Wednesday, November 26, 2014

McHenry County Bus Ride Vote Expected Soon But Start Uncertain

Intergovernment agreements to expand McHenry County's dial a ride bus service to, among other areas, Huntley and Algonquin and Grafton townships is tentatively scheduled for a County Board vote in about three weeks, according to McDOT officials.  Even if it's approved, though, service isn't likely to start soon, they said.

In fact, the Pace suburban transportation agency hasn't officially approved an agreement to help pay for the County's expanded MCRide program, although Senior Transportation Planner Scott Hennings said that's still expected.  "We've started preliminary discussions with Pace and have a good indication they will support the program at the level we anticipated," he told FEN Tuesday.  Even after approval comes through, Hennings said the new service wouldn't begin immediately.  "Probably not until February or March," said Hennings.

The delay wouldn't make much difference to the two area townships which already run their own senior bus services and view the Pace program, limited for them to senior riders only, merely as an adjunct.  But it might pose problems for Huntley where the program would cover all residents even though its seniors in particular that the Village is concerned about.

Huntley's been running a stopgap taxi voucher program for seniors for a year now after Grafton Township suspended service in Rutland and Hampshire townships.   So far the Village has committed about $21,000 to the program but the latest $5,000 transfusion two months ago was only expected to last until the end of the year.

Hennings said he wasn't optimistic about speeding up the McRide expansion timetable.  "[Pace is] a big organization with lots of levels," he said.

THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES

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McHenry County Bus Ride Vote Expected Soon But Start Uncertain
AG To Examine Rutland Township October Meeting
Registration Open For LITH Holiday Lights Contest
Interest In Illinois Fracking Damped By Low Oil Prices
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Prim Names New McHenry County Sheriff's Management
Monday Snow Calls For Reminder On Winter Parking Rules
Huntley Park District Winter Escape Camp Signups Open
No Violence In Chicago Protests Over Ferguson Verdict
Police Blotters
Algonquin Boyer Road Reopen Planned By Wednesday
Snow Likely By Afternoon, How Much Of It Less Clear
Huntley Library Holiday Basket Chances Now On Sale
Rauner Team Proposes Massive University Funding Cuts
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Huntley Guard Rail Replacement Delayed By Construction Backlog
Algonquin Lions Stock Randall Christmas Tree Lot
Letters From Santa Available For LITH Kids
IL Dems Call For "Comprehensive" Immigration Reform
Obituaries
McHenry County Indictments
Police Blotters
Algonquin Chief On List To Head Northern U.S. Marshal Office
McHenry County Deputies Honored After October Shootout
McHenry County Approves Effectively Flat Tax Levy
Pension Reform Law Headed To IL Supreme Court
Police Blotters
Huntley Board Renews Cable Franchise For Next 10 Years
I-90 Traffic Shifts Announced For Route 25 Interchange
Kane Clerk Pleads Guilty On County Ethics Violation
Rauner: State's Finances "Stunningly Bad", "Horrible"
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Henry's Hustle In LITH Readies Second Year Supporting Pantry, MDS
Area PD's Warn Against IRS Phone Scammers
D158 Wins National Education Plaudit
Cross Concedes Treasurer Race to Frerichs
House Votes To Kill Quinn FOIA Exemption Veto
Police Blotters

AG To Examine Rutland Township October Meeting

The Rutland Township Board has until Dec. 5 to show the Illinois Attorney General's Office it didn't violate the State's Open Meetings Act during its October 14 monthly meeting.  Two weeks ago FEN filed a request for review after learning the Board approved an ordinance for an investment policy and appointed a Chief Investment Officer in place of the Supervisor in only a single vote.

In a letter dated Monday, Assistant Attorney General Josh Jones asked Township Clerk Linda Iverson to "clarify whether the Board approved the appointment without giving advance notice on the ...agenda."

The Township has seven business days from receipt of the letter to get together agendas and minutes and any other material, even though, as a courtesy, FEN provided a copy of the request for review the day it was filed.

Registration Open For LITH Holiday Lights Contest

Weather forecasters are still calling for a warmup Saturday so that's a good day for homeowners to plan putting up their Christmas decorations.  Especially the ones in Lake in the Hills because Dec. 18 will be the date for judging in this year's Lake in the Hills Holiday Lights Decorating Contest.  Registration for the contest is open at 847-960-7460 but only the first 20  homes signed up will be eligible for judging.

There'll be winners in two categories,  Best Overall Display and The Clark Griswold Award, the two top entries receiving a gift certificate to a Lake in the Hills restaurant.   The addresses of all the entrants will be posted on the Village website for folks looking to take their kids on an old fashioned (before TV) evening Christmas tour.

In the pic:  Last year's overall winner in the LITH Lights competition.

Interest In Illinois Fracking Damped By Low Oil Prices

Filing for hydraulic fracturing drilling permits began this week in Illinois but by Tuesday's end only three companies had applied.  The reason probably relates to the same problem facing OPEC oil ministers Thursday:  thanks to "fracking", there's so much oil that prices are tumbling.

With the addition of Illinois, 21 states now allow fracking, however, production in other states has already had a huge impact.  U.S. oil production peaked at  9.6 million barrels per day (bpd) in 1970, then fell to less than 5 million by 2008. That's when, independent oil producers began adapting the new technologies of hydraulic fracturing.  U.S. oil production has risen to 7.4 million bpd and the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts that U.S. production will return to 1970 levels by 2019.

Fracking drilling in the U.S. alone is expected to add as much as a million barrels a day this year, coinciding with a slowdown in demand from Asian and European economies.  Together the two have hammered oil prices, down more than 25 percent since June to around $80 a barrel.

That's a problem for the OPEC cartel which still controls around one third of world oil production.  The group can't cut pumping enough to force prices up because a lot of cartel members are already living day to day on oil revenue.  However, depressed oil prices are also damping the incentive to sink new fracking wells in the U.S.  That's the problem in Illinois which is climbing on the fracking bandwagon late.  A couple of years ago reviving the oil fields in central Illinois held the promise of generous returns.  At today's prices, the prospects aren't so lucrative.

