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A Sycamore fire engine rests part-way out of the garage as one of the holiday wreaths hangs above at a Sycamore fire station. (Courtesy of Sycamore Fire Department)

Sycamore Fire brings back holiday ‘Red Wreath Program’

By Jermel Williams, Sports Reporter | November 29, 2022

DeKALB – The Sycamore Fire Department will have their annual firehouse tradition of the Red Wreath Program from Nov. 24 - Jan. 3. During this time, both fire stations one and two will display a wreath on the front of their buildings. Station one is...

Sycamore City Council approved the purchase of  properties located at 474 N. Cross St. and part of lot 1002 on N. Cross St.

Sycamore City Council approves purchase for longtime leased NIU property

By Abby Byer | April 14, 2022
The City of Sycamore will be purchasing NIU properties that they have been leasing since 1998 that was used as the College of Engineering.

Outdoor Adventures to host kayaking event

By Jordan Radloff | October 28, 2019

The Department of Recreation and Wellness is promoting a kayaking excursion on the Rock River Saturday Nov. 2 through their Outdoor Adventures program. The event is hosted by the Sycamore Park District and will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. according...

Annual Pumpkin Festival arrives in Sycamore

By Edwin Kelso | October 23, 2019

DeKALB – In 1956, Sycamore resident Wally Thurrow displayed a few decorated pumpkins on his front lawn. Six years later, this would spawn an event that would define the Sycamore community for decades to come.Now, in 2019, a Wild West Pumpkin Fest is...

YMCA to host Halloween Bash

By Jacob Roushia | October 16, 2019

DeKALB — The YMCA will host its annual YMCA Halloween Bash at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Sycamore High School Field House, 427 Spartan Trail, Sycamore.The event is open to the public and admission will cost $3 if purchased before noon and $5 starting...

Democratic candidate for state representative pushes for bipartisan collaboration

By Dan Doren | September 6, 2019

Paul Stoddard, a DeKalb County Board member running for state representative of the 70th Illinois House district in 2020, had his campaign kick-off event 5:30 p.m. Thursday at 720 Somonauk Street in Sycamore. There, Stoddard gave a speech on his reasons...

Individuals take advantage of the HuskieLine route 17 bus Sunday afternoon near the DuSable turn around. As of Jan. 1 changes to routes 16, 17 and 18 have been implemented.

HuskieLine, TransVAC see steady route changes after merger

By Fatima Siddiqui | January 14, 2019

DeKALB — With the new year, buses in the DeKalb area will now be running 362 days a year instead of about 350 days, and riders will see changes in routes 16, 17 and 18.DeKalb Sycamore Area Transportation Study [DSATS] changed its transportation services...

In this Jan. 14 photo, DeKalb City Manager Bill Nicklas sits at his desk and reviews documents after stepping into the position.

Newly appointed city manager hopes to enhance city, university relationship

By Taher Zeituoun | January 14, 2019

DeKalb — Bill Nicklas is hired as DeKalb city manager to help strengthen community budget and repair financial infrastructure.The goal of the city manager is to ensure City Council policies are implemented effectively by providing management in regard...

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Small Business Saturday: Shop small

By Maddie Barrett | November 20, 2018

Small Business Saturday is November 24 and the DeKalb and Sycamore areas have an assortment of small shops for students to show their support for local small businesses.If you’re hungry, want to watch a movie or go on a shopping spree here’s a few...

Step Right up to Sycamore Pumpkin Festival 2018

By Sarah Lalond | November 14, 2018

 Sarah LaLond/Northern Star Ladies and gentleman, step right up to this year’s Pumpkin Festival! The theme for the five day Halloween extravaganza was “A Pumpkin Carnival”. This event is iconic in local culture, and the Sycamore school district...

Local and scenic pet-friendly nature trails to visit this season

By Sarah Fischer | November 12, 2018

Attention all pet lovers: Fall is in full bloom, and the trees are quickly transforming into their vibrant reds, oranges and yellows, so it’s time to get out there with your furry friends, and enjoy it before it passes by.During this season, it’s...