Why the Truancy Ordinance is Probably Doomed

The Chronicle reports that city staff may drop the truancy ordinance. The council voted unanimously to postpone any action on the proposal until Sept. 23, but now staff are considering dropping it completely. Except that’s not their call. It’s council’s. This probably indicates there are not enough votes to pass the ordinance. Too bad. Smack … Continue reading Why the Truancy Ordinance is Probably Doomed

City of DeKalb, Truancy Services are Not Your Job

Do you ever go into a store during a weekday when your own kids are in school, and see similarly-aged kids and think, “I wonder why they’re not in school?” I’ve done so quite reflexively on occasion, and when that happens I say or do…nothing. Because it’s none of my business. This is between the … Continue reading City of DeKalb, Truancy Services are Not Your Job

This Election, Let’s Discuss Remedial Action for DeKalb

The Chronicle has published a letter to the editor that caught my eye. It’s about local candidates and their positions on the issues. The words that they use may change, but the rhetoric is the same. The writer goes on to list the same old, same old: DeKalb-NIU relations, easing of the tax burden, and … Continue reading This Election, Let’s Discuss Remedial Action for DeKalb

Counties Generating Revenue from Housing Prisoners

Boone County Watchdog tipped me off about a new revenue source for the blog’s home county: transporting and housing federal prisoners. The full story comes from the Register Star: BELVIDERE — A negotiating firm plans to generate tens of thousands of dollars in new revenue for the Boone County jail without changing day-to-day operations. The … Continue reading Counties Generating Revenue from Housing Prisoners

Power Shifts and Pushback

Let’s cut loose a couple of these agenda items for tonight’s DeKalb council meeting and try to paste them into the big picture. It is odd that this fiscal year’s budget allows for the hiring of code inspectors into the police department’s Crime Free Housing Bureau instead of mingling them with the rest of the … Continue reading Power Shifts and Pushback