Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Randall/Algonquin Intersection First Vote Planned Sept. 3

A Randall Road "update" scheduled for Wednesday's McHenry County Board Transportation Committee meeting is expected to be no more than a recap of the past seven years' planning efforts.  It won't be until the next meeting Sept. 3 that McHenry County Division of Transportation engineers will present a group of design alternatives for the critical Randall/Algonquin roads intersection with a committee vote planned at the same meeting, according to officials.

Transportation Chairman Anna Miller told FEN, "I've always said 'sooner rather than later' on this and when they told me they could do this, I said, 'why not?'"

McDOT plans to use updated Chicago Metropolitan Agency For Planning population projections to estimate how traffic would flow through different versions of the intersection, likely including the so-far "preferred alternative", a controversial configuration called a Continuous Flow Intersection.  "We want to bring options forward that create a popular consensus," Assistant County Engineer Jeff Young told FEN last week.  He said he he wasn't sure how many configurations McDOT would offer since he said his planners hadn't run the computer projections yet.

At the county level, CMAP's draft population revisions, released in June and due for approval in October, assume McHenry County will grow 67 percent to 513,000 residents in 25 years.  That's only 14,000 fewer people in 2040 than the agency estimated when the housing boom was in full swing and some critics consider it an unlikely outcome.  However, according to LITH Village Administrator Jerry Sagona, "It's kind of hard to criticize county estimates when you don't know about the municipalities,"

In fact, CMAP officials report more granular estimate are available--or at least will be soon.  Planner David Clarke told FEN  population estimates in CMAP "transportation zones" have already been created but never released to the public.  He said revised estimates of population growth for each municipality will be derived from then soon.

CMAP Communications Director Tom Garritano told FEN Monday the municipal numbers will probably be ready in a matter of days and promised to provide a copy to FEN when they're ready.  "I'll email you as soon as the municipal numbers get generated, hopefully this week," he said.

Separately, despite an assurance two weeks ago that all "outreach" meetings with Randall Road stakeholders were finished, FEN's learned a final McDOT meeting is planned with Lake in the Hills and Algonquin officials and at least some local business owners. The meeting may not fall under the provisions of the Illinois Open Meetings Act so it's uncertain yet how far a smile and a shoeshine will carry FEN in reporting about it.

THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES

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Randall/Algonquin Intersection First Vote Planned Sept. 3
Grafton Assessment Publication Likely "Mid-September"
Huntley Del Webb Boulevard Work To Begin Next Week
Local Government Discontinuance Bill Signed Into Law
Police Blotters
McHenry Sheriff Number Five In State On "Consent" Vehicle Searches
Self-Styled Citizen's Group Emerges Against Randall Improvements
New Huntley Restaurant Rumors Getting Realer
Quinn Signs Law Clarifying "Hispanic Or Latino" Reporting Classes
Police Blotters
LITH Streets Resurfacing Project Expected After Labor Day
Huntley Artfest Continues For Day Two
Bean Bags Fly At Algonquin Lions' Fifth Charity Tournament
Firefighters Fill The Boot Campaign To Return Next Month
New Law Outlaws "Herbal Supplement" But Not 'Till January
Naked Bank Robber Due In Rockford Court Monday
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Class Action Suit Seeks $25 Million For McHenry County Court Fees
Huntley Sun City Wildflower Lake Reopened
West Nile Virus Found In McHenry County Mosquitoes
Algonquin Twp. Road District Touch-A-Truck Set Next Weekend
Hackers Break Into Jewel-Osco Computers
State To End Contract With Private Lottery Operator
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Arndt To Take Over As Interim Superintendent At Elgin U-46
Huntley Veterans' Memorial Mooted For Dhamer Square Site
New Algonquin Restaurateur Awaits 31 Bypass Open
Rauner Calls For "Two-Party State" At State Fair Republican Day
Obituaries
Police Blotters
More Kids, Teachers For First Day Of School In D300
Algonquin Township Warns Of Coming Charges For E-Waste Disposal
Algonquin, D300 Reach Accord On Possible TIF District Payments
Quinn Castigates Rauner At Illinois State Fair
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Offline LITH Well Not A Problem In "Cool, Wet Summer"
HHS Sports Kickoff To Help Grafton Food Pantry
Huntley Family Alliance Opening Pushed Back To September
Treasurer's Race Heats Up With Incompetence, Patronage Charges
Obituaries
Police Blotters

Grafton Assessment Publication Likely "Mid-September"

Grafton Township Assessor Al Zielinski announced Monday he'll send this year's assessments for taxes due next year to the County Assessment Office Sept. 1 indicating publication would be "in mid-September."   Otherwise the monthly meeting of the Grafton Township Board was notable only for it's brevity, 25 minutes, a record in the last 5 years (not counting one in a blizzard) which saw some Grafton conclaves running as long as 5 hours. 

Monday's session might have been even shorter except former Supervisor Linda Moore appeared to express "concern" about who was running the Supervisor's and Assessor's Grafton Internet websites since someone told her a link on one wasn't working.  Grafton's had two sites since Moore set up a Supervisor's website after a fight with former Assessor Bill Ottley who maintained what had been the Township's original one.

Current Supervisor Jim Kearns, who defeated Moore for the GOP nomination in the last primary, replied that the websites are being consolidated.  "We have one website now and it is the Township website," said Kearns.  "The website [http://graftontownship.us] is not going to be anything of a political matter," he told her.

Zielinski, who took office as Assessor in January, said there could conceivably be a glitch in his part of the site since he's placed direct links to McHenry County Assessor's forms so the Review Board won't won't reject a taxpayer's appeal for using an obsolete one.  He promised to double check that the links were all working.  "Right now we've been concentrating on the books," he told Moore.

Huntley Del Webb Boulevard Work To Begin Next Week

Concrete work including curb and gutter, and sidewalk repairs will begin next week in Huntley on the 3.8 mile stretch of Del Webb Boulevard between Route 47 and Eakin Creek Ct.  It will mark the start of a resurfacing project there expected to continue through September.

The concrete work will include spot repair on sidewalks and driveways and any necessary structure adjustments, replacement of frames and lids, and replacement of defective drainage structures.  After that, about a mile of the boulevard pavement is scheduled for grinding out and replacement with a new asphalt overlay.

Local Government Discontinuance Bill Signed Into Law

The governor Monday signed a McHenry County State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Marengo) bill to help reduce the number of local taxing bodies in Illinois. It probably won't save much money locally, however.

Franks said the Local Government Discontinuance law could "provide residents with meaningful tax relief by identifying opportunities for consolidation and increased efficiency at the local level."  The new law grants various government bodies the authority to annex, consolidate or dissolve if they decide they want to.  Until now there wasn't a mechanism to actually do that.

"With more units of government than any other state, and billions of tax dollars spent on administration alone, Illinois has to take advantage of this 'smart streamlining' opportunity to make government more efficient and cost-effective,” said Andy Shaw, president and CEO of the Better Government Association, an independent, nonpartisan, government watchdog group.  Aside from the problem of persuading a government body to eliminate itself, however, there's other snag is the new law: it only applies to Cemetery Maintenance, Public Health, TB Sanitarium, Museum, International Port, Solid Waste Disposal, Street Light, Surface Water Protection and Water Service Districts, Water Authorities and Water Commissions and Civic Centers. 

Even so, Shaw called the measure, "a positive and welcome step toward reducing some of Illinois' bureaucratic bloat."

