Saturday, August 29, 2009

Huntley Library Plans New (Small) Expansion

If Huntley Trustees OK it, the crowded Huntley Area Public Library will add a 2800 square-foot temporary expansion to its 15,000 square-foot home soon.

The proposed 66x42-foot mobile classroom-style structure is planned for the east side of the library with an estimated cost of $230,000, according to Library Director Virginia Maravilla.

The scheme is the latest in attempts to find more space for the Huntley Library which officials say now serves triple the number of patrons when it was built 10 years ago. The last proposal, a $10 million 30,000 square-foot expansion was voted down in referendum last year.

"This will relieve a little bit of the overcrowding," said Maravilla. "It will allow us to put the children's collection in one place and have a small program room for library activities," she said. "That will give us some space for our adult and young adult collections."

Maravilla said the library district has been working with Huntley planners on the measure for several months. If the village approves it she said the expansion could be in place by the end of November.

In the pic: The Huntley Area Public Library was pretty full on a chilly gloomy Friday afternoon.

Grafton Pantry Begins Move To New Site

Volunteers began moving the Grafton Township Food Pantry Friday to its new location at 12191 Smith Drive, Huntley.

The pantry, a non-profit corporation operating out of the Grafton Township Offices, found itself out of a home in the midst of controversy over whether to build a new township headquarters. Local business owners Angel and Maria Vazquez said they'd provide a new location for the charitable group.

Thanks to the bum economy the pantry now helps 250 to 300 people each month.

In the pic: Bob Wold and Bil Walsh were among the volunteers helping to tote Food Pantry Stocks to their new location Friday.

D300 Prepares For Back To School Monday



D300's Keith Schabacker loaded a ton of textbooks Friday for the district's three high schools. School starts Monday in the district except for preschool (Sept. 2) and the charter school (Sept. 14).

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.
Lake in the Hills
August 28
1424 HRS 9625 HALIGUS RD., (MARLOWE MIDDLE SCHOOL). POSSESSION OF DRUG EQUIPMENT. JUVENILE M/W 13 YEARS OF AGE,LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGES: Possession of Drug Equipment. RELEASED TO PARENT.
0821 HRS 1299 PYOTT RD., (PYOTT RD BRIDGE). CRIMINAL DEFACEMENT. Gang graffiti found in tunnel.
0900 HRS 500 BLOCK OF CRYSTAL LAKE RD. ASSIST AMBULANCE. Male, 36 years of age, having a seizure. Transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital.
0948 HRS MILLER RD. & RANDALL RD. ACCIDENT. Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1306 HRS RANDALL RD. & ALGONQUIN RD. ACCIDENT. Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1423 HRS RANDALL RD. & ALGONQUIN RD. ACCIDENT. Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1827 HRS 5000 BLOCK OF PRINCETON LN. ASSIST AMBULANCE. Female, 16 years of age, disoriented after falling off her scooter. Transport to Woodstock Hospital.

Garage Sales

Lake in the Hills
Saturday, August 29
310 WEDGEWOOD CIR
3210 BANBURY LN
390 WINDERMERE WAY
620 JOSEPH ST
941 BRANDT DR 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
414 GRACE DR 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
12 W OAK ST 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
825 PEACHTREE CT 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
187 COOL STONE BEND 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
4770 HIGHWOOD LN 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
6 RAXBURG CT 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
3800 PEARTREE DR 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7 RONAN CT 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
973 VIEWPOINT DR 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
281 FERRYVILLE DR 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
306 HIAWATHA DR 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
4 E ACORN LN 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
1 E OAK ST 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
1 ROCHELLE CT 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
1191 PRIDES RUN 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
280 WEDGEWOOD CIR 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
999 VIEWPOINT DR 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
909 WILLOW ST 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
949 VIEWPOINT DR 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
10 HERON CT 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
1306 CLAYTON MARSH DR 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
190 COOL STONE BEND 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
2441 STANTON CIR 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
1505 ADAMS ST 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
4 ROLLING HILLS CT 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
912 MCPHEE DR 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
111 E OAK ST 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
342 HIAWATHA DR 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
411 PLUM ST 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
470 WRIGHT DR 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
5538 ALEXANDRIA DR 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
6 HAYWARD CT 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
872 CREEKVIEW LN 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
1519 MONROE ST 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
950 TARALON TR 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, August 30
310 WEDGEWOOD CIR
3210 BANBURY LN
390 WINDERMERE WAY
949 VIEWPOINT DR
190 COOL STONE BEND 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
444 HARVEST GATE 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
414 GRACE DR 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
6 RAXBURG CT 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
306 HIAWATHA DR 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
4 E ACORN LN 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
1 E OAK ST 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
280 WEDGEWOOD CIR 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
1306 CLAYTON MARSH DR 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
4 ROLLING HILLS CT 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
111 E OAK ST 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
950 TARALON TR 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Although they regulate garage sales, Algonquin and Huntley do not require a permit. The First Electric Newspaper will listings of garage sales in these communities at no cost. Address, days(s) and times to:
garagesales@firstelectricnewspaper.com .

