Northern Star




Northern Star

Northern Illinois University’s student news organization since 1899


Ensure student journalism survives. Donate today.

The Student News Site of Northern Illinois University

Northern Star

The Student News Site of Northern Illinois University

Northern Star

Finance director to develop department

By Keisha Howerth | July 20, 2014

As the finance director, Haley’s tasks will include monitoring the city’s cash flow by overseeing purchasing, accounts payable and receivable, water billing and tax collection, as well as preparing the city’s budget and audit.Haley graduated from...

Sycamore looking to better park

By Keisha Howerth | July 6, 2014

Sycamore Park District officials are hoping the positive feedback their Vision 20/20 video received will translate into voter support for a property tax increase to add park amenities.The Park District recently released an 11-minute video detailing its...

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...

City’s CodeRED warning system to launch after test

By Keisha Howerth | June 15, 2014

The city plans to launch a test call for the CodeRED alert system in coming weeks.Chad McNett, DeKalb community relations officer, said the test call was pushed from the end of May to train more dispatchers and get them comfortable with the system. The...

This 1926 photo shows the Sycamore Fire Department’s first motorized fire engine. A local group is raising $25,000 to restore the vehicle.

Restoration project honors Fire Department’s history

By Keisha Howerth | May 1, 2014

The Sycamore Fire Preservation Company is in final talks to display the city’s first motorized fire engine in a local car show at the end of July.The nonprofit organization began a campaign to raise $25,000 to restore a 1923 Stutz fire truck two weeks...

Masons plan to open ‘fun center’

By Keisha Howerth | April 20, 2014

Mason Properties has plans to build a bowling alley, restaurant and laundromat on South Fourth Street.Owner Jim Mason and co-owner Linda Mason want to put a family fun and college center in place of the former Sullivan’s Foods on South Fourth Street.Mason...

NITRO run offers program for all fitness levels, skills

By Keisha Howerth | April 17, 2014

The Northern Illinois Trail Runners Organization will offer a Walk to Run 101 program for people of all fitness levels.NITRO will begin the fifth year of its Walk to Run 101 program Monday night at Hopkins Park, 1403 Sycamore Road. NITRO members and volunteers...

A DeKalb Police patrol car is parked near the 7-Eleven at the corner of Hillcrest Street and Annie Glidden Road in January. This is just one of the streets in the area that has been watched by the Police Department to reduce crime.

DeKalb PD report: Sex offenses fall, meth offenses up

By Keisha Howerth | April 16, 2014

According to the DeKalb Police Department’s Annual Report, from 2012 to 2013, some major crimes have decreased.Sex offenses decreased by 24 percent, with 41 cases in 2013 and 54 in 2012. Burglary decreased by 11 percent, with 191 cases in 2013 and 215...

Local runners recall horror of Boston Marathon

By Keisha Howerth | April 15, 2014

Two DeKalb residents will return to the Boston Marathon next week despite last year’s deadly bombings.On April 15, 2013, two bombs were detonated near the marathon’s finish line, killing three people and injuring about 260 others.Jesse Rangel, DeKalb...

NIU students, family and friends of Steven Agee gather in November 2012 for a candlelight vigil in remembrance of Agee. Agee, a student at NIU, died in an off-campus shooting on Nov. 23, 2011.

Agee remembered as student, brother, friend

By Keisha Howerth | April 8, 2014

NIU will pay tribute to former student Steven Agee at the Student Choice Awards by presenting an award in his name Monday.The Student Choice Awards acknowledge outstanding students and faculty.Steven Agee II, 22, of south suburban Park Forest, was shot...

DSW, Five Below set to open

By Keisha Howerth | April 1, 2014

Designer Shoe Warehouse and Five Below will open next week in the Oakland Place Shopping Center.Roger Hopkins, DeKalb economic development consultant, said DSW will open on April 10, and Five Below will likely open the same day. Hopkins said there is...

SA voter turnout zooms past last year’s

By Keisha Howerth | March 26, 2014

More than 1,600 students voted in Tuesday’s Student Association executive elections, which is about 100 more than voted over two days in last year’s elections.More than 1,500 students voted in the 2013 elections. About 750 students voted in 2012,...