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
August 18
0910 HRS 2300 BLOCK OF PEMBRIDGE DR.  DOMESTIC BATTERY.  YOUNGE, RYAN A.,  M/B 31 YEARS OF AGE, 428 LINN AVE.,  CRYSTAL LAKE.  CHARGES: Two Counts of Domestic Battery. TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
0046 HRS 211 N.  RANDALL RD.  (STEAK N SHAKE). FOLLOW UP ARRESTS: CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.  MOE, MICHAEL D.,  M/W 23 YEARS OF AGE, 1061 MCPHEE DR.,  LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGE: Criminal Damage to Property.  RELEASED ON BOND.
1122 HRS 10 BLOCK OF SUGAR CREEK CT.  MISSING PERSON.  Male, 41 years of age, missing.  Subject entered into LEADS.
1257 HRS 10 BLOCK OF CLARK AVE.  DOMESTIC.  Husband vs. Wife. Verbal only. Four priors.
1356 HRS 00 BLOCK OF PHEASANT TRAIL.  ASSIST AMBULANCE.  Male, three years of age, having a seizure. Transported to Sherman Hospital.
1408 HRS 10005 S ROUTE 31 (HANSON MATERIAL SERVICE).  CRIMINAL DEFACEMENT.   Graffiti on machinery and a trailer building.  TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
1439 HRS 00 BLOCK OF LARKSPUR LN.  MISSING JUVENILE. Male, 15 years of age, missing.  Subject entered into LEADS.
1629 HRS 1101 W. ALGONQUIN RD. (AMERICAN LEGION HALL).  ACCIDENT.  Three vehicles. Property Damage Only.
2053 HRS ANNANDALE DR.  & REED RD. FOLLOW UP REPORTS: ACCIDENT.  Hit and Run. Vehicle vs. Pedestrian.
Huntley
August 11
Ana C. Zamudio, age 25, of 309 Hoy, Woodstock, was arrested for driving with no valid driver’s license and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Ms. Zamudio posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of September 19, 2014.
A theft report was taken in the 9900 block of Thornton Way. A skate board was reported stolen.
August 12
A theft report was taken at a business in the 13200 block of Rt. 47. The victim states that a motorist pumped gas into his vehicle and then drove off without paying for the gas.
August 13
A retail theft report was taken at a store in the 13200 block of Village Green. Alcohol was reported stolen.
William J. Koeller, age 45, of 10447 Oxford Dr., Huntley, was arrested for domestic battery and interfering with reporting domestic violence. Mr. Koeller was transported to McHenry County jail to await bond call.
August 14
A criminal defacement report was taken in the 10300 block of Brighton Ln. Eggs were thrown at a residence.
A theft report was taken at a business in the 12300 block of Rt. 47. An employee of the business reported that her cell phone was stolen.
August 15
A criminal defacement report was taken in the 10100 block of Bennington Dr. The street was spray painted.
A battery report was taken near the intersection of Algonquin and Haligus Rd. The victim reports that a driver in a traffic incident struck him.
A 16 year-old by from Huntley, was charged with possession of alcohol by a minor and possession of tobacco by a minor. The juvenile was released to his parents with a McHenry County court date of September 29, 2014.
August 16
Jeremy J. Standiford, age 20, of 10043 Haverhill Ln., Huntley, was arrested on two counts of domestic battery. Mr. Standiford was transported to McHenry County jail to await bond call.
Blaise A. Svendsen, age 24, of 561 Park, Marengo, was arrested for driving while license suspended. Mr. Svendsen posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of September 9, 2014.
A criminal damage to property report was taken near the intersection of Dundee Rd. and Haligus Rd. Juveniles were found with corn stalks pulled from a nearby farm field.
August 17
A criminal damage to property report was taken in the 10900 block of Greywall Ct. A mailbox was damaged.
Darcon Pagoada, age 26, of 348 Lake Ave., Woodstock, was arrested for DUI, DUI over .08, improper lane use, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and driving with no valid driver’s license. Mr. Pagoada posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of September 26, 2014.
A criminal damage to property report was taken in the 10600 block of Wheatlands Way. A mailbox was damaged.

Monday, August 18, 2014

McHenry Sheriff Number Five In State On "Consent" Vehicle Searches

The McHenry County Sheriff's Office last year conducted the fifth highest number of  "consent" and dog-drug searches in the entire state, according to a report released last week by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois.  The report called for a ban on the searches because of "dramatic racial disparity" in the way police use them.

A consent search is when a police officer asks for a motorists’ permission to hunt though a vehicle during a routine traffic stop.  If the driver says, "OK" it's, by definition, a legal search.  The ACLU claims the "consent" isn't really voluntary, though, since "an isolated roadside in a one-on-one encounter with an armed law enforcement official... is inherently coercive."

According to the ACLU's sifting of the latest police reports to the Illinois Department of Transportation, McHenry County Sheriff's deputies conducted 596 consent searches in 2013.  That was 28 percent as many as all the similar searches conducted by the Illinois State Police in the whole state and 43 percent of the total number conducted by the Chicago Police Department last year.  It was also about double the number of consent searches by deputies in adjacent Lake County which has more than twice McHenry County's population.

 Neither the McHenry County Sheriff's Office nor candidates for Sheriff returned FEN requests for comment on the report.

The civil rights group thinks the searches are fishy since, statewide,  last year black and hispanic motorists were nearly twice as likely as white motorists to have their vehicles consent searched during traffic stops. The rate was 95 percent higher for black motorists and 89 percent for hispanics.  In contrast, analysts found, white drivers were about twice as likely as minorities to be caught with contraband in their cars, 49 percent more often than blacks and 56 percent more often than hispanics.

Three years ago, amidst charges deputies were targeting hispanics for traffic stops, MCSO conducted an internal investigation looking for evidence of racial profiling.  It concluded there wasn't any.

The IDOT summary from which the ACLU report is sourced is located  here:  http://www.aclu-il.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Exhibit-01-2013-ITSS-Executive-Summary.pdf  (IDOT report)

Self-Styled Citizens' Group Emerges Against Randall Improvements

Opposition to a McHenry County plan to upgrade Randall Road is spreading outside Algonquin and Lake in the Hills but it's not clear how broadly.  A previously unknown citizen's group calling itself Stop the Randall Road Robbery manned a table at Woodstock's On Stage celebration in Woodstock Square Sunday.  The group lit up an Internet website against the Randall Improvement project Wednesday.

"We're just a group of citizens," said a woman handing out anti-Randall leaflets who identified herself only as Susan.  "We're tired of high property taxes," she said, presumably connecting them to the $130 million pricetag for the latest version of a plan to upgrade Randall Road.

The question unanswered was who are the citizens and how many are there?  The website, randallroadrobbery.com, only traces to a Chesterfield, PA, firm that specializes in blind Internet registrations.  So does an affiliated site called votersinaction.com which was registered July 29.  The Randall site links to a Facebook page against the project that was created in early April.  There's no information about who's behind it, either, though.

FEN checked with informants and traced the website to Woodstock businessman Joseph Tirio.  He said this morning he set it up blind because that's how he always does it.  "Otherwise you get unbelievable amounts of spam," he said.

As for the organization, Tirio said, "There's probably a core group of three or four of us."  Studies show McHenry County is one of the highest-taxed counties in the country, according to Tirio.  "What we want to do is engage people to get involved," he said.

In the pic:  Theater fans at Sunday's On Stage event in Woodstock Square showed some but not overwhelming interest in the new Stop Randall Road Robbery citizens' group.

