Friday, July 3, 2015

Schofield Announces Try For Tryon State Rep. Seat

McHenry County Board Member Carolyn Schofield from Crystal Lake announced Thursday she's running to replace State Rep. Mike Tryon when he retires next year after his current 66th District term expires.  She joins three other more or less announced aspirants for the seat.

“These are critical days for the State of Illinois," Schofield told supporters at her home. "We need lawmakers in Springfield who are willing to work with Governor Rauner and majority party Democrats to find consensus on issues that will address the state’s financial crisis, protect suburban taxpayers, improve the jobs climate, and root out the waste, fraud and abuse that has crippled Illinois.”

Schofield's been a District 2 County Board Member since 2012.  Before that she was on the Crystal Lake City Council.

Schofield doesn't have a campaign committee yet but, even absent a public announcement of candidacy, Lakewood trustee Paul Serwatka does.  He set it up Wednesday.  Assistant McHenry State's Attorney Dan Wilbrandt from West Dundee registered his about a month ago.  East Dundee Trustee Allen Skillicorn's had one for a couple of  years to support his candidacy "for state and local office."  He looks as if he's running for State Rep. but hasn't made a public announcement yet.

"[Schofield] will have the Hooter Factor, going for her", said one longtime political observer of the female persuasion.  "Women vote for women candidates more than they do for men."  A rumored fifth candidate would have enjoyed the Hooter Factor, too, but this morning told FEN she wasn't running.  "Why would I do that?" she asked.  "I've seen what these guys have to go through."

In the pic:  Carolyn Schofield.

THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES

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Scholfield Announces Try For Tryon State Rep. Seat
Huntley 4th Fireworks To Move To Deicke, Tell Yer Neighbors
Police, Safety Officials Warn Against Playing With Fireworks
Courts Asked To Decide How To Pay State Workers Without A Budget
Randal Improvements Receive OK's, Local Salt Site Uncertain
Gags, Pranks, Magic Feature At New Huntley Outlet Shop
Prize Packs For Best LITH Parks & Rec Contest Photos
Temporary Budget Fails In House, Rauner Cuts Raises For Lawmakers
Tax Freeze In Cullerton School Bill Could Impact Huntley D158
Water Main Break Closes Dean St. In Huntley Tuesday Morning
Mosquito Spraying Planned In Huntley, LITH Thursday Evening
Dems Call For One-Month Temporary State Budget
"Expect Delays" For Two Week's Route 31 Work Near Algonquin
Investigators Seek Cause Of Rural Huntley Home Fire
Rauner Promises Continued IL Paychecks, Lisa Madigan Dubious
New Phone Surcharge Will Create Statewide 911 System
Kim Zinke Case Under Review At Special Prosecutor Office
Huntley Eye Care To Open Today In Sawyer Kelly Building
Fliers And Flapjacks Feature At LITH Airport
June Rainiest On Record In Illinois Since 1895
Longmeadow Parkway Opponents Plan Complaints To Algonquin
Good Turnout, Rad Rides Feature At Peck Car Show, Huntley
Algonquin, Carpentersville Fox River Corridor Briefing Set Wednesday
Pols Ready For Battle Three Days Before Illinois Shutdown
McHenry County Unemployment Rate Unchanged But Low In Collars
Second Video Gaming Cafe Opens On Randall In LITH
McHenry County Deputy Shooter Begins 135-Year Sentence
Supreme Court Gay Marriage Decision To Have Little Illinois Impact

Huntley 4th Fireworks To Move To Deicke, Tell Yer Neighbors

Yellow signs festooned Huntley this week announcing the Village's 4th of July fireworks display will be at Deicke Park this year.  Notices also went up on the Village's website and Facebook page and  FEN's already done two stories to alert the populace.  Nevertheless, "I know Saturday people are going to show up at the Outlet Mall and wonder where the fireworks are," said one Huntley worker.

Word of mouth is probably the best way to get the message out so, Huntley readers, tell your neighbors:  The July 4th Fireworks Show will be in Deicke Park and Warrington Park Saturday July at dusk. The rain date is Sunday.  The site's changed because the new Weber distribution center's in the middle of what used to be the downrange rocket runoff area when the display was at the Outlet Mall.

Huntley's won't be the only fireworks in the area on the 4th, of course.  Elgin's display will be at dusk ( 9:15ish). Viewed from Festival Park, paid tickets are required but it's free to see from Riverside Drive/Downtown Elgin.  Sleepy Hollow's display will be at 9:15, too.  Admission's a requested $5 donation per car.

Crystal Lake's fireworks won't be until Sunday.  Admission's $3 per person at the Main Beach.  Carpentersville's fireworks display is already done.  It was last weekend.

Police, Safety Officials Warn Against Playing With Fireworks

Most area police agencies warned this week against playing with fireworks.  Last year, according to Consumer Product Safety Commission figures, 11 consumers were killed and more than 10,000 were injured by fireworks. Last year, children younger than 15 experienced the highest rate of injury, according to CPSC.

Illustrative stories tend to involve either monumental stupidity or, very often, alcohol.  Sometimes both.  The two most important tips from the agency include:

Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.  Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.

Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.

Courts Asked To Decide How To Pay State Workers Without A Budget

State workers' next paychecks moved into two courts Thursday as employee's unions filed a lawsuit in St. Clair County and Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed another one in Cook County.  Both, essentially, ask judges to decide how the State's supposed to pay wages without a budget to back them up.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31, the Service Employees International Union and others demand to be be paid in full and on time despite the lack of a 2016 fiscal year budget.  Madigan, on the other hand, is seeking a court order to clarify what payments the State can and cannot make without a new spending plan in place.

Gov. Bruce Rauner argues there's a 2007 precedent for issuing paychecks even without a budget and vows to fight any attempt to prevent paychecks from being issued.  Madigan claims he's wrong.  "The Illinois Constitution clearly states that without a budget, the state's authority to fund government operations and services is severely limited," Madigan said in a written statement. "I am bringing this action to ensure that legally supported expenditures can continue to be made and to address the question of how the state payroll is legally managed during the budget impasse."

There are some state payments that must continue even without a budget, such as payments on the state's outstanding bonds, some welfare payments and checks issued to state retirees.  In some cases, court orders have been entered over the years that require continued state payments no matter what.  There are also programs run through the State government using federal money that have to continue even if the State hasn't approved a budget.  On top of all that, Madigan maintains that federal law requires the State to pay "essential" workers the national minimum wage rate during the impasse or face significant fines.

