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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.

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...

Police to work on racial sensitivity

By Kierra Frazier | December 1, 2019

DeKALB — Increased training could be coming to the DeKalb and NIU Police Departments this month to teach officers how racial and emotional intelligence can serve the community. Interim Police Chief John Petragallo said there needs to be continuous...

DeKalb mayor searching for delegate to fill alderman term

By Mikah Walker | October 9, 2019

DeKalb Mayor Jerry Smith is requesting suggestions from the community on who might be open to filling the term of Fourth Ward Alderman Pat Fagan. His seat was resigned as of Sept. 26.The next aldermanic elections are in April 2021 according to City Manager...

Attendees listen as Trevada Redmond, of DeKalb, asks police leadership how they plan to hold themselves and their officers accountable.

Police chief promises daily updates on arrest statistics at community meeting

By Noah Thornburgh | September 5, 2019

At a community meeting Wednesday night, DeKalb Police Chief John Petragallo agreed to post a daily breakdown of arrests by race and economic status to the department’s social media, following a demand by a resident.DeKalb community members filled New...

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

Egyptian Theatre renovations see postponement to achieve compromise

By 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...

DeKalb fireman retires after 29 years of service

DeKalb fireman retires after 29 years of service

By 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...

City Council discusses laying off city employees to address budget imbalances

By 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...

Council approves settlement with Talkington

Council approves settlement with Talkington

By Kierra Frazier | January 17, 2019

DeKALB — Former Interim City Manager Molly Talkington will continue to be paid her normal bi-weekly salary, despite Talkington filing a complaint against the city.City Council agreed on a settlement Monday night between the city of DeKalb and Talkington.Talkington...

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...

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...