Monday, December 22, 2014

New Algonquin Downtown Main Speed Limit Expected Tuesday

Twenty five mile per hour speed limit signs will finish production today and go up tomorrow on Algonquin's Main Street near Algonquin Road, according to Public Works Director Bob Mitchard.  They'll be another part of the Village's effort to return Algonquin's Downtown to a place to go instead of a place to go through.

Thursday afternoon, taking a cue from the old Carole Lombard film "It Pays To Advertise", the Village parked digital signs at both ends of the new Route 31 passage from above Cary Road Huntington Drive suggesting a "Quicker Commuter Option", to wit:  "Use Bypass".

With the holidays it will probably take several weeks to see what effect, if any, the signs, speed limit and new stop signs at Washington Street have on driver behavior, according to officials.

THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES

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New Algonquin Downtown Main Speed Limit Expected Tuesday
Retailers May Rev Up Discounts For Final Holiday Shopping Sprint
December Out To Break Record For Weather Gloom
Refund Site Announced For T-Mobile "Cramming" Victims
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Huntley "Dry" Utility Relocation Estimated At Almost $1 Million
Sun City Model Railroaders Invite Holiday Visitors
Huntley Little League Spring Registration Now Open
Rutherford Raises Draw Criticism As Treasurer's Term Winds Down
McHenry County Indictments
Police Blotters
Huntley Community Radio Program Collects For Toys For Tots
D158 Ed Foundation Wins AT&T Award For Special Ed Transitions
Governor Signs Juror Pay Increase Bill
Quinn Appoints Pal As State Comptroller For Three Weeks
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Huntley Board Impasses On Faster Funds For Facade Improvement
D158 Levy Up For Inflation As Property Value Dwindles
Judge Says Sheriff's Office "Waived" Withholding Zinke Report
Quinn Orders Special Legislative Session For Special Election Vote
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Bianchi Picked To Head Illinois State's Attorney's Association
Dundee Twp. OK's Tax Levy Increased For Inflation
Weekend Closings Announced For I-90 At Route 25
Chicago Couple Guilty In $3.4 Million State Public Health Scheme
Obituaries
Police Blotters
New Main Stop, Lower Speed To Encourage Algonquin Bypass Usage
McHenry Board Expands McRide Program Before Pace Agrees
New PD Chief, Flat Tax, New Gas Station Feature At Algonquin
Rauner Says Agencies Want More Money Than In "Dishonest" Budget
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Horse Race For Huntley Board, Probably LITH, Too
Grafton Township Takes Inflation Increase In New Tax Levy
Sheriff, LITH PD Issue Pre-Emptive Phone Scam Warnings
State AG Finds Rauner Can Appoint 4-Year Topinka Successor
Obituaries
Police Blotters

Retailers May Rev Up Discounts For Final Holiday Shopping Sprint

Eyeball measurement of traffic and retail center parking along the Randall Retail corridor Saturday and Sunday suggested more activity than on a normal weekend but nothing like a just-before-Christmas shopping frenzy.  That would be in line with national trends reported so far and might --or might not-- augur well for last-minute discounting in the three shopping days left.

Almost 25 percent of shoppers said they waited until this weekend to finish up, hoping for better prices, according to the National Retail Federation.  Sales were only up 1.8 percent from Nov. 1 through last Monday compared with the same period a year ago, according to payment technology company First Data Corp.  Allowing for inflation, that's practically no increase at all.

Retailers this year tried to jumpstart the season with “holiday” discounts as early as Halloween.  However, with the benefit of 20-20 hindsight, analysts have concluded all that managed to do was pull sales that were going to happen, anyway, forward a few days or weeks.  How much excess inventories left is anybody's guess but extended hours announced by chains like Macy’s, Toys R Us and Kohl’s, for instance, suggest it's more than retailers would like.

Even if deep discounting breaks out early, a recent study by price check website camelcamelcamel.com suggests buyers should beware.  It found, shockingly, that a lot of alleged deals were only "smokin'" in comparison to "suggested retail" which nobody actually charges.

December Out To Break Record For Weather Gloom

Someday you'll tell your grandkids about the Winter of '14.  They'll ignore you but at least they'll be reasonably justified.  For instance, this month's on pace to break a record for the cloudiest December on record in Northern Illinois, maybe even the gloomiest month there's ever been in the Chicago area.  "Bummer, Gramps," they'll say without looking up from their holographic projection smartphone displays with direct-brain stimulated quadraphonic sound.

The National Weather Service doesn't  keep official sunshine records, anymore, but the the Cooperative Observer (official amateur) for Midway Airport still does and maintains records that go back to 1893.  Frank Wachowski reports there hasn't been any sunshine in eight of of the past nine days.  Even the day the sun peeked out, it was only for 33 minutes, according to Wachowski's observations.  NWS forecasters report there probably won't be any sun for the next four days, either, which will run the cloudy stretch to 18 of the past 20 days.

On the other hand, the old chestnut about clouds and silver linings may come in to play, too.  Meteorologists report leaden skies help explain this month's lock of bitter cold that dominated November.  The constant overcast helps keep daytime warmth from radiating back in to space at night, they say.  Based on the rest of this week's prognostications, meteorologists report it's very likely that December will end up with fewer daytime highs below freezing than November. The last time that happened in Rockford was 1991 and it hasn't happened in Chicago since 1959.   Neither has the month seen any measurable snowfall  yet.  The weathermen call that "remarkably rare" and say it's only happened a handful of times.

Today's forecast is for rain starting late this morning through this evening, something like half an inch, in some places maybe more, according to meteorologists.

Refund Site Announced For T-Mobile "Cramming" Victims

Consumers who think they were "crammed" by the T-Mobile cellphone company have until June 30 to ask for part of the $90 million, mostly in refunds agreed to in Friday's settlement with the office of the the Illinois attorney general, those in a bunch of other states and the Federal Trade Commission.  Many consumers weren't aware that third-party companies added charges to phone bills for "services" like celebrity gossip items, horoscopes, trivia and joke-of-the-day offerings that they never asked for.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says in a news release that "cellphone bill cramming has become a major source of consumer fraud."  The place to go to get back T-Mobile bill charges than tended to run to $9.99 a month is located at: http://www.t-mobilerefund.com/

T-Mobile is the second mobile telephone provider to enter into a nationwide settlement to resolve allegations of  cramming. In October, the attorneys general, FTC and FCC reached a similar $105 million settlement with AT&T Mobility.

Obituaries

Robert R. Randolph, 77, of Algonquin died Saturday.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 pm until a funeral service at 8 at Friedrichs Funeral Home, Mount Prospect.

Randolph was born Nov. 8, 1937, in Chicago, the son of the late Evelyn and Ernest Randolph.  He married Mary Ann Pugh. He is survived by daughters, Kimberly (George) Pappas and Karyn (Edwin) Friesendorf; grandchildren, Ashley, Tommy and Emily Pappas and Arianna and Aiden Bezila, and sister, Jeannine Randolph SLW.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, John, Bruce James and Darell Randolph.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Down Syndrome Development Council of Lake County.

