Mobile home tax bills due April 30

On April 24th, 2019 by admin

DeKalb County Treasurer Christine J. Johnson is reminding mobile homeowners that their tax bills are due April 30. The bills were sent Feb. 4. There are more than 900 mobile homes in DeKalb County, with the majority located in mobile home parks in DeKalb, Cortland, Genoa, Sandwich, Sycamore and Waterman. The Mobile Home Local Service Tax is billed only to owners and/or occupants of mobile homes. Payments may be made by mail or in person at the DeKalb County Treasurer’s Office, 110 E. Sycamore St. in Sycamore. If you are paying by mail, detach the bottom portion of the bill and return it with the payment. If you are paying in person, bring the entire bill. Taxpayers are encouraged to mail their payments so that they are postmarked on or before the due date. Anyone with questions regarding their mobile home tax bill should call the treasurer's office at 815-895-7112. ...

Pappas could get $2.5M in TIF funds for Mooney property development

On April 24th, 2019 by admin

DeKALB – Now that $2.5 million in tax increment finance money has been denied to developers trying to turn a hospital into a hotel, John Pappas is looking to the city to assist in a project to turn the old Mooney property into a mixed used residential and commercial retail space. According to the agenda for Friday's Joint Review Board meeting, City Manager Bill Nicklas will propose $2.5 million in TIF funds from the tax increment finance district known as TIF 2 be instead awarded to Pappas Development. "This would be for a project that promises much more return on investment," Nicklas said Wednesday, referring to the city council's decision Monday to terminate the preliminary incentive agreement for 145 Fisk LLC based on a lack of proven financial documentation. "It's viable," Nicklas said of Pappas' new plan. "We have a developer that's proven that he can accomplish projects. It just seems to be an easy fit from where we sit." When reached via phone Wednesday, Foti Pappas, vice president of development at Pappas Development, said he could not comment on the matter at this time. On March 22, John Pappas and Heartland Real Estate Holdings entered a 90-day purchase and sale agreement for the properties at 204 N. Fourth St. and 423/420 Oak St. in DeKalb, what used to be the former Mooney dealership, the agenda shows. Nicklas said the 90-day window is to allow Pappas to determine whether he wants to move forward with a planned $13.8 million overhaul of...

G-K stories published in online Spanish magazine

On April 24th, 2019 by admin

GENOA – Genoa-Kingston sophomores Gavan Mitchell and Liam Logsdon were late turning in their Spanish short-story writing assignment. They were surprised a few weeks later when they learned that their story was one of three stories written by Genoa-Kingston High School students that were published in “Revista Literal,” a Spanish-language online magazine. “La Situación de la Leche (The Situation of the Milk),” written by sophomores Deloris Drendel and Elli Wallace and senior Christina Lopez, and “El Tiburón Vegano (The Vegan Shark),” written by sophomores Gavan Mitchell and Liam Logsdon, appeared in the February issue and “Pablo el Pingüino (Pablo the Penguin),” written by junior Amber Herrmann, appeared in the April issue.   Drendel, Lopez and Wallace wrote a humorous story about a man’s misadventures buying spoiled milk, Herrmann wrote about a penguin befriending a polar bear and Mitchell and Logsdon wrote about a vegan shark visiting a waterpark with friends. More stories written by G-K High School students may be published in upcoming issues of “Revista Literal.” Spanish teacher Rachel Thorson described “Revista Literal” as a online magazine written by students for students that features fun stories to help keep them interested in learning the language. “Stories are written by students throughout the United States, coast to coast, from Hawaii to Maine,” Thorson said. “The stories are amusing, and they make reading Spanish fun.” Thorson’s students read the stories aloud in class with partners to work on their Spanish pronunciation. They also discuss what happens in the story and...

