Monday, July 28, 2014

Randall, Rt. 25 Parking Locations For Pace Tollway Bus Unveiled

Park and Ride lots at the Randall Road and Route 25 intersections with the I-90 tollway are a lock for Pace suburban bus service on the Jane Addams now with approval last week by the Tollway's Board of Directors.  The Pace Board signed off on the lots and a third one at Barrington Road earlier this month.  The new intergovernmental agreement calls for the Tollway to turn over three parcels of land for the lots while Pace will complete the engineering design and construction of the new facilities, initially providing space for 225 vehicles, expandable eventually to nearly double that.

“Currently, the I-90 corridor generates 13 percent of the region’s daily work trips, so by working with Pace to provide access to transit services on I-90 we will be able to offer new, reliable and convenient commuting options that provide commuters with more choices than ever before,” said Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur.

As part of the $2.5 billion Jane Addams rebuilding and widening project, the Illinois Tollway will accommodate transit and direct access for the public to Pace bus service along one of its roadways for the first time in the agency’s history.  The Addams expansion covers 62 miles and includes reconstruction and expansion of the road to eight lanes from the Tri-State Tollway to Randall in Elgin and six lanes from Randall to I-39 near Rockford.   When construction's done, the new Tollway will include wider inside lanes and shoulders to handle bus traffic.

The hitch is that the Tollway's Addams project won't be finished until 2016, so the new bus service isn't expected to begin until then, either. Pace plans to use a $38 million federal congestion mitigation grant to pay for the bus service and building the park and ride facilities.

In the pics:  Plans for I-90 Tollway Park and Ride lots in Elgin were announced almost a year ago.   Intended locations were revealed last week.

THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES

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Randall, Rt. 25 Parking Locations For Pace Tolllway Bus Unveiled
Algonquin Founders' Days Ends 54th Fest Sunday
LITH's Newest Restaurant Returns To Owner's Roots
Quinn Promises To Live On Minimum Wage--For A While
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Algonquin Bypass Dedicated Saturday, No Traffic 'Till Next Month
Partly Sunny In 80's For Final 2014 Founders' Day
Hawaiians Show Returns To LITH Indian Trail Beach Thursday
Auditor General: "Inadequate Controls" For Treasurer's Intern List
McHenry County Indictments
Police Blotters
LITH Man And Partner Nabbed For Crystal Lake Car Burglaries
Weather Likely To Hold For Saturday Founders' Days Events
Fox River Corridor Public Input Meet Set For Tuesday
NJ's Chris Christie Campaigns For Rauner For Illinois Gov
Police Blotters
ALFPD Firefighters Rescue Canoeist At Algonquin Dam
Huntley Man Faces $1 Million Bond In Attempted Lincolnshire Kidnap
McHenry County June Unemployment Rate Improves Slightly
Algonquin Founders' Days Starts Well With Cool Temps
Fracking Coalition Calls For State To Get On With It
Obituaries
Police Blotters
LITH Standoff Ends With Peaceful Surrender
Algonquin Founders' Days Opens Today For 54th Celebration
Algonquin Pitches TIF District To Fire Trustees
Quinn Approves Doubling Size Of Clean Water Program
Police Blotters
Randall/Algonquin ROW Acquisition Upsets LITH  B of A Buyers
Second Algonquin Deputy Chief Announces Retirement
Quinn Signs Off On $1.1 Billion Construction Borrowing Plan
Obamacare Rulings:  In Illinois "Nothing Has Changed"
Court Upholds Illinois Clean Coal Power Purchase Requirement
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Grafton Township To Sign On To Pace Dial-A-Ride If Huntley Does
Asphalt Repairs To Slow Traffic On 31/Main In Algonquin
LITH Man Charged With Growing Marijuana
Obituaries
New Law Allows McHenry, Kane Boards To Set Ethics "Guidelines"
Obituaries
Police Blotters

Algonquin Founders' Days Ends 54th Fest Sunday

An errant band of light showers passed through the area around 8:30 pm Sunday but the sprinkles had moved to the south by the 9 pm start of Algonquin's Founders' Days finale, the Fireworks Spectacular.

The final day of  Algonquin's 54th Founders' Days celebration began at 8 am with the Founders' 5 and 10K runs.  Female runners dominated the Founders' 10K.  Carpentersville's Amanda Hopper was first across the finish with a 39:56.0 time. A Deerfield man was second but LITH runner Brooke Domich was third and Crystal Lake entrant Michelle Wuensch was fourth overall.  Fifth place went to Algonquin runner Jonathan Sullivan.

The larger 5k race saw male runners capture more top spots.  First place went to a man from Roscoe but Algonquin racers Michael Balian, Nick Demetriou and Murray Domich took second, third and fifth respectively.  Carpentersville runner Emilio Baez was fourth.

Full Founders' Run results are located here:  http://racetime.info/results/2014-results/2014-results-july/

In the pic:  The second edition of the Family Olympics drew a lot of entrants at the Founder's Days Festival Sunday.

LITH's Newest Restaurant Returns To Owner's Roots

Only a Facebook posting marked the open last week of LITH's latest restaurant, the Chicago Grill, on Randall Road in the former Pita Kabobs location north of Starbucks.  It was an event Dominick Pulli's fans have been waiting for at least since March when the former owner of the old Chicago Grill in Dundee's Springhill Mall announced he'd reincarnate the restaurant he'd sold at a new location.

Part of the delay, Pulli said, came from closing down the Algonquin East Side version of his successful Randall Road Bub's Subs sandwich shop.  The Algonquin Road location had been the site of two previous sandwich shops and Pulli said the second Bub's wasn't doing as well as he'd hoped.  "When the opportunity for this location came up I thought it would be great to open up the Chicago Grill again," he said.

"It was worth the wait," said long-time customer Algonquin resident Vic Bickauskas who'd just wolfed down a traditional Chicago hot dog and Pulli's signature hand-cut fries with evident gusto.

Pulli said he'll continue to work on his Bub's Subs quality-ingredient sandwich restaurant concept, too.  "I'm thinking of adding home delivery," he said.

In the pic:  Owner Dominick Pulli delivers a long-anticipated order of dogs and fries to Vic and Colleen Bickauskas as LITH's new Chicago Grill restaurant on Randall Road.

Quinn Promises To Live On Minimum Wage--For A While

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn Sunday pledged to live on minimum wage money.  Quinn was one of a group of  prominent Illinois Democrats touting Quinn’s minimum wage increase advisory referendum and calling GOP candidates for governor and U.S. Senate out-of-touch plutocrats.

"There's a principle as old as the Bible," Quinn told supporters at the Federal Plaza in Chicago. "If you work 40 hours a week, if you're doing your job, you shouldn't have to live in poverty."

Congresswoman. Jan Schakowsky may have blindsided the Governor into his promise.  She'd just told the crowd that she'd lived for a week on a minimum wage income. Then she asked the Governor if he'd also take what she called "the live-the-wage challenge."  Facing ranks of still and video cameras, Quinn, answered in the affirmative although it wasn't immediately clear how much money he'd live off of nor for how long.

Schakowsky said she and her husband lived on $77 for a week, or $11 a day, the money she said minimum wage earners have  left after subtracting  for housing.

Quinn's made the minimum wage a cornerstone in his bid to stay in the Governor's office.  Republican challenger, Bruce Rauner's said he's open to raising the minimum wage but only if it's tied to tax reforms so small businesses can offset the extra labor costs.

Obituaries

David G. Bocek, 72, of Algonquin died Sunday.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 3 to 9 pm at Willow Funeral Cremation Care, Algonquin.  A Funeral Service will be held there Wednesday at 10 am.  Cremation will be private.

