Thursday, July 24, 2014

LITH Standoff Ends With Peaceful Surrender

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

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

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

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

THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES

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LITH Standoff Ends With Peaceful Surrender
Algonquin Founders' Days Opens Today For 54th Celebration
Algonquin Pitches TIF District To Fire Trustees
Quinn Approves Doubling Size Of Clean Water Program
Police Blotters
Randall/Algonquin ROW Acquisition Upsets LITH  B of A Buyers
Second Algonquin Deputy Chief Announces Retirement
Quinn Signs Off On $1.1 Billion Construction Borrowing Plan
Obamacare Rulings:  In Illinois "Nothing Has Changed"
Court Upholds Illinois Clean Coal Power Purchase Requirement
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Grafton Township To Sign On To Pace Dial-A-Ride If Huntley Does
Asphalt Repairs To Slow Traffic On 31/Main In Algonquin
LITH Man Charged With Growing Marijuana
Obituaries
New Law Allows McHenry, Kane Boards To Set Ethics "Guidelines"
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Algonquin Founders' Detours, Closures Outline For Weekend
Crack Sealing To Move East On Huntley Road
Water Rupture Closes Huntley's Woodstock Street Sunday
Quinn Adds Epilepsy, Even For Minors, To State Pot Program
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Hearing On New D158 Budget Set For Sept. 18
District 158 Names New Athletics Director For Huntley High School
Huntley Board Honors Police Commission Veteran
New Law Halts Employer Initial Screening For Criminal Record
Obituaries
Police Blotters
County Nursing Home Has  Two Years' Reserve Money Banked
Algonquin PD To Name New Jacobs School Officer Soon
Westfield's Westzel To Helm LITH's Lincoln Prairie School
New Law "Encourages" Polling Places In Schools
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Huntley Board Gives First Nod To Pace Dial-A-Ride Bus Service
Algonquin Library Friends Summer Booksale This Weekend
Huntley Retail Center Moves Ahead But Not Rt.47 Body Shop
Rauner Calls For Tax On Services, Eventual Income Tax Rollback
Lawmakers Delay Testimony On Quinn Anti-Violence Program
Police Blotters

Algonquin Founders' Days Opens Today For 54th Celebration

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

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

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

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

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

Algonquin Pitches TIF District To Fire Trustees

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quinn Approves Doubling Size Of Clean Water Program

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

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

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

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
July 23
2253 HRS 00 BLOCK OF W. ACORN LN. WANTED ON WARRANT.  DAVIDSON, SHANNON M.,  F/W 32 YEARS OF AGE, 1 W ACORN LN. APT 1A,  LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGES: Wanted on Warrant, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office for Contempt of Court. Bond $500. TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
0223 HRS 108 LAKEWOOD RD.  (THE WELL). ASSIST AMBULANCE.  Male, 28 years of age, needing an evaluation. Transported to Centegra Hospital.
1044 HRS RANDALL RD. & POLARIS DR. ACCIDENT. Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1111 HRS 5200 MILLER RD. (SUNSET PARK). CRIMINAL DEFACEMENT.  Defacement to the pavement in the handicap parking space and the  handicap parking sign.
1137 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF HALFMOON GATE.  DOMESTIC.  Mother vs. Son. Verbal only. No priors.
1245 HRS 200 BLOCK OF WARWICK LN. RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY.  Alcohol taken from garage. FAIL TO FILE.
1508 HRS 100 BLOCK OF DEERPATH. SUICIDAL SUBJECT. Male, 49 years of age, made suicidal statements. Transported to Woodstock Hospital

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Randall/Algonquin ROW Acquisition Upsets LITH B of A Buyers

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

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

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

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

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

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

Second Algonquin Deputy Chief Announces Retirement

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

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

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

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

In the pic:  Algonquin Deputy Chief Steve Kuzynowski

Quinn Signs Off On $1.1 Billion Construction Borrowing Plan

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

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

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

Obamacare Rulings: In Illinois "Nothing Has Changed"

