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A libel case involving the DeKalb police chief has been continued, with another hearing scheduled at the end of next month.  

DeKalb Police Chief Gene Lowery sued a Crystal Lake man in 2016 for saying what Lowery calls untrue things that could have cost him his job. Lowery is asking for $300,000 from Tom Salvi, who called Lowery an “aggressive thug” and a “fraud” in emails to then-mayor John Rey, who said he didn’t believe the allegations.

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A status hearing for a libel case involving DeKalb’s police chief starts at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the DeKalb County Courthouse.

DeKalb police chief Gene Lowery sued Tom Salvi in 2016 for saying what he calls untrue things that could have cost Lowery his job and is asking for $300,000 from Salvi.

Salvi, a physician and former state Representative candidate, was arrested in Crystal Lake in 2010 for disorderly conduct after allegedly asking if he could undress a woman in a parking lot. Those charges were later dropped. 

Lowery was deputy police chief there at the time.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says if legislators fail to send him a budget by Friday, he'll extend a legislative special session until they “get the job done.''

A statewide property tax freeze demanded by Rauner as part of a deal to end the budget stalemate failed in the House during the eighth day of the special session.

It would have created a four-year freeze on the nation's next-to-highest property taxes. It would have exempted Chicago, the city's school system and 17 other financially distressed school districts.

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An Illinois bill that would require private companies to disclose when they would collect or sell mobile phone user data may be voted on in this special state legislative session. 

The Geolocation Privacy Protection Act would regulate entities that want to collect location data from someone’s phone. The user would have to give consent for data to be collected.

City of Dixon

In 2012, Dixon officials discovered that city comptroller Rita Crundwell had embezzled more than $53 million over the course of two decades. The insularity afforded by her position played a large part in spurring residents to vote to shift Dixon toward a council-manager form of government.  This involves converting commissioners to council members and appointing a city manager to oversee day-to-day work. The City of Freeport adopted this model earlier this year, hired a city manager, and eliminated its water and sewer departments.

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