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County clerk candidate Linh Nguyen being greeted by supporters  as she arrives at the DeKalb County Democrats election watch party on Tuesday. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Watch parties held in anticipation for midterm election results

By Bridgette Fox and Joseph Howerton | November 9, 2022

DeKALB – Two watch parties were held in anticipation of the midterm election results on Tuesday night.  The Democratic watch party was held by the DeKalb County Democrats, and the Republican party was held by the DeKalb County Republican Central...

Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center remained open for voters waiting in line on Nov. 8, 2022 in DeKalb, IL.

Civic duty, comfy shoes discussed at Barsema during dusk of Election Day

By Evan Mellon, Senior News Reporter | November 8, 2022

DeKALB – NIU students and DeKalb residents offered their opinions about polling and voting in the 2022 midterm election at the closing polls at Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center.   Alannis Munoz, a senior political science major at NIU Why...

2022 candidate profiles: DeKalb county clerk

2022 candidate profiles: DeKalb county clerk

By Northern Star Staff | November 6, 2022

Linh Nguyen Race: DeKalb County Clerk Party: Democratic Experience: Instructor of computational chemistry at NIU, former president of League of Women Voters DeKalb County Ill. Education: Doctorate - Duquesne University, chemistry Master’s...

2022 candidate profiles: U.S. Senate Illinois

2022 candidate profiles: U.S. Senate Illinois

By Northern Star Staff | November 6, 2022

Tammy Duckworth Race: U.S. Senate Illinois (Incumbent) Party: Democratic Experience: U.S. senator of IL since 2017, U.S representative, Assistant secretary of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Director of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs,...

2022 candidate profiles: Governor of Illinois

2022 candidate profiles: Governor of Illinois

By Northern Star Staff | November 6, 2022

J.B. Pritzker Race: Illinois Governor (Incumbent) Party: Democratic Experience: Founder and former managing partner of Pritzker Group (1996-2017), founder of 1871 and current governor of Illinois Education: Bachelor’s degree – Duke...

2022 candidate profiles: Illinois Secretary of State

2022 candidate profiles: Illinois Secretary of State

By Northern Star Staff | November 6, 2022

Dan Brady Race: Illinois Secretary of State Party: Republican Experience: Illinois General Assembly State Representative 105th District, funeral director for Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home, former McLean County coroner Education: Bachelor's...

2022 candidate profiles: U.S. House of Reps. Illinois District 14

2022 candidate profiles: U.S. House of Reps. Illinois District 14

By Northern Star Staff | November 6, 2022

Lauren Underwood Race: U.S. House Illinois District 14 (Incumbent) Party: Democratic Experience: U.S. representative since 2019, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services senior adviser, adjunct instructor at Georgetown University Education: Master's...

Youth voters have increased in recent years, according to a study from the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement.

Youth voters on steady rise ahead of 2022 midterm elections

By Zachary Bertram, News Reporter | October 19, 2022

With midterm elections approaching, youth voter turnout will impact ever changing issues. The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement estimates that 50% of 18- to 29-year-olds voted in the 2020 presidential election,...

Join the Northern Star for 2022 midterm election coverage

Join the Northern Star for 2022 midterm election coverage

By Colin Kempsell, News Reporter | October 17, 2022

With Election Day approaching on Nov. 8, political campaigns in the state of Illinois will continue to escalate through the end of the month and beyond. Join the Northern Star in comprehensive election coverage, from local races in DeKalb to the gubernatorial...

Montez Soliz, a junior political science major, is running for president and will increase transparency and communication with students.

SGA presidential candidate hopes to increase campus involvement

By Parker Otto | March 27, 2022
Montez Soliz is running for the president position in the upcoming SGA elections and hopes to increase transparency and communication with students.
2020 Election Electoral College map.

International student: The US election process is bizarre

By Monika Merryman | November 30, 2020

As someone who was born and raised in a different country and spent just over half her life in the U.S., once in a while, I can’t help but compare my home country to the country where I live. Looking from the outside in, I recognize there are many similarities...

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DeKalb County Board election results announced

By Northern Star Staff | November 3, 2020

The following are the apparent winners of the election for DeKalb County Board as of 10:40 p.m. Nov. 3, according to the DeKalb County election reporting console. County Board Member District 1: Kathleen Lampkins (R): 69.21% of vote with 3023 votes. County...