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

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

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

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

Court Upholds Illinois Clean Coal Power Purchase Requirement

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obituaries

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

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

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

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

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

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
July 22
0613 HRS ALGONQUIN RD.  & LAKEWOOD RD. DRIVING WHILE LICENSE REVOKED.  BARRON, SINUHE, M/W 38 YEARS OF AGE, 826 SALEM LN.,  CARPENTERSVILLE. CHARGE: Driving While License Revoked. RELEASED ON BOND.
1641 HRS ROUTE 47 & CONLEY RD.  WANTED ON WARRANT.  GARICA, SALVADOR B.,  JR.,  M/W 38 YEARS OF AGE, 291 REDWING DR.,  WOODSTOCK. CHARGE: Wanted on Warrant, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office for Trespassing. Bond: $1500 @ 10%.  RELEASED ON BOND.
0759 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF STARWOOD PASS. SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT.  Suspicious note left in a mailbox.
1142 HRS 00 BLOCK OF CRIMSON CT. ASSIST AMBULANCE.  Female, three months of age, unresponsive. Transported to Woodstock Hospital.
1300 HRS ACORN LN.  & RANDALL RD.  INJURY ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles. Male, 23 years of age, nose injury.  No transport.
1535 HRS PYOTT RD.  & OAK ST.  ACCIDENT. Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1742 HRS MILLER RD.  & HEARTLAND GATE. INFORMATION FOR POLICE. Contact with a Registered Sex Offender.
1845 HRS 1300 BLOCK OF CUNAT CT. ASSIST AMBULANCE.  Female, 29 years of age, needing an evaluation. Transported to Sherman Hospital.
2209 HRS 1200 BLOCK OF BURR ST.  VIOLATION OF AN ORDER OF PROTECTION.  Possible violation of an Order of Protection. PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
2336 HRS ACORN LN.  & VILLAGE CREEK DR.  INFORMATION FOR POLICE. Contact with a Registered Sex Offender.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asphalt Repairs To Slow Traffic On 31/Main In Algonquin

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

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

Update:  Normal traffic was restored at about Noon.

LITH Man Charged With Growing Marijuana

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

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

In the pic:  Roberto J. Perez

Obituaries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
July 21
0218 HRS 2500 BLOCK OF WATERFORD LN. DOMESTIC BATTERY.  OSTERTAG, MICHAEL P.,  M/W 44 YEARS OF AGE, 2551 WATERFORD LN.,  LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Two Counts of Domestic Battery and Interference With the Reporting of Domestic Violence. TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
0318 HRS 00 BLOCK OF W.  ACORN LN.  WANTED ON WARRANT.  PEREZ, ROBERTO J.,  M/W 32 YEARS OF AGE, 1 W.  ACORN LN.,  LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGES: Wanted on Warrant, Elgin Police Department for Simple Assault. Bond: $5,000 @ 10% and Wanted on Warrant, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office for Criminal Damage to Property. Bond: $10,000 @ 10%. TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
1630 HRS 100 N. RANDALL RD.  (WALGREENS).  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1858 HRS 00 BLOCK OF POLARIS DR.  DOMESTIC.  Roommate vs Roommate. Verbal only. No priors.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1903 HRS 700 BLOCK OF ELDERBERRY CT.  IDENTITY THEFT.  Credit cards opened in complainant’s name.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
Huntley
July 15
A criminal damage to property report was taken in the 10800 block of Potomac Dr. Unknown persons caused the basement to flood damaging a residential basement and its contents.
July 16
A theft report was taken in the 12900 block of Stone Creek Ct. The victim states that jewelry was stolen from her residence.
Rigoberto Perez, age 29, of 11802 Mill St., Huntley, was arrested for driving while license suspended, driving without a headlight, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and four outstanding Elgin Police Department warrants. Mr. Perez was transported to McHenry County jail to await bond.
July 17
James F. Norton, age 26, of 12114 W. Main St, Huntley, was arrested on two outstanding McHenry County warrants for failure to appear in court on a possession of drug paraphernalia charge and a resisting a peace officer charge. Mr. Norton was transported to McHenry County jail to await bond.
Haley A. Fiala, age 19, of 1034 Dovercliff Way, Crystal Lake, was arrested for retail theft. In the same incident Jillian G. Jacob, age 18, of 1080 Dovercliff Way, Crystal Lake, was arrested for retail theft. Both subjects posted bond and were released with a Kane County court date of August 8, 2014.
July 18
Christian I. Calderon, age 30, of 1835 S. 58th Ct., Cicero, was arrested for driving with no valid driver’s license, registration suspended for non-insurance and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Mr. Calderon posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of August 22, 2014.
A criminal damage to property report was taken in the 9900 block of Thornton Way. The victim states that eggs were thrown at the house and a window was broken.
July 19
Anthony J. Garcia, Jr., age 24, of 9173 Bristol, Huntley, was arrested on two counts of domestic battery. Mr. Garcia was transported to McHenry County jail to await bond call.
July 20
A theft report was taken in the 10200 block of Hopkins St. A girl’s bicycle was reported stolen from a residential yard.
A criminal trespass report was taken in the 10900 block of Cape Cod Ln. A neighbor spotted individuals exiting a vacant residence.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Algonquin Founders' Detours, Closures Outlined For Weekend

