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.

THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES

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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
Algonquin 2014 Levy Flat But Phone Tax To Rise 60 Percent
D300 Super Tells Legislators Suburban Schools Cost Less, Teach More
Feds Indict Chicago Man For Huntley Heartland Bank Robbery
Latest Vote Counts Put Frerichs Way Ahead In IL Treasurer's Race
Obituaries
Police Blotters
D300 Super Expected to Testify Today On School Aid Bill
White Tablecloth Restaurant Grand Opening Thursday In Huntley
Record Cold Today, Probable Snow Again Wednesday
Kirk Asks Federal Inquiry Into Treasurer's Race
Police Blotters
Police: "No String" Of Algonquin Commons Attacks
Overnight Closings Planned This Week On Tollway
Leggee PTA Annual Craft Fair Set This Saturday
Battle Shapes Up Over Vital Lincoln Library Question
Police Blotters
Grafton Pantry Distributes Pallet And A Half Of Thanksgiving Dinners
Huntley High School Student Parking Entrance Open Planned Monday
Saturday Snow:  Nobody Mentioned Ice
Second ACA Enrollment Starts Smoother In Illinois
Obituaries
Indictments
Police Blotters
IEPA Trucks Away 60 Tons Of McHenry County Tires
Kane Chairman, Coroner Feud Continues
D158 Board Of Ed Honors Huntley Eagle Scouts
Second Health Insurance Enrollment Begins At Get Covered Illinois
Metra Board OK's 11 Percent Average Fare Increases
Police Blotters
Huntley Board Opts For Lower Property Tax Rate
LITH Levy Flat Again But Tax Rate Will Increase
Forecasters Expect 1-3 Inches Of Snow Late Saturday
Rauner Meets Face To Face With Madigan, Cullerton
Police Blotters

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 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.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Algonquin 2014 Levy Flat But Phone Tax To Rise 60 Percent

The Algonquin Village Board, as expected, Tuesday approved a new property tax levy no bigger than this year's.  However, trustees also passed a 60 percent increase in Algonquin's tax on telephone and cellphone usage to raise money for parks and bike path maintenance.

The value of all the property in Algonquin fell close to four percent for 2014 so the Village's latest $5.5 million operating levy means the tax rate will go up. If there's been no change in a home's assessment, however, the dollar amount of the tax should stay the same.

Money for Algonquin's parks and paths used to come from developers but that's been pretty thin since even before the recession struck, according to Village officials. The phone tax increase from 3.75 to 6 percent, the most allowable, to replace it is projected to raise $400,000 per year.  Administrators estimated the tax increase would be an average extra $.90 per month.

The measure passed five to one, Trustee Debby Sosine the only "no" vote.  "This money could be taken from other sources," she argued.

Trustee Bob Smith said the Village's parks need work.  "When revenue for parks comes back we might redo this," he said.

Trustee Jerry Glogowski agreed.  "When new [parks] money comes in maybe we can cut it back but right now we need it."

Under State statutes the increased Algonquin telecommunications tax won't actually kick in until July 1.

D300 Super Tells Legislators Suburban Schools Cost Less, Teach More

Nine panels of school superintendents and financial officers all agreed Tuesday Illinois doesn't give enough aid to its schools but were split on what to do about it.  D300 Superintendent Fred Heid on one panel told a joint hearing of two House committees that whatever it is, it shouldn't penalize school districts like his.

"The Collar districts...operate below the state average for costs...and their students perform above the state average," said Heid.

The hearing ahead of today's General Assembly Veto Session open was about a controversial funding reform bill called SB16.  The point of the exercise wasn't abundantly clear since the bill's already passed the Senate but its House sponsor has repeatedly said it won't be called for vote until Spring.

"What is important is we have in place something that begins to phase in the reforms we are seeking before the next school year starts in August 2015,” said Senate sponsor Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill).

SB16, also known as the School Funding Reform Act, doesn't contemplate an increase in aid to education. It just creates a new way to distribute what the Legislature's already managed to budget for it.   The proposed new formula claims to account for disparities among school districts' tax bases. 

Superintendents from poorer districts tended to support it Tuesday  Those from richer ones were mostly against it.  The pattern wasn't universal, however.  Superintendent Kevin O'Mara at Argo high school district in south suburban Summit said SB16 was a "Robin Hood" plan.  "We're one of the winners and I'm against the bill," he said.

Feds Indict Chicago Man For Huntley Heartland Bank Robbery

Federal officials Tuesday announced the Rockford federal indictment of a Chicago man for April's robbery of Heartland Bank in Huntley.   FBI agents and Ogle County Sheriff's detectives arrested 29 year-old Adam A. Sanborn two weeks after they said he knocked over the Byron Bank in Davis Junction south of Rockford in late August

At the time, FBI investigators said they were pretty sure Sanborn, originally from Florida, was also the man they'd dubbed "The Wandering Bandit" for robbing other banks in Indiana, Mississippi and Illinois.  Tuesday's indictment was for robbing the Davis Junction bank, another in Peotone and Heartland in Huntley.  Each bank robbery charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

In the pic:  Adam A. Sanborn

Latest Vote Counts Put Frerichs Way Ahead In IL Treasurer's Race

Mail in and provisional ballots counted Tuesday primarily in Chicago and Cook County radically shifted results in Illinois' Treasurer's race.  According to the latest unofficial count by the website Illinois Election Data  Democratic State Sen. Mike Frerichs now has a more than 9,000 vote lead over Republican State Rep. Tom Cross.   Before the latest returns Cross had been leading by a slim 350 vote margin.