Paul A. Cunningham,  55, of Lake In The Hills died Wednesday.  Visitation will be from 3 to 9 pm today at the Willow Funeral Home, Algonquin, where a  prayer service will also be held at 9 am Tuesday.  A Funeral Mass will follow at 10 am at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Algonquin.  Interment will be in Maryhill Cemetery Niles.

Cunningham was born Jan. 26, 1959, the son of William and Helen Mae Baker Cunningham.  He married  husband of Lucy Chruslak. He is survived by siblings, Pamela (William) Rostal, William (Susan) Cunningham, Kathleen (Marcelo) Vargas and John (Barbara) Cunningham.
Thomas J. Walsh

Thomas J. Walsh
,  93, of Lake In The Hills died Saturday at JourneyCare Hospice in Barrington.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 3 to 9 pm in the Miller Funeral Home, West Dundee, and again at 9 am Wednesday morning at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Algonquin, until a Funeral Mass at 10. Burial will follow in the River Valley Memorial Gardens, West Dundee.

Walsh was born in Chicago on Sept, 20, 1920, was the son of Martin and Jane nee Kennedy Walsh. On Jan. 1, 1944, he married Carol C. Grace.  Survivors include his children, Thomas M. (Leslie) Walsh, Carol (Claude) Bowens and Jane (Ron) Ethertonm and eight grandchildren.  In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his son, Daniel J. Walsh, and  two sisters, Nora Eckstein and Mary Stanisz.


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
July 27
1007 HRS 100 BLOCK OF HAWTHORNE RD.  VIOLATION OF AN ORDER OF PROTECTION.  CARLIN, MICHAEL C.,  M/W 36 YEARS OF AGE, 103 HAWTHORNE RD.,  LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Violation of an Order of Protection. TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL
1214 HRS 600 BLOCK OF JUNIPER LN.  INFORMATION FOR POLICE.  Surrendered FOID card.
1742 HRS 1300 BLOCK OF ROYAL OAK LN.  DOMESTIC.  Husband vs. Wife. Verbal only. No priors.
Algonquin
July 25
18:06pm Schmitt, William C., DOB: 07/09/83, of 9 Hunters Path, Lake in the Hills, was charged with DUI. He was taken into custody at Commons and Randall. He was released after posting $100 and his DL with a court date of 08/27/14 in McHenry County.
July 26
01:29am Thorelius, Shane S., DOB: 07/04/93, of 510 Tenby Way, Algonquin, was charged with Domestic Battery. He was taken into custody at the same location and transported to the McHenry county Jail to await bond court.
21:56pm Skubal, Sydney A., DOB: 08/13/95,  of 3620 Persimmon, Algonquin, was charged with Hit and Run, Not Driving on Right side of Road, DUI, and Consumption. She was taken into custody at 961 Par Dr. She was released after posting $300 with a court date of 08/27/14 in McHenry County

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Algonquin Bypass Dedicated Saturday, No Traffic 'Till Next Month

National, State, County and local leaders sat in the sort of tent used at good-sized funerals Saturday for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of Algonquin's long-awaited Route 31 Western Bypass.  Indeed, the length of its gestation was a recurring theme of the ceremony.

"When we started talking about the Bypass," said Algonquin Village President John Schmitt, "Elvis was skinny--and so was I."   So long was the planning from concept to construction that the process outlived some of its proponents.  Several speakers mentioned former County Board Transportation Committee head Bill Dwyer, a long-time Bypass champion who died a year before construction began.

Some recalled misty water-colored memories of the McHenry County Road Warriors' bus trip to Springfield to hand "road kill" sandwiches to recalcitrant legislators in 2007.  Others recalled the panic two years when the Postal Service threw up a roadblock just before the Bypass construction contract was supposed to be awarded.  According to Sen. Dick Durbin it took a big chunk of the Illinois Congressional delegation to get that fixed.

"When we get together," he said, "there is nothing we can't do--even a 60 year-old dream like the Western Bypass."

Saturday's ribbon cutting was strictly ceremonial, however.  Construction's not completely done and officials refused to set a firm date for the $88 million route's real opening.  "Three to four weeks,"  was one construction manager's estimate.  "Around Labor Day," he said as did others.

In the pic:  After Saturday's ribbon cutting for Algonquin's Route 31 Western Bypass, celebrants exited the new roadway in a semi-ceremonial procession.  Regular drivers will have to wait another three or four weeks.

THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES

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Algonquin Bypass Dedicated Saturday, No Traffic 'Till Next Month
Partly Sunny In 80's For Final 2014 Founders' Day
Hawaiians Show Returns To LITH Indian Trail Beach Thursday
Auditor General: "Inadequate Controls" For Treasurer's Intern List
McHenry County Indictments
Police Blotters
LITH Man And Partner Nabbed For Crystal Lake Car Burglaries
Weather Likely To Hold For Saturday Founders' Days Events
Fox River Corridor Public Input Meet Set For Tuesday
NJ's Chris Christie Campaigns For Rauner For Illinois Gov
Police Blotters
ALFPD Firefighters Rescue Canoeist At Algonquin Dam
Huntley Man Faces $1 Million Bond In Attempted Lincolnshire Kidnap
McHenry County June Unemployment Rate Improves Slightly
Algonquin Founders' Days Starts Well With Cool Temps
Fracking Coalition Calls For State To Get On With It
Obituaries
Police Blotters
LITH Standoff Ends With Peaceful Surrender
Algonquin Founders' Days Opens Today For 54th Celebration
Algonquin Pitches TIF District To Fire Trustees
Quinn Approves Doubling Size Of Clean Water Program
Police Blotters
Randall/Algonquin ROW Acquisition Upsets LITH  B of A Buyers
Second Algonquin Deputy Chief Announces Retirement
Quinn Signs Off On $1.1 Billion Construction Borrowing Plan
Obamacare Rulings:  In Illinois "Nothing Has Changed"
Court Upholds Illinois Clean Coal Power Purchase Requirement
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Grafton Township To Sign On To Pace Dial-A-Ride If Huntley Does
Asphalt Repairs To Slow Traffic On 31/Main In Algonquin
LITH Man Charged With Growing Marijuana
Obituaries
New Law Allows McHenry, Kane Boards To Set Ethics "Guidelines"
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Algonquin Founders' Detours, Closures Outline For Weekend
Crack Sealing To Move East On Huntley Road
Water Rupture Closes Huntley's Woodstock Street Sunday
Quinn Adds Epilepsy, Even For Minors, To State Pot Program
Obituaries
Police Blotters

Partly Sunny In 80's For Final 2014 Founders' Day

Algonquin's Founders' Days Parade entries Saturday were a little skimpier than usual but with the November Election about three months away, a full complement of officeholders, incumbent and would-be, marched this year.  Headlining the group was Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, in town to help dedicate the Route 31 Bypass later on.

No-longer third most powerful Republican in the House Rep. Peter Roskam  was another parade marcher.  So were all the County Board members from District One which covers most of Algonquin as well as challenger Andrew Gasser.  Aslo present was LITH's Paula Yensen from District Five.   County Clerk candidate Mary McClellan and Treasurer candidate Glenda Miller were on hand, as was State's Attorney Lou Bianchi.  Absent, however, were Sheriff's candidates Bill Prim and Jim Harrison.

Algonquin trustees tossed candy to children along the way but even that turned out to be trickier than it looks, balancing supply and  pace against the likely size of the total throng.  Trustee Jim Steigert approached the parade's end with more candy left than kids to receive it.  "I don't want to give them a sugar rush," he fretted.

Today's the final day for the 54th edition of Algonquin's Founders' Days Celebration including the big baby crawling contest at 11:15 am, the regional State Battle of the Bands competition which doesn't seem to include any local ones this year.  Today's schedule's located here: http://algonquinfoundersdays.com/events/ Weathermen report the chance for an occasional shower this afternoon but the Fireworks Spectacular at Riverfront Park this evening at 9 pm still looks like a good bet. 