Friday, August 28, 2009

McHenry County Unemployment Rate Down In July

McHenry County unemployment fell .8 percent in July to 10.1 according to the latest report from the Illinois Department of Employment Security Thursday. That remains below the state's 10.5 percent average but above the 9.7 percent figure from the U.S. overall.

Algonquin's combined unemployment rate fell to 9.4 percent in July from a revised 9.8 percent figure in June. Lake in the Hill's rate was 9.7 percent from 10.2 percent in June. Crystal Lake unemployment fell to 10.2 percent from 11 last month.  Huntley figures will remain unavailable until next year.

Metro Chicago unemployment stood at 10.7 percent down from June's 11.3 percent.

The latest local unemployment figures mirror a national trend of a lower unemployment rate announced earlier this month. The stock market welcomed news that the rate of new unemployment claims had fallen. Investors shrugged off more detailed analysis that the fall in the overall rate wasn't because companies were hiring again but due to workers being out of a job so long they'd exhausted unemployment benefits.

Huntley Subs Trees For Fence To Shield Residents

Huntley Trustees chose trees over a fence Thursday to shield residents of the Grove Street Subdivision from the Dean Foods Company plant across the tracks behind them.
Original landscaping in the area was lost to a sewer installation and plans called for a six-foot fence. Residents complained that wasn't good enough and talked the developer into substituting 45 trees.

Homeowner Ernie Rood told trustees residents needed better protection from the Deans terminal. "At night in the summer it's a growling, stinking bright piece of property," he said.

Trustee Pam Fender said she normally favored fences. "I've been sorely disappointed by developers who promised us lush landscaping," she said. But in this case, "I think you need very tall trees, very thick pines, bushes like lilacs."

Harry Leopold was the only holdout explaining, "I'm concerned about the fence for safety. There are children living there."

Besides the trees, Village Manager Dave Johnson said he'd scheduled talks with Deans next week to see what the company could do about the problem.

Governor Vetoes "Flawed" Campaign Reform

By Bethany Jaeger

In an unusual move, Illinois legislative leaders asked the governor to veto a bill Thursay that Democratic members sent to his desk in May. Gov. Pat Quinn obliged, saying he would work with members of both political parties, as well as government reform advocates, to start from scratch — and get it done by October 14 — to tighten up the rules for the funding of political campaigns.

Quinn vetoed House Bill 7, which would have established contributions limits of $5,000 for individuals, $10,000 for businesses and labor unions and $90,000 for transfers from statewide political parties. Quinn said since he received the bill, he’s gotten a lot of feedback from individuals, reform advocates and newspaper editorials that the bill was flawed and could have unintended consequences, as well as risked turning voters away from a system that maintains the status quo. In turn, Illinois remains one of only a handful of states with no limits on the amount individuals, businesses or interest groups can donate to political candidates.

“I’d rather take more time to get it right and have public consensus behind it than hastily do something that might have happened in the spring,” Quinn said during a news conference with all four legislative leaders.