Illinois Election Data analyst Scott Kennedy commented, "I expected that the updates in the five collar counties would give Cross the net gains he would need to keep this race close. That was not the case."

Tuesday was the deadline for local election authorities to count ballots postmarked by the day before Election Day. It was, likewise, the deadline to rule on the validity of  provisional votes, including those from voters who also registered to vote on Election Day, a brand new quirk for the election two weeks ago.

The Chicago area votes weren't reported until Tuesday evening so it wasn't clear what happens next.  A Frerichs spokesman declined to claim victory saying only that the results speak for themselves.  No one at the Cross campaign was sure whether the candidate would ask for a recount.

In Illinois a possible first step would be a partial recount but the results don't count.  The only way to change the results the State Board of Elections is supposed to certify Nov. 30 would be a court-ordered recount which someone has to pay for.

In the pic:  Tom Cross and Mike Frerichs

Obituaries

Edward F. Wolski, Jr., 69, of Huntley died Oct. 24. A graveside service will be held Friday at 9:30 am at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood.

Wolski  was born Feb. 24, 1945, in Chicago to Edward and Grace Wolski. He is survived by his children, Robert (Jana) Egger, Brian (Luana) Wolski, Jennifer (Eric) Haensgen, Rita Wolski, and Patricia Barrett, and 13 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Diane.

Robert "Bob" Waldo Frantz, 88 of Huntley died Friday following a sudden illness. Visitation will be at 9:30 am Thursday at the DeFiore-Jorgensen Funeral & Cremation Service, Huntley, with a celebration of life service to follow at 11.   his cremains will be inurned at the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Cemetery in Elwood, IL, at a later date.

Frantz was born Aug. 5, 1926, in Kansas City, MO, the son of Olna and Leita (Rhoads) Frantz.  He married Ruth Ellen Ellis in 1949 in Kansas City, MO.  He is survived by his wife; his children, Margaret Gail (Chuck) Elmer, Robert Gregory Frantz and Shirley Jean Frantz, and grandchildren, Matthias Elmer, Theodore Elmer and Christopher Elmer.  He was preceded in death by his son, Randall David Frantz, and his sisters, Mildred deVries, Dorothy (Joseph) Hawkins and Marilyn Burke.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a favorite charity or the Huntley Fire Protection District.

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 18
0733 HRS 700 BLOCK OF MOHICAN TRAIL. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE.  HERNANDEZ, BRIAN C.,  M/W 26 YEARS OF AGE , 701 MOHICAN TRAIL, LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of a Hypodermic Needle, Theft Under $500, and Criminal Trespass to Vehicle.  TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
2331 HRS ROUTE 31 & THREE OAKS RD.  NO VALID DRIVER’S LICENSE.  DIAZ, JOEL, M/W 24 YEARS OF AGE, 4506 GARDEN QUARTER APT 22, MCHENRY.  CHARGES: No Valid Driver’s License, Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle, and Speeding.  RELEASED ON BOND.
0650 HRS 1000 BLOCK OF BURR ST.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1221 HRS 4700 BLOCK OF PRINCETON LN.  ASSIST AMBULANCE.  Male, 62 years of age, needed an evaluation.  Transported to Sherman Hospital.
1516 HRS MILLER RD. & LITCHFIELD LN.  HIT AND RUN.  Vehicle was struck by an unknown vehicle that fled.
1709 HRS 1115 CRYSTAL LAKE RD. (LITH PD).  TOBACCO COMPLIANCE CHECKS. No violations.
1901 HRS 300 BLOCK OF TECUMSEH TRAIL.  DOMESTIC.  Boyfriend vs. Girlfriend.  Verbal only.  No priors.
Algonquin
November 17
15:30pm Jacoby III, James C., DOB: 02/14/1957, of 1909 Cobblestone, Carpentersville, was charged with DUI, Improper Lane Use and Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle.  He was taken into custody at APD and was released after posting his DL with a court date of 12/17/2014 in McHenry County. 
16:04pm A 15 year-old male from Carpentersville was charged with Criminal Trespass to State Supported Land.  He was taken into custody at Longwood and Walnut.  He was referred to McHenry County Juvenile Court and released to his parents.
November 18
14:21pm Helfers, Cody T., DOB: 12/10/1993, of 316 Harvest Gate, Lake In The Hills, was charged with two counts of Use of Intoxicating Compounds.  He was taken into custody at 103 S. Randall Road.  He was released after posting $75 with a court date of 01/07/2015 in McHenry County.
16:25pm A 17year-old female from Lake In The Hills was charged with Retail Theft.  She was taken into custody at 1410 S Randall Road.  She was referred to Tri-Area Court for Teens and released to her parents.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

D300 Super Expected To Testify Today On School Aid Bill

District 300 Superintendent Fred Heid is expected to be among a handful of experts called to testify this afternoon at a pre-Veto Session hearing on the aid to schools reform bill pending in the Illinois House.  Based on an email blast to parents and staff over the weekend, he likely won't have much good to say about it.

