DeKalb County Board

Longtime Activist Minister Joins DeKalb County Board

Dec 21, 2018
Photo by Peter Medlin

In the summer of 2017, Rev. Linda Slabon and her partner both retired. Slabon was a Unitarian Universalist minister and social worker, while her partner was a professor at Northern Illinois University.

 

Like many retirees, Slabon used her newfound free time to do more gardening. They threw a Disney Frozen-themed birthday party for their granddaughter.

 

The DeKalb County Board unanimously approved a moratorium on new wind and solar farms for 18 months, or until the county releases a sustainable energy plan. 

The Daily Chronicle reports the board plans on using this time to assess the various effects wind towers would have on the community.  These include value of nearby properties, aesthetic considerations, and any consequences for wildlife.  

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The DeKalb County Board voted 18-6 toward putting a property tax hike on the ballot to fund public health.  

The Daily Chronicle reports the proposal would bring in about $500,000 per year through a property tax of $9.57 for every $100,000 of equalized assessed value.  For someone owning a $150,000, this would mean a yearly increase of about $15.  

DeKalb County Business Incubator Assists Fledgling Firms

Jul 26, 2016
Chase Cavanaugh

Companies started by entrepreneurs face many challenges, including the need for space and funds.

The DeKalb County Government recently opened a business incubator in its facilities off of Annie Glidden Road.  It's the brainchild of the County Board’s Economic Development Committee, which wanted to provide a space for small businesses to grow.  Chairman Bob Brown explains:

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About a dozen members of AFSCME attended a DeKalb County Board meeting Wednesday to protest changes to health insurance costs in their current contract.  

Under their current contract, AFSCME members premiums could only rise a maximum of twenty percent each year.  The board wants to eliminate this cap, which union members worry could lead to an unlimited cost increase.