New Huntley Restaurant Rumors Getting Realer

A nice sit-down restaurant has been at the top of Village of Huntley citizen surveys wish list for the past several years so preparations for the past couple of weeks on what is supposed to become one is probably welcome news.   Unfortunately, that's all the news there really is. "We haven't been officially approached about it," Huntley Village Manager Dave Johnson told FEN last week.

Workers pulled down the old sign at the former Niko's Restaurant site on Freeman Road off route 47 last week. However,  for the past three months there have only been a number of different rumors about what kind of restaurant is planned (Italian is mentioned most frequently), under whose management (various conflicting versions) and when it will open (eventually).  If the absence of information is part of a reverse publicity campaign, it seems to be working since a lot of people claim to know all about it but then whisper they're not supposed to say anything.   

Quinn Signs Law Clarifying "Hispanic Or Latino" Reporting Classes

Pat Quinn used a visit to Chicago's Festival Cubano Sunday to sign legislation to add “Hispanic or Latino” as a separate racial or ethnic group in state agency reports and data collection.  The measure's supposed to bring Illinois data in line with racial and ethnic classifications used by the U.S. Census Bureau.  “As the most welcoming state in the nation,  we need to ensure that we support every person that lives and works here,” Quinn said. “This legislation updates government practices to reflect our state’s diverse population and best meet the needs of all people in Illinois.”

Including Latinos as a distinct ethnic group will enable state agencies to compile more accurate data, is intended to better identify the needs of the Latino population and create or modify services. The law is effective immediately.  "With all state agencies on the same page, able to collect and share data about the quality of services available to residents of all races and ethnicities, we can break down barriers to improvement," State Senator Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) said. "We can take the guesswork out of identifying discrepancies and direct services where they are needed most," she said.

Festival Cubano included hand-rolled cigar making demonstrations which might be why Quinn chose a different venue to sign a bill banning smoking at State colleges and universities campuses next year.  Smoking will be prohibited both indoors and outdoors on campuses except for religious ceremonies that meet requirements of the federal American Indian Religious Freedom Act.

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
August 17
0046 HRS 20 BLOCK OF CLARK AVE.  DOMESTIC BATTERY.   SEESE, PAUL J.,  M/W 35 YEARS OF AGE, 21 CLARK AVE.,  LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Two Counts of Domestic Battery. TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
0254 HRS RANDALL RD.  & ACORN LN.  WANTED ON WARRANT.  URE, DANIEL A.,  M/W 31 YEARS OF AGE, 4508 ELMLEAF DR.,  JOHNSBURG. CHARGES: Wanted on Warrant, Grundy County Sheriff’s
Office for Failure to Appear, Traffic Offense.  Bond: $3,000 @ 10% and a $75 Failure to Appear fee. RELEASED ON BOND.
2348 HRS 10 BLOCK OF W.  ACORN LN. FOLLOW UP ARREST: DOMESTIC BATTERY.  KNIESEL, KEVIN M.,  M/W 28 YEARS OF AGE, 12 W.  ACORN LN.,  LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGES: Two Counts of Domestic Battery.  TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
0116 HRS 211 N.  RANDALL RD.  (STEAK N SHAKE).  CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.  Male subject broke a mirror.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1053 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF ASH ST.  BURGLARY TO MOTOR VEHICLE.  Three motorcycle helmets and a global positioning system were taken from vehicle.  TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
1111 HRS NORMANDY LN.  & PARC CT. CRIMINAL DEFACEMENT.  Spray paint on sidewalk.  TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
1414 HRS 2800 BLOCK OF GENEVA LN.  FOUND ARTICLE.  Recovered Firearm.
1651 HRS 228 INDIAN TRAIL (INDIAN TRAIL BEACH).  CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.  Screens on the beach house were cut.
2005 HRS 10 BLOCK OF SUGAR CREEK CT.  MISSING ADULT.  Male, 40 years of age, missing. Entered into LEADS. Missing located and removed from LEADS.
2003 HRS 2600 BLOCK OF CADBURY CIRCLE.  FOLLOW UP REPORT:  INFORMATION FOR POLICE. Information for police.
Algonquin
August 15
15:41pm Duran, Junior, DOB: 01/20/96, of 163 Village Creek Drive, Lake in the Hills, was charged with Unauthorized Possession of a Weapon. A 17 year-old from Lake in the Hills was charged with Disorderly Conduct. They were both taken into custody at 2601 Bunker Hill Dr. Duran was released after posting $150 with a court date of 09/17/14 in McHenry County. The 17 year-old was referred to Petitioned to Juvenile court and released into the custody of his parents.
16:23pm Two 16 year-old females from McHenry were charged with Retail Theft. They were taken into custody at 734 S. Randall Rd. They were referred to the Tri Area Court For Teens and released to their parents.
19:03pm Castronova, Christopher, DOB: 06/25/67, of 1515 Powderhorn Drive, was charged with DWLS and Expired Registration. He was taken into custody at Longwood and Highland. He was released on an I-Bond with a court date of 09/17/14  in McHenry County.
21:51pm Preston, Robin P. II, DOB: 07/31/96,  of 287 Indian Trail, Lake in the Hills, was charged with two charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Cannabis, Intent to Manufacture/Deliver Cannabis, and Unlawful  Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was taken into custody at 2011 Wynnfield Dr. and taken to AM bond court in Kane County.
August 16
10:19am Harrison, Veronica L., DOB 01/08/87, of 4315 West 15th #3, Chicago, was charged with Domestic Battery. She was taken into Custody at 1550 Glacier Parkway. She as transport to the McHenry County Jail to await bond court.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

LITH Streets Resurfacing Project Expected After Labor Day

The Lake in the Hills Board this week awarded a contract to resurface 14 Village streets next month.  Arrow Road Construction, Mount Prospect at $760,000 was low bidder on the project which drew five others ranging up to $1.1 million.

Scheduled for repaving are parts of Prides Run, Burr St., McPhee Drive, Hiawatha Drive, Birsbane DRive, Jessie Road, Melbourne Lane, Council Trail, Cynthia and Grace drives, Rainmaker Run, Mesa Drive, Coolstone Bend and Acorn Lane.  Public Works Director Fred Mullar said work would probably begin after Labor Day.

Huntley Artfest Continues For Day Two

The first day of the fourth annual Huntley Artfest Saturday was less crowded than last year.  Only about half as many exhibitors, 26, signed up to appear this year, nor did attendance seem as heavy.  It might have just been something about Saturday, though, since Huntley's nearby Farmer's Market didn't draw its usual Saturday morning, throng, too.

Local banners publicized Artfest well this year but, although organizers said they sent press releases to area media, only FEN published anything to inform readers the event was scheduled to occur.

Huntley Artfest will continue today until 4 pm on Main Street east of the First Congregational United Church.

In the pic:  Huntley Artfest patrons flowed in a steady stream Saturday through the booth of Sandwich photographer Greg Oakes' who won second place honors at the event.  Oakes' wife said she read about the event in FEN's coverage last year.

Bean Bags Fly At Algonquin Lions' Fifth Charity Tournament

The Algonquin Lions Club's fifth annual Bean Bag Tournament at the Randall Road Buffalo Wild Wings Saturday probably beat all previous editions Saturday.  "We had all 32 teams signed up six weeks before the Tournament," said event chairman John Cygan who said the final fundraising total depended on raffle ticket sales and the hosting restaurant's food and beverage sales for the tourney, 15 percent of which would be donated to the club.

The Lions' charity Bean Bag Tournament raised $5,000 last year.  Half went to the Algonquin Lake in the Hills Interfaith Food Pantry and half to the club's annual Ted Spella Education Award to a graduating local high school senior.