Executive vice president Brad Richards of the Illinois Oil and Gas Association said interest in the state among drillers has fallen as a result of the extended regulatory and legal fights.  “There’s probably six or seven companies I think are definitely going to give it a try,” he said.

Obituaries

Christopher J. Cowart, 21, of Lake in the Hills died Nov. 10 in Champaign.   A memorial gathering will be held Saturday from 10 to 11 am at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Huntley, with a Memorial Mass immediately following.

Chris was born on June 13, 1993, in Menomonee Falls, WI, the son of James and Ann Lacy-Cowart.  He is survived by his parents and brother, Patrick.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Keith and Laura (Blakely) Lacy, Elaine (Thompson) Lacy, James (Sr.) and Frances (Heintz) Cowart.

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
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Prim Names New McHenry County Sheriff's Management

A week before being sworn in as McHenry County's new Sheriff, Bill Prim Monday announced the names of his new top managers.  Two of Prim's picks will bring in new blood but a third's likely to reopen old wounds.

Prim said he won't name an Undersheriff, a position currently occupied by his Primary opponent Andy Zinke, but will split responsibilities of the Sheriff’s Office into two major divisions the heads of which will report to him directly.  To run police operations, Prim named 23-year FBI agent Ricardo Pagán.  Jail and general office administrator responsibility will go to Cook County Sheriiff's Office veteran David Devane.  It's Prim's third pick, McHenry resident Sandy Salgado, to head  human resources and budget and management operations at the Sheriff's Office that will probably raise a ruckus.

Salgado's been Business Manager for a little over a year at the Lake County Sheriff's Office where Prim, until last month, was a part-time security officer.  However, she's also a 12-year McHenry County Board member and, for the last eight months, Chairman of the McHenry County Republican Party.  Adding to the tangle, Salgado's also the daughter of Ron Salgado, chief investigator and rumored eminence grise, for Prim patron, State's Attorney Lou Bianchi.  Bianchi more or less leads one faction of the McHenry County GOP so Salgado's appointment's bound to offend the other.

Pagan's publicly available background is scanty.  For the past year at least he's been Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the Criminal/Violent Crime Branch of the Chicago FBI.  Prim highlighted Pagan's narcotics experience and FEN found case records showing he operated as an undercover agent at least twice in San Antonio and Miami about a decade ago.

DeVane's held a number of posts in the Cook County Sheriff's Office since Mike Sheehan won it in 1990 including two stints as Executive Director.  Most recently he's been its Executive Director, Office of Policy and Accountability.

Prim said that Devane and Salgado will begin their duties when he's sworn in Dec. 1.  Pagán will report after the first of the year.

In the pic:  Sandy Salgado at a Bill Prim fundraiser.

Monday Snow Calls For Reminder On Winter Parking Rules

With only about an inch of snow accumulated --and that mostly on grass, not streets-- the weatherman was kind to road crews Monday.  As a harbinger of more surely to come, however, the snow was a good reminder that it's time to review area Winter parking rules.

In Algonquin there's no parking between 2 and 5 am on Routes 31 and 62 ever.  On the rest of the streets between 2 and 5 am there's no parking longer than 15 minutes from Halloween to Income Tax Day.  But if it snows at least two inches there's no parking anytime for any length of time, at least until the plows clear the streets.

In Lake in the Hills, if there's more than an inch of snow between Nov. 1 and Apr. 1 parking's prohibited any time, day or night, until a street's cleared.

In Huntley there's no street parking between 2 and 6 am ever.  But when it snows two inches or more there's no parking for eight hours after a snowfall or until the plows have come through and the streets are clear.

Huntley Park District Winter Escape Camp Signups Open

Enrollment's underway for the Huntley Park District's 2014 Winter Escape Camp Dec. 22 through 30.  The camp feataures Rec Center special events filled with games, projects, sports and treats and field trips. Specific activity information will be posted a week before camp starts.  There's no camp on Dec. 24, 25 and 31 or January 1, of course.  The place to sign up is located here:  https://webtrac.huntleyparks.org/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/wbsearch.html?xxactivitynumber=314020  Registration closes Dec. 15.

No Violence In Chicago Protests Over Ferguson Verdict

Chanting activists and protesters snarled traffic in Chicago Monday evening after a grand jury refused to indict a while police officer for fatally shooting a Ferguson, MO, unarmed black teenager in August.  Demonstrations were peaceful in contrast to those in Ferguson and some other locations around the country.

Police fired tear gas and protesters set fire to businesses in Ferguson.  Early this morning the St. Louis County Police Chief said at least a dozen buildings burned and rioters fired about 150 gunshots during a night of looting, vandalism, arson and clashes between demonstrators and police.  Chief Jon Belmar said the rioting was "much worse" than in the immediate aftermath of 18-year-old Michael Brown's shooting by police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9.

Besides the protests in Chicago, there were demonstrations in New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, Oakland, CA, and Washington, D.C., over the Ferguson verdict.  Most were relatively peaceful although fires and looting were reported in Oakland.

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
November 24
1928 HRS VIRGINIA RD & ROUTE 31.  NO VALID DRIVER’S LICENSE/ACCIDENT.  GONZALEZ-SANCHEZ, OFELIA, F/W 45 YEARS OF AGE, 116 GREEN ST., CARPENTERSVILLE.  CHARGE: Driving With No Valid Driver’s License.  RELEASED ON BOND.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1048 HRS PYOTT RD. & BARBARA ST.  CRIMINAL DEFACEMENT.  Graffiti on underpass tunnel.  TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
Algonquin
November 21
19:36pm Moore, Patrick K., DOB: 09/20/1983, of 14 Washtenaw Ln., Algonquin, was charged with Retail Theft.  He was taken into custody at 1501 E. Algonquin Rd.  He was issued a Notice to appear with a court date of 01/28/2015 in Algonquin, then released.
21:11pm Eppolito, Daniel F, DOB: 10/28/1971, of 800 Valley Drive, Cary, was charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.  He was taken into custody at APD and released after posting $150 with a court date of 01/07/2015 in McHenry County.
November 22
04:54am Delbosque III, Hector A., DOB: 10/28/1989, of 976 Shadowood Ln., Crystal Lake, was charged with DUI, Unsafe Equipment and Use of Unsafe Tire.  He was taken into custody at Hanson and Algonquin. He was released after posting $300 with a court date of 01/07/2015 in McHenry County.   
November 23

