Thursday, October 30, 2014

McHenry Board Changes Course On Obamacare Navigator Grant

The McHenry County Board in a Special Session Wednesday overwhelmingly overturned last week's decision to turn down a State Grant to continue funding ACA Obamacare signup "navigators" and voted 21 to 3 to take it after all.

In what was expected to be a routine tally last week, Board Members tied 10 to 10 on the $584,000 grant which needed 16 votes to pass.  At the time one member said privately, "Everyone thought it was going to pass so they voted the way they really thought."

District Two Member Ken Koehler took responsibility for bringing the measure back saying, in essence, that Board members didn't know what they were doing.  "If we had had the true facts to substantiate what good this grant is doing ...[we] probably would have had a vote in favor at that time," he said.

Fellow District Two Member Donna Kurtz agreed. "The supporting documentation...was just really inadequate for those who did not have a background," she said.  "Board members simply can't be experts on everything."

According to an impact statement in Board Members' packets this time, the Illinois Department of Public Health estimates there are 45,000 McHenry County residents eligible for expanded Medicaid or Marketplace enrollment.  Elsewhere it reported only about 8,000 non-insured patients turn up each year in county emergency rooms. Last year grant-funded "in person counselors" signed up a little over 3,000 people for healthcare coverage.  The backgrounder neglected to mention that that roughly one third of them were in the State-administered Medicaid program, a fact that disappeared from the McHenry County Department of Health website this week, too.

Last week's grant rejection hit a hot button that off a storm of phone calls, emails and personal appeals to Board members.  The public comments section of Tuesday's Special Meeting ran for an hour.

District One Member Nick Chirikos argued Board Members knew what they were doing the first time calling the original vote part of "an attempt to short circuit the Affordable Care Act."

District Six Member Ersel Schuster who lives at the opposite end of the political spectrum agreed with him in a way.  "The motion's going to be approved [tonight] because the members have flipped over," she said.

THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES

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McHenry Board Changes Course On Obamacare Navigator Grant
Huntley 2014 Resident Survey:  85 Percent "Good" Or "Excellent"
No Injuries In Lake In The Hills Garage Fire
Second Senator Debate:  No Oberweis Breakout Over Durbin
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Algonquin Board OK On East Side Station, New Pavement Treatment
Algonquin Plans Free Shred Fest For Residents Saturday
LITH PD Announces Extra Halloween Alcohol Enforcement
Labor Union Gives Support To Libertarian Governor Candidate
Obituaries
Police Blotters
D300 Expected Levy To Add $57 To Average Tax Bill
AG Ruling Means McHenry County Vote Count Likely To Be Late
Arts Boosters To Hold Holiday Craft Fair At Jacobs HS Saturday
Poll Shows State Amendments, Referenda Likely To Pass Next Week
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Tollway Fox River Bridge Construction Really Getting Underway
Trick Or Treat Hours Vary From Village To Village
LITH Seeks 2014 Business Award Nominees
Quinn, Rauner Both Appeal For Votes At Black Churches
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Rauner Makes Second McHenry County Appearance This Week
Algonquin Lions Make Big Donation To ALITH Food Pantry
Huntley Radio Wins Low Power License In Illinois
Incumbents Lead Challengers In Secondary Illinois Races
Obituaries
McHenry County Indictments
Police Blotters
First Area Agency Shuts Down County Defunded ACA "Navigator"
Football Red Raiders' Voice Honored Before Retirement
Huntley Library To Celebrate 25th Anniversary
IDPH Announces Ebola Quarantine For Returning Health Workers
Rauner Won't Reveal Executive Orders In Mind For Financial Fix
Police Blotters
Suburban Spinal Implant Maker Relocates To Huntley Today
Huntley Hackett House To Be McHenry County Tourism HQ
Mchenry County Unemployment Rate Below 5 Percent
Sponsor Says School Aid Bill Won't Come Up Until Spring
Obituaries
Police Blotters

Huntley 2014 Resident Survey: 85 Percent "Good" Or "Excellent"

Huntley officials Wednesday released this year's results from the Village's annual Residents' Survey.  About 7 percent more people than last year, an even 1,000 took the survey but the results were about the same:  85 percent rated Huntley's quality of life either "good" or "excellent", down by one percent.  Adding in the "average" responses drives the satisfaction rate up to 96 percent.  It was 98 percent last year.

The survey was conducted between Sept. 17 and Oct. 3, about the same time as in the past two years.  Respondents, similarly, were self-selected, mostly via the Internet, so the results probably came from people who really loved or really despised something about Huntley.  Sun City residents comprised 55 percent of the total this year, even though they're only about 40 percent of the village's population.

"Among the most notable results, the majority (51%) of Huntley residents, for the second consecutive year, state that they now shop in Huntley on a weekly basis," said Wednesday's report. " Residents continue to express strong support for the attraction of new retail in the Rt. 47 corridor. In 2014, 90% of respondents indicated that activity to be 'Very Important' or 'Important.'"

The survey had a spot for people to jot down their own village concerns in their own words but none of those were included in this year's survey report.  They're provided in the version given to village trustees, though.

Huntley's 2014 Resident Survey report is located here:  http://www.huntley.il.us/documents/2014ResidentSurveyResults-10.28.14.pdf

No Injuries In Lake In the Hills Garage Fire

There were no injuries and damage to the living area was minimal in a garage fire at a Lake in the Hills home Wednesday afternoon according to Algonquin Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District officials.  The alarm for 1154 Heavens Gate sounded at 2:35 pm and the fire was out at 2:45, according to Battalion Chief John Knebl who said the occupants evacuated safely.  The cause of the fire still hasn't been determined, Kenbl said and there's no dollar estimate yet on the amount of damage. 

Second Senator Debate: No Oberweis Breakout Over Durbin

WTTW moderator Phil Ponce emphasized "This is not a debate", rather a "discussion" Wednesday between U.S. Sen Dick Durbin and his Republican challenger Jim Oberweis.  Either way, though it was vehement, Oberweis charging Durbin's a career politician, the Senator countering that his opponent is a doctrinaire millionaire.

"The key here is, Dick Durbin's been in Washington 32 years, and the last six years he's been there, the average Illinois family has lost $5,053," Oberweis said.

"I can walk around the state and tell you where my experience in Washington has delivered federal dollars in Illinois," Durbin shot back.

Descending from the general to the specific, Oberweis said minimum-wage jobs “are not meant to be jobs for family leaders” who have to “feed families. They are meant to be beginning, skill-learning jobs that they can go on then and get a better job.”  Durbin dismissed that analysis “My opponent has got to get out of the ice cream store,” a reference to Oberweis' dairy company.

Asked to respond to a Chicago Tribune report that his state-lobbyist wife's clients had benefited from federal funds he'd secured, Durbin said it was OK because he and his spouse had erected a firewall against conflicts of interest.