Edward O. White, 76, of Huntley died peacefully Saturday.  Visitation will be this coming Saturday from 9 to 11 am at DeFiore-Jorgensen Funeral Home, Huntley.  A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 am at St. Mary Catholic Church, Huntley. Burial will be at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

White was born Apr. 11, 1938, the son of Owen and Vivian (Laughlin) White. He married Elaine R. Pitzaferro on Nov. 22, 1969.  He is survived by his wife; children; Lisa (Kelly) Cavitt, Dr. Thomas (Linda Riley) Madden, Dr. David (Erin) Madden, Katie (Scott) Smith and Nicole (Jason) Arthur; grandchildren, Ashley, Corey, Jordyn, Abby, Sarah, David, Jake, Cara, Jena, Max, Annie and Gracie; brother, Michael (Debbie Dombrowski) Scholl, and sister, Kathy (Tom)Cunningham. He was preceded in death by his parents and stepfather, Mick Scholl.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the March of Dimes

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
December 21
0004 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & WENTWORTH DR.  WANTED ON WARRANT. JOZWICK, RONALD, M/W 21 YEARS OF AGE, 1544 N. SEMINARY AVE., WOODSTOCK.  CHARGES: Wanted on Warrant, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, for Resisting Arrest. Bond: $1,500.00 @ 10%, and Speeding.  RELEASED ON BOND.
0215 HRS 343 N. RANDALL RD. (STARBUCKS).  DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL.  PATRICK, MICHAEL T.,  M/W 25 YEARS OF AGE, 1731 WHITE OAK DR.,  ALGONQUIN.  CHARGES: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol with a Breath Alcohol Content Greater than .08, Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Driving Under the Combined Influence of Drugs and Alcohol, Reckless Driving, Improper Turn at an  Intersection, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Unlawful Possession of Cannabis.  RELEASED ON BOND.
1725 HRS 200 BLOCK OF WANDER WAY.  VIOLATION OF AN ORDER OF PROTECTION. TRENT, JOHN A., M/W 35 YEARS OF AGE, 1380 SKYRIDGE APT B, CRYSTAL LAKE.  CHARGE: Violation of An Order of Protection.  TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
1912 HRS VILLAGE RD. & CARLEMONT DR.  DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL.  ROMERO, JUAN R.,  M/W 42 YEARS OF AGE, 706 RIDGE DR.,  MARENGO.  CHARGES: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Improper Turn Signal, and Improper U-Turn.  RELEASED ON BOND.
1314 HRS 2900 BLOCK OF BALDWIN LN.  SUICIDAL SUBJECT.  Male, 18 years of age, made suicidal statements.   Transported to Woodstock Hospital.
1501 HRS 400 BLOCK OF PLUM ST.  DOMESTIC.  Mother vs. Daughter. Verbal only. No Priors.
1835 HRS RANDALL RD. & MILLER RD.  HIT & RUN.  Three vehicles. Property damage only. Offending vehicle fled.
Algonquin
December 16
12:8pm Domin, Ronald M., DOB: 07/07/1974, of 405 Rt. 14, Crystal Lake, was arrested on a warrant for Theft from McHenry County. He was taken into custody at APD.  He posted bond and was given a court date of 12/30/2014 in McHenry.
December 17
01:55am Caisman, Benjamin R., DOB: 06/30/1992, of 1240 Fairmont Ct., Algonquin, was charged with Assault. He was taken into custody at the same location and transported to the McHenry County jail to await bond court.
05:50am Hernandez, Nicholas A., DOB: 01/26/1990, of 127 Division St., Algonquin was charged with DWLS, Suspended Registration, and No Proof of Insurance and Expired Registration. He was also wanted on a warrant from Cook County for Violation of Bail Bond. He was taken into custody at River and Algonquin roads. He was released after posting bond with a court date of 01/21/2015 in McHenry County. He posted bond for the Cook County warrant and was given a court date of 01/07/2015 in Rolling Meadows.
14:58pm Perillo, Abbigial C., DOB: 07/14/1996, of 7 Lacrosse St., was charged with Retail Theft. She was taken into custody at 734 S. Randall Rd.  She was issued a Notice to Appear with a court date of 01/28/2015 in Algonquin.
December 20

10:01am Ullery, Daniel R., DOB: 10/18/1973, of 1091 Crestwood, Bolingbrook, was charged with DWLS. He was taken into custody on Clara Ct. He was released after posting bond with a court date of 01/21/2015 in McHenry County.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Huntley "Dry" Utility Relocation Estimated At Almost $1 Million

Huntley Village officials expect dry utilities relocation to be the first of several Downtown construction projects to begin next  year.  This week Trustees learned the estimated cost to get rid of an unsightly tangle of overhead power, telephone and TV cable and Internet lines is already close to $1 million.

Consultant Ron Watson said the latest round of talks with ComEd yielded "solid" numbers that put the cost of a new overhead line from Mill Street north to the Southwest corner of the stores on Main, then burying the overhead lines Downtown at $350,000.  The latest estimate for new overhead and underground Comcast and AT&T lines come in at $180,000 and trenching and conduit are estimated at $250,000.  Conversion of overhead services is estimated at $200,000 although Watson said he was using general figures for the cost to change overhead service drops to underground laterals.   The estimated total cost will be $980,000.

In the pic: (above)  The overhead utilities status quo.  (below)  The latest expectation for line configurations by the end of the coming year.

Sun City Model Railroaders Invite Holiday Visitors

With the kids at home and underfoot for the holidays, it might be a good time to think of visiting the Kishwaukee Valley & Eakin Creek Sun City Model Railroad Club's annual Holiday Train Display  The model railroaders will have the giant layout up and operating at Prairie Lodge until Dec. 28.

Running times are from 11 am until 5 pm except Christmas Eve from 11 am to Noon and Christmas Day when the Lodge will be closed.  Once again, the group's sponsoring a drawing for the Lionel trains, this time a Lionel O Gauge Canadian Pacific Passenger Train. The drawing's set for Tuesday at 3 pm. and winners don't have to be there.

The event's free but kids need to be accompanied by an adult.

Huntley Little League Spring Registration Now Open

Huntley Little League Spring Registration opened this week with a redesigned website to make it easier than ever before to sign up.  Huntley Little League softball and baseball's open to all players ages 5 to 18 who attend school within School District 158.  Online registration's located at: http://www.leagueadminpro.com/huntley/node/1 .  Organizers report there'll also be a one-day only Walk-Up registration at the Huntley Park District Recreation Center from 8 am to 3 pm Jan. 24, too.

"Our Board of Directors are very pleased to announce that we are once again able to offer all of the above at the same cost as last season," said John Spankroy, the group's president.

In the pic:  This year's Huntley Little League Juniors level tournament team did pretty well in the trophy department.

Rutherford Raises Draw Criticism As Treasurer's Term Winds Down

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford, whose Republican bid to become governor collapsed in February, will leave office next month having granted huge pay increases to more than 25 of his non-union employees in the past  year.  The Springfield State Journal Register reports today the hikes range from 8 to 36 percent.  With stipends, the top compensation increase was 42 percent.

Treasurer's Office Communications Director Mary Frances Bragiel said the salary increases and one-time payments were justified.   “These raises and/or stipends were … all based on performance … job duty changes and more responsibility,” she said.

“It is a disgrace to dedicated state employees and public servants,” said Frank Prochaska, local rep for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, who said unionized employees had received smaller raises in recent negotiations.

The biggest boost went to a Springfield suburbanite, whose $55,000 salary jumped to $75,000, then was further augmented with a $3,000 stipend in October.  Among the nine who got the least on the list was Huntley resident John Rossi who only received a $1,000 stipend, about two percent of his regular salary.

SJR's full story is located here:  http://www.sj-r.com/article/20141220/NEWS/141229934/1994/NEWS

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.

