Northern Illinois University: Helping Students Climb the Ladder of Success

Social mobility and higher education go hand in hand, especially at Northern Illinois University. In recent years, NIU has ranked high in providing low-income students with opportunities to earn degrees and good-paying jobs. According to Washington Monthly the university was among the top 200 universities in the nation in social mobility, research, and service in 2015. Payscale.com ranked the university …

Campus & community welcome Huskies Home

The campus and community have partnered this year in a visible effort to extend a warm welcome to new and returning Huskies. NIU officials offered Huskie welcome signs to DeKalb business owners, and they responded enthusiastically. Those signs can now be seen displayed throughout the community. Sol Jensen, Vice President of the Division of Enrollment Management, Marketing and Communications, said …

DeKalb Chamber Welcomes New Teachers

The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome more than 60 new teachers and administrators to District 428. The 8th annual event was held at the DeKalb High School Cafeteria with more than 140 attendees present to enjoy lunch provided by sponsor Hy-Vee. Each new teacher and administrator was presented with a welcome bag complete with items from more than …

Lion’s Park Grand Opening

The DeKalb Park District held a grand opening celebration for the newly renovated Lion’s Park on Saturday, July 22nd. Following the ribbon cutting, refreshments were served and there were a variety of games and activities such as, sand volleyball, bags competitions, horseshoe games and basketball. The new playground, trails, and council ring were also open.   The renovation of Lion’s …

Barb City Bagels named in top 10 bagel shops in Illinois!

For those accustomed to superior bagels, finding that perfect one can be challenging. There are several terrific bagel shops scattered across Illinois, serving up fresh, homemade doughy goodness every day. Most of these shops are family-run businesses that takes pride in their delicious bagels, available in a wide variety of flavors with a wide variety of toppings. For the best, …

#ProudlyDeKalb Welcomes NIU Intern

Hello, my name is Frank Gallegos and I have been living in DeKalb, IL for the past three years. I recently completed my third year at Northern Illinois University (NIU) and I am looking forward to starting my fourth year at NIU. I am a proud first generation Latino student from Mexican descent who grew up in Blue Island, IL.  …

DeKalb Firefighter Honored with Illinois Medal of Honor Award

May 9, 2017 in Springfield several Firefighters from the DeKalb Fire Department were honored for their exemplary work. Jared Thorp, a firefighter and paramedic with DeKalb, received the Medal of Honor Award–the highest award given by the State of Illinois to a firefighter for an act of outstanding bravery or heroism, selflessness, and personal courage. Congratulations to Jared, and to …

Downtown DeKalb Halloween Tradition Continues

The Downtown DeKalb Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular event will be entering its 19th year on Thursday, October 27th.  The event was created by the Downtown DeKalb Association as a way to bring the community to the downtown area and offer a safe environment for children to trick-or-treat. The first year of the event was so successful many of the shops ran out …

DeKalb Presents at International Town & Gown Association Annual Conference

DeKalb Mayor John Rey, DeKalb City Manager Anne Marie Gaura, NIU President Dr. Douglas Baker Presented at the 2016 annual conference of the International Town & Gown Association, held at the Loyola Lake Shore Campus. Their presentation on the emerging town and gown relationship between DeKalb and NIU was well-received, especially by one member of the audience who is not …