04:26am Meadows, Cheyenne C., DOB: 02/10/1991, of 121 E Main St., Cary, was charged with DUI, Improper Stopping, Improper Lane Usage, Speeding and Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle.  She was taken into custody at Randall and Broadsmore.  She was released after posting $100 and her DL with a court date of 01/07/2015 in McHenry County.
23:52pm Gonzales, Boun R., DOB: 03/25/1991,  of 1158 Mohawk Dr., Elgin, was charged with Disorderly Conduct.  He was taken into custody at 225 Highland Ave.  He posted $120 and was released with a court date of 01/07/2015 in McHenry County.
Huntley
November 17
A theft report was taken in the 10400 block of Middletown Ln. A TV was reported stolen.
A theft report was taken in the 11800 block of Covey Ln. The victim reported that cash, a garage remote and a key were taken from the home.
November 18
Linsi K. Knapp, age 24, of 106 S. Menard, Chicago,was arrested for driving with no valid driver’s license and failure to signal near the intersection of Reed and Haligus Rds. Ms. Knapp was assigned a December 12, 2014, court date and was transported to McHenry County jail to await bond.
November 19
A theft report was taken at Huntley High School. A staff member reported that a laptop bag and a charger were stolen from a classroom.
A criminal damage to vehicle report was taken near the intersection of Rt. 47 and Main St. The victim stated that unknown persons kicked and punched his vehicle in a road rage incident.
November 20
A criminal damage to vehicle report was taken in the 10400 block of Rt. 47. The victim stated that a baseball bat and shoes were used to damage her vehicle.
November 21
Bonnie C. Daebel, age 50, of 200 W. Hartford Dr., Schaumburg, was arrested for driving while license suspended and speeding near the intersection of Kreutzer Rd and Main St. Ms. Daebel posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of December 19, 2014.
A 17 year-old girl from Lake in the Hills was arrested for speeding 35 miles an hour over the speed limit near the intersection of Brier Hill and Copperwynd Rd. The girl was released to her father with a McHenry County court date of December 19, 2014.
Margaret M. Przeklasa, age 46, of 12291 Glazier St., Huntley, was arrested for driving with a suspended registration and improper use of registration near the intersection of Reed Rd and Noah Ave. Ms. Przeklasa posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of December 26, 2014.
Manuel M. Alejandro, age 41, of 10811 Woodstock St., Huntley, was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident near the intersection of Main St. and Woodstock St. Mr. Alejandro posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of December 19, 2014.
November 22
Gerald A Mason, age 58, of 10748 Nantucket Ln., Huntley, was arrested for DUI, improper lane use and leaving the scene of an accident, near the intersection of Rt. 47 and Mill St. Mr. Mason posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of December 26, 2014.
A hit and run report was taken in the 10800 block of Timer Dr. West. A mailbox post was run over.
November 23
A theft report was taken at a gas station in the 13200 block of Rt. 47. An employee reported that a customer pumped more gas into his tank than he paid for, then drove off.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Algonquin Boyer Road Reopen Planned By Wednesday

Early Winter weather's put paid to plans for finishing Boyer Road reconstruction in Algonquin, according to Village officials.  Enough work's been done to return the stretch of roadway from Corporate Drive south to the Village limits to service, however.  Wednesday afternoon's the deadline for the construction contractor to pull the barricades, according to Algonquin Project Manager Shawn Hurtig.

"We've got a good three-inch [asphalt] base," he said adding that cold, rain and, now, likely snow preclude laying down another two-inch topcoat.  "They'll put that down in the Spring," Hurtig said.

Snow Likely By Afternoon, How Much Of It Less Clear

Snow is in the forecast today --meteorologists are pretty sure of that-- but National Weather Service forecasters said different models came up with different results on how much of it to expect.  Applying a lot of "fuzzy math and fudging", they came up with rain this morning changing to snow around Noon resulting in something like a two-inch accumulation by tonight when stiff winds will rise to blow it all around.  

Tuesday and Wednesday are expected to be cold again with, maybe, some snow Wednesday, but then again, maybe not.  The weathermen's best guess right now is Thanksgiving will be pretty clear but pretty cold, too.

Huntley Library Holiday Basket Chances Now On Sale

Fifteen Friends of the Library Holiday Baskets are on display until December 16 at the Huntley Library for the group's 14th annual seasonal fundraiser.  Items included in this year’s baskets include Bulls Tickets, a $200 Meijers gift card, Tastefully Simple goodies, an iPad mini, chocolate, a big pool party and other swell stuff.

Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 at the Library’s Information Desk.  Basket winners will be announced and notified on December 17.  The Friends also have created beautiful holiday ornaments to celebrate the library’s 25th anniversary. The 3D, silver ornaments are available at Information Desk for $15 each while supplies last.

Rauner Team Proposes Massive University Funding Cuts

A glimpse of Governor-elect Bruce Rauner's plans to fix Illinois' "stunningly bad" finances emerged over the weekend, one that was  pretty stunning itself.  Lee Enterprises newspapers reported today that Rauner's budget transition team plans cuts in funding for State universities up to 30 percent over the next 18 months.

A story this morning cites a Friday email to university presidents from Illinois Board of Higher Education Executive Director James Applegate warning of "bad budget news" after his meeting with Rauner number crunchers.  "They have asked us to prepare a budget recommendation for FY 16 involving a 20 percent reduction. We may also be asked to create spending reserves of 5 percent or 10 percent out of our existing budget for the remainder of FY15," Applegate wrote in the email that the Lee Enterprises Springfield bureau secured.

