Saturday, April 25, 2015

McHenry County Unemployment Down: More Jobs, Fewer Seekers

McHenry County's unemployment rate fell .3 percent in March to 6.1 percent, according to the latest report from the Illinois Department of Employment Services this week. The improvement was due not only to more jobs, though, but also to fewer  jobseekers. March saw the number of employed residents increase by 325 but the number looking for work drop by 439.

The County unemployment rate beat the State unadjusted unemployment rate for March which dropped only .2 percent to 6.3 percent. The adjusted Illinois rate taking seasonal variation into account was unchanged at 6 percent. The U.S. raw unemployment rate also dropped .2 percent to 5.6 percent. Adjusted, the U.S. March unemployment rate was also unchanged at 5.5 percent.

"Illinois continues to see more sluggish job growth than the nation as a whole and we are a continued laggard with our fellow midwestern states," said IDES Director Jeff Mays.  "We absolutely have to turn this around."

                            UNEMPLOYMENT (unadjusted)             
               REVISED  Feb.    2015    PRELIMINARY   Mar.2015               
               LABOR    UNEMPLOYED      LABOR   UNEMPLOYED      Mar.
               FORCE    NUMBER  RATE    FORCE   NUMBER    RATE  2014   
U.S. (X1000)   156,213   9,095   5.8    156,318    8,682   5.6   6.8    
ILLINOIS     6,435,217 418,348   6.5  6,433,916  402,538   6.3   8.1   

MCHENRY COUNTY 166,185  10,578   6.4    166,131   10,139   6.1   7.6
KANE COUNTY    258,899  16,364   6.3    258,092   15,736   6.1   8.5    
LAKE COUNTY    356,571  21,533   6.0    356,139   20,714   5.8   8.1
DUPAGE COUNTY  510,290  27,042   5.3    509,624   25,917   5.1   6.4

ALGONQUIN       16,815     894   5.3     16,758      811   4.8   6.6   
LITH            16,067     922   5.7     16,084      901   5.6   7.3
HUNTLEY         10,769     625   5.8     10,751      586   5.5   7.3
CRYSTAL LAKE    22,492   1,251   5.6     22,486    1,192   5.3   6.5
MCHENRY         14,102     916   6.5     14,128      909   6.4   8.1
WOODSTOCK       13,097   1,021   7.8     13,077      971   7.4   8.6

THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES

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McHenry County Unemployment Down: More Jobs, Fewer Seekers
Shoppers Flock To Historic Ford School Fundraiser
Algonquin Library District Names Interim Chief As Permanent Head
McHenry County Government Consolidation Bill Passes House
Police Blotters
Huntley Board Approves Carnival, "Form-Based" Zoning Aid
Local Consumer-Friendly Drug Collection In Place For Coming Soon
Lake In The Hills Contest Open For Best Photo Of LITH Life
Governor's Office Reveals Some Detail On Current Budget Cuts
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Huntley Park Commissioner Resigns After Winning New Term
Kane Deputy From McHenry County Being Investigated
Area Historic Farmhouse Makes State "Most Endangered" List
House OK's Another Fund Sweep To Keep Social Programs Going
Obituaries
Police Blotters
LITH Moves To Regulate "Massage" Parlors
Algonquin Approves Main St. Slip And Slide For August
McHenry County To Accept Utility Help Requests While Money Lasts
IDOT Announces "Listening Sessions" For State Transpo Needs
Obituaries
Police Blotters
LITH Moves To Regulate "Massage" Parlors
Algonquin Approves Main St. Slip And Slide For August
McHenry County To Accept Utility Help Requests While Money Lasts
IDOT Announces "Listening Sessions" For State Transpo Needs
Obituaries
Police Blotters
D300 Officials Optimistic Over New Contract Talks
Local Craft Brewer Makes Old-Time Ale For Historic Society Exhibit
Huntley Branch Collection To Begin Monday
State Prisons Chief Blames Union Contracts For Problems
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Algonquin, Huntley Residents To Receive Power Aggregation Letters
Downtown Huntley Water Cutoffs Planned Wednesday, Thursday
Huntley Clean And Green Collections Planned Saturday
State School Aid Reform Bill Faces Friday Deadline
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Higgins Road Tollway Bridge At Gilberts Project To Start Monday
Weathermen Caution Against Final Freeze Overconfidence
LITH Ford School Fundraiser Sale Planned For Weekend
"Grand Bargain" Springfield Talks Could Start In Coming Week
Obituaries
Police Blotters

Shoppers Flock To Historic Ford School Fundraiser

A steady stream of shoppers Friday flowed through Lake in the Hills' Ford School chockful to overflowing with antiques for sale in a fundraiser for a new roof that will continue today and Sunday.  "The roof would have been shakes," said restoration expert Bruce L. Becker, Sr., who milled the school's replacement windows in his basement.

"It's probably going to cost $5,000 just in materials, " said LITH Historical Society head Bob Spooner.  Historical accuracy isn't the only reason the 135 year-old school needs another roof, though.  Right now plastic patches are all that's keeping the current asphalt shingles water tight, he said.

Sale hours at the Ford School fundraiser are  9am to 4pm each day at Ford School Park on north of Algonquin Road off of Lake Drive in LITH.

Algonquin Library District Names Interim Chief As Permanent Head

The Algonquin Area Public Library District Board announced Friday that it appointed Stephen P. Bero of Round Lake this week to be its next Library Director.  Bero's been the Library's Interim Director since October after retiring as head at Gurnee's Warren-Newport Library last Summer.

Bero, who'll officially take over in July, will be the permanent replacement for Lynn Elam who retired after three years to become a library consultant.  “The real reason I accepted this appointment was because of the outstanding staff at AAPLD,” said Bero. “From the very beginning of my service as Interim Director, they have shown me genuine respect and warmth.  It is because of them I have decided to come out of retirement and serve as a full-time executive director again.”

In the pic:  Stephen Bero

McHenry County Government Consolidation Bill Passes House

The Illinois House Friday on a 61 to 40 vote approved a bill that would allow the McHenry County Board --and Lake's, too-- to unilaterally eliminate some layers of government.  Sponsor Marengo Democratic State Rep. Jack Franks said the measure could reduce property taxes from "unnecessary layers of bureaucracy."

