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Brendon Gallagher has held the DeKalb 4th Ward Alderman position since 2009 after previously serving as a board member for the village of Shabbona.

The life behind the DeKalb 4th Ward Alderman

By Jessica Wells | November 29, 2010

Brendon Gallagher has been the DeKalb 4th Ward Alderman since 2009 but this was not his first position in community service. Previous to becoming DeKalb's alderman, Gallagher was a board member in the village of Shabbona. Gallagher has lived in the Northern...

Council votes to delay 2010D bond for the Northern Trust

By Jeremy Piscoran | November 4, 2010

The DeKalb City Council held a special meeting Thursday night to decide whether or not to issue 2010D bonds referenced in an ordinance approved on Oct. 28. Council members discussed the risk and reward of proceeding as scheduled with 2010D bonds or waiting...

Pam Verbic is the Third Ward Alderwoman for DeKalb.

Alderwoman discusses her love for NIU and DeKalb

By Jessica Wells | October 28, 2010

Alderwoman Pam Verbic works to keep the city of DeKalb in order as part of City Council, but her busy life includes much more than that.Third Ward Alderwoman Verbic was appointed by Mayor Kris Povlsen at the end of January to fill a vacant position on...

A vision near completion

By John Bachmann | October 17, 2010

Although he wasn't able to see it himself, Frank Van Buer's hope for downtown DeKalb becoming revitalized is almost complete. Van Buer was DeKalb Mayor from 2005 until his death in July of 2008 from pancreatic cancer. Mary Beth, Frank's wife, said her...

More high-end stores, restaurants will help DeKalb weekends

By Portia Kerr-Newman | October 12, 2010

I've been wondering why so many NIU students go home on the weekends or make plans outside of town. It is completely understandable why so many students make this decision; there is not a lot to do DeKalb. Of course, you can always find some fun time...

Police chief wants more space

By John Bachmann | October 7, 2010

DeKALB | It's no secret that the DeKalb Police station has space issues. DeKalb Police Chief Bill Feithen said the limited space has created some problems when it comes to doing interviews with suspects and victims. "We have incidents where suspects and...

DeKalb Fire Chief pushes for working fire alarms during fire safety week

By Jessica Wells | October 5, 2010

The week of Oct. 3-9 is Fire Prevention Week in the City of DeKalb. The DeKalb Fire Department locally supports the National Fire Protection Association's Fire Prevention Week campaign of "Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With." Fire Chief Bruce Harrison...

Downtown DeKalb construction nears completion

By John Bachmann | September 29, 2010

The road construction in downtown DeKalb is nearing an end. The Rise & Revitalizemeeting held Tuesday morning in the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., was led by Jennifer Groce, executive director of Re:New DeKalb and those in attendance included...

DeKalb Mayor removes Plan Commission chairman

By John Bachmann | September 24, 2010

DeKalb Mayor Kris Povlsen removed John Guio as chairman of the Plan Commission due to an ethics violation.Povlsen said the decision to remove Guio was made when he would not refrain himself for taking part in a vote regarding a possible expansion for...

DeKalb Fire Chief strengthens department

By Taylor Thanos | September 20, 2010

"Relationships, trust and planning are the words that motivate me," said DeKalb Fire Department Chief Bruce Harrison. After being an active department member for over 20 years, Harrison, who believes he is simply "just the face" of the state-recognized...

Peddlers on the prowl

By John Bachmann | September 12, 2010

DeKALB | When you hear your doorbell ring, you may need to be prepared to get a good description of who's at your doorstep. A problem DeKalb residents may have seen is unlicensed peddlers going door-to-door around their block. Detective Angel Reyes of...

Krystals former owner plans to open new bar soon

Krystal’s former owner plans to open new bar soon

By John Bachmann | August 31, 2010

DeKALB |Paul Baggett, former owner of Club 122 and the recently closed Krystal's, is looking toward the future in hopes of opening another similar business. Baggett, an NIU alumnus, started his business venture in DeKalb in 2005 with Club 122, which was...