It's an ugly but common reality in public administration. A new genius is hired. They immediately start buying new toys and then proceed to justify the expense with a new policy enforcement. Such is the case with the City of DeKalb's Management Analyst and FOIA officer, Aaron Stevens. The City of...
Long ago in the not-so-far-away lands known as Brody Field in Hopkins Park, I coached youth baseball. It was one of the most fun times in my eight-going-on-nine lives.  It was here I met Jerry, Ging and Eric Smith. Delightful, eternally optimistic family and in the time it took you to...

Max and Clyde

A couple of candidates dropped out of their races for seats on the boards of local government. Mike "Max" Maxwell announced his withdrawal as a candidate for 6th ward alderman in DeKalb. Scott "Clyde" Campbell penned a letter to the editor announcing his withdrawal from his bid to serve...
The Illinois Senate has embarked in what may be the first earnest attempt at passing a budget and getting some start on spending reforms since Gov. Rauner took office. The governor seemed to signal the Senate was headed in the right direction in his State of the State address...
Apologies to Mrs. Gump but stupid is what stupid does is the simplest explanation of impact fees ever uttered. Touting impact fees can help get a lot of charlatans on the various elected boards in town. Generally speaking they tend to be the type that can't say no to spending or...
When politics guide the judicial branch of government everyone loses. Here's hoping Judge William Brady removes the stench of local politics from the pursuit of justice in the State of Illinois vs Jack McCullough for the 1957 kidnap and murder of Maria Ridulph. He should grant the motion for...
A coalition representing 24 Illinois university and college student government organizations submitted an open letter to Governor Bruce Rauner and other members of the Illinois state legislature in response to the lack of a state budget. The letter discusses the importance of higher education funding to Illinois students, but...
As a resident of DeKalb I just want to give Kent Shodeen a shout out. Thanks for trying to invest in DeKalb. That's not the easiest thing in the world to do. I hope his investments in the Barb City provide value to the community and pay off handsomely...
Expect a large and involved turnout for the DeKalb Human Relations Committee (HRC) meeting (Feb 2 in the City Hall council chambers) to discuss the proposed Illegal Assembly ordinance. The item was brought before the council as an actionable item without input from any advisory committee, civic organization, or members...
With permission I'm sharing this exchange between former 3rd ward alderman Pam Verbic and the Mayor and city council. As this is commentary in lieu of attending the official public hearing we think it should be shared with the public and not filed away. As is clearly obvious Mrs. Verbic does...
The news didn't come as a surprise. It turns out the DeKalb Public Library might not get all of the grant money they were promised for their expansion. Dee Coover told the city council that the library is collateral damage of the budget empasse between Gov. Rauner and Speaker Mike...
Think of open, honest government and how much more important that is when millions upon millions of public dollars are being invested into affordable housing at University Village in DeKalb. Think of how long 40-50 years is. As you read what was forwarded to me (see below) you might...