Quinn’s veto came after he testified in favor of HB 7 in late May. Sitting next to House Speaker Michael Madigan, the governor said then that the bill was not perfect, but it was a “significant step forward” and that it was the “best we can do at this time.”

Senate President John Cullerton said in Quinn’s defense that a new negotiated bill wasn’t ready by the time Quinn had to act on HB 7 (he faced a Friday deadline). “We asked the governor to veto this bill. We asked him — the sponsors of the bill — asked him to veto it. Because if he signed it, there are people here who think it could be much better, and that would be interpreted as accepting something that had flaws. We didn’t want to do that,” Cullerton said.

House Minority Leader Tom Cross said today that agreeing to start over on campaign finance was a good beginning, but there’s more on the agenda. He said Republicans also want to address the idea of moving back the primary election date (now held in early February), allowing voters to recall elected officials, instituting special elections to fill vacant seats and reforming the redistricting process.

Read Bethany's full report at: http://illinoisissuesblog.blogspot.com/2009/08/reform-do-over.html

County Young Democrats Meet In Algonquin

Silver threads showed among the gold Thursday as McHenry County Young Democrats met at Algonquin's Eastgate Library to hear Tom Castillo's pitch to become Lieutenant Governor.

Explaining the many not-so-young Democrats like Paula Yensen and Bob Kaempfe in attentance, group co-founder Lake in the Hills resident Ed Rotchford said, "We like to say we have 75 members and supporters. That's pretty good since we only started in May."

Castillo, an Elmhurst electrician, said he hoped to use the Lieutenant Governor's office as "a bully pulpit" to jawbone legislation favoring "the working class".

Rotchford told Castillo, "I didn't even know my lieutenant governor until the impeachment hearings."

In the pic: Tom Castillo looks for support among McHenry County Young Democrats.

McHenry County Indictments

A McHenry County Grand Jury returned indictments against the following individuals this week.
An indictment is not proof of guilt. A defendant 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.

WILLIAM S. EVERTSEN, DOB: 04/07/89, 120 WOODY WAY, LAKE IN THE HILLS, IL 60142. AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL SEXUAL ABUSE (2 COUNTS)--WOODSTOCK PD

MARK L. HUDSON, DOB: 07/26/62, 106 HICKORY LANE, LAKE IN THE HILLS, IL 60156. AGGRAVATED DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE.--LITH 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.
Lake in the Hills
August 27
1308 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & HILLTOP DR., ACCIDENT. Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1524 HRS 9109 TRINITY DR., ASSIST AMBULANCE. Female, 23 years of age, having chest pain. Transported to Sherman Hospital.
HRS 1300 BLOCK OF CUNAT CT., ASSIST AMBULANCE. Male, 49 years of age, having groin pain. Transported to Sherman Hospital.
2235 HRS PYOTT RD. & E OAK ST. DOMESTIC. Husband vs. wife. Verbal only.
Two priors.
Algonquin
August 24
13:02pm Brzoza, Maria DOB: 08/04/58 of 3333 Worthington, Lake in the Hills, was charged with Retail Theft. She was taken into custody at Kohl’s, 734 S. Randall Road. She was released on a Notice to Appear, with a court date of 09/30/09, in Algonquin.
15:45pm Guzman, Jose L. DOB: 02/20/69 of 7505 Birch Street, Crystal Lake, was charged with DLWS, No Proof of Insurance, Expired Registration and Illegal Transportation of Alcohol. He was also Wanted on a Warrant, out of McHenry County for Unlawful Damage to a Highway. He was taken into custody at Algonquin and Randall Roads. He was released after posting $100, on the Algonquin charges, with a court date of 09/30/09 and after posting $300, on the McHenry County Warrant, with a court date of 09/14/09, both in McHenry County.
August 25
09:21am Bak, Dominik P. DOB: 11/07/78 of 1319 Monroe Street, Lake in the Hills, was Wanted on a Warrant out of McHenry County for Retail Theft. He was taken into custody at the Algonquin Police Department. He was released after posting $100, with a court date of 09/09/09, in McHenry County.
17:01pm Kramer, Joseph M. DOB: 10/23/91 of 507 Huron Trail, Lake in the Hills, was charged with Retail Theft. He was taken into custody at the Algonquin Police Department. He was released on a Notice to Appear, with a court date of 09/30/09, in Algonquin.
August 27
00:02am Williams, Johnnie L. DOB: 01/15/92 of 125 Siesta Drive, Carpentersville, was charged with Speeding and No Valid Driver’s License (Graduated Driver Restriction). He was taken into custody at Route 62 and Harrison Street. He was released on a Personal Recognizance Bond, after posting his Illinois Driver’s License, with a court date of 09/30/09, in McHenry County.
12:08am Huminsky, Nicholas A. DOB: 06/07/67 of 10 Waterfront Court, Algonquin, was charged with Domestic Battery. He was taken into custody at the Algonquin Police Department. He was transported to McHenry County Jail, to await a bond hearing.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Grafton Twp. Offices To Go To Referendum

