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In this Jan. 14 photo, DeKalb City Manager Bill Nicklas sits at his desk and reviews documents after stepping into the position.

Newly appointed city manager hopes to enhance city, university relationship

By Taher Zeituoun | January 14, 2019

DeKalb — Bill Nicklas is hired as DeKalb city manager to help strengthen community budget and repair financial infrastructure.The goal of the city manager is to ensure City Council policies are implemented effectively by providing management in regard...

Seventh Ward Alderperson Anthony Faivre comments during a discussion between council members when City Council met Aug. 27.

City Council considers creating a third TIF, vote to reevaluate next hearing

By Fathima Siddiqui | November 28, 2018

Seventh Ward Alderperson Anthony Faivre comments during a discussion between council members when City Council met Aug. 27.

Road maintenance tax presents an effective use of city savings

Road maintenance tax presents an effective use of city savings

By Lucas Skye | July 23, 2018

DeKalb is giving their residents more bang for their buck regarding their garbage fees and road repairs.DeKalb City Council recently decided to switch waste management services from Waste Management Inc. to the more affordable Lakeshore Recycling System.This...

City Council discussed allocating more funds to street repairs, with the money coming from savings gained by DeKalb switching to a more affordable waste management service and the implementation of street maintenance fees.

Council discusses street fees

By Jessie Kern | July 16, 2018

DeKALB — City Council discussed adding a street maintenance fee by taking the savings from the controversial waste management company switch during Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting.After City Council decided to move forward with the controversial...

Downtown DeKalb features several restaurants and shops for residents to explore.

City plans hotel construction

By Jessie Kern | July 16, 2018

DeKalb — City Council was presented with a renovation idea on Monday to turn a vacant downtown building into a boutique hotel.The property, located at 145 Fisk Avenue, was initially built as St. Mary’s hospital in 1922. After shutting down in 1965,...

Fire Truck is parked in the garage at the first DeKalb Fire House, 700 Pine St. 

City Council looks to staffing solutions

By Jessie Kern | June 25, 2018

DEKALB - The current topic of conversation among DeKalb City Council members encompasses the measures being taken to pilot the city manager search and recruitment process.During the June 18 Special Committee of the Whole meeting, City Council members...

City officials OK patrol radios

By Jessie Kern | April 5, 2018

The DeKalb City Council unanimously approved the proposal for the police department and fire department to purchase $171,000 in public safety radios.The City Council held a Special City Council Meeting Wednesday to discuss the purchase of these public...

‘Welcoming Proclamation’ draws support and crowd at City Council

By Lindsey Salvatelli | March 13, 2018

Mayor Jerry Smith signed a proclamation during Monday's City Council meeting as a sign of the city's commitment to diversity and support of immigrant communities.The Welcoming Proclamation is a vision of inclusiveness that focuses on guaranteeing all...

Letter to the Editor | Council member debates title choice

By David Jacobson | January 29, 2018

The Northern Star is violating the intent of its stated goals. In reference to the Editorial Board’s comments in its Jan. 25 article, the Board fails to recognize the term alderman is not a pronoun; it is a duly elected title recognized within the Municipal...

In this Jan. 25 file photo, the City Council discusses the possibility of voting to change the city’s current outdoor smoking regulations at public places at the next council meeting. From left to right: Sixth Ward Alderperson Mike Verbic, Fourth Ward Alderperson Patrick Fagan, Mayor Jerry Smith and Fifth Ward Alderspon Kate Noreiko.

City Council to vote on outdoor smoking regulations

By Sara Rasmussen | January 25, 2018

The City Council met Monday to discuss the possibility of voting to change the city’s current outdoor smoking regulations at public places at the next council meeting. From left to right: Sixth Ward Alderperson Mike Verbic, Fourth Ward Alderperson Patrick Fagan, Mayor Jerry Smith and Fifth Ward Alderspon Kate Noreiko.