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DeKalb County Board election results announced

By Northern Star Staff | November 3, 2020

The following are the apparent winners of the election for DeKalb County Board as of 10:40 p.m. Nov. 3, according to the DeKalb County election reporting console. County Board Member District 1: Kathleen Lampkins (R): 69.21% of vote with 3023 votes. County...

Democratic candidate for state representative pushes for bipartisan collaboration

By Dan Doren | September 6, 2019

Paul Stoddard, a DeKalb County Board member running for state representative of the 70th Illinois House district in 2020, had his campaign kick-off event 5:30 p.m. Thursday at 720 Somonauk Street in Sycamore. There, Stoddard gave a speech on his reasons...

Turbines to expand, group to block effort

By Northern Star Staff | May 7, 2018

DeKALB — The DeKalb County Board approved a wind ordinance, now expanding the proposed project to the northern part of DeKalb County, raising concern among residents.The 500-foot wind turbines will be visible throughout the county and Concerned Citizens...

Board of Trustees carelessness comes at heavy costs

Board of Trustee’s carelessness comes at heavy costs

By Editorial Board | April 19, 2018

 The Northern Star Editorial Board finds the outcome of the NIU Board of Trustees vs Misty Haji-Sheikh case to be costly and unnecessarily difficult when compared to a lawsuit filed by Sid Kincaid in 2016.Sid Kincaid, former Student Association senator,...

Daniel Biss, 9th District senator and Democratic gubernatorial candidate, speaks to a crowd of more than 50 attendees Tuesday in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student Center.

‘Illinois should work for everybody’; gubernatorial candidate Biss discusses tuition-free higher education

By Sara Rasmussen | February 8, 2018

DeKALB — Over 50 people braved Monday night’s winter weather advisory to attend a discussion by Daniel Biss, 9th District Senator and governor Democratic candidate.Biss, who has teamed up with Rep. Litesa Wallace, Democratic candidate Lieutenant Governor,...

Fairdale residents celebrate first rebuilds

By Mateusz Kruk | September 21, 2015
A partially constructed house is seen Sunday in Fairdale. Residents of the unincorporated township held a welcome home party Sunday to honor all that was lost and celebrate the gathering of the community in the reconstruction of the area. “We are a lot closer,” said Don Brown, 61, of Fairdale, about the residents who survived the tornado.
An April 9 tornado left a path of destruction on April 9 along Route 251 and Route 64. 

DeKalb Board approves Fairdale rezone

By Northern Star staff | July 2, 2015

Fairdale residents whose homes were destroyed by a tornado on April 9 will be able to apply for less restrictive building permits Thursday.The DeKalb County Board approved an ordinance that rezoned the unincorporated town of Fairdale, allowing residents...

City, county to apply for $3.5M for transit facility

City, county to apply for $3.5M for transit facility

By Kristin Maglabe | April 30, 2015

The city and county of DeKalb are requesting more than $3.5 million in grants from the Illinois Department of Transportation for a new public transit facility due to growth in ridership and vehicles.DeKalb County’s Voluntary Action Center, an organization...

Diane DeMers, resident of the Ellwood Historic Neighborhood, expresses her concerns over the implementation of a enterprise zone in DeKalb at a Monday City Council meeting in the DeKalb Municipal Building. DeMers brought photographs of a strip mall at the corner of Annie Glidden Highway and Hillcrest Drive to show attendees what an enterprise zone could create in the Ellwood Historic Neighborhood. An enterprise zone is an area within a community where companies receive incentives, including tax credits and exemptions.

Locals push against enterprise zoning

By Kristin Maglabe | October 27, 2014

The John and Harrison Street area will be excluded from DeKalb’s proposed enterprise zone, a move that was announced at City Council Monday.Enterprise zones are areas within communities where companies can take advantage of special state incentives,...

Civil case fee will fund child custody exchange program

By Alissa Jacob | May 1, 2014

DeKalb County Board approved a Neutral Site Custody Exchange Fund to help the children of divorced parents by keeping the parents apart to prevent conflicts.The fund will collect $8 from the plaintiff and defendant of civil cases, according to minute...

Bridge repair to benefit Soybean Association

By Alissa Jacob | April 29, 2014

The Illinois Soybean Association and DeKalb County Board members said they are relieved Illinois made an agreement with DeKalb County to fix a local bridge.The bridge is over the south branch of the Kishwaukee River, crossing Keslinger Road in Afton Township....

County looks for replacement sober house

By Alissa Jacob | April 22, 2014

The DeKalb County Board continues to look for a replacement location for the Sober Living House Project.Jeff Metzger, chairman of the DeKalb County Board, said the announcement of the cancellation of the Sober Living House was at a special meeting of...