It's not clear if Rauner's budgeteers will ask other state agencies to prepare for similar reductions, but Rauner spokesman Mike Schrimpf told the newspaper chain Sunday, "Our state's fiscal house is in disrepair and years of patching over the problems have only made things worse."  Schrimpf said information from university presidents and other state agency chiefs will help the budget transition team develop a new State financial blueprint.

Obituaries

Joseph P. Chuffo, 66, of Lake in the Hills died unexpectedly Thursday.   Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4 to 8 pm in the Miller Funeral Home, West Dundee.

Chuffo was born in Chicago on Feb. 7, 1948, the son of the late Joseph F. and Della (nee Fonte) Chuffo.  Survivors include his wife:.Sandra Crawford; his stepdaughters, Fiona and Orna Theboul, and his sisters, Betty McDuffy, Mary (Fritz) Dusek, Cindy Hillebrand, Becky Siewert and Vicki (Tony Bonich) Chuffo.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Illinois Bar 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
November 23
0358 HRS RANDALL RD. & MILLER RD.  DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL.  GONZALEZ-LARA, JOCELYN E.,  F/W 21 YEARS OF AGE 310 E. JUDD ST. APT 2, WOODSTOCK.  CHARGES: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol with a Breath Alcohol Content Greater Than .08, and Speeding.  RELEASED ON BOND.
0859 HRS 100 BLOCK OF N. RANDALL RD.  WANTED ON WARRANT.  MEADOWS, BLAKE S.,  M/W 26 YEARS OF AGE, 1022 MCPHEE DR.,  LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Wanted on Warrant, Lake County Sherriff’s Office, Failure to Appear for Battery.  Bond: $25,000 @ 10%. Wanted on Warrant, McHenry County Sherriff’s Office, Contempt of Court.  Bond: $100 full cash.  RELEASED ON BOND.
1524 HRS 300 BLOCK OF HIAWATHA DR.  DOMESTIC BATTERY.  CARUSO, JEREMY E.,  M/W 19 YEARS OF AGE, 370 HIAWATHA DR.,  LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Four Counts of Domestic Battery.  TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
1253 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF BURR ST.  FOLLOW UP ARREST: BATTERY.  CHAVES, DIEGO A.,  M/W 26 YEARS OF AGE, 1120 BURR ST., LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGE: One Count of Battery.  RELEASED ON BOND.
Algonquin
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Huntley Guard Rail Replacement Delayed By Construction Backlog

An end of season backlog is the reason a guardrail for the creek culvert on Kreutzer Road at the UP tracks still hasn't been replaced, according to Huntley Village officials.  The safety rail was wiped out for the second time in two years last month but Village Manager Dave Johnson told FEN the rail contractor's been overloaded trying to finish other road construction before Winter puts a stop to everything.

Johnson said replacing the rail's a lot more expensive than it looks, too, about $15,000.  According to experts FEN contacted, the rail itself is fairly cheap but the end pieces so errant motorists won't impale themselves involve sophisticated--and pricey--engineering. 

This month's record cold hasn't helped either, according to Johnson who said the rail would be replaced soon.  "As soon as [the contractor] can get to it," he said.

Algonquin Lions Stock Randall Christmas Tree Lot

Algonquin's Lions Club braved chill and raw winds Saturday to unload 175 Christmas trees fresh off the tree farm in Fife Lake (south of Lake Skegemog), MI.   Lions suggested shopping early since last year they not only sold out completely but did it a week before Christmas at that.

The Lions' lot at Algonquin State Bank on Randall Road will feature mostly six to nine-foot firs priced from $55 to $100 although they have  a few ten to eleven-footers, too.  Proceeds go to Lions' vision and hearing programs and other community programs they've supported since 1939.  Hours will be 5:30  to 8:30 pm Monday through Friday and 7 am to 9 pm Saturdays and Sundays until Christmas or there's nothing left to sell.

Letters From Santa Available For LITH Kids

Lake in the Hills kids can thrill to a holiday letter from Santa Claus thanks to the elves at LITH Parks & Rec. Until Dec. 5, parents can  send or drop off a stamped business envelope with each child’s name and address printed on it and the elves will tuck a missive into it from Saint Nick himself and impress a plausible North Pole postmark on the whole thing.

Drop 'em off at Parks & Rec in LITH Village Hall or send them to:
Santa Claus
c/o Lake in the Hills
Recreation Department
600 Harvest Gate
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

The elves express their regrets but the Santa letters are only for LITH kids, though.

IL Dems Call For "Comprehensive" Immigration Reform

Democratic politicians gathered at a Chicago high school Saturday to encourage Illinois' immigrant population to register with the federal government under President Barack Obama's new executive action on immigration.  Announced Thursday, the executive order would prevent the deportation of about four million parents and guardians who lack the same legal status as their children.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez challenged Chicago's immigrant community to "set the standard" for registration under the act.  U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said the president's action, while historic, is still short of a solution.  "We want comprehensive immigration reform to reach out to the millions who deserve this opportunity in America,” he said.

Friday, however, The Illinois Attorney General's office warned that the sweeping immigration changes raise the possibility of fraud.  “The immigration process is often intimidating and confusing, which is why many people seek assistance,” said AG Lisa Madigan.  “But unfortunately, much of the help offered is expensive and illegitimate."

Prosecutors say immigration services applicants could be targeted by scammers posing as lawyers or demanding excessive upfront fees for assistance.

Obituaries

Linda J. Lenehan, 74, died Oct. 30 at her home.  Visitation will be held Saturday at Holy Family Church, Inverness, immediately followed by a Memorial Mass.

Lenehan was born July 9, 1940, the daughter of Carl and Myrtle (Smith) Smith. She is survived by her son, Frank (Catherine) Vandy; grandchildren, Joshua, Aaron, Emily, Mark and Luke, and sister, Sandra (Tom) Rainer. She was preceded in death by her parents. Memorials in her name may be directed to Feed My Starving Children.

Meagan Colleen Sunde, 46, of Huntley died Wednesday.  A Celebration Service will be held Dec. 4  at Willow Creek Community Church Chapel, South Barrington.  A reception will follow.

