Tuesday, August 26, 2014

D300 Budget Hearing Sept. 22 Despite State Aid Uncertainty

Sept. 22 will be the date for a public hearing on D300's 2014-15 year budget but Chief Financial Officer Susan Harkin told the District Board of Education Monday there's still no official word on how much the State of Illinois will really contribute to it for the year.

The State Board of Education usually announces how much school districts can expect in General State Aid and aid for Transportation and Special Ed in early August.   However, there still hasn't been an official notice this year.  Harkin said the District's received preliminary assurances the aid levels will be about the same as last year but "[legislators] haven't passed a budget to support that," she said.

The tax value of the giant Sears Holding headquarters which lies within District boundaries remains another budgetary question mark, Harkin said. More filings are due today in struggling Sears' attempt to lower the multi-million tax bill on its Hoffman Estates HQ by about one third, she reported.

Separately, Harkin said the District's now added the equivalent of 28 new teachers over last year's total.  That's up from 20 when school began almost two weeks ago.   D300 CEO and Superintendent-to-be Fred Heid meanwhile reported administrators have investigated parent complaints about crowding on school buses.  Heid said the problem wasn't a shortage of seats but, rather, kids toting extra start-of-school gear and trying to sit together with their pals.

In the pic:  D300 Board of Ed members Anne Miller, Joe Stevens, Kathleen Burley and Steve Fiorentino took an extra time out before going into closed session for student discipline to raise funds to combat Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).  The event helped push national "Ice Bucket Challenge" donations to $79.7 million Monday.

THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES

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D300 Budget Hearing Sept. 22 Despite State Aid Uncertainty
Port Ed Construction For Riverside Plaza Parking In Algonquin
Chicago Gangster Arrested In LITH For Galesburg Murder
National Headliners Boost Quinn, Rauner Candidacies In Chicago
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Local Aggregation Price To Beat ComEd's For September--Slightly
GOP Chairman Schneider Revs Republicans At Randall Oaks
Registration Still Open For Friday Summer Sunset Kickoff Run
Rauner Blasts Dems On Term Limits, Dems Mum On IDIT Debacle
Police Blotters
McHenry County Business Lending Trails Suburban Average
Weather Cancels 'Copter At Algonquin Twp. Truck Event
Friday Deadline Nears For LITH Larsen Business Award Entries
Subpoenas Revealed In Probe Of Quinn Anti-Violence Program
Police Blotters
Huntley Still Mulls Plans For Corner At 47 And Main
Tollway Warns Of Tyrell Road, Other Construction Closures
LITH Girl Honored For Metra Safety Poster
Area Cop Bikers Still Seek Donations For Autism Service Dog
IG Report:  IDOT Patronage Increased Under Quinn
Election Board Nixes Rauner Term Limits Referendum
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Huntley Board Reviews New Retail Project, Downtown Land Buy
McHenry County Unemployment Falls  Below 6 Percent
McHenry GOP Ranks Firm Up At LITH Bianchi Fundraiser
IDOT Announces Patronage Hiring Fix Again
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Huntley Village Website Down, Not Residents' Browsers
D158 First Day Enrollment Up 1.4 percent
LITH "Public Portal" Allows Online Applications, Checks, Complaints
Term Limit Question: Up To The State High Court Now
Quinn, Rauner Squabble Over What's A Debate And Who's Chicken
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Recreational Owners Descend On McHenry County Board
Algonquin Trash Changes Now Beginning
St. Margaret Mary Summerfest Sunday In Algonquin
Rauner Touts Term Limits, Vallas Charges "Exporting Jobs"
Obituaries
Police Blotters

Port Ed Construction For Riverside Plaza Parking In Algonquin

Thousands of commuters speeding past Algonquin's Port Edward Restaurant Monday probably wondered what the dumpsters and demolition in the rear parking lot presaged.   Those who read FEN, however, likekly recalled the area's destined to become a parking area for the adjacent Riverside Plaza apartment complex across Harrison Street.

"That will be the retail parking area for Riverside Plaza," explained Algonquin Community Development Director Russ Farnum.  Developer John Breugelman made a side deal with Port Ed's owner for the parking to help convince the Algonquin Village Board it should allow the unfinished condominium project to be turned into apartments.

Riverside Plaza's about a month past the time when Breugelman said he planned to open a Riverside Plaza leasing office.  FEN attempts to contact Breugelman recently have been fruitless.

In the pic:   Algonquin officials said repairs are underway at the Port Edwards rear parking lot, along with relocation of trash containers and extra landscaping to turn it into extra parking for nearby Riverside Plaza.

Chicago Gangster Arrested In LITH For Galesburg Murder

McHenry County deputies and members of the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force Monday arrested a 29 year-old Chicago gang member in Lake in the Hills for a stabbing death in Galesburg two weeks ago.  Police said during the apprehension they recovered a handgun so Christopher L. Croom faces a McHenry County charge of unlawful possession of firearm by a felon in addition to a Knox County charge of murder.

Galesburg police said Crooms repeatedly stabbed a 49 year old man there Aug. 13.  The victim died four days later at a Peoria hospital.  Local officials didn't say what led them to seek Croom at about 10:30 am Monday at a home in the 2700 block of Impressions Drive in Lake in the Hills.

No date's been set yet for Croom to appear on the local gun charge.  He remains in McHenry County Jail this morning without bond.

In the pic:  Christopher L. Croom

National Headliners Boost Quinn, Rauner Candidacies In Chicago

Illinois residents will have to live with whoever wins the governor's contest between Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn and GOP challenger Bruce Rauner but it's a nationally watched contest so headliners from both parties are starting to stream in to add to the frenzy.  Democratic Vice President Joe Biden appeared in Chicago to raise funds for Quinn Monday morning while New Jersey governor and possible Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie revved up campaigners at Rauner headquarters.

Biden met with with business owners, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Quinn in a closed session about raising wages, then praised the Governor and Emanuel for pushing for a State minimum wage increase.  The man opponents claim is President Obama's attack dog fawned at Quinn praising his, "gut and heart when people are concerned."

Christie, the head of the Republican Governors Association, claimed Illinois Democrats have used governmental power to strew roadblocks in Rauner's path.  “You people in Illinois make New Jersey blush,” Christie said.

In the pics:  (above) Pat Quinn and Joe Biden.  (below)  Gov. Chris Christie without Bruce Rauner who was taking his son to college Monday.

Obituaries

Beryl J. Slonecker, 71, of Algonquin died Thursday at Manor Care in Elk Grove Village.  Memorial Visitation will be Saturday at 2 pm at Willow Funeral Home & Cremation Care,  Algonquin.

Slonecker (nee Esmond), was the widow of  Donald Kay Slonecker.