Firefighters Fill The Boot Campaign To Return Next Month

Algonquin Lake in the Hills Local #3985 Professional Fire Fighters Saturday finished the first half of their planned two-weekend  in two months Fill The Boot fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.   Firefighters collected donations at the  Randall and Acorn and Algonquin and Pyott intersections Friday and Saturday and plan a repeat Sept. 12 and 13.

Funds raised through 2014 Algonquin and Lake in the Hills Fill the Boot events will help support MDA's programs of worldwide research, specialized health care services, and day-to-day support – which includes sending children affected by muscular dystrophy and related diseases to a week long, barrier-free MDA summer camp.

In between the street collections, firefighter volunteers said donations marked "Fill The Boot" may be sent to ALFPD Station 1 at 1020 W. Algonquin Road, LITH, 60156.

New Law Outlaws "Herbal Supplement" But Not 'Till January

Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill Saturday forbidding sale of a controversial "herbal supplement" to persons under 18.  He also signed two other bills that tighten laws on methamphetamine manufacture and add three more synthetic drugs to the lengthy list of chemicals covered by the Illinois Controlled Substances Act.

Starting Jan. 1, minors will be banned from buying or possessing either the herb kratom or the chemical that gives it its kick.  Kratom's a Southeast Asian plant related to coffee trees whose chewed leaves are a traditional pick me up in Thailand.  Six months ago the U.S. FDA announced it would seize any shipments of kratom herbal supplement because there isn't enough evidence to prove it's harmless.

The second bill Quinn signed makes meth manufacture, already illegal, even more illegal if it's done near a school.  The third adds the bootleg lab drugs 25-I, 25-C and 25-B to about five pages of others that are illegal to manufacture, deliver or possess for sale in Illinois.

In the pic:  One variety of the "herbal supplement" kratom.

Naked Bank Robber Due In Rockford Court Monday

A Rockford man will be arraigned Monday for trying to rob a bank there in the nude.  Rockford Police said at about 11:30 am Friday Ezekial Deanda, 32, walked up to a teller at Associated Bank stark naked and demanded money. Police said Deanda didn't threaten violence but the teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, anyway, whereupon he fled the lobby.

Police responding to the alarm said he didn't go far, though.  They said they found Deanda in the bank's basement bathroom getting dressed.  He's being held without bond in the Winnebago County Jail this morning charged with robbery, resisting a police officer and aggravated battery to a police officer.

Obituaries

George Mascenic, Sr., 84, of Huntley died Friday. Visitation will be Monday from 4 to 8 pm at DeFiore Jorgensen Funeral Home, Huntley. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 am Tuesday at St. Mary Church, Huntley, with visitation for one hour prior. Inurnment will be private at St. Mary Cemetery.

Mascenic was born July 21, 1930, in Somerset County, PA.  He married Marie DeMeo, May 31, 1958.  He is survived by his wife; children, George Mascenic, Jr., Jeanne Leyden and David (Karen) Mascenic; grandchildren, Paige and Jack, and by his sister, Margaret (Grant) Rich.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Theodore, and sisters, Dorothy and Catherine.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to American Heart Association or Masses may be offered.

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
August 16
2117 HRS 200 BLOCK OF TERRAMERE LN.  OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE.  SALINAS, EDGAR,  M/W 34 YEARS OF AGE,  250 TERRAMERE LN.,  LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Obstruction of Justice, Obstructing/Resisting a Peace Officer, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
0913 HRS 400 BLOCK OF E. OAK ST. BURGLARY FROM MOTOR VEHICLE.  Phone chargers and a rearview mirror were taken from an unsecured vehicle.  TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
1719 HRS 211 N.  RANDALL RD.  (STEAK N SHAKE).  THEFT.  Theft of cash in the amount of $100.00 taken from the store safe. TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
2109 HRS 2700 BLOCK OF MELBOURNE LN.   DOMESTIC.  Father vs. Son. Verbal only. One prior.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Class Action Suit Seeks $25 Million For Mchenry County Court Fees

A trio of area attorneys filed a class action lawsuit in McHenry County Circuit Court against the Circuit Clerk this week seeking return of an estimated $25 million in what it claims were "unauthorized fines" charged during the past 10 years.  With only $1.9 million budgeted for the Clerk this year, the case would probably create a major monetary problem if it sticks.

Attorneys Ray Flavin,Woodstock; Jim Kelly, Crystal Lake, and Matt Haiduk, Geneva, filed the suit on behalf of four County residents convicted of traffic and minor criminal infractions who were forced to pay not only judges' fines but also extra fees added by the Clerk. In one instance the extra charges almost tripled the fine and pushed total charges far past the maximum fine State statutes allow.  The suit claims the "fees" were really fines and, therefore, unconstitutional since only judges can levy fines, not Clerks.

Kelly told FEN the suit was against the County Clerk in her official capacity, not Kathy Keefe, the person who holds the office.  

Since the extra fees for trauma centers, violent crime assistance, child advocacy, roadside memorials, spinal court research and half a dozen others are all required by State statute, Kelly admitted they place the Clerk in a somewhat ambiguous position.  He said other Circuits like Lake County's have solved the problem by having judges levy the fees instead of leaving it to the Clerk.  "There's a step missing here," Kelly said.

But if it's really the judges in McHenry County who aren't doing their duty, why not sue them?

Flavin had a simple answer to that one:  "You can't sue judges," he said.

Huntley Sun City Wildflower Lake Reopened

Huntley's Sun City Community Association announced Friday that Wildflower Lake was open for use again after an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the Illinois Department of Public Health determination that the water in the lake would not have an adverse health effect for recreational or irrigation activities.

State officials shut the lake down last week after a fish die-off presumed due to chemicals that leaked from a truck that burned on the  I-90 Tollway.  Officials said even though there isn't enough of the chemical, similar to a detergent, to hurt people, public irrigation water at Sun City may at first result in some soap sudsy bubbles.

West Nile Virus Found In McHenry County Mosquitoes

The McHenry County Department of Health Friday announced that mosquitoes from a mosquito trap in McHenry last week tested positive for West Nile virus.   It was the is the first positive test for WNV in McHenry County this year out 147  batches checked so far.

West Nile virus is usually mild and includes fever, headache and body aches but serious illnesses, such as encephalitis and meningitis and death, are possible.  So far the Illinois Department of Public Health has found WNV mosquitoes in 31 other counties but  no human cases yet.  Last year IDPH reported 117 human cases only two of which were in McHenry County. 

Algonquin Twp. Road District Touch-A-Truck Set Next Weekend

The Algonquin Township Board District will hold its sixth annual Touch A Truck event Saturday at the Township headquarters on Route 14 from 10 am to 2 pm.  Kids (and parents, too) will be able to touch, explore and even climb aboard construction and public safety equipment including MCSO's SWAT vehicle, fire trucks, police cars, snowplows, end loaders, military vehicles, even a Flight For Life helicopter. 

The event's free and so's parking.  If anyone has questions, the number to call is (847) 639-2700.

Hackers Break Into Jewel-Osco Computers

Computer hackers broke into Jewel-Osco and affiliated Supervalu chain supermarket computers for almost a month in June and July, according to an announcement Friday, but "there's no evidence that any data was misused," according to a spokesman for the companies concerned.

Security was breached in a network that processes transactions with account numbers, expiration dates, card holder names and other information possibly stolen, the Supervalu company said. The systems are used not only by Supervalu but by the stores like Jewel that the company sold last year.  The breach occurred between June 22 and July 17, according to Supervalu, which said it took immediate steps to beef up network protection.

