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Monday, April 23, 2018
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Gov Watch

Reports and observations of our government at work or the lack thereof.

On March 23, 2018, Anne Marie Gaura provided her notice that as of March 27, 2018, she will resign her position as as City Manager from the City of DeKalb after more than four years of service to the community. Ms. Gaura has decided to move on and pursue...
Notice of a 30-Day Public Comment Period, Public Hearing and Availability of 2018 Proposed Annual Action Plan – One Year Use of Funds under the Community Development Block Grant Program The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is a federally funded program intended to increase housing, community and economic opportunities for low...
Early Voting and Grace Period Registration / Voting is now open at all 5 County sites. Please see pdf below for specifics. Click on the following link to: Find the location of your polling place Look at a sample of your official ballot (when available) View the list of voting...
Observations and comments about state government by State Representative Robert W. Pritchard. March 5th, 2018 In This Issue: Commission Provides Budget Outlook Legislation Passed the House Addressing the Teacher Shortage Recognizing the Profession of Teaching Celebrate Art Week and Competition New Worker’s Compensation Manual Available Commission Provides Budget Outlook The Legislature’s financial watchdog—the...

Where’s the TIF

So there's this study that draws an evidence-based conclusion that when Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is used in commercial districts to spur economic development it lessens the development of non-TIF commercial districts in most communities. DeKalb could join that evidence-based list to support the study's conclusion. In 1985 the Central...
Observations and comments about state government by State Representative Robert W. Pritchard. February 20th, 2018 In This Issue: We Can’t Ignore Budget Pressures Economic Forecast Finds Bright Spots Another Tragedy as NIU Remembers Free Testing for High School Students Go Red For Women Legionnaire’s Disease Uncontrolled Planning for Art Contest We Can’t...
Alderman Mike Verbic and Alderman Anthony Faivre invite Sixth and Seventh Ward residents to an informational meeting net Monday, February 19, 2018, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The meeting will be held at the DeKalb Police Department, 700 West Lincoln Highway, in the second-floor Community Room. At the meeting, Police Chief Gene...
Aurora. Galesburg. O’Fallon. Naperville. Waukegan. What do these Illinois communities have in common? They are all home rule municipalities that have refused to raise -- or have even reduced -- the property tax levies of their city libraries at least once since 2010. Are there home rule municipalities that always say...
Recently, some City of DeKalb water customers may have received a water bill that was higher than normal. In December 2017, a mobile meter reading device failed to collect meter readings for customers south of Lincoln Highway and in a small area in the northeast portion of DeKalb. The...
Observations and comments about state government by State Representative Robert W. Pritchard. February 5th, 2018 In This Issue: Slow Progress on Extra Funding for Education Governor Outlines Actions to Restore Citizen Confidence Call for Companies to Share Tax Savings Comptroller Impressed with the DeKalb Library Adult Redeploy Program Changes Cycle of Crime ...
DeKalb residents bailed out the DeKalb Public Library (DKPL) when it needed it most. In return, members of the DKPL board of trustees seem poised to break promises they made in return for that help. A crisis was created when, in late 2015, the state budget impasse prevented the Illinois...
The DeKalb County Board is currently considering three (3) proposed text amendment changes to the DeKalb County Code and Zoning Ordinance. The first proposal is to revise the regulations regarding the height of accessory structures. The second proposal is amend the definition of “gun club” to include “gun range”....