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Inspections ordinance delayed as city, owners debate

By Kristin Maglabe | January 29, 2015

Business and property owners convinced the City Council to push back the first reading of a commercial building safety inspection ordinance to Feb. 9 after disagreement from business owners.The Fire Safety Registration and Inspection Program would require...

City Council pushes back 1st reading of ordinance that would change fire, safety inspections for businesses

By Northern Star staff | January 27, 2015

Business and property owners asked City Council to push back the first reading of a business inspections ordinance at Monday's council meeting.City workers and the property owners went through the current draft of the ordinance and made revisions to clarify...

Ben Donovan, Student Association director of Governmental Affairs, talks to senators at a Jan. 25 SA Senate meeting about a proposal to lower DeKalb’s bar entry age from 21 to 20. Donovan said the SA will give a statement about the idea at today’s City Council meeting.

Lower bar entry age gaining support: Student Association

By Ashley Morse | January 26, 2015

The Student Association Senate held a reading and discussion Sunday for a resolution to support lowering the entrance age to bars from 21 to 20 in DeKalb.Ben Donovan, Student Association director of Governmental Affairs, said the SA is aiming to change...

Business ordinance may face changes

By Satta Kendor | January 26, 2015

Mayor John Rey said city officials will propose an additional section to a business inspection ordinance today at a City Council meeting.The meeting begins 6 p.m. in the DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St. Other topics will include the bar entry...

Residents concerned about ordinance inspections, cost

By Kristin Maglabe | January 15, 2015

Residents claim the implementation of an inspection program will turn businesses away due to frequent inspections and costs.The Fire Safety Registration and Inspection Program is an updated version of the original commercial property inspection ordinance....

Accountant Marianne Anderson speaks about the new fire safety regulations and inspections for non-residential buildings labeling. She said they were unnecessary and not business-friendly.

Fire Department chief says personnel will conduct business inspections

By Kristin Maglabe | January 13, 2015

DeKalb Fire Chief Eric Hicks said department personnel will conduct inspections for the Fire Safety Registration and Inspection Program, while business owners voiced concerns over the program at Monday's City Council.Hicks said the Fire Department does...

5 Things to Know Today: Jan. 13, 2015

By Northern Star staff | January 12, 2015

5. Marvel releases trailer for "The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron.""Age of Ultron" is one of Scene writer Andrew Roberts' must-see movies of 2015: Click here.4. Former Gov. Pat Quinn commutes sentences, names appointments in last hours on the job.3. Ohio...

SA takes 1st steps in lowering entry age of bars to 20

By Northern Star Staff | December 4, 2014

The Student Association has started talks with DeKalb to lower the entry age to bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.The potential changes were announced at a Nov. 23 SA Senate meeting where Cody Sheriff, chair of the Campus Life and Greek Affairs...

City, county work together to clean Kish

By Kristin Maglabe | December 3, 2014

The city and county have come together to keep the Kishwaukee River watershed clean and safe from pollution.A watershed is an area of land where surrounding bodies of water go into the same place. The Kishwaukee River Watershed is a 779,747-acre watershed...

Property tax goes up by 2.15 percent

By Kristin Maglabe | November 24, 2014

Correction: In a Tuesday article, "Property tax goes up by 2.15 percent," the Northern Star said City Council decided on a 2.15 percent property tax increase. The motion for the increase failed in a 4-4 tie. The motion for no increase was passed with...

City to go easier on business inspections

By Northern Star Staff | November 23, 2014

The city has proposed a “drastic reduction in the scope” of a business inspection program after a meeting with city officials and around 50 community members, according to a DeKalb news release.A meeting between city staff members and members of the...

In Focus: How can the SA improve parking for students?

By Perspective Staff | November 18, 2014

Blake GlossonOne potential solution to this problem is to convert at least some of the blue parking spaces into yellow.Aside from the lack of parking, metered parking is a flawed system — at least from the student’s standpoint. For one thing, the...