Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Grafton Assessor Reveals Massive Value Changes Submitted

As many as 8,000 or 9,000 Grafton Township property owners will receive some unpleasant news within about two weeks. Assessor Al Zielinski told the Grafton Board Monday he'd reassessed 17,000 of the Township's 21,000 properties although the tax base remained about the same.  Some values went down but others went up, he said.  "It's about 50/50" Zielinski told FEN afterwards.

Zielinski said Sun City owners would, as a group, be pleased.  He said the retirement community collectively had been overassessed $10.9 million.  Individual homeowners elsewhere might be less happy, though.  In one neighborhood, he said, changes ranged from a $38,000 EAV reduction to a $41,000 increase.  In a ritzier one he said, the changes included a property that saw a $63,000 reduction but another that went up $134,000.

McHenry County Chief Assessment Officer Bob Ross told FEN this morning, "We're shooting for the end of next week," to mail out and publish Grafton's new assessments.  Ross said the County Board of Review was well-positioned to handle an expected influx of appeals from Grafton in "timely fashion" because the rest of County's townships have already published.  "Algonquin Township came in earlier this year than it ever has in my experience," Ross said.

Zielinski told FEN he's already talked to some property owners who'll see assessment increases.  "They know that they've been getting a free ride for the last few years and that can't go on," He said.  "I think they understand it."

In the pic:  Grafton Assessor Al Zielinski

THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES

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Grafton Assessor Reveals Massive Value Changes Submitted
Algonquin Walmart Bob Threat Proves False Alarm
New Charges Added In Shooting Of McHenry County Deputies
Final Debate Between Quinn, Rauner A Yawner
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Early Voting Today Through Nov. 2
D300 Multicultural Festival Colorful
Algonquin St. Margaret Mary Begins Centennial Celebration
I-90/Tyrell Closures Near Huntley Planned Tonight, Maybe Tuesday
Predicted Dry Spell Likely To Speed Local Harvest
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Saturday Exercise Doubles Huntley Last-Chance Responder Group
Huntley Saturday E-Waste Event No-Cost Due To Friendly Persuasion
Runners Gallop To Support LITH Therapy Mini Horses
Ebola Scams Spreading Faster Than Disease In U.S.
Obituaries
McHenry County Indictments
Police Blotters
Bond $1 Million For Accused Shooter Of Two Deputies
FEN Checks On Stolen Sheriff's-Connected Rifle
Algonquin Basement Fire Produces No Injuries
Illinois Charter Schools Report:  Average For Charters, Better Overall
Police Blotters
Accused Deputy Shooter Captured In Crystal Lake
Huntley Board Signals Plans For Amtrak, Downtown Borrowing
D158 OK's Bond Refinancing For Savings, Lower Payments
State Report:  More Than Half Public School Kids Now Minority
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Two McHenry Sheriff's Deputies Shot During Well-Being Check
Aldi Supermarket Opening Scheduled Today In Huntley
Mental Board Picks 22nd Circuit Special Courts Chief As New Director
Undersheriff Admits He Gave Secret Report To Another Newspaper
Governor Race Likely To Set New Illinois Spending Record
Police Blotters
D300 Superintendent Warns Parents Against State Aid "Reform" Bill
D300 Plans Consultant Contract For Super's Florida Underling
Police Charge Huntley Man After Searches Find Drugs, Cash
Candidates In Gov's Race Trade Jabs On Racial Issues
Obituaries
Police Blotters

Algonquin Walmart Bomb Threat Proves False Alarm

Algonquin's Walmart store on Randall Road closed for almost 4 hours Monday thanks to a bomb threat but the Kane County Bomb Squad said there were no explosives in the store.

Algonquin Police said a caller to Walmart warned of a bomb shortly before 10 am.  As a precaution Walmart evacuated the building while Algonquin PD and the Fire Protection District set up perimeters to keep people away.  The Bomb Squad combed the building with a bomb-sniffer dog, according to police, but found no evidence of a bomb.

Algonquin Deputy Chief John Bucci said, "An investigation is pending in regards to the nature of the complaint and the individual responsible for placing the call."

New Charges Added In Shooting Of McHenry County Deputies

Prosecutors Monday filed eight new charges to the ones already facing Scott B. Peters in Thursday's shooting of a pair of McHenry County Sheriff's Deputies.   Besides two counts each of attempted murder and aggravated battery, Peters is now charged with four counts of attempted murder and four more of aggravated discharge of a firearm.

At a news conference Monday, the third without notice to FEN, Sheriff Keith Nygren identified a third deputy who drove Peters away from his wounded victims.  Nygren said Deputy Eric Luna fired back at Peterson as Dwight Maness and Khalia Satkiewicz lay bleeding in front of his Holiday Hills home.  He said Island Lake officers probably saved their lives when Gilbert Hueramo put a tourniquet on Maness' leg and he and Victoria Gwizdak pulled the stricken deputies away from Peterson's doorway.

In the pic: Scott B. Peterson

Final Debate Between Quinn, Rauner A Yawner

Monday's final face-to-face debate between  Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner broke no new ground.  Neck and neck in all the polls, both candidates trotted out the same charges that appeared in two previous ones, that Quinn's presided over economic disaster in Illinois and that Rauner will make things worse.

Rauner repeatedly criticized Quinn for raising the income tax in Illinois and warned that even if Quinn were defeated he would raise taxes.  Quinn continued to cast Rauner as an out-of-touch “billionaire” who wanted to impose a new “Rauner tax” on services while giving himself a $1 million tax break.

Quinn called Rauner a “job eliminator,” because his Chicago-based firm owned companies that outsourced jobs overseas.  Rauner countered that Quinn's Illinois' “outsourcer in chief” since the state still lags others in economic recovery.   A Google search located about 780 results including Monday's for Quinn's turn of phrase, around 880 for Rauner's.

Quinn backed away from earlier support for extending Illinois' "temporary" income tax increase, due to start falling at the end of the year.  “I’m in favor of making sure we maintain our income tax level but at the same time provide solid property tax relief to every homeowner in this state,” said Quinn.

Rauner defended himself against Quinn charges he bullied a female underling 12 years ago.  Rauner said he “absolutely” did not make the threats the executive claimed in a lawsuit, most of which is still sealed under a settlement agreement.

Obituaries

Thelma L. "Dolly" Crom, 78, of Sun City, Huntley, died Monday at her home.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 9 pm at Willow Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Algonquin.  Funeral Services will be 11 am Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in River Valley Memorial Gardens, West Dundee.

Crom, nee Holzapfel, was born May 17, 1936, in Chicago. She was the wife of Robert Crom; mother of Robert (Vicki) Crom, Richard Crom and Vicki (Scott) Frantz; grandmother of Kelly (Mark) Frieders, Matthew Gandolfo, Michael Crom and Megan Gandolfo and sister of James (Mary) Holzapfel.