MATTHEW A. SORICH, DOB:  05/22/1993, 3 SALFORD COURT, ALGONQUIN.  AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL SEXUAL ABUSE (TWO COUNTS). --Lake in the Hills PD
  
KEVIN M. KNIESEL, DOB:  06/10/1986, 12 W. ACORN LANE, LAKE IN THE HILLS.  AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL SEXUAL ABUSE (TWO COUNTS), UNLAWFUL FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. --Lake in the Hills PD

MALCOLM J. MCFADDEN, DOB:  06/20/1988, 43 N. MENARD AVENUE, CHICAGO.  RETAIL THEFT. --Huntley PD

NICKOLAS R. PIECHOCKI, DOB:  01/14/1995, 823 NOTTINGHAM LANE, CRYSTAL LAKE.  CRIMINAL DEFACEMENT OF PROPERTY (FIVE COUNTS). --Crystal Lake PD
  
JENNIFER L. YOUNG, DOB:  03/19/1992, 3911 JOHNSON STREET, CRYSTAL LAKE.  STEPHANIE M. YOUNG, DOB:  11/21/1988, 3911 JOHNSON AVENUE, CRYSTAL LAKE.  UNLAWFUL CANNABIS TRAFFICKING, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DELIVER CANNABIS, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS. --McHenry County Sheriff's Office

PAIGE M. PICKENS, DOB:  09/06/1986, 9708 DALE COURT, SPRING GROVE.  DELIVERY OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (TWO COUNTS), UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE.  --McHenry County Sheriff's Office
  
RAYMOND P. TEAGUE, DOB:  11/05/1986    , 3300 W. ELM STREET  #11, MCHENRY.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. --McHenry PD
  
DONNA K. HOWELL, DOB:  11/12/1964, 1532 N. MADISON STREET, WOODSTOCK.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DELIVER, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. --McHenry County Sheriff's Office

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
December 20
0004 HRS ALGONQUIN. & SQUARE BARN.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA.  WILSON, JONATHON A.,  M/W 18YEARS OF AGE, 4500 HERON DR.,  LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Unlawful Possession of Cannabis and No Turn Signal. RELEASED ON BOND.  ERICSON, RYAN D., M/W 18 YEARS OF AGE, 4465 HERON DR.,  LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  RELEASED ON BOND.
0914 HRS 2900 BLOCK IMPRESSIONS DR.  DOMESTIC.  Boyfriend vs. Girlfriend.  Verbal only.  Two priors.
1119 HRS MONROE ST. & LINCOLN ST.  INJURY ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Female, 56 years of age, with leg and ankle injuries.  Transported to Sherman Hospital.
1151 HRS 3400 BLOCK CHADWICK LN.  CHILD ABUSE.  Investigation of possible child abuse.  TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Huntley Community Radio Program Collects For Toys For Tots

Huntley Community Radio's Two Dudes and a Duchess collected a trunkload of playthings and childrens' books during a special one hour-broadcast Friday evening to support the Marine Reserve's Toys For Tots campaign.  Today's the last day to drop off unwrapped contributions to Toys For Tots.  Collection boxes are at various sites throughout the area including the Huntley Park District.  "That's where we'll be dropping off these donations," radio host Dude Bill Geheren said.

In the pic: Two Dudes and a Duchess roving reporter Kia Beveridge interviewed Huntley Community Radio friends Dan and Melissa Nosal and daughters Kaitlyn and Abby who dropped off donations for Toys For Tots Friday at the station.

D158 Ed Foundation Wins AT&T Award For Special Ed Transitions

AT&T’s Investing in Illinois Awards Program presented the District 158 Education Foundation a $2,000 check this week to support the District's Life Instruction Guiding Huntley Transition program.  The LIGHT program helps special needs students ages 18-22 transition to jobs and independent living.

Local State Rep. Mike Tryon nominated the Education Foundation for AT&T's award that provides resources and recognition to organizations and programs that advance education, economic growth, new technologies and essential community services in the State.   “The LIGHT program provides much-needed support to the special needs population as they transition into adulthood, and I was pleased to be able to assist in the program’s mission through this cash award,” said Tryon.

In the pic:  D158 Education Foundation Board Member Sara Mitchell, State Representative Mike Tryon, Superintendent John Burkey, AT&T Director of External Affairs Jaclyn Kator, Foundation Treasurer Samuel R. Wise, President Chad Alexander and Foundation Board Member Tina Drzal.

Governor Signs Juror Pay Increase Bill

Jurors across Illinois will get a pay boost starting in June under legislation outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn signed Friday.  The Chicago Democrat approved the measure passed earlier this month requiring counties to pay jurors $25 for the first day of service and $50 each day thereafter instead of as little as $4 a day now.

The new law was opposed by county leaders who are concerned about  increased costs, although it also reduces the number of civil case jurors from 12 to 6 to keep costs down.  County officials have complained that even with fewer jurors they'll be left paying out more.  As FEN exclusively reported, McHenry County, for instance, will need an estimated $220,000 more per year to pay for jurors who currently only get $12.50 for the first day of a criminal trial and $25 for each additional one.

Even at $50 per day, however, jury pay will still amount to less than the State's current minimum wage.  That's $8.25 per hour, a figure many activists complain is itself too low.  Spreading $50 over an eight-hour period only works out to $6.25 per hour.

Separately, Quinn signed another measure eliminating a 10-year time limit to file claims for asbestos-related sickness.  The measure was heavily backed by Democrats and trial lawyers.

Quinn Appoints Pal As State Comptroller For Three Weeks

Governor Pat Quinn friend and budget director Jerry Stermer took the oath of office Friday afternoon to serve out what's left of the late Judy Topinka’s term as State Comptroller.  Present was Nancy Kimme, Topinka's Chief of Staff, whom incoming Gov. Bruce Rauner had repeatedly urged Quinn to appoint instead.  Stermer said she'll continue to manage the office’s day-to-day operations, anyway.

"We have to make sure the job is done and done right,” Quinn said, calling Stermer, his own former chief of staff whom he's known for 40 years, “a respected and experienced budget expert who will carry out the duties of comptroller with integrity and heart.”  He said picking Stermer over Kimme, a member of Rauner's "transition team", had nothing to do with politics.  Rather, Quinn said, it was to show that Democrats and Republicans could work together.    In a statement, Rauner said keeping Topinka’s staff in place was “an appropriate decision.”

With Stermer ready to sign the State's checks for the next three weeks,  the focus now shifts to how to fill the new term Topinka won last month and to the Legislature.  Technically, Republican Rauner can appoint whomever he wants for the full four years.  However, critics like Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan complain that would be "undemocratic."  Quinn, for one, wants a new law setting up a special election for comptroller in 2016.  Republicans say if that happens, someone --although they've named no names, yet-- is bound to challenge it in court.

Obituaries

Nicholas Sapone, 90, of Huntley, died Friday. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 8 pm at DeFiore-Jorgensen Funeral Home, Huntley.  A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 am Monday at St. Mary Catholic Church, Huntley.  Burial will be at Crystal Lake Memorial Park.

Sapone was born Jan. 30, 1924, in Chicago, the son of John and Florence.  He married Linda Lichtenberger on June 25, 1967.  He is survived by his wife; daughters, Debra Hoya and Laura (Porfirio) Estrada;  grandchildren, Patrick, Nicholas, Ashley and Matthew, and his brothers, Joseph and Michael Sapone.  He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Francis Gill and Angela Sapone.

