Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Algonquin Board Smiles On Donut, Mattress Plans -- Posted In Detail

The Algonquin Village Board gave a new Dunkin Donuts restaurant on the East Side and a Sleep Number mattress store relocation initial approvals Tuesday.  The decisions were the first in which the public had as much inside information as trustees since their backgrounding  packet was posted online.

The proposed 2,000 square foot Dunkin shop would be located to the west of Algonquin's East Side Jewel store on Algonquin Road.  Special permission's required for a drive-thru pickup window.  Developer Asif Rajabali told FEN that while there are other Dunkins in the area, his would be the only one on heavily-traveled Route 62.

The Sleep Number proposal would see the mattress retailer relocate from Algonquin Commons to a new 4,000 square foot building in the Galleria more or less across Randall Road.  A spokesman said Sleep Number's business is so good the current location's too small.

No one took credit for publication of Tuesday's Algonquin Board packet.  The Illinois Open Meetings Law only requires posting meeting agendas but most other villages, school and fire protection districts in the vicinity and McHenry and Kane counties put up the meeting packets, too,  in the interest of "transparency".  Village President John Schmitt said he had no objection.  "We've always gotten high marks [from good government groups] for transparency," he said.

In the pic:  (above) A designer's concept of a somewhat "toned down" Dunkin Donuts restaurant proposed for east Algonquin.  (below) A sketch of a new Galleria store for Algonquin's Sleep Number mattress store.  

THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES

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Algonquin Board Smiles On Donut, Mattress Plans -- Posted In Detail
Migrating Algonquin Balloon Mascot Spotted Over Indiana
Huntley Community Radiothon Planned Friday, Saturday
State House Passes Bill To Take A Pass On Lawmaker's Pay Raises
Pace To Extend Scheduled Randall Bus Service Through Algonquin
Huntley Alley Acess To Downtown Parking Expected Soon
Huntley Community Bicycle Ride Planned Sunday
Reports:  National Guard, Retirees Might Replace State Works In Strike
Algonquin Fireworks Audience Neglects New Towne Park Lot
Barefoot Hawaiians Beach Show Set For Thursday In LITH
Small Field Enters This Year's Founders Run
State Prisons Hearing Planned Despite Falling Inmate Numbers
Founders' Days 55th Parade Includes 150 Entries
Centegra Creates "Talent Community" For Jobs At Huntley Hospital
LITH American Legion Barbecue Raffle Planned
Illinois Seeks Disaster Relief For Farm Flooding
McHenry County Unemployment Rate Rises Despite Jobs Increase
Founders' Days Parade Should Be Under Sunny Skies
Who Gets How Much Of Each McHenry County Tax Dollar
Another Appeals Court Decision:  Pay State Workers
Experts:  Water Conservation Could Save Huntley $33 Million
Algonquin Founders' Days Schedule Packed For Day Two Today
Firefighters Save Home In LITH's Boulder Ridge
Judge Awards $80,000 Costs To FEN In Zinke Report Case
U.S. Judge Orders State To Pay Medicaid Bills In Cook County
Algonquin Lake In The Hills Fire District Names New Chief
Local Algonquin Road Lane Closure Expected Today, Friday
Algonquin Founders' Days To Begin 55th Celebration Today
Cullerton Calls For "Reset" On Budget Impasse

Migrating Algonquin Balloon Mascot Spotted Over Indiana

Area residents can stop scanning the skies for Mickey the Molar, the balloon mascot who escaped Founders' Day's kids' games sponsor All Smiles Dental Friday.   According to a report Tuesday, the 12-foot tall helium balloon was spotted drifting over Valparaiso, IN, the day before headed southeast.   At that rate, Mickey's headed for a probable touchdown -- thermal uplift's an "x" factor -- somewhere south of Cincinnati next week(ish).

In the pic:  Mickey the Molar balloon heading for the wild blue yonder after slipping his tether at Algonquin's Founders' Days celebration Friday.

Huntley Community Radiothon Planned Friday, Saturday

Coming up Friday and Saturday is another Huntley Community Radio celebration of non-stop talking and sleep deprivation, a 24 hour radiothon hosted by Sir William and The Duchess from HCR's more or less eponymous 2 Dudes & The Duchess radio show. The fundraiser to support Huntley's low-power Community Radio station at 101.5 FM will begin at 6:30 pm Friday with a chat with local resident, WGN Radio's Orion Samuelson.  It's scheduled to end Saturday with a 4:30 to 6 pm appearance by Jim and Justin from Modern Day Romeos, headliners at the upcoming Huntley Fall Fest.  Lots of other guests at scheduled in between but the list isn't final since "more guests are being added each day."

State House Passes Bill To Take A Pass On Lawmakers' Pay Raises

The Illinois House moved to dump an automatic pay increase for lawmakers Tuesday, saying accepting a 2 percent raise looks bad during the ongoing budget stalemate.   The proposal which has become a favorite target of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner heads to the Senate for action next week.

The House vote was  a 101-1 to reject the raises which boost their $67,836 base salary by more than $1,300. The increases were the first in seven years.  "The number one issue facing our state is the budget deficit," said state Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg. "We need to take sensible steps to closing the budget deficit and letting a pay raise go into effect for state lawmakers is not a responsible thing to do."

However, State Rep. Robert Martwick, D-Chicago, said the turndown would be mostly symbolic since it would only save $236,950 in a budget that is at least $4 billion out of balance.  "Realistically speaking, this does nothing to solve our problems," he said.

“It is absolutely outrageous that we could be in a position that members of the General Assembly are getting a pay increase while social service agencies don’t know how they’re going to get funded,” said sponsor local State Rep. David McSweeney. “We should be in session around-the-clock to adopt a budget.”

In the pic:  Cancel the raise bill-sponsor David McSweeney in Algonquin's Founders' Days Parade this weekend.

