Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Randall Website Posts Intersection Meeting Minutes With Businesses

The Randall Road Improvement Team Tuesday announced major revisions to the Randall Road website including the posting of meeting minutes with area businesses which FEN obtained two months ago.  Also included are letters from the public about the road and replies to them as well as similar website comments and responses.

All the material about the project from 2007 to last year's been moved to a separate page accessed through a hyperlink at the bottom of the homepage. In a news release the Improvement Team, engineering firms Bolinger Lach and Associates and Transystems Corporation report "the design team...has been actively engaging...to obtain feedback and listen to concerns.  However, the only evidence of that since FEN published the business meeting minutes June 2 is a letter from County Board Chairman Tina Hills to Crystal Lake attorney Scott A. Nolan dated June 17.

In it, Hill reports "the Design Team has approached over 300 businesses along the corridor and participated in over 15 individuals meetings with Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, property owners, and businesses," which have elicited "two consistent messages."

The first, according to Hill's letter, is that  "congestion is a problem".  The second is, "more traffic (i.e. potential customers) would be a good thing, provided reasonable access is maintained."

The newly posted meeting minutes include an account of one which FEN failed to discover two months ago.  On April 16 designers met with the owners of the St. Charles and Hoffman Estates Beef Shack restaurant chain who were interested in opening a store at the former Bentley Bagels and Brew location just south of the Randall/Algonquin roads intersection.  "Their main interest is the flow of traffic near the future store," according to the minutes.  "Maintaining the right-in and right-out at the Home Depot/Caputos entrance is very important."

Hill's letter to Nolan reports engineers are still awaiting updated population projections so they can revise traffic projections.  "Note that it is anticipated that the revised traffic numbers will be less than were originally thought during the Phase I study," Hill wrote.  The population projections from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning aren't expected until October so the Randall Road website reports the choice between a controversial Continuous Flow Intersection and a more conventional one is projected to be "by the end of the year."

That's probably just as well since Congress is struggling to pass another stopgap highway bill to keep current construction going until December.  There's broad agreement the current federal fuel tax doesn't generate enough money to keep up the nation's roads anymore but no one wants to vote for an increase before November elections.  If the Congress can't  pass something before adjourning for the Summer, the Highway Trust Fund will start to run out of money Friday. The U.S. Transportation Department has warned of a 28 percent cutback in aid payments if that happens.

The Randall webpage to meeting minutes and correspondence is located here:  http://www.randallroad.info/corridor-outreach.html

THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES

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Randall Website Posts Intersection Meeting Minutes With Businesses
Strong Turnout For First Fox River Corridor Plan Workshop
McHenry County 2014 Business Champion Awards Open
Quinn OK's Millionaire's Tax Referendum Question
Police Blotters
Tentative D300 Budget Assumes 1.5 Percent Inflation Tax Increase
Western Bypass Traffic Signals Set To Light Up Today
Attorney General Candidate Schimpf Meets Algonquin Twp. GOP
Two State Fair Managers Fined For Ethics Violations
Police Blotters
Randall, Rt. 25 Parking Locations For Pace Tolllway Bus Unveiled
Algonquin Founders' Days Ends 54th Fest Sunday
LITH's Newest Restaurant Returns To Owner's Roots
Quinn Promises To Live On Minimum Wage--For A While
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Algonquin Bypass Dedicated Saturday, No Traffic 'Till Next Month
Partly Sunny In 80's For Final 2014 Founders' Day
Hawaiians Show Returns To LITH Indian Trail Beach Thursday
Auditor General: "Inadequate Controls" For Treasurer's Intern List
McHenry County Indictments
Police Blotters
LITH Man And Partner Nabbed For Crystal Lake Car Burglaries
Weather Likely To Hold For Saturday Founders' Days Events
Fox River Corridor Public Input Meet Set For Tuesday
NJ's Chris Christie Campaigns For Rauner For Illinois Gov
Police Blotters
ALFPD Firefighters Rescue Canoeist At Algonquin Dam
Huntley Man Faces $1 Million Bond In Attempted Lincolnshire Kidnap
McHenry County June Unemployment Rate Improves Slightly
Algonquin Founders' Days Starts Well With Cool Temps
Fracking Coalition Calls For State To Get On With It
Obituaries
Police Blotters
LITH Standoff Ends With Peaceful Surrender
Algonquin Founders' Days Opens Today For 54th Celebration
Algonquin Pitches TIF District To Fire Trustees
Quinn Approves Doubling Size Of Clean Water Program
Police Blotters

Strong Turnout For First Fox River Corridor Plan Workshop

About 80 people attended the first Fox River Corridor Plan public workshop Tuesday at St. John's Lutheran School in Algonquin.  The event was to brainstorm early input on the plan’s eventual focus to improve recreation on the Fox from north of Algonquin downstream to Carpentersville.

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning moderators polled each person at the meeting to generate four pages worth of concerns about and ideas for the proposed corridor.  Making sure the public didn't get too close to private residences was one concern.  Tying together existing paths and trails and making sure there were enough restrooms were among the proposals. 

Blowing up the Algonquin dam was the only one that drew applause but at least two observers observer predicted that wasn't in the cards since it would adversely impact current recreation, not to mention riverfront property values.

Carpentersville Village President Ed Ritter told the group the plan, whatever it turns out to be, will have a better chance of success than many since, "most of the land is publicly owned."  The area under consideration includes property owned by the McHenry County Conservation District, Algonquin, the Kane County Forest Preserve, Dundee Township and Carpentersville.

Even so, Ritter earlier had observed planning for the corridor would be a long haul.  "I don't remember when five units of government agreed on anything," he said.

CMAP planners said they'd work over the results of Tuesday's session and hold another public meeting in a few months, either just before or just after the Thanksgiving-Christmas season.

In the pic:  Major portions of the proposed Fox River Corridor Plan.

McHenry County 2014 Business Champion Awards Open

There's about a month to nominate area businesses for McHenry County Economic Development Corporation's 2014 Business Champion Awards.  The nomination period opened Tuesday for MCEDC's seventh annual awards to recognizes outstanding companies that have made a positive impact on McHenry County’s economy and who are exceptional primary employers.  It runs through Aug. 31.

There are multiple awards based on the number of employees, small--24 or fewer, medium--25 to 100, large--over 100, and a special category for companies which have over 300 employees.    Judges are business leaders from outside the county.  Nominating forms are located at http://www.mchenrycountyedc.com/contact/2014-business-champion-award-nomination.html?view=form.  Questions go to Jean Schober at (815) 895-0895

Quinn OK's Millionaire's Tax Referendum Question

Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation Tuesday to put an advisory referendum on the Nov.4 ballot asking voters if they favor a an income tax surcharge on millionaires for public education in Illinois.  The resolution asks voters if incomes over $1 million should carry an extra 3 percent tax.

“Illinois voters will now be able to have their say when it comes to whether the state’s most fortunate should pay a little more to put more resources in our classrooms," said Quinn.  The governor is is locked in a hotly contested race with Republican businessman Bruce Rauner who, coincidentally, is a millionaire. Rauner 's against the surcharge saying that lowering the overall tax burden will make Illinois more competitive. Rauner's said the ballot question "doesn't do much."

As an advisory referendum, the question amounts to an elaborate poll.  It's one of several either already OK'ed or pending for the November ballot, including one asking voters if Illinois should raise the minimum wage and another on whether insurance should cover birth control.

