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SGA approves cabinet members for upcoming semester

SGA approves cabinet members for upcoming semester

Dan Doren, Senior Reporter

April 20, 2020

DeKALB — The SGA Senate confirmed three appointees to SGA cabinet positions for the upcoming 52nd session during its meeting Sunday via Blackboard Collaborate. President-elect Antonio Johnson selected Devlin Collins, sophomore nonprofit studies major, as chief of staff. Collins is president for...

DeKalb residents receive stimulus checks

DeKalb residents receive stimulus checks

Northern Star Staff

April 17, 2020

DeKALB — Residents of DeKalb received an Economic Impact Payment Wednesday from the IRS to help combat the downturn of the U.S. economy. U.S residents or citizens not claimed as a dependent on someone else's taxes are eligible for a $1,200 individual stimulus check, according to the IRS website....

Police report rise in drug overdoses

The DeKalb Police Department reported Tuesday that it's seen a recent rise in drug-related calls and deaths.

Northern Star Staff

April 16, 2020

DeKALB — The DeKalb Police Department reported a recent increase in drug-related calls and overdoses, according to a news release Tuesday. Two deaths occurring between Monday and Tuesday appear to have been drug-induced and are currently under investigation. Street drugs often are mixed with other...

University names Cassandra Hill next College of Law dean

University names Cassandra Hill next College of Law dean

Ahyen Labanan, Assistant News Editor

April 16, 2020

DeKALB — Cassandra Hill will begin her role as the next dean of the NIU College of Law July 1, pending approval by the Board of Trustees.  Hill will be the first African American woman to be dean of the law school.  Hill currently works as the associate dean for academic affairs at Thurgood Marshall Schoo...

Student-athletes to test CBD lotion

Student-athletes to test CBD lotion

James Krause, Senior Reporter

April 16, 2020

DeKALB — The effectiveness of Tru-Releaf, a CBD lotion, will be tested on student-athletes at NIU and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point as part of a study of the product, Botanics and Health Incorporated announced. The news release from Botanics and Health Inc. said the study is slated to b...

DeKalb County COVID-19 cases rise to 42

DeKalb County COVID-19 cases rise to 42

Northern Star Staff

April 15, 2020

DeKALB — The DeKalb County Health Department announced Wednesday five new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 42. This comes after the county experienced six days with two recorded cases of the coronavirus. Among those in the county who have tested positive for COVID-19, one person is under ...

Robert Brinkmann named dean of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Robert Brinkmann named dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Matt Boecker, Assistant Sports Editor

April 14, 2020

DeKALB — Robert Brinkmann will take over as the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences beginning July 1. Brinkmann was previously the Dean of Graduate Studies and Vice Provost for research at Hofstra University. He was also the chair of the board of the National Cave and Karst Research ...

Ventus Tech Services plans to bring 50 high-paying jobs to DeKalb

Kierra Frazier, Senior Reporter

April 14, 2020

DeKALB — Ventus Tech Services, LLC., which plans to bring 50 high-paying jobs to the DeKalb area. An initial investment of more than $800 million and the construction of an approximately 900,000-square-foot facility was discussed at Monday night’s City Council meeting.  Council members unani...

Empty O’Leary’s location moves closer to becoming Mexican restaurant

O'Leary's Irish Pub and Grill stands empty in downtown DeKalb.

Kierra Frazier, Senior Reporter

April 14, 2020

DeKALB — The former location of O’Leary’s Irish Pub and Grill, 260 E. Lincoln Highway, is one step closer to becoming a Mexican restaurant after council members passed an ordinance for a tax increment financing funding request at Monday night’s meeting. The ordinance, which passed sev...

NIU to receive $14.8M in federal funding

The university announced Tuesday it will forego in-person classes for the rest of the semester. Housing will remain available for students. The university asks students to decide by Monday if they will continue living on-campus.

Sam Malone, Editor in Chief

April 14, 2020

DeKALB — NIU will be receiving $14.8 million in federal funding in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  The funding, announced April 13 by 14th District Representative Lauren Underwood, will come as a result of the recently passed CARES Act, or Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Securi...

Neptune Hall opens its doors to first responders amid COVID-19

Neptune Hall North provides space for first responders during COVID-19 pandemic.

Northern Star Staff

April 13, 2020

DeKALB — The university is offering rooms in Neptune Hall North to Northwestern Medicine employees and DeKalb County police, fire and EMT personnel who need a place to stay during the COVID-19 pandemic. NIU President Lisa Freeman said the university is offering up the space because the pandemic has ...

Grocery stores make changes to ensure safety

Grocery stores make changes to ensure safety

Jamie O'Toole, Senior Reporter

April 13, 2020

DeKALB — DeKalb and Sycamore grocery stores have made adjustments to their regular operations to ensure safety for employees and customers during the pandemic. Many stores reserve a time slot for the elderly to collect their items. People over 60 are more likely to have preexisting cardiovascular a...