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Feithen: DeKalbs perception as unsafe may be unfounded

Feithen: DeKalb’s perception as unsafe may be unfounded

By Dave Gong | September 6, 2011

DeKalb's problem with drugs and violence may be more perception than reality, said DeKalb Police Chief Bill Feithen. Feithen said three high-profile incidents that have occurred in DeKalb within the last few years -the Feb. 14, 2008 shooting at Cole Hall,...

Kari Gale, juior meteorology major, fills up her gas tank
Tuesday afternoon at Road Ranger, 125 N. Annie Glidden Rd.,

Gas tax will yield more revenue from “out-of-towners” than local residents

By Thomas Verschelde | August 30, 2011

A gasoline tax was increased in DeKalb to fund the construction of a new police station. The tax was approved by the city council on Aug. 8 and will increase from 2 cents to 3.5 cents per gallon. "We are in bad need of a new police facility," said DeKalb...

Civil unions no issue for local renters

By Megan Healy | August 30, 2011

Gay renters or property owners are protected from discrimination under Illinois State law as of June, but DeKalb municipal code has included this protection since December 2003. Donald Henderson, director of Student Legal Assistance, said there have not...

Staying out of debt not as difficult as it seems

By Eric Nofsinger | August 29, 2011

DeKalb | Spending what doesn't need to be spent can send you on a downward spiral of debt. How can you avoid debt now to prevent large payments in the future?DeKalb Mayor Kris Povlsen said it's as simple not spending what you don't have. Craving a pizza...

DeKalb Township will be partnering with Cell Phones for Soldiers
to provide soldiers overseas with prepaid calling cards. Donations
can be dropped off at the DeKalb Township offices, located at 2323
S. Fourth St., near the I-88 tollway.

Support our troops, donate a cell phone

By Thomas Verschelde | August 24, 2011

The DeKalb Township will partner with Cell Phones for Soldiers to help provide soldiers overseas with prepaid calling cards so they can stay in touch with their loved ones.Sarah Merritt, public relations representative for Cell Phones for Soldiers, said...

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

DeKalb City Council tackles issues concerning the public library and economic development

By Junae Bennett | August 22, 2011

Dee Cover shared some interesting news during her report at the DeKalb City Council meeting Monday night.The DeKalb Public Library executive director explained that the 80-year-old library, located at 309 Oak St. in DeKalb, flooded Saturday.Cover said...

DeKalb water tower to display Monsanto advertisement

By Thomas Verschelde | August 22, 2011

The Monsanto Company is working with DeKalb to celebrate the city's rich agricultural history."We have been working with Monsanto to place the DeKalb Genetics Corporation's ‘winged ear' logo on the two open spaces on the Dresser Rd. water tower," said...

Chamber of commerce discusses greek row safety issues, success of Re:New DeKalb and Egyption Theater renovation plans

By Jason Pfrommer | July 25, 2011

DeKALB | Members at a meeting of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Tuesday addressed economic and aesthetic improvements to the city and safety concerns. Safety Overgrown trees blocking street lights could be causing a safety risk for pedestrians in DeKalb....

DeKalb asks for a recount on the 2010 census outcome

By Dave Gong | July 12, 2011

DeKALB | The City of DeKalb is in the process of challenging the results of the 2010 census.Doug Eaton, census liaison for the City of DeKalb, said there is a total discrepancy of 244 DeKalb residents in the census.The city is filing a boundary challenge...

The new DeKalb High School, built on a $110 million referendum,
will open for classes this fall.

New high school begins classes

By Jason Pfrommer | June 23, 2011

In only a couple of months, DeKalb High School, 501 Dresser Road, will begin its first class sessions. The school was built as a way to accommodate many future generations, not just a couple years said James Mitchell, former DeKalb school board member....

NIU contributes $700M to ‘Region’s Prosperity’

By Eli Gehn | June 23, 2011

A June 15 report showed that NIU has had a total impact of nearly $700 million on DeKalb and the surrounding area. "NIU and Our Regions Prosperity" is a study completed by NIU’s Center for Governmental Studies that looks at the economic impact the university...

First ward alderman Bertrand Simpson listens to debate about outsourcing the city attorney and assistant city attorneys position Monday night at the regular meeting of the DeKalb City Council.

Legal options: Council votes to review proposals from outside contractors for city attorney

By Danny Ciamprone | April 25, 2011

DeKalb City Council voted Monday to view proposals from outside contractors to perform the services of city attorney. The council directed a Request for Proposal (RFP), which asks private contractors to perform services held by the city attorney. Norma...