The surcharge would be three percent on income greater than $1 million.  The "little more" tax would amount to  a 60 percent rate hike for millionaires if the State's 2011 income tax increase is extended and 80 percent if it isn't.  The Illinois Department of Revenue estimates the proposed tax would raise about $1 billion per year.

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
July 29
1928 HRS 1900 BLOCK OF ALGONQUIN RD.  DOMESTIC BATTERY.  SPEE, BEATA, F/W 46 YEARS OF AGE, 1902 W. ALGONQUIN RD.,  LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGES: Two counts of Domestic Battery. TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL
2153 HRS 00 BLOCK OF HILLTOP DR.  FOLLOW UP ARREST: CRIMINAL SEXUAL ABUSE.  STEIN, ERIC D.,  M/W 18 YEARS OF AGE, 1100 VIEWPOINT DR.,  LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGES: Criminal Sexual Abuse. RELEASED ON BOND.
1533 HRS 800 BLOCK OF PROVENCE PL. DOG BITE.  Male, 10 years of age, was bitten by a dog.
1547 HRS 100 BLOCK OF HICKORY RD.  ASSIST OTHER POLICE AGENCY.  Assisted Elgin Police Department with serving a Short Order Form of an Order of Protection.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tentative D300 Budget Assumes 1.5 Percent Inflation Tax Increase

The D300 Board of Education Monday reviewed the District's tentative 2014-15 school year budget which calls for a slim $53,000 more revenue than $213 million worth of expenses.  Critical to taxpayers, the document assumes a 1.5 percent inflation increase for the District's next property tax levy, the most the law will allow.

Chief Financial Officer Susan Harkin told the Board there's more uncertainty to the budget than usual thanks to the state of the State's finances and as yet undecided Supreme and local court cases.  "It's hard to build a budget when you have such unpredictable funding," she said.

"We don't have the luxury the State has to pass a six-month budget, huh?" replied Board Member Kathleen Burley.

The Board's expected to formally approve the tentative budget Aug. 11 with a public hearing and final vote planned for Sept. 22.

Board members Monday ratified a new five-year contract with the District 300 Education Support Association, D300's paraprofessional and paraeducator teacher assistants' union.  The pact calls for $.35 per hour increases for the first four years and a $.40 cent per hour increase in the fifth, Harkin told FEN.  Under the contract that ran out last year, DESA members earned from $11.28 to $20.29 per hour.

In the pic: Where D300's tentative new overall budget expects money to come from and where it will go.

Western Bypass Traffic Signals Set To Light Up Today

IDOT electric signs on Algonquin Road have warned for a week that traffic lights at the Western Bypass site would go live today but at 8 am this morning they were still shrouded. 

According to Algonquin officials, IDOT plans to have eastbound and westbound Algonquin Road lights showing green all the time until the Bypass opens.  Then the new ramp intersection signals will function normally in all directions.

Village Manager's Assistant Mike Kumbera reported the new signals at the North Main St./Route 31 intersection and at  South Main St and 31 intersection will be turned on briefly either next Wednesday or Thursday to check that they're working properly, then shut back off until the Bypass opens in three or four weeks.   Kumbera said IDOT believes,  "It is too time consuming to try and do all of this testing and turning on in one 'opening' day." 

Attorney General Candidate Schimpf Meets Algonquin Twp. GOP

Attendance was light Monday as Republican Attorney General Candidate Paul Schimpf stopped by for a meet and greet with after the Algonquin Township Republicans regular meeting in Crystal Lake.  The retired Marine Corps attorney who bills himself as the top American attorney advisor to Iraqi prosecutors in the Saddam Hussein trial hopes to defeat incumbent Democrat Lisa Madigan.

Schimpf's campaign Monday trumpeted results of a poll he'd commissioned that found he was closing in on her.  The telephone survey of 800 likely voters found 46 percent preferred Madigan, daughter of Democratic Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan.  Nevertheless, 37 percent said they'd rather have Schimpf whose name recognition is nearly nonexistent.

Besides incumbency and her father, Madigan has one other advantage over Schimpf, lots more campaign money.  By the latest State Board of Elections reports, Madigan has almost $5 million on hand.  Schimpf has less than $10,000.

In the pic:  Illinois Attorney General Candidate Paul Schimpf revved up Algonquin Township Republicans Monday.

Two State Fair Managers Fined For Ethics Violations

Free brews cost the Illinois State Fair director a $1,000 fine but it was small beer compared to a similar $5,000 fine levied on the former director of the Duqoin State Fair.  The State Executive Ethics Commission Monday found both took hundreds of free tickets from beer vendors in violation of the state's ban on officials receiving gifts.

According to a 10-page report from Executive Inspector General Ricardo Meza, Illinois State Fair director Amy Bliefnick and former Du Quoin State Fair chief John Rednour, Jr., had both been in their jobs long enough that they "should have become familiar with the Ethics Act gift ban provisions."

The report found that Bliefnick had been accepting free beer tickets since she took over the Fair in 2005, last year receiving at least 120 worth $4.50 apiece.  The report said there was no evidence she solicited them, rather that it had been standard "albeit unlawful" practice.  Rednour, in contrast, specifically asked for the tickets, according to the report.   It said he sought at least 1,000 tickets that sold for $4 each from the DeQuoin Fair's new beer vendor in 2012.

After a two-day suspension Bliefnick will continue to head her fair.  “As State Fair manager I accepted the tickets for distribution only to promote the fair,” she said in a statement. “This practice will no longer continue at the fair. I learned a valuable lesson."

Ridenour had already quit after 11 years at the DuQuoin fair to run his family's bank in the city.  "Every fair manager received comp tickets for beer at the fair," Ridenour said.  He claimed he passed them out again to promote attendance. "I was trying to do what was best for the state," he said.

In the pic:  The Illinois State Fair,  opening Aug. 7.

