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Decisions must be made in public

FRANK VAN BUER

Editor: I am deeply troubled with how the Twin Tavern liquor violation was handled by the Sparrow administration. It is typical of how the Sparrow administration handles issues - making deals in the back room Let me state that I have been a customer at the Twin since I was an undergraduate student at NIU in the 1950s. My sons and daughter have been known to have a few beers and meals there with their spouses and other close friends. I have no problem with the owner of the Twin approaching the city to resolve the liquor violation. What I have an issue with is how the city disregarded its "standard" process of dealing with liquor violations and then chose not to publish the fact that "rules" have changed. In all past violations, it seems that a public hearing was held. Not this time. Why? When asked about it, City Attorney Guess was quoted saying "Fines may be payable in the manner indicated in any order which results from a hearing, or as the Liquor Commissioner may otherwise specify in writing." Problem is Mayor Sparrow's signature is not on the settlement. Why not? It seems that it needs to be. The article went on to say that City Attorney Guess "acknowledged that the city's liquor ordinance does not set out a structure for reaching a settlement agreement before any charges have been filed or hearings held." What is going on here? No charges were filed against the Twin. I am committed to return city government to the people and make it open and transparent to its citizen. This agreement was a disservice to the citizens of DeKalb because it was a backroom deal. The mayor continues to ignore the Liquor Commission. In fact, he seems unwilling to work with almost any citizen's body except one whose members he has carefully handpicked. All issues pertaining to the interests of the citizens of DeKalb must be discussed and debated in public. DeKalb citizens deserve nothing less! Please check my Web site, www.vanbuerfordekalb.com, on specific actions that I will undertake within my first 120 days in office to restore open and inclusive government. FRANK VAN BUER Candidate for Mayor of DeKalb

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