Durham School Services will provide shuttle bus service for the Fireworks.  Parking will be available at Joe Caputo’s and Sons on the village's west side and Butera on the east.  The shuttles will run about every 20 minutes from 7 pm to take spectators to the Spectacular, then until about 10:30 to take everyone back again.

Founders' Parade entry winners were:
Best of Theme – Cub Scout Pack 368
Best of Float – Trapani Orthodontics
Show Stopper – Rebecca McCarthy School of Dance
Exceptional Civic or Municipal Participant
1st – Algonquin Public Library
2nd – Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Fire Department
Exceptional Algonquin Non For Profit Participant
1st – St. Johns Lutheran Church and School
2nd – Algonquin Garden Club
Exceptional Non For Profit Participant
1st – Environmental Defenders of McHenry County
2nd – New Life Baptist Church
Exceptional Algonquin Business Participant
1st – All Smiles Dental
2nd – Algonquin Bank & Trust
Exceptional Business Participant
1st – Midwest Dental
2nd – Cycling Republic
Exceptional Community Group
1st – Algonquin Lioness Club
2nd – Rolling Thunder, Chapter 2, Illinois
Exceptional Youth Organization Participant
1st – Cub Scout Pack 151
2nd – Girl Scout – Osceola Service Unit
Exceptional Vehicle Participant
1st – Northern Illinois Streeters Car Club
2nd – Edward Jones & the Sunburst Corvette Club of Crystal Lake
Exceptional Entertainer Participant
1st – Algonquin Academy of Dance
2nd – Jacobs High School Golden Eagle Marching Band
Exceptional Sports Organization Participant
1st – Trinity Academy of Cheer
2nd – Spring Hill Gymnastics

Hawaiians Show Returns To LITH Indian Trail Beach Thursday

Thursday's the date for a Lake in the Hills Parks & Rec. Department tradition, the Barefoot Hawaiians Beach Show.  It starts at 7 pm at Indian Trail Beach featuring dances and songs from the South Seas including, of course, Hawaii, but also Samoa, New Zealand, and considering some of the blondes in the troupe, possibly Pitcairn (Mutiny on the Bounty) Island, too.

The show's free and so's parking, but the dancers feature several routines involving various twirling flaming objects so the exhibition's a popular and sometimes the parking gets a bit limited.  Parks & Rec. mentions carpooling and bicycles as possible solutions.

Auditor General: "Inadequate Controls" For Treasurer's Intern List

The Chicago Sun-Times reported today that an Auditor General's report last year found "inadequate controls" in a controversial summer internship program at Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford's office.  The audit found Rutherford hired 51 interns but failed to produce any applications for the individuals.

“According to the treasurer’s office, interns were referred to Human Resources by constituents of the Illinois Treasurer,” the audit reported.  However, the newspaper found last month that some of the biggest power players in the state, including elected officials, lobbyists, former political workers and donors, helped put kids with clout in paid positions in the Treasurer's office.

“Eleven of 11 (100%) interns tested did not have proper documentation that they met specific job qualifications as no specific job descriptions, qualifications or hiring practices were defined,” according to the report of Auditor General Willam G. Holland.

Rutherford’s office defended its practice of asking for internship referrals and denied the results amounted to a “clout list.”

The list of recommenders from 2011 to 2014 included a lot of interesting names, especially since Rutherford's a Republican.  After Rutherford himself, the politician with the greatest number of referrals was Chicago Alderman Carrie Austin.  Six years ago she was one of seven City Council members alleged to have wangled good-paying summer jobs for their kids with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.

Another name that pops out is that of Austin State Rep. LaShawn Ford.  He'll go on trial in two weeks accused of  a fraudulently-obtaining a line of credit from now-defunct ShoreBank to pay off  gambling debts, car loans, and  mortgages .

Also on the list was the name of  State Rep. Derrick Smith, convicted last month of bribery and attempted extortion for taking $7,000 from a purported day care operator seeking a state grant.

In the pic:  State Treasurer Dan Rutherford

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.

SAAD S. AHMED, DOB:  01/21/1995, 1161 RIDGEWOOD CIRCLE, LAKE IN THE HILLS. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, ATTEMPT (OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE). --Crystal Lake PD

MICHAEL T. PACHA, DOB:  09/28/1974, 227 VILLAGE CREEK DRIVE, LAKE IN THE HILLS. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (FOUR COUNTS), UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF HYPODERMIC SYRINGE. --McHenry County Sheriff's Office
  
ANTHONY M. LIRA, 05/11/1971, 1120 FOX RIVER DRIVE, ALGONQUIN. UNLAWFUL DELIVERY OF CANNABIS, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, VIOLATION OF BAIL BOND. --McHenry County Sheriff's Office

BRADLEY K. CONANT, DOB:  05/26/1965    , 1318 W. BAYVIEW LANE, JOHNSBURG. DOMESTIC BATTERY (SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE). --Johnsburg PD
  
BRITTNEY M. RUSSELL, DOB:  02/18/1989, 65 N. WISCONSIN STREET, CARPENTERSVILLE. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. --Crystal Lake PD
  
PAUL M. CARRIVEAU, DOB:  10/07/1988, 3919 TULIP STREET, CRYSTAL LAKE. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF HYPODERMIC SYRINGE. --MCSP                                  
  
DANIEL J. PIEPLOW,  DOB:  01/08/1993, 886 CANTERBURY DRIVE, CRYSTAL LAKE. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WITH INTENT TO DELIVER (THREE COUNTS), UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS WITH INTENT TO DELIVER, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA (TWO COUNTS). --McHenry County Sheriff's Office

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
July 26
2255 HRS 2800 BLOCK OF BRISBANE DR.  MOB ACTION.  MIRANDA, MARIO A.,  M/W 18 YEARS OF AGE, 2081 LITCHFIELD,  LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGES: Mob Action and Possession of Cannabis. TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
0506 HRS PYOTT RD.  & ALGONQUIN RD.  ACCIDENT.  Vehicle vs. pole. Property damage only.
1114 HRS 200 BLOCK OF STICKLEY.  DOG BITE.  Female, six years of age, was bitten by a stray dog.
2323 HRS 220 N. RANDALL RD. (MORETTI’S). CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.  Damage done to a chandelier. PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

LITH Man And Partner Nabbed For Crystal Lake Car Burglaries

Crystal Lake Police arrested a Lake in the Hills man and his partner early this morning for car burglaries overnight in south Crystal Lake. Awaiting McHenry County Circuit Court bond hearings this morning were 21 year-old Robert A. Fleenor of Lake in the Hills and 23 year-old Ryan N. Vette of Crystal Lake, both charged with criminal trespass to vehicle and burglary.

Commander Dan Dziewior said CLPD officers on patrol shortly before 4 am saw the pair "acting suspiciously" this morning in the 600 block of Greenbrier Lane east of McHenry Ave.  Dziewior said officers saw them approach several vehicles parked in driveways, believed they were about to get in and stopped them.  Dzewior said subsequent investigation found several unlocked vehicles in the area that had been entered and burglarized.

Police said they haven't finished investigating and might bring more charges against the pair later.

In the pic:  Robert A. Fleenor and Ryan N. Vette

Burning Truck Halts Tollway Traffic Near Huntley

A burning semi-trailer truck shut down both lanes of Interstate 90 near Huntley during the return rush hour Friday causing traffic to back up for miles.  Burning diesel fuel from the truck leaked onto the roadway and into the drainage ditch.  Radio reports said Huntley Police helped motorists exit the tollway onto Route 47.

State Police said they weren't sure what caused the fire since there was no accident.  However, the truck was carrying a corrosive chemical which began to leak complicating firefighting efforts.  The truck fire was reported shortly before 4 pm.  It was declared extinguished at about 4:45 although was left of the semi continued to smoulder afterwards.