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
August 25
1500 HRS 320 N.  RANDALL RD.  (ARBY’S).  DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL.  GRUVER-KAMPS, LISA J.,  F/W 44 YEARS OF AGE, 1014 S. ROSE FARM RD.,  WOODSTOCK.  CHARGES: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Improper Turn at an Intersection, Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident, and Operating an Uninsured Vehicle.  RELEASED ON BOND.
2252 HRS 200 BLOCK OF INDIAN TRAIL. DISORDERLY CONDUCT.  TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
Algonquin
August 22
17:05pm A 17 year-old from Algonquin was charged with Retail Theft. She was taken into custody at 734 S. Randall Rd. She was referred to the Tri Area Court for Teens and released to her parents.
August 23
20:45pm Saranchimeg, Gereltod, DOB: 09/30/93, of 4111 E. Wonder Lake Rd., Wonder Lake, was charged with Illegal Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor. He was taken into custody at Algonquin Rd. and Meyer Dr. He was issued  a Notice to Appear with a court date of 09/24/14 in Algonquin.
August 24
01:37am Komes, Jeffrey S., DOB: 04/18/63, of 117 Woody Way, Lake in the Hills, was arrested on a Warrant from the McHenry County Sheriff for Contempt of Court. He was taken into custody at 7 S. Main St. He was transported  to the McHenry County Jail to await bond court.
15:52pm Sanchez, Miguel, DOB: 01/02/80, of 3015 Wakefield Dr. Unit G, Carpentersville, was arrested on a Warrant from the Kane County Sheriff for DUI. He was taken into custody at Madison St and Harrison St. He was released after posting $1,000 with a court date of 09/11/14 in St. Charles.
Huntley
August 18
A burglary to a construction site was reported in the 11900 block of Freeman Rd. Tools were reported stolen out of a trailer.
A criminal damage to property report was taken in the 10600 block of Oregon Trail. A mailbox was damaged.
A criminal damage to property report was taken in the 10900 block of Greywall Dr. A mailbox was damaged.
A 17 year-old boy from Lake in the Hills was charged with possession of alcohol by a minor and a registration light violation. The boy was released to his mother with a McHenry County court date of September 29, 2014.
August 19
Michelle A Finley, age 40, of 11607 Daniel #D, Huntley, was arrested for retail theft, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis. In the same incident Michel J. Schiller, age 39, of 11607 Daniel #D, Huntley, was  charged with retail theft. Both subjects posted bond and were released with a Kane County court date of September 12, 2014.
A criminal damage to property report was taken in the 10800 block of Concord Ln. A mailbox was damaged.
A criminal damage to property report was taken in the 10700 block of Wheatlands Way. A mailbox was damaged.
August 20
Courtney J. McMillan, age 19, of 275 Walsh Circle, Yorkville,  was arrested for possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, possession of cannabis over 30 grams and no rear registration light. Ms. McMillan was transported to Kane County jail to await bond call.
Michelle L. Panek, age 44, of 10133 Ashley St. Huntley, was arrested on two counts of domestic battery. Ms. Panek was transported to McHenry County jail to await bond call.
A criminal defacement report was taken near the intersection of Talamore Blvd. and Rt. 47. Spray painted graffiti was found on a bridge.
August 23
A burglary from motor vehicle report was taken in a residential driveway in the 9300 block of Rainsford Dr. The unlocked vehicle’s center console was damaged.
A prescription fraud was reported at a pharmacy in the 12000 block of Princeton Dr. A subject used a prescription belonging to another person and charged the medication to that person.
A 14 year-old girl from Huntley was charged with residential burglary and criminal trespass to land. The juvenile was released to her father and will be petitioned into McHenry County juvenile court.
A 17 year-old boy from Harvard, was charged with consumption of alcohol by a minor. The juvenile was released to his father with a notice to appear in McHenry County court on September 15, 2014.
Samantha J. McLean, age 40, of 9951 Thornton Way, Huntley, was charged with disorderly conduct. Ms. McLean was released with a notice to appear in McHenry County court on September 15, 2014.
A 16 year-old girl from Schaumburg was arrested for theft. The girl was released to her mother and will be petitioned into McHenry County juvenile court.
August 24
Sydney M. Johnson, age 21, of 10561 Thornton Way, Huntley, was arrested on two counts of domestic battery. Mr. Johnson was transported to McHenry County jail to await bond call.
A theft report was taken in the 11000 block of Preston Parkway. A flower pot was stolen from the yard.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Local Aggregation Price To Beat ComEd's For September--Slightly

A rate filing with the Illinois Commerce Commission last week means Algonquin and Huntley municipal electric aggregation program enrolees will finally pay a little less than if they were still ComEd customers.  The traditional power supplier's wild card price adjustment will fall to a 3.61 cents per kilowatt hour credit from the past four months'  5 cents putting ComEd's rate .035 cents higher in September than the aggregators'.

Residents who didn't "opt out" of Algonquin's new aggregation plan get their power now from a company called Direct Energy, the same one that supplies Huntley's two year-old setup which also includes five others communities in McHenry, Kane and DeKalb counties.  Direct energy's prices jumped in August to 7.2 cents per kwh for the next year, not as good as it used to be, but still better than than ComEd's 7.596 cent nominal charge.

Little mentioned until recently, however, that number carries an asterisk.  It's called the Purchased Electricity Adjustment and, skipping a lot of regulatory detail, means ComEd's "real" price varies a half cent either way from the so-called "price to compare".  In September, ComEd's adjusted price will be 7.235 cents per kwh which,  based on U.S. Department of Energy estimates, means Algonquin and Huntley Direct Energy customers will pay about 30 cents less for the month than the average ComEd bill would have been.

According to an Illinois Commerce Commission report last month, more than 68 percent residents in ComEd's service territory now get their power from either a municipal aggregation program or an individual signup Alternative Residential Electric Supplier.  However, the report said that while 52 "smaller" communities including Algonquin authorized new aggregation programs in March, by the end of June 21 other communities had already decided to scrap them.

GOP Chairman Schneider Revs Republicans At Randall Oaks

Bruce Rauner was back in the Chicago area for the weekend but the GOP governor's candidate had other commitments so the headliner at Sunday's Dundee Township Republican Picnic at Randall Oaks Park was State Republican Chairman Tim Schneider.  The Cook County Board Commissioner said it sounded more impressive than it really was since, as partner/owner of Algonquin's GCI, "I came from work."

Schneider mostly passed over the latest term limit and IDOT hiring controversies and assailed opponents on Illinois' economy.  "We can't take any more of what the Democrats have given us for the past 10 years," he said.

Schneider turned around Governor Pat Quinn's crediting himself last week for the State's lowest unemployment rate in six years.  Schneider said job creation during Quinn's administration only works out to 300 per month at which rate, "Pat Quinn would have to be governor until 2058," before Illinois employment returned to its 2008 employment peak.

There's a race for Sheriff in Kane County but aside from that probably the most interesting contest pits former McHenry County Council of Governments director Anna Moeller who now holds disgraced State Rep. Keith Farnham's seat against attorney Jeff Meyer.  The Elgin resident said Moeller "has no name recognition" in Kane County so he has a good chance to win even though he expects to be outspent, "maybe even 10 to 1."  Locally, that's of only academic interest, however, since the 43rd district only extends north to Carpentersville and Barrington Hills.

