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Observations and comments about state government by State Representative Robert W. Pritchard. September 1, 2017 In This Issue: · Historic School Funding Reform Becomes Law · Accountability Plan Also Approved · Illinois Offers Support for Hurricane Harvey Relief · Report Shows Advantage of Attending Illinois Schools · Governor Signs Act...
The public is invited to a joint ward meeting with Alderman David Jacobson (Ward 1) and Alderman Bill Finucane (Ward 2) to discuss any concerns or issues within those wards or in DeKalb. The meeting will take place on Sunday, September 10, 2017, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the Parish Hall...
The DeKalb County Clerk/Recorder, Douglas Johnson would like to remind citizens that September 5th, 2017 will be the first day to circulate nomination papers for established political party candidates who plan to file, November 27th (starting at 8:30a.m.) to December 4th , 2017 (Ending at 5:00p.m.). Information on this is available...
School choice programs provide families with the opportunity to choose the academic environment that best matches their students’ educational needs, rather than being restricted to attending a school based only on where they live. Many low-income families face financial barriers limiting where their children can attend school, and as...
Kevin and Donna Hickey are the owners of the 3.5-acre property located at 12549 University Road, Shabbona, in Milan Township, containing three (3) existing farm buildings. The Hickeys would like to rent out the excess space in the buildings as a storage location for large personal vehicles and equipment,...
The marketability of many income producing properties has been compromised by the City of DeKalb. Under current zoning law, many two, three, and multi-unit properties can now only be advertised and sold as single family residences. A house that has been an owner-occupied two flat for the past 50...
Tonight (Tuesday, August 22) at 6:45 in the Education Center Board Room at 901 S. Fourth Street the District 428 Board will hear a special presentation from William Beitler of Channahon-based National Investigations Inc. to discuss the student residency verification services his firm offers. The presentation is not an action...
Observations and comments about state government by State Representative Robert W. Pritchard. August 18, 2017 In This Issue: Education Funding Reform Pressure Builds House Resolution Condemns Domestic Terrorism in Charlottesville Governor Rauner Signs Bills into Law Uniformity in Property Tax Assessments Discussed Concealed Carry Applications Declining Annual Reading Program Concludes with...
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...