Friday, October 24, 2014

Suburban Spinal Implant Maker Relocates To Huntley Today

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

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

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

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

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

THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES

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Suburban Spinal Implant Maker Relocates To Huntley Today
Huntley Hackett House To Be McHenry County Tourism HQ
Mchenry County Unemployment Rate Below 5 Percent
Sponsor Says School Aid Bill Won't Come Up Until Spring
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Algonquin PD Chief To Retire After (Not Quite) 30 Years At Helm
Rauner Woos Women Voters At LITH Meeting
McHenry County Voting Guide Now Available, Kane Info, Too
Judge Orders Hiring Monitor In IDOT Patronage Case
Political Reporter Quits Chicago Newspaper Over Interest Conflict Flap
Oberweis Gives Up On Same-Sex Marriage Opposition In First Debate
Obituaries
Police Blotters
McHenry County Judges Give Back Of Hand To Rating Group
LITH Development Revs Up Near Randall/Algonquin Intersection
Job Fair At MCC Friday To Feature 74 Employers
Clinton Stumps For Quinn Tuesday, Biden Scheduled Today
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Grafton Assessor Reveals Massive Number Of Changes Submitted
Algonquin Walmart Bob Threat Proves False Alarm
New Charges Added In Shooting Of McHenry County Deputies
Final Debate Between Quinn, Rauner A Yawner
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Early Voting Today Through Nov. 2
D300 Multicultural Festival Colorful
Algonquin St. Margaret Mary Begins Centennial Celebration
I-90/Tyrell Closures Near Huntley Planned Tonight, Maybe Tuesday
Predicted Dry Spell Likely To Speed Local Harvest
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Saturday Exercise Doubles Huntley Last-Chance Responder Group
Huntley Saturday E-Waste Event No-Cost Due To Friendly Persuasion
Runners Gallop To Support LITH Therapy Mini Horses
Ebola Scams Spreading Faster Than Disease In U.S.
Obituaries
McHenry County Indictments
Police Blotters
Bond $1 Million For Accused Shooter Of Two Deputies
FEN Checks On Stolen Sheriff's-Connected Rifle
Algonquin Basement Fire Produces No Injuries
Illinois Charter Schools Report:  Average For Charters, Better Overall
Police Blotters
Accused Deputy Shooter Captured In Crystal Lake
Huntley Board Signals Plans For Amtrak, Downtown Borrowing
D158 OK's Bond Refinancing For Savings, Lower Payments
State Report:  More Than Half Public School Kids Now Minority
Obituaries
Police Blotters

Huntley Hackett House To Be McHenry County Tourism HQ

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

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

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

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

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

McHenry County Unemployment Rate Below 5 Percent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the Pic:  SB 16 House sponsor Linda Chapa Lavia

Obituaries

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

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

In lieu of flowers donations in her name to a favorite charity.

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
October 23
0840 HRS 2265 W. ALGONQUIN RD. (THORNTON’S GAS).  FOUND ARTICLE.  Credit Cards.  Entered into Evidence.
1302 HRS 1300 BLOCK OF CUNAT CT. ASSIST OTHER AGENCY.  Assisted the McHenry County Health Department.
1434 HRS 800 BLOCK OF DOGWOOD LN.  LOST ARTICLE.  Registration Sticker missing from license plate.  Entered into LEADS.
1647 HRS 10920 REED RD. (HANNAH MARTIN SCHOOL).  THEFT.  Of U.S. currency from a purse in the cafeteria.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1808 HRS 9625 HALIGUS RD. (MARLOWE MIDDLE SCHOOL).  HIT & RUN.  Complainant’s vehicle struck in parking lot by unknown vehicle which fled.
Algonquin
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Algonquin PD Chief To Retire After (Not Quite) 30 Years At Helm

Algonquin Village President John Schmitt told FEN this morning that Deputy Chief John Bucci will be sworn in as new Chief of Police Dec. 16.  Tuesday current Chief Russell Laine informed the Village Board he intends to retire after leading Algonquin PD for 29 years and 6 months.

Although as little as two weeks ago Laine told FEN he hadn't made up his mind when to quit, the announcement wasn't completely unexpected.  Sources say officials realized four years ago that all three of Algonquin's top cops would be eligible for retirement at about the same time and have been preparing for it ever since, "grooming" candidates to move up the ladder. Bucci replaced former Deputy Chief Ed Urban when he retired last year.  Traffic Division Sergeant Jeff Suttrick is scheduled to take over Nov. 4 after Deputy Chief Steve Kuzynowski leaves.

Laine, a former head of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and licensed attorney, became Algonquin Chief in 1985.  Something of a boy wonder, he'd already headed the departments in both Bartlett and Edgerton, WI.  Laine's police career started in Streamwood in 1976 after a tour in Vietnam as a combat medic.

The  63 year-old lawman told FEN after he pulls the pin, "I'll probably do some consulting and, of course, I'll continue to teach."

In the pic:  Algonquin Police Chief Russ Laine whose moustache retired earlier in February.

Rauner Woos Women Voters At LITH Meeting

"McHenry County needs more roads," said the Republicans' candidate for governor Wednesday as he rushed 20 minutes late to a Women For Bruce Rauner meeting at Boulder Ridge Country Club in Lake in the Hills.  After barnstorming around Peoria all day, the flight to Wheeling arrived on time but rush hour commuter traffic held up the GOP hopeful.

"Women are going to dominate this election," Rauner told a crowd of about 100 of them that included almost every female public officeholder in McHenry County.  That and a claim that, "We're leading, not by much, but we're leading," suggested someone had already leaked the results of a Chicago Tribune poll this morning that puts Rauner ahead of incumbent Governor Pat Quinn by two percentage points thanks to increased support in the suburbs, especially among women.  (The poll had a 3.5 point margin of error, though.)

Rauner played to Wednesday's headline that a federal judge had ordered a court monitor to examine Quinn administration patronage at IDOT.  He said Quinn claims to have fixed abuses were "all the same baloney."

McHenry County State Sen. Pam Althoff filled the time waiting for Rauner with a rundown of what's wrong with a pending bill to change Illinois school funding.  "Not only don't [suburbs] get a free lunch," she said, "the collar counties help pay for others' free lunches."  Althoff charged that, while Chicago schools only have 18 percent of students in the state, they receive 40 percent of all the property tax paid statewide.

In the pic:  Diana Rauner told local supporters that Bruce Rauner was the father of their six children and "the hardest working man I ever met."

McHenry County Voting Guide Now Available, Kane Info, Too

McHenry County's Voters Guide for the Nov. 4 General Election published Wednesday and posted to the County website. 

County Clerk Kathie Schultz said it followed the start of early voting Monday because it serves not only as an aid to citizens but also as legal satisfaction for several state statutes whose deadlines don't match each other.  She said meeting them all at once was a money saving measure.

The guide's located at: https://www.co.mchenry.il.us/home/showdocument?id=35435

Information for Kane County voters is located here:  http://www.kanecountyelections.org/

Judge Orders Hiring Monitor In IDOT Patronage Case

A Chicago federal judge Wednesday ordered a court-appointed monitor to review hiring problems at the Illinois Department of Transportation even though administration attorneys argued Governor Pat Quinn was already taking care of them.  Magistrate Judge Sidney Schenkier said an earlier Inspector General's investigation wasn't a substitute for the court's own.