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
December 19
0803 HRS CRYSTAL LAKE RD. & WOODY WAY.  DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED.  MALDONADO, LUIS, M/W 28 YEARS OF AGE, 1 E. OAK ST.,  LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Driving While License Suspended. Wanted on Warrant DuPage County Sherriff’s Office: Failure to Appear for Driving While License Suspended and Driving with Expired License Plates. Bond $3,000.00 @ 10 % applies.  RELEASED ON BOND.
1856 HRS 101 N. RANDALL RD. (DOMINICKS FINER FOOD).  DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED.  STRICKLAND-HRBEK MELISSA A., F/W 40 YEARS OF AGE, 1105 CEDAR LAKE RD., ROUND LAKE BEACH.  CHARGES: Driving While License Suspended, Driving with Expired Plates, and Driving an Uninsured Vehicle.  RELEASED ON BOND.
2103 HRS 2265 W. ALGONQUIN RD. (THORNTON’S GAS).  DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED.  DURANT, CAROL ANN, F/B 42 YEARS OF AGE, 101 HILLTOP, LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGE: Driving While License Suspended.  RELEASED ON BOND.
0933 HRS ACORN LN. & CRYSTAL LAKE RD.  FOUND ARTICLE,  A license plate in roadway.
1819 HRS ROUTE 31 & VIRGINIA RD.  ACCIDENT.  Vehicle vs Deer.  Property damage only.
1858 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & PYOTT RD.  ACCIDENT.  Two Vehicles.  Property damage only.
2156 HRS 00 BLOCK OF SHERWOOD CT.  ACCIDENT.  Two Vehicles.  Property damage only.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Huntley Board Impasses On Faster Funds For Facade Improvement

The Huntley Board wound itself into a knot Thursday over a developer's request to accelerate assistance payments to improve the facade on a Downtown Main Street building he'd just bought.  The most allowed is $10,000 in any year and $20,000 during five years but Joe Billetteri asked for the maximum in one chunk now.

Billeteri, who's building the new Downtown retail center at the nearby site of the former Sawyer Kelly mill, said he'd only closed on 11808 Main two days ago but already had an architect's estimate that it would cost $65,000 to return the "modernized" building to its turn of the century look.  He told the Board he'd like to do it all at once, though, not a little bit at a time.

Trustees were generally in favor of that idea but not too sure about doubling a year's worth of assistance. Discussion really began to bog down when Mayor Chuck Sass complained the side and back of the building looked pretty ugly, too.  Billetteri eventually promised to clean them up, as well, at least to the extent possible but by that point some trustees had lost track of what they were arguing about.   "This is getting confusing," admitted Nikko Kanakaris.  "Me, too," agreed J. R. Westberg.  Harry Leopold said  he wasn't confused, just that he didn't have enough information.

Sass closed out the discussion on the premise that the rest of the Board seemed to be split three to three on increasing the matching funds all at once and told Billetteri to come back again next month.

Separately, the Board OK'ed a new liquor license for Pub 47, a grill to open at the former Sponsor's/Del Toro's restaurant site on Route 47, and what amounts to a replacement license for Sammy's Restaurant at 47 and Main which a new owner is about to purchase.  Trustees also said they were fine with concept plans to move Huntley's Culver's up the highway from its current location to a new one at 47 and Powers Road.  Detailed plans still have to pass formal review, though.

D158 Levy Up For Inflation As Property Value Dwindles

The D158 Board of Education held a hearing on the District's new property tax levy Thursday which few attended and at which no one spoke, then passed a measure to tap taxpayers for $66.4 million next Spring.  The best guess right now is that the figure's close to $600,000 more than t he District will actually get.  The Board OK'ed a theoretical 1.5 percent increase against inflation but the value of the underlying tax base fell an estimated 1.16 percent. CFO Mark Altmayer said the upshot will probably work out to .72 percent more than the District received from property taxes last year.

Separately, Board members OK'ed $7.3 million in bids for Phase Two of Huntley High's expansion to accommodate another 1,000 students.  Finishing touches for the first part of the expansion are being completed now..  Work on the rest isn't expected to get underway until this Spring.

In the pic:  Despite a lot of new construction in the Huntley area, the value of all the property in D158 actually fell for the 2014 taxable year.

Judge Says Sheriff's Office "Waived" Withholding Zinke Report

Judge Thomas Meyer Thursday ruled that, 23 months after FEN asked for it, the McHenry County Sheriff's Office has to turn over part of the report of an investigation of former Undersheriff Andy Zinke.  However, Meyer said since Zinke, acting as a Sheriff's official, only showed the summary of the investigation to a Crystal Lake Northwest Herald reporter, that's all the Sheriff's Office has to turn over.

FEN asked for a copy of an internal Sheriff's investigation into a complaint in 2012 that Zinke told the man who hosted his Sheriff's campaign headquarters that the Drug Enforcement Administration was tracking a five-ton shipment of marijuana headed for his Crystal Lake Warehouse.  Former Sheriff Keith Nygren said the investigation found Zinke, his choice to succeed himself as Sheriff, hadn't done anything wrong.

FEN Publisher Pete Gonigam was disgusted at Meyer's ruling.  "If I gave a d**n about what someone else claims the report says, I'd have just taken Nygren at his word," he said in an interview with himself.  "I'm still enjoined from saying anything about the index to the report --that was over a year ago-- but I've got a pretty good idea of what they might have been hiding and I'm not sure it will be in the summary."

Nygren denied FEN's Illinois Freedom of Information Act request for the report almost two years ago claiming it was part of an official "adjudication" about discipline.  The Illinois Attorney General's Office decided it wasn't and told Nygren to turn it over.  However, the then-sheriff ignored the order, so FEN went to court to enforce it.  Meyer, though, found that Nygren's unilateral decision about Zinke was really an "adjudication," after all.

In the interim,however, the Northwest Herald claimed in an editorial to have "seen" the report FEN couldn't get, admitting it contained derogatory information adding that the material was only useful to Zinke's "opponents".  It wasn't until this September that FEN could subpoena the newspaper's former reporter to the stand to admit she'd examined a copy of the report almost two years ago, then October before it could put Zinke, then still the Sheriff's number two man, in the witness box to testify he was the one who gave it to her.  Meyer's decision Thursday was that in doing so, Zinke had "waived" the disclosure exemption the Sheriff's Office had been claiming since the start.

Meyer's order to turn over the report summary only applies if current Sheriff Bill Prim doesn't want to appeal the decision.  It's somewhat theoretical, anyway.  After 18 months of Circuit Court arguments and an unsuccessful Sheriff's trip to the Court of Appeals, the judge and state's attorneys weren't sure Thursday where what's supposed to be the only copy of the Zinke report is anymore.  Someone's supposed to find it by Jan. 9.

Quinn Orders Special Legislative Session For Special Election Vote

Gov. Pat Quinn Thursday ordered lawmakers to return to Springfield Jan. 8 to decide whether voters should get to pick a new comptroller in 2016 after the death of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Topinka, a Republican, had won a second term in November but died last week.   Quinn, a Democrat, called the move a “democratic right” but Republicans said it was pure party politics.

The  special session would come only days before Governor-elect Bruce Rauner becomes the State's first GOP governor in more than a decade.  Attorney General Lisa Madigan's already ruled that, once Rauner's sworn in he'll have the power to appoint Topinka's replacement for the rest of her four-year term.  However, if the Democratic-controlled legislature approves the special election, Rauner’s expected appointee would have only two years in office and, presumably, be forced to run again during a more competitive Presidential election year.

