKalb Countys circuit clerk. (Courtesy of Anna M. Wilhelmi)

DeKalb County circuit clerk election gains another candidate

By Brandon Clark, News Reporter | November 28, 2023

DeKALB – Sycamore native Tammie Shered announced Tuesday her candidacy for DeKalb County Circuit Clerk. “I want to be a difference in this community,” Shered said. “I’ve lived here my entire life, and it’s time for change. I want to be...

DeKalb Area Women’s Center to host holiday shopping fair

By Devin Oommen, News Reporter | November 28, 2023

DeKALB – The DeKalb Area Women’s Center will be hosting its annual holiday shopping fair with live music, shopping opportunities from local vendors, and refreshments.  The event is from 6 p.m to 9 p.m Dec. 1 and 9 a.m to 4 p.m Dec. 2 at Majakka...

Opportunity DeKalb administer Chad Glover describes the benefits of Project Launchpad to the City Council on Nov. 27 at the City Council meeting. Project Launchpad would provide virtual business courses for DeKalb residents. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

DeKalb to offer business classes to residents

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | November 28, 2023

DeKALB – Residents of DeKalb could learn how to become entrepreneurs and learn essential business skills after the city council approved a new initiative. Opportunity DeKalb is a non-profit community development corporation created by the Annie Glidden...

DeKalb Public Library Events for the week of 11/27

By Kaitlyn Lee-Gordon, News Reporter | November 27, 2023

Social Work Office Hours  From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Nov. 27 | Adult Study Room Social work interns from the University of Michigan are offering confidential referrals to resources in the community. Registration is not required.    Homeschool...

Students walk out of an NIU bus while it’s snowing. El Nino, a weather phenomena, can cause warmer and drier conditions during the winter. (Gabby Crabtree | Northern Star)

Prepare for winter despite El Nino

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

DeKALB – “Warmer” and “drier” are adjectives better suited to the summer season, but they will now also apply to the coming winter. In a recent three month outlook, an El Nino winter has been predicted in Illinois with a higher probability...

A DeKalb firefighter walks around from the ladder truck to the front of The Terraces at DeKalb. A fire broke out around 10 p.m. Sunday at the apartment complex. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

BREAKING: Structure fire at The Terraces, fire out

By Rachel Cormier and Michael Mollsen | November 20, 2023

DeKALB – At around 10 p.m., a fire broke out at The Terraces at DeKalb apartment complex, 1100 W. Lincoln Highway, across from CVS. The fire was extinguished before 11 p.m. Sunday. DeKalb Fire Chief Michael Thomas said one resident is currently...

A police car flashes its light at the intersection of Fourth Street and Lincoln Highway. A train stopped downtown, closing major intersections for two hours on Sunday. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

BREAKING: Train stopped downtown, major intersections to reopen

By Bridgette Fox, Written Managing Editor | November 20, 2023

Editor’s note: The article was updated at 11:37 p.m. to include when the train began moving.  DeKALB – The DeKalb Police Department announced at 9:27 p.m. on X, formerly known as Twitter, that a train is blocking the roadway between First Street...

A sushi serving robot, Mushroom, is serving guests at Fushi Yami. The robot was introduced to the sushi restaurant in mid October. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Sushi serving robot rolls around Fushi Yami

By Kaitlyn Lee-Gordon, News Reporter | November 19, 2023

DeKALB – Fushi Yami has introduced a new employee: a 5-foot robot named Mushroom.  Mushroom has four trays behind a black screen that displays a smile while it works. When riding through the restaurant, the robot visits tables where customers can...

Two gas nozzles sit on a gas pump. Gas has gone up an average of 3.8 cents in Illinois. (Getty Images | Iryna Melnyk)

Illinois gas prices rise

By Devin Oommen, News Reporter | November 17, 2023

DeKALB – The average gas price in Illinois has risen 3.8 cents in the last week. The average gas price is $3.52 as of Nov. 13.  The cheapest gas price in Illinois was $2.88, and the most expensive was $4.99.  The average price of gas nationally...

A mug sits on a marble counter. Ashley Klockenga, an NIU alum, has created a mug that embodies the spirit of DeKalb. (Courtesy of Ashley Klockenga)

DeKalb-inspired mug brews community attention

By Kaitlyn Lee-Gordon, News Reporter | November 15, 2023

DeKALB – Coffee drinkers can experience a taste of DeKalb’s community after a NIU alum was inspired to create a mug that reflects the city.  Ashley “Ann” Klockenga, an NIU alum, created a mug that displayed the history and essence of DeKalb’s...

A tattoo on Proton Tattoo’s tattoo artist Grant Katula’s arm shows a raccoon guarding a trash can with a shotgun. Students shared their first tattoo stories and advise others to consider the price and art that’ll be imprinted on their bodies. (Brandon Clark | Northern Star)

Tattoo lovers talk first tattoos, advice, cost

By Brandon Clark, News Reporter | November 15, 2023

DeKALB – Getting a tattoo can be a common rite of passage for 18-year-olds looking to assert their newly gained status as adults. However, getting a tattoo can be a costly regret without proper consideration.  First-year finance major Nick Neagle...

City Manager Bill Nicklas discusses the citys tax rates with the Council. The City Council approved the citys annual property tax levy at the City Council meeting on Nov. 13. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

Corporate levy to increase home value, not taxes

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | November 14, 2023

DeKALB – DeKalb homeowners won’t be seeing major changes to their taxes this year, but they will see their property values increase. The city of DeKalb’s corporate levy for 2024 will be $1 million higher than last year’s. The city’s corporate...