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City considers use of TIF funds

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 the closure of Eduardo’s Mexican Restaurant, 206 E. Linc...

Smith addresses city projects

Smith addresses city projects

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 lightly,” Smith said. “Even when problems a...

Police to work on racial sensitivity

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 Racial Intelligence Training and Engagement during...

DeKalb mayor searching for delegate to fill alderman term

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 Raymond Munch. The delegate must have lived in the ...

Police chief promises daily updates on arrest statistics at community meeting

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

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 Hope Baptist Church for a collective conversation with Petragallo a...

Egyptian Theatre renovations see postponement to achieve compromise

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

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 on at Monday’s City Council meeting in an effort to accommod...

DeKalb fireman retires after 29 years of service

DeKalb fireman retires after 29 years of service

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 Council meeting.  City Manager Bill Nicklas said when Zarek started as a firefighter, Nicklas was a city d...

City Council discusses laying off city employees to address budget imbalances

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 million fiscal imbalance in the General Funds budget....

Council approves settlement with Talkington

Council approves settlement with Talkington

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 started as the finance director in Se...

Newly appointed city manager hopes to enhance city, university relationship

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

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 to all areas of city government, according to t...

City Council looks to staffing solutions

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

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 and Human Resources Director Cris Randall discuss...

City to go easier on business inspections

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 real estate and business community was held Friday...