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Illinois Representative Jeff Keicher (left), NIU President Lisa Freeman and Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker in conversation after a press conference Tuesday. During this press conference, Pritzker spoke on college funding and ensuring affordable education for Illinois students. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Pritzker discusses college funding at NIU

By Joseph Howerton, Video Editor | April 4, 2023

Editor's note: This piece was updated at approximately 3 p.m. on Tuesday to include more information. DeKALB – With a historic push on higher education, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker emphasized the funding that his proposed fiscal year 2024 budget...

Artist Danielle Casali (far left) led a brainstorming workshop with the Fox
Valley Jewish Neighbors organization before creating a mosaic mural in Geneva. Casali
will hold similar workshops at the DeKalb Public Library on Feb. 18 and Feb. 22 to help
identify motifs and imagery for a mural that will be created on DeKalb City Hall. All
community members are encouraged to attend. (Photo courtesy of the City of DeKalb)

Community invited to participate in City Hall mural design

By Eli Tecktiel, Lifestyle Writer | February 3, 2023

DeKALB – The City of DeKalb has announced plans for a new mural and they’re looking to local residents for inspiration. According to a press release from the city, NIU alum and artist Danielle Casali will lead two workshops where attendees will...

A screengrab of Peace Road on Google Maps.

City Council: Construction to widen Peace Road to begin this fall

By Northern Star Staff | September 16, 2022

DeKALB — At their Sept. 12 meeting, the DeKalb City Council approved the initiative to widen Peace Road and improve safety within the area of construction. Peace Road will be widened to four lanes from the tollway to Macom Drive. This is the first...

Vendor Larsons County Market sells at the DeKalb Farmers Market every Thursday

Small businesses expand at DeKalb Farmers’ Market

By Joey Trella, Marketing Team Coordinator | July 1, 2022
DeKalb Farmers' Market in downtown DeKalb allows residents to explore local vendors and small businesses until September.
8 alderpeople at DeKalb City Council meeting on Monday.

City Council approves Lincoln Highway lane reduction

By Ally Formeller | April 26, 2022
City Council approved the reduction of Lincoln Highway from four lanes to three to make it safer for pedestrians.
NIU bus driver waits at the bus stop on University Circle. NIU public transit, which includes the Huskie Line busses will no longer require masks.

DeKalb public transit drops mask mandate

By Ally Formeller | April 24, 2022
Huskie Line and Greyhound bus passengers will no longer be required to wear a mask following the updated federal mandate.
The Hillcrest shopping mall, 1011 to 1027 W. Hillcrest Drive, is set to be demolished on May 10.  DeKalb Public Works has begun harvesting scrap metal, refrigerators and AC units for recycling.

City prepares Hillcrest shopping mall for demolition

By Elisa Reamer | April 21, 2022
The Hunter Hillcrest shopping mall will be demolished May 10 with plans to build a grocery store and a social services facility on the land.
The dispensary will be a new addition to the chain of dispensaries owned under nuEra Cannabis, which is one of the largest dispensary chains in Illinois. The DeKalb dispensary would add an additional store to the already existing 6 nuEra stores in Illinois.

Dispensary awaits license to sell cannabis in Junction Center

By Parker Otto | April 12, 2022
DeKalb is expected to get one or two dispensaries within the city. One is currently leasing a building but needs licensing to sell.
City Manager Bill Nicklas at the City Council meeting Monday, talking about new financial plan that will be used from 2022 through 2024.

City Council unveils possible financial plan

By Parker Otto | March 20, 2022
City Council discussed a financial plan to replace the 2016 strategic plan.
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.
8 alderpeople at DeKalb City Council meeting on Monday.

Pappas Development under consideration by city council

By Elisa Reamer | January 22, 2022

DeKALB — The City Council will discuss passing an ordinance on first reading Monday to allow Pappas Development to annex .68 acres of unincorporated DeKalb to build an apartment complex on the land where Buhr’s Landscaping and Lawn Care was on Barber...

The Falling $5, 1440 Sycamore Road, is a bin store full of miscellaneous items.

Local business gives residents bang for their buck

By Kurt Bitting | January 21, 2022

DeKALB — Every Saturday, over a dozen residents from the DeKalb community line up outside a storefront in the shopping center across from Hopkins Park, hoping to be the first to find the best deals the day has to offer. Every day feels like Black Friday...