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 28
1234 HRS 500 BLOCK OF JENNINGS DR.  WANTED ON WARRANT.   MONTALTO, STEVE C., M/W 52 YEARS OF AGE, 7 WRIGHT DR., LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Wanted on Warrant: Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin: Embezzled Business Property. $10,000.  TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
0246 HRS 0 BLOCK OF MARGATE CT.  CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO VEHICLE.   Complainant’s vehicle window was damaged.  TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
1108 HRS 1300 BLOCK OF CUNAT CT.  IDENTITY THEFT.  Unlawful use of a credit card.
1130 HRS HALIGUS RD. & REED RD.  THEFT. Two traffic counters and protective mats were stolen. Items valued at around $1,900.
1330 HRS 500 BLOCK OF WILLOW ST.  IDENTITY THEFT.  A false PayPal account was set up in the complainant’s name.
1339 HRS 10 BLOCK OF PHEASANT TRAIL.  DOMESTIC BATTERY.  Boyfriend vs. Girlfriend.  No priors.  FAIL TO FILE
1434 HRS 5400 BLOCK OF CROSSVIEW DR.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1602 HRS WILLOW ST. & GRACE ST.  ASSIST OTHER POLICE AGENCY.   Assisted McHenry County Conservation District with an ambulance call. Male, 8 years of age, stung by a bee.  No transport.
1800 HRS 1300 BLOCK OF CUNAT CT.  ASSIST AMBULANCE.   Female, 49 years of age, with an infection.  Transported to Good Shepherd Hospital.
1809 HRS 300 BLOCK OF TECUMSEH TRAIL.  COMPUTER/INTERNET COMPLAINT.  Complainant’s Facebook account was hacked.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1837 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF BURR ST.  BATTERY.  Subjects entered the home and battered a female and male subject.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
2305 HRS 10 BLOCK OF E. ACORN LN. INFORMATION FOR POLICE.  Check for well being on a family member.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Pace To Extend Scheduled Randall Bus Service Through Algonquin

McHenry County officials confirmed Monday that the Pace suburban bus service will extend a scheduled route from Elgin up Randall Road to Crystal Lake with at least one stop in Algonquin.   Further details won't be announced until next week but, according to sources, service could begin before Labor Day.

"This will be McHenry County's first real fixed bus route," McHenry County Division of Transportation Senior Planner Scott Hennings told FEN Monday.  Currently Pace only provides weekday rush hour service on two routes from Crystal Lake to Fox Lake and Harvard and one from Woodstock to McHenry.   With McDOT Pace also provides dial-a-ride bus service but only with 24 hours advance scheduling.

The new service will exend Pace's weekday 550 bus route that runs from Elgin's Highland Ave. bus center near the Metra Milwauukee West station to Randall Road south of Sherman Hospital, then north to the Northewest Corporate Park just past the I-90 Tollway.   Plans to extend the route to Crystal Lake's Metra Union Pacific West station have been on the drawing board for at least two years but but never before with any definite date.  "This is about as sure a thing as Pace has ever given us," said Hennings.

"It's been a long time coming," said McHenry County Board Transportation Commitee Chariman Anna May Miller.  She said Pace planners will unveil details of the bus service extension to the Transpo Commitee at its meeting next Wednedsay.

Huntley Alley Access To Downtown Parking Expected Soon

Huntley Village officials said they planned for the alley behind Strode's furniture and the Village Inn restaurant to reopen to traffic today.  However, concrete aprons behind Parkside Pub had yet to be poured this morning so that may not happen on schedule.  When the alley does reopen it will allow shoppers to slip into the expanded municipal parking lots from south Church Street instead of navigate through Main Street construction out front.

Storm sewer work on Main Street will continue this week so westbound traffic will still be rerouted onto Coral with only the eastbound lane open on Main.  Construction in Huntley's Downtown area isn't expected to be finished until this Fall.

Huntley Community Bicycle Ride Planned Sunday

Huntley PD's bicycle patrollers will lead a community-wide bike ride on Sunday for village kids of all ages.  The 13 mile-ride will touch eight of Huntley parks starting at 2 pm at Parisek Park across from the PD and Municipal Center. “Join In” stations will be at Tomaso Park (Talamore ) and Weiss Park (Southwind), however.  The expected two-hour two-wheeled sojourn will wind up with a cookout back at Parisek.  There's one important rule, though:  riders will need to have a helmet and they'll need to wear it.

Registration forms for the ride are located here:  http://www.huntley.il.us/documents/BikeHuntleyWebsite.7.20.15.REV.pdf

Questions go to bread@huntley.il.us or 847-515-5262.

In the pic:  Huntley's bicycle patrolmen can do stuff on bikes most folks probably shouldn't.

Reports: National Guard, Retirees Might Replace State Workers In Strike

As a one-month contract extension nears expiration Friday, Governor Bruce Rauner's administration appears to be planning what to do if State union workers walk off the job.  Monday Lee Enterprises newspapers reported a union letter that warned Rauner would call out the Illinois National Guard.  It followed a Sunday report the administration's been contacting retirees about returning to work.

AFSCME spokesman Anders Lindall admitted his union hasn't yet confirmed the National Guard tactic.  "We felt the responsibility to make our members aware, even though we've been unable to conclusively prove it," Lindall said.  However, Rauner spokeswoman Catherine Kelly did not deny a Guard deployment is under consideration.  "We are actively pursuing all options to continue important state services in the event that AFSCME chooses to strike," she said.

Better documented is a plan to put retirees back to work.   The Springfield State Journal-Register confirmed that retirees had been contacted about returning on short-term contracts to work in various state agencies if workers walk out.  The newspaper said the administration's been calling retirees to see if they'd help out in the event of a strike.

Lindall said it proves the governor wants as showdown.  "It echoes his repeated threats on the campaign trail to shut down state government and the public services it provides in order to strip the rights of public service workers and drive down their middle-class standards of living,"  he said.

Obituaries

Debra Susan Smith, 58, of Algonquin died Sunday.  Visitation will be from 2 to 8 pm Wednesday at Willow Funeral Home, Algonquin.   A funeral service will be at 11 am Thursday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Algonquin.  Cremation will be private.

Smith was born March 24, 1957, the daughter of  Chester and Barbara Bartnik.  She married Ralph Smith on Oct. 2, 1976.  She is survived by her husband; sons, Brett, Adam and Michael; grandchildren, Meghan and Charlie Smith and Leelah Smith;  brother, Bill (Sandy) Bartnik, and sisters, Judy Harris, Patty (Paul) Bergstrom and Sue (Larry) Steinkraus. She was preceded in death by her parents.


John T. Kissane, Sr., 74 of Huntley, died Saturday following a lengthy illness.  Visitation will be Saturday from 2:30 pm. until a funeral service at 6 at DeFiore-Jorgensen Funeral & Cremation Service, Huntley.

Kissane was born Dec. 27, 1940, in Chicago, the son of David and Mary (O’Connell) Kissane.  He married Alice F. Riordan on June 6, 1964. Aft her her death, he married Donna M. Lydon on Feb. 28, 1999.

