Nathan F. Schwartz, DeKalb County Engineer, has announced that due to the “spring freeze/thaw” cycle, County crews will begin installing posting signs on Monday March 4, 2013.
The posting will become effective at 12:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. The posting limits are 8,000 pounds per axle for single tired vehicles, 11,000 pounds per axle for duals with a maximum gross weight of 33,000 pounds on designated roads. If conditions permit, allowances may be made during which movements will be allowed during certain hours. To find out it there are any “windows” on a particular day, citizens may call 24 hours a day at (815) 756-9513 for that information. Postings will remain in effect until the frost is out of the ground and the roads have settled down. By Ordinance the roads cannot be posted beyond June 2, 2013.
Any questions should be directed to the County Engineer at 815-756-9513 .
It’s hard to believe that our April Elections are already kicking off. Offices at the local level; school, municipality, fire, township, etc. will be up for Election, Tuesday, April 9, 2013.
Individuals that are wishing to seek Election to these offices must contact the local unit to which they wish to seek membership for filing and signature requirement information. You can find a listing of all local units up for Election and contact information by clicking here, or logging onto www.votedekalb.com and then clicking on “Elections 2013.”
Signature requirements are computed by the local office. The DeKalb County Clerk & Recorder’s office can provide advice and suggestions; however the official number is published by the local office.
You may download the candidate’s guide by clicking here. Included in this packet are circulation instructions, blank petition sheets, and forms for filing. For the most part, all local offices run as “Independents,” however, you should check with the local unit before determining which petition sheet to circulate.
The filing period for all local offices is December 17 through 5pm on December 24, 2012. Up to the minute Election information is available at www.votedekalb.com.
Observations and comments about state government by State Representative Robert W. Pritchard.
The General Assembly began its spring session this week with a few committee meetings, bill filings and the Governor’s State of the State address. Usually the Governor’s address sets out his legislative agenda, concerns and suggestions for legislators and the citizens of our state.
The Governor began his comments by reviewing significant legislative reforms last year concerning Medicaid, pensions, worker compensation, unemployment insurance and education. He listed many capital projects through the Illinois Jobs Now! program that are repairing and modernizing the state’s infrastructure and are so important to retaining and attracting business. The Governor set the focus on putting people to work and growing our economy as ways for Illinois to climb out of its fiscal mire.
By this time most legislative heads were nodding in agreement and I was attentive thinking perhaps the Governor was about to layout a realistic plan to achieve his dream. What came next amazed everyone.
With the state unable to pay its bills, facing mountains of debt and seeing much of its revenue consumed by pension and Medicaid payments, the Governor proposed spending hundreds of millions of dollars on new programs. He then went on to propose three tax cuts which were key to his Illinois Jobs Agenda for 2012. Perhaps he now sees that the largest tax increase in history passed last year was too much.
The Governor never mentioned the Civic Federation’s report about how the state’s unpaid bills will total more than our revenue in just five years. Nor did he mention Moody’s downgrade of the state’s credit rating to the lowest in the nation due to its failure to control spending. I guess these will be topics for his budget address later this month.
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