Friday, April 18, 2014

Huntley Streetscape Plans Nearing Final Form

The Huntley Village Board Thursday tweaked plans for Downtown Streetscape again, nixing the idea for a statue in favor of more landscaping at the northwest corner of Route 47 and Main Street.  Trustees reached no conclusion on whether anyone was interested in the corner even if it were turned into a sort of mini-park but agreed it ought to be spruced up if only to delineate its boundaries which have become in several senses blurry.

The Board still has to formally approve the Downtown Streetscape plan whose estimated $2.1 million price doesn't include the cost of relocating power lines and raising Main Street to eliminate grade changes.

Separately, the Board gave a first assent to the Huntley Park District's sinking a shallow well to water its Tomaso Sports Park.  The Illinois EPA's tightened regulations on irrigating with water from Huntley's wastewater plant but Park District Director Thom Palmer told FEN using Village well water wouldn't work since it might be cut off during droughts.  "If the fields dry up it takes several years to replace them," he said.

In the pic: Huntley Streetscape plans still call for a small parklike area at the northwest corner of Route 47 and Main Street, just without an expensive statue.

THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES

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Huntley Streetscape Plans Nearing Final Form
D158 Board OK's First HHS Expansion Contracts
Zinke Complaint Not "Sufficient" Says McHenry Ethics Commission
Quinn Announces More Jobs Now Funding
Police Blotters
Local School Districts Gain Under Dem's State Doomsday Scenario
Storm Chasers Hit LITH After Saturday Hail
Judge Gives McHenry Sheriff Another Month In Zinke Report Case
Illinois Strip Club Tax Falls On Its Backside
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Huntley Police Charge Unlicensed Teen After Crash
Algonquin Board Honors ALITH Food Pantry Dynamo
ECC Job Fair Advice:  "Research Employers"
Oberweis Reports Millionaire Income, Poll Shows Durbin Leading
Police Blotters
Assessor, Township Board Clash At Grafton
Furniture Chain Turns Down LITH Dominick's Citing CFI
D300 OK's First Construction Contracts, Plan To Lobby For Funds
Zinke Calls For Sheriff's Recount, Foe Charges Ethics Violation
Quinn, Rauner Clash Over State First Homebuyer Program
Police Blotters
No Recount Requested Yet In McHenry Sheriff's Contest
Local Racers Finish High In LITH Run Thru The Hills
Samuelson Latest Appointment To State Racing Board
Mandatory IRA For Illinois Workers Now In House
Police Blotters
Oberweis Makes Nice At Huntley Tea Party Tax Rally
Huntley, Algonquin Grants For Paths Announced
Fourth D300 Adapted Track Meet Gets Bigger Again
Kids Scramble For Eggs In Algonquin, LITH Hunts
Fire Sprinkler Blocking Bill Stalls In Legislature
Obituaries
McHenry County Indictments
Police Blotters
Grafton Assessor Warns Of "Return To Litigation"
MCC Students Launch Homeless "Suspended Soup" In Restaurants
D300 Surveys Parents For School Improvement
Quinn, Rauner Woo Union Teachers In First Debate
Obituaries
Police Blotters

D158 Board OK's First HHS Expansion Contracts

The District 158 Board of Education Thursday approved $15 million in contracts for its Huntley High School expansion to accomodate 3,000 students.  Board members only turned down the one for drywall installation.  The bid for that, about $900,000 more than the $400,000 estimate was "wildly" over budget.

Construction Manager Steve Straub said the timing was bad the drywall work only drew one bid and that from a company that didn't specialize in the field, anyway.  He said he'd already been in touch with the more customary companies.  "They've assured me they'll bid when we put this out again."

Straub told FEN work on the expansion's tentatively scheduled to begin May 3.   District Operations and Maintenance Director Doug Renkosik said the actual date depends on when the soil's in good enough shape to work with.

In the pic:  Steve Straub told the D158 Board the first batch of contracts for the Huntley High School expansion "overall...came in very favorably."

Zinke Complaint Not "Sufficient" Says McHenry Ethics Commission

The McHenry County Ethics Commission Thursday dismissed complaints Undersheriff Andy Zinke used official resources in his campaign for the Republican Sheriff's nomination in the November election.  With only three of five commissioners present, all had to agree  the complaints were "sufficient" to forward to the State's Attorney.  Commission Chairman Thomas Spencer, a Woodstock lawyer, didn't think they were.

Former McHenry County Deputy Zane Seipler, fired from the Sheriff's Office, eventually rehired when the Illinois Supreme Court refused to hear a final Sheriff's appeal, then fired again, filed the complaints.  The main one was that Zinke did an interview  with Chicago's Channel 7 TV about his battle with Bill Prim for the Sheriff's nomination but he did it in his official office.  The question, although not so clearly formulated, was whether talking in a news interview about a political contest was the same as campaigning in one.

Thursday's acquittal was the second time the Commission has given Zinke a pass on campaign ethics.  Last year it decided a Zinke email  from the Sheriff's Office denying he flipped a bird at blog publisher and camera bug Cal Skinner wasn't campaigning, either.

In the pic:  Undersheriff Andy Zinke hid his face from McHenry County Blog publisher Cal Skinner's camera at Thursday's Ethics Commission Hearing.

Quinn Announces More Jobs Now Funding

Governor Pat Quinn Thursday announced $6.9 million worth of grants in McHenry and Lake counties in his Jobs Now construction program.  Included was a $1 million grant for pavement, curb and gutter work and driveway replacement on Bunker Hill Drive in Algonquin from Square Barn Road to Saratoga Circle.  The work's already included in the Village's draft budget for the coming year.

“These projects will improve traffic flow and safety in Lake and McHenry Counties, which benefits everyone,” Governor Quinn said. “The projects will also employ a number of construction workers, which will drive local economies forward.”

The projects are part of Quinn’s $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now program signed the month, as it turned out, after the Great Recession ended.  Predicted to create 439,000 jobs over six years the program involved, among other things, selling $13 billion worth of State bonds, ;hiking license plate and driver's license fees $20 each, a sales tax on candy and the rollout of video gaming terminals.

Police Blotters

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Lake in the Hills
April 17
No arrests, no reports.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Local School Districts Gain Under Dem's State Doomsday Scenario

 Illinois school districts would see their general state aid cut by more than $451 million if the temporary state income tax hike is allowed to expire next year, according to figures released Wednesday by Senate Democrats.  However, local school districts would actually end up with more money.  In fact, quite a lot.  D300 would get almost $6.5 million extra and D158 would receive an added $2.1 million, according to the Dem's calculations based on State Board of Education data.