Schenkier said it was the court's duty to investigate what "broke down" in a hiring process that investigations by the Better Government Association and the Executive Inspector General both found sidestepped patronage rules.  After Quinn's administration revealed the IG's report, state officials instituted reforms, including eliminating lawn-mowing "staff assistant" positions and Quinn has said he didn't personally recommend anyone for them.  Anti-patronage campaigner Michael Shakman argued in his lawsuit this Spring that a long span of improper hiring based on political connections required an outside monitor and further investigation at IDOT.

Quinn challenger Bruce Rauner leaped on Wednesday's ruling.  "A federal judge just confirmed what we've known all along -- Pat Quinn is corrupt and cannot be trusted to clean up state government," he said in a statement.

Quinn's campaign spokeswoman Brooke Anderson pointed to lawsuits against Rauner's former investment firm. "We will certainly not be taking any advice about ethics from the most unethical executive in America, Bruce Rauner," read her statement.

The hiring monitor's unlikely to turn up anything before the election.  It's in two weeks and no one's expected to be hired for the spot until next week.

Political Reporter Quits Chicago Newspaper Over Interest Conflict Flap

A Chicago Sun-Times political reporter put on temporary leave after GOP governor's candidate Bruce Rauner's campaign accused him of a conflict of interest resigned Wednesday.  Dave McKinney said he believed the newspaper's owners improperly influenced newsroom decisions.  "I'm convinced this newspaper no longer has the backs of reporters like me," he said.

Sun-Times Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Jim Kirk praised McKinney but said the newspaper hadn't caved in to pressure. He said he decided on "a pause" in McKinney's work because "we were under attack in a heated political campaign."

McKinney’s co-wrote a story about a lawsuit 12 years ago in which a former executive in one of Rauner's companies alleged he'd  threatened her and her family. Campaigners for Rauner, who once held an indirect stake in the Sun-Times. admitted they tried to stop the story but only through "proper" channels.  After it was printed, they charged McKinney with a conflict of interest since his wife is a media consultant for Democrats.

The newspaper suspended the reporter, then put him back to work.  In his resignation letter McKinney noted that the Sun-Times reversed a no endorsements policy this week and came down on Rauner's side.

In the pic:  Dave McKinney

Oberweis Gives Up On Same-Sex Marriage Opposition In First Debate

In the first debate between Democractic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and challenger Jim Oberweis Wednesday the GOP candidate said he given up his opposition to same-sex marriages.  "Time has passed and I believe courts have said that that is the law and I will uphold the law of the land," he said.  Durbin, meanwhile, charged Oberweis is a tool of the tea party, a group which he charged is "wrecking Capitol Hill."

The Sugar Grove Republican repeatedly referred to Durbin as a "smooth" career politician who has lost touch "with people in the streets."  Durbin said his experience in the Senate had helped Illinois, arguing that the state now receives more federal dollars for highways, bridges and transit than in the past.  “I work with Republicans, and we get results,” he said.

The pair also argued about assault weapons and U.S. response to Ebola.  They'll meet for a second and final debate on Oct. 29.

Obituaries

Audrey Sieving Miller, 79, of Lousville, KY, formerly of Algonquin, died Tuesday from Alzheimer's disease.  There will be a private family remembrance.

Miller was born in Oak Park on September 23, 1935.  She married Thomas Miller on September 4, 1954. She is survived by her husband; daughter,Donna Stacy, and husband, Wayne, of Louisville and two grandchildren, Emily Rounsaville and Samuel Kim.  She was preceded in death by her daughter, Lauren Carroll.  The status of a third daughter, Catherine Miller is unknown.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation or The American Cancer Society.

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
October 22
0003 HRS RAKOW RD. & VIRGINIA RD.  ACCIDENT.  Vehicle vs. Guardrail. Property damage only.
0925 HRS 9600 BLOCK OF HALIGUS ROAD (MARLOWE SCHOOL). INFORMATION FOR POLICE. Altercation between two students.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1304 HRS 1300 BLOCK OF CUNAT CT.  ACCIDENT.  Vehicle vs. Rock.  Property damage only.
1440 HRS 100 BLOCK OF OAKLEAF RD.  FRAUD.  Complainant’s credit card was fraudulently used.
1646 HRS 100 BLOCK OF WOODY WAY.  MISSING JUVENILE.  Female, 16 years of age, did not come home from school.  Entered into LEADS.
1713 HRS 200 BLOCK OF RAINMAKER RUN.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1910 HRS 1300 BLOCK OF CUNAT CT.  DOMESTIC.  Parents vs. Daughters. Verbal only. Three priors.
1947 HRS 10 BLOCK OF E. ACORN LN. DOMESTIC BATTERY.  Boyfriend vs. Girlfriend. No priors.  FAIL TO FILE.
2026 HRS 100 BLOCK OF DEERPATH.  DOMESTIC.  Parents vs. Son. Verbal only. No priors.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

McHenry County Judges Give Back Of Hand To Rating Group

A courts reform group Tuesday endorsed nearly 70 northern Illinois judges seeking retention or running in contested races in November.  None was in McHenry County, however.  A spokesman told FEN that the judges in Woodstock didn't send back the group's questionnaire.

Twenty Second Circuit Chief Judge Michael J. Sullivan, and Circuit Judges Sharon Prather and Michael T. Caldwell are asking for retention and Judge Michael W. Feetterer, appointed to replace retired Judge Joseph P. Condon,  is seeking election to his own term running unopposed.  Except to 500 or so area attorneys, even the veterans aren't exactly household names.

“Unfortunately, too many people cast their vote on election day with little or no information on their candidates for judge,” said ICJL President Ed Murnane.  “Some close their eyes and pick … others choose not to vote at all.”  Non-profit ICJL for the past 15 years has tried to remedy the information vacuum with seven essay questions to Illinois judicial candidates including toughies like, "State the qualifications and experiences that make you qualified" and "describe the case in which you are most proud of."

Vice President Al Adomite admitted that if judges send any kind of answer back, "We'll probably recommend them."  ICJL only gave a thumbs down to four judges this year, three in Cook County who ran afoul of Chicago Tribune investigations and one Downstate accused in a civil suit of railroading a murder suspect while he was a prosecutor.

FEN left a message with McHenry County Court Administration inviting any of the judges to explain why they didn't respond to ICJL's questionnaire.  None responded to that, either.

"DuPage County and Lake County had 100 percent [questionnaire returns]," Adomite reported while Kane had 75 percent.  Will County was the other one in which all the judges put the questionnaire in the circular file.  "We sent it three times," said Adomite.

Last week the McHenry County Bar Association announced an attorneys' poll found all the 22nd Circuit judges "Qualified", but  the standard wasn't very high there, either.  Statewide, out of 158 judge seeking retention and another 69 contesting for a spot on the bench, only 5 managed to score less than a minimum 65 out of 100 points in the survey.

One of the five in "Tort Hell" Madison County only managed to scored 23.04 points and that counted a reasonably good evaluation on "health". 

LITH Development Revs Up Near Randall/Algonquin Intersection

With controversy over the Randall/Algonquin roads intersection quelled for the moment, the Lake in the Hills Village Board Tuesday heard plans for a new mammoth gas station off Algonquin and word that a national restaurant is close to signing an agreement to take over the defunct Applebee's location on Randall.

