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Property tax goes up by 2.15 percent

By Kristin Maglabe | November 24, 2014

Correction: In a Tuesday article, "Property tax goes up by 2.15 percent," the Northern Star said City Council decided on a 2.15 percent property tax increase. The motion for the increase failed in a 4-4 tie. The motion for no increase was passed with...

1923 Sycamore fire truck gets revamp with grant

By Kristin Maglabe | November 19, 2014

A $2,500 grant has made it possible for restoration to begin on the Sycamore Fire Department’s first motorized fire engine, a 1923 Stutz.The DeKalb County Community Foundation presented the grant to the Sycamore Fire Preservation Company Monday. Although...

Public wants bike paths, no Pups for greener city

By Kristin Maglabe | November 17, 2014

Suggestions to DeKalb’s Sustainability Plan include making the city more bicyclist-friendly and changing the NIU campus to make it more green.The Citizens Environmental Commission and the Sustainability Plan Citizen Task Force have worked together since...

4.32 percent tax increase proposed

4.32 percent tax increase proposed

By Ryan Ocasio | November 16, 2014

Mike Peddle, Finance Advisory Committee chairman, speaks about the 2014 tax levy and the status of DeKalb’s finances during the City Council and Finance Advisory Committee meeting Thursday at the DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St. The City Council proposed a 4.32 percent tax increase at the meeting. Aldermen will review the proposed increase at the Dec. 8 City Council meeting.

Student Spotlight: Junior plans to work with computer games, programs

By Kristin Maglabe | November 16, 2014

Junior Edward Hottendorf has explored computer programming casually for about two years and aims to work with gaming company Blizzard Entertainment.Hottendorf, a computer science major, said his inspiration for programming comes from logic and video games.Northern...

Student Spotlight: Student wants to work in nursing, not at desk

By Kristin Maglabe | November 9, 2014

Gabrielle Bergmann said she wants to help people face to face rather than work behind the scenes.Bergmann, junior public health major, plans to switch her major to nursing because she said she realized she wants to work in the field rather than in an...

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner celebrates his win over Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn Tuesday in Chicago. Rauner claimed victory on Election Day, but incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn has not conceded as he said some votes have yet to be counted.

Funding for NIU may change under Rauner’s budget

By Kristin Maglabe | November 5, 2014

Republican Bruce Rauner’s win over Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn in the gubernatorial race could mean funding changes for NIU.Rauner, who got about 51 percent of the vote Tuesday, won over Quinn, who has yet to concede. Rauner’s budget plan includes...

Student Spotlight: Transfer student plans for career in art therapy

By Kristin Maglabe | November 2, 2014

Transfer student Kaylei Halbert aspires to use what she is learning at NIU to help teens in therapy.Halbert, a junior majoring in psychology, transferred to NIU from Elmhurst College. She said she hopes to take what she has learned from her art and psychology...

Diane DeMers, resident of the Ellwood Historic Neighborhood, expresses her concerns over the implementation of a enterprise zone in DeKalb at a Monday City Council meeting in the DeKalb Municipal Building. DeMers brought photographs of a strip mall at the corner of Annie Glidden Highway and Hillcrest Drive to show attendees what an enterprise zone could create in the Ellwood Historic Neighborhood. An enterprise zone is an area within a community where companies receive incentives, including tax credits and exemptions.

Locals push against enterprise zoning

By Kristin Maglabe | October 28, 2014

The John and Harrison Street area will be excluded from DeKalb’s proposed enterprise zone, a move that was announced at City Council Monday.Enterprise zones are areas within communities where companies can take advantage of special state incentives,...

A DeKalb police cruiser.

Police say attack that led to school lockdowns did not happen

By Northern Star Staff | October 21, 2014

Police say a reported attack of a man on a walking path, which led to at least three schools going under lockdown today, did not happen.Cmdr. John Petragallo said the lockdowns were initiated in the afternoon after police received a 911 call from a male...

Mayor John Rey speaks Monday about the job opening for the position of city clerk at the City Council Meeting in the DeKalb Municipal Building. The seat has been vacant since the resignation of Liz Peerbook in late September. 

City Clerk position open

By Kristin Maglabe | October 13, 2014

Mayor John Rey is officially looking for a city clerk.The seat has been left open since the early resignation of Liz Peerboom in late September. At City Council Monday, the mayor said anyone interested in the position should contact him, and said “a...

Community Development Director

Divita brings experience to community development

By Kristin Maglabe | October 7, 2014

Ellen Divita plans to bring her experience from other towns she’s worked in to her new position as Community Development director.When getting her master’s in urban planning at the University of Illinois, Divita did work for Urbana; since then, she...