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Smith addresses city projects

Smith addresses city projects

By Kierra Frazier | January 15, 2020

DeKALB — Mayor Jerry Smith announced that the cooperation between the City of DeKalb and NIU “has rarely been better” during his State of the City address at Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting.“We do not use the term communiversity...

Grand jury declines to indict DeKalb Police officer

By Noah Johnson | December 21, 2019

DeKALB — Charges against a DeKalb Police Officer involved in Elonte McDowell’s arrest have been declined by a grand jury. An internal review of the incident will be conducted to determine if the officer followed the department’s policies and procedures.  A...

Photos from a WNIJ public records request to the DeKalb County Health Department. Photos were sent to Health Department officials at various times via email since 2016. Photos and emails do not reflect internal remedial efforts made in response by Suburban management or maintenance crews, and it’s unclear whether management was made aware of tenant concerns before tenants reached out to the health department.

Tenants living in unincorporated apartments report health concerns to county

By Sarah Jesmer | December 9, 2019

Editor's note: This story is part of a collaboration with WNIJ. Listen to this story's radio broadcast here. Read News Editor Noah Thornburgh's story here. Listen to WNIJ's broadcast on why we came to this story here.DeKALB — County renters and landlords...

DeKalb mayor searching for delegate to fill alderman term

By Mikah Walker | October 9, 2019

DeKalb Mayor Jerry Smith is requesting suggestions from the community on who might be open to filling the term of Fourth Ward Alderman Pat Fagan. His seat was resigned as of Sept. 26.The next aldermanic elections are in April 2021 according to City Manager...

Representative Underwood talks gun control, healthcare at town hall

By Kierra Frazier | September 5, 2019

U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood held a town hall for students on Tuesday and discussed how Congress plans to reauthorize the Higher Education Act this fall.The town hall meeting was the first one Underwood held specifically for college students....

Attendees listen as Trevada Redmond, of DeKalb, asks police leadership how they plan to hold themselves and their officers accountable.

Police chief promises daily updates on arrest statistics at community meeting

By Noah Thornburgh | September 5, 2019

At a community meeting Wednesday night, DeKalb Police Chief John Petragallo agreed to post a daily breakdown of arrests by race and economic status to the department’s social media, following a demand by a resident.DeKalb community members filled New...

A boarded-up window stands at 808 Ridge Drive apartments in 2019.

City of DeKalb acts on tenant association concerns

By Kierra Frazier | August 28, 2019

DeKALB — A proclamation was put in place during Monday night’s City Council meeting where current and former tenants of Hunter Properties spoke about property issues they experienced while leasing with the company.{{tncms-inline alignment="right"...

Children ride in an old fire engine at a previous DeKalb Memorial Day parade.

Ceremony, parade to honor veterans Memorial Day

By Northern Star Staff | May 21, 2019

DeKALB — The City, American Legion and Chamber of Commerce will be commemorating lives lost in the armed forces with a ceremony and a parade, according to a press release.A Mayor's breakfast will start the day 7 a.m. Monday May 27 at Elks Lodge, 209...

Chicago mayoral election signifies diversity

By Northern Star Editorial Board | April 11, 2019

Chicago made two progressive leaps in last week’s mayoral election: Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot will be Chicago’s first black female, openly lesbian mayor. The Editorial Board congratulates Chicago on this forward-thinking move and expresses hope for...

DeKalb fireman retires after 29 years of service

DeKalb fireman retires after 29 years of service

By Kierra Frazier | February 25, 2019

DeKALB — Deputy Fire Chief Jim Zarek retired from the DeKalb Fire Department after serving 29 years. He said he hopes to work at another fire department in Janesville, Wisconsin.Mayor Jerry Smith and City Council members honored him at the Feb. 11 City...

City employee switches focus to nonprofit work

By Fathima Siddiqui | February 4, 2019

DeKALB — Jason Michnick is stepping down from his position as economic planner for the city of DeKalb to become the first executive director of the DeKalb-based Tanzania Development Support [TDS].TDS is a nonprofit organization focused on improving...

Michael Marquardt resigned from his position of third ward alderperson on Dec. 6 and is now facing forgery charges.

Former City Council member faces forgery and theft charges

By Northern Star Staff | January 21, 2019

DeKALB — Michael Marquardt, who served on City Council, resigned from his position as the third ward alderperson on Dec. 6 for personal reasons, according to a Dec. 6 city of DeKalb news release.Following his resignation, Marquardt was charged with...