Oberweis wasn't buying that assurance.  "The senator's sitting here saying, 'Look, trust me, I'll make a good decision,'" He said. "We cannot trust him. We shouldn't trust him. This is a clear conflict."

Durbin tried to pin the Tea Party tag on Oberweis who said it was fine with him because it just meant lowering taxes.  By that definition, even Gov. Pat Quinn's a Tea Partyer, he said.  "I don't think so, Jim," Durbin replied.

The duo did manage to agree on a few points:  Illinois' medical marijuana law is a good idea, public funds shouldn't pay for the Obama presidential library and rich Social Security recipients don't deserve automatic cost of living increases.

Obituaries

Mikel G. Fairchild, 62, of Huntley died Sunday at his home.  Memorial services will be private. 

Fairchild was born in Elgin, on Sept. 27, 1952, the son of the late Jeannette Fairchild and Abram Fairchild.  Survivors include his wife, Sandra; his children, Karisa (William) Nakoneczny, Kandis (Ryan) Rinn, and Abram (Kerry) Fairchild, Kathy (Shane) Mozur and Lindsey Volos; 13 grandchildren and his brother, John Fairchild. He was preceded in death by his stepson, Rob Diebold and his brother, Gary Fairchild.

In lieu of flowers, condolences and memorials may be forwarded to 11808 Mill Street, Huntley.

Judith Puckett, 51, of Lake in the Hills died Friday at her home.  Visitation will be today from 3 to 9 pm at Willow Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Algonquin with with a funeral service at 7. Cremation will be Private.

Puckett was born Aug. 13, 1963, in Chicago, the daughter of Richard and Mildred Koffski.  Survivors include her husband, Mark Puckett; daughters, Shelley Puckett and Lisa Puckett; grandchildren, Dakota Puckett, Hailee Puckett, Mackenzie Puckett; mother and brothers, Richard (Elizabeth) Koffski, Robert Koffski and Ronald (Sally) Koffski.  She was preceded in death by her father and son, Christopher Puckett.

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
October 29
1941 HRS 1127 W. ALGONQUIN RD. (TOWN LIQUORS).  DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL.  WDOWIAK, PIOTR K.,  M/W 34 YEARS OF AGE, 941 VIEWPOINT DR.,  LAKE IN THE HILLS.   CHARGES: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol with a Breath Alcohol Content Greater Than .08, and Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road.  RELEASED ON BOND.
2032 HRS POLARIS DR. & RANDALL RD.  DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED.  NATSCHKE, KARL F.,  M/W 26 YEARS OF AGE,  99 KAZIMOUR DR.,  LAKE BARRINGTON.  CHARGE: Driving While License Suspended.  RELEASED ON BOND.
0410 HRS 800 BLOCK OF WILLOW ST.   FOLLOW UP REPORTS:  RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY.  Guitars taken from residence.  TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
0841 HRS 3300 BLOCK OF WORTHINGTON LN.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
0845 HRS 310 COUNCIL TRAIL. (WELL HOUSE #6).  FOUND PROPERTY.  License plate.  Item returned to owner.
0906 HRS 9256 TRINITY DR. (AUTO FOCUS).  CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO VEHICLE.  Several vehicles were damaged in the parking lot.  TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
1344 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & SQUARE BARN RD.  THEFT.  A political sign was taken from an intersection.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1434 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF HEAVENS GATE.  ASSIST FIRE.  Assist the Fire Department with a garage fire.
1543 HRS 1115 CRYSTAL LAKE RD. (LITH PD).  INFORMATION FOR POLICE.  Sex offender compliance checks.
2313 HRS 600 BLOCK OF ANDERSON DR.  INJURY ACCIDENT.  Rollover accident. Male, 18 years of age, head injury.  Transported to Sherman Hospital.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Algonquin Board OK On East Side Station, New Pavement Treatment

The Algonquin Village Board Tuesday put a few tweaks on plans for a new convenience store and gas station on the East Side and endorsed a pavement treatment plan to see if it will extend the life of the latest asphalt on Village streets.

A Glenview developer plans to build a 4,400 square foot 10-pump Thornton's at the northwest corner of Algonquin Road and Compton drive, sort of across from Mandille's Restaurant.   Trustee reservations centered on two areas:  outside displays and how red the red parapet entryway would be.  They decided outside propane, ice storage and seasonal display racks ought to be screened with fencing and bushes.   The red/redder/reddest question was postponed at least until next week pending lots bigger color samples.

The pavement treatment plan was probably an extension of comments Public Works Director Bob Mitchard's made before that even though they meet all the specs, modern asphalt mixes aren't delivering the service life they used to.  Mitchard proposed treating this Summer's new street surfaces in the Highlands, Copper Oaks, Dawson Mill and High Hill Farms neighborhoods with a squirt-on sealer/waterproofer called Reclamite.  He said the Village used the stuff on LaFox Drive 15 years ago and it's worked pretty well.

Reclamiting the new paving would cost about $68,000 but Mitchard said that could come out of the money that would have paid for PD shooting range if the bids to build it hadn't been astronomical.  Trustees won't move the money from one budgetary pocket to the other until next week.

In the pics:  (above)  An architect's sketch of a new Thornton's convenience store/gas station on the East Side;  (below) Reclamite asphalt to keep asphalt fresh and lively's supposed to dry fast after it does down.

Algonquin Plans Free Shred Fest For Residents Saturday

The Village of Algonquin and its new wastehauler, Groot Industries, will hold a free document shredding event for residents Saturday at the Public Works Facility on Meyer Drive. From 9 am to Noon Groot will turn up to eight banker boxes per resident of paper files into confetti.  Just as long as the contents are clean of binder clips and other stuff that would dull the cutter blades.

Groot happens to own Accurate Document Destruction, a company it claims is the largest mobile shredding company in the Chicago area. Usually the company does shredding for corporations.

LITH PD Announces Extra Halloween Alcohol Enforcement

Lake in the Hills Police Tuesday announced extra alcohol enforcement details in the village for Halloween weekend.  In fact. LITH PD will conduct seven enforcement campaigns during the next year thanks to a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation.  This weekend's will run from Friday through Sunday.

“We want people to remember ‘Trick-or-Treat;’ or ‘Drink-or-Drive.’ One or the other, but never both,” said Sergeant Eric Decker, Supervisor of the Department's traffic unit.  Halloween's a bad night for drunk driving, Decker said.  " In 2012, almost half, 48 percent, of all crash fatalities that night involved a drunk driver."  

More chilling, according to NHTSA figures from 2007 to 2011, 23 percent of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween night involved a drunk driver.  One of Decker's Halloween tips was, "If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement."

Labor Union Gives Support To Libertarian Governor Candidate

A labor union that endorsed Democratic Governor Pat Quinn's re-election has donated $200,000 in mailings and $30,000 in cash to support Libertarian candidate Chad Grim, according to the Associated Press.  The Libertarian platform favors union anathema like open shops so the donations might be an attempt to siphon conservative votes from Republican challenger Bruce Rauner.

