Thursday, February 26, 2015

Grafton To Begin E-Waste Recycling Program Monday

After 10 months of searching for an e-waste recycler, the Grafton Township Road District announced it had finally found one.  Free electronics recycling will will begin Monday from 7 am to 3 pm Monday through Fridays at the District headquarters on Vine Street in Huntley.

Road Commissioner Tom Poznanski said the program's starting on an experimental basis, only assured for the next three months.  "They want to make sure we can fill the [storage pod] often enough to do it," he said.  Poznanski said he wanted to emulate similar programs at Algonquin Township and Marengo but at first had difficulty finding anyone who'd haul the formerly hi-tech junk away for free.  "They all wanted a lot of money," he said.  Then, when he was about to close a deal in August, the State's e-waste program stuttered to a halt as electronics producers reached the year's Illinois EPA quotas for buying up e-waste.

McHenry County State Sen. Pam Althoff is heading a group of legislators working to make sure that doesn't happen again.  "We have a conference call scheduled [today]," she said

Grafton's e-waste recycling will accept computers and CPU's, spare computer parts, servers, keyboards, flat screen monitors, laptops, network equipment, mice, printers/copiers, fax machines, printer cartridges (ink and toner), UPS back up batteries, routers, all wires and cables, flat screen TV's and monitors, stereos, speakers, scanners, radios, cell phones, telephones, window unit air conditioners, microwaves, dehumidifiers, and toaster ovens.

Not accepted are old-style tube TV's, CRT monitors or fluorescent bulbs and ballasts. Grafton also has a paper recycling bin and one for household texties including clothing, shoes and linen.

Details on Grafton's recycling programs including the new e-waste program are here:   http://www.graftontownship.us/dnn/RoadDistrict/RecyclingPrograms.aspx

In the pic:  Road Commissioner Tom Poznanski rigs out the storage container for Grafton's new electronics waste recycling program beginning Monday

THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES

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Grafton To Begin E-Waste Recycling Program Monday
Slipper Roads, Cold Temps As Month Draws Toward Close
LITH Preview Family Fun Night Scheduled
Deal Close On State Budget Shuffling--Or Not As Case May Be
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Sanitary District Asks LITH Board For Past Due Water Shut Offs
Latest Camp Algonquin Final Plan Revealed
Light Snow For Afternoon, Evening, Then Cold--Weekend Dicey
Credit Agency Pans Rauner Budget Plan
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Concern About Education Grows At D300 Legislative Meet
Huntley Seeks Hotel Input From New Online Survey
AAYO Baseball, Softball Registration Extended
Bill Introduced To Tighten Illinois College Grant Program
Obituaries
Police Blotters
No New Leads In Hate Letter To LITH Muslim Congregation
Huntley Historical Society Views Videos, Plans Contest
Unseasonable Cold Expected For Most Of Week
Retrial Begins Downstate Today For Bald Eagle Samaritan
Police Blotters
Demonstrators Protest At McHenry County GOP Gathering
Algonquin Officer Near Polar Plunge Goal For Special Olympics
St. Mary's Knights Hold Huntley Blood Drive, Others Set Soon
Suburban PD Pays Ransom To Get Back Hacked Computer Files
McHenry County Indictments
Police Blotters
Huntley, Other Officials Meet With IDOT To Save North Amtrak Route
D300 Public Forum With Legislators Planned Monday
Media, Tipline Snare Accused LITH Graffitist
Growing Lakes Ice Could Presage Cool Spring
Obituaries
Police Blotters
D158 Attendance Boundary Open Houses Set March 3, 4
Schools Open Again As Windchills Improve But Snow Possible
Huntley Board OK's New Route 47 Culver's Restaurant
Dems Doubt Pension Savings Will Save New Rauner Budget
Obituaries
Police Blotters

Slippery Roads, Cold Temps As Month Draws Toward Close

Area roads were slick this morning after one to two inches of overnight snow with several fender benders reported and at least one fatality to the north.  The fresh snow and morning clouds are expected to stifle any temperature rise today, according to National Weather Service forecasters.  Meteorologists expect it to beat the lowest high for the date but not by much.

Weathermen expect temperatures to begin to fall around Noon as Arctic air returns with the low tonight approaching 10 below.  Friday's forecast is for continued bitter cold but Saturday's calls for the start of relative warming, however, a pretty good chance of more snow, too.

LITH Preview Family Fun Night Scheduled

Lake in the Hills plans to hold the Parks & Recreation Department's annual Family Fun Night next Friday from 6 to 8 pm at Chesak Elementary School.  Family Fun Night is a showcase for what LITH  Parks & Rec has to offer with samples from Spring classes.

Kids can also take advantage of the open gym space to shoot hoops, jump rope, hula hoop and burn off some “cabin fever” energy.  Pizza, drinks, and organized activities are included in the $10 per family of 4 or $3 per person registration fee.  Registration's available online at:  https://jobs.lith.org/webtrac/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/wbsearch.html?xxmod=AR&wbsi=c28c38e2-c671-9ca8-e411-cdbdbaed37da&xxactivitynumber=3076&xxsearch=y or at the door. 

Deal Close On State Budget Shuffling--Or Not As Case May Be

After the first meeting with his new cabinet Wednesday, Governor Bruce Rauner said he's "very close" to an agreement with legislative leaders for emergency powers to eke out the State's fiscal year.   However, later, a spokeswoman for Senate President John Cullerton said the two sides are "nowhere near a deal" to allow the governor to rearrange current spending.

"In the coming days, we're going to get a resolution so we can reallocate money out of nonessential programs and move it over to essential programs," promised Rauner.  State money's already run out for Illinois' subsidized day care program and it's expected to vanish soon to pay court reporters and guards at some prisons.

"To a large extent, the governor is asking for us to simply trust him," said Cullerton spokesman Rikesha Phelon.  Senate Democrats want more specifics, she said, about where Rauner plans to find spare money to cover deficits in other programs. She said members if he'll consider ways to raise new revenue.  "During Rauner's campaign, or certainly up until this point, was a recognition that new revenue needs to be part of the budget mix," Phelon said. "But now ... it seems to be absent."

Rauner spoke about a budget powers deal like the one the Legislature gave Governor Pat Quinn after addressing his state agency directors and senior staff at a public meeting.  "You do what's right; you take tough decisions,"  Rauner told them. "You do what you know in your heart is in the best interest of the people; I will protect you,"

Obituaries

Donald W. Hipskind, 75, of Mundelein, formerly of Lake in the Hills, died Tuesday in Park Ridge.  Visitation will be today from 5 to 9 pm at Wm. H. Scott Funeral Home, Wilmette.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday at 10 am at St Francis Xavier Church, Wilmette.

Hipskind was born Feb. 2, 1940, in Green Bay, WI. He is survived by his wife, Linda (nee Zordan); his children, Ann (Christian) Stevoff and Tom (Lori Shane) Hipskind, and his grandchildren, Andrew and Claire Stevoff. He was preceded in death by his sister, Molly (John) Konitzer.

