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...
The City of DeKalb or NIU weren't ever really part of College Town Partners named in unsigned documents obtained through FOIA requests by District 7 County Board member Misty Haji-Sheikh and the Daily Chronicle. According to Mayor John Rey, “informal conversations have been held and that's it." NIU officials said...
“Today, you have a chance to do what is right, to follow the law and to regain the trust of students, parents, faculty, staff, and citizens of DeKalb.” -- Misty Haji-Sheikh; 5th ward DeKalb resident, DeKalb County Board member (District 7) and unsuccessful candidate for Mayor of DeKalb Haji-Sheikh’s attorney, Charles...
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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...
Does the headline suggest that I'm not happy with the agreement between Waste Management and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan over the stinking controversy at the Cortland Township/DeKalb County Landfill and its nearby neighbor Cortland Elementary School? That's because I'm crushed -- again -- with this system of government practiced...
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Who Do You Trust?

Is it possible that public trust and confidence in local government has hit an all-time low for the City of DeKalb? Many remember a time when most people had a healthy distrust of national government, but local government usually got the benefit of the doubt. Over the last few years,...
Ninety-three people attended the Oct 29 FOCUS DeKalb Town Hall meeting at the Red Roof Inn. At issue is the City of DeKalb proposed commercial property inspection ordinances and the frustrations of an unfriendly business climate accentuated by a soft economy with a declining population, market and EAV. It was...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...