International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 paid for slick  mailers that describe Peoria gym manager Grimm as "the only true conservative choice for governor," and label Rauner as a "Chicago liberal."  The cash isn't much in a governor's race headed toward a $70 million pricetag but it upsizes Grimm's war chest roughly 300-fold.

AP said a spokesman for the 23,000 member union declined to comment about the contributions. Rauner's spokesman, Mike Schrimpf said the motivation was pretty obvious.  "Illinoisans ... understand that a vote for Grimm is the same as voting for Pat Quinn," he said.

Grimm, whose support glimmers in the three to seven percent range in polls, has admitted he has no chance to win the Governor's office.  He said his goal is just to get Libertarians legally recognized as a political party in Illinois, something that would make future elections easier.  "I'm not going to turn it down," Grimm said. "I can't possibly get behind everybody's motivations for wanting to help out."

In the pic:  Chad Grimm

Obituaries

Robert M. Lambert, 69, of Lake in the Hills died Friday at the JourneyCare Hospice Center in Barrington.  Visitation will be today from 3 to 9 pm at Willow Funeral Home and Cremation Care, Algonquin.  A funeral service there will be Thursday at 11 am.  Interment will be in  Crystal Lake Memorial Park.

Lambert was born in Chicago on Dec.14, 1944, to the late Milton and Marian Lambert. He is survived by his wife, Donna (Macnider); stepson Frank (Kathy) Macnider; stepgrandsons, Michael (Brittany), and Robert (Trista) Macnider, and siblings, Greg (Ethel) Lambert of Springfield, Lonnie (Bruce) Morris of McHenry and Jerry (Pam) Lambert of Arlington Heights.

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
October 27
0649 HRS MILLER RD. & PATTON AVE.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1022 HRS 50 W. ACORN LN. (HOME STATE BANK).  FRAUD.  Subject attempted to open an account with a fraudulent check.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1036 HRS 310 N.  RANDALL RD.  (CHASE BANK).  INFORMATION FOR POLICE.  Money taken from bank account without consent.
1246 HRS 200 BLOCK OF COOLSTONE BEND.  LOST ARTICLE.  Social Security card.  Entered into LEADS.
1739 HRS 100 N. RANDALL RD. (WALGREEN’S).  RETAIL THEFT.  Subject attempted to steal over $600.00 worth of merchandise.  TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
1810 HRS 100 BLOCK OF NORTHLIGHT PASS.  ASSIST AMBULANCE.  Female, 16 years of age, made suicidal statements.  Transported to Sherman Hospital.
2308 HRS 00 BLOCK OF SUGAR CREEK CT.  CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.  Miscellaneous items damaged.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
October 28
0212 HRS 300 BLOCK OF TECUMSEH TRAIL.  ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY.  AWWAD, WASFI M.,  M/W 20 YEARS OF AGE, 1120 VIEWPOINT DR.,  LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGE: Attempted Armed Robbery.  TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.  DOLCIMASCOLO, SALVATORE J.,  M/W 19 YEARS OF AGE, 10378 EASTWOOD DR.,  HUNTLEY.  CHARGE: Attempted Armed Robbery.  TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.  JUVENILE, M/W 17 YEARS OF AGE, CARY.  CHARGE: Attempted Armed Robbery.  RELEASED TO PARENT.
1559 HRS PATTON AVE. & MILLER RD.  NO VALID DRIVER’ S LICENSE.   RUIZ GARCIA, GONZALO, M/W 40 YEARS OF AGE, 113 W. WISCONSIN ST.,  CARPENTERSVILLE, CHARGES: Driving with No Valid License, Operating an Uninsured Vehicle and Child Restraint Violation.  RELEASED ON BOND.
0004 HRS 100 BLOCK OF WOODY WAY.  MISSING JUVENILE.  Female, 16 years of age, missing.  Entered into LEADS.
0531 HRS RAKOW RD. & PYOTT RD.  ACCIDENT.  Vehicle vs. Deer.  Property damage only.
1016 HRS 2800 BLOCK OF BRISBANE DR.  SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT.  Report of an unlicensed driver being allowed to drive.  UNFOUNDED.
1304 HRS 600 BLOCK OF GRACE DR.  TELEPHONE HARASSMENT.  Harassment by electronic communication device.
1556 HRS 4581 PRINCETON LN. (PARK N SHOP FOOD & LIQUOR).  CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY Unknown object caused damage to a window.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1720 HRS 2300 BLOCK OF STANTON CIRCLE.  MISSING JUVENILE.  Male, 14 years of age, ran away from home.  Juvenile returned home.
1758 HRS 00 BLOCK OF BONNIE CT.  DOMESTIC.  Brother-in-law vs. Brother-in-law. Verbal Only. No priors.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

D300 Expected Levy To Add $57 To Average Tax Bill

The District 300 Board of Education Monday announced the coming year's tentative property tax levy.   Diving to the bottom of the levy report, the expected levy will add $57 to what was a $200,000 home last year boosting the tax bill to $3,850.  Chief Financial Officer Susan Harkin estimated the change would amount to a 1.51 percent increase from this year's tax bill.

Harkin said the District's realistically projected new levy will total about $178 million, an increase of around $5 million from this year.  Harkin said, however, the amount that will appear in the District's newspaper legal notice next month will be about $202 million due to a number of statutory arcanties, not the least of which is that D300 covers parts of four different counties.  "Property tax in Illinois is very complicated," said Harkin in a masterful understatement.

Harkin said County Assessors reported the District's total equalized assessed value will probably end up dropping another 3 percent from last year's but inflation, meanwhile, cut the value of a dollar 1.5 percent during the same period.

Separately, the Board informally decided not to name the District's still-abuilding new headquarters anything at all, merely calling it the District 300 Central Office Building.  Superintendent Fred Heid said when workers put up the sign they'll leave enough space to put someone's name above it in case a Board ever decides to.

Heid said he'll also try to get an answer from the State Board of Education on where Springfield thinks the District's located.  Officially it's still listed in  Carpentersville even though the admin department's camping out in Hampshire right now ahead of a move to the new HQ in Algonquin at the end of the year.  Member Joe Stevens complained the State Board of Elections forms to run for a Board seat demand a candidate enter where the school district is situated.

In the pic:  D300 finance officials said Monday they expect the District's next property tax rate to be at the bottom end of the region's range again.

AG Ruling Means McHenry County Vote Count Likely To Be Late

McHenry County Clerk Kathie Schultz Monday estimated a recent Attorney General Lisa Madigan opinion will delay next week's election totals into the early morning.  "It will probably add about four hours," to the usual late evening time, she told FEN.

In an opinion dated almost two weeks ago but only made public Thursday, Madigan told the Illinois State's Attorney's Association that a prohibition on vote-counting before the polls close includes tabulating absentee and early votes, too.  Even though she disagrees with it ("We're not counting votes, we're processing them."), Schultz said she'd abide by the Attorney General's decision.  "Some of the races in McHenry County are probably going to be close and I don't want to jeopardize the results," she said.