In the pic:  Illinois State GOP Chairman Tim Schneider tried to rev up Dundee Township Republicans at their annual picnic at Randal Oaks Park Sunday.

Registration Still Open For Friday Summer Sunset Kickoff Run

The cutoff is Wednesday for online registration for Friday's big kickoff Summer Sunset 5k run in Lake in the Hills.  The 5k run (or two-mile walk) starts at Sunset Park at 7pm and treads pretty flat and fast since LITH's eponymous hills lie to the east.

Online registration's located at:  https://www.signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/98864.  The entry fee today's still $25 but it goes  up to $30 tomorrow.  Race day registration will start at 5:30 pm.

Rauner Blasts Dems On Term Limits, Dems Mum On IDOT Debacle

Bruce Rauner held a Chicago press conference Sunday to highlight new ads attacking Democrats in the wake of a Friday Illinois Supreme Court ruling that knocked a term limit referendum off the November ballot.

“Pat Quinn, Mike Madigan and the Springfield crowd don’t care what you think – they’ll say or do anything to keep power,” Rauner says in the new 30-second spot.  “They let term limits get kicked off the ballot, but come November it’s our turn to kick them out of office.”

The Quinn campaign fired back Sunday, pointing to legal problems connected to private equity investment firm GTCR while Rauner was its head.  Separately, in Waukegan, Quinn renewed his call for raising the State minimum wage  to at least $10 an hour.

Meanwhile the Chicago Tribune checked with Democratic heavy hitters whose relatives and friends got jobs they shouldn't have at IDOT, according to an Illinois Auditor General's report revealed Friday.  A House Speaker Mike Madigan spokesman questioned the accuracy of the report. Spokesmen for both Senate President John Cullerton spokesman and Senator Dick Durbin said that “without specific names and some indication of our role in their state employment, it's impossible to respond.”

A poll taken before the late-week term limit decision and IDOT debacle showed Rauner leading Quinn in the governor's race 44 to 41 percent.   Within the accuracy limits of the survey, that amounted to more or less a dead heat.

In the pic:  Rauner got down at a Chicago celebration before team Jackie Robinson West lost the Little League Championship Sunday.

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
August 24
1051 HRS 20 BLOCK OF HILLTOP DR.  DOMESTIC BATTERY.  JUVENILE F/W 15 YEARS OF AGE, LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Two Counts of Domestic Battery, One Count of Battery, One Count of Criminal Damage to Property. TURNED OVER TO PARENT.
0117 HRS 200 BLOCK OF STICKLEY LN.  DOMESTIC.  Mother vs. Daughter. Verbal only. No priors.
0952 HRS 5700 BLOCK OF FOXFIELD LN.  CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY. Deck was vandalized overnight. PENDING INVESTIGATION.
1039 HRS 9451 ACKMAN RD.  (HILLS FOOD AND LIQUOR).  THEFT. Five packs of cigarettes taken without consent. Items located and returned.  FAIL TO FILE.
1309 HRS MILLER RD.  & RANDALL RD.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1452 HRS RANDALL RD.  & ALGONQUIN RD.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1823 HRS 290 N.  RANDALL RD.  (VERIZON WIRELESS).  HIT & RUN.  Complainant’s vehicle struck by unknown vehicle.
1828 HRS 1115 CRYSTAL LAKE RD.  (LITH PD).  SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION.  Contact with a Sex Offender for change of address registration.
2030 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF HEARTLAND GATE.  DOMESTIC.  Boyfriend vs. Girlfriend. Verbal only. Three priors.
Algonquin
delayed--FEN schedule problem.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

McHenry County Business Lending Trails Surban Average

McHenry County businesses received the third largest number of loans on average among Chicago's collar counties but the average loan amount was one of the smallest in the region according to a report this week by the Chicago-based Woodstock Institute research and advocacy organization.

McHenry County businesses received .66 loans per business on average between 2008 and 2012, according to Woodstock Institute researcher Spencer Cowan.  That was about 10 percent better than average in the Chicago area where businesses in Cook County trailed with only .56 loans per business but Lake County businesses led with .73 loans per business.

McHenry County business loans only averaged $30,000 during the period, however, according to Cowan's report.  While that was $4,000 better than the six-county average, especially Cook County where loans only averaged $23,000, it trailed all the rest of the suburban counties except Will where the average loan was only $25,500, about $500 less than the regional average.  Lake County led the region again with loans that averaged more than $34,000.

The County information was contained in an appendix to the Woodstock Institute's report which found, not too surprisingly, that banks tended to make more and bigger business loans in areas where rich people live than in poor ones.   Cowan claimed, however, that he found data showing that banks loaned more to white-owned businesses than to minority ones, no matter what the average income was in an area.

The report's located at:  http://www.woodstockinst.org/sites/default/files/attachments/discredited_august2014_cowan.pdf

Weather Cancels 'Copter At Algonquin Twp. Truck Event

Lingering Fog and then approaching rain canceled a McHenry Base Flight For Life helicopter touchdown at Saturday's Algonquin Township Touch A Truck Event.  Indeed, Civil Air Patrol volunteers at LITH Airport where this month's Young Eagles free plane rides were also canceled said the cloud ceiling never rose above 1,000 feet all morning.

Road Commissioner Bob Miller said he was disappointed since the Flight For Life has been a popular attraction at Touch A Truck for the past five years.  He said he'd try to make up for it next year by having not only the health care 'copter but one from a bug-spraying company, too.

Friday Deadline Nears For LITH Larsen Business Award Entries

Nominations will remain open until Friday for Lake in the Hills' Gordon Larsen Business Achievement Award recognizing a local business for its contributions to the community. Factors in picking the winner include things like significant growth, increased employment, customer service or unusual community support.  Residents will be able to vote online for their favorites next month.

This year's winner will be announced at a Board of Trustees meeting,  highlighted on the Village’s website and get a lot of writeups in Village publications (not to mention FEN, too).

The nomination form is at: http://www.lith.org/sites/default/files/fileattachments/business/page/1182/gordonlarsenaward.pdf .
The nomination forms can be downloaded from the Village website. It can be mailed to the address listed on it or email to jclough@lith.org.

Subpoenas Revealed In Probe Of Quinn Anti-Violence Program

A federal grand jury subpoenaed emails of Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's former chief of staff and two other onetime top aides as part of a criminal investigation into the governor’s $54.5 million Chicago anti-violence program.  The  subpoenas were issued July 28 and followed May subpoenas for the emails of five other key players in the program, including the now-retired Quinn aide who ran it.  The new subpoenas were revealed by a Chicago Tribune Freedom of Information request.

