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A sign denoting a polling location hangs from the door of Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center, the on-campus polling location for the consolidated election Tuesday in DeKalb. The election saw a 10% turnout for registered voters in DeKalb County. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

DeKalb City Council election results trickle in

By Bridgette Fox, Written Managing Editor | April 4, 2023

Editor’s note: This piece will be updated to reflect the results as votes are counted. Unofficial results can be found on the DeKalb County website. DeKALB – Elections for DeKalb City Council alderman in wards 1, 3, 5 and 7 were held Tuesday. This...

DeKalb City Council candidate profiles

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | April 4, 2023


Second ward Alderwoman Barb Larson (left) and Fourth Ward Alderman Greg Perkins shake the hands of local Vietnam veterans during the City Council meeting Monday at the DeKalb Public Library. The veterans were honored in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of National Vietnam War Veterans Day on Wednesday. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

Vietnam veterans honored at city council

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | March 28, 2023

DeKALB – Local Vietnam veterans were honored at the Monday DeKalb City Council meeting, commemorating National Vietnam War Veterans Day on the 50th anniversary of the day U.S. troops left Vietnam, March 29. Veterans from the DeKalb American Legion,...

Huskie Line bus sitting outside of Holmes Student Center.

NIU anticipates $2.06 million to keep Huskie Line going round and round

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | February 28, 2023

DeKALB – NIU will pay approximately $2.06 million to the city of DeKalb for the campus’ usage of the Huskie Bus Line and other paratransit services for 2023. The DeKalb City Council approved the annual ordinance for NIU’s contribution to the...

The location for Excelleaf Dispensary, which was approved for a special permit to operate in the city of DeKalb, sits vacant at 305 E. Locust St. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

City Council approves dispensary special permit

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | February 14, 2023

DeKALB – DeKalb City Council approved a special permit for Excelleaf Dispensary during Monday’s meeting, marking the official sanctioning of the first cannabis dispensary in the city and DeKalb County. The location was approved last Monday at the...

A view of the Union Pacific owned train tracks looking southwest from the currently out-of-service DeKalb train station parking lot at the corner of East Locust Street and North 6th Street in downtown DeKalb. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Firm begins DeKalb Metra study

By Colin Kempsell | January 31, 2023

DeKALB – NIU is missing a major mode of transportation: A commuter rail. This could change in the coming years as the city evaluates the possibility of a Metra train station and has already begun investing in one. On Jan. 9, the DeKalb City Council...

City council accepting proposals for land near Greek Row

By Colin Kempsell | January 23, 2023

DeKALB – The DeKalb City Council is accepting proposals for the purchase of vacant land in the North Annie Glidden neighborhood, adjacent to NIU’s Greek Row. The plot of land on the corner of Hillcrest Drive and Blackhawk Road has been the subject...

DeKalb could see a Metra train line and station in the future.

Metra could come to DeKalb following new study

By Colin Kempsell | January 10, 2023

DeKALB – The DeKalb City Council gave the green light Monday to fund a transportation study that could bring a Metra train line and station to the city. The city council voted unanimously in favor of the study to be conducted by Sam Schwartz Consulting...

From left to right: Alderperson Barb Larson, Alderperson Carolyn Morris, Alderperson Greg Perkins, Alderperson Tracy Smith, Mayor Cohen Barnes, Alderperson Scott McAdams

Pappas Developments receives green light from city council

By Elisa Reamer | January 24, 2022

DeKALB — DeKalb City Council passed an ordinance 6-0 on first reading at its meeting Monday to annex .68 acres of land along Barber Greene Road that was outside of corporate city limits. The land will join 1.8 acres that are already within city limits...

8 alderpeople at DeKalb City Council meeting on Monday.

Pappas Development under consideration by city council

By Elisa Reamer | January 22, 2022

DeKALB — The City Council will discuss passing an ordinance on first reading Monday to allow Pappas Development to annex .68 acres of unincorporated DeKalb to build an apartment complex on the land where Buhr’s Landscaping and Lawn Care was on Barber...

Hookah bar business could be increased by marijuana

By Jack Baudoin, Lifestyle writer | February 16, 2020

The legal smoking age of tobacco was raised from 18 to 21 in December. Because of this, many hookah bars have found themselves struggling after a large portion of their customers became unable to partake in business. Aromas Hookah Bar, 811 W. Lincoln...

City council accepts grant to include hard-to-count populations in the 2020 Census

By Kierra Frazier | February 11, 2020

DeKALB — DeKalb City Council members passed a resolution at Monday night’s meeting to accept a grant of $73,930 from the Illinois Department of Human Services to help include the city’s hard-to-count populations for the 2020 Census. Hard-to-count...