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 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...
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...
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...
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...
A Strong Summer leads Kish into the 2016-17 School Year Enrollments are up this summer at Kishwaukee College for the first time in four years. This is good news as we strive to meet the higher education needs of our district residents. Our highest increase in enrollment this summer is in our...
Dear Tax Payer, We are asking for your support in the J Doe vs DeKalb School District Complaint filed in District Court on October 4th. A copy can be found at DeKalb County Online: https://tinyurl.com/dist428lawsuit The city of DeKalb is among one of the highest property taxes in the United States and this...

Fix The Clerk

To the Editor: On Monday, the DeKalb city council will decide on compensation for officers elected in April. Council is leaning toward keeping the clerk part-time with compensation at $8,000. How about what people want? Residents met with the current city clerk on October 1 to discuss her role. The talk...
DeKalb County Health Department (DCHD) has implemented a new communication protocol in order to better disseminate information and more efficiently respond to media inquiries and interview requests. These communication procedures directly align with our Incident Command Structure and practices. Moving forward, please use the following contacts to direct inquiries...
Wikileaks, the website that anonymously publishes leaked information, recently released a number of documents alleging widespread surveillance by the US government. The released documents claim that the vast majority of these efforts took place via smartphones, messaging apps and...TVs? Let’s see just how worrisome they really are. What devices and...
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...
The 7th Annual Sycamore Music Boosters “A Note to Remember” event held on February 14 at Blumen Gardens was a tremendous success! It is with deep gratitude that we thank our sponsors and donors that helped support our mission: “Enriching the quality of music education, performance and awareness in...