Marathon Petroleum-owned Speedway executives said they plan to build a $5.7 million 20-pump station and convenience store at the northwest corner of Algonquin and Harvest Gate in LITH, good for about $150,000 per year in sales taxes.  Trustees fretted about possible traffic stacking since there'll be no direct access from Algonquin but Speedway execs said they'd do whatever it takes.

Economic Development Coordinator Gino DeVivo told the Board that after a year's worth of misfires it's very likely final papers on LITH's ex-Applebees will be signed "in a few days." 

Nearby on the five acres behind the village's ex-Dominicks, developers said they'll start building the first of a planned series of at least three commercial buildings in mid-November.   John Curtis told trustees it's already fully leased and plans are afoot for the second one.

The Board passed along for Thursday approval new lease agreements for the Village's stables site on Pyott Road and a parking area that a business on Prosper Court is already using informally.

Job Fair At MCC Friday To Feature 74 Employers

McHenry County College and the County Workforce Network have a Fall Job Fair scheduled Friday from 10 am to 1 pm in the Gym/Multipurpose room in Building A at the college.  Local employers will be seeking temporary, part-time and full-time employees with at least 74 scheduled for booths at the event.  A list of them's located here:  http://www.mchenry.edu/jobfair/pdf/employers.pdf  and tips for Fair jobseekers is located here:  http://www.mchenry.edu/jobfair/

For additional information on the job fair, including interviewing tips and how to prepare a resume, contact MCC Career Services at (815) 455-8576 or careers@mchenry.edu.

In the pic:  The Job Fair this Spring at MCC.

Clinton Stumps For Quinn Tuesday, Biden Scheduled Today

This week's becoming the parade of the Democratic celebs in Illinois as former President Bill Clinton Tuesday became the latest headliner to fly in to suppport the re-election bid of Gov. Pat Quinn.  The ex-Commander in Chief tossed in a good word for U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, too.  "I'm here to support Dick Durbin and Pat Quinn because I think they're about the future," Clinton told workers at a Chicago-based manufacturing company.

President Obama campaigned for Quinn Sunday and Monday and Vice President Joe Biden will do the same today.  Challenger Bruce Rauner's campaign called the visits by Democrats "full rescue mode," although Rauner was running around Rockford Tuesday with his own star, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.  Polls show Quinn and Rauner locked in a dead heat.

Even the big names are running out of steam, though.  "I feel like an old racehorse that's retired," joked Clinton. "They brush me down real good, take me out to the track, slap me on the rear and just see if I can get around that track one more time."  The line drew a small chuckle. Just as it did when the ex-Pres said the same thing the same way in both New Hampshire and Arkansas last week.

Obituaries

Robert Wolff, 60, of Algonquin died Sunday. Visitation will be Saturday from 1 until 3 pm at Wait Ross and Allanson Funeral & Cremation Services Chapel, Algonquin, with a memorial service immediately following.

Wolff was born in Chicago on January 30, 1954, the son of Elmer and Rose (nee Mroz) Wolff.  He is survived by his wife, Kathy (nee Arnold); daughters, Becky (Jeff) Winkelmann and Jill (Jeff) Monda; stepchildren, Malinda (Phillip) Tom and Joe (Meghan) Arnold, and grandchildren Grace, Bob, Jaden, Julian, Jasmine, Claire, Alyson, Bryce, Mallie. Preceding him in death were his parents; sister, Marilyn Cardelli, and brothers, Jimmy and Allen Wolff.

Ruby J. Hornig, 75, of Sun City, Huntley,died Monday at JourneyCare Hospice in Woodstock following a lengthy illness.  Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Thursday at DeFiore-Jorgensen Funeral & Cremation Service, Huntley. A funeral service will be held at 10 am Friday there.  Burial will be in Hampshire Center Cemetery.

Hornig was born March 18, 1939, in Blytheville, AR, the daughter of Nealy A. and Ruth (Vellars) Hendon.  On May 4, 1957, she married LeRoy A. Hornig in Chicago.  She is survived by her children, Brian (Maria) Hornig of Addison, Donna (Tony) Falco of Roselle, Lori Czajka of Baraboo, WI, and Randy (Lynn) Hornig of Geneva; her grandchildren, Chris, Anthony, Michael, Tim, Brent and Marc; two step-grandchildren, Jesse and John; her brother, Wayne (Diane) Hendon of Elgin, and her sister, Betty (Joe) Migliori of Chicago.  She was preceded in death by her husband and many brothers and sisters.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Vera D. Nawrocki, (nee Ingraffia) 93, of Chicago, formerly of Huntley, died  in Ladysmith, WI, Monday.  A memorial service will be held there. 

Nawrocki was born in Ciminna, Italy, and became a citizen in 1923.  She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Joseph ; her children, Naomi (David), William (Beverly), Robert (Holly) and Diane (David), and 11 grandchildren

Donations may be made to The Alzheimer's Association.

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
October 21
1942 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & WANDER WAY.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. LEVERENZ, ANTHONY, M/W 19 YEARS OF AGE, 9 JOSEPH CT.,  LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  RELEASED ON BOND.
0023 HRS 1200 BLOCK OF SPRUCE ST.  FOLLOW UP ARREST: HIT AND RUN.   AUGUSTINE, JOSHUA, M/W 28 YEARS OF AGE, 1318 WASHINGTON ST.,  LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident and Failure to Notify Owner of Damage to an Unattended Vehicle.  RELEASED ON BOND.
0142 HRS 00 BLOCK OF HILLTOP DR.  MISSING JUVENILE.  Female, 16 years of age, missing.  Juvenile returned home.
0848 HRS RANDALL RD. & ACORN LN.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles. Property damage only.
0924 HRS GRAFTON FARM DR. & CLAREMONT LN.  DOMESTIC.  Boyfriend vs. Girlfriend. Verbal only. One prior.
1256 HRS 00 BLOCK HERON CT.  FOUND ARTICLE.  A bicycle.
1950 HRS 00 BLOCK OF HILLTOP DR.  DOMESTIC BATTERY.  Mother vs. Daughter. Twelve priors. Female, 15 years of age, transported to Sherman Hospital for medical evaluation.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
Algonquin
October 21
06:25am Memmini, Christopher J., DOB: 10/05/91, of 1343 Todd Farm Dr. #204, Elgin, was charged with Retail Theft.  He was taken into custody at 1410 S. Randall Rd. He was issued a Notice to Appear with a court date of 11/26/14 in Algonquin.
08:22am Chonko, James W., DOB: 06/26/1989, of 101 Eastgate Dr. #101, was charged with domestic Battery. He was taken into custody at his residence. He was transported to the McHenry County Jail to await bond court.
13:31pm A 15 year-old male from Carpentersville and a 16 year-old male from Lake In The Hills were charged with Retail Theft.  They were taken into custody at 734 S. Randall Rd.  They were Petitioned to McHenry County Juvenile Court and released to parents.
13:58pm A 16 year-old male from Carpentersville was charged with Theft of Lost Property. He was taken into custody at 2601 Bunker Hill Dr.  He was Petitioned into McHenry County Juvenile Court and released to a parent.
14:00pm A 15 year-old female from Carpentersville was charged with Theft of Lost Property. She was taken into custody at 2601 Bunker Hill Dr.  She was Petitioned into McHenry County Juvenile Court and released to parent.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Grafton Assessor Reveals Massive Value Changes Submitted

As many as 8,000 or 9,000 Grafton Township property owners will receive some unpleasant news within about two weeks. Assessor Al Zielinski told the Grafton Board Monday he'd reassessed 17,000 of the Township's 21,000 properties although the tax base remained about the same.  Some values went down but others went up, he said.  "It's about 50/50" Zielinski told FEN afterwards.