Algonquin's 54th Founders' Days celebration from Thursday though Sunday this week will include require detours for both the Founders Parade Saturday and Fireworks Sunday.  According to Algonquin Police Chief Russ Laine on those days, "At certain times, the major streets of Algonquin will either be closed or impassable."

Saturday's Parade Day and drivers on both routes 31 and 62 will find traffic being diverted starting at 10 am. The parade will begin at  11 from  Eastgate Drive west on 62 over the river, then south on 31 ending at Madison Street.  However 31 will be actually be closed down to at Edgewood Drive.  No traffic will be allowed during the duration onto northbound Route 31 side streets LaFox River, Division or Jayne other than residents that live in that subdivision.

The parade will be complicated this year by the more or less concurrent dedication ceremony for Algonquin's Western Bypass scheduled for Noon at roughly where it crosses Crystal Creek.  The event's only by invitation but access at Edgewood Drive and at Main Street entry points is supposed to be vehicular only.

On Sunday, for the Fireworks finale,  Harrison Street will be closed from Route 62 to Edward Street from 5 to 11 pm. There won't be any vehicle parking there all day Sunday.

No one (pedestrians included) will be permitted to remain on the bridge on Route 62 over the Fox River from 7 to 11 p.m. Sunday, July 27. The bridge will be kept open for the flow of pedestrian traffic to Riverfront Park before the fireworks. There will be no pedestrian crossing of Route 62 permitted at River Road before, during or after the fireworks. All pedestrian traffic must cross Route 62 at either Harrison Street or Eastgate Drive.

At the end of the pyrotechnics, anyone who wants to go east on 62 will be required to do it on the south side of the road.

Crack Sealing To Move East On Huntley Road

Kane County Division of Transportation advisory signs warn crack sealing crews will move to the eastern part of Huntley Road between Randall and Sleepy Hollow Roads as early as Tuesday.  It's part of KDOT's seven-week program to fill and seal the Winter's cracks on roads in the north end of Kane County.

Flaggers may reduce the stretch of Huntley road to temporary one-lane travel so KDOT spokesmen warn motorists to add extra time to commutes, expect delays, and be careful of the workers.

Water Rupture Closes Huntley's Woodstock Street Sunday

A broken water pipe closed down Woodstock Street between First and Second Streets in Huntley for most of Sunday afternoon while Public Works Department crews excavated and then repaired the rupture.   It turned out to be a nickle-sized hole that blew out in a one-inch supply pipe for no obvious reason.  Said one crewman preparing a replacement section, "Sometimes they just happen."

Quinn Adds Epilepsy, Even For Minors, To State Pot Program

Governor Pat Quinn Sunday signed legislation to add the treatment of adults and children with seizures to the state’s Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act. The law, approved this Spring, lets even minors with epilepsy use medical marijuana.

“I think it’s very important that we move forward and extend the opportunity for this important life-saving law to go to all those who need it,” Quinn said during a ceremony at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Quinn called it a “life-saving law” and said medical marijuana could offer those suffering from seizures a “positive experience when it comes to daily living."  Under the law, adults who suffer epilepsy will be allowed to smoke medical marijuana. Children will only be allowed to take “non-smokable forms of medical marijuana,” according to Quinn’s office.

The epilepsy addition doesn't become effective until Jan. 1 but even then it's not likely anyone will be able to get any marijuana through the State's new pilot program.  It was only last week that a legislative committee which oversees medical marijuana rule-making started issuing regulations to cover it and spokesmen said medical pot probably won't be available until at least early 2015.

Obituaries

Dorothy Reichman, 87, of Huntley died Saturday.  Visitation will be from 3 to 6 pm today at Glueckert Funeral Home Ltd.,  Arlington Heights.   Lyiing In State will be from Noon until a Funeral Mass at 1 pm, Tuesday at St. Edna Catholic Church, Arlington Heights. Burial will be at St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery, Palatine.

