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To my fellow citizens of Illinois 16th congressional district: We have a choice to make in the March primary. We can vote for the same person who is in there now or we can vote for a change.  I'm voting for a change.  Adam Kinzinger is not representing conservatives.  We...
Dear Editor, I offer a brief description of Tax Increment Finance (TIF) and the Enterprise Zone and some differences: 1. TIF is a State program that uses your property taxes, called Equal Assessed Value (EAV). Take the amount of property taxes paid today as the starting point, and as property values...
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DeKalb Public Library Board of Trustees, In 2015, when the State was not able to turn over the promised money for the Library expansion, money had to be borrowed from the City. The Trustees did the right thing in coming to seek help from the City since delays with the construction would...
We thought the problem was fixed. The DeKalb City Council thought the problem was fixed. The City’s administrators, however, are determined to keep the problem alive. Last summer, we wrote you about the City of DeKalb’s ordinance change a few years ago that placed “single family residence” zoning on older...
Recently, the police chief announced his intention to fast-track his safe streets initiative. While part of the intent of the ordinance is admirable, the reality is very problematic. The main problem is that Chief Lowery is dead set to get this passed ASAP, with very little debate and very...
Dear Business Owner, On 11/16 at the joint meeting between the council and FAC,  a 1% increase in DeKalb sales tax was added/included to the 2018 City of DeKalb proposed budget. Were you aware of this 1% sales tax increase in the budget? A committee of the whole meeting is scheduled for Tuesday...
Dear Tax Payer, We are asking for your support in the J Doe vs DeKalb School District Complaint filed in District Court on October 4th. A copy can be found at DeKalb County Online: https://tinyurl.com/dist428lawsuit The city of DeKalb is among one of the highest property taxes in the United States and this...
The inaugural TruckTober Fest event hosted by the Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary Club recently held on September 24 was a great success! The Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary extend their gratitude to the community for supporting this fun, family-friendly event at Faranda’s. All donations collected at this event went directly to support...
When DeKalb Mayor Jerry Smith took office in May, he said repeatedly that “It’s a new day in DeKalb.” Well it appears that that new day has turned into miserable night. The honeymoon is now over for the citizens of DeKalb. You may recall the Mayor repeatedly said he would...
Letter to the editor: 07-26- 17 This past weekend Just Make It Happen produced the 12 th Annual ‘Let’s Dance’ Big Band Weekend, July 21-23 at NIU’s Duke Ellington Ballroom. Attendees included residents from 50 Illinois cities, states from Alaska to Florida. Evaluations listed a spacious wood floor allowing smooth physical moves,...
Letter to the Editor I recently saw a news story (I don't remember the source) that I also saw related by Gracie Mott on your site, about IDOT changing their roadside mowing habits. The change was heralded as helping to protect Monarch Butterflies and other pollinators. Beware the helping hand of...
I began my tenure here at Village of Kirkland in November of 2006 when I was appointed the deputy clerk in order to fulfill the remaining term of the then elected clerk, Kay McNeal. After working with Village President Mike Becker, he realized and appreciated the work and dedication...