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Financial resources made available to those with debt amid pandemic

Financial resources made available to those with debt amid pandemic

Ashley Dwy, Reporter

March 30, 2020

DeKALB — The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) announced resources for consumers struggling to make payments on their debts due to the COVID-19 crisis in a news release. Congress took specific actions for federal student loans held by the U.S. Department of Ed...

Park District closes select facilities

While parks and trails will remain open, playgrounds like the one at Welsh Park will be closed due to COVID-19 concerns.

James Krause, Senior Reporter

March 30, 2020

DeKALB — The DeKalb Park District has announced that parks and trails will remain open while playgrounds, sports courts, golf courses and other facilities are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Park District warned in a Friday news release that residents still looking to visit parks and trails...

Local brewery alliance introduces delivery service during pandemic

Local brewery alliance introduces delivery service during pandemic

Jamie O'Toole, Senior Reporter

March 30, 2020

DeKALB — Breweries in the DeKalb area have teamed up to give customers an online delivery service with a variety of beers to try during social distancing. From the safety of their home, they can enjoy beer personally fermented and delivered by these owners. Byers Brewing Company, 230 E. Lincoln ...

Attorney General warns of scams about COVID-19

Attorneys general are seeing reports on a variety of scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul urges residents to be on the lookout for these types of scams.

Dan Doren, Senior Reporter

March 30, 2020

DeKALB — Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul is urging Illinois residents to be wary of scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Amid the outbreak, attorneys general across the country have been receiving reports about a variety of scams from phony charitable organizations requesting donations to ent...

Despite closure, the Egyptian Theatre’s “Hard Hat Tours” continue digitally

The Egyptian Theatre sits closed March 24 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Parker Otto, Senior Reporter

March 27, 2020

DeKALB — The entertainment industry has slowed down due to lockdowns across the world in light of COVID-19. Locally, the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., has closed because of the nationwide quarantine which has meant the postponement of concerts and screenings. However, the theatre’s “Hard Hat Tour...

Two county residents in their 70s test positive for COVID-19

Two county residents in their 70s test positive for COVID-19

Northern Star Staff

March 27, 2020

DeKALB — The DeKalb County Health Department logged two more coronavirus cases, bringing the county's total to six. The cases are two individuals in their 70s, health department administrator Lisa Gonzalez said. No further information is being released at this time. The cases bring Illinois' ...

Census will still count students as part of DeKalb community

Census will still count students as part of DeKalb community

Kierra Frazier, Senior Reporter

March 27, 2020

DeKALB — As census invitations arrive in the mail, NIU students, whether they have moved back home or not, should still be counted as a part of the DeKalb community. Students that live off-campus should still be counted at their address by their college, even if they are temporarily returning home, ...

President Freeman addresses students, employees in video message

President Lisa Freeman works March 2 in her office in Altgeld Hall.

Kurt Bitting, News Editor

March 27, 2020

DeKALB — NIU President Lisa Freeman recorded a personal message for students Friday to share her thoughts with the NIU community. The video begins with Freeman addressing students from her home office. She said the past week has had new experiences for everyone working and learning at NIU. She s...

Health professionals to discuss measures against COVID-19 online

Dan Doren, Senior Reporter

March 27, 2020

DeKALB — Professionals from the DeKalb County Health Department will discuss their measures of combating COVID-19 and what community members can do to stay safe at an online STEM Café 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a news release. The event, hosted by NIU STEAM, is free and open to the publ...

How the $2 trillion stipend bill may impact students

Quentin Wilson, Senior Reporter

March 26, 2020

DeKALB — Students may have the chance to receive money due to a stipend bill passed by the Senate Wednesday. Congress is pushing for a $2 trillion stimulus bill to fuel the economy during its weakened state, helping the public feel more secure financially. While most of the money is dedicated to large ...

County health department logs fourth COVID-19 case

County health department logs fourth COVID-19 case

March 26, 2020

DeKALB — Another positive coronavirus case has been identified in DeKalb County, bringing the county's total up to four. The individual who tested positive for COVID-19 is an adult in their 30s. Illinois has 2,538 COVID-19 cases and 26 deaths, with a total of 16,631 persons tested, accordin...

Students can request pass/fail grading on any number of courses, provost says

Students can request pass/fail grading on any number of courses, provost says

Northern Star Staff

March 26, 2020

DeKALB — All undergraduate and graduate students not in the College of Law can change any of their courses to a "Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory" grading system. The change comes as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and after many universities have made similar changes. Once final grades are poste...