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"Cohen is a  US Army Veteran having served as an Airborne Infantryman, local business owner of a thriving technology firm, and the current Mayor of the City of DeKalb"



Putting Experience to Work

Advocated for and lowered property taxes in DeKalb
Created over a 1,000 union jobs
1 billion in new investment as Mayor and President of the Economic Development Corporation
Supported multiple healthcare initiatives
Led a School Referendum that passed with over 60% of vote to build new high school and elementary school
Tripled spending on roads and infrastructure
Advocate for social justice and belonging
Created a climate that attracted environmentally committed corporations
Proven leader with record of success and fiscal responsibility

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Friday, December 1, 2023 12:05 PM

WIFR coverage of Over 1,000 Union Jobs We Created Here in DeKalb with Meta

Over 1,000 Union construction jobs created by Meta's datacenter.  Years of hard work working on Economic Development have paid off here in DeKalb.

Wednesday, November 29, 2023 4:16 PM

Cohen Barnes introduced by Governor as Economic Development Leader for the State!

Too cool to be introduced by the Governor as an Economic Development leader in the State and the region!  This was a huge day for the State and the City of DeKalb.  The partnerships I been able to be part of, both public and private, has been a formula for success for us!

Wednesday, November 29, 2023 11:44 AM

WREX TV Interview at Meta's Grand Opening

DeKalb Mayor Cohen Barnes talks with WREX about the significant impact Meta has made on the residents of DeKalb, Northern Illinois University, and the region.  

Sunday, October 8, 2023 9:16 AM

Northern Star Announcement on Cohen Barnes Running for State Rep

University Publication Prints Article on Cohen Barnes for State Rep

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 9:00 AM

The Midweek expands on Election Bid Announcement

Local newspaper covers Cohen Barnes' election bid announcement in depth - Link to The Midweek

Friday, September 22, 2023 9:00 AM

Cohen Barnes Announces Candidacy for Illinois State Representative of the 76th District

DeKalb Mayor Cohen Barnes announces he’ll seek office in 2024 as the next State Representative for the 76th District, currently held by Democrat Lance Yednock who won’t seek reelection.

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