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City Manager Bill Nicklas at the City Council meeting Monday, talking about new financial plan that will be used from 2022 through 2024.

City Council unveils possible financial plan

By Parker Otto | March 20, 2022
City Council discussed a financial plan to replace the 2016 strategic plan.
Rae’s Amazing Creations sells desserts and treats and is owned by Raven Proctor, a junior health and human science major at NIU (Raven Proctor | Courtesy)

Valentine’s Day gifts made by local Black-owned businesses

By Daija Hammonds, Managing Editor | February 3, 2022

Valentine’s Day can be a stressful time of year for couples as they scramble to plan dates and get the perfect gifts for their partners. If you need a last-minute gift and don’t want to pay the expedited shipping fee, check out these three local Black-owned...

A photograph of a line of customers waiting to get into Insomnia Cookies during the stores grand opening PJ party.

Insomnia Cookies opens new location downtown DeKalb

By Bailey Eschbach and Kyron Lewis | January 30, 2022

DeKALB — Insomnia Cookies hosted its grand opening at the chain’s new location in downtown DeKalb, 203 E. Lincoln Highway, on Saturday. The chain is known for having warm, delicious cookies available late at night and offers a delivery service.  This...

DeKalb Police Headquarters, 700 W. Lincoln Highway.

Leverton: Gun-related violence up since 2018 in DeKalb

By Madelaine Vikse, Editor-in-Chief | January 27, 2022

DeKALB — Alerts get sent out to students and faculty whenever there is crime happening on or around campus. This raises the question of how crime has changed in these areas in the last 10 years and how it impacts residents, students and faculty. Alex...

A photograph of the new DeKalb location of late-night dessert shop Insomnia Cookies.

Insomnia Cookies grand opening set for Saturday

By Madelaine Vikse, Editor-in-Chief | January 27, 2022

DeKALB — Insomnia Cookies will be having their grand opening downtown, 203 E. Lincoln Highway, on Saturday from noon to 1 a.m., with a pajama party at 8 p.m. Insomnia Cookies is a chain known for staying open late to deliver cookies and other treats...

Takis To Go, 817 W Lincoln Hwy, serves traditional American food.

Local restaurant struggles due to opening during COVID-19

By Jaylen Conwell, News Reporter | January 26, 2022

DeKALB — Any DeKalb resident or NIU student looking for a new place to hang out with a diverse menu should consider visiting Taki’s To Go, 817 W Lincoln Hwy. Customers can order a variety of food including burgers, homemade chicken sandwiches,...

8 alderpeople at DeKalb City Council meeting on Monday.

Pappas Development under consideration by city council

By Elisa Reamer | January 22, 2022

DeKALB — The City Council will discuss passing an ordinance on first reading Monday to allow Pappas Development to annex .68 acres of unincorporated DeKalb to build an apartment complex on the land where Buhr’s Landscaping and Lawn Care was on Barber...

The Falling $5, 1440 Sycamore Road, is a bin store full of miscellaneous items.

Local business gives residents bang for their buck

By Kurt Bitting | January 21, 2022

DeKALB — Every Saturday, over a dozen residents from the DeKalb community line up outside a storefront in the shopping center across from Hopkins Park, hoping to be the first to find the best deals the day has to offer. Every day feels like Black Friday...

NIU Chief of Police Darren Mitchell works in his office during a Jan. 19 visit with the Northern Star. Mitchell has been a member of the NIU Police Department for 22 years and doesnt just call NIU his place of work, but his home. (Zulfiqar Ahmend | Northern Star)

More than a job for NIU’s new chief of police

By Wes Sanderson | January 21, 2022
After 22 years as a member of the NIU Police Department, Darren Mitchell looks to give back and make a further impact on his community as the next Chief of Police.
Merlynette Griffin became the interim Ombudsperson in August. NIU is searching for a permanent Ombudsperson.

NIU plans to hire permanent ombudsperson in spring

By Aidan Bengford | January 20, 2022

What to know According to NIU, “An ombudsperson provides confidential and informal assistance for resolving university-related concerns, independent of the university's formal administrative structure, and will consider all sides of an issue...

Facebook Data Center, east of Route 23 and south of Gurler Road, is in the first phase of construction.

DeKalb welcomes Facebook Data Center: First phase of construction

By Aidan Bengford | January 18, 2022

DeKALB — The first phase of construction of the Facebook Data Center, which will be located east of Route 23 and south of Gurler Road is nearly complete and long-term hiring should begin soon. NBC Charlotte in A Look Inside Facebook's Forest City,...

2021 was the year of Huskie Football. We took home the MAC 2021 Championship trophy after snatching a 41-23 victory over Kent State.


By Zulfiqar Ahmed, Media Editor | January 16, 2022

2021 began as a year of compromise but soon caught steam towards the end of the summer. NIU athletics and student engagement on campus shined through the Fall. Here is a gallery with some of the highlights of 2021!