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
October 20
0628 HRS 300 BLOCK OF CHIPPEWA TRAIL. VIOLATION OF AN ORDER OF PROTECTION.  Possible violation of an order of protection.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1311 HRS 1300 BLOCK OF JEFFERSON ST. VIOLATION OF AN ORDER OF PROTECTION.  Possible violation of an order of protection.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1831 HRS 1216 CRYSTAL LAKE RD.  (RYDER PARK).  ASSIST AMBULANCE.  Male, eight years of age, with an arm injury.  Transported to Sherman Hospital.
2020 HRS 1200 BLOCK OF SPRUCE ST.  HIT AND RUN.  Complainant’s vehicle struck by unknown vehicle that fled.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
Huntley
October 14
A criminal damage to property report was taken at a municipal facility in the 12500 block of Reed Rd. A window was broken.
October 15
Russell E. Chapman, age 35, of 10218 Fleetwood St., Huntley, was arrested at his residence on two counts of domestic battery. Mr. Chapman was transported to McHenry County jail to await bond call.
A theft report was taken at Huntley High School. A student reported that cash was stolen from his unsecured back pack during a gym class.
A 16 year-old boy from Lake in the Hills was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia at Huntley High School. The boy was released to his parents and will be petitioned into McHenry County juvenile court.
A retail theft report was taken at a store in the 12300 block of Rt. 47.
October 16
Christopher A. Ford, age 32, of 2591 Cameron Dr., Hampshire, was arrested near the intersection of Rt. 47 and Mill St. on an outstanding Kane County warrant. Mr. Ford was transported to McHenry County jail to await bond.
A criminal damage to property report was taken at Huntley High School. A student reported that the paint on his vehicle was scratched.
October 17
A 17 year-old boy from Lake in the Hills was charged with possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia at Huntley High School. The boy was released to his father and will attend peer jury.
A fraud report was taken in the 9900 block of Berkshire Lane, Huntley.  The victim states that she received a check via FedEx from a future employer. The victim was instructed to deposit the check in her bank account and purchase Money Pac prepaid cards and text the serial numbers from the prepaid cards to the future employer. The victim then learned that the check she deposited was fraudulent.
October 19
Bronson C. Eisenhauer, age 24, of 2419 Meadows Edge, Carpentersville, was arrested near the intersection of Haligus and Faiths Way for driving while license suspended and no front registration plate. Mr. Eisenhauer posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of November 21, 2014.
Craig L. Parks, age 48, of 11235 Fleetwood St., Huntley, was arrested at his residence for DUI, fleeing and eluding a peace officer, driving with no valid driver’s license, expired registration, failure to notify the Secretary of State of an address change, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, failure to yield to an authorized emergency vehicle and speeding. Mr. Parks posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of November 14, 2014.
A retail theft report was taken at a store in the 12300 block of Rt. 47.
A theft report was taken at a store in the 11900 block of Kreutzer Rd. A shopper left her cellphone in the store. When she returned to retrieve the phone, it was gone.
A criminal damage to property report was taken at a residence in the 10000 block of Cummings. A window was broken.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Early Voting Today Through Nov. 2

Early voting--for any reason or even none-- for the November 4 General Election began in McHenry and Kane counties this morning.  The early voting period runs though Nov. 2 this year.

In McHenry County there are 10 early voting locations, 3 of them relatively convenient to the area.  In Kane County there are 10 full time early voting locations and 6 part time ones, 4 of them fairly near nether Algonquin or Huntley.

Here are the local early voting locations and hours in McHenry County:
Algonquin Township Offices (next to the Sheriff’s Substation), Crystal Lake.
Oct.20 through November 1
M-F, 8:30 am to 4 pm
Saturdays, 9 am to Noon

Lake in the Hills Village Hall, Lake in the Hills.
Oct. 20 through Oct. 24
M-F, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Saturday, Oct. 25 9 am to Noon
Sunday, Oct. 26 10 am to 4 pm
Oct. 27 through Oct. 31
M-F, 8:30 am to 7 pm
Saturday, Nov. 1, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Sunday, Nov. 2, 10 am to 4pm

Huntley Park District Rec Center, Huntley.
Oct.20 through Nov. 1
M-F, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Saturdays, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, 8:30 am to 1 pm

In Kane County the nearest full time early voting sites will be
Carpentersville Fire Station No. 3, Carpentersville
Oct. 20 through 24
MF, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Oct. 25, 9 am to Noon
Oct. 26, 10 am to 4 pm
Oct. 27 through 31
M-F, 8:30 am to 7 pm
Nov. 1, 8 am to 4 pm
Nov. 2, 10 am to 4 pm

Dundee Township Office, East Dundee
October 20 through 24
M-F,  9 am to  3:30 pm
October 27 through 31
M-F,  9 am to 3:30 pm

Village of West Dundee West Dundee, 60118
Oct. 20 though 24
M-F, 9 am to 4 pm
October 27 through 30
M-F, 9 am to 4 pm

A part time early voting site will be at
Del Webb Sun City, Huntley
October 27 through 31
M-F,10 am to 5 pm

The Kane County Clerk's mobile voting center will be at Jewel/Osco in West Dundee from 10 am to 5 pm Oct. 25 and  the Cambridge Lakes Community Center, Pingree Grove from 10 am to 5 pm Oct. 29.

A list of all McHenry County early voting sites is here: https://www.co.mchenry.il.us/home/showdocument?id=34211
A list of all the ones in Kane County is here: http://www.kanecountyelections.org/EarlyVoting/EarlyVotingPoster.pdf

D300 Multicultural Festival Colorful

Early attendance was a little down Sunday from last year's first District 300 Annual Multicultural Festival at Springhill Mall in West Dundee, even with the addition of Dundee Township Park District participants.

The event opened with a Parade of Nations including flags from many countries, Brazil, Boliva and Kazakhstan to name a few.  That was followed by dancers of various national persuasions, Mexican, Native American, Irish, Columbian, Agentinian and Eduadorian among them.  Also featured were African dances and scenes from the play "The Diary of Anne Frank" performed by Elgin Community College's Theater Department.

"This is one of many examples of our interest in cultural diversity," commented D300 Board of Ed Member Steve Fiorentino.

"It's also a lot of fun watching the productions the kids put on," added Board confrere Dave Alessio

Algonquin St. Margaret Mary Begins Centennial Celebration

A procession of memorabilia including a brick from the very first St. Margaret Mary Church in Algonquin began the celebration  of 100 years of ministering to the Catholic community in Algonquin and Lake in the Hills, Sunday.  Parishioners sang the hymn "City of God" to mark the occasion.

Although Catholic mass had been celebrated  in the Algonquin area since 1845, St. Margaret Mary Church wasn't formally founded until 1914.  Now it's one of  the largest parishes in McHenry County with over 3300 families.  “This is a very exciting year for us at St. Margaret Mary Parish” said Father Peter Sarnicki, current Pastor at the church and a Franciscan Friar from Poland. “Over our one hundred years, many babies have been baptized, couples have been married, students have been educated, and families have been nourished with God’s Word. I am humbled to be a part of this great celebration.”

I-90/Tyrrell Closures Near Huntley Planned Tonight, Maybe Tuesday

Beam installation's scheduled this week for reconstruction of the Tyrrell Road overpass to Jane Addams tollway.  That means there'll be some closures on Tyrell Road and  I-90 tonight.

Weather permitting, beginning at 7 pm this evening, one eastbound lane on I-90 will close, followed by closure of a westbound lane at 8. Brief intermittent full closures in both directions are scheduled between 11:30 pm tonight and and 5 am Tuesday.  All eastbound lanes are scheduled to reopen by 5 Tuesday and and all westbound lanes will reopen by 6.

Tyrrell Road over I-90 will be closed to traffic during each of the intermittent full closures to place the new beams. Tyrrell will reopen once each beam placement is completed. The bridge is open during reconstruction but reduced to one lane over I-90 with traffic in both directions controlled by traffic signals.during reconstruction.

There might be more closures on I-90 and Tyrrell Tuesday if  beam installation still isn't finished.  In that case, all lanes will reopen by 6 am Wednesday.

Predicted Dry Spell Likely To Speed Local Harvest

National Weather Service forecasters predict a dry spell into the weekend, good news for farmers after the last two week's twice-average rainfall which delayed  harvesting locally and throughout the Midwest.   Among the 18 states that produce most of the country's corn only 24 percent has been brought in.

As of Sunday, just 35 percent of the Illinois crop has been cut, short of the pace of the previous five years when more than half of the harvest has been done by this time.  It could be worse, though.  In Iowa only 10 percent of the crop's been harvested.
The USDA says just 29 percent of Illinois' soybean crop is in. That's also down from the five-year average of 52 percent.