Zielinski said Sun City owners would, as a group, be pleased.  He said the retirement community collectively had been overassessed $10.9 million.  Individual homeowners elsewhere might be less happy, though.  In one neighborhood, he said, changes ranged from a $38,000 EAV reduction to a $41,000 increase.  In a ritzier one he said, the changes included a property that saw a $63,000 reduction but another that went up $134,000.

McHenry County Chief Assessment Officer Bob Ross told FEN this morning, "We're shooting for the end of next week," to mail out and publish Grafton's new assessments.  Ross said the County Board of Review was well-positioned to handle an expected influx of appeals from Grafton in "timely fashion" because the rest of County's townships have already published.  "Algonquin Township came in earlier this year than it ever has in my experience," Ross said.

Zielinski told FEN he's already talked to some property owners who'll see assessment increases.  "They know that they've been getting a free ride for the last few years and that can't go on," He said.  "I think they understand it."

In the pic:  Grafton Assessor Al Zielinski

Algonquin Walmart Bomb Threat Proves False Alarm

Algonquin's Walmart store on Randall Road closed for almost 4 hours Monday thanks to a bomb threat but the Kane County Bomb Squad said there were no explosives in the store.

Algonquin Police said a caller to Walmart warned of a bomb shortly before 10 am.  As a precaution Walmart evacuated the building while Algonquin PD and the Fire Protection District set up perimeters to keep people away.  The Bomb Squad combed the building with a bomb-sniffer dog, according to police, but found no evidence of a bomb.

Algonquin Deputy Chief John Bucci said, "An investigation is pending in regards to the nature of the complaint and the individual responsible for placing the call."

New Charges Added In Shooting Of McHenry County Deputies

Prosecutors Monday filed eight new charges to the ones already facing Scott B. Peters in Thursday's shooting of a pair of McHenry County Sheriff's Deputies.   Besides two counts each of attempted murder and aggravated battery, Peters is now charged with four counts of attempted murder and four more of aggravated discharge of a firearm.

At a news conference Monday, the third without notice to FEN, Sheriff Keith Nygren identified a third deputy who drove Peters away from his wounded victims.  Nygren said Deputy Eric Luna fired back at Peterson as Dwight Maness and Khalia Satkiewicz lay bleeding in front of his Holiday Hills home.  He said Island Lake officers probably saved their lives when Gilbert Hueramo put a tourniquet on Maness' leg and he and Victoria Gwizdak pulled the stricken deputies away from Peterson's doorway.

In the pic: Scott B. Peterson

Final Debate Between Quinn, Rauner A Yawner

Monday's final face-to-face debate between  Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner broke no new ground.  Neck and neck in all the polls, both candidates trotted out the same charges that appeared in two previous ones, that Quinn's presided over economic disaster in Illinois and that Rauner will make things worse.

Rauner repeatedly criticized Quinn for raising the income tax in Illinois and warned that even if Quinn were defeated he would raise taxes.  Quinn continued to cast Rauner as an out-of-touch “billionaire” who wanted to impose a new “Rauner tax” on services while giving himself a $1 million tax break.

Quinn called Rauner a “job eliminator,” because his Chicago-based firm owned companies that outsourced jobs overseas.  Rauner countered that Quinn's Illinois' “outsourcer in chief” since the state still lags others in economic recovery.   A Google search located about 780 results including Monday's for Quinn's turn of phrase, around 880 for Rauner's.

Quinn backed away from earlier support for extending Illinois' "temporary" income tax increase, due to start falling at the end of the year.  “I’m in favor of making sure we maintain our income tax level but at the same time provide solid property tax relief to every homeowner in this state,” said Quinn.

Rauner defended himself against Quinn charges he bullied a female underling 12 years ago.  Rauner said he “absolutely” did not make the threats the executive claimed in a lawsuit, most of which is still sealed under a settlement agreement.

Obituaries

Thelma L. "Dolly" Crom, 78, of Sun City, Huntley, died Monday at her home.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 9 pm at Willow Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Algonquin.  Funeral Services will be 11 am Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in River Valley Memorial Gardens, West Dundee.

Crom, nee Holzapfel, was born May 17, 1936, in Chicago. She was the wife of Robert Crom; mother of Robert (Vicki) Crom, Richard Crom and Vicki (Scott) Frantz; grandmother of Kelly (Mark) Frieders, Matthew Gandolfo, Michael Crom and Megan Gandolfo and sister of James (Mary) Holzapfel.

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
October 20
0628 HRS 300 BLOCK OF CHIPPEWA TRAIL. VIOLATION OF AN ORDER OF PROTECTION.  Possible violation of an order of protection.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1311 HRS 1300 BLOCK OF JEFFERSON ST. VIOLATION OF AN ORDER OF PROTECTION.  Possible violation of an order of protection.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1831 HRS 1216 CRYSTAL LAKE RD.  (RYDER PARK).  ASSIST AMBULANCE.  Male, eight years of age, with an arm injury.  Transported to Sherman Hospital.
2020 HRS 1200 BLOCK OF SPRUCE ST.  HIT AND RUN.  Complainant’s vehicle struck by unknown vehicle that fled.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
Huntley
October 14
A criminal damage to property report was taken at a municipal facility in the 12500 block of Reed Rd. A window was broken.
October 15
Russell E. Chapman, age 35, of 10218 Fleetwood St., Huntley, was arrested at his residence on two counts of domestic battery. Mr. Chapman was transported to McHenry County jail to await bond call.
A theft report was taken at Huntley High School. A student reported that cash was stolen from his unsecured back pack during a gym class.
A 16 year-old boy from Lake in the Hills was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia at Huntley High School. The boy was released to his parents and will be petitioned into McHenry County juvenile court.
A retail theft report was taken at a store in the 12300 block of Rt. 47.
October 16
Christopher A. Ford, age 32, of 2591 Cameron Dr., Hampshire, was arrested near the intersection of Rt. 47 and Mill St. on an outstanding Kane County warrant. Mr. Ford was transported to McHenry County jail to await bond.
A criminal damage to property report was taken at Huntley High School. A student reported that the paint on his vehicle was scratched.
October 17
A 17 year-old boy from Lake in the Hills was charged with possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia at Huntley High School. The boy was released to his father and will attend peer jury.
A fraud report was taken in the 9900 block of Berkshire Lane, Huntley.  The victim states that she received a check via FedEx from a future employer. The victim was instructed to deposit the check in her bank account and purchase Money Pac prepaid cards and text the serial numbers from the prepaid cards to the future employer. The victim then learned that the check she deposited was fraudulent.
October 19
Bronson C. Eisenhauer, age 24, of 2419 Meadows Edge, Carpentersville, was arrested near the intersection of Haligus and Faiths Way for driving while license suspended and no front registration plate. Mr. Eisenhauer posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of November 21, 2014.
Craig L. Parks, age 48, of 11235 Fleetwood St., Huntley, was arrested at his residence for DUI, fleeing and eluding a peace officer, driving with no valid driver’s license, expired registration, failure to notify the Secretary of State of an address change, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, failure to yield to an authorized emergency vehicle and speeding. Mr. Parks posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of November 14, 2014.
A retail theft report was taken at a store in the 12300 block of Rt. 47.
A theft report was taken at a store in the 11900 block of Kreutzer Rd. A shopper left her cellphone in the store. When she returned to retrieve the phone, it was gone.
A criminal damage to property report was taken at a residence in the 10000 block of Cummings. A window was broken.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Early Voting Today Through Nov. 2

Early voting--for any reason or even none-- for the November 4 General Election began in McHenry and Kane counties this morning.  The early voting period runs though Nov. 2 this year.

