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“Today, you have a chance to do what is right, to follow the law and to regain the trust of students, parents, faculty, staff, and citizens of DeKalb.” -- Misty Haji-Sheikh; 5th ward DeKalb resident, DeKalb County Board member (District 7) and unsuccessful candidate for Mayor of DeKalb Haji-Sheikh’s attorney, Charles...
The DeKalb County Board is trying to cover a shortfall of over $1 million to balance the budget for 2018 without going into reserves and to make up for the lost fuel tax windfall from an agreement set-up by airline companies to avoid paying taxes to Cook County. A proposal to...
CORRECTED: DeKalb City Manager, Anne Maria Gaura's contract was renewed and amended to an indefinite term with 6 months severance package. It was a 5-3 vote. Bill Finucane, Kate Noreiko, Mike Marquardt, Tony Faivre, and Jerry Smith voted yes. Dave Jacobson, Mike Verbic, and Pat Fagan voted no. The...
Apartments and properties owned in part by the Hunter Apartment Group have created many problems for both the renters and the City of DeKalb. Over the past several months the Hunter Apartment Group have been cited for more than 500 city code violations according to the legal department at...
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...
I got word last week that a new watchdog-type organization is forming in DeKalb County. The members should find a fine reception here in City of DeKalb, where over the past several years myriad formal and informal groups of citizens have cropped up in response to bad policy, misplaced priorities,...
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...
If Tracy Williams children attended Cortland Elementary School would he be content to wait 30 days to find out what caused them to get sick and transported to the hospital? I don't really know Williams. But if I was in an affected parent's shoes, I wouldn't. I'd be upset and...
As city leaders contemplate a new 10 year strategic plan for the future of DeKalb they must first come to grips with a community within the community -- that being University Village. A proposal for zoning considerations will be heard at tonight's (Aug. 24) city council meeting. The proposal seeks to...
If you are driving in DeKalb and commit a crime your car will be towed. To get your car back you will pay a $500 administrative tow fee plus the actual towing, impoundment and storage fees charged by the associated towing contractors. Do the crime? Pay the fine. I get that. By...
The City of DeKalb has released a draft copy of the language proposed for commercial/industrial property inspections. Click here to review the latest draft of the City’s Fire Safety Registration and Inspection ordinance. An "informal" public hearing is scheduled for the January 12, 2015 regular City Council meeting. The language or...
So my inbox gets a flurry of emails alerting me to a "press conference" in the Fellowship Hall of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in DeKalb. Getting invited by a county board member to a press conference at a church to discuss City of DeKalb and NIU affairs feels all communiversityish....