The USDA says, even despite the delay, it expects record corn and soybean harvests nationwide will be slightly bigger than previously estimated.  That would be good news for consumers, at least eventually.  Prices for meat, fish and eggs, two heavily influenced by the cost of feed, were up nearly 9 percent according to the government’s inflation report for August.

In the pic:  Bringing in the beans on Kreutzer Road near Huntley about a week ago.

Obituaries

Vittorio Pelagio, 89, of Lake in the Hills died Tuesday.  Visitation will be at St. Mary Catholic Church, Huntley today from 9 to 10 am when a Mass of Christian Burial will follow.

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
October 19
1050 HRS MILLER RD. & SPRINGLAKE DR. DRIVING WHILE LICENSE REVOKED.  MCLAUGHLIN, CECILIA M.,  F/W 48 YEARS OF AGE, 402 S. ANN ST.,  MARENGO.  CHARGES: Driving While License Revoked and Suspended Vehicle Registration.  RELEASED ON BOND.
2210 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & ANNANDALE DR.  DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED. ALVAREZ, ERIC,  M/W 24 YEARS OF AGE, 131 S. ANNANDALE DR.,  LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGES: Driving While License Suspended and No Front Registration.  RELEASED ON BOND.
1058 HRS 700 BLOCK OF PARC CT.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1400 HRS ACORN LN. & RANDALL RD.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1520 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & CRYSTAL LAKE RD.  INJURY ACCIDENT.  Vehicle vs. Bicycle. Male, 13 years of age, with minor injuries.  Transported to Sherman Hospital.
Algonquin
October 18
Ebert, Charmaine R., DOB: 10/17/1969, of 275 Partridge Ct., Algonquin, was charged with DUI, DUI BAC Over .08, Leaving the Scene of an Accident. No Insurance, Improper Lane Usage and Improper Turn at Intersection. She was released after posting Bond with a court date of 11/26/14 in McHenry County.
October 19
00:02am Parks, Joseph E., DOB: 03/21/1968, of 2311 Periwinkle was charged with Battery. He was taken into custody at his residence. He was released after posting bond with a court date of 11/18/2014 in McHenry County.
14:13pm A 13 year-old female from Algonquin was charged with Domestic Battery. She was taken into custody at her residence. She was Petitioned to Kane county Juvenile and released to her mother.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Saturday Exercise Doubles Huntley Last-Chance Responder Group

A terrible (fortunately imaginary) tornado struck Huntley Saturday wreaking widespread destruction.  The scope of the disaster overwhelmed police and fire professionals and Village officials had to call out Community Emergency Response Team volunteers to help deal with the carnage.  At least that was the scenario at Saturday's graduation exercise for 15 new CERT members who'll roughly double the size of the village's last-chance responders' group.

Trainees triaged and treated almost a dozen "victims" sporting an assortment of nauseatingly realistic injuries ranging from cuts to broken bones, not mention one luckless individual impaled by a tree branch in his neck and chest.  Trauma wasn't the only problem, though. One pretend casualty wasn't directly injured in the "tornado" but suffered a heart attack from the stress of living through it.

"It's great that we have young volunteers. They bring a real sense of commitment and dedication," said veteran Sun City CERT member Linda Wiza.

"We haven't had to call out CERT yet but it's good to have it in the 'toolbox'," said Huntley Deputy Chief Mike Klunk monitoring the training Saturday.   Taking the long view, he said, "It's inevitable that something's going to happen."

Huntley Saturday E-Waste Event No-Cost Due To Friendly Persuasion

Despite chill and gloomy skies, a steady stream of cars rolled through the Village of Huntley's final second e-waste collection of the year at Huntley Outlet Center Saturday.  The event was free but there was a lot of scrambling behind the scenes to make it that way. 

"There were cars here at 8 [am] even though it didn't start 'till 10," said event impresario Barb Read.  "We had one dumpster full by 5 after 10," she said.

Since the Legislature banned electronic waste from Illinois landfills two years ago, residents everywhere have been nonplussed about how to get rid of all the hi-tech drek that accumulates a digital doodads down or become obsolete.  Occasional or periodic collections sponsored by various local governments like the Village of Huntley's have become one way to deal with the problem but they, in turn, depend on a State program that, as FEN has recounted, is breaking down.

Read said that this Spring the e-recycler Huntley's been working with only charged $250 to haul away about 10 tons of e-waste.  "This time they wanted $2,500," said Read.  "They said they'd give us a $1,000 'good customer' discount, though," she added.

Casting about for a cheaper alternative, Village officials approached MDC Environmental Services, the company that has the Village's waste collection contract.  MDC decided it was in their enlightened self-interest to do Saturday's e-waste event at no charge, at least this time.

Read said she didn't know what will happen to e-waste collection next year.  "[The legislators] are working on it," she said.

Runners Gallop To Support LITH Therapy Mini Horses

About 150 runners braved early morning cold Saturday to help raise funds for a now-Lake in the Hills based therapy animal charity.   "We hope to raise $7,000 this morning," said 5K Trot-a-Thon race director Jennifer Chernak.

Mane in Heaven's four miniature horses visit disabled kids and adults in northern Illinois to help them learn to relate to the rest of the world.  They live at the LITH's equestrian center on the Village's Larson Farm property on Pyott Road.  The facility, by the way, has yet another new name.  Trainer Tricia Sales at the former Rosegate Equestrian Center took over the operation late last month.  Now it's named Silver Lining Equestrian. 

Ebola Scams Spreading Faster Than Disease In U.S.

Only three cases of Ebola virus have been confirmed in the U.S. but the Federal Trade Commission cautions that fear is spreading a lot faster.  “Scam artists are making unsubstantiated claims that products containing everything from silver to herbal oils and snake venom can cure or prevent Ebola,” reads a recent release warning against both wonder cures and companies claiming to have them.

The Chicago Better Business Bureau offered tips this weekend to prevent being snockered by Ebola opportunists:

1. Remember there are currently no FDA-approved vaccines or drugs to prevent or treat Ebola. There are experimental Ebola vaccines and treatments under development but they are in the early stages of product development and are not available to the public.
2. Be on guard if you receive press releases or emails from an unknown sender touting a company’s stock. Remember that even if a stock is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), that doesn’t mean it has been investigated by the agency.
3. Don’t fall for name-dropping relationships with familiar sounding charities, companies, government agencies, or medical facilities. They may be fake.
4. If making a donation, ask if the money actually goes to the charity. Don’t be pressured into making a donation. Ask for written materials. Don’t make a contribution using cash or a pre-paid debit card.

Obituaries

Leonard C. Balleto, 84, of Lake in the Hills died Tuesday.  Visitation will be Saturday from Noon to 3 pm at Willow Funeral Home & Cremation Care,Algonquin, with a funeral service at 2 pm.  Inurnment will be at St. Michael Cemetery in Palatine.

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.

