Thumbs-down: To a messy scene at DeKalb city hall. Molly Talkington filed a discrimination complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday. On the same day, City Council members voted to remove her from the position as interim city manager, and once again make her the finance director – though she remains on paid leave.
Talkington says she was put on leave on Nov. 5 in retaliation for her refusal discuss whether she was dating Ward 1 Alderman David Jacobson. City officials say it's because she was behind an unauthorized plan to reduce contributions to the co-op that provides health insurance to employees.
We don't know enough to say who's right or wrong at this point. But we do know that some of the people caught up in this drama, including Jacobson and Smith, have a long record of service to the community and it's unfortunate to see such them connected with such a story. We also believe people have the right to work in an environment free of sexual and other forms of harassment and support their right to speak out.
Our hope is that this matter will be resolved swiftly and fairly – DeKalb faces daunting enough challenges, including balancing its budget and finding the right city manager.
Thumbs-up: To the DeKalb firefighters who came together to deliver 1,000 pounds of turkeys to the Salvation Army Community Center at 830 Grove St. on Friday. The firefighters union purchased the turkeys and 20 off-duty firefighters worked to load the birds up and make the delivery to WLBK radio's annual "Let's Talk Turkey" drive at the Salvation Army in DeKalb, along with a $500 donation to the Salvation Army's DeKalb Area Food Pantry. The donation will go to help ensure local families in need can enjoy a Thanksgiving meal this year. Thanks to the local firefighters not only for their service to the community as first responders, but also for their generosity.
Thumbs-up: To 25 years of the DeKalb County Community Foundation. Founded by Charlie and Mary Roberts with $3.5 million in "seed" money, the foundation has grown to serve more than 350 different charitable funds and has managed a total of $54 million in the past 25 years, the foundation’s Executive Director Dan Templin said. Each year, about $2.5 million in community grants and scholarships is distributed from a number of different funds. The foundation is a tremendous source of capital to create positive change in DeKalb County, and we are grateful for the foresight of the Roberts family in getting it started here.
Thumbs-up: To a meaningful primetime matchup between the first-place Bears and the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night. It's been a long time since the Bears were worth getting excited about – but a win against Minnesota at Soldier Field might do the trick. Go Bears!