Friday, February 12, 2016

Route 47 Traffic Tied After Huntley Fatal Crash

Huntley Police said this morning that all traffic on Route 47 at the Freeman/Jim Dahmer roads intersection will be detoured "for several hours" as they investigate a crash that is reported to have killed one person.

Police said a male driver died when his 14 year-old SUV headed west on Freeman struck a pole, then rolled over into Route 47 just before 5 pm.  Initial scanner reports said that the vehicle caught fire, too.

The identity of the victim hasn't been released yet.

In the pic:  A Fox 32 screenshot of this morning's crash posted to Twitter (https://twitter.com/fox32news/status/698141441910923264?ref_src=twsrc^google|twcamp^serp|twgr^tweet).
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Huntley Approves Downtown Ban For Big Trucks

The Huntley Village Board Thursday voted to ban through trucks from Huntley's Downtown but trustees were evenly split so Mayor Chuck Sass had to cast the deciding vote.  The ban won't take effect for three months and, even when it does, trucks will still be allowed Downtown for local deliveries.

Comment from the public before the vote was evenly split, although only two people spoke.  One couldn't see the point of spending "millions of dollars" to spruce up the Downtown, then allow semis to pound through it.  The other didn't see much difference between trucks and cars which he said probably outnumbered them "50 to 1."

In fact, about seven trucks on average traveled Main Street between Woodstock and Church each hour in brief traffic surveys conducted mostly last week.

"[The ban] doesn't look like much of a hardship to me," said Trustee Harry Leopold.  "This is a blue collar town and these are blue collar guys," countered Trustee J.R. Westberg.

Before the vote Sass said he'd talked with nine downtown business owners, all of whom were in favor of keeping trucks out of Downtown.

There was more unanimity on the question of "preferred routes" for through trucks, however.  Everyone voted to cancel one that would have sent them southeast on Huntley Road, then back west on Kreutzer.  "There's no way they can make that turn," said Westberg.

The new truck regime will start once signs are posted but Village officials said the plan was to only issue warning tickets to first-time violaters for the first 90 days as "a grace period for drivers to become accustomed to the new restriction."

In the pic:  Trucks over 12,000 GVWR will be banned from Downtown Huntley except for local deliveries.
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Wholesaler Gains Control Of Joe Caputo and Sons

The immediate future of the Joe Caputo and Sons supermarkets, including Algonquin's, became uncertain with a federal order Thursday effectively granting operational control of the six-store suburban chain to a wholesaler who sued it for $3.6 million in fruits and veggies it claims the company never paid for.

According to the lawsuit filed Tuesday by Chicago-based Anothony Marano Co., Caputo's said it didn't have enough funds on hand to pay for goods delivered since last June.   U.S. District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan issued a temporary restraining order that, basically, gives the wholesaler the power to sell Caputo’s inventory and other assets until its bill gets paid.

That would include everything at Caputo's recently-opened store in Elk Grove Village which reportedly will close Sunday.  Last year Caputo's itself shut down two of its other locations.
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AG Announces $22.5 Million State Share In Latest Wall St. Settlement

Illinois' underfunded public pension systems will get a $22.5 million infusion as part of a $3.2 billion multi state settlement announced Thursday with investment firm Morgan Stanley.  The payments will end a lawsuit charging the company misrepresented the value of mortgage-backed securities.

“This settlement is the latest effort in my ongoing commitment to recover critical funds for the state due to Wall Street’s massive mortgage fraud,” said Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. 

The agreement says Morgan Stanley acknowledges that it increased the acceptable risk levels for mortgage loans pooled and sold to investors but didn't tell them and that loans with material defects were included in the pools.  It's the latest in a string negotiated by a working group appointed by President Barack Obama three years ago to resolve claims about the way banks marketed, sold and issued exotic securities in the years leading up to 2008's financial train wreck.  The working group previously reached major settlements with Citigroup for $7 billion, JP Morgan for $13 billion and Bank of America for $16.65 billion. 

The State's pension systems netted $344 million out of those deals.  All five together now carry promises to pay $100 billion more in pensions than they possibly can under current circumstances.
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Obituaries

Joseph  C. Strance, 75, of Huntley, died suddenly Wednesday in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.  Visitation will be Sunday from 1:30 pm until a 2:30 funeral service at Springbrook Community Church, Huntley.

Strance was born Sept. 24, 1940, in Chicago, the son of Kasmire and Jean Marshall Strance.  On Oct. 2, 1971, he married Laurene M. Kytle.  He is survived by his wife; daughters, Autumn (Jeff) Vehrs of Algonquin and Janiece (Steve) Golden of St. Petersburgh, FL;  grandchildren, Hannah, Faith and Kyle; brother, Robert (Beverly) Strance of LaGrangem and sister, Janet (Ken) Murray of Wheaton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Friends of Israel or Conference Point c/o Lake Geneva Youth Camp.
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Thursday, February 11, 2016

D300 Not On List For Federally Subsidized School Bonds

District 300 was not among 29 school districts chosen Wednesday as Illinois recipients of nearly half a billion dollars in federally backed low- or no-interest school construction bonds.  The school district had applied for $31 million worth of the borrowing authority but the Illinois State Board of Education assigned the bulk of it to Chicago and Cook County schools.

Distribution of the bonding authority, left over from federal programs to fight the Great Recession which ended seven years ago, was known to depend on how poor a district's population was, how much its property was worth, how high its taxes were and how many homeless students it had.  "I can only guess based on what I saw in the group selected," said D300 Superintendent Fred Heid this morning, "but their poverty rates were higher and their local [property value] was lower."

Administrators had planned to use the bonds to finance an extensive list of deferred maintenance projects and classroom expansions throughout the district, most urgently including a $2 million renovation at Carpentersville Middle School.  That's likely to start on schedule next month since, as a backup, the School Board approved an intent for regular borrowing for the project three weeks ago in case the special authority didn't come through.

Administrators and the Board will have to look elsewhere for a way to build $7 million worth of extra classrooms and for $20 million needed for HVAC, roof, floor and plumbing rehabilitation or replacement.  Last night, for example, administrators at Dundee Crown High School, which serves Algonquin's east side, announced they'd be shuffling classes around today because the school's creaky heating system has been leaving some rooms too cold for instruction.