The Rauner administration and Comptroller Leslie Munger who writes the State's checks both said it would take months for the state to sort out which employees fall under the federal edict and then jigger computer payrolls to pay them a minimum wage.  "The best course of action is to simply pay those people in full," Munger said at a news conference.

That next State paychecks are scheduled for issuance July 15.

In the pic:  Comptroller Leslie Munger's Thursday press conference.

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 2
0222 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & SQUARE BARN RD.  NO VALID DRIVERS LICENSE.  VADO, JOAN S., M/W 27 YEARS OF AGE, 11906 4TH ST., HUNTLEY.  CHARGES: No Valid Driver’s License and Improper Lane Usage.  RELEASED ON BOND.
2016 HRS 200 BLOCK OF INDIAN TRAIL.  FOLLOW UP ARREST:  WANTED ON WARRANT.  DUBIN, JEFFREY S., M/W 42 YEARS OF AGE,  235 INDIAN TRAIL, LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Wanted on Warrant, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office: Impersonation of a Police Officer.  Bond: $15,000 @ 10%.  RELEASED ON BOND.
0006 HRS 2700 BLOCK OF BRIARCLIFF LN.  DOMESTIC.  Mother vs. Son.  Verbal only.  No Priors.
0041 HRS 00 BLOCK OF WALTER CT.  INFORMATION FOR POLICE.  Contact with a Registered Sex Offender.
1118 HRS 4591 PRINCETON LN. (GO SLOW DRIVING SCHOOL).  THEFT.  A bicycle was stolen.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1702 HRS 00 BLOCK OF HERON CT.  BURGLARY FROM MOTOR VEHICLE.  Wallet and cell phone were taken from an unsecured car.  TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
2346 HRS 00 BLOCK OF WALNUT DR.  DOMESTIC BATTERY.  Boyfriend vs. Girlfriend.  No Priors.  FAIL TO FILE.
Algonquin

June 30
13:26pm Ramberg, Ruby M., DOB: 03/14/1978, of 135 S Lincoln Ave., Carpentersville, was charged with DL Expired more than a Year and Speeding.  She was taken into custody at RT 31 and Huntington Dr.  She was released after posting bond with a court date in McHenry County.
July 1
10:53am Jimenez, Leonardo, DOB: 07/22/199,3 of 914 Berkley St., Carpentersville, was charged with Improper Left turn and DWLS.  He was taken into custody at 203 S Main.  He posted bond and was released.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Randall Improvements Receive OK's, Local Salt Site Still Uncertain

McHenry County Division of Transportation Engineers in an update Wednesday told the County Board's Transportation Committee that the Randall Road Improvement Project's passed State and federal hurdles to begin construction but it won't happen for two more years.  Plans for a satellite County salt storage facility in Algonquin or Grafton townships are still stalled, however, they said.

The Illinois Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration have both approved design plans for conventional intersections improvements at the Randall and Algonquin roads intersection and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning has signed off on using a $10.6 million grant to help build it, according to Assistant County Engineer Jeff Young.  The grant was approved in late 2013 but for a controversial Continuous Flow Intersection which the County Board finally rejected last September.

Young said the next steps involve getting OK's from more agencies like the Army Corps of engineers and Department of Natural Resources,  organizing all the utility work the project's going to require and buying the bits and pieces of land required for additional right of way.  Construction on the two-year project's not expected to begin until 2017.

Separately, engineers said a request for landowner proposals for a storage site in the southeast corner of the county only brought one even though they extended the deadline an extra month.  Unfortunately, the single entry was a Crystal Lake location they'd already turned down once even with a lower price.  They think the satellite's still a good idea, though, since this area uses over 40 percent of the County's salt so they said they'll see if municipal officials have any ideas.

In the pic:  MCDOT's latest plan is to concentrate on Randall improvements from about Harnish Drive in Algonquin to Acorn Lane in Lake in the Hills.

Gags, Pranks, Magic Feature At New Huntley Outlet Shop

Gusto's FunHouse opened in the Huntley Outlet Center Wednesday in the former Bose factory store spot.  Owner Mike Guistolise and son Steve bill Gusto's as a gag and prank superstore featuring magic tricks, collectible playing cards and candy.   "They have lots of cool gag gifts," said one Crystal Lake shopper. "Oh and a ton of bacon stuff and bacon flavored stuff."

Gusto's is  the bricks and mortar extension of Gustolise's online Magic Trick Store. Its Grand Opening will continue all weekend with games for shoppers offering a chance to win "neat-o prizes"

Prize Packs For Best LITH Parks & Rec Contest Photos

The Village of Lake in the Hills announced another photo contest Wedneday.  July is National Parks & Recreation Month so that's what it's about.  Print the department poster located here: http://www.lith.org/sites/default/files/fileattachments/parks_and_recreation/page/2141/i_love_my_pr_poster.pdf and take a photo with it at a Lake in the Hills park, beach, recreation activity, or special event. Then submit the best photos to kbrewer@lith.org by July 31 to be eligible to win one of three Parks & Rec prize packs.  The contest's open to resident amateur photographers of any age. Entering authorizes use use of the image in promotional materials on and offline. Questions go to 847-960-7460.

Temporary Budget Fails In House, Rauner Cuts Raises For Lawmakers

The Illinois House Wednesday failed to pass a temporary spending plan to allow the State to limp along for another month without a real budget.  Republicans and Democrats spent most of the day blaming each other for the impasse.

Strictly on Democratic votes, the Senate passed a spending plan Wednesday to continue "essential" State services through July.  However, an identical but officially different House measure ended up four votes short of the supermajority required for passage. 

"This is about public safety and vulnerable populations," said Democratic State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie.  "Do you want to shut it down?  Do you want to stop Illinois government from operating for the people?"

"This puts us on a path to spend $36 billion when we only have $32 billion," said Republican State Sen. Matt Murphy.  "It puts us on a path to a tax increase without any reforms."

Under General Assembly rules, the House can't pass the Senate bill until at least next week.  Even if it does, however, the governor's promised to veto it.  Rauner budget director Tim Nuding, said in a Wednesday letter it, "marches the taxpayers of Illinois toward an unbalanced budget one month at a time."

Separately, for the second day, the House heard testimony about the impact of a State government shutdown.  None of the directors of State agencies invited to appear showed up so most of the testimony was from advocacy groups and worried parents of disabled children.  They said it would be bad.

Rauner, meanwhile, struck down cost-of-living salary increases for State lawmakers and elected constitutional officers. He said signing the legislation into law would have meant raises between $1,400 to $1,900 apiece for lawmakers he claimed were already among the best-paid in the U.S.