Supervalu's announcement said it believed that the intrusion has been contained and it said it's confident that people can safely use credit and debit cards at its stores.  However, the company also set up a call center at (855) 731-6018 and added information at its website under the Consumer Security Advisory section for more information about the data breach and identity protection services.

The Supervalu hackin was the latest in a string of recent computer breaches that began during last year's holiday shopping season with a huge one at Target Corp.  

State To End Contract With Private Lottery Operator

Crain's Chicago Business reported Friday that Gov. Pat Quinn will end the State's contract with a private company that operates its $2 billion-a-year lottery system.  Quinn  and Lottery spokesmen eventually confirmed the story to various Chicago newspapers.   "The administration has had serious concerns with [Northstar Lottery Group's] performance," said one Quinn spokesman.  "The Governor demands every state contractor be held accountable for their performance."

Another Quinn spokesman Dave  Blanchette said he could not discuss if ending the Northstar contract meant a return to state operation.  However, Illinois Lottery spokesman Mike Lang said a new private manager would be sought.

Quinn picked Northstar, a combination of two lottery industry giants to run the Illinois Lottery in 2010 because it promised to deliver more revenue than any other bidders.  However, the company never met the targets it promised.  By one accounting, Northstar is $480 million short for the first 3 years of its 10 year contract.

McHenry County Democratic State Rep. Jacks Franks, a frequent Quinn and Northstar critic, said it was about time for the Governor to cut the company loose.   "I have to give credit where credit is due," said Franks.  "He did the right thing here."

Lottery revenues are used to fund education and infrastructure projects, as well as some special campaigns to fund breast cancer research and other causes.

Obituaries

Darlene B. Zawacki, 83, of  Rockford died on Thursday in Woodstock. Her family will greet friends after 9 am Friday at St. Mary Catholic Church, Huntley where a Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10.

Zawacki is survived by her children, Janet Satkowski, Glen (Kim) Zawacki, Karen Kruzel and Diane Zawacki;  her grandchildren, Julie, Sara, Lindsey, Brian, Tamara, Brent, Parker, Matthew and Kelsey, and her brother, William (Nancy) Krolak.  She was preceded by her husband, George; sister, Rose, and brothers, Joseph, Donald and Jerome.

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
August 15
1117 HRS 481 N. RANDALL RD.  (ACE HARDWARE).  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles. Property Damage Only.
1407 HRS 0 BLOCK OF WRIGHT DR. ASSIST OTHER AGENCY. Subject came in to turn in his weapon, as ordered by the McHenry County Court House.
1649 HRS 1300 BLOCK OF PYOTT RD.  ASSIST OTHER AGENCY.  Assist to another agency.
Algonquin
August 12
12:34pm Catania, Christopher R.,  DOB: 08/25/92, of 110 Villa Rd., Streamwood, was arrested on a warrant out of McHenry County for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Cannabis. He was taken into custody at Randall Rd. and Bunker Hill Dr. He was released after posting $500 with a court date of 09/17/14 in McHenry County.
August 13
11:29am Mendez, Carlos, DOB: 05/13/76,  of 921 Knightsbridge, Island Lake, was charged with No Driver’s License. He was taken into custody at APD. He was released after posting $150 with a court date of 09/17/14 in McHenry County.
August 15

02:03am Michaelis, Hannah M., DOB: 06/25/93, of 158 W. Woodstock St., Crystal Lake, was charged with Battery and Criminal Damage to Property. She was taken into custody at 1 Huntington Dr. #2. She was transported to the McHenry County jail to await bond court.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Arndt To Take Over As Interim Superintendent At Elgin U-46

Elgin's U-46 school District Board of Education is expected to name former D300 Superintendent Ken Arndt as its interim superintendent while it looks for a permanent one.  The timing's going to be tight, though, since the Algonquin resident's still serving as interim superintendent at D300.

U-46 Superintendent Jose Torres announced his resignation last week to take over the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy magnet school in Aurora.  Torres' departure will leave the state's second-largest school district without anyone who can legally sign all the paperwork required by the Illinois State Board of Education.  That would be Arndt's function while Tony Sanders, Torres' current chief of staff, actually runs the district while the local Board seeks a new permanent replacement.

The arrangement would be similar to what Arndt's been doing at D300 since the Board of Education there hired Fred Heid to replace former superintendent Michael Bregy.   Heid was from Florida and an ISBE spokesman said it would be "a matter of weeks" for the State Board to certify his credentials for an Illinois Superintendent's license.  That was three months ago, however, and the Illinois Board still hasn't finished the paperwork.

Unofficially, Arndt's scheduled to officially take over U-46 Sept. 12.  D300 Board President told FEN this morning she's confident Heid's license will be ready in time for him to become the District's permanent  superintendent.  "We're working with the State Board of Education to complete it," she said.

In the pic:  Former D300 Superintendent Ken Arndt.

Huntley Veterans' Memorial Mooted For Dhamer Square Site

The Huntley Village Board Thursday briefly discussed siting a proposed Veterans' Memorial in Dhamer Square instead of an unused scrap of land at Main St. and Ruth Road near Village Hall.  The Huntley Area Veterans Foundation had asked trustees for that location six weeks ago to erect a granite plinth, service flagpoles and gold stars for each of Huntley's native fallen.

Village Manager Dave Johnson said the idea of locating at in the Village Square instead came from subsequent discussions with the group.  Trustees Thursday didn't seem averse to the concept but only exchanged notions on aesthetics of the installation in context with the rest of the square.

In the pic:  A blue sky concept by the Huntley Area Veterans Foundation for a memorial in Dhamer Square.

New Algonquin Restaurateur Awaits 31 Bypass Open

Salvador Leon, owner of Bella Vista restaurant on Route 31 in unincorporated Algonquin, said he's looking forward to the opening of the new Western Bypass in about two weeks.  "I don't know what's going to happen," he said, "but we've got a lot of opportunity."

Bella Vista opened quietly ("We don't do any promotion," said Leon) last week in the former location of Dante's restaurant which, even under new management, closed in May.  Leon, from Schaumburg, said as soon as the spot became available he decided to open his own eatery featuring Michoacan-style Mexican fare.  Leon's been a cook for other restaurateurs in the suburbs for about 10 years and a lot of his brothers and nephews are cooks, too.  He said that gives him a leg up since they all swap best recipes with each other.

Bella Vista is located just north of the northern end of the Route 31 Western Bypass.  Officially,  the new thoroughfare's due to open the "week of Aug. 25."  Tentatively the open's expected Aug. 27.

In the pic:  Bella Vista restaurant newly opened on Route 31 in unincorporated Algonquin.

Rauner Calls For "Two-Party State" At State Fair Republican Day

Republican governor candidate Thursday admitted the truth of incumbent Pat Quinn's day-before charge that he was rich.  However, he told Republican Day supporters at the Illinois State Fair that he wasn't against government workers.   “I'm a middle-class kid,” said Rauner. “I didn't inherit any money. I worked my tail off on behalf of teachers and government workers and state troopers. I've made a lot of money, and I'm proud of it.”

Republicans spent Thursday delivering variations on the theme that 10 years of Democratic control of the Statehouse has left Illinois a shambles. “People are angry,” Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno told a group of state central committeemen at a breakfast meeting before to the fairground event. “In that anger there is an opportunity for us."

“We can’t be a prosperous state unless we are a two-party state,” Rauner told supporters.

