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City of DeKalb mural at First Street and Lincoln Highway
The city of DeKalb is one of 15 communities from across the nation to advance to the next round of the $10 million America’s Best Communities competition. Officials from Frontier Communications announced Wednesday that DeKalb has advanced to the competition’s semifinals in pursuit of the grand prize of up to $3 million. The competition is...
Raquel Chavez, now NIU’s student trustee, speaks during last year’s Unity Walk.
“Celebrating our Diverse Community” will be the theme for the second annual Unity Walk, which begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3. Members of the NIU and DeKalb communities will walk together and celebrate their shared opportunity to live, grow and learn next to one another. DeKalb Mayor John Rey, Pastor Janet Hunt, NIU Provost...
Photo of a "Welcome to DeKalb: Huskie Country" road sign
The City of DeKalb has embarked on a multi-year, collaborative, grassroots strategic planning effort. The end results will be a 10-year vision for the city as well as a set of shorter-term specific actions to move toward that vision. To accomplish this, the city is turning to city residents, students, workers and employers to share...
Camp Power barbecue
Providing for the needs of at-risk youth throughout the summer months is a priority for the DeKalb community. Local community organizations and hundreds of volunteers help provide and support various camps for youth designed to provide access to nutritious foods, physical activity, academic engagement and mentoring in a safe environment throughout the summer months. The...
Community Gardens
NIU President Doug Baker’s call for stronger connections between the university and its host community has generated dozens of ideas from enthusiastic supporters of both town and gown. In just 12 months, the number of active “communiversity” projects has more than doubled, with many more ideas waiting in the wings. Rather than limiting new initiatives,...
The City of DeKalb is encouraging members of the community, including all NIU students and employees, to participate in an online survey to help determine what new businesses would most appeal to them as consumers. Part of a marketing strategy to attract new commerce to the area, the results of the survey will influence the...