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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...
It’s time to end the ‘Snow job’ that 4th ward residents of DeKalb have had to endure for the last four years. On April 4th,  voters will have a chance to make a change and gain new leadership on the city council by voting to elect Patrick Fagan as...
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...
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 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...
5-2- 2016 On Friday, April 22, 2016, a bill was passed in Springfield to fund higher education in Illinois. Kishwaukee College will receive approximately $1.1 million, which is about 21% of the $5 million of state aid the College anticipated receiving for the 2015-2016 school year.  It is expected this money will be received by...
Dear editor, This month, I participated in two events organized by the Alzheimer’s Association in which advocates from across Illinois engaged elected representatives in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease and the experiences left me optimistic about the future; for Baby Boomers, Millennials and everyone in-between. Certainly, the challenges facing our state...
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...
The 3rd annual Walk & Roll for Mobility fundraising event for the Voluntary Action Center held on September 17 was a great success! Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists and Creative Therapeutics wish to thank the community for supporting our walk along the DeKalb Nature Trail from Creative Therapeutics to...
Letter to the Editor, endorsing LISA HEPKER for CITY CLERK in Sycamore, IL We, the undersigned, have worked with Extension Educator Lisa Hepker for the past five years, volunteering through the University of Illinois Extension in Ogle County. Lisa is extremely organized, and a PROACTIVE LEADER, always ahead of the curve....
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...
Editor: When the City of DeKalb was founded in 1865, the City Clerk was full time. Of course, at the time, there were fewer residents and the Clerk did everything from the statutory duties to that of water billing clerk, payroll clerk and accountant. They even did birth and death...