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To my fellow citizens of Illinois 16th congressional district: We have a choice to make in the March primary. We can vote for the same person who is in there now or we can vote for a change.  I'm voting for a change.  Adam Kinzinger is not representing conservatives.  We...
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...
Over the past few years when problems arise with City of DeKalb or Northern Illinois University staff, it seems the best way to resolve these issues is to offer them money and make them and the problem go away. Perhaps we shouldn't be too surprised now, as it has...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
What has the DeKalb County Health Department done for you lately, citizens of the County? In 2016, Health Department staff conducted 1,200 restaurant health inspections, 850 infectious disease investigations, on-site vision and hearing screenings for 7,000 pre-school and school age children and 450 school programs to promote health. These...
Letter to the editor: 07-26- 17 This past weekend Just Make It Happen produced the 12 th Annual ‘Let’s Dance’ Big Band Weekend, July 21-23 at NIU’s Duke Ellington Ballroom. Attendees included residents from 50 Illinois cities, states from Alaska to Florida. Evaluations listed a spacious wood floor allowing smooth physical moves,...
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...