He is survived by his wife; children, Alicia (Tim) Malec, John T. Kissane, Jr., and Aileen (Dave) Haslett; stepchildren, Marty Richling, Tony (Laura) Richling, Cyndi (Mark) Botoske and Eileen (Jim) Krutsch; grandchildren, Jack, Denny, Patrick, Mikey, Erin, Kerry, Marty (Kaylynn), Ashley, Raymund, Kailah, Trevor, Joe, Colleen, Sharon, Stephen and Joshua, and his sister, Mary Lowery. Besides his first wife, he was preceded in death by his brother, David.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Feed My Starving Children.

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
1242 HRS 1070 W. ALGONQUIN RD. (HANDLE WITH CARE CAR WASH).  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1346 HRS 500 BLOCK OF AUTUMN RIDGE RD.  DOMESTIC BATTERY.  Boyfriend vs. girlfriend.  No priors.   FAIL TO FILE.
1611 HRS VIRGINIA RD. & ROUTE 31.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1705 HRS 1115 CRYSTAL LAKE RD. (LITH PD).  DECEPTION.  Complainant’s credit card was unlawfully used at local businesses.
1955 HRS RANDALL RD. & ALGONQUIN RD.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
Algonquin
July 24
17:57pm Wilbrandt, Courtney E., DOB: 09/16/1996, of 614 Raffle Rd., Woodstock, was charged with Retail Theft.  She was taken into custody at 734 S. Randall Rd.  She was released With a Notice to Appear in Algonquin Municipal Court.
July 25
01:19am Kielbasa, Bruce D., DOB: 04/08/1970, of 170 Wildwood Dr. 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.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Algonquin Fireworks Audience Neglects New Towne Park Lot

A large crowd packed into Algonquin's Cornish Park Sunday evening to watch the Fireworks Display climaxing the 55th edition of the village's Founders' Days Celebration.   Parking spaces in a five-block radius were crammed full with one notable exception.  Algonquin's new Towne Park parking lot only four blocks away was largely empty.  Only about 25 of the 110 new parking spaces at the end of Washington Street were occupied.

"I think it shows either that people don't know about the new lot or they don't want to walk two blocks," said Village President John Schmitt this morning.  He favors the former, if only because the Village can do something about it.  "We can put some signs up very quickly," he said, "because we make our own signs."

A not unintentional byproduct of the Route 31 Western Bypass, the new Towne Park Parking Lot curves west and south of St. John's School occupying portions of the former Toasmaster factory site and a bit of Towne Park before the Bypass was built.  The lot's free and officially opened almost two months ago. 

In the pic:  (above) Parking was at a premium as spectators crowded Algonquin's Cornish Park for Sunday's Fireworks Display.  (below)  However, Towne Park's new Washington Street parking lot had plenty of easily accessible spaces.

Barefoot Hawaiians Beach Show Set For Thursday In LITH

Thursday's the day for LITH's annual performance of the Barefoot Hawaiian Beach Show at Indian Trail Beach.   The  authentic Polynesian-style troupe will perform dances of love, war and propitiation of whatever gods need buttering up from various South Pacific cultures.  The free show's planned to start at the beach at 7:00pm but LITH Parks and Recreation has a shuttle service laid on both to Indian Trail and back from LITH PD's Safety Education Center on Crystal Lake Road starting at 6:30.

Small Field Enters This Year's Founders Run

Turnout was light for this year's Founders Run 5K/10K Walk/Run Sunday from Algonquin Lakes Elementary.  The field only included about 60 walkers and runners.  A Rocoe runner was the top finisher in the 5K but Algonquin's Kevin Christian came in second.  Deena Snell from Huntley was  the top female 5K runner, seventh overall.  In the 10K a Hanover Park man was first over the line but Algonquin runners John Burley and Jeff Mayoras were third and fourth.  A Crystal Lake woman was fifth overall but second place among female runners went to  Huntley's Kathleen Yerke.

Full results for Sunday's Founders' Run are located here:  http://www.racetime.info/results/2015-results/2015-07-results/

State Prisons Hearing Planned Despite Falling Inmate Numbers

The Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform will hold a public hearing in Chicago today seeking comment from advocates, policy specialists and people with criminal records.  New state data shows that the number of people in State prisons is falling but facilities remain overcrowded.

According to the most recent report in May, the population of men and women behind bars has dropped to a level not seen in five years.  The latest tally showed 47,483 inmates in custody, a 3.7 percent decrease from the January 2013 peak of 49,321 inmates.  Nevertheless, inmates remain jam-packed since the State's prison system was only designed to house 32,000 prisoners.  Gov. Bruce Rauner's asked the committee to study how to reduce the Illinois prison population by 25 percent over the next decade.

"A reduced prison population not only saves taxpayer dollars but it also promotes a safer prison environment and builds opportunity for stronger communities," Corrections spokeswoman Nicole Wilson said.

Officials said part of the the drop in prisoners comes from to a program enacted under former Gov. Pat Quinn that awards inmates for good behavior.  However, more of it seems to be due to county judges sending far fewer people to State prison in the first place.  In 2009, for example, the department processed 27,400 inmates into the prison system.  Last year the number was only 19,600.

Obituaries

Constance A. Franz, 72, of Huntley died Friday at JourneyCare in Woodstock.  Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 8 pm at the James A. O'Connor Funeral Home, Huntley.  Visitation will continue there Friday from 10 am until an 11 o'clock funeral service.am service.

Franz was born July 2, 1943, in Aberdeen, SD, the daughter of Harry and Helen (Nelson) Pendroy. On May 13, 1962 she married Delvin Franz.  She is survived by her husband; children, Sherry Franz-Perko, Cassandra (Rick) Stutesman, Judean (Fred) Becker; grandchildren, Brenda and Carly Becker, Taylor and Jordan Perko, and brothers and sisters, Roger (Jeannie) Pendroy, Tony Pendroy, Sandra (Cliff) Reirich, Susan (Michael) Vickers and Wendy (Dick) Neitzel.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to JourneyCare Hospice or St. Judes.