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
July 28
2050 HRS 1115 CRYSTAL LAKE RD.  (LITH PD). WANTED ON WARRANT.   SMITH, ERIC D.,  M/W 58 YEARS OF AGE, 969 GOLF COURSE RD.,  CRYSTAL LAKE. CHARGE: Wanted on Warrant, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Failure to Appear, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. Bond: $5,000 @ 10%.  RELEASED ON BOND.
1031 HRS 1111 PYOTT RD.  (LARSEN ISLAND).  AMBULANCE ASSIST.  Male, 19 years of age, laceration on his arm.  Transported to Sherman Hospital.
1312 HRS 4100 BLOCK OF LARKSPUR LN.  SUICIDAL SUBJECT.  Male, 50 years of age, made suicidal statements. Transported to Sherman Hospital.
1324 HRS 100 BLOCK OF COOL STONE BEND.  DOMESTIC.  Girlfriend vs. Boyfriend. Verbal only. No priors.
1727 HRS 20 BLOCK OF HILLTOP DR.  DOMESTIC BATTERY.  Mother vs. Daughter. Seven Priors.  FAIL TO FILE.
2002 HRS 700 BLOCK OF PEACH TREE CT.  FRAUD.   Fraudulent charges on complainant’s credit card.
2055 HRS CYNTHIA LN.  & VIEWPOINT DR.  FOUND ARTICLE.  iPad. Entered into Evidence.
2212 HRS 20 BLOCK OF HILLTOP DR.  CRIMINAL SEXUAL ASSAULT.  PENDING INVESTIGATION.  BY REPORTING OFFICER.
Huntley
July 21
A residential burglary report was taken at an assisted living facility in the 12500 block of Regency Parkway. Cash and prescription medication were reported stolen.
A criminal damage to vehicle report was taken in the 9900 block of Haverhill Ln. The vehicle’s door and roof were scratched while parked in a residential driveway.
A theft report was taken at an assisted living facility in the 12500 block of Regency Parkway. Jewelry was reported stolen by a resident.
July 22
Josefina Jacquez, age 59, of 410 Terramere Ln., Lake in the Hills, was arrested for felony retail theft. Ms. Jacquez was transported to Kane County jail to await bond call.
July 23
A theft report was taken in the 10800 block of Rt. 47. A part to a refrigeration unit was stolen.
A theft report was taken at Huntley Library, 11000 Ruth Rd. Unreturned library items were reported stolen.
July 24
Jesus Arroyo, age 38, of 11806 Coral St. Unit A, Huntley, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Mr. Arroyo was released with a notice to appear in McHenry County court on August 25, 2014.
A burglary to motor vehicle report was taken in the 11800 block of Blue Bayou. A purse and a wallet were reported stolen.
A burglary to motor vehicle report was taken in the 11900 block of Cape Cod Ln. A purse, a debit card and cigarettes were reported stolen.
July 25
Brandon M. Bukovsky, age 26, of 12233 Donahue, Huntley, was arrested for domestic battery. Mr. Bukovsky was transported to McHenry County jail to await bond call.
A residential burglary report was taken in the 12600 block of Oak Grove. A watch was reported stolen.
July 26
Rafal Kaminski, age 42, of 11717 Davey Dr. #B, Huntley, was arrested for endangering the life or health of a child and two counts of domestic battery. Mr. Kaminski was transported to McHenry County jail to await bond call.
A criminal damage to property report was taken in the 11600 block of Dean St. An outside light was damaged.
Two 13 year-old boys from Huntley were charged with criminal damage to property. Both boys were released to their fathers with a McHenry County court date of September 15, 2014.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Randall, Rt. 25 Parking Locations For Pace Tollway Bus Unveiled

Park and Ride lots at the Randall Road and Route 25 intersections with the I-90 tollway are a lock for Pace suburban bus service on the Jane Addams now with approval last week by the Tollway's Board of Directors.  The Pace Board signed off on the lots and a third one at Barrington Road earlier this month.  The new intergovernmental agreement calls for the Tollway to turn over three parcels of land for the lots while Pace will complete the engineering design and construction of the new facilities, initially providing space for 225 vehicles, expandable eventually to nearly double that.

“Currently, the I-90 corridor generates 13 percent of the region’s daily work trips, so by working with Pace to provide access to transit services on I-90 we will be able to offer new, reliable and convenient commuting options that provide commuters with more choices than ever before,” said Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur.

As part of the $2.5 billion Jane Addams rebuilding and widening project, the Illinois Tollway will accommodate transit and direct access for the public to Pace bus service along one of its roadways for the first time in the agency’s history.  The Addams expansion covers 62 miles and includes reconstruction and expansion of the road to eight lanes from the Tri-State Tollway to Randall in Elgin and six lanes from Randall to I-39 near Rockford.   When construction's done, the new Tollway will include wider inside lanes and shoulders to handle bus traffic.

The hitch is that the Tollway's Addams project won't be finished until 2016, so the new bus service isn't expected to begin until then, either. Pace plans to use a $38 million federal congestion mitigation grant to pay for the bus service and building the park and ride facilities.

In the pics:  Plans for I-90 Tollway Park and Ride lots in Elgin were announced almost a year ago.   Intended locations were revealed last week.

Algonquin Founders' Days Ends 54th Fest Sunday

An errant band of light showers passed through the area around 8:30 pm Sunday but the sprinkles had moved to the south by the 9 pm start of Algonquin's Founders' Days finale, the Fireworks Spectacular.

The final day of  Algonquin's 54th Founders' Days celebration began at 8 am with the Founders' 5 and 10K runs.  Female runners dominated the Founders' 10K.  Carpentersville's Amanda Hopper was first across the finish with a 39:56.0 time. A Deerfield man was second but LITH runner Brooke Domich was third and Crystal Lake entrant Michelle Wuensch was fourth overall.  Fifth place went to Algonquin runner Jonathan Sullivan.

The larger 5k race saw male runners capture more top spots.  First place went to a man from Roscoe but Algonquin racers Michael Balian, Nick Demetriou and Murray Domich took second, third and fifth respectively.  Carpentersville runner Emilio Baez was fourth.

Full Founders' Run results are located here:  http://racetime.info/results/2014-results/2014-results-july/

In the pic:  The second edition of the Family Olympics drew a lot of entrants at the Founder's Days Festival Sunday.

LITH's Newest Restaurant Returns To Owner's Roots

Only a Facebook posting marked the open last week of LITH's latest restaurant, the Chicago Grill, on Randall Road in the former Pita Kabobs location north of Starbucks.  It was an event Dominick Pulli's fans have been waiting for at least since March when the former owner of the old Chicago Grill in Dundee's Springhill Mall announced he'd reincarnate the restaurant he'd sold at a new location.

Part of the delay, Pulli said, came from closing down the Algonquin East Side version of his successful Randall Road Bub's Subs sandwich shop.  The Algonquin Road location had been the site of two previous sandwich shops and Pulli said the second Bub's wasn't doing as well as he'd hoped.  "When the opportunity for this location came up I thought it would be great to open up the Chicago Grill again," he said.

"It was worth the wait," said long-time customer Algonquin resident Vic Bickauskas who'd just wolfed down a traditional Chicago hot dog and Pulli's signature hand-cut fries with evident gusto.

Pulli said he'll continue to work on his Bub's Subs quality-ingredient sandwich restaurant concept, too.  "I'm thinking of adding home delivery," he said.

In the pic:  Owner Dominick Pulli delivers a long-anticipated order of dogs and fries to Vic and Colleen Bickauskas as LITH's new Chicago Grill restaurant on Randall Road.

Quinn Promises To Live On Minimum Wage--For A While

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn Sunday pledged to live on minimum wage money.  Quinn was one of a group of  prominent Illinois Democrats touting Quinn’s minimum wage increase advisory referendum and calling GOP candidates for governor and U.S. Senate out-of-touch plutocrats.

"There's a principle as old as the Bible," Quinn told supporters at the Federal Plaza in Chicago. "If you work 40 hours a week, if you're doing your job, you shouldn't have to live in poverty."

Congresswoman. Jan Schakowsky may have blindsided the Governor into his promise.  She'd just told the crowd that she'd lived for a week on a minimum wage income. Then she asked the Governor if he'd also take what she called "the live-the-wage challenge."  Facing ranks of still and video cameras, Quinn, answered in the affirmative although it wasn't immediately clear how much money he'd live off of nor for how long.

Schakowsky said she and her husband lived on $77 for a week, or $11 a day, the money she said minimum wage earners have  left after subtracting  for housing.

Quinn's made the minimum wage a cornerstone in his bid to stay in the Governor's office.  Republican challenger, Bruce Rauner's said he's open to raising the minimum wage but only if it's tied to tax reforms so small businesses can offset the extra labor costs.

Obituaries

David G. Bocek, 72, of Algonquin died Sunday.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 3 to 9 pm at Willow Funeral Cremation Care, Algonquin.  A Funeral Service will be held there Wednesday at 10 am.  Cremation will be private.