Ellwood House Museum offers volunteer training

On April 24th, 2019 by admin

DeKALB – The Ellwood House will offer a volunteer training series on Tuesday, May 7, and Thursday, May 9, for community members interested in becoming more involved with the museum. Each session will begin at 5 p.m. in the museum’s Visitor Center and last two hours. The Ellwood House museum is home to 10 acres of land and seven historic structures, including the mansion originally built for barbed wire entrepreneur Isaac Ellwood in 1879. The organization seeks to engage visitors with authentic examples of ingenuity and architecture by sharing the Ellwood mansion, gardens and museum campus. Volunteers support every facet of the mission, from leading field trips and public guided tours, to staffing special events like the Ellwood Summer Festival and Holiday Traditions, to helping maintain the Berg Garden, and managing the front desk in the Visitor Center. The first day of the training series, on May 7, will focus on the story of the Ellwoods, how volunteers can get involved, and sharing strategies for engaging with visitors. Anyone interested in volunteering is encouraged to attend this session. Those interested in becoming guides of the 1879 mansion or 1898 Ellwood-Nehring House are encouraged to attend the second training session on May 9, when staff will lead attendees through a tour and explain logistics. Ellwood House docents and volunteers receive invitations to special events and programs, as well as a 10% discount in the museum’s gift shop. In addition, those who contribute 20 hours or more in a year receive a free individual...

Hearing to determine where missing Crystal Lake boy's brother should live continued

On April 24th, 2019 by admin

A Tuesday afternoon shelter hearing involving the younger brother of missing Crystal Lake boy Andrew “AJ” Freund was continued. Andrew’s parents, JoAnn Cunningham and Andrew Freund Sr., appeared in McHenry County court Tuesday. They had planned to attend a hearing that would have determined where their 4-year-old son would stay amid allegations of abuse and neglect in the home. Cunningham, who is seven months’ pregnant, cried throughout the hourlong hearing as her attorneys comforted her. Cunningham has said she was not involved in her son’s disappearance. Freund Sr., who has not hired an attorney, has asked the community to pray for the boy’s safe return. The younger son was taken into custody by Illinois Department of Children and Family Services on Thursday after 5-year-old Andrew was reported missing by his parents. Cunningham and Freund are disputing DCFS’ decision to remove the boy from his home, her attorneys said. It was determined Tuesday in court that there was a conflict of interest with the attorney representing the child, Charles McKinney. A new attorney is expected to be appointed Wednesday, and a judge will determine Monday where the boy will stay while officials investigate allegations of abuse and neglect. Details of the allegations have not been made public. During a brief break in the juvenile hearing, Cunningham and Freund embraced one another and cried. Cunningham had been in court earlier Tuesday for a traffic incident, which also was continued.  Throughout the afternoon, a group of frustrated residents gathered outside the McHenry County Courthouse...

Republicans put on united front to discuss state budget at DeKalb Town Hall

On April 24th, 2019 by admin

DeKALB – State Rep. Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore, remembered growing up with a father who used marijuana “excessively,” while emphasizing the need to address safety and driving issues if marijuana is legalized, as part of a town hall on the state budget Tuesday. Keicher, along with state Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Rockford, and state Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, addressed a crowd of over 100 people crammed into a room at the DeKalb County Community Outreach Building. The panel – ahead of the May 31 deadline by which the Illinois General Assembly has to pass a state budget for fiscal 2020, which begins July 1 – was moderated by Eric Olson, general manager for the Daily Chronicle. Questions from the audience covered taxes, state pension liability, legalizing recreational marijuana, the declining college student population in the state, electric cars and the gas tax, unfunded mandates, and consolidated local government. “It’s a complicated issue,” Keicher said. “My dad used [marijuana] excessively. And we need to make sure there’s protocols in place that address workplace safety issues and driving under the influence.” Demmer said he does not support legalizing recreational marijuana. Syverson said he does not either, even though he was the original sponsor of the medical marijuana bill. Another hot-button issue was Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s proposed graduated income tax, with an audience asking if the tax could impact inflation. “You could be asked as voters to weigh in on the graduated income tax, but you will not be given a set of rates,” Demmer said...

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