Michael John Heraty, 67, of Huntley, died Tuesday at Advocate Sherman Hospital.  A private family gathering will be held.

Heraty was born on Dec. 6, 1947.  He is survived by his son, Brian; stepchildren ,Connie (Jim) Tykal, Debbie (Scott) Tranter, Joe (Brie) Bidro, and Jennifer (Jim) Murray; grandchildren,Ashley, Amanda, Kaitlyn, Brendan, Sam, and Jack, and sisters, Eileen (Joel) Forsythe, Mary (Robert) Senne, and Rose (John) Cranley.  He was Preceded in death by his wife, Melissa, and siblings Patrick (Marilyn) and Marion Lynch.

The family is grateful for condolences but declines flowers and donations.

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
February 25
0137 HRS 300 BLOCK OF VILLAGE CREEK DR.  DOMESTIC.  Husband vs Wife.  Verbal only.  No priors.
0658 HRS 200 BLOCK OF N. ANNANDALE DR.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1326 HRS RANDALL RD. & ACORN LN.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1554 HRS 1300 BLOCK OF CUNAT CT.  FOUND ARTICLE.  Found article turned in to police department.
1734 HRS RANDALL RD. & ACORN LN.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1815 HRS LAKEWOOD RD. & NOELLE BEND.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1826 HRS LAKEWOOD RD. & REED RD.  INJURY ACCIDENT. Two vehicles.  Female, 25 years of age, with neck pain.  No transport.
2017 HRS PYOTT RD. & OAK ST.  ACCIDENT.  One vehicle. Property damage only

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sanitary District Asks LITH Board For Past Due Water Shut Offs

The LITH Village Board Tuesday asked for more details on a plan for the Lake in the Hills Sanitary District to have it cut off water service for residents who haven't paid their sewer bills.  District Manager Rick Forner said about 250 customers are on the list in LITH.

The Sanitary District wants Trustees to approve an intergovernmental agreement between the District and the Village because, "we really don't have the teeth," Forner said.  Right now, if a customer goes past due 180 days on his bill, "We'd have to bring in a backhoe and dig up the sewer," he said.  "The water shutoff will be a lot simpler."  Forner said some of the bills date from 2008.

Village Attorney Brad Stewart told trustees State statutes don't give them much of an option, basically requiring the Village to shut off the water when the District requests it.  Even so, Village President Paul Mulcahey worried that, "The ladies at the counter are going to take the brunt of this," from irate citizens.

Trustee Denise Barreto wanted more information to separate sewer bill "deadbeats" from "people having a really difficult time"  Forner said he'd be back with it Thursday.

The Sanitary District also serves Huntley's Southwind subdivision.  Forner said he plans to make a similar request of the Huntley Board soon for an agreement for water cutoffs there, too.

Latest Camp Algonquin Final Plan Revealed

The McHenry County Conservation District unveiled a draft Tuesday at Woodstock of a new final Master Plan for the Fox Bluff Conservation Area including Camp Algonquin on Cary Algonquin Road.  In fact the plan's been posted online, although unpublicized, since last Friday and public input will end next Friday.

Almost two years ago the District announced a final plan that would only save only one of the historic structures scattered around the more than century old Camp.  Preservationists objected and the District ran out of money to do anything, anyway.

The latest proposal would save four buildings while building a modern pavilion and carriage house and five more miles of trails.  Still on the "save" list is the Camp's landmark Board of Trade Recreation Hall.  Added to it are the relatively modern dairy barn, and the historic Tribune Dormitory and Ritz Cabin.

The Conservation District bought the 108 year-old Camp on Cary Road in unincorporated Algonquin in 2004 and leased it the following year to the YMCA of McHenry County.  The County Y went bankrupt six years later and the camp's been closed since then.  By the time planners decided to incorporate it into the adjacent Fox Bluff Conservation area only 5 of the 50 or so buildings on the site were deemed salvageable. 

Meanwhile, thanks to the collapse in real estate, the District maxed out its tax rate but still doesn't have enough money for rehabs and upgrades.   One of the goals for the new plan is to "pursue varied and creative funding sources/methods for necessary site preparation, grading, demolition, building and road improvements."

A text version of the latest Fox Bluff Final Plan is here:  http://www.mccdistrict.org/rccms/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/FinalFB_Recommendations_2.19.15.pdf

A map version's here:  http://www.mccdistrict.org/rccms/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/fb_finaldraft_2015_web.pdf

Comments through March 6 may be sent to: Planning@MCCDistrict.org

Light Snow For Afternon, Evening, Then Cold--Weekend Dicey

After a week of brutal cold, light snow is expected to hit the area late this afternoon and evening bringing, perhaps an inch of new accumulation, according to National Weather Service forecasters.  More bitter cold, especially at night is forecast for Thursday and Friday followed by a pretty good chance for more snow Saturday night and Sunday.  The issue then is less about whether than precisely where.  Right now forecasters expect the approaching weekend snow to track more to the south but admit they're not sure.  Generally, though, it looks as the best thing about the month is going to turn out to be that it was the shortest one.

Credit Agency Pans Rauner Budget Plan

One of the top credit rating agencies, Moody's Investors Service, Tuesday panned GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner's $32 billion budget proposal for being "hard to implement".  Analysts said Democratic control of both legislative chambers "may make it difficult to enact even a few key elements of the governor's proposal, much less the entire plan."

Governor Bruce Rauner last week proposed a $6.6 billion reduction in spending, mostly by moving workers to less-generous pension plans, lowering Medicaid payments for hospitals and doctors, and reducing state funding for local governments and universities.

The ratings agency didn't say whether Rauner's proposals were good or bad, just how likely they were to happen at all. Illinois has the lowest company's lowest credit rating among the 50 states due to its chronic structural budget deficit, a $105 billion unfunded pension liability and revenue loss from the recent partial rollback of temporary income tax rates.

Moody's was especially hard on a Rauner plan to keep half of local governments' share of the State income tax.  "Among Moody's-rated Illinois cities, income tax receipts accounted for a median 10% percent of operating revenues in fiscal 2013," read the report.  "The ability of local governments to offset a cut in income taxes with other tax increases varies widely," it said.

Rauner's office late Tuesday issued a statement that might as easily have been written by his predecessor.   "Governor Rauner has laid out his plan and is eager to work with all members of the General Assembly to ensure the next generation can look forward to the future, instead of cleaning up the messes of the past."

Obituaries

Vernon F. Greve, 90, of Algonquin died Sataurday at Alden Estates in Barrington.  Visitation will be Sunday from 1 to 3 pm followed by a funeral service at St. John's Lutheran Church, Algonquin.  Burial will be in St. John's Nepomucene Cemetery, Barrington Hills, Monday at 10 am.