Obituaries

Rose Mary Marshall, 63, of Huntley died Sunday at her home.  Visitation will be next Tuesday from 4 to 8  pm at the DeFiore-Jorgensen Funeral & Cremation Service, Huntley, and Wednesday from 9 am until a 10 o'clock  Funeral Mass at St. Mary Catholic Church, Huntley.

Marshall was born Sept. 2, 1951, in Peterborough, UK, the daughter of Lily Blackledge. She married Richard Glen Marshall on April 8, 1972, in Peterborough.  She is survived by her husband; sons, Leigh (Alex) Marshall, Robert (Michelle) Marshall and Richard (Amy) Marshall, all of England; grandchildren, Toby, Fergus, Hayden, Courtney, Kieren, Jacob and Luke, and several brothers and sisters.

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 1
1703 HRS 900 BLOCK OF ASTER CT.  FOLLOW UP ARREST: BATTERY.  TRACY, BRYAN D., M/W 34 YEARS OF AGE, 1860 HIGHLAND AVE., ELGIN.  CHARGES: One Count Battery and Disorderly Conduct.
RELEASED ON BOND.
0842 HRS 300 BLOCK OF WEDGEWOOD CIRCLE.  INFORMATION FOR POLICE. Complainant was concerned about a text message that she received.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Tax Freeze In Cullerton School Bill Could Impact Huntley D158

Legislation introduced Tuesday to freeze property taxes for two years and overhaul the way Illinois funds schools showed why Illinois school officials didn't break out the champagne last week when Governor Bruce Rauner signed an increased education funding bill.

Huntley District 158 Chief Financial Officer Mark Altmayer told FEN a $244 million increase for General State Aid to Illinois Schools would be worth an $600,000 to his district.  "That would eliminate my [tentative] deficit," he said but still worried that what one hand in Springfield giveth, the other could take away.

The measure introduced Tuesday would also require the State to make the employer contribution for Chicago Public Schools' teacher pensions.

Spokeswoman Rikeesha Phelon said the bill is Senate President John Cullerton's attempt to comply with Rauner's repeated calls for freezing property taxes.  Rauner's thought likely to reject the measure, however, since he wants accompanying provisions to allow local governments to opt out of collective bargaining with public-employee unions and wage requirements for public construction projects.

Altmayer said a tax freeze, even one that doesn't kick in until Jan. 1, would impact D158 since it's new tentative budget overlaps the next tax payment year.  Altmayer said a proposal to shift the State's portion of teacher's pensions to school districts also remains on the legislative table. 

Meanwhile the State Board of Education hasn't decided exactly what the education funding bill really calls for.  "There's some ambiguity," about $85 million appropriated for high poverty school districts, spokesman Matt Vanover told FEN.  "At this point the language is being reviewed," he said.

Water Main Break Closes Dean St. In Huntley Tuesday Morning

Huntley Public Works crews battled another water main leak Tuesday, this time on Dean Street in front of the Dean Foods plant.  Streets Superintendent Dan Ruggles said an eight-inch main "basically just failed," requiring replacement with five feet of new pipe.

Ruggles said no cause was immediately evident for the break but that Public Works is going to look for one since it was similar to another break only three weeks ago and 100 feet to the west.

Mosquito Spraying Planned In Huntley, LITH Thursday Evening

Clarke Mosquito will be performing an adult mosquito control spray application in Huntley and Lake in the Hills starting at about dusk Thursday, according to Village officials.  Clarke will continue spraying for mosquito control there periodically throughout the summer keyed to mosquitoes' 10 to 14-day breeding cycle.

Officials said residents can help fight mosquitoes, too, especially with all the rain last month. Mosquitoes need standing water for the first stages of development.  Eliminating stagnant water will eliminate a lot of itchy little bloodsuckers, too.

Clarke has a Mosquito Hotline, 800-942-2555, to report any new locations of stagnant water.  Residents can report areas usually don't  hold water but now have for four or more days.

Dems Call For One-Month Temporary State Budget

House Speaker Michael Madigan said Tuesday that lawmakers will take up a temporary one-month budget today, the first day of the state’s new fiscal year to keep “essential services” operating in July.   Gov. Bruce Rauner's already said he'd veto a temporary budget, however, and Tuesday his office said reporters should refer to his previous statements.

The $2.3 billion spending plan provides funding for a variety of human services programs including community care for the aged, Medicaid payments and money for the schools for the Visually Impaired and the Deaf in Jacksonville, programs for foster care and group homes for troubled youth, salaries and health care services for prisons, and salaries for state police officers and conservation police.

“I would simply hope that the governor would see the wisdom of continuing to keep the government functioning,” Madigan said when asked how Rauner would react to the temporary budget. “This is a reasonable proposal.”

The Legislature sent Rauner a $36 billion spending plan that Democrats acknowledged was at least $3 billion short of revenues. The governor vetoed the bulk of it last week until the Legislature delivers what Democrats call "extreme" rule-changes in liability lawsuits and worker-injury compensation, along with term limits for politicians and an impartial method for drawing political district lines.

"What is extreme in Illinois is our property tax burden, what is extreme is our deficit and our debt, what is extreme is our low economic growth, our low rate of job creation and our high rate of conflicts of interest inside government,"  Rauner told reporters after talking to Illinois Emergency Management Agency employees Tuesday.

Separately, although not unrelatedly, Rauner used his amendatory veto pen to scratch out $68 million in already-funded road construction or other bricks-and-mortar projects. The cuts included $50 million for continued renovation of the State Capitol and $5 million for the forever pending Peotone airport in south suburban Chicago. Rauner approved most of the re-appropriated money but said he nixed some to ensure "limited taxpayer dollars are spent wisely."

In the pics:  House Speaker Mike Madigan and Governor Bruce Rauner

Obituaries

Barbara Jo Gustafson, 72, of Algonquin died Thursday.   No funeral service has been scheduled.

Gustafson was born Jan. 23, 1943, to Joseph and Anne Marie Fillipp.  She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Carl H. Gustafson; children, Christina Marie (Lou) Derango, Beth Ann (James) Nieciecki and Laura Lynn (John) Wykowski, and grandchildren, David Allen (Stephanie) Gustafson, Samantha Marie Derango and Steven Michael Wykowski.  She was preceded in death by her son, Joseph Harold Gustafson and her parents.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Almost Home Foundation.

Thomas A. Tully, 80, of Huntley, died recently.  Visitation will be today from 3 to 8 pm and Thursday, from 8 am until a 9 o'clock funeral at Gibbons Funeral Home, Elmhurst.  A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 am at Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church, Oakbrook Terrace.  Interment will be in Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Hillside.

