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DeKalb mayor searching for delegate to fill alderman term

By Mikah Walker | October 9, 2019

DeKalb Mayor Jerry Smith is requesting suggestions from the community on who might be open to filling the term of Fourth Ward Alderman Pat Fagan. His seat was resigned as of Sept. 26.The next aldermanic elections are in April 2021 according to City Manager...

Alderman Bill Finucane

NIU Alumnus plans to tackle economic development as alderman

By Ryan Chodora | April 22, 2013

Economic development is the main goal for Bill Finucane, second ward alderman-elect. Finucane is an NIU alumnus. He graduated with a general studies degree in 1984, and he received a masters in public administration in 1991. Finucane has worked for NIU...

New alderman looks to take on ward’s issues

By Erin Kolb | April 15, 2013

Newly elected fourth ward alderman Robert Snow is ready to address the needs of his ward and all of DeKalb. Snow said his interest in running from alderman came from the current fourth ward alderman, Brendon Gallagher, whom he has known for many years....

Fourth ward alderman Brendon Gallagher steps down

By Ali Combs | April 9, 2013

Fourth ward alderman Brendon Gallagher will vacate his aldermanic seat at the end of this term, but he may not be done running for office permanently. Gallagher was elected to his seat on City Council in 2009. Over the last four years, he has consistently...

The roles of city aldermen

By Ali Combs | March 19, 2013

Alderman positions in wards two, four and six are up for grabs April 9. In DeKalb, seven aldermen serve on City Council to represent the city’s seven wards alongside the mayor, who oversees all the wards. Mayor Kris Povlsen, who served as second ward...

Mayor Povlsen won’t run for mayor again

By Lauren Dielman | September 23, 2012

DeKalb Mayor Kris Povlsen announced he will not be running for re-election in this April. Povlsen served 11 years as an alderman and five years as mayor. “I think the main reason is after 16 years, maybe it’s time to step down,” Povlsen said. “I’ve...

Alderperson won’t fly in DCC

By Linze Griebenow | April 30, 2012

“Personhood” is a fickle issue in DeKalb. The U.S. Supreme Court may have ruled that corporations are people, but DeKalb City Council isn’t ready to commit that women are people, too. Last week, during a Meeting of the Whole, 3rd Ward Alderwoman...

Ron Matekaitis, associate judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit,
announced at the Hopkins Park Terrace room Wednesday afternoon that
he will be running for circuit court judge in the March

Ron Matekaitis announces candidacy for circuit court judge

November 9, 2011

Ron Matekaitis, associate judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit, announced Wednesday he is seeking election as a circuit court judge.Matekaitis served as a DeKalb alderman for eight years, a DeKalb County Board member for four years and as an attorney for...

Northern Star File Photo: Kristin Lash spoke Monday evening
about the issues with outsourcing legal services to Mickey, Wilson,
Weiler, Renzi and Anderson, P.C. for General Legal Services, an
Aurora bases firm.

DeKalb City Council decides to outsource legal matters

By Megan Healy | September 12, 2011

A new Aurora-based legal firm will handle Dekalb's legal matters.After a vote of 5 to 2, the DeKalb City Council authorized DeKalb Mayor Kris Povlsen to sign an agreement with Mickey, Wilson, Weiler, Renzi and Andersson P.C..Although the council passed...

Kari Gale, juior meteorology major, fills up her gas tank
Tuesday afternoon at Road Ranger, 125 N. Annie Glidden Rd.,

Gas tax will yield more revenue from “out-of-towners” than local residents

By Thomas Verschelde | August 30, 2011

A gasoline tax was increased in DeKalb to fund the construction of a new police station. The tax was approved by the city council on Aug. 8 and will increase from 2 cents to 3.5 cents per gallon. "We are in bad need of a new police facility," said DeKalb...

DeKalb 6th Ward alderman David Baker has served on DeKalb City Council for the past three terms. He uses his expertise and business experience from managing Copy Services, 1005 W. Lincoln Highway, to make decisions during city council meetings.

Alderman David Baker’s business background comes in handy

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | January 18, 2011

Using past experiences has helped David Baker with his duties as 6th Ward alderman of DeKalb. Baker said he uses his business background to critique and advocate various proposals brought before the DeKalb City Council. Not only did Baker graduate from...

Council votes to delay 2010D bond for the Northern Trust

By Jeremy Piscoran | November 4, 2010

The DeKalb City Council held a special meeting Thursday night to decide whether or not to issue 2010D bonds referenced in an ordinance approved on Oct. 28. Council members discussed the risk and reward of proceeding as scheduled with 2010D bonds or waiting...