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DeKalb nears end of city manager search

By Rachel Scaman | October 30, 2013

City Council will appoint a new city manager on Nov. 12 at the City Council meeting.The candidates for the position, named Wednesday, are Rodolfo D. Espiritu, Roger W. Fraser, Anne Marie Gaura, Raymond B. Keller and Susan K. McLaughlin. Former city manager...

DeKalb names city manager candidates

By Northern Star Staff | October 30, 2013

DeKalb's city manager candidates have been named.The search for a new city manager is being completed through Voorhees & Associates, Inc. Former city manager Mark Biernacki announced his retirement in February, and it was effective June 14.The candidates...

City’s search for manager continues

By Ryan Chodora | September 30, 2013

Voorhees Associates, LLC is well into its search timeline to find DeKalb’s new city manager. Candidate reviews and interviews will be held throughout October into early November.It’s been more than four months since Mark Biernacki, DeKalb’s former...

Rudy Espiritu, DeKalb Assistant City Manager, explains the duties of his position, the services his department provides, and the basics of DeKalbs city budget to mayoral candidates at the DeKalb City Council special meeting on Monday night.

City manager position sees personnel change

By Erin Kolb | June 19, 2013

Assistant city manager Rudy Espiritu is temporarily filling the position of city manager and hopes to be a candidate for the full-time city manager position following Mark Biernacki’s Friday retirement. Mayor John Rey said he and Finucane will work...

Mayor John Rey hands city manager Mark Biernacki a certificate of appreciation for his years served as city manager at Mondays City Council meeting.

City Council to update airport’s communications system

By Ali Combs | June 14, 2013

City Council approved the purchase of fiber optics to be used to update the current communications system at DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport at Monday’s meeting. Public Works Director T.J. Moore said the current communications system is “antiquated”...

City Council to vote on Irongate annexation

By Ali Combs | March 24, 2013

The future of the Irongate annexation will be voted on at the City Council meeting today. City Manager Mark Biernacki said adjustments have been made to the development plans to meet the requests of council members. “We will now ask the council to vote...

Olive Garden no longer coming to DeKalb

By Erin Kolb | March 3, 2013

Students were disappointed with the news that a planned Olive Garden will no longer be built in DeKalb. “Darden [Restaurants] has told us that their 2013 plans for 36 new stores have been cut to 15 stores,” City Manager Mark Biernacki said in a news...

City Council disagrees over subdivision plan

By Logan Love | January 30, 2013

The DeKalb City Council met in a special session Tuesday night to discuss a proposed 458-acre development project slated to add more than 1,300 housing units to the city. The project, which centers around the creation of the Irongate of DeKalb subdivision,...

President of the Student Association Delonte LeFlore speaks to students and members of SA about having a strong strategic plan for Student Association. He also states that he wants Northern Illinois University to be a more student centered campus, and that there was a 30% increase in the turnout of the organizational expo.

SA outlined improvements, student involvement at first address

By Felix Sarver | October 30, 2012

The Student Association (SA) outlined strategies for improving its organization and increasing student involvement at its first address Tuesday. SA President Delonte LeFlore said the SA wanted to hold an address to unify the students. Addresses have been...

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

City Council discusses housing ordinances in special session Wed.

By Jessi Haish | October 10, 2012

City Council members discussed proposed housing ordinances during a special meeting Wednesday. The council discussed a three strike rule which could lead to interior inspections. Also discussed were planned sidewalk inspections and how to fund the new...

DeKalb police officers to live in residential neighborhoods as part of program

By Jessi Haish | October 2, 2012

DeKalb Police Officer Jared Burke moved into his new home on 11th Street this weekend as part of the Resident Officer Program. The Resident Officer Program allows police officer to move into a neighborhood to improve the quality of life in the area through...

New police station deemed as ‘necessary’ by some

By Northern Star Staff | September 25, 2012

Construction continues on the new police station on Lincoln Highway. The new station, to be located at 700 W. Lincoln Highway, will be funded by adjustments in the city budget. The City Council conducted a needs study and a sites study which took place...