Tully was the husband of Diane; father of Debra (Joe) Barry, Susan (John) Trapani, Laura (Gil) Castellanos, Maureen, Thomas (Kim) and the late Linda Jean; grandfather of 15, and  brother of Tim (Sharon) Tully and the late Bob, Marty and Julie.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Linda J. Tully Scholarship Fund, c/o IC Catholic Prep, Elmhurst, or Ronald McDonald House Charities, Chicago.

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
June 30
0122 HRS 4231 W. ALGONQUIN RD. (GROVE MART).  ASSIST OTHER POLICE AGENCY.  Assisted Elgin Police with locating a suicidal subject.  Female, 19 years of age, transported to Sherman Hospital.
1214 HRS RANDALL RD. & ACORN LN.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1510 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF BURR ST.  ASSIST OTHER POLICE AGENCY.  Assist to McHenry County Sherriff’s Office with serving a Short Order Form of Protection.
1546 HRS RANDALL RD. & ALGONQUIN RD.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
Algonquin
June 27
05:03am Vega, Jose F., DOB: 04/24/1964, of 26 N. River Rd. was charged with two counts of Domestic Battery and Criminal  Damage to Property.  He was taken into custody at APD.  He was transported to McHenry County jail to await bond court.
05:44am Gomez, Jason E., DOB: 06/16/1992, of 1341 Cunat Ct.. Apt. 2B, Lake In The Hills, was charged with DUI, Improper Lane Usage and No Insurance.  He was taken into custody at 2162 Glacier Ct.  He was released after posting bond, with a court date in McHenry County.
18:14pm Hunter, Jeffrey S., DOB: 01/27/1991, of 125 S. Lincoln St., Carpentersville, was charged with No DL, Leaving The Scene of An Accident, No Insurance and  Following Too Closely.  He was taken into custody at 771 S. Randall Rd.  He was unable to post bond and transported to McHenry County jail.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

"Expect Delays" For Two Week's Route 31 Work Near Algonquin

IDOT electric signs warning motorists to "expect delays" on the Route 31 south bluff out of Algonquin understate what's in store for drivers July 13 through 31.   Algonquin officials said Monday that, according to info just received from the Illinois Department of Transportation, the hill which handles 14,500 vehicles per day will see a week of single-lane operation followed by a second in which both lanes will be shut down.

Records show that IDOT awarded a contract to a Westchester contractor April 24 for pavement patching and removal of a culvert that carries 31 over an animal crossing on the hill.   Algonquin Public Works Project Manager Shawn Hurtig --who emphasized the job's not one of his-- said the work will be in two phases.  Assuming no rain delays, the week of July 13 will see single lane closures from 9am to 3 pm while utility crews work on mains that run through the crossing, he said.  The following week will see both lanes closed for removal and repair.

IDOT's expected to post recommended detour route signs around the project and Hurtig said Algonquin will put detour maps on the Village website when they become available from the Department of Transportation.

Investigators Seek Cause Of Rural Huntley Home Fire

Investigators still aren't sure what caused a fire that razed an unincorporated Huntley home early Sunday morning.  The structure at 15007 Harmony Road was fully engulfed by the time a passerby called HFPD firefighters to the scene, officials said.  No one was in the residence at the time, they said.  Sales records show the home had only been purchased two months ago.

Rauner Promises Continued IL Paychecks, Lisa Madigan Dubious

Gov. Bruce Rauner said Monday state workers will continue to get paid for work after July 1 even if the State doesn't have a permanent budget approved by then.  Hours later, however, Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office released a memo questioning whether payroll checks can be issued without a budget authorizing them.

In an email sent to state workers, Rauner said all workers under his jurisdiction should continue to report to work even without a new spending plan.    “State employees will be paid for their work and I will do everything within my power to ensure you don’t miss a single payroll,” Rauner wrote saying there's "precedent" for it.

Madigan's memo, though, said that in another budget impasse in 1991 an appellate court found, “The Illinois Constitution and statutes prevent the comptroller from continuing to pay expenditures, including the state’s payroll, without a budget and even a court cannot order all of these payments to be made.”

The largest union of State workers, AFSCME Council 31, said its employees will remain on the job but the union plans to examine its legal options. Even so, the group pressed Rauner and lawmakers to ink a budget deal, saying that critical services like mental health care and aid to seniors and children will be cut off if there's no spending plan in place.  "The current situation can't go on indefinitely," executive director Roberta Lynch said in a statement.

It might last quite a while, though. The four leaders of the General Assembly met with Rauner Monday for more budget talks.  No one reported any progress.

New Phone Surcharge Will Create Statewide 911 System

Without comment, Gov. Bruce Rauner Monday signed a rewrite of the state's 911 laws to create a statewide system by 2020.  A key piece of the package is a uniform monthly fee of 87-cents per month for 911 services for both mobile phones and landline phones.

In the old days when there was only one telephone company and each phone was in one place, the emergency system was pretty simple.  Now, with competing providers and mobile phones that are ... mobile, it's a lot more complicated.   Under the current regime, 911 systems have been operated by local public safety offices in cooperation with the telecom providers that offer services in each area.  The new law, passed by both houses in May, will create a statewide 911 system under the authority of the Illinois State Police.

"This keeps the dial tone on for 911 services," said State Rep. John Bradley, a Marion Democrat who worked on the overhaul.  The single 87 cents per line per month fee will apply for both hardwired and wireless phones throughout Illinois except in Chicago where the charge will remain at $3.90.  The local calling centers and emergency system boards will still operate on the local level, but the new law mandates a consolidation plan that will result in the closure of some of the smaller call centers.

In a statement provided by AT&T, the telecommunications company says there’s still work to be done to fully modernize Illinois' 911 laws and stay competitive with other states.  The measure takes effect immediately except for the part about consolidation which will start to become effective in January.

Obituaries

Dr. Thomas J. Nykiel, 69, of Sun City, Huntley, died at his home Saturday.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 9 pm at the DeFiore-Jorgensen Funeral & Cremation Service, Huntley, and Thursday from 9 am until a 10 o'clock Funeral Mass at St. Mary Catholic Church, Huntley.

Nykiel was born June 15, 1946, in Berwyn, the son of Thomas C. and Ann (Trasko) Nykiel.   He married Connie Corso on June 1, 1968, in Chicago Heights.  He is survived by his wife; children, Jackie Berry of Aurora, Thomas Nykiel of Chicago, Joni (Kurt) Van Alstine of Huntley and Rebecca (Joe) Bruckner of Frankfort; grandchildren, Sean, Alec, Kyle, Nate, Hailey, Joey, Jack and Juliette; sisters, Carol Nykiel of Chicago and Ann Marie (Doug) Grieve of Lake Bluff, and his brother, David (Rosemary) Nykiel of Naperville.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation.

