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Cars and a motorcycle pass a blocks worth of stores in downtown Dekalb. In 2022, tourism in DeKalb County increased over 10%. (Northern Star File Photo)

DeKalb tourism contributes to record economic growth

By Brandon Clark, News Reporter | September 7, 2023

DeKALB – Visitors, and their wallets, are flocking to DeKalb County for all it has to offer.  Recent data released by the Illinois Office of Tourism showed that in 2022 tourism spending in DeKalb County increased by more than 10%, resulting in $123.4...

(From left) Sen. Dick Durbin, Rep. Lauren Underwood and NIU President Lisa Freeman begin their tour of the clean room lab Wednesday on the second floor of the NIU College of Engineering and Engineering Technology. Underwood previously visited the lab on Jan. 20 after she secured a grant for NIU, one of the 15 projects selected for Community Projects Funding in May 2022. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Members of Congress visit NIU, update microchip funding

By Rachel Cormier and Caleb Johnson | April 5, 2023

DeKALB – Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. Lauren Underwood provided an update on the $1 million in funding for the Advanced Electronics Initiative and the $1.5 million in funding for a new microchip fabrication lab in the College of Engineering and Engineering...

The sun sets beyond the west side of campus Tuesday as drivers pass down Lucinda Avenue. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

DeKalb County under winter advisory, snow storm to pass

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor | February 21, 2023

DeKALB – Freezing rain is expected to accumulate up to a 10th of an inch, causing hazardous driving conditions as DeKalb County has been issued a Winter Weather Advisory by the National Weather Service. Most of Northern Illinois will experience minor...

Individuals voting in DeKalb discuss their voting experience for the 2022 midterm elections.

AP: Underwood, Pritzker keep seats after 2022 midterm elections

By Madelaine Vikse, Abigail Lamoreaux, and Colin Kempsell | November 9, 2022

This story will be continuously updated to include new information as it becomes available. The last time this story was updated was at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10. DeKALB – Governor J.B. Pritzker and 14th Congressional District Representative Lauren...

To sign up for alerts text “FreeGroceries” to 8447272012 to sign up. (Madelaine Vikse | Northern Star)

DeKalb County mobile food pantry announces new events, text alert system

By Colin Kempsell | August 24, 2022

DeKALB — The DeKalb County Community Gardens (DCCG) mobile food pantry is coming to town for multiple events throughout the month of September. The “Grow Mobile” food pantry is a joint effort provided by the DeKalb County Health Department, the...

Michael Thomas is sworn-in as Fire Chief before the DeKalb City Council on April 11.

New DeKalb Fire Chief aims to make department more efficient

By Ally Formeller | April 24, 2022
DeKalb County's new fire chief wants to invest in new tools or more efficient technologies to better the fire staff and community.
Terrance Gray’s contribution, American Gothic_Breaking Ground done with Gouache on Rives paper.

Art exhibit showcases the history of race relations in DeKalb

By Gabriel Fiorini | December 20, 2021

DeKALB — The DeKalb County History Center and the Ellwood House Museum have collaborated on a virtual exhibit entitled “Arts in Action,” investigating the history of race relations in DeKalb County through the artwork of nine visual artists and...

‘Dialogue’ series begins

‘Dialogue’ series begins

By Ashley Dwy | February 20, 2020

DeKALB — The Student Government Association hosted a “Deliberative Dialogue” meeting about gun violence, where students discussed their opinions on gun control from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the Holmes Student Center OASIS.There were three full tables...

First ward alderperson Carolyn Morris speaks to students Wednesday at the Holmes Student Center, OASIS Commons, about getting involved with local government.

Officials discuss public service

By Dan Doren | February 17, 2020

DeKALB — In America, anyone can run for public office, regardless of political background. What is required is the commitment to making a difference, local government leaders said.Four local elected officials offered insight into pursuing a career in...

A plaque placed below the tree has Holmes name and dedication written on it for students and anyone who walks by.

Namesake: Holmes Student Center tree dedicated to fifth university president

By Parker Otto | January 27, 2020

On the East side of the Holmes Student Center, facing Normal Road, is an oak tree with a plaque dedicated to a man named Leslie A. Holmes from 1975. While this tree may go unnoticed at times, the oak and the student center behind it are both named in...

Common Grounds to host Freestyle Art Night

By Parker Otto | January 22, 2020

Coffee lovers of DeKalb will be able to make their own works of art while drinking locally brewed coffee at Common Grounds. The local coffeehouse will be hosting a Freestyle Art Night from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday which will be open to all and will provide...