Home | Blog | Columns | Photos | Books | Biography | Links

Barry Schrader


I wrote a column for the DeKalb Daily Chronicle for 8 years starting in December 2007 and running until November 2015. Then I returned to column writing in August 2016, all of them archived here.


If you've missed any please follow the links on the dates to catch up.

Archive Page

City, school board election details complicated

By Barry Schrader Senior Columnist...................Nov. 3, 2016

Maybe the reason not many people are willing to seek a seat on city councils or school boards is the complicated filing and geographical areas that make up each city ward or school district townships.
Actually, DeKalb School District 428 is the simplest, while and Sycamore School District 427 is the most complicated.

In District 428, there are three seats up for election and candidates can live anywhere in the district. Petitions are available at the DeKalb County Clerk's Office, 133 W. State St., Sycamore, at the clerk's website, dekalb.il.clerkserve.com under 2017 Consolidated Elections.

GO CUBS--headlines for today

The filing period for petitions is Dec. 12 through 19. Petitions must have at least 50 signatures of voters who live in the school district. Those not up for election this time are Rick Smith, Kerry Mellott, Fred Davis and Howard Solomon. School board members serve without pay in DeKalb and Sycamore.
In District 427, there is a township system. No more than three board members can be from the same township, and the district includes Sycamore, Cortland, Mayfield, DeKalb, and Squaw Grove townships. There are two board members from Cortland and one from Sycamore township not up for election in 2017, so only one seat is available in Cortland and two from Sycamore township. Same filing dates apply as DeKalb.

Four out of the seven seats are up for election in April. If that is confusing, call the District 427 office if you need help.

DeKalb has an April City Council election in 2nd, 4th and 6th wards for four-year terms, and a two-year term is up for grabs in the 7th Ward. The mayor's position is also up for election and there are already two candidates who said they intend to run, incumbent Mayor John Rey and challenger Mike Embrey. At least two others are contemplating entering the race, I hear.

If you are in it for the money, you should know that council members get only $5,400 a year and the mayor - who also is the city liquor commissioner - earns $22,500. When the new city clerk is seated after the April election that pay will go from the current $5,000 up to $8,000.

The Sycamore city elections also will be held next April. Mayor Ken Mundy has decided not to seek re-election. At least three people are contemplating running for mayor - City Clerk Candy Smith, council members Rick Kramer and Curt Lang.

There is one seat in each of the four wards up for election in April - seats held by Alan Bauer, Pete Paulson, Steve Braser and Janice Tripp. Also, the city clerk position is open. The mayor gets paid $25,000 a year including liquor commissioner duties. Council members each get $4,800. The city clerk's salary is $60,405 a year.

Petitions for all offices also can be found on the clerk's website printed above, in the 2017 Candidate's Guide. Candidates must complete a statement of candidacy, submit nonpartisan municipal nominating petitions and an optional loyalty oath. All of the forms are included in the guide.

Home | Blog | Columns | Photos | Books | Biography | Links

The columnist can be reached via email at :


or by snailmail at:

Barry Schrader
PO Box 851
DeKalb, Ill 60115