Madigan's opinion may have ultimately stemmed from a Republican complaint this Spring that Danville Election Commission director Barb Dreher opened absentee ballots and fed them through a tabulator too early. "Whether there's an actual tabulation somewhere or not, somebody had the opportunity to look at those ballots," Vermillion County GOP Chaiarman Mike Maron told the Quad City Times over the weekend. "They could have kept a tally in their head or in a notebook somewhere."

Madigan's already issued a "clarification" of her original opinion as far as early voting goes.  Since, in a lot of places it's all electronic, the results go into a computer file which sounds as if it would violate her initial ruling.  According to her additional reasoning, it doesn't.

Arts Boosters To Hold Holiday Craft Fair At Jacobs HS Saturday

Jacobs High School's Performing Arts Boosters will hold their second Annual Holiday Spectacular Arts & Craft Fair at the  School from 9am to 4pm Saturday.  Admission will be $2 to get a jump on Black Friday Shopping.  Almost 100 crafters have signed up to sell their wares at the Fair, about a 25 percent increase from last year.  Proceeds from all the sales will go towards supporting the student musicians and performing ensembles of Jacobs.

Poll Shows State Amendments, Referenda Likely To Pass Next Week

Five constitutional amendments and referenda on the Illinois mid-term ballot apear headed for passage according to a statewide poll by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.  Most were supported by two-thirds to over three-fourths of those surveyed.

Seven in ten registered voters said they were for raising the Illinois minimum wage from $8.25 to $10 per hour but the number rose to almost nine in ten among Democrats.  Even if the advisory question passes, though, it won't change the law. At a news conference Monday Gov. Pat Quinn's running mate, Paul Valas, admitted it was more about sending Democratics to the polls in an election that is expected to go down to the wire.  "It cuts to the core of what these two gubernatorial candidates are all about," Vallas told reporters. "We've got to get our vote out."

Advisory referenda on requiring health plans to cover birth control and adding a surtax on millionaires are thought to have a similar purpose and showed similar support, according to the Simon Institute Poll.  Sixty-two percent of registered voters favored the birth control one while over 80 percent of  Democrats did.  Sixty eight percent of all voters liked the millionaire tax but Dems favored it by 84 percent.

Only the two proposed amendments to the 1970 Constitution would have any legal effect if they pass.  More than seven in ten registered voters favored one against denying the "right to register to vote or to cast a ballot in an election based on race, color, ethnicity, status as a member of a language minority, national origin, region, sex, sexual orientation, or income.”  A similar number favored a vaguely worded amendment to "strengthen the Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights by increasing victims’ access to proceedings and increasing protections against harassment.”

“These results demonstrate again what a polarized state and nation we are,” said John S. Jackson, a Visiting Professor at the Institute and one of the planners of the study.

In the pic:  One of a number of confabs at the Simon Institute.

Obituaries

Robert Earling Jensen, 82, of Sun City, Huntley, died Friday at JourneyCare in Woodstock.  A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 am Saturday at St. Mary Church, Huntley.

Jensen was born on March 3, 1932, in Chicago, the son of Earling and Margaret Jensen. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Lois; two sons, Bill (Lynne) and David (Carol), and four granddaughters, Kristin (Paul), Kate, Johanna and Sarah.

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
delayed, reason unknown

Monday, October 27, 2014

Tollway Fox River Bridge Reconstruction Really Getting Underway

The Illinois Tollway will hold a a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday to formally begin removing construction barrels so drivers can use the three new lanes in each direction between Rockford and Elgin. That's not to say that all the local construction confusion's over yet, though. 

Crews began work last week on an "innovative" gantry system to rebuild the Tollway's Fox River Bridge without shutting down any lanes.  Other crews are working to complete construction of bridge piers for the new eastbound bridge structure. Once the new piers are finished in two to three weeks, work will begin to place 24 new really gigantic beams to support the new bridge deck.  After the new eastbound bridge structure's built, three lanes of traffic in each direction will shift onto it while the existing westbound bridge is removed for rebuilding and widening next year.

Right now about 100,000 vehicles travel over the I-90 Fox River Bridge every day.  The whole Jane Addams Project's budgeted at $2.5 billion.

In the pic:  The Tollway has a live cam sited over the bridge project.

Trick Or Treat Hours Vary From Village To Village

Goblins and ghosties and short leggedy beasties converged on Algonquin Commons Sunday,  more or less starting the runup to Trick or Treat on Halloween Friday.

Algonquin's recommended hours candy collecting hours are from 3 to 7 pm.  Algonquin PD recommends traveling in groups or with a parent and adult examination of the loot later.

LITH's recommended hours are 2 to 8 pm.  Possible Halloween perils there can be avoided via a visit to the Village's 10th annual Safety Town Trick or Treat from 3 to 6 pm.  It's in the fenced area behind the PD's Safety Education center on Crystal Lake Road.  The miniature building area will be full of candy-doling monsters.  "Look.  It's Godzilla.  With Junior Mints!"

Huntley's recommended door-to-door hours are 4 to 7 pm.  A Trick or Treat event's scheduled at the Huntley Outlet Mall from 2 to 5 pm.

FEN recommends drivers in residential neighborhoods dial speed back 20 percent Friday afternoon and evening because a lot of kids on Halloween tend to lose whatever sense they usually have.

LITH Seeks 2014 Business Award Nominees

There are still three weeks left for Lake in the Hills businesses to apply the the Village's annual Gordon Larsen Business Award. In fact, there are three of them to vie for,  Community Service, Employer of Choice, and Customer Service.

Besides boasting rights, winners of each category get fee ad space in the Parks & Rec Department's summer brochure, a front page article on the Village Messenger newsletter delivered to all residents, banner and window decals for display, category logo display on any business publications and featured spots on the Village's website and Facebook page

Previous winners have included: Lake in the Hills Bank, Butcher on the Block, Papa Saverio’s, ABC School of Nails/Sugar & Spice Party Center, Northern Illinois Flight Center, Delta Chiropractic, Lake in the Hills POA, Eagle Training Services and The Lake in the Hills Rotary Club

Applications and nominations are due by Nov. 14.  They available at:  http://www.lith.org/business/webform/gordon-larsen-business-achievement-awards

Quinn, Rauner Both Appeal For Votes At Black Churches

Heading into the home stretch of the Illinois' governor's race, both candidates both appeared at African American churches Sunday.  Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn hopes to hold onto the black voter base that helped him win over Bill Brady in the last election.  Republican challenger Bruce Rauner hopes to lure away at least 20 percent of it.

Outside the Lighthouse Church of All Nations in Alsip, Quinn said Rauner was "“heartless, unfair and ruthless,” and called once again for an increase in Illinois' minimum wage.  “I’m going to work as hard as I can in my campaign to make that reality this year,” he said.

