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City of DeKalb acts on tenant association concerns

A boarded-up window stands at the condemned 808 Ridge Drive apartments.

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" content="<p>Contact the DeKalb Tenant&...

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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 two NIU police officers and Donald Grady, former NIU police c...

Gay marriage OK’d in DeKalb

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 wedding. Cook, born and raised in DeKalb, and Pau...

Clay Campbell displeased with Curl plea

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 when Curl was charged, was displeased with the d...

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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." Williams issued a statement today through his lawyer saying he was unsure why he was the subject of an FBI...

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

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 Illinois State Police investigate the NIU Po...

Former NIU police officer Rifkin’s case dismissed

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 State’s Attorney’s Office with two key witness s...

NIU PD’s history under Grady: Timeline

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

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 he did not know yet if Ramakrishnan would receive ...

NIU names new director of Public Safety; Grady still chief

Bill Nicklas

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 acting director of public safety, according to NIU Tod...

Schmack upends Campbell in narrow election

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.

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 said just minutes after the unofficial results wer...

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

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

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 ISP to focus on the mishandling of evidence in th...