As a resident of DeKalb I just want to give Kent Shodeen a shout out. Thanks for trying to invest in DeKalb. That's not the easiest thing in the world to do. I hope his investments in the Barb City provide value to the community and pay off handsomely...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...