Weather Likely To Hold For Saturday Founders' Days Events

Algonquin's big Founders' Days celebration dodged a weather bullet Friday as predicted possible rain passed to the south.  National Weather Service forecasters put the area in the fuzzy edge of the area of possible rain tonight.  Meanwhile, with cloud cover burning off early this morning, weathermen said temperatures today would probably reach at least the upper 80's.

Friday's Founders' included a day of  family-style competitions including the dog and cat show, bake off, bicycle decorating contest and an Algonquin Police Explorers pig roast.  Today's celebration kicks off with "The 80's Are Awesome" Founder's Parade.  Headliner on the Main Stage this evening is the Chicago-based 80's cover band 16 Candles performing hits from the decade like ‘Footloose,’ ‘Jessie’s Girl’ and ‘Let’s Go Crazy.

Today's full Founders' schedule is here:  http://algonquinfoundersdays.com/events/

The shuttle bus to Founders' Days at Algonquin Lakes Park will run from 5 to 11:30 pm today.  Provided by Algonquin Rotary and Algonquin Township, it will run about every 20 minutes between St. Margaret Mary School and the park and back.  Quality Werks Collision Center's also sponsoring a designated driver program today from 2 pm to the event's 10:30 close.  Celebrants can inquire at the ticket booth if they have any doubts about driving themselves.

In the pic:  (above)  Technically not a bicycle, this decorated stroller Friday certainly hit this year's "80's Are Awesome" Founders' theme squarely.  (below)  Anybody can make a carrot cake.  Rarer was this (80's fad )"Cabbage Patch" cake in the Founder's Days Bake Off.

Fox River Corridor Public Input Meet Set For Tuesday

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning experts will hold a Fox River Corridor Plan kick-off meeting for the general public Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 pm at Algonquin's St. John’s Lutheran School.  The event's to give residents, business owners, and other stakeholders a chance to learn about the project and provide early input on the plan’s eventual focus areas.

CMAP Technical Assistance planners are helping the villages of Algonquin and Carpentersville collaborate on a corridor plan down the Fox River to increase access, improve water quality and enhance both communities' downtown areas.  The project area starts at about Klasen Road in Algonquin and runs downriver to Carpentersville's southern border.

The idea behind the Corridor came from recently completed subarea plans for the villages.   Algonquin wound up its Downtown Planning Study in March of last year and Carpentersville finished its Old Town Plan two years ago.  Both reports include recommendations to enhance Fox recreational use of and access.

Planning for the joint Fox River Corridor's expected to take about a year. 

NJ's Chris Christie Campaigns For Rauner For Illinois Gov

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stopped in Chicago Friday to campaign for Republican Bruce Rauner, calling his bid to defeat Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn "among the most important governor's races in the country."  It was so important that Christie, Chairman of the Republican Governor's Association gave Rauner's campaign a $2.5 Million donation from the group.

He called the latest RGA donation to Rauner, a wealthy investor from Winnetka, “just another down payment on what we’re going to do.”  The association's already given $1.5 million to Rauner's campaign to unseat Gov. Pat Quinn, a target high on the national GOP's hit list.

Christie, a possible GOP presidential candidate, and Rauner had hot dogs, milk shakes and a photo op at a Chicago Portillo's restaurant, then went to a fundraiser in the South Loop.  Opponents of both men protested outside and both Quinn’s campaign and the rival Democratic Governors Association criticized the pair for opposing gun control initiatives in violence-plagued urban areas.

Rauner said Friday he supports "common-sense restrictions around gun ownership," such as criminal and mental health background checks for gun purchases.  Christie said gun control isn't the problem, rather it's crime.  "Gov. Quinn’s had four years to address the issue of crime in Illinois and  he’s been AWOL on that issue,” Christie said.

Christie also blasted the President on his handling of the flood of immigrant children.  An administration official admitted Friday the numbers of such children in each state haven't been released.  “The fact that the federal government is withholding this information from the governors of the states where they’re placing these children, it’s outrageous,” Christie said.

In the pic:  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Illinois Governor's candidate Bruce Rauner ordering hot dogs in Chicago Friday.  Christie paid for them and gave Rauner a $2.5 million campaign check.

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
July 25
0118 HRS LAKEWOOD RD.  & MILLER RD. DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED.   JUVENILE M/W 17 YEARS OF AGE, LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Driving While License Suspended and Disobeying a Stop Sign. RELEASED ON BOND.
1130 HRS 1115 CRYSTAL LAKE RD.  (LITH PD).  WANTED ON WARRANT.  STEMPLEWSKI, TOMASZ A.,  M/W 42 YEARS OF AGE, 9214 TRINITY DR.,  LAKE IN THE HILLS. Charge: Wanted on Warrant, McHenry County Sherriff’s Office: Conspiracy $20,000.00 @ 10% applies. RELEASED ON BOND.
1614 HRS ALGONQUIN RD.  & RANDALL RD.  DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED. JONES, JAMES R.,  M/W 46 YEARS OF AGE, 453 YORKSHIRE LN.,  PINGREE GROVE. Charges: Driving While License Suspended and Driving with Expired Registration.  RELEASED ON BOND.
0727 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF HEARTLAND GATE.  DOMESTIC.  Boyfriend vs. Girlfriend. Verbal only. Two priors.

Friday, July 25, 2014

ALFPD Firefighters Rescue Canoeist At Algonquin Dam

Route 62 traffic in Algonquin was slowed for about 45 minutes this morning as rescuers from the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District pulled a canoeist from the dangerous "boil" below the Algonquin dam.

Battalion Chief John Knebel said a shoreline fisherman called 911 at 7:18 am this morning to report a boat sinking.  Firefighters reached the scene in only three minutes, he said, to drop ropes and a lifesaving buoy to a man whose canoe had overturned.   Knebel said rescuers pulled the victim to shore within eight minutes, checked him for injuries and, finding none, released him.

In the pic:  The Algonquin Dam

Huntley Man Faces $1 Million Bond In Attempted Lincolnshire Kidnap

A Huntley man is likely to miss McHenry County Circuit Court hearings today for alleged attempted break ins two years ago.  He's being held in Lake County Jail pending $1 million bond against charges of aggravated attempted kidnapping and aggravated battery in Lincolnshire Wednesday.

Police said Daniel W. Bockenhauer, 21, of 11606 Lori Lane wore a hood to conceal his identity when he followed a 17 year-old girl to her home, grabbed her, punched her in the face and tried to drag her away at about 9:30 pm Wednesday.  The girl screamed bringing family rescuers who scared off her assailant but Lincolnshire Police said they found both Bockenhauer and his car near her home, later.

Bockenhauer was to appear again today on charges connected with an attempted home break in in Lake in the Hills and another attempted break in and a burglary in Huntley, all in September, 2012.

In the pic:  Daniel W. Bockenhauer

McHenry County June Unemployment Rate Improves Slightly

McHenry County's unemployment rate dropped .1 percent in June to a new post-recession low of 6.1 percent, according to Thursday's latest report from the Illinois Department of Employment Security. The number of persons looking for jobs remained unchanged from May but about 2,550 more residents were employed in June, according to IDES and U.S.Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

June unemployment rates fell in every metro area in the state for the third consecutive month staying at at six year lows. Rates also fell in all 102 counties, the first time since February 2011. IDES Director Jay Rowell said, “Employers are hiring and more people are working today than one year ago. Blaming falling unemployment rates solely on discouraged workers ignores the reality of retiring baby boomers and shrinking labor force participation rate trends that began years before the recession even started.”

Nevertheless,  Illinois' June seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, 7.1 percent, was still one of the highest in the U.S., only .1 percent better than Michigan's. The natioinal seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in June was 6.1 percent.

