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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...
Chad Grimm is the jackass trophy brigade's last stand for keeping status quo in power and the taxpayers' money in their hands. By the way the jackass isn't meant to be symbolic of Democrats. No, it is truly a bipartisan poke to all those constitutionally entitled to their dependency on the state. Grimm...
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...
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....
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...
Being that I am a biased activist blogging citizen journalist I've decided to gripe about the City of DeKalb again. I've done it so much there are people that think I'm picking on them. But then there are others who think the public deserves to see what's behind that...
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...
In a well-known song from the Musical "Wicked," Glinda and Elphaba sing about how they have been changed for the better. With recent changes in the City of DeKalb Government, including Jerry Smith's election as Mayor, the appointment of Lynn Fazekas as City Clerk and Bill Nicklas being hired as City...
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...
The resignation of NIU President Doug Baker is yet another setback for the university. Enrollment is on a steady decline and while some attribution can go to high tuition fees arising from its dependency on shaky (at best) state funding NIU suffers most from its word-of-mouth advertising. That word...
Observations from the lobby of the Egyptian Theater on Candidate Night The meet and greet session of a local candidate night forum is golden. Shake hands with the candidate and ask them point blank about an issue important to you. Listen. Then in the voting booth you're filling in the...
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...