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City Council discusses marijuana policy

By Julia Martinez | September 29, 2016

DeKALB | DeKalb City Council members discussed making the fine for possessing cannabis cheaper during a Monday City Council meeting at the DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St.Chapter 52 of the DeKalb Municipal Code states that no person shall...

City council to discuss video game businesses

By Leah Nicolini | July 11, 2016

The opening of two video gaming businesses and three more seeking approval in the last three months has DeKalb exploring regulations on video gaming terminals.Tonight, City Council will discuss regulating video gaming focused businesses by limiting the...

DeKalb FOIA Officer Jared Heyn gives a presentation on the increase in FOIA requests the city of DeKalb has seen since 2006 at a Feb. 8 City Council meeting. DeKalb saw 48 requests in 2006 and 294 requests in 2015.

DeKalb looks to better FOIA process after 600 percent increase in 9 years

By Scott Nicol | February 18, 2016

DeKalb FOIA Officer Jared Heyn gives a presentation on the increase in FOIA requests the city of DeKalb has seen since 2006 at a Feb. 8 City Council meeting. DeKalb saw 48 requests in 2006 and 294 requests in 2015.

Finance Director Cathy Haley presents changes made to the fiscal 2016 budget Monday at a City Council meeting. City Council approved the budget, which included a more than $500,000 surplus. 

City may increase property taxes

By Leah Nicolini | November 30, 2015

Property taxes may increase by almost $90 if City Council decides to approve a suggested annual property tax levy.The city uses the annual property tax levy to help finance the costs of providing certain pension benefits for all full-time city employees,...

City Council OKs $13.1M water repair plan

By Leah Nicolini | October 29, 2015

City Council unanimously passed the first reading for a water rate increase to pay for public water maintenance Monday.The 10-year $13.1 million repair plan will fix the water supply well, improve water treatment, recoat the water tower and replace the...

Alderman fails to submit resignation

By Northern Star staff | October 5, 2015

As of Sunday afternoon, 7th ward Alderperson Monica O’Leary has not submitted a letter of resignation.O’Leary informed Mayor John Rey of her potential resignation before the Sept. 28 City Council meeting, stating she would submit a letter of resignation...

A University Village apartment building is seen at 722 N. Annie Glidden Road.

City Council approves University Village rezone

By Northern Star staff | September 15, 2015

After a heated discussion among both the City Council and those in attendance, the council voted to move the University Village rezoning project forward Monday.The ordinance will rezone University Village, 722 N. Annie Glidden Road, to ensure funding...

DeKalb Mayor John Rey speaks during a City Council meeting April 13.

DeKalb considers plan to change pay for employees

By Kristin Maglabe | April 16, 2015

The city is considering a plan that would change how employees are compensated.The plan would update chapter three of the Municipal Code, which covers job descriptions, powers of appointed employees, compensation and payment plans. The plan was devised...

Some citizens still concerned over $50K cost of DeKalb website redesign

By Kristin Maglabe | March 29, 2015

Correction: In a March 30 article, “Some citizens still concerned over $50K cost of DeKalb website redesign,” the Northern Star reported the Department of Justice told DeKalb the city’s website did not meet the Americans with Disabilities Act’s...

Star Worlds celebrates 30 years with party for fans

By Alex Chettiath | February 2, 2015

Star Worlds Arcade, 1234 E. Lincoln Highway, celebrated 30 years with local officials and record-holders Saturday.The celebration was an event that brought in players from throughout Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. An employee since 1988, Michelle Brennan...

DeKalb gives 8K to Ben Gordon Center

By Alissa Jacob | May 5, 2014

The city made an agreement with the Ben Gordon Center to give the center’s Discovery House $8,000 for projects for the 2014/2015 year.According to the city’s Comprehensive Annual Performance and Evaluation Report, the fund will help equip the program...

DeKalb Council votes to support Egyptian

By Erin Kolb | November 13, 2013

Taxpayers will continue to support the Egyptian Theatre next year, as City Council approved TIF funding to continue through the 2014 fiscal year.TIF funds come from property taxes and are set aside to be used within the city. Mayor John Rey said the council...