Whatever the outcome of an appeal from a restraining order against a new Graftown Township Office, the question of whether there should be one will appear on the November 2010 ballot.

McHenry County Clerk Kathy Schultz accepted the township's certification of a petition for a referendum on the matter Monday.

The township had borrowed but then had to return $3.6 million to build a new headquarters after opponents won an injunction against it. Judge Michael Caldwell's ruling that trustees hadn't given residents enough public notice is currently being appealed.

In the midst of wrangling over the new office former Township Supervisor Joe Rossi lost his re-election bid to building-opponent Linda Moore.

Meanwhile the Grafton Township Food Pantry, headed by Rossi and part of the impetus for plans for new township offices, will reportedly move soon to a new Huntley location.

In the pic: Grafton Township's Senior Bingo sessions like this one last week have to be held at the Huntley American Legion because there's no place for them at the Township Offices. Then again, the Legion doesn't charge the township for hosting bingo.

Haligus Road To Close Soon In LITH

Signs have been up for several days warning Haligus Road in Lake in the Hills between Miller Road and Geneva Lane will close Monday for about three months. The closure will allow reconstruction of that heavily-traveled and crumbling stretch of Haligus.

Lake in the Hills Public Works Director Fred Mullard said the work will include digging out and replacing not just the pavement but the road base as well and installing storm drains. "We'll smooth that corner a little, too," he said.

Mullard said access to the village's dog park will still be available during construction and told trustees Tuesday accomodations would be provided for setting up the village's Summer Sunset Festival next week.

In the map: Click to enlarge.

Mystery Fuel Spill Cleaned Up

Algonquin Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District HazMat teams cleaned up a diesel fuel spill Wednesday on Algonquin Road east of Pyott Road.

John Green, Battalion Chief, said crews found puddles of fuel apparently leaked from a truck passing through. “Due to the heavy rain and the undetermined amount of fuel that had been spilled, the concern was for how much had been washed into the sewer system and where the spill would ultimately be taken.”

Green said his men checked with the Algonquin Public Works Department to see where the fuel was likely to go and cleaned it up there.

The spill won't affect local waterways or wildlife according to Illinois Environmental Protection Agency officials. The cause of Wednesday's spill remains unknown.