Now up for Senate consideration, HB229 would expand to McHenry County a power which only DuPage County currently wields.  “County officials and residents in both Lake and McHenry Counties have been frustrated by so many overlapping units of government for a long time,” said co-sponsor Crystal Lake Rep. Barb Wheeler. “We’ve seen how helpful this efficiency initiative has been in DuPage County and I’m very pleased we will now be able to benefit from it in Lake and McHenry Counties as well.”

However, local Rep. Mike Tryon, Crystal Lake, argued against the measure.  “I fully support government consolidation, but since it is the voters who create units of government it should be the voters who eliminate them,” said Tryon. “When I called the McHenry County Board Chairman to ask him about the bill he knew nothing about it."

Absent from arguments so far is a list of entities --those to which it appoints more than half the governing body-- that the  County Board could ax if the bill passes.  A tentative list FEN compiled from the McHenry County website includes only the following:

the Lake in the Hills Sanitary District
the McHenry County Housing Authority
the Greenwood Drainage District
the Crystal Lake Drainage District
the Hebron Drainage District
the Marengo Rescue Squad
any fire protection districts that don't have at least one full-time employee
the McHenry County Human Relations Council

In the pic:  Jack Franks

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
April 24
No arrests or reports taken.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Huntley Board Approves Carnival, "Form-Based" Zoning Aid

The Huntley Village Board Thursday approved a Rotary Club carnival in the Union Special parking lot for the long Memorial Day weekend but not because even trustees who voted for it liked it very much.

"It's the wrong place and the wrong weekend," said Trustee Ronda Goldman who, along with John Piwko, didn't.

Trustee Niko Kanakaris's said "I don't mind it once this time but I don't want it here ever again, which pretty well summed up everybody else's thinking.

Two Borden street residents complained about the idea.  "I'm 93 years old and I don't think I should have to listen to that noise," said one.  "We have a hard enough time getting out on 47 without the extra traffic," said her neighbor.

The trouble, said Mayor Chuck Sass was that the Huntley and Lake in the Hills Rotary clubs had already signed a contract with the carnival company.  "You guys didn't put any thought into this," he chastised LITH Rotary President Bill Dustin.  "It puts us in a hell of a position."

Trustees OK'ed the carnival on a five to two vote but trimmed each evening's close back an hour to 10 pm.

Separately and without discussion, the Board approved free planning assistance from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning to help write "form-based" zoning for the Downtown and Route 47.  Form based zoning is jargonese for "a land development regulation that fosters predictable built results and a high-quality public realm by using physical form (rather than separation of uses) as the organizing principle for the code," according to the Form Based Codes Institute, Chicago.  Five main characteristics and five possible extra options are described here:  http://formbasedcodes.org/definition

Local Consumer-Friendly Drug Collection In Place Or Coming Soon

Heretofore, this weekend would have seen local collections for one of the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Drug Takeback Days.  After four years, though, DEA's finally written more consumer-friendly regulations about collecting unused and outdated drugs so only Huntley PD will be doing a takeback.

It'll be Saturday in conjunction with the Village's other Clean and Green collections at the Village Offices from 9 am to 1 pm.  It's likely to be the last since Huntley PD expects to have a secure collection box installed in the station by June 1 or as soon as the complicated paperwork's done, according to Chief John Perkins.

Algonquin PD's had a drug collection box "available 24/7" at its Harnish Drive headquarters for a couple of months now and Lake in the Hills PD plans to install one within the next two weeks, according to said Assistant Chief Pat Boulden.

All three are likely to get a good workout.  DEA figures in four years of operation its Takeback days collected 2,500 tons of unwanted tablets and capsules nationwide.

Lake In The Hills Contest Open For Best Photo Of LITH Life

The Village of Lake in the Hills is taking submissions for its annual photo contest to find images that best capture life in Lake in the Hills.  The deadline's May 29.  Select photographs will be featured on the Lake in the Hills website, calendar and in various Village publications.  Details are located here:  http://www.lith.org/community/page/2015-photo-contest

In the pic:  2014's LITH Photo Contest winner, "Spring Splendor", snapped by shutterbug Brian Keller.

Governor's Office Reveals Some Detail On Current Budget Cuts

Governor Bruce Rauner's office released more details Thursday about budget cuts so the State can afford to operate through June.  Nearly a month after legislators "fixed" this fiscal year's budget, Rauner spokesmen announced cuts for Medicaid, community colleges and human services programs.

Revealed on the chopping block is about $106 million in cuts to the Medicaid health care program for the poor--but mostly via a 16.75 percent reduction to reimbursement payments. Likewise, $1.1 million will be sliced from human service programs including domestic violence shelters and services for homeless youths.  Illinois community colleges are due for a $6.37 million cut and scholarships through the Illinois Student Assistance Commission will also be cut although officials didn't disclose a specific dollar amount.  In fact, Rauner budgeteers still declined to provide a complete list of programs they plan to slash.

"It is totally aligned with what we expected when we worked to close the $1.6 billion gap," said State Sen. Heather Steans a lead budget negotiator for Democrats in the Senate.

Rauner budget chief Tim Nuding earlier this week warned lawmakers that the governor might not be done cutting to close out the current budget.  However the battle to get through the end of this fiscal year is merely a prelude for a bigger one over how to write a budget for FY 15-16.  Rauner's pushing for billions in spending cuts, while Democrats say the State needs more tax revenue.

Obituaries

Henry C. Prokop, Sr., 66, of Algonquin died Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at Good Shepherd Hospital, Barrington.   Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 8 pm. in the Wait Ross Allanson Funeral & Cremation Services Chapel, Algonquin, and Monday morning from 9:45 am until a Funeral Mass at 10:30 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Algonquin.

Prokop was born on Sept. 6, 1948, in Germany the son of John and Angela Prokop. He is survived by his mother; children, Constance Marie Prokop, John Michael (Bonnie) Prokop, Henry Carl Prokop, Jr.; five grandchildren, Elizabeth Paige, Brandon Michael, Andrea Marie, John Reece, and Jeremy Kade, and brother, Fred Prokop.  He was preceded in death by his father; brother, Richard, and sister ,Tessie.