Paul A. Cunningham,  55, of Lake In The Hills died Wednesday.  Visitation will be from 3 to 9 pm today at the Willow Funeral Home, Algonquin, where a  prayer service will also be held at 9 am Tuesday.  A Funeral Mass will follow at 10 am at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Algonquin.  Interment will be in Maryhill Cemetery Niles.

Cunningham was born Jan. 26, 1959, the son of William and Helen Mae Baker Cunningham.  He married  husband of Lucy Chruslak. He is survived by siblings, Pamela (William) Rostal, William (Susan) Cunningham, Kathleen (Marcelo) Vargas and John (Barbara) Cunningham.
Thomas J. Walsh

Thomas J. Walsh
,  93, of Lake In The Hills died Saturday at JourneyCare Hospice in Barrington.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 3 to 9 pm in the Miller Funeral Home, West Dundee, and again at 9 am Wednesday morning at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Algonquin, until a Funeral Mass at 10. Burial will follow in the River Valley Memorial Gardens, West Dundee.

Walsh was born in Chicago on Sept, 20, 1920, was the son of Martin and Jane nee Kennedy Walsh. On Jan. 1, 1944, he married Carol C. Grace.  Survivors include his children, Thomas M. (Leslie) Walsh, Carol (Claude) Bowens and Jane (Ron) Ethertonm and eight grandchildren.  In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his son, Daniel J. Walsh, and  two sisters, Nora Eckstein and Mary Stanisz.


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
July 27
1007 HRS 100 BLOCK OF HAWTHORNE RD.  VIOLATION OF AN ORDER OF PROTECTION.  CARLIN, MICHAEL C.,  M/W 36 YEARS OF AGE, 103 HAWTHORNE RD.,  LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Violation of an Order of Protection. TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL
1214 HRS 600 BLOCK OF JUNIPER LN.  INFORMATION FOR POLICE.  Surrendered FOID card.
1742 HRS 1300 BLOCK OF ROYAL OAK LN.  DOMESTIC.  Husband vs. Wife. Verbal only. No priors.
Algonquin
July 25
18:06pm Schmitt, William C., DOB: 07/09/83, of 9 Hunters Path, Lake in the Hills, was charged with DUI. He was taken into custody at Commons and Randall. He was released after posting $100 and his DL with a court date of 08/27/14 in McHenry County.
July 26
01:29am Thorelius, Shane S., DOB: 07/04/93, of 510 Tenby Way, Algonquin, was charged with Domestic Battery. He was taken into custody at the same location and transported to the McHenry county Jail to await bond court.
21:56pm Skubal, Sydney A., DOB: 08/13/95,  of 3620 Persimmon, Algonquin, was charged with Hit and Run, Not Driving on Right side of Road, DUI, and Consumption. She was taken into custody at 961 Par Dr. She was released after posting $300 with a court date of 08/27/14 in McHenry County

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Algonquin Bypass Dedicated Saturday, No Traffic 'Till Next Month

National, State, County and local leaders sat in the sort of tent used at good-sized funerals Saturday for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of Algonquin's long-awaited Route 31 Western Bypass.  Indeed, the length of its gestation was a recurring theme of the ceremony.

"When we started talking about the Bypass," said Algonquin Village President John Schmitt, "Elvis was skinny--and so was I."   So long was the planning from concept to construction that the process outlived some of its proponents.  Several speakers mentioned former County Board Transportation Committee head Bill Dwyer, a long-time Bypass champion who died a year before construction began.

Some recalled misty water-colored memories of the McHenry County Road Warriors' bus trip to Springfield to hand "road kill" sandwiches to recalcitrant legislators in 2007.  Others recalled the panic two years when the Postal Service threw up a roadblock just before the Bypass construction contract was supposed to be awarded.  According to Sen. Dick Durbin it took a big chunk of the Illinois Congressional delegation to get that fixed.

"When we get together," he said, "there is nothing we can't do--even a 60 year-old dream like the Western Bypass."

Saturday's ribbon cutting was strictly ceremonial, however.  Construction's not completely done and officials refused to set a firm date for the $88 million route's real opening.  "Three to four weeks,"  was one construction manager's estimate.  "Around Labor Day," he said as did others.

In the pic:  After Saturday's ribbon cutting for Algonquin's Route 31 Western Bypass, celebrants exited the new roadway in a semi-ceremonial procession.  Regular drivers will have to wait another three or four weeks.

THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES

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Algonquin Bypass Dedicated Saturday, No Traffic 'Till Next Month
Partly Sunny In 80's For Final 2014 Founders' Day
Hawaiians Show Returns To LITH Indian Trail Beach Thursday
Auditor General: "Inadequate Controls" For Treasurer's Intern List
McHenry County Indictments
Police Blotters
LITH Man And Partner Nabbed For Crystal Lake Car Burglaries
Weather Likely To Hold For Saturday Founders' Days Events
Fox River Corridor Public Input Meet Set For Tuesday
NJ's Chris Christie Campaigns For Rauner For Illinois Gov
Police Blotters
ALFPD Firefighters Rescue Canoeist At Algonquin Dam
Huntley Man Faces $1 Million Bond In Attempted Lincolnshire Kidnap
McHenry County June Unemployment Rate Improves Slightly
Algonquin Founders' Days Starts Well With Cool Temps
Fracking Coalition Calls For State To Get On With It
Obituaries
Police Blotters
LITH Standoff Ends With Peaceful Surrender
Algonquin Founders' Days Opens Today For 54th Celebration
Algonquin Pitches TIF District To Fire Trustees
Quinn Approves Doubling Size Of Clean Water Program
Police Blotters
Randall/Algonquin ROW Acquisition Upsets LITH  B of A Buyers
Second Algonquin Deputy Chief Announces Retirement
Quinn Signs Off On $1.1 Billion Construction Borrowing Plan
Obamacare Rulings:  In Illinois "Nothing Has Changed"
Court Upholds Illinois Clean Coal Power Purchase Requirement
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Grafton Township To Sign On To Pace Dial-A-Ride If Huntley Does
Asphalt Repairs To Slow Traffic On 31/Main In Algonquin
LITH Man Charged With Growing Marijuana
Obituaries
New Law Allows McHenry, Kane Boards To Set Ethics "Guidelines"
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Algonquin Founders' Detours, Closures Outline For Weekend
Crack Sealing To Move East On Huntley Road
Water Rupture Closes Huntley's Woodstock Street Sunday
Quinn Adds Epilepsy, Even For Minors, To State Pot Program
Obituaries
Police Blotters

Partly Sunny In 80's For Final 2014 Founders' Day

Algonquin's Founders' Days Parade entries Saturday were a little skimpier than usual but with the November Election about three months away, a full complement of officeholders, incumbent and would-be, marched this year.  Headlining the group was Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, in town to help dedicate the Route 31 Bypass later on.

No-longer third most powerful Republican in the House Rep. Peter Roskam  was another parade marcher.  So were all the County Board members from District One which covers most of Algonquin as well as challenger Andrew Gasser.  Aslo present was LITH's Paula Yensen from District Five.   County Clerk candidate Mary McClellan and Treasurer candidate Glenda Miller were on hand, as was State's Attorney Lou Bianchi.  Absent, however, were Sheriff's candidates Bill Prim and Jim Harrison.

Algonquin trustees tossed candy to children along the way but even that turned out to be trickier than it looks, balancing supply and  pace against the likely size of the total throng.  Trustee Jim Steigert approached the parade's end with more candy left than kids to receive it.  "I don't want to give them a sugar rush," he fretted.

