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Solar energy to lower tenants’ ComEd bills

Noah Thornburgh

December 9, 2019

Editor's note: This story is part of a collaboration with WNIJ. Read WNIJ Reporter Sarah Jesmer's story here and listen to her broadcast here. Listen to WNIJ's broadcast on why we came to this story here.DeKALB — On 19 acres of unincorporated DeKalb County land, over 7,000 solar modules point straight up. When they’re activated in late January, ...

Dean of Students addresses Maxient during SA meeting

Kelly Wesener Michael, associate vice president of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, speaks about reinvigorating Huskie Pride during a Faculty Senate meeting.

Dan McAnally

February 16, 2018

Dean of Students Kelly Wesener Michael spoke to the Student Association Senate at a meeting Sunday about the university’s use of Maxient.Maxient, a recording-keeping software, has kept files of students involved in a number of situations, such as being the witness to a crime, behavioral concerns an...

Severe wind causes series of blackouts in campus housing

Northern Star staff

February 22, 2016

NIU experienced a series of blackouts Friday due to 70 mph winds.All the problems were due to high winds, said NIU Spokesperson Joe King. Repairs and maintenance had to be done by ComEd, King said.Northern View Community had no power for approximately 12 hours and was offered alternate housing. Only 6-10 peo...

Parts of Lincoln Highway shut down after car strikes pole

Northern Star staff

January 26, 2015

Portions of East Lincoln Highway around a former Farm & Fleet have been shut down due to fallen wires in the street, according to a Facebook post by the DeKalb Police Department.A police spokesperson said a vehicle struck a pole and knocked it down, along with a live wire, into the street. The spokesperso...

Pass/Fail: Roads around Greek Row get brighter; SA gives out too much money for food

Mohammed Taha Faridi

November 11, 2014

Pass: Roads around Greek Row get brighterGreek Row is not well-lit, but that’s going to change soon.ComEd plans to install additional street lamps in the Greek Row area later this month, which will make it safer for students to walk home at night.The streets around Greek Row — Hillcrest, Kimberly ...

Master your domain: owe no gold

Dan Martynowicz

January 30, 2012

"The Man," more commonly known as ComEd, Comcast, Nicor and your apartment complex, expects you to pay your bills. They want their money, and they want it on time. Or else.Paying bills isn't fun, but it is awesome. Allow me to explain. 1) Staying out of "Debtor's Prison" is awesome: Luckily, you don't...

DeKalb City Council considers changes to city’s energy supplier

Kelly Bauer

November 6, 2011

A referendum for changes to DeKalb's energy supplier could be on the ballot by March 2012.The change would entail finding a different energy generator, one that would supply energy to local businesses and families for less money. DeKalb Mayor Kris Povlsen said currently Commonwealth Edison buys its e...

Crime stoppers seeks information on ComEd substation theft

Hailey Kurth

October 19, 2011

Crime Stoppers is looking for information regarding a theft at the ComEd substation at 3680 Somonauk Road in Sandwich. The theft occurred between Aug. 25 and 29. Access was gained through cuts in the perimeter fence and 54 sections of bare copper grounding cable, each approximately two to seven feet in l...

Bill to raise electric rates may override Gov. Quinn veto

Thomas Verschelde

September 18, 2011

Some members of the Ill. General Assembly said a bill that would raise electric rates might have enough support to override Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn's veto. Quinn vetoed the bill Sept. 12. The bill would raise electric rates by updating the technology and infrastructure of Illinois' electrical grids. One of...

Storm brings down the house: Severe weather, high winds leave 11,700 DeKalb County residents without electricity

A tree branch breaks and lands on top of a garage after a severe
thunderstorm Monday morning. The storm, along with high winds, left
11,700 people in DeKalb County without electricity for the majority
of the day.

Jimmy Johnson

July 13, 2011

A severe thunderstorm Monday morning left about 11,700 ComEd customers in DeKalb County without power.Paul Callighan, ComED External Affairs manager, said the storm affected 12,500 customers total and would be a "multi-day restoration effort."As of Monday afternoon, four fire crews had been sent out to...

Fire results in estimated $20K of damages

Firefighters battle an electrical fire at 414 Prospect St. in DeKalb Tuesday morning.

Shaun Zinck

April 19, 2011

DeKALB | The DeKalb Fire Department is investigating an electrical fire that occurred Tuesday morning just one block from city hall. Police received a call at 10:31 a.m. on Tuesday about an electrical meter on fire at a house located at 414 Prospect St., said DeKalb Fire Chief Bruce Harrison. According ...

ComEd requests meter readings be submitted online

Northern Star Staff

February 1, 2011

DeKalb | ComEd requested through an automated phone message Tuesday afternoon that customers record and submit their own meter readings. The message said employees may be unable to take meter readings due to "the extreme weather conditions." The message, said customers could avoid an estimated bill by...