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.
Lake in the Hills
August 26
1827 HRS RAKOW RD. & VIRGINIA RD. DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED.
TAYLOR, DENISE, F/B 36 YEARS OF AGE, 1012 W. ELDER AVE., MCHENRY.CHARGES: Driving while license suspended, no insurance. RELEASED ON
BOND.
0451 HRS 10 BLOCK OF TWELVE LAKES CT. ASSIST AMBULANCE. Female, 75
years of age, feeling dizzy with an upset stomach. No transport.
0524 HRS 1300 BLOCK OF MONROE ST. ASSIST AMBULANCE. Female, 40 years of
age, having abdominal pain. Transported to Good Shepherd Hospital.
0621 HRS INDUSTRIAL DR. & PYOTT RD. ACCIDENT. Vehicle vs Deer. Property
damage only.
0646 HRS LAKEWOOD RD. & REED RD. ACCIDENT. Two vehicles. Property
damage only.
0906 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & PYOTT RD. ACCIDENT. Delayed. Vehicle vs.
median. Property damage only.
0917 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & PYOTT RD. ACCIDENT. Two vehicles. Property
damage only.
1025 HRS 00 BLOCK OF DOGWOOD CT. CRIMINAL SEXUAL ASSAULT. PENDING
INVESTIGATION.
1053 HRS 00 BLOCK OF PERSHING AVE. THEFT. Jewelry taken from residence
sometime Saturday. TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
1234 HRS 1300 BLOCK OF CUNAT CT. INFORMATION FOR POLICE. Two units
damaged due to water leak.
1317 HRS 5395 AVALON LN., (AVALON PARK). FOUND PROPERTY. Cell phone
found at park.
1327 HRS 1300 BLOCK OF CUNAT CT. ASSIST AMBULANCE. 49 year old male
experiencing pain following a surgery. Transported to Sherman Hospital.
1818 HRS RAKOW RD. & VIRGINIA RD. ACCIDENT. Two vehicles, property
damage only.
1933 HRS 2900 BLOCK OF BRISBANE DR. CRIMINAL DEFACEMENT. Circle painted
on garage door.
2043 HRS 1000 BLOCK OF CREEK VIEW LN. PAPER SERVICE. Order of
Protection served.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Turf War Simmers At LITH Board

Lake in the Hills trustees' opposition solidified Tuesday to a planned new Algonquin gas station on Algonquin Road at Wentworth Drive. Many said they feared a proposed Road Ranger station in Algonquin would harm business at an existing 7-Eleven station on their side of the village's border.

"I'm trying to think of two gas stations with that sort of proximity in Algonquin," said Paul Mulcahy. "There used to be at 31 and 62 but two of those stations aren't in business anymore. Presumably because of competition."

"We're basically shooting ourselves in the foot when 7-Eleven gets a sales dent," said Steve Harlfinger.

Ordinarily Lake in the Hills would have no input on Algonquin planning. In this particular case, though, the other village would like to run a planned access road behind the new gas station from Wentworth to an unnamed stub street south off Algonquin Road. The stub belongs to Lake in the Hills giving them a hand in the game after all.

"This hasn't even been passed in Algonquin," said Ray Bogdanovich. "I feel they're trying to use us as a tool to approve this."

"We can't stop a gas station from being plopped down there but we can certainly make it more difficult," said Village President Ed Plaza.

The LITH Board will take up the matter in full session Thursday.

Map above: Click for a bigger version.

Stopgap Roofing At Riverside Square, Algonquin

Half a dozen closed-mouthed roofers driving unmarked trucks were at work on Algonquin's derelict Riverside Square Tuesday. The activity is presumed to be roof shingling demanded by the village to protect the structure from further deterioration.

Workers were seen removing tattered sheets of OSB sheathing suggesting the past 10 months of weathering since construction ceased on the planned luxury condo complex may have produced more damage than is immediately apparent.

A spokeswoman for Amcore Bank, Rockford, the structure's current owner,declined to provide any information except to indicate that it hasn't been sold yet. "When that happens it will be a matter of public record," she said.

Last Call For Algonquin Photo Contest

There's only a few more days (six) left to break out the old Brownie Hawkeye to enter Algonquin's annual photo contest.

This year's theme is "Exploring Algonquin" with pictures showing people, places and events illustrating Algonquin as "an involved community."
Winning photos in five different competition categories will be included in various village publications and websites.

Rules and an application form are at :
http://www.algonquin.org/

In the pic: A cute kid and happy toddler, how could this pic miss? Points off for overexposure on the dayglo shirt, according to the rules.