Quinn, meanwhile, called on Rauner's running mate to apologize for what he called a "disrespectful" comment about Springfield.  In a year-old email revealed this week lieutenant governor candidate Evelyn Sanguinetti asked a friend if  "cow tipping" was still a work requirement in the captitol.   Quinn charged that wasn't the right way to "talk about anybody or any cow in Illinois."

In the pic:  Bruce Rauner rumbled up to Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair Thursday on a Harley Davidson hog.

Obituaries

Judith Ann Quinn, 73, of Sun City, Huntley, died at Centegra Medical center in Woodstock Wednesday. Visitation will be Saturday from 10 am until a funeral service at 1 pm at the Skaja Bachmann Funeral Home, Crystal Lake. Interment will be private at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.

Quinn was born Apr. 11, 1941, in Chicago, the daughter of Fred and Vera (Carlson) Link. She married Fred Quinn Nov. 8, 1964.  She is survived by her husband; her two sons, John (Jennifer) and Daniel (Elizabeth);  granddaughters, Grace and Ava, and sister, Nancy (Bob) Modrich.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Fred.

In lieu of flowers memorials to the Salvation Army or a local food pantry.

Linda Sue Pilz Treanor, 57, of Huntley died Wednesday Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin.  Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 6 pm at the James A. O'Connor Funeral Home, Huntley, continuing there Monday from 10 am until an 11 o'clock Funeral Service. Burial will be in the Huntley Cemetery.

Treanor was born March 9, 1957, in Arlington Heights, the daughter of Robert "Bud" and Anna May (Harper) Pilz.  She is survived by her children, Natalie Kohn and Patrick Treanor; granddaughter, Adrianna Kohn, and two brothers, Robert (Carol) Pilz and Steven (Cindy) Pilz.
She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorials in her name may be directed to the 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
August 14
0056 HRS 7900 PYOTT RD. (JA FRATE INC.). DRIVING WHILE LICENSE REVOKED.  ABRAHAM, ANTHONY E.,  M/W 22 YEARS OF AGE, 11 S. VIRGINIA ST. RM 206,  CRYSTAL LAKE.  CHARGES: Driving While License Revoked and Expired Registration. RELEASED ON BOND.
1702 HRS 9200 HALIGUS RD.  (SUNSET SKATE PARK).  DEFACEMENT.  JUVENILE,  M/W 15 YEARS OF AGE, HUNTLEY.  CHARGE: Criminal Defacement to Property.  TURNED OVER TO PARENT. JUVENILE, M/W 16 YEARS OF AGE, HUNTLEY.  CHARGE: Criminal Defacement to Property.  TURNED OVER TO PARENT.
2335 HRS 00 BLOCK OF WANDER WAY.  DOMESTIC BATTERY.  EGGER, FRANK P.,  JR,  M/W 45 YEARS OF AGE, 22 WANDER WAY,  LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Two Counts of Domestic Battery. TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
0955 HRS 5500 BLOCK OF WINDGATE WAY.  RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY.  Tools taken from a foreclosed home.
1135 HRS 5500 BLOCK OF WINDGATE WAY.  INFORMATION FOR POLICE.  Contact with a registered sexual offender.
1355 HRS 2800 BLOCK OF GENEVA LN.  DEATH INVESTIGATION.  Male, 26 years of age. Found deceased.
1544 HRS 400 BLOCK OF RANDALL RD.  ACCIDENT.  Vehicle vs Door. Property Damage Only.  Delayed from 080714.
1919 HRS 00 BLOCK OF FEATHERSTONE CT.  BURGLARY TO MOTOR VEHICLE. Wallet and Cell Phone Taken From Unlocked Vehicle.
Algonquin
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Huntley
July 28
Virginia M.Weigel, age 85, of 12850 Applegate, Huntley, was charged with failure to notify damage to an unattended vehicle. Ms. Weigel posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of August 15, 2014.
A residential burglary was reported in the 12100 block of Plumgrove Rd. Cash and jewelry were reported stolen.
July 30
A theft report was taken in the 12100 block of Wildflower Ln. A walker was reported stolen from a garage.
Gerelsurin Dorj, age 43, of 24460 Glenview Rd., Glenview, was arrested for criminal trespass to a building. Ms. Dorj posted bond and was released with a Kane County court date of September 12, 2014.
Alejandro M. Valdez, age 20, of 10982 Preston Parkway, Huntley, IL was arrested on an outstanding McHenry County warrant. Mr. Valdez was transported to McHenry County jail to await bond.
July 31
A burglary to motor vehicle report was taken in the 10400 block of Sunbury St. A purse and its contents were stolen out of an unlocked vehicle while parked in a residential driveway. The purse was later located, all items except the cash were recovered.
Jennifer M. Douglas, age 41, of 1039 Golf Course Rd, Crystal Lake, was arrested for two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of felony retail theft. Ms. Douglas was transported to McHenry County jail to await bond call.
A burglary from motor vehicle report was taken in the 10400 block of Bethel Ave. A purse was stolen from the unlocked vehicle while parked in a residential driveway.
Vincent Izquierdo, age 25, of 610 Windermere Way, Lake in the Hills, was arrested for domestic battery. Mr. Izquierdo was transported to McHenry County jail to await bond call.
August 2
Gina M. Lichay, age 49, of 11407 Douglas Ave. #A, Huntley, was arrested on an outstanding Lee County warrant for contempt of court. Ms. Lichay posted bond and was released with a Lee County court date of August 27, 2014.
Bradley C. Teliszczak, age 29, of 311 Terramere Ln., Lake in the Hills, was charged with battery. Mr. Teliszczak was released with a notice to appear in McHenry County court on August 25, 2014.
August 3
Joseph R. Zanders-Taylor, age 19, of 1235 Driftwood Ln., Pingree Grove,  was arrested on an outstanding Kane County warrant for failure to appear in court on an unlawful use of credit card charge. Mr. Zanders-Taylor was transported to Kane County jail to await bond.
A 15 year-old and a 17 year-old boy from Hampshire, IL were both charged with retail theft. In the same incident a 15 year-old boy from Gilberts, was charged with retail theft and battery. The juveniles were all released with a notice to appear in McHenry County court on September 15, 2014.
A residential burglary report was taken in the 11800 block of Main St. A video game player and a video game were reported stolen.
August 4
Samuel T. Whitmore, age 41, of 258 W. Main St., Carpentersville, was arrested for harassment through electronic communication. Mr. Whitmore posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of September 12, 2014.
A retail theft report was taken at a store in the 12300 block of Rt. 47. A female was seen leaving the store with diapers without paying for them.
A vandalism report was taken in the 10700 block of Capital Ln. Eggs were thrown at a residence.
August 6
Sourisack Malivarn, age 47, of 11890 Everglades Rd., Huntley, was arrested for driving with no valid driver’s license and expired registration. Mr. Malivarn posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of August 22, 2014.
August 7
Juan Torres-Coronel, age 30, 1823 Country Dr., Grayslake, was arrested for driving with no valid driver’s license and speeding. Mr. Torres-Coronel posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of September 12, 2014.
A burglary from motor vehicle report was taken in the 10800 block of Wing Pointe Dr. Cash was reported stolen from the unlocked vehicle that was parked in a residential driveway.
A delayed burglary from motor vehicle report was taken in the 10600 block of Great Plaines. The victim stated that approximately one week prior his wallet was stolen from his unlocked vehicle that was parked in the driveway.
August 8
A theft report was taken at an assisted living facility in the 11500 block of Regency Parkway. Prescription medication was reported stolen.
Zachary S. Kornblet, age 18, of 10588 Yellowstone Dr., Huntley, was charged with retail theft. Mr. Kornblet was released with a notice to appear in McHenry County court on September 15, 2014.
A retail theft report was taken at a store in the 11900 block of Kreutzer Rd. Vehicle accessories were reported stolen.
August 9
A residential burglary report was taken in the 10600 block of Nantucket Ln. A skateboard was reported stolen from a garage.
Lacy J. Bartell, age 31, of 18501 W. Cabin Site Rd., Shadehill, SD, was arrested on four counts of felony aggravated battery to a Police Officer, one count of felony resisting a peace officer with bodily harm, three counts of misdemeanor resisting a peace officer, felony criminal damage to state supported property and improper parking. Ms. Bartell was transported to Kane County jail to await bond call.
August 10
A credit card fraud report was taken in the 11200 block of Caldwell Dr. The victim states unauthorized charges were made on his credit card.
Timothy D. Riley, age 23, of 717 Normal, DeKalb, was charged with retail theft. Mr. Riley was released with a notice to appear in McHenry County court on September 15, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