Rauner at New Beginnings Church of Christ on Chicago’s South Side ran down a list of charitable donations he'd made, including ones to support early childhood education and an endowed professorship at historically black Morehouse College.  “[The Lord] put us on this earth to take care of each other,” Rauner told the congregation.

The latest Chicago Tribune poll Friday showed Quinn with 86 percent backing among black voters, Rauner only 3.

Meanwhile, New Beginnings Pastor Corey Brooks told reporters he's  not planning on having any more politicians speak from his pulpit.   Brooks linked an $8,000 burglary at the church over the weekend to phone threats he said he received on Friday in which the caller referred the pastor's support for Rauner.

Obituaries

Richard John Staab, 88, of Huntley died Saturday at Sherman Hospital in Elgin.  A private family memorial will be held in Union Sunday and interment will be in Alden Cemetery.

Staab was born on July 17, 1926, in Alden, the first child of five and only son of Melvin and Helen (Krueger) Staab. He married his childhood sweetheart, Roberta Mau, on September 13, 1947.  He is survived by his wfie; four children, Kristine (Michael) Ossola of LaSalle, Patricia (John) Porter of New Lenox, Pamela Roberts of Kankakee and John (Pauline) Staab of Union; 13 grandchildren, Jeff, Andy, Matthew, Joshua, Luke, Jennifer, Richard John, Erin, Jessica, Carrie, Zachary, Jacob and Abigail, and four sisters, Joan (Dexter) Van Hoozen of St. Jermaine, WI, Jean Rice of Harvard, Mary Del Rosso of Gardena, CA, and Linda Readel of Belvidere.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be directed to the Huntley Public Library or Trinity Lutheran Church.

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
October 26
1311 HRS 1300 BLOCK OF JEFFERSON ST. FOLLOW UP ARREST:  VIOLATION OF ORDER OF PROTECTION.  MIKUL, ROBERT E., M/W, 49 YEARS OF AGE, 1301 JEFFERSON ST.,  LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGES: Violation of an Order of Protection.  TRANSPORTED TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
0020 HRS 600 BLOCK OF ANDERSON DR.  DOMESTIC.  Parents vs. Son. Verbal only.  Male, 18 years of age, with an unrelated head injury.  Transported to Sherman Hospital.
0149 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF VIEWPOINT DR.  CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.  Vehicle damaged.  TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
0800 HRS 5200 MILLER RD.  (SUNSET PARK).  FOUND ARTICLE.  Soccer equipment.  Entered into evidence.
0949 HRS 100 BLOCK OF POLARIS DR.  DOMESTIC.  Girlfriend vs. Boyfriend.  Verbal only.  No Priors.
1521 HRS 250 N RANDALL RD. (COSTCO).  FOUND ARTICLE.  A purse.
1822 HRS 260 N. RANDALL RD. (COSTCO GAS STATION).  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
2159 HRS 00 BLOCK OF SAGINAW CT.  AMBULANCE ASSIST.  Female, 78 years of age, with head and neck injuries.  Transported to Condell Medical Center.  Female, 52 years of age, with chest pain.  Transported to Sherman Hospital.
Algonquin
October 24
21:360pm Two 16 year-old’s, one from Carpentersville and one from Algonquin, were charged with Retail Theft and Possession of Liquor by a Minor. They were taken into custody at 1501 E. Algonquin Rd. They were both referred to the Tri-Area Court for Teens and released to their parents.
October 25

23:39pm Schumann, Julianna M., DOB: 05/10/1980, of 543 Kathleen St., Gilberts, was charged with DWLS. She was taken into custody at Randall Rd. and Corporate Pkwy. She was released after posting $150 with a court date of 12/03/14 in McHenry County.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Rauner Makes Second McHenry County Appearance This Week

Republican governor's candidate Bruce Rauner campaigned in McHenry County for the second time in four days Saturday charging up supporters at County GOP headquarters in Crystal Lake.  Rauner was back in the Chicago area after a mid-state tour midweek.

Most of Rauner's remarks were the same ones he used Wednesday before a group of McHenry County women voters in Lake in the Hills--about how his Grandpa put $3 in the collection plate even when it was hard to do, his first job at McDonalds, how he made millions investing for teachers and cops so now he "can't be bought, bribed or intimidated."

FEN really wanted to ask about his Friday comments in Springfield about executive orders he's got in mind to solve Illinois' financial problems, the first hint of something new in the past couple of weeks.  Rauner said he wasn't sure if he was taking questions at the event.  His youthful handler told him he wasn't.

The only real surprise was the response to a Rauner throw-away question on getting out the GOP vote.  "How many of you have voted already?" he cried.  About half the crowed raised their hands looking at each other in mild wonder.

Rauner's scheduled to appear at three African American churches in the Chicago area today.

In the pic:  Bruce Rauner and Evelyn Sanguinetti,running for governor and lieutenant governor, tried to drum up more votes in traditionally red McHenry County Saturday.

Algonquin Lions Make Big Donation To ALITH Food Pantry

Algonquin's Lions Club presented the Lake in the Hills Lions Club a big check to the Algonquin Lake in the Hills Interfaith Food Pantry at a small ceremony Saturday.  The check was for $4,000 part of the proceeds from this year's annual Lions Bean Bag Tournament a couple of months ago.

"The need has never been greater in Algonquin," said Club President Brett Sandbloom.  "Lions are proud to support the Pantry."

Sal Maggio, Pantry Manager, said he'd save the money for next Summer. "When food drives are down and the shelves start getting bare this money will help us restock them," he said.  Maggio reported it's hard to tell from the Pantry perspective that the economy's improving.  He said as fast as families get their feet under them again, others stumble.  "For the past two years we've averaged 17 new families coming to us each month," said Maggio who estimated the Pantry now helps, on average, 350 households per month for from four to six months.

Huntley Radio Wins First Low Power License In Illinois

Huntley Community Radio finally became a broadcast operation this week after the Federal Communications Commission sent notice it had granted a Low Power FM license to operate radio station WHRU-LP at 101.5 FM.  The new license makes Huntley Community Radio the first Low Power FM station in Illinois since the FCC dreamed up the classification eight years ago.

The group's been streaming programing over the Internet for the past two years.  The low-power (about as much as a small table lamp) transmitter's only supposed to be able to cover Huntley proper, but program host Bill Geheren said informal tests tooling around in his car show the signal reaches out into Lake in the Hills and up to Lakewood.  "We could reach as many as 90,000 listeners," he said.

No one will ever know if they do, though.   "My show [streaming on the 'Net] had 20,000 hits in two years," said Geheren.  The problem with broadcasting via the airwaves he said is,  "The ratings services like Nielsen don't bother to measure low-power stations like ours."  Even with the on-air license, programing will continue to be available online at huntleyradio.com .

The station's first big event will be Friday with the the Huntley Community Radio 101.5 FM Halloween Bash from 6 to 8:30 pm.  Content will include a rebroadcast of Orson Welles' famous War of the Worlds program that scared the willies out of folks in the Northeast back in 1938.  Simultaneously the HCR studio in Deicke Park will bhost an Open House including recordings and photos at the mike for kids of all ages.