According to the report from State Senate President John Cullerton, District 300 received about $16.1 million this year.  If the State personal income tax drops from 5 percent to 3.75 percent in January, under the State's arcane aid formula D300 would get $22.6 million next year.  District 158 received just under $14 million in State Aid this year.  Next year it would get over $16 million if the income tax falls.

D300 Chief Financial Officer Susan Harkin this morning said the Dems are probably mixing two different issues.  Besides the income tax question, there are several new proposals to change the way State Aid's distributed.  "Im not sure which one they're using," she said.  "In some [D300] comes out ahead.  In others we lose money."

"Would we like to get more money? " Harkin asked rhetorically.  "You bet.  But if there's no more money put into the system you start getting winners and losers and that's not good."

The figures are based on cuts Gov. Pat Quinn said have to be made to education in the next budget if the temporary tax hike is allowed to expire at the end of the year.  Most of the state's 800-plus school districts would come out on the losing end according to the Democrats' spreadsheet.  Chicago Public Schools would lose almost $174 million, according to the data.

Republicans charged the Dems are just trying to spook voters.  Patty Schuh, spokeswoman for Senate Republican leader Christine Radogno said Democrats “have not made education a priority” the past ten years they’ve run the Statehouse. “These are the same people that told us their income tax increase would be temporary. Now they say it will be permanent. They told us their income tax increase would pay the bills get us out of debt and fix the state budget. Now they’re telling us ‘No, we have big problems.’ Who believes them?”

This year Illinois schools only received 89 percent of the General State Aid they were promised according to ISBE.

Storm Chasers Hit LITH After Saturday Hail

In the wake of the hailstorm that struck parts of Lake in the Hills and Crystal Lake Saturday, LITH PD's received "between 10 and 15" requests for solicitation permits said Police and Public Safety Director Jim Wales Wednesday.   "That's about what we usually get in a year," he said.  In other words, the storm chasers are here.

"The phone calls began about two hours after the storm ended," said one LITH resident who preferred to remain anonymous.  "Since Saturday I have received between 12 and 15 phone calls wanting to inspect my home."

Some might have been legit but storms like the one Saturday offer plenty of opportunity for shady operators.  "One company told me they did a visual inspection from the street and could see I needed a new roof due to the severe hail damage," he said adding he'd already gone topside himself to find no injury whatsoever to his year-old roof.

Wales said neighborhood patrols have already been told to be on the lookout for storm chasers without permits.  Even if a solictor has a permit permit, he advised residents considering hiring one to ask for proof of license and bonds and check the company at the Better Business Bureau's website.  (http://www.bbb.org/chicago/).

In the pic:  Some areas in LITH were literally hard hit by Saturday's hailstorm.

Judge Gives McHenry Sheriff Another Month In Zinke Report Case

McHenry County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Meyer said Wednesday that lawyers for the Sheriff's Office were mistaken if they thought he'd issued a final decision on FEN's lawsuit to obtain a secret report about Undersheriff Andy Zinke, particularly since he remembered saying he hadn't.  Nor, he ruled, was it too late for FEN to see if  Sheriff Keith Nygren had forfeit confidentiality by showing the report to the Crystal Lake Northwest Herald newspaper.

FEN's been trying for more than a year to get a copy of the report investigating a charge that Zinke, the retiring Sheriff's choice for successor, told a campaign supporter about DEA agents following a big marijuana shipment destined for delivery to his warehouse.  Meyer decided the report was exempt from disclosure under the State's Freedom of Information Act but later ordered the release of the parts that were already public like Sgt. John Koziol's original request for a Special Prosecutor,

The Clerk for the Second Court of Appeals told FEN attorney Mary Gardner Monday that Sheriff's Office's lawyers made a procedural booboo in their request to overturn the order but Gardner asked the clerk not to throw the case out until they could fix it.

FEN has sworn statements now from Nygren that he never showed the Zinke report to anyone and from a former NWH reporter that he did.  Meyer gave the Sheriff's attorneys a month to see what they could find out.

Illinois Strip Club Tax Falls On Its Backside

If the wages of sin is death, the taxes on it turn out to be almost as meager.  A Bloomington Pantagraph story Wednesday reported a  new tax on Illinois strip clubs has generated less than 40 percent of what backers predicted last year. According to the report, the Illinois Department of Revenue said the so-called "pole tax" only pulled in about $380,000 to help fund Illinois rape crisis centers.

The law was supposed  to raise up to $1 million per year to reverse State funding cuts to the crisis centers. Clubs that have live nude dancing and alcohol pay either $3 per customer or  a graduated amount based on sales. Polly Poskin, executive director of the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, said the poor take might be because Chicago strip clubs aren't allowed to sell liquor so they don't pay the tax.

An Illinois Department of Human Services spokesman told the Pantagraph it'll be at least another two months before the crisis centers see any of the revenue the tax managed to generate, anyway.  Januari Smith said the agency's still working on procedures for the centers to apply for it.

Obituaries

Sally (Zilka) Daul, 75, of Huntley died Tuesday.  Visitation will be from 10 to 11 am Saturday at DeFiore Jorgensen Funeral Home, Huntley, with a Celebration of Life immediately following.

Daul was born, May 29, 1938.  She is survived by two sons, Ronald C. (Linda Joyce) Bergles-Daul and Alan C.(Janet) Daul;  grandchildren,  Dr. Morgan Daul, Jarrod Michael Daul, and  Connor and Ryan “Cooper” Daul; her brother, Michael Zilka, and sister, Patricia.  She was preceeded in death by her son, Robert, and partner, Ronald Oakes.