In McHenry County there are 10 early voting locations, 3 of them relatively convenient to the area.  In Kane County there are 10 full time early voting locations and 6 part time ones, 4 of them fairly near nether Algonquin or Huntley.

Here are the local early voting locations and hours in McHenry County:
Algonquin Township Offices (next to the Sheriff’s Substation), Crystal Lake.
Oct.20 through November 1
M-F, 8:30 am to 4 pm
Saturdays, 9 am to Noon

Lake in the Hills Village Hall, Lake in the Hills.
Oct. 20 through Oct. 24
M-F, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Saturday, Oct. 25 9 am to Noon
Sunday, Oct. 26 10 am to 4 pm
Oct. 27 through Oct. 31
M-F, 8:30 am to 7 pm
Saturday, Nov. 1, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Sunday, Nov. 2, 10 am to 4pm

Huntley Park District Rec Center, Huntley.
Oct.20 through Nov. 1
M-F, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Saturdays, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, 8:30 am to 1 pm

In Kane County the nearest full time early voting sites will be
Carpentersville Fire Station No. 3, Carpentersville
Oct. 20 through 24
MF, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Oct. 25, 9 am to Noon
Oct. 26, 10 am to 4 pm
Oct. 27 through 31
M-F, 8:30 am to 7 pm
Nov. 1, 8 am to 4 pm
Nov. 2, 10 am to 4 pm

Dundee Township Office, East Dundee
October 20 through 24
M-F,  9 am to  3:30 pm
October 27 through 31
M-F,  9 am to 3:30 pm

Village of West Dundee West Dundee, 60118
Oct. 20 though 24
M-F, 9 am to 4 pm
October 27 through 30
M-F, 9 am to 4 pm

A part time early voting site will be at
Del Webb Sun City, Huntley
October 27 through 31
M-F,10 am to 5 pm

The Kane County Clerk's mobile voting center will be at Jewel/Osco in West Dundee from 10 am to 5 pm Oct. 25 and  the Cambridge Lakes Community Center, Pingree Grove from 10 am to 5 pm Oct. 29.

A list of all McHenry County early voting sites is here: https://www.co.mchenry.il.us/home/showdocument?id=34211
A list of all the ones in Kane County is here: http://www.kanecountyelections.org/EarlyVoting/EarlyVotingPoster.pdf

D300 Multicultural Festival Colorful

Early attendance was a little down Sunday from last year's first District 300 Annual Multicultural Festival at Springhill Mall in West Dundee, even with the addition of Dundee Township Park District participants.

The event opened with a Parade of Nations including flags from many countries, Brazil, Boliva and Kazakhstan to name a few.  That was followed by dancers of various national persuasions, Mexican, Native American, Irish, Columbian, Agentinian and Eduadorian among them.  Also featured were African dances and scenes from the play "The Diary of Anne Frank" performed by Elgin Community College's Theater Department.

"This is one of many examples of our interest in cultural diversity," commented D300 Board of Ed Member Steve Fiorentino.

"It's also a lot of fun watching the productions the kids put on," added Board confrere Dave Alessio

Algonquin St. Margaret Mary Begins Centennial Celebration

A procession of memorabilia including a brick from the very first St. Margaret Mary Church in Algonquin began the celebration  of 100 years of ministering to the Catholic community in Algonquin and Lake in the Hills, Sunday.  Parishioners sang the hymn "City of God" to mark the occasion.

Although Catholic mass had been celebrated  in the Algonquin area since 1845, St. Margaret Mary Church wasn't formally founded until 1914.  Now it's one of  the largest parishes in McHenry County with over 3300 families.  “This is a very exciting year for us at St. Margaret Mary Parish” said Father Peter Sarnicki, current Pastor at the church and a Franciscan Friar from Poland. “Over our one hundred years, many babies have been baptized, couples have been married, students have been educated, and families have been nourished with God’s Word. I am humbled to be a part of this great celebration.”

I-90/Tyrrell Closures Near Huntley Planned Tonight, Maybe Tuesday

Beam installation's scheduled this week for reconstruction of the Tyrrell Road overpass to Jane Addams tollway.  That means there'll be some closures on Tyrell Road and  I-90 tonight.

Weather permitting, beginning at 7 pm this evening, one eastbound lane on I-90 will close, followed by closure of a westbound lane at 8. Brief intermittent full closures in both directions are scheduled between 11:30 pm tonight and and 5 am Tuesday.  All eastbound lanes are scheduled to reopen by 5 Tuesday and and all westbound lanes will reopen by 6.

Tyrrell Road over I-90 will be closed to traffic during each of the intermittent full closures to place the new beams. Tyrrell will reopen once each beam placement is completed. The bridge is open during reconstruction but reduced to one lane over I-90 with traffic in both directions controlled by traffic signals.during reconstruction.

There might be more closures on I-90 and Tyrrell Tuesday if  beam installation still isn't finished.  In that case, all lanes will reopen by 6 am Wednesday.

Predicted Dry Spell Likely To Speed Local Harvest

National Weather Service forecasters predict a dry spell into the weekend, good news for farmers after the last two week's twice-average rainfall which delayed  harvesting locally and throughout the Midwest.   Among the 18 states that produce most of the country's corn only 24 percent has been brought in.

As of Sunday, just 35 percent of the Illinois crop has been cut, short of the pace of the previous five years when more than half of the harvest has been done by this time.  It could be worse, though.  In Iowa only 10 percent of the crop's been harvested.
The USDA says just 29 percent of Illinois' soybean crop is in. That's also down from the five-year average of 52 percent.

The USDA says, even despite the delay, it expects record corn and soybean harvests nationwide will be slightly bigger than previously estimated.  That would be good news for consumers, at least eventually.  Prices for meat, fish and eggs, two heavily influenced by the cost of feed, were up nearly 9 percent according to the government’s inflation report for August.

In the pic:  Bringing in the beans on Kreutzer Road near Huntley about a week ago.

Obituaries

Vittorio Pelagio, 89, of Lake in the Hills died Tuesday.  Visitation will be at St. Mary Catholic Church, Huntley today from 9 to 10 am when a Mass of Christian Burial will follow.