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
0417 HRS RAKOW RD. & VIRGINIA RD.  DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL.  KARADI, DANIEL A.,  M/W 22 YEARS OF AGE, 375 WILLOW ST., WAUCONDA.  CHARGES: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol Over .08 and Improper Lane Usage.  RELEASED ON BOND.
1619 HRS 311 N. RANDALL RD. (AMC THEATER).  WANTED ON WARRANT.  VALLADREZ, DALIO, M/W 40 YEARS OF AGE, 3060 S.,  MCHENRY AVE., CRYSTAL LAKE.  CHARGES: Wanted on Warrant, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Failure to Appear for Driving While License Suspended.  Bond: $7,000 @ 10%. Wanted on Warrant, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Contempt of Court.  Bond: $500 Full Cash.  Driving While License Suspended and Driving a Vehicle While Operating a Telecommunication Device.  RELEASED ON BOND.
2101 HRS 2126 ALGONQUIN RD. (LOTTERY MART).  DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED.  BUTTRUM, DERRICK, M/W 26 YEARS OF AGE, 44W251 ST. ROUTE 20, HAMPSHIRE.  CHARGES: Driving While License Suspended and Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Headlights.  RELEASED ON BOND.
0131 HR 1100 BLOCK OF HEARTLAND GATE.  DOMESTIC.  Girlfriend vs. Boyfriend.  Verbal Only.  Ten Priors.
0213 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF PINE ST.  DOMESTIC BATTERY.  Husband vs. Wife.  No Priors.  FAIL TO FILE.
1225 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF HEARTLAND GATE.   LOST ARTICLE.  A passport.
1308 HRS 2800 BLOCK OF BRISBANE DR.  FOUND ARTICLE.  A cellphone.  TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
2335 HRS GRAFTON FARM DR. & CLAREMONT LN.  CRIMINAL DEFACEMENT.  A stop sign was spray painted.  TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Founders Days 55th Parade Includes 150 Entries

Algonquin's 55th Founders' Days Parade Saturday was a big one.  The event included 150 entries, more than the usual number recently.  The weather was nearly perfect, too,  for the Festival's big events and entertainment day at Algonquin Lakes Park.

Cloudy local skies this morning with showers and storms in Iowa were furrowing some Founders' Committee brows about today's events, however.     National Weather Service forecasters predicted everything would burn off later this morning but admitted, since some of their models were yielding contradictory conclusions, showers weren't out of the question.

Founders' Days is scheduled to end this evening at 9 pm with the annual Fireworks Spectacular at its usual Riverfront Park venue thanks to special donations to keep it there this year. 

That means traffic restrictions in the area.  Harrison Street will be closed from Route 62 to Edward Street from 5 to 11 pm.  Police said there won't be any vehicle parking there all day today.

No one (pedestrians included) will be permitted to remain on the Route 62 bridge over the Fox River from 7 to 11 pm.  The bridge will be kept open for the flow of pedestrian traffic to Riverfront Park before the fireworks but there'll  be no pedestrian crossing of Route 62 permitted at River Road before, during or after the fireworks.  All foot traffic must cross Route 62 at either Harrison Street or Eastgate Drive, according to police.  At the end of the pyrotechnics, anyone who wants to go east on 62 will have to do it on the south side of the road said a spokesman.

Saturday's Pet Show and Bake Off winners' last names were withheld so there doesn't seem to be much point in listing them.  Here are the winning parade entries, though:

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 Profit Participant
1st – St. Johns Lutheran Church and School; 2nd – Algonquin Garden Club

Exceptional Non 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

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

Centegra Creates "Talent Community" For Jobs At Huntley Hospital

Centegra Hospital-Huntley is already 70 percent complete, according to Kevin Christensen, Centegra Health System Director of Support Services, this week, on track for a July/August 2016 open.  Meanwhile, Centegra's set up something called the Centegra Talent Community to provide communication about job opportunities at the Centegra Hospital-Huntley campus as they become available.  It's located here:  http://centegra.org/grow-with-us/

While rapid change is taking place inside the building, outside the facility, the campus is starting to "go green" with the planting of new trees and aquatic plants in the landscape elements (bioswales) designed to remove silt from surface runoff water. Installation of the irrigation system will be taking place, too. Concrete work continues, and the Doctors' and Associate parking lots will be paved soon.

In the pic:  Cabinets and countertops are being installed on units and the hospital's main kitchen is nearly complete.

LITH American Legion Barbecue Raffle Planned

The American Legion Post 1231 Auxilliary plans a Barbecue Meat Raffle at the Post's Headquarters at Algonquin and Pyott Roads Saturday.  Organizer Shelley Wallenga said there'll be multiple winners per raffle for steaks, chops, roasts, kebobs, burgers, ribs, bacon and other delights for the Summer carnivore.  The event, open to the public will start at 7 pm.  Proceeds will benefit post events which support veterans and their families, Wallenga said.

Illinois Seeks Disaster Relief For Farm Flooding

Members of Illinois' congressional delegation asked President Barack Obama Friday to approve federal disaster relief for farmers hit by severe flooding.  The declaration would allow farmers to get low-interest emergency loans.  Gov. Bruce Rauner sent a similar request on Tuesday.

The wettest June on record in Illinois has been followed by an unusually soggy July, according to records at the Illinois State Water Survey based in Champaign. Statewide precipitation averaged 9.37 inches last month, breaking the previous record of 8.27 inches for June set in 1902.  This week's USDA field report showed more than half the state’s soybean and 44 percent of the corn crop were in poor to fair condition.

Central Illinois is the area hardest hit, according to officials.  Scherrie Giamanco, Illinois executive director for the Farm Service Agency of the USDA, visited farms in east-central Iroquois County this week concluding, “I didn’t see a good-looking soybean field and the corn was short. It’s all water damage.”

State officials will meet Monday to review loss assessments to determine which counties are eligible for assistance.

In the pic:  A McHenry County field near Harvard during last weekend's rain.

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.

JULIAN LEON, DOB: 11/02/1996, 1218 COLDSPRINGS ROAD, ELGIN.  BURGLARY. --Algonquin PD
   
ADDY THANADABOUTH, DOB:  04/14/1983, 10933 CAPE COD, HUNTLEY.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS. --Fox River Grove PD

EMESE D. HAGEN, DOB: 04/05/1983, 115 BEACHWAY DRIVE UNIT D, FOX RIVER GROVE.  RETAIL THEFT, RETAIL THEFT (SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE). --Crystal Lake PD
   
WILLIAM J. LINARDOS, DOB: 02/20/1996, 249 COLLEGE STREET, CRYSTAL LAKE.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A FICTITIOUS ID CARD. --Crystal Lake PD
   
CHRISTOPHER D. HOWE, DOB: 06/06/1994, 104 GREEN STREET, CARPENTERSVILLE.  THEFT (OVER $500). --Woodstock PD
   
DAWN M. ZIMBEROFF, DOB: 08/23/1964, 1615 KNOLL AVENUE, MCHENRY.  DRIVING WHILE LICENSE REVOKED (SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE). --McHenry PD
   
