Any day now the City of DeKalb will let the public know they have made major changes in their code enforcement department. Those jobs have allegedly been terminated and the services provided by that department have been outsourced. People calling in for permits have been told service has been...
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...
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...
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...
Community Groups/Interested Parties Contacted: In researching this request, City staff spoke with the Illinois Department of Revenue and representatives of the City of Frisco, Texas who have entered into an agreement with companies brought by this developer. Staff has also researched similar agreements in other states, and has researched...
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...
School Board
For not a lot of contested races there seems to be more buzz than usual for the April 7 consolidated elections.  There are few contested races and more write-in candidates. But there seems to be more people involved with this election based on the two candidate forums held in DeKalb. The DeKalb...
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 Illinois Senate has embarked in what may be the first earnest attempt at passing a budget and getting some start on spending reforms since Gov. Rauner took office. The governor seemed to signal the Senate was headed in the right direction in his State of the State address...
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...
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...
With permission I'm sharing this exchange between former 3rd ward alderman Pam Verbic and the Mayor and city council. As this is commentary in lieu of attending the official public hearing we think it should be shared with the public and not filed away. As is clearly obvious Mrs. Verbic does...