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Interim police chief named

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | February 26, 2012

Retired DeKalb Police Lt. Ron Pearson was named DeKalb’s interim police chief on Thursday. Pearson will temporarily fill the position left vacant by former Police Chief Bill Feithen, who announced plans earlier this month to leave the DeKalb Police...

Northern Star File Photo - Second Ward Alderman Tom Teresinski
discusses the potential farmland use by the DeKalb Taylor Municipal
Airport, 3232 Pleasant St. during a city council meeting last

DeKalb City Council may hire new lobbying firm

By Felix Sarver | February 20, 2012

The DeKalb City Council will decide whether to hire a new lobbying firm on Feb. 27. During a Feb. 13 meeting the council interviewed two lobbying firms to represent DeKalb in Washington D.C.; the council settled on mCapitol Management. For the annual...

Contraceptives policy raises controversy

By Chelsey Boutan | February 19, 2012

A government policy introduced by President Barack Obama has spurred a reaction from religious leaders, politicians, and people across the country, including DeKalb. The revised policy is a part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and will...

James McClanahan, freshman music performance major, smokes a
cigarette outside of Neptune North Wednesday afternoon.

Local legislators oppose state smoking ban exemption

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | February 8, 2012

In Jan. 2011, State Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights, introduced legislation that would amend the Smoke-Free Illinois Act. The legislation would allow municipalities the choice to offer smoking licenses to eligible establishments. According to...

Write-in candidates subject to same procedure as traditional candidates

Write-in candidates subject to same procedure as traditional candidates

By Jordan Birchfield | February 8, 2012

Six DeKalb County citizens have declared their intent to run in the March 20 election as write-in candidates.The candidates are running for the a vacant County Board seat, as well as several Precinct Committee seats.According to the County Board's website,...

Kapitan resigns from City Clerk position

By Chelsey Boutan | February 6, 2012

City Clerk Steve Kapitan resigned from his position, DeKalb Mayor Kris Povlsen stated in a press release Monday.Povlsen said Kapitan gave no other explanation for resigning on Thursday other than "personal reasons.""He just said he had personal reasons...

Povlsen: DeKalb economy on upswing

Povlsen: DeKalb economy on upswing

By Joe Palmer | February 1, 2012

The city of DeKalb is on the upswing after great economic improvements last year, said DeKalb Mayor Kris Povlsen.DeKalb has seen significant growth and recovery in the past year. The city has more money in the reserves, businesses are lining up for spaces...

Northern Star File Photo- Bruce Harrison is sworn in as DeKalb
fire chief in January 2009.

DeKalb Fire Chief reflects on 30 years of community service

By Olivia Willoughby | January 23, 2012

After 30 years of serving the community, DeKalb Fire Chief Bruce Harrison will leave his position to become Notre Dame's fire chief.Harrison said he will move to his new position March 1, but will leave the DeKalb County Fire Department in mid to late...

NIU sophomore undecided major Joe Pennington walks through downtown DeKalb on Wednesday afternoon.

Local businesses brainstorming ways to attract students

By Olivia Willoughby | January 18, 2012

The number seven bus is best known for delivering students to businesses like Wal-Mart and Target, located on Sycamore Road, but downtown business owners think students should explore stops closer to campus.After five stops, students get the opportunity...

The Center for Black Studies sits adjacent to a vacant lot where
the new DeKalb Police Station will reside.

Black Student Union opposes location of new police station

By Felix Sarver | January 17, 2012

The City of DeKalb hasn't won everyone over with the new location of the police station.The Black Student Union (BSU) has been gathering signatures for a petition against the construction of a new police station near the intersection of West Lincoln Highway...


DeKalb residents ask city to allow raising hens on property

By Kelly Bauer | November 29, 2011

Which came first: the chicken or DeKalb resident Hannah Dwyer's initiative to allow up to five hens per household?The chicken, which has been around since at least Egypt's 18th dynasty, would seem the obvious answer - but not when it comes to DeKalb....

Gary Billings, 66, Dekalb, sorts donated food into bags at The
Salvation Army on 830 Grove Street in DeKalb Friday afternoon. They
will be hosting a Thanksgiving food drive next Tuesday at 9

Local organizations offer donation, volunteer opportunities for the holidays

By Thomas Verschelde | November 22, 2011

DeKalb County offers many opportunities to give or volunteer this holiday season. From donating food to those less fortunate to volunteering at a soup kitchen, it is important to get involved and help out the community, said Samantha Hunt, secretary at...