Edward T. Oakey, 72, of Huntley died Thursday at the Brentwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Riverwoods.  His family will greet friends this Thursday from 9 am until a 10 am Memorial Mass at St. Mary Catholic Church, Huntley.

Oakey was born Sept. 16, 1942, in Oak Park, Illinois, the son of William and Helen (Linden) Oakey.  He married Kristine J. Poggi on Nov. 6, 1965. He is survived by his wife; children, Michelle Taormina of Des Plaines, Mark E. (Stacy) Oakey of Western Springs and Megan (Mark) Shepard of St. Louis; grandchildren, Lila, Maryn, Abigail, Beckham and Angelena, and siblings, Helen (Bob) Hudson of Los Angeles, James (Pamela) Oakey of Marriotsville, MD, John (Judy) Oakey of Bloomington, George (Roseanne) Oakey of Bensenville and Patricia Mullen of Denver.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, William, and sister, Margaret Albert.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to JourneyCare Foundation, Barrington or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Peter J. Schintgen, 80, of Huntley, died peacefully Thursday.  Visitation will be Monday, from 9 a.m. until a 10 o'clock Mass at St. Mary Catholic Church, Huntley.

Schintgen was born Oct.19, 1934, in Chicago, the son of Julius and Anna Schintgen.  He married Regina "Gina" Iacullo.  He is survived by his wife; sons, Paul (Jeane ) Schintgen, Chris Schintgen and Jeff (Colleen) Schintgen; seven grandchildren; his sister, Julie Parker, and brother, Paul (Janet) Schintgen.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Art.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to American Lung 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
April 23
1012 HRS MILLER RD & STANTON CIRCLE.  NO VALID DRIVERS LICENSE.  LLANAS, CARMEN F., F/W 45 YEARS OF AGE, 425 KIETH AVE., CRYSTAL LAKE.  CHARGES: No Valid Driver’s License and Suspended Registration.  RELEASED ON BOND.
1316 HRS 241 N. RANDALL RD. (WHITE CASTLE).  WANTED ON WARRANT.  RUHL, RANDY W., M/W 42 YEARS OF AGE, 1012 BURR ST., LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGE: Wanted on Warrant, Kane County Sheriff’s Office: Failure to Appear for Traffic Offense. Bond: $10,000 @10% plus a $75 fee.  RELEASED ON BOND.
0743 HRS 800 BLOCK OF NAVAJO DR.  ASSIST AMBULANCE.  Male, one year of age, having a seizure.  Transported to Sherman hospital.
0925 HRS 2300 BLOCK OF WEXFORD DR.  SUICIDAL SUBJECT.  Male, 43 years of age, made suicidal statements.  Transported to Woodstock Hospital.
Algonquin
April 21
03:09am Howard, Matthew T., DOB: 05/28/1996, of 3 Medinah, Lake in the Hills, was charged with Burglary to Motor Vehicle, Possession of a controlled Substance, Theft from Motor Vehicle, and Possession of Stolen Property. He was taken into custody at Crystal Lake Rd. and Woody Way in Lake in the Hills.  He was transported to the McHenry County Jail to await bond court.
14:41pm Graham, Emilie Lyn, DOB: 09/13/1985, of 1200 Geringer Rd. was arrested on a warrant from the McHenry County Sheriff for Violation of an Order Of Protection.  She was unable to post bond and was transported to the McHenry County Jail to await bond court.
April 22
03:26am Torres, Rafael L., DOB: 12/17/1971, of 952 Chippewa, Carpentersville, was charged with DUI and Improper Lane Use.  He was taken into custody at 490 S. Randall Rd.  He was transported to the McHenry County Jail to await bond court.
11:48pm Marcial, David R., DOB: 06/22/1981, of 2024 Silverstone Dr., Carpentersville, was charged with DWLR and Head Lamp Use.  He was taken into custody at Algonquin Rd. and Randall Rd.  He was released after posting bond with a court date of 05/27/2015 in McHenry County.
April 23
21:28pm Palella, James L., DOB: 10/30/1978, of 2909 Talaga Dr was arrested on a warrant from McHenry County for Resisting. He was taken into custody at the same location and transported to the McHenry County Jail to await bond court.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Huntley Park Commissioner Resigns After Winning New Term

The Huntley Park District Board of Trustees Wednesday accepted the resignation of Vice President Paul LaFleur.  LaFleur tendered it two weeks ago "due to moving out of town," Executive Director Thom Palmer said, the day after he'd won another six-year commissioner's term.

In fact, LaFleur moved about 250 miles out of town to Ames, Iowa.  Formerly a Kane County Division of Transportation Engineer, according to his online Linkedin resume, LaFleur signed on as a Safety/Transportation Engineer with the Federal Highway Administration earlier this month.  Commissioners said they were aware LaFleur planned to leave before the election but said by then it was too late to remove his name from the ballot.

Park District Attorney John Cowlin said that, according to State statutes, the Park Board has to select someone to serve the next two years of LaFleur's new term, then hold another election in 2017 for someone to serve the remaining four years.  Cowlin said it was up to commissioners on how to pick a replacement.  There was no discussion about it in open session Wednesday.

Kane Deputy From McHenry County Being Investigated

Police officials confirm a Kane County Sheriff's Deputy who lives in McHenry County has been relieved of duty and is under investigation.  Kane Sheriff's Administrative Director Lt. Pat Gengler said Wednesday that Kimberly Zinke, 37, of Woodstock has been placed on administrative leave.  District 2 Illinois State Police MSgt. Bill Backus said an investigation concerning Zinke is underway but no charges have been filed.

There's no official word on what's involved.  Gengler said no further information was available because of an internal investigation.  Backus said he couldn't provide any details because ISP's investigation is "ongoing."  According to two, at best, third-hand sources with no direct connections, the matter involves the allegation of misappropriation of drugs from the Kane Sheriff's Office.  Gengler declined to discuss Zinke's duties at the Sheriff's Office in relation to drugs.

A Kane Deputy for seven years, Zinke is the wife of former McHenry County Undersheriff Andy Zinke.  In 2008 she was charged with failure to reduce speed after she rear-ended a vehicle with a squad car in Carpentersville but the case was terminated a year later, according to records.