Reichman was born on Dec. 12, 1926, in Chicago to John and Anna (nee Hahner) Blaha. She is survived by her children, Diane (John) Nocera, Linda (Tom) Mueller, Walter J. Reichman, Christine (Stephen) Johnson, Patricia Foley, and Michael J. (Therese) Reichman and 16 grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Reichman, and her parents.

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 20
1100 HRS 9027 HALIGUS RD. (BARK PARK). DOG BITE.  Complainant bitten by a dog. Animal Control notified.
1148 HRS 600 BLOCK OF LORREE LN. DOMESTIC.  Boyfriend vs. Girlfriend. Verbal only. No priors.
1223 HRS 500 BLOCK OF ANDERSON DR.  ASSIST AMBULANCE. Male, seven years of age, injured elbow falling off of bicycle. Transported to Sherman Hospital.
1433 HRS 900 BLOCK OF VIEWPOINT DR.  ACCIDENT. Two vehicles. Property damage only.
2038 HRS 3 CRYSTAL LAKE RD.  (AUTO ZONE).  DOMESTIC.  Husband vs. Wife. Verbal only. Three Priors.
Algonquin
July 19
17:08pm Aldape, Maria D., DOB: 08/27/67,  of 20 Ash St., Carpentersville, was charged with No Valid Driver’s License and Speeding. She was taken into custody at Randall and Longmeadow. She was released after posting $150 with a court date of 8/27/14 in McHenry County.
21:59pm Muhlbach, Dominic J., DOB: 10/11/93, of 5516 Alexandria Dr., Lake in the Hills, was charged with Unlawful Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor. He was taken into custody at 1119 S. Main St. He was released on a Notice to Appear with a court date of 08/27/14 in Algonquin.
July 20
12:53pm Nash, Nicole C., DOB: 04/13/87, of 1392 Skyridge Dr. Apt. A, Crystal Lake, was charged with Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License. She was taken into custody at Algonquin Rd. and Randall Rd.
She was released on an I-Bond with a court date of 8/27/14 in McHenry County.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Hearing On New D158 Budget Set For Sept. 18

The District 158 Board of Education this week set Sept. 18 for a public hearing on the District's 2014-15 annual budget, adjusted the coming year's lunch prices and OK'ed a few more adjustments to the Huntley High School expansion now underway.

The next school year's tentative budget will go on official display at the D158 Administration building Aug. 19.  The latest version calls for $88 million in spending, up $4.6 million from the past year mostly thanks to $1.6 million in salary increases and $1.7 million in new hiring to handle more kids.  Revenue's forecast at $88.2 million, a $4.4 million increase the bulk from a projected $1.1 million property tax increase and an expected $3 million boost in State Aid to Schools.

Regular school lunches will go up a nickle for the coming year to $2.65 to meet federal pricing requirements.  Milk will go up a dime to 40 cents because the wholesale cost's been going up lately and the district hasn't changed the charge at the register for the last 9 years.

The Board OK'ed about $35,000 worth of changes and add-ons for Huntley High's $35 million expansion to handle another 1,000 students.  Fairly typical was an extra $3,000 to add insulation to a ceiling area that, once workers opened it up, proved not have ever had any.

District 158 Names New Athletics Director For Huntley High School

District 158 announced plans Friday to hire Rockford's Boylan Catholic High School Assistant Principal  Christopher Rozanski  to become Huntley High's new Athletics Director.  Rozanski was Boylan's Assistant Athletic Director for eight years until moving upstairs last year.  He'll replace Michelle Jakubowski who resigned at the and of the school year to take over as girls' volleyball coach in Barrington next year.

Huntley Board Honors Police Commission Veteran

The Huntley Village Board took time out this week to recognize long-time Police Commission Chairman Jim Waters.  One of the  original commissioners appointed when the group was formed, Waters has served on it for 18 years.  Mayor Chuck Sass said, "You really can take pride at seeing all the good new police officers you've picked for the Village."

Later the Board appointed Huntley Citizens' Police Academy Alumni Association President Jim Burgess as the Police Commission's newest member and reappointed Nancy Topalovich to the Police Pension Board.

New Law Halts Employer Initial Screening For Criminal Record

Illinois employers can't ask job applicants about their criminal histories until they've been picked as a possible hire according to a new law Gov. Pat Quinn signed Saturday.  The law, in effect, extends to the private sector a Quinn administrative order last year covering State job seekers.