In the pic:  Renovation at D300's CMS in Carpentersville will have to be financed with regular debt instead of federally subsidized bonds.

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Algonquin Township Begins New Budget Work

The Algonquin Township Board Wednesday began work on what might be called a pre-draft budget for the next fiscal year.  Supervisor Diane Klemm said the actual draft next month might be revised pending the outcome of a report on whether the life of the septic system for the Township headquarters complex can be extended or if it will be necessary to obtain sanitary sewer service from Crystal Lake.

Highway Commissioner Bob Miller directed trustees' attention to a new report released last week by the Township Officials of Illinois umbrella organization which found that, contrary to popular belief, townships in Illinois have had a smaller increase in taxation than any other type of government in Illinois over the past 20 years and may be more efficient than the rest.  The report is located here ("Cox Report):  https://www.toi.org/Resources/Download-Center/

Separately, the Board approved a $1,000 donation to the McHenry County Historical Society which, in return, periodically offers free admission to Algonquin Township school children.  The vote was unanimous except for an abstention by Trustee Dan Shea.  "I'm on the Board [of the Historical Society]," he explained.
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Now IEPA Won't Mail Auto Emissions Test Notices, Either

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency said in a news release Tuesday it would suspend mailing vehicle emissions test notices to auto owners starting with license plates that expire at the end of March thanks to the lack of a state budget. Consequently, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White said he'd temporarily allow license plate renewals for vehicle owners who haven't taken the emissions test.

Ordinarily, if a car hasn't cleared the emissions test, the driver can't renew the license plates by purchasing a new vehicle sticker. But White said that wasn't fair so he'll allow motorists to renew their plates until the IEPA starts sending out reminders again.

The Secretary's office itself stop mailing vehicle registration renewal reminders in September because of the budget standoff.  David Druker, a spokesman for White, said there's "no doubt" that public frustration is beginning to mount as State agencies cope with an absence of  State funds.

In the pic:  IEPA's emissions testing facility in Crystal Lake.

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President Calls For Compromise, Cooperation In Springfield

Returning to Springfield, the city where nine years ago he announced his run for the presidency, President Barack Obama before an Illinois state government that’s been bitterly divided for months Wednesday called for a more cooperative politics .

Harking to a kinder, gentler day or more cordial party relations and bipartisan deals, Obama decried "polarization and meanness" that he said discourage participation in civic life.  "It turns folks off. It discourages them. It makes them cynical. And when that happens, more powerful and extreme voices fill the void," he warned.

In the good old days of his Illinois Senate term from 1997 to 2004, the president said, “We wouldn’t bend on our most deeply held principles, but we were willing to forge compromise in pursuit of a larger goal.”  Even so, the former State lawmaker didn't offer any specific recommendations, however, on resolving the now seven months-old and still counting deadlock between the Democratic-controlled Legislature and Republican Governor Bruce Rauner. 

“He said a lot of good things that both parties agree with — the idea of working together, for instance, to compromise," said Sen. Dave Luechtefeld, an Okawville Republican who served with Obama and whom he mentioned mentioned in his speech.  "All that is good,” Luechtefeld said. “But you’ve got to make it happen. And he hasn’t [even] been able to make a lot of that happen on a national level.”
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Obituaries

Keith G. Connolly, 53, of Algonquin died Tuesday after a sudden diagnosis of an aggressive form of Pancreatic Cancer. Visitation will be Friday from 3 to 8 pm at Willow Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be Saturday at 1 pm at St. Margret Mary Catholic Church,  Algonquin.

Connolly was born July 17, 1962, the son of Ralph and Theadora Connoly.  He is survived by his wife Suzanne; children, Michael, Lisa (Trevor) and Kyle; father; brother, Kevin, and sisters, Eva (Bruce) and Jennifer (Ron).  He was preceded  in death by his mother.

John "Jack" Marsland, 88, of Algonquin died at his home Monday.  A reception in his honor will be held at a later date.

Marsland was born Sept. 8, 1927 in Holyoke, MA.  He married Ann Ocheltree in New York in 1955.  He is survived by his children, Jennie (Joe Murphy), Kate (Alan Harkrader) and Charlie (Ann); grandsons, Matthew and Max, and sister, Joan Jewell.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Friends of the Algonquin Area Library.

Antoinette Fultz, 81, of Huntley, died peacefully at her home Wednesday. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 8 pm at DeFiore Jorgensen Funeral Home, Huntley.  A funeral service will be Saturday at 11 am at Church on the Rock, Huntley.  Burial will be in Huntley Cemetery.

Fultz was born Feb. 9, 1935, in Chicago, the daughter of Charles and Jenny Maraffino. On May 1, 1954 she married Stanley Fultz. She is survived by her husband; children, Darlene (Jim) Caruso, Carol (Roger) Serpe, Joanne (Ben) Jachim and Pauline (Ken) Klank, and grandchildren, Jaime, Matthew, Tricia, Michael, Kim, Ben, Becky, Dan, Nick, Katherine and Steven.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and sisters, Josephine, Frances and Esther.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Church on the Rock.

Dorothy Jane Fararo, 86, of Huntley, died Friday in Elgin.  Memorial visitation will be Saturday from 2 pm until a 4 o'clock memorial service at at Davenport Family Funeral Home & Crematory, Crystal Lake.