Constance S. Garmoe, 85, of Huntley died at her home Sunday.  Visitation will be Thursday at St. Mary Catholic Church, Huntley, from 12:30 pm , until a 1 o'clock Memorial Mass.

Garmoe was born Feb. 13, 1930, in Chicago, the daughter of Simon and Amanda (Sumski) Lenstra. On Aug. 30, 1952, she married Robert Garmoe in Chicago. She is is survived by her husband; children, Jeannine (Mark) Mueller, David (Nancy), Robert Jr., Dorothy (the late Mark) Nimmer, and William (Cynthia), and  11 grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name may be directed to St. Vincent DePaul Society at St. Mary Church, 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
June 29
2039 HRS 200 BLOCK OF INDIAN TRAIL.  DISORDERLY CONDUCT.  DUBIN, JEFFREY S., M/W 42 YEARS OF AGE, 235 INDIAN TRAIL, LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Class C Disorderly Conduct and Class C Assault.  RELEASED ON BOND.
1123 HRS 200 BLOCK OF INDIAN TRAIL.  FOLLOW UP ARREST: BURGLARY FROM MOTOR VEHICLE.  JUVENILE, M/W 14 YEARS OF AGE, LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Burglary from Motor Vehicle and Theft Under $500.00.  TURNED OVER TO PARENT.
1135 HRS 500 BLOCK OF AUTUMN RIDGE RD.  DOMESTIC BATTERY.  KRUSE, BRIAN W., M/W 32 YEARS OF AGE, 6305 ROBERTS RD., CARY.  CHARGES: Two Counts of Domestic Battery. TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
1059 HRS 100 BLOCK OF VILLAGE CREEK DR.  MISSING ADULT.  Male 18 years of age reported missing.  Subject later located.
1422 HRS REED RD. & LAKEWOOD RD.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1552 HRS 250 N. RANDALL RD. (COSTCO).  ASSIST AMBULANCE.  Female, 11 years of age, with a head injury. Transported to Sherman Hospital.
1821 HRS RANDALL RD. & MILLER RD.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
Huntley
June 22
Breanna J. Williams, age 24, of 1755 Maple Lane #1, Elgin, was charged with retail theft at a store in the 12300 block of Rt. 47.  Ms. Williams was released with a notice to appear McHenry County court on July 27, 2015.
Melissa J. Hanly, age 27, of 356 Ryerson Ave., Elgin, was arrested on an outstanding Kane County warrant for failure to appear in court.  Ms. Hanly was turned over to the custody of the Elgin Police Department.
A criminal damage to property report was taken in a parking lot in the 10300 block of Haligus Rd. A substance was poured on a vehicle that damaged the paint.
June 26
A 17 year-old boy was charged with consumption of alcohol by a minor in the 11800 block of Everglades Rd.  The boy was released to his parents with a notice to appear in McHenry County court on July 13, 2015.
A burglary from a motor vehicle report was taken in the 10400 block of Evendale Rd.  Electronic items and cash were reported stolen from the unlocked vehicle.
June 27
Luis A. Flores, age 29, of 9476 Welsh Ln., Huntley, was arrested for DUI, driving with no valid registration, improper lane use and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle near the intersection of Reed Rd. and Rt. 47.  Mr. Flores posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of July 17, 2015.
Gustavo Solorio, age 48, of 10965 Madison Way, Huntley, was arrested for DUI, improper lane use, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle and operating a vehicle with no valid safety sticker near the intersection of Rt. 47 and Regency Parkway.  Mr. Solorio posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of August 14, 2015.
June 28
A burglary to motor vehicle report was taken in the 11000 block of Madison Way.  A camera and cash were reported stolen.
A battery was reported in the 9700 block of Bedford Dr.  The victim states she sustained injuries when she was struck by a water balloon that was thrown from a vehicle’s window at her.
A residential burglary report was taken in the 10600 block of Thornton Way.  Electronics and jewelry were reported stolen.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Kim Zinke Case Under Review At Special Prosecutor Office

A Lake County State's Attorney's spokesman confirmed that her office has received the results of a State Police investigation of a Kane County deputy from McHenry County accused of misconduct.  Cynthia Vargas told FEN that Assistant State's Attorney Jeff Pavletic is reviewing the information received last Tuesday. Vargas said it would probably be at least two weeks before there's a decision on whether to take the matter to a grand jury.

"It's complicated," said Vargas.  "There's three counties involved."

McHenry County State's Attorney Lou Bianchi petitioned the 22nd Circuit Court last month to appoint the Lake County State's Attorney as Special Prosecutor in the case of Kimberly Zinke to avoid "the appearance of impropriety" after a search of her Woodstock residence in April.  Kim Zinke's the wife of former Undersheriff Andy Zinke, protege of  former McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren, a Bianchi antagonist.

There's been no official description of what specifically is under investigation.  However, Kane County Administrative Director Pat Gengler said the State Police investigation was supervised by Msgt. Bill Backus.  He's head of the North Central Narcotics Task Force.

In the pic:  The Lake County State's Attorney's Office is in the Lake County Building in Waukegan.

Huntley Eye Care To Open Today In Sawyer Kelly Building

The second tenant in Huntley's new Sawyer Kelly Mercantile Building on Main Street is scheduled to open its doors today.  Huntley Eye Care planned to begin seeing patients at our new address at 9 am this morning.

Optometrist Dr. Mindy Nguyen's office has been on Village Green Drive for he last six years but the new Downtown location  provides more space for patients and services.  Huntley Eye Care plans a grand opening celebration July 11.

Fliers And Flapjacks Feature At LITH Airport

About 40 private pilots flew in for flapjacks Sunday at the Fourth EAA 790 Pancake Breakfast at Lake in the Hills Airport Sunday.  Around 400 residents drove in to see them.  (The planes, not the pancakes.)  The weather was perfect for the drivers.  A slowly advancing front was less so for fliers some of whom took off again earlier than they might have otherwise.

A lot of area flyboys will probably be among the 10,000 pilots expected to converge on Oshkosh for the weeklong flyin there in three weeks.  The ones in EAA 790 will be back at LITH Airport Aug. 22 for the next free Young Eagles flights for kids 8 to 17.

June Rainiest On Record In Illinois Since 1895

It's a good thing Rodgers and Hammerstein didn't set Carousel in 2015 Illinois.  The "June" production number might have ended up staged with swim fins and SCUBA gear.  State Climatologist Jim Angel said Sunday that this weekend's rainfall officially pushed the month past the old record to make this June the wettest in Illinois history, at least since 1895 which is as far back as records go.