“Everyone deserves a second chance when it comes to getting a job,” Quinn said. “This law will help ensure that people across Illinois get a fair shot to reach their full potential through their skills and qualifications, rather than past history."

Employers will still be able to inquire about an applicant's criminal past but not until after they evaluate an applicant's other qualifications.  “By allowing applicants to undergo the interview process without being judged as unfit for employment because of their background, we will help individuals get back to work, pursue a higher education and become the responsible residents that our state thrives on,” said sponsor Waukegan Democratic State Rep. Rita Mayfield.

Quinn's made reducing recidivism something of a crusade.  He recently approved legislation to automatically clear arrest records for some non-violent juvenile cases, signed a law broadening the list of felonies that can be kept secret, OK'ed another to create a “second chance probation” for non-violent offenders to clear their convictions and inked one more to streamline records expungement and sealing and give courts more power to keep non-conviction records in felony arrests and charges non-public.

Obituaries

Donald J. Stratton, 74, of Algonquin died Wednesday.   Visitation will be held this afternoon from 3 to 7 pm in the Wait Ross Allanson Funeral & Cremation Services Chapel, Algonquin, and Monday morning at St. Anne Catholic Church, Barrington. from 9:15 am  until a Funeral Mass at 10. Burial will follow at St. John Nepomucene Church Cemtery, Barrington Hills.

Stratton was born on Feb. 22, 1940, in Chicago, the son of Perry and Mary (Bonato) Stratton.

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.

ANTHONY G. KNOWLES, DOB:  02/22/1985, 228 HAWTHORNE DRIVE, TWIN LAKES, WI. REBECCA C. PEOPLES, DOB:  05/23/1986, 228 HAWTHORNE DRIVE, TWIN LAKES, WI . UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. --MCHENRY
   
SALVADOR R. HUIZAR,  DOB:  12/13/1981, 310 CHESTNUT STREET, WOODSTOCK. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (TWO COUNTS). --Woodstock PD
   
JOHN M. GOIK, DOB:  10/19/1989, 403 DONIN DRIVE  APT 208, ANTIOCH. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, AGGRAVATED FLEEING OR ATTEMPTING TO ELUDE A PEACE OFFICER, RECKLESS DRIVING, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A WEAPON.  TIMOTHY P. LEBER, DOB:  08/16/1989, 570 DROM COURT  APT C, ANTIOCH.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WITH INTENT TO DELIVER, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE(TWO COUNTS), UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. --Johnsburg 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
July 19
0006 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & PYOTT RD. HIT & RUN Complainant’s vehicle was struck by another vehicle that fled.
1926 HRS 311 N. RANDALL RD. (AMC THEATERS). INFORMATION FOR POLICE. Vehicle damaged by an unknown subject. Report for Insurance.
2157 HRS 600 BLOCK OF LORREE LN. CRIMINAL TRESPASS TO PROPERTY. Unwanted subject entered the complainant’s property. PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

County Nursing Home Has Two Years' Reserve Money Banked

The administrator of McHenry County's Valley Hi nursing home admitted this week the 128-bed facility has more than two years' worth of  operating and maintenance money in the bank.  But Tom Annarella told Board members "the County's safety net for Medicaid patients" needs to have at least 12 months' worth of money on hand because state payments are low, slow and, given the state of State finances, potentially unreliable.

"It looks like we'll be in the black again this year," Annarella said in his annual report on the nursing home that he said, in common with others, was becoming "a mini-hospital" in rural Hartland Township.    Valley Hi's average cost per patient is $235 per day, he said, although the current Medicaid rate is only $175.  "Many nursing homes no longer accept Medicaid patients," said Anarella.  He said the home's been able to reduce $1 million per year losses as little as six years ago by replacing "agency" or temp nurses with permanent staff, and increasing the number of higher-paying Medicare patients.  "We've been able to cut the [Valley Hi] levy by $750,000" Annarella said.

Annarella said the home needs to have about $15.5 million in reserves but later admitted there's about $36 million on hand.

"That's about $20 million more than you've identified," observed District Three Member Nick Provenzano.  "That's a considerable excess," he said.

"We do have a plan for that," Annarella replied, having pointed out that the "new" Valley Hi facility is already ten years old.   "That's what the Capital Expenditure and Asset Preservation [plan] is for."

Provenzano wondered when anyone would see it, later commenting "I'm hearing rumors there's a new building in the midst."

Annarella said he'd report to the Board's Finance and Audit Committee whenever he was requested to.

