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Rants and Raves

“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...
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...
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...
DeKalb County Taxpayers began with my own property tax appeal. I received notice of an assessment change with no details to support it and since I had made no changes to my property, I began to do some digging, beginning with gathering the data I would need. I would...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
The current fiasco unfolding at College of DuPage is case study to illustrate government in Illinois is at a critical point in the need for reform. At a January 28 special meeting attended by some 500 disgusted taxpayers and students the COD Board of Trustees voted 7-1 to provide College President...

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...
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...
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...