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Third Ward Alderwoman Kristen Lash voted against a recent measure to hire mCapital, a federal lobbying firm, to represent DeKalb in Washington, D.C.

mCapital to provide representation for DeKalb at federal level

By Jordan Birchfield | March 19, 2012

DeKalb City Council hopes a federal lobbying firm will bring help big money to DeKalb. The decision was made to hire mCapital during a city council meeting last month. DeKalb Mayor Kris Povlsen said that the city approved $88,000 to try to bring federal...

NGOLD to send six students to D.C.

By Jordan Birchfield | March 7, 2012

This Spring break six NIU students will head to the U.S. capitol. NGOLD is NIU’s center for Nongovernmental Leadership and Development and is leading a trip of six students to Washington D.C. this spring break. NGOLD Program Coordinator Ben Bingle said...

Students petition for Ron Paul appearance

By Jordan Birchfield | February 28, 2012

Youth For Ron Paul NIU is attempting to have the Republican primary candidate appear in DeKalb during his Illinois visit next week. The group hopes to persuade Ron Paul to add a DeKalb county stop. “We hope to get Ron Paul to stop by either March 6...

Mayor of DeKalb, Kris Povlsen asks the City Attorney, Dean Frieders a question concerning his voting power on city ordances.

Council approves lobbyist

By Jordan Birchfield | February 28, 2012

The DeKalb city council approved a measure that would earmark $88,000 for a contract with mCapitol Management to serve as the city’s federal lobbyist. The contract was approved by a 4-3 vote. The council hired mCapital to provide legislative assistance...

DeKalb Public Library seeks funding for upcoming expansion

By Jordan Birchfield | February 15, 2012

The DeKalb Public Library announced it will form two groups to assist in receiving a state grant and other funding for its upcoming expansion.The library announced its plan at the DeKalb Public Library board meeting Feb. 8. The proposed addition would...

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Northern Light Ambassadors seek new applicants

By Jordan Birchfield | February 12, 2012

The Northern Light Ambassadors are looking for new leaders for the 2012-2013 academic year. The Northern Light Ambassadors is an organization founded in 2011 that chooses a select group of representatives from NIU's College of Business, College of Education,...

Ticket to Ride Bus offers rides between campus, Chicago suburbs

By Jordan Birchfield | January 29, 2012

For suburban NIU students who frequently go home on the weekends, transportation can be a hassle. Ticket to Ride Bus hopes to help with this problem. Ticket to Ride Bus Company is a new bus service for NIU students that offers rides between the NIU campus...

Metalwest Fest II to brutalize The House Cafe Easter Sunday

By Chris Krapek | April 19, 2011

DeKALB | This Easter, seek wisdom from your priest...Judas Priest. Metalwest Fest II will take place at The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway, at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $7. The seven-hour show will feature a line-up of metal bands throughout the...