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New city leaders sworn in at council meeting

By Ali Combs | May 6, 2013

Public safety, economic development and housing are top priority for the new City Council, said Mayor John Rey. Four council members were sworn in at Monday’s City Council inauguration ceremony. Second ward alderman Bill Finucane, fourth ward alderman...

Second ward alderman steps down, community reacts

By Ali Combs | April 2, 2013

On April 9, three new members will be elected to City Council. Second ward alderman Tom Teresinski is one of the aldermen vacating his position at the end of this term. Teresinski was appointed to his position in 2008 following the death of Mayor Frank...

Seventh ward alderman Monica OLeary discusses changes to city landlord ordinances with City Manager Mark Biernacki during a City Council meeting Monday. The changes create a new public safety initiative that will be funded by registration fees imposed on rental properties in DeKalb. The changes passed the Council and will go into effect next year.

City Council votes on changes to landlord ordinances

By Alex Yorko | November 27, 2012

City Council voted on new landlord regulations and held a public hearing regarding a tax levy for the incoming fiscal year at a Monday meeting. The council passed an ordinance requiring landlords to pay a fee for each of their rental units, which would...

T.J. Moore, Director of Public Works, gives an update on the construction of the new police station at DeKalb City Council on Monday night.

City Council met Monday to discuss planning of Olive Garden, construction of Police Station

By Michael Bergeron | October 23, 2012

DeKalb City Council met Monday night to discuss the terms of the Olive Garden development and the construction progress of the new police station. Darden Restaurants is looking to redevelop an about 5,700 sq. feet area currently owned by Small’s Furniture...

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...

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...

The DeKalb 2nd Ward Alderman Tom Teresinski had several questions for the budget control loans over the construction of the new DeKalb Police Station.

City Council votes for $12.7M loan for new police station

By Ryan Felgenhauer | September 10, 2012

The DeKalb City Council discussed the possibilities for funding for the construction of the new police station at a meeting Monday. The discussion centered around $12.7 million in potential bonds, funds initially intended to complete the police station...

City Council votes to allow video gambling at some sites

By Ryan Felgenhauer | August 27, 2012

The DeKalb City Council approved the use of video gambling machines in certain establishments by a vote of 6-2 at a council meeting on Monday. These machines will be restricted to businesses holding a license to use them. The licensing process would be...

Mike Mudge, consultant for Rock River Energy Services, Co., discusses DeKalb County residents seeking third-party energy suppliers at the city council meeting Monday night.

Council approves NIU agreement

By Joe Palmer | April 23, 2012

The DeKalb City Council voted unanimously in favor of an agreement between the city and NIU’s Board of Trustees in a meeting Monday. The agreement would allow DeKalb City Manager Mark Biernacki to enter into an agreement to begin work on the DeKalb...

City council discusses progress, state of city goals at special session

By Joe Palmer | April 22, 2012

The DeKalb City Council discussed their ideas for the future of DeKalb at a meeting Saturday morning. The Council met with a representative from the NIU Center for Governmental Studies in a special session at the Best Western Inn and Suites, 1212 W. Lincoln...

Third Ward Alderwoman Kristen Lash voted against a recent measure to hire mCapital, a federal lobbying firm, to represent DeKalb in Washington, D.C.

mCapital to provide representation for DeKalb at federal level

By Jordan Birchfield | March 19, 2012

DeKalb City Council hopes a federal lobbying firm will bring help big money to DeKalb. The decision was made to hire mCapital during a city council meeting last month. DeKalb Mayor Kris Povlsen said that the city approved $88,000 to try to bring federal...

Council members asked several questions about the parking plans
before voting uananimously to pass the ordinance at the DeKalb City
Council meeting, Monday evening.

Threat of cold weather causes DeKalb City Council members to seek speedy approval on construction

By Kelly Bauer | September 26, 2011

Ordinances for the creation of several parking spots and the relocation of a power line passed at the DeKalb City Council meeting Monday.The two ordinances were discussed at prior government meetings or with DeKalb administrators, and both will require...