Children as city revenue sources

Schools in Illinois are not allowed to “ticket” children for misbehavior. So they have the police do it, according to a new series of articles by Pro Publica and Chicago Tribune. A boy named Kameron, who had shoved his friend over a Lipton peach iced tea in the school cafeteria, had been cited for violating…

DeKalb County Rehab & Nursing Center Spotlight

I’m gathering the DCRNC posts into one place chronologically (just as I’ve done for the housing authority posts). The DCRNC series began November 2021 as a way to explain development of the county home’s financial crisis. It has since evolved into coverage of the debate and decisions that will determine its future. I’ve also created…

Housing authority sends termination notice over alleged unreported income

This continues the story of Robert S. The Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb (HACD) wanted Mr. S to sign a repayment agreement, saying Mr. S had failed to report a change in income. Mr. S has not signed the agreement, so HACD has sent him a notice of termination from the Housing Choice…

Serious issues evident in the housing authority’s procedures for debt collection

Robert S. says he received the paperwork below from the Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb (HACD) last month. It’s a repayment agreement for money HACD is claiming he owes them. Redaction is mine. Mr. S told me he can’t sign the agreement because it’s a lie — that he doesn’t owe HACD the…

County board votes to list DeKalb County Rehab & Nursing Center for sale — but that’s not all

DeKalb County Board voted last night to authorize the marketing of DeKalb County Rehab & Nursing Center (DCRNC) for sale. Here’s the original resolution. Resolution R2022-40: A Resolution Authorizing the Sale, Transfer, orother Disposition of the DeKalb County Rehab & Nursing Center in Accordance with 55 ILCS 5-21001 of the Illinois Counties Code. The DeKalb…

DeKalb County’s presiding officer can remove housing authority commissioners

County board members have been hearing from residents for the better part of a year about the Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb’s chronic refusal to follow the rules. The board must be tired of the complaints, because last week during their committee-of-the-whole meeting, they explained there’s not much they can do outside of…

Other counties’ experiences suggest that selling DeKalb County Rehab & Nursing is unlikely to provide a quick fix

The Executive Committee of the DeKalb County Board has voted to place a resolution authorizing preparations for a sale of DeKalb County Rehab & Nursing Center (DCRNC) on the agenda for next week’s regular meeting of the full board. During discussion of DCRNC’s plight, the chair brought up the sale of the nursing facility once…

Opinion: housing authority should avoid promoting from within

Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb (HACD) is losing its executive director, Shelly Perkins. This is an excellent development. It presents the HACD board with a fresh opportunity to address the unprofessional workplace culture there, by hiring an outsider and encouraging additional management departures. Having observed HACD for about nine months and collected hundreds…

DeKalb’s ‘Suburban’ issue of fire safety

DeKalb County is concerned about a situation that could potentially affect the ability of City of DeKalb to fight a fire on property just outside city limits. City of DeKalb — which would fight a fire there if one happened — wrangled an agreement a couple years ago that might help to assess the risk.…

DeKalb’s discussion of lead service line replacement leaves out key provision of new law

City of DeKalb appears to be unaware that a new state law changes the rules for how lead water service lines are replaced. During its regular meeting Monday, the city council discussed whether to use grant money to offer incentives to property owners to replace the portions of lead service lines that lie within their…