LANCE BALL, DOB:  09/08/1964, 445 W. INGLEWOOD, CHICAGO.  IDENTITY THEFT (TWO COUNTS), FORGERY. --Algonquin PD

DEREK A. BROWN, DOB:  12/24/1988, 526 AUSTIN AVENUE, WOODSTOCK.  AGGRAVATED BATTERY, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. --Woodstock PD
   
SHAWN P. LEWIS, DOB:  06/16/1975, 426 W. GRANT HIGHWAY, MARENGO.  AGGRAVATED DOMESTIC BATTERY, DOMESTIC BATTERY, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS. --Marengo PD
   
CHRISTOPHER R. NAUMAN, DOB:  04/07/1986, 446 MCCLURE AVENUE, ELGIN.  RETAIL THEFT, RESISTING A PEACE OFFICER, OBSTRUCTING IDENTIFICATION, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. --Marengo PD
   
RUSSELL A.  KAHL JR., DOB:  06/07/1978, 1819 HIGHCREST ROAD, MARENGO.  THEFT. --Marengo PD
   
JILL A. PETERSON, DOB:  03/15/1966, 6110 KILKENNEY DRIVE, CRYSTAL LAKE.  AGGRAVATED BATTERY. --McHenry County Sheriff's Office
   
DAVID J. NEDVAR, DOB:  04/26/1987, 140 CUNAT  APT 1C, RICHMOND.  AGGRAVATED DOMESTIC BATTERY, AGGRAVATED BATTERY TO A CHILD. --Richmond PD
   
KRISTOPHRE M. KAECKER, DOB:  05/15/1984, 2073 WILLOW BROOKE DRIVE, WOODSTOCK.  BURGLARY(TWO COUNTS), THEFT (TWO COUNTS). --McHenry PD
   
LAZAROS T. SIAMANTOURAS, DOB:  01/02/1992, 10817 RUDOLPH COURT, SPRING GROVE.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. --Spring Grove PD
   
ERIC J. DAVIS, DOB:  05/27/1990, 1250 RIVER DRIVE, CALUMET CITY, IL.  STEVEN I. ADAMS, DOB:  05/16/1988, 222 S. HAMLIN BOULEVARD, CHICAGO.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DELIVER A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS. --McHenry PD
   
BRADY R. HOWELL, DOB:  06/25/1984, 828 RHODES STREET, WOODSTOCK.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (TWO COUNTS). --McHenry County Sheriff's Office

OSCAR O. SANTANA, DOB:  06/04/1986, 716 DARTMOUTH LANE, ISLAND LAKE.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DELIVER A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (TWO COUNTS). --McHenry County Sheriff's Office
   
MATTHEW E. HEDLIN, DOB:  07/06/1968, 14411 KISHWAUKEE VALLEY ROAD, WOODSTOCK.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. --McHenry 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
October 18
0150 HRS 8800 BLOCK OF S. ROUTE 31.  DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL.  PEREZ-MARTINEZ, JORGE, M/W 34 YEARS OF AGE, 4612 N. GREGORY ST., JOHNSBURG.  CHARGES: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, No Valid Driver’s License, Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle, and Improper Lane Usage.  TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
1256 HRS 4500 W. ALGONQUIN RD. (7-ELEVEN).  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA.  LYDON, MAXIMILLIAN M.,  M/W 19 YEARS OF AGE, 4300 BARHARBOR DR., LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Driving While License Suspended.  RELEASED ON BOND.
1611 HRS 5400 BLOCK OF CROSSVIEW LN.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA.  JUVENILE, M/W 16 YEARS OF AGE, LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Cannabis.  TURNED OVER TO PARENT.
1848 HRS 9341 PYOTT RD. (BARBARA KEY PARK). UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA.  MARTINEZ, SAMUEL, M/W 22 YEARS OF AGE, 431 W. SOUTH ST., WOODSTOCK.  CHARGE: Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  RELEASED ON BOND.
2056 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & HILTOP DR.  WANTED ON WARRANT/NO VALID DRIVER’S LICENSE.  BARRIENTOS-HERRERA, FERNANDO, M/W 48 YEARS OF AGE, 1685 MULBERRY LN., ELGIN.  CHARGES: Wanted on Warrant, Hoffman Estates Police Department for Failure to Appear. Bond: $2,000 @ 10%. No Valid Driver’s License, and failure to Yield While Leaving a Private Drive.  RELEASED ON BOND.
1308 HRS 00 BLOCK OF MORNINGSIDE CT.  DOMESTIC.  Husband vs. Wife. Verbal only. No priors.
1553 HRS 100 BLOCK OF S. ANNANDALE DR.  DOMESTIC BATTERY.  Boyfriend vs. Girlfriend. No priors.  UNFOUNDED.
1721 HRS 9027 HALIGUS RD. (BARK PARK).  ASSIST AMBULANCE.  Female, 52 years of age, with a leg injury.  Transported to Woodstock Hospital.
2354 HRS 4500 W.  ALGONQUIN RD. (7-ELEVEN).  SUICIDE ATTEMPT.  Female, 30 years of age, attempted suicide. Transported to Sherman Hospital.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bond $1 Million For Accused Shooter Of Two Deputies

McHenry County Judge Richard Willbrandt Friday set bail at $1 million for the man accused of shooting two sheriff's deputies.  Investigators later said they found the rifle Scott B. Peters allegedly used at the bottom of a canal behind his Holiday Hills home.

Willbrandt appointed the Public Defender's Office to represent Peters after he said he his only income was a veteran's pension. He set a Tuesday return to determine a date for Peters' preliminary hearing on two charges of attempted murder and two of aggravated battery.

Later Friday the Sheriff's office announced investigators had recovered an AR15 rifle, bulletproof vest and helmet from a channel to Griswold Lake behind Peters' home at 1313 W. Northeast Shore Drive where the shootings occurred Thursday.  Sheriff's investigators said they found "other firearms" in the residence even though, they said, Peters doesn't have a Firearms Owner Identification card.

At last report,  Deputy Dwight Maness, 46 was still in intensive care in stable condition at Advocate Condell hospital in Libertyville while Deputy Khalia Satkiewicz: 39, was reported in good condition at Centegra Hospital, McHenry.

In the pic:  McHenry County Sheriff's Deputies Dwight Maness and Khalia Satkiewicz

FEN Checks On Stolen Sheriff's-Connected Rifle

Investigators say Scott Peters used an AR-15 rifle to shoot a pair of McHenry County Sheriff's deputies Thursday.  Coincidentally,  rumors have abounded that an AR-15 was stolen a week ago from a McHenry County Corrections Officer's vehicle.  When FEN inquired about the latter Wednesday, Sheriff Keith Nygren muttered, "Don't waste my time," and trudged off down the courthouse hallway.

The civilian semiautomatic version of what was the Army's and still is the Marines' standard assault rifle is a popular weapon with, by one estimate, as many as 2.5 million in U.S. circulation.  It's also one that's so comparatively easy to convert to fully automatic capability that Congress and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have twice had to tighten laws and regulations to stop it.  That's the reason FEN was interested in the burglary.

After the Sheriff's turndown, rather than go through the ritual of a Freedom of Information Act request, FEN checked with three sources with reasonably reliable knowledge of the Sheriff's Office.  All agreed a jailer was involved but the weapon didn't belong to the SO and hadn't been converted to rock and roll.  They were likewise unanimous that it wouldn't have been stolen at all except it was left in plain sight in an easy-to-cut-into convertible vehicle.

In the pic:  An AR-15 rifle.

Algonquin Basement Fire Produces No Injuries

No one was injured, not even a homeowner's rescued pet birds, in a fire in Algonquin this morning.  Algonquin Lake in the Hills firefighters said they extinguished a basement fire within minutes of arrival at 1321 Lexington Drive at about 1:30 am.

Battalion Chief John Knebl said the cause of the fire is still under investigation and that there was no damage estimate yet.

D300 Lists Smart Kids At Jacobs, Dundee Crown High Schools

The District 300 Board of Education this week recognized its students who tested the best in various national exams last Spring.  Here's the latest crop of local smart kids.

ACT 30+ Scores (top five percent nationally):
Jacobs--Hallie Aylesworth, Keith Bateman, Caroline Bayer, Nicholas Berkhout, Jenna Bilgrien, Andrea Bilgrien, Kyle Chang, Brandon Chang, Vincent Coletti, Kelly Durgan, Kaitlin Feldmann, Karley Finkel, Aiden Frank, Jennifer Frantik, Rachel Gallagher, Ryan George, Jakob Gerritsen, Shannon Jameson, Kassandra Kasper, Zoe Krauss, Megan Lai, Madelyn Lanham, Emily Laquet, Trevor Lawson, Thanhtam Le, Meghan Meehan, Ryan Mullen, Alexandra Paitl, Amanda Pasetes, Michael Ricks, Kevin Searle, Morgan Vachio, Anthony Vana, Alexander VandenBussche, Thomas Wallace, Matthew Wolf and Karen Wu.  
DC--Zain Ali, Kimberly Bartels, Brittany Bennett, Andrew Fischer, Thomas Heinz, Lena Hemmer, Anita Jankowski, Lisa Jaskowiak, William Krueger, Christopher Lenell, Caleb Miller, Graham Pienkowski and Christina Spears.

