Saturday, April 18, 2015

Sherman Beats Centegra In Federal Hospital Satisfaction Survey

Of the two hospitals that provide the majority of care for area residents, Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin outranked Centegra Health System-Woodstock in a new federal patient satisfaction report released this week.  On a possible five-point scale Sherman scored an overall 3 while Centegra scored 2.  Both results were about the norm for the region in which only one of the Chicago area's 65 hospitals earned the highest possible score but six received the lowest.

The report, the first of kind, released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is supposed to make comparing hospitals more like finding a good hotel or restaurant  The rankings, overall and in 11 categories, have the virtue of being simple to understand.  Maybe too simple said William Dorsey, CEO of Jackson Park Hospital in Chicago, which received one star.  "Rating hospitals is more complicated than judging a restaurant or hotel with star ratings."

Centegra-Woodstock Chief Operating Officer Sheila Senn said patient satisfaction's only part of what it takes to run a good hospital.  Care, cures and innovation are important, too, she said.  "We routinely evaluate our processes in order to best meet our patients' needs for care and comfort," said Senn.  "Listening to our patients, associates, physicians and community partners we continue to evolve and improve the services we deliver, " she said.

In any case, looking behind the curtain, while each hospital's result was based on random surveys of patients after discharge, the number who bothered to respond was skimpy.  Averaging around 33 percent in Illinois, it ranged from as high as 55 to as low as 7.  Nationally, Medicaid didn't even assign numbers to about one in every four hospitals because patients didn't complete enough surveys for them.

Some critics said the reviews should have been adjusted for how sick the patients were, anyway.  “We want to expand this to other areas like clinical outcomes and safety over time, but we thought patient experience would be very understandable to consumers so we started there,” Dr. Patrick Conway, chief medical officer for the reporting agency said in an interview.

According to reports cited in Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board hearings a couple of years ago Sherman and Centegra between them have 80 to 90 percent of the area's hospital patients.  Other local hospitals rated in the CMS report include  St. Alexius in Hoffman Estates, Presence St. Joseph in Elgin and Advocate Good Shepherd in Barrington, all with 3's.

Spokesmen for most hospitals could not be reached this weekend.

The entire CMS report (which downloads as a zipfile) is here:  https://data.medicare.gov/data/hospital-compare .  A Kaiser Health News Analysis that includes only patient satisfaction rankings is here:  http://cdn.kaiserhealthnews.org/attachments/HospitalStarsForPatientSatisfaction.pdf

In the pic:  Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin

THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES

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Sherman Beats Centegra In Federal Hospital Survey
Weathermen Confirm Tornado Touchdown Near Harvard Last Week
Science, Engineering Students Set New Jacobs Record At State Meet
Madigan Names Panel To "Examine" Rauner Budget Cuts
Police Blotters
Huntley Memorial Day Rotary Carnival Still Uncertain
Local Lawmakers' Forum Considers Aid To Education Reforms
D300 Foundation To Hold Fifth Annual Cultural Arts On The Fox
Pace Manager Charged With Kickback Scheme
Obituaries
Police Blotters
State Board Of Ed Restores Some Aid Cuts At D300, 158
LITH Man Dies In Elk Grove Industrial Accident
LITH Seeks Volunteers For Annual Park Clean Up Day
State Board Of Ed Picks New Chief
Police Blotters
Dundee Township Electors OK Anti-Longmeadow Referendum
Midnight Fire Displaces 20 to 30 LITH Residents
Algonquin Ponders World's Longest "Slip And Slide" This Summer
Pension Dems Call For More Details On Rauner Reform Plan
Obituaries
Police Blotters
D300 Draft Budget: $1.4 Million Short Including "Average" Pay Boosts
Huntley Dundee Road Shoulder Work Scheduled To Start Monday
MCC President Resigns, Effective End Of Year
Strapped County Calls On Ex-Rep. To Pay For Special Elections
Police Blotters
Downtown Water, Sewer Work To Continue In Huntley This Week
Summer Closure Planned For Route 20 South Of Huntley
McHenry County Only Average For UFO Sightings
Station Owners Warn Against State Plans To Tax Gasoline Windfall
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Good Weather Brings Good Turnout For First Local Big Run In LITH
Algonquin Lions Hold Record Hearing Screening On Randall Road
Huntley Wing Pointe Burn Date Depends On Weather
Northeastern Farmland Prices Increase Despite Overall State Dip
McHenry County Indictments
Police Blotters

Weathermen Confirm Tornado Touchdown Near Harvard Last Week

Investigators from the National Weather Service this week said there were four other tornadoes in the DeKalb, Boone, Kane, McHenry County area April 9 besides the one that devastated the tiny village of Fairdale killing two.  Meteorologists said while the Fairdale twister had by far the longest path of destruction, another tornado touched down west of Marengo and a second reached the ground briefly east of Harvard.

Funeral services will be held this afternoon for one of the two Fairdale women killed in last week’s tornado. Geraldine Schultz, 67, was killed trying to get to her basement.  Jaclyn Klosa, her neighbor was the other tornado victim.

Science, Engineering Students Set New Jacobs Record At State Meet

Five of the six students from Algonquin's Jacobs High School medaled within the top six places of state ranking at the state WYSE (Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering) competition Monday at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

"We’ve never had so many students advance to the state level," said Jacobs English Division Head, Jennifer Christian.  "Even when four or five students advanced to State, the most medals ever earned was two in any given year."

The Academic Challenge is a competitive series of tests created and administered by Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering and offered to high school students in Illinois and Missouri.  Each student completes two exams in pre-selected subjects including biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, math, or physics.  Written by teams of college and university faculty, the tests are drawn from senior high school and freshman level college curricula. 

In the pic: (front )  Caroline Rebodos [5th Chemistry] and Madelyn Lanham [4th English] and (rear) Keith Bateman, Alex VandenBussche [5th Chemistry], Parth Shah [5th Chemistry] and Daniel Kim [4th Chemistry].

Madigan Names Panel To "Examine" Rauner Budget Cuts

Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan announced Friday he'll convene a panel to "closely examine" Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's handling of the current budget.  "Gov. Rauner has talked about cutting non-essential state spending for a number of months. In light of recent budget actions, and as we prepare to craft the next state budget, it's important to have an in-depth discussion about what the governor believes is non-essential," Madigan said in a statement.