Sunde was born in Sacramento, CA, July 4, 1968, but grew up in Lima, OH, the daughter of  Richard Charles and Terre Ann Walsh. On May 4, 1990, she married John Sunde.  She is survived by her husband; son, John; daughter, Skylar; her mother and her siblings, Joni Padilla and Dennis, John Walsh and Angel, Jim Walsh and Robin, Shanna Ruppert and Todd and Sean Walsh.  She was preceded in death by her father and her brother, Aaron Michael Walsh.

Memorials may be made to the family at a later date.

Dorothy Comyns Berg, 80, of East Dundee died Monday Genoa City, WI, less than a week after being diagnosed with brain cancer.  At her request there will be no visitation or funeral services.

Berg born  May 18, 1934, in Teaneck, NJ.  She is survived by her children, Clayton C. Webster, of Mansfield, TX; Leland C. Webster, of Brighton, MA, and Cynthia W. Kanner of Algonquin; grandchildren, Andrew Webster, Mark Webster, Dylan Kanner, and Benjamin Kanner, and step-grandson Ludwik Gorzanski;  former husbands, Joseph P. Berg, Jr., of Dallas, TX, and Dr. Donald K. Webster of Madison, NJ, and siblings, Richard Comyns of Asheville, NC, Olive Hunter of Naples, FL, and Georgia Crowell of Hereford, AZ.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, Woodstock.

McHenry County Indictments

A McHenry County Grand Jury returned indictments this week against the following individuals:  The charges against these defendants are merely allegations against them.  The defendants are presumed innocent of any crime until proven guilty in court. For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon their submission of a court record.

PETER J. KAPARIS, DOB:  06/28/1959, 1347 CUNAT COURT APT 1C, LAKE IN THE HILLS.  IDENTITY THEFT. --Lake in the Hills PD

MICHAEL A. PARRA, DOB:  06/03/1986, 9 WANDER WAY, LAKE IN THE HILLS.  UNLAWFUL DELIVERY OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (FOUR COUNTS), UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (FOUR COUNTS), UNLAWFUL DELIVERY OF CANNABIS, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS (TWO COUNTS), UNLAWFUL POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DELIVER A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS WITH INTENT TO DELIVER, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. --McHenry County Sheriff's Office
  
BENJAMIN M. PRIEST, DOB:  07/02/1971, 7206 N. OAKS STREET, WONDER LAKE.  AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL SEXUAL ABUSE (SEVEN COUNTS). --McHenry County Sheriff's Office

GARRET T. HOBBS, DOB:  10/23/1987, 819 CAYUGA TRAIL, MARENGO.  DISORDERLY CONDUCT. --McHenry County Sheriff's Office
  
MICHAEL J. ZIMMERMAN, DOB:  05/01/1959, 1411 NORTHFIELD COURT APT 1C, HARVARD.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DELIVER CANNABIS, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE(2CTS), UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. --Harvard PD
  
JUAN FRANCISCO SERRANO-CASAS, DOB:  05/02/1976, 206 W. THOMPSON STREET, HARVARD.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. --Harvard PD
  
SEAN E. DEANE, DOB:  01/19/1990, 1005 KENNETH CIRCLE, ELGIN.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DELIVER CANNABIS, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. --McHenry PD
  
MARK A. FORREST, DOB:  03/18/1977, 654 LAURELL STREET, ELGIN.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS. --Crystal Lake PD
  
BRANDON I. BJERGA-WACHAL, DOB:  03/30/1989, 318 WISCONSIN STREET, EAGLE, WI.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WITH INTENT TO DELIVER, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE(2CTS), UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF HYPODERMIC SYRINGE, RETAIL THEFT, CRIMINAL TRESPASS TO REAL PROPERTY. --Johnsburg PD

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
November 22
0402 HRS 220 N. RANDALL RD. (MORETTI’S).  DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL/ACCIDENT.  LEON, XAVIER, M/W 22 YEARS OF AGE, 18 WOODY WAY, CARY.  CHARGES: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol with A Breath Alcohol Content Greater Than .08, No Insurance, Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident, Failure to Report Accident, Driver Failure to Notify of Accident, and Illegal Transportation of Open Alcohol Driver.  RELEASED ON BOND.
1113 HRS RANDALL RD. & MILLER RD.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property Damage Only.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Algonquin Chief On List To Head Northern U.S. Marshal Office

Algonquin's soon-to-retire Chief of Police, Russ Laine, is on the short list to head the United States Marshal's Northern District of Illinois, according to an announcement Friday from U.S. Senator Dick Durbin's office. President Barack Obama will likely choose among Laine, whose last day will be Dec. 16, and two other candidates.

"I was approached a while ago about appointing Russ Laine to management in the U.S. Marshal's service," said Algonquin Village President John Schmitt this morning, "and I gave him my resounding endorsement."

Durbin and fellow Sen. Mark Kirk also recommended Calumet City Police Chief Edward Gilmore and the District's current acting Marshal, Joel Kirch.  Laine, 63, Chief in Algonquin for almost 30 years, is a former head of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and a licensed attorney.   Gilmore's been Chief for six years in Calumet City, once famous for having more liquor licenses per resident than anywhere else in the country.  Kirch had already retired from the Marshal's service but was called back in late August when the Northern District's previous head resigned the post to take a two-step demotion.

The Marshal's Illinois Northern District seems to be a troubled one.  According to published reports, it's been the subject of two investigations, both still unreleased, about financial mismanagement under Daryl McPherson, its previous boss.  McPherson had also been chastised by a federal judge for using "overly aggressive" witness tactics.

The Marshal's service is the oldest federal law enforcement agency dating from 1789.  It's the federal government’s primary agency for conducting fugitive investigations, protects federal courts and facilities and transports prisoners.

McHenry County Deputies Honored After October Shootout

Outgoing McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren this week honored a trio of Deputies involved in a Holiday Hills shootout a month ago.  Deputies Dwight Maness and Khalia Satkiewicz were both awarded the McHenry County Purple Heart for wounds they received when accused shooter Scott B. Peters blasted high velocity rifle rounds through the closed door of his home.  Deputy Eric Luna received the Award of Valor for trading shots with him afterwards, forcing his retreat.