Fararo was born on May 19, 1929, in Grand Rapids, MI to James and Winona Witter Huizenga.  She is survived by her daughter, Sarah (Gene) Gustin, and her grandchildren, Alex, Sam and Ryan.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Vitas Hospice, Huntley.
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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 against whom a charge is dismissed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
February 10
0057 HRS ROUTE 31 & ROUTE 62.  DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED.  DESALVO, PATRICIA J., F/W 58 YEARS OF AGE,  1475 REBECCA DR. #410, HOFFMAN ESTATES.  CHARGES: Driving While License Suspended and Suspended Registration.  RELEASED ON BOND.
2118 HRS 1200 BLOCK OF BURR ST.  FOLLOW UP REPORT:  CHECK FOR WELL BEING.  Checking the well-being of a juvenile.
1454 HRS 800 BLOCK OF TARALON TRAIL.  VIOLATION OF A BAIL BOND.  Male subject violated his bail bond.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1545 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & INDIAN TRAIL.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1642 HRS LAKEWOOD RD. & REED RD.  INJURY ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Male, 10 years of age, with neck pain. Female, 72 years of age, with shoulder pain.  No transport.
1647 HRS 700 BLOCK OF MOHICAN TRAIL.  CUSTODY DISPUTE.  Custody dispute between father and son.
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Algonquin Historic Home For Sale, U-Move It Fixer Upper

The Village of Algonquin Tuesday called for proposals to purchase, relocate and rehabilitate the historic Downtown Franke House, better known as "the psychic reader house", at Algonquin Road and South Harrison St.  Now that it belongs to the Village, planners want it to go somewhere else.

The Village won ownership of the property late last year so now planners want to clear the lot.  "This home is in fair condition, but must be moved to accommodate future redevelopment of the property," said Community Development Director Russ Farnum.  The Village's Downtown Planning Study two years ago envisions the south side of of that block on Algonquin Road as mixed retail and office businesses although only when a private developer is interested in building them with privately raised money.

" Interested parties are encouraged to submit proposals to take ownership of, relocate, restore and preserve this historic Algonquin home," read an Algonquin press release.  Details, including a history of the structure which dates from 1911 are located at:  http://www.algonquin.org/egov/apps/document/center.egov?view=item;id=3808  A McHenry County judge's verdict late last year ordered Algonquin to pay $255,000 to buy the property.

The Village is also taking bids to pull down the garage behind the house and for demolition of the adjacent home at 20 S. Harrison, too. Bids for that are due next Wednesday.  Proposals to buy and move 103 W. Algonquin Rd. proper are due April 30.

In the pics:  Algonquin's 2 1/2 story Four Square  features oak trim although not necessarily still attached.
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LITH Moves Ahead On Emergency Dispatching Consolidation

The Lake in the Hills Village Board Tuesday gave initial approval to signing a non-binding letter of intent to make Crystal Lake-based Southeast Emergency Communications, called SEECOM, the dispatch agency for LITH PD after McHenry County's six 911 centers dwindle to three.  A new State law and a decision by the County Emergency Telephone Services Board will put LITH out of the dispatching business by the middle of next year.

SEECOM's proposal was LITH staff's choice against others offered by the McHenry County Sheriff's Office and the City of McHenry but details still have to be worked out.  "This is a first step," said Chief Dave Brey.

Besides what appears to be the best price and what appears to be a strong inclination to hire LITH's dispatchers, Brey said SEECOM was a good pick since it wouldn't require "hand offs" to another dispatching agency for fire calls.  SEECOM already does dispatch for both the Algonquin Lake in the Hills and Huntley fire protection Districts.  Currently all 911 calls in the Lake in the Hills area to to LITH PD first.  "Every time you transfer a call you open yourself up to a mistake in the process," said Brey.
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McHenry, Kane Candidates' Forum Planned In Huntley

The Huntley Tea Party organization announced Tuesday that it will hold a candidates's forum next Wednesday at the Huntley Park District's Multi-Purpose Room on Mill St. from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. According to organizers, the event will include both McHenry and Kane county candidates.

Scheduled to appear are both McHenry County Board Chairman hopefuls, Joe Gottemoller and Mike Walkup, and District 6 candidates Ersel Schuster, Kelly Liebmann, Preston Rae, Jim Kearns and Mary McCann.

Also scheduled are both Kane Chairman candidates, incumbent Christ Lauzen and challenger Ken Shepro; Auditor candidates Craig Lee and Terry Hunt and Coroner candidates Bob Russell, Bob Tiballi, Tom Martinez and John Schoemaker.
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Viral Fight Video Upsets State Rep.

An online video of a fight between two Downstate middle schoolers so upset a freshman Illinois legislator that she's introduced a bill to criminalize posting similar videos on the Internet.  "Instead of getting help, [witnesses] opened their cellphones," said Republican Rep. Terri Bryant of Murphysboro.  "I just want to send a clear message that it is unacceptable to stage these fights or be a willing bystander."

The fight between a 12 year-old and a boy who was 13 in a Murphysboro alley after school resulted in no severe injuries, although the older youth tried to stamp on his opponent's face.  Bryant's bill, introduced days after she learned of the video, would make it a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct to post fight videos online with intent to condone or promote the violence.

Ed Yohnka, a spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, said Bryant's bill probably has some First Amendment problems.  "We think this proposal is overly broad and unconstitutional," he said. Quite apart from that, Matt Jones, associate director for administration at the Illinois State's Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor office, said the "intent" part of the proposed offense would make it hard to prosecute, anyway.

The video, which went viral on Facebook, shows at least three children recorded the fight.  No adults appeared to be present

Bryant's a freshman Rep. whose bio reports she's is a "retired 20 year veteran of the Illinois Department of Corrections."
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Obituaries

Roger Charles Paldauf, 78, of Algonquin died Saturday.  Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Thursday at the DeFiore-Jorgensen Funeral & Cremation Service, Huntley, an Friday from 10 am. until an 11 o'clock funeral service at Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church,  Huntley.  A Memorial Service is planned at 11 am Saturday at the Congregational Church of Algonquin. 

Paldauf, was born Jan 4, 1938, in Chicago to Carl and Helen Brunn Paldauf.  He married Betty Jean Voras 50 years ago in June. He is survived by his wife; children, Elizabeth (Mike) Albandia and Sara (Rory Patterson) Manning, and grandchildren, Erin and Adrian.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Memorial Fund of the Congregational Church of Algonquin.

