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Northern Star Staff

February 6, 2020

DeKALB — A public hearing is set for Monday night’s City Council meeting for residents to give their opinions on a five-year Community Development Block Grant.The Community Development Block Grant is a federally funded program aimed to increase housing, community and economic opportunities for low...

City considers use of TIF funds

Kierra Frazier

January 15, 2020

DeKALB — The City Council discussed the Elburn bus shuttle, new City Hall building and TIF funding for the former Eduardo’s Mexican restaurant 6 p.m. Monday at the DeKalb Municipal Builidng.TIF funding for former Eduardo’s Mexican restaurantFollowing the closure of Eduardo’s Mexican Restaurant, 206 E. Linc...

Smith addresses city projects

Smith addresses city projects

Kierra Frazier

January 15, 2020

DeKALB — Mayor Jerry Smith announced that the cooperation between the City of DeKalb and NIU “has rarely been better” during his State of the City address at Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting.“We do not use the term communiversity lightly,” Smith said. “Even when problems a...

City to vote on cannabis zoning regulations

Adult Man Buying Cannabis Buds at Small Cannabis Store.

Noah Johnson

October 13, 2019

DeKALB­­ — The DeKalb Planning and Zoning Commission voted in favor of proposed cannabis zoning regulations during the Oct. 9 meeting.The regulations will be voted on by the City Council at a later date.This comes after City Council members expressed support for allowing dispensaries into DeKalb.Dis...

Cannabis market could aid DeKalb

Payton Higgins

September 22, 2019

DeKalb’s decision to allow the cannabis market into the county could ultimately revitalize DeKalb’s economy and NIU’s appeal to current and prospective students.The DeKalb City Council met Sept. 9 for a Committee of the Whole meeting, where it discussed the cannabis market coming to DeKalb. Gov. ...

City of DeKalb acts on tenant association concerns

A boarded-up window stands at the condemned 808 Ridge Drive apartments.

Kierra Frazier

August 28, 2019

DeKALB — A proclamation was put in place during Monday night’s City Council meeting where current and former tenants of Hunter Properties spoke about property issues they experienced while leasing with the company.{{tncms-inline alignment="right" content="<p>Contact the DeKalb Tenant&...

Revitalization continues with steering committee

The now-closed campus theater stands May 20 at the corner of Blackhawk Road and West Hillcrest Road.

Noah Thornburgh

May 20, 2019

DeKALB — Community members are making progress on the Annie Glidden North Revitalization with a steering committee, which is forming a board of directors and applying to be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.The steering committee was formed by members of the original Annie Glidden North Task Force, which dis...

Chicago mayoral election signifies diversity

Northern Star Editorial Board

April 11, 2019

Chicago made two progressive leaps in last week’s mayoral election: Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot will be Chicago’s first black female, openly lesbian mayor. The Editorial Board congratulates Chicago on this forward-thinking move and expresses hope for Lightfoot’s coming term, which begins May 20.In a time when...

Egyptian Theatre renovations see postponement to achieve compromise

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

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 on at Monday’s City Council meeting in an effort to accommod...

DeKalb fireman retires after 29 years of service

DeKalb fireman retires after 29 years of service

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 Council meeting.  City Manager Bill Nicklas said when Zarek started as a firefighter, Nicklas was a city d...

Alumnus becomes first African-American officer promoted to sergeant in DeKalb

Officer Keunte Mallet and his wife Heather and son before his pinning ceremony for his promotion to sergeant during the Jan. 28 City Council meeting at the DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St.

Kierra Frazier

February 10, 2019

DeKALB — Officer Keunte Mallett, who is also an NIU alumnus, became the first African-American officer to be promoted to sergeant in the history of the DeKalb Police Department during a pinning ceremony Jan. 28 at the City Council meeting.Mallett was promoted to the position of sergeant, effective J...

City Council discusses laying off city employees to address budget imbalances

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 million fiscal imbalance in the General Funds budget....