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Board of Trustees carelessness comes at heavy costs

Board of Trustee’s carelessness comes at heavy costs

By Editorial Board | April 19, 2018

 The Northern Star Editorial Board finds the outcome of the NIU Board of Trustees vs Misty Haji-Sheikh case to be costly and unnecessarily difficult when compared to a lawsuit filed by Sid Kincaid in 2016.Sid Kincaid, former Student Association senator,...

Judge Waller: NIU must pay lawyer fees

By Lindsey Salvatelli | April 2, 2018

DeKALB — Misty Haji-Sheikh, graduate student at large, has been awarded lawyer costs and fees in a suit she filed against NIU.Haji-Sheikh requested DeKalb County Judge Bradley Waller award her $83,118.89 in court costs and lawyer fees for the lawsuit...

Haji-Sheikh wins board lawsuit; trustees violated Open Meeting Act

By Michael Urbanec | November 27, 2017

SYCAMORE — DeKalb County Judge Bradley Waller ruled during a summary judgment Wednesday in favor of Misty Haji-Sheikh, graduate student at large, finding the Board of Trustees in violation of the Illinois Open Meeting Act and voiding the unpaid portion...

Lawsuit alleges Board of Trustees violated law

By Lindsey Salvatelli | July 24, 2017

DeKALB — A student has ini­tiated a lawsuit against the Board of Trustees that could void for­mer president Doug Baker's sev­erance agreement.Misty Haji-Sheikh, graduate student at-large, has filed a law­suit against the Board of Trustees for allegedly...

Letter to the Editor: Baker’s $600K severance package arguable

By Misty haji-Sheikh | June 26, 2017

Dear Editor,I am in a unique position. I am a Graduate Student at Large, married to Faculty, and I serve on the County Board. I am writing as a student who loves NIU, but is deeply concerned with the actions of the Board of Trustees regarding the severance...

A day in the life of a city of DeKalb mayoral candidate

A day in the life of a city of DeKalb mayoral candidate

By Sharjeel Siddique | March 30, 2017

Misty Haji-Sheikh
Q: What inspired you to run for this position?
A: I have always tried to help other people. Most of the organizations I join I end up being asked to be in a leadership role. I started going to the meetings, and they ended up getting an expansion. When an opening came up for my County Board seat, members of the County Board and the Democratic Party called me and asked me if I would run for County Board. I don’t look at leadership as an ability to wear a badge and have a title. It does come with it, and it does give you some ability to get some things done, but what has always gotten me to that point is working with other people. Finding out what it is that you want and what can we work on together works best. We need to find the common ground and pursue that.
Q: What is the most important change that needs to happen in this community?
A: We need to bring jobs to the city. Good paying jobs. I do think that jobs would also impact the students at NIU because there are a lot of students who are struggling, and there are issues with food insecurity. Also, building retail doesn’t work unless there’s somebody to spend money at that retail, which is why it goes back to my opinion to needing good quality, paying jobs.

City holds mayoral debate

By Clarissa Hinshaw | February 27, 2017

DeKALB — With the April 4 DeKalb consolidated election fast approaching, mayoral candidates participated in an audience-packed debate where they discussed issues, including local immigration policy.The debate, which was held 6:30 Thursday at the DeKalb...

City Attorney Dean Frieders speaks during the June 22 City Council meeting. The city approved a new Freedom of Information Act policy.

City passes FOIA policy

By Margaret Maka | June 29, 2015

City Council approved a 27-page policy pertaining to Freedom of Information Act requests made to DeKalb at a June 22 meeting.The Freedom of Information Act states government bodies must present all documents and records, permitting certain exceptions,...

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,...

Civil case fee will fund child custody exchange program

By Alissa Jacob | May 1, 2014

DeKalb County Board approved a Neutral Site Custody Exchange Fund to help the children of divorced parents by keeping the parents apart to prevent conflicts.The fund will collect $8 from the plaintiff and defendant of civil cases, according to minute...

Two joggers run through Greek Row on Hillcrest Road in front of Phi Kappa Theta Tuesday. Some residents are displeased with proposed ideas for changing neighborhoods like Hillcrest as part of NIU’s Bold Ideas.

Bold Ideas don’t sit well with all

By Alissa Jacob | April 16, 2014

Some homeowners in the Ellwood Historic and Hillcrest neighborhoods are upset they were not included in the Bold Ideas Master Plan for the future of NIU.A meeting was held April 6 at the Ellwood House Visitor Center, 509 N. First St., to inform the neighborhoods...

Garden tour shows off homegrown goods

Garden tour shows off homegrown goods

By Amy Shelton | September 22, 2013

DeKalb County Community Gardens held its first fundraising event this weekend, hosting a tour of nine of 40 gardens in the DeKalb and Sycamore area.The gardens project was started by project coordinator Dan Kenney in summer 2012 as a way to grow food...