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City Manager Bill Nicklas discusses the citys tax rates with the Council. The City Council approved the citys annual property tax levy at the City Council meeting on Nov. 13. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

Corporate levy to increase home value, not taxes

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | November 14, 2023

DeKALB – DeKalb homeowners won’t be seeing major changes to their taxes this year, but they will see their property values increase. The city of DeKalb’s corporate levy for 2024 will be $1 million higher than last year’s. The city’s corporate...

A DeKalb Police car sits parked on an overcast afternoon in front of the citys Police Headquarters.

DeKalb resident dies after on-the-road shooting, suspect charged

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | February 28, 2023

DeKALB – Deaundre Brooks, a 34-year-old resident of DeKalb, died while receiving medical care from a previous gunshot wound to his abdomen on Thursday. The victim was dropped off at the Northwestern Medicine-Kishwaukee Hospital and died while being...

Two collisions occurred on North Annie Glidden Road Thursday morning, according to the DeKalb Police Department.

DeKalb Police: Collisions on Annie Glidden Road leads to brief road closure

By Joseph Howerton, Video Editor | November 17, 2022

DeKALB – Two separate motor vehicle collisions occurred Thursday morning on North Annie Glidden Road, according to DeKalb City Police and Fire Department. The road was closed briefly for major clean up and towing of vehicles, according to DeKalb Police...

A paramedic stands in the middle of Annie Glidden Road after a reported stabbing, as officers enter Lincoln Tower apartment building on Monday evening at 1100 West Lincoln Highway. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

BREAKING: Stabbing sends two to hospital, suspect located

By Northern Star Staff | October 31, 2022

DeKALB – Police responded to a stabbing on the 1100 block of West Lincoln Highway Monday afternoon.  Two people were injured and transported to Kishwaukee Hospital, according to DeKalb Police. The first left the scene at 3:58 p.m. and the second...

DeKalb Police Department warns against unemployment scams

Editorial: DeKalb Police Department must condemn excessive use of force

By Northern Star Editorial Board | November 19, 2020

During an arrest in the Lincoln Towers parking lot in August 2019, DeKalb Sgt. Jeffery Weese was caught on video choking Aurora resident Elonte McDowell, 26. On Nov. 11 it was announced that Weese would be resigning from his position in the DeKalb Police...

Footage released by DeKalb Police Department Sept. 1 shows two officers instructing Elonte McDowell, 25, of Aurora, to exit his vehicle.

Sgt. Weese suspended for choking McDowell

By Kierra Frazier | February 20, 2020

DeKALB — DeKalb Sgt. Jeff Weese will serve a 30-day unpaid suspension and undergo cultural competence and use of force training immediately for his actions during the Elonte McDowell arrest. A viral video released in August showed McDowell being choked...

Hookah bar to allow pot

By Kierra Frazier | February 17, 2020

DeKALB — Students and residents who are 21 and older and aren’t able to use marijuana in their residence halls or apartments will soon be able to smoke cannabis at Aromas Hookah Bar, 811 W. Lincoln Highway.Cameron Dye, an owner of Aromas Hookah Bar,...

Grand jury declines to indict DeKalb Police officer

By Noah Johnson | December 21, 2019

DeKALB — Charges against a DeKalb Police Officer involved in Elonte McDowell’s arrest have been declined by a grand jury. An internal review of the incident will be conducted to determine if the officer followed the department’s policies and procedures.  A...

Police to work on racial sensitivity

By Kierra Frazier | December 1, 2019

DeKALB — Increased training could be coming to the DeKalb and NIU Police Departments this month to teach officers how racial and emotional intelligence can serve the community. Interim Police Chief John Petragallo said there needs to be continuous...

Body cameras in DeKalb will hold police to higher standards

By Payton Higgins | October 5, 2019

Police body cameras are an essential piece of equipment in any modern police department. The DeKalb County Board has been encouraging the DeKalb County Sheriff’s office to obtain and equip themselves with body cameras. The DeKalb police will be held...

Junior nursing student Quinita Johnson waits Tuesday to check in students at Stevenson South Towers.

Campus security needs updates

By Payton Higgins | September 18, 2019

Campus security proved its capabilities Sept. 7 with the arrest of Cinque C. Simmons, of Chicago. Simmons was a student at NIU until Sept. 7 when he was arrested at Huskie Stadium and charged with the possession of a firearm without a firearm owner’s...

Attendees listen as Trevada Redmond, of DeKalb, asks police leadership how they plan to hold themselves and their officers accountable.

Police chief promises daily updates on arrest statistics at community meeting

By Noah Thornburgh | September 5, 2019

At a community meeting Wednesday night, DeKalb Police Chief John Petragallo agreed to post a daily breakdown of arrests by race and economic status to the department’s social media, following a demand by a resident.DeKalb community members filled New...