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We spoke to new DeKalb 3rd Ward Alderman, Tracy Smith, about his first couple weeks serving in the city council. His biggest concerns right now are getting input from constituents, learning more about TIF, and not discouraging investors by needlessly delaying proposed projects. How do you feel about being elected...
We asked new 5th Ward Alderman, Scott McAdams, some questions after his first City Council meeting to get his feelings about serving on the City Council and the work he has ahead of him. How do you feel about being elected to your first term as City Alderman? "I'm humbled by...
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The DeKalb Park District and the City of DeKalb announced today that the City Council is interested in relocating “city hall” to the Park District’s downtown property at 164 E. Lincoln Highway. The former Nehring building is an historic structure that was owned by First National Bank of DeKalb...
I recently had the opportunity to discuss several hot-topic issues with State Representative Jeff Keicher of Illinois' 70th District. We covered the makeup of the State government after the 2018 election and how well they are currently working together, the proposed Graduated State Income Tax Amendment, and the Legalization...
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Today's DeKalb City Council meeting at 6:00 p.m. will cover many important matters, including swearing in of the newly-elected Aldermen, consideration of a request to extend the lease for Barb City Manor, consideration of a JRB recommendation to retire TIF #1 a year early, TIF requests from developer John...
You are invited to attend a Town Hall Meeting on the Illinois state budget to be held from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23 with State Senator Dave Syverson, State Representative Jeff Keicher and State Representative Tom Demmer at the DeKalb County Community Outreach Building located...
Action Steps for America ~ Nobody Is Above The Law Join the National Day of Action, TODAY, April 4, 2019, to demand that Attorney General William Barr #ReleaseTheReport! Barr has failed to meet the deadline set by congressional leaders of Tuesday, April 2.
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The public is invited to join Fourth Ward Alderman Pat Fagan and Sixth Ward Alderman Mike Verbic for a joint meeting to discuss any concerns or issues within the Fourth and Sixth Wards, or in DeKalb. The meeting will take place on Monday, April 1, 2019, from...
During the City of DeKalb Council Meeting on the evening of February 25, 2019, Larry Berke of Mackinaw Island (MI) and DeKalb (IL) ranted for six minutes on how the needed expansion of the Egyptian Theater would ruin his view of the Palmer Court alley. "On a  clear day...
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Due to the City government's operating expenses being "structurally out of balance" by $1.1 million, DeKalb City Manager, Bill Nicklas, is proposing what he calls "bold personnel changes" that will take effect on March 1, 2019, upon approval at the next City Council meeting. According to Item 1 in the...
At their January 15, 2019 Village Board Meeting, the Mayor and Board of Trustees of the Village of Lincolnwood approved an employment agreement with Anne Marie Gaura to become Lincolnwood’s new Village Manager. Her first day of employment will be February 19, 2019, at which time she will be formally appointed...
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Below is the meeting schedule for DeKalb City Government for 2019. Citizens may also sign up through the City's website to receive notifications of the various meetings via email and/or text message. After one signs up for their notifications, they will receive an Agenda and back up materials for...