AP Scholars with scores of 3 or higher on three or more advanced placement exams:
Jacobs--Corey Albrecht, Loren Alfaro, David Atkinson, Anna Augustyn, Nicholas Aylmer, Keith Bateman, Lucas Bieneman, Brandon Chang, Kyle Chang, Kelly Durgan, Erik Esswein, Blake Everett, Kaitlin Feldmann, Ryan Fernandez, Karley Finkel, Emily Fohr, Genevieve Goelz, Darwin Gutierrez, Morgan Hager, Timothy Hubner, Matthew Karcz, Samuel Kessler, Brandon Klages, Michael Kline, Daria Kozysa, Zoe Krauss, Jane Lee, Yingwen Ma, Kaitlin Majeski, Antonio Marach, Aidan Maxwell, Nicole Miller, Ryan Mullen, Dorothy Nurzynski, Katarzyna Oszajec, Nicole Oyewunmi, Kinjil Patel, Madeline Ringer, Heather Ruiz, Caroline Schlosser, Luke Seiler, Parth Shah, Brett Simpson, Matthew Thomas, Taylor Timmerman, Matthew Tyiran, Nicholas Voss and Joey Weng.
DC--Margaret Ahern, Brian Andersen, Gema Elamae Atta, Lee Austen, Brittany Bennett, Monica Boado, Sara Bozovic, Ciara Braese-Wilhoit, Alec Bucholc, Blake Burklow, Brianna Chin, Andrew Fischer, Alyssa Gorman, Christian Groenhof, Thomas Heinz, Lena Hemmer, Logan Hiers, Claudio Huerta, Jack Kinsinger, Chris Lenel, Zachary Mitchell, Jake Modlisz, Alex Parochelli, Mickala Randby, Rafael Rejuso, Dale Snow, Christina Spears, Mckenzie Story, Aisha Washington, Gabriela Wasilewski and Amalia Woolf.

AP Scholars with Honor scored at least 3.25 on all AP exams and 3 or higher on four or more:
Jacobs--Callie Anderson, Patrick Bartman, Sarah Basheer, Lauren Bayer, Martin Beczkiewicz, Riley Bernardi, Rachael Buirge, Janelle Cueto, Naomi Faulk, Justin Fors, Kyle Foster-Bailey, Jennifer Frantik, Kayla Giuliano, Shriyans Lenkala, Ashley Lenzini, Mitchell Materna, Hannah Pankau, Thomas Sanchez, Kevin Searle, Yared Taye, Alexander Vandenbussche and Lauren VanVlierbergen
DC--Zain Ali, James Berggren, Chase Bloch, Amanda Corona, Katia Cortes, Thomas Emerson, Lisa Jaskowiak, William Krueger, Mary McNicholasm Jeremy Naber, Paige Netzel, Anthony Rivas, Michael Sarrazine, Zachary Thelen and Skylar Wurster.

AP Scholars with Distinction  score at least 3.5 on all AP exams 3 or higher on five or more:
Jacobs--Thomas Chirayil, Miranda Corbett, Kelsey Cummings, Erin Dianis, Nicholas Glover, Jared Kirker, Dena Kontos, Alyssa Lach, Madelyn Lanham, Emily Laquet, Hari Koutham Manikandan, Sarah Mcdaniel, Thomas Moeller, Ariana Pignatari, Justin Richman, Molly Roberts, Tomasz Sobkowicz, Jeremy Walls and Karen Wu.
DC--Alexander Barker, Andrew Cassiere, Bradley Dirks, Eric Faler, Martin Harasimowicz, Caroline Hutton, Zander Lopez, Tyler Meeks, Brandon Meng, Caleb Miller, Timothy Moss, Lucas Oskorep, Hannah Rice, Thomas Rice, Morganne Schmidt, Khalid Sheikh, Colin Stiefer and Mark Waldron IV.

National AP Scholar with an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams and 4 or higher on eight or more: 
Jacobs--Hari Koutham Manikandan
DC--Caroline Hutton and Brandon Meng.

AP International Diploma with scores of 3 or higher on five or more AP exams in three or more subject areas:
DC--Eric Faler.

D300 had one National Merit Scholarship Competition Semifinalist this year.  She was Madelyn Lanham at Jacobs High School.

Illinois’ Charter Schools Report: Average For Charters, Better Overall

By Brady Cremeens, Ilinois Watchdog
A new study places Illinois’ public charter school efforts in the middle of the pack nationally.  Fifty-seven new public charters opened last year in Illinois, a 9-percent growth rate from the previous year, according to the study, which also said that on average, public charter school students exhibited higher academic competency compared to their traditional public school counterparts.

“There are small proportions of public charter schools and public charter school students in Illinois,” the study says. “Such students are achieving better reading and math student outcomes when compared with their peers in traditional public schools.”

The study, conducted and published by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS), measures the progress of the public charter school movement in the 26 states from which it has collected data. Illinois finds itself directly in the middle, ranking 13 out of 26 and scoring 60 points out of a possible 116.

“Increasing charter school options and attendance growth benefits students and their families for a variety of reasons,” said Lindsey Burke, an education policy fellow at the Heritage Foundation .“It provides an alternative option when the traditional school in a family’s district doesn’t perform well or doesn’t offer advanced opportunities for gifted students. It also creates competition amongst educational options, which makes everyone strive to perform at a higher level.”

You can read Brady's full report at:  http://watchdog.org/177788/illinois-public-charter-schools-some-good-signs-some-room-for-improvement/

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
October 17
0504 HRS 00 BLOCK OF POLARIS DR.  CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.  PATTERSON, ZACHARY R.,  M/W 24 YEARS OF AGE, 10403 CHURCH ST. APT 3S, HUNTLEY.  CHARGES: Criminal Damage to Property and Resisting.  TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
1257 HRS 100 BLOCK OF COURSE DR.  FRAUD.   Fraudulent activities on an account.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1525 HRS 5400 BLOCK OF MCKENZIE DR.  FRAUD.   Fraudulent activity on bank account.  TURNED OVER TO CHICAGO POLICE, MOUNT PROSPECT POLICE, DES PLAINES POLICE, AND PROSPECT HEIGHTS POLICE.
1538 HRS 500 BLOCK OF CRYSTAL LAKE RD.  INFORMATION FOR POLICE.  Information for Police.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Accused Deputy Shooter Captured In Crystal Lake

Police captured a Holiday Hills man wanted for the attempted murder of two McHenry County Sheriff's deputies without incident Thursday afternoon.  Scott Peters, 52, eluded 250 officers from as many as two dozen police agencies for most of the day before residents in unincorporated Crystal Lake reported a suspicious man walking down the road in shorts and a T-shirt about five miles from Thursday morning's Holiday Hills shootout.

In two separate news conferences Thursday Sheriff Keith Nygren said Peters shot the deputies firing multiple times through the closed door of his home, then came out, rifle still blazing, but was probably driven off by suppressive fire from a third deputy.

Nygren identified the injured officers as Dwight Maness, shot in the abdomen and leg, last reported in serious condition at Condell hospital in Libertyville, and Khalia Satkiewicz, shot in the leg, last reported in stable condition at Centegra Hospital, Woodstock.

Peters was scheduled to appear before Circuit Judge Sharon Prather at 9 am this morning.

In the pic:  (above) An Illinois State Trooper, one of about 250 police, in Thursday's daylong manhunt for accused attempted murderer Scott Peters.  (below)  Peters eluded ground and aerial surveillance and crossed the Fox River before being captured about five miles from his home.