Heid's email warned again that D300 would lose $2.8 million per year in State Aid under terms of a bill called SB16 as it now stands.  He still didn't list what District programs that would have to be axed but said,  "I can tell you that losing 2.8 million dollars will impact our ability to support programs, staff departments, staff schools, and support the classroom."

He called on residents to sign online as "witnesses" for today's hearing at the Legislature's website.  Lots of others including area legislators have done the same thing and this morning the latest SB16 witness tally shows only 529 people favoring the bill but 6,283 against it.

District 158 would lose almost $2.3 million under the proposed new State Aid formula.  Superintendent John Burkey told FEN he wasn't selected as a witness to offer spoken testimony about the bill.

White Tablecloth Restaurant Grand Opening Thursday In Huntley

Thursday afternoon will mark the official grand opening of Marsala's Italian Kitchen on Freeman Road just off Route 47 in Huntley.  The Village's newly-themed Italian bistro sort of opened its doors Monday but a lot of the people going through them were still job applicants and tradesmen bringing in finishing touches like decorative plants.

Marsala's is part of the popular suburban Jameson's restaurant group but different from its steak, chicken and fish mainline, according to owner Frank Bolos.  "We've been thinking of an Italian concept for a long time," he said.  The group picked Huntley to try it out because, "We feel that's what the area needs."

The company already has its traditional base covered in Huntley with the Jameson Charhouse at Sun City.  A spokesman said that location "has performed beyond expectations."

In the pic:  Owner Frank Bolos made sure everything was just right Monday in the dining room at Marsala's Italian Kitchen  in Huntley.

Record Cold Today, Probable Snow Again Wednesday

After a night of record-tying chill, National Weather Service forecasters predict a day that could set new records for the lowest high temperature on November 18.  Locally the overnight low was only 9 degrees while today's high temp will be lucky to hit 18.  The coldest high on record for Chicago was 22 in 1903 while the record for Rockford was 28 in 1951.

On the plus side, meteorologists don't expect tonight's temps to fall much.  The downside of that is a chance of flurries tonight and snow again Wednesday.  The really worrisome outlook is farther out with what forecasters think is a chance of freezing rain Friday night and Saturday. 

Kirk Asks Federal Inquiry Into Treasurer's Race

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk Monday called for a federal inquiry into what he called "voting irregularities" and "mishandling of ballots" during this month's General Election, especially in the Illinois Treasurer's race.  Tom Cross and Mike Frerich's campaigns both agree that fewer than 400 votes now separate the candidates in the closest statewide race in Illinois in at least 100 years.

Republican Cross says he's winning by 381 votes, while Frerichs says it’s only 331.  But the count's not done and Cross's people claim Chicago elections officials couldn't account for all mail-in and provisional ballots..  In a letter dated Monday and obtained by The Associated Press, Kirk asked U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon to "secure" questioned ballots and ensure proper handling.

Fardon's office wouldn't say if he'd intervene.   Chicago elections board spokesman Jim Allen said Cross's charges were "uninformed, misguided, inaccurate and reckless."

In a race that could turn on a literal handful of ballots, neither side is calling for a recount yet since conducting one would be hard to do.  If there is one, there might not be a winner in the Treasurer's contest for as long as four more months.

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 17
0654 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & RANDALL RD.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles. Property damage only.
0736 HRS 260 N RANDALL RD. (COSTCO GAS STATION).  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1028 HRS PYOTT RD. & BARBARA ST.  CRIMINAL DEFACEMENT.  Graffiti on underpass tunnel.  TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
1037 HRS LAKEWOOD RD. & MILLER RD.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
2244 HRS 300 BLOCK OF TECUMSEH TRAIL.  DOMESTIC BATTERY.  Mother vs. Son.  UNFOUNDED.
Huntley
November 10
A theft of gas was reported in the 11800 block of Woodcreek Dr. The victim states that gas was siphoned from his car while parked in an apartment complex parking lot.
Paul R. Fotschky, age 35, of 1244 Indiana St, Hammond, IN, was arrested, near the intersection of Rt. 47 and Algonquin Rd for driving while license suspended and driving with no headlight.
Mr. Fotschky posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of December 26, 2014.
November 11
A theft report was taken at a retail store in the 12300 Block of Rt. 47.
November 12
A residential burglary report was taken in the 12200 block of Daphne Dr. Jewelry was reported stolen.
A theft report was taken at Huntley High School. A videogame player and several videogames were reported stolen from a student’s unsecured back pack.
Scott D. Cieniewski, age 37, of 10456 Dawson St, Huntley, was arrested at his residence on an outstanding McHenry County warrant. Mr. Cieniewski was transported to McHenry County jail to await bond.
November 13
A theft report was taken at an assisted living facility in the 12500 block of Regency Parkway. The victim states that cash was stolen from his apartment.
November 14
A 16 year-old boy from Huntley was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and consumption of alcohol by a minor on Chetwood Dr.. In the same incident two 16 year-old females were charged with consumption of alcohol by a minor. All juveniles were issued a notice to appear in McHenry County court on December 8, 2014. and released to family members.
November 16
Derrick J. Buttrum, age 25, of 460 Park Dr. #6, Marengo, was arrested, near the intersection of Main and Lincoln St., for driving while license suspended, DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, improper display of plates and failure to notify the Secretary of State of a change of address. Mr. Buttrum was transported to McHenry County jail to await bond.
Citlalit Cantor, age 21, of 11711 Kenneth Dr., Huntley, was arrested for driving while license suspended at her residence. Ms. Cantor posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of December 19, 2014.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Police: "No String" Of Algonquin Commons Attacks

Algonquin Police are investigating a reported robbery at Algonquin Commons Friday but, contrary to social media postings, that's all they're investigating.  "There has not been a string of batteries or attacks on women at the Commons," Deputy Chief John Bucci told FEN this morning.