Area Historic Farmhouse Makes State "Most Engandered" List

For the second year in a row a McHenry County site made the list of non-profit Landmarks Illinois' top 10 list of Most Endangered Historic Places.  Number 6 on the 2015 roster announced Wednesday was the 160 year-old William H. Coventry house and barn on the former Motorola site in Harvard.

Motorola used the 1855 house and outbuildings to house visiting executives before the cellphone factory closed in 2002 but since then, according to the historic group, they've "deteriorated significantly."  Two ownership changes haven't helped, it concluded.  "Local preservationists have solicited volunteers from the Harvard community in the past to make minor repairs, but without full access to this privately-owned property, any further stabilization is difficult."

Last year, more than century-old Camp Algonquin northeast of the village on Cary Road made Landmarks Illinois' top 10 list.  The McHenry County Conservation District which owns it concluded this year that it doesn't have enough money to do anything with the buildings right now.

Two other area structures have been cited in the 20 years the preservation group's been compiling its top 10 lists.  In 2003 the Hibbard “Cupola” House in Marengo was marked as "threatened".  The group says it still  is.  In 1999 the 16-sided Teeple Barn on Randall Road in Elgin was, likewise tagged.  The barn blew down in 2007.

In the pic:  The 160 year-old Coventry house in Harvard.

House OK's Another Fund Sweep To Keep Social Programs Going

The Illinois Senate with just one dissenter OK'ed a bill Wednesday  to give Gov. Bruce Rauner more money to reverse $26 million worth cuts he made to human service and public health programs this month.  Support in the House is shaping up as less overwhelming, however.

The bill calls for Rauner to "sweep" more money out of earmarked funds to help plug the $1.6 billion hole in the current State budget.  "By using surplus funds normally reserved for special interests, we can now restore funding for autism, epilepsy and substance abuse prevention," said state Sen. Dan Kotowski, D-Park Ridge.

However, House leaders claim they're not sure how Rauner's using money the Legislature authorized in a prior sweep.  "We didn't get good enough answers to our questions yesterday at our budget oversight hearing," said House majority leader Barbara Flynn Currie, D-Chicago. "I think we would want to get more chapter and verse before we jumped on the bandwagon in finding more resources."

Others said they didn't think another fund sweep's required at all.  "There's money currently to pay those grants," said Assistant House Majority Leader John Bradley, D-Marion. "There's great concern that there's money already there and he needs to go ahead and get these programs paid with what we've already done."

Obituaries

Ronald F. Ewald, 83, of Huntley died Monday.  Visitation will be Saturday from 1 to 4  pm at Meadows Funeral Home, Rolling Meadows, with a funeral service immediately following.

Ewald was born Feb. 23, 1932, son of Frank and Sylvia (Schmidt) Ewald.  He married Doris Coleman April 26, 1952.  He is survived by his wife;  children, Marlene (Eric) Wilson, Ronald (Sussie) Ewald, Donald (Kim) Ewald, and Darlene (Roy) Rhyan, and 14 grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

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
April 211242 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & APACHE TRAIL.  DRIVING WHILE LICENSE REVOKED.  DECKMANN, NICHOLAS W., MW 25 YEARS OLD, 114 HEINE CT., STREAMWOOD.  CHARGE: Driving While License Revoked.  RELEASED ON BOND.
0135 HRS 200 BLOCK OF OAKLEAF RD.  ASSIST OTHER POLICE AGENCY.  Assist to Algonquin Police Department, in reference to a Burglary to Motor Vehicle.
0822 HRS MILLER RD. & RANDALL RD.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1217 HRS 5500 BLOCK OF ALEXANDRIA DR.  MISSING JUVENILE.  Female, 17 years of age, missing. Subject located.
1404 HRS 1115 CRYSTAL LAKE RD. (LITH PD).  FOUND ARTICLE.  A money dispensing machine was found. Entered into Evidence.
1429 HRS 400 BLOCK OF MEADOW LN.  CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO VEHICLE. Four tires were found deflated on a vehicle.
1646 HRS 300 BLOCK OF RAMBLE RD.  HARASSMENT.  Intimidation of a minor.  TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
1857 HRS 4300 BOCK OF SPRING LAKE DR.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1917 HRS 100 BLOCK OF HUNTERS PATH RD.  BURGLARY FROM MOTOR VEHICLE.  Items taken from unsecured vehicle.  TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
2057 HRS 5500 BLOCK OF WINDGATE WAY.  THEFT.  Of rings valued at $2000 and $500 taken from the home.  TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS. 
April 22
1040 HRS OAK ST. & PYOTT RD.  INFORMATION FOR POLICE.  Contact with a registered sex offender.
1818 HRS 4800 BLOCK OF HIGHWOOD LN.  DOMESTIC/  Husband vs. Wife.  Verbal only.  One prior.
2323 HRS 900 BLOCK OF PROVENCE PL.  MISSING JUVENILE.  Male, 16 years of age, reported missing.  Entered into LEADS.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

LITH Moves To Regulate "Massage" Parlors

The Lake in the Hills Village Board passed gave its initial approval Tuesday to a new ordinance that would allow LITH PD to investigate applications for a massage establishment license and turn them down if they don't look good.  The measure's due for formal approval Thursday.

LITH Chief Dave Brey told trustees that recent prostitution arrests at massage parlors in other Chicago suburbs revealed a potential hole in Lake in the Hills' regulations.  Brey said there are currently "four or five" locations in LITH that offer massage service of some description but there've been no complaints against any of them.  "This is pre-emptive," he told FEN.

In contrast, separately, the Board gave a first OK to fixing what almost became a problem in its tobacco sales license rules.  Assistant Village Administrator Jennifer Clough said a retailer thinking of selling his business recently inquired about whether his license was transferable.  Clough said that led to the discovery that nine years ago somebody dropped the word "not" when  the ordinance was enacted.  An amendment, also due for a final OK Thursday, will put it back.

Algonquin Approves Main St. Slip And Slide For August

Algonquin trustees gave a formal OK Tuesday for the Village to become the site of the unofficial world's longest Slip And Slide in August.  According to the Utah-based Slide The City company, Algonquin's will be the 60th event scheduled so far, joining others in cities like St. Louis, Phoenix, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Chattanooga, Sheboygan, Washington, DC, and Kamloops, British Columbia.