County Administrator Pete Austin said that, considering the rapid increase in the cost of medical care, "The amount we need in reserve...is probably going to be growing."

Separately the Republican-dominated Board tabled a resolution for a referendum on shrinking the number of its members until an ad hoc committee can figure out how much and how to do it.  The McHenry County Democratic Party had called the referendum a priority measure for November.  Chairman Tina Hill said, technically, "We could put an advisory referendum on [the ballot] but it wouldn't do anything," since a court decision limits any change until after the next census. 

In the pic:  Valley Hi, the lineal descendant of McHenry County's late 1800's Poor Farm.

Algonquin PD To Name New Jacobs School Officer Soon

Tennyson's line that "the old order changeth, yielding place to new" wouldn't have been out of place this week at Dennis Walker's swearing in as Algonquin PD's newest sergeant.  Nobody trotted it out but the old order at Jacobs High School will see a big change when the kids come back next month since Walker's been the School Resource Officer there for the last eight years.

Besides SRO, Walker's been  a patrol officer, gang officer, bicycle patrol officer and investigator at APD. “Sergeant Walker has always shown sound judgment and concern for the interests of Algonquin citizens. He is well respected by his peers and the community,” said Chief Russell Laine. “He will continue this legacy and will serve as a welcome addition to the formal leadership team of the Algonquin Police Department."

Laine said interviews have been conducted for the next Jacobs SRO already and he expected to announce the pick "in a few weeks".

In the pic:  Former Hinckley and Dolton Police Chief David Walker helped pin sergeant's insignia on his son, outgoing Jacobs High School Resource Officer Dennis Walker, at a swearing in ceremony at Algonquin Village Hall this week.

Westfield's Wetzel To Helm LITH's Lincoln Prairie School

The District 300 Board this week picked Algonquin's Westfield Community School assistant principal Mark Wetzel to take over the Principal's desk at Lake in the Hills' Lincoln Prairie Elementary School.  As an assistant principal Wetzel helped set up an Internet learning tool for math and reading and the District's Accelerated Mathematics summer program to aim middle school students toward college.

Lincoln Prairie's Hawks will number about 500 this coming year.

In the pic:  New Lincoln Prairie Elementary Principal Mark Wetzel and wife, Christy.

New Law "Encourages" Polling Places In Schools

A new state law approved Friday urges Illinois school districts to make more schools available as polling places on Election Day. Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill encouraging districts to either skip school or hold teacher institutes on Election Day in order to keep kids out of buildings when voters show up. The list of polling places in most counties is dominated by churches, town halls and service clubs but some that have sought to use schools have run into worries about security when strangers enter a school facility.

Thirty eight of the 212 polling places in McHenry County are in schools since, according to County Clerk Kathy Schultz, some areas are otherwise devoid of public buildings.

In the how sausages and laws are made department, the law started out in February as a bill about the State budget.  Three months later the Senate tossed most of it out in favor or the school polling places measure and sent it back to the House which passed it again the next day.  A month later the Legislature actually sent it to the Governor but it took three more weeks before he decided to sign it.

Obituaries

Angelo T. Cacciatore, 81 of Huntley died Friday at his home.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 9 am until a 10 am funeral service at DeFiore Jorgensen Funeral Home, Huntley.

Cacciatore was born March 9, 1933, the son of Louis and Jessie Cacciatore. He married Rosalie Canzoneri on June 2, 1956.  He is survived by his wife; children, Cathy (John) Piwko and Louis Cacciatore; grandchildren, Matthew, Joseph, Michael, Sara and Thomas, and his brother, Anthony Cacciatori.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

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 18
2210 HRS 00 BLOCK OF HERON CT. SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT.  Vehicle Abandoned. Entered into Leads.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
2246 HRS 00 BLOCK OF W.  OAK ST. DOMESTIC.  Husband vs. Wife. Verbal only. One prior.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Huntley Board Gives First Nod To Pace Dial-A-Ride Bus Service

The Huntley Village Board Thursday passed along for formal approval next a plan to explore PACE suburban dial-a-ride bus service for all Huntley residents including seniors and disabled.   Trustees weren't happy about it, though, even after hearing Grafton Township was willing to kick in $10,000 toward the $48,000 price of McRide bus service.

"I'm disappointed in Sun City and I'm really disappointed at the Rutland [Township] Board at the taxes paid by residents," said Trustee Ronda Goldman.  "Two thirds of Sun City residents live in Rutland."  Trustee Harry Leopold, another Sun City resident, also expressed displeasure with Rutland.

