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DeKalb City Council meeting filled with disagreement

By Kelly Bauer | November 21, 2011

Monday's DeKalb City Council meeting turned into what Mayor Kris Povlsen called a "fiasco." An ordinance to authorize Povlsen to sign an agreement with architectural firm PSA Dewberry for the design of a new police station for $807,000 was on the agenda,...

Emphasis on Black Friday shopping leads to some local fears of a forgotten Thanksgiving

By Lauren Dielman | November 15, 2011

For some, Thanksgiving just isn't what it used to be. Angie Krawiec, junior math education major, said she feels the increased interest in Christmas shopping right after Thanksgiving takes away the purpose of Thanksgiving. Many rush out to get Black Friday...

Tourism up in DeKalb County

By Thomas Verschelde | November 7, 2011

DeKalb County received $71.64 million from tourism in 2010, according to the Northern Illinois Tourism Development Office (NIT). According to the NIT numbers, this was over $6 million more than in 2009. "I am very glad to see that people are visiting...

Northern Star File Photo-Road constuction took place on Locust
Street in August 2010.

Re:New DeKalb to finish projects by summer 2012

By Olivia Willoughby | November 6, 2011

DeKalb Mayor Kris Povlsen said Re:New DeKalb will finish its downtown projects by summer 2012. Re:New DeKalb Inc. is a public-private partnership currently working on improving the downtown area. Re:New DeKalb also organizes marketing and special events...

DeKalb to redistrict wards

By Thomas Verschelde | November 6, 2011

The DeKalb City Council is working on a plan to redistrict the wards of the city to even out the voter turnout.DeKalb Mayor Kris Povlsen said every census year, the city must review ward boundaries as it relates to the number of registered voters. This...

DeKalb City Council sees “higher than expected” costs for new police station

By Dave Gong | October 20, 2011

The City of DeKalb will take another look at the proposed design contract for the new DeKalb Police Station. DeKalb Mayor Kris Povlsen said the contract was pulled from Monday's city council agenda because the council thought the bid was more expensive...

Community gathers to pay respects

By Dave Gong | October 2, 2011

Residents and city officials gathered Sunday to remember city employees who passed away while serving DeKalb. "We are gathered here today to honor some great people that unfortunately died," said DeKalb Fire Chief Bruce Harrison at the start of the service....

Hope Haven gets help with cleanup effort

By Kelly Bauer | September 22, 2011

Two organizations - NIU's Women's Resource Center (WRC) and Hope Haven- will work together to clean up the addition to Hope Haven's facilities prior to its opening. As part of its Selfless Saturdays program, volunteers can sign up with the WRC to help...

Empty Egyptian Theatre

Egyptian Theatre renovations nearly complete

By Andrea Azzo | September 21, 2011

After a summer of renovations, the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., will host an open house featuring its new seats and sound system. The event will be at 6:30 p.m. tonight and is free and open to the public. Alex Nerad, executive director for the...

New Mexican restaurant one step closer to liquor license

By Megan Healy | September 21, 2011

The DeKalb liquor commission gave Fiesta Cancun a recommendation for an E-class liquor license at a meeting Tuesday evening, which is the first step in obtaining a liquor license. The E-class liquor license Fiesta Cancun, 1262 W. Lincoln Highway, is applying...

Disorderly house ordinance to be reworked

By Dave Gong | September 21, 2011

The wording of DeKalb's disorderly house ordinance is too vague, said Brett Brown, Safe and Quality Housing Task Force member, at a meeting Tuesday evening. The current disorderly house ordinance deals with noise violations, underage drinking and other...

Northern Star File Photo: Kristin Lash spoke Monday evening
about the issues with outsourcing legal services to Mickey, Wilson,
Weiler, Renzi and Anderson, P.C. for General Legal Services, an
Aurora bases firm.

DeKalb City Council decides to outsource legal matters

By Megan Healy | September 12, 2011

A new Aurora-based legal firm will handle Dekalb's legal matters.After a vote of 5 to 2, the DeKalb City Council authorized DeKalb Mayor Kris Povlsen to sign an agreement with Mickey, Wilson, Weiler, Renzi and Andersson P.C..Although the council passed...