All together, Nygren gave awards to 36 deputies, supervisors, detectives and dispatchers in connection with the Oct. 16 incident.

In the pic:  McHenry County Deputies Khalia Satkiewicz and Dwight Maness.

McHenry County Approves Effectively Flat Tax Levy

 The McHenry County Board this week approved a new property tax levy that effectively was the same as this year's.  The new $79.5 million levy is about $700,000 more than the previous one but the value of new construction's expected to keep the tax rate essentially unchanged.  Illinois' Property Tax Extension Limitation Law would have allowed a 1.5 percent increase for inflation.  The Board also approved a new $240.3 million balanced budget, down $7.2 from this year's version.

The Board also approved a new $240.3 million balanced budget, down $7.2 from this year's version.  Depending on location, McHenry County's portion of resident's tax bills usually runs between 9 and 11 cents per dollar.

Pension Reform Law Headed To IL Supreme Court

Attorney General Lisa Madigan said she'd appeal a Sangamon County judge's Friday ruling that the state’s pension reform law is unconstitutional.  Circuit Court Judge John Belz said that the pension protection clause of the Illinois Constitution provides a guarantee of pension benefits.

“The state of Illinois made a constitutionally protected promise to its employees concerning their pension benefits,” Belz wrote in his ruling. “Under established and uncontroverted Illinois law, the state of Illinois cannot break this promise.”

Madigan said she'll ask justices to expedite the appeal, “given the significant impact that a final decision in this case will have on the state’s financial condition.”  Governor-elect Bruce Rauner who Thursday called the state's position "horrible" said,  “It is my hope that the court will take up the case and rule as soon as possible"

Legislators approved the pension reform plan a year ago hoping to reduce the state’s $100 billion pension debt and lessen payments to the State's five pension systems. The law reduces benefits for retirees but also reduces employee contributions. State employees argued that the Constitution prohibits reducing benefits or compensation.  Belz rejected arguments that the pension protection clause can be ignored in extraordinary circumstances like the state’s ongoing financial crisis.

“The pension protection clause contains no exception, restriction or limitation for the exercise of the state’s police powers or reserved sovereign powers,” he wrote in his six-page ruling.

In the pic:  The Sangamon County Courthouse

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
November 21
0151 HRS REED RD. & NORMANDY LN.  WANTED ON WARRANT.  GAUCH, BRIAN C.,  M/W 27 YEARS OF AGE, 11720 WOODCREEK DR. APT F,  HUNTLEY.  CHARGES: Wanted on Warrant, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office: Failure to Appear for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs $10,000 10 % applies, Unlawful Possession of a Vehicle with a Removed Vehicle Identification Number, Unlawful Possession of a Title or Registration (x2), Unlawful Possession of a Certificate of the Title (x2), Unlawful Display of Registration, No Valid Registration, and No Proof of Valid Insurance.  TRANSPORTED TO THE MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.  JUVENILE, M/W 17 YEARS OF AGE, CRYSTAL LAKE.  CHARGE: Possession of Cannabis.  RELEASED TO PARENT.
0210 HRS 220 N. RANDALL RD.  (MORETTI’S).  DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED.  PRADO, EDUARDO,  M/W 20 YEARS OF AGE, 421 SADLER AVE.,  ELGIN.  CHARGES: Driving While License Suspended, and Disobeying a Traffic Control Device.  RELEASED ON BOND.
2226 HRS 30 BLOCK OF HILLTOP DR.  DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL/ACCIDENT.  LUTSCH, JOSEPH D.,  M/W 30 YEARS OF AGE, 308 BEACH DR.,  ALGONQUIN.  CHARGES: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, and Failure to Reduce Speed. Additional charges pending.  RELEASED ON BOND.
0744 HRS PATTON AVE. & GRANT AVE.  ASSIST OTHER POLICE AGENCY.  Officer assisted the Hanover Park Police Department with locating a missing juvenile.
1130 HRS 00 BLOCK OF SUGAR MAPLE CT.  ASSIST AMBULANCE.  Male, one year of age, possibly ingested bleach.  NO TRANSPORT.
1251 HRS 00 BLOCK OF BARTON CREEK CT.  REPORT FOR INSURANCE.  A water pipe broke causing flood damage to the residence.
1516 HRS HALIGUS RD. & REED RD.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Huntley Board Renews Cable Franchise For Next 10 Years

No one spoke at a preceding public hearing and there was no debate Thursday as the Huntley Board renewed a franchise agreement with Comcast of Northern Illinois for the cable TV and Internet company to operate in the Village rights of way for the next 10 years.

Huntley will continue to receive five percent of Comcast's gross revenue, all that State law allows, from service within the Village.  A staff memorandum estimated that's worth about $350,000 per year at current prices.

Separately, however, Comcast added a notice to customer bills this month that some service and equipment price charges will be going up Jan 1. Among them: the Basic Services Broadcast TV fee will jump from $1.50 to $3.25;  HD DVR service will rise from $8 to $10 and the hourly charge for in-home service visits will leap from $60 to $70.

Trustees also approved the second payout this year on the Village's 50/50 Residential Parkway Tree Replacement Plan.  The cost for just short of 300 trees this year ran to $65,000.  Most of the replacementa were maples of one variety or another.

I-90 Tollway Traffic Shifts Announced For Route 25 Interchange

Illinois Tollway officials announced this morning that crews will open a reconstructed ramp carrying eastbound I-90 traffic to Illinois Route 25 before tonight's evening rush hour.  Turn lanes on the ramp carrying traffic from the Jane Addams Tollway to Route 25 will remain reduced to one right and one left turn lane, though.

Traffic's been routed on a temporary ramp during construction of the new one, part of  the Tollway's Route 25 Interchange Project.  Other changes are still planned.  Overnight lane closures are scheduled to begin after 7 pm Monday to shift eastbound traffic on I-90 to the right to provide a work zone on the left.  A similar shift is scheduled for westbound traffic the week of December 1.  That same week, all Route 25 traffic is scheduled to move onto the newly reconstructed northbound side of the bridge.