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
October 19
1050 HRS MILLER RD. & SPRINGLAKE DR. DRIVING WHILE LICENSE REVOKED.  MCLAUGHLIN, CECILIA M.,  F/W 48 YEARS OF AGE, 402 S. ANN ST.,  MARENGO.  CHARGES: Driving While License Revoked and Suspended Vehicle Registration.  RELEASED ON BOND.
2210 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & ANNANDALE DR.  DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED. ALVAREZ, ERIC,  M/W 24 YEARS OF AGE, 131 S. ANNANDALE DR.,  LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGES: Driving While License Suspended and No Front Registration.  RELEASED ON BOND.
1058 HRS 700 BLOCK OF PARC CT.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1400 HRS ACORN LN. & RANDALL RD.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1520 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & CRYSTAL LAKE RD.  INJURY ACCIDENT.  Vehicle vs. Bicycle. Male, 13 years of age, with minor injuries.  Transported to Sherman Hospital.
Algonquin
October 18
Ebert, Charmaine R., DOB: 10/17/1969, of 275 Partridge Ct., Algonquin, was charged with DUI, DUI BAC Over .08, Leaving the Scene of an Accident. No Insurance, Improper Lane Usage and Improper Turn at Intersection. She was released after posting Bond with a court date of 11/26/14 in McHenry County.
October 19
00:02am Parks, Joseph E., DOB: 03/21/1968, of 2311 Periwinkle was charged with Battery. He was taken into custody at his residence. He was released after posting bond with a court date of 11/18/2014 in McHenry County.
14:13pm A 13 year-old female from Algonquin was charged with Domestic Battery. She was taken into custody at her residence. She was Petitioned to Kane county Juvenile and released to her mother.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Saturday Exercise Doubles Huntley Last-Chance Responder Group

A terrible (fortunately imaginary) tornado struck Huntley Saturday wreaking widespread destruction.  The scope of the disaster overwhelmed police and fire professionals and Village officials had to call out Community Emergency Response Team volunteers to help deal with the carnage.  At least that was the scenario at Saturday's graduation exercise for 15 new CERT members who'll roughly double the size of the village's last-chance responders' group.

Trainees triaged and treated almost a dozen "victims" sporting an assortment of nauseatingly realistic injuries ranging from cuts to broken bones, not mention one luckless individual impaled by a tree branch in his neck and chest.  Trauma wasn't the only problem, though. One pretend casualty wasn't directly injured in the "tornado" but suffered a heart attack from the stress of living through it.

"It's great that we have young volunteers. They bring a real sense of commitment and dedication," said veteran Sun City CERT member Linda Wiza.

"We haven't had to call out CERT yet but it's good to have it in the 'toolbox'," said Huntley Deputy Chief Mike Klunk monitoring the training Saturday.   Taking the long view, he said, "It's inevitable that something's going to happen."

Huntley Saturday E-Waste Event No-Cost Due To Friendly Persuasion

Despite chill and gloomy skies, a steady stream of cars rolled through the Village of Huntley's final second e-waste collection of the year at Huntley Outlet Center Saturday.  The event was free but there was a lot of scrambling behind the scenes to make it that way. 

"There were cars here at 8 [am] even though it didn't start 'till 10," said event impresario Barb Read.  "We had one dumpster full by 5 after 10," she said.

Since the Legislature banned electronic waste from Illinois landfills two years ago, residents everywhere have been nonplussed about how to get rid of all the hi-tech drek that accumulates a digital doodads down or become obsolete.  Occasional or periodic collections sponsored by various local governments like the Village of Huntley's have become one way to deal with the problem but they, in turn, depend on a State program that, as FEN has recounted, is breaking down.

Read said that this Spring the e-recycler Huntley's been working with only charged $250 to haul away about 10 tons of e-waste.  "This time they wanted $2,500," said Read.  "They said they'd give us a $1,000 'good customer' discount, though," she added.

Casting about for a cheaper alternative, Village officials approached MDC Environmental Services, the company that has the Village's waste collection contract.  MDC decided it was in their enlightened self-interest to do Saturday's e-waste event at no charge, at least this time.

Read said she didn't know what will happen to e-waste collection next year.  "[The legislators] are working on it," she said.

Runners Gallop To Support LITH Therapy Mini Horses

About 150 runners braved early morning cold Saturday to help raise funds for a now-Lake in the Hills based therapy animal charity.   "We hope to raise $7,000 this morning," said 5K Trot-a-Thon race director Jennifer Chernak.

Mane in Heaven's four miniature horses visit disabled kids and adults in northern Illinois to help them learn to relate to the rest of the world.  They live at the LITH's equestrian center on the Village's Larson Farm property on Pyott Road.  The facility, by the way, has yet another new name.  Trainer Tricia Sales at the former Rosegate Equestrian Center took over the operation late last month.  Now it's named Silver Lining Equestrian. 

Ebola Scams Spreading Faster Than Disease In U.S.

Only three cases of Ebola virus have been confirmed in the U.S. but the Federal Trade Commission cautions that fear is spreading a lot faster.  “Scam artists are making unsubstantiated claims that products containing everything from silver to herbal oils and snake venom can cure or prevent Ebola,” reads a recent release warning against both wonder cures and companies claiming to have them.

The Chicago Better Business Bureau offered tips this weekend to prevent being snockered by Ebola opportunists:

1. Remember there are currently no FDA-approved vaccines or drugs to prevent or treat Ebola. There are experimental Ebola vaccines and treatments under development but they are in the early stages of product development and are not available to the public.
2. Be on guard if you receive press releases or emails from an unknown sender touting a company’s stock. Remember that even if a stock is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), that doesn’t mean it has been investigated by the agency.
3. Don’t fall for name-dropping relationships with familiar sounding charities, companies, government agencies, or medical facilities. They may be fake.
4. If making a donation, ask if the money actually goes to the charity. Don’t be pressured into making a donation. Ask for written materials. Don’t make a contribution using cash or a pre-paid debit card.

Obituaries

Leonard C. Balleto, 84, of Lake in the Hills died Tuesday.  Visitation will be Saturday from Noon to 3 pm at Willow Funeral Home & Cremation Care,Algonquin, with a funeral service at 2 pm.  Inurnment will be at St. Michael Cemetery in Palatine.

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.

LANCE BALL, DOB:  09/08/1964, 445 W. INGLEWOOD, CHICAGO.  IDENTITY THEFT (TWO COUNTS), FORGERY. --Algonquin PD

DEREK A. BROWN, DOB:  12/24/1988, 526 AUSTIN AVENUE, WOODSTOCK.  AGGRAVATED BATTERY, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. --Woodstock PD
   
SHAWN P. LEWIS, DOB:  06/16/1975, 426 W. GRANT HIGHWAY, MARENGO.  AGGRAVATED DOMESTIC BATTERY, DOMESTIC BATTERY, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS. --Marengo PD
   
CHRISTOPHER R. NAUMAN, DOB:  04/07/1986, 446 MCCLURE AVENUE, ELGIN.  RETAIL THEFT, RESISTING A PEACE OFFICER, OBSTRUCTING IDENTIFICATION, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. --Marengo PD
   
RUSSELL A.  KAHL JR., DOB:  06/07/1978, 1819 HIGHCREST ROAD, MARENGO.  THEFT. --Marengo PD
   
JILL A. PETERSON, DOB:  03/15/1966, 6110 KILKENNEY DRIVE, CRYSTAL LAKE.  AGGRAVATED BATTERY. --McHenry County Sheriff's Office
   