Huntley Board Signals Plans For Amtrak, Downtown Borrowing

The Huntley Village Board Thursday signaled plans to take on as much as $6.9 million in debt, type yet to be determined, to pay for an Amtrak passenger station and Downtown streetscaping and infrastructure upgrades.  Trustees also passed along a complicated series of agreements to reduce interest costs on funds used to build the Western Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The debt measure due for formal approval next week is a regulatory technicality, according to Village Manager Dave Johnson.  When it's approved, it will allow the village to fold the cost of some of the work already done on planning into the debt package.   The debt will depend on what the Board finally decides to buy.  There's been a lot of discussion about the station and Downtown but no actual decisions yet.

The upshot of a complicated series of wastewater treatment sales and "recapture agreement" releases will lower the 10 percent interest rate the Village has been paying on money it, in effect, borrowed from developers to build the West Wastewater Plant bigger than it needed to be eight years ago.   The $2 million sale to a new developer of some of the excess capacity now will pay off  most of what would eventually total $3.4 million in payments.

In the pic:  (above) IDOT's already promised $2.9 million for an Amtrak station in Huntley which would help pay off as much as $6.9 million the Village might borrow to build it and improve the Downtown.  (below)  A future developer will buy some of the excess capacity at Huntley's Western Wastewater Plant.

D158 OK's Bond Refinancing For Savings, Lower Payments

The District 158 Board of Education Thursday set a refinancing plan in motion to issue $9.76 million in bonds to replace older higher-interest ones for an expected $800,000 savings.

The Board's been working on the plan since late Summer to replace some of the old bonds used to build its Square Barn Campus with new ones while interest rates as still a lot lower than they used to be.  The restructuring carries a double whammy since it will also lop off scheduled increases in repayments for the next five years that was built into the structure of the old bonds.

Separately, the Board mostly approved the District aligning with the State Board of Education on over two dozen education issues before the Legislature.  Wednesday Superintendent John Burkey posted a "Q&A" to the District's website about the State Aid to Education reform bill SB 16 reporting it would result in a $2.25 million loss to D158.  Burkey said another measure to shift the State's part of teacher pensions funding onto school Districts would add $2.4 million to D158's expenses.

Burkey told FEN he planned to email the Q&A to District parents in a day or two.  Meanwhile, it available for examination here: http://www.district158.org/qa-on-sb-16/

State Report: More Than Half Public School Kids Now Minority

A Thursday revision to the Illinois State Board of Education's meeting packet showed that more than half of Illinois' public school students in the state are considered low-income, and for the first time, more than half of public school students are minorities.

The agency said  reported that the state's white public school student population dropped to 49.9 percent last year, while its Hispanic population grew to 24.6 percent. It also said 51.5 percent of all Illinois public school students are considered low-income.   The information was contained in update on ISBE's annual report card later this month. It will include the usual test scores and demographics but include a dozen new categories of data about Illinois public schools, according to officials.

The new metrics, including principal retention, college readiness and current college enrollment, aim to give parents and members of the community a better understanding of how the state analyzes the numbers. "We say we're making students college-ready. Now they'll be able to see how many students went to college at least," board chairman Gery Chico said.

ISBE previewed one important new measure, the freshman on-track rate, considered to be the most accurate indicator of a student's potential to graduate. The rate analyzes how many students pass their freshmen year with five full-year course credits and no more than one failing grade.  Last year 85 percent of Illinois freshmen were "on track" to graduate.

Another new benchmark will measure how many kids go on to higher education.  According to the preview, 66 percent of the State's high school grads are in college within a year, 70 percent within 16 months.

Obituaries

Shaun M. Hassett, 56, of Algonquin, died Wednesday.   Visitation will be Sunday from 1 to 7 pm and Monday from 10am to Noon immediately followed by a funeral service at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, Palatine. Interment will be private.

Hassett was born Nov. 27, 1957, the son of Thomas and Evelyn Hassett.  He was the husband of Valerie J. Hassett; brother of Terry (Oui) Hassett, Chris (Linda) Hassett, Colleen (Matt) Thomas, Linda (Bob) Coate, Michaela (Jeffrey) Knight and the late Evelyn Gruba.

In lieu of flowers,  donations may be made to Rand Road Animal Hospital Needy Fund, Palatine, or Animal House Shelter, Huntley.

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
October 16
2154 HRS RANDALL RD. & MCHENRY AVE.  NO VALID DRIVERS LICENSE.  SANCHEZ, GUADALUPE, F/W 34 YEARS OF AGE, 361 WALLACE AVE.,  CRYSTAL LAKE. CHARGES: No Valid Driver’s License and No Headlights.  RELEASED ON BOND.
0424 HRS PYOTT RD. & OAK ST.  INJURY ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles vs. Guardrail. No Transport.
0909 HRS 500 BLOCK OF WILLOW ST.  ASSIST AMBULANCE.  Male, 24 years of age, with a head injury.  Transported to Sherman Hospital.
1556 HRS ANNANDALE DR.  & GLENROSE LN.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
Algonquin
October 13
14:05pm A 15 year-old male from Algonquin, was charged with No Valid Driver’s License. He was taken into custody at Lake Cornish Way and Lake Cornish Ct. He was assigned a court date of 11/19/14 in McHenry County and released to his mother.
October 16
05:12am Del Regno, Thomas M., DOB: 05/22/1957, of 1431 Boulder Bluff Lane, Algonquin, was charged with Domestic Battery. He was taken into custody at his residence. He was transported to the Kane County Jail to await bond court.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Two McHenry Sheriff's Deputies Shot During Well-Being Check

What was supposed to be a simple well-being check turned potentially deadly this morning as two McHenry County Sheriff's deputies were shot in tiny Holiday Hills between Crystal Lake and McHenry.

Information is sketchy but, according to an MCSO advisory this morning through the Nixle Internet community alert system, the shootings occurred at about 1:30 am this morning in the 1300 block of North East Shore Drive in Holiday Hills. One victim, a seven-year veteran, male deputy was transported to Advocate Condell hospital in Libertyville where he's reported in critical but stable condition after undergoing surgery.  A 12-year veteran female deputy was taken to Centegra McHenry hospital where she's reported in stable condition.

Two occupants of the residence were able to escape it without injury, according to the report.

"The Sheriff's Office is working with affected area residents on evacuation and making sure they are safe," read a McHenry County Sheriff's Office statement.  "We are receiving assistance during this ongoing investigation from local police departments and the Illinois State Police."

In the pic:  A Mchenry County Sheriff's Deputy is in critical condition in Condell Hospital in Libertyville after being shot early this morning.

 UPDATE:
Police in McHenry County are on the lookout for a Holiday Hills man who may be armed with a rifle.  Scott B. Peters, 52, is wanted for two counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm after a pair of McHenry County Sheriff's deputies were wounded early this morning.

MCSO spokesman Aimee Knop told reporters this morning the pair were shot after a neighbor reported a possible domestic incident at 1313 W. Northeast Shore Drive, Holiday Hills.

Officers from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, MCSO Special Weapons and Tactics team (SWAT), Illinois State Police and other agencies are reported search the area near the home for Peters who is described as being 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds.

An alert message from the Sheriff's Office warns, "If any information is known about Peters’ whereabouts please do not attempt to confront him.  Contact McHenry County Sheriff’s Office at 815-338-2144 with any information."

In the pic: Scott B. Peters

Aldi Supermarket Opening Scheduled Today In Huntley

Huntley's new Aldi's supermarket is scheduled to open today on Princeton Drive.  Under construction all Summer. the new store features environmentally friendly building materials including recycled ones, energy-saving refrigeration and light bulbs, and what the company claims are better prices.

Aldi's PR people claim its stores are cheaper to operate than most U.S. supermarkets since they only carry about 1,400 fast-moving grocery items instead of 30,000.  "This allows us to pass the savings on to you," reports a corporate blurb.