Police Blotters

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Lake in the Hills
April 16
1615 HRS 2000 BLOCK OF BRITTANY BEND. DOMESTIC BATTERY.  JUVENILE,  M/W 14 YEARS OF AGE, LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGES: Two Counts of Domestic Battery. RELEASED TO PARENT.
0607 HRS RANDALL RD. & ACORN LN. ACCIDENT. Vehicle vs. Deer. Property damage only.
0642 HRS RANDALL RD. & ACORN LN. ACCIDENT. Vehicle vs. Deer. Property damage only.
1057 HRS SEMINOLE TRL & COUNCIL TRAIL. FOUND ARTICLE.  Wallet. Returned to owner.
Algonquin
April 15
23:30pm Fitzgerald, Reginald, DOB: 03/11/65, of 3961 Georgetown Circle, Algonquin, was charged with Domestic Battery.  He was taken into custody at 3961 Georgetown Circle.  He was transported to McHenry County Jail to await a bond hearing.
April 16
06:13am Gonzalez-Jarquin, Filipe, DOB: 06/07/86, of 1618 Marlboro Circle, Carpentersville, was charged with DLWS and Failure to Reduce Speed.  He was taken into custody at Algonquin Road and Highland Avenue.  He was released after posting $150 with a court date of 05/13/14 in McHenry County.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Huntley Police Charge Unlicensed Teen After Crash

Huntley Police Tuesday charged a 17 year-old boy with driving without a license and failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident after he crashed an SUV into townhomes on the 10900 block of Cape Cod Lane Monday afternoon.  The crash temporarily barred the return of residents in six of them for a gas line break and left one unit uninhabitable, according to police.

The youth, whose name wasn't released, had to be treated at Advocate Sherman Hospital for minor injuries before investigators could talk to him the next day. Deputy Chief Mike Klunk described the SUV as "embedded" in one of the townhome garages after the crash.

The boy is due in McHenry County Circuit Court on the charges June 13.

In the pic:  Kids, don't do this at home.  Anyone's home.

Algonquin Board Honors ALITH Food Pantry Dynamo

The Algonquin Village Board Tuesday awarded a certificate of achievement to Algonquin Lake in the Hills Interfaith Food Pantry Facilities Manager Sal Maggio.  Observing that the presentation was literally unprecedented, Trustee Jim Steigert simply handed him a plaque and shook his hand.

First, however, Steigert recounted the history of the Pantry's move two years from an "undersized, leaky drafty" LITH machine shed to its current location in an extensively remodeled barn off Pyott Road in Lake in the Hills in which Maggio figured prominently.  "He was going on hope and a prayer but he believed all you had to do was ask," said Steigert. 

In fact, Maggio did a lot of asking eliciting the answer, "tell us what you need" from local unions and home improvement retailers.  Maggio said even though the Pantry itself is finished there's still work to be done with a patio and benches in the works this Spring by local Boy Scouts.

Trustee Debbie Sosine said support for Pantry operations remains strong.  A bunco fundraiser laste week raised $7,000 for the Pantry, she reported.

In the pic:  Trustee Jim Steigert (left) and Algonquin Lake in the Hills Interfaith Food Pantry Facilities Manager Sal Maggio at a ceremony presenting him with a certificate of achievement.

ECC Job Fair Advice: "Research Employers"

ECC will hold its annual Spring Job and Internship Fair next Friday, April 25 from 10 am to 2 pm in Building J, the Spartan Events Center, at ECC.  The list of firms planning to hire numbers about 80 at the moment.  Dress for success and bring plenty of resumes are two recommendations from organizers.  "Research the employers who will be attending," sounds like another imortant one.  A roster of those can be downloaded here:  http://elgin.edu/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=18827

Oberweis Reports Millionaire Income, Poll Shows Durbin Leading

Republican Illinois U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis released his federal income tax data Tuesday.  2013 was a bum year for Oberweis and his wife who reported only $1.05 million in income from his milk businesses and investment firms, down about $300,000 from last year. Democratic incumbent Dick Durbin hasn't released this year's income yet but last year he and his lobbyist wife came off as comparatively ordinary Joes, together earning a mere $280,000.

The candidates’ disclosures show that Oberweis, 67, and Durbin, 69, both collect Social Security benefits.

The latest poll Monday didn't show how much the guilt by income issue's hurting Oberweis but it showed him seriously trailing Durbin. A Rassmussen survey of 750 likely voters taken last week found 51 percent favored the Springfield Democrat.  Only 37 percent preferred the Sugar Grove Republican.  The numbers were almost identical to ones in a November survey by Public Policy Polling.

The Rasmussen poll also found three percent support in the Senate race for "other candidates", even though there aren't any.

In the pics:  Jim Oberweis and Dick Durbin

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
April 15
1615 HRS 1000 BLOCK OF BURR ST. CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.  JUVENILE M/W 17 YEARS OF AGE, LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGE: Criminal Damage to Property. RELEASED TO PARENT.
2020 HRS 3500 BLOCK OF SONOMA CIRCLE. DRIVING WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE/ACCIDENT.  SOREJIAN, RITA L.,  F/W 44 YEARS OF AGE, 5480 WILDSPRING DR.,  LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGES: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident, Failure to Obey a Stop Sign, and No Insurance. RELEASED ON BOND.
0704 HRS RANDALL RD. & MILLER RD. INJURY ACCIDENT. Two vehicles. Female, 78 years of age, stomach pain. Transported to Sherman Hospital.
1648 HRS 800 BLOCK OF NAVAJO DR. FRAUD.  Complainant’s credit card was utilized without permission. TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
Huntley
April 7
Drew N. Klopack, age 18, of 6 Steiner, Algonquin,  was charged with possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. Mr. Klopack was released with a notice to appear in McHenry County court on May 12, 2014.
April 8
A stolen vehicle was recovered in a business parking lot in the 13900 block of Quality Drive. The investigation was turned over to the Illinois State Police Auto Theft Task Force.
Garrick C. McDaniel, age 19, 10849 Cambria, Huntley, was arrested for possession of a suspended Driver’s License. Mr. McDaniel posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of May 23, 2014.
A burglary report was taken at a business in the 11900 block of North Street. Construction equipment was reported stolen.
April 9
A 17 year-old boy from Lake in the Hills was charged with unlawful use of a state identification card and consumption of alcohol by a minor at Huntley High School. The juvenile was released to his parents and will be petitioned into McHenry County juvenile court. In the same incident a 16 year-old boy from Lake in the Hills was charged with consumption of alcohol by a minor. The juvenile was released to his parents with a notice to appear in McHenry County court on May 12, 2014.
April 10
A criminal trespass to property report was taken in the 9800 block of Compton Drive.
April 12
A theft report was taken in the 13500 block of Yellow Pine Drive. A chair was reported stolen from a garage.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Assessor, Township Board Clash At Grafton

The Grafton Township Board and Assessor Al Zielinski spent about three hours Monday talking at, although not necessarily to, each other. Trustees said the Township's out of money but Zielinski said he needed more of it to properly appraise taxpayers' property.

Zielinski claimed he had to close the Assessor's Office Friday because of "inadequate funding".  That was just "politics" charged angry Grafton Supervisor Jim Kearns.  "We're broke," he told Zielinski.  "I don't think you understand it. We're broke," he said.