DAVID J. NEDVAR, DOB:  04/26/1987, 140 CUNAT  APT 1C, RICHMOND.  AGGRAVATED DOMESTIC BATTERY, AGGRAVATED BATTERY TO A CHILD. --Richmond PD
   
KRISTOPHRE M. KAECKER, DOB:  05/15/1984, 2073 WILLOW BROOKE DRIVE, WOODSTOCK.  BURGLARY(TWO COUNTS), THEFT (TWO COUNTS). --McHenry PD
   
LAZAROS T. SIAMANTOURAS, DOB:  01/02/1992, 10817 RUDOLPH COURT, SPRING GROVE.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. --Spring Grove PD
   
ERIC J. DAVIS, DOB:  05/27/1990, 1250 RIVER DRIVE, CALUMET CITY, IL.  STEVEN I. ADAMS, DOB:  05/16/1988, 222 S. HAMLIN BOULEVARD, CHICAGO.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DELIVER A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS. --McHenry PD
   
BRADY R. HOWELL, DOB:  06/25/1984, 828 RHODES STREET, WOODSTOCK.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (TWO COUNTS). --McHenry County Sheriff's Office

OSCAR O. SANTANA, DOB:  06/04/1986, 716 DARTMOUTH LANE, ISLAND LAKE.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DELIVER A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (TWO COUNTS). --McHenry County Sheriff's Office
   
MATTHEW E. HEDLIN, DOB:  07/06/1968, 14411 KISHWAUKEE VALLEY ROAD, WOODSTOCK.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. --McHenry PD

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
October 18
0150 HRS 8800 BLOCK OF S. ROUTE 31.  DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL.  PEREZ-MARTINEZ, JORGE, M/W 34 YEARS OF AGE, 4612 N. GREGORY ST., JOHNSBURG.  CHARGES: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, No Valid Driver’s License, Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle, and Improper Lane Usage.  TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
1256 HRS 4500 W. ALGONQUIN RD. (7-ELEVEN).  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA.  LYDON, MAXIMILLIAN M.,  M/W 19 YEARS OF AGE, 4300 BARHARBOR DR., LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Driving While License Suspended.  RELEASED ON BOND.
1611 HRS 5400 BLOCK OF CROSSVIEW LN.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA.  JUVENILE, M/W 16 YEARS OF AGE, LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Cannabis.  TURNED OVER TO PARENT.
1848 HRS 9341 PYOTT RD. (BARBARA KEY PARK). UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA.  MARTINEZ, SAMUEL, M/W 22 YEARS OF AGE, 431 W. SOUTH ST., WOODSTOCK.  CHARGE: Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  RELEASED ON BOND.
2056 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & HILTOP DR.  WANTED ON WARRANT/NO VALID DRIVER’S LICENSE.  BARRIENTOS-HERRERA, FERNANDO, M/W 48 YEARS OF AGE, 1685 MULBERRY LN., ELGIN.  CHARGES: Wanted on Warrant, Hoffman Estates Police Department for Failure to Appear. Bond: $2,000 @ 10%. No Valid Driver’s License, and failure to Yield While Leaving a Private Drive.  RELEASED ON BOND.
1308 HRS 00 BLOCK OF MORNINGSIDE CT.  DOMESTIC.  Husband vs. Wife. Verbal only. No priors.
1553 HRS 100 BLOCK OF S. ANNANDALE DR.  DOMESTIC BATTERY.  Boyfriend vs. Girlfriend. No priors.  UNFOUNDED.
1721 HRS 9027 HALIGUS RD. (BARK PARK).  ASSIST AMBULANCE.  Female, 52 years of age, with a leg injury.  Transported to Woodstock Hospital.
2354 HRS 4500 W.  ALGONQUIN RD. (7-ELEVEN).  SUICIDE ATTEMPT.  Female, 30 years of age, attempted suicide. Transported to Sherman Hospital.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bond $1 Million For Accused Shooter Of Two Deputies

McHenry County Judge Richard Willbrandt Friday set bail at $1 million for the man accused of shooting two sheriff's deputies.  Investigators later said they found the rifle Scott B. Peters allegedly used at the bottom of a canal behind his Holiday Hills home.

Willbrandt appointed the Public Defender's Office to represent Peters after he said he his only income was a veteran's pension. He set a Tuesday return to determine a date for Peters' preliminary hearing on two charges of attempted murder and two of aggravated battery.

Later Friday the Sheriff's office announced investigators had recovered an AR15 rifle, bulletproof vest and helmet from a channel to Griswold Lake behind Peters' home at 1313 W. Northeast Shore Drive where the shootings occurred Thursday.  Sheriff's investigators said they found "other firearms" in the residence even though, they said, Peters doesn't have a Firearms Owner Identification card.

At last report,  Deputy Dwight Maness, 46 was still in intensive care in stable condition at Advocate Condell hospital in Libertyville while Deputy Khalia Satkiewicz: 39, was reported in good condition at Centegra Hospital, McHenry.

In the pic:  McHenry County Sheriff's Deputies Dwight Maness and Khalia Satkiewicz

FEN Checks On Stolen Sheriff's-Connected Rifle

Investigators say Scott Peters used an AR-15 rifle to shoot a pair of McHenry County Sheriff's deputies Thursday.  Coincidentally,  rumors have abounded that an AR-15 was stolen a week ago from a McHenry County Corrections Officer's vehicle.  When FEN inquired about the latter Wednesday, Sheriff Keith Nygren muttered, "Don't waste my time," and trudged off down the courthouse hallway.

The civilian semiautomatic version of what was the Army's and still is the Marines' standard assault rifle is a popular weapon with, by one estimate, as many as 2.5 million in U.S. circulation.  It's also one that's so comparatively easy to convert to fully automatic capability that Congress and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have twice had to tighten laws and regulations to stop it.  That's the reason FEN was interested in the burglary.

After the Sheriff's turndown, rather than go through the ritual of a Freedom of Information Act request, FEN checked with three sources with reasonably reliable knowledge of the Sheriff's Office.  All agreed a jailer was involved but the weapon didn't belong to the SO and hadn't been converted to rock and roll.  They were likewise unanimous that it wouldn't have been stolen at all except it was left in plain sight in an easy-to-cut-into convertible vehicle.

In the pic:  An AR-15 rifle.

Algonquin Basement Fire Produces No Injuries

No one was injured, not even a homeowner's rescued pet birds, in a fire in Algonquin this morning.  Algonquin Lake in the Hills firefighters said they extinguished a basement fire within minutes of arrival at 1321 Lexington Drive at about 1:30 am.

Battalion Chief John Knebl said the cause of the fire is still under investigation and that there was no damage estimate yet.

D300 Lists Smart Kids At Jacobs, Dundee Crown High Schools

The District 300 Board of Education this week recognized its students who tested the best in various national exams last Spring.  Here's the latest crop of local smart kids.