In the latest subpoenas, the  grand jury  seeks emails that date to January 2010, the year Quinn ran for his first elected term as governor. It was in Fall of that year that Quinn, locked in a tight race, launched the grant program calling it a response to gun violence in Chicago.  Republicans claimed it was a political "slush fund" that used state cash to help increase Democratic votes.  In February, a state audit from Auditor General William Holland said the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative didn't target some of Chicago's highest-crime neighborhoods in Chicago, relied on recommendations from Chicago aldermen and community organizers about where to send money and didn't keep track of how the money was spent after it went there.

The subpoenas sought all messages from the State email accounts of former chief of staff Jack Lavin, former chief operating officer Andrew Ross and Billy Ocasio, a former Quinn social justice adviser.  All three were called to testify before the State Legislative Audit Commission, which is also looking into the anti-violence program, but last month, the panel of state lawmakers agreed to delay its inquiry at the request of federal prosecutors.  A second federal subpoena, also dated July 28, sought any correspondence and documents from the Illinois Department of Human Services about other anti-violence programs linked to the agencies that ran the NRI.

“The Governor has zero tolerance for any mismanagement and took decisive action to fix the problems long ago,” said Quinn spokesman Grant Klinzman. He confirmed the subpoenas and released the documents along with a statement saying,  “If any grantee has done anything wrong, they should be held fully accountable.”

In the pic:  Members in one of the programs NRI funded.

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
August 22
1435 HRS 1212 CRYSTAL LAKE RD.  (PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOC.) WANTED ON WARRANT.  VASQUEZ, LUIS A.,  M/W 23 YEARS OF AGE, 1585 CANDLEWOOD DR.,  CRYSTAL LAKE. CHARGES: Wanted on Warrant, Cook County Sheriff’s Office for Criminal Damage To Property. Bond: $10,000 @ 10%, Driving While License Suspended and No Insurance. TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
2332 HRS 4590 W ALGONQUIN RD.  (BISTRO WASABI).  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA.  ELTITI, MAHMOUD A.,  M/W 18 YEARS OF AGE, 270 S ANNANDALE DR.,  LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGES: Two counts of Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Unlawful Possession of Cannabis, and No Registration Light. RELEASED ON BOND.
0946 HRS 2900 BLOCK OF IMPRESSIONS DR. ASSIST AMBULANCE.  Male, 17 years of age, possibly having a seizure. Transported to Centegra Woodstock Hospital.
1213 HRS 100 BLOCK OF HICKORY RD.  ASSIST OTHER POLICE DEPARTMENT.  Assist the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department with serving an Order of Protection.
1654 HRS ACORN LN & RANDALL RD.  HIT & RUN.  Two Vehicles. Offender fled the scene. PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
August 23
0143 HRS MILLER RD.  & RANDALL RD.  DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL.  CORR, CHRISTOPHER J.,  M/W 22 YEARS OF AGE, 278 MODERS AVE.,  CARY.  CHARGES: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Possession of Cannabis less than 2.5 grams, Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Deliver Less Than 2.5 grams, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Improper Lane Usage, and Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle. RELEASED ON BOND.
0402 HRS 1200 MCHENRY AVE.  (CRYSTAL LAKE SOUTH). DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL.  DUNN, JASON L.,  M/B 42 YEARS OF AGE, 797 SILK OAK LN.,  CRYSTAL LAKE.  CHARGES: Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Driving Under the Influence of Drugs and Alcohol, Improper Turn at an Intersection, Improper Lane Use, Failure to Notify the Secretary of State of an Address Change.  TURNED OVER TO THE MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
0009 HRS 5400 BLOCK OF SAVOY DR.  DOMESTIC.  Husband vs. Wife. Verbal only. One prior.
0929 HRS LAKEWOOD RD.  & REED RD.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1031 HRS 00 BLOCK OF WRIGHT CT.  DOMESTIC.  Husband vs. Wife. Verbal only. One prior.
1056 HRS 1300 BLOCK OF CUNAT CT.  DOMESTIC BATTERY.  Husband vs Wife. No priors. UNFOUNDED.
1242 HRS 201 LAKEWOOD RD.  (LEROY GUY PARK). FOUND ARTICLE. Two gold rings were found. Entered into evidence.
1458 HRS ALGONQUIN RD.  & CRYSTAL LAKE RD.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1449 HRS 14 PROSPER CT.  (JD’S AUTO & TRUCK REPAIR).  HIT & RUN.  Delayed from unknown time. Complainant’s vehicle was struck by an unknown vehicle.
1554 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF BURR ST.  DOMESTIC.  Mom and Son-in-Law vs. Daughter. Verbal only. No priors.
1649 HRS 5400 BLOCK OF CROSSVIEW LN.  DOMESTIC.  Father vs. Son. Verbal only. Four priors.
1652 HRS 1020 W.  ALGONQUIN RD.  (ALGONQUIN/LITH FD).  FOUND ARTICLE.  Ammunition. Entered into evidence.
1838 HRS 200 BLOCK OF STICKLEY LN.  ORDINANCE VIOLATION.  Unlicensed dog at large. P-tickets issued.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Huntley Still Mulls Plans For Corner At 47 And Main

The Huntley Village Board next week will visit once again the vexing plans to streetscape the northwest corner of the intersection at Route 47 and Main Street when they're expected to officially approve an agreement with the owners of adjacent properties.

The neighbors will kick in $6,000 to help spruce up the corner in return for cross-access and a parking easement.  Most of trustee discussion Thursday centered on what kind of paving ought to be used in a mini-park that's planned.  Some, like Trustee Harry Leopold,  thought bricks were the classy way to go.  Others, like Mayor Chuck Sass, argued pavers were too high-maintenance and concrete with a brick border was a better alternative.  Trustee Nick Hansen wondered what it would cost to do bricks on top of concrete.  Local landscaper Bill Ruth, who's helping design the project, said he'd find out and report back.

In the pic:  The latest concept for Huntley's 47 and Main northwest corner.

Tollway Warns Of Tyrell Road, Other Construction Closures

The Illinois Tollway announced Friday that various lanes on Tyrrell Road over I-90 nearly Huntley will close today from 6 am to 5 pm today for bridge and utility work. Flaggers will be used to maintain two-way traffic at the site.

Monday one westbound lane of the Jane Addams between Route 25 and Duncan Avenue, the Fox Bridge, in Elgin will close between 9 am and. to 3 pm  for sewer work.

The Tollway also announced that at some point next week Algonquin Road under the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) in Park Ridge will be closed entirely for bridge painting. "Electronic message signs and construction signs have been put in place to alert drivers in advance of the closure and detour," according to the Tollway's announcement.

LITH Girl Honored For Metra Safety Poster

A Westfield Community School in Algonquin eighth-grader was among 16 students honored Friday at the August meeting of the Metra Board of Directors for their winning entries in the transportation agency's Safety Poster Contest.  Veronica Buchweitz of Lake in the Hills was the seventh grade first place winner in May when she still was one those.

The contest for kids K through 12 drew more than 2,2300 entries with the winners to be featured in station displays, on Metra tickets and in Metra's 2014 safety calendar.  First place winners like Veronica also won an iPad, too.