More Kids, Teachers For First Day Of School In D300

Wednesday was the 2014-15 year's first day of school in District 300 and 137 more kids showed up for classes than last year.  First day enrollment was 21,002 students according to the Superintendent's Office.

That probably won't be the official total by which State Aid to Schools is calculated, however.  Late enrollments often add to the first day number so the State Board of Education doesn't count noses for another month.

Besides the extra kids there'll be more teachers, too, in D300 this school year.  Under the District's contract with the teachers' union,  the District has added 20 new teachers with an eye to making class sizes smaller.  More may be hired up until Oct. 1, according to officials.

In the pic:  Boarding the bus again at Algonquin's Westfield Community School.

Algonquin Township Warns Of Coming Charges For E-Waste Disposal

Algonquin Township's Special Recycling Saturday on the Labor Day weekend may see a heavier dropoff of defunct TV's and CRT monitors than usual.   Road Commissioner Bob Miller told Township trustees Wednesday the Recycling Center's won't be able to take them in for free after Sept. 1 because the State's run out of money to pay for it.

Illinois banned e-waste from landfills two years ago but never set up a consumer-friendly alternative for disposal of high-tech detritus. Algonquin Township's Recycling Center's been a popular dropoff in the haphazard disposal system since then but Miller said Wednesday the company that was actually getting rid of the e-waste, Vintage Tech Recycling in Crystal Lake, said it would have to start charging 14 cents per pound to cart it off because Illinois can't pay for it, anymore.

At that price, said Miller, "That would be $200 to $300 per week.  It's just not something we have in our budget."

Miller said Algonquin Township would continue to accept e-waste, even TV's and CRT's, but said there'd have to be a charge although he hasn't figured out what kind.  In the long run, he said, "Probably the only way it can be fixed is legislatively."

Separately, Supervisor Diane Klemm said Miller had already signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the Road District to discuss adding Pace bus service in Algonquin Township and that she intended to sign a similar one on the Township's behalf.   If McHenry County Division of Transportation planners can reach an accord with the Chicago area suburban bus service, its McRide program would expand to both Algonquin Township and Grafton for seniors and disabled and for residents of any age in the Village of Huntley.

Algonquin, D300 Reach Accord On Possible TIF District Payments

Algonquin and D300 reached an agreement in principle Wednesday to limit the amount of property tax revenue the school district would have to forgoe if the Village enacts a TIF District to fund Downtown redevelopment.  The agreement covers an estimated $5 million that might be rebated to the School District if the TIF generates an expected $75 million in extra revenue over a 23 year period.

TIFs divert to development the additional tax revenue from increases in property value within a district on the premise that there wouldn't be any of either except for the development money in the first place.  However, a 1999 amendment to the law in Illinois sets up a complicated formula to redivert some of the TIF money to school districts if they can prove the new development brought extra students into the district.

Wednesday's agreement modifies the standard formula after the first 10 years if Algonquin sets up the TIF so that all of the extra tax money might not go into the TIF development pot after all.  Instead, as much as 8 percent of revenue might be designated "surplus" and distributed as if the TIF weren't in effect in years 11 to 15, as much as 16 percent in years 16 to 20 and as much as 24 percent in years 21 to 23.  The choice between taking the regular TIF rebate or the surplus funds distribution would be up to the school district each year.

Algonquin's TIF district still has several statutory milestones yet to pass before it and Wednesday's agreement becomes a done deal, though.  The next one will be another public hearing at Algonquin's Ganek Municipal Center at the Village Hall Sept. 15 at 7:15 pm.

Quinn Castigates Rauner At Illinois State Fair

Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday portrayed his Republican opponent Bruce Rauner as anti-union and anti-teacher. The governor also repeatedly jabbed at Rauner’s wealth and led chants for a hike in the minimum wage during the annual gathering of Democrats in Springfield during the run of the Illinois State Fair.

“He’s demonized public employees. He’s demonized our teachers," complained Quinn.  "This is wrong.”

Quinn's speech was standard rally-the-faithful fare, perhaps more important than usual in view of polls showing the governor trailing his millionaire challenger.  The governor hammered away at Rauner's wealth.   “I’m lucky to have one house,” Quinn said at the Illinois Democratic County Chairmen’s Association earlier. “I’m running against somebody who has nine mansions."

Appearing with Quinn at one point was a new campaign mascot called Baron von Moneybags.  Obviously patterned after the millionaire in the Monopoly board game, the character announced he was with Billionaires for Bruce.  “I thought this was Republican day," he said. "Damn this [Rauner trademark] $18 watch.”

Obituaries

Henia Johnson, 75,  of Huntley died Wednesday.   Visitation will be Friday from 3 to 8 pm at Malec & Sons Funeral Home, Chicago.  Funeral Prayers will be offered at the home Saturday at 9:30 am followed by a 10:15  Funeral Mass at St. Thecla Parish, Chicago. Interment will be at St. Adalbert Cemetery, Chicago.

Johnson was born March 18, 1939, in Mielec, Poland, the daughter of the late Bruno and Marion Bywalec. She came to the United States in 1947.  She is survived by her children: Louise (David) Roth, Richard A. Johnson and Jeffrey S. (Anna) Johnson; grandchildren, Dr. William Roth, Melanie Roth, Timothy Roth, Zachary Johnson, Alex Johnson, Daniel J. Johnson, Blake Johnson and Dylan Johnson, and her  brother, Edward Bywalec.

Alberto Dell'Aringa, 93, of Hoffman Estates, formerly of Algonquin, died Tuesday.  Visitation will be Friday from 9:30 am until a Funeral Mass at 10:30 in the St. Catherine of Siena Church, West Dundee. Entombment will follow in the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Elgin.

Dell'Aringa was born April 30, 1921, in Italy, the son of the late Archangelo and Cesira (nee Ramacciotti) Dell'Aringa.  Survivors include his sons, Peter (Elaine) Dell'Aringa and Emo (Susan) Dell'Aringa, and grandchildren, David (Nicole), Todd, and Gina Dell'Aringa and Justine (John) Hurd.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Nella Pierucci Dell'Aringa, six brothers and two sisters.

In lieu of flowers, memorials should be be made to the St. Catherine of Siena Church, West Dundee.

