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Frank Dicaccio, DeKalbs asylum seekers citizens committee representative, shares the committees progress to the Council and the audience on Monday at the City Council meeting. The asylum seekers citizens committee is gathering assistance from local non-profits to accommodate migrants seeking asylum in the Chicago-land area. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

City Council discusses migrants finding refuge in Dekalb

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | February 13, 2024

DeKALB – Conversations of how the city of DeKalb would support migrants seeking asylum from the U.S. border brought financial considerations and an update to a pressing national issue to City Council Monday. Council and community members came with...

Community members attending the DeKalb City Councils meeting on April 10. The City Council could not pick a proposal for the use of land between West Hillcrest Drive and Blackhawk Road. (Rachel Cormier)

City Council unable to choose proposal for Greek Row lot

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | April 11, 2023

DeKALB – The City Council meeting was flooded with over 50 community members, many in line to voice public comments about the council’s decision to either accept the “Greek Life” or the “Community Gardens” proposal to fill the former Annie...

The now-closed campus theater stands May 20 at the corner of Blackhawk Road and West Hillcrest Road.

Revitalization continues with steering committee

By Noah Thornburgh | May 20, 2019

The now-closed campus theater stands May 20 at the corner of Blackhawk Road and West Hillcrest Road.

Students plan garden plots Tuesday at the Communiversity Gardens. The gardens are meant to reduce food insecurity in DeKalb, according to DeKalb County Community Gardens Director Dan Kenney.

Garden feeds hungry DeKalb

By Sophia Mullowney | April 24, 2019

Students plan garden plots Tuesday at the Communiversity Gardens. The gardens are meant to reduce food insecurity in DeKalb, according to DeKalb County Community Gardens Director Dan Kenney.

Panelists (from left to right) Undergraduate Program Director Laura Vazquez and panelists involved in the making of her film answer questions following its screening Sunday at the DeKalb Public Library.

Local award-winning film explores better use of land and hunger issues in DeKalb County

By Taher Zeitoun | November 4, 2018

Panelists (from left to right) Undergraduate Program Director Laura Vazquez and panelists involved in the making of her film answer questions following its screening Sunday at the DeKalb Public Library.

Foundation to hold annual preservation meeting

By Northern Star staff | March 21, 2016

The DeKalb County Farmland Foundation will hold its annual meeting 10 a.m. Saturday at Panera Bread, 2476 Sycamore Road.Anyone who is interested in the preservation of farmland, wetlands or other lands in DeKalb County is encouraged to attend, according...

Alumna Elizabeth Justice collects rotten tomatoes to be used as compost Oct. 5 at the NIU Communiversity Gardens on the east side of Anderson Hall. 

Panel discussion brings Hunger Action Month to close

By Northern Star staff | September 29, 2015

A panel discussion about hunger need will be held as a part of Hunger Action Month on Wednesday. The discussion, Think Global. Act Local: Hunger Action Month, will be presented by NIU and the Northern Illinois Food Bank to present 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in...

Egyptian Theatre to hold screening of ‘@home’

By Northern Star staff | March 31, 2015

The Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., will hold a screening of “@home” at 7 p.m. April 7.The one-hour documentary film “@home” follows social activist Mark Horvath across the United States while he observes and interviews people suffering from...

Community Gardens leader pushes for food hub to get produce to NIU

By Northern Star staff | February 16, 2015

Executive Director Dan Kenney said the DeKalb County Community Gardens is starting a program called the Northern Illinois Regional Food Hub and Processing Center to help NIU get fresh produce for residence hall food.Kenney said he also started the program...

Community garden to be built for high school

By Jessica Christofersen | November 5, 2014

DeKalb County Community Gardens plans to start a garden west of DeKalb High School so students can get their hands dirty while learning about agriculture.Dan Kenney, DeKalb Community Gardens director, said the organization leased a 4-acre plot west of...

Community Gardens coordinator Kathryn Olsen examines kale plants Oct. 5 at a gardens event. Dan Kenney, DeKalb County Community Gardens executive director, is working with Kirkland farmer Gene Heinsohn to win a grant that would bring $5,000 to the Garden Paths of Hope project. The project seeks ot create a farm where people with disabilities or the homeless can work to develop life skills they can’t learn elsewhere.

Charity farm vies for grant in competition

By Harry Myers | October 14, 2014

When Kirkland farmer Gene Heinsohn’s newborn son, Scottie, was diagnosed with Down syndrome, Heinsohn thought about what could be done to help his child.Realizing what he wanted for Scottie was not a school program but a community of understanding and...

DeKalb plans to improve sustainability

By Kristin Maglabe | September 23, 2014

The city is on board with a plan to make streets more accessible to biking and walking after receiving public comments on the matter, said Dan Kenney of the Citizen Environmental Commission.The Citizen Environmental Commission has been drafting a plan...