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The SAFE-T Act, signed into Illinois law in 2021, will eliminate cash bail starting Jan. 1, 2023.

Illinois’ SAFE-T act and cash bail explained

By Evan Mellon, Senior News Reporter | November 17, 2022

A new piece of legislation that aims to end the cash bail system in Illinois has drawn controversy from some due to concerns that it might increase violence. The Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity-Today Act, also known as the SAFE-T Act, was...

The Workers Rights Amendment appeared on the 2022 midterm ballot and passed with a majority vote.

Workers’ Rights Amendment passes in Illinois

By Eddie Drinkwine, Senior News Reporter | November 15, 2022

DeKALB – Amendment 1, or the Workers' Rights Amendment, passed on Nov. 14 with 58% of the vote, making Illinois the fourth state, along with Hawaii, Missouri and New York, to ensure the right to collective bargaining in its constitution and the first...

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...

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that gives the public the right to access certain records from any federal or state agency

What is ‘FOIA’?

By Eddie Drinkwine, Senior News Reporter | October 6, 2022

DeKALB – It’s common to hear a journalist say they’re going to ‘FOIA’ something. But what does ‘FOIA-ing’ something mean? The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that gives the public the right to access certain records from any federal...

Columnist Arduini believes monetary bail only furthers the gap between the rich and poor as low-income individuals are less likely to be able to afford bail.

Unpopular Opinion: Ending cash bail will benefit Illinoisans

By Philip Arduini, Opinion Columnist | September 21, 2022

Illinois’ elimination of cash bail will benefit many of its residents. On Jan. 22, 2021, the Illinois Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity-Today (SAFE-T) Act was signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker to make changes regarding the state’s...

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) wants families to review their emergency plans and build an emergency kit. | Getty Images

Build an Emergency Kit for National Preparedness Month

By Carlos Finney Jr., Sports Reporter | September 14, 2022

DeKALB — September is National Preparedness Month and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) wants families to review their emergency plans and build an emergency kit.  Director of the IEMA Alicia Tate-Nadeau released a statement regarding...

Canadian geese in Will County are the first to be infected with bird flu this year.

USDA reports first 2022 avian flu case in Illinois

By Northern Star Staff | March 11, 2022

The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA), along with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), were made aware by USDA Wildlife Services of the first confirmed case of avian flu in a wild bird in the state of Illinois this year. The birds...

Illinois Judge Robert Adrian threw away Drew Clintons conviction of sexual assault. He said that five months was enough punishment for the teenager.

Drew Clinton’s overturn is a loss for sexual abuse survivors

By Summer Fitzgerald | January 19, 2022
Drew Clinton was let off far too easily for a crime that was so severe and impactful.

NIU Baseball to see upgrades

By Justin Kelley | February 19, 2020

DeKALB — NIU athletics announced Wednesday that the baseball program will be getting upgrades in the near future. NIU Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Sean T. Frazier announced the plan will happen in four phases.“Over the past several...

Weed usage should be protected from business drug testing

By Jack Baudoin | February 13, 2020

Now that marijuana is legal in Illinois, there is a concern regarding employment. How will business’ drug-testing policies affect employees who use marijuana? Because marijuana is now legal, using it should be the same as going home and drinking a beer....

Americana musician to visit DeKalb Library

By Northern Star Staff | February 12, 2020

DeKALB — Musician Dave Ramont will perform from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the DeKalb Public Library. The event is free. Ramont, a Chicago native, is a guitarist who specializes in Americana music, according to Ramont's official website. Americana is...

It’s time for fans to embrace NIU’s men’s basketball team

By Mike Knapp | February 11, 2020

DeKALB — The men’s basketball team is on one of its hottest runs in years, and the community is beginning to notice.The Huskies’ six-game winning streak is the longest in Mid-American Conference play in school history. If the season ended today,...