A spokesman for the firm managing the Commons declined to comment this morning.

Bucci said a shopper Friday evening reported being attacked in the parking lot on the south end of the shopping center between 7 and 7:30 pm.  He said APD's investigation is hampered by the fact that the victim left the area and didn't complain to police immediately.  "It was a delayed report," said Bucci.  "We didn't hear about it until 90 minutes later."

Bucci had no idea where Facebook posters got the idea there's been a series of recent robberies at the Commons.  The most recent incident there before Friday's was in March when police said a Woodstock man stole a purse at screwdriver-point only to be nabbed within 45 minutes. 

"The most important thing if something occurs," said Bucci, "is to report it to the police when it happens."  Now, said Bucci, the best hope is that someone saw something Friday evening.  He asked any possible witnesses to call APD Investigations at (847) 658-4531

Update:  According to an APD press release this morning, " The victim/complainant advised that she had been attacked from behind by 3 unknown subjects.  The victim described the individuals as 2 M/W subjects and 1 F/W with long brown hair.  All three subjects were described as wearing all black clothing and no weapons were displayed or used during the attack.  The offenders did not take any of the victim’s belongings, however, they may have entered her vehicle to search for unknown items."

Overnight Closings Planned This Week On Tollway

Temporary overnight lane closures are scheduled this week on the I-90 Jane AddamsTollway (I-90) for overhead electrical work between Randall Road in Elgin and Belvidere.  Crews will be taking down wires that cross over the road now that new underground lines have been installed as part of the Tollway widening project.

Crews will be working west to east.  Tonight two lanes in both directions at Illinois Route 23 will close near Marengo after 12:30 am.  The same thing's scheduled Tuesday at  Route 20 in Hampshire and on Wednesday at Tyrrell Road between Huntley and Elgin.

Thursday workers are scheduled to reach Randall Raod where two lanes in both directions will close at 11 p.m. Intermittent full closures of the roadway will begin after 12:30 a.m.  All lanes are supposed to reopen by 5 am Friday before the morning rush hour.

In the pic:  Workers plan to use this gantry system today to place some unimaginably big girders for the new version of the Tollway's bridge over the Fox River.

Leggee PTA Annual Craft Fair Set This Saturday

Leggee Elementary School's PTA will hold its big annual Craft and Vendor Fair at the school in Huntley Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm.  Over 100 crafters and vendors will be onsite to help get holiday shopping done early.  New this year, though, coffee will be for sale in the morning and there'll be vendors on hand to serve lunch, too.

All proceeds from crafter, vendor and bake sales will benefit Leggee and its school programs.  Separately, with the holiday season approaching, the Grafton Food Pantry is in need of non-perishable food items and/or paper products so the Leggee PTA will have a designated bin for all donations at the Fair.

Battle Shapes Up Over Vital Lincoln Library Question

Illinois' temporary income tax increase will begin to expire in six weeks, citizens say the state's property tax system's a mess and voters two weeks ago overwhelmingly called for an increase in the State minimum wage.  So naturally, a House committee is scheduled again this week to consider whether the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum should be split from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and made into a separate state agency.

The question appeared this Spring after complaints from library and museum Board members that the  Preservation Agency wasn't managing it properly.  House Speaker Mike Madigan came up with a bill that passed the Senate to spin off the museum as an independent.  The House never considered it but now Madigan's trying to tuck it into a bill about a lottery scratch-off game for mental health grants, itself originally about the administration of interstate libraries.

Madigan said making the library and museum a separate department would have minimal cost. The Historic Preservation Agency has said it would cost more than $2.4 million.   “I think it’s up in the air right now,” said McHenry County State Rep. Jack Franks who chairs the House State Government Administration Committee which will hold a hearing on the matter Tuesday.

A blue ribbon panel has yet to make recommendations.  The deadline for its report isn't until Jan. 15.

In the pic:  The Lincoln Library in Springfield.

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 16
1110 HRS RANDALL RD. & MILLER RD.  ACCIDENT.  Delayed from 11/15/14.  Vehicle vs. Fence.  Property damage only.
1111 HRS 00 BLOCK OF APPLETREE CT.  INFORMATION FOR POLICE.  Damage to vehicle.  Report for insurance.
1122 HRS 100 BLOCK OF DEERPATH.  UNLAWFUL VISITATION INTERFERENCE.  Parent failed to return children for scheduled visitation.  FAIL TO FILE.
1503 HRS 5500 BLOCK OF ALEXANDRIA DR.  SUICIDAL SUBJECT.  Female, 17 years of age, lacerations to the thigh.  Transported to Sherman Hospital.
Algonquin
November 14
18:00pm Sennello, Douglas J., DOB: 02/29/1956, of 2315 Stonegate Rd, was charged with DUI, No Insurance, Failure to Reduce Speed, Improper Lane Use, and No Seatbelt. He was taken into custody at Broadsmore and Stonegate. He was released after posting his Driver's License with a court date of 12/17/2014 in McHenry County.
November 16
14:06pm A 17 year-old male from Lake in the Hills, was charged with Retail Theft. He was taken into custody at 734 S. Randall Rd. He was issued a Notice to Appear with a court date of 12/17/14 in Algonquin and released to his parents.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Grafton Pantry Distributes Pallet And A Half Of Thanksgiving Dinners

A bankers dozen (11) volunteers distributed a pallet and a half of Thanksgiving dinners to feed 150 local families at the Grafton Food Pantry Saturday.  Pantry Manager Mary Hardy said requests for Pantry help are on the rise again with the end of the construction season.  "A lot of people have been laid off," she said.