Trustees warned the Assessor again not to charge Township purchases on his personal credit card, then seek reimbursement, instead of asking for prior authorization.  "You're doing it backwards," complained Trustee Bob Wagner.

"I saved $4,000," said Zielinski pointing to a recent computer deal. 

"But you spent $10,000 to do it," wailed Trustee Dan Ziller, Jr.

A group of Lakes of Boulder Ridge residents who came to speak at what they thought was an important budget hearing were appalled at the conflict.  Homeowner Michael Grebenek spoke for many who thought there must be a way to compromise.  "We just want our assessments to come down," he said.

Zielinski said his 2014-15 budget request was $35,000 less than predecessor Bill Ottley's last budget.  Kearns said even if it was, the new Assessor's bottom line was still $90,000 more than Ottley actually spent.

Grafton will hold a hearing on the 14-15 Township and Road District budgets May 19.

Furniture Chain Turns Down LITH Dominick's Citing CFI

McHenry County Board members Monday all received copies of a letter from a retailer who decided not to open a furniture store in the former Lake in the Hills Dominick's location because of a planned Continuous Flow Intersection at Randall and Algonquin roads.

The 37-store Art Van Furniture chain from Warren, MI, is moving into the Chicago market but turned down the otherwise appealing LITH location because the CFI "severely restricts the existing access points on all of the affected properties," according to an April 10 letter to the McHenry County Division of transportation from Property Manager Lee Winter. 

Lake in the Hills Community Development Director Dan Olson confirmed Monday that Art Van Furniture is the previously unidentified tenant LITH officials had been counting on to take over the recently-closed supermarket property anchoring one of the shopping centers at the Randall/Algonquin intersection. Art Van, Inc., claims to be the Midwest's largest furniture retailer with six stores in the Chicago area after last month's store opening in Woodridge.  It plans a seventh later this year in Downer's Grove.

Controversial Continuous Flow Intersection is MCDOT's "preferred alternative" to relieve traffic at the intersection.  However, thanks to complaints the agency began a new study of Randall traffic in LITH Saturday.  A news release said engineers would be conducting a survey in the area this week and warned motorists nearby to drive carefully near the intersection.

In the pic:  Art Van Furniture's new store near Bolingbrook.

D300 OK's First Construction Contracts, Plan To Lobby For Funds

The D300 Board of Education Monday approved the first round of construction contracts to remodel the District's former Central Administration offices into a special needs school and build a new headquarters in Algonquin.  The Board also OK'ed plans to lobby Springfield legislators for now-10-years past due funds to help pay for the projects.

Bids to gut and rough out the former admin building in Carpentersville came to about $490,000, about $85,000 more than estimates.  However, bids for excavation, foundations and the start of construction for the new one near Jacobs High School came in about $118,000 lower than expected at $1.6 million.  Both projects together are still expected to cost about $5.5 million.

To help pay for it, the Board passed a resolution calling for the Legislature to put some more money into the School Construction Grant Program and tell the State Board of Education to figure out who's next in line to get it.  The assumption is that D300 will be among the first since the program ran out of money just before paying the District's 2004 application.  Otherwise the District will have to either move some current money around or borrow some.

Board members and administrators plan a trip to the Capitol in mid to late May to personally jawbone lawmakers, maybe coordinating with similar appeals by other school districts the State stiffed a decade ago.

Zinke Calls For Sheriff's Recount, Foe Charges Ethics Violation

Undersheriff Andy Zinke Monday filed a request with the McHenry County Circuit Clerk's Office for what's called a Discovery Recount in the first move to overturn last month's 97-vote Bill Prim victory in the race for GOP Sheriff's candidate. Likewise Monday, a Sheriff Keith Nygren foe filed a McHenry County Ethics Commission complaint about Zinke's campaign practices.

Zinke called for a recount in more than 50 of the County's over 200 precincts, roughly half of the targets in Algonquin and Grafton townships, but even if discrepancies are found it won't change the official results.  That would take a court-ordered recount. There are about three weeks left for the Zinke campaign to ask a judge for one of those.

Separately, twice-fired former McHenry County Deputy Zane Seipler charged Zinke broke County ethics regulations when he conducted a TV interview with Chicago's Channel 7 in the Sheriff's Office five days before the Primary.  Seipler included records he said showed Zinke had no business being there since he was officially on vacation that day.

Separate from both, Wednesday FEN will be in McHenry Couty Circuit Court for the 24th time in 10 months trying to obtain a Sheriff's investigation of what Zinke told a campaign supporter about Drug Enforcement agents tracking a big shipment of marijuana to his Crystal Lake warehouse.  The warehouse may have been at the same address as Zinke's campaign headquarters at the time.

In the pic:  McHenry County Undersheriff Andy Zinke

Quinn, Rauner Clash Over State First Homebuyer Program

Gov. Pat Quinn toured  the state Monday extolling a program to help first-time homebuyers.  That the junket had a political element besides the social one was obvious at the first stop in Chicago where Quinn accused millionaire GOP challenger Bruce Rauner of owning nine residences.  Quinn said his "Welcome Home Illinois" program,would "help families who don't have political action committees, who don't have lobbyists, who don't have millions of dollars to buy more than one home."

By the time Quinn reached Moline,  the Rauner camp was ready with a return salvo that the Governor was really peddling new wine in old bottles, anyway. "Bruce supported the program in 2005 when it was called I-loan, in 2009 when it was called 'Illinois Home Start,' and even in 2011 when it was called 'Smart Move,'" said Rauner spokesman Mike Schrimpf.  "The truth is that Pat Quinn's job-killing income tax hike continues to make life harder for Quad-Cities homeowners," read an accompanying press release.

The Quinn program offers first-time homebuyers $7,500 for down payments and interest rates as low as 3.75 percent for a 30-year fixed mortgage. Illinois Housing Development Authority spokeswoman Cami Freeman admitted the program isn't new but said the latest version offers a better interest rate and a larger down payment than before. 

Meanwhile, according to the Governor's Office, there's only $19.7 million to divvy up on a first-come, first-served basis among  applicants, with 175 already in the hopper.  Details are available at: welcomehomeillinois.gov.