Some lawmakers were angered at extra $26 million in cuts announced by the Rauner administration two weeks ago after they'd already OK'ed legislation to plug a $1.6 billion hole in the current budget with money from special state funds and across-the-board cuts to most other state spending, including education.   “While I believe that a budget solution should include a balance of spending cuts and additional revenue, as a state it’s also our duty to protect our most vulnerable citizens, including children with autism, persons with developmental disabilities and lower-income women in need of breast cancer screenings,” Madigan said.

The budget review panel will be led by Madigan's two top lieutenants, House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie and Assistant Majority Leader John Bradley and include the chairmen of the five House appropriations committees.  Currie immediately blasted Rauner claims to $2.7 billion in savings on next year's budget from legislation that hasn't passed yet.  "We can’t draft a budget with magic money that does not exist,” she said.

Madigan invited House Republicans to name members to the panel, too.

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
April 17
0759 HRS CARLEMONT DR. & VILLAGE RD.  WANTED ON WARRANT.  VILLARREAL, EFRAIN, M/W 29 YEARS OF AGE, 507 RYERSON DR. APT 2, ELGIN.  CHARGES: Wanted on Warrant, Kane County Sheriff’s Office: Traffic Offense, $3,500.00, 10% to apply, Driving While License Suspended, Improper Use of Registration, and No Valid Insurance.  RELEASED ON BOND.
0612 HRS 1111 PYOTT RD. (LARSEN PARK).  FOUND ARTICLE.  School Identification.  Entered into Evidence.
0709 HRS 3100 BLOCK OF IMPRESSIONS DR.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1215 HRS 3000 BLOCK OF HARVARD LN.  DOMESTIC.  Husband vs. Wife.  Verbal only.  No priors.
1405 HRS 1300 BLOCK OF CUNAT CT.  CHECK FOR WELL BEING.  Male, 26 years of age, needing a mental evaluation.  No Transport..
1846 HRS 00 BLOCK OF SHADOW CREEK CT.  FRAUD.  Complainant’s social security number was used to file a fraudulent tax return.  TURNED OVER TO THE IRS.
1907 HRS 700 BLOCK OF WEDGEWOOD CIRCLE.  PREDATORY CRIMINAL SEXUAL ASSAULT.  TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Huntley Memorial Day Rotary Carnival Still Uncertain

A final decision on a Memorial Day weekend carnival sponsored by the Huntley and Lake in the Hills Rotary clubs will wait until next week after the Huntley Village Board Thursday barely mustered a favorable three to two consensus to move it ahead.

Mayor Chuck Sass and Trustee Chuck Huffman were both absent for other commitments when Trustees Ronda Goldman and John Piwko raised concerns about the event planned for May 22 through 25 at the Union Special parking lot.

Goldman was worried about citizen safety so close to Route 47, busy at any time but probably more so on Memorial Day "when so many people are going to the Dells."  Piwko was worried about that and a conflict with a Huntley Little League tournament scheduled for the weekend, too.  "You're trying to do too much too fast," he said.

Huntley Rotary President Jim Uszler said Deicke Park was already booked and the Outlet Mall was in the midst of another management change.  Deputy Chief Mike Klunk said HPD could handle any traffic problems the event might create.

LITH Rotary President Bill Dustin said his group would help Huntley Rotary with the carnival since it had a lot of event experience from putting on the annual Ribfest in Lake in the Hills.  The two clubs are so friendly that the Huntley group runs the sweetcorn concession at Ribfest.

Separately, trustees sitting as the Huntley Liquor Commission, in effect, said it was OK to swap over the liquor license for Luigi's Pizza on Woodstock St. to Sal's Pizza at the same location.  The shop under the Luigi's name is expected to close in early May.

In the pic:  Fantasy Amusements, Arlington Heights, would be the operator of a Rotary carnival proposed in Huntley for Memorial Day weekend.

Local Lawmakers' Forum Considers Aid To Education Reforms

The idea that, at least in terms of funding for Illinois schools, one size doesn't fit all anymore was one concept floated at Thursday's education funding forum sponsored by Republican area legislators State Senators Karen McConnaughay and. Pam Althoff at District 300 headquarters.

Special tax districts that direct revenue from property value increases away from schools and into more development cover 30 percent of Downtown Chicago McConnaughay told an audience of about 40 residents.  Meanwhile in Southern Illinois, there's just as much land as ever but fewer and fewer people who live there.  "What's easy up here is extraordinarily difficult down there," observed Althoff.

Thursday's forum touched on Illinois Vision 20/20, a plan to improve the state's school systems in five years but current confusion like paying for it like $150 million in cuts from school funding three weeks ago but $97 million tipped back in for some schools Wednesday, was the focus of the event.

The main reform proposal's a carryover from last year when lawmakers couldn't muster enough support for it to even bring it to a vote in the House.  McConnaughay said it wasn't a good solution then and, "We dont think [the new version] SB1 is the answer, either."

D300 Foundation To Hold Fifth Annual Cultural Arts On The Fox

The District 300 Foundation for Educational Excellence will hold its fifth annual Cultural Arts on the Fox event at Otto Engineering, the site of the old Illinois Iron & Bolt Foundry in Carpentersville next Friday from 6 to 8:30 pm.  The open house event will showcase District students' music, drama, and visual art in an historic setting.

Mary Gross, D300 Foundation Trustee, said, “The D300 Foundation is thrilled to host the annual Cultural Arts on the Fox event and we are so appreciative of the enormous amount of work D300 music and art teachers do to make it happen. Extending opportunities to D300 students in the area of performing and fine art education is one of the many ways the Foundation serves the students of [the District].”

Admission for the event is $1 and all donations will benefit the Carpentersville Boys and Girls Club.

Pace Manager Charged With Kickback Scheme

A federal judge set bond at $150,000 Thursday for a manager at Pace charged with taking $280,000 in kickbacks to help IT contractors land jobs at the suburban bus agency.  A 22-page federal complaint alleges that Rajinder Sachdeva, 51, of Schaumburg, had demanded "kickbacks and gratuities" since he joined Pace five years ago.

The criminal complaint claims Sachdeva, department manager of applications at Pace, used a business co-owned by his wife to try to hide some of the money. She was not charged with any wrongdoing.  Sachdeva also allegedly told another Pace contractor to submit invoices to the company using the false name “Sue Peters” and. in a secretly taped meeting with his wife's partner, told him how to hide bribes as "rent" payments.