Greve was born Aug. 10, 1924, in Hampshire the son of Frank and Bertha (Kanies) Greve. On Aug. 26, 1944, he married Catherine Kneitz in Burtons Bridge.  He is survived by his children, John (Stacy), James (Sandra) and Bonnie (Richard) Seelinger, and grandchildren, Jami (Jamie) Murray, Jackie (Bryan) Bollendorf, Emilia Greve and Elizabeth Seelinger.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and two brothers, Ervin and Elmer Greve.

Memorials may be directed to St. John's Lutheran Church in Algonquin.

David C. Sibenaller, 67, of Sun City, Huntley, died Monday at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin after a lengthy illness.  Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Friday with a Sharing of Memories at 7 pm at DeFiore-Jorgensen Funeral & Cremation Service, Huntley. Entombment with military honors will be Satruday at 10:45 a.m. Saturday at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Arlington Heights.

Sibenaller was born Oct. 18, 1947, in Chicago, the son of Ronald A. and Elaine (Gjonola) Sibenaller, Sr. He is survived by his mother, of Huntley, and sisters, Diane (Sam) Saia, Sr., of Huntley, Gloria Sibenaller of Schaumburg and Gail (Roberta) Sibenaller-Menna of Chicago.

Barbara L.Peterson, 67, of Huntley, died Monday in her home.  Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 8 pm at the Laird Funeral Home, Elgin.  Funeral Services will be held there at 10 am Saturday.

Peterson was born Oct. 4, 1947, in Chicago, the daughter of John and Veronica Sokol Mijan. Surviving are her brother, Michael (Mary Kay) Mijan of Romeoville, and sister, Kathleen Cornell of Arlington Heights. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Allen H. Peterson, and sister, Patricia Mijan.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Juvenile Diabetes.

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
February 24
1152 HRS OAKLEAF RD. & HUNTERS PATH.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1214 HRS 9625 HALIGUS RD.  (MARLOWE MIDDLE SCHOOL).  INFORMATION FOR POLICE.  Musical instruments damaged.  Report needed for insurance.
1340 HRS 300 BLOCK OF TECUMSEH TRAIL.  DOMESTIC.  Mother vs. Daughter.  Verbal only.  One prior.
1458 HRS 327 N.  RANDALL RD.  (LITTLE CAESARS).  ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY.   Assist to the Secret Service with counterfeit currency.  TURNED OVER TO SECRET SERVICE.
1910 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & HARVEST GATE.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
2034 HRS 315 N. RANDALL RD. (NOODLES & CO).  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Concern About Education Grows At D300 Legislative Meet

District 300's annual Legislative Forum at Jacobs High School Monday by itself drew about as many adults as the first two put together.   Given the parlous condition of the State's finances and half a dozen plans to "fix" education funding, a lot of the roughly 200 non-juvenile attendees were, predictably, teachers and administrators but others were regular people.

"We're just taxpayers," said West Dundee resident Alec Miller.  "This is a great opportunity to have a face to face with [legislators] instead of sending an email to an underling," said Gilberts resident, Mark Krueger.

Forum topics included school finance, relief from Springfield regulations, student testing and the State's capital spending or lack thereof.  Board of Ed Community Engagement Committee Chairman Steve Fiorentino admitted to FEN that all the local legislators are already aware of all of those issues.  "The point of it is to make sure they keep this stuff at the top of the pile," he said.

In the pic:  Local lawmakers at Monday's D300 Legislative Forum included (from right) State Representatives Mike Tryon, Bob Pritchard, and Anna Moeller and State Senators Mike Noland and Karen McConnaughay.  Reps Dennis Anderson and Dave McSweeney and Sen. Dan Duffy had other engagements that night, according to D300 officials.

Huntley Seeks Hotel Input From New Online Survey

The Village of Huntley late Monday put up an online survey for residents on its website to try to help officials understand the hotel activity and needs of local residents.  A similar questionnaire went out of Huntley businesses last week.

With the new full interchange between Route 47 and I-90, Huntley's hot to lure a hotel to the area.  As it happens, so's Lake in the Hills which already has at least two sites tagged as potential targets.  While there are 20 hotels located in southeastern Mchenry and northeastern Kane counties, most are near Elgin or Crystal Lake.  The only one in the near vicinity is Algonquin's Holiday Inn Express on Bunker Hill Drive off Randall.

Huntley's hotel survey which is anonymous asks about the number of visitors, when they visit, where they stay now and some demographic questions. It's located here:  http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07eajsk7tfi613vr98/start

AAYO Baseball, Softball Registration Extended

The Algonquin Area Youth Organization announced Monday normal registration's been extended to March 7 for 2015 Spring Season Recreational Baseball and Softball.  The group also called for volunteers, both board positions and  Manager/Coaches.  This year for the first time ever, AAYO is fielding teams in a Senior League (ages 16-19) with Crystal Lake, Lake Zurich, Cary and Lake in the Hills.  AAYO's player and volunteer registration page is here: http://www.aayo.net/page/registration

In the pic:  AAYO players and coaches getting ready to march in last year's Founder's Parade in Algonquin.

Bill Introduced To Tighten Illinois College Grant Program

With the start of a new General Assembly, 'tis the season for legislators to introduce literally thousands of bills.  Some are serious and some are just for press releases.  In the case of four bills Friday about the State's tuition Assistance Monetary Award program, sometimes it's hard to tell.

GOP caucus whip State Sen. Chapin Rose from Mahomet wants to tighten up the free grant program that currently pays 140,000 students an average $2,600 per year.  “We simply must do more with less,” Rose said. “Restoring fiscal sanity to Illinois is job one," he said labeling MAP reform "critical to that mission."

For instance, students would have to graduate in four years under one Rose bill.  “We should incentivize kids to finish on time,” he said.  Under another measure, if a MAP student flunks out, the grant ends even if a different school will take him next year. “It is not the taxpayers' responsibility to subsidize kids who don’t make grades; it is time for somebody else to get a chance,” Rose said

A third bill would eliminate MAP grants at for-profit schools. “Over the last few years, $17-25 million dollars annually has gone to ‘for-profit’ shareholders of schools that often offer very little value for the degree conferred,” said Rose.

A final bill would convert “grants” to “loans,” if a student moves out of state within five years of graduation.  “We can ill afford to make an investment in the future of a student of the magnitude that the MAP program provides and then have that student move out of state and start paying taxes somewhere else as their working career begins,” Rose said.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's new budget has the MAP program penciled in at the same level as last year.  To keep funding at current levels, Rauner wants to eliminate or reduce funding for the Illinois Scholars Program and the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program.

In the pic:  State Sen. Chapin Rose

Obituaries

Cindy Sue Deuser, 40, of Lake in the Hills died suddenly Thursday at Advocate Sherman Hospital.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 3 to 9 pm at Wait Ross Allanson Funeral and Cremation Services Chapel, Algonquin.  Funeral Services will be at 1 pm Thursday at Harvest Bible Chapel, Elgin.  Private interment will follow at Windridge Memorial Park.

