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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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...