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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...

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

By Colin Kempsell, Senior News Reporter | 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...

Monarch butterflies cling to branches in their winter nesting grounds in El Rosario Sanctuary, near Ocampo, Michoacan state, Mexico, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. 

Monarch butterfly activists are being murdered in Mexico. Could it happen here?

By Noah Thornburgh | February 4, 2020

Many midwesterners will remember spotting monarch butterflies floating over the region’s prairies in the dog days of August, hunting for milkweed after their long flight from the south. Eastern Monarch sightings have been rare after a long period of...

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...

New laws affect university life

By Noah Johnson | January 15, 2020

DeKALB — Over 250 new laws went into effect in Illinois at the start of the new year, some of which impact higher education in Illinois.Retention of Illinois Students and Equity ActHB 2691 allows transgender and undocumented students to be eligible...

Festive events bring the holiday spirit to DeKalb

Festive events bring the holiday spirit to DeKalb

By Jacob Roushia | December 17, 2019

DeKalb - Organizations including NIU’s Supportive Professional Staff Council, the Egyptian Theatre and The DeKalb Public Library will host festive events throughout December.Supportive Professional Staff CouncilNIU’s Supportive Professional Staff...

Solar energy to lower tenants’ ComEd bills

By Noah Thornburgh | December 9, 2019

Editor's note: This story is part of a collaboration with WNIJ. Read WNIJ Reporter Sarah Jesmer's story here and listen to her broadcast here. Listen to WNIJ's broadcast on why we came to this story here.DeKALB — On 19 acres of unincorporated DeKalb...