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Graduate students can form unions

By Dan Doren, News Reporter | January 12, 2020

DeKALB — Graduate and research assistants at Illinois public universities can now legally unionize with the start of the new year.A recent amendment to the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act redefines the term “student” to no longer include...

NIU student suing drunk driver

By Morgan Fink | February 23, 2017

DeKALB — NIU student Evan Cortez, 23, is in the early phases of suing John Yanni, 25, of St. Charles, after sustaining injuries in a drunk driving accident that killed a DeKalb High School student.Yanni, a firefighter and paramedic with the Fox River...

Leon Kincaid, former Student Association Senator, speaks during a Veterans’ Day ceremony Nov. 11, 2014, at a flagpole near Altgeld Hall.

SA moves to dismiss former Senator’s suit

By Northern Star staff | November 17, 2016

Leon Kincaid, former Student Association Senator, speaks during a Veterans’ Day ceremony Nov. 11, 2014, at a flagpole near Altgeld Hall.

Shoppers and artists mingle at the Northern Illinois Art Show sponsored by Kishwaukee Valley Art League. The event is held annually on the County Courthouse lawn during the first weekend of June.

Kishwaukee Valley Art League spreads education, appreciation of art

By Olivia Willoughby | February 26, 2012

There is a league in DeKalb County. Not superheroes with a mission of justice, but artists with a mission to spread the education and appreciation of art. Founded by Virginia Lary in 1972, the Kishwaukee Valley Art League serves artists in the DeKalb...

Prosecution files for Thrailkill arraignment

Prosecution files for Thrailkill arraignment

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | January 30, 2012

State's attorney Clay Campbell filed a motion for an arraignment for the man charged with the murder of NIU student Steven Agee II, 22, at a status hearing on Monday.During the arraignment, the charges against Chaz Thrailkill, 19, of Markham, Ill., will...

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Playboy Bunnies hop into town

By Melissa McKenna | September 16, 2011

It was early Thursday morning when Sycamore resident Candy Morris' daughter told her cameras were crowding the lawn of the old courthouse. Not needing to be told twice, Morris decided to see for herself what all the commotion was about. "I was going to...

William Curl

Evidence exchange in Curl case continues

By Kyla Gardner | May 3, 2011

DeKALB | The state of Illinois turned over nearly 4,000 pages of evidence Tuesday to the defense attorney of William P. Curl, the DeKalb man charged with the murder of Antinette "Toni" Keller. Clay Campbell, DeKalb county state's attorney, gave evidence...

Orozco receives new attorney in status hearing

Orozco receives new attorney in status hearing

By Dave Gong | April 27, 2011

DeKALB | One of the men charged in the April 5 shooting of NIU linebacker Devon Butler appeared in court Wednesday for a status hearing. Former NIU student Mark Orozco is charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated discharge...

Courthouse expansion funds to be determined

By Thomas Verschelde | April 12, 2011

DeKALB |The fate of a $500,000 proposal to expand the DeKalb County Courthouse will be decided by the county board April 20. The oversight committee of the courthouse proposed the money as a contingency fund. "No matter what you do you never know what...

Sycamore rich with history

By Junae Bennett | March 28, 2011

SYCAMORE | Sycamore is one of the oldest cities in the area, established in 1835. Carlos Lattin built the 1st home in Sycamore in 1835, said Mayor Ken Mundy. Farmers settled the area and opened several stores after Eli Barnes built the 1st commercial...

Brown bag event presents history of DeKalb County Courthouse

By Meaghan Harms | March 3, 2011

About 50 people came out to the Sycamore History Museum for its monthly brown bag lunch event Thursday. The presentation was on the history of the DeKalb County Courthouse. Sue Breese, Joiner History Room volunteer and Sycamore Library assistant, spoke...

William Curl, 34, of DeKalb, has been charged with the murder of NIU freshman Antinette Toni Keller.

Curl psychologically fit to stand trial, will be arraigned on Tuesday

By Kyla Gardner | February 17, 2011

William Curl has been deemed psychologically fit to stand trial. The decision was announced by Regina Harris, Curl's public defender, at a court status update Thursday morning. Curl, 34, is the man charged with the murder of Antinette "Toni" Keller. Curl...