The Pantry plans another dinner distribution Dec. 13 for Christmas.  A $30 donation will provide turkey and trimmings for a family of eight--even after the distribution's done.  Donations for it will be accepted until Dec. 22.  The Pantry phone to arrange a donation is (847) 495-0922.

Meanwhile drop boxes for regular food donations are located at  Harris Bank North,Huntley; Huntley Public Library; Huntley Park District; Heartland Bank, Huntley, and Wisted’s Piggly Wiggly Huntley supermarket.

Huntley High Student Parking Entrance Open Planned Monday

Huntley High Schoolers may be home a little earlier than usual Monday.  That's when the new student parking entrance to HHS is supposed to open, according to D158 Communications Director Dan Armstrong.

Paint crews managed to lay down striping for the new entrance during last Monday's one-day warm weather window and Operations and Maintenance Director Doug Renkosik told FEN that would allow students to begin using it even though there's still some landscaping unfinished.

Planners said the new entrance will funnel commuting kids directly into the student lot without routing them through other kids walking from their cars to the school building.  It's also expected to lessen traffic at the main entrance making it easier for drivers to escape from neighboring Leggee Elementary.  With new traffic signals installed this Summer at the Harmony/Hemmer and Main Street/Marengo Road intersections, traffic engineers predict congestion will be cut 60 to 70 percent in the area.

That improvement may not show up immediately, though.   "It might be a few weeks for everyone to learn how to use it," warned Renkosik.

Saturday Snow: Nobody Mentioned Ice

Residual pavement heat and falling temperatures turned some area streets and roads into skating rinks Saturday evening with fender and benders and impromptu off-road excursions aplenty even though a weak front brought less than an inch of snow to the area.  Forecasters this morning called for a few more flurries ending by this afternoon, then, colder temperatures.  The low tonight's expected in the teens and Monday's high's only predicted in the low 20's.

In the pic:  Ice Saturday evening and this morning was deceptive.  One driver (naming no names) didn't figure it out until he'd sailed through a red light madly pumping the brakes to absolutely no effect.

Second ACA Enrollment Starts Smoother In Illinois

Get Covered Illinois teams fanned out across the state Saturday to sign up people on the first day of the second year of Affordable Care Act health insurance.  There were no reports of problems in Illinois and, in contrast to last year's disastrous Obamacare roll out, this time nationally "The vast majority of users are having a smooth experience during the first day of open enrollment," according to administration spokesman Aaron Albright.

There were no figures for Illinois enrollments but U.S. Health and Human Services officials said Saturday that more than 23,000 people submitted applications within the first eight hours in the 37 states including Illinois that use the HealthCare.gov website.

For one thing,  the online application's been simplified from 76 computer pages to only 16.  Another major innovation is the chance to "window shop" health plans before creating an account to buy one.  On the downside, experts say, thanks to rising prices and additional plans, it's more important than last year to do the shopping.

Locally, there are two ways to get help wading through the red tape.  Dec. 1 the McHenry County Department of Health will conduct an ACA presentation at Algonquin's Eastgate Library branch at 7 pm. The MCDH website also has a page to sign up to attend other Department ACA clinics and presentations.  It's at:  http://readymchenrycountyil.gov/events/Clinics.aspx?lang=en

Obituaries

Naomi R. DeLap, 85, of Lake in the Hills died last Saturday.  A Memorial Celebration of her life will be held this coming Saturday at 2 pm at Christ United Methodist Church, Algonquin.

DeLap was born June 2, 1929, in Renville County, ND, to J. Frank and Rowena (Crooks) Whitlo. She married Keith A. DeLap on Nov. 21, 1947.  Survivors include her husband; sons, Dennis (Joan) DeLap of Barrington and Timothy (Lucy) DeLap of East Dundee; granddaughter, Dr. Kelly (Chris) Sculles, and her sister, Margaret "Elaine" Shields of Omaha.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Frances Wall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of choice or the Algonquin Lake in the Hills Interfaith Food Pantry.

Lucille Hovorka
, 93, of Lake in the Hills died Wednesday at Crystal Pines Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Crystal Lake. Visitation will be Monday from 10 am. until a funeral service at 11 at Wait Ross Allanson Funeral & Cremation Services, Algonquin.  Burial will be in Memory Gardens, Arlington Heights.

Hovorka was born March 26, 1921, in Elk Grove Township, the daughter of Heinrich W. Mueller and Alwine Mensching Mueller.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of almost 70 years, Henry, and brothers, Harold and Harvey Mueller.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Alzheimer's Foundation or a charity of choice.