Angel said his records through Saturday showed the statewide average rainfall total for the month was 8.91 inches. That topped the previous record June in 1902, when 8.27 inches of rain fell.  It won't be the final total, though, since more rain's predicted today and Tuesday before July kicks in.  There's about a 50 percent chance of rain this afternoon, maybe 30 percent tonight and 40 through Tuesday night, according to National Weather Service forecasts.

Be that as it may, According to Angel, 5 of the 10 wettest Junes in state history have now occurred since 2000 and 7 of them in the last 22 years:

 2015 with 8.91 inches (as of 6/27)
 1902 with 8.27 inches
 2010 with 7.71 inches
 1998 with 7.64 inches
 2000 with 7.34 inches
 1928 with 6.93 inches
 1993 with 6.85 inches
 1924 with 6.80 inches
 2014 with 6.77 inches
 2011 with 6.69  inches

In the pic:  Southeastern McHenry County and Northeastern Kane have received 4 to 7 inches of rain so far this month. That's 125 to 200 percent more than normal.

Obituaries

Mary Ann Mueller, 86, of Algonquin  died Thursday.   A Mass will be held at 11 am Tuesday at St. Margaret Mary's Catholic Church, Algonquin.  Interment will be at Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Hillside.

Mueller was born Jan. 3, 1929, the daughter of  August and Christina LaMantia;  She married Lester Mueller.  She was the mother of Gregory Mueller, Kenneth Mueller (Christine Mueller), Leslie Heredia, Linda Schuessler (Steven Schuessler);   grandmother of David Heredia (Stephanie), Jaclyn Fryer (Matthew), Andrew Schuessler, Cassandra Heredia, Nicole Paquette (Jason ) and Amanda Schuessler.  She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Joseph, Samuel and August LaMantia (Virginia).

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.

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
June 28
0255 HRS 800 BLOCK OF WEDGEWOOD CIRCLE.  DOMESTIC BATTERY Boyfriend vs. Girlfriend. Two priors.  FAIL TO FILE.
1135 HRS 500 BLOCK OF AUTUMN RIDGE RD.  DOMESTIC BATTERY.  Boyfriend vs. Girlfriend.  No priors.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1622 HRS 200 BLOCK OF CRYSTAL LAKE RD.  CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.  A vehicle drove through complainant’s lawn, damaging it.  TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
1708 HRS 2700 BLOCK OF FAIRFAX LN.  HIT & RUN.  Complainant’s work vehicle struck by unknown vehicle.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
2001 HRS 250 N. RANDALL RD. (COSTCO).  ACCIDENT.  One vehicle.  Property damage only.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Longmeadow Parkway Opponents Plan Complaints To Algonquin

Emboldened by Barrington Hills' Monday repudiation of the proposed Longmeadow Parkway, project opponents plan to try to pressure the Algonquin Villlage Board to do the same at its next meeting July 7.  "Tell your story and let the Board know how the Longmeadow Toll Bridge project effects your family and your way of life," reads a call to action this week on the Taxpayers Against Longmeadow website.

Over 200 Longmeadow opponents appeared at Dundee Township's Annual Meeting in April to place a referendum about the 5.6 mile project between Route 62 across the Fox River to Huntley Road on next year's Primary ballot.  A vote on the measure was part of the agenda.  That's not the case at Algonquin.  Technically the agenda for the next meeting isn't posted yet but Village President John Schmitt told FEN this weekend that there were no plans for it to include a measure dropping support for the $100 million project.  "We've been working for this for 20 years," he said. 

Opponents thought a Longmeadow resolution was going to be on Carpentersville's agenda two weeks ago but there wasn't so the C'ville Village Board couldn't take any action even if trustees were persuaded by complaints.

Meanwhile plans for the Parkway actually edged toward expansion.  The Kane County Board Transportation Committee last week and the Kane County Forest Preserve District Land Acquisition/Enterprise Committee this week both approved extra agreements to add a bicycle and hiking path over the Parkway and to truck spoil from Parkway cuts to nearby Raging Buffalo Park in exchange for a new $500,000 Park lodge.  Neither the County Board nor the Forest Preserve District have granted formal approval yet, though.

In the pic:  A Bolz Road resident arguing against the Longmeadow Parkway at Carpentersville June 16.

Good Turnout, Rad Rides Feature At Peck Car Show, Huntley

The weather couldn't have been better Saturday for the 15th Annual Car Show to benefit the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Illinois.  The Tom Peck Ford lot in Huntley was crammed with righteous rods, golden age muscle cars and cutting edge modern performance models.

Among the iron on display was one lovingly restored 1922 touring Model T which, at first blush, might have seemed out of place.  It wasn't, though, since the Tin Lizzie, not only brought cars to the masses, it, likewise, created the aftermarket parts industry which is expected to reach $146 billion in the U.S. this year.  During the T's 18-year heyday, manufacturers offered everything from water pumps (thermosiphon cooling was stock) and fuel pumps (so was gravity fuel feed) to gofast goodies like exhaust cutouts and performance carbs.  The truly suicidal could buy an alky conversion that would push the T to 90 mph and shoot a blue flame out the exhaust if the driver really needed to "23 skidoo".

Special Olympics Illinois supports nearly 22,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 21,000 young athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities from communities throughout the state.

Algonquin, Carpentersville Fox River Corridor Briefing Set Wednesday

Brian Daly, associate planner with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, will discuss the Fox River Corridor Plan at the next McHenry County Environmental Defenders Green Drinks event from 5 to 7 pm Wednesday at Duke's Alehouse & Kitchen,  in Crystal Lake. 

The Fox River Corridor Plan is a collaborative planning effort between the villages of Algonquin and Carpentersville to increase access to the river, improve water quality, and enhance the downtown area of each community.  The event's one of the Environmental Defenders monthly presentations on eco-topics and displays and demonstrations.

CMAP is doing most of the heavy lifting for the Corridor Plan via its Local Technical Assistance division.  An official public hearing about the plan will be held this Fall, date and location yet to be determined.

Pols Ready For Battle Three Days Before Illinois Shutdown

With just three days left before the start of the state's new fiscal year, Illinois lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner don't have much time left to end their impasse and put a new state budget in place.   However, even if a new budget isn't approved by Wednesday, most Illinoisans may not notice any immediate difference.

State prisons will continue to operate. Drivers will still be able to get licenses renewed at secretary of state facilities. Even checks will continue to be issued by the comptroller's office, although not for any bills that are submitted for work or services done starting Wednesday.  "Shutdown is a pretty relative term when you look at the things that will continue operating anyway," said Sen. Matt Murphy, R-Palatine.

