Northern Star

Local elected officials run unopposed in primaries

Illinois held it's primary election Tuesday. DeKalb County voted for Vice President Joe Biden over Senator Bernie Sanders by a margin of 7%.

Kierra Frazier, Senior Reporter

March 18, 2020

DeKALB — Former Vice President Joe Biden has claimed victory in the state of Illinois and DeKalb County itself in Tuesday’s Democratic presidential primary election. In DeKalb County, Biden won with 5,441 votes, 51%, and Sen. Bernie Sanders got 4,692 votes, 44%, according to the DeKalb County’s...

Remote learning for the rest of the semester, university announces

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.

Northern Star Staff

March 17, 2020

DeKALB — The university has moved all face-to-face classes to online formats for the rest of the semester, according to a Tuesday email released by NIU President Lisa Freeman. The university originally extended spring break through March 22, with modified classes to be taught March 23 through April...

Local restaurants alter menus to remedy business decline

Dan Doren, Senior Reporter

March 17, 2020

DeKALB — Local restaurants are altering their menus and promoting takeout services as they attempt to keep business up while dine-in services are suspended. Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered all restaurants in Illinois to cease dine-in operations Sunday to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Delivery and p...

City cancels ‘non-essential’ meetings, council meetings remain open to public

James Krause, Senior Reporter

March 17, 2020

DeKALB — The City of DeKalb has canceled “non-essential” board, council, commission and ward meetings until April 10 while keeping city offices and City Council meetings open to the public. The city announced the changes in a Tuesday news release and said that “precautions are being taken t...

City to consider temporary to-go liquor licenses to provide relief to business owners

Mayor Jerry Smith speaks to DeKalb business owners' concerns Tuesday at an emergency meeting in the municipal building, 200 S. Fourth St., while Brad Hoey, president of the DeKalb County Convention and Visitor's Bureau, films on his phone.

Kierra Frazier, Senior Reporter

March 17, 2020

DeKALB — As local restaurant owners have been forced to shut their doors to dine-in customers due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the City of DeKalb held an emergency meeting Tuesday to find a way to help support local businesses. On Sunday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced that all restaurants and bars in Illi...

Professors begin devising remote teaching methods as NIU prepares for online learning

Details on online class operations are being worked out by professors as they return from spring break.

Ahyen Labanan, Assistant News Editor

March 17, 2020

DeKALB — Specific information regarding class operation will be determined in the coming days as faculty members return from spring break Monday, Lisa Miner, senior director of institutional communications, said in an email March 14. “Devising remote delivery is a team effort, but each profess...

SGA candidate profile: Ebenezer Okpiri

SGA candidate profile: Ebenezer Okpiri

Northern Star Staff

March 11, 2020

The following is the response to a Northern Star questionnaire sent to all SGA candidates. Answers have been lightly edited for clarity and consistency. Ebenezer Okpiri is running for a senator position in District 3. Q: What’s your major, year in school and which student organizations have...

O’Leary’s Irish Pub to become Mexican restaurant

Kierra Frazier, Senior Reporter

March 10, 2020

DeKALB — The former O’Leary’s Irish Pub and Grill, 260 E. Lincoln Highway, could soon become a Mexican restaurant called El Jimador Mexican Grill after city council members considered a tax increment financing funding request for the project. While there was no vote taken at Monday night’s...

Council approves police wage increase

Council approves police wage increase

Kierra Frazier, Senior Reporter

March 10, 2020

DeKALB — Council members unanimously passed a resolution at Monday night’s meeting to approve a new three-year collective bargaining agreement between the City of DeKalb and the DeKalb police officers’ union, which would include a 1.5% wage increase to all employees and other costs of living adjust...

Mayor addresses coronavirus outbreak

A medical personnel holds a kit for the test for Coronavirus outside one of the emergency structures that were set up to ease procedures outside the hospital of Brescia, Northern Italy, Tuesday.

Kierra Frazier, Senior Reporter

March 10, 2020

DeKALB — Mayor Jerry Smith opened Monday night’s city council meeting to address the current outbreak of a new coronavirus named COVID-19 and how the city is taking precautions while monitoring the disease. “Last Friday afternoon in a conference call with Governor Pritzker, over 350 mayors,...

SGA candidate profile: Brad Beyer

SGA candidate profile: Brad Beyer

Northern Star Staff

March 9, 2020

The following is the response to a Northern Star questionnaire sent to all SGA candidates. Answers have been lightly edited for clarity and consistency.  Brad Beyer is running for a senator position in District 4. Q: What’s your major, year in school and which student organizations have you been a...

SGA candidate profile: DeVonté Fuller

SGA candidate profile: DeVonté Fuller

Northern Star Staff

March 8, 2020

The following is the response to a Northern Star questionnaire sent to all SGA candidates. Answers have been lightly edited for clarity and consistency.  DeVonté Fuller is running for a senator position in District 1. Q: What’s your major, year in school and which student organizations ha...