                            UNEMPLOYMENT (unadjusted)             
               REVISED      May 2014    PRELIMINARY  June 2014               
               LABOR      UNEMPLOYED    LABOR       UNEMPLOYED    May 
               FORCE    NUMBER  RATE    FORCE     NUMBER  RATE   2013   
U.S. (X1000)   155,841   9,443   6.1    156,997    9,893   6.3    7.8 
ILLINOIS     6,515,046 466,981   7.2  6,602,484  471,872   7.1    9.8    

MCHENRY COUNTY 172,993  10,760   6.2    175,545   10,759   6.1    8.9   
LAKE COUNTY    367,252  24,447   6.7    374,880   24,933   6.7    8.4
DUPAGE COUNTY  525,357  30,651   5.8    533,535   31,045   5.8    8.5 
KANE           274,953  18,199   6.6    279,298   18,505   6.6    9.6
 
ALGONQUIN       16,624   1,036   6.2     16,918    1,084   6.4    9.2  
LITH            16,733   1,031   6.2     16,993    1,044   6.1    9.2   
CRYSTAL LAKE    21,557   1,345   6.2     21,904    1,374   6.3    9.5     
MCHENRY         15,059   1,007   6.7     15,222      949   6.2    8.7   

Algonquin Founders' Days Starts Well With Cool Temps

Shirtsleeve--light jacket by late evening--weather brought a good opening crowd to Algonquin's Founders' Days Thursday, although the unseasonable coolth may have put a crimp in beverage sales.  Organizers this morning are keeping a wary eye on early weather reports that call for warm front and accompanying showers and storms expected to move into Illinois very late this evening.

Today's Founders events begin this morning with a market and bazaar from 9 until 4pm.  The full days' roster's listed here: http://algonquinfoundersdays.com/events/

This year Founders’ Days will have free shuttle bus service to the festival at Algonquin Lakes Park both Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 5 pm and running until 11:30  The bus service is sponsored by the Algonquin Rotary Club and Algonquin Township.  Pickups and dropoffs will be about every 20 minutes at both St. Margaret Mary’s School and Algonquin Lakes Park. 

Fracking Coalition Calls For State To Get On With It

For the second time in a week, a coalition of business and labor groups Thursday called on Gov. Pat Quinn's administration to move faster to set State hydraulic fracturing rules.  “If Illinois doesn’t get its act together, companies are going to decide to invest elsewhere, and we’re going to miss the boat,” said Dan Eichholz, associate director of the Illinois Petroleum Council.

The Legislature more than a year ago passed a law that was supposed to allow and regulate hydraulic fracturing, injecting high-pressure water and chemicals underground to extract oil and natural gas. Fracking supporters claimed the new law contained the toughest environmental regulations in the country.  However, the Department of Natural Resources was required to create additional regulations before fracking could begin.  To date, it hasn't.

“As of Tuesday, it will be 400 days, and we’ve yet to see a final set of rules,” said Mark Denzler of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association. “Four hundred days for rule-making and we’re still waiting is an extraordinary length of time.”

IDNR spokesman Tim Schweizer said the agency is still revising its initial draft of the fracking rules. “We’re making significant progress,” he said.  Schweizer said the department “is working very hard to review all of the public comments we received on the first draft.”

Part of the problem is that there are 35,000 comments.  Denzler charged many are duplicates by fracking opponents to clog the rulemaking process.  He said the "Growing Resources and Opportunity for the Workforce in Illinois," coalition is analyzing the comments now.  “I think you will find and be amazed at the lack of the number of people that submitted comments,” Denzler said.

Obituaries

Mary O'Neill Precin, 85, of Des Plaines, formerly of Huntley died July 17 in Park Ridge.  Memorial visitation will be from 2 to 8 pm Monday at the Oehler Funeral Home, Des Plaines.  Visitation will continue Tuesday at 9:45 am at St. Mary Catholic Church, Des Plaines, where a Memorial Mass will be held at 10. Interment will be at All Saints Cemetery Interment Chapel, Des Plaines. 

Precin was born May 9, 1929 in Chicago.  She was the wife of Raymond Precin; mother of Anne (Richard) Larson and Michael (Michelle) Precin; grandmother of Melissa (Geoffrey) Bonvallet, Matthias Precin and Brett and Gregory Larson and sister of the late James (Susan) and John (Patricia) O'Neill.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Rainbow Hospice Ark, Park Ridge.

David Wayne Oakes, 59, of Lake in the Hills, died Tuesday.  There will be a Celebration of Life gathering in the near future, arrangements to be finalized.

Oakes was born Oct. 24, 1954, in Evansville, IN,  the son of Jerry Oakes and the late Lometa Oakes.  He was the husband of Lynne (nee Huchel); father of Ryan David, Jonathan Daniel, and Kristen Lynne and brother of Kimberly Seals.

William J. Allen, 93, of Sun City, Huntley, died Wednesday.  Visitation will take place Sunday from 4 pm until funeral services at 6:30 at Laird Funeral Home, Dundee.  A graveside service will held Monday at 10 am at River Valley Memorial Gardens in West Dundee.

Allen was born Nov. 15, 1920,  in Salina, KS, the son of William and Grace Allen. He married June Beatrice Riego.  He is survived by his children, Chere (Lester) Morrison, Leonard (Jane) Allen and Suzan Allen, and grandchildren, Marissa Morrison (Dr. Wm Alba), Stephanie (Brad) Jarrett, Ross, Scott and Catherine Allen and William Sieracki. He was preceded in death by his wife and sisters, Norma Kral, Frances Bates, Doris Lawson, and Patricia Sethman.

Caydence Renee Stopka, 3 months old, daughter of Daniel Richard and Amanda Marie Stopka. of Lake in the Hills, died Tuesday.  Visitation will be from 5 to 9 pm today at Ahlgrim & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services, Schaumburg. A funeral service will be held there Saturday at 10 am. Interment will be in Windridge Cemetery, Cary.

She is survived by her parents, grandparents Dave and Sandy Stopka and Roger and Chris Consdorf and great grandparents, James and Irene Curtin.

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
July 24
0536 HRS 2800 BLOCK OF CADBURY CIRCLE. WANTED ON WARRANT.  NILES, DAVID A.,  M/W 52 YEARS OF AGE, 2820 CADBURY CIRCLE,  LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGES: Wanted on Warrant, Illinois State Police District Chicago: Dangerous drugs. Bond: $50,000 @ 10%.  TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
1508 HRS 100 BLOCK OF DEER PATH RD. WANTED ON WARRANT,  RODRIGUEZ, BENEDICTO TL,  M/W 49 YEARS OF AGE, 111 DEER PATH,  LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Wanted on Warrant, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office: Unlawful Violation of an Order of Protection. Bond: To be set by judge. Local Charge: Endangering the Life/Health of a Child. TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
1412 HRS 5500 BLOCK OF CHANTILLY CIRCLE.  THEFT.  A ladder was reported stolen. PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1459 HRS LAKEWOOD RD.  & MILLER RD.  ACCIDENT Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1525 HRS 10 BLOCK OF BALDWIN CT.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles. Property damage only.
Algonquin
July 22
18:46pm Pierce, Jacob J., DOB: 01/05/94, of 1209 Carol Crest Drive, Sleepy Hollow, was charged with Retail Theft. He was taken into custody at 1410 S. Randall Rd. He was unable to post bond and was transported to the McHenry County Jail to await bond court.
20:30pm Dublin, James M., DOB: 02/11/67, of 4702 Windridge Ct. Carpentersville, was charged with Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License and Speeding. He was taken into custody at Randall Rd. and Broadsmore Dr. He was released after posting $150 with a court date of 08/27/14 in McHenry County.
July 23
20:28pm A 15 year-old female from Lake in the Hills, was charged with Simple Battery. She was taken into custody at the Algonquin Police Department. She was referred to the Tri-Area Court For Teens and then released into the custody of her parents.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

LITH Standoff Ends With Peaceful Surrender

A three-hour standoff between Lake in the Hills Police and a suicidal resident ended with no harm to anyone Wednesday when a friend of the barricaded man reportedly talked him into giving himself up.