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.
Lake in the Hills
August 25
0417 HRS 100 BLOCK OF VILLAGE CREEK DR. HIT AND RUN. PELTIER, ETHAN M. P., M/W 19 YEARS OF AGE, 522 WILLOW STREET, LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGES: Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Two Counts of Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident, Two Counts of Failure to Report a Traffic Accident, Two Counts of Improper Lane Usage. Additional Charges Pending. RELEASED ON BOND.
1635 HRS LAKEWOOD RD. & MILLER RD. DRIVING WHILE LICENSE REVOKED. MOSER, LISA M., F/W 44 YEARS OF AGE, 3034 IMPRESSIONS DR., LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGES: Driving while License Revoked. RELEASED ON BOND.
0324 HRS 500 GRACE DR., (PLOTE FIELD). CRIMINAL DEFACEMENT. Graffiti was found on the dugout that faces Grace Dr.
0351 HRS 600 BLOCK OF HURON TRAIL. DOMESTIC BATTERY. Girlfriend vs Boyfriend. No priors. FAIL TO FILE.
1019 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF HALFMOON GATE. DOMESTIC BATTERY. Husband vs Wife. No priors. FAIL TO FILE.
1025 HRS 8399 PYOTT RD., (AIRPORT). ASSIST AMBULANCE 65 year old male feeling dizzy and lightheaded. Transported to Good Shepherd Hospital.
1143 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & LAKEWOOD RD. ACCIDENT. Vehicle vs Bicycle. Property damage only.
1429 HRS 200 BLOCK OF TERRAMERE LN. INFORMATION FOR POLICE. Complainant advised her ex husband would not release her son over for court ordered visitation.
1524 HRS OAKLEAF RD. & PHEASANT TRAIL. ASSIST AMBULANCE Male, 25 years of age, needing an evaluation. Transported to Sherman Hospital.
1915 HRS 1107 CRYSTAL LAKE RD., (TAYLOR SKATE PARK). BATTERY 13 year old male having difficulty breathing after being involved in an altercation. Transported to Saint Joseph’s Hospital. FAIL TO FILE.
2119 HRS 900 BLOCK OF BRITTANY BEND. ASSIST AMBULANCE. 41 year old female possibly having a stroke. Transported to Woodstock Hospital.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

D300 Board Approves More Testing

Following disappointing ACT college-prep test scores announced last week, the District 300 Board of Education Monday approved a measure it hopes will improve them. More tests.

The board OK'ed the $100,000 purchase of new Scantron computer testing software. The plan is to monitor high schoolers' achievement and progress three times each year in areas including reading and math. The continual student testing isn't aimed especially at raising district ACT scores. Plans to buy the software have been in the works for months. The new testing scheme was, however, among several measures educators listed to raise the state-mandated test scores.

Plans are to use the testing software to gauge freshmen achievement levels this year and then advance the testing a grade each year until all four years are covered.

Trustees Monday also approved posting the district's proposed $157 million 2009-2010 budget. Chief Financial Officer Cheryl Crates said the budget would balance by a slim $60,000 if all the state funds appropriated were disbursed in a timely fashion. "If they get a hiccup situation, we want to be prepared for that," she said.

Crates noted the state Board of Education still owes the district over $5 million in payments for the 2008-9 school year.

A hearing on the proposed D300 budget is set for Sept. 22. The budget can be seen here:
http://www.d300.org/files/2009%2008%2024%20Proposed%20Budget%2009%2010_0.pdf

The board also approved a $337,000 payment to the village of Carpentersville for traffic improvements on Miller Road at Liberty School. Several trustees balked earlier this month at the charge which was more than 10 percent more than they'd said the district would pay but the measure passed Monday 4 to 2.

Clunkers Program Boosts Sales, Sales Taxes

The federal Department of Transportation's Cash For Clunkers program ended Monday giving a $3 billion jolt to the country's car dealers and an undetermined boost to state and local sales tax receipts.

Tom Peck, Jr., at Tom Peck Ford, Huntley, said he'd sold 64 new cars under the terms of the program. "My lot is empty," he said.

About 100 clunkers were stacked up behind Rosen Hyundai, Algonquin, Monday. Saul Rosen, owner, said the frenzy during the first week of the clunker program produced not merely the best July the dealership had ever had. "It was the best month ever," he said.

No one knows how many new car sales the program actually produced. The federal Cars.gov rebate site has been deluged with electronic paperwork from dealers and crashed for a while Monday.

