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New street signs designed by the university standing tall after being installed around the DeKalb area this semester. (Abbi Sweeney | Northern Star)

Huskie Pride street signs to be installed around DeKalb

By Eric Bjork, News Reporter | August 20, 2022

DeKALB — On the week of Aug. 7, the DeKalb Public Works Department began the installation of brand-new street signs which are NIU themed.  The street signs in Greek Row, located north of the NIU campus, have been replaced with the new signs.  Eventually,...

The Hillcrest shopping mall, 1011 to 1027 W. Hillcrest Drive, is set to be demolished on May 10.  DeKalb Public Works has begun harvesting scrap metal, refrigerators and AC units for recycling.

City prepares Hillcrest shopping mall for demolition

By Elisa Reamer | April 21, 2022
The Hunter Hillcrest shopping mall will be demolished May 10 with plans to build a grocery store and a social services facility on the land.
Candy company to build distribution center in DeKalb, city estimates growth of 500 jobs

Candy company to build distribution center in DeKalb, city estimates growth of 500 jobs

By Northern Star Staff | January 31, 2020

DeKALB — Ferrara Candy Company, owners of SweeTarts, Fun Dip, Nerds and more, will construct a 1.6 million square foot distribution complex in DeKalb.The distribution center is expected to be operational in 2021 and will bring an estimated 500 jobs...

Bar within Fattys Bar & Grille

Liquor-related proposals could change nightlife

By Kierra Frazier | January 15, 2020

DeKALB — Those under the age of 21 could soon be allowed in local bars based on a consideration  presented at Monday night’s City Council meeting.Following recent discussions at local ward meetings about changing the liquor code, City Manager Bill...

Photos from a WNIJ public records request to the DeKalb County Health Department. Photos were sent to Health Department officials at various times via email since 2016. Photos and emails do not reflect internal remedial efforts made in response by Suburban management or maintenance crews, and it’s unclear whether management was made aware of tenant concerns before tenants reached out to the health department.

Tenants living in unincorporated apartments report health concerns to county

By Sarah Jesmer | December 9, 2019

Editor's note: This story is part of a collaboration with WNIJ. Listen to this story's radio broadcast here. Read News Editor Noah Thornburgh's story here. Listen to WNIJ's broadcast on why we came to this story here.DeKALB — County renters and landlords...

Police Chief position will be filled

By Kierra Frazier | October 13, 2019

DeKALB — A permanent DeKalb police chief position will be filled by the end of the year, City Manager Bill Nicklas said.Interim Police Chief John Petragallo has served since June 1 when former Police Chief Gene Lowery retired after seven years in the...

Attendees listen as Trevada Redmond, of DeKalb, asks police leadership how they plan to hold themselves and their officers accountable.

Police chief promises daily updates on arrest statistics at community meeting

By Noah Thornburgh | September 5, 2019

At a community meeting Wednesday night, DeKalb Police Chief John Petragallo agreed to post a daily breakdown of arrests by race and economic status to the department’s social media, following a demand by a resident.DeKalb community members filled New...

Egyptian Theatre renovations begin

By Parker Otto | May 4, 2019

Staff members of the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N Second Street, broke ground Wednesday for new renovations which will, over the summer, add several updates to the infrastructure of the nearly 90 year old theater.These will include baby changing stations,...

Renovations to the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., were postponed two additional weeks following concerns regarding expansion into Palmer Court.  

Egyptian Theatre renovations see postponement to achieve compromise

By Kierra Frazier | February 28, 2019

DeKALB — Following City Council’s vote to push back the renovations of the Egyptian Theatre an additional two weeks, Marketing Director Jeanine Holcomb said the theater is hopeful March 11 will result in approval. The two week postponement was decided...

DeKalb fireman retires after 29 years of service

DeKalb fireman retires after 29 years of service

By Kierra Frazier | February 25, 2019

DeKALB — Deputy Fire Chief Jim Zarek retired from the DeKalb Fire Department after serving 29 years. He said he hopes to work at another fire department in Janesville, Wisconsin.Mayor Jerry Smith and City Council members honored him at the Feb. 11 City...

City Council discusses laying off city employees to address budget imbalances

By Kierra Frazier | January 30, 2019

DeKALB — DeKalb city officials will be laid off, effective March 1, to make up for lost money in the General Funds budget.  City Council discussed at Monday night’s meeting the proposal of high-level layoffs within the city due to the current $1.1...

Council approves settlement with Talkington

Council approves settlement with Talkington

By Kierra Frazier | January 17, 2019

DeKALB — Former Interim City Manager Molly Talkington will continue to be paid her normal bi-weekly salary, despite Talkington filing a complaint against the city.City Council agreed on a settlement Monday night between the city of DeKalb and Talkington.Talkington...