Deuser was born June 22, 1974, in Waterloo, IA, the daughter of Milton and Karen (Hansen) Henriksen.  She is survived by her husband of 16 years, Brian Deuser; her father and her sister, Carmen Nelson.  She was preceded in death by her two daughters, Emma Nicole and Maggie Nicole Deuser and her Mother, Karen Henriksen.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the JourneyCare Foundation "For Kids".

Jill M. Sutek
, 65, of Lake in the Hills, died Friday in Woodstock.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 3 to 9 pm at Willow Funeral Home and Cremation Care, Algonquin, IL. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home Thursday at 10:00 am.  Interment will be in St. John's Cemetery.

Sutek was born Oct. 21, 1949, in Chicago. She married William Sutek, Apr. 23, 1983.  She is survived by her children, Shane (Lori) Vetter and Rodger (Karissa) Sutek; stepdaughters, Gina (Mike) Christensen and Kris Andrews; grandchildren, Taylor Levesque, Sabrina Vetter, Jackson Vetter, Jacob Vetter and Bill Sutek; her mother, Lillian Brennan; brothers, Rodger Vetter, Jeff Vetter, Ronnie Vetter; stepbrother, John Brennan; sisters, Kathy (Tim) Olsen, Joyce (Ivan) Gati, and stepsisters, Denise Brennan and Kim Muirnecara.  She was preceded in death by her husband and stepfather, John "Jack" Brennan.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Richard Edward Krueger, 86, of Huntley, died Saturday.  Memorial visitation is pending. Cremation took place privately at Countryside Crematory.

Krueger was born May 06, 1928, 2015.  He married Donn Hamilton in 1955.  He is survived by her; his children, Kenneth and Laura (Alan) Owens, and grandchildren, Kelton, Jackson, Donnie, Tera and Nicole.

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
February 23
2227 HRS 200 BLOCK OF WEDGEWOOD CIRCLE.  DOMESTIC BATTERY.  JUVENILE F/W 15 YEARS OF AGE, LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGE: Domestic Battery.  TURNED OVER TO PARENT.
1929 HRS 1115 CRYSTAL LAKE RD. (LITH PD).  DISORDERLY CONDUCT.  JUVENILE, F/W 15 YEARS OF AGE, LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGE: Disorderly Conduct.  TURNED OVER TO PARENT.
1144 HRS 200 BLOCK OF BRIDLEWOOD CIRCLE.  ASSIST AMBULANCE.  Male, 17 years of age, having a seizure.  Transported to Woodstock Hospital.
1323 HRS 10 BLOCK OF DEERPATH DR.  DOMESTIC.  Boyfriend vs. Girlfriend.  Verbal only.  Five priors.
1602 HRS 1000 BLOCK OF HORIZON RIDGE.  IDENTITY THEFT.  Complainant’s social security number was compromised.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1808 HRS 400 BLOCK OF PLUM ST.  FRAUD.  Fraudulent use of credit card.  TURNED OVER TO ROCKFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT.
Huntley
February 16
Molly G. Streich, age 31, of 102 Pondwood, Madison, WI, was arrested on two counts of aggravated battery and one charge of obstructing a peace officer in a church parking lot in the 10300 block of Dundee Rd. Ms. Streich was transported to McHenry County Jail to await bond call.
A home invasion/aggravated robbery report was taken in the 11600 block of Mill St. The victim states his home was broken into and his wallet containing cash, a video game system and a pellet gun were stolen.
Alejandro Mendez, age 30, of 500 Elm Rd. #7B, Carpentersville, was arrested on an outstanding Kane County warrant in the 11100 block of Sunset Dr. Mr. Mendez was transported to Kane County jail to await bond.
February 17
Luis A. Hernandez-Morales, age 28, of 704 Alma Ct., Carpentersville, was arrested for driving with no valid driver’s license near the intersection of Kreutzer and Haligus Rds. Mr. Morales posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of March 6, 2015.
Alexandra A. Kostos, age 56, of 2156 Pembridge, Lake in the Hills, was arrested for driving while license suspended and speeding near the intersection of Cold Springs and Farm Hill Drives. Ms. Kostos posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of March 13, 2015.
February 20
A theft report was taken at Huntley High School. A student stated that cash was stolen from his secured backpack in the boys' locker room.
A theft report was taken at Huntley High School. A student reported that his iPod was stolen during the school day.
A delayed retail theft report was taken at a store in the 12300 block of Rt. 47. The victim reports merchandise was stolen on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.
February 21
Andrea J. Resetar, age 21, of 9911 Williams Dr., Huntley, was arrested on two counts of domestic battery at her residence. Ms. Resetar was transported to McHenry County jail to await bond call.
A criminal damage to vehicle report was taken in the 11000 block of N. Myrtle St. The victim stated his vehicle was egged during overnight hours of Feb.19, 2015.
February 22
A disorderly conduct report was taken in the 10400 block of Dutch Barn St. Food items were thrown on a residence.
Patrick Magiera, age 18, of 3311 Bandford Circle, Lake in the Hills, was arrested for speeding – 93mph in a 45 mph zone and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle near the intersection of Rt. 47 and Huntley Crossings. Mr. Magiera posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of March 27, 2015.
Ronald P. Geils, age 42, of 139 Glen Hill Rd., Glendale Heights, was arrested for driving while license suspended and speeding near the intersection of Cold Springs Dr. and Mulberry Ct. Mr. Geils posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of April 10, 2015.
A theft report was taken at a business in the 13900 block of Auto Mall Dr. Wheels were reported stolen.
Edward E. Hartgraves, age 65, of 10505 Longfield, Huntley, was arrested for violation of an order of protection at his residence. Mr. Hartgraves was transported to McHenry County jail to await bond call. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

No New Leads In Hate Letter To LITH Muslim Congregation

Lake in the Hills police reported no new leads this morning to the source of a threatening letter sent to a Lake in the Hills Moslem congregation.  The letter sent to AMCO, the American Muslim Community Organization, two weeks ago was revealed Friday during a Chicago press conference by a Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization complaining of "a series of hate incidents."

The Chicago Council on American-Islamic Relations charged the AMCO letter was one of four recent anti-Islamic incidents around Chicago.  Others involved restroom graffiti at a suburban high school, an anonymous phone call to the Chicago Council's director that day and, conjecturally, a threat to a woman wearing Moslem attire.

An excerpt from the AMCO letter included a statement that, "We are praying for civil war so we can start shooting you slime bags."

"It's always disheartening when a good community receives a letter of hate," said Huntley physician and  mosque board president Dr. Fazal Khan in a statement.  "We are taking all sensible precautions to protect our patrons, and we thank our local community, police department, and faith organizations who continue to support a safe, diverse, and cooperative community."

The Chicago Council's director said he learned of the AMCO letter Feb. 6.  Records show it wasn't reported to LITH PD until five days later.