In the pic:  Veronica Buchweitz and her winning Metra Safety Poster.

Area Cop Bikers Still Seek Donations For Autism Service Dog

Last Saturday's fundraising ride by the McHenry County Iron Justice Motorcycle Club of mostly cops raised $4,500 according to LITH PD member Eric Decker.  That still leaves the group about $1,500 short of the money needed to purchase of K9 service dog for a four year-old child with autism.   "We are still accepting donations to try and help the family get the last $1500.00 they need," said Decker who can be reached at  either gascan@ironjusticemc.com or (815) 312-4303.

In the pic:  A lot of Iron Justice Motorcycle Club police offers, current and retired, turned out last week for the McHenry Chapter's second annual fundraising ride.

IG Report: IDOT Patronage Increased Under Quinn

The State's top investigator Friday said patronage abuses at the Illinois Department of Transportation started under incarcerated Gov. Rod Blagojevich but increased under his successor Pat Quinn.   Executive Inspector General Ricardo Meza reported IDOT's use of "staff assistants" to skirt anti-patronage guidelines began in 2003 but the number of hires jumped in the first two years under Quinn from  52 in 2008 to 104.

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling bars politics in most state government hiring but allows it to for jobs involving confidential information, policymaking or public statements. Those things were on the job descriptions of  IDOT staff assistants but Meza found many really ended up mowing grass, answering phones, setting up training and completing monthly supply requisitions.  "The duration and pervasiveness of IDOT's improper acts have undoubtedly denied countless qualified candidates the opportunity to lawfully obtain state employment on the basis of merit," the report stated.

Meza said he found no evidence that Quinn's office knew about the abuses and reported investigators couldn't demonstrate "any clear intent" to flout hiring rules.  Nevertheless, he said, they often were for relatives and allies of Chicago aldermen, General Assembly leaders and members of Congress.  "There was clearly agency mismanagement at the highest levels regarding the responsibilities they had," Meza told reporters in Chicago.

A governor's spokesman admitted Quinn's office suggests job applicants but he said the governor expects the suggestees to play by the rules.  "The governor's office's expectation and understanding is, has been, and always will be that any candidate who is ultimately hired is doing the work of the position that candidate is filling," Grant Klinzman said.

However, former IDOT Secretary Ann Schneider, who resigned over the hiring issue two moths ago, disputed that. "Neither I nor my staff were in a position to reject the recommended positions," she said.

Election Board Nixes Rauner Term Limits Referendum

A term limit referendum backed by Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner failed to make the November ballot Friday. The State Board of Elections had already approved a ballot without it Friday when the  Illinois Supreme Court refused to immediately hear an appeal of lower rulings that it was unconstitutional

“Pat Quinn, Mike Madigan and the Springfield career politicians won today, and the people of Illinois lost," said Rauner in a written statement.  "But the people will have the final say," he continued, if they'll elect a pro-term limits General Assembly pushed by a pro-term limits Governor, presumably, himself.  Rauner chaired the Committee for Legislative Reform and Term Limits which collected signatures for the referendum.

Even without the term limit question, general election voters will face a lot of other queries in the voting booth.  The Democratic-controlled Legislature this Spring OK'ed referenda on whether Illinois should raise the minimum wage, require health insurance plans to cover prescription birth control, and and tack and extra tax onto income over $1 million to fund education.  Since they're non-binding the measures are seen as merely of getting Democratic voters to the polls.

Separately the Elections Board made two other decisions Friday likely to favor Democrats in November.  The Board struck the left-leaning Green Party from statewide ballots for failing to gather enough signatures to qualify but it approved including the rightish Libertarian Party slate.

Obituaries

Linda B. Vitte, 73,  of Sun City, Huntley, died at her home Thursday.  A Celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

Vitte was born July 6, 1941, in Toronto, Canada, the daughter of the late William and Bertha Harris. Linda graduated from Western Tech & Commerce High School in 1959. She was hired directly after graduation by British American Oil Company.  In 1968 she married James G. Vitte.  She is survived by her husband.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Marie Catherine Harris.

Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

Police Blotters

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Lake in the Hills
delayed--FEN error

Friday, August 22, 2014

Huntley Board Reviews New Retail Project, Downtown Land Buy

The Huntley Board Thursday began the review process for four more retail stores in Regency Square off Route 47 and passed along a measure to formally approve the Village's purchase of the half-acre lot of land west of Parkside Pub on Main St.

None of the stores planned between the new Aldi's market under construction and the existing 7-Eleven shop on Route 47 is under lease yet but developer March Ebacher said he already had one on his desk about to be signed.   Trustees concerns about the new project focused mostly on the southernmost one planned to include a drive-through facility.  Several, like Trustee Harry Leopold were worried customers might stack up into the streets between 47 and Princeton Drive.

"I really have some concern with the drive-through," agreed Mayor Chuck Sass.  "I'd really like to know what goes in there before we give carte blanche on a drive-through" he said.

Ebacher said  he'd work with Village planners some more.

The Downtown property purchase would bring the land between Parkside and the Main Street parking lot under Village control with a purchase price of $90,000 out of Huntley's Downtown Improvement Fund.  Parkside's owner company holds a lease on the ground under it's current owner.  The new Village purchase agreement calls for giving Parkside a license to continue to use the spot during its annual Turkey Testicle Festival and as many as two other outdoor events each year as well.

In the pic:  (above)  The layout for four new stores planned for Huntley's Regency Square.  (below)  The property the Village plans to buy on Main Street.

McHenry County Unemployment Falls Below 6 Percent

McHenry County's unemployment rate plummeted .4 percent to 5.7 percent in July, according to the latest report form the Illinois Department of Employment Security Thursday.  The rate decrease came mostly from an increase in jobs, 698 more of them, although an additional 60 people gave up looking for work and dropped out of the labor force in July, too.

The 5.7 percent unemployment rate was the one unadjusted for regular season variation.  The unadjusted state rate fell only .1 percent to an even 7 percent.  Allowing for expected Summer hiring increases, however, the state rate in July fell to 6.8 percent.  That's the lowest it's been in six years. The drop from an adjusted 9.2 percent state unemployment rate a year ago marks the largest year-over-year decline since 1984.  Underlying that, however, is an increase of only 35,600 jobs statewide in the past year, according to IDES. 

Illinois's total employment remains 275,000 jobs lower than at its peak in mid-2008.

Locally, Algonquin's unemployment rate fell to 6 percent in July while LITH's dropped to 5.9.  IDES doesn't break out unemployment in Huntley since, officially, it hasn't reached 25,000 residents yet.