Penny Sue Ruppert Andersen, 51, of Huntley died suddenly Saturday at her home.  Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 9 pm and  Saturday from 9 am a 10 o'clock funeral service at Fox Valley Church, West Dundee.  Burial will follow in the Dundee Township East Cemetery, East Dundee

Andersen was born in Chicago on Nov. 25,1964. She married Steinar O. Andersen on Sept. 11, 1991.  Survivors include her husband;  children, Sondra and Travis Zurawski; stepchildren, Shane and Brandie Andersen; grandchildren, Konnor, Kaden and Camryn; father, LeRoy Ruppert, and sisters, Pat Cholly and Joyce Ruppert.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Ruby E. Ruppert; her son in infancy Brandon Zurawski, and her brother, LeRoy Ruppert, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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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 against whom a charge is dismissed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
February 9
0002 HRS 9219 S. ROUTE 31 (ALPINE ACCESSORIES).  BURGLARY. Glass front door broken.  U.S. Currency and snowboards taken.  TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
1202 HRS 8115 PYOTT RD. (LUMBERJACKS).  INFORMATION FOR POLICE.  Vehicle damaged.  Report for insurance.
1701 HRS 2000 BLOCK OF LITCHFIELD LN.  LOST ARTICLE.  Permanent Resident Card. Entered into LEADS
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Algonquin Expects Randall Corridor Store Changes This Year

An announcement late Sunday that the Dania furniture store in Algonquin's Galleria will close sounded ominous after the similar shuttering of the Gap store across Randall Road in Algonquin Commons two weeks ago.  However, Algonquin Community Development Director Russ Farnum told FEN the shutdowns have more to do with the woes of parent companies than with local conditions.

National clothing chain Gap, Inc., in particular been suffering for several years since the company in its various incarnations, among them Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic, lost its cachet for shoppers.  Farnum said Dania's a little different.

"Dania's been closing for the past year," he told FEN.  The company, based in California, operates unders several different names mostly on the west coast and western states with a handful of shops in the Chicago area.  "They had a reorganization in 2014," Farnum said, "and decided to sell some real estate.  The Algonquin store was supposed to stay open until it sold but it's still on the market.  We haven't heard from them in months."

Farnum said shoppers may see more Randall shop closings in the next few months, particularly at Algonquin Commons.  "It's 10 years old and a lot of leases are running out," he said.  "The Commons will be bringing in a lot of new tenants."

Farnum's been telling Algonquin trustees since before Christmas about a lot of new businesses with plans to open in Algonquin this year, albeit with nothing yet on paper.  Are new stores coming to the Commons what he's been talking about?

"Yep," he said.
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LITH Seeks Input On Stoneybrook Park Renovations

The Village of Lake in the Hills Parks Stoneybrook Park is scheduled for renovation this summer so the LITH Parks & Rec. Department Monday posted an online survey to seek seeking resident input for selecting new playground features.  The  2.5 acre neighborhood park near Pyott Road and Willow St. features a large playground area, gazebo shelter, water fountain, full court and half-court basketball areas and park benches. The area targeted for upgrade consists of the wins swings, a tot lot section and multiple free standing pieces of equipment.  The existing Evos climbing structure will remain, officials said.

The online survey's located here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Stoneybrookparksurvey  and will be open until March 1.
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Illinois Health Uninsured Drop "Significant" In Latest Survey Report

Illinois was among eight states saw a "significant" drop last year in the number of residents going without health insurance, according to a government report out Tuesday.  All but one had accepted Medicaid expansion, one of two major pathways to coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law.  The law's other coverage route is subsidized private insurance, available in all 50 states.

According to the latest report through last September from the National Health Insurance Interview, only 7.3 percent of Illinois residents were without health insurance at the time they were interviewed.  That marked a 4.4 percent decrease among non-senior adults from last year.

Nationally, even with more Medicaid and subsidized insurance, nearly 29 million people, 12.9 percent of the population ,were still uninsured in the nine months from Jan. to June of 2015,  according to the report.  Eleven million of them, however, were illegal immigrants who are excluded from coverage.  In the entire U.S., 18 million people in the latest survey reported they hadn't had health insurance coverage for at least a year.

The full survey's located here:  http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/insur201602.pdf
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Budget Deadlock: State Museum To Reopen But Charge Admission

The Department of Natural Resources which oversees the Illinois State Museum and the governor's office announced an agreement Monday to to reopen the facility and two satellites but at the cost of ending free admission.

IDNR Director Wayne Rosenthal, said it wouldn't take long if lawmakers accept Gov. Bruce Rauner’s suggestion that the museum be funded in part by admissions fees and private donations. That was part of a a bill designed to keep the State Museum open that Rauner used his amendatory veto powers to rewrite last week. “If the General Assembly acts quickly, we could reopen the museum in a matter of weeks,” said Rosenthal.

Rauner closed State museum, its satellites and a sport-shooting complex four months ago due to Illinois’ budget crisis.  Permanently shuttering three of the satellite and consolidating some human resources and accounting functions should save the state about $1 million, according to officials.  Rosenthal said the amount of admission fees hasn’t been determined, nor is there a target for how much money must be raised between the fees and private fundraising to keep the museum going.

Some Democrats were unhappy with the agreement.  State Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, who sponsored the bill the governor amended, said many of the changes could have been made without locking the museum’s doors to the public.  “Those things should have been proposed by the administration months ago,” he said.
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Obituaries

Vincent  Aloysius Ahler, 84, of Algonquin died Sunday.  Visitation will be Friday from 10:30 am to 11:30 followed by a Funeral Mass and luncheon at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Algonquin.  Burial will be at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Lyons, WI.

Ahler is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Rita Fritsch; sons, Dan of Lake Geneva, WI, Tim (Jamie) of Huntington, WV, and Jerry (Amy) of - Algonquin; brothers, Clete (Marilynn) and Fritz (Judy); sister, Clare, and grandchildren, Richard, Carissa, Justin, BreAnna, Alyssa, Kevin and John.

Gene C. Strang
, 75, of Huntley, died Sunday in Elgin.  Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Thursday at the DeFiore-Jorgensen Funeral & Cremation Service, Huntley, and on Friday from 10 am until an 11 o'clock funeral service at Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church, Huntley.

Strang was born Nov. 12, 1940, in Chicago, the son of Herbert Carl and Erna Emma (Stiller) Strang.  He married Kathleen J. Patelski on Jan. 31, 1970.  He is survived by his wife; sons, Bryan Gene Strang of Huntley and Scott Carl Strang of St. Charles; grandson, Kyle Bryan Strang; sister, Joy (Daniel) Busam of Palatine, and his brother, Dale H. (Sue) Strang of Bloomington.  He was preceded in death by his parents and two daughters, Carolyn Joy and April Elaine.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the National Kidney Foundation.