“Nobody but Judy Baar Topinka was elected to do this job," Quinn said in a written statement. "That’s why it’s so important that voters have the soonest possible opportunity to elect their comptroller."

"A partisan and constitutionally-dubious 11th hour law would face a certain legal challenge and force the people of Illinois to endure a protracted and legal battle that no one wants," replied Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno and House Minority Leader Jim Durkin in a joint statement.

Besides a battle over the comptroller, the Special Session might re-open the door to other legislation, too.  In the Veto Session ended two weeks ago, the General Assembly failed to come to grips with measures to raise the state's minimum wage, set up a State health insurance exchange or extend the temporary Illinois income tax hike.

Obituaries

Kathleen Lyle, 74 of Sun City, Huntley, died Tuesday in Arlington Heights following a short illness.  A memorial will be scheduled in coming months. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, River Grove.

Lyle was born Feb. 29, 1940, in Chicago, the daughter of Edward and Catherine (Grundhoefer) Sharkey. She married John P. Lyle, Sr., on Aug. 20, 1960.  She is survived by her children, John Lyle Jr., Robert Lyle and Cheryl Lyle, and  brothers, Thomas (Candace) Sharkey, Patrick (Mary Lou) Sharkey and Robert (Phoebe) Sharkey.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Kidney Foundation.

Ruth Merriman, 92, of  Algonquin, formerly of Wauconda, died Monday in Arlington Heights.  Memorial visitation will be  Saturday at Davenport Family Funeral Home & Crematory, Crystal Lake.  from 9:30 am until an 11 am  funeral.  Internment will be at Acacia Memorial Park in Norridge.

Merriman  was born May 11, 1922, in Chicago, to William and Elizabeth (Sheparski) Schloen. On Feb. 14, 1942, she married William Frederick Merriman.  She is survived by her children, Steven Charles (Arlene) Merriman, Sue Carole (Dale) Strang, and William Glen (Bonnie) Merriman, and grandchildren, Deanna Grivetti, Melissa Blunk, Jennifer Burdick, Tim Merriman, Stephanie Merriman, Kevin Merriman, Christopher Merriman, and Amanda Merriman. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Ruth E. Calkins, 82, of Lake in the Hills died.  Visitation will be today from 3 to 9 pm at Friedrichs Funeral Home,  Mt. Prospect. Funeral Services will be held there at 10 am Saturday. Entombment will be in Memory Gardens Mausoleum

Calkins was the wife of the late Robert P. Calkins; mother of Lynette (Terry) Klaus, Kim (Michael) Flowers, Joseph Benedetto, Jason Calkins and the late John Benedetto; stepmother of John (Jill) Calkins and James Calkins; grandmother of six grandchildren and sister of Alan Atchison, Robert (Rhoda) Atchison, and Marjorie McCullough.

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
December 17
0008 HRS 4300 BLOCK OF ROLLING HILLS DR.  SUICIDE ATTEMPT.  Female, 48 years of age, attempted suicide.  Transported to Sherman Hospital.
0716 HRS 10 BLOCK OF MANCHESTER CT.  DISORDERLY CONDUCT.  A male subject verbally threatened a child at a bus stop.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1309 HRS 3500 BLOCK OF SONOMA CIRCLE.  FRAUD.  Unauthorized purchase was made on a credit card.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1746 HRS OAKLEAF RD. & ALGONQUIN RD.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1827 HRS 101 PYOTT RD.  (BUCKY’S).  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
2115 HRS 2265 W. ALGONQUIN RD. (THORNTON’S).  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
December 18
0427 HRS 1205 S. ROUTE 31. (WAL-MART).  DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED.  CERRITOS, JACQUELINE M., F/W 18 YEARS OF AGE, 31 HICKORY DR., CARPENTERSVILLE.  CHARGES: Driving While License Suspended and Speeding.  RELEASED ON BOND.
1620 HRS 1205 S ROUTE 31. (WAL-MART).  UNLAWFUL DISPLAY OF VEHICLE REGISTRATION.  WEYRAUCH, SIA D.,  F/W 68 YEARS OF AGE, 4304 CHURCH HILL LN.,  CRYSTAL LAKE.  CHARGES: Unlawful Display of Vehicle Registration and Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle. RELEASED ON BOND.
0716 HRS 10 BLOCK OF MANCHESTER CT.  FOLLOW-UP ARREST:  DISORDERLY CONDUCT.  FIELDS, JEFF LYNN,  M/B 46 YEARS OF AGE, 4553 ROLLING HILLS DR., LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGE: Disorderly Conduct.  RELEASED ON BOND
1854 HRS RANDALL RD. & MILLER RD.  ACCIDENT.  Two Vehicles.  Property damage only.
Algonquin
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Bianchi Picked To Head Illinois State's Attorney's Association

McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi announced Wednesday that he was recently elected President of the Illinois State’s Attorneys Association.  That selection comes three year's after Bianchi was twice fount not guilty of official misconduct.

The Illinois State’s Attorneys Association is a bipartisan organization of all the elected state’s attorneys in Illinois banded together is to "promote the orderly administration of justice", mostly be lobbying.  “I appreciate the honor to be elected by my colleagues to this important position in the Association. I intend to work closely with my fellow State’s Attorneys to ensure the highest quality of prosecutorial services to the citizens of Illinois.”

Winnebago County Judge Joseph McGraw, now Chief Judge of the 17th Circuit Court, in two separate trials twice acquitted Bianchi in 2011 after he said Special Prosecutors got both the facts and the law wrong in what Bianchi's attorney said was  "not a good-faith prosecution."

Although the cases collapsed three years ago, they remain divisive and reverberations continue even now.  Last month a federal judge had to appoint attorneys to represent witnesses in a civil case brought by former Assistant State's Attorney Kirk Chrzanowski.  He was a witness in one of Bianchi's prosecutions who's suing the State's Attorney for firing him for it afterwards.

In the pic:  McHenry County State's Attorney Lous Bianchi after his second acquittal.

Dundee Twp. OK's Tax Levy Increased For Inflation

The Dundee Township Board Wednesday approved a theoretical $3.05 million new property tax levy.  The total was "ballooned" to 4.99 percent more than this year's levy even though State statutes limit the increase to 1.5 percent to cover inflation and a little more attributable to new construction.  "It's hard to tell just what we'll actually get," said Supervisor Sue Harney, "because we don't know what the [underlying value of all property] is yet."

Whatever it turns out to be, Harney said the Township's unlikely to receive very much more than a couple of thousand more than this year's $3 million.

The Board also approved a nominal $1.6 million levy for the Dundee Township Road District.  That, too, was ballooned to 4.99 percent, said Harney.

Weekend Closings Announced For I-90 At Route 25

The Illinois Tollway Wednesday announced that beam removal at the Route 24 Elgin interchange with I-90 will probably slow the movement of late Friday Christmas shoppers and commuters.  Weather permitting, starting at 8 pm, one lane on the Jane Addams in both directions will close between the Fox River Bridge and Route 25 followed by closure of a second lane at 10 with intermittent full closures of east and westbound lanes until 5 am on Saturday. Similar overnight closures are scheduled Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Up to 9,000 vehicles a day use the existing interchange where the current bridge and the four ramps that make it up are being reconstructed to accommodate widening the tollway to three lanes each way.

Chicago Couple Guilty In $3.4 Million State Public Health Scheme

A federal jury deliberated for only five hours before convicting a Chicago businessman and his wife of all 17 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud and money laundering against them.   Leon Dingle Jr., 77, and Karin Dingle, 75, will be sentenced April 9 for  stealing $3.4 million in State taxpayer money for AIDS and cancer-awareness campaigns in minority and underserved communities.