Today's the final day for the 54th edition of Algonquin's Founders' Days Celebration including the big baby crawling contest at 11:15 am, the regional State Battle of the Bands competition which doesn't seem to include any local ones this year.  Today's schedule's located here: http://algonquinfoundersdays.com/events/ Weathermen report the chance for an occasional shower this afternoon but the Fireworks Spectacular at Riverfront Park this evening at 9 pm still looks like a good bet. 

Durham School Services will provide shuttle bus service for the Fireworks.  Parking will be available at Joe Caputo’s and Sons on the village's west side and Butera on the east.  The shuttles will run about every 20 minutes from 7 pm to take spectators to the Spectacular, then until about 10:30 to take everyone back again.

Founders' Parade entry winners were:
Best of Theme – Cub Scout Pack 368
Best of Float – Trapani Orthodontics
Show Stopper – Rebecca McCarthy School of Dance
Exceptional Civic or Municipal Participant
1st – Algonquin Public Library
2nd – Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Fire Department
Exceptional Algonquin Non For Profit Participant
1st – St. Johns Lutheran Church and School
2nd – Algonquin Garden Club
Exceptional Non For Profit Participant
1st – Environmental Defenders of McHenry County
2nd – New Life Baptist Church
Exceptional Algonquin Business Participant
1st – All Smiles Dental
2nd – Algonquin Bank & Trust
Exceptional Business Participant
1st – Midwest Dental
2nd – Cycling Republic
Exceptional Community Group
1st – Algonquin Lioness Club
2nd – Rolling Thunder, Chapter 2, Illinois
Exceptional Youth Organization Participant
1st – Cub Scout Pack 151
2nd – Girl Scout – Osceola Service Unit
Exceptional Vehicle Participant
1st – Northern Illinois Streeters Car Club
2nd – Edward Jones & the Sunburst Corvette Club of Crystal Lake
Exceptional Entertainer Participant
1st – Algonquin Academy of Dance
2nd – Jacobs High School Golden Eagle Marching Band
Exceptional Sports Organization Participant
1st – Trinity Academy of Cheer
2nd – Spring Hill Gymnastics

Hawaiians Show Returns To LITH Indian Trail Beach Thursday

Thursday's the date for a Lake in the Hills Parks & Rec. Department tradition, the Barefoot Hawaiians Beach Show.  It starts at 7 pm at Indian Trail Beach featuring dances and songs from the South Seas including, of course, Hawaii, but also Samoa, New Zealand, and considering some of the blondes in the troupe, possibly Pitcairn (Mutiny on the Bounty) Island, too.

The show's free and so's parking, but the dancers feature several routines involving various twirling flaming objects so the exhibition's a popular and sometimes the parking gets a bit limited.  Parks & Rec. mentions carpooling and bicycles as possible solutions.

Auditor General: "Inadequate Controls" For Treasurer's Intern List

The Chicago Sun-Times reported today that an Auditor General's report last year found "inadequate controls" in a controversial summer internship program at Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford's office.  The audit found Rutherford hired 51 interns but failed to produce any applications for the individuals.

“According to the treasurer’s office, interns were referred to Human Resources by constituents of the Illinois Treasurer,” the audit reported.  However, the newspaper found last month that some of the biggest power players in the state, including elected officials, lobbyists, former political workers and donors, helped put kids with clout in paid positions in the Treasurer's office.

“Eleven of 11 (100%) interns tested did not have proper documentation that they met specific job qualifications as no specific job descriptions, qualifications or hiring practices were defined,” according to the report of Auditor General Willam G. Holland.

Rutherford’s office defended its practice of asking for internship referrals and denied the results amounted to a “clout list.”

The list of recommenders from 2011 to 2014 included a lot of interesting names, especially since Rutherford's a Republican.  After Rutherford himself, the politician with the greatest number of referrals was Chicago Alderman Carrie Austin.  Six years ago she was one of seven City Council members alleged to have wangled good-paying summer jobs for their kids with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.

Another name that pops out is that of Austin State Rep. LaShawn Ford.  He'll go on trial in two weeks accused of  a fraudulently-obtaining a line of credit from now-defunct ShoreBank to pay off  gambling debts, car loans, and  mortgages .

Also on the list was the name of  State Rep. Derrick Smith, convicted last month of bribery and attempted extortion for taking $7,000 from a purported day care operator seeking a state grant.

In the pic:  State Treasurer Dan Rutherford

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.

SAAD S. AHMED, DOB:  01/21/1995, 1161 RIDGEWOOD CIRCLE, LAKE IN THE HILLS. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, ATTEMPT (OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE). --Crystal Lake PD

MICHAEL T. PACHA, DOB:  09/28/1974, 227 VILLAGE CREEK DRIVE, LAKE IN THE HILLS. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (FOUR COUNTS), UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF HYPODERMIC SYRINGE. --McHenry County Sheriff's Office
  
ANTHONY M. LIRA, 05/11/1971, 1120 FOX RIVER DRIVE, ALGONQUIN. UNLAWFUL DELIVERY OF CANNABIS, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, VIOLATION OF BAIL BOND. --McHenry County Sheriff's Office

BRADLEY K. CONANT, DOB:  05/26/1965    , 1318 W. BAYVIEW LANE, JOHNSBURG. DOMESTIC BATTERY (SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE). --Johnsburg PD
  
BRITTNEY M. RUSSELL, DOB:  02/18/1989, 65 N. WISCONSIN STREET, CARPENTERSVILLE. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. --Crystal Lake PD
  
PAUL M. CARRIVEAU, DOB:  10/07/1988, 3919 TULIP STREET, CRYSTAL LAKE. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF HYPODERMIC SYRINGE. --MCSP                                  
  
DANIEL J. PIEPLOW,  DOB:  01/08/1993, 886 CANTERBURY DRIVE, CRYSTAL LAKE. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WITH INTENT TO DELIVER (THREE COUNTS), UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS WITH INTENT TO DELIVER, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA (TWO COUNTS). --McHenry County Sheriff's Office

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
July 26
2255 HRS 2800 BLOCK OF BRISBANE DR.  MOB ACTION.  MIRANDA, MARIO A.,  M/W 18 YEARS OF AGE, 2081 LITCHFIELD,  LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGES: Mob Action and Possession of Cannabis. TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
0506 HRS PYOTT RD.  & ALGONQUIN RD.  ACCIDENT.  Vehicle vs. pole. Property damage only.
1114 HRS 200 BLOCK OF STICKLEY.  DOG BITE.  Female, six years of age, was bitten by a stray dog.
2323 HRS 220 N. RANDALL RD. (MORETTI’S). CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.  Damage done to a chandelier. PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

LITH Man And Partner Nabbed For Crystal Lake Car Burglaries

Crystal Lake Police arrested a Lake in the Hills man and his partner early this morning for car burglaries overnight in south Crystal Lake. Awaiting McHenry County Circuit Court bond hearings this morning were 21 year-old Robert A. Fleenor of Lake in the Hills and 23 year-old Ryan N. Vette of Crystal Lake, both charged with criminal trespass to vehicle and burglary.

Commander Dan Dziewior said CLPD officers on patrol shortly before 4 am saw the pair "acting suspiciously" this morning in the 600 block of Greenbrier Lane east of McHenry Ave.  Dziewior said officers saw them approach several vehicles parked in driveways, believed they were about to get in and stopped them.  Dzewior said subsequent investigation found several unlocked vehicles in the area that had been entered and burglarized.

Police said they haven't finished investigating and might bring more charges against the pair later.

