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DeKalb firefighters spray flame retardant foam at an emergency preparedness drill Sept. 19 at the DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport, 3232 Pleasant St. More than 20 emergency responders took part in the Hazmat drill.

City to decide on $239K grant match

By Ashley Morse | September 14, 2015

City Council will review the Fiscal Year 2016 budget to consider authorizing the $239,000 Assistance to Firefighters Grant and the purchase of a mobile training tower today.The DeKalb Fire Department was awarded a $239,000 grant from the Federal Emergency...

DeKalb citizens talk strategic plan

By Alexander Chettiath | July 27, 2015

The City of DeKalb, with help from the NIU Center for Governmental Studies, has held five community meetings in hopes to receive citizens’ input for a strategic 10-year plan.The project began in 2013 when City Council hired the NIU Center for Governmental...

3M move to produce $50K annually

By Alexander Chettiath | July 20, 2015

3M, a Fortune 100 company, will move into a different DeKalb location, with operations expected to begin by early fall 2016.City Council approved a tax abatement agreement on June 13 that will allow the reduction of property taxes on 3M’s Park 88 facility...

City Attorney Dean Frieders speaks during the June 22 City Council meeting. The city approved a new Freedom of Information Act policy.

City passes FOIA policy

By Margaret Maka | June 29, 2015

City Council approved a 27-page policy pertaining to Freedom of Information Act requests made to DeKalb at a June 22 meeting.The Freedom of Information Act states government bodies must present all documents and records, permitting certain exceptions,...

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 Council approves $83 million budget

By Northern Star staff | June 23, 2015

City Council approved the fiscal 2016 budget, which includes a general fund surplus of more than $500,000, Monday.The fiscal 2016 budget sits at $83 million, down almost 6 percent from this fiscal year's $88.1 million budget. City Council approved an...

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

City to hear feedback on budget at public hearing

By Margaret Maka | June 22, 2015

Community members will have the chance to voice their concerns regarding DeKalb’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget today.The Financial Advisory Committee met June 2 to discuss the proposed 2016 budget and provided four recommendations to the council at the June...

DeKalb to request $3 million in grants for new public transit facility

By Northern Star staff | April 28, 2015

The city and county of DeKalb will ask the Illinois Department of Transportation for monetary assistance to build a new public transit facility.City Council voted to submit an application requesting $3 million from the Illinois Department of Transportation...

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...

Election results: Jacobson, Marquardt, Noreiko, O’Leary take alderman spots

By Northern Star staff | April 7, 2015

Michael Marquardt and Kate Noreiko will join the City Council as the 3rd and 5th ward aldermen, respectively.Marquardt won the 3rd ward with 237 votes to candidate Steve Kapitan's 228 votes.Noreiko with 247 votes defeated Michael Haji-Sheikh with 220...

2015 5th ward alderman candidate: Kate Noreiko

By Andre Phillips | April 2, 2015

Involvement: Former Kishwaukee Hospital director of human resources, former member of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Noreiko HR Consulting founder Q: What do you think is the most pressing issue in your ward?A: We have some basic...

2015 7th ward alderman candidate: Craig Roman

By Andre Phillips | April 2, 2015

Involvement: Elected in DK37 precinct, former treasurer for the DeKalb County Illinois Democratic Party, neighborhood watch chair and employee of two funeral homes in DeKalb and Sycamore Q: What do you think is the most pressing issue in your ward?A:...

2015 5th ward alderman candidate: Cameron Zelaya

By Andre Phillips | April 2, 2015

Clarification: Zelaya incorrectly told the Northern Star $2.1 million in cuts acme from "sales tax" the state reimburses the city. Zelaya meant to say "income tax."Involvement: DeKalb County Health Department in-person counselor, First Congregational...