Denis G. Richards, 80, of Sun City, Huntley, died at his home Friday following a short illness.  Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Monday at the DeFiore-Jorgensen Funeral & Cremation Service, Huntley. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 am Tuesday following  9:30 am visitation at St. Mary Catholic Church, Huntley.

Richards was born April 24, 1934, in Chicago, the son of Edward and Josephine (Morkowski) Richards. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Ann “Dottie” of Huntley; children, Denise (John) Hammer of Fox River Grove, Karen (Michael) Schmit of Medina, OH, David (Sue) Richards of Lake Zurich and Julie (Paul) Moreno of Joliet,and grandchildren, Heidi, Stephanie, Jamie, Jessica, Trevor, Megan, Carly, D. Cooper, Zachary, Sarah and Joey. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Edward and Joseph and his sister, Helene.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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.

CHARLES E. HOJNACKI, DOB:  04/23/1979, 650 WEDGEWOOD CIRCLE, LAKE IN THE HILLS.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. --McHenry County Sheriff's Office.

ADRIAN C. MANRIQUEZ, DOB:  07/10/1992, 372 RAILROAD STREET, WOODSTOCK.  AGGRAVATED DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE. --Huntley PD

DUSTY L. CHISM, DOB:  01/14/1988, 645 JOSEPH STREET, LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO GOVERNMENT SUPPORTED PROPERTY, RESISTING A PEACE OFFICER, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. --Fox River Grove PD

JUDITH P. LAMPING, DOB:  06/01/1956, 2043 WILLOWBROOKE DRIVE, WOODSTOCK.  DRIVING WHILE LICENSE REVOKED (SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE). --Crystal Lake PD
   
JAMES N. PEASE, DOB:  12/26/1983, 61 GATE STREET  APT. B, CRYSTAL LAKE.  OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE. --Fox River Grove PD

EDGAR SIVAJ, DOB:  08/22/1976, LKA:  192 ELMHURST AVENUE  APT 103, CRYSTAL LAKE.  HARASSMENT OF A WITNESS (THREE COUNTS), SUBORNATION OF PERJURY (THREE COUNTS). --McHenry County Sheriff's Office
   
MICHAEL J. PICARD, DOB:  07/10/1964, 16222 IL ROUTE 173, ALDEN.  AGGRAVATED DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE (TWO COUNTS), DRIVING WHILE LICENSE REVOKED. --McHenry County Sheriff's Office.
   
JAMES N. PEASE, DOB:  12/26/1983, 61 GATES STREET  APT B, CRYSTAL LAKE.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. --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
November 15
0950 HRS 2900 BLOCK OF BALDWIN LN.  DOMESTIC.  Boyfriend vs. Girlfriend.  Verbal only.  No priors.
1300 HRS 1400 BLOCK OF WASHINGTON ST.  DOG BITE.   Female, seven years of age, bitten on lip by family dog.  Animal control notified.
1345 HRS 5300 BLOCK OF DANBURY CIRCLE.  DOMESTIC.  Son-in-Law and Daughter vs Mother.  Verbal Only.  No priors.
1542 HRS 00 BLOCK OF HAYWARD CT.  ASSIST OTHER AGENCY.  Assisted the McHenry Probation Court Services with taking a female, 15 years of age, into custody for violating probation.  TURNED OVER TO KANE COUNTY JUVENILE DETENTION.
1548 HRS RANDALL RD. & ACORN LN.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1853 HRS REED RD. & LAKEWOOD RD.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

IEPA Trucks Away 60 Tons Of McHenry County Tires

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency contractors Friday hauled off 60 tons of used tires from Algonquin Township.  They weren't all from Township roads, though, since MCDOT and eight municipalities including the Village of Algonquin had trucked in their own accumulations Thursday.

According to the Illinois Comptroller's Office, IEPA spent, one way or another, $12.7 million last year to get rid of junk tires.  The State's $2.50 per new tire tax is one of the highest in the U.S. but only about 60 percent of it goes towards disposal.  Twenty five percent goes to control mosquitoes that breed in piles of used tires and another ten goes to studying mosquitoes.

Kane Chairman, Coroner Feud Continues

There was little discussion at Friday's meeting of the Kane County Board Judicial and Public Safety Committee about a report that 50 of the 160 autopsies ordered by Coroner Bob Russell last year were unnecessary.  Thursday County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen emailed Members his summary of an audit by former Coroner Mary Lou Kearns but he didn't provide the report itself.

"There wasn't much to talk about because we haven't seen it," said District 23 Member, Maggie Auger from Algonquin.

Russell and Lauzen have been at odds since both took office almost two years ago.  Russell claims the Coroner's Office was a wreck when he inherited it.  Lauzen argues even if it was, Russell wants too much money to fix it.

Rusell Friday read a two-page response to Lauzen's email claiming four other Illinois coroners who reviewed the same files Kearns did thought they were fine.

"We haven't seen those reports, either," said Auger.

D158 Board Of Ed Honors Huntley Eagle Scouts

The District 158 Board of Education Thursday took a moment to recognize five HHS students from Huntley Boy Scout Troop 167 who've achieved the top rank of Eagle Scout this year.  Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages.

Troop 167 currently has 46 active Scouts and over the years has produced 41 Eagle Scouts.

In the pic:  Dakota Henn, Mukhil Murugasamy, Matthew Clemetsen, Nicolas Fenske. Eagle Riley Roach, was unable  to attend.

