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DeKalb Mayor John Rey speaks during a City Council meeting April 13.

DeKalb considers plan to change pay for employees

By Kristin Maglabe | April 16, 2015

The city is considering a plan that would change how employees are compensated.The plan would update chapter three of the Municipal Code, which covers job descriptions, powers of appointed employees, compensation and payment plans. The plan was devised...

Rob Blagojevich talks trial, Rod in book from NIU Press

Rob Blagojevich talks trial, Rod in book from NIU Press

By Kristin Maglabe | April 13, 2015

NIU Press will publish Robert Blagojevich’s account of his trial and estranged relationship with his brother, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, on Wednesday.In 2010, Rod Blagojevich was put on trial and found guilty of trying to give President Barack Obama’s...

Some citizens still concerned over $50K cost of DeKalb website redesign

By Kristin Maglabe | March 29, 2015

Correction: In a March 30 article, “Some citizens still concerned over $50K cost of DeKalb website redesign,” the Northern Star reported the Department of Justice told DeKalb the city’s website did not meet the Americans with Disabilities Act’s...

Fire inspection ordinance passes after FOCUS edits

By Kristin Maglabe | February 26, 2015

Some business owners and aldermen still had concerns when an inspection ordinance passed 4-3 Monday at City Council.The fire safety inspection ordinance was created by city staff in cooperation with DeKalb Fire Chief Eric Hicks, shareholders and property...

FOCUS DeKalb still wants inspections ordinance changes

By Kristin Maglabe | February 12, 2015

Despite postponing a first reading so changes could be made to the fire safety inspections ordinance, FOCUS DeKalb members are still saying parts of the ordinance are not friendly to businesses.FOCUS, a group of business persons and property owners dedicated...

First- and Second-Year Experience’s Interfaith Conversations to introduce attendees to belief systems

By Kristin Maglabe | February 2, 2015

First- and Second-Year Experience is holding a series of seminars known as the Interfaith Conversations to introduce belief systems to attendees.The conversations are 7-8:30 p.m Wednesday, Feb. 11, 18, 25 and March 4 in the Founders Memorial Library staff...

Inspections ordinance delayed as city, owners debate

By Kristin Maglabe | January 29, 2015

Business and property owners convinced the City Council to push back the first reading of a commercial building safety inspection ordinance to Feb. 9 after disagreement from business owners.The Fire Safety Registration and Inspection Program would require...

NIU pushes to enforce off-campus party rules

NIU pushes to enforce off-campus party rules

By Suresh Vakati | January 22, 2015

NIU’s Department of Student Involvement and Leadership Development is using random compliance checks to ensure student organizations are following regulations that limit the size of off-campus parties, alcohol consumption and the length of parties, among other things. The random compliance checks started this semester.

Residents concerned about ordinance inspections, cost

By Kristin Maglabe | January 15, 2015

Residents claim the implementation of an inspection program will turn businesses away due to frequent inspections and costs.The Fire Safety Registration and Inspection Program is an updated version of the original commercial property inspection ordinance....

Accountant Marianne Anderson speaks about the new fire safety regulations and inspections for non-residential buildings labeling. She said they were unnecessary and not business-friendly.

Fire Department chief says personnel will conduct business inspections

By Kristin Maglabe | January 13, 2015

DeKalb Fire Chief Eric Hicks said department personnel will conduct inspections for the Fire Safety Registration and Inspection Program, while business owners voiced concerns over the program at Monday's City Council.Hicks said the Fire Department does...

Student Spotlight: Junior to use skills to open style boutique, form nonprofit group

By Kristin Maglabe | December 8, 2014

Junior Deandre Turner has done visual merchandising for designer company Dooney and Bourke, he but aims to open his own style boutique in Chicago.Tuner, who majors in textiles, apparel and merchandising and minors in marketing, said he has thought about...

City, county work together to clean Kish

By Kristin Maglabe | December 3, 2014

The city and county have come together to keep the Kishwaukee River watershed clean and safe from pollution.A watershed is an area of land where surrounding bodies of water go into the same place. The Kishwaukee River Watershed is a 779,747-acre watershed...