To the Editor:
Jennifer Groce and Mike Verbic are both employees of Northern Illinois University. Our mayor needs to be on an equal footing with the president of NIU.
There are many situations that need our mayor to be thinking in the best interests of the city of DeKalb the citizens of DeKalb – not worrying if their job at NIU may be in jeopardy if they oppose the wishes of the president of NIU.
Furthermore, if either of these candidates, as mayor, would choose to recuse themselves from issues that involve NIU, then we would have no mayoral guidance on any NIU issues.
Finally, if either of these people became mayor, that person would get a paycheck from two governments – the city of DeKalb and NIU – to which employer would they be loyal?
David Jacobson is also running for mayor. He owns both commercial and residential rental property in DeKalb. Is it a conflict of interest for a sitting Alderman (Ward 1) to vote on city housing (residential rental) ordinances and not recuse himself? He did not recuse himself during the recent ordinance change, even though he lines his pockets with rental income. How would it be if the Mayor would not recuse himself on such issues that are his source of income?
These questions need to be answered by each voter before they go to vote. We urge you to vote for a candidate that does not have any of these conflicts.
We have known John Rey for over 45 years and know him to be very knowledgeable of city business. He knows the inside workings of the city of DeKalb and most definitely is our choice for the next Mayor of DeKalb.
Please vote for John Rey on April 9, 2013.
Joy and Bob Hadley