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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...
To the Editor: The residents of DeKalb want an elected city clerk. They’ve said so twice over the past decade. In a 2006 referendum, 62% of DeKalb voters chose to retain an elected clerk rather than switch to an appointed clerk, and in 2012, they voted again to retain the...

Fix The Clerk

To the Editor: On Monday, the DeKalb city council will decide on compensation for officers elected in April. Council is leaning toward keeping the clerk part-time with compensation at $8,000. How about what people want? Residents met with the current city clerk on October 1 to discuss her role. The talk...
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...
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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...
Dear Editor, I am writing this letter in support of Candy Smith for Mayor of Sycamore. Candy is not only my hilarious and wonderful aunt; she is also a lifelong Sycamore resident who has served the city over the past 18 years in a variety of roles ranging from Alderman...
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...
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...
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,...
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,...
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...
I applaud all candidates who have stepped forward seeking needed change in City Hall. It is not about any one person, it is about everyone working together for the good of all. This is why I am choosing to support Michael Embrey for Mayor of DeKalb. The challenges facing this...