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DeKalb, Illinois
Monday, July 23, 2018
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...
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...
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...
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...
Author's disclosure note: In some circles I am considered a conservative, libertarian, tea bagger or at least a Republican. Some of the aforementioned folks might even agree but they would be as wrong as the Democrats. Independent. I do my due diligence and vote on performance, plan or hope. Here's...
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...
There are times when it is darn near impossible to figure out a politician's actions. I know because I am officially a candidate for third ward alderman in DeKalb so that makes me a politician -- at least until I turn in my withdrawal from candidacy papers. A few hours after...
The business of election ethics is an important part of the duties of the DeKalb County Clerk & Recorder (and our municipal clerks). Candidates seeking elected office often depend on the Clerk as a liaison between them and compliance with the State Board of Elections and their own local...
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...
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...

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...
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...