In the pic:  Robert A. Fleenor and Ryan N. Vette

Burning Truck Halts Tollway Traffic Near Huntley

A burning semi-trailer truck shut down both lanes of Interstate 90 near Huntley during the return rush hour Friday causing traffic to back up for miles.  Burning diesel fuel from the truck leaked onto the roadway and into the drainage ditch.  Radio reports said Huntley Police helped motorists exit the tollway onto Route 47.

State Police said they weren't sure what caused the fire since there was no accident.  However, the truck was carrying a corrosive chemical which began to leak complicating firefighting efforts.  The truck fire was reported shortly before 4 pm.  It was declared extinguished at about 4:45 although was left of the semi continued to smoulder afterwards.

Weather Likely To Hold For Saturday Founders' Days Events

Algonquin's big Founders' Days celebration dodged a weather bullet Friday as predicted possible rain passed to the south.  National Weather Service forecasters put the area in the fuzzy edge of the area of possible rain tonight.  Meanwhile, with cloud cover burning off early this morning, weathermen said temperatures today would probably reach at least the upper 80's.

Friday's Founders' included a day of  family-style competitions including the dog and cat show, bake off, bicycle decorating contest and an Algonquin Police Explorers pig roast.  Today's celebration kicks off with "The 80's Are Awesome" Founder's Parade.  Headliner on the Main Stage this evening is the Chicago-based 80's cover band 16 Candles performing hits from the decade like ‘Footloose,’ ‘Jessie’s Girl’ and ‘Let’s Go Crazy.

Today's full Founders' schedule is here:  http://algonquinfoundersdays.com/events/

The shuttle bus to Founders' Days at Algonquin Lakes Park will run from 5 to 11:30 pm today.  Provided by Algonquin Rotary and Algonquin Township, it will run about every 20 minutes between St. Margaret Mary School and the park and back.  Quality Werks Collision Center's also sponsoring a designated driver program today from 2 pm to the event's 10:30 close.  Celebrants can inquire at the ticket booth if they have any doubts about driving themselves.

In the pic:  (above)  Technically not a bicycle, this decorated stroller Friday certainly hit this year's "80's Are Awesome" Founders' theme squarely.  (below)  Anybody can make a carrot cake.  Rarer was this (80's fad )"Cabbage Patch" cake in the Founder's Days Bake Off.

Fox River Corridor Public Input Meet Set For Tuesday

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning experts will hold a Fox River Corridor Plan kick-off meeting for the general public Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 pm at Algonquin's St. John’s Lutheran School.  The event's to give residents, business owners, and other stakeholders a chance to learn about the project and provide early input on the plan’s eventual focus areas.

CMAP Technical Assistance planners are helping the villages of Algonquin and Carpentersville collaborate on a corridor plan down the Fox River to increase access, improve water quality and enhance both communities' downtown areas.  The project area starts at about Klasen Road in Algonquin and runs downriver to Carpentersville's southern border.

The idea behind the Corridor came from recently completed subarea plans for the villages.   Algonquin wound up its Downtown Planning Study in March of last year and Carpentersville finished its Old Town Plan two years ago.  Both reports include recommendations to enhance Fox recreational use of and access.

Planning for the joint Fox River Corridor's expected to take about a year. 

NJ's Chris Christie Campaigns For Rauner For Illinois Gov

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stopped in Chicago Friday to campaign for Republican Bruce Rauner, calling his bid to defeat Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn "among the most important governor's races in the country."  It was so important that Christie, Chairman of the Republican Governor's Association gave Rauner's campaign a $2.5 Million donation from the group.

He called the latest RGA donation to Rauner, a wealthy investor from Winnetka, “just another down payment on what we’re going to do.”  The association's already given $1.5 million to Rauner's campaign to unseat Gov. Pat Quinn, a target high on the national GOP's hit list.

Christie, a possible GOP presidential candidate, and Rauner had hot dogs, milk shakes and a photo op at a Chicago Portillo's restaurant, then went to a fundraiser in the South Loop.  Opponents of both men protested outside and both Quinn’s campaign and the rival Democratic Governors Association criticized the pair for opposing gun control initiatives in violence-plagued urban areas.

Rauner said Friday he supports "common-sense restrictions around gun ownership," such as criminal and mental health background checks for gun purchases.  Christie said gun control isn't the problem, rather it's crime.  "Gov. Quinn’s had four years to address the issue of crime in Illinois and  he’s been AWOL on that issue,” Christie said.

Christie also blasted the President on his handling of the flood of immigrant children.  An administration official admitted Friday the numbers of such children in each state haven't been released.  “The fact that the federal government is withholding this information from the governors of the states where they’re placing these children, it’s outrageous,” Christie said.

In the pic:  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Illinois Governor's candidate Bruce Rauner ordering hot dogs in Chicago Friday.  Christie paid for them and gave Rauner a $2.5 million campaign check.

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
July 25
0118 HRS LAKEWOOD RD.  & MILLER RD. DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED.   JUVENILE M/W 17 YEARS OF AGE, LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Driving While License Suspended and Disobeying a Stop Sign. RELEASED ON BOND.
1130 HRS 1115 CRYSTAL LAKE RD.  (LITH PD).  WANTED ON WARRANT.  STEMPLEWSKI, TOMASZ A.,  M/W 42 YEARS OF AGE, 9214 TRINITY DR.,  LAKE IN THE HILLS. Charge: Wanted on Warrant, McHenry County Sherriff’s Office: Conspiracy $20,000.00 @ 10% applies. RELEASED ON BOND.
1614 HRS ALGONQUIN RD.  & RANDALL RD.  DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED. JONES, JAMES R.,  M/W 46 YEARS OF AGE, 453 YORKSHIRE LN.,  PINGREE GROVE. Charges: Driving While License Suspended and Driving with Expired Registration.  RELEASED ON BOND.
0727 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF HEARTLAND GATE.  DOMESTIC.  Boyfriend vs. Girlfriend. Verbal only. Two priors.

Friday, July 25, 2014

ALFPD Firefighters Rescue Canoeist At Algonquin Dam

Route 62 traffic in Algonquin was slowed for about 45 minutes this morning as rescuers from the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District pulled a canoeist from the dangerous "boil" below the Algonquin dam.

Battalion Chief John Knebel said a shoreline fisherman called 911 at 7:18 am this morning to report a boat sinking.  Firefighters reached the scene in only three minutes, he said, to drop ropes and a lifesaving buoy to a man whose canoe had overturned.   Knebel said rescuers pulled the victim to shore within eight minutes, checked him for injuries and, finding none, released him.

In the pic:  The Algonquin Dam

Huntley Man Faces $1 Million Bond In Attempted Lincolnshire Kidnap

A Huntley man is likely to miss McHenry County Circuit Court hearings today for alleged attempted break ins two years ago.  He's being held in Lake County Jail pending $1 million bond against charges of aggravated attempted kidnapping and aggravated battery in Lincolnshire Wednesday.

Police said Daniel W. Bockenhauer, 21, of 11606 Lori Lane wore a hood to conceal his identity when he followed a 17 year-old girl to her home, grabbed her, punched her in the face and tried to drag her away at about 9:30 pm Wednesday.  The girl screamed bringing family rescuers who scared off her assailant but Lincolnshire Police said they found both Bockenhauer and his car near her home, later.

Bockenhauer was to appear again today on charges connected with an attempted home break in in Lake in the Hills and another attempted break in and a burglary in Huntley, all in September, 2012.