The two-day super sluice is planned to run down Main Street from Cary Road to Harrison Street Aug. 15 and 16.

Only two people addressed the Village Board about the event at Tuesday's meeting.  Both were business owners who said they liked the idea of the slide but were worried about customers being able to reach them while the events going on.  The Board promised they would.

Slide the City lists more than 100 more events pending around the country.  Some of the profits from them will support the Ronald McDonald House charity.

In the pic:  A Slide the City event last year in Utah.

McHenry County To Accept Utility Help Requests While Money Lasts

The McHenry County Housing Authority Tuesday announced it will continue to take Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program  (LIHEAP) applications until the end of next month or until the money for the program runs out, whichever comes first.

The program to help low-income families pay utility bills is funded with a mix of federal and State funds and some counties in Illinois have already used up this year's allocations.  McHenry County hasn't yet.  "I’m worried that the program will end before we are able to help all of the eligible families,” said Julie Biel Claussen, Executive Director.

One program administrator speaking off the record said the timing's bad because a State ban on unpaid utility bill shutoffs ended April 1.

The number to call to apply for LIHEAP help is (815) 338-7752.

IDOT Announces "Listening Sessions" For State Transpo Needs

Illinois, short $6 billion for its next budget, needs an extra $2 billion to keep the state's transportation systems  in good shape, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.  That's why IDOT and  the Illinois Capital Development Board Tuesday announced a series of "listening sessions" around the state starting next week.

In phone interviews with newspapers Tuesday, IDOT Acting Secretary Randy Blankenhorn said Illinois has to come up with a reliable long term source for transportation funding.   "At some point in the near future, something has to happen," he told the Springfield State Journal Register.  "There's a structural issue with the way we have in the past funded infrastructure."

According to IDOT calculations, 83 percent of Illinois roads and 93 percent of its bridges are currently rated as acceptable.  In six years, however, based on the current amount of money available, only 62 percent of roads and 86 percent of bridges will be in acceptable condition, according to IDOT.

At least 32 public meetings are planned to figure out what to do about it.  "We are trying to get a handle on the major problems statewide that need to be addressed,'' Blankenhorn told the Chicago Tribune.  The meets start downstate Monday but will head north the following week.  The closest will probably be one in St. Charles at 8:30 am May 8.

Obituaries

Pearl M. Krueger, 101, formerly of Algonquin, died in Elgin Tuesday.  Visitation will be Saturday from 10 am until a Noon funeral service at the Wait Ross Allanson Funeral & Cremation Chapel, Algonquin.  Burial will follow at Algonquin Cemetery.

Krueger was born in Preecetown, Saskatchewan, on May 28, 1913, the daughter of  Louis and Amanda Freeman Luerssen.  She married Milton (Dixie) Krueger in 1937.  Survivors include her children, Spencer (Mary Lefevre) Krueger of Redmond, OR, and Karen Kein of Algonquin; grandsons, Steven (Lisa) Kein of Crystal Lake and Douglas (Laurie) Kein of Frankfort; granddaughters, Emma and Morgan Kein, and step-grandchildren, Heather and Hannah Jacobson and Haley (T.J.) Fick, and her sister, Frances Tipps.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, James Luerssen and Warren Luerssen, and sisters, Evelyn Harnish and Ruth Egerton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Vines of Countryside in Elgin or a charity of choice .

Mary K. Maltese
, 91, of Lake in the Hills died Tuesday. Visitation will be Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. at Steuerle Funeral Home,Villa Park, where funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 am.. Entombment will be at Christ the King Mausoleum Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside.

Maltese is survived by her children, Doreen (Harry) Cloud, Anthony J., Jr, (Kathy) and Annette (David) Kowski; grandchildren,  Michael Volkmann, Michael Ring, Joseph Weidel, Robert Cloud, Matthew Maltese and David Weidel, and siblings, Antoinette (late James) Mastrino and Samuel Cirrincione.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony J. Maltese and sister Josephine Maltese

In lieu of flowers, memorials 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
delayed

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

D300 Officials Optimistic Over New Contract Talks

District 300 and union officials Tuesday said negotiations for a new teachers' contract are on track to reach a new agreement by the time the current pact expires.  "I believe we can have an agreement by June 30," D300 Superintendent Fred Heid told FEN.  "I think really, truly ... we can pull it off," agreed LEAD 300 union president Mike Williamson in a joint interview.

District and union negotiators have been meeting since February and talking about contract terms since last month the two said.  They described a more collegial process than one three years ago which ran five months past expiration of the prior contract culminating in a one-day teachers' strike just before Christmas.

"Last time there'd be a proposal and then we'd have to wait a week for a response," said Williamson.  "Now there'll be one and, while we wait, we'll keep on talking about it."

Heid and Williamson agreed that possible changes to State funding for education and teacher pensions looms large over negotiations but aren't the driving force yet.  "There is a mutual acknowledgement [of uncertainty]," said Heid who expected legislators to arrive at some sort of resolution eventually.  "We'd like to reach an agreement before it emerges," he said.

Heid said a primary concern this time was avoiding a "reduction in force" blanket layoff.  "I don't want any of our teachers worrying about whether they can support their families and going off to another state," he said.

Williamson said contract talks aren't just limited to teacher salaries, though.  One area under discussion he said was improving the District's reading program.  "We've always said the students' learning environment is a teacher's working conditions," observed Williamson.

Neither Heid nor Williamson revealed any specifics about negotiations but District CFO Susan Harkin offered a short summation at the Board of Education's Finance Committee meeting later Tuesday.  "I expect we will not have a deficit for the coming fiscal year," she said.

In the pic:  Tuesday's D300 Finance Committee meeting was the last under 11-year head Christ Stanton who didn't run for another term on the Board of Education.  He said he remain with the Committee for a while as a community member, however. 

Local Craft Brewer Makes Old-Time Ale For Historic Society Exhibit

Algonquin's Scorched Earth Brewing is one of the craft beer makers who'll provide a taste of the past in "Bottles, Barrels & Brews: McHenry County on Tap," The McHenry County Historical Society's breweries and taverns exhibit opening next wek at its museum in Union.

