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....
When politics guide the judicial branch of government everyone loses. Here's hoping Judge William Brady removes the stench of local politics from the pursuit of justice in the State of Illinois vs Jack McCullough for the 1957 kidnap and murder of Maria Ridulph. He should grant the motion for...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
If Tracy Williams children attended Cortland Elementary School would he be content to wait 30 days to find out what caused them to get sick and transported to the hospital? I don't really know Williams. But if I was in an affected parent's shoes, I wouldn't. I'd be upset and...
Congratulations to Stephen Reid for winning our first ever Comment of the Month for February, 2014. His comment was in response to one of my rants and raves entitled, "Would you send your child to the Cortland school?" Stephen Reid on February 4, 2014 at 6:47 pm said: I think that...
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...