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Body cameras in DeKalb will hold police to higher standards

By Payton Higgins | October 5, 2019

Police body cameras are an essential piece of equipment in any modern police department. The DeKalb County Board has been encouraging the DeKalb County Sheriff’s office to obtain and equip themselves with body cameras. The DeKalb police will be held...

Representative Underwood talks gun control, healthcare at town hall

By Kierra Frazier | September 5, 2019

U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood held a town hall for students on Tuesday and discussed how Congress plans to reauthorize the Higher Education Act this fall.The town hall meeting was the first one Underwood held specifically for college students....

Accident or crime scene cordon tape, police line do not cross.

DeKalb police release in-car video footage of incident

By Noah Thornburgh | September 1, 2019

Due to heightened public interest, the DeKalb Police Department have released footage of an Aug. 24 arrest incident, according to a press release.The 17 minute footage is available on YouTube here.Elonte E. McDowell, 25, of Aurora, was arrested and charged...

Upcoming events: week of Sept. 2

Upcoming events: week of Sept. 2

By Northern Star Staff | September 1, 2019

MondayJonamac Orchard grand opening weekend: Jonamac Orchard will be opening its weekend activities. The corn maze will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and apple picking will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the rest of the season.TuesdayNIU Esports club open...

Precedent set with Arderns activism

Precedent set with Ardern’s activism

By Ali Qazi | April 1, 2019

Leaders around the world need to step up in regards to gun laws and follow the example set by Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister of New Zealand. Arden has been recognized for her swift action regarding gun laws and for showing solidarity with the victims...

People need to care about gun violence

People need to care about gun violence

By Ashley Hines | March 18, 2019

There needs to be a change of attitude when dealing with the prioritization of drastic and progressive efforts and gun violence needs to top that list before it touches more lives.Six people were killed and six people were injured during the mass shooting...

University shows care after tragedy

By Northern Star Editorial Board | February 28, 2019

In wake of the tragic loss of human resource management student Trevor Wehner and College of Business alumnus Clayton Parks, the university reacted in a way that allowed students to feel safe and come together rather than growing divisive in fear.Wehner...

The Forward, Together Forward memorial outside Cole Hall honors the lives of the five students lost in the Feb. 14, 2008, shooting.

Open Letter: To the NIU community

By Northern Star Staff | February 18, 2019

It is with heavy hearts we mourn the loss of two members of the NIU family: student Trevor Wehner and alumnus Clayton Parks.One day following the anniversary of the shooting that took place on our own campus Valentine’s Day of 2008, the lives of two...

Point/Counterpoint: Age to buy tobacco products

By Lucas Skye | June 25, 2018

Point/Counterpoint: Age to buy tobacco products  Keep the age at 18Lucas SkyeThe Illinois State Senate’s proposal to raise the purchasing age for tobacco products to 21 is a prime example of our government overstepping its boundaries. It is a no-brainer...

Shooting suspect arrested

By Northern Star staff | October 16, 2017

DeKALB | DeKalb Police Department officials arrested an Aurora man Wednesday in connection to an incident involving shots fired Oct. 8 at the 800 block of Greenbrier Road.Michael Distasio, 19, of Aurora, is being held on $100,000 bond at Kane County Jail,...

Colorado shooting creates atmosphere for blame

By Katie Finlon | July 24, 2012

Sure, he might be guilty of plenty of things within the Gotham city limits, but you’d never think that Batman would be guilty by association in the real world. The story of the shooting in the Aurora, Colo. midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises...

Muhammad Mustafa, owner of Smokers World, 818 W. Lincoln
Highway, holds up a canister of Purple Magic.

Puffing Purple Magic

By Dan Martynowicz | October 19, 2011

Over the past two years, several bills passed through the Illinois state government banning synthetic Marijuana, yet the drugs remain on store shelves. Rep. Bob Pritchard (R-Hinckley) said the problem lies with both FBI regulations and the producers of...