Zigrida Bekeris, 80 of Woodstock, formerly of Huntley, died Thursday in Woodstock.  Her family will greet friends next Tuesday from 10 am until a memorial service at 11 at Shepherd  of the Prairie Lutheran Church, Huntley.

Bekeris was born Oct.15, 1935, in Latvia, the daughter of Jakav and Zenta Kurpnieks Vilks.  She married  Zigurds Bekeris on July 6, 1957.   She is survived by her sons, Viktors Bekeris of Woodstock and Eriks (Bonnie) Bekeris of Elgin and her grandchildren, Kody, Rachael and Kasey.
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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 against whom a charge is dismissed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
February 8
0214 HRS RANDALL RD. & MILLER RD.  WANTED ON WARRANT.  SEGRETTO, NICHOLAS A., M/W 22 YEARS OF AGE, 2450 LEHMAN DR., WEST CHICAGO.  CHARGES: Wanted on Warrant: DuPage County Sheriff’s Office for Shoplifting. $7,500 @10% Plus $75 Failure To Appear Fee and Driving with Expired Registration.  RELEASED ON BOND.
0355 HRS 500 BLOCK OF AUTUMN RIDGE RD.  DOMESTIC BATTERY.  Boyfriend vs. Girlfriend. No priors.  FAIL TO FILE.
0941 HRS 200 BLOCK OF HUNTERS PATH RD.  SUICIDAL SUBJECT.  Female, 22 years of age, attempted suicide.  Transported to Sherman Hospital.
1145 HRS 100 BLOCK OF HAWTHORNE RD.  BURGLARY TO MOTOR VEHICLE.  Rear tail light taken from vehicle.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1300 HRS 4511 W. ALGONQUIN RD. (CVS).  RETAIL THEFT.  Theft of liquor.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1333 HRS 10 BLOCK OF WANDER WAY.  FRAUD.  Unauthorized use of credit card.  PENDING INVESTIGATION OF REPORTING OFFICER.
1418 HRS 1200 BLOCK OF BURR ST.  DOMESTIC.  Father vs. Daughter.  Verbal only.  Six priors.
1740 HRS 2800 BLOCK OF SORREL ROW.  IDENTITY THEFT.  Complainant’s identity was compromised.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1748 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF SPRUCE ST.  IDENTITY THEFT.  Complainant’s credit card was fraudulently used.  TURNED OVER TO GLENWOOD POLICE DEPT.
Huntley
February 1
A fraud report was taken in the 14000 block of Beaver Dam Ln.  Unauthorized checks were written from the victim’s checking account.
A credit card fraud report was taken in the 12600 block of Rock Island Trail.  Unauthorized charges were made to the victim’s credit card.
February 2
A 15 year-old girl from Huntley was charged with disorderly conduct for an incident that occurred on January 28, 2016m at Huntley High School.  The juvenile was released to her mother and will attend peer jury.  In the same incident a 14 year-old girl from Lake in the Hills was also charged with disorderly conduct. The other juvenile was released to her mother with a notice to appear in McHenry County court on March 14, 2016.
February 3
15 year-old boy from Huntley was charged with disorderly conduct for an incident that occurred on February 2, 2016.  On February 4, 2016, a second 15 year-old boy from Huntley was charged with disorderly conduct for the same incident.  Both boys were released to their mothers and will attend peer jury.
A theft report was taken at Huntley High School.  A student reported that cash and a gift card were stolen from his coat that was left unsecured in the boys' locker room.
Kathy A. Hammock, age 55, of 9N680 Chapman Rd., Hampshire, was arrested for DUI, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and use of electronic communication while driving.  Ms. Hammock posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of February 26, 2016.
A credit card fraud report was taken in the 12400 block of Princeton.  The victim stated that unauthorized charges were made to his credit card.
February 5
Scott L. Dorvilier, age 19, of 4620 Mackinac St., Lake in the Hills, was arrested for DUI and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.  Mr. Dorvilier posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of March 11, 2016.
Christine M. Warner, age 20, of 11715 E. Woodcreek Dr. #E, Huntley, was arrested for driving while license suspended, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle and display of expired registration.  Ms. Warner posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of March 18, 2016.
February 6
A theft report was taken at a store in the 11800 block of Factory Shops Blvd.  An employee of the store reported that cash and a credit card were stolen from her purse.
A credit card fraud report was taken in the 10600 block of Painted Desert Ct.  The victim reported that unauthorized charges were made to his credit card.
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Monday, February 8, 2016

Police, Dogs Search HHS After Pistol Cartridge Discovery

The second weapon-related incident in five days locked down Huntley High School Sunday but school wasn't in session so no students were endangered.   Teams of police searched hallways for contraband, anyway.

Huntley Police said a congregant at Willow Creek Church services found an unspent 9 mm pistol cartridge in a hallway near the HHS Performing Arts Center about midmorning but church officials didn't notify HPD of the discovery it until an hour later.  Deputy Chief Mike Klunk said HPD escorted churchgoers out of the school when services concluded, then, along with K-9 units from Kane and Cook counties and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, scoured the school. 

Thursday an HHS student was removed from the premises after others overheard him threatening to bring a weapon to school.

Klunk said nothing turned up in Sunday's search and reported that, since the school had been cleaned by custodial staff Friday night, someone probably dropped the bullet after that.  "The location where the item was found is used by various entities outside of school functions," he said.

"We are not sure where the round came from," Klunk told FEN Sunday, "but are trying to review school video for further information."
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Forecasters: Occasional Snow 24 Hours, Variable Accumulation

National Weather Service forecasters this morning reminded Chicago area residents it's still Winter calling for occasional snow showers through Tuesday and a cold snap Wednesday plunging high temps into the mid-teens by Wednedsay and lows near zero Wednedsay night.

Weathermen said they expected "off and on snow" for the next 24 hours with accumulations "on the order of one half to two and a half inches for most areas." Meteorologists also said winds are likely to pick up tonight deceasing visibility even more than simple snow would.
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AFSCME Froths At Secret Phone Survey Of State Union Members

The largest state employee union is wroth about what it called a "phony" phone survey, apparently of union members, last week.   An American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 spokesman said it's exploring legal options about the survey although  no one's sure yet yet who was behind it.