Whoever wrote it was either remarkably well informed or has exceptional eyesight.  The American Muslim Community Organization bought the former Joy Community Church on Lakewood Road a block south of Algonquin Road in July but there's never been an announcement about it.  Most Internet listings show the group at the address of its postal box and the group's name on the sign in front is almost illegibly small from the street. 

AMCO members worshipped for about two years in a converted residence in unincorporated West Dundee before purchasing the LITH church building.

In the pic:  LITH's former Joy Community Church, briefly the non-denominational Well, now the American Muslim Community Organization's masjid.

Huntley Historical Society Views Videos, Plans Photo Contest

The Huntley Historical Society reviewed Memories of Growing Up in Huntley Sunday, at least the videotaped ones of Alice and Al Jordi, Betty Zirk, and Boots Parisek.

Next month, The Society's inviting amateur photographers to help celebrate “Look at Local History” month by entering its Huntley–Then and Now photo contest. Entries will compare a vintage photograph of a Huntley scene with a current one. The trick really lies in finding the old photos for comparison.  (Hint: the Huntley Area Public Library is an excellent source.)

Contest entries will be accepted from March 2 to May 1.  Details and an entry form can be downloaded here:  http://huntleyhistoricalsociety.org/sites/default/files/application%20Huntley%20History%20Photograph%20Contest.docx

Unseasonable Cold Expected For Most Of Week

The good thing about sub-zero temperatures is that at least you don't have to shovel them.  National Weather Service forecasters this morning report that, despite a brief warmup Tuesday, there's be plenty of cold air  not to shovel this  week. 

In fact, most of the high temperatures for the next seven days will be substantially colder than what the average lows ought to be this time of year, according to meteorologists.  Weathermen estimate there are small chances for snow Tuesday and Thursday but, mainly, they said it will just be very cold. A storm system looks to take aim at the region late in the weekend, just in time for meteorological spring. That might bring some accumulating snow, but it might turn out to be rain instead, said forecasters this morning.

Retrial Begins Downstate Today For Bald Eagle Samaritan

Jury selection will begin today for the retrial of a 63 year-old downstate wildlife photographer charged with removing two baby bald eagles from the wild two years ago.  A LaSalle County judge declared a mistrial when an earlier jury deadlocked over whether Steve Patterson of Oglesby ought to go to jail for rescuing the two eaglets that had fallen from their nest.

In his first trial last year, Patterson admitted he took the pre-fledglings home to turn over to animal rescuers because one was clearly injured and the other, later found to be injured, was floundering around.  Prosecutors said the law's the law and in Illinois only Department of Natural Resources officials can do that, despite the fact that, in this instance, they didn't.

One eagle was well enough to release last month.  The other still isn't in good enough shape to let loose yet according to the Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation in Barrington which has been caring for them.

Patterson again faces trail for four misdemeanors providing aid to the eaglets.  If he's convicted of all of them he could face up to 12 months behind bars.

In the pic:  The area around Starved Rock Lock and Dam near LaSalle is a popular hangout for bald eagles.

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
February 22
2250 HRS HARVEST GATE & COOL STONE BEND.  FOLLOW UP ARRESTS: HIT AND RUN.  TRYCHTA, JR., ANTHONY J., M/W 25 YEARS OF AGE, 561 NASH RD., CRYSTAL LAKE. CHARGES: Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident, Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident, Improper Lane Usage, and Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle.  RELEASED ON BOND.
0419 HRS HARVEST GATE & COOL STONE BEND.
HIT AND RUN.  One vehicle. Property damage only. Driver fled scene on foot.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1147 HRS 10 BLOCK OF WALNUT GROVE CT.  DOG BITE.  Male, 13 years of age, was bitten on his leg.
1349 HRS 500 BLOCK OF CAMARGO CLUB DR.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1456 HRS RANDALL RD. & ALGONQUIN RD.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1830 HRS RANDALL RD. & MILLER RD.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1857 HRS 3100 BLOCK OF MONTROSE DR.  CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO VEHICLE.  Vehicle’s back window was damaged.  TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
1927 HRS 0 BLOCK OF HADDON CT.  ASSIST AMBULANCE.  Female, 15 years of age, with depression.  Transported to Woodstock Hospital.
Algonquin
February 20
10:48am Dixon, Anthony S., DOB: 04/18/1988, of 2206 Teton Algonquin, was arrested on a warrant for DUI from McHenry County Sheriff. He was taken into custody at APD.  he posted bond and was released with a court date of 04/02/15 in McHenry County.
February 21
17:35pm Loader, Ianna J., DOB: 07/05/1985, of 640 Majestic, was arrested on a warrant for Reckless Driving.  She was taken into custody at APD.  She posted bond and was released with a court date of 04/02/15 in McHenry County.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Demonstrators Protest At McHenry County GOP Gathering

Almost every area GOP officeholder and lots of committeemen and donors showed up at the McHenry County Republican Party's Annual Lincoln Leadership Dinner as State's Attorney Lou Bianchi won this year's award.  Filling the Holiday Inn banquet hall in Crystal Lake, the event seemed to suggest a reunification of the county's dominant political group riven in recent years by warring factions.  However, a group of protesters suggested there are still some holdouts.

As many as 20 demonstrators met early arrivers to protest Sheriff Bill Prim's hiring Huntley ex-Cook County deputy and campaign supporter Matt McNamara as his patrol chief.  During the Sheriff's campaign, Prim's independent challenger Jim Harrison revealed McNamara's record includes misdemeanor convictions for an Iowa bar altercation in 2001 and an Arizona DUI three years ago.

"They have their right to express themselves," Prim told FEN later.  However, he declined to talk about what happened to the patrol chief he inherited from former Sheriff Keith Nygren before he appointed McNamara last month.  "I don't discuss personnel issues," he said.

Saturday's protest wasn't a completely intramural Republican event, however.  At least one reported demonstrator, former Algonquin County Board Member Nick Chirikos, was an arguably strange bedfellow from the ranks of  McHenry County Democrats.

In the pic:  McHenry County State's Attorney Lou Bianchi heads or at least represents the currently leading wing of the McHenry County GOP.

Update 2/24:  Chairman Mike Bissett credidts his party with the original idea to protest McNamara's hiring but told FEN that after word about it circulated it became a politically ecumenical affair.

Algonquin Officer Near Polar Plunge Goal For Special Olympics

Algonquin Officer Josh Latina was one of 56 Super Plungers who raised over $200,000 for Special Olympics Illinois this weekend by jumping in Lake Michigan--24 times Friday and Saturday.  The event was part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run's year Polar Plunge to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

"This extreme event is an exceptional way to raise much-needed funds and awareness for the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois," said Latina who's done it six years in a row now.  Latina's goal this year was to raise $3,500 for Special Olympics.   So far, pledges only total $3285, 94 percent of his goal.   Donations are still being accepted at: http://soill.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=4279

In the pic:  APD officer Josh Latina (left) immersing himself in Lake Michigan's gelid waters about halfway through the Super Polar Plunge in Evanston Saturday.

