Tag Archives: batavia

Shodeen, the Final Battle

Tuesday night, 2/26/19, 7pm, the City Council COW will take up the matter of the soil contamination on the 1 N. Washington site (agenda item here). This is the last “off-ramp” for the City of Batavia to cut ties with … Continue reading

Posted in City Council | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

“You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.”

If you live in one of the unincorporated pockets of Batavia, the City is coming after you. For some, it could happen quickly; for others, it may take a while longer— but you will be annexed into the City of … Continue reading

Posted in City Council | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

New Year, Same Old Story

Your taxes are going up. The School Board, as usual, increased their property tax levy the maximum amount. Enrollment is declining but taxes keep going up. The City Council increased taxes as well. The gasoline tax increased by 1 cent, … Continue reading

Posted in City Council, School Board | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Propositions Explained

There are 3 propositions on the Nov. 6 ballot for most residents of Batavia. In a nutshell, they are as follows: (CITY OF BATAVIA) This is a BINDING referendum. The City of Batavia became a Home Rule unit in 2009 … Continue reading

Posted in City Council | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Big City Salary Increase?

Update: This item was removed from the agenda at the meeting. On the City Council agenda tonight is a salary increase for City Administrator Laura Newman. It was originally scheduled for discussion at last week’s Committee of the Whole meeting, … Continue reading

Posted in City Council | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Home Rule Information Presentation

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for Monday, Sep. 17, 7pm, Batavia Library. Jim Tobin, economist and President of Taxpayers United of America will give a presentation on how Home Rule affects taxpayers. Mr. Tobin has spent decades fighting home rule throughout Illinois, … Continue reading

Posted in City Council | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Referendum voting info

The Home Rule Referendum is indeed on the ballot for Nov. 6. Early, early voting starts Sep. 27, and plain old early voting starts Oct. 22. You can also vote by mail if you request it (and if you trust … Continue reading

Posted in City Council | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

REFERENDUM ON HOME RULE

WE NEED YOUR HELP! We need 1200 signatures to place a referendum on the ballot to give citizens a choice on whether or not the City of Batavia should remain a HOME RULE community. (The first time we tried, we … Continue reading

Posted in City Council | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

City to Pay for Soil Contamination?

Mark Foster, writing for the Kane County Chronicle June 27, 2018, “Batavia works on soil cleanup plan to ready for Shodeen project,” writes: The city staff of Batavia is formulating a plan to clean up the One Washington Place downtown … Continue reading

Posted in City Council | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Council Caves to Garbage, not to Citizens

The Council voted 7-7 on the massive Shodeen apartments project at 1 N. Washington, with Mayor Schielke breaking the tie again to approve the project. On another topic, there was very interesting conversation at Council. Also on the agenda had … Continue reading

Posted in City Council | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment