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City council accepts grant to include hard-to-count populations in the 2020 Census

By Kierra Frazier | February 11, 2020

DeKALB — DeKalb City Council members passed a resolution at Monday night’s meeting to accept a grant of $73,930 from the Illinois Department of Human Services to help include the city’s hard-to-count populations for the 2020 Census. Hard-to-count...

Smith addresses city projects

Smith addresses city projects

By Kierra Frazier | January 15, 2020

DeKALB — Mayor Jerry Smith announced that the cooperation between the City of DeKalb and NIU “has rarely been better” during his State of the City address at Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting.“We do not use the term communiversity...

Grand jury declines to indict DeKalb Police officer

By Noah Johnson | December 21, 2019

DeKALB — Charges against a DeKalb Police Officer involved in Elonte McDowell’s arrest have been declined by a grand jury. An internal review of the incident will be conducted to determine if the officer followed the department’s policies and procedures.  A...

DeKalb mayor searching for delegate to fill alderman term

By Mikah Walker | October 9, 2019

DeKalb Mayor Jerry Smith is requesting suggestions from the community on who might be open to filling the term of Fourth Ward Alderman Pat Fagan. His seat was resigned as of Sept. 26.The next aldermanic elections are in April 2021 according to City Manager...

Attendees listen as Trevada Redmond, of DeKalb, asks police leadership how they plan to hold themselves and their officers accountable.

Police chief promises daily updates on arrest statistics at community meeting

By Noah Thornburgh | September 5, 2019

At a community meeting Wednesday night, DeKalb Police Chief John Petragallo agreed to post a daily breakdown of arrests by race and economic status to the department’s social media, following a demand by a resident.DeKalb community members filled New...

A boarded-up window stands at 808 Ridge Drive apartments in 2019.

City of DeKalb acts on tenant association concerns

By Kierra Frazier | August 28, 2019

DeKALB — A proclamation was put in place during Monday night’s City Council meeting where current and former tenants of Hunter Properties spoke about property issues they experienced while leasing with the company.{{tncms-inline alignment="right"...

Renovations to the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., were postponed two additional weeks following concerns regarding expansion into Palmer Court.  

Egyptian Theatre renovations see postponement to achieve compromise

By Kierra Frazier | February 28, 2019

DeKALB — Following City Council’s vote to push back the renovations of the Egyptian Theatre an additional two weeks, Marketing Director Jeanine Holcomb said the theater is hopeful March 11 will result in approval. The two week postponement was decided...

DeKalb fireman retires after 29 years of service

DeKalb fireman retires after 29 years of service

By Kierra Frazier | February 25, 2019

DeKALB — Deputy Fire Chief Jim Zarek retired from the DeKalb Fire Department after serving 29 years. He said he hopes to work at another fire department in Janesville, Wisconsin.Mayor Jerry Smith and City Council members honored him at the Feb. 11 City...

Officer Keunte Mallet and his wife Heather and son before his pinning ceremony for his promotion to sergeant during the Jan. 28 City Council meeting at the DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St.

Alumnus becomes first African-American officer promoted to sergeant in DeKalb

By Kierra Frazier | February 10, 2019

DeKALB — Officer Keunte Mallett, who is also an NIU alumnus, became the first African-American officer to be promoted to sergeant in the history of the DeKalb Police Department during a pinning ceremony Jan. 28 at the City Council meeting.Mallett was...

City employee switches focus to nonprofit work

By Fathima Siddiqui | February 4, 2019

DeKALB — Jason Michnick is stepping down from his position as economic planner for the city of DeKalb to become the first executive director of the DeKalb-based Tanzania Development Support [TDS].TDS is a nonprofit organization focused on improving...

City Council discusses laying off city employees to address budget imbalances

By Kierra Frazier | January 30, 2019

DeKALB — DeKalb city officials will be laid off, effective March 1, to make up for lost money in the General Funds budget.  City Council discussed at Monday night’s meeting the proposal of high-level layoffs within the city due to the current $1.1...

Dan Kenney, executive director of DeKalb County Community Gardens, (left) sets up a Grow Mobile food distribution in Kingston with  Christy Westman, Grow Mobile Program coordinator in 2019.

Potluck pantry to accommodate federal workers amidst government-shutdown

By Sam Malone | January 23, 2019

DeKALB — The DeKalb County Community Gardens is hosting a potluck pantry for federal employees and contracted federal workers to receive free food and personal care products to aid with financial insecurities they may be experiencing as a result of...