JOSEPH A. LAUDICINA, DOB: 07/28/1985, LKA: 1110 N. FISCHER DRIVE, ADDISON.  HOME INVASION, VEHICULAR INVASION, AGGRAVATED DOMESTIC BATTERY (TWO COUNTS), ATTEMPT FIRST DEGREE MURDER, RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY. --Crystal Lake PD

DAVID J. TAPLEY, DOB:  12/13/1964, 453 DIAMANDO STREET, CRYSTAL LAKE.  AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL SEXUAL ABUSE (FIVE COUNTS). --Crystal Lake PD
   
SAMUEL JAMES CACCAMO, DOB:  06/24/1969, 909 N. 3RD STREET, MCHENRY.  DOMESTIC BATTERY (TWO COUNTS). --McHenry PD
   
JESSE JAMES RUTHERFORD, DOB:  02/21/1985, 507 COLLEGE AVENUE, SOUTH MILWAUKEE, WI.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. --McHenry PD

WILLIAM T. BURGER, DOB:  05/25/1963, 20205 STATE LINE ROAD  #L2, HARVARD.  PREDATORY CRIMINAL SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD, SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A CHILD. --McHenry County Sheriff's Office
   
DONALD J. BURG, DOB:  04/10/1957, 11412 3RD AVENUE, HEBRON.  THEFT. --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 25
1210 HRS 200 BLOCK OF BRIDLEWOOD CIRCLE.  DOMESTIC BATTERY.  CONCEPCION, ROBERT, M/W 57 YEARS OF AGE, 291 BRIDLEWOOD CIRCLE, LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Two Counts of Domestic Battery.  TURNED OVER TO THE MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
1300 HRS 81 N. RANDALL RD. (CHAZIOS).  DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED.  GAYTAN, SELINA, F/W 21 YEARS OF AGE, 1203 E. LONG VALLEY, PALATINE.  CHARGE: Driving While License Suspended.  RELEASED ON BOND.
1259 HRS 2265 W. ALGONQUIN RD. (THORNTONS).  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1537 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF HEARTLAND GATE.  DOMESTIC.  Boyfriend vs. Girlfriend.  Verbal only.  Nine priors.
1627 HRS 5400 BLOCK OF WHITMORE WAY.  HIT & RUN.  Complainant’s vehicle was struck by an unknown vehicle.
2157 HRS HALIGUS RD. & GRAFTON FARM DR.  CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.  Spray paint discovered on speed limit sign.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

McHenry County Unemployment Rate Rises Despite Jobs Increase

 McHenry County's unemployment rate grew .2 percent last month even though the number of people employed increased almost one percent, according to this week's latest report from  the Illinois Department of Employment Security.  The June unadjusted unemployment rate was 5.5 percent thanks to a more than six percent increase in the number of county residents looking for a job.

Illinois' unadjusted unemployment rate rose .3 percent to 5.9 percent in June for much the same reason.  The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 5.9 percent in June far better than 12.2 percent at its peak in  in January 2010.  Nevertheless IDES Director Jeff Mays admitted the unemployment rate's somewhat misleading. “The drop in the number of unemployed Illinois residents since the beginning of this year is not entirely attributable to people finding jobs, rather to people leaving Illinois’ workforce altogether,” he said.

The applies in most of the rest of the country, too.  Nationally, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.5 percent in June down from a 10.6 percent peak 5 years ago. However, the number of people working nationally still isn't back to its level in 2007.

                            UNEMPLOYMENT (unadjusted)             
               REVISED  May    2015     PRELIMINARY  June 2015               
               LABOR    UNEMPLOYED      LABOR   UNEMPLOYED      June
               FORCE    NUMBER  RATE    FORCE   NUMBER    RATE  2014   
U.S. (X1000)   157,719   8,370   5.3    158,283    8,638   5.5   6.3    
ILLINOIS     6,488,139 365,921   5.6  6,578,085  385,830   5.9   7.1   

MCHENRY COUNTY 166,219   8,781   5.3    168,722    9,351   5.5   6.4
KANE COUNTY    262,488  12,727   4.8    267,063   13,352   5.0   6.6    
LAKE COUNTY    362,650  16,314   4.5    371,881   16,959   4.6   6.1
DUPAGE COUNTY  512,554  24,548   4.8    520,224   26,332   5.1   5.9

ALGONQUIN       16,974     790   4.7     17,279      880   5.1   6.3   
LITH            16,162     839   5.2     16,413      901   5.5   6.4
HUNTLEY         10,821     535   4.9     10,982      565   5.1   6.7
CRYSTAL LAKE    22,656   1,165   5.1     23,023    1,268   5.5   6.1
WOODSTOCK       12,962     744   5.7     13,170      802   6.1   6.4
MCHENRY         14,136     795   5.6     14,346      841   5.9   6.7

Founders' Days Parade Should Be Under Sunny Skies

A storm system in Iowa this morning appears to be heading southwest so the weather forecast's looking good for Day Three of Algonquin's Founders' Days and the Founders' Days Parade this morning.

The parade's scheduled to march off from Eastgate Drive at 11 am heading west on Algonquin Road to Main Street, then south to Madison Street.

The eastbound lanes of Route 62 Algonquin road will be closed between Main Street and Eastgate Drive starting at 10.  Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction until the parade clears the section.

South Main Street  will also close at 10 between Algonquin Road and Huntington Drive. Traffic will be detoured onto the Route 31 Western Bypass.

North Harrison Street access to Algonquin Road will be restricted.  Drivers who want to access Algonquin Road will have to use North Main Street.

A change from last year, according to police, though:  there won't be any parking restrictions on South Harrison Street, Madison Street, Washington Street east of South Harrison Street or La Fox River Drive between Madison Street and Washington Street.  "Traffic will be allowed into the subdivisions, but there isn't anywhere to exit," summed up Deputy Chief Andrew Doles. "We discourage people from entering the subdivisions, unless they are residents," he said.

In the pic:  FEN's heard some of the parade participants are foggy on where they're supposed to start and where they'll end up.  Click the pic for map AND directions.

Who Gets How Much Of Each McHenry County Tax Dollar

McHenry County's newsletter includes a breakdown of who gets how much of each property tax dollar.  "As depicted in the graph above, less than 10 cents for every dollar of your property taxes goes to McHenry County," is the conclusion, with more than half of the levy required by State statutes. 

