City of DeKalb

Where is DeKalb’s openness and transparency?

DeKalb, IL. (ECWd) –

Mayor Rey ran for office promising Open and Transparent government. He won his election in 2014. One requirement of the Office of the Mayor is to give a State of the City address annually. (65 ILCS 5/3.1-35-5) (from Ch. 24, par. 3.1-35-5)

Sec. 3.1-35-5. Mayor or president; general duties. The mayor or president shall perform all the duties which are prescribed by law, including ordinances, and shall take care that the laws and ordinances are faithfully executed. The mayor or president from time to time may, and annually shall, give the corporate authorities information concerning the affairs of the municipality and may recommend for their consideration measures the mayor or president believes expedient.

(Source: P.A. 87-1119.)

Last year, it was pointed out that the Mayor is required to present the State of the City address to the Council in a public meeting. It was brought up because Mayor Rey was not giving the State of the City address to the Council in a public meeting. (For two years he thought that merely giving this address to the Chamber of Commerce in a fund-raising breakfast was sufficient – see links from the Daily Chronicle:)

Last year after it was pointed put that Mayor was not fulfilling his required obligations, then and only then did Mayor Rey finally give his first State of the City address to the Council in a public setting on July 21, 2015. (Here is the link as well:

It is August 5th and he has still not given his required State of the City address to Council and the public.

Wouldn’t it be part of an Open and Transparent administration to follow the State Statutes?
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3 replies »

  1. To simply present information about the City to the public seems to be an easy enough task to fulfill. It makes no sense as to why the Mayor does not feel inclined to fulfill this obligation. I’m delighted to see that you are displaying the official City logo at the top of your article. Ever since the new, and very expensive website was launched, this official logo has not been displayed in a prominent spot at the beginning of the site. Instead some other, lame version of a logo is what people see first. Apparently the fact that this logo is official, with patent and all, means nothing to the current administration anymore than fulfilling basic obligations to the public they supposedly serve. If mistakes were made by previous Mayors, then a lesson should be learned. The fact that DeKalb is Home Rule does not place it in the category of a monarchy. Sadly this administration has shown that the public is simply not important and must be kept in place. This is the direct result of a Council that gets its primary information from its hired staff rather than asking the difficult questions and tuning in to a broad range of constituents. DeKalb City Hall…lacking in transparency, integrity, and respect. It is indeed sad to watch this happen in the City that is our home.

  2. Rey promised the most open and transparent administration. He the immediately got involved in a secret and possibly illegal public private partnership – who da thunk it?

  3. This is an ongoing issue for years. Residents complained about previous mayors doing the same thing, again and again, giving the State of the City at events only for the rich folks who PAID to go. Two mayors ago, the mayor held the State of the City talks at the Kishwaukee County Club, a members’ only golf course and club house. There could not be a worse location to conduct city business than at that private club.

    The last mayor held the PAID registration State of the City events at the Park District facility (Hopkins Park)–we think the Park District knows better now and wants to follow the rules. Current Mayor Rey now holds them at Faranda’s, which is a privately owned banquet hall.

    DeKalb really should follow the state law as described here and by residents in the past:

    But, DeKalb is Home Rule and the general attitude is that with Home Rule, they can pick and choose which laws they want to follow.

    No kiddies, the city officials are supposed to follow all of the laws, even the ones they do not like!

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