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…

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…

Among the issues plaguing delivery of care in Illinois skilled nursing facilities

Part Two of the nursing home sales & ownership series; Part One is here. Almost a year ago, in the cause of shedding the landlord collectively known as Hunter Properties, City of DeKalb signed a settlement agreement with them. DeKALB – After a series of unresolved code violations, the City of DeKalb and Hunter Properties…

Nursing home sales and ownership, and our local situation

Part One: A referendum is the right thing to do Recently the DeKalb County Board signed a contract with Marcus & Millichap (M&M) that has two phases: first, M&M as consultant in deciding what to do with our DeKalb County Rehab & Nursing Center (DCRNC); and secondly, M&M as broker of a sale with a…

DeKalb Township is getting things done

With the election shenanigans and rough start of the new township board last year, I didn’t expect much from this public body at first. But eight months into it and they deserve credit for pro-public policies and practices. Meetings This week, for example, the board reversed an earlier decision to remove agenda background material from…

Water reservations in DeKalb

Third in a series. First one is here. Second is here. Water conflicts continue to develop in the Joliet area. A small but vocal group of protesters gathered on the steps of Joliet city hall on Monday night to rail against Mayor Robert O’Dekirk’s controversial plan to solve a looming water crisis by tripling rates…