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...
Apologies to Mrs. Gump but stupid is what stupid does is the simplest explanation of impact fees ever uttered. Touting impact fees can help get a lot of charlatans on the various elected boards in town. Generally speaking they tend to be the type that can't say no to spending or...
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...
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...
Former mayor and once 5th ward alderman Bessie Chronopolous invited me to her open house to meet the three candidates in the running to replace Ron Naylor on the city council. I spent more time talking to the incumbent running unopposed 1st ward alderman David Jacobson than the three candidates....
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...
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...
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...
Too often bloggers complain a lot but offer little in the way of solutions. Not me. Here are my proposed budget amendments for FY2016 City of DeKalb. Mission: To provide excellent service efficiently and eliminate the $450,000 operating deficit as defined by Tom Teresinski, City of DeKalb Finance Advisory Committee....
Editor's note: This rant's more caustic than usual but deservedly so. My dander is still up over the carpetbagging website deal much less the closed session browbeating of council members to get management pay raises reconsidered approved in an after the cameras were turned off BS session. But then...
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...
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...