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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...
Watch out! Another potential permanent property tax increase will be on the April 4th ballot for DeKalb County voters to weigh in on. If approved, the tax would permanently add on 1.22740% to your property tax, every year, for a total annual tax windfall to the county in the...
I was asked to write about the recent appointment of Bob Pritchard to the NIU Board of Trustees. After some reflection, I have decided that what is needed is to put his appointment in perspective. Bob is at heart an amicable person and has spent a boatload of years...
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...
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...
James Mason responding to Irene Rubin: *As received on DeKalb County Online Facebook @Messager. Irene Rubin wrote on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, Eliminating Students Who Don’t Live Here Will Cost District. Irene, we aren’t talking so much about out of district students as much as we are about students that are here...
The race for Illinois State Representative for the 70th District will consist only of the two candidates from the major parties – Democrat Paul Stoddard (me) and Republican Jeff Keicher.  A potential third candidate, Libertarian John Mathey, fell short of the required number of signatures.  John collected more than...
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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...
To the Editor: Regarding the Cornerstone DeKalb Project: This project is being considered as a downtown development. Tax increment financing funding is being requested, and the project seems to meet the TIF criteria. I have concerns, which include the following: Why a 40 percent request for project costs vs. the...
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,...
What has the DeKalb County Health Department done for you lately, citizens of the County? In 2016, Health Department staff conducted 1,200 restaurant health inspections, 850 infectious disease investigations, on-site vision and hearing screenings for 7,000 pre-school and school age children and 450 school programs to promote health. These...
I've had an article by the Daily Chronicle, "Barb City Action Committee of DeKalb not able to financially back election candidates," on my mind for a few days. In it, the face of the committee, Christie Krupp, is quoted as saying, "The purpose was to support the candidate’s campaign efforts,...