Each side accuses the other of hostage-taking to further its own goals.  Rauner wants workers compensation and lawsuit reform, a property tax freeze, term limits and legislative redistricting reform.  Democrats want a general fund budget of about $36 billion,  $3 billion by Democrats' own reckoning, about $4 billion light by the GOP's.  And while Rauner says Democrats have refused to negotiate, they say the the governor's version of bargaining is to simply rewrite his own wish list.

“I don’t think this gets done until the two [Democratic] leaders and the governor sit down across the table and get together in the same room,” said Kent Redfield, political science professor emeritus at University of Illinois Springfield.  That does not mean the onus is only the governor, he added.  “The Democrats are going to have give, too, if we’re to get this done.”  Redfield added, “I think we are a long way from solving anything.”

“Institutionally, the governor has the upper hand,” says Christopher Mooney, the director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois.  Mooney says a New Jersey government shutdown was swift and effective. With the pressure on, a deal was made, he says.  “The governor can ramp up the emergency here if he’s skillful with it,” Mooney said.

So can the Democrats, though.  Speaker Michael Madigan plans to hold a full House hearing Tuesday on the potential impact of a shutdown, featuring “advocates of the elderly in need of medical care, the developmentally disabled and others who will be negatively affected if Gov. Bruce Rauner decides to shut down state government,” according to the Speaker’s office.

In the pics:   House Speaker Mike Madigan, Governor Bruce Rauner, Senate Minority Leader Chrtisine Radogno and Senate President John Cullerton.

Obituaries

Maryjane Storto, 84, of Huntley died June 10.  A Memorial Mass will be held at 10 am on Friday at St. Mary Church, Huntley.   Inurnment will be private.

Maryjane was born May 27, 1931, in Chicago the daughter of George and Helen (Wijas) Zaucha.  She was married to John Storto for 61 years and had four daughters, Jayne (Jeff) Nielson, Joyce (Roger) Storto, Joni (John) Kupar, and Jill (Wes) Nelson, and five grandchildren, Ken, Karl, Kaitlyn, Allison, and Elizabeth.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, George, and sister, Evelyn.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer Association in honor of her husband.

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.

ROBERT LIBRICZ, DOB:  08/08/1960, 4755 IROQUOIS DRIVE, ALGONQUIN.  PREDATORY CRIMINAL SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (THREE COUNTS), CRIMINAL SEXUAL ASSAULT (THREE COUNTS), AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL SEXUAL ASSAULT (FIVE COUNTS). --McHenry County Sheriff's Office

SAUL GERARDO ANGELES-BRITO, DOB: 04/27/1992, 611 W. SLOCUM LAKE ROAD, WAUCONDA.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A STOLEN VEHCILE. --Algonquin PD

RICHARD A. HAWLEY-VEGA, DOB:  05/06/1993, 1613 GREEN STREET, ROCKFORD.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF HYPODERMIC SYRINGE. --Algonquin PD

ROBERT COLON, DOB: 06/15/1952, 14411 KISHWAUKEE VALLEY ROAD, WOODSTOCK.  RETAIL THEFT (SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE). --Crystal Lake PD
  
EUGENE J. TERRELL, DOB: 05/12/1986, 592 DARLINGTON LANE #5, CRYSTAL LAKE.  AGGRAVATED DOMESTIC BATTERY, DOMESTIC BATTERY (TWO COUNTS). --Crystal Lake PD

DUSTIN L. GILBERT, DOB: 07/28/1982, 1418 DRIFTWOOD DRIVE, PALATINE.  BURGLARY, RETAIL THEFT. --Woodstock PD
DUSTIN L. GILBERT, DOB: 07/28/1982, BURGLARY, RETAIL THEFT (UNDER $300) --Woodstock PD

DUSTIN L. GILBERT, DOB: 07/28/1982, 523 LAKE STREET, MUNDELEIN.  RETAIL THEFT. --Cary PD

DAVID L. KOCH, DOB: 08/30/1960, 16 NORTH COOK STREET, PLANO.  DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED OR REVOKED (SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE). --Woodstock PD
   
EDWARD A. LEBERECHT, DOB: 05/01/1962, 2811 DUNHAM WOODS ROAD, HARVARD.  AGGRAVATED DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE. --Bull Valley PD
   
KEITH LANG, DOB:  10/03/1987, LKA:  4307 SHAMROCK LANE #2A, MCHENRY.  ESCAPE, THEFT, CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO GOVERNMENT SUPPORTED PROPERTY. --McHenry County Sheriff's Office
   
DUSTIN L. GILBERT, DOB:  07/28/1982, 1418 DRIFTWOOD, PALATINE.  RETAIL THEFT (TWO COUNTS), BURGLARY(TWO COUNTS). --Fox River Grove PD
   
JASON D. MILLER, DOB:  10/13/1983, 915 WHITE PINE DRIVE, CARY.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (TWO COUNTS). --Fox River Grove PD
   
BRADLEY S. EDDY, DOB:  10/28/1996, 5003 W. WONDER LAKE DRIVE, WONDER LAKE.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS WITH INTENT TO DELIVER, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. --McHenry County Sheriff's Office

DEBRA J. PARRISH, DOB:  12/10/1971, 401 KELLY LANE, CRYSTAL LAKE.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. --McHenry County Sheriff's Office 
 
NICHOLAS A. LOPEZ, DOB:  05/02/1995, 3809 ALDEN ROAD, WOODSTOCK.  UNLAWFUL DELIVERY OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WITHIN 1,000 FEET OF A PARK (THREE COUNTS), UNLAWFUL DELIVERY OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (FOUR COUNTS), UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (TWO COUNTS). --McHenry County Sheriff's Office
   
JASON E. HICKMANN, DOB:  05/01/1987, 23620 GRASSLAKE ROAD, ANTIOCH.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. --Fox River Grove PD
   
RANDY L. WEISELL, DOB:  02/09/1958, 209 KOHL AVENUE, SPRING GROVE.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. --North Central Narcotics Task Force
   
MARTIN MARQUEZ, DOB:  01/31/1996, 8321 SOUTH HILL ROAD, MARENGO.  UNLAWFUL DELIVERY OF CANNABIS, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL BY A MINOR. --Marengo PD