Prosecutors said the Dingles and four others who earlier pleaded guilty stole $2 out of every $5 they received in $11 million in no-bid, upfront-funded grants from the Department of Public Health between 2004 and 2010. Assistant U.S. attorney Timothy Bass said the Dingles spent the money on luxury cars, swank vacation home, yacht-club expenses and family gifts like a $95,000 payment on their son’s mortgage.

Dingle defense team blamed the crimes on their bookkeeper Jacquelyn Kilpatrick.  She pleaded guilty in the case and testified against the Dingles.

“People have to be able to trust that their money is going for the right purposes,” U.S. Attorney James said. With the Dingle convictions, the scorecard for Lewis's public corruption task force into state grant fraud now stands at 13 including former state Rep. Connie Howard, a Chicago Democrat, and Jeri Wright, the daughter of President Barack Obama’s one-time pastor.   Lewis would not comment on further indictments although at least one more case has yet to go to trial.

Previously convicted were Chicago State Rep. Danny Davis niece Quinshaunta Golden, the former Public Health chief of staff who controlled the grants, and former agency human resources director Roxanne Jackson. Both await sentencing.  In the clear, according to Lewis Wednesday. is former agency director and President Barack Obama friend, Eric Whitaker, declared a hostile witness in the Dingle case.   Lewis said Whitaker “is not a target” of the investigation for “any type of charge.”

In the pic:  The Dingles at a Georgia resort.

Obituaries

Lorna M. Friedel, 79, of Davis, IL, formerly of Huntley, died Wednesday in Loves Park.  Visitation will be Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 11008 N Church St, Huntley, from 1 pm until a 2 o'clock funeral Service. Burial will follow in the Huntley Cemetery.

Friedel was born Jan.8, 1935, in Mendota, the daughter of Emil and Lucille (Bauman) Schlesinger.  She is survived by her husband Ronald; daughters, Cindy (Paul)Mattingly of Waupaca, WI, Connie (James) Manny of Grand Rapids, MI, and Lori (Martin) Zaccardo of Brownwood, TX; stepsons, Charles (Maureen) Friedel  and Stanley (Laurie) Friedel, both of Woodstock; stepdaughter, Millie (Michael) Donahoe of Davis; six grandchildren; two brothers, Norman (Diane) Schlesinger of Plano Mervyn (Kay) Schlesinger of Mendota, and her sister, Donna Ganz-Bauer of Mendota.  She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Donald McCollum; granddaughter, Sara; stepson, Jeff, and sister, Charlotte.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Alzheimer's Research.

Dianne C. Deegan
, 71 of Sun City, Huntley, died Sunday at her home unexpectedly.  Private family services will be held at a later date.

Deegan was born Jan.16, 1943, in Blue Island, the daughter of Chester and Hortense (Jauchzer) Adams. She married John A. Deegan on Aug. 17, 1963 in Blue Island. She is survived by her husband; sons, Robert R. (Samra) Deegan of Buford, GA, David A. (Christy) Deegan of Glen Ellyn and John C. (Monica) Deegan of Chicago; grandchildren, Savannah, Brooke, Morgan, Lucy, Rose, Clare and Olive, and her brother, Donald (Judy) Adams of Sugar Grove.

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--FEN's FOIA suit.  Again.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New Main Stop, Lower Speed To Encourage Algonquin Bypass Usage

An Algonquin Public Works crew installed four-way stop signs at Main and Washington Streets Tuesday and expect to erect 25 mph speed limit signs on Main Street, probably early next week to help persuade motorists to use the new Route 31 Bypass.  "We want the Downtown to be a destination, not a cut-through," summed up new Algonquin Police Chief John Bucci.

There've been  no traffic studies yet but three months after the $88 million route opened, it's obvious from streetcorner observation that most of the Route 31 traffic through Algonquin isn't driving through it anymore.  Instead, it now heads north or south via the Bypass relieving a lot of the congestion that used to back up behind the Route 62/Algonquin Road  intersection.  However, just as obviously, a lot of the 31 commuters who plan to head east or west are still using Main Street to reach the old intersection to make a turn.

Deputy Chief Jeff Sutrick said that's shame because the east/westers would save a lot of time if they'd use the Bypass, too.  For instance, Sutrick said the PD did tests to time the difference between using Main to get from Klasen Drive through the Harrison Street light and the same thing taking the Bypass.  On a weekday morning,  "Using Main Street, it took an average of 11 minutes and 6 seconds," said Sutrick.  "The result of the test using the Bypass ... took 5 minutes and 18 seconds," he said.

"It takes drivers a while to change their habits," observed Bucci.  That's what the changes on Main are meant to encourage.new habits.  The four-way Main/Washington stop is already in effect, the new signs topped with flashing red lights so motorists won't miss them.  The slower speed limit will take over as soon as the signs are up.  That might not be until next week, though.  Streets Supervisor Vince Kilcullen said,  "First I have to make them."

In the pic:   Crewmen Tuesday installed new four-way stop signs at Main and Washington Streets in Algonqun and new "stop ahead" signs so motorists won't miss them.

McHenry Board Expands McRide Program Before Pace Agrees

The McHenry County Board Tuesday OK'ed extra funding for McHenry County Senior Transport and approved a pair of intergovermental agreements expanding the County's dial-a-ride program to, among others, Algonquin and Grafton townships for seniors and the Village of Huntley for everybody.  However, there's still no agreement with the Pace suburban bus agency to provide the new rides and even after there is one planners don't expect service to start until at least March

Most of the argument about senior transportation in McHenry County came on a resolution for a $600,000 in extra Senior Services grant funding, over one third for the County's McRide program.  After establishing that each trip really costs $16, District Six Board member Diane Evertsen complained that some residents might be, "taken aback when they find out that the riders only pay $1 and the taxpayers have to pay the other $15."  However, District Three Member Nick Provenzano countered that McRide's, "the foundation for transportation in the future."  Said Provenzano, "McHenry County's not a very friendly place if you don't have a car."

The funding measure and the two expanding service in southeastern McHenry County both passed 22 to 2.  However, MCDOT Senior Planner Scott Hennings told FEN Tuesday an agreement to add PACE bus service in Algonquin and Grafton townships and Huntley isn't likely to go before the County Board until next month.  "We have a draft agreement that looks like it has everything we want," said Hennings.  "March 1 is probably going to be the earliest date of service," he said.

Algonquin and Grafton townships plan to use McRide as a supplement to their existing senior bus programs so waiting won't be a big problem.  However Huntley plans to use the program to provide transport for seniors who live in the non-Grafton half of Sun City.  A delay until March might be a problem there, since the Village's Board only funded a stopgap senior taxi voucher plan until Dec. 31.

Huntley Mayor Chuck Sass this morning said there are no plans to extend it.  "I'm glad they said [Pace service] would start in March.  We thought it might be April or something," said Sass.  "The last time [the Huntley Board] funded [subsidized taxi service for seniors] they made it clear it would end at the end of the year," said Sass.  "We got $40,000 for Pace in the new budget," he said.  "I think we've done enough."

New PD Chief, Flat Tax, New Gas Station Feature At Algonquin

The Village Board applauded Tuesday as Clerk Jerry Kautz swore in Algonquin's first new Police Chief in 30 years.  Then trustees put the final stamps of approval on another flat property tax levy and an ordinance change to bag a new gas station/convenience store on the East Side.

