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DeKalb police officers to live in residential neighborhoods as part of program

By Jessi Haish | October 2, 2012

DeKalb Police Officer Jared Burke moved into his new home on 11th Street this weekend as part of the Resident Officer Program. The Resident Officer Program allows police officer to move into a neighborhood to improve the quality of life in the area through...

New police station deemed as ‘necessary’ by some

By Northern Star Staff | September 25, 2012

Construction continues on the new police station on Lincoln Highway. The new station, to be located at 700 W. Lincoln Highway, will be funded by adjustments in the city budget. The City Council conducted a needs study and a sites study which took place...

Mayor Povlsen won’t run for mayor again

By Lauren Dielman | September 23, 2012

DeKalb Mayor Kris Povlsen announced he will not be running for re-election in this April. Povlsen served 11 years as an alderman and five years as mayor. “I think the main reason is after 16 years, maybe it’s time to step down,” Povlsen said. “I’ve...

DeKalb Mayor Kris Polvsen shakes hands with DeKalb resident while 5th Ward Alderman Ron Naylor looks on in 2011.

Mayor Povlsen will not seek re-election

By Northern Star Staff | September 21, 2012

Kris Povlsen has announced he will not for another term as mayor of DeKalb. Povlsen's announcement comes after "serious thought and much discussion," according to a news release. Povlsen has served in several elected capacities for the city of DeKalb...


NIU absent from city meeting

By Jessi Haish | September 20, 2012

A discussion of safe and quality housing issues was open for public input Wednesday night at a special meeting of the DeKalb City Council. These issues include a crime-free lease addendum requirement, chronic nuisance ordinance enforcement, licensing...

DeKalb may see changes to liquor code

By Ryan Felgenhauer | September 18, 2012

Changes to DeKalb’s liquor code may be on the horizon. The DeKalb City Council is considering greatly reducing the number of license classifications. “Right now, we have over 20 classifications,” said Kris Povlsen, DeKalb mayor and liquor commissioner....

Special meeting called for City Council

By Northern Star Staff | September 17, 2012

A special City Council meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St. Mayor Kris Povlsen will present an overview of issues, including a crime-free lease addendum requirement, chronic nuisance ordinance...

The DeKalb 2nd Ward Alderman Tom Teresinski had several questions for the budget control loans over the construction of the new DeKalb Police Station.

City Council votes for $12.7M loan for new police station

By Ryan Felgenhauer | September 10, 2012

The DeKalb City Council discussed the possibilities for funding for the construction of the new police station at a meeting Monday. The discussion centered around $12.7 million in potential bonds, funds initially intended to complete the police station...

DeKalb businesses begin to install gambling machines

By Ryan Felgenhauer | September 4, 2012

Following the DeKalb City Council’s decision to allow video gambling, several local businesses have begun the process of installing these machines. The process begins with an application to the Illinois Gaming Board. “We’ve filled out our applications...

City Council votes to allow video gambling at some sites

By Ryan Felgenhauer | August 27, 2012

The DeKalb City Council approved the use of video gambling machines in certain establishments by a vote of 6-2 at a council meeting on Monday. These machines will be restricted to businesses holding a license to use them. The licensing process would be...

Officer Dana Brisbon displays a replica skull at the NIU Police Auction on Saturday morning. The auction, which was held under the student bleachers of Huskie Stadium, auctioned off a variety of items, including bicycles, iPods, and purses. The proceeds were donated back to NIU.

NIU police sell lost and found items at annual auction

By Ian Gough | April 29, 2012

Crowds of NIU students and DeKalb residents braced themselves against the cold and rain for the NIU police department auction Saturday. The auction was from 9 a.m. to noon under the bleachers at the east gate of Huskie stadium. Potential bidders were...

Referendum may change role of DeKalb City Clerk

By Joe Palmer | April 25, 2012

The role of DeKalb City Clerk might change, based on the outcome of a referendum to be held in November. The position is an elected official, but the referendum will decide if the position will change to be appointed by the city manager, according to...