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Photos from a WNIJ public records request to the DeKalb County Health Department. Photos were sent to Health Department officials at various times via email since 2016. Photos and emails do not reflect internal remedial efforts made in response by Suburban management or maintenance crews, and it’s unclear whether management was made aware of tenant concerns before tenants reached out to the health department.

Tenants living in unincorporated apartments report health concerns to county

By Sarah Jesmer | December 9, 2019

Editor's note: This story is part of a collaboration with WNIJ. Listen to this story's radio broadcast here. Read News Editor Noah Thornburgh's story here. Listen to WNIJ's broadcast on why we came to this story here.DeKALB — County renters and landlords...

Council approves settlement with Talkington

Council approves settlement with Talkington

By Kierra Frazier | January 17, 2019

DeKALB — Former Interim City Manager Molly Talkington will continue to be paid her normal bi-weekly salary, despite Talkington filing a complaint against the city.City Council agreed on a settlement Monday night between the city of DeKalb and Talkington.Talkington...

City officials OK patrol radios

By Jessie Kern | April 5, 2018

The DeKalb City Council unanimously approved the proposal for the police department and fire department to purchase $171,000 in public safety radios.The City Council held a Special City Council Meeting Wednesday to discuss the purchase of these public...

City Council: Liquor sale hours debated

By Sam Malone | September 14, 2017

DeKALB — City council denied an amendment to an ordinance Monday that would have extended the legal hours of alcohol sales for grocery stores in the DeKalb county area.City Attorney Dean Frieders introduced the motion to amend ordinance 2017-040 and...

City Council discusses marijuana policy

By Julia Martinez | September 29, 2016

DeKALB | DeKalb City Council members discussed making the fine for possessing cannabis cheaper during a Monday City Council meeting at the DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St.Chapter 52 of the DeKalb Municipal Code states that no person shall...

Unlawful assembly ordinances draft discussed by community

By Madison Kacer | February 4, 2016

DeKalb residents and NIU students and faculty discussed two unlawful assembly ordinances drafted by the City of DeKalb for nearly four hours at a DeKalb Human Relations Commission meeting Tuesday.The ordinances were unanimously passed during the first...

Amirius Clinton (left), junior political science major, stands beside Father Michael Pfleger and other protestors during the Peace March on Dec. 31 in Chicago. Clinton said an unlawful assemblies ordinance by the City Council is in response to past student protests involving NIU students, such as Black Lives Matter protests and the Peace March.

Ordinance to target unlawful protests

By Alex Chettiath | January 25, 2016

Amirius Clinton, junior political science major, said the potential unlawful assemblies ordinance is a “slap in the face for law-abiding citizens.”The draft ordinance, which DeKalb Mayor John Rey has pushed from today’s City Council agenda in an...

Alderman to resign effective Friday

Alderman to resign effective Friday

By Northern Star | October 13, 2015

Seventh ward Alderman Monica O'Leary's resignation will become effective Friday.O' Leary submitted a letter of resignation via email Saturday, which was read by Mayor John Rey at City Council on Monday. O'Leary was absent at Monday's meeting.Originally,...

City Attorney Dean Frieders speaks during the June 22 City Council meeting. The city approved a new Freedom of Information Act policy.

City passes FOIA policy

By Margaret Maka | June 29, 2015

City Council approved a 27-page policy pertaining to Freedom of Information Act requests made to DeKalb at a June 22 meeting.The Freedom of Information Act states government bodies must present all documents and records, permitting certain exceptions,...

Some citizens still concerned over $50K cost of DeKalb website redesign

By Kristin Maglabe | March 29, 2015

Correction: In a March 30 article, “Some citizens still concerned over $50K cost of DeKalb website redesign,” the Northern Star reported the Department of Justice told DeKalb the city’s website did not meet the Americans with Disabilities Act’s...

Fire inspection ordinance passes after FOCUS edits

By Kristin Maglabe | February 26, 2015

Some business owners and aldermen still had concerns when an inspection ordinance passed 4-3 Monday at City Council.The fire safety inspection ordinance was created by city staff in cooperation with DeKalb Fire Chief Eric Hicks, shareholders and property...

FOCUS DeKalb still wants inspections ordinance changes

By Kristin Maglabe | February 12, 2015

Despite postponing a first reading so changes could be made to the fire safety inspections ordinance, FOCUS DeKalb members are still saying parts of the ordinance are not friendly to businesses.FOCUS, a group of business persons and property owners dedicated...