“We place the utmost importance on maintaining the public’s trust," said PACE chairman Richard Kwasneski in a statement, "so it was without hesitation that we actively partnered with the FBI and the U.S. attorney’s office over the last several months as they worked to conduct the investigation."

Sachdeva's attorneys said they weren't sure federal authorities had even established that a crime had been committed.  "We’re looking forward to clearing his good name,” said one.

Obituaries

Nancy K. Glader, 81, of Geneva, formerly of Huntley, died on Thursday at Greenfields in Geneva.  Visitation will be Monday from 4 to 8 pm at The Healy Chapel, Sugar Grove, and Tuesday from 10 am until an 11 o'clock funeral service at Trinity Lutheran Church, Huntley.  Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN.

Glader was born March 22, 1934, in Virginia, MN the daughter of the late Gordon and Genevieve (Coughlin) Andrews. She is survived by her children, Gregg Glader of Geneva, and Gretchen Schuette of Sugar Grove; grandchildren, Ben Glader of McHenry,  Ann (Schuette) Westrate of Buffalo Grove, Sam and Joe Schuette of Batavia. and her siblings, Pat Sherohman, Diane Achterkirch and Bill Andrews, all of Minneapolis, MN.   She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard L. Glader and their son, Garth.

 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church and TLC Preschool, Huntley.


Dr. David Petty, 93 of Huntley died Tuesday.   He donated his body to science and no services are planned.

Petty was born Sept. 19, 1921, the son of DeWitt and Beatrice Petty.  He Married Yvonne Del Magro on July 11, 1959.  He is survived by his wife; children, Miriam (Steve) Dewhurst, David (Susan) Petty, Carol Petty-Zasler, Mark (Wendy) Petty, Gail (Walter) Boyle, and Guy (Chrissy) Petty, 10 grandchildren and his brother, John (Xandra) Petty, and sister, Miriam (Bob) Murray. He is preceded in death by his sister, Gayle.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Heifer International.

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
April 16
1158 HRS 100 BLOCK OF PHEASANT TRAIL.  WANTED ON WARRANT.  DAVIDSON, SHANNON M., F/W 33 YEARS OF AGE, 109 PHEASANT TRAIL, LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Wanted on Warrant, McHenry County Sheriffs Office: Failure To Appear for Traffic Offenses, Bond: $5,000 @ 10% and Wanted on Warrant: Kane County Sheriff’s Office: Failure to Appear for Retail Theft, Bond: $2,500 @ 10% plus a $75 fee.  TURNED OVER TO THE MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
1745 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & HALIGUS RD.  POSSESSION OF CANNABIS.  JUNKER, STEFAN, M/W 27 YEARS OF AGE, 631 GLACIER PARKWAY, ALGONQUIN.  CHARGES: Possession of Cannabis less than 2.5 grams, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Speeding 21-25 Miles Over the Posted Speed Limit, Improper Lane Usage and Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle.  RELEASED ON BOND.
0905 HRS 220 N. RANDALL RD. (MORETTIS).  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
0924 HRS 00 BLOCK OF MARION CT.  INFORMATION FOR POLICE,  Prescription drugs went missing between 4/9/15 and 4/11/15.
1503 HRS VILLAGE HALL DR. & HARVEST GATE.  INJURY ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Female, 38 years of age, with neck pain.
Algonquin
April 14
07:00am Young, Dalton A., DOB: 10/02/1996, of 18N160 route 31, West Dundee, was charged with Speeding 35+ Over the Limit and No Insurance.  He was taken into custody at Randall Rd. and Corporate Parkway.  He was released with a recognizance bond with a court date of 05/20/15 in McHenry County.
12:36pm Smallwood, Zoe Jakai, DOB: 03/21/1973, of 2272 Woodside Drive, Carpentersville, was charged with DWLS, No Insurance and Using an Electronic Communication Device while Driving.  He was taken into custody at Rolls Dr. and Huntington Dr.  He was released after posting bond with a court date of 05/20/15 in McHenry County.
April 16
01:43am Pena, Leslie, DOB: 10/27/1995, of 22 Birch St., Carpentersville, was charged with DWLS and Speeding.  He was taken custody at Main St. and Cary-Algonquin Rd.  He was released after posting bond with a court date of 05/27/2015 in McHenry County.
April 17
00:42am Danna, Nicholas T., DOB: 05/24/1991, of 9417 Georgetown Ln, Crystal Lake was charged with DUI, Improper Turn at Intersection, Disregard a Stop Sign, and DUI BAC Over .08.  He was taken into custody at Randall and Grandview.  He was released after posting bond with a court date of 05/20/15 in McHenry County.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

State Board Of Ed Restores Some Aid Cuts At D300, 158

The Illinois State Board of Education late Wednesday voted to restore $97 million worth of cuts in in this year's State Aid to schools.  The schedule calls for D300 to get back about $700,000 and D158 about $400,000.  The funds were part of a package to make up for 2.25 percent across the board budget cuts the General Assembly passed just before Easter to keep the State running through the end of the fiscal year.

D158 Chief Financial Officer Mark Altmayer said this morning "We have yet to receive any information" about the restoration.  "We've already begun seeing the cuts," he said adding that recent State payments to the District have been less than originally anticipated.  District 300 officials said they haven't received any information, either.

According to ISBE calculations, last month's budget reductions totaled over $950,000 at D300, more than $500,000 at D158.  With Wednesday's "hold harmless" supplements for the most distressed districts in the state, there will still be cuts to this year's expected Aid to Education but they'll only total roughly $250,000 at D300, and $142,000 at 158.

LITH Man Dies In Elk Grove Industrial Accident

A Lake in the Hills man died Wednesday when his clothing became caught in machinery at an Elk Grove Village plant where he worked.  The Cook County Medical Examiner's office identified the victim as 50 year-old Wayne Follman, of the 300 block of Pyott Road.   A spokesman for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Follman's clothing became entangled in a lathe at Acme Industries, a parts, assemblies and components manufacturer.

Elk Grove Village firefighters responded to a rescue call just before Noon said Elk Grove Village Lt. Nathan Gac.  "He was fully entrapped in that machine," Gac said. "Our crews were able to get him out in roughly 10 minutes but, unfortunately, he had died prior to his removal."

OSHA spokesman Scott Allen said his agency has launched an investigation and Acme CEO Guy Cassidy said the company is cooperating to determine how the accident happened.  "We are extremely saddened by this tragedy," he said in a statement.  Elk Grove Police are also investigating but said foul play is not suspected.