Kane Clerk Pleads Guilty On County Ethics Violation

Kane County Clerk Jack Cunningham Thursday pleaded guilty to violating his County's ethics ordinance by using Kane digital gear during his re-election campaign.  Judge Elizabeth Flood fined him $500, the maximum Kane's Code of Ethics allows.

Special Prosecutor Charles Colburn filed the charge Wednesday after complaints by Cunningham's Primary opponent, Mark Davoust, that the County's Clerk since 2002 used his personal cellphone and tablet to receive and reply to about a dozen political emails via a Kane-owned wireless router.

The 74 year-old Cunningham told reporters he wasn't as familiar with how things work these days as events proved he should have been.   "I screwed up and I did it, and I have no defense for it," he said.

In the pic:  Jack Cunningham

Rauner: State's Finances "Stunningly Bad", "Horrible"

In his first visit to Springfield since beating Pat Quinn, Governor-elect Bruce Rauner Thursday said the State's financial situation is "stunningly bad. It's horrible."  He refused to say what he plans to do about it, though, merely promising an on-time new budget proposal in February.

The Winnetka businessman also warned his outgoing predecessor not to try finagle the State's employment system with last-minute rewards for loyalty.  Rauner didn't accuse Quinn of planning any tricks but called for a personnel freeze observing that,  “In past transitions, we have seen hiring occur, reclassifications occur and appointments occur at the last minute that probably were inappropriate or didn’t make sense,”

Rauner will be sworn in Jan. 11,  only a few days after the first phase of the State's temporary 2011 income tax increase is scheduled to roll back, leaving a $4 billion per year budget hole behind.  Rauner said he wants more information about that. "We want to understand every penny of the current financial condition and where the spending has been, where it's likely needed to go," he said. "We are doing detailed financial analysis right as we speak."

Rauner said Auditor General William Holland is conducting a "turnover audit" of the state's financials, a critical aid he said to understanding the depth and scope of the State's fiscal predicament.

Obituaries

Ethel Lorraine Le Duc, 93 of Algonquin died Tuesday in Aiken, S.C.  Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 8 pm at Wait Ross Allanson Funeral & Cremation Services Chapel,Algonquin, and on Monday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Algonquin, from 10 am until Funeral Services there at 11.  Burial will follow in Algonquin Cemetery.

Le Duc was born Dec. 7, 1920, in St. Paul, MN, the daughter of George and Ernestine Fingus Hefke. Surviving are her children, Sally (James) Albertson of Humble, TX, Leonard (Dawn) Le Duc of Lake James Community, NC, and Roger(Renee) Le Duc of Aiken, SC, and nine grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Leonard E. Le Duc; three grandchildren, Daniel Le Duc, Sean Albertson, and Stefanie McKenzie; a brother, Ernest Hefke, and five sisters, Bertha Zipperer, Dorothy Zurchauer, Ernestine Grage, Elsie Hefke and Georgia Davis.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. John's Lutheran Church,

Dianne L. Martin-Klein, 70, of Lake in the Hills died Wednesday at University of Illinois Hospital, Chicago.  Visitation will be Saturday from 10 am until a Mass at 11 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Algonquin.  Inurnment will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Huntley.

Martin-Klein was born March 4, 1944, in Aurora, the daughter of the late Everett and Florence Wurtz.  She is survived by her children, Curt and April Martin and Christopher and Jennifer Martin; four grandchildren, Jacob and Matthew Martin and Hunter and Hannah Martin, and two sisters, Shirley Seidier and Pam (Jack) Stengel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Home of the Sparrow, McHenry.

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
November 20
0016 HRS RANDALL RD. & ACORN LN.  DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL.  SCHMIDT, JASON M.,  M/W 33 YEARS OF AGE, 18N601 GALLIGAN RD.,  WEST DUNDEE.  CHARGES: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol with a Breath Alcohol Content Greater than .08, and Improper Lane Usage.  RELEASED ON BOND.
1434 HRS 4500 W. ALGONQUIN RD. (7-ELEVEN).  WANTED ON WARRANT.   EISENHAUER, BRONSON C.,  M/W 25 YEARS OF AGE, 2419 MEADOWSEDGE LN.,  CARPENTERSVILLE.  CHARGES: Wanted on Warrant, Kane County Sheriff’s Office, for Failure to Appear. Bond: $3,000 @10% plus a $75 FTA fee.  TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
2128 HRS 100 BLOCK OF INDIAN TRAIL.  DOMESTIC BATTERY.  GALVAN JR, NAPOLION,  M/W 29 YEARS OF AGE, 515 N. ALFRED AVE.,  ELGIN.  CHARGES: Two counts Domestic Battery.  TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
0619 HRS 1200 BLOCK OF SYCAMORE ST.  DEATH INVESTIGATION.  Male, 66 years of age, found deceased.  TURNED OVER TO THE CORONER.
0649 HRS 300 BLOCK OF TECUMSEH TRAIL.  BURGLARY TO MOTOR VEHICLE.  Items taken from an unlocked vehicle.  TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
0853 HRS 100 BLOCK OF CRYSTAL LAKE RD.  BURGLARY TO MOTOR VEHICLE.  Items taken from an unlocked vehicle.  TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
1628 HRS 300 BLOCK OF MEADOW LN.  RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY.  Unknown subject entered residence.  Personal Property removed.  TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
Algonquin
November 20
16:44pm Schultz, David W., DOB: 03/13/1978, of 4507 Ramble Rd., Lake in the hills, was charged with DWLR and Disregarding a Traffic-control Device. He was taken into custody at Main St. and Edward St. He was released after posting $150 with a court date of 12/31/14 in McHenry County.
17:44pm A 16 year-old female from Lake in the Hills, was charged with Theft. She was taken into custody at 750 S. Randall Rd. She was referred to McHenry County Juvenile Court and released to her parents.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Henry's Hustle In LITH Readies Second Year Supporting Pantry, MDS

It only seems like late December so there's still a full week left for hardy runners to sign up for the last local 5K run/walk of the year.  Thanksgiving Day will see the second Lake in the Hills running of Henry's Hustle, successor to Algonquin's now defunct Turkey Trot.