ACT 30+ Scores (top five percent nationally):
Jacobs--Hallie Aylesworth, Keith Bateman, Caroline Bayer, Nicholas Berkhout, Jenna Bilgrien, Andrea Bilgrien, Kyle Chang, Brandon Chang, Vincent Coletti, Kelly Durgan, Kaitlin Feldmann, Karley Finkel, Aiden Frank, Jennifer Frantik, Rachel Gallagher, Ryan George, Jakob Gerritsen, Shannon Jameson, Kassandra Kasper, Zoe Krauss, Megan Lai, Madelyn Lanham, Emily Laquet, Trevor Lawson, Thanhtam Le, Meghan Meehan, Ryan Mullen, Alexandra Paitl, Amanda Pasetes, Michael Ricks, Kevin Searle, Morgan Vachio, Anthony Vana, Alexander VandenBussche, Thomas Wallace, Matthew Wolf and Karen Wu.  
DC--Zain Ali, Kimberly Bartels, Brittany Bennett, Andrew Fischer, Thomas Heinz, Lena Hemmer, Anita Jankowski, Lisa Jaskowiak, William Krueger, Christopher Lenell, Caleb Miller, Graham Pienkowski and Christina Spears.

AP Scholars with scores of 3 or higher on three or more advanced placement exams:
Jacobs--Corey Albrecht, Loren Alfaro, David Atkinson, Anna Augustyn, Nicholas Aylmer, Keith Bateman, Lucas Bieneman, Brandon Chang, Kyle Chang, Kelly Durgan, Erik Esswein, Blake Everett, Kaitlin Feldmann, Ryan Fernandez, Karley Finkel, Emily Fohr, Genevieve Goelz, Darwin Gutierrez, Morgan Hager, Timothy Hubner, Matthew Karcz, Samuel Kessler, Brandon Klages, Michael Kline, Daria Kozysa, Zoe Krauss, Jane Lee, Yingwen Ma, Kaitlin Majeski, Antonio Marach, Aidan Maxwell, Nicole Miller, Ryan Mullen, Dorothy Nurzynski, Katarzyna Oszajec, Nicole Oyewunmi, Kinjil Patel, Madeline Ringer, Heather Ruiz, Caroline Schlosser, Luke Seiler, Parth Shah, Brett Simpson, Matthew Thomas, Taylor Timmerman, Matthew Tyiran, Nicholas Voss and Joey Weng.
DC--Margaret Ahern, Brian Andersen, Gema Elamae Atta, Lee Austen, Brittany Bennett, Monica Boado, Sara Bozovic, Ciara Braese-Wilhoit, Alec Bucholc, Blake Burklow, Brianna Chin, Andrew Fischer, Alyssa Gorman, Christian Groenhof, Thomas Heinz, Lena Hemmer, Logan Hiers, Claudio Huerta, Jack Kinsinger, Chris Lenel, Zachary Mitchell, Jake Modlisz, Alex Parochelli, Mickala Randby, Rafael Rejuso, Dale Snow, Christina Spears, Mckenzie Story, Aisha Washington, Gabriela Wasilewski and Amalia Woolf.

AP Scholars with Honor scored at least 3.25 on all AP exams and 3 or higher on four or more:
Jacobs--Callie Anderson, Patrick Bartman, Sarah Basheer, Lauren Bayer, Martin Beczkiewicz, Riley Bernardi, Rachael Buirge, Janelle Cueto, Naomi Faulk, Justin Fors, Kyle Foster-Bailey, Jennifer Frantik, Kayla Giuliano, Shriyans Lenkala, Ashley Lenzini, Mitchell Materna, Hannah Pankau, Thomas Sanchez, Kevin Searle, Yared Taye, Alexander Vandenbussche and Lauren VanVlierbergen
DC--Zain Ali, James Berggren, Chase Bloch, Amanda Corona, Katia Cortes, Thomas Emerson, Lisa Jaskowiak, William Krueger, Mary McNicholasm Jeremy Naber, Paige Netzel, Anthony Rivas, Michael Sarrazine, Zachary Thelen and Skylar Wurster.

AP Scholars with Distinction  score at least 3.5 on all AP exams 3 or higher on five or more:
Jacobs--Thomas Chirayil, Miranda Corbett, Kelsey Cummings, Erin Dianis, Nicholas Glover, Jared Kirker, Dena Kontos, Alyssa Lach, Madelyn Lanham, Emily Laquet, Hari Koutham Manikandan, Sarah Mcdaniel, Thomas Moeller, Ariana Pignatari, Justin Richman, Molly Roberts, Tomasz Sobkowicz, Jeremy Walls and Karen Wu.
DC--Alexander Barker, Andrew Cassiere, Bradley Dirks, Eric Faler, Martin Harasimowicz, Caroline Hutton, Zander Lopez, Tyler Meeks, Brandon Meng, Caleb Miller, Timothy Moss, Lucas Oskorep, Hannah Rice, Thomas Rice, Morganne Schmidt, Khalid Sheikh, Colin Stiefer and Mark Waldron IV.

National AP Scholar with an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams and 4 or higher on eight or more: 
Jacobs--Hari Koutham Manikandan
DC--Caroline Hutton and Brandon Meng.

AP International Diploma with scores of 3 or higher on five or more AP exams in three or more subject areas:
DC--Eric Faler.

D300 had one National Merit Scholarship Competition Semifinalist this year.  She was Madelyn Lanham at Jacobs High School.

Illinois’ Charter Schools Report: Average For Charters, Better Overall

By Brady Cremeens, Ilinois Watchdog
A new study places Illinois’ public charter school efforts in the middle of the pack nationally.  Fifty-seven new public charters opened last year in Illinois, a 9-percent growth rate from the previous year, according to the study, which also said that on average, public charter school students exhibited higher academic competency compared to their traditional public school counterparts.

“There are small proportions of public charter schools and public charter school students in Illinois,” the study says. “Such students are achieving better reading and math student outcomes when compared with their peers in traditional public schools.”

The study, conducted and published by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS), measures the progress of the public charter school movement in the 26 states from which it has collected data. Illinois finds itself directly in the middle, ranking 13 out of 26 and scoring 60 points out of a possible 116.

“Increasing charter school options and attendance growth benefits students and their families for a variety of reasons,” said Lindsey Burke, an education policy fellow at the Heritage Foundation .“It provides an alternative option when the traditional school in a family’s district doesn’t perform well or doesn’t offer advanced opportunities for gifted students. It also creates competition amongst educational options, which makes everyone strive to perform at a higher level.”

You can read Brady's full report at:  http://watchdog.org/177788/illinois-public-charter-schools-some-good-signs-some-room-for-improvement/

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
October 17
0504 HRS 00 BLOCK OF POLARIS DR.  CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.  PATTERSON, ZACHARY R.,  M/W 24 YEARS OF AGE, 10403 CHURCH ST. APT 3S, HUNTLEY.  CHARGES: Criminal Damage to Property and Resisting.  TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
1257 HRS 100 BLOCK OF COURSE DR.  FRAUD.   Fraudulent activities on an account.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1525 HRS 5400 BLOCK OF MCKENZIE DR.  FRAUD.   Fraudulent activity on bank account.  TURNED OVER TO CHICAGO POLICE, MOUNT PROSPECT POLICE, DES PLAINES POLICE, AND PROSPECT HEIGHTS POLICE.
1538 HRS 500 BLOCK OF CRYSTAL LAKE RD.  INFORMATION FOR POLICE.  Information for Police.