For instance, according to County administrators, $52.4 million is dedicated to the Division of Transportation's personnel, design, highway maintenance, construction and material; nearly $36 million is budgeted for public safety like the Sheriff, Emergency Telephone System Board, Coroner, and Emergency Management Association; $38.3 million goes to health and community services such as food inspections, disease control, immunizations, long term care, workforce development, and veterans assistance and $12.6 million pays for other mandated services like the County Clerk, Recorder of Deeds, Treasurer, State's Attorney, Clerk of the Circuit Court, and County Auditor

In the pic:  Where each property tax dollar goes --in a very general way.  There are 139 different taxing bodies in McHenry County and more than 400 different ways that they overlap.

Another Appeals Court Decison: Pay State Workers

An Illinois appellate court Friday upheld a downstate county judge's decision that State employees should get full pay even during Illinois' budget crisis. A panel of judges in the Fifth District Appellate Court in Mount Vernon approved a temporary St. Clair County restraining order saying employees represented unions that sued have a "protectable right to be paid."

"State employees will suffer irreparable harm" if they don't get paychecks, the court wrote. "No one knows when the budget impasse will end. Courts have found that irreparable harm results from continuing transgressions."

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democratic-controlled legislature have been in a stalemate over a fiscal plan for the budget year that began July 1.  Attorney General Lisa Madigan's position is that taxpayers would be harmed if it pays its workers because the state would be spending money illegally.  A group of 13 unions argue that withholding pay violates the Illinois Constitution's protection of contractual agreements.

"Public service workers in state government keep us safe, protect kids, care for veterans and people with disabilities, and provide many other vital services, and it's right that they will be paid on time and in full for the work they do," Roberta Lynch, executive director of the AFSCME state council, said in a prepared statement.

Madigan spokeswoman Annie Thompson noted that there's no final decision in the case and said again that the attorney general's believes the best solution is for the governor and Legislature to agree on a budget.

Obituaries

Robert Lamothe, 77, of Huntley died.  Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 8 pm at DeFiore Jorgensen Funeral Home, Huntley.  A Celebration of his life will be Aug. 1 at Noon there.

Lamothe was born in 1938 in Southbridge, MA., the son of Herman and Annette Desaulnier Lamothe.  In 1978 he married Mary Hass.   He is survived by his wife; children, Bobbie Lamothe of Schaumburg, Craig Lamothe of Sundeen, CA., Callie Lamothe in Arizona; Doug Lamothe in Plainfield, and Suzanne Lamothe Dorisin Wellington, FL; five grandchildren; brother, Jim, and sister, Madeline Lamothe Walsh.

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
2201 HRS HARVEST GATE & ALGONQUIN RD.  DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED.  RUIZ, JUSTIN L., M/W 20 YEARS OF AGE, 1990 AARON CT.,  HAMPSHIRE.  CHARGES: Driving While License Suspended, Seat Belt Required for Driver, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Cannabis Between 2.5 to 10 Grams.  RELEASED ON BOND.
0125 HRS 200 BLOCK OF BRIDLEWOOD CIRCLE.  DOMESTIC.  Parents vs. Son.  Verbal only.  Six priors.  Male, 19 years of age, transported to Woodstock Hospital for an evaluation.
0904 HRS 00 BLOCK LANSBURY CT.  CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.  A fence was damaged.
0956 HRS 289 N. RANDALL RD. (EINSTEIN BAGELS).  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1447 HRS 311 N. RANDALL RD. (AMC THEATERS).  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Experts: Water Conservation Could Save Huntley $33 Million

Huntley has enough water capacity to handle the next 13 years's village growth but water conservation measures could make it last almost 20, according to a study presented to the Village Board Thursday.  Experts said the measures would postpone $33 million worth of spending to accomodate lush lawns.

The study by Engineering Enterprises of Sugar Grove laid the blame for some of Huntley's excess water usage to leaky mains in the Village's older sections but said 22 percent of  water demand comes from sprinkling in the Summer.  Civil Engineer Jeff Freeman told trustees plugging the leaks and cutting back on sprinkling would delay the need for four new deep wells and two more water towers.

Village Engineer Tim Farrell said old watermain replacements are already underway.

Trustees were uncharacteristicly silent after the 45-minute presentation.  Forty pages of slides about Huntley's water and sewer capacity with at least twice as many charts and graphs may have used up their immediate information capacity.  Forunately, no action was scheduled.

Separately, neither was there much discussion on an amended plan for $40,000 worth of Village aid for Downtown Facade Improvements to the Sal's Pizza building on Woodstock Street and Shampooch and Kitty one on Main.  Mayor Chuck Sass said Village administrators found $1,500 in spare change left over from the Main Street Sawyer-Kelly Mill project to offer landlord Matt Bozzo if he'd make the blocked up windows above the grooming shop look like real ones again. 

"I still want paint," complained Trustee Harry Leopold, referring to his proposal to cover a couple of bare brick sidewalls, too.  Trustee J.R. Westberg argued that something was better than nothing, however.  "Let's get him the windows," he said.

The vote was a tie so Sass had to cast the deciding one.  His choice was in favor of the revised upgrade plan.

In the pic:  Experts said Huntley's drinking water capacity would last a lot longer if residents would quite sprinkling it on the grass.

Algonquin Founders' Days Schedule Packed For Day Two Today

Algonquin's 55th Founders' Days celebration launched Thursday with the annual Cardboard Regatta flotilla on the Fox, a two-hour preview carnival for special needs kids and ceremonies honoring 2015 Founders' Favorite, super volunteer John Biederer, and this year's Founders' Honorees, the St. Margaret Mary's Knights of Columbus.

Day two events at Algonquin Lakes Park are set to begin this morning at 9 am with the Founders' Market and Bazaar, kids' games and the dog and cat show at 10, the annual Bake-Off registration at 11. and Bike Decorating Contest at 1 pm.  The full Founders' schedule today's located here:  http://algonquinfoundersdays.com/events/

To get to the Park from the west, take Randall Road to Algonquin Road (Rt. 62) in Algonquin.  Turn east on Algonquin Road and travel about 3.5 miles to Sandbloom Road (stop light).  Turn right (South) on Sandbloom Road about 1 mile to Compton Drive.  Turn left (East) on Compton and the Park will be on the right next to Algonquin Lakes Elementary School.  From the east,  take Route 25 to Algonquin Road. Turn west on Algonquin to County Line Road/Compton Drive (stop Light).  Turn left on Compton half a mile.  The Park will be on the left.

In the pic:  A great ride Thursday at the Founders' Days Carnival for Special Needs Kids

Firefighters Save Home In LITH's Boulder Ridge

Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District firefighters quickly extinguished a smoky first floor fire late Thursday morning in a two-story home in LITH's gated Boulder Ridge neighborhood.   Battalion Chief John Knebl said firefighters had to break into the residence to put out the fire at 1184 Ridgewood Circle since no one was home at the time.  Kenbl said there's no damage estimate yet on the residence which records show has been for sale since March.  He said the cause of the fire's still under investigation.

