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DeKalb Fire Captain Todd Stoffa is sworn into duty during a city council meeting 6 p.m. Monday. Stoffa has been a firefighter for 18 years.

New fire captain sworn in

By Sam Malone | October 27, 2016

DeKalb Fire Captain Todd Stoffa is sworn into duty during a city council meeting 6 p.m. Monday. Stoffa has been a firefighter for 18 years.

DeKalb seeks student interns

November 19, 2015

DeKalb has resumed its search for two NIU student interns after the Illinois budget impasse left it with less state funding.The city budget, when reviewed last month, was determined to be able to accommodate the internship positions as they were both...

Fire inspection ordinance passes after FOCUS edits

By Kristin Maglabe | February 26, 2015

Some business owners and aldermen still had concerns when an inspection ordinance passed 4-3 Monday at City Council.The fire safety inspection ordinance was created by city staff in cooperation with DeKalb Fire Chief Eric Hicks, shareholders and property...

FOCUS DeKalb still wants inspections ordinance changes

By Kristin Maglabe | February 12, 2015

Despite postponing a first reading so changes could be made to the fire safety inspections ordinance, FOCUS DeKalb members are still saying parts of the ordinance are not friendly to businesses.FOCUS, a group of business persons and property owners dedicated...

How to make it through the first day of classes after a snow day

By Rachel Scaman | February 3, 2015

How to cope with coming back to school after a snow day• Make sure your car isn’t stuck. You don’t want to start your day with pushing your car out of a mountain of snow. Make sure it’s ready to go before you leave.• Go to bed early. Having...

Residents concerned about ordinance inspections, cost

By Kristin Maglabe | January 15, 2015

Residents claim the implementation of an inspection program will turn businesses away due to frequent inspections and costs.The Fire Safety Registration and Inspection Program is an updated version of the original commercial property inspection ordinance....

Accountant Marianne Anderson speaks about the new fire safety regulations and inspections for non-residential buildings labeling. She said they were unnecessary and not business-friendly.

Fire Department chief says personnel will conduct business inspections

By Kristin Maglabe | January 13, 2015

DeKalb Fire Chief Eric Hicks said department personnel will conduct inspections for the Fire Safety Registration and Inspection Program, while business owners voiced concerns over the program at Monday's City Council.Hicks said the Fire Department does...

Dan Watkins, owner of Herbal Embers, 161. E Lincoln Highway, looks on Tuesday at his shop. Watkins said a proposed ordinance that asked business owners to pay for yearly inspections could hurt entrepreneurs. “I hope we can open up lines of communication between the city and businesses,” Watkins said. “I believe in this community, but small businesses walk a thin line, and I have to do what’s best for my business.”

City delays vote on business inspections

By Jessica Christofersen | October 29, 2014

Business owners balked at an ordinance that would require businesses to pay for a yearly inspection, leading to the postponement of a vote on the ordinance.The postponement of voting on the Commercial/Industrial Building Responsibility Code ordinance,...

Contract to bring city, fire department more revenue

Contract to bring city, fire department more revenue

By Keisha Howerth | June 22, 2014

A new fire protection and ambulance service agreement between DeKalb and NIU will bring the city more revenue and a ladder truck for the fire department.Bill Nicklas, Operations and Community Relations vice president, said the five-year contract will...

CodeRED provides residents with emergency notifications

By Keisha Howerth | April 9, 2014

The city of DeKalb is encouraging residents to register their contact information into the new CodeRED alert system.The DeKalb Fire Department will conduct  a test call at the end of May once more residents register. The CodeRED system will send out...

A car is parked on First Street near an indicated seasonal tow-zone sign. Police are encouraging residents to obey these signs and to take precaution during the winter.

DeKalb residents asked to clear cars for safer roads

By Ryan Chodora | January 13, 2014

Local fire and police departments have asked residents to clear their cars and hydrants to make the area safer.Residents can check the snow removal route map on the city’s website.If a vehicle constitutes a hazard to the city’s snow removal, the vehicle...

Police authority

Homecoming weekend ‘busy’ for local police

By Ryan Chodora | October 15, 2013

Homecoming weekend gathered a crowd and crime this weekend.The DeKalb Police and Fire departments had to increase their staffs over the weekend to keep up with the increased activity in DeKalb, bringing in additional help.“It was an extremely busy weekend...