In the pic:  Acme Industries acquired the former Bley Manufacturing facility in a merger last year.

LITH Seeks Volunteers For Annual Park Clean Up Day

LITH's Parks & Recreation Department's recruiting volunteers for the Village's annual Park Clean Up Day next Saturday, April 25. Neighborhood and scout groups tend to be the usual ones who help out but public minded families and even singletons are more than welcome to help.  Parks & Rec will provide gloves and bags if citizens are willing to provide some manpower.  Public Works will lug the trash away.

Volunteers can call 847-960-7460 to adopt a park for the day or email recreation@lith.org.

In the pic:  Pack 167 helped spruce up Leroy Guy Park during last year's LITH Park Clean Up Day.

State Board Of Ed Picks New Chief

The State Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday to name Anthony ``Tony'' Smith to replace Superintendent Christopher Koch starting next month.  The board OK'ed an $89,000 severance package for Koch but ISBE Chairman James Meeks said the moves had nothing to do with his performance.

Koch, at the helm of Illinois schools since 2006, was one of the longest-serving state superintendents in the nation. Lately he's been criticized for changes to testing and teacher evaluations.

Smith is a former Oakland, CA, superintendent of schools, currently director of the nonprofit W. Clement and Jesse V. Stone Foundation in Oak Park.  Board members said Smith was the sole candidate for the job recommended by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. A blog linked with the Oakland Education Association teachers' union charges Smith was a supporter of charter schools, school consolidation and union busting while he was in Oakland.

In the pic:  New Illinois Schools Superintendent Tony Smith

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
April 15
1418 HRS 900 BLOCK OF ASTER CT.  DOMESTIC BATTERY.   Husband vs. wife.  No priors.  FAIL TO FILE.
Huntley
April 6
Antonio Miranda-Barcia, age 28, of 217 Ann St., Elgin, was arrested for excessive speed and driving with no valid driver’s license near the intersection of Rt. 47 and Freeman Rd.  Mr. Miranda-Barcia posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of April 24, 2015.
Luis A. Pacheco, age 21, of 11719 Woodcreek Dr. #E, Huntley, was arrested on an outstanding McHenry County warrant for failure to appear in court on Powder Park Rd.  Mr. Pacheco posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of April 17, 2015.  In the same incident, Pedro E. Carrion, age 19, of 11707 Woodcreek Dr. #D, Huntley was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.  Mr. Carrion was released with a notice to appear in McHenry County court on May 11, 2015.
April 7
A theft report was taken at a manufacturing firm in the 11800 block of Oak Creek Parkway. The victim states that he left his wallet in the lunch room. When he went to retrieve the wallet it was gone.
Scott P. Rodgers, age 43, of 10755 Wing Pointe Dr., Huntley, was arrested for domestic battery at his residence. Mr. Rodgers was transported to McHenry County jail to await bond call.
A 17 year-old girl from Lake in the Hills was charged with theft stemming from an incident that occurred on Jan. 10 at a residence in the 10800 block of Grand Canyon. The juvenile was released to her mother and will attend peer jury.
April 8
Matthew C. Zimolzak, age 42, of 10985 Manhattan Dr., Huntley, was arrested for driving while license suspended, failure to signal and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle near the intersection of Manhattan Dr. and Main St.  Mr. Zimolzak posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of May 1, 2015.
April 9
Joshua J. Andrea, age 27, of 2830 Briarcliff Ln., Huntley, was arrested on an outstanding McHenry County warrant for failure to appear in court.  Mr. Andrea posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of May 20, 2015.
A retail theft report was taken at a store in the 12300 block of Rt. 47. Electronic items were reported stolen.
April 10
A fraud report was taken in the 10000 block of Ashley Ct.  The victim states that a caller posed as a member of the Sheriff’s Department and stated that she had a delinquent loan and unless she gave him her credit card number a deputy would be coming to her home to serve her papers.  The victim gave the caller her credit card numberand then realized that it was a scam.
April 12
Dennis K. Glasder, age 23, of 8413 Abbott Ln., Cary, was arrested for speeding 27 mph over the limit near the intersection of Rt. 47 and Main St.  Mr. Glasder was transported to McHenry County jail to await bond.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Dundee Township Electors OK Anti-Longmeadow Referendum

Electors at Dundee Township's Annual Town Meeting Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a measure to put a referendum against the planned Longmeadow Parkway across the Fox River on next year's March ballot.  The measure would only be advisory, however, and the first construction contracts for the 5.6 mile project are expected to be let in October.

Even before the  232 to 65 outcome, Elgin anti-Longmeadow activist Gary Swick told FEN that opponents understood the measure would and could have no direct effect.  "The point is to demonstrate [to the Kane County Board] that there is substantial opposition," Swick said.  "The message has been that everyone wants it.  That's not the case," he said.

Was the point made?  "Oh, absolutely," said Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen who said he was on hand merely to "observe the process."

It was a messy one, though.  Dundee Supervisor Sue Harney said she resited Tuesday's meeting to an East Dundee banquet hall Monday because there probably wouldn't be enough room at the planned Randall Oaks Golf Club location.  "It only has enough room for 200 people," she said.  The Township's attorney decided the change was kosher under emergency provision of the Illinois Open Meetings law, Harney said.   "What emergency?" snorted one of seven Kane Board members, emphatically off the record.

Harney emphasized that Dundee Township was and is neutral on the $100 million thoroughfare from Route 62 across the Fox River and Randall Road to Huntley Road.  "This is on the agenda because of a petition," she told electors.

Opponents argued Longmeadow would harm the environment, lower property values and do little to relieve traffic congestion.  Supporters said it would improve driving and, anyway, $30 million has already been spent in preparation.

Township Clerk Bob Block said Tuesday's Dundee Township turnout was the largest he'd ever seen.  "We had about 200 people a couple of years ago," he said.  "That was about culling deer."

Midnight Fire Displaces 20 to 30 LITH Residents

Between 20 and 30 Lake in the Hills residents were homeless this morning after a midnight fire destroyed their apartments at 1363 Cunat Court.  "Most of them went to people that had people," said Algonquin Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District Assistant Fire Chief Peter Van Dorpe.

Firefighters arrived at the 18-unit three-story apartment building within three minutes said Battalion Chief John Greene, only to encounter heavy fire and smoke showing from the second and third floors.  Fire crews poured water on from the outside and then went in to extinguish the flames and search for occupants, Greene said.