Judge Awards $80,000 Costs To FEN In Zinke Report Case

Judge Thomas Meyer Thursday awarded  the First Electric Newspaper $79,000 for over two year's worth of attorney's fees and another $1,000 in filing costs that it took to obtain a copy of a report that former Sheriff Keith Nygren said cleared his choice for successor of wrongdoing.  The combined $80,000 was a 20 percent reduction from what FEN requested and Meyer stayed payment in case of an appeal.

"This case wouldn't have cost nearly so much if the judge hadn't decided Nygren could  have an 'adjudication' all by himself to exempt the report from disclosure," said FEN publisher Pete Gonigam in an autointerview.   Meyer only ruled the Sheriff's Office had to turn over the investigation of then-Undersheriff Andy Zinke's outing a DEA investigation to a campaign supporter after FEN proved Zinke let a Northwest Herald reporter read it before FEN ever asked for it.

Separately, Deputy Administrator Scott Hartman emailed FEN Wednedsay that McHenry County was ready to pay the $5,000 fine Meyer levied against the Sheriff's Office last month for "willfully" withholding the report.  Said Gonigam,  "That'll help finance the appeal to close the hole in the Illinois Freedom of Information Act before anyone one else in one of McHenry County's other 138 governmental bodies tries to jump through it."

In the pic:  A paparazzo snap of media mogul Pete Gonigam and his glamattorney, Mary Gardner, exiting the McHenry County Courthouse in Woodstock for the 41st time in the Zinke report case Thursday.

U.S. Judge Orders State To Pay Medicaid Bills In Cook County

A federal judge in Chicago Thursday ordered the State government to pay Cook County Medicaid providers, even though Gov. Bruce Rauner and lawmakers remain far apart on a spending plan.  The Rauner administration refused to say whether it will authorize an estimated $8 billion worth of payments statewide.

Rauner officials previously resisted doing so, asking Medicaid providers in a letter to continue to offer care during the budget impasse and wait for reimbursement until a deal is reached.   However, John Bouman, an attorney with the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, which brought the lawsuit against the State, argued, “You have to keep the whole system going as if there’s no budget impasse in order to ensure the children have access to care.”

Judge Joan Lefkow agreed.  “The money is there. The money is available," she said.

A.J. Wilhelmi, the Chief Government Relations Officer for the Illinois Hospital Association, urged the governor to expand the ruling outside of Cook County.  However, John Hoffman, a spokesman for the Department of Healthcare and Family Services would only say the agency is reviewing the Lefkow's order.  "In the long run, the General Assembly needs to pass a balanced budget," he said.

Obituaries

James H. Garbrecht, 71, of Sun City, Huntley, died Wednesday at JourneyCare in Woodstock following a lengthy illness.  Visitation will be Saturday from 4 to 7 pm at the DeFiore-Jorgensen Funeral Home, Huntley.  Funeral Services will be Sunday at 11 am at St. John’s United Church of Christ-Harmony, Hampshire. Burial will be in Windridge Memorial Park Cemetery, Cary.

Garbrecht was born April 21, 1944, in Palatine, the son of John and Lucile (Moeller) Garbrecht. He married Erika Mann on Nov. 3, 1990.   He is survived by his wife; stepdaughter, Sabine (Phil) Prather; stepson, Robert (Jennifer) Dietrich, and sister, Susan Bonner.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, John Garbrecht.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Animal House Shelter, Huntley, The Heifer Project or any charity.

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
1609 HRS 900 BLOCK OF BLACKBERRY CT.  WANTED ON WARRANT.  BERNARDO, ANGELO V.,  M/W 23 YEARS OF AGE, 975 BLACKBERRY CT., LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGE: Wanted on Warrant, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office: Failure to Appear, Dangerous Drugs. Bond: $7,000 @ 10%.  RELEASED ON BOND.
1019 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF RIDGEWOOD CIRCLE.  ASSIST TO THE FIRE DEPARTMENT.  Assisted the Algonquin-LITH Fire Department with a structure fire.
1349 HRS 108 N. RANDALL RD. (O’REILLY AUTO PARTS).  FOUND ARTICLE.  Credit card.  Returned to owner.
1357 HRS 800 BLOCK OF PARC CT.  CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO VEHICLE.  Vehicle was found with scratches on it.  TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
2205 HRS 200 BLOCK OF RIDGE LN.  DEATH INVESTIGATION.  Male, 59 years of age, found deceased.  TURNED OVER TO THE MCHENRY COUNTY CORONER.
Algonquin
July 20
00:34am Grimscheid, Alexander J., DOB: 11/01/1992, of 6180 Elm St., Union, was charged with Battery.  Townsend, Andrew S., DOB: 05/14/1989, of 818 Royal Oak Dr., Marengo, was charged with Criminal Damage to Property.  They were both taken into custody at 1700 S. Randall Rd.  They both posted bond and were released with court dates in Kane County.
10:15am Jimenez, Gladys, DOB: 04/05/1997, of 914 Berkley St., Carpentersville, was charged with Domestic Battery.  She was taken into custody at 500 E. Algonquin Rd and transported to the McHenry County jail to await bond court.
July 21
17:25pm Christopher, Tabitha M., DOB: 05/02/1992, of 1640 Riverwood Dr. was charged with DWLS and Improper Lane Use.  She was taken into custody at Woodview and Longwood.  She posted bond and was released with a court date in McHenry County.
July 22
19:48pm Berger, Michael S., DOB: 10/22/1995, of 1347 Knollwood Circle., Crystal Lake, was charged with Retail Theft.  He was taken into custody at 734 S. Randall Rd.  He was released with a Notice To Appear in Algonquin Municipal Court.
22:52pm Tyler, Cody R., DOB: 09/09/1992, of 6 Crossview Ct., Lake in the Hills, was arrested on a warrant out of Carpentersville PD for Retail Theft.  He was taken into custody at Bunker Hill Dr. and Georgetown.  He was turned over to Carpentersville PD.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Algonquin Lake In The Hills Fire District Names New Chief

The Algonquin Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District Board Wednesday picked Assistant Chief Peter Van Dorpe to replace Chief Patrick Mullen.   Mullen said he was leaving the post he's held for two years for "personal reasons."