St. Mary's Knights Hold Huntley Blood Drive, Others Set Soon

St. Mary's Catholic Church Knights of Columbus blood drive in Huntley this year gathered about 90 pints Saturday.  the Knights had some help with their first blood drive this year, though, from three American Heritage Girls, Bridget, Katie and Gayle Moore who helped hand out donation stickers, Culver's coupons and brochures.  St. Mary's Knights will sponsor three more blood drives this year.

Three other area blood drives are scheduled before the end of the month, though.  Two will be in Algonquin Wednesday.  The first will be at the Village Hall Ganek Municipal Center from 9 am to Noon.  The other's set from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm at Eastgate Manor at Eastgate Court.  Thursday a blood drive's set from 3 to 7 pm at the Huntley Area Public Library.

Suburban PD Pays Ransom To Get Back Hacked Computer Files

A south suburban PD paid a hacker a $500 ransom to regain access to data on a police computer infected with an encrypting virus last month.  IT specialists told the Department in Midlothian it was the only cost-effective way to get the files back.

Midlothian Police Chief Harold Kaufman confirmed the department had been hacked but that was all he'd say.  A ChicagoTribune Freedom of Information request turned up a village invoice listing the payment with the heading "MPD virus."  An  IT vendor who works with the village said the real problem was that, while there were backups, they'd been encrypted, too.

“This is something that quite a few people recently, and when I say recently [I mean] over the last year or two, have been experiencing,” said  Fred Hayes, president of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.  Similar incidents stemming from opening an infected email have been reported at departments in Detroit, Denver and a sheriff's office in Tennessee.

The unknown hacker said that if the Midlothian PD wanted to open the files again, it had to pay a ransom in Bitcoin, a digital currency that is usually untraceable.  The FBI made no comment on whether the hacker will be pursued but experts said they expected it.

McHenry County Indictments

A McHenry County Grand Jury returned indictments this week against the following individuals:  The charges against these defendants are merely allegations against them.  The defendants are presumed innocent of any crime until proven guilty in court. For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon their submission of a court record.

JAMES F. LINDER, DOB:  02/28/1080, 2819 EZRA AVENUE  APT 3, ZION.  DRUG INDUCED HOMICIDE. --North Central Narcotics Task Force
  
CODY N. HILLIER, DOB:  12/21/1991, 603 SANDPIPER COURT, ALGONQUIN.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WITH INTENT TO DELIVER, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. --Algonquin PD

STACI L. JONES, DOB:  06/27/1981, 20 OXFORD  #9, CARPENTERSVILLE.  DAVID M. SINGLETON, DOB:  02/09/1986, 7147 S. WENTWORTH  APT 6A, CHICAGO.  RETAIL THEFT (TWO COUNTS). --Algonquin PD

DONALD K. SWANSON, DOB:  12/26/1966, 3510 WINTERGREEN, ALGONQUIN.  STALKING. --Huntley PD
  
DIEGO SANCHEZ-VILLALABA, DOB:  11/06/1995, 1426 S. 16TH STREET, SUNNYSIDE, WA.  AGGRAVATED DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE (TWO COUNTS). --McHenry County Sheriff's Office
  
LUKE R. BOCK, DOB:  05/30/1990, 2041 WESTVIEW LANE, ROUND LAKE BEACH.  JESSE A. REYES, DOB:  04/03/1992, 517 W. BROADWAY ROAD, MCHENRY.  BURGLARY (TWO COUNTS). --McHenry County Sheriff's Office
  
DANIEL J. STRENTZ, DOB:  07/20/1984, 3904 E. SOLON ROAD  #A, RICHMOND.  UNAUTHORIZED VIDEO RECORDING AND VIDEO TRANSMISSION. --McHenry PD
  
EBONIE L. HIGGINS, DOB:  10/19/1987, 4009 GLADYS, CHICAGO.  MARTINA A. HIGGINS, DOB:  06/30/1985, 507 QUINCY STREET, MAYWOOD.  AGGRAVATED IDENTITY THEFT (TWO COUNTS), IDENTITY THEFT (TWO COUNTS), FORGERY. --McHenry PD
  
NICHOLAS D. PIGNATARI, DOB:  01/03/1995, 3506 VINE STREET, MCHENRY.  CHILD PORNOGRAPHY. --McHenry County Sheriff's Office
  
RAYMOND L. FEARS, DOB:  03/11/1969, 1716 13TH STREET, WAUKEGAN.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, RETAIL THEFT. --Fox River Grove PD

CODY G. SNYDER, DOB:  05/11/1990, 5 CROFTON COURT, CARY.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA (TWO COUNTS), UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS. --Cary PD
  
DEONTE J. JONES, DOB:  01/14/1994, 100 S. SEMINARY AVENUE, WOODSTOCK.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. --Woodstock, IL

CAITLYN M. KELLY, DOB: 04/05/1993, 518 BLUFFS EDGE DRIVE, MCHENRY.  DISORDERLY CONDUCT. --McHenry PD
  
THOMAS P. FLEMING, DOB: 11/06/1958, 1208 N. RIVER ROAD, MCHENRY.  RETAIL THEFT.  (SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE). --McHenry PD

MICHAEL R. KULINSKI, DOB: 02/21/1986, 714 PETER STREET, MCHENRY.  THEFT (OVER $500) ,THEFT (UNDER $500) (TWO COUNTS). --McHenry County Sheriff's Office
  
JEANNETTE CERPA, DOB: 09/07/1980, 2116 N. RINGWOOD, MCHENRY.  THEFT (UNDER $500) (SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE). --Crystal Lake PD

NICHOLAS LOGAN BARLAS, DOB: 06/09/1988, 10951 STATELINE ROAD, HARVARD.  OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS. --Harvard PD

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
February 21
0014 HRS 10 BLOCK OF STANTON CT.  DOMESTIC BATTERY.  Husband vs. Wife.  No priors.  FAIL TO FILE.
1056 HRS RANDALL RD. & MILLER RD.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1336 HRS RANDALL RD.  & POLARIS DR.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1643 HRS RANDALL RD.  & ACORN LN.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1755 HRS 311 N. RANDALL RD. (AMC SHOWPLACE).  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
2041 HRS HALIGUS RD. & HALIGUS RD.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
2252 HRS 10 BLOCK OF CLARK AVE.  DOMESTIC BATTERY.  Father vs. Daughter.  No priors.  FAIL TO FILE.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Huntley, Other Officials Meet With IDOT To Save North Amtrak Route

Officials from Huntley and other communities trekked to Springfield this week to argue for continuation of a planned new Amtrak route to Rockford scheduled to begin construction this year.  Governor Bruce Rauner put a freeze last month on new State spending that wasn't "essential".   Village Manager Dave Johnson said the  meeting with Acting IDOT Secretary Randy Blankenhorn after the governor's Budget Speech Wednesday produced no reassurances.