Lake in the Hill Police had already evacuated 10 residents before fire crews arrived, according to ALFPD officials.  Only one person had to be rescued from a third floor balcony.  That person is listed in stable condition at Sherman Hospital in Elgin Greene said.

Van Dorpe said State Fire Marshal's investigators had been called to the scene but only as a matter of routine.  "It's not looking suspicious," he said although he estimated "it's going to take the rest of the day" to find out what caused the blaze.

Algonquin Ponders World's Longest "Slip And Slide" This Summer

Algonquin's North Main Street from Cary Road down to Edwards St. might become the world's longest "slip and slide" in August but Trustees Tuesday weren't interested in paying $12,000 to prove it.  Nevertheless, there was broad consensus to work out more details for a formal vote next week on a two-day permit for a "Slide The City" event.

"It does what we want to do which is bring some activity to the Downtown," said Trustee Jerry Glogowski.  "Six Thousand people each day would be a pretty big thing," he said.

If approved, Slide the City would run a 2,500 foot inflatable recycled water slide down Main Street on August 14 and 15 at $15 per sluice to benefit the Ronald McDonald House charity.  Slide the City, LLC, of Eagle Mountain, UT, claims it will hold 175 events like it in the U.S. this year, but Algonquin's would be the longest ever.

In the pic: A Slide the City event in Salt Lake City.

Pension Dems Call For More Details On Rauner Reform Plan

Democrats who authored a 2013 public-pension overhaul --still in legal limbo-- warned Tuesday that time is running out for Republican Governor Bruce Rauner to make the case for his own reform plan that he claims will save the State $2.2 billion in the next fiscal year.

State Sen. Daniel Biss, D-Evanston, and Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Northbrook, said they'll seek General Assembly votes on resolutions declaring it "irresponsible" to back Rauner's proposal without a close examination.  Biss called the savings "an absolute fantasy," given the time it's taking to get a court reading on the Evanston lawmaker's earlier measure.  "The thought that that would all happen in time to achieve savings in FY16 feels completely beyond the realm of discussion."" said Biss.

Rauner spokeswoman Catherine Kelly said later that Biss and Nekritz staffers "received the governor's proposal weeks ago to review and the administration believes there is ample time to review and pass the governor's pension plan."  However, Nekirtz demurred saying, "there's a long lead time to actually getting the data and the information you need."

Under Rauner's plan, current employees would be allowed to keep all retirement benefits they've earned up to the end of June. After that, everyone would be moved into a less-generous program that lawmakers approved for people hired after 2011 or else transfer their benefits into a 401k-style retirement account.

Obituaries

Vivian D. "Dot" Thede, 84, of Huntley died Monday at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin.  Funeral services and inurnment will be private.

Thede was born June 14, 1930, in Elgin, the daughter of Edwin and Ida (Fischer) Leiseberg. On April 20, 1955, she married Eugene Thede in Harmony.  She is survived by her husband; children, Virginia "Ginny" (Joe) Kirby and Dave (Elizabeth) Thede, and grandchildren, Samuel and Katelynn Thede.

Patrick Dennis O'Brien, 68, of Algonquin died Tuesday.  Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 9 pm at Willow Funeral Home, Algonquin, with Prayers at 7:00 pm.  Friday Lying in Repose will be at the home from 8 to 9:30 am followed by a Mass at St. Mary's Church at 10.  Cremation rites will be accorded.

O'Brien was born May 31, 1946, in Chicago, the son of Grant and Katherine O'Brien.  He is survived by his wife, Barbara; children, Melanie (Bill) Cook and Kathleen (Joe) Baraglia; grandchildren, Billy Cook, Gabriella Cook, Weston Baraglia, Michaela Baraglia, Nadia Baraglia and Joey Baraglia, and sister, Michelle (Will) Mullins.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, James.

Vernon Philip Soukup
, 89, of Algonquin died Friday.  Memorial Services will be at 10 am June 13 at the Presbyterian Church of Barrington with a committal service in the Memorial Garden and reception to follow.

Soukup was Born Dec. 15, 1925, to Erwin Rudolph and Libby Vlasta Soukup.  He is survived by his daughters Nancy (Rich) Peterson, Martha (Michael Walsh) Soukup, Carolyn (Martin Maney) Soukup and Claudia (Ken) Beach, and brother Alan John Soukup.   He was predeceased by his wife of nearly 55 years, Joanne (nee Keepers), and brother, the Reverend Erwin Myron Soukup.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rotary International, Evanston, or the Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry, Elmhurst.

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
April 14
1532 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & HARVEST GATE.  DRIVING WITH NO VALID DRIVERS LICENSE.  VASQUEZ-REYES, GRISELDA, F/W 33 YEARS OF AGE, 20 ARROWHEAD DR., ALGONQUIN.  CHARGES: Driving With No Valid Driver’s License, Unlawful Use of an Electronic Communication Device, and Child Restraint Violation.  RELEASED ON BOND.
0136 HRS 2100 BLOCK OF LITCHFIELD LN.  ASSIST AMBULANCE.  Female, 34 years of age, intoxicated and disoriented.  Transported to Woodstock Hospital.
0915 HRS 9010 HALIGUS RD. (PUBLIC WORKS).  THEFT.  A leaf blower was stolen.  TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
1038 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF HALFMOON GATE.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1420 HRS 00 BLOCK OF CRIMSON CT.  DOG BITE.  A male was bitten on the hand by a dog.  TURNED OVER TO ANIMAL CONTROL.
1436 HRS 200 BLOCK OF S. ANNANDALE DR.  FRAUD.  Complainant’s social security number used to file a fraudulent tax return.  TURNED OVER TO THE IRS.
1609 HRS PYOTT RD. & OAK ST.  INJURY ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Female, 67 years of age, with chest pain and dizziness. Transported to Sherman Hospital.
1636 HRS 10 BLOCK OF GRANT AVE.  IDENTITY THEFT.  A line of credit was fraudulently opened in complainant’s name.  TURNED OVER TO DRAPER, UT, POLICE DEPT AND OCEANSIDE, CA, POLICE DEPT
2352 HRS 1300 BLOCK OF CUNAT CT.  ASSIST FIRE DEPARTMENT.  Assisted the Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Fire Department with a structure fire.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

D300 Draft Budget: $1.4 Million Short Including "Average" Pay Boosts

District 300 Chief Financial Officer Susan Harkin gave the Board of Education its first glimpse of next year's budget Monday, one in which she said expenditures shape up $1.4 million short of revenue. That would be even if the District receives $1 million in State Aid that it won't this year thanks to last month's emergency State budget bailout, she said.