"We got together with Chain O'Lakes Brewing [McHenry] to make a pre-Prohibition style ale," said Scorched Earth owner Mike Dallas.  "It's light and caramelly, like they were then," he said.  Dallas said the small batch run yielded only half a barrel.  "Whatever we don't sell we'll bring back to serve at the tap," he said.

The Historical Society's beer exhibit grand opening highlighting historic area breweries as well as current local crafters will run from 6 to 9 pm Friday, May 1.  Admission will be free but a beer tasting package including a souvenir glass and five tasting tickets will cost $10.   All proceeds will benefit the McHenry County Historical Society.

In the pic:  Scorched Earth Brewing in Algonquin used modern equipment to brew old time ale to support the McHenry County Historic Society's new exhibit in Union.

Huntley Branch Collection To Begin May 4

The Village of Huntley's Public Works Department's Spring Curbside Tree Branch Pickup begins May 4, the first half of it, anyway.   The dates for pickup are divided into two regions.  The first week will include all roads north of Kreutzer Road. The week starting May 11 will cover all roads in Sun City.  Residents are supposed to place branches on the parkway by Monday morning of the appropriate collection week.

Village officials said branch collection crews will make one pass in each neighborhood but if residents miss the curbside pickup there'll be a one-time only drop off  May 16th at the Public Works facility on Donald Drive from am to to Noon.

State Prisons Chief Blames Union Contracts For Problems

The new director of Illinois prisons blamed union contract rules for many problems within the Illinois Department of Corrections in a memo to Gov. Bruce Rauner published Monday by Lee Enterprises newspapers. The contracts are due for renewal July 1.

Prisons chief Donald Stolworthy wrote that the contracts contribute to "many of the ills within the system," involving personnel costs and qualifications for management. He said corrections overtime costs in  have skyrocketed thanks to a master contract allowing it to be assigned by seniority. "More expensive workers get more work," he wrote.

AFSCME union spokesman Anders Lindall said overtime problems misses the point that there are too few workers at Corrections.

Stollworthy, Corrections chief for only five weeks, pointed to other IDOC problems besides contracts, however.  For example, he wrote that aging prisons require "inordinate numbers of staff just to open and close gates" because it has to be done by hand.  Appearing last week before a House committee he called for hiring an additional 400 guards.

The corrections system currently employs 11,000 people.  That's down from 17,000 employees 10 years ago.

Obituaries

Anne M. Dlugos, 72, of Huntley died Sunday.  Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 8 pm at DeFiore Jorgensen Funeral Home, Huntley. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday at 10 am at St. Mary Catholic Church, Huntley. Burial will be in Guardian Angel Cemetery, Stevens Point, WI.

Dlugos was born Jan. 26, 1943, in Weiden, Germany, the daughter of Jan and Marianna Harasiuk.  In 1965 she married Thomas J. Dlugos.  She is survived by her daughter, Laura (Matt) Dlugos-Schweik; son, Tom (Kelly) Dlugos, and grandchildren, Megan, Molly, T.J., Cooper, Matthew and Bradley.  She was preceded in death by her husband and her sister, Barbara Daczyk.

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
April 20
0824 HRS 200 BLOCK OF INDIAN TRAIL.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1734 HRS 00 BLOCK OF LA COSTA CT.  VIOLATION OF AN ORDER OF PROTECTION.  Possible violation of an Order of Protection.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Algonquin, Huntley Residents To Receive Power Aggregation Letters

Algonquin and Huntley residents, most of them, anyway, are scheduled to receive letters late this week about the villages' electric aggregation programs.  Both are administered by the Northern Illinois Governmental Electric Aggregation Consortium (NIGEAC) which has a new power supplier which, in turn, requires some figurative paperwork.

NIGEAC used to get its power from an outfit called Direct Energy.  A new company called Constellation New Energy won the contract for the next two years, however, which requires a whole new enrollment process.  "It's pretty much the same as last time," said Algonquin Assistant Village Manager Mike Kumbera.

Here's the simplified list of options:

For residents already in Algonquin's or Huntley's aggregation programs -- do nothing and automatically re-enroll.
For residents already in the aggregation programs who'd like to return to ComEd -- opt out of automatic re-enrollment.
For ComEd customers who'd like to join the aggregation programs -- do nothing and be automatically enrolled.
For ComEd customers who'd like to stay with ComEd -- opt out of automatic enrollment.
For customers of other Alternate Residential Energy Suppliers -- you're not even supposed to get a letter.

Which choice to make is still a complicated one, however.  The new Constellation rate, 6.89 cents per kilowatt hour starting in July, looks like a bargain compared to ComEd's current 7.572 cents.  However, that's due to change in June.  Last week Crain's Chicago Business reported it will drop about 5 percent which would be around 7.2 cents per kwh, still higher than the aggregation rate.  However, ComEd's price is adjusted up or down as much as .5 cents per kwh each month which means the price might still end up being lower than Constellation's.  In the past 11 months the adjustment's been down a full half-cent 9 times.  This month it came in as a half-cent increase, though.

The aggregation letters to residents will come direct from Constellation, Kumbera said, "in clearly marked envelopes mentioning the Aggregation Program on the outside and will include the respective community logo."  Kumbera said there's no point in calling Constellation before receiving a letter because the company's call center isn't ready to handle questions yet.

Downtown Huntley Water Cutoffs Planned Wednesday, Thursday

Temporary water service shutdowns are planned Wednesday and Thursday in Huntley's Downtown as construction continues to upgrade water lines and sanitary sewers there.

Wednesday's shutdown will come as crews tie the existing existing water main on Woodstock and 2nd Street to a new one. The expected four-hour interruption work will only affect properties on Woodstock Street between Coral and 2nd, according to Village officials.  When the water comes back on,  residents will need to boil --for five minutes-- water for drinking or cooking  for the next 36 hours, they said.

After the tie in is done on Woodstock Street, crews will install individual service connections to the new water main from just north of Coral Street to 2nd Street. That will involve service interruptions at each address which officials said would last from 30 minutes to 1 hour.  No boiling necessary when the water comes back on, however, they said.

Thursday's shutdown will affect locations on Main Street between Woodstock Street and Church Street.  It, too, will be an expected four-hour one with boiling required after service comes back.