Deputy Chief Bucci, 42, took over the Algonquin PD helm after former Chief Russ Laine's retirement Monday.  Bucci became a cop in 1998 and joined APD two years later where he's been a patrol officer, a DARE officer, a detective, and a defensive tactics instructor.  He made four years ago, went to the FBI National Academy the following year, took a Master’s in public safety administration the year after that and became Deputy Chief of Operations last year.  His becoming Chief leaves the PD short a Deputy Chief again but there's been no replacement named yet.  Meanwhile, Laine's on the list to become Illinois Northern District U.S. Marshall.  No decision's expected there until at least March.

Algonquin's new levy's set at $5.5 million.  "The same as the previous year," said Trustee Jim Steigert who advanced the motion. 

A plan to allow outdoor seasonal merchandise display at a proposed gast station on Algonquin Road but behind a nine-foot brick modesty wall squeaked past Thornton's company planners' review, according to Real Estate Manager Tony Rubino.  Tuesday's official OK means construction will begin this Spring with a "late Summer" target opening.

In the pic:  Wife Amy Bucci pins insignia on Algonquin's new Police Chief John Bucci

Rauner Says Agencies Want More Money Than In "Dishonest" Budget

Republican governor-elect Bruce Rauner said Tuesday that State agencies are planning to ask for at least $760 million more than the State's budget calls for.  However, he wouldn't tell the crowd at a Better Government Association luncheon in Springfield what he plans to do about it.

Rauner said the requests for more funds for the budget year ending June 30 were the result of "fundamentally dishonest" appropriations in which Democrats intentionally underfunded agencies to make the budget look smaller. “Some of the department heads tell us they were told to submit a low budget figure, spend what they wanted and that it would be dealt with after the election,”  Rauner said.  "They're now saying, 'We're calling in the chip. We want the money now,'"  he said.

The problem as Rauner described it is simple. “If they are spending more than they have budgeted, that will result in more unpaid bills," he said. "We’re over $5 billion now and climbing.”  The incoming governor offered no solutions, though.  "We're not discussing any recommendations we're making," Rauner told reporters later.

Rauner's first budget address isn't scheduled until Feb. 18.

In the pic:  Bruce Rauner

Obituaries

Edward James Kain, 91, of Huntley died Tuesday at his home.  Memorial visitation will be Friday from 4 pm until military honors and eulogies at 7 at Davenport Family Funeral Home and Crematory, Crystal Lake. Inurnment will be private in Crystal Lake Memorial Park.

Kain was born Oct. 2, 1923, in Oak Park to the late Edward and Ella (nee Quinn) Kain. He married Marjorie Morris on May 4, 1946, in Coral Gables, FL.  Survivors include his children, Edward (Emilie) Kain of La Verne, CA, Charles (Gayla) Kain of West Frankfort, Barbara Deuchler of Crystal Lake, Mary Knoll of Sugar Grove, and Karen (Ibro) Ovcina of St. John, USVI, and grandchildren, Conor (Hannah) and Edward Kain, John (Lisa Floyd) Deuchler, Mason (Connie) Wallick, Missy Kain, John Ovcina, Renee (Matt) Hawkins, Jaffer and Zac Ovcina, Ashley Davis and Zane Rawls, Angela (John) Bishop and Robert (Rachel) Miklos.  He was preceded in death by his wife; son, John Kain, and sister, Sr. Mary of God, O.P.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of choice

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
December 16
1455 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & RANDALL RD.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Horse Race For Huntley Board, Probably LITH, Too

A not unexpected horse race shaped up Monday in Huntley and probably in Lake in the Hills as well on the first day of filing for candidacy in the Spring local Consolidated Election. 

In Huntley where three seats will be up for grabs, incumbent Trustees Niko Kanakaris and Harry Leopold submitted nominating petitions but so did former Trustee Pam Fender and newcomer Darci Chandler, a Wing Pointe resident.  Fender passed on a run for the Huntley Board two years ago for an unsuccessful bid to be Grafton Township Supervisor.  Chandler's a local political unknown.  According to her Facebook page, she works at Honeywell and some other Internet listings indicate she's an engineer.

Elections are also due for three seats in Lake in the Hills.   Incumbents Russ Ruzanski and Frank Covone filed to run Monday, for re-election in Ruzanski's case, for a first run for Covone who's finishing out the term Paul Mulcahy left behind when became Village President.  Incumbent Ray Bogdanowski, expected to run again, didn't file Monday, however, he was reported to be out of Town.   LITH Planning and Zoning Commissioner Bill Dustin did, file though.  Assuming Bogdanowski  files later, LITH will have a game of political musical chairs this Spring, too.

In Algonquin Trustees Debby Sosine, Jim Steigert and John Spella turned in petitions to seek re-election.  There've been no rumors of other likely candidates.

Turning to the local school districts, no one turned in a petition to run for the D158 Board of Education.  Over at District 300, incumbents Joe Stevens and Steve Fiorentino, both of Algonquin but from different townships, filed. There'll be four spots on the Board be up for election this Spring.

The last day for filing for the Consolidated Election will be this coming Monday.

Grafton Township Takes Inflation Increase In New Tax Levy

The Grafton Township Board approved a new "ballooned" property tax levy Monday.  Although the request for taxes totaled $1.16 million, a theoretical 2.9 percent increase from last year, Supervisor Jim Kearns said the current best estimate from McHenry County tax calculators was that it's about what the Township will receive counting an allowable 1.5 percent increase for inflation and an added increment from new construction growth.

Kearns said three factors drove the increase.  Foremost was an expected 20 percent increase in the cost of health insurance for Township employees for the coming year.  Second, was the need to start putting money into the General Assistance fund again after drawing down reserves this year.  Third, was the need to make up for the absence of this year's Senior Services grant for Grafton's Senior Bus service. 

Kearns told trustees that, with the status and timing still uncertain for Pace suburban bus service in Grafton, he's tentatively budgeting on the premise that there won't be any.  After the meeting he sold FEN that, in hindsight, "maybe we should have asked for the Senior Services grant," worrying later about how to give it back if Pace service becomes a reality.

The Board also approved an $833,000 Grafton Road District levy, a nominal 4.99 percent increase from this year.  Road Commissioner Tom Poznanski said any smaller request risked losing $33,000 in funds to the District from the arcane rules for the State's Motor Fuel Tax distribution.

Sheriff, LITH PD Issue Pre-Emptive Phone Scam Warnings

The McHenry County Sheriff's Office Monday warned of a phone scam that hasn't showed up in McHenry County yet but probably will.  That follows a similar anticipatory warning about a different scam last week from Lake in the Hills.  "We want to alert residents before scams appear," explained LITH PD Chief Dave Brey.

Monday's Sheriff's warning was sparked by a scam showing up in Kendall County in which victims are supposed to pay a supposed fine for missing jury duty via (surprise) a pre-paid credit card.  Last week's LITH warning was about a nastier scam that's appeared in Cook County in which a caller claims to have kidnapped a family member who won't start losing body parts if the victim sends money via wire transfer really fast.

Brey said, at the moment the locally occurring phone scam du jour is the one allegedly from the IRS demanding back taxes paid by (surprise) a pre-paid credit card.  "We've had two complaints in the last couple of weeks," he said. 

State AG Finds Rauner Can Appoint 4-Year Topinka Successor

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan Monday reached the legal conclusion about appointing a new State Comptroller that most ordinary people probably would.  So, some Illinois politicians panned it.