The company has about 1,700 stores in the U.S. but owns about 9,000 more in Europe.  It's actually headquartered in Germany with an unusual operating structure that traces there having been two brothers who took over their mother's grocery store right after WWII.  The Aldi Sud division operates the Aldi brand markets like Huntley's in the U.S.  Meanwhile in the U.S., the Aldi Nord division operates the Trader Joe's markets like the one in Algonquin.

Mental Board Picks 22nd Circuit Special Courts Chief As New Director

The McHenry County Mental Heath Board Wednesday picked Scott Block, Director of the McHenry County Circuit Court's Special Projects, to head the embattled agency.  By the time he takes over it, will have been two years since MHB's  had a permanent executive director.

For the past five year's Block's run the County's Mental Health Court, Adult Drug Court and Veterans Court track and the Twenty Second Judicial Circuit’s Psychological Evaluations program.  Prior to that headed McHenry County's PADS shelter program.

Block survived a grueling series of interviews recently in MHB's fourth search for an Executive Director, the previous three foundering in murky McHenry County political infighting.  County Board liaison to MHB, Paula Yensen, said Block was good choice.  "He's a local person that understands the networks and the not for profits," she said.  "He'll be able to hit the ground running."

The Mental Health Board's been headed by temps ever since former Executive Director Sandy Lewis resigned in the wake of the collapse of one of the group's two major service providers.  The $11.2  million per year Board eventually had to write off $1.5 million in loans at about the same time it slammed into the cap on its maximum property tax rate.  One problem Block will have to deal with is a resulting roughly 60 percent cut in staff.  Another is paying for MHB's $4 million expanded headquarters which had too much empty in it even before the cutbacks.

If Block agrees to MHB's proposed contract, he's expected to start Dec. 1.

In the pic:  Scott Block

Undersheriff Admits He Gave Secret Report To Another Newspaper

McHenry County Undersheriff Andy Zinke testified Wednesday that he let a Crystal Lake Northwest Herald reporter examine a secret report the Sheriff's Office refuses to give to FEN.  It's the Sheriff's examination of charges Zinke outed a Drug Enforcement Agency investigation to a political supporter whose company was somehow involved in it.

Zinke initially said he only let reporter Sarah Sutschek look at a summary of the investigation, which he'd removed from the file, in January, 2013.  Later he said he didn't think he'd given her "a book that was three inches thick."  Finally, he told FEN attorney Mary Gardner, "I don't recall if I took the summary out.  It was two years ago."

In fact, it's been 22 months since Sheriff Keith Nygren announced an internal MCSO investigation cleared Zinke of wrongdoing and FEN asked for a copy of it under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.  The Sheriff turned the request down and then refused to comply with an Illinois Attorney General's decision that it wasn't exempt from disclosure.

Judge Thomas Meyer disagreed this Spring, ruling that Nygren's reading the report and exonerating his number two man put it off-limits.  However, he also said the protection might might have been waived if the Sheriff's Office let someone else see it. Zinke said, besides Sutschek, he'd let his wife read it, too, and that he had his own copy of the investigation.

Nygren testified the report was confidential and said Zinke wasn't authorized to show it to anyone else.  "The answer was 'No'," said Nygren.  "It's always been 'No'."

"Tough luck," said FEN Publisher Pete Gonigam in an interview with himself. "Whether it was 'authorized' or not, the Sheriff's Office gave another newspaper access.  The Sheriff doesn't get to play favorites now just because he can't control his own people."

Meyer said he'd listen to oral closing arguments Wednesday but Gardner opted for written ones since he also said his ruling will probably depend on prior court FOIA decisions.  The next hearing isn't scheduled until Dec. 18.

Governor Race Likely To Set New Illinois Spending Record

With a little over three weeks remaining before the November General Election the latest records show Governor Pat Quinn and GOP challenger Bruce Rauner have together raised more than $58 million in campaign funds.  That's roughly $20 million more than Quinn and Republican state Sen. Bill Brady spent on the 2010 general election, and about double the total for the race in 2006.

Since April 1 and Tuesday, Rauner's raised about $36 million while Quinn's taken in around $22 million.   Most of the money's already gone, though.  Quinn only has $4.7 million left in the bank as the race heads into the home stretch while Rauner holds about $1 million less.   Rauner's campaign burned through $20.3 million between July and September while Quinn during the same period spent $15.2 million, state records show.

About half of Rauner's funds have come out of the millionaire's own pockets.  The wealthy venture capitalist from Winnetka has given his campaign about $17 million since the start of the election cycle.  That's more than any other governor candidate in Illinois history.   Quinn and Rauner will probably both blow past the individual candidate spending record in Illinois.  That belongs to imprisoned ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich who set the high mark in 2006, about $22 million.

In the pic:  The governor's private office in the Capitol.

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
October 14
0633 HRS OAK ST. & CHERRY ST. NO VALID DRIVERS LICENSE.  RODAS, MANUEL, M/W 34 YEARS OF AGE, 225 UTEG ST. APT 5,  CRYSTAL LAKE.  CHARGES: No Valid Driver’s License and Speeding.  RELEASED ON BOND.
0744 HRS PYOTT RD. & SHAWNEE DR.  DRIVING WHILE LICENSE REVOKED.  VALENTI, JENNIFER R.,  F/W 47 YEARS OF AGE, 2117 ORCHARD LN.,  CARPENTERSVILLE.  CHARGE: Driving While License Revoked.  RELEASED ON BOND.
1147 HRS 250 N. RANDALL RD. (COSTCO).  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1245 HRS 260 N.  RANDALL RD.  (COSTCO GAS).  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1554 HRS 100 BLOCK OF CRYSTAL LAKE RD.  RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY.  Forced entry into residence.  Personal property removed from the residence.  TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
1628 HRS PYOTT RD.  & INDUSTRIAL DR.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
2257 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF STARWOOD PASS.  DOMESTIC.   Father vs. Son.  Verbal only.  One prior.
October 15
1055 HRS WILLOW ST. & MOHICAN TRAIL.  FOLLOW UP ARREST:  HIT &RUN.  HAGEN, RYAN D.,  M/W 24 YEARS OF AGE, 851 BRANDT DR.,  LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Unlawful Possession of Cannabis, Unlawful Possession of Paraphernalia, and Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident.  RELEASED ON BOND.
1053 HRS 800 BLOCK OF DOGWOOD LN.  VIOLATION OF AN ORDER OF PROTECTION,  Male subject violated an Order of Protection.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1248 HRS 9101 S. ROUTE 31. (RACQUET CLUB).  ACCIDENT,  Vehicle vs. Construction Barricade. Property damage only.
1934 HRS 3900 BLOCK OF THORNBERRY WAY.  ASSIST AMBULANCE.  Male, 26 years of age, with a head laceration. No transport.
2008 HRS 10 BLOCK OF SUGAR CREEK CT.  TELEPHONE HARASSMENT.  Complainant receiving harassing phone calls.  FAIL TO FILE.
Huntley
October 6
A criminal damage to property report was taken at Huntley High School. Graffiti was found on a bathroom stall.
October 7
A criminal damage to property report was taken in a residential driveway in the 10700 block of Rushmore Ln. Four tires were damaged on a parked vehicle.
Emilie G. Kaminski, age 34, of 11717 Davey Dr. #B, Huntley, was arrested on two counts of domestic battery at her residence. Ms. Kaminski was transported to McHenry County jail to await bond call.
October 8
Luis A. Pacheco, age 20, of 770 Knight, Park City, IL,  was arrested for driving with no valid driver’s license, obstructed view, and no insurance. Mr. Pacheco posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of November 21, 2014.
October 9
Colleen Garnett, age 42, of 12500 Regency Parkway #3025, Huntley, was charged with battery. Ms. Garnett was released with a notice to appear in McHenry County court on October 27, 2014.
October 10
A burglary from motor vehicle report was taken in a residential driveway in the 10700 block of Lone Star Way. A package of cigarettes was stolen from the unlocked vehicle.
Anthony R. Laskowski, age 21, of 2560 Fallbrook, Hampshire, was arrested for driving with no valid driver’s license. Mr. Laskowski posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of November 14, 2014.
A fraud report was taken at a residence in the 11700 block of Woodcreek Dr. The victim stated that he received a fraudulent check for $2,000.00 in the mail. The sender instructed him to deposit the check in his checking account and send $1,326.00 via western union to the sender.
October 11
Jose Rodriquez, age 24, of 1906 N. Riley, Indianapolis, was arrested for driving while license suspended. Mr. Rodriguez posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of November 21, 2014.
A burglary from motor vehicle report was taken in the 10600 block of Midwest Ave. The victim’s wallet, cash and a debit card were stolen from the unlocked vehicle overnight October 9, 2014. The wallet was later recovered.
October 12
A fraud report was taken at a store in the 12300 block of Rt. 47. Subjects returned merchandise purchased with counterfeit cash at different location for cash.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