The Turkey Trot was all about donations to the Algonquin Lake in the Hills Interfaith Food Pantry.  Henry's Hustle still helps that group but also the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  In fact it's named for two year-old area MDS victim, Henry Betts.

With little publicity, last year's Henry's Hustle drew around 200 runners and raised around $1,300 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association but it only gathered a couple of hundred pounds of Pantry food donations.   Before it got too big for organizers to manage, the Turkey Trot usually drew about 300 runners who ordinarily donated more than $2,000 and half a ton of food for the Pantry.

Advance signups for the 8 am Thanksgiving Day start of Henry's Hustle at LITH's Sunset Park can be made here:  https://www.signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/103482.  Race Day registration for the event will start at 6:30 am.

The first 200 Henry's Hustle runners/walkers will receive a t-shirt.  Another important attraction: "This year we will have portable toilets near the start/finish line," organizers said.

In the pic:  Even normal November weather was brisk at the first Henry's Hustle in Lake in the Hills last year.

Area PD's Warn Against IRS Phone Scammers

With warnings in the past week from the McHenry County Sheriff's Office, and LITH, Huntley, Crystal Lake and Woodstock  police departments about phone scammers claiming to be IRS agents it might be time to set the record straight:   "The IRS will always send taxpayers a written notification of any tax due via the U.S. mail, " according to the Internal Revenue Service.

If that's not clear enough, "The IRS never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone."

According to local authorities scammers are "aggressively" working the IRS con right now, particularly targeting recent immigrants with threats of deportation, arrest, having their utilities shut off, or having their driver’s licenses revoked.

According to the IRS, for more information or to report a scam, the place to go is www.irs.gov and type "scam" in the search box.

D158 Wins National Education Plaudit

D158 is among the best in the nation for Advanced Placement college level courses for the third straight year according to an announcement this week.  The District was one of only 547 in all of the U.S. and Canada named to the College Board's fifth Annual AP District Honor Roll.

“This list shows not only that we are providing more access to AP classes, but also that our students are scoring considerably higher than many of our peers,” said Superintendent John Burkey.  Last year, Huntley High School had 637 AP students, up 21 percent from the year before. Those students took 1,081 AP tests, a 14 percent increase and on 74 percent of the tests students scored 3 or higher, lots better than the state average of 66 percent.

District 158 is the only district in McHenry County to receive the AP District honor for all of the past three years.

Cross Concedes Treasurer Race To Frerichs

Republican State Rep. Tom Cross Wednesday conceded the cliffhanger Illinois Treasurer's race to State Sen. Mike Frerichs.  “Sen. Frerichs has demonstrated time and time again his commitment to our state and that will serve all of us well as he becomes Illinois’ next state treasurer,” said Cross in what might have been the most gracious concession in years.

The race was undoubtedly the tightest for an Illinois State office in years.  A 20,000 Cross vote lead the day after the election dwindled to about 350 by this past weekend, then turned into a 9,600 margin for Frerichs Tuesday after final ballots in Chicago and Cook County were counted.

During the two-week interim there were charges of old-fashioned chicanery.  In Chicago some invalid absentee ballots were improperly mixed with valid ones, but the city’s Board of Election Commissioners said they fixed that. Suburban Cook County Clerk David Orr denied claims of other voting irregularities.  “I certainly know the old rumors associated with Cook County,” he said. “But as we move into the future, we want to be careful about unsubstantiated allegations.”

Frerichs' campaigners claimed their man gained a groundswell of support  in the week before the election which, if true, might have given extra weight to provisional ballots from voters who registered on the day of the election.  Nov. 4 was the first time that was allowed in a one-off experiment.  Wednesday, however, its backer, Oak Park Democrat Don Harmon, said he'll push next month to try to make the change permanent.

House Votes To Kill Quinn FOIA Exemption Veto

The Illinois House in Wednesday 's Veto Session voted to override Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of legislation allowing governments to charge high fees for large public records requests. The Illinois Senate will require a three-fifths similar vote to make it stick, however.

The bill is an amendment to the Freedom Of Information Act, which makes a whole new category of "voluminous" FOIA requester. It would give government agencies more time to respond to comprehensive FOIA requests and charge  up to $100 per request.  It doesn't affect non-profit, news media, and organizations, however.  It's supposed to hinder commercial "data miners" looking to use public records for things like mailing lists but critics charge the new category just creates more opportunity for governments to foil legitimate FOIA requests from citizens.

Another change would allow governments to claim requested information is available on a website without specifying exactly where.  The problem there, according to bill opponents, is that some websites are so huge or badly designed that finding information, even when it's really there, is like looking for a needle in a haystack.

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
November 19
0104 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & ANNANDALE DR.  WANTED ON WARRANT.  SCHOLLY, NICHOLAS B., M/W 21 YEARS OF AGE, 424 N. HARRISON ST., ALGONQUIN.  CHARGES: Wanted on Warrant, Kane County Sheriff’s Office, for Failure to Appear. Bond: $3500 @ 10% plus a $75 FTA fee.  RELEASED ON BOND.
1225 HRS 2800 BLOCK OF SORREL ROW.  TELEPHONE HARASSMENT.   Harassment by electronic communication device.
1324 HRS 1300 BLOCK OF CUNAT CT.  ASSIST TO PUBLIC WORKS. Water leak due to main water pipe break in building.
1532 HRS 411 N. RANDALL RD. (NOVA CARE).  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1713 HRS 5600 BLOCK OF MCKENZIE DR.  DOMESTIC.  Husband vs. Wife.  Verbal only.  No priors.
1839 HRS 00 BLOCK OF MORNINGSIDE CT.  AMBULANCE ASSIST.  Female, 17 years of age, having a seizure.  Transported to Woodstock Hospital.