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Letter: Speak Up To the editor, It’s time for citizens to speak up! I know you’re busy and speaking with elected officials is not something most people like to do. However, the Legislature and Governor are at logger heads and you are the only force that can break the impasse. They...
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...
Letter to the Editor I recently saw a news story (I don't remember the source) that I also saw related by Gracie Mott on your site, about IDOT changing their roadside mowing habits. The change was heralded as helping to protect Monarch Butterflies and other pollinators. Beware the helping hand of...
Great words to live by this Holiday Season! Christmas 2018—Birth of a New Tradition—SHOP LOCAL FIRST. As the holidays approach, the giant factories overseas are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods—merchandise that has been produced at the expense of...American labor. This year...
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...
We thought the problem was fixed. The DeKalb City Council thought the problem was fixed. The City’s administrators, however, are determined to keep the problem alive. Last summer, we wrote you about the City of DeKalb’s ordinance change a few years ago that placed “single family residence” zoning on older...
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For the sake of good, sustainable planning and citizen protection, please consider one more plea. Following is my understanding of an issue involving recent development: 1. The City feels that a long term stay hotel is needed in DeKalb because of potential revenues. 2. A location is in the Knolls subdivision, close...
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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...
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...
Mayor Rey and Council Members, I am concerned about the legal advice that Dean Frieders is giving to the City of DeKalb that is inconsistent with state law. Last week, I sent you two emails about the legal advice that Dean Frieders gave the city regarding the Freedom of Information...
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....
Dear Editor, Candy Smith will be a great Mayor of Sycamore! She is Sycamore born and raised, lived here her whole life, graduated from SHS and single-handedly raised her son here. She loves Sycamore! Starting as an alderman in 1999, she has successfully served the last 16 years as City Clerk....