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Photos from a WNIJ public records request to the DeKalb County Health Department. Photos were sent to Health Department officials at various times via email since 2016. Photos and emails do not reflect internal remedial efforts made in response by Suburban management or maintenance crews, and it’s unclear whether management was made aware of tenant concerns before tenants reached out to the health department.

Tenants living in unincorporated apartments report health concerns to county

By Sarah Jesmer | December 9, 2019

Editor's note: This story is part of a collaboration with WNIJ. Listen to this story's radio broadcast here. Read News Editor Noah Thornburgh's story here. Listen to WNIJ's broadcast on why we came to this story here.DeKALB — County renters and landlords...

A day in the life of a city of DeKalb mayoral candidate

A day in the life of a city of DeKalb mayoral candidate

By Sharjeel Siddique | March 30, 2017

Michael Embry Q: What inspired you to run for this position?A: I’ve seen continual problems in the city -- retail down, home values down, street problems and infrastructure problems that no one seems to address. We’ve been let down, and this whole...

City holds mayoral debate

By Clarissa Hinshaw | February 27, 2017

DeKALB — With the April 4 DeKalb consolidated election fast approaching, mayoral candidates participated in an audience-packed debate where they discussed issues, including local immigration policy.The debate, which was held 6:30 Thursday at the DeKalb...

DeKalb building proposed

By Northern Star Staff | February 16, 2017

DeKALB — Development has been proposed for a four-story building in DeKalb’s Central Business District that would house high-end residential and commercial units.DeKalb developer John Pappas proposed establishments at 122 S. First Street and 112,...

Protesters battle MAP cuts

Protesters battle MAP cuts

By Clarissa Hinshaw | November 7, 2016
Mayor John Rey addresses attendees during the Monetary Award Program Grant rally Thursday in the MLK Commons.

City council to discuss video game businesses

By Leah Nicolini | July 11, 2016

The opening of two video gaming businesses and three more seeking approval in the last three months has DeKalb exploring regulations on video gaming terminals.Tonight, City Council will discuss regulating video gaming focused businesses by limiting the...

Student Association senators speak at the SA Senate meeting Sunday at the Holmes Student Center, Sky Room. The SA constructed a letter to the City Council addressing issues with an unlawful assemblies ordinance. The Senate voted unanimously on sending the letter to the City Council. Kevin Gordon was voted into the position of election commissioner during the meeting.

Senate halts vote on ordinance

By Maxwell Bisaillon | January 25, 2016

A City Council vote for an unlawful assemblies ordinance was delayed from its original vote today due to the influence of the Student Association Senate.The unlawful assemblies ordinance would regulate and quickly disband gatherings of people if police...

DeKalb resident Jack Reich speaks during the public participation portion of the City Council Strategic Plan Meeting on Thursday. Reich called for more boldness from the Council, urging them to create more concrete plans. He commended the Council for including the public in the meeting and the formation of the plan when he said, I am proud to be a part of tonight.

DeKalb plan not reaching city residents

By Leah Nicolini | January 18, 2016

Outside of DeKalb staff and alderman, only 12 people attended a Thursday night open editing session of the DeKalb Strategic Plan.The Strategic Plan is a ten-year initiative that was created to guide city policy, budgeting and program development by combining...

7th Ward alderman to cut costs, increase engagement

7th Ward alderman to cut costs, increase engagement

By Leah Nicolini | November 30, 2015

Recently appointed 7th Ward Alderman Anthony Faivre said he plans to look at ways DeKalb can cut costs and engage its constituents.On Dec. 14, Faivre will be inducted and serve as alderman until a special election in 2017, at which point Faivre said he...

DeKalb Mayor John Rey nominates 7th ward alderman

DeKalb Mayor John Rey nominates 7th ward alderman

By Northern Star staff | November 19, 2015

DeKalb Mayor John Rey will announce a 7th ward alderman nominee Monday at a City Council meeting.Rey nominated Anthony Faivre to fill the spot of recently-resigned Monica O'Leary as 7th Ward Alderman for the City of DeKalb. O'Leary resigned on Oct. 2,...

Comcast to install 40 hot spots throughout city

By Northern Star staff | November 10, 2015

Comcast announced plans Monday to install more than 40 Xfinity WiFi hot spots throughout DeKalb.The installments will add to the almost 7,000 hot spots in city businesses, homes and outdoor locations.“The addition of WiFi hot spots is a great amenity...

Alderman to resign effective Friday

Alderman to resign effective Friday

By Northern Star | October 13, 2015

Seventh ward Alderman Monica O'Leary's resignation will become effective Friday.O' Leary submitted a letter of resignation via email Saturday, which was read by Mayor John Rey at City Council on Monday. O'Leary was absent at Monday's meeting.Originally,...