Monday's start on D300's budget came later than usual.  "We held off a bit," said Harkin, hoping for more financial clarity from Springfield.  The 2.25 percent aid cut passed before lawmakers went on Spring break wasn't what she'd hoped for.  "I'm nervous right now," Harkin said.  Clouding forecasts are possible changes to the formula for distributing State school aid and a proposal to unload the State's share of teachers' pensions costs over to school districts.

While revenue's uncertain, expenditures are more predictable --up to a point.  Insurance costs are expected to go up seven percent, she said.  Transportation's likely to increase five percent.  The big question mark was expected increases in salaries which account for nearly half of D300's operating budget.  Harkin provided no figure for that.  "We're engaged in good faith bargaining [with LEAD300 teachers]," Harkin told FEN.  "I can't comment on that."

Nevertheless, to have even a tentative estimate for expenditures next year there must be a number for expected salary costs.  "It assumes average historic increases," Harkin said.  The current teachers' contract with LEAD 300 which ends July 1 included eight percent in salary hikes over three years.

Harkin's budget Powerpoint for the D300 Board is located here:  http://www.boarddocs.com/il/d300/Board.nsf/files/9VK3EL820745/$file/2015_04_13_Draft_Budget_Presentation%20.pdf

Huntley Dundee Road Shoulder Work Scheduled To Start Monday

According to warning signs, work's due to start Monday on shoulder gravel replacement on Huntley Dundee Road from Kreutzer Road to Boyer and resurfacing on Harmony Road from Getty to Allen Road.  Kane County Division of Transportation Senior Construction Manager John Guddendorf told FEN this morning the Kreutzer roadwork will only take two or three days but the Harmony project will probably run to three to five weeks.

In both cases, work's scheduled, weather permitting, between 7 am and 3:30 pm Monday thru Friday, weather permitting. "Motorists ... are encouraged to seek alternate routes during construction and be aware of temporary lane closures and flaggers around the work area," read a release from KDOT.

MCC President Resigns, Effective End Of Year

McHenry County College President Vicky Smith announced Monday she'll retire at the end of this year.  Smith, who promised to stay for "five to seven years" when she was hired in late 2010, said it was time to retire. 

Smith tendered her resignation, effective Dec. 31 at Monday's College Board meeting.   She told FEN this morning that she notified Trustees of her intentions in closed session six weeks ago, however.  "I truly have been planning my retirement for over a year," she said, thanks to changes about to be made in her retirement annuity calculations.  Waiting until later would cost her 8 percent, she said.

Smith replaced former MCC President Walt Packard when he was ousted in the wake of a Board revolt over plans for a minor league baseball stadium at the college.  Smith expansion plans including a $42 million nurse training facility and health club were, likewise, eventually rebuffed two years ago.

Smith said she plans to spend some time with her family, then, "I'll begin to see what sorts of ways I can contribute to the community," she said.

In the pic:  MCC President Vicky Smith.

Strapped County Calls On Ex-Rep. To Pay For Special Elections

Twenty other voting jurisdictions in the downstate 18th Congressional District are waiting to see former Congressman Aaron Schock's response to a Marshall County Board request to pay its costs for special elections for his replacement.  The Peoria Republican resigned his House seat last month after newspaper questions about his spending practices.

The Peoria Journal Star reported that the Marshall Board sent Schock a letter last week demanding either an agreement to reimburse costs for a Special Primary and Congressional Election or else a lump sum check for $76,000.  "Schock has more money [left in his $3.3 million campaign fund] than the County has in its reserves,” said Marshall County State's Attorney Paul Bauer.

Schock hasn't responded yet, according to the PJS, but other counties are already thinking about following Marshall's example.  Facing an estimated $200,000 Special Elections bill, Tazewell County's Board will consider lodging a similar demand next week it reported.

In the pic:  Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock 

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
April 13
2015 HRS 00 BLOCK OF HAYWARD CT.  DOMESTIC BATTERY.  JUVENILE F/W 16 YEARS OF AGE, LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Wanted on Warrant, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, Parole Violation.  No Bond.  Two Counts of Domestic Battery. TURNED OVER TO KANE COUNTY JUVENILE JUSTICE CENTER.
1946 HRS RANDALL RD. & ACORN RD.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
2244 HRS 500 BLOCK OF E. OAK ST.  DOMESTIC.  Boyfriend vs. Girlfriend.  Verbal only.  11 priors.
Algonquin
April 10
11:12am Winter, Donna M., DOB: 06/14/1956, of 630 15th Ave., Rockford, was charged with DWLS.  She was taken into custody at Algonquin Rd. and Sandbloom Rd.  She was released after posting bond with a court date of 05/20/15 in McHenry County.
16:03pm Hernandez-Leon, Rubi G., DOB: 03/25/1990, of 303 Morgan St., Elgin, was charged with Retail Theft.  She was taken into custody at 734 S. Randall Rd.  She was issued a Notice to Appear in the Algonquin Municipal court on 05/27/2015.
April 11
05:47am A 17 year-old from Dundee was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Cannabis. He was taken into custody at 2011 Wynnfield. He was petitioned to Kane County Juvenile Court.
18:35pm Vallejo, Vanessa, DOB: 10/14/1991, of 2816 Forestview Dr., Carpentersville, was charged with DWLS and Speeding.  She was taken into custody at Randall Rd. and Broadsmore Dr.  She was released after posting bond with a court date of 05/13/2015 in McHenry County.
April 12
15:30pm A 15 year-old from Crystal Lake was charged with No Valid DL and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  He was taken into custody at County Line Rd. and Edgewood.  He was petitioned to the McHenry County Juvenile Court.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Downtown Water, Sewer Work To Continue In Huntley This Week

Water and sewer  temporary shutoffs are planned in Downtown Huntley this week if work proceeds on schedule.  One set for today would affect properties on Church Street between 1st Street and 2nd Street and a few residences on 2nd Street just east of Church Street.  Another planned for Wednesday will affect properties on Main Street between Woodstock Street and Church Street.  Both shutdowns were expected to last about four hours and Village officials said residents had been notified.

A temporary sewer closure was expected Tuesday to replace a sanitary manhole between the railroad tracks and Woodstock Street.  Officials said there'd be flaggers up top on Main Street, too.

