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Grand jury declines to indict DeKalb Police officer

By Noah Johnson | December 21, 2019

DeKALB — Charges against a DeKalb Police Officer involved in Elonte McDowell’s arrest have been declined by a grand jury. An internal review of the incident will be conducted to determine if the officer followed the department’s policies and procedures.  A...

Police to work on racial sensitivity

By Kierra Frazier | December 1, 2019

DeKALB — Increased training could be coming to the DeKalb and NIU Police Departments this month to teach officers how racial and emotional intelligence can serve the community. Interim Police Chief John Petragallo said there needs to be continuous...

In the age of social media, rumors of alleged threats can spread in seconds and be blown out of proportion.

Students on social media should verify information before sharing

By Jordan Radloff | November 20, 2019

Any possible threat to campus should be taken seriously, but spreading rumors on social media about threats that aren’t proven to be true does more harm than good in making the student population feel safe. Students should have waited for the university...

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...

A cellphone displaying a big red breaking news alert encompassing the whole screen.

Safety Bulletins need to be sent out more often to make students feel safer

By Lisa Lillianstrom | October 7, 2018

When it comes to feeling safe on campus, students want to know what is going on so they can keep an eye out for unsafe situations, which is why safety bulletins are necessary and should be sent out more often.The NIU Police Department sends bulletins...

Sycamore Fire Chief Announces Retirement

By Northern Star Staff | February 16, 2012

Sycamore Fire Chief Mark Kessler announced Thursday he plans to retire March 31. According to a press release, Kessler was hired by the Sycamore Fire Department in 1985 as a firefighter. He rose through the ranks, holding the titles of lieutenant and...

Sycamore Mayor Ken Mundy and City Clerk Candy Smith review the FY2012 budget Wednesday night

Sycamore to see significant budget changes in 2012

By Eric Beesley | March 27, 2011

SYCAMORE | Sycamore's proposed budget for fiscal year 2012 includes some significant changes from the previous budget. The police department is slated to receive about $100,000 more than it was last year. New facilities are being constructed for the police...