                        UNEMPLOYMENT (unadjusted)             
               REVISED   Jun 2014     PRELIMINARY July 2014               
               LABOR     UNEMPLOYED   LABOR   UNEMPLOYED    July 
               FORCE     NUMBER RATE  FORCE   NUMBER  RATE  2013   
U.S. (X1000)   156,997   9,893  6.3   157,573  10,307 6.5    7.7
ILLINOIS     6,602,776 471,760  7.1 6,607,237 464,335 7.0    9.5    

MCHENRY COUNTY 175,567  10,771  6.1   175,797  10,013 5.7    8.2   
LAKE COUNTY    375,101  24,942  6.6   374,481  25,142 6.7    8.4
DUPAGE COUNTY  525,357  30,651  5.8   533,535  31,045 5.8    8.5 
KANE           279,308  18,497  6.6   279,803  17,429 6.2    8.9
 
ALGONQUIN       16,924   1,089  6.4    16,939   1,010 6.0    8.4  
LITH            16,995   1,045  6.1    17,047   1,002 5.9    8.4   
CRYSTAL LAKE    21,910   1,379  6.3    21,966   1,312 6.0    8.8     
MCHENRY         15,227     953  6.3    15,222     862 5.7    7.8  

McHenry GOP Ranks Firm Up At LITH Bianchi Fundraiser

The Boulder Ridge County Club parking lot in Lake in the Hills was packed Thursday for McHenry County's State's Attorney Lou Bianchi's annual Festa Italiana fundraiser.  Since Bianchi's not on the ballot in November and only one County Office--the Sheriff's--is even contested, the turnout was probably best read as an indicator area Republicans are ready to rally their base to get out the vote in State races.

There's been what's looked like ideological tension within McHenry County's big-tent GOP this Summer but Thursday most of the leaders of its Tea Party (or Tea Partyish) wing showed up for the mainstream Bianchi event.  A tendency to sit with each other was evident but, for the area's GOP and, perhaps for their opponents, the important thing was probably that they were there in the first place.

In the pic:  McHenry County GOP Chairman Sandy Salgado introducing State's Attorney Lou Bianchi at his annual Festa fundraiser.

IDOT Announces Patronage Hiring Fix Again

Gov. Pat Quinn's administration announced Thursday it will eliminate 58 Illinois Department of Transportation jobs at the center of  a federal lawsuit alleging illegal patronage hiring.

Acting IDOT head Erica Borggren, who took over in July after her predessor resigned when it was revealed her own stepdaughter won a cushy job, said besides cutting "staff assistant" positions and even the title itself, IDOT would create a board to oversee hiring and continue a freeze on filling jobs that can go to a candidate regardless of merit.  IDOT “performs a critical mission and impacts all communities in the state," Borggren said. “But to effectively meet our goals, we must have confidence from the public.”

Activist Michael Shakman filed a lawsuit in April after a watchdog group reported last year that IDOT jobs might have been filled based on "clout instead of competence."  Quinn said he'd already fixed any IDOT problems but when AP asked in May for records to prove it, the administration admitted there weren't any.

Borggren refused to say the IDOT firings were due to Shakman's lawsuit.   She said, instead, that they stemmed from an internal audit a year ago which found employees performing duties not in their official job descriptions.

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner's campaign gleefully heaped abuse on the governor. "Firing political patronage workers he illegally hired is like an arsonist trying to take credit for putting out a fire he started," Rauner spokesman Lance Trover said. He called the announcement, "yet another example of Pat Quinn being a phony reformer."

Obituaries

James M. Cowger, 77, of Huntley died Wednesday.   Interment services will be held in Greenwood Cemetery in Minong, Wisconsin.

Cowger was born March 24, 1937.  He married Lynda Shuhbauer.  He is survived by his children, Michelle Herrera, JoAnn (Servando) Cowger, Sandy Cowger, Laura (Ray) Sauceda and Steven (Diane) Roberg; grandchildren, Stephanie (Erik) Gutierrez, Jessica Villagomez, Gabby Sauceda, Becky Roberg and Dawn (Barry) Frost, and siblings, Richard Cowger and Mary Jane (Al) Anderson.

Mary Lou O'Grady, nee Moylan, 87, of Huntley, died.  Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 8 pm at the M. J. Suerth Funeral Home, Chicago. A Funeral Mass will be Monday at 10 am at  Saint Juliana Church, Chicago.   Interment will be in All Saints Cemetery.

She was the wife of Thomas F. O'Grady.  She is survived by her children, Mary Frances O'Grady, Thomas Francis O'Grady, Jr., Eileen (Mike) Zei, Anne (Gordy) Feyen, Therese O'Grady, Catherine O'Grady, Peggy (Rodney) Trelford, Jeanne O'Grady, Pat (Janet) O'Grady and Betsy (Bob) Read,  18 grandchildren, and sister Catherine Anne (Thomas) McGowan.   She was preceded in death by her bother,  Robert (Mary Ellen) Moylan.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, Chicago.

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
August 21
1015 HRS 600 BLOCK OF LORREE LN.  INFORMATION FOR POLICE.  Information for Police.
1610 HRS 1200 BLOCK OF BURR ST.  THEFT.  A television, video game console, and video games were taken from a residence. TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
1832 HRS 1107 PATTON AVE.  (RICHARD TAYLOR PARK).  ASSIST AMBULANCE.  Male, 11 years of age, with a head injury. No transport.
2114 HRS 00 BLOCK OF HILLTOP DR.  DOMESTIC BATTERY.  Mother vs. Daughter. Ten Priors. FAIL TO FILE.
2214 HRS 300 BLOCK OF HIAWATHA DR.  DOMESTIC.  Father vs. Son. Verbal only. No Priors.
Algonquin
August 18
10:09am Scarbrough, Anthony A.,  DOB: 10/15/93, of 136 Sioux Ave., Carpentersville, was charged with Resisting A Peace Officer.  He was taken into custody at 2200 Harnish Dr., Algonquin.  He was released after posting $150 with a court date of 10/01/14 in McHenry County.
August 19
01:45am Jasionowski, Jeffery P.,  DOB: 02/28/1973, of 1656 Cary, Algonquin, was charged with DUI, Driving While License Revoked, No Valid Insurance, Failure to Signal A Turn, Driving Without Lights When Required, and Improper Turn At Intersection.  He was taken into custody at 2 S. Main St., Algonquin. He was transported to McHenry County Jail to await a  bond hearing.
07:35am A 17 year-old from Algonquin was charged with a Hit and Run Accident. He was taken into custody at 2601 Bunker Hill Dr. He posted his Illinois Driver’s License as bond and was released with a court date of 09/24/14 in McHenry County.
08:44am Velazquez, Rene, DOB: 05/07/85, of 900 E. Orchard, Mundelein, was charged with No Valid Driver’s License. He was taken into custody at Algonquin Rd. and Main St. He was released after posting $150 with a court date of 09/24/14 in McHenry County.
12:00pm Becker, Joseph C., DOB: 06/23/76, of 1020 Horizon Ridge, Lake in the Hills, was arrested on a Violation of Order of Protection warrant from Kane County SO. He was taken into custody at APD.  He was released after posting $750 with a court date of 09/19/14 in Kane County.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Huntley Village Website Down, Not Residents' Browsers

The Huntley municipal website stopped working Wednesday afternoon and Village officials said this morning they weren't sure when it would return to the Internet.  "Our IT person has been working with [the website host]," said administrative assistant Barb Read.  "I think he's kind of frustrated."