Summer Closure Planned For Route 20 South of Huntley

Both lanes of US 20 between Brier Hill Road south of Huntley and Allens Road were scheduled to close today until reconstruction's completed in November, according the Illinois Department of Transportaiton planners.  Temporary roads, one for US 20 and one for Allens Road, will be constructed for traffic during work being done on permanent pavement.  Briar Hill Road will remain open for construction they said.

McHenry County Only Average For UFO Sightings

McHenry County's only averagely plagued with UFO's, no worse than average for Illinois.  An Internet real estate data site called Find the Home reported last week that on a per capita basis, downstate Schuyler County is the best place in Illinois to look for flying saucers.

Based on data from the National UFO Reporting Center (mostly a guy in an old ICBM bunker in Washington), the company reported folks around Rushville have seen almost 67 unidentified flying objects per 100,000 residents.  That's about five times more than Illinois' 11.53 average.  McHenry County's only a smidgen higher than average with 12 sightings per 100,000 residents.

For people who worry about space alien abductions, Carrol County looks like the nearest safe place to go.  According to Find the Home's interactive map, people over by Lenark and Milledgeville haven't ever seen a UFO in the neighborhood.

You can play with an Illinois UFO map at: http://places.findthehome.com/stories/3860/states-with-most-ufo-sightings#2-Illinois

In the pic:  Three UFO's over Moline in 2011.

Station Owners Warn Against State Plans To Tax Gasoline Windfall

The average U.S. household is expected to spend $700 less for gasoline this year than it did in 2014, according to a U.S. Energy Information Administration estimate Friday.   The report underscored a behind the scenes battle over plans for Illinois to use some of it to for the state's crumbling highways.

The business and union Transportation for Illinois Coalition wants to increase State taxes on gasoline.  "The coalition has proposed in the past and is asking lawmakers and the governor again to consider a very modest gas tax increase as part of a broader package to address dire needs for our roads, bridges and transit systems," said the group last month.

Thursday a group of gas station owners said there'd be plenty of money for repairs and construction if Springfield would stop using gasoline money to pay for other things. Last month lawmakers raided the State's road fund for $250 million and pulled another $50 million out of the motor fuel tax fund to help keep courts and prisons and daycare centers running until the end of the fiscal year.  "It is clear there is revenue available to meet our road construction needs," said Bill Fleischli, executive vice president of the Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association.  He argued, otherwise, the State wouldn't have swept the funds.  "If it was a surplus, there is no need for a tax increase," he said.

The Energy Information Administration's report warned this year's windfall will probably be a short-term one, in any case, predicting 2016 gas prices will bounce back to consume $500 of this year's $700 savings.

The Chicago area may not see as much of that as the rest of the country, anyway.  Gasoline prices in northern Illinois remain higher than elsewhere due to a still-unresolved strike at the giant oil refinery in Whiting, IN.   On top of that, for the past month one of the two huge catalytic cracking towers at the complex has been offline thanks to pipes that clogged after a pump burned out.

Obituaries

Frances Zender, 89, of Crystal Lake, formerly of Algonquin, died last Sunday, April 5, at Sunrise Assisted Living in Crystal Lake.  Visitation will be held Friday at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Algonquin from 11:30 am until a Memorial Mass at 12:30 pm.  Burial will be private. 

Zender was born March 1, 1926, the daughter of Victor W. & Frances (Dorneden) Zender.  She was a teacher in Cary.

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
April 12
1432 HRS RAKOW RD. & PYOTT RD.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Good Weather Brings Good Turnout For First Local Big Run In LITH

Clear skies brought out a rush of last-minute entrants for the area's first big race of the season, this morning's 16th edition of the Lake in the Hills Parks & Recreation Department's 5K/10K Run Thru the Hills.   Two hundred fifty runners signed up for the event online but Parks & Rec Director Laura Barron at the Race Day signup table said,  "We've had a lot of registrations this morning."

Race results will be available later today here: https://racedirector.runsignup.com/race/results/?raceId=19764#resultSetId-7376

Attention will focus now on next month's Lake in the Hills Triathlon, of which there will be a ninth iteration, after all.  The event was called off in January when talks with a race organizer that wanted to buy it fell through.  Last month some local racers stepped up to help run the event this year.  Barron said late last week there were already 115 entrants signed up thanks to publicity in the triathlete community.  Info, maps and registration forms for this year's LITH Triathlon June 14 are all located here:  http://www.lith.org/parksrec/page/2015-triathlon

Algonquin Lions Hold Record Hearing Screening On Randall Road

Location's everything, even for hearing screenings.   Forty residents ranging in age from 10 to 78 visited the Illinois Lions Club Hearing Screening mobile unit in the Algonquin Meijer's store parking lot on Randall Road Saturday.  "We had a record screening," said Algonquin Lion's organizer Vince Daniello.

Lions International clubs are best know for projects to prevent blindness, restore eyesight and improve eye health and eye care but the groups are concerned with hearing, too.  At Saturday's screening said Daniello, "We found a couple of people we told should probably consult with a hearing professional."

Huntley Wing Pointe Burn Date Depends On Weather

A chance of showers or thunderstorms later today and this evening makes the date for a controlled burn in Huntley's Wing Pointe subdivision more problematic.  The one-day burn's targeted for the middle of this month but precise scheduling's based on both the weather and site conditions.  Both look a bit dampish right now.  After clearing and warm temps again Monday, National Weather Service forecasters look for more possible showers or storms late Wednesday night or Thursday.

Northeastern Farmland Prices Increase Despite Overall State Dip

Prices for Illinois farmland overall took a one to three percent dip in 2014, but the northeastern section of the state held steady or showed a an increase, according to the latest Illinois Land Values and Lease Trends Report by the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.  The price for land rated good in the northeast increased five percent, according to the report.

“This comes after prices rising 80 percent from 2008," said Dale Aupperle, chairman of  the Society's land values project.  "We for sure have not seen a bursting of a bubble as many had forecast over time.”

According to the report, the best kind of farmland to have in northeastern Illinois last year was transitional land.  That's the kind most likely to become a housing development or factory someday, of which there's a lot in the northeast.  The report said it looked like a market comeback was underway with transitional land prices averaging $18,500 per acre last year in the region.  Other northeastern farmland prices ranged from $12,700 per acre for excellent land to $8,100 for good.  Fair land only averaged $6,400 per acre while recreational land brought a mere $4,500 on average.