Huntley's been funding a stopgap taxi-voucher program for Village seniors and disabled since the start of the year after Grafton Township discontinued its senior bus service for Huntley residents south of the county line.  The program looks as if it's going to cost around $16,000 by the end of the year.  Recently, however, the McHenry County Division of Transportation's been pitching an expansion of its Pace bus service for all residents of participating municipalities or just seniors in townships.

The Rutland Township Board last week again let a Supervisor Margaret Sanders proposal to join Pace dial-a-ride die for want of a second.  The next day the Sun City Community Association informed the Village it wasn't interested in contributing to Pace service because  "the places frequented by our residents are not part of the plan."

If Grafton alone joined Pace, service would be for seniors but still confined to the McHenry County side of the border.  However, if Huntley joins, service would be for everybody within the municipality's boundaries which which run into Rutland

Grafton Supervisor Jim Kearns told FEN this morning that kicking in $10,000 to help Huntley was a bargain since it would mean all the Township's residents in the village would have bus service.

Grafton's expected Monday to sign up for the senior version of McRide, too.  That's supposed to cost $6,000 but would extend service beyond the area Grafton's Senior Bus currently serves.

Neither Huntley nor Grafton formal approval would guarantee Pace service.  Both measures would only authorize having an official discussion with McDOT about it.

Algonquin Library Friends Summer Booksale This Weekend

Thursday was the first day of the Friends of the Algonquin Area Public Library's Hot Summer Booksale.  The four-day event at the Eastgate Library will continue through Sunday with no entry fee.   Hours today are 4 to 8 pm; Saturday 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday, 1/2 price day, 1 to 4 pm.

Hardcover books are a buck and up, trade paperbacks 75 cents, mass market ones 50 cents.  Also available are video computer games, CD's, DVD's, puzzles and playaways which seems to be a AAA battery-powered audiobook device.  Fiction books are all in alphabetical order and volunteers have organized the other categories for easy shopping.

Huntley Retail Center Moves Ahead But Not Rt. 47 Body Shop

The Huntley Village Board gave thumbs up to conceptual plans for a new retail center planned in the village's Downtown but turned them down on similar plans to overhaul an empty building near Route 47 and Algonquin Road.

Trustees sent plans along plans for rezoning and preliminary development approval next week for a new old-looking 5,600 square-foot retail center to replace the Sawyer Kelley mill at Main and Woodstock streets.   There'll new building will require lots of setback variances but Director of Development Services Charley Nordman observed they were originally set with the kind of construction expected along Route 47 in mind.

A plan to revamp the former Hansen Heating and Plumbing shop on 47 as a new location for the nearby Auto Crafters body repair business met stiff resistance from most trustees, though.

Trustee John Piwko said the location made it a  "showcase" for people coming into Huntley.  Even spiffed up, however, "the first thing they're going to see is a tin building," he said.

Trustee Ronda Goldman said 47 "should be a shopping destination for retail and restaurants," not a body shop.

Mayor Chuck Sass and Trustee Harry Leopold were also troubled by what they said were previous Auto Crafters' promises that weren't kept.  Trustee J.R. Westberg said he wasn't ready for an OK right now, either.

Trustee Nick Hansen who'd initially favored the project summed up the discussion.  "I don't think we have a consensus to move this forward," he said.

In the pic:  An architect's sketch of plans for the former Hansen Heating and Plumbing shop in Huntley.

Rauner Calls For Tax On Services, Eventual Income Tax Rollback

Republican gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner Thursday revealed at last part of the economic plan he's been promising for months.  Rauner proposed in a news conference generating new Illinois revenue by adding a sales tax for "luxury services" while freezing property tax rates and lowering the state income tax two percentage points over four years.  Incumbent Governor Pat Quinn later said the sales tax proposal was, "a dumb idea" that would mostly affect families and small businesses.

Rauner proposed a five percent tax on services like attorneys fees, chartered flights and golf club membership fees.  He listed 32 of them.  However, fees for other "day to day" services like plumbers, day care and haircuts would remain exempt.   Rauner pegged the proposed services sales tax take at $600 million in new revenue for the State.

