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Kathy Countryman, the superintendent of schools for Sycamore Community School District #427, has written DeKalb County States Attorney Rick Amato a letter to once again ask that the County accept the Settlement Agreement executed by the School District and Brian Grainger/Old Mill Park LLC regarding the property tax dispute...
Brian Grainger, the developer of the proposed Old Mill Park of Sycamore retirement community, has filed an Emergency Motion with the 23rd Judicial Court for approval of a property tax settlement agreement signed by the Sycamore School District #427 on June 20, 2017. His petition will be heard at 9:00...
The City of Sycamore is seeking an Alderperson, whom will be appointed by the Mayor, to fill an open position in the Third Ward through the end of the current term in 2019. As an elected official, our alderpersons develop policy as a member of the City Council. City...
You are invited to attend a public meeting to discuss recent concerns over the increased volume of oversized vehicle traffic and speed on Fairview Drive between South First Street and South Fourth Street. The City is developing several options and seeks community input. The safety of our residents is a top priority. Please...
Misty Haji-Sheikh, DeKalb, has filed a petition seeking a Temporary Restraining Order against the Northern Illinois University's Board of Trustees. In her petition to the court, she alleged that on June 15, 2017, the NIU Board of Trustees took final action on a severance agreement with President Douglas Baker that...
Observations and comments about state government by State Representative Robert W. Pritchard. July 24, 2017 In This Issue: A Closer Look at the Budget Local Government to Receive More Timely Payments Status of Education Funding Credit Rating Slide Halted for Now Higher Education Funds Forthcoming Senior Health Fair on Thursday A...
PUBLIC NOTICE - City of DeKalb Notice of a 30-Day Public Comment Period, Public Hearing and Availability of 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan Substantial Amendment and 2017 Proposed Annual Action Plan – One Year Use of Funds under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program Notice: CDBG is a federally funded program intended to increase housing, community...
Observations and comments about state government by State Representative Robert W. Pritchard. District Office 815-748-3494 or E-Mail to bob@pritchardstaterep.com July 3rd, 2017  In This Issue: Finally, a budget! Spending Bill Highlights The Value of Special Sessions Legislation Debated in Regular Session Local Teacher Receives More Recognition Remember Why We Celebrate Finally, a budget! What passed...
The City of DeKalb’s Street Maintenance Project is underway. South 2nd Street from Franklin Street to north of Taylor Street is scheduled for brick maintenance. The contractor will be pulling bricks to repair the base and level bricks. Also scheduled is the replacement of various sections of curb and gutter. Various sections...
The City has launched a new web-based software system to enhance Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) service to the public. The FOIA software system, which is now live and accessible through the City’s website, includes additional features and increased interactivity for users. “With this new product, users can input a...
The DeKalb Citizens' Environmental Commission (CEC) is hosting a public meeting on Thursday, July 6 at 5:00 P.M. to receive input from residents on the City’s “Weed Ordinance” (Chapter 12 of the Municipal Code, par. 22). The meeting will be held at the City of DeKalb, City Council Chambers...
The DeKalb County Clerk’s office has mailed out new voter information cards to EVERY registered voter in DeKalb County. This is done to update and confirm the voter’s address and information. Please watch for this card and review the card for voting information and voter name and address. If voters...