Anatomy of a Referendum Campaign Begun by an Aurora Nonprofit

**Update 12/24 on the hearing: Kane County Chronicle reports that a decision on the campaign disclosure complaint against Show You Care Kane is not expected until next year.** What would you say if Kish Health Systems were to send its chief executive to open and fund a political action committee (PAC) in order to promote…

Geneva’s Pure Oil Building

Time is running out to sign the online petition to save the historic Pure Oil Building in Geneva that houses the PURE Gardner gardening shop which is here: http://www.change.org/petitions/to-the-mayor-and-the-city-council-of-geneva-illinois-save-the-historic-pure-oil-building The Geneva City Council will discuss it on Monday night’s agenda. The Kane County Chronicle has an article here: http://www.kcchronicle.com/2012/03/23/demolition-of-pure-oil-building-topic-of-geneva-meeting/axcf9kt/

The Switch

The City of DeKalb claimed that the hiring of Laura Pisarcik fulfilled recommendations made by Executive Partners, Inc. (EPI). This is what the EPI report recommended: DeKalb would benefit from a proactive centralized procurement program. [p. 19 of Benchmarking section] Definition of procurement, from Wikipedia: Procurement is the acquisition of goods and/or services. It is…

Overextended in Hampshire Via SSA

[Update 9/3: SSA bond owners have agreed to the buy-back plan.] Courier News item, my emphasis: HAMPSHIRE — Whether Crown Community Development will continue with plans to build 2,833 homes in three Hampshire developments, potentially tripling the village’s population, may depend on what six Wall Street firms decide between now and 5 p.m. Wednesday. That’s…

Calling Fowl in Batavia

The Daily Herald reports that the City of Batavia’s Community Development Committee is researching the possibility of allowing residents to house chickens. This Kane County development seems kind of fitting in view of Garfield Farm’s efforts to save the Black Java breed. I’ve done some homework on keeping chickens in the city, and I know…