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A showdown between the DeKalb City Council and a coalition of citizens, taxing bodies and the DeKalb County State's Attorney's Office seems to have worked itself out—for now. When the City Council proposed creating a third TIF district in November, concerns were raised about how past TIF money was spent...
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There is a lot on the agenda for Tuesday's special meeting of the DeKalb City Council, including approval of the new City Manager, adoption of the 2019 Annual Budget, 2018 TIF Surplus Declaration, and authorization of several TIF projects including the Egyptian Theatre, a Fiber-Optic Network and a Public...
To all, Over the past few weeks you have all been copied on the correspondence between my office and the City of DeKalb.1 The reason that we decided to opine in this matter was because of our concern over the use of public funds and the affect the alleged actions would...
On Tuesday, December 18, 2018, the City Council will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers. The meeting agenda will include a resolution approving an employment agreement with Bill Nicklas, who has been selected to serve as the next City Manager. His appointment is contingent on...
Michael 'Mike' Marquardt not only resigned from the DeKalb City Council but is no longer employed at the Kishwaukee Country Club. Mr. Marquardt was the business manager for the Kishwaukee Country Club for the past several years. His alleged termination was confirmed by a staff member at the Kishwaukee...
On December 6, 2018, Mayor Jerry Smith accepted the resignation of Michael Marquardt, Alderman for the Third Ward of the City of DeKalb. The resignation is effective as of December 6, 2018. In a letter to the Mayor, Mr. Marquardt indicated that he was resigning for personal reasons. Mr. Marquardt has...
DeKalb 1st Ward Alderman, David Jacobson, recently posted the following statement: "I will not be filing a petition to retain my seat as the First Ward Alderman of the City of DeKalb. While I have enjoyed the opportunity to serve, especially in the face of the SEVERAL challenges that arose...
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There will be a Special Joint Meeting of the DeKalb City Council and Finance Advisory Committee on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. They will be discussing the FY 2019 budget, and in particular how to close the newly-disclosed funding gap that "may be be as much as $1.8...
* Mouse over document and use arrows at bottom to view pages 2-3 Here is DeKalb Mayor Jerry Smith's response to the letter from the State's Attorney at the DeKalb City Council meeting on Monday, November 26, 2018 (video below):
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It appears that today's special DeKalb City Council meeting at 2:00 p.m. is NOT related to the ongoing financial misappropriation investigation and sexual harassment complaint involving Molly Talkington. It is most-likely to discuss the full time city manager position and narrow the list of candidates down to those they want...
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City of DeKalb Statement Regarding Talkington Allegations It is very unfortunate that Ms. Talkington has linked the City’s decision to place her on administrative leave related to potential misappropriation of funds with the recent complaint she has filed regarding harassment. The two are serious matters. But they are wholly separate. Ms. Talkington was...
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Statement Regarding Potential Misappropriation of City Funds Last week, while performing work on the City of DeKalb’s 2019 budget, a senior-level City employee discovered a financial irregularity involving potentially misappropriated funds in last year’s budget. As a result of this discovery, which involved the possible misdirection of $250,000 from one fund to another in...