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Hopkins remembered: Faculty ‘blessed’ with teaching ability

By Keith Hernandez | September 3, 2014

Debra Hopkins, 62, of DeKalb, died Monday morning at St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, according to the Winnebago County Coroner.Hopkins worked for 27 years in NIU’s accounting department as director of the Certified Public Accounting Review....

Masons plan to open ‘fun center’

By Keisha Howerth | April 20, 2014

Mason Properties has plans to build a bowling alley, restaurant and laundromat on South Fourth Street.Owner Jim Mason and co-owner Linda Mason want to put a family fun and college center in place of the former Sullivan’s Foods on South Fourth Street.Mason...

DSW, Five Below set to open

By Keisha Howerth | April 1, 2014

Designer Shoe Warehouse and Five Below will open next week in the Oakland Place Shopping Center.Roger Hopkins, DeKalb economic development consultant, said DSW will open on April 10, and Five Below will likely open the same day. Hopkins said there is...

City’s restaurant growth shows economic change

City’s restaurant growth shows economic change

By Keisha Howerth | December 1, 2013

The city’s economic situation is showing “positive signs” as more restaurants open.DeKalb is pursuing retail and restaurant opportunities that may interest students, along with residential growth. Roger Hopkins, the city’s economic development...

Hotel project behind schedule

By Alan Kozeluh | September 23, 2013

The new Hampton Inn and Suites will not be finished in time for the Illinois High School Association football championships in November.The association will host its championship games at Huskie Stadium Nov. 29 and 30. The Hampton Inn and Suites being...

At City Council, money talks

At City Council, money talks

By Ali Combs | June 25, 2013

What started as a blanket vote for more than a dozen resolutions for the city’s budget turned into a two-hour discussion about salary raises, pension funds and DeKalb’s financial future at Monday’s City Council meeting. Twenty resolutions were set...

New TIF districts, liquor code voted on by Council

By Ali Combs | January 29, 2013

The City Council voted on two new Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts and the new liquor code at Monday’s meeting. A TIF district is created to boost redevelopment and to cure blight in an area of need. In order to create funds for this redevelopment,...

DeKalb may never get a shopping mall, offers substitutes for shoppers

By Gino Hernaiz | November 5, 2012

Without a large population and high income, DeKalb may never have a mall. Economic development consultant Roger Hopkins said population and household wealth determine whether a town or city will have a mall. The high-income neighborhoods in DeKalb and...

City Council to cast final votes on Olive Garden funding Monday

By Samantha Brockett | October 16, 2012

On Monday, the DeKalb City Council [DCC] will cast their final votes on the possible opening of an Olive Garden by fall 2013. The DCC voted to give the parent company of Olive Garden, Darden Restaurants, a $900,000 forgivable loan on Oct. 8. “The money...

Second ward alderman Tom Teresinski reads from his notes while
3rd ward alderwoman Kristen Lash listens at the DeKalb City Council
meeting Monday.

Report states DeKalb sees fewer furniture, apparel sales

By Ryan Felgenhauer | January 23, 2012

The county's retail stores compare unfavorably to other similar communities, according to a report given at the DeKalb City Council meeting Monday.The report, conducted by Hopkins Solutions LLC of DeKalb, compared DeKalb to other similarly sized college...

Ross Dress for Less to replace Borders

By Olivia Willoughby | January 17, 2012

Out with Borders, in with Ross Dress for Less. Ross will take the space left by the former Borders store in Northland Plaza, 2520 Sycamore Road in DeKalb, later this spring. The new business will bring another retail venue to the DeKalb community. "It'll...