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A boarded-up window stands at 808 Ridge Drive apartments in 2019.

City of DeKalb acts on tenant association concerns

By Kierra Frazier | August 28, 2019

DeKALB — A proclamation was put in place during Monday night’s City Council meeting where current and former tenants of Hunter Properties spoke about property issues they experienced while leasing with the company.{{tncms-inline alignment="right"...

U.S. District judge dismisses Rifkin lawsuit

U.S. District judge dismisses Rifkin lawsuit

By Keith Hernandez | July 22, 2015

An Illinois district judge has dismissed a civil lawsuit by Andrew Rifkin, former NIU police officer, for alleged constitutional due process violations in a Dec. 23, 2011, indictment — one that never went to trial.Rifkin filed civil lawsuit claims against...

Gay marriage OK’d in DeKalb

By Kelley Byrne | March 16, 2014

DeKalb County issued its first marriage license for a same-sex couple on Thursday.For Darla Cook, 57, and Jaelyn Paulsen, 50, March 17 holds a special meaning as it is the anniversary of their 2010 civil union and will now be the anniversary of their...

Clay Campbell displeased with Curl plea

By Kelly Bauer | April 3, 2013

Clay Campbell (right), former DeKalb County state's attorney, speaks to journalists following a news conference he held after William Curl pleaded guilty to the murder of NIU student Toni Keller as part of a plea deal. Campbell, who was state's attorney...

Williams placed on paid leave following FBIs search

Williams placed on paid leave following FBI’s search

By Kelly Bauer | March 8, 2013

Eddie Williams, chief of operations and executive vice president of Finance and Facilities, has been placed on paid leave following Wednesday's FBI probe. According to a news release from the university, the choice was made "in light of recent events."...

Some citizens starting to question Grady, NIU Police Department’s integrity

By Robert Baird | December 3, 2012

Some DeKalb residents have become wary of NIU Police Chief Donald Grady, who was placed on administrative leave on Nov. 10, and are questioning the integrity of the NIU Police Department. Last month, Clay Campbell, DeKalb County state’s attorney, requested...

Former NIU police officer Rifkin’s case dismissed

By Felix Sarver | November 27, 2012

The case against Andrew Rifkin, a former NIU police officer who was accused of sexual assault, was dismissed during a hearing on Tuesday. In recent weeks, Rifkin’s attorney, Bruce Brandwein, argued the NIU police failed to provide the DeKalb County...

NIU PD’s history under Grady: Timeline

By Kelly Bauer | November 11, 2012

The Northern Star will continue to add to this timeline as more information becomes available.  

NIU Police Chief Donald Grady put on administrative leave

NIU Police Chief Donald Grady put on administrative leave

By Kelly Bauer & Felix Sarver | November 10, 2012

NIU Police Chief Donald Grady was put on administrative leave effective immediately Saturday. That same day, Lt. Kartik Ramakrishnan was notified of the university’s intent to discharge him. Paul Palian, director of public and media relations, said...

Bill Nicklas

NIU names new director of Public Safety; Grady still chief

By Kelly Bauer | November 9, 2012

Amid calls for the department to be investigated by the State Police, the NIU Police Department will now report directly to NIU's Bill Nicklas. Nicklas, associate vice president of Institutional Planning and Sustainability, has been named the temporary...

Richard Schmack candidate for States Attorney and supporters check follow the polling updates on a smart phone during his election party at Jokers Pub in Sycamore.

Schmack upends Campbell in narrow election

By Robert Baird | November 7, 2012

After a tumultuous race, Democrat Richard Schmack was elected the next DeKalb County state’s attorney. Schmack beat out Republican incumbent Clay Campbell by 752 votes. “I’ve been working very hard on this election for over six months,” Schmack...

Campbell files request for state PD to investigate NIU Police Department, chief

Campbell files request for state PD to investigate NIU Police Department, chief

By Northern Star Staff | November 5, 2012

DeKalb County state’s attorney Clay Campbell has formally requested an investigation of the NIU Police Department and NIU Police Chief Donald Grady. Campbell’s office requested the investigation be led by the Illinois State Police (ISP) and for the...