Second Health Insurance Enrollment Begins At Get Covered Illinois

The second open enrollment in Get Covered Illinois, the State version of the Obamacare health insurance exchange, begins today.  The problem last year was simply signing up via the Healthcare.gov's clunky online system.  For those who got through, the problem this time may turn out to be the cost of continuing coverage.

Friday the Obama administration announced many Americans with health insurance under the Affordable Care Act may face substantial price increases next year, sometimes as much as 20 percent,  unless they switch plans. On average, according to data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the price rise will be five percent for the cheapest of the popular "silver" plans.  The estimate for McHenry County is a 6 percent increase while Kane's is only 3.7 percent

Returning customers have to select a new plan by Dec. 15 to avoid being automatically re-enrolled in their current policy.  New enrollees have until Feb. 15 to sign up.  The penalty for having no health insurance will either triple or double next year to $325 per adult or 2 percent of household income, whichever is greater.

Illinois signed up about 217,000 people for plans last year, and 500,000 more have enrolled in Medicaid, cutting the state's uninsured population to about half of what it was.  Officials haven't have never said how many of them actually paid their premiums. Eight million signed up nationwide with about 7.1 million paid their premiums in 2014, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Metra Board OK's 11 Percent Average Fare Increases

The Board of the Metra commuter rail agency OK'ed  fare increases Friday averaging nearly 11 percent next year to help pay for higher wages and costs but not for any additional service.  The new fares will start Feb. 1.

The increase is expected to generate $27.3 million in additional revenue next year.  Also approved for next year, a $100 million bond sale to help finance a 10-year, $2.4 billion modernization program to buy new locomotives and coaches, rehabilitate existing rolling stock and maintain bridges, tracks and other equipment.  Next year's fare boost will kick off a decade of hikes eventually expected to total 68 percent.

The nation's second-largest commuter rail agency has trains that average 30 years old, more than those at comparable railroads in New York, Boston and Philadelphia, Metra officials said.

"I want (riders) to understand that this board has confronted reality and is not trying to pretend that you can run a railroad without paying for it," said Board Chairman Martin Oberman.

Besides the hardware upgrades, the added fares would also pay for three percent cost-of-living salary increases each year for the next ten years.

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 14
0323 HRS MILLER RD. & RANDALL RD.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE.  OLSON, JAMES M., M/W 22 YEARS OF AGE, 69 POMEROY AVE., CRYSTAL LAKE.  CHARGES: Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Drugs, Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Driving under The Influence of Alcohol, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol with a Breath Alcohol Content Greater Than .08, and Improper Lane Usage.  TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
1016 HRS 2800 BLOCK OF BRISBANE DR.  FOLLOW UP ARREST:  WANTED ON WARRANT.  PONTE, MARLO D.,  F/W 46 YEARS OF AGE,  2840 BRISBANE DR.,  LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Wanted on Warrant, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office for Contributing to the Criminal Delinquency of a Minor, Endangering the Life of Health of a Child and Permitting an Unauthorized Person to Drive. Bond: $2,500 @ 10%. RELEASED ON BOND.
2356 HRS 200 BLOCK OF WEDGEWOOD CIRCLE.  DOMESTIC.  Husband vs. Wife.  Verbal only.  No priors.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Huntley Board Opts For Lower Property Tax Rate

"We're not looking for an actual [levy] vote tonight," said Huntley Village Manager Dave Johnson Thursday but that's what it more or less was as he asked trustees for "direction" to prepare one that would increase the property tax on an average home about $7 per year or another that would lower it about the same amount.  With little discussion, the Village Board voted for the latter.

"Let's make it six years in a row [for a flat levy]," said Trustee Harry Leopold. 

"Yep," chimed in Niko Kanakaris.

"I agree," said Ronda Goldman.

"[The local economy] appears to be getting better but it still isn't the best," summed up Mayor Chuck Sass before the board unanimously opted for another $3.8 million levy, the same as this year's.  While flat in dollar terms thanks to new construction, it would actually amount to a decrease proportionate to the Village's upsized property tax base.  Even though the Kane County part of Huntley saw another drop in value, the McHenry County side enjoyed enough new construction that the Village's collective assessed value will probably be up about 3.6 percent after the shouting's over.  With a flat levy, that means the tax rate will actually go down almost 1.75 percent, according to Johnson's estimates.

Even so there's a public hearing on the levy planned for Dec. 11.

Separately, the Board OK'ed a facade improvement grant for Fast Eddie's Car Wash and Detail Center expected to open next Summer at the former Powell's Car Wash location on Route 47.   New McHenry owners, Joe and Kim Doherty, plan what they said will be $300,000 worth of remodeling and asked for $10,000 to help upgrade landscaping neglected after Powell's closed.  The Board scaled the grant back to $5,900 on the premise that tables and urns weren't really part of the premises' facade.

The grant's the second under Huntley's new program which still has about $36,000 left his fiscal year for 50/50 spruce ups Downtown.

LITH Levy Flat Again But Tax Rate Will Increase

The Lake in the Hills Village Board passed a new property tax levy the same as this year's Thursday.   Even though the levy due next year's flat, the Village's tax rate will go up because the underlying tax base went down again.