Rauner more or less admitted the State's finances are so bad the temporary income tax increase, due to drop from 5 to 3.75 percent Jan 1, can't.  He called for a decrease back to the original three percent rate but only over a four year term and without listing any steps in between.  "Bruce will get rid of the Quinn-Madigan income tax hike but understands that will require negotiation with the legislature when he is governor,"  Rauner spokesman Mike Schrimpf later told the Chicago Tribune.  Meanwhile, the Quinn camp charged allowing the temporary tax to expire would cost $10 billion in State revenue.

Rauner also called a freeze on local property taxes that pay for schools and municipal operations unless there's a voter referendum.   As far as the State's concerned, such a move would have no effect on revenue at all.  Nevertheless, Rauner said he put it in because,  "Taxes are rising dramatically, and voters don't have enough voice in that."

Lawmakers Delay Testimony On Quinn Anti-Violence Program

State lawmakers Thursday agreed to a request from federal prosecutors to delay interviews of key officials linked to Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled anti-violence program for 90 days.  Under the deal a legislative panel will put off testimony until Oct. 8, then check with the U.S. Attorney to make sure it won't  interfere with his probe.

"No one on this commission wants to interfere with the important work of the U.S. attorney's office as they look for possible criminal activity in Quinn's failed NRI program."  said panel Republican co-chair State Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, in a prepared statement.

Exhausted by hours of political maneuvering Wednesday, lawmakers hailed the agreement as proof they could come together to ensure any wrongdoing be rooted out. State Rep. Frank Mautino, the Democratic co-chair of the panel, said it was too early to speculate whether lawmakers will actually hear from officials before the election. “We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it,” he said.

Republican challenger Bruce Rauner has accused Quinn of using the anti-violence program to drive Democratic votes before of the 2010 election. Quinn's admitted the program made mistakes but denied it was corrupt.

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 17
0947 HRS LAKEWOOD RD.  & BORDEAUX DR. NO VALID DRIVER’S LICENSE.  VALENCIA, EPIGMENIA, F/W 47 YEARS OLD, 181 BRIDLEWOOD CIRCLE,  LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGES: No Valid Driver’s License, Driving While Operating an Electronic Device, and No Insurance. RELEASED ON BOND.
2243 HRS 900 BLOCK OF NOELLE BEND. WANTED ON WARRANT.  HEDLIN, DAVID W.,  M/W 49 YEARS OF AGE, 1475 DENNISON RD.,  HOFFMAN ESTATES.  CHARGES: Wanted on Warrant, Carpentersville Police Department for Assault. Bond: $6,000 @ 10%.  RELEASED ON BOND.
1428 HRS 00 BLOCK OF HAYWARD CT.  DOMESTIC.  Mother vs. Daughter. Verbal only. Two priors.
1559 HRS 00 BLOCK OF HAYWARD CT. ASSIST OTHER AGENCY.  Assist McHenry County Court Services detaining a juvenile female, 16 years of age, for home detention violation. TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY CORRECTIONS.
2322 HRS 900 BLOCK OF TARALON TRAIL. SUICIDAL SUBJECT Female, 17 years of age, with depression and suicidal thoughts. Transported to Woodstock Centegra Hospital.
Algonquin
July 15
01:45am Two 16 year-old males from Carpentersville were charged with Curfew Violation.  They were taken into custody at 1340 Ivy Lane.  They were released into the custody of their parents after being issued a Notice to Appear with a court date of 08/12/14 in McHenry County.
17:22pm Meyer, Garrett, DOB: 05/13/81, of 9 Woodview Lane, Algonquin, was charged with Retail theft.  He was taken into custody at Kohl’s, 734 S. Randall Road.  He was released on a Notice to Appear with a court date of 08/27/14 in Algonquin.
July 16
15:56pm Huebner, Steven J., Jr.,  DOB: 04/14/95, of 300 Village Creek Drive, Lake in the Hills, was charged with Criminal Damage to Property.  He was taken into custody at the Algonquin Police Department, 2200 Harnish Drive.  He was released after posting $150 with a court date of 08/13/14 in McHenry County.
July 17
16:53pm A 16 year-old male from Elgin was charged with Retail theft.  He was taken into custody at Kohl’s, 734 S. Randall Road.  He was formally Petitioned into Juvenile Court and then released into the custody of his parents.
17:03pm Mendoza, Jorge F.,  DOB: 02/20/64, of 2600 Brockwood Way, Rolling Meadows, was charged with DWLR and Failure to Obey Stop Sign.  He was taken into custody at Sherman Drive and Harnish Drive.  He was released on a Personal Recognizance Bond with a court date of 08/20/14 in McHenry County.