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DeKalb’s unemployment rate slowly stabilizes

By Amelia E. Cruz | April 16, 2013

The unemployment rate in the DeKalb area is slowly stabilizing even though there has been a decrease in job opportunities, according to an Illinois Department of Employment Security spokesman. Greg Rivara said he can tell there has been a decrease in...

City attributes changes in retail to growing economy

By Erin Kolb | March 31, 2013

Recent retail changes speak to the quality of the city’s economy, said city manager Mark Biernacki. “From a retail perspective, we’ve had various closings but also a variety of openings,” Biernacki said. “I wouldn’t call the economy healthy,...

A 1975 Mig 21 (left) and a Piper Warrior II (right side) inside a hangar at the Dekalb Taylor Municipal Airport.

Local airport involved in DeKalb community

By Ali Combs | February 11, 2013

DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport, 3232 Pleasant St., has been a source of revenue and recreation for local residents since 1944. T.J. Moore, city director of public works, said the airport is made of three main components: general aviation, corporate and...

Northern Star drops Friday issue

By Kim Skibinski and Editor in Chief | December 4, 2011

I don't mean to sound cliche, but I've got some good news and some bad news. Bad news first: Starting next semester, the Northern Star will no longer publish on Fridays. Due to the bad economy and low reader traffic at the end of each week, cutting Friday...

Study reveals a tale of two States

By Danny Ciamprone | April 10, 2011

One part of Illinois is well educated and economically booming; the other is self-destructing and failing to keep its head above water. This is according to a new study conducted by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. The report states, "underperformance...

Unemployment rate falling in DeKalb

By Meghan Harms | February 16, 2011

The economy in DeKalb is getting better, but we still have work to do. The unemployment rate in DeKalb dropped to 8.22 percent in December 2010, which is down from a high of 11.65 percent in January 2010, according to the Illinois Department of Employment...

Spay Illinois offers discounts to pet owners

By Danny Ciamprone | February 15, 2011

DeKALB | Somewhere in the world Bob Barker is giving a big thumbs up to DeKalb. On March 5, the organization Spay Illinois, 1007 North 1st Street, will be offering low-cost pet vaccinations and discounts for owners who wish to have their pets spayed or...

China is not really a threat to America

China is not really a threat to America

By Aaron Brooks | February 1, 2011

You likely have heard it every day. You have watched it on television, or read it in newspapers. You have talked about it with friends and family. You might have even had nightmares about it. However, all you have heard, read, talked or dreamt is a lie....