Lake in the Hills Deputy Chief Pat Boulden said 49 year-old  Benedicto Rodriguez, armed with knives,  barred police from his home at 111 Deer Path Road after threatening suicide at about 3 pm.   McHenry County Sheriff’s Office SWAT, the Algonquin Police Department, the Marengo Police K-9 Unit and the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Department all were called in to help deal with the incident.  Meanwhile, LITH officers learned a yet to be identified teenage youth was also in the home.  Boulden said negotiators were able to evacuate the boy before Rodriguez himself surrendered at about 6 pm. LITH's daily police report indicated Rodriguez was taken to Woodstock Hospital.  Boulden said he's back in Police custody this morning and will be charged with endangering a minor.  

McHenry County court records show a man named Benedicto T. Rodriguez was having domestic difficulties with an interim order of protection entered against him two weeks ago and different emergency order entered last week.  He'd been scheduled to face a Spring Grove charge of violating one of those orders earlier Wednesday.

The LITH standoff ended differently from a somewhat similar one Monday in rural Wonder Lake.  There McHenry County deputies shot a suicidal woman after they said she pointed a rifle at them.  The Sheriff's Office said the deputies are on paid leave while the woman is reported still hospitalized.

Algonquin Founders' Days Opens Today For 54th Celebration

The stage is up, the rides are ready and the vendors and event organizers are standing by for today's opening of Algonquin's 54th annual Founders' Days celebration, again at its new venue in the East Side's Algonquin Lakes Park on Compton Drive off Sandbloom Road.

The event's theme this year is "The Awesome 80's", a  tribute to the landmark decade when the maturing youth of the 60's began to take Society's reins from their fathers' increasingly arthritic fingers to bring forth stunning advances like home videogame players, AIDS, the Laffer Curve, Michael Jackson and Michael Milliken.

In any case, Founder's Days gets underway this afternoon with the the American Legion Post 1231's Carnival for Special kids at 4 pm at the celebration site and the Carboard Boat Regatta t 6:30 at Riverfront Park.  The Gate, Taste of Founders' and Social Garden all open at the main site at 5 pm with opening ceremonies scheduled for 7. 

The Pirates Over 40 band will take the Main Stage from 7:30 to 9 pm with today's opening day closing at 10.

The entire Algonquin Founders' Days event schedule through Sunday is located at: http://algonquinfoundersdays.com/events/

Algonquin Pitches TIF District To Fire Trustees

Algonquin Lake in the Hills Fire Trustees Wednesday pondered what to do about Village of Algonquin plans to create a TIF district to revitalize the Downtown.  The Fire District's property tax take from the area's about the same as the Village's

TIF districts are a bootstrap mechanism to raise funds for development in qualifying areas.  Algonquin Village Manager Tim Schloneger told the Fire Board that an area only needs to meet 3 of 13 criteria.  He said Downtown Algonquin has seven of them.  "If we don't get investment in an area you can get disinvestment," said Schloneger.  "The TIF district encourages investment."

Algonquin's proposed TIF would, in effect, freeze the property tax value of property for other taxing bodies like ALFPD at the current level for up to 23 years.  Schloneger said the current tax value in the district is abut $21 million.

All the revenue from any future increases in property value would go into the TIF to pay for development and infrastructure improvements.  "It doesn't hurt the other taxing bodies," commented Community Development Director Russ Farnum..  "You'll get what you're getting now."

Fire Board President Rick Naatz wondered if reviving Algonquin's Downtown might take even longer than 23 years.  "The short answer," replied Schloneger, "is I don't know."  He said TIF incentives can be structured to frontload TIF investments, however.

A public meeting of representatives from all the districts that levy taxes on the proposed Downtown TIF area's scheduled for Aug. 6 at 3 pm at Algonquin Village Hall.

Quinn Approves Doubling Size Of Clean Water Program

Continuing his recent roughly on-per-day signing pace, Governor Pat Quinn Wednesday approved legislation to help combat flooding  and protect Illinois’ drinking water. The legislation makes stormwater management and treatment projects available for state financial assistance

“During last year’s record rainfall and flooding, we learned the hard lesson that flash flooding can have devastating effects,” Quinn said. “The Illinois Clean Water Initiative will now be able to help communities be more prepared than ever before in managing stormwater while creating thousands of construction jobs."

The new law doubles the existing Clean Water Initiative program to include stormwater and green infrastructure projects, too. Expanding the projects eligible for financial assistance through the Clean Water Initiative will allow the IEPA to provide financial assistance to Illinois communities for storm sewers and stormwater-related activities  Quinn first launched the $1 billion Illinois Clean Water Initiative in his 2012 State of the State address to help local governments rebuild or repair clean water infrastructure, including aging wastewater and drinking water treatment systems and plants throughout the state.

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
July 23
2253 HRS 00 BLOCK OF W. ACORN LN. WANTED ON WARRANT.  DAVIDSON, SHANNON M.,  F/W 32 YEARS OF AGE, 1 W ACORN LN. APT 1A,  LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGES: Wanted on Warrant, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office for Contempt of Court. Bond $500. TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
0223 HRS 108 LAKEWOOD RD.  (THE WELL). ASSIST AMBULANCE.  Male, 28 years of age, needing an evaluation. Transported to Centegra Hospital.
1044 HRS RANDALL RD. & POLARIS DR. ACCIDENT. Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1111 HRS 5200 MILLER RD. (SUNSET PARK). CRIMINAL DEFACEMENT.  Defacement to the pavement in the handicap parking space and the  handicap parking sign.
1137 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF HALFMOON GATE.  DOMESTIC.  Mother vs. Son. Verbal only. No priors.
1245 HRS 200 BLOCK OF WARWICK LN. RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY.  Alcohol taken from garage. FAIL TO FILE.
1508 HRS 100 BLOCK OF DEERPATH. SUICIDAL SUBJECT. Male, 49 years of age, made suicidal statements. Transported to Woodstock Hospital

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Randall/Algonquin ROW Acquisition Upsets LITH B of A Buyers

A Tuesday quarterly briefing on Lake in the Hills' economic development brought plans to improve the Randall/Algonquin roads intersection into the spotlight again.  LITH's economic development coordinator Gino DeVivo told trustees the Bank of America site at the crossroads' northeast corner was sold recently but the now purchasers are suffering buyer's remorse.

DeVivo said a "family trust in Florida" bought the B of A location at a generous price but was unaware of plans to change the intersection until a recent approach by the McHenry County Division of Transportation about "right of way acquisition."  DeVivo provided no specific details saying the buyers' "are not very happy" but haven't decided if they'll resort to legal action.  He told FEN he'd spoken with the group that very day.

The LITH Board in particular and, to a lesser extent, Algonquin's are opposed to McDOT plans to build a controversial Continuous Flow Intersection to relieve congestion at the Randall/Algonquin crossing.  Trustees believe more ordinary solutions would have less impact on Randall businesses and the sales tax revenue they generate.

The McHenry County Board claimed they're weren't approving the CFI when they approved $15 million dollars toward Randall Road improvements in February but one measure included funds to purchase land at both LITH's B of A site and the kittycorner Phillips gas station in Algonquin.

Separately, DeVivo claimed an advance for future LITH development reporting that he'd convinced the Hanson Materials Service company that its 133 acres of land near Pyott and Rakow roads might be a marketable asset.  He said he did it by putting company property managers together with a gasoline retailer that might be interested in building a station and a separate office building there.