Incumbents Lead Challengers In Secondary Illinois Races

Most attention remains focused on the governor's race in Illiniois where the candidates are neck and neck, according to the polls, but a lot of other races aren't so close.  Chicago Tribune polls this weekend seemed showed Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Comptroller Judy Barr Topinka and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin all holding commanding leads.  Only the race to replace Treasurer Dan Rutherford looks as if it's a contest.

The Trib's latest poll showed Democrat Madigan with 61 percent support among likely voters versus 24 percent for Marine vet Paul Schimpf.  Aside from incumbency, records show Madigan also has a roughly 200-fold campaign funds advantage.

Incumbent Durbin still holds a big 50 to 36 percent lead over Republican State Sen. Jim Oberweis who picked up a little more support in the collar counties since the last poll.  Oberweis is a millionaire but records show his campaign's only had around $1.5 million of his own money to play with while Durbin's raised, one way or another, about $6 million this year alone.

Topinka, also an incumbent, had the support of 49 percent of Illinois voters in the comptroller's race, against 31 percent for current Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon.   Simon only showed strong in Chicago even though her political roots are Downstate.

Yet another poll showed Republican State Rep. Tom Cross had a slight lead over State Sen. Mike Frerichs in the race for Illinois treasurer, 38 percent to 34 percent, but the  margin for error was 3.5 percent.  The wild card in the race is 20 percent of voters who, when the survey was taken just two weeks before the election, still hadn't made up their minds.

Obituaries

Joann R. Cummings, 85, of Algonquin died Thursday at her home.  Visitation will be today from 4 to 8 pm in the Wait Ross Allanson Funeral & Cremation Services Chapel, Algonquin and Monday 9:15 until a 10 am Funeral Mass at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Algonquin. Burial will be in Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood.

Cummings was born in Orchard, NE, on March 8, 1929, to Joseph A. Pruss and Mary T. Pruss (nee Bauer). She married Adrian F. Cummings of South Bend, IN, on June 26,1954.  She is survived by two daughters, Anne Marie Patton and Claudia (Matthew) Rendleman;  a son, John (Jeanine) Cummings, and twelve grandchildren, Adam (Megan) Patton, Tracy Patton, Mark Patton, Julia (Robert) Zullo, Paul (Daniela) Rendleman, Daniel (Katy) Rendleman, Annie (Graham Baker)Rendleman, Natalie Rendleman, Colin Cummings, Tyler Cummings, Kelsey Cummings,and Dylan Cummings. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brother and all five of her sisters.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the Society of St. Vincent de Paul or St. Margaret Mary Parish.

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.

GERALD L. JACKSON, DOB:  08/31/1995, 2647 CHRISTIE COURT, ALGONQUIN.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS WITH INTENT TO DELIVER, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. --North Central Narcotics Task Force

FERNANDO M. DEL ROSARIO, DOB: 08/08/1967, 1362 CUNAT COURT, LAKE IN THE HILLS.  THEFT (OVER $10,000). --Crystal Lake PD

LAURA GABRIELA RODRIGUEZ, DOB: 10/23/1975, 605 WATERS EDGE DRIVE, MCHENRY.  AGGRAVATED DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE (TWO COUNTS), DRIVING WHILE LICENSE IS SUSPENDED OR REVOKED.  --Bull Valley PD
      
ARTHUR T. BRAUNE, DOB: 10/03/1969, 8235 POLO COURT, LAKEWOOD.  AGGRAVATED DOMESTIC BATTERY (TWO COUNTS), AGGRAVATED BATTERY, DOMESTIC BATTERY. --Lakewood PD
      
JOSEPH W. SALVATORE, DOB: 05/02/1953, 4620 BONNER DRIVE, MCHENRY.  DOMESTIC BATTERY (SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE) (TWO COUNTS), AGGRAVATED ASSAULT, UNLAWFUL INTERFERENCE WITH THE REPORTING OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. --McHenry PD
  
JOSEPH A. MATWA, DOB: 09/04/1953, 4003 W. MAIN STREET #114, MCHENRY.  UNLAWFUL FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER (THREE COUNTS). --McHenry PD

BRETT M. RICH, DOB: 02/12/1995, 3424 REVERE LANE, ISLAND LAKE.  RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY, THEFT (OVER $300). --Island Lake PD

JESSICA A. LEGATE, DOB: 05/22/1986, 301 E. JACKSON STREET, WOODSTOCK.  AGGRAVATED BATTERY TO A POLICE OFFICER. --Woodstock PD
  
JESUS JIMENEZ, DOB: 01/24/1989, 800 ½ W. METZEN STREET, HARVARD.  OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE, RESISTING A PEACE OFFICER (TWO COUNTS). --Harvard PD

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
October 25
1108 HRS 1200 HEARTLAND GATE (KEN CARPENTER PARK).  DOMESTIC BATTERY.  DERITA, DAVID J.,  M/W 31 YEARS OF AGE, 325 TECUMSEH APT 103, LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Two Counts of Domestic Battery.  TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
1039 HRS 240 N. RANDALL RD. (BANK OF AMERICA).  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1456 HRS 700 BLOCK OF NORMANDY LN.  ASSIST POLICE.  Assist to Huntley Police Department.
1757 HRS 1500 BLOCK OF ROYAL OAK CT.  ACCIDENT.  Delayed.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

First Area Agency Shuts Down County Defunded ACA "Navigator"

The first of seven McHenry County organizations with ACA Obamacare enrollment helpers laid off its "navigator" Friday after the County Board this week unexpectedly rejected a federal grant for another years' funding.

"It is with deep sadness that we announce the closing of our In Person Counselor Program, which helped countless uninsured people in McHenry County obtain insurance through the new Health Insurance Marketplace or the expanded Public Aid, " read a release from the Family Health Partnership Clinic in Woodstock.

In fact, the number of persons the clinic and others helped sign up wasn't countless.  According to McHenry County Department of Health figures, during the first Obamacare open enrollment period the navigators assisted 2,800 residents in applying for Medicaid or Marketplace.Gov insurance under the first $500,000 grant.

Tuesday's routine County Board vote to accept another $585,000 funding for the coming year turned into what amounted to a minireferendum on the controversial Affordable Care Act, although there was little debate.

"This funding for the Non-Affordable Care Act...[is] to try and make something work that is an admitted failure," charged District Six Member Diane Evertsen.

"The Affordable Care Act is benefiting many people across the country and in McHenry County", countered District One Member Nick Chirikos, "and it continues to be a success,"

The vote on the measure was tied at 10 to 10 but County Board rules required 18 votes to pass.

