10-14-2015 Thank You I wish to say thank you to all of those who honked their horn, waved, nodded, gave the thumbs up or shouted encouragement while I stood on the southeast corner of Lincoln Highway and North First Street each Friday for the last twelve years. I held my sign and the...
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DeKalb Public Library Board of Trustees, In 2015, when the State was not able to turn over the promised money for the Library expansion, money had to be borrowed from the City. The Trustees did the right thing in coming to seek help from the City since delays with the construction would...
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, 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...
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...
Sycamore, let me tell you about my dear friend Candy Greathouse Smith and why you should vote to elect her mayor of our beautiful city. Love for Sycamore runs deep in her veins. She's lived here her entire life. She raised her son here as a single mother after...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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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,...