EPI and City of DeKalb Operations

Here’s a transcript of a bit of commentary by Larry Kujovich from the dynamic duo Executive Partners and Crowe Horwath, the consultants who met with City of DeKalb officials April 13 to talk strategic financial planning. You’ve gotta look into the future. . .Does your 5-year plan list what you need, or what is available…

Mayor Povlsen Calls Opposition to DeKalb Library Expansion Actions “Anti Idiots”

There’s a Facebook group called “You know you’re from Sycamore, Illinois when…”. I just took a screenshot of it in case somebody deletes something later. Anyway there’s a nice photo of the Sycamore Public Library posted along with this description: For those of you who haven’t been back to Sycamore for some time, this is…

NIU “Coffee Fund” Quote of the Day

In reading “NIU: ‘We Welcome’ State’s Attorney Involvement” we get this: “The integrity of this great university is not at issue,” the statement continued. When your PR people claim that the resignations of two of your top employees at the same time were for personal reasons and a coincidence, but later it’s found they actually…

TIF Quote of the Day

TIFs aren’t just a tool for economic development. They’re a tool for consolidating power. By Ben Joravsky and Mick Dumke, “Shedding Light on the Shadow Budget,” Chicago Reader.

Bull Moose

One of our national leaders was shot but the injury did not deter his making a long speech. I am in this cause with my whole heart and soul. I believe that the Progressive movement is making life a little easier for all our people; a movement to try to take the burdens off the…

State’s Attorney Candidate Makes Public Corruption an Issue

There are three Democratic and two Republican candidates for DeKalb County State’s Attorney. Only one of them, GOP hopeful Clay Campbell, has brought up the issue of corruption in local government. The following is my transcription of Campbell’s closing remarks during the Chamber of Commerce candidates’ forum last Tuesday. I’ve stripped out an “uh” or…

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy Thanksgiving! Here is a CPS school kid having a great time! Today, we celebrate a group of people chased out of Europe, thankful they were still alive, which brings me to a quote from Bill Murray in Stripes: “We’re all very different people. We’re not Watusi, we’re not Spartans, we’re Americans. With a capital…

A Call for ‘Ethical Capitalism’

In 2004 — just about the zenith of the “greed is good” decades-long Wall Street feeding frenzy — Cambridge economist Noreen Hertz published The Debt Threat: How debt is destroying the developing world…and threatening us all. Here’s a great article about her experiences. Since the early 90s she’s been often ignored and sometimes attacked for…

Lincoln on Wind

Abraham Lincoln on the possibilities of wind power: Of all the forces of nature, I should think the wind contains the largest amount of motive power—that is, power to move things. Take any given space of the earth’s surface—for instance, Illinois—; and all the power exerted by all the men, and beasts, and running-water, and…