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City Manager Bill Nicklas recently spoke on a controversial ordinance that would protect the pension of the city manager a position he has held since 1998.

Nicklas controversy cleared up in Sycamore City Council

By Dave Gong | April 12, 2011

SYCAMORE | Sycamore City Manager Bill Nicklas spoke on the recent controversy concerning an employment agreement for city manager position during the April 4 city council meeting. The ordinance included a clause designed to protect and guarantee the pension...

Phishing scam hits NIU student and faculty emails

By Dave Gong | April 12, 2011

DeKALB | On April 1, Epsilon Corporation, a third-party email marketing company, suffered a large security breach during which email addresses were obtained, possibly including a number of NIU student and faculty email addresses. According to a release...

The house at 336 College Ave. once belonged to the grandparents of Clifford J. Hunt and was used as a student house by the couple.

Former DeKalb resident writes memoir about life in the 1930s

By Dave Gong | April 11, 2011

DeKALB | Clifford J. Hunt grew up in DeKalb during the Great Depression, living in a small-farm house less than a mile from the DeKalb city limits. He reflected on his experiences 78 years later with his memoir, “Too Tough For Knickers: Growing Up Poor...

College of Education hosts Technology Conference

By Dave Gong | April 7, 2011

The College of Education will hold its third annual Technology Conference & Expo April 9 in the Holmes Student Center. The conference is titled "From the Classroom to the Boardroom" and will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. "The goal is to prepare the teachers...

Sycamore Board of Education District 427 election results

By Dave Gong | April 5, 2011

SYCAMORE | Members of the Board of Education for Sycamore Community Unit School District 427 were elected Tuesday. Kristen Wrenn received 602 votes, 32 percent of the total votes. Barb A. King received 583 votes, 31 percent of the total votes. Stephen...

Sycamore City Council approved dilling, testing for new well

By Dave Gong | April 4, 2011

SYCAMORE | The Sycamore City Council voted to approve a contract for the drilling and testing of Sycamore Well 10 Monday night. The engineering contract was awarded to Municipal Well and Pump, 1212 Storbeck Drive in Waupun, Wisc. Several members of the...

David Jacobson

Candidates for DeKalb 1st Ward Alderman

By Dave Gong | March 31, 2011

David Jacobson: Candidate for DeKalb 1st Ward Alderman (Challenger) Education: Bachelor's degree in political science-politics from NIU Experience: Jacobson said he has been a resident of DeKalb for nine years, starting when he was enrolled as a student...

Making improvements on Ellwood Historic District

By Dave Gong | March 24, 2011

DeKALB | The Ellwood Historic District Neighborhood Group met Thursday to update an earlier plan aimed at making improvements to the Ellwood Historic District. The Ellwood Historic District is located in the area encompassing Locust Street, First Street...

Establishments could get smoking ban exemption with new law

By Dave Gong | March 22, 2011

DeKALB | An Illinois House Committee passed two bills on March 9 that would grant exemptions to the smoking ban for bars and casinos. In Illinois, a smoking ban has been in place since 2008 that prohibits smoking in public establishments such as bars,...

Police departments keep underage tobacco sales in check

By Dave Gong | March 21, 2011

DeKALB | Police departments routinely conduct compliance checks on local businesses that are licensed to sell tobacco products. During a tobacco compliance check, volunteers under the age of 18 are sent into businesses to attempt to purchase tobacco products....

Letter to the Editor: Tony Martin’s articles are trash journalism

By Letter Writer | October 4, 2010

I have read several of Tony Martin's articles now, and I cannot fathom why the Northern Star allows this man to continue writing for the publication.His articles are the epitome of stilted journalism, and not the kind that I would expect to see on the...