ACA's first enrollment period a year ago was beset with problems but the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says they're all fixed now.  The next enrollment period begins in three weeks.  More information about that's available here:  https://www.healthcare.gov/

Football Red Raiders' Voice Honored Before Retirement

Spectators paused during Huntley High's 59 to 14 rout of Dundee-Crown Friday to say goodbye to Hoppy Kahl, the longtime “Voice of the Red Raiders” football team.  After 26 years, Kahl will step down from the announcer's booth when the season ends.

Kahl said he's only missed two games since he took over the mike.  “The constant thing has been the excitement and the enthusiasm of the young people—the players, the band, cheerleaders, poms—everyone," he said. “There are some nights when I’d have paid them to let me do this if I’d had to,” said Kahl.

That won't quite be necessary.  In fact, by way of thanks, Kahl received, not only the usual plaque, but a free pass to Red Raiders games for the rest of his life.

In the pic:  Hoppy Kahl, soon to retire voice of Huntley's football Red Raiders

Huntley Library To Celebrate 25th Anniversary

The Huntley Village Board this week proclaimed Nov. 7 as Huntley Area Public Library Day. Not too coincidentally, that's the day the library will celebrate its 25th Anniversary with an open house featuring a look back to its history, a view of the status quo and a peak at the future.

The Lib was created by referendum in 1989 and moved into its new building in 1998.  Originally meant to serve 15,000 residents, the current number's up to about 39,000.

Guest speakers, light refreshments, music and mingling will highlight the Anniversary event which will take place at the library after business hours.  Disrict residents can RSVP by November 5  by calling (847) 669-5386 ext. 21.

In the pic:  Huntley Area Public Library Director Frank Novak accepts a plaque from Mayor Chuck Sass declaring Nov. 7 as Huntley Area Public Library Day.

IDPH Announces Ebola Quarantine For Returning Health Workers

The Illinois Department of Public Health Friday announced a mandatory three-week quarantine for people who've had direct contact with Ebola patients in West Africa.  The action follows similar orders Friday by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  Until now high-risk individuals were advised to go into quarantine voluntarily.

The mandatory quarantines follow the Ebola diagnosis of a New York City physician a week ago who treated Ebola patients in Guinea. Dr. Craig Spencer rode the subway, took a cab, went bowling, visited a coffee shop and ate at a restaurant before he fell ill.

No Ebola cases have been reported in Illinois but Gov. Pat Quinn called the order a "common sense step" to ensure residents will be protected from the virus.

Rauner Won't Reveal Executive Orders In Mind For Financial Fix

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner told the editorial board of the Springfield State Journal Register Friday he has at least three executive orders in mind to help shore up the State's budget.  He wouldn't say what they were, though.  “The budget problem next year is far bigger than is typically viewed,” Rauner said. “Is it going to be rough? Yes. Is it going to be unpleasant? Yes. I’m not giving any specifics of the short term yet. It’s inappropriate.”

This Spring legislators approved a $35.7 billion 2015 spending plan that even supporters admitted didn't allocate enough money to cover expenses, used money from special funds for day-to-day operations and depended on conjectural  future increases in revenue.   “We have to get through the short-term financial crisis. And it is a crisis,” said Rauner. “It’s worse than anybody is talking about."

However, the candidate wouldn't really talk about it, either.   “We’ll have a lot of options to consider,” Rauner told the newspaper board. “I don’t want to get out in front of the General Assembly on this," said. "This is going to be a difficult process. It’s going to need to be bipartisan. I don’t want to end-run anybody on this.”

In the pic:  Bruce Rauner in the State Journal Register's sanctum sanctorum.

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
October 24
2138 HRS 600 BLOCK OF WEDGEWOOD CIRCLE.  WANTED ON WARRANT.  HOJNACKI, DAVID R.,  M/W 61 YEARS OF AGE, 650 WEDGEWOOD CIRCLE, LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGE: Wanted on Warrant, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office for Resisting Arrest and Obstructing. Bond: $3000 @ 10%.  RELEASED ON BOND.
2327 HRS 1205 S. ROUTE 31 (WALMART).  DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED.  GARDINER, JEFFREY J.,  M/W 26 YEARS OF AGE, 540 ABBEYWOOD DR.,  CARY.  CHARGE: Driving While License Suspended and Speeding.  RELEASED ON BOND.
0925 HRS 9625 HALIGUS RD.  (MARLOWE MIDDLE SCHOOL).   FOLLOW UP ARREST:  RECKLESS CONDUCT.  JUVENILE M/B, 11 YEARS OF AGE,  HUNTLEY.  CHARGE: Reckless Conduct.  TURNED OVER TO PARENT.
1233 HRS BURR ST. & WILLOW ST.  DEFACEMENT.  Graffiti to a ComEd utility pole.
1807 HRS TRINITY DR. & ROUTE 31.  ACCIDENT. Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1826 HRS 400 BLOCK OF THUNDER RIDGE.  DEATH INVESTIGATION.  Female, 51 years of age.  TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
2139 HRS PYOTT RD. & IMHOFF DR.  ACCIDENT. Vehicle vs. Deer.  Property damage only.
Algonquin
October 22
13:13pm A 17 year-old female from Algonquin was charged with Fighting in the Village. She was taken into custody at 2601 Bunker Hill Dr.  She was issued a Notice to Appear with a court date of 11/26/14 in Algonquin and released to her mother.
13:19pm A 15 year-old female from Carpentersville was charged with Fighting in the Village.  She was taken into custody at 2601 Bunker Hill Dr.  She was issued a Notice to Appear with a court date of 11/26/14 in Algonquin and released to her mother.
17:41pm A 16 year-old female from Lake in the Hills and a 16 year-old female from Algonquin were charged with Retail Theft.  They were taken into custody at 1500 S. Randall Rd.  They were both referred to the Tri-Area Court for Teens and released to their parents.
October 23
09:25am Bates, Robert D., Jr., DOB: 05/06/1995, of 8116 Sierra Woods Ln., Carpentersville, was Wanted On A Warrant for Theft out of Kane County. He was taken into custody at 2200 Harnish Dr.  He was released after posting bond with a court date of 12/05/14 in Kane County.
21:36pm Karl, Kristen L., DOB:05/20/1983, of 1901 Cooper Ln. was Wanted On A Warrant for Speeding out of DuPage County.  She was taken into custody at her residence. She was transported to McHenry County Jail to await transfer to DuPage County. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Suburban Spinal Implant Maker Relocates To Huntley Today

A Hoffman Estates-based medical company will begin relocating to Huntley today, according to an elated announcement Thursday from Village Economic Development officials.  The closely held Life Spine company and its 50 employees will take over the interminably empty former Duo-Fast building on Quality Drive next to the Tollway they said.

According to Crain's Chicago Business Wednesday, Life Spine's been hunting for a new HQ for three years and passed up $1 million per year in Texas tax breaks.  Neither the State nor the Village is providing an incentive for the company to move to Huntley.  "The Village has been coordinating with Life Spine on moving their headquarters to Huntley since late spring," said Margo Griffin, Huntley Business Development Coordinator.

