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A screengrab of Peace Road on Google Maps.

City Council: Construction to widen Peace Road to begin this fall

By Northern Star Staff | September 16, 2022

DeKALB — At their Sept. 12 meeting, the DeKalb City Council approved the initiative to widen Peace Road and improve safety within the area of construction. Peace Road will be widened to four lanes from the tollway to Macom Drive. This is the first...

8 alderpeople at DeKalb City Council meeting on Monday.

City Council approves Lincoln Highway lane reduction

By Ally Formeller | April 26, 2022
City Council approved the reduction of Lincoln Highway from four lanes to three to make it safer for pedestrians.
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.
Sycamore City Council approved the purchase of  properties located at 474 N. Cross St. and part of lot 1002 on N. Cross St.

Sycamore City Council approves purchase for longtime leased NIU property

By Abby Byer | April 14, 2022
The City of Sycamore will be purchasing NIU properties that they have been leasing since 1998 that was used as the College of Engineering.
City Manager Bill Nicklas at the City Council meeting Monday, talking about new financial plan that will be used from 2022 through 2024.

City Council unveils possible financial plan

By Parker Otto | March 20, 2022
City Council discussed a financial plan to replace the 2016 strategic plan.
City of DeKalb is working to rework and improve The 2025 Strategic Plan.

Public gets first peek at city’s proposed financial plan on Monday

By Parker Otto | March 7, 2022
A new plan will be discussed on March 14 that will replace the current 2025 Strategic Plan that will cover economic growth.
From left to right: Alderperson Barb Larson, Alderperson Carolyn Morris, Alderperson Greg Perkins, Alderperson Tracy Smith, Mayor Cohen Barnes, Alderperson Scott McAdams

Pappas Developments receives green light from city council

By Elisa Reamer | January 24, 2022

DeKALB — DeKalb City Council passed an ordinance 6-0 on first reading at its meeting Monday to annex .68 acres of land along Barber Greene Road that was outside of corporate city limits. The land will join 1.8 acres that are already within city limits...

8 alderpeople at DeKalb City Council meeting on Monday.

Pappas Development under consideration by city council

By Elisa Reamer | January 22, 2022

DeKALB — The City Council will discuss passing an ordinance on first reading Monday to allow Pappas Development to annex .68 acres of unincorporated DeKalb to build an apartment complex on the land where Buhr’s Landscaping and Lawn Care was on Barber...

DeKalb mayor Cohen Barnes at the Aug. 23 City Council meeting.

City Council approves tax levy for 2021

By Elisa Reamer | December 14, 2021

DeKALB— The DeKalb City Council passed an ordinance 6-0 on Monday to approve the aggregate levy for 2021 of $9,521,416, which includes the City’s and the DeKalb Public Library’s levies.  This ordinance was considered at the City Council’s...

Second Ward Alderman Tom Teresinski discussed the potential farmland use by the DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport, 3232 Pleasant St. at a city council meeting Monday. Old Elm Farms placed the highest bid during an auction and can farm the land if the ordinance passes.

Council to hold public hearing on federal grant Monday

By 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,...

City considers use of TIF funds

By 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...

Smith addresses city projects

Smith addresses city projects

By 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...