The error message that browsers display when someone tries to access the Huntley website indicate a shortage either of servers or server memory.  "It's been happening intermittently for a week--just for a minute or two--" said Read, "then it went down completely yesterday."

In the bread always falls butter-side down category, Read added "Our traffic usually increases about the time we put out our Village e-newsletter."  The latest edition went out Monday.

In the pic:  This cryptic message to web surfers boils down to:  it's not your problem and there's nothing you can do about it.

Update:  Huntley officials report the Village website main pages were restored with what appears to be stability by around Noon Friday.  However, some features, like dropdown menus still aren't functioning properly.

D158 First Day Enrollment Up 1.4 percent

Preschool and Kindergarten starts today in District 158 after Wednesday's First Grade through high school start for the 2014-15 school year.  The Wednesday open saw 9,611 kids with "bright smiling faces" turn up "all in their places."  That was an increase of 136 students from last year, a 1.4 percent increase.

Officials said next months' official student number may be even higher thanks to late registrations.  The total number of students in the District is of more than academic interest since State Aid to Schools is calculated from the actual number of kids enrolled.

Officials said the new school year began Wednesday with 570 teachers.

LITH "Public Portal" Allows Online Applications, Checks, Complaints

The Village of  Lake in the Hills recently added a new page to its Village website to allow residents, contractors and businesses to conduct a lot of Community Development business online that used to require an in-person visit.  LITH's new Public Portal allows Internet application for certain building permits, checks on permit status, application for a contractor's or business license, requests for an inspection or reports of a code violation.  It's located at: http://www.lith.org/cd/page/public-portal

The new page was added to the Village website last week but required a small amount of fine-tuning after a graphics glitch turned up when it was accessed with a Firefox web browser.

Term Limit Question: Up To The State High Court Now

A pro-term limits group chaired by Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner said it hoped to file a last-minute appeal today with the Illinois Supreme Court after an appeals court Wednesday ruled a referendum question limiting legislators to eight years in office didn't meet State constitutional muster.

A three-judge panel of the 1st District Appellate Court in Chicago affirmed a June ruling in Cook County that the measure proposed for the November ballot applied to individual legislators, not the Legislature itself, as the Constitution requires.  The appeals panel also ruled another part of the proposed amendment, changing the number of legislators to override a governor's veto, was unconstitutional because it didn't have anything to do with term limits, anyway

Rauner said in a statement early this morning that he remained "hopeful" the Supreme Court would rule in the committee's favor. The amendment was "carefully crafted to meet all the requirements that the Illinois Supreme Court very clearly laid out" Rauner said.

The Committee for Legislative Reform and Term Limits claimed it had gathered 600,000 signatures to put the question to voters. Nevertheless, the deadline is Friday for the State Board of Elections to certify what will appear on the ballot for November.

Quinn, Rauner Squabble Over What's A Debate And Who's Chicken

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner debated Wednesday about about the number of debates and "forums" they've agreed to.  Quinn said he'll appear at 11, Rauner said he'll be at 8.  Added together, the lists actually total 16 events but the pair would appear jointly at only 3 of them.

"The public knows virtually nothing about Republican billionaire Bruce Rauner and he wants to keep it that way," said Quinn in a statement.  "In limiting the number of debates to a paltry three, he is hiding from a transparent airing of his views and plans for Illinois."

“I look forward to comparing my vision of freezing property taxes, rolling back the Quinn-Madigan income tax hike and reversing the governor's education cuts to Pat Quinn's failed record of job losses, broken schools and Blagojevich-style corruption,” Rauner said.

All three face-to-face events, one in Peoria and two in Chicago, will be in early to mid-October.  Quinn charged Rauner refused to appear at eight other forums the Governor plans to attend.  Rauner listed three others at which he said he'll appear but Quinn won't and two at which he said Quinn will be present only not when he is.

Obituaries

Robert F. Holmes, 70 of Huntley died Tuesday at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin following a lengthy illness.  A memorial gathering will be held from 4 to 8 pm Friday at the DeFiore-Jorgensen Funeral & Cremation Service, Huntley, immediately followed by a Service of Remembrance

Holmes was born April 29, 1944, in Rockford, the son of Edwin and Jeanette (Bazarek) Holmes. On Feb. 1, 1964, he married Beverly A. Proeber in Buffalo Grove.  He is survived by his wife; son, Christopher Holmes of Marengo; daughter, Roberta (Rodney) Peters of Union, and grandchildren, Jon and Michael Holmes and Derek and Kyle Peters.

Devin Alan Rahn, 26, of Huntley, died last Thursday at his home.  A Memorial visitation will be held Saturday from 10 am until a Noon service at Journey Church, Huntley.

Rahn was born May 5, 1988, in Arlington Heights, the son of Mark Rahn and Elke (Bove) Rahn.  He is survived by his parents and siblings, Cory, Markie and Alexandra.

In lieu of flowers, the family will be collecting funds to be donated to a charity and to plant a tree as a living memorial.  Donations may be sent to the James A. O'Connor Funeral Home,  Huntley.

Mark Pristop, 52, of Chicago, died June 30, in Michigan.  Memorial mass will be said at 10 am Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Huntley.

Pristop was born May 3, 1962, the son of Ann and Walter Pristop of Huntley.  He is survived by his sisters, Katherine (Dr. Robert) Rowland-Smith and Susan (Sreemanth) Pagadala; brother, Drew (Debbie) Pristop, and long-time friend and partner Chester (Butch) Banowski.  He was preceded in death by his father.

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
August 20
1734 HRS 2000 BLOCK OF BRITTANY BEND. AGGRAVATED ASSAULT.   JUVENILE,  M/W 15 YEARS OF AGE, LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGES: Two Counts of Aggravated Assault, and Four Counts
of Domestic Battery.  TURNED OVER TO KANE COUNTY JUVENILE DETENTION CENTER.
0758 HRS 200 BLOCK OF VILLAGE CREEK DR.  ASSIST OTHER POLICE AGENCY.  Surrendered FOID card.
1747 HRS 100 BLOCK OF HICKORY RD.  DOMESTIC BATTERY.  Husband vs. Wife. Verbal only. Two priors.  FAILED TO FILE.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Recreational Owners Descend On McHenry County Board

The McHenry County Boardroom was packed Tuesday with residents opposed to a planned new Unified Development Ordinance for unincorporated areas--at least to the part that would prohibit parking more than two recreational vehicles in a driveway for more than 30 days.

At 300 pages, McHenry County's UDO covers a lot more than that but the planned ban on long-term outdoor storage of heretofore unregulated RV"s, ATV's, boats, snowmobiles and trailers is the one that has the most residents upset.  The UDO isn't due for a vote until Sept. 16 but recreational vehicle owners turned out Tuesday for en masse public comment against that particular section.

