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To the Editor: I, Jim Mason of Mason Properties, am publicly announcing that I am volunteering my services as city manager for at least a year to the city of DeKalb. Expenses incurred will be worked out with the city of DeKalb. I am asking that people from the community please...
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...
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...
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...
There is a desire to spruce up South Fourth.  A few weeks ago, Dan Kenney and DeKalb County Community Gardens began working with the Park District to deal with the Protano lot which is now owned by the City. Thanks to some good discussions and a commitment to make...
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...
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Fire Chief Eric Hicks has served the City of DeKalb and the DeKalb community for the past 30 years. Chief Hicks began his fire service career when he was hired by the City as a probationary Firefighter in 1989. He worked his way through the ranks of the Fire...
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...
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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To the DeKalb Community, As we all go about our daily routines, no doubt we, and in some way, we touch upon the variety of questions and concerns we have about our world, our country, our local community. Often, though we shake our heads in disbelief at what is happening,...
Dear DeKalb City Council, After sitting in the audience and watching the October 16 COW meeting on the budget and discussion on Q31, I felt compelled to do a little research and blow the dust off my filing cabinet filled with documents and video (over 200 hours) from the last...
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...