In the pic:  Daniel W. Bockenhauer

McHenry County June Unemployment Rate Improves Slightly

McHenry County's unemployment rate dropped .1 percent in June to a new post-recession low of 6.1 percent, according to Thursday's latest report from the Illinois Department of Employment Security. The number of persons looking for jobs remained unchanged from May but about 2,550 more residents were employed in June, according to IDES and U.S.Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

June unemployment rates fell in every metro area in the state for the third consecutive month staying at at six year lows. Rates also fell in all 102 counties, the first time since February 2011. IDES Director Jay Rowell said, “Employers are hiring and more people are working today than one year ago. Blaming falling unemployment rates solely on discouraged workers ignores the reality of retiring baby boomers and shrinking labor force participation rate trends that began years before the recession even started.”

Nevertheless,  Illinois' June seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, 7.1 percent, was still one of the highest in the U.S., only .1 percent better than Michigan's. The natioinal seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in June was 6.1 percent.

                            UNEMPLOYMENT (unadjusted)             
               REVISED      May 2014    PRELIMINARY  June 2014               
               LABOR      UNEMPLOYED    LABOR       UNEMPLOYED    May 
               FORCE    NUMBER  RATE    FORCE     NUMBER  RATE   2013   
U.S. (X1000)   155,841   9,443   6.1    156,997    9,893   6.3    7.8 
ILLINOIS     6,515,046 466,981   7.2  6,602,484  471,872   7.1    9.8    

MCHENRY COUNTY 172,993  10,760   6.2    175,545   10,759   6.1    8.9   
LAKE COUNTY    367,252  24,447   6.7    374,880   24,933   6.7    8.4
DUPAGE COUNTY  525,357  30,651   5.8    533,535   31,045   5.8    8.5 
KANE           274,953  18,199   6.6    279,298   18,505   6.6    9.6
 
ALGONQUIN       16,624   1,036   6.2     16,918    1,084   6.4    9.2  
LITH            16,733   1,031   6.2     16,993    1,044   6.1    9.2   
CRYSTAL LAKE    21,557   1,345   6.2     21,904    1,374   6.3    9.5     
MCHENRY         15,059   1,007   6.7     15,222      949   6.2    8.7   

Algonquin Founders' Days Starts Well With Cool Temps

Shirtsleeve--light jacket by late evening--weather brought a good opening crowd to Algonquin's Founders' Days Thursday, although the unseasonable coolth may have put a crimp in beverage sales.  Organizers this morning are keeping a wary eye on early weather reports that call for warm front and accompanying showers and storms expected to move into Illinois very late this evening.

Today's Founders events begin this morning with a market and bazaar from 9 until 4pm.  The full days' roster's listed here: http://algonquinfoundersdays.com/events/

This year Founders’ Days will have free shuttle bus service to the festival at Algonquin Lakes Park both Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 5 pm and running until 11:30  The bus service is sponsored by the Algonquin Rotary Club and Algonquin Township.  Pickups and dropoffs will be about every 20 minutes at both St. Margaret Mary’s School and Algonquin Lakes Park. 

Fracking Coalition Calls For State To Get On With It

For the second time in a week, a coalition of business and labor groups Thursday called on Gov. Pat Quinn's administration to move faster to set State hydraulic fracturing rules.  “If Illinois doesn’t get its act together, companies are going to decide to invest elsewhere, and we’re going to miss the boat,” said Dan Eichholz, associate director of the Illinois Petroleum Council.

The Legislature more than a year ago passed a law that was supposed to allow and regulate hydraulic fracturing, injecting high-pressure water and chemicals underground to extract oil and natural gas. Fracking supporters claimed the new law contained the toughest environmental regulations in the country.  However, the Department of Natural Resources was required to create additional regulations before fracking could begin.  To date, it hasn't.

“As of Tuesday, it will be 400 days, and we’ve yet to see a final set of rules,” said Mark Denzler of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association. “Four hundred days for rule-making and we’re still waiting is an extraordinary length of time.”

IDNR spokesman Tim Schweizer said the agency is still revising its initial draft of the fracking rules. “We’re making significant progress,” he said.  Schweizer said the department “is working very hard to review all of the public comments we received on the first draft.”

Part of the problem is that there are 35,000 comments.  Denzler charged many are duplicates by fracking opponents to clog the rulemaking process.  He said the "Growing Resources and Opportunity for the Workforce in Illinois," coalition is analyzing the comments now.  “I think you will find and be amazed at the lack of the number of people that submitted comments,” Denzler said.

Obituaries

Mary O'Neill Precin, 85, of Des Plaines, formerly of Huntley died July 17 in Park Ridge.  Memorial visitation will be from 2 to 8 pm Monday at the Oehler Funeral Home, Des Plaines.  Visitation will continue Tuesday at 9:45 am at St. Mary Catholic Church, Des Plaines, where a Memorial Mass will be held at 10. Interment will be at All Saints Cemetery Interment Chapel, Des Plaines. 

Precin was born May 9, 1929 in Chicago.  She was the wife of Raymond Precin; mother of Anne (Richard) Larson and Michael (Michelle) Precin; grandmother of Melissa (Geoffrey) Bonvallet, Matthias Precin and Brett and Gregory Larson and sister of the late James (Susan) and John (Patricia) O'Neill.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Rainbow Hospice Ark, Park Ridge.

David Wayne Oakes, 59, of Lake in the Hills, died Tuesday.  There will be a Celebration of Life gathering in the near future, arrangements to be finalized.

Oakes was born Oct. 24, 1954, in Evansville, IN,  the son of Jerry Oakes and the late Lometa Oakes.  He was the husband of Lynne (nee Huchel); father of Ryan David, Jonathan Daniel, and Kristen Lynne and brother of Kimberly Seals.

William J. Allen, 93, of Sun City, Huntley, died Wednesday.  Visitation will take place Sunday from 4 pm until funeral services at 6:30 at Laird Funeral Home, Dundee.  A graveside service will held Monday at 10 am at River Valley Memorial Gardens in West Dundee.

Allen was born Nov. 15, 1920,  in Salina, KS, the son of William and Grace Allen. He married June Beatrice Riego.  He is survived by his children, Chere (Lester) Morrison, Leonard (Jane) Allen and Suzan Allen, and grandchildren, Marissa Morrison (Dr. Wm Alba), Stephanie (Brad) Jarrett, Ross, Scott and Catherine Allen and William Sieracki. He was preceded in death by his wife and sisters, Norma Kral, Frances Bates, Doris Lawson, and Patricia Sethman.

Caydence Renee Stopka, 3 months old, daughter of Daniel Richard and Amanda Marie Stopka. of Lake in the Hills, died Tuesday.  Visitation will be from 5 to 9 pm today at Ahlgrim & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services, Schaumburg. A funeral service will be held there Saturday at 10 am. Interment will be in Windridge Cemetery, Cary.

She is survived by her parents, grandparents Dave and Sandy Stopka and Roger and Chris Consdorf and great grandparents, James and Irene Curtin.