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
April 14
1143 HRS ACORN LN. & CRYSTAL LAKE RD. DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED.  LANDEROZ, CHRISTOPHER,  M/W 23 YEARS OF AGE, 1504 CLAYTON MARCH DR.,  LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGES: Driving While License Suspended. RELEASED ON BOND.
1213 HRS 300 BLOCK OF MEADOW LN. FOLLOW UP ARREST: BURGLARY BORBA, DANIEL,  M/W 19 YEARS OF AGE, 310 CRYSTAL LAKE RD.,  LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGES: Burglary and Theft. TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
1708 HRS 1115 CRYSTAL LAKE RD. (LAKE IN THE HILLS PD). SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
2020 HRS RANDALL RD. & ALGONQUIN RD. ACCIDENT. Two vehicles. Property damage only.

Monday, April 14, 2014

No Recount Requested Yet In McHenry Sheriff's Contest

Today's the last day for Undersheriff Andy Zinke to ask for what's called a discovery recount in the GOP contest for McHenry County Sheriff which he officially lost by 97 votes.  Technically Sunday was really the last day for a non-binding recount but Chief Deputy County Clerk Vern Paddock said this morning,  "They always keep it open an extra day when that happens."

In a published interview last week Zinke said he planned to ask for the cosmetic-style recount even though, by statute, it couldn't change the official outcome of Bill Prim's win.  Zinke didn't return a call about that this morning.

The only way to officially change the Sheriff's results would be via a court-ordered recount.  Illinois law says anyone can ask for one of those for 30 days after the votes are officially canvassed.  That happened last Tuesday.

Local Racers Finish High In LITH Run Thru The Hills

Participation was off a little in Sunday's LITH Run Thru the Hills 5 and 10K races, mostly in the shorter competition, down roughly 50 runners from last year.  About 380 turned out for the area's first big race of the season despite skies that looked as if they might turn soggy.

Crystal Lake Runner Derek Ericson took the tape in the 5K with a time of 17:45.4.  LITH's Drew Geisler was third with a 20:35.9 time, while fellow resident Chloe Smith came in 10th overall, second among the women with a 22:12.1 run.

In the 10K Wonder Lake's Chris Setzler was first with a 35:02.3 run.  LITH's Brandon Queen was the ninth finisher at 41.01.6.  Algonquin runner Michelle Stien came in 18th overall, first among the women with a 45:29.8 finish.

All the results from Sunday's Run Thru the Hills are located at:  http://racetime.info/results/2014-results/2014-results-april/

Samuelson Latest Appointment To State Racing Board

Ag radio icon and Huntley resident Orion Samuelson is Governor Pat Quinn's latest appointment to the Illinois Racing Board.  Or will be when the State Senate confirms him, a likely outcome since Samuelson's heard six days a week on WGN Radio where he's served as Agribusiness Director since 1960.

“Orion Samuelson is the best-known agricultural broadcaster in the country and an expert in his field,” Quinn said. “The people of Illinois will benefit from his knowledge, dedication and commitment to the people he serves.” The Racing Board regulates horse racing in the state, including issuing licenses, setting racing days and rules about race horses. Raising and breeding horses for the industry is considered important agricultural work in Illinois, especially by horse owners.

In the pic:  Orion Samuelson

Mandatory IRA For Illinois Workers Now In House

In the rush to beat Thursday's General Assembly Easter Recess deadline, Senate passage of a bill to establish a mandatory IRA program for Illinois workers didn't get much attention.  Nevertheless, “The Secure Choice Savings Program makes it easy for Illinois workers to save without burdening employers or the state,”  said Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago) the bill's House sponsor.

By a bare minimum 30 to 22 vote the Senate OK'ed legislation to set up an automatic enrollment IRA plan for workers whose companies don't offer a retirement plan and a State Board to invest the money.   Deductions would be three percent of salary with no employer match.  Participation's mandatory for companies (over two years old) with 25 or more workers but it's optional for their employees since they can turn it down or withdraw.

Senate sponsor Dan Biss (D-Evantson) said 2.5 million Illinois workers lack access to employer-sponsored retirement plans.  "With private sector workers, especially low-wage workers, increasingly lacking access to retirement plans, Illinoisans face a severe and growing risk of retiring deep into poverty," he said.

One recent study showed if their employer does not offer a plan, less than 5 percent of workers save for retirement but an automatic enrollment plan kicks the retirement savings rate into the 90 to 95 percent range.

Biss said he hopes the House can pass the plan by Summer Recess at the end of next tmonth.

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
April 13
1554 HRS 100 BLOCK OF VILLAGE CREEK DR. DOMESTIC BATTERY.  MEJIA, RUBIN,  M/W 34 YEARS OF AGE, 562 DARLINGTON CT.,  CRYSTAL LAKE. CHARGES: Two Counts of Domestic Battery, Unlawful Interference with the Reporting of a Domestic Battery, Aggravated Domestic Battery- Strangulation. TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
2327 HRS 101 N. RANDALL RD.  (DOMINICKS). DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL. ALVAREZ, ERIC, M/W 23 YEARS OF AGE, 131 S. ANNANDALE DR.,  LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGES: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Disobey Traffic Control Device, and Illegal Transportation of Alcohol By a Driver. RELEASED ON BOND.
0009 HRS 1200 BLOCK OF CHERRY ST. DOMESTIC BATTERY. Husband vs. Wife. Two priors. Male, 46 years of age, self-inflicted injuries to arm. Transported to Sherman Hospital. FAIL TO FILE.
0720 HRS 300 BLOCK OF VILLAGE CREEK. HIT & RUN. Complainant's vehicle was struck by an unknown vehicle.
1225 HRS 300 BLOCK OF COUNCIL TRAIL. DOMESTIC BATTERY. Sister vs. Sister. No priors. FAIL TO FILE.
1440 HRS 100 BLOCK OF WANDER WAY. DOMESTIC BATTERY. Mother vs. Daughter. No priors. FAIL TO FILE.
1924 HRS 1400 BLOCK OF MONROE ST. LOST ARTICLE. Complainant’s rear license plate missing.  Entered into LEADS.
2309 HRS 300 BLOCK OF COUNCIL TRAIL. DOMESTIC BATTERY. Boyfriend vs. Girlfriend. One prior. FAIL TO FILE.
Algonquin
April 12
00:08am Hedman, Ronald W., DOB: 08/21/64, of 1181 Westport Ridge, Crystal Lake, was charged with DUI, DUI Over and Improper Lane Use.  He was taken into custody at Hanson Road and Zange Drive.  He was released after posting $100 and his Illinois Driver’s License with a court date of 05/21/14 in McHenry County.
17:20pm Penfold, Ceara J., DOB: 07/16/92 ,of 11206 S. Myrtle Street Apt. A, Huntley; Petrik, Cassandra R., DOB: 07/25/92,  of 8 Wexford Court, Lake in the Hills and a 16 year-old female from Huntley were all charged with Retail Theft.  They were all taken into custody at Kohl’s, 734 S. Randall Road.  They were all released on Notices to Appear with a court date of 05/28/14 in Algonquin.
April 13
19:57pm A seventeen-year-old male from Carpentersville was charged with Retail Theft.  He was taken into custody at Walmart, 1410 S. Randall Road.  He was referred to the Tri Area Court For Teens and then released into the custody of his mother.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Oberweis Makes Nice At Huntley Tea Party Tax Rally

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove stopped by the Huntley Tea Party's Saturday rally to mark--not very favorably--Income Tax Day, Tuesday.  "That's what the TEA in Tea Party stands for," commented Sun City resident Catherine Portera.  "'Taxed Enough Already', not the raid in Boston."

