Stage Coach Theatre is hosting the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce candidate forum tonight (March 16) so I thought I'd add to the drama of the 2015 Consolidated Elections. Some drama is needed because there are only three contested races in DeKalb. Can you say low voter turnout? But here's the...
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...
Former mayor and once 5th ward alderman Bessie Chronopolous invited me to her open house to meet the three candidates in the running to replace Ron Naylor on the city council. I spent more time talking to the incumbent running unopposed 1st ward alderman David Jacobson than the three candidates....
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....
At the risk of having no impact on voter turnout in the Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Illinois General Primary elections here's my somewhat satirical predictions salted with observations of the digital campaign trail. You read it here first. The Illinois Constitution Party (ICP) will draft William J. Kelly to be...
SPRINGFIELD – As part of Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s attempt to balance the state budget, the new gas tax increase begins July 1, 2019 and will put Illinois in the top five for the highest total gasoline taxes. All taxes combined will be 73 cents per gallon. The price...
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...
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...
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...
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...
DeKalb County State's Attorney, Rick Amato, has written another letter to DeKalb Mayor Jerry Smith expressing concerns about the way the City Council is addressing the accusations of TIF fund irregularities over the years. While acknowledging some progress in the City Council's discussion of the issues brought up in his...
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...