Rauner's budget didn't drill down to the Rockford route Wednesday but it did cut $16 million in subsidies that were set to improve Amtrak services between Chicago and Carbondale.  Observers thought that cast a pall over a $223 million plan finally OK'ed last Spring by former Gov. Pat Quinn to bring passenger trains back to Rockford for the first since 1981.  The plan includes a new $3.5 million station in Downtown Huntley, a similar one in Belvidere and, later, a new one in Rockford coordinating with a proposed high rise hotel and a nearby planned sports complex.

"We tried to explain that there's more involved in Amtrak service than just moving train passengers," said Johnson.

The governor's budget office would only confirm this week that new Amtrak construction projects are in limbo. Rauner's said he supports a statewide construction progra, but didn't include one in the budget.  House Speaker Michael Madigan signaled he'd support a construction plan, but didn't offer a way to finance it.

The next step in salvaging the planned Rockford Amtrak route will be a State Senate Committee on Transportation public meeting Wednesday in Rockford to gauge the public’s interest on passenger rail service.

D300 Public Forum With Legislators Planned Monday

Superintendent Fred Heid Friday called on District 300 parents and residents to attend Monday's third Board of Education Legislative Forum Monday at Jacobs High School from 6:15 to 8:30 pm.  The Forum will feature a panel of state legislators and District 300 administrators discussing important issues that impact education.

Planning to attend are local legislators, Karen McConnaughay, Michael Noland, David McSweeney, Anna Moeller, Robert Pritchard and Michael Tryon and Executive Director for Illinois Association Of School Business Officials, Mike Jacoby.

Topics for discussion might include State Aid to schools and the more obscure so-called Categorical Aid, "reform" of one or both, various flavors of "reform" of teachers' pension funding, property tax "reform", still unfunded grants,  unfunded mandates and State student testing.  To name a few.

The forum will include refreshments, music, and supervised child care for kids concluding with an opportunity for audience members to ask the panelists questions.

In the pic:  Last year's D300 Legislative Forum.

Media, Tipline Snare Accused LITH Graffitist

An anymous call to LITH PD's tip line led to the arrest this week of a Lake in the Hills man charged with an orgy of criminal defacement.  The called tagged Giovanni D. Zambrano, 21, as the person responsible for six graffiti spray painted on signs and structures between in LITH and Algonquin between Algonquin Road and Indian Trail Beach three weeks ago.

"The Police Department's efforts were greatly enhanced in resolving this case by the assistance of an anonymous tip through our social media sites and the press release," said LITH Deputy Chief Pat Boulden. Now the spotlight's focused on finding whoever smashed seven car windows in LITH three days after the graffiti fest.

The PD number for tips is (847) 658-5676. Residents can also leave information anonymously on the Village’s website at www.lith.org/police/webform/crime-tips.  Boulden said anyone can get can detailed, up-to-date LITH PD email and text messages from NIXLE and the MyPD app.

In the pic:  LITH's part of Chicago?  Taggers, seriously, how smart is it to sign graffiti?

Growing Lakes Ice Could Presage Cool Spring

Climatologists late this week warned of another cool Spring if Great Lakes ice continues to develop the way it has over the last few days.  The Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory reported 85.4 percent of the Great Lakes are now ice covered.  That's about the same at the same time as last year when the ice finally topped out covering 92.2 percent of the lakes' surface in March.

Climate researcher George said Great Lakes ice is usually gone by May but last year it lingered into June. If it happens again he said, "we're likely to have a cool spring."  Indeed, a likely explanation for this month's rapid ice formation is that 2014's freeze lasted so long.  The Summer was mild so the lakes didn't heat up as much as usual, Leshkevitch said. "So we started this season with below-water temperatures to begin with."

Meteorologists are calling this month's record-setting bout of icy air the "Siberian Express" because winds out of Russia are traveling over the Arctic Circle and pushing into Canada and the U.S.  It's about the same thing as last year's "Polar Vortex".  By whatever name, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it's the coldest influx in roughly 20 years.

Temps are expected to reach the mid to high 20's today, according to National Weather Service meteorologists, but another blast of Arctic air will pull them back down to 8 to 10 below by Sunday night.

Obituaries

Kristen L. Huge, 44 of Huntley died suddenly Feb. 10 at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin.  A private family memorial gathering will be held at a later date.

Huge was born Jan. 28, 1971, in San Diego, CA, the daughter of Ernest Carl and Susan (McMillen) Huge. She is survived by her brother, Eric C. Huge of Naperville; sister, Joan K. Huge of Charlottesville, VA; stepmother, Jo Anne Huge of Huntley and stepbrother, Mark (Julie Nash) Skillicorn of Oak Park.

Memorials may be made to the Animal House Shelter in Huntley or the Adult & Child Therapy Services in Woodstock.

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
February 20
0544 HRS RAKOW & MCHENRY AVE.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE.  KULIK, GREGORY J.,  M/W 27 YEARS OF AGE, 675 BRIAR RD., WAUCONDA.  CHARGES: Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Unlawful Possession of a Hypodermic Needle, Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, and Improper Backing on Roadway.  TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
1057 HRS 250 N. RANDALL RD. (COSTCO).  WANTED ON WARRANT.  DARNELL, ANTHONY E., M/W 34 YEARS OF AGE, 11004 N. MYRTLE ST., HUNTLEY.  CHARGE: Wanted on Warrant, Palatine Police Department, Failure to Appear, Larceny and Retail Theft.  Bond: $1000 @ 10% plus $75 Cook County Fees.  RELEASED ON BOND.
0426 HRS 00 BLOCK OF BARONET CT.  AMBULANCE ASSIST.  Male, 23 years of age, fell from window.  Transported to Sherman Hospital.
1151 HRS 4300 BLOCK OF BARHARBOR DR.  DOMESTIC BATTERY.  Husband vs. Wife.  No priors.  UNFOUNDED.
1527 HRS RANDALL RD. & VILLAGE RD.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1532 HRS 1000 BLOCK OF VIEWPOINT DR.  IDENTITY THEFT.  Complainant’s social security card was compromised.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1550 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF PATTON AVE.  DOMESTIC.  Father vs. Son.  Verbal only.  Two priors.

Friday, February 20, 2015

D158 Attendance Boundary Open Houses Set March 3, 4

The District 158 Board of Education Thursday did not so much as assent to as decline to demur from a new plan to relieve overcrowding at Leggee Elementary School.  In fact, Board members don't plan to do anything until a pair of open houses for parents in two weeks on proposed school boundary changes for the next school year.

The very short version of a detailed consultant's report Thursday is that Leggee's already 300 kids overcrowded and headed toward 400 within 5 years, not counting what might happen if the housing market picks up.

Indeed, according to Superintendent John Burkey, currently sluggish existing home sales is hampering the turnover that would ordinarily help keep schools in balance.  "Because of the housing market there's less sales going on," Burkey said. resulting in too many open seats at the District's other elementary schools while Leggee's jammed.  Short of building a new school, the answer's to change the attendance boundaries.  Three different schemes were considered but two had inherent drawbacks.