Milk magnate Oberweis seeking incumbent Democrat Dick Durbin's Senate Seat handed out tubes of frozen low-cal yogurt to Tea Party ralliers Saturday.  Earlier in the week the current State Senator called for raising the state’s minimum wage from $8.25 to $10 an hour but only over three years and only for workers aged 26 and over.  State Democrats want the wage raised to $10.65 an hour over two years for everyone.

In the pic:  GOP Senate candidate Jim Oberweis only talked to Huntley Tea Partyers for about 15 minutes Saturday before heading off to a Henry County GOP conclave in Coal City near Moline.

Huntley, Algonquin Grants For Paths Announced

Governor Pat Quinn Saturday announced $53 million worth of investments in community transportation projects.  The investments were 71 bike paths, walking trails, historic preservation and streetscape beautification projects including one in Huntley and another in Algonquin.

“These projects will support hundreds of jobs while preserving our heritage, beautifying communities and creating opportunities for pedestrians, bicyclists and others across Illinois,” Governor Quinn said. He estimated the the construction jobs number at 400. The funding is through the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) – a federally-funded, competitive program requiring matching funds and a work start within three years.

Huntley won a $1.1 million grant for a mutli-use path along the east side of IL Route 47 from the north side of Kreutzer Road for about a mile to the south side of Oak Creek Parkway.  It also covers construction of a short multi-use path along Oak Creek Parkway and Del Webb Boulevard to connect with existing ones.

Algonquin's $678,000 grant will construct a bikeway and multi-use path from the Edgewood Drive multi-use path to the current one at Harnish and Huntington drives.  An on-road bikeway along Harper Drive from Edgewood and a multi-use path from the end of Harper Drive to Harnish  along Harnish Drive to Huntington Drive will also be constructed.

The grants were among 232 applications for ITEP funds that added up to over $260 million if they'd all been approved.

In the pic:  The Huntley Board's plan for a muti-use patch along Route 47.

Fourth D300 Adapted Track Meet Gets Bigger Again

Saturday's fourth annual Adapted Track Meet for District 300 Special Ed students drew 58 challenged athletes, close to double last year's number,  at Dundee-Crown High School.  The kids from kindergarten through eighth grade competed in contests like the 400-meter dash, standing long jump and softball throw but modified to accommodate their different abilities.

The events put on each year by the D300 Adapted PE teachers and other volunteers, not by the District itself.  "We just have a lot of kids in different park districts whose friends participate and this event lets them have a way to succeed, too," said co-founder Julie Belin.

"It just keeps growing each year," said fellow-founder Johanna Wilkinson

Kids Scramble For Eggs In Algonquin, LITH Hunts

It was (Easter) Hunt Day in Algonquin and Lake in the Hills Saturday with rain and scattered hail holding off until kids at both locations could complete the mad scramble for eggs.  About 400 waited patiently at Algonquin's Presidential Park for the start to gather 10,000 plastic shells loaded with (Easter) goodies.  It took Village staff a while to stuff them, according to Recreation Coordinator Katie Gock.  In fact, she said, they couldn't have done it without the help of volunteers from Jacobs High School's Interact Club.

Fire Sprinkler Blocking Bill Stalls In Legislature

The State Fire Marshall is probably resting a little easier this weekend after a bill that would have scaled back his rule-making powers stalled Friday.  Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis set off a firestorm last year proposing  rules to require sprinkler systems in new Illinois homes and retrofits in existing highrises, measures the Legislature had repeatedly rejected.

An outcry from condo owners and political leaders made Matkaitis back down but State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago, introduced a bill to make sure it can't happen again.  It would specifically forbid the Fire Marshall from making new rules about sprinkler systems and require the General Assembly to pass an actual law to create new regulations.   The measure also calls for a review panel to evaluate additional fire regs.  Scheduled for a final House reading Friday, opponents pushed the bill back to committee again, though.

"A statewide mandate will never get sprinklers in buildings," Feigenholtz said. "It will only create tension."

Matkaitis said Friday it was all theoretical, anyway. "I'm not changing the fire code," he said.  "I'm leaving it as it is now, and I have no timeline to change that code."

Obituaries

Rosemary Cullen, 75, of Huntley died peacefully Saturday at Advocate Sherman Hospital. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 8 pm at the DeFiore- Jorgensen Funeral Home, Huntley, and Thursday from 10 to 11 am immediately followed by a funeral service.

Cullen was born Aug. 19, 1938, in Washington, DC,  the daughter of William and Rosa Flowers. She married James C. Cullen. She is survived by her husband; daughters, Kimberly (John) Doerr, and Robin Cullen, and four four grandchildren, Kelly, Stephanie Doerr and Elizabeth and Michael Obermaier. She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Humane Society.

David A. Voelker, 64, of Huntley died Friday. Visitation will be Monday from 4 to 8 pm with a service at 7 at DeFiore Jorgensen Funeral Home, Huntley.

Voelker was born Aug. 8, 1949,  the son of Marvin and Betty Voelker. He married Carolyn Dunn April 4. He is survived by his wife; son, Daniel (Jolinita); Suzanne Voelker, Daniel's mother; grandchildren, Abigail and Bethany; his brother, Dale (Eileen) Voelker, and sister, Deborah (Scott) Jones. He was preceded in death by his parents his sister, Bonnie Parquette.

Doris H. Aicher, 61, of Algonquin died Thursday at Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington. Visitation will be held Monday at Willow Funeral Home and Cremation Care, Algonquin, from 4 to 9 pm.  A funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 am at St. John's Lutheran Church, Algonquin.