Wonder Lake resident Brian Mueller said  he owns an RV.  ""We've spent thousands of dollars to renovate the house and the driveway and the yard to accommodate storage so we can bring it back," he said.  Fellow resident Brian Cafferty complained the ban would overturn not just years but decades of laissez faire on the matter.  He said under the rules of his unincorporated subdivision outdoor storage has been OK since 1943 when it was set up.

A repeated refrain was that "Schaumburg rules" shouldn't apply to locations that aren't even in a McHenry County municipality.

The UDO, an attempt to put all the County's development rules in one place, has been under revision and review for the past 21 months.  Debate on the County's 2030 plan, which it's supposed to embody, ran to a six-hour session four years ago and some Board members predict a similar grueling experience next month when it's time to vote on the measure.

The latest version of the proposed Unified Development Ordinance is located here:  https://www.co.mchenry.il.us/home/showdocument?id=33198

In the pic:  Recreational vehicles outdoors in an unincorporated "island" within Crystal Lake.

Algonquin Trash Changes Now Beginning

Tuesday's meeting of the Algonquin Board was mostly "housekeeping" measures (e.g. Amending Chapter 25, Escrow Fee Requirements) but included updates on the Village's official switchover to Groot Industries waste collection on Sept. 1. 

Village Manager Tim Schloneger told trustees Groot began dropping off new trash containers this week in advance of soon-to-be former hauler Waste Management's picking up the old ones.  Meanwhile, he reported, local retailers are stocked up now with new Groot refuse stickers.  Waste Management stickers will remain good to use with Groot until Sept. 19, however, and after that they'll still be redeemable until Sept. 30.  (Details at: http://www.algonquin.org/eGov/apps/document/center.egov?view=item;id=2737)

"We've been getting a lot of calls from people asking why we're changing to a company that's more expensive," Schloneger said, telling trustees it was hard to explain over the phone why there wasn't much choice.  The short version is that Waste Management opted not to extend the three-year contract that ends this month so the Village had to put trash collection out to bid with Groot turning out to be the low bidder.  In fact, reminded Schloneger, Waste Management bid on the new contract, too, but, "They were even higher so it would have cost even more to stay with them."

Separately, sitting as the Algonquin Liquor Commission, trustees approved liquor sales licenses for the Algonquin Citgo convenience store on South Main and El Fuego Tacos and Burritos on South Randall.

St. Margaret Mary Summerfest Sunday In Algonquin

Sunday will see Algonquin's St. Margaret Mary Church annual Polish and American Summerfest on the parish school grounds on Hubbard St.  Sometimes called the Taste of St. Margaret Mary, the event will, as usual, feature a variety of Polish--and American --food, plus games, a petting zoo, pony rides, raffles and live music and dancing "all day long".

The celebration will run from Noon to 8 pm.  Entrance fees will be  $1 for kids and $5 for adults 16 and older.  Parking's free, however. 

Rauner Touts Terms Limits, Vallas Charges "Exporting Jobs"

Taking a break Tuesday from barnstorming Downstate Illinois on a bus, Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner tried to put public pressure the Illinois Supreme Court to rule in favor of putting his term limit proposal on the November ballot. "Time is running out for the people of Illinois who overwhelmingly want the opportunity to vote on term limits this November," Rauner said in a Springfield news conference.

Last month, the State Supreme Court  turned down a direct appeal of a a Cook County judge's ruling in June that Rauner’s legislative term limit question was invalid because it exceeded what citizens can put on the ballot. The case is before an appellate court now but the deadline for getting the question on the November ballot is Friday.

Also in Springfield Tuesday, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, Paul Vallas, charged that Rauner had businesses that outsourced jobs overseas though a subsidiary of his former investment firm.   “To argue that you’re going to be a job creator when you’ve been just the opposite, and when you’ve literally created a conglomerate that is in the business of exporting jobs … there’s just something fundamentally wrong about that,” said Vallas.

“I have never closed a plant and moved jobs overseas or that sort of thing,” Rauner replied later. “That’s not what my business was.”

In the pic:  GOP governors candiate Bruce Rauner's spent the last several days campaigning Downstate.

Obituaries

Thomas Joseph Parchim, 71, of Huntley died Sunday. Visitation will be Thursday from 3 pm until a funeral service at  8 at the Ahlgrim Family Funeral Home, Palatine. Interment will be private. A memorial service will be held on Sunday at 2pm at the First Congregational Church of Huntley in Huntley.

Parchim was born on June 23, 1943, in Chicago, the son of the late Joseph P. and Ann (nee Starczyk) Parchim.  He married Mary Ann G. Raustis who survives him.  Also surviving are his children, Susan (Mark) Kinsman, Raymond Parchim, Rose (Clint) Porter, Ann (Mark) Bassett, Lisa (Micah) Taylor and Keith (Eva) Buenzow, and grandchildren, Sarah and Matthew McDonnell, Kayla and Marissa Parchim, Elisa and Christian Marlin, Jeffrey Teipe, Travis Porter, Micholas and Taylor Bassett, Emmit and Scarlet Taylor, Ethan and Emily Buenzow.  He was preceded in death by his brothers, Norman and Dennis Parchim.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Congregational Church of Huntley.

Michelle A. Kelly, 53, of Lake In The Hills of Lake in the Hills died Sunday.  She was born  Sept. 6, 1960.  Cremation will be private.

Morakoth Vorarath (nee Khampouvong), 75, of Algonquin died Tuesday.  Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 7 pm at Countryside Funeral Home, Bartlett. A funeral service will be held from Noon Saturday at the home until cremation at 4 pm.

Vorarath was born Jan. 19, 1939.  She married the late Oudom Vorarath.  She is survived by her children, Thien Tong Anongsack, Nounthong Sivongsa, Thanomsack Vorarath, Sisouk Vorarath, Sirisack Vorarath, Sidachanh Doungmala, and Khomlawan Favela.

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
August 19
0852 HRS 600 BLOCK OF LORREE LN.  DOMESTIC. Boyfriend vs. Girlfriend. Verbal only. One prior.
1329 HRS 2800 BLOCK IMPRESSIONS DR.  HIT & RUN.  Two vehicles. Offending vehicle fled.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1636 HRS RANDALL RD.  & ALGONQUIN RD.  ACCIDENT. Semi vs. Car. Property damage only.
1645 HRS 0 BLOCK OF JOSEPH CT.  DOMESTIC.  Mother vs. Daughter. Verbal only. Two priors.
1704 HRS 600 BLOCK OF LORREE LN. ASSIST OTHER POLICE AGENCY.  Assisted McHenry County Sheriff with serving a Short Order Form of an Order of Protection.
2032 HRS 100 BLOCK OF WOODY WAY.  ASSIST OTHER AGENCY.  Assist to Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
2111 HRS 900 BLOCK OF BRANDT DR.  DOMESTIC.  Husband vs. Wife. Verbal Only. No Priors.