“We have received countless complaints this week from union members who began receiving these phone calls on Tuesday,” said AFSCME spokesman Anders Lindall. “They rang state employees on their home or personal cellphones and asked for them by name," he said.  "They feel this is a clear attempt to intimidate them.”

According to the Springfield State Journal Register,  Lindall said union members reported that their caller IDs showed the calls coming from SSI, which stands for Survey Sampling International.  A representative of SSI said the work was commissioned by Fabrizio, Lee and Associates, a Virginia survey and "strategic consulting firm".  A call to Fabrizio, Lee Friday afternoon was not returned.

Union officials stopped short of accusing Gov. Bruce Rauner and his administration who've been tangled in contract negotiations with AFSCME for the past seven months.  A Facebook posting Friday instead accused "Raunerites".   Rauner spokesman Catherine Kelly in an email to CapitolFax blog said, "The administration is not aware of this survey and has nothing to do with it."
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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 against whom a charge is dismissed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
February 7
0111 HRS 2265 W. ALGONQUIN RD. (THORNTON’S).  WANTED ON WARRANT.  NUNEZ-GARCIA, JESUS L., M/W 24 YEARS OF AGE, 258 BROOKHAVEN TRAIL, PINGREE GROVE.  CHARGES: Wanted on Warrant: McHenry County Sheriff’s Office for Battery. Bond: $2,500 @10% and Speeding.  RELEASED ON BOND.
0227 HRS HILLTOP DR. & ALGONQUIN RD.  DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL.  KILPATRICK, KRISTOPHER M., M/W 26 YEARS OF AGE.  806 ROSEMARIE ST., ALGONQUIN.  CHARGES: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Driving While License Suspended, Speeding and Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle.  RELEASED ON BOND.
0356 HRS 101 N. RANDALL RD. (DOMINICKS).  DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL.  SCHLOPP, JOSEPH A., M/W 31 YEARS OF AGE, 825 N. SEMINARY AVE., WOODSTOCK.  CHARGES: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol with a Breath Alcohol Content Greater than .08, Disregarding a Traffic Control Device and Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle.  RELEASED ON BOND.
2148 HRS 100 BLOCK OF NORTHLIGHT PASS.  DOMESTIC BATTERY.  COMER, KARIS M., F/B 18 YEARS OF AGE, 127 NORTHLIGHT PASS, LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Two Counts of Domestic Battery and Resisting a Peace Officer.  TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
0900 HRS 400 BLOCK OF VILLAGE CREEK DR.  CHECK FOR WELL BEING.  Male, 30 years of age, well-being checked.  No transport.
1050 HRS 100 N. RANDALL (WALGREENS).   ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
2059 HRS 3600 BLOCK OF SONOMA CIRCLE.  AMBULANCE ASSIST.   Female, 48 years of age, possible overdose.  Transported to Woodstock Hospital.
Algonquin
February 5
13:11pm A 17 year-old female from Lake in the Hills was charged with Fighting in the Village and a 17 year-old female from West Dundee was charged with Battery.  They were both taken into custody at Jacobs High School.  Both  were issued municipal citations to appear in Algonquin Court and released to their parents.
February 6
05:39am Roper, Kelly D., 09/23/1977, of 740 Warner St. #4, Hampshire, was charged with Driving With License Suspended and No Insurance.  She was taken into custody at N. Main St. and Cary-Algonquin Rd.  She was released after posting bond with a court date in McHenry County.
11:08am Ward, Stacy M., 12/23/1956,  of 515 Harper Drive, was charged with Driving With License Suspended.  She was taken into custody at 4 Rochester Court.  She was released after posting bond with a court date in McHenry County.
16:09pm McCormick, Robert A., 05/19/1981, of 1154 St. Andrews Court, was charged with Domestic Battery.  He was taken into custody at the same location and transported to the McHenry County to await bond court.
15:45pm Valenzuela-Rodriguez, Caren O., 09/05/1988, of 645 N. Grove Ave. was charged with Causing a Child to be Endangered.  She was taken into custody at 1802 S. Randall Rd.  She was released after posting bond with a court date in Kane County, the Elgin Branch.
February 7
03:23am A 17 year-old female from Carpentersville was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Cannabis, and Unlawful Consumption by a Minor.  She was taken into custody at 1400 Darlington Ct.  She was issued a Notice to Appear in the Algonquin Municipal Court.
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Sunday, February 7, 2016

ALFPD Provides Charts, Graphs On Tax Referendum

Algonquin Lake in the Hills Fire Protection Chief Peter Van Dorpe briefed the Algonquin Village Board this week about the fire district's referendum request for a .1 percent property tax increase that will appear on next month's primary ballot.  Van Dorpe made the presentation and one to the Lake in the Hills Board the week before as a courtesy to trustees.

The Fire District's a separate governmental entity from the villages but Van Dorpe said, "If the referendum passes, you're the ones that will probably get the blame for it."

Very briefly, ALFPD trustees put the request for a new tax atop the current .4 percent general and .4 percent ambulance ones because a court decision (in a DuPage County lawsuit) put the district out of the lucrative commercial fire alarm business while the Obamacare Affordable Care Act will soon require it to pay for new full-time health insurance for part-time firefighters.

Charts and graphs provided to the village boards illustrating the fiscal rock and monetary hard place between which the Fire District says it finds itself are located here:  https://www.scribd.com/doc/298448769/alfpd22referenduminfo
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LITH New Preschool Enrollment To Begin Soon

Enrollment at Lake in the Hills' Preschool for new resident students will start soon the Village announced Friday.  The preschool for kids aged 2 to Kindergarten primarily serves school districts 300, 158, and 47 with a curriculum that follows Illinois Early Learning Standards with particular attention to elementary school benchmarks for kindergarten.

Registration for returning families is already underway.  Registration for new resident students begins Feb. 16.  If there's any space left, registration for new non-resident students will begin Feb. 29.

