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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...

DeKalb Library Director Dee Coover updates City Council members on the status of the library’s 2014 fiscal year Monday at the council meeting in the DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St. Coover spoke about DeKalb’s Big Read Month in October and she told council members the groundbreaking ceremony for the DeKalb Library expansion was a success.

Library to use $15K grant for Big Read Month

By Jackie Nevarez | September 23, 2014

DeKalb Library Director Dee Coover updates City Council members on the status of the library’s 2014 fiscal year Monday at the council meeting in the DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St. Coover spoke about DeKalb’s Big Read Month in October and she told council members the groundbreaking ceremony for the DeKalb Library expansion was a success.

Leaving aldermen focus on upgrades

Leaving aldermen focus on upgrades

By Kelly Bauer | August 27, 2014

Third Ward Alderwoman Kristen Lash and 5th Ward Alderman Ron Naylor plan to use their last eight months in their positions to push for road improvements and airport expansion.The City Council members do not plan to seek re-election when their terms end...

Electronics store opens downtown

By Ryan Chodora | February 9, 2014

An electronic shop is the latest small business to move into downtown DeKalb.Bobby’s Electronics, 663 E. Lincoln Highway, opened its doors Feb. 3.The shop sells a variety of electronics, ranging from GPS devices to television sound bars. The shop also...

Task force to meet to talk city hall changes

By Ryan Chodora | January 28, 2014

Mayor John Rey has created a task force to assist in the renovations to City Hall. The group will meet this week.Second ward alderman Bill Finucane, fifth ward alderman Ron Naylor and others from the city’s staff and finance advisory board have been...

DeKalb planning for communiversity ‘square’

By Lark Lewis | November 13, 2013

A developer and the city are in the preliminary stages of making revisions to NB&T square in the hopes of creating a communiversity area.The area is located on Lincoln Highway between First and Pearl streets. The plan for the project is to provide...

The new DeKalb Police Station along Lincoln Highway has caused stir among some members of black student organizations due to its proximity to the Center for Black Studies.

Police station’s location draws ire of some students

By James Bartley | November 6, 2013

As the DeKalb police station prepares to open at its new location, a debate about it being located across from the Center for Black Studies continues.The station is located at 700 W. Lincoln Highway and is near the Center for Black Studies, 621 W. Lincoln...

City building may see structural changes

By Jessi Haish | September 24, 2013

With the police department’s departure from the municipal building as it moves into a new station, the facility will be left with no security for the first time since its construction in 1967.Possible adjustments of staff and renovations to the building...

City Council votes “no” on Irongate annexation

By Ali Combs | July 23, 2013

The long-debated Irongate annexation was officially turned down at Monday’s City Council meeting.With comments from former mayor Bessie Chronopoulos, local landlord Paul Saucer, neighbors to the proposed Irongate land, and a speaker from the Park District...

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...

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...

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...