Life Spine designs, develops, manufactures and markets products for the surgical treatment of spinal disorders.  It had about $28 million in sales last year and expects to do a lot better soon.  The company holds 50 patents on spinal implant gadgets and about 60 more pending.  The FDA OK'ed one of them just last month.

The Duo-Fast offices have sat vacant for the past 15 years.  Schaumburg's Illinois Tool Works bought the nailgun company in 1999 promising not to move its headquarters from Huntley, then did the following year.    "Life Spine represents the perfect kickoff to Huntley’s goal of establishing the eastern end of the Huntley Corporate Park as the Northwest suburbs preferred destination for firms specializing in hi-tech and innovation oriented industries,”  said Mayor Chuck Sass in a statement.

In the pic:  The Duo-Fast building about to become Life Spine HQ in Huntley.

Huntley Hackett House To Be McHenry County Tourism HQ

Village officials announced Thursday that Huntley's original hotel, the Hackett House on Main next to the UP tracks, will become the new home to Visit McHenry County Tourism, the County's  non-profit convention and visitors booster.  Visit McHenry County's located in Crystal Lake now but the group thought Huntley'd be a better spot.

"When we looked at locations for our new offices, the new I-90/Rt.47 interchange, combined with a facility designed to our specific needs and the building's high visibility...were important factors," said Jaki Berggren, Executive Director.

"Hopefully some day we'll be the gateway to see and experience McHenry County for all the people in the area," said Mayor Chuck Sass.

The Village bought the Hackett House early last year at a discount but then discovered it was in worse shape than anyone thought.  The structure's been in limbo for the past year until Visit McHenry County took a tour recently.  Trustees just approved a contract to make the building weathertight for the Winter. Visit McHenry County plans to move in during April.

In the pic:  An artist's concept of Huntley's Hackett House as McHenry County tourism HQ

McHenry County Unemployment Rate Below 5 Percent

Mchenry County's unemployment rate cracked the 5 percent barrier in September falling .1 percent to 4.9 percent, according to Thursday's report from the Illinois Department of Employment Services.  Once again, however, the drop came more from people dropping out of the labor force than ones finding new jobs.

According to the latest numbers, 82 more persons in McHenry County had a job than in August.  However, there were 213 fewer people who said they were trying to find one.  There was a similar pattern for the state's overall 6.2 percent unemployment rate even though first-time jobless claims in September hit their lowest level since 2000.

“Private employers have added more than 300,000 new jobs since our economy began to improve in 2010,"  said IDES Director Jay Rowell. "Better still, more job creation is on the horizon given that these same employers consistently post more than 200,000 help wanted ads each month.”

The state rate was unadjusted for seasonal variation.  Making allowance for the usual after-Summer dip, IDES reported the  unemployment rate was really 6.6 percent, down only slightly from August.  The U.S. adjusted rate was 5.9 percent, down slightly more than in Illinois.   Seasonal adjustments aren't made at the county and municipal levels.

UNEMPLOYMENT (unadjusted)             
               REVISED     Aug 2014      PRELIMINARY Sept 2014               
                 LABOR   UNEMPLOYED      LABOR  UNEMPLOYED   Sept 
                 FORCE  NUMBER RATE      FORCE  NUMBER  RATE 2013   
U.S. (X1000)   156,434    9,787 6.3    155,903   8,962  5.7  7.0
ILLINOIS     6,521,612  436,038 6.7  6,510,680 403,502  6.2  8.6    

MCHENRY COUNTY 173,378    8,753 5.0    173,247   8,540  4.9  7.1
LAKE COUNTY    366,803   25,287 6.9    362,071  21,428  5.9  8.0
DUPAGE COUNTY  528,659   26,658 5.0    528,027  25,778  4.9  7.0 
KANE           275,599   15,059 5.5    275,079  14,410  5.2  7.5

ALGONQUIN       16,669      851 5.1     16,673     846  5.1  7.1  
LITH            16,795      862 5.1     16,767     826  4.9  6.8   
CRYSTAL LAKE    21,719    1,209 5.6     21,680   1,160  5.4  7.7     
MCHENRY         14,998      739 4.9     14,946     680  4.5  6.7  

Sponsor Says School Aid Bill Won't Come Up Until Spring

A controversial bill to change how Illinois distributes financial aid to schools won't be called for debate in the General Assembly's fall veto session.  The Bloomington Pantagraph reported today that its sponsor, State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia ( D-Aurora) issued a statement that "the proposal in its current form will not become law and there is still much more work to be done."

The measure, known as SB 16, would send more state aid to poorer districts but at the expense of ones better off.  McHenry County area legislators have been leading the charge against the bill which sailed through the Senate in May but stalled in the House this Summer.  State Sen. Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles) and State Rep. Mike Tryon (R-Crystal Lake), for instance, are sponsoring a community forum at Jacobs High School next Thursday at 6 pm to rouse resistance.

“Crystal Lake, Huntley and District 300 schools stand to lose a combined $12.1 million per year in General State Aid if this law is passed and signed into law,” said Tryon. “We need to kill this bill, and take the necessary time and effort to create equitable and fair reforms that allow all students to succeed."

Chapa LaVia's decision to put the bill in hibernation wasn't completely unexpected. The plan's Senate sponsor,  Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), earlier admitted the legislation still needs work.  However, McHenry County legislators sponsoring a resolution to kill SB 16 outright remain worried about unexpected end-around legislation.  Tryon complained last month about high-level  state aid to schools meetings from which he said Republicans were excluded.

In the Pic:  SB 16 House sponsor Linda Chapa Lavia

Obituaries

June A. Sabinski, 82, of Huntley died Wednesday.  Visitation will be Monday at the Skaja Terrace Funeral Home, Niles, from 10 am until a funeral service at 11:30. Entombment will be at  St. Adalbert Mausoleum, Niles.

Sabinski was the wife of Leonard Sabinski, who preceded her in death as did her brother, Edward Marcoski, Sr.  She is survived by her brother, Walter Marcoski, and sisters, Virginia Chilicki and Trudy Johnson, and the late.; aunt of many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers donations in her name to a favorite 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
October 23
0840 HRS 2265 W. ALGONQUIN RD. (THORNTON’S GAS).  FOUND ARTICLE.  Credit Cards.  Entered into Evidence.
1302 HRS 1300 BLOCK OF CUNAT CT. ASSIST OTHER AGENCY.  Assisted the McHenry County Health Department.
1434 HRS 800 BLOCK OF DOGWOOD LN.  LOST ARTICLE.  Registration Sticker missing from license plate.  Entered into LEADS.
1647 HRS 10920 REED RD. (HANNAH MARTIN SCHOOL).  THEFT.  Of U.S. currency from a purse in the cafeteria.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1808 HRS 9625 HALIGUS RD. (MARLOWE MIDDLE SCHOOL).  HIT & RUN.  Complainant’s vehicle struck in parking lot by unknown vehicle which fled.
Algonquin
delayed