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
June 27
2137 HRS 100 S RANDALL RD. (WALGREENS).  POSSESSION OF AN OPEN TITLE.  BAK, RAFAL S., M/W 25 YEARS OF AGE, 924 CYNTHIA LN., LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Possession of an Open Title, Improper Display of Registration, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Cannabis Under 2.5 Grams, No Valid Registration, and Operation of an Uninsured Motor Vehicle.  TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
1103 HRS 100 BLOCK OF POLARIS DR. INFORMATION FOR POLICE. Complainant was possibly scammed by a debt consolidation company.
1123 HRS 200 BLOCK OF INDIAN TRAIL.  BURGLARY FROM MOTOR VEHICLE.  An iPad was taken from an unsecured car.  TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
1255 HRS 4500 W. ALGONQUIN RD. (7 ELEVEN).  THEFT.  A wallet was taken.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1405 HRS 100 N. RANDALL RD. (WALGREENS).  INFORMATION FOR POLICE.  A female subject dropped off a fraudulent prescription.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER
1601 HRS RANDALL RD. & ALGONQUIN RD.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1805 HRS 2265 W. ALGONQUIN RD. (THORNTONS).  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

McHenry County Unemployment Rate Unchanged But High In Collars

McHenry County's unemployment rate remained unchanged in May at 5.3 percent, according to the latest report this week from the Illinois Department of Employment Security.  It, likewise, remained unchanged as the second highest unemployment rate among Chicago's collar counties.  Unemployment rates in the others were at least .5 percent lower except for Kendall at 5.2 percent and Will at 6.2.

The State unemployment rate rose a tick in May to 5.6 percent while U.S. unemployment increased .2 percent to a 5.3 percent rate.  Adjusted for seasonal variation, the State rate held steady at 6.0 percent while t he national one rose slightly to 5.5 percent.  “Three metro areas in the northeast region of the state have reached prerecession employment levels, eleven metro areas continue to fall short,” IDES Director Jeff Mays said. “The need for a full statewide recovery remains,” Mays said.

                            UNEMPLOYMENT (unadjusted)             
               REVISED  Apr.    2015    PRELIMINARY  May. 2015               
               LABOR    UNEMPLOYED      LABOR   UNEMPLOYED       May
               FORCE    NUMBER  RATE    FORCE   NUMBER    RATE  2014   
U.S. (X1000)   156,554   7,966   5.1    157,719    8,370   5.3   6.1    
ILLINOIS     6,427,064 355,602   5.5  6,488,154  365,808   5.6   6.9   

MCHENRY COUNTY 165,531   8,853   5.3    166,159    8,775   5.3   6.1
KANE COUNTY    258,422  12,441   4.8    262,833   12,727   4.8   6.5    
LAKE COUNTY    354,530  15,986   4.5    362,936   16,308   4.5   6.0
DUPAGE COUNTY  509,574  23,891   4.7    512,360   24,524   4.8   5.6

ALGONQUIN       16,799     737   4.4     16,966      780   4.6   5.8   
LITH            16,108     859   5.3     16,160      842   5.2   6.0
HUNTLEY         10,737     515   4.8     10,821      537   5.0   6.9
CRYSTAL LAKE    22,498   1,111   4.9     22,649    1,165   5.1   5.7
MCHENRY         14,086     809   5.7     14,131      794   5.6   6.7
WOODSTOCK       12,924     765   5.9     12,948      734   5.7   6.2

Second Video Gaming Cafe Opens On Randall In LITH

Lake in the Hills' second restaurant for women who'd like a side order of video poker chips opened Friday in the Randall Plaza Shopping Center at Randall and Algonquin roads.  Dotty's Cafe is described as a "Grandma's Kitchen" restaurant which happens to have five video gambling terminals approved by the Lake in the Hills Board Thursday. 

Dotty's is not to be confused with Stella's Place, a restaurant with a cafe-style menu and video slots and poker which opened across the road and a bit north in August.   Both Dotty's and Stella's target a market that's best described as women of a certain age.  So does a third chain, Lucy's, only it's concentrating downstate while the other two are working more in the 'burbs

Lake in the Hills planners estimate both restaurants will be worth about $5,300 apiece in extra sales tax revenue to LITH  each year.

In the pic:  Dotty's is located in the former dry cleaner's location between the pet store and hair salon in Randall Plaza.

McHenry County Deputy Shooter Begins 135-Year Sentence

The man convicted of shooting to McHenry County deputies making a well-being check last year began his prison term Friday but not without one more contretemps.  Scott Peters' wife complained she wasn't allowed a goodbye meeting before he was sent to Stateville for processing.

Judge Sharon Prather apologized saying it was "inconsiderate".  Jail officials said they never received the paperwork for the visit.

Prather Thursday sentenced Peters to 135 years behind bars for his October wounding of deputies Dwight Maness and Khalia Satkiewicz at his Holiday Hills home.  Stakiewicz is physically recovered.  Maness is still receiving surgery and rehabilitation.

In the pic:  Roughly 250 police officers searched for Scott Peters for most of a day after he shot two McHenry County Sheriff's deputies last  year.

Supreme Court Gay Marriage Decision To Have Little Impact In Illinois

Friday's U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide doesn't have much direct impact in Illinois since the state has allowed gay marriage since last year.  Indirectly, the primary effect would be that other states must now  recognize the legal validity of marriages of same-sex couples who wed in Illinois.

The Legislature approved a same-sex marriage law in late 2013, making Illinois the 16th state to allow gay marriage. Since the law took effect last June, there've been more than 10,400 same-sex marriages in Illinois, according to an analysis of state records by an LGBT advocacy group. More than 7,500 of them have been in the Chicago area according to a count by Cook County Clerk David Orr.

One of two parts of the Supreme Court's decision specifically dealt with the cross-border issue, finding that same-sex marriages legal in one state must be recognized by all states.  Before the ruling, Illinois gay couples might still have encountered problems in the 14  states that still same sex marriage bans. A spouse could have been denied health or pension benefits or parental rights might have been questioned.  Activists complained the bans complicated everything from adoption and school enrollment to medical care and survivor benefits.

The other part of the decision declared that gay marriage bans in four states, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, were specifically unconstitutional.   Their nullification effectively makes same-sex marriage legal throughout the country.

In the pic:  Illinois Sen Mark Kirk said Friday, "Today’s ruling recognizes that our gay friends, family members, and neighbors are deserving of the same right to commit to the one they love.”

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
June 26
1622 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF BURR ST.  FOLLOW-UP ARREST: DOMESTIC BATTERY.  JOHNSON, RAYMOND E., M/W 45 YEARS OF AGE, 1105 BURR ST., LAKE IN THE HILLS. 
CHARGE: Wanted on Warrant, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office for Domestic Battery. No Bond.
TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
1407 HRS ROUTE 31 & TRINITY DR.  ACCIDENT.  One vehicle.  Property damage only.