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
August 13
1609 HRS 500 BLOCK OF ANDERSON DR.  DOMESTIC BATTERY.   JUVENILE,  F/W 14 YEARS OF AGE, LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Two counts of Domestic Battery.  RELEASED TO PARENT.
1621 HRS COUNCIL TRAIL & MOHICAN TRAIL. WANTED ON WARRANTS.  HUNTER, JEFFREY S.,  M/W 23 YEARS OF AGE, 1121 INDIANA DR.,  ELGIN.  CHARGES: Wanted on Warrant, Kane County Sheriff’s Office, Failure to Appear for Crimes Against Person. Bond: $5,000 @ 10% plus a $75.00 FTA fee, and Wanted on Warrant, Elgin Police Department, Failure to Appear for Marijuana Possession. Bond $3,000 @ 10% plus a $75.00 FTA fee. TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.  Assisted Kane County Sheriff’s Office Serving a Short Order Form of an Order of Protection.
0121 HRS 00 BLOCK OF W.  ACORN LN.  DOMESTIC BATTERY.  Brother vs. Brother. No priors.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
0255 HRS 1115 CRYSTAL LAKE RD.  (LITH PD). INFORMATION FOR POLICE.  Contact with a Registered Sex Offender.
0702 HRS ANNANDALE DR.  & LAKEWOOD RD.  BATTERY Male vs. Male.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1511 HRS 4000 BLOCK OF LARKSPUR LN.  DOMESTIC.  Mother vs Daughter. Verbal Only. Five Priors.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Offline LITH Well Not A Problem In "Cool, Wet Summer"

The Lake in the Hills Board Tuesday OK'ed roughly $38,000 in repairs to one of the Village's nine water well pumps largely on the old premise  "in for a penny, in for a pound."

Pump 15 near Village Hall began to show signs of conking out two weeks ago.  The Water Division, suspecting a short and damage to the motor,  had the pump pulled out of the 1,000-foot well.  The contracting company found a damaged cable, alright, but since the pump was already up at a cost of almost $25,000 suggested popping for another $13,000 to check the well casing and run a full inspection and diagnostic on the 12 year-old motor.   That sounded like a good investment to the Board.

Water Superintendent Scott Schweda told trustees the system still has plenty of capcity while Well 15's offline since demand is only about 2.5 million gallons per day right now.  "It's been a cool, wet Summer," he said.

Separately, Trustees passed along for final arguments Thursday acceptance of the low bid to expand the Splash Pad at Sunset Park.  The Village bought the hardware for it eight months ago but rejected a single bid to install it earlier this Summer because it was too high.  Trustee Steve Harlfinger wanted to send the whole package back to the Parks and Recreation Board for reconsideration.  The rest of the trustees seemed satisfied with the $62,000 low bid which was right in the middle of the the $52,000 budget and $72,000 engineer's estimate for the expansion.

HHS Sports Kickoff To Help Grafton Food Pantry

For the second year in a row, a non-food donation to the Grafton Food Pantry will be the requested admission to Huntley High School's annual Sports Kickoff next Friday, Aug. 22, at the HHS stadium field.  It's the third edition of the event for community members, parents, staff, students and fans to meet the athletes and coaches, watch the Red vs. Black football scrimmage, enjoy cheer and pom squad performances, learn more about the HHS Athletic Booster Organization and win prizes.

Soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, laundry detergent, paper towels and dish soap are suggested donations to support the Pantry.  Red, white and black is the suggested attire for attending donors.

Huntley Family Alliance Opening Pushed Back To September

The opening for a new Family Alliance Center in Huntley expected abut now will be delayed a month officials confirmed today.  September 15, to allow for final inspections, is the new tentative target for the organization's second facility in the old Del Webb administrative offices on Farm Hill Drive.

Non-profit Family Alliance is the only adult day service provider in Northern Illinois with active adult wellness, recovery services, and Alzheimer's and dementia programs.  “Our research and surveys confirmed that the community was in need of the services we offer and that proximity was a key factor in the decisions families and individuals are making today about the healthcare and respite options they seek,” said Kim Larson, executive director of Family Alliance. “This location is convenient to a large number of individuals and families who have indicated the need for our services.”

The opening of the second site will be a Major event in the organization’s short and long term plans this year. “This represents the largest expansion in our history, and the first since the agency built its current main facility on Seminary Avenue in Woodstock in 1996,” said Steve Finzel, president of the Family Alliance board of directors.

More information about the Family Alliance Adult Health Center, Huntley,  is available at (815) 338-3590.

Treasurer's Race Heats Up With Incompetence, Patronage Charges

Republican Treasurer candidate Tom Cross's campaign moved into attack mode Tuesday, accusing Democratic opponent Mike Frerichs of costing Champaign County taxpayers millions when he was Auditor and using his influence to have the county hire two fellow Democrats, one his former campaign manager. 

The county clerk from Frerichs' time as auditor, Mark Shelden, said Frerichs proposed an early retirement plan in 2003 that left Champaign County's retirement fund $2.5 million in the hole and required $3 million in bond repayments.  Frerichs blamed the retirement program losses on a bad market and decisions made by other county leaders.   He called the Cross attack "revisionist history."

Cross supporters also accused Frerichs of improperly pushing Champaign County to hire two local Democrats who were unfit for the positions.  A Frerichs campaign spokesman said the pair didn't serve under him and the decision to hire them was made by the County Board.

Usually the race for State Treasurer is a low-key one.  This year it's proving more contentious, however, as Cross and Frerichs both vie to replace outgoing Treasurer Dan Rutherford who lost a GOP bid for governor in the midst of still murky charges of sexual harassment and misconduct.

In the pic:  Mike Frerichs and Tom Cross

Obituaries

Charles H. Weadley, 85, of Huntley died Tuesday in Elgin.  Visitation will be Friday from 3 pm until a service at Glueckert Funeral Home, Arlington Heights. Interment will be private.

Weadley was born on Jan. 30, 1929, in Chicago to Walter and Florence Weadley. He is survived by his children, Charles R. Weadley, Cathy Weadley, and Lori (Norman) Cornelius, and his granddaughter, Danielle Weadley. He was preceded in death by his wife, Annette J. Weadley; his brother, Walter C. (Marguerite) Weadley, and his parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Jake Szymanski Summer Camp Scholarship Fund.

Richard J.O'Leary, 83, of Algonquin, died Monday at Advocate Sherman Hospital, Elgin.  There will be no visitation.  Private burial will be at Lakewood Memorial Park, Elgin.

O'Leary was born Nov. 8, 1930, in Elgin, the son of Joseph and Lillian Huetter O'Leary.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Barbara Jean Kopp.

Pamela J. Beattie, 67, of Crystal Lake died Tuesday at the Springs of Crystal Lake.  Visitation will be  Friday from 5 to 9 pm at the Skaja Bachmann Funeral Home, Crystal Lake, and Saturday, from 9 am until a service at 10 at Bethany Lutheran Church, Crystal Lake.

Beattie was born Sept. 7, 1946, in Austin, MN, the daughter of Henry and Aloris (Teff) Hanson. She is survived by her son, Robert(Michelle) Beattie of Chicago; her grandchildren, Makenna and Nolan, and her brother, Sheldon (Sally) Hanson of Portage, WI. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold.

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
August 12
1053 HRS ALGONQUIN RD.  & PYOTT RD.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1353 HRS 4800 BLOCK OF BORDEAUX DR.  THEFT.  Complainant received a fraudulent check.
1715 HRS MILLER RD.  & PATTON AVE.  INJURY ACCIDENT.  Three vehicles. Female, 32 years of age, with back pain. Transported to Sherman Hospital.
2209 HRS 4000 BLOCK OF HONEYMOON RIDGE.  FRAUD.  Telephone scam.  TURNED OVER TO THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION.