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A drive around the residential streets of DeKalb reveal few neighborhoods spared the blight of a prolonged recession. DeKalb is not unique with this condition. Declining EAV tax revenue puts a strain on school and other property tax revenue dependent districts just to meet payroll. But debt bonds, pensions and...
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...
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...
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...
I was reading my morning news and I saw an article about the county board going to vote on a new radio system. Good, they probably need it. Most counties have rather poor radio systems. Let's see what they're proposing to do. Oh, they're voting on it tonight! Let's get...
Too often bloggers complain a lot but offer little in the way of solutions. Not me. Here are my proposed budget amendments for FY2016 City of DeKalb. Mission: To provide excellent service efficiently and eliminate the $450,000 operating deficit as defined by Tom Teresinski, City of DeKalb Finance Advisory Committee....
If it's news happening here that's news to us. We are DeKalb County Online. Pretty catchy slogan, ehhh? When we saw Ryan Scott's (from DeKalb) video of his experience at an Illinois State Police Checkpoint here in DeKalb and saw where he was sharing and linking the video to we shared...
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...
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...
The budget remains the focus for the regularly scheduled DeKalb city council meeting Monday, Dec 11 at 6pm in the council chambers of the DeKalb Municipal Building at 200 S. Fourth St. The council will consider, with a December 31 deadline, its calendar year budget for 2018. City staff is...
Over the past few years when problems arise with City of DeKalb or Northern Illinois University staff, it seems the best way to resolve these issues is to offer them money and make them and the problem go away. Perhaps we shouldn't be too surprised now, as it has...
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,...