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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...
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...
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...
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...
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!...
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 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...
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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,...
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...
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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...
After some long and confusing discussion and negotiating at its February 9th the City Council approved the hiring of a web developer to redesign the city’s website at a cost of $50,000. Originally the motion resulted in a failed vote of 4-3 or a 4-4, since the mayor votes...
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...