LITH's $5.5 million requested levy's actually about $2,000 less than this year, marking the second time the levy's been flat.  The two years before that saw 1.2 percent decreases each time but Finance Director Rich Hentschel told trustees this year the Village's collective assessed value of all property fell another 2.9 percent.  That means that to collect the same dollar amount as this year, LITH's tax rate will probably go up about 3 percent.

Separately, the Board tabled a request to issue video gaming licenses for four video poker machines at the Algonquin Road Grove Mart gas station/convenience store.  The Illinois Gaming Board gave a State OK last month but LITH rules currently only allow the machines at locations that serve liquor, not places with package sales.

Forecasters Expect 1-3 Inches Of Snow Late Saturday

To November's unseasonably cold temperatures, get ready to add some unseasonable snow.  National Weather Service forecasters report overnight lows will be in the mid to low teens with fluffy snow moving into the area late Saturday afternoon.
Weathermen expect one to three inches mostly before Midnight Saturday.  Skies should clear after that but only because of  late December-style near record cold temps Sunday and Monday.  The record low high for the area on Dec. 17 was 13 degrees set back in 1959.

Peering further out,  meteorologists say they scry a possible "warmup" into the upper 30's late next week.

Rauner Meets Face To Face With Madigan, Cullerton

Republican Governor-elect Bruce Rauner had a private two-hour sitdown with Democratic leaders in the Legislature Thursday.   House Speaker Michael Madigan, Senate President John Cullerton and Rauner all said the meeting was cordial but didn't accomplish anything substantial.

Madigan said Rauner's biggest challenge ahead is what to do when the state’s temporary income tax increase starts to roll back in January creating a $4 billion per year revenue hole.  “We’re waiting to hear what he would have to say about his budget," said Cullerton. "We told him that’s the most important thing he can do.” 

Meanwhile, Rauner advised again against trying to pass major legislation in a lame duck General Assembly.  “He repeated what’s been reported, that he would prefer that significant items not occur until he becomes the governor, which is a reasonable request,” said Madigan.

Outgoing Governor Pat Quinn quite disagreed, however.  "I would say to all the legislators, this is not holiday time, this is working time," Quinn told reporters Thursday saying what they ought to be working on was raising Illinois' minimum wage.

On theat, “We’re currently working with Democratic members of the House, encouraging them to support the minimum wage,” Madigan said after the meeting with Rauner. “We’ll have a better understanding sometime next week where the vote count is on that issue.”

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 13
0237 HRS 10 BLOCK OF CLARK AVE. ASSIST TO THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. Assisted the Fire Department with a deck fire.
1543 HRS 250 N. RANDALL RD. (COSTCO).  DOMESTIC BATTERY.  Mother vs. Daughter.  No Priors.  FAIL TO FILE.
1908 HRS 1400 BLOCK OF CLAYTON MARSH DR.  IDENTITY THEFT.  Complainant’s credit cards were fraudulently used.
2130 HRS 2400 BLOCK OF STANTON CIRCLE.  DEATH INVESTIGATION.  Male, 66 years of age, found deceased.
Algonquin
November 11
08:03am Unger, Marquita E., DOB: 08/28/1974, of 19 Oxford Dr. #14, Carpentersville, was charged with DWLS and also Wanted on a Warrant from Kane county for Failure To Appear. She was taken into custody at Sandbloom and Souwanas. She was released with an I-Bond for the DWLS with a court date of 01/07/2015, in McHenry County. She posted $500 on the Kane County warrant,with a court date of 12/04/2014 in Elgin.
November 12
03:39am Bird, William N., DOB: 04/22/1969, of 440 Sycamore, Roselle, was arrested for Violation of an Order Of Protection. He was taken into custody at APD. He was transported to the McHenry County jail to await bond court.
09:10am Varela, Robert, DOB: 06/29/1991, of 225 Highland Ave., Algonquin, was arrested on a Warrant out of McHenry County for Fleeing and Eluding. He was taken into custody at APD and was released after posting $3,000 with a court date of 11/21/2014 in McHenry County.
15:36pm A 16 year-old from Carpentersville was charged with Retail Theft. She was taken into custody at 400 S. Randall Rd., She was Petitioned to McHenry County Court Services and released to her parent.
16:53pm Stevens, Daniel A., DOB: 05/28/1993, of 651 Brookside, Algonquin, was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Cannabis, and Speeding. He was taken into custody in the 3500 block of Bunker Hill Dr. He was released after posting $150 with court dates of 12/17/2014 and 12/23/2014 in McHenry County.
November 13
08:52am Romero, Kristina M., DOB: 08/26/1978, of 1354 Cunat Ct., Lake In The Hills, was arrested on a Warrant out of Cook County for Failure To Appear.  She was taken into custody at Hanson and Edgewood.  She was released after posting $500 with a court date of 12/07/2014 in Cook County.
08:50am Two 15 year-old males from Carpentersville and Lake In The Hills were arrested for Illegal Consumption of Alcohol by Minor. They were taken into custody at 2601 Bunker Hill Dr. Both males were released to their parents, with a Notice to Appear in McHenry County.
21:15pm Krepel, Jennifer C., DOB: 12/20/1973, of 2 Bloomsbury Ct, was arrested on a Warrant out of McHenry County for Failure to Appear. She was taken into custody at 2 Bloomsbury Ct and transported to McHenry County Jail to await bond court.