"We think there is a clear first option," Burkey said.  That would be to shift Leggee kids in Georgian Place and center Huntley east of  Route 47 and north of Main Street to the Reed Road Campus and kids from Wing Pointe and Huntley east of 47 and south of Main Street move to the Square Barn Road Campus.  Middle School boundaries would realign later so all the elementary students on the Reed and Square Barn campuses could go to middle school on the same one as their elementary schools; the middle school division line for kids from Leggee would run along Main Street west to Harmony Road.

The plan would end up sending more than 600 K through 5 students to different schools from the ones they either attend now or would attend by 2017 enrollment.  Burkey said its advantages were a lack of tortuous gerrymandering and immediate relief for Leggee. "It moves enough students to accomplish what we need," he said.

Parent reaction is what both administrators and Board members want to hear. Two open houses are scheduled at Leggee.  The first will be Monday, March 2, from 4 to 6 pm, with another the next day from 6 to 8.   There'll be no formal presentation at either, just maps and bullet lists like the ones here:  http://www.district158.org/weblinks/BOE%20Meetings/Boundary%20Update%202015/Scenario%201%20web.pdf

Two alternate schemes are located here:  http://www.district158.org/weblinks/BOE%20Meetings/Boundary%20Update%202015/Scenario%202%20web.pdf and here: http://www.district158.org/weblinks/BOE%20Meetings/Boundary%20Update%202015/Scenario%203%20web.pdf

The consultant's enrollment predictions through 2024 are at the top of Thursday's full presentation here:  http://www.district158.org/weblinks/BOE%20Meetings/Boundary%20Update%202015/BOE%202-19-15%20Boundary%20Update%20web.pdf

Administrators set up a dedicated email address for feedback on boundary revisions.  It's boundaryfeedback@district158.org .  The Board plans to vote on revisions March 19.

Separately but somewhat relatedly, administrators outlined a plan to move the District's preschool program from Martin to Chesak Elementary School.  It's getting too big for Martin and they felt splitting it between two schools didn't make sense.

Completely separately, the Board with Kim Skaja absent and Kevin Gentry abstaining. OK'ed using about $800,000 of extra money budgeted for Huntley High expansion to add HHS cafeteria improvements, a passive commons in the old library and a revamp for the stadium entrance.

In the pic:  Recommended school attendance boundary changes in District 158.

Schools Open Again As Windchills Improve But Snow Possible

Slightly improved temperatures and lighter winds allowed schools to resume this morning but National Weather Service forecasters warned of light snow from an advancing warm front might be possible late this morning through the afternoon.  The main line of snow's expected to pass to the south around Pontiac but the band is wide enough that the fringe might touch here.

A warmup (relatively speaking) Saturday's likely to be brief as another Hudson Bay low heads into the area Saturday night.  Sunday's looking to be unseasonably cold again but forecasters expect  "a more significant warm up" Tuesday.

Huntley Board OK's New Route 47 Culver's Restaurant

The Village Board Thursday approved zoning changes to build a new Huntley Culver's restaurant at Route 47 and Powers Road.  The location's all of .4 miles north of the current Culver's site at 47 and Oak Creek Parkway so the reason for the move isn't immediately evident.  Owner/Operator Bill Lock told FEN he was, in essence, killing several birds with one stone.   The main one, he said, was Culver's headquarters thinks it's time for a remodel at the present location which, second, isn't a standalone, anyway.  Third, the new site will allow more parking.

The new Huntley Culver's will be the first restaurant with a drive-through in the Huntley Crossings development.  Only one other is anticipated there.

In the pic:  An artist's concept of the new Huntley Culver's restaurant planned for construction north of BMO Harris Bank.

Dems Doubt Pension Savings Will Save New Rauner Budget

The day after Governor Bruce Rauner proposed filling in about one third of the State's budget hole with pension changes, the Democratic sponsors of previous pension reform law scheduled for Illinois Supreme Court review next month accused the Republican Thursday of sleight of hand accounting.

Evanston Democratic State Senator Daniel Biss said since it's been over a year since the Legislature passed a bill changing State pension systems that still  hasn't taken effect, "An inevitable lawsuit will leave the state in financial limbo while the proposal meanders its way through the judicial system, and banking the savings of such a plan during that process puts us at risk of further damaging the fiscal condition of the pension systems.”  Northbrook Dem State Rep. Elaine Nekritz, another pension reform law drafter, was dubious of the governor's underlying math itself.   "There's just no way, looking at the proposal, that you protect every retiree and give every worker the pensions they have earned and say that you are going to knock 25 percent off of the unfunded liability."

Illinois's earlier pension reform increased State payments to pension funds but reduced cost-of-living allowances for retirees.  The Supreme Court took up the question of State constitutionality on a priority basis in hopes of reaching a decision before the beginning of the next fiscal year at the end of June.  The expedited hearing is March 11.

Discounting Rauner's pension savings, other Democrats suggested boosting the State income tax again.  Those rates rolled back on Jan. 1 from 5 percent to 3.75 percent for individuals reducing next year's expected revenue by about $6 billion.  However, Democratic leaders say they won't carry the political burden for raising taxes on their own but getting Republicans to vote "yes" on a tax increase would probably require Rauner to get on board, too.

Right now, he's not interesdted.  "Our top priority for financial reform must be our pension system," the Winnetka Republican said.  Until that's done, he's not ready to talk about raising taxes to help bail out the budget mess, the governor said.

Obituaries

Arthur J. "Jack" Lindeman, Jr., 71, of Leesburg, FL, formerly of Huntley, died Saturday in Florida.   A Funeral Service with military honors will be held today at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL.

Lindeman was born Oct. 13, 1943, in Oak Park to Arthur J. and Irene Lindeman (nee Pflug).  He is survived by his wife, Darillyn V. Lindeman (nee Douglas); children, James O'Shea, Dean O'Shea, Kelly Schaefer, Stacey Lindeman, Ryan Lindeman and Timothy Lindeman; grandchildren, Jordan O'Shea, Taylor O'Shea, Reilly Schaefer, Dylan Schaefer and Alec Schaefer, and sister, Lorita (Greer) Stephenson.  He was predeceased by his parents and and sister, Nadene (Bill) Dunn.

Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
February 19
2315 HRS 2265 ALGONQUIN RD. (THORNTONS GAS).  DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED.  SMANO, JESSE,  M/W 19 YEARS OF AGE, 1203 SACRAMENTO DR.,  CARPENTERSVILLE.  CHARGES: Driving While License Suspended and Headlight Violation.  RELEASED ON BOND.
0555 HRS 10 BLOCK OF ELIZABETH CT.  ASSIST AMBULANCE.  Female, 41 years of age, unresponsive.  Transported to Sherman Hospital.