Registration,  first-come, first-served, is at LITH Village Hall in person only. Requirements include a copy of the child’s birth certificate, most recent immunization/physical records, and the registration fee, $60 for residents or $70 for non.  That covers supplies, snacks, and student field trip fees for the year.

For more information on LITH's preschool is here:  http://www.lith.org/parksrec/page/preschool   LITH's Preschool Supervisor is Lisa Knoeppel at 847-960-7470 for further questions or to arrange a tour.
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Headscarf Prof, College Agree To "Part Ways"

A Christian college near Chicago and a political science professor who wore a headscarf to show solidarity with Muslims have reached an agreement  to end her employment there, while the administrator who called for her termination has apologized for acting in haste.

Wheaton College says in a statement on its website Saturday that the college and Dr. Larycia Hawkins "have reached a confidential agreement under which they will part ways."

Wheaton Provost Stanton Jones told professors in an email Saturday night, "I apologized for my lack of wisdom and collegiality as I initially approached Dr. Hawkins, and for imposing an administrative leave more precipitously than was necessary."

Hawkins was placed on leave in December when she donned the scarf and posted on Facebook that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.  College officials said at the time that her views were inconsistent with their "doctrinal convictions."

In a statement released Saturday Hawkins said that she had great respect for Wheaton college.  She and the college will hold a joint press conference Wednesday, but neither will speak to the news media before that, according to a statement.
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Chicago Cop Sues "Estate" Of Shooting Victim

A Chicago cop who fatally shot a mentally ill college student in December and accidentally killed a neighbor, too, is now suing the dead teen’s famil claiming the killings caused him “extreme emotional trauma.”   Officer Robert Rialmo is seeking $10 million in damages from the "estate" of 19 year-old Quintonio LeGrier.

"That's a new low even for the Chicago Police Department," said the boy's father when told of the lawsuit filed Friday. "First you shoot them, then you sue them."

The lawsuit provides Rialmo's first public account of how he reports the shooting happened, saying he opened fire after LeGrier swung a baseball bat at his head at close quarters.  Lawyers for Legrier and the late Bettie Jones have both said evidence indicates Rialmo was 20 or 30 feet away from Legrier when he fired.

Neither the Chicago Police Department nor the Independent Police Review Authority, the city's agency to investigate police shootings, have officially released the officer's version of events, citing the ongoing investigation.  A lawsuit against the City by LeGrier's family said the yourth didn't do anything to threaten Rialmo or anyone else on the scene and wasn't involved in any illegal activity at the time.
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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 against whom a charge is dismissed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.

SHAWN M. ALLEN, DOB:  09/12/1986, 11119 LINCOLN STREET, HUNTLEY.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA (TWO COUNTS). --Huntley PD

ANTHONY E. DARNELL, DOB:  01/31/1981, 11004 MYRTLE, HUNTLEY.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, ATTEMPT RETAIL THEFT.  TODD G. KING, DOB:  01/03/1985, 151 N. MAIN STREET, CRYSTAL LAKE.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. --Crystal Lake PD

DARWIN L. BAKER, DOB: 04/09/1967, 1120 MAPLE STREET, LAKE IN THE HILLS.  AGGRAVATED BATTERY, DOMESTIC BATTERY (SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE) (TWO COUNTS). --Lake in the Hills PD

JOSEPH D. WHITEHAIR, DOB: 07/31/1991, 215 FOXFORD DRIVE, CARY.  BURGLARY (TWO COUNTS), THEFT (OVER $500) (TWO COUNTS). --Crystal Lake PD
  
GILBERTO JARA, DOB: 07/04/1978, 405 SOUTH ANN STREET, MARENGO.  AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL SEXUAL ABUSE (TWO COUNTS). --Marengo PD

GILBERTO JARA, DOB: 07/04/1978, AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL SEXUAL ABUSE. --Marengo PD
  
NATHAN A. SAGASTUME, DOB: 08/01/1995, 4722 HILLTOP DRIVE, WONDER LAKE.  CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY, RESISTING A PEACE OFFICER (TWO COUNTS), UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS. --McHenry County Sheriff's Office
  
ROBERT M. WORLEY, DOB:  07/03/1992, 34056 PEARL STREET, KIRKLAND.  THEFT, UNLAWFUL SALE OF FIREARMS.  JACQUELYN B. STEPANEK, DOB:  10/19/1991, 34056 PEARL STREET, KIRKLAND.  THEFT, UNLAWFUL DELIVERYOF FIREARMS. --Harvard PD
  
THOMAS J. LOSEY, DOB: 01/14/1979, 1512 22ND STREET, ROCKFORD.  RETAIL THEFT (OVER $300), RETAIL THEFT (SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE) (TWO COUNTS).  AARON R. VANCLEVE,  DOB: 07/18/1991, 317 ELM STREET, ROCKFORD.  RETAIL THEFT (OVER $300), RETAIL THEFT (SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE) (TWO COUNTS), UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. --Crsytal Lake PD

REBEKAH S. NICHOLS, DOB: 04/16/1984, 231 UTEG STREET, CRYSTAL LAKE.  AGGRATED BATTERY, RESISTING A PEACE OFFICER, DOMESTIC BATTERY, UNLAWFUL INTERFERENCE WITH THE REPORTING OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (TWO COUNTS). --Crystal Lake PD
  
SEAN M. DAMIANO    , DOB:  06/11/1991, 839 QUEEN ANNE STREET, WOODSTOCK.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DELIVER A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (THREE COUNTS), RETAIL THEFT (THREE COUNTS). --Woodstock PD
  
KYLE M. REAGAN, DOB:  06/27/1982, 271 COUNTRY COMMONS DRIVE #4, TROUT VALLEY.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, THEFT. --Cary PD
      
ALONSO T. ALBARRAN-VAZQUEZ, DOB:  05/14/1994, 652 CLOVER ROAD, WAUCONDA.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DELIVER CANNABIS, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. --McHenry PD
      
ROBERT C. MULLER, DOB:  01/17/1982, 498 N. CRESTWOOD AVENUE, MCHENRY.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A HYPODERMIC SYRINGE, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. --Lakemoor PD
  
CORINNE CULLEENEY, DOB:  12/09/1959, 12930 VENTURA BOULEVARD #202, STUDIO CITY, CA.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. --McHenry County Sheriff's Office
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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 against whom a charge is dismissed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
February 6
1324 HRS 220 N. RANDALL RD. (MORETTI’S).  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1718 HRS 300 BLOCK OF TECUMSEH TRAIL.  BATTERY.   Male vs. Male. Male, 23 years of age, with an arm injury.  Transported to Sherman Hospital.  FAIL TO FILE.
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Saturday, February 6, 2016

McHenry Board Chairman Calls For More "Primary Jobs"

County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller in his State of the County address this week predicted that McHenry County "for the first time ever" would generate $1 billion in sales this year.  On the surface, that sounds good but Gottemoller warned primary wage earners aged 25 to 44 have left the county 12 times faster than in the rest of Chicago thanks to the housing bust.

