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City council finalizes plans for renovations

By Thomas Verschelde | April 24, 2011

DeKalb City Council is close to finalizing plans for the renovation of the city hall and police station, located at 200 S. Fourth St. Fourth Ward Alderman Brendon Gallagher said the renovations will be under way as soon as the council votes to approve...

Task force considers safety improvements on Greek Row

By Danny Ciamprone | April 12, 2011

DeKALB | The safety of Greek Row, including the possibility of instituting a neighborhood watch, was analyzed Tuesday by the Safe/Quality Housing Task Force. Decisions are in consideration now between the task force and the Student Association to determine...

Sarah Maas (left) and Kate Metzler (center), DeKalb High School seniors, along with DeKalb resident Gelina Nunn (right) work at the Best Western polling station Tuesday night.

Voter turnout lower than expected

By Meaghen Harms | April 5, 2011

DeKALB | Voter turnout was lower than expected at the local elections Tuesday. "We were anticipating a 20 percent voter turnout," said DeKalb County Clerk John Acardo. "Now it looks to be 20 percent at best." The low voter turnout could be a result of...

Construction permits approved, Molly’s must relocate

By Dan Ciamprone | March 28, 2011

DeKALB | The scenery of the southeast corner of Annie Glidden Road and Lincoln Highway might change with construction of a CVS pharmacy. The DeKalb City Council approved special use permits for the construction Monday night. The special permits allow...

DeKalb city officials remember city attorney

By Danny Ciamprone | March 20, 2011

The city continues to morn the loss of City Attorney Norma Guess, who died of kidney cancer on March 12. Guess battled the disease for three and a half years. According to a press release, Guess died in her home surrounded by immediate family members....

DeKalb city attorney dies from cancer

By Danny Ciamprone | March 13, 2011

DeKALB | City Attorney Norma Guess lost her three and a half year battle with kidney cancer Saturday night. According to a press release, Guess died in her home surrounded by immediate family members. DeKalb Mayor Kris Povlsen expressed his sadness over...

Quinn introduces bill that could reduce number of Illinois school districts

By Danny Ciamprone | March 9, 2011

Gov. Pat Quinn introduced a bill that could cut the number of Illinois school districts from 868 to 300 if passed. Quinn said the bill would save taxpayers $100 million."Those guys must be crazy," said James Briscoe, superintendent of DeKalb School District...

The Egyptian Theater, 135 N. Second St., is holding a fundraiser to replace the current seats at the theater, which are over 80 years old. The current seats have old and malfunctioning mechanics to go along with a less than ideal comfort level for patrons.

Egyptian Theatre over halfway to donation goal

By Thomas Verschelde | March 1, 2011

DeKALB | The Egyptian Theatre is more than halfway to its $400,000 goal to install larger, more comfortable seating. The theatre, located at 135 N. Second St., is currently having a fundraiser to help replace all of the original seating in the theatre....

DeKalb Public Library celebrates 80th anniversary

By Alex Fiore | February 9, 2011

The DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St., is hosting an open house Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. to celebrate its 80th anniversary as the Haish Memorial Library. After DeKalb resident Jacob Haish died in 1926, he left $150,000 to the library, said Katherine Keyes,...

Sections of downtown DeKalb’s roads suffer damage

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | February 8, 2011

DeKALB | Some residents have noticed that the stamped asphalt used for the crosswalks in downtown DeKalb has begun to deteriorate. The stamped asphalt that was laid last fall, however, is still under warranty by the contractor. Mayor Kris Povlsen said...

DeKalb 6th Ward alderman David Baker has served on DeKalb City Council for the past three terms. He uses his expertise and business experience from managing Copy Services, 1005 W. Lincoln Highway, to make decisions during city council meetings.

Alderman David Baker’s business background comes in handy

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | January 18, 2011

Using past experiences has helped David Baker with his duties as 6th Ward alderman of DeKalb. Baker said he uses his business background to critique and advocate various proposals brought before the DeKalb City Council. Not only did Baker graduate from...

Ron Naylor, DeKalb 5th Ward Alderman, speaks at a DeKalb City Council meeting.

Ron Naylor balances family life with being an alderman

By Jessica Wells | November 30, 2010

DeKalb 5th Ward Alderman Ron Naylor is finishing his first term at his position, but he has been involved with DeKalb for a long time. Before being elected to alderman in 2007, Naylor worked as public works director for DeKalb from 1973 to 1996. "Mr....