Meanwhile, officials said for the next couple of weeks individual water connections to the new main on Church Street from just north of Coral Street to 2nd Street will be going on.  They, too, are supposed to last 30 minutes to an hour apiece with no boiling when the water comes back on.

Huntley Clean And Green Collections Planned Saturday

Saturday will be Huntley's Fourth annual Clean and Green Day featuring an electronics recycling event, a spring cleaning drop-off, a shredfest, styrofoam collection and, of course, the ever-popular wastewater treatment plant tour.

The big change from last year will be the return of electronics recycle to the Municipal Complex parking lot instead of the Outlet Mall.   Unwanted electronics --and, new this year, all types of "dry" bateries-- will be accepted from 9 am to 1 pm but it's for Huntley residents only.  "ID's will be checked," said Village officials.

The Spring cleaning dropoff will, remain at the Public Works facility at East Main and Donald Drive from 9am to 1pm.   Officials said there'd be helpers on hand to help lug stuff to the dumpsters.  Expect an ID check there, too.

The document shredding will be at the Municipal Center again, likewise from 9 to 1.  Residents will receive a certificate of destruction for materials taken to be shredded.  The foam collection will be there, too, concurrently.

The wastewater tours will be at the West Plant on West Main Street.  Also from 9 to 1, they'll each take about an hour.

Details about each are available here:  http://www.huntley.il.us/documents/2015GreenandCleanHuntleyDayFlier.pdf

State School Aid Reform Bill Faces Friday Deadline

With a Friday deadline to move a controversial school aid reform bill out of the Senate Executive Committee and no hearings scheduled this week the Associated Press reported Sunday that State lawmakers see little chance of passage this session.

 "My sense is we don't see an education bill [come for a vote] this session," said House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, who represents western Chicago suburbs. "How it fits in with this budget ... I don't think it's something anybody's going to be contemplating soon."

Senate Bill 1 would make passing out State Aid to school districts "fairer" by giving more weight to how much property it has but even its sponsor, downstate Democratic Senator Andy Manar, said when he introduced it that it would take an extra $500 million to make the plan work.  That would create a high hurdle as lawmakers struggle craft a a State budget in which revenue is currently expected to be $6 billion less next year than spending. 

 "I think there's no question we're not going to have significant new resources going into public education this year," said House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie who heads a special committee to examine the bill.  "Without additional resources, this whole exercise is one in which you create paupers of [certain] school districts."

Manar, a freshman State Senator, conceded his revamp of a bill that went nowhere last session has drawn less support than he had hoped.   "There are no easy fixes," he said.

"Andy Manar is learning," one veteran area legislator told FEN last week.

In the pic:  SB1 sponsor Andy Manar

Obituaries

William Martin, Jr., 81, of Ashton, formerly of Huntley, died Saturday at the Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 to 8 pm at  at the James A. O'Connor Funeral Home, Huntley.  Visitation will continue there Thursday from 10 am until an 11 o'clock service.  Burial will be in the Huntley Cemetery.

Martin was born Nov. 7, 1933, in Troy, NY, the son of William and Catherine (Fellows) Martin, Sr.  He married Doris Botterman  April 19, 1958, in Schaumburg.   He is survived by his children, Cathy Musil and Beth (Michael) Hahn, and grandchildren, Michelle Venditti, Christopher Musil, Robert Musil, Jessica Musil and Ashley and Cody Hahn.  He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Bill, and an infant sister.

Memorials in his name may be directed to Serenity Hospice and Home of Oregon.

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
April 19
0339 HRS 220 N. RANDALL RD. (MORETTI'S).  BATTERY.  GUMUICO, LUIS M., M/W 21 YEARS OF AGE, 849 NOEL DR., MUNDELEIN.  CHARGES: Battery.  RELEASED ON BOND.
1005 HRS 1000 BLOCK OF CREEKVIEW LANE.  ASSIST OTHER POLICE AGENCY.  Assist Illinois State Police with a revoked FOID card.
1045 HRS 700 BLOCK OF PARC CT.  DOMESTIC.  Ex- Boyfriend vs. Ex- Girlfriend.  Verbal only.  Four priors.
1306 HRS 4500 W. ALGONQUIN RD. (7-ELEVEN).  CHECK FOR WELL BEING.  Female, 32 years of age, intoxicated.  Transported to Woodstock Hospital.
1307 HRS RANDALL RD. & POLARIS DR.  ACCIDENT.  Three vehicles.  Property damage only.
1406 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & PYOTT RD.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1823 HRS 100 BLOCK OF HICKORY LN.  DOMESTIC.  Brother vs. Sister.  Verbal only.  No priors.
2019 HRS 3200 BLOCK OF HARVARD LN.  DOMESTIC.  Son vs. Mother.  Verbal only.  No priors.
Algonquin
April 18
12:32pm Sanchez-Gonzales, Araceli, DOB: 05/24/1980, of 2401 Tomahawk, Carpentersville, was charged with No Valid DL, No Insurance and Speeding.  She was taken into custody at Main St. and Front St.  She was released after posting bond with a court date of 05/27/2015 in McHenry County.
April 19
20:04pm Schreier, Timothy H., DOB: 11/29/1967, of 1225 Old Mill Lane was charged with Domestic Battery.  He was taken into custody and transported to the McHenry County Jail to await bond court.
April 20
Raine, Christopher M., DOB: 04/12/1971, of 2320 Stonegate Rd was charged with Domestic Battery.  He was taken into custody at the same location and transported to the Kane County Jail to await bond court. 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Higgins Road Tollway Bridge At Gilberts Project To Start Monday

Work on the Route 72 Higgins Road Bridge carrying traffic over the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) at Gilberts is scheduled to begin Monday to prepare for removal and reconstruction. The bridge will remain open, according to Tollway engineers, but traffic will be reduced to one lane over I-90 with temporary traffic signals metering passage in each direction during construction.

Up to 16,000 vehicles use the bridge every day, planners said.

Construction will start on the westbound side of the bridge with all traffic traveling on the eastbound side of the bridge. The westbound side of the bridge is scheduled to reopen by late Summer when work will begin on the eastbound side of the bridge.  The new bridge will still be only one lane in both directions but will add center turn lane and full shoulders. The whole project is scheduled to be finished by the end of the year.

