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...
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...
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...
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...
Jim Mason owner of Mason Properties is brash and unabashed as a speaker. Mason Properties holds a vast portfolio of local residential and commercial property. He is committed to DeKalb. Combined, his style and his holdings, can really make him a target for criticism. Earned or not. Bessie Chronopolous former...
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...
Advisory referendums beg my advice. Heck, even you get to give your advice to Governor Rauner and the Illinois General Assembly this election as long as you vote on or before Tuesday, Nov. 4.  We have three statewide advisory questions full of Madiganisms to pontificate on. Now don't start calling...
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 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...
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 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...
If it's news happening here that's news to us. We are DeKalb County Online. Pretty catchy slogan, ehhh? When we saw Ryan Scott's (from DeKalb) video of his experience at an Illinois State Police Checkpoint here in DeKalb and saw where he was sharing and linking the video to we shared...