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Mike Mudge, consultant for Rock River Energy Services, Co., discusses DeKalb County residents seeking third-party energy suppliers at the city council meeting Monday night.

Council approves NIU agreement

By Joe Palmer | April 23, 2012

The DeKalb City Council voted unanimously in favor of an agreement between the city and NIU’s Board of Trustees in a meeting Monday. The agreement would allow DeKalb City Manager Mark Biernacki to enter into an agreement to begin work on the DeKalb...

Starbusters cited for liquor violation

By Ian Gough | April 23, 2012

Starbusters Bar and Grill, 930 Pappas Drive, was fined for a violation which occurred Feb. 11 when a minor was allowed entrance and served alcohol. Starbusters owner Nick Tsiftilis was issued a $1,000 fine and must update training for servers and managers....

City council discusses progress, state of city goals at special session

By Joe Palmer | April 22, 2012

The DeKalb City Council discussed their ideas for the future of DeKalb at a meeting Saturday morning. The Council met with a representative from the NIU Center for Governmental Studies in a special session at the Best Western Inn and Suites, 1212 W. Lincoln...

Earth Day celebrates 42nd year promoting environmental friendliness

By Lauren Dielman | April 18, 2012

Everyone is invited to take part in Earth Day on Sunday. Bob Carter , professor in the outdoor and environmental education department, said Earth Day was founded by Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson in April 1970. “The original Earth Day was to have an...

Letter to the editor: Community member encourages vote in April

By Letter to the editor | April 3, 2012

On April 10, the NIU community will have a historic opportunity to participate in the only remaining form of pure democracy that still exists. If you are a registered voter in the City of DeKalb, you will have the chance to vote to place three very important...

City Manager Mark Bernacki and City Attorney Dean Frieders discuss plans to phase out subsided health insurance benefit for future retirees.

Concerns about insect infestation risen at DeKalb City Council

By Olivia Willoughby | March 26, 2012

Concern about an insect infestation was the DeKalb City Council’s main focus at a meeting Monday. The Illinois Department of Agriculture brought concerns about the emerald ash borer (EAB), an insect that feeds on ash trees. EAB program manager Scott...

DeKalb Masonic Order hosts Sunday pancake breakfasts

By Ian Gough | March 21, 2012

Readers of Dan Brown’s mystical action thrillers may think of Freemasons as robed figures, shrouded in mystery, solving ancient puzzles to save the world. In reality, Masonry is the world’s oldest fraternity, and it used to be a cornerstone of American...

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...


City council to vote on construction of new hotel

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | March 7, 2012

The DeKalb City Council will vote on zoning changes Monday night to allow for a Hampton Inn and Suites to be built in DeKalb, said Mayor Kris Povlsen. “I think it’s greatly needed,” Povlsen said. “We have a large drawing to the community because...

States attorney Clay Campbell speaks about corruption of public officials in the Five Seasons Room of the Community Outreach Building 2500 N Annie Glidden Rd, Tuesday evening.

Campbell addresses affect of corruption in northern Ill.

By Joe Palmer | March 6, 2012

DeKalb County State’s Attorney Clay Campbell told citizens there is a high price for staying silent about corruption at a town hall meeting Tuesday. Campbell spoke at the DeKalb Community Outreach Building, 2500 N. Annie Glidden Road, and gave his view...

‘Operation Safe Streets’ aims at efficiency, raising awareness

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | March 5, 2012

Efficiency and raising awareness about a drug problem in DeKalb were the reasons 30 warrants were issued simultaneously in connection with a Thursday’s warrant sweep operation, said DeKalb Police Lt. Gary Spangler. The drug sweep concluded the six-month...

Businesses fail liquor, tobacco compliance checks

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | March 4, 2012

A public hearing was rescheduled to March 19 to determine if Lord Stanley’s Class A Liquor License should be revoked, suspended or if the licensee should be fined, according to a notice of hearing and charges. According to Feb. 13 Northern Star blotter...