In addition, when work begins, McCornack Road south of I-90 will close for the duration of construction. A detour route will be posted directing traffic to use Big Timber Road to reach Higgins Road or vice versa.

Weathermen Caution Against Final Freeze Overconfidence

The area's normal date of the last Spring freeze is due this week, marking the start of the growing season.  However, National Weather Service meteorologists cautioned that merely means the chance for a freeze will drop below 50 percent and warned gardeners that freezing temperatures have occurred into the first half of May before.  (May 25 is the record outlier back in 1992.)  The probabilities of freezing temperatures will drop below the 20 to 25 percent mark the first week of May, according to weathermen.

At least they would if this were an average year.  Whether it is remains to be seen.  After a chance of rain tonight, forecasters said the rest of the week's likely to be cooler than normal.  Usually late April temps range from highs in the low 60's to lows in the low 40's but the weather mavens expect the next few days will see daytime warmth only in the 50's and overnight lows, at best, in the mid-30's.

In the pic:  The normal date for a final freeze in northern Illinois.

LITH Ford School Fundraiser Sale Planned For Weekend

The Lake in the Hills Historical Society will be holding a Fundraiser Sale Friday, Saturday and Sunday to help with the restoration of Ford School, the Village's one-room schoolhouse.  The sale will run from 9am  to 4pm each day at Ford School Park on north of Algonquin Road off of Lake Drive.

The sale will include antiques, collectibles, costume jewelry, furniture, glassware, brand new kitchen wares, tools, linens, nautical navigation items, photography equipment, oil paintings, prints and other promising bric-a-brac.  All proceeds from the sale will go towards restoration of the school with a new roof reportedly high on the list.  To donate items, call Sandy at 847-533-3991 or Arden at 224-558-9359.

In the pic:  Ford School, built in 1886, was relocated back to its original site at Ford School Park three years ago by the Lake in the Hills Historical Society.

"Grand Bargain" Springfield Talks Could Start In Coming Week

The Associated Press reports that bargaining talks between Democratic leaders who control the General Assembly and Republicans fronting for Governor Bruce Rauner will begin soon.  Citing no specific source, AP reported closed door meetings could begin this coming week to reach a master deal allowing a Republican an economic growth agenda in exchange for new taxes to save Democratic social programs.

There's already recrimination over Rauner's $26 million in spending cuts from the current State budget earlier this month but the real battle will come over the new one for the fiscal year starting July 1.  So far there's a $6 billion difference between spending plans and expected revenue.  Rauner's said that gives him "leverage" to push for legislation to overhaul workers' compensation and unemployment, freeze property taxes, replace the State's pension system and create "right to work zones" in which union enrollment would be voluntary.

"The governor has indicated that perhaps he would consider revenue, but there's a pretty tall order that's on the table," House GOP Leader Jim Durkin said. "The governor wants a lot."  Republican Senate Leader Christine Radogno put things in a more conciliatory fashion.  "I would say we're in such desperate straits that nothing can be off the table for anybody," she said.

Area legislators FEN talked to this week predicted not only a long session but one in which the dynamic was likely to change on a weekly basis.  Maybe even oftener, they said.

Obituaries

Margaret M. Mahon, 88, of Sun City, Huntley, died at her home Friday after a lengthy illness.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 9 am until a 10:30 time of sharing  at DeFiore-Jorgensen Funeral & Cremation Service, Huntley.  Entombment will be at 2:30 pm at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Milwaukee.

Mahon was born July 9, 1926, in Milwaukee, the daughter of William I. and Anna Sophia (Sheben) Eldredge. She married Joseph J. Mahon on April 26, 1947, in Milwaukee.  She is survived by her husband;  children, Brigit Pat (Dr. James) Soukup of Elizabeth, CO, William (Kathy) Mahon of Cary, Mary Anne Mahon of Elgin, David Mahon of Niles and Michael (Monique) Mahon of Huntley, and  grandchildren, Tammie, Sondra, Claire, Erin, Ian, Rose, Katie, Peter, Nick, Alex, Emily and Kevin.  She was preceded in death by her son, Joseph, two sisters and seven brothers.

Edward P. Coutre, 85, of Huntley died Thursday.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 1 pm. until a 2:30 funeral service at the Burnett-Dane Funeral Home, Libertyville.  Interment will follow at Ascension Cemetery.

Coutre was born April 3, 1930, in Chicago.  He is survived by his children, Charlene (Dan) Steele, Steve (Kathy) Coutre, Cindy Coutre, Jim (Dina) Coutre, Michele (Scott) Clemetsen and Greg (Michelle) Coutre; 13 grandchildren and his sister, Rita Kelley.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Lake Zurich Fire District.

Ronald W. Wizceb, 73, of Round Lake, formerly of Algonquin, died Thursday at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.  Visitation will be from Tuesday from 3 pm until a service at 6 at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, McHenry.  Interment will be Wednesday at Fairview Memorial Park, Northlake.

Wizceb was born Jan. 11, 1942, in Chicago to Irving and Mary (Urban) Wizceb. After graduating from high school, he married Diane Szatko May 23, 1964, in Chicago.  Survivors include his wife; children, Jeff (Chris) Wizceb of Johnsburg, Scott (Cari) Wizceb of Libertyville and Lisa (Charlie) Baxa of Wonder Lake, and eight grandchildren, Michael (Meagan), Cade, Bradley, Emilia, Danny, Joey, Carter, and Caleigh.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Marilyn.

Memorials may be made to 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
April 18
0920 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF BURR ST.  HIT AND RUN. Vehicle parked on street was struck by unknown vehicle overnight.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1000 HRS 1200 BLOCK OF CRYSTAL LAKE RD.  ACCIDENT.  Car vs. Tree.  Property damage only.
1008HRS 220 N. RANDALL RD. (MORETTIS).  FOUND ARTICLE.  State of Illinois Identification card.  ENTERED INTO EVIDENCE
1247 HRS 500 BLOCK OF DELAWARE DR.  ANIMAL BITE.  Cat bit and scratched 11 year old female.  Animal control notified.
1252 HRS 250 N. RANDALL RD. (COSTCO).  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1609 HRS 00 BLOCK LA COSTA CT.  VIOLATION OF AN ORDER OF PROTECTION.  Possible violation of an Order of Protection.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.