Local farmers still accounted for 66 percent of the buyers of farmland, according to Aupperle, with local investors coming in second at 13 percent.  Settlement of estates was still the primary reason for land sales.

The Land Values and Lease Trends report is located here:  http://www.ispfmra.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/2015-Illinois-Farmland-Values-Lease-Trends.pdf

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.

EDWARD E. HARTGAVES, DOB:  08/19/1950, 10505 LONGFIELD DRIVE, HUNTLEY.  FIRST DEGREE MURDER. --Huntley PD

OMAR HERNANDEZ, DOB:  01/04/1989, 608 ABORN AVENUE, ELGIN.  UNLAWFUL VIOLATION OF AN ORDER OF PROTECTION, CRIMINAL TRESPASS TO RESIDENCE. --Huntley PD

CHRISTOPHER M. GENTILE, DOB:  07/25/1992, 11607 COUNTRY CLUB ROAD, WOODSTOCK.  FALSE PERSONATION OF A PEACE OFFICER, DISORDERLY CONDUCT. --Huntley PD

MICHAEL A. BOTTCHER, DOB:  09/01/1981, 1507 MONROE STREET, LAKE IN THE HILLS.  AGGRAVATED BATTERY (TWO COUNTS), RESISTING A PEACE OFFICER (THREE COUNTS). --Lake in the Hills PD

CHRISTIAN S. HIERAS, DOB:  03/06/1976, 1052 CREEKVIEW DRIVE, LAKE IN THE HILLS.  RECKLESS DISCHARGE OF A FIREARM, DISORDERLY CONDUCT (TWO COUNTS). --Lake in the Hills PD

NATHANIEL R. WALKER, DOB: 05/06/1985, 400 PARK DRIVE  #6, MARENGO.  DOMESTIC BATTERY (SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE) (TWO COUNTS).  --Marengo PD  
  
ISIAH Z. JOHNSON, DOB:  01/31/1997, 40 S. GRETA STREET, WAUKEGAN.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A STOLEN MOTOR VEHICLE. --McHenry County Sheriff's Office

ELBERT L. TAYLOR II, DOB:  08/16/1977, 1020 9TH STREET, HARVARD.  AGGRAVATED BATTERY, RESISTING A PEACE OFFICER, DOMESTIC. --Harvard PD

JOSEPH C. CALLAS, DOB:  05/09/1992, 7518 SALEM ROAD, WONDER LAKE.  AGGRAVATED BATTERY, CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY, DOMESTIC BATTERY (THREE COUNTS).--McHenry County Sheriff's Office
  
THOMAS A. NOVAK, DOB:  05/20/1996, 1507 CEDAR STREET, HOLIDAY HILLS.  JACOB D. NEELEY, DOB:  05/08/1994, 4418 HILLTOP DRIVE, WONDER LAKE.  THEFT. --McHenry County Sheriff's Office

CARL K. RICE, DOB:  12/28/1988, 2911 RAYCRAFT ROAD, WOODSTOCK.  AGGRAVATED BATTERY (TWO COUNTS). --McHenry County Sheriff's Office
  
GREGORY F. PANOS, DOB:  01/03/1995, HOMELESS, DISORDERLY CONDUCT. --Crystal Lake PD

THOMAS D. WRZALA, DOB:  06/14/1970, 8610 BARD ROAD, CRYSTAL LAKE.  UNLAWFUL FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER. --Crystal Lake PD

PAUL L. BOYD, DOB:  08/04/1982, 4923 PEPPER DRIVE, ROCKFORD.  ESCAPE, RESISTING A PEACE OFFICER, FLEEING OR ATTEMPTING TO ELUDE A PEACE OFFICER. --Illinois State Police

CHRISTIAN S. BRADLEY, DOB:  08/07/1992, 10515 MAIN STREET  APT E, RICHMOND.  AGGRAVATED DOMESTIC BATTERY. --Richmond PD
  
ERIC MICHAEL STEFKO, DOB:  01/25/1978, 25 S. CAROLINE STREET, CRYSTAL LAKE.  DECEPTIVE PRACTICE. --Crystal Lake PD
  
SCOTT P. NAIL, DOB:  01/20/1969, 110 S. VIRGINIA STREET  RM #4, CRYSTAL LAKE, THEFT. --Crystal Lake PD

WAYNE J. CHRISTIANSEN, DOB:  08/19/1946, 1912 PRAIRIE SQUARE  #220, SCHAUMBURG.  RETAIL THEFT (TWO COUNTS), UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT. --Crystal Lake 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
April 11
0059 HRS RANDALL RD. & ACKMAN RD.  DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED.  STEPHENS, ROSS I., M/W 28 YEARS OF AGE, 2457 STONEGATE RD.,  ALGONQUIN.   CHARGE: Driving While License Suspended.  RELEASED ON BOND.
1054 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & HANSON RD.  WANTED ON WARRANT.  SAKUMA, AKIRA C., M/A 27 YEARS OF AGE, 5 AUGUSTA DRIVE, STREAMWOOD.  CHARGES: Wanted on Warrant, Cook Co Sheriff, Possession of Marijuana. Bond $50,000 @ 10%.  Driving While License Suspended, Operating an Uninsured Motor vehicle, No Valid Registration.  RELEASED ON BOND.
1832 HRS NAVAJO DR. & PYOTT RD.  POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA.  HENRIKSEN, THOMAS W., M/W 19 YEARS OF AGE, 1615 LONG DR., ALGONQUIN.  CHARGE: Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.   RELEASED ON BOND.  JUVENILE, M/W 17 YEARS OF AGE, WEST DUNDEE.  CHARGE: Possession of Cannabis under 2.5 grams.  RELEASED TO PARENT.
1606 HRS 1000 BLOCK OF VIEWPOINT DR.  DOMESTIC.  Husband vs. Wife.  Verbal Only.  One prior.
1713 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF HEARTLAND GATE.  DOMESTIC BATTERY.  Boyfriend vs. Girlfriend.  Six priors.  FAIL TO FILE.
1719 HRS 5400 BLOCK OF SULLIVAN PASS.  MISSING JUVENILE.  Male, 15 years of age, reported missing.  Entered into LEADS.
2044 HRS 2500 BLOCK OF WATERFORD LN.  DOMESTIC BATTERY.  Boyfriend vs. Girlfriend.  No Priors.  FAIL TO FILE.
2124 HRS 1100 VIEWPOINT DR.  DOMESTIC.  Mother vs. Daughter.  No Priors.