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...
A public hearing on the Kish-Northwestern Health and Fitness complex plan is slated for 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 in the DeKalb Library. People may wonder why bother to hold a hearing when it is already a done deal. Just a formality folks. It will add a 111,000 square...
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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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...
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...
Dear voters of the sixth ward and the city of DeKalb, I regret to say I have decided to withdraw as a candidate for the sixth ward aldermanic race. I announce this with a heavy heart, however, I don’t feel I will be able to commit myself to the position...
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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...