It seems as if there is an increasing desire to hold Ward meetings and that is a very good idea. Three such meetings that have come to my attention: One is from an appointed Council member, one from a current Council member, and one from a soon-to-be Council member. Here...
Letter to the Editor, The 44th annual Sycamore Music Boosters Autumn Craft and Treasures Market held during the recent Pumpkin Festival weekend at the Sycamore High School Field House was a tremendous success! It is with deep gratitude that we thank all of our Music Booster families - each parent,...
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....
James Mason responding to Irene Rubin: *As received on DeKalb County Online Facebook @Messager. Irene Rubin wrote on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, Eliminating Students Who Don’t Live Here Will Cost District. Irene, we aren’t talking so much about out of district students as much as we are about students that are here...
Dear DeKalb City Council and Finance Advisory Committee, Below is a very interesting article worth the time to read (I referenced Dolton at the last joint meeting): "An American Suburb 2018" I see  some similarities between Dolton and the future of DeKalb. I would consider NIU as a "manufacturer" of Students, which has...
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,...
Dear Township Residents: Please accept my sincere apologies for the condition of the landscaping in Oakwood and Evergreen Cemeteries over Memorial Day weekend. At DeKalb Township we take pride in the fact that we have been making improvements to both Oakwood and Evergreen Cemeteries over the last few years and I...
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...
Dear Editor, I am writing this letter in support of Candy Smith for Mayor of Sycamore. Candy is not only my hilarious and wonderful aunt; she is also a lifelong Sycamore resident who has served the city over the past 18 years in a variety of roles ranging from Alderman...
Candy Smith for Mayor of Sycamore…a definite vote YES!  Candy has lived in Sycamore her whole life, raised her son Alex, has extended family and has devoted her life to promoting Sycamore.  She has worked at Sycamore Chamber of Commerce promoting “life offers more in Sycamore!”  Candy also worked...
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...
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...