Aicher was born July 18, 1952, in Germany, the daughter of Alfred and Eva  Schuetze. She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Frank; children, Michael Aicher and Rebecca (Kyle) Capen; brother, Klaus (Gail) Schuetze and sister, Anita (Gary) Lambert. She was preceded in death by her parents.  Memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, Algonquin.

James "Ski" Glogovsky, 74, of Algonquin  died Wednesday at his winter residence in Florida. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 pm April 21 at  Ahlgrim Family Funeral Home, Lake Zurich,.  Prayers will be said there at 9:30 am April 22 then proceeding to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Lake Zurich, for a funeral Mass at 10. Private inurnment will be in Ascension Cemetery, Libertyville.

Glogovsky was born July 6, 1939, in North Chicago to Stephan and mother Pauline Drinka Glogovsky. He married Mary Kay Gont in 1959.  He was a former chief of the Lake Zurich Police Department.  He is survived by his children, Margie (Tom) O'Neill, Karan Miller, Jamie (Fred) Hoeft and Nancy Glogovsky; grandchildren,  James (Heather) Hoeft, Kathy and Nancy O'Neill, and Jordan and Nick Miller and brother, Joseph (Carol) Glogovsky.  He was preceded in death by his wife; parents;  brothers, Thomas, George, Steve (Donna) and Frank (Kay), and sisters, Elizabeth (Richard) Redmer and Mary (Paul) Pobicki.

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.

NICOLE MARIE FLINT, DOB:  12/06/1980, 3609 ANNE STREET, MCHENRY. THEFT, FORGERY. (11 COUNTS). --Algonquin PD

JOHN ECHEVARRIA    , DOB:  09/20/1951, 11712 WOODCREEK DRIVE  APT F, HUNTLEY. KIA M. SEVILLA, DOB:  04/21/1991, 11712 WOODCREEK DRIVE  APT F, HUNTLEY. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS WITH INTENT TO DELIVER, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. --North Central Narcotics Task Force

ROCK J. BURMAN,  DOB: 08/04/1989, 207 WINDRIDGE TRAIL, MCHENRY. UNLAWFUL FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER (TWO COUNTS). --McHenry PD
  
JASON W. PETTY, DOB: 06/30/1977, 623 BEGGS LANE APT #8, MARENGO. AGGRAVATED BATTERY (TWO COUNTS). --Lakewood PD

DUSTIN D. HANABARGER, DOB: 07/03/1989, 13906 ROUTE 176,  WOODSTOCK. FORGERY. --Cary PD

ROBERT K. CURTIS, DOB:  05/11/1969, 8017 WONDERVIEW DRIVE, WONDER LAKE. UNLAWFUL FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER. --McHenry County Sheriff's Office
  
JOHN T. GORHAM, DOB:  01/15/1994, 356 FIRST COURT  UNIT B, CRYSTAL LAKE. MOB ACTION, DISORDERLY CONDUCT, CONTRIBUTING TO DELINQUENCY OF A CHILD. JULIAN ALONZO, DOB:  12/10/1995, 4908 KENNETH DRIVE, CRYSTAL LAKE. MOB ACTION, DISORDERLY CONDUCT. --Crystal Lake PD
  
JOHN T. GORHAM, DOB:  01/15/1994, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS WITH INTENT TO DELIVER, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS, UNLAWFUL DELIVERY OF CANNABIS, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, CONTRIBUTING TO DELINQUENCY OF A CHILD. --Crystal Lake PD
  
KEVIN A. COLLINS, DOB:  02/21/1994, 451 EVERETT AVENUE, CRYSTAL LAKE. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. --Crystal Lake PD
  
JACOB R. DUNTEMAN, DOB:  04/05/1993, 722 CONCORD DRIVE, CRYSTAL LAKE. JORDAN R. TOBOLT, DOB:  12/19/1992, 1647 BRIGHAM LANE, CRYSTAL LAKE. DELIVERY OF A LOOK ALIKE SUBSTANCE. --Crystal Lake PD
  
ANTHONY J G RIOTTO, DOB:  03/06/1985, 7407 N. STATE PARK ROAD, SPRING GROVE. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS WITH INTENT TO DELIVER, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS. --McHenry County Sheriff's Office
  
JANE A. BREEN, DOB:  09/01/1971, 1160 WEST FORK, LAKE FOREST. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF HYPODERMIC SYRINGE. --McHenry County Sheriff's Office
  
ASHLEY R. POPNICK,  DOB:  07/18/1988, 806 SOUTH SIDE AVENUE, MCHENRY. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CONTRABAND IN A PENAL INSTITUTION, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DELIVER, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. --McHenry County Sheriff's Office
    
ERICK L. ANGELES, DOB:  03/19/1994, 100 SUNSET DRIVE  APT 201, CARY. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS WITH INTENT TO DELIVER, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. --McHenry County Sheriff's Office
  
JESSICA J. JOHNSON, DOB:  07/13/1988, 408 TIMOTHY LANE, MCHENRY. UNLAWFUL ACQUISITION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (TWO COUNTS), UNLAWFUL DISPENSING OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (TWO COUNTS). --Spring Grove PD
  
ALEXANDER S. LEIRAS, DOB:  03/13/1989, 4401 BAYVIEW DRIVE, CRYSTAL LAKE. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. --Fox River Grove PD
  
ANTHONY G. KNOWLES, DOB:  02/22/1985, 657 WINDSOR DRIVE, FOX LAKE. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF PRESCRIPTION FORM (TWO COUNTS), UNLAWFUL ACQUISITION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (TWO COUNTS), UNAUTHORIZED POSSESSION OF PRESCRIPTION FORM, ATTEMPT UNLAWFUL ACQUISITION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. --McHenry PD
  
VICKI L. BRUMMETT, DOB:  10/20/1957, 16531 ROUTE 173, HARVARD. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. --McHenry PD
  