In the pics:  (above) LITH's Bank of America site at Randall and Algonquin roads.  (below)  A so far hypothetical gas station and separate office building at Pyott and Rakow roads.

Second Algonquin Deputy Chief Announces Retirement

Only a week after Algonquin PD finished reorganizing after last year's retirement of one Deputy Chief, it faces the same process again with Monday's announcement that Deputy Chief Steve Kuzynownski will pull the pin Oct. 31.  The 31-year veteran currently heads the PD's Administration Division.

He moved there from Operations after the retirement of Deputy Chief Ed Urban last June.  Sgt. John Bucci took over Operations after becoming the newest Deputy Chief last July.

Chief Russ Laine told FEN Monday he'd probably make the pick for Kuzynowski's replacement next month.  "Right now we're working on Founders' Days," he said.  "We'll going to make a decision shortly after that," he said.

With change due or done at two of the PD's top three command spots, the obvious question is what's Laine, who joined the Department 29 years ago, got in mind?  "I'm still here," Laine replied.  "I haven't filed any papers," he said.

In the pic:  Algonquin Deputy Chief Steve Kuzynowski

Quinn Signs Off On $1.1 Billion Construction Borrowing Plan

Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Tuesday to allow the state to borrow $1.1 billion to extend an expiring statewide construction program. The new four-year road and bridge plan will continue construction spending to be paid back with money from legalized video gambling at bars and truck stops, increased drivers fees and taxes on candy, liquor, soda and beauty products.

According to an IDOT list, McHenry County's scheduled to receive $54.8 million under the program this year, about $52 million of it for extra lanes on Route 14 in Crystal Lake and Woodstock.

Transportation officials said the money will go toward "shovel ready" road projects that are beginning this summer. Quinn estimated that the projects will create some 14,300 jobs. Most of the 210 projects include resurfacing portions of major roadways around Illinois and repairing bridges.

Obamacare Rulings: In Illinois "Nothing Has Changed"

Officials said Illinois health insurance customers shouldn't feel any immediate effect from a pair of opposite federal appeals court rulings Tuesday in a confusing legal battle over President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

The first decision came Tuesday morning from a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The panel, in a major blow to the law, ruled 2-1 that the IRS went too far in extending subsidies to those who buy insurance through the federally run exchange, known as HealthCare.gov.  A separate federal appeals court -- the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals -- hours later issued its own ruling on a similar case that upheld the subsidies in their entirety.  A separate federal appeals court -- the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals -- hours later issued its own ruling on a similar case that upholding the subsidies in their entirety.

Nevertheless, the D.C. ruling casts doubt in subsidies that millions of people obtained through the federally run exchange known as HealthCare.gov.  The lawsuit maintained that the language in ObamaCare restricts subsidies only to state-run exchanges -- of which there are only 14 -- and doesn't authorize them in the 36 states like Illinois that use the federally run system.

Jennifer Koehler, executive director of Get Covered Illinois, the State's incarnation of the Affordable Care Act, said in a statement that the subsidies would continue in Illinois.  "The bottom line for now is that nothing has changed and the subsidies created under the law to help people cover the cost of their health care remain in effect," she said.

Court Upholds Illinois Clean Coal Power Purchase Requirement

Regulators can force Illinois electricity customers to help pay for a $1.6 billion clean-coal project, a state appeals court said in a ruling Tuesday. In a 2-1 decision, the 1st District Appellate Court in Chicago upheld an Illinois Commerce Commission order for the state’s power companies to purchase electricity from a test powerplant, FutureGen for 20 years.

Regulators estimate it could cost electricity customers $1 to $1.40 a month to help pay for the long-delayed project to refit a western Illinois coal plant with technology to remove carbon dioxide and store the greenhouse gas underground. Power suppliers including Commonwealth Edison had argued state regulators lack authority to require the payments.

Justices Sheldon Harris and Daniel Pierce said the ICC was within its authority, and that ComEd and the alternative suppliers lacked legal standing to challenge the constitutionality of the state power-purchasing statute.

Dissenting Justice Aurelia Pucinski concluded state law required FutureGen 2.0 be considered, but said it wasn't mandated. The judge described the state power-procurement statute as “the kind of waffling” that lets the Illinois legislature escape blame in case it results in higher consumer rates.

The power suppliers' attorney said there's been no decision yet on whether to seek a rehearing before the appellate court or an appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court.

In the pic:  The proposed FutureGen plant near Meredosia in western Illinois.

Obituaries

Thomas Heling, 65 of Sun City, Huntley, died Saturday at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin following a short illness.  The family will greet friends Monday after 1 pm at the First Congregational Church, Huntley, followed by a memorial service at 2.

Heling is survived by his mother, Doris Heling, and his sister, Chris Binder, both of OshKosh, WI.  He was preceded in death by his father, Harold, and his brother, Steven.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the LGBT Community Center, Milwaukee, WI.

Knud Dahlgaard
, 70, of Algonquin died Monday at his home.  Visitation will be from 2 pm until a 3 pm memorial service at the Wait Ross Allanson Funeral & Cremation Services Chapel, Algonquin. Burial will be private.

Dahlgaard was born on Dec, 13, 1943, in Denmark, the son of Soren and Mary (Bjergaard) Dahlgaard. He is survived by his children, Deanna Campagna, Dawn Noonan, Knute (Maria) Dahlgaard and Kelly Dahlgaard; grandchildren, Austin, Nicole, Jacob, Sebastian, and Soren, and four sisters and two brothers.  He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and a sister.

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
July 22
0613 HRS ALGONQUIN RD.  & LAKEWOOD RD. DRIVING WHILE LICENSE REVOKED.  BARRON, SINUHE, M/W 38 YEARS OF AGE, 826 SALEM LN.,  CARPENTERSVILLE. CHARGE: Driving While License Revoked. RELEASED ON BOND.
1641 HRS ROUTE 47 & CONLEY RD.  WANTED ON WARRANT.  GARICA, SALVADOR B.,  JR.,  M/W 38 YEARS OF AGE, 291 REDWING DR.,  WOODSTOCK. CHARGE: Wanted on Warrant, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office for Trespassing. Bond: $1500 @ 10%.  RELEASED ON BOND.
0759 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF STARWOOD PASS. SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT.  Suspicious note left in a mailbox.
1142 HRS 00 BLOCK OF CRIMSON CT. ASSIST AMBULANCE.  Female, three months of age, unresponsive. Transported to Woodstock Hospital.
1300 HRS ACORN LN.  & RANDALL RD.  INJURY ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles. Male, 23 years of age, nose injury.  No transport.
1535 HRS PYOTT RD.  & OAK ST.  ACCIDENT. Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1742 HRS MILLER RD.  & HEARTLAND GATE. INFORMATION FOR POLICE. Contact with a Registered Sex Offender.
1845 HRS 1300 BLOCK OF CUNAT CT. ASSIST AMBULANCE.  Female, 29 years of age, needing an evaluation. Transported to Sherman Hospital.
2209 HRS 1200 BLOCK OF BURR ST.  VIOLATION OF AN ORDER OF PROTECTION.  Possible violation of an Order of Protection. PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
2336 HRS ACORN LN.  & VILLAGE CREEK DR.  INFORMATION FOR POLICE. Contact with a Registered Sex Offender.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Grafton Township To Sign On To Pace Dial-A-Ride If Huntley Does

The Grafton Township Board Monday approved supporting Pace suburban bus service two different ways, provided the Huntley Village Board approves a letter of understanding Thursday to talk about it with the McHenry County Division of Transportation.  Assuming that and ultimate Pace approval of general dial-a-ride service in Huntley, Grafton would contribute $10,000 toward its operation.  Grafton would also sign up with Pace for separate dial-a-ride service for senior and disabled  Township residents outside Huntley.

