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Mayor John Rey hands city manager Mark Biernacki a certificate of appreciation for his years served as city manager at Mondays City Council meeting.

City Council to update airport’s communications system

By Ali Combs | June 14, 2013

City Council approved the purchase of fiber optics to be used to update the current communications system at DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport at Monday’s meeting. Public Works Director T.J. Moore said the current communications system is “antiquated”...

New city leaders sworn in at council meeting

By Ali Combs | May 6, 2013

Public safety, economic development and housing are top priority for the new City Council, said Mayor John Rey. Four council members were sworn in at Monday’s City Council inauguration ceremony. Second ward alderman Bill Finucane, fourth ward alderman...

Rey voted in as mayor of DeKalb

By Northern Star Staff | April 9, 2013

John Rey will use his new position as mayor to bring the city and its leaders together. Rey said his first goal as mayor will be to build a coalition with the seven aldermen on City Council. He said this will bring the group “together as a team.”...

Second ward alderman steps down, community reacts

By Ali Combs | April 2, 2013

On April 9, three new members will be elected to City Council. Second ward alderman Tom Teresinski is one of the aldermen vacating his position at the end of this term. Teresinski was appointed to his position in 2008 following the death of Mayor Frank...

City looks to student involvement in upcoming elections

By Ali Combs | March 27, 2013

The April 9 local election is an opportunity for students to get involved with the DeKalb community. Same-day voting will be offered at the Holmes Student Center in order to encourage students to vote for local officials. In addition to voting, there...

First responders helped bring NIU, DeKalb communities together

By Joe Palmer | February 14, 2013

Ryanne Mace would be 24 years old today and Julianna Gehant would be 37. Catalina Garcia, Gayle Dubowski and Daniel Parmenter would be 25. Their stories and their lives have been chronicled, cherished and shared over the past five years. This time has...

New housing ordinaces to go into effect next month

By Robert Baird | December 5, 2012

New housing ordinances are now being implemented in January for DeKalb residents, as DeKalb City Council approved the changes last month. Rental property owners and tenants will now have to abide by various regulations and licensing requirements set forth...

DeKalb set to host Santa in downtown tonight

By Samantha Brockett | November 28, 2012

Santa Claus is coming to town during a public meet and greet downtown today. Re:New DeKalb is hosting their annual holiday event at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., today. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with cookies, cocoa and caroling performed...

City Council, DARA works toward agreement on landlord-tenant codes

By Joe Palmer | November 14, 2012

Big changes in how landlords and the city handle rental properties are in the works. The DeKalb Area Rental Association (DARA) and DeKalb City Council have been entrenched in discussions regarding the future of landlord-tenant relations in the city. The...

Tips for fun, safe trick-or-treating

By Erin Kolb and Brooke Shinberg | October 30, 2012

Candy may be harder to come by in a college town, leaving some DeKalb residents to take their children to trick-or-treat in neighborhoods surrounding NIU. Renita Evans and her children live close to the NIU campus. For Evans, this year, like last year,...

NIU President John G. Peters greets people after his State of the University Speech in front of Altgeld Hall Thursday afternoon.

Community members applaud Peters amid news he is stepping down

By Felix Sarver and Joe Palmer & Kelly Bauer | October 12, 2012

NIU President John Peters has announced he will step down. Peters, who was appointed in 2000, has served NIU for over a decade and has seen the university through glory and hardships: he worked to obtain a $4.2 million federal grant for NIU’s Physics...

New candidate running for Mayor of DeKalb

By Sierra Lowe | October 3, 2012

A retired DeKalb Ag/Monsanto employee announced he will run for mayor of DeKalb come spring. “I just have a community-centered spirit,” said John Rey, the newly announced candidate. Current Mayor Kris Povlsen announced he would not be returning for...