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
July 24
0536 HRS 2800 BLOCK OF CADBURY CIRCLE. WANTED ON WARRANT.  NILES, DAVID A.,  M/W 52 YEARS OF AGE, 2820 CADBURY CIRCLE,  LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGES: Wanted on Warrant, Illinois State Police District Chicago: Dangerous drugs. Bond: $50,000 @ 10%.  TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
1508 HRS 100 BLOCK OF DEER PATH RD. WANTED ON WARRANT,  RODRIGUEZ, BENEDICTO TL,  M/W 49 YEARS OF AGE, 111 DEER PATH,  LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Wanted on Warrant, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office: Unlawful Violation of an Order of Protection. Bond: To be set by judge. Local Charge: Endangering the Life/Health of a Child. TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
1412 HRS 5500 BLOCK OF CHANTILLY CIRCLE.  THEFT.  A ladder was reported stolen. PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1459 HRS LAKEWOOD RD.  & MILLER RD.  ACCIDENT Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1525 HRS 10 BLOCK OF BALDWIN CT.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles. Property damage only.
Algonquin
July 22
18:46pm Pierce, Jacob J., DOB: 01/05/94, of 1209 Carol Crest Drive, Sleepy Hollow, was charged with Retail Theft. He was taken into custody at 1410 S. Randall Rd. He was unable to post bond and was transported to the McHenry County Jail to await bond court.
20:30pm Dublin, James M., DOB: 02/11/67, of 4702 Windridge Ct. Carpentersville, was charged with Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License and Speeding. He was taken into custody at Randall Rd. and Broadsmore Dr. He was released after posting $150 with a court date of 08/27/14 in McHenry County.
July 23
20:28pm A 15 year-old female from Lake in the Hills, was charged with Simple Battery. She was taken into custody at the Algonquin Police Department. She was referred to the Tri-Area Court For Teens and then released into the custody of her parents.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

LITH Standoff Ends With Peaceful Surrender

A three-hour standoff between Lake in the Hills Police and a suicidal resident ended with no harm to anyone Wednesday when a friend of the barricaded man reportedly talked him into giving himself up.

Lake in the Hills Deputy Chief Pat Boulden said 49 year-old  Benedicto Rodriguez, armed with knives,  barred police from his home at 111 Deer Path Road after threatening suicide at about 3 pm.   McHenry County Sheriff’s Office SWAT, the Algonquin Police Department, the Marengo Police K-9 Unit and the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Department all were called in to help deal with the incident.  Meanwhile, LITH officers learned a yet to be identified teenage youth was also in the home.  Boulden said negotiators were able to evacuate the boy before Rodriguez himself surrendered at about 6 pm. LITH's daily police report indicated Rodriguez was taken to Woodstock Hospital.  Boulden said he's back in Police custody this morning and will be charged with endangering a minor.  

McHenry County court records show a man named Benedicto T. Rodriguez was having domestic difficulties with an interim order of protection entered against him two weeks ago and different emergency order entered last week.  He'd been scheduled to face a Spring Grove charge of violating one of those orders earlier Wednesday.

The LITH standoff ended differently from a somewhat similar one Monday in rural Wonder Lake.  There McHenry County deputies shot a suicidal woman after they said she pointed a rifle at them.  The Sheriff's Office said the deputies are on paid leave while the woman is reported still hospitalized.

Algonquin Founders' Days Opens Today For 54th Celebration

The stage is up, the rides are ready and the vendors and event organizers are standing by for today's opening of Algonquin's 54th annual Founders' Days celebration, again at its new venue in the East Side's Algonquin Lakes Park on Compton Drive off Sandbloom Road.

The event's theme this year is "The Awesome 80's", a  tribute to the landmark decade when the maturing youth of the 60's began to take Society's reins from their fathers' increasingly arthritic fingers to bring forth stunning advances like home videogame players, AIDS, the Laffer Curve, Michael Jackson and Michael Milliken.

In any case, Founder's Days gets underway this afternoon with the the American Legion Post 1231's Carnival for Special kids at 4 pm at the celebration site and the Carboard Boat Regatta t 6:30 at Riverfront Park.  The Gate, Taste of Founders' and Social Garden all open at the main site at 5 pm with opening ceremonies scheduled for 7. 

The Pirates Over 40 band will take the Main Stage from 7:30 to 9 pm with today's opening day closing at 10.

The entire Algonquin Founders' Days event schedule through Sunday is located at: http://algonquinfoundersdays.com/events/

Algonquin Pitches TIF District To Fire Trustees

Algonquin Lake in the Hills Fire Trustees Wednesday pondered what to do about Village of Algonquin plans to create a TIF district to revitalize the Downtown.  The Fire District's property tax take from the area's about the same as the Village's

TIF districts are a bootstrap mechanism to raise funds for development in qualifying areas.  Algonquin Village Manager Tim Schloneger told the Fire Board that an area only needs to meet 3 of 13 criteria.  He said Downtown Algonquin has seven of them.  "If we don't get investment in an area you can get disinvestment," said Schloneger.  "The TIF district encourages investment."

Algonquin's proposed TIF would, in effect, freeze the property tax value of property for other taxing bodies like ALFPD at the current level for up to 23 years.  Schloneger said the current tax value in the district is abut $21 million.

All the revenue from any future increases in property value would go into the TIF to pay for development and infrastructure improvements.  "It doesn't hurt the other taxing bodies," commented Community Development Director Russ Farnum..  "You'll get what you're getting now."

Fire Board President Rick Naatz wondered if reviving Algonquin's Downtown might take even longer than 23 years.  "The short answer," replied Schloneger, "is I don't know."  He said TIF incentives can be structured to frontload TIF investments, however.

A public meeting of representatives from all the districts that levy taxes on the proposed Downtown TIF area's scheduled for Aug. 6 at 3 pm at Algonquin Village Hall.

Quinn Approves Doubling Size Of Clean Water Program

Continuing his recent roughly on-per-day signing pace, Governor Pat Quinn Wednesday approved legislation to help combat flooding  and protect Illinois’ drinking water. The legislation makes stormwater management and treatment projects available for state financial assistance

“During last year’s record rainfall and flooding, we learned the hard lesson that flash flooding can have devastating effects,” Quinn said. “The Illinois Clean Water Initiative will now be able to help communities be more prepared than ever before in managing stormwater while creating thousands of construction jobs."

The new law doubles the existing Clean Water Initiative program to include stormwater and green infrastructure projects, too. Expanding the projects eligible for financial assistance through the Clean Water Initiative will allow the IEPA to provide financial assistance to Illinois communities for storm sewers and stormwater-related activities  Quinn first launched the $1 billion Illinois Clean Water Initiative in his 2012 State of the State address to help local governments rebuild or repair clean water infrastructure, including aging wastewater and drinking water treatment systems and plants throughout the state.

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
July 23
2253 HRS 00 BLOCK OF W. ACORN LN. WANTED ON WARRANT.  DAVIDSON, SHANNON M.,  F/W 32 YEARS OF AGE, 1 W ACORN LN. APT 1A,  LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGES: Wanted on Warrant, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office for Contempt of Court. Bond $500. TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
0223 HRS 108 LAKEWOOD RD.  (THE WELL). ASSIST AMBULANCE.  Male, 28 years of age, needing an evaluation. Transported to Centegra Hospital.
1044 HRS RANDALL RD. & POLARIS DR. ACCIDENT. Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1111 HRS 5200 MILLER RD. (SUNSET PARK). CRIMINAL DEFACEMENT.  Defacement to the pavement in the handicap parking space and the  handicap parking sign.
1137 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF HALFMOON GATE.  DOMESTIC.  Mother vs. Son. Verbal only. No priors.
1245 HRS 200 BLOCK OF WARWICK LN. RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY.  Alcohol taken from garage. FAIL TO FILE.
1508 HRS 100 BLOCK OF DEERPATH. SUICIDAL SUBJECT. Male, 49 years of age, made suicidal statements. Transported to Woodstock Hospital