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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...
On Monday, December 31, 2018, Mayor Jerry Smith announced his appointment of Joyce Stupegia to the DeKalb City Council. She will represent the 3rd Ward of the City of DeKalb for the remainder of the term previously held by Michael Marquardt, who resigned from office on December 6, 2018. That term is...
At the December 20, 2018 meeting of the DeKalb Park District Board of Commissioners, the board voted 5-0 to approve a resolution in support of improvements to the Joint Review Boards for the City of DeKalb TIF Districts. The resolution states the District’s support of the proposed City Code...
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...