Madigan said the State Constitution and ratification arguments when it was adopted in 1970 allow outgoing Democratic Governor Pat Quinn to appoint a replacement for the late Judy Barr Topinka to serve until the end of her current term.  With the January start of  the new term to which she'd just been elected, however, incoming Republican Governor Bruce Rauner should get to pick, presumably, someone else, the AG concluded.

However, Madigan said it would be "undemocratic" to have Rauner's choice serve the full four years of Topinka's second term and "urged" legislators to pass a law for a Comptroller's special election in 2016.

All Quinn's office would say Monday was that he was still making up his mind.  Rauner agreed with the part about his appointing someone to succeed Topinka but rejected the special election. "The constitution requires that Bruce appoint a comptroller to a four-year term and that is how we plan to proceed," said spokesman Mike Schrimpf.

Via a spokesman, Senate President John Cullerton said the Legislature needs an “immediate special session” before Rauner takes office so it can pass a special election law.   However, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin opposed that idea.  “[Democrats] apparently aren’t satisfied,"  he said. "They want every office in the state of Illinois,”

Rauner and the Topinka were the only Republicans who won election to State offices this year.

Obituaries

Richard Couch, 61 of Huntley died Friday at JourneyCare Hospice in Barrington  following a lengthy illness.  An informal gathering will be held at the Couch home Saturday from 1 to 5 pm.

Couch was born Sept. 7, 1953, in Hannibal, MO, the son of William and Ruth (East) Couch.  On Feb. 26, 1978, he married Lisa A. East.  He is survived by his wife; son, Todd; sister, Karen (Chris) Potter of Virginia, and brother, Russell of Florida.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the JourneyCare Foundation, Barrington.

Steven J. Souvigny, 56, of Hampshire died Sunday at Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin.  A Graveside service will be held Wednesday at 11:00 am in the Hampshire Center Cemetery in Hampshire.

Souvigny was born Feb. 6, 1958, the son of Russell J. and Joan (Ziemba) Souvigny. On December 18, 1992 he married Vicki Bersch in Chicago. He is survived by his wife and son, Daniel.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Arlene D. Mattingly
, 89, formerly of Huntley died at Alive Hospice in Nashville, TN, November 4.  A memorial service in Huntley, and burial in Union Cemetery will be held in June.

Mattingly was born in 1924, the daughter of Peder and Theresa Danielson.  She married John R. Mattingly on Feb. 23, 1943, in Woodstock.  She is survived by sons, Leonard (Wilma) Mattingly, Nashville, TN, and Terrance (Marilynn) Mattingly, Clermont, FL; grandchildren, Kristina (Phillip, ret. US Army) Jett, Forney, TX, Natalie (Matthew) Clark, Algonquin, Michael Mattingly, Waterman, and Kelly Mattingly, Shelbyville, TN; Sister, Florence (Dick) Gray, Colorado Springs, CO, and brothers, Merlin (Marie) Danielson, Belvidere, and Bernard (Ginny) Danielson, Woodstock.  She was preceded in death by her husband and an infant son.

Larry D. Brown, 77, of Algonquin died Saturday in Algonquin.  Funeral Services will be at 10 am Thursday at the Willow Funeral Home, Algonquin. Internment will be at Algonquin Cemetery.

Brown was born Feb. 28, 1937; in Arkansas City, KS, the son of Francis and Lois Brown.  He is survived by his children, Lori (Randy) Schulenburg, and Michael Brown; grandchildren, Joy, Matthew Schulenburg, Mason and Lana Brown; mother; and sisters, Marabell Rohovit and Yvonne (John) Yost.  He was preceded in death by wife, Margery, and father.

Memorials may be directed to Gospel Justice Initiative, Elgin.

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
December 15
0515 HRS PYOTT RD. & RAKOW RD.  NO VALID DRIVER’S LICENSE.  PETROCCI, BRIAN W., M/W 56 YEARS OF AGE, 210 E ALGONQUIN RD.,  ALGONQUIN.  CHARGES: Driving While License Expired for More Than One Year and Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle.  RELEASED ON BOND.
1128 HRS 2000 BLOCK OF LITCHFIELD LN.  INFORMATION FOR POLICE.  Female was issued a no trespass warning for residence.
1130 HRS 9625 HALIGUS RD. (MARLOWE MIDDLE SCHOOL).  ASSIST POLICE.  Assisted the Huntley Police Department with a possible Violation of an Order of Protection.  UNFOUNDED.
Huntley
December 8
A deceptive practice report was taken in the 13400 block of Winterberry Ln.
A vehicle theft report was taken at a storage facility in the 10500 block of Rt. 47.  A snowmobile was reported stolen out of a storage unit.
December 9
William C. Sanders, age 41, of 11811 Woodcreek #C, Huntley, was charged with retail theft at a store in the 12300 block of Rt. 47.  Mr. Sanders was released with a notice to appear in McHenry County court on January 26, 2015.
A theft report was taken in the 10800 block of Woodstock St.  Lawn decorations were reported stolen.
December 10
Pamela J. Tintner, age 44, of 7002 Nathan Ln., Carpentersville, was charged with sale of alcohol to a minor at Tee 2 Green Indoor Golf, 11173 Dundee Rd.  Ms. Tintner was released with a notice to appear in McHenry County court on January 12, 2015.
Elizabeth M. Strauss, age 48, of 10613 S. Rt. 47, was charged with sale of alcohol to a minor at Best Priced Tobacco and Gifts, 11711 E. Main St., Huntley.  Ms. Strauss was released with a notice to appear in McHenry County on January 12, 2015.
Griselda Vazquez, age 33, of 20 Arrowhead Dr. #14, Algonquin, was arrested for driving with no valid driver’s license and driving with one headlight near the intersection of Rt. 47 and Main St.  Ms. Vazquez posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of January 9, 2015.
December 12
Briana Mendoza, age 18, of 611 Chardonnay Ln., Crystal Lake, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and no front registration plate near the intersection of Rt. 47 and Freeman Rd.  Ms. Mendoza posted bond and was released with a notice to appear in McHenry County court on January 26, 2015.
A burglary to motor vehicle was reported in a parking lot of a business in the 13200 block of Village Green Dr.  The victim states that a driver’s license and debit card were stolen from her purse that was left in her unlocked vehicle.
Aleksander Stanislaw Filipowski, age 38, of 280 Norman Ct., Des Plaines, was arrested for driving while license revoked, improper lane use, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and an electronic communication device violation near the intersection of Rt. 47 and Huntley Crossing.  Mr. Filipowski posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of January 19, 2015.
A 17 year-old boy from Lake in the Hills, and two 15 and 16 year-old boys from Huntley were charged with possession of cannabis near the intersection of Rt. 47 and Regency Parkway.  The subjects were released to their parents with a McHenry County court date of January 12, 2015.
December 13
A 16 year-old boy from Lake in the Hills was charged with a curfew violation and possession of drug paraphernalia near the intersection of Wellington Dr. and Ashley St.  The juvenile was released to his father with a McHenry County court date of January 26, 2015.
Seth K.D. Wilhoit, age 29, of 1403 Northfield Ct. #2B, Harvard, was arrested for DUI, transportation of open alcohol and improper lane use.  Mr. Wilhoit posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of January 23, 2015.
James G. Wockner, age 51, of 11509 Reed Rd., Huntley, was arrested for DUI, resisting a peace officer and improper lane use near the intersection of Rt. 47 and Reed Rd.  Mr. Wockner posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of January 16, 2015.