Supervisor Jim Kearns said most of Grafton's current Senior Bus riders already live within Huntley's municipal boundaries although he was worried about one rural rider who lives at the end of an 1/8 mile drive since Pace service is curb-to-curb, rather than door-to-door.  Service in both cases would only be curb-to-curb and Supervisor Jim Kearns said, "We'll still have our own bus and [personnel] if we need them,"  he said.

Grafton Pace service would extend bus service for seniors and disabled to residents in the western part of Lake in the Hills and Algonquin.  The cost to Grafton for the Township version of Pace dial-a-ride would be $6,000.   A separate proposal pending at Algonquin Township could offer similar service in the eastern portions of those villages.

Separately, the Board approved about $2,000 for Assessor Al Zielinski to buy a new computer program to help bring property assessments more in line with local sales.  Zielinski said the current one only allows adjustments for sales down to the neighborhood level.  The new one, he said, will allow adjustments down to each individual address.  "We're behind because of what we inherited," said Zielinski.  The new program he said will help him "try to untangle this spaghetti."

Zielinski said 2014 assessments for taxes due next year won't be delivered to the County Assessment Officer until Sept. 1.  "We only have five guys and none of them were cross-trained," he explained.

In the pic:  Pace Chicago area suburban bus service in headquartered in Arlington Heights.

Asphalt Repairs To Slow Traffic On 31/Main In Algonquin

The Village of Algonquin announced late Monday that traffic on Route 31/Main Street will be reduced to one lane today while crews lay down asphalt paving on northbound lanes between Edward Street and Riverview Avenue.  Flaggers will be directing traffic while they're at work, expected to be finished by this afternoon.

In the pic: The area to be paved is the same one where Public Works crews repaired a water main leak on 31 last week.  The leak was stopped the day it appeared but the excavation to get to it's been topped by steel plates since then.

Update:  Normal traffic was restored at about Noon.

LITH Man Charged With Growing Marijuana

The McHenry County Sheriff's deputies and officers from the North Central Narcotics Task Force arrested a Lake in the Hills man Monday for growing marijuana plants at his home.  Investigators and LITH PD officers said they found 17 pot plants, drug paraphernalia, and a digital drug scale when they served a search warrant on 32 year-old Roberto J. Perez at 1 W. Acorn Lane Apt. 1A .  The Sheriff's Office estimated the street value of the cannabis to be $1,700.

Perez was due in McHenry County Circuit Court this morning charged with unlawful production of cannabis sativa plants and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.  Police said Perez is also being held on an outstanding McHenry County for criminal damage to property and an Elgin warrant for assault.

In the pic:  Roberto J. Perez

Obituaries

Joseph W. Kaminsky, 85 of Huntley, died peacefully Saturday. Visitation will be Thursday, from 9 am until a  Funeral Mass at 10 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Huntley. Inurnment will be at St. Mary Cemetery. Afterwards, a celebration of his life will be held at The Rosenbloom Residence in The Glen, South Barrington from 1 to 9 pm.

Kaminsky was born Dec. 25, 1928, in Chicago, the son of Dimitry and Helen Kaminsky. On Oct. 4, 1952, he married Carole Raia.  He is survived by his wife; children, Steve Kaminsky and Sharon Rosenbloom, and grandchildren, Joey and Raia.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Turning Point Autism Foundation, The Joe Kaminsky Playground Fund.

New Law Allows McHenry, Kane Boards To Set Ethics "Guidelines"

Governor Pat Quinn Monday signed legislation to strengthen ethics provisions in the collar counties including McHenry and Kane.  The new law allows establishment of ethical guidelines and simplifies the removal process for individuals who violate them.  “This new law is part of our ongoing effort to make sure that all officials at any level of government maintain the public trust,” said Quinn.

The law allows county boards to adopt a code of conduct regarding the accountability, fiscal responsibility, procurement authority, transparency and ethical conduct of county appointees but not elected officeholders.  It requires a two thirds majority to remove someone and then only after a hearing before the full County Board.  Thanks to an amendment by Lake County Democratic State Rep. Sam Yingling county superintendents of highways and county engineers are exempt, however, since they're already covered in the State Highway Code.  “I'm proud of this bipartisan effort to improve accountability for local government,” Yingling said. “It shows that by working together, we can improve ethical standards and transparency for taxpayers.”

The legislation was drafted because some county boards didn't think they had authority to remove appointees due to misconduct.  McHenry County for the past 10 years has had a separate County Ethics Commission.  It's only held one actual hearing during the entire period in which members said they weren't sure how to conduct it.  Somewhat earlier, the County Board forgot for about six months to appoint replacements after two of the five members' terms expired.

The new law won't be effective until Jan. 1.

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
July 21
0218 HRS 2500 BLOCK OF WATERFORD LN. DOMESTIC BATTERY.  OSTERTAG, MICHAEL P.,  M/W 44 YEARS OF AGE, 2551 WATERFORD LN.,  LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Two Counts of Domestic Battery and Interference With the Reporting of Domestic Violence. TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
0318 HRS 00 BLOCK OF W.  ACORN LN.  WANTED ON WARRANT.  PEREZ, ROBERTO J.,  M/W 32 YEARS OF AGE, 1 W.  ACORN LN.,  LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGES: Wanted on Warrant, Elgin Police Department for Simple Assault. Bond: $5,000 @ 10% and Wanted on Warrant, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office for Criminal Damage to Property. Bond: $10,000 @ 10%. TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
1630 HRS 100 N. RANDALL RD.  (WALGREENS).  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1858 HRS 00 BLOCK OF POLARIS DR.  DOMESTIC.  Roommate vs Roommate. Verbal only. No priors.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1903 HRS 700 BLOCK OF ELDERBERRY CT.  IDENTITY THEFT.  Credit cards opened in complainant’s name.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
Huntley
July 15
A criminal damage to property report was taken in the 10800 block of Potomac Dr. Unknown persons caused the basement to flood damaging a residential basement and its contents.
July 16
A theft report was taken in the 12900 block of Stone Creek Ct. The victim states that jewelry was stolen from her residence.
Rigoberto Perez, age 29, of 11802 Mill St., Huntley, was arrested for driving while license suspended, driving without a headlight, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and four outstanding Elgin Police Department warrants. Mr. Perez was transported to McHenry County jail to await bond.
July 17
James F. Norton, age 26, of 12114 W. Main St, Huntley, was arrested on two outstanding McHenry County warrants for failure to appear in court on a possession of drug paraphernalia charge and a resisting a peace officer charge. Mr. Norton was transported to McHenry County jail to await bond.
Haley A. Fiala, age 19, of 1034 Dovercliff Way, Crystal Lake, was arrested for retail theft. In the same incident Jillian G. Jacob, age 18, of 1080 Dovercliff Way, Crystal Lake, was arrested for retail theft. Both subjects posted bond and were released with a Kane County court date of August 8, 2014.
July 18
Christian I. Calderon, age 30, of 1835 S. 58th Ct., Cicero, was arrested for driving with no valid driver’s license, registration suspended for non-insurance and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Mr. Calderon posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of August 22, 2014.
A criminal damage to property report was taken in the 9900 block of Thornton Way. The victim states that eggs were thrown at the house and a window was broken.
July 19
Anthony J. Garcia, Jr., age 24, of 9173 Bristol, Huntley, was arrested on two counts of domestic battery. Mr. Garcia was transported to McHenry County jail to await bond call.
July 20
A theft report was taken in the 10200 block of Hopkins St. A girl’s bicycle was reported stolen from a residential yard.
A criminal trespass report was taken in the 10900 block of Cape Cod Ln. A neighbor spotted individuals exiting a vacant residence.