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I actually wrote this February 18, 2016. Unfortunately, nobody learned and the State actually took a step backward last November. They’ve already passed a $15 minimum wage law and are looking at what the new Governor claimed he wouldn’t consider, a per-mile road use tax on personal vehicles. Read...
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...
It seems as if there is an increasing desire to hold Ward meetings and that is a very good idea. Three such meetings that have come to my attention: One is from an appointed Council member, one from a current Council member, and one from a soon-to-be Council member. Here...

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...
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,...
Dear DeKalb City Council and Finance Advisory Committee, Below is a very interesting article worth the time to read (I referenced Dolton at the last joint meeting): "An American Suburb 2018" I see  some similarities between Dolton and the future of DeKalb. I would consider NIU as a "manufacturer" of Students, which has...
Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists, DeKalb, IL  60115 Contact: Ken Olson (815) 756-8524, kolsonpt@northernrehabpt.com Date: September 25, 2018 Letter to the Editor - For Immediate Release Thank You for a Successful Taste of DeKalb Rotary Event! The Taste of DeKalb hosted by the Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary Club recently held on September 23 was a great success!...
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...
Kevin Bunge, former DeKalb County Board member, took offense at a recent column by Daily Chronicle General Manager, Eric Olson, comparing the Board's recently passed "restrictive" wind turbine ordinance to their past approvals of the County Landfill. Bunge gave us permission to republish his response to Olson here, and it seemed to...
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...
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...
University Village concerns 100% section 8 is foolish.   They would have no market incentive to keep up maintenance.  It will become a slum faster than it did this time. 30% of the apts should be at market rate -not section eight This is exactly what will force them to keep the...