D300 Superintendent Warns Parents Against State Aid "Reform" Bill

District 300 families Tuesday received emails from Superintendent Fred Heid warning a bill pending in the Legislature would cost  local schools $2 million if it passes.  "We stand to lose funding that may be diverted to a school system that currently spends almost twice as much as we do," he charged.

The bill's called SB 16 since its short title is "Education-Tech" which, basically, cuts back the State's level of State Aid to education and changes the formula for handing it out.  It passed the Senate this Spring but has been hung up in the House since late May.  Indeed, a group of McHenry County legislators are backing a House resolution entitled "Don't Pass SB 16" which picked up it's 25th supporter Monday.

Heid urged parents to contact their local legislators about stopping SB 16 "in its present form", however, the four State Reps he listed are all sponsors of the resolution already.

D300 Board of Ed Members Tuesday said it looked to them as if nothing was likely to happen on SB 16 for a while, if ever.  However, Member Chris Stanton observed that there's a tendency in the Legislature for seemingly-dead bills to spring back to life--especially in Veto and Lame Duck sessions.  The General Assembly returns for the first of those Nov. 19.

D300 Plans Consultant Contract For Super's Florida Underling

Tuesday's District 300 Board of Education meeting was largely routine except for public discussion about a $20,000 no-bid contract for a consultant to conduct a leadership development plan for teachers and administrators.  There wasn't any.

New Superintendent Fred Heid proposed awarding the contract to new Carpentersville education consultant Lindsay Sharp whose accompanying qualifications list a lot of Florida connections.  In fact, FEN found, Sharp worked directly under Heid for a year as Executive Director of Instruction when he was Chief Academic Officer in Jacksonville, FL, before coming to D300.

Sharp's Internet resume shows she was an elementary school principal before that and, after he left, she took over as principal at a grade 6 through 12 school for special education students.  A bulletin from the school's advisory council last month, however, said she was leaving to follow her husband to his new job.

That's in Lombard Sharp told FEN while the Board was in closed session for student discipline.  "As soon as I found out we were coming here, I called Fred," she said.  Sharp said her job in Jacksonville involved carrying out Heid special projects

Heid told the Board Sharp's contract would be funded from "leftover" No Child Left Behind U.S. Department of Education money.  Heid said Sharp was "exceptionally skilled" adding, "after talking with the team we thought she'd be a great fit."  The contract calls for "creation and implementation of new processes and evaluation and refinement of existing policies and procedures to support improved and shared outcomes," at a pay rate of $450 per week for 44 weeks.

"I didn't bring in a lot of my own people," Heid told FEN later.  "This is completely transparent," he said since, "I told the Board about it."  Besides, he said, "There's no payment until she gives us the [specified product] deliverables."

The Board hasn't formally approved the leadership contract yet and no date's been set for it.

Separately, the Board accepted compensation reports for District administrators and teachers.
The one listing administrator salaries is here:  http://www.boarddocs.com/il/d300/Board.nsf/files/9PQT2Z754B2C/$file/2014-2015%20Admistrator%20Compensation%20for%20SY%202014-2015%20FINAL.pdf
The other for teachers is located here:  http://www.boarddocs.com/il/d300/Board.nsf/files/9PQT3L755B05/$file/2014-2015%20Administrator%20and%20Teacher%20Salary%20Report%20Final.pdf

In the pic:  Superintendent Fred Heid

Police Charge Huntley Man After Searches Find Drugs, Cash

Judge Sharon Prather Tuesday set Nov. 21 as the preliminary hearing date for a Huntley man charged with a variety of felony drug charges after police said they found marijuana and other drugs in both his car and home, not to mention an awful lot of money.

Last Wednesday police stopped Troy Grimes, 20, driving near the intersection of Rainsford Drive and Jamestown Road in Huntley after receiving "numerous tips" that he was selling marijuana in southern McHenry County. A McHenry County Sheriff's Office drug dog indicated it smelled narcotics and investigators said a car search turned up some high grade marijuana and Ritalin pills in his vehicle. They said a later search at Grimes' home found a bigger drug stash including about nine 9 pounds of marijuana, 140 hash oil cartridges, some psilocybin magic mushrooms and 24 morphine pills.  Police said they also found drug paraphernalia and almost $37,000 in cash.  Sheriff's deputies estimated the drugs were worth about $43,000.

Grimes faces five felony charges of drug possession or delivery and two misdemeanor ones of possession of drug paraphernalia.

In the pic:  Troy Grimes

Candidates In Gov's Race Trade Jabs On Racial Issues

Debate two Tuesday in the Illinois governor's race dealt with racial issues.  That wasn't unexpected given, first, that the debate was at the  DuSable Museum of African American History and, second, that Governor Pat Quinn needs to maintain the black voting block that put him into office four years ago while Republican challenger Bruce Rauner needs to chip it away.

“Our cabinet is diverse and many African Americans are heading departments,” Quinn said.

“African-American families are suffering in Illinois, brutally high unemployment, deteriorating schools, lack of proper social services and rampant cronyism and corruption that’s taking away job opportunities from African Americans,” Rauner said.

Quinn said he supported an assault weapons ban and has worked down the Governor's badly backlogged clemency list. “That is part of helping ex-offenders who have made mistakes, who have served their time, get a fresh start,” he said.

Rauner said he'd "keep guns out of the hands of criminals” claiming crime in the black community was the result of Democratic failures to improve education and create jobs. “We have crime because we have a lack of opportunity,” he said.

Quinn charged Rauner was a job destroyer, though. “His jobs program is a great program for China, India and the Philippines. It’s not helping us here on the South Side, the West Side or any side of Illinois.”

“Quinn is the Outsourcer in Chief, " Rauner shot back. "We’ve lost over 40,000 jobs in his time in office.”

The pair will meet Monday night for another face to face session, the last one scheduled before the election.

Obituaries

James H. Ervin, 74, of Belvidere, formerly of Huntley, died peacefully Oct. 6.  A celebration of life will be Sunday from 1 to 3 pm at the Hoffman House restautant, Rockford.

Ervin was born in Lexington, TN, on June 19, 1937, the son of James and Mary Ervin.  He married Mary Ellen McCullough  Dec. 24, 1955.  He is survived by his wife; children, Ellen (Bob) Carpenter, James (Linda) Ervin, and Jay (Mandi) Ervin; grandchildren, Kathryn (Jillian) Carpenter-Smith, Timothy Carpenter, Samuel Carpenter, Hunter Ervin, Tanner Ervin, Colton Ervin, Terace (Sergio) Cobian, and sister, Connie (Bud) Shanks.   He was preceded in death by parents and sisters, Betty McNair and Carolyn Price.

Memorials may be made to the family for local children's needs and charities.

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
delayed--FEN schedule conflict
Huntley
ditto