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Letter: Ellwood district residents in the dark

Published: Monday, June 23, 2014 10:36 p.m. CST

To the Editor:

According to public records obtained from a Freedom of Information request, it appears $10,000 of tax increment financing funds have been used for a flood study of the Northern Illinois University East Lagoon.

Consider the following: On Oct. 25, 2013, City of DeKalb check No. 38453 was drawn on the TIF account and made payable to DEK 2020, of which Steve Irving is manager.

Irving requested the payment for a flood mitigation study of the east lagoon.

Irving, a local contractor, is one of five principals involved in a plan to expand NIU eastward and commercially develop the Ellwood Historic District.             

The other principals include Castle Bank (Tim Struthers), NIU, and the City of DeKalb (Mayor Rey).

The nonprincipals are the homeowners.

Tom Smith

DeKalb

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