So my inbox gets a flurry of emails alerting me to a "press conference" in the Fellowship Hall of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in DeKalb. Getting invited by a county board member to a press conference at a church to discuss City of DeKalb and NIU affairs feels all communiversityish....
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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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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...
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...
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...