REBECCA C. PEOPLES, DOB:  05/23/1986, 228 HAWTHORNE DRIVE, TWIN LAKE. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF PRESCRIPTION FORM, ATTEMPT UNLAWFUL ACQUISITION OF 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
April 12
0156 HRS PYOTT RD. & VIEWPOINT DR. DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL.  TREVINO, RAYMUNDO,  M/W 46 YEARS OF AGE, 942 CYNTHIA LN.,  LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGES: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Illegal Transportation of Alcohol by a Driver, Improper Lane Usage, and Improper Turn at Intersection. RELEASED ON BOND.
1637 HRS ACORN LN. & CRYSTAL LAKE RD. POSSESSION OF CANNABIS. SORICH, MATTHEW A.,  M/W 20 YEARS OF AGE, 3 SALFORD CT.,  ALGONQUIN.  CHARGE: Possession of Cannabis 10-30 Grams. RELEASED ON BOND.
2033 HRS ALBRECHT RD. & PRINCETON LN. NO VALID DRIVERS LICENSE/INJURY ACCIDENT.  JUVENILE,  M/W 15 YEARS OF AGE, LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGE: No Valid Driver’s License, Improper Lane Usage, and Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident. Two vehicles. Five occupants transported to Woodstock Hospital.  RELEASED ON BOND.
0335 HRS 6900 RAKOW RD. (RAKOW CURVE). ACCIDENT. Vehicle vs. Deer. Property damage only.
0754 HRS 00 BLOCK OF W. OAK ST. DOMESTIC. Husband vs. Wife. Verbal only. No priors.
2108 W ALGONQUIN RD. (DIPPIN DOGGIES PET WASH). ACCIDENT. Two vehicles. Property damage only.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Grafton Assessor Warns Of "Return To Litigation"

Only 10 days after Grafton Township closed out the last legal bill for a series of  lawsuits that nearly bankrupted it, Assessor Al Zielinsnki Friday raised the possibility of  "a return to litigation" if the Grafton Board doesn't approve his budget request Monday. According to reports Zielinski closed the Assessor's Office early Friday afternoon citing "inadequate funding".

In a perhaps overwrought and certainly overwritten press release Friday,  Zielinski, who said his own "face was ashen", charged no one sent him a Trustees' version of the budget for the Assessor to be presented Monday. "It was pure happenstance that we discovered what was happening before being blindsided,"  Zielinski said claiming, "Illinois statutes are clear that only the Assessor can determine and submit the budget for his office." Zielinski said his new budget request is $40,000 less than he asked for in January,  only $35,000 more than last year's.

“It appears this administration failed to learn from the legal failures of its predecessors," said Zielinski's release referring to lawsuits involving former Grafton Supervisor Linda Moore and almost every other Township officeholder which eventually consumed between half and three quarters of a year's worth of Township taxes.

FEN was unable to contact present Supervisor Jim Kearns Friday evening nor Zielinski this morning.  However, according to a reliable source, Kearns already intended to take Grafton's new Assessor to the metaphorical woodshed Monday for spending money that he doesn't think the Township has.

In the pic:  Al Zielinski

MCC Students Launch Homeless "Suspended Soup" In Restaurants

McHenry County College students and the Jersey Mike’s restaurants in Lake in the Hills and Crystal Lake this month are part of a first-ever in Illinois "Suspended Soup" program to aid McHenry County's homeless. 

The program is part of the Suspended Food movement and Suspended Coffee movement popular in Europe.  Through the end of the month customers at the Jersey Mike’s stores can buy a cup of soup to “suspend,” that is hold for Pioneer Center for Human Services delivery next month to PADS shelter homeless.

It's the first time an Illinois business has tried the idea. “We’re partnering with MCC to help those in need,” said Sue Davis, marketing and catering coordinator at Jersey Mike’s. “Our goal is to donate 200 cups of soup.”  Davis said she plans to partner with MCC again in August to donate cold sub sandwiches.

Customers can donate a suspended soup for $2.79 at the Jersey Mike’s stores.  Meanwhile MCC Composition students who organized the local effort will learning how to write better by submitting research papers about it.

D300 Surveys Parents For School Improvement

There are about 10 days left to take the  Illinois 5Essentials Survey and  District 300 officials would like parents to do it.  5Essentials is an evidence-based system that claims to measure changes in a school organization, predict school success and train school leadership and teachers.

According to District a District spokesman, schools that scored well on the survey were much more likely to improve student learning.
The online survey's located here:  https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/ . However, in D300's case there's a trick to it. When you're prompted to list the county, it wants to know the school district's, Kane, no matter where the parent lives or child goes to school.
  
In late October, researchers will  include a summary of survey results on the Illinois State School Report Card.

Quinn, Rauner Woo Union Teachers In First Debate

"The biggest threat to public education in the state of Illinois is my opponent," Governor Pat Quinn told a crowd of Illinois Education Association teachers in Chicago Friday.  "Pat Quinn has broken his promises on pensions, on taxes, on education funding repeatedly," challenger Bruce Rauner shot back.

The first head to head debate between the incumbent Democratic Governor and the Republican who hopes to succeed him was probably more notable for making both candidates speak out of comfy armchairs past their knees than for anything they actually said.

It was a tough crowd for both candidates, anyway. The union is one of several suing Quinn and other lawmakers over legislation  to cut public-employee pensions. The group was, likewise, one among several unions that helped fund TV ads during the GOP primary attacking Rauner, foe of  "government union bosses".

Quinn said the cuts were due to huge increases in the state's annual pension payments.  Rauner said, "eliminating collective bargaining is not part of my agenda".

Quinn spent much of the event touting his call to make the temporary 67 percent personal income tax rate hike he signed three years ago permanent. “We've got to invest in our students, invest in our teachers. The best way to do that is with our state budget," said Quinn.  Rauner charged the Governor's last budget cut school funding by $600 million causing teacher layoffs and larger classes.

Obituaries

Lee R. Hennig, 85,  of Huntley died March 25  in Mesa, AZ.   A Visitation will be held April 22 at 9 am at Saint Mary's Church in Huntley followed by a 10:30 am Mass.

Hennig was born Feb. 13, 1929; in Huntley, the son of William and Esther Sanwald Hennig. He married Rita Herr.  He is survived by his wife; daughter, Susan (Mark); sons, James (Alison) and Steve; granddaughters, Danielle (Steven) and Justine Cramsey;  brothers, Alvin (Jan) and Edward, and sister, Alice (Lee).

Flowers are welcome.

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
April 11
0139 HRS RANDALL RD. & ACKMAN RD. DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED.  LOY, MELISSA D.,  F/W 25 YEARS OF AGE, 1902 BEACH RD.,  MCHENRY. CHARGES: Driving While License Suspended and Expired Registration. TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
1505 HRS 300 BLOCK OF MEADOW LN. BURGLARY. Two bicycles were taken from a detached garage of a residence. Bicycles entered into LEADS.
2123 HRS 700 BLOCK OF NORMANDY LN. SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT. Three juveniles were approached by a male subject driving a vehicle.
2219 HRS 300 BLOCK OF VILLAGE CREEK DR. DOMESTIC. Boyfriend vs. Girlfriend. Verbal only. No priors.