An Illinois Department of Revenue spokeswoman said there was no way to tell how many cars had been sold in the state.

By a rough calculation, though, each new car sale under the program generated better than $1,000 in sales taxes, $900 to the state and $150 to the dealership's municipality.

Algonquin Village Manager Bill Ganek said, "We would expect to see an increase in our sales tax receipts," but not for at least three months. "It takes the state that long," he said.
Ganek said until now the village's sales tax distribution has been running about 10 percent behind last year's.

That raises the other question no one can answer yet. Did the clunkers program give auto sales a permanent boost or will they fall off a cliff again now that it's over?

In the pic: Rows and Rows of clunkers clogged the lot behind Rosen Hyundai Monday.

Community Colleges Open To New Student Records

Elgin Community College and McHenry County College both welcomed record numbers of new students Monday, another probable symptom of hard times during the Great Recession.

ECC had to open overflow parking lots to handle the student influx. MCC used local police officers to help prevent traffic jams.

ECC's total enrollment is up to 11,025 for the fall semester according to Dean of Student Services Carol Cowles. That number includes 2,451 incoming freshmen, an 8 percent jump form last year she said.

Meanwhile at MCC enrollment reached 6,480 students, including 1,890 fresmen, a 26 percent increase, according to spokeswoman Christina Haggerty.

Tony Miksa, MCC Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs said, "Community College cycles usually run opposite to the economy. We see a lot of students coming to us to retrain or upgrade their skills."

Cowles said ECC's nursing program, for example, is drawing new students who already have four-year liberal arts degrees.

Miksa said some of the increase is probably students looking to stretch their education dollars. "Some will just be taking their first two years here," before going on to a four year college. "The credits all transfer," he said, "and community college tuition is a real bargain."

In the pic: Parking lots were packed at ECC on the first day of classes Monday

Algonquin To Use Builder Funds In Subdivision

Algonquin Trustees voted Monday to call $1.8 million on a letter of credit for the village's moribund Creeks Crossing subdivision on Sleepy Hollow Road.

Conceived during real estate's rocket rise, the 40-acre 50 home development didn't break ground until after the market's peak and never went anywhere.

The village plans to use the letter of credit funds to finish storm sewers, streets, sidewalks and detention ponds in the sickly subdivision.

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.
Lake in the Hills
August 24
1833 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & HILLTOP DR. WANTED ON WARRANT. CAIN, MICHAEL,
M/W 29 YEARS OF AGE, 24 N. BELMONT DR., ARLINGTON HEIGHTS. CHARGES:
Wanted on Warrant, Buffalo Grove Police Department for Simple Assault.
Bond Amount: $10,000 at 10%. Subject was issued a Notice to Appear for
No Seat Belt on the Passenger. TURNED OVER TO BUFFLO GROVE POLICE.
1855 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & HILLTOP DR. NO VALID ILLINOIS DRIVER’S
LICENSE. VILLARREAL, FRANSISCO J., M/W 23 YEARS OF AGE, 1115 PINE ST.,
LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGES: No Valid Illinois Driver’s License. Arrest
was made due to a vehicle accident. RELEASED ON BOND.
0816 HRS 2900 BLOCK OF BALDWIN LN. DOMESTIC. Husband vs Wife. No
priors.
1015 HRS 5300 BLOCK OF LANSBURY CIRCLE. DOMESTIC. Husband vs Wife. No
priors.
1012 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF STARWOOD PASS. AMBULANCE ASSIST. Female, 86
years of age, had hip pain from a fall. Transported to Sherman
Hospital.
2154 HRS 3700 BLOCK OF SONOMA CIRCLE. AMBULANCE ASSIST. 18 month old
having a seizure. Transported to Woodstock Memorial Hospital.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Hanson Road Closes Today In Algonquin

Early commuters who used Algonquin's Hanson Road to get to work this morning will have to find another way home this evening. By then the thoroughfare will be closed to traffic during reconstruction expected to last a year.

The $2.5 million project involves digging out the road's old failing roadbed and starting from scratch.

Most of the money fir the project is federal funding, according to Public Works Director Bