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TikTok working with Chinese government to monitor user data causes privacy concern

By Jack Baudoin | January 21, 2020

With billions of people using social media, concerns regarding user security should be higher now than ever before. Social media is more popular than it has ever been, with 3.8 billion people using it in 2019, according to a Nov. 6 article by TheNextWeb.TikTok...

Junior nursing student Quinita Johnson waits Tuesday to check in students at Stevenson South Towers.

Campus security needs updates

By Payton Higgins | September 18, 2019

Campus security proved its capabilities Sept. 7 with the arrest of Cinque C. Simmons, of Chicago. Simmons was a student at NIU until Sept. 7 when he was arrested at Huskie Stadium and charged with the possession of a firearm without a firearm owner’s...

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...

U.S Customs and Border Patrol arrested 376 Central Americans Jan. 14 in southwest Arizona, after they dug underneath barriers to the U.S.

U.S. Border situation is far from a crisis

By Noah Thornburgh | January 21, 2019

The government shutdown continues into its fourth week, caused by a so-called “crisis” at the border that is neither new nor dire.Border apprehensions have been on a stark downward trend since the early 2000s, according to a 2014 Pew Research Center...

Fourth ward Alderman Bob Snow and Mayor John Rey talk during a Nov. 25 City Council meeting in the city’s municipal building. Some officials have expressed worry that the building is less safe than it used to be because the DeKalb Police Department moved to its station on West Lincoln Highway. The police used to work in the municipal building.

City officials concerned about security after police move out

By Ryan Chodora | December 9, 2013

Security in the municipal building has left something to be desired, according to some city officials, since the city police moved out of the municipal building to their station on West Lincoln Highway.Previously, the municipal building, 200 S. Fourth...

A DeKalb police cruiser.

DeKalb Police looks to increase efficiency

By Ryan Chodora | March 27, 2013

Aside from the construction of the new police station, the DeKalb Police Department is continuously making improvements to increase its efficacy in the field. “It seems like everything that’s been in the talks for the last couple of years is actually...

Security measures at new DHS cost $660K

By Kelly Bauer | November 1, 2011

A new facility with around 120 motion-detecting cameras, an intercom system, telephones in each classroom and fire-retardant gates does not come cheap. However, these safety measures - installed in the new DeKalb High School, 501 W. Dresser Road - were...

NIU releases 2011 Clery Act security report

By Northern Star staff | October 3, 2011

NIU released the 2011 Clery Act security report last week.The report offers crime statistics for the 2010 calendar year.According to the report, the NIU Police Department saw an increase in burglaries in 2010, with 19 cases. This is compared to 14 cases...

NIU is as safe as any other campus

NIU is as safe as any other campus

By Alyssa Pracz | April 21, 2011

NIU has faced a lot of misfortunes over the past several years: the Feb. 14 shootings, the Antinette "Toni" Keller incident, a shooting outside of Stevenson last year, the football player who was recently shot. Despite all of this, I still believe that...

Its sports fandom, not fandumb

It’s sports fandom, not fandumb

By Kathryn Minnitit | April 11, 2011

The greatest season of the year has arrived: baseball season. The best thing to do on a day off is to go down to the city and enjoy a good ol' baseball game, which may or may not involve talking trash to the other team and their fans. I am a born and...

Unemployment rate falling in DeKalb

By Meghan Harms | February 16, 2011

The economy in DeKalb is getting better, but we still have work to do. The unemployment rate in DeKalb dropped to 8.22 percent in December 2010, which is down from a high of 11.65 percent in January 2010, according to the Illinois Department of Employment...

Students reactions in investigation

By Alex Fiore | October 31, 2010

The desire for new information regarding the death investigation of Antinette "Toni" Keller by NIU students and the DeKalb community has been consistent since her disappearance on Oct. 14. When it was announced on Oct. 29 that William P. Curl, 34, of...