"We need to replace construction jobs with more primary jobs,' he said having earlier announced that while housing starts in the county were up 10 percent last year only 3 were outside municipal boundaries.

Gottemoller said the Board's used outsourcing and technology to cut the County's payroll 15 percent but said, "Until we bring back primary jobs and expand the economic base, we will continue to be overtaxed."

"If all we do is cut, we guarantee out future will consist of broken infrastructure and a south of Interstate 80 economy," Gottemoller warned.

What's the answer?  Federal grants was the first thing the Chairman mentioned.  The recently-approved Comprehensive Economic Development Study, he said, qualified McHenry County to receive some.  Gottemoller said regional collaboration with other governments would help, too.  He said a new high-speed fiber optic network to Woodstock would likely draw business but better highway transportation was necessary, too.

"As the improvement continues, we will see new primary jobs in McHenry County," Gottemoller said.  But then he added, "This will not happen tomorrow."

In the pic:  This year's State of  McHenry County address.
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PD's Ready For Superbowl DUI Patrols

Like fans everywhere, area PD's are getting ready for Sunday's epochal Superbowl 50 contest.   OK, not epochal, merely, quinquagintal.  Anyway, half the fun of the game will be folks getting together with their bestest buds a bushel or so of nacho chips, not to mention a convivial beverage to wash 'em down with.  It's the latter that has the cops concerned, especially after the game's over.

"Before choosing to drink, choose your team’s MVP – a sober designated driver," warned this weekend, for instance, Sergeant Eric Decker, Supervisor of the Lake in the Hills Police Department Traffic Unit.  "On Super Bowl Sunday, make it a team effort to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe," he said.

Some people won't get --or heed-- the word, however.  That's why there'll be extra patrols out Sunday.  Most of the PD's would probably do it, anyway, but there's a federal grant program to help pay for extra alcohol enforcement. Superbowl Sunday's one of its specific targets.
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Why It Counts When Some First Responders Get There First

The Huntley Fire Protection District recently honored two Lake in the Hills police officers for saving the life of a man who had a heart attack after he fell down a flight of stairs.  Sgt. Mike Boyce and Officer Chad Riffe were first on the scene in early December only to find a victim not merely unconscious but not breathing as well.  The pair administered CPR and deployed a defibrillator until fire personnel could take over and rush the man who was only in his 30's to the emergency room.

In the pic: Chief Ken Caudle presenting a Huntley Fire Protection District Life Saving Award to LITH Sgt. Mike Boyce and Officer Chad Riffe.
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Gov. Touts Local Government Consolidation Bills

Gov. Bruce Rauner publicized four bills Friday in Naperville he said would help shrink Illinois government and its costs. Three would make it easier to consolidate or abolish townships, one especially for the 19 that are are congruent with a municipality. The other one  would allow consolidation of "duplicative or unnecessary" local units of government via referendum.

"It's about giving power back to the people of Illinois, to the people at the local level in their communities to get power over the cost of government," Rauner said.  "We've got bipartisan agreement on these; let's get them done," said the governor.

Circumstances in Naperville this week somewhat detracted from Rauner's call, however.  Tuesday its city council decided not to wait and OK'ed looking into an intergovernmental agreement with Naperville Township to take over its 21 miles of roads, 16 of which lie within the municipality.  City staff estimated the move could save nearly $800,000 annually.

Highway Commissioner Stan Wojtasiak called the figure dubious but Supervisor Rachel Ossyra said it was worth examining outsourcing.  "This may seem like a small amount of money compared to what the school districts tax, for example, but any decrease in the tax burden and simplification, I think, is a step in the right direction," she said.

In the pic:  Bruce Rauner and Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti in Naperville Friday touting measues to amalgamate local governments.
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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 against whom a charge is dismissed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
February 5
1048 HRS 250 N. RANDALL RD. (COSTCO).  DOMESTIC BATTERY.  DIXON, JAMES O., M/B 64 YEARS OF AGE, 521 TERRACE DR., ALGONQUIN.  CHARGES: Two Counts of Domestic Battery, and Interfering with the Reporting of Domestic Violence.  TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
1110 HRS 00 BLOCK OF WALNUT GROVE CT.  HARASSMENT BY TELEPHONE.  MADSEN, DIANE M., F/W 48 YEARS OF AGE, 306 E OAK ST., LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Harassment through Electronic Communication.  RELEASED ON BOND.
1721 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & LAKEWOOD RD.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS.  MARINO, AUSTIN P., M/W 18 YEARS OF AGE, 10911 WING POINTE DR., HUNTLEY.  CHARGE: Unlawful Possession of Cannabis Between 2.5 grams-10 grams.  RELEASED ON BOND.  ELLEFSON, THOMAS C., M/W 18 YEARS OF AGE, 11345 MIDDLETOWN LN., HUNTLEY.  CHARGES: Unlawful Possession of Cannabis Between 10 Grams-30 Grams, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and One Red Tail Light.  RELEASED ON BOND.
0929 HRS 1500 BLOCK OF WASHINGTON ST.  DOMESTIC BATTERY.  Mother vs. Daughter.  Five priors.  FAIL TO FILE.
1058 HRS 250 N. RANDALL RD. (COSTCO).  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1217 HRS 200 BLOCK OF INDIAN TRAIL.  SEX ASSAULT.  TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
1241 HRS RANDALL RD. & ALGONQUIN RD.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
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