"I enjoy the job and I enjoy the people," Mullen told FEN, "but at this point from a personal and family standpoint this is the thing to do."  A firefighter for 37 years, Mullen took over ALFDP following a six month-retirement from being Chief in St. Charles.  Van Dorpe, a Chicago Division Chief, joined the District a few months after Mullen took over.   His elevation's expected to set off a domino chain of ALFPD promotions extending down to the firefighter level.

Management Services Director Chris Randall Wednesday laid out what may be the incoming chief's biggest problem, how the cash-strapped District will cover increasing health insurance costs.  In an extensive briefing, Randall explained that, thanks to the latest revisions in the Obamacare Affordable Health Care Act, ALFPD's employer classification will change removing most of the factors that have helped keep the District's insurance rates low.  She estimated 20 to 30 percent increases will kick in next year unless the Board decides to slip through a loophole to postpone them for two more years.  Even if they do, there'd still be a three percent increase, she said.

"Affordable Health Care," said Trustee Mike Markowitz.  "They didn't say who it was affordable for."

At least Van Dorpe won't have to worry too much about the cost of keeping the District's expensive fire trucks and ambulances healthy.  The Board renewed an intergovernmental agreement for the Village of Algonquin to do their maintenance.  "The same price we paid in [2013] we'll pay in 2017," said Mullen.

In the pic:  ALFPD Chief-to-be Peter Van Dorpe

Local Algonquin Road Lane Closure Expected Today, Friday

Algonquin Village officials announced Wednesday evening that one eastbound lane on Algonquin Road between Crystal Lake Road and Hanson/Hilltop Road will be closed today and Friday for construction.  Contractors are installing storm sewers for the Clarendale senior living facility under construction since April on Algonquin Road about opposite Wander Way.  Officials said they weren't informed of the construction and closure plans until Wednesday afternoon.

Algonquin Founders' Days To Begin 55th Celebration Today

Algonquin's 55th Founders' Days Celebration gets underway today at the event's East Side Algonquin Lakes Park location.  Four days of fun will actually start at Riverfront Park, however, with the annual Cardboard Boat Regatta at 4 pm.  The festivities at Algonquin Lakes will start with the Taste of Founders' open at 5 pm and continue through the Carnival open at 6, opening ceremonies at 7, and music by Pirates Over 40 on the Main Stage at 7:30.

All four days' schedules are available here:  http://algonquinfoundersdays.com/

Founders' organizers report there's plenty of handy parking.  According to Algonquin Police the only "no parking" area is on Lake Cornish Way and Golden Valley Lane, the "loop" to the west of the park.  Still, people live in the vicinity so Deputy Chief Andrew Doles asked parkers to be careful not to block sidewalks, driveways, fire hydrants and intersections.

Cullerton Calls For "Reset" On Budget Impasse

It was Senate President John Cullerton's turn at the mike Wednesday in Illinois' budget impasse blame game.  Not surprisingly, he  laid the fault at Republican Governor Bruce Rauner's feet but the Chicago Democrat said, nonetheless, it was time to start over.   "His plan is dead, our plan is dead," Cullerton said. "Let's acknowledge that. Let's start moving forward."

At a Chicago news conference, Cullerton said Rauner should submit a new balanced budget that shows where the governor wants to spend and where he wants to make cuts.  "The governor has rejected nearly our entire budget," he said.  "At the same time, the governor never gave us a real budget, a balanced plan that could pass.  Rather than fight over proposals that aren't going anywhere, I'd like to suggest we hit the reset button and start over."

A Rauner spokesman charged the budget passed by Democrats was more of  "the failed tax-and-spend policies of the past" while neglecting to mention that the governor's own broad outline came in at $2 billion more than revenues.

Cullerton said the State risks another credit downgrade unless it gets its fiscal problems under control.   "The ratings agencies aren't asking for collective bargaining changes or [other Rauner] changes not related to the budget," Cullerton said. "I would suggest we stop the sideshows and focus on the changes the ratings agencies say we need."

In the pic:  John Cullerton

Obituaries

Marjorie J. Welch, 78, of Sun City, Huntley, died  July 11 in Mesa, AZ.  Funeral services will be private. Her  ashes will be scattered in the Superstition Mountains.

Welch was born Dec. 1, 1936, in Iowa City, IA, the daughter of Dr. Glenn J.  Dr. Evelyn M. Olson Anderson of Winterset, IA. She married Paul Welch in 1958.  She is survived by her husband; daughters,Trisha (Michael) Dailey of Gainesville, VA, and Lori (David) Schock of Hampshire;  grandsons, Christopher and Jonathan Dailey of Gainesville, VA, and brother, Dr. Carl F. (Virginia) Anderson of Rochester, MN.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

Donations may be made to the Marjorie J. Welch Memorial at the Wells Fargo Bank, Mesa, AZ.

Kimberly Kay Meyer, 50, of Huntley died Tuesday at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.  Memorial Visitation will be Saturday from 2 to 6 pm at the James A. O'Connor Funeral Home, Huntley.  Services and interment will be private.

Meyer was born Nov. 20, 1964,  in Elgin, the daughter of Basil and Mary (Berghorn) Periman.  She is survived by her parents, Mary and Basil of LaMoille; children. Stephanie (David) Fanthorpe of Elgin, Brandon Meyer of Waco, TX, Kayla (Colin Strack) Meyer of Hampshire, and brothers, Kevin (Katrina) Periman of New Berlin, IL, and Kerry Periman of Alexander, IL.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Kimberly K. Meyer Memorial Fund. P.O. Box 74, Huntley.

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
0747 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & FRANK RD.  CRIMINAL TRESPASS TO VEHICLE.  VAN DEN BERG, JONATHAN M., MW 18 YEARS OLD, 1697 BRIGHAM ST., CRYSTAL LAKE.  CHARGES: Criminal Trespass to Vehicle, Theft of Service, and Criminal Trespass to Land.  TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
1611 HRS PYOTT RD. & OAK ST.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1720 HRS 250 N. RANDALL RD. (COSTCO).  CIVIL MATTER.  Parental discipline issues.
1915 HRS REED RD. & ANNANDALE RD.  BATTERY. Delayed from 072115.  Male, 19 years of age, uncooperative.  FAIL TO FILE.
2021 HRS 900 BLOCK OF WINDSTONE CT.  FOUND ARTICLE.  A watch and man’s shoe in the yard.  ENTERED INTO EVIDENCE.
2105 HRS 3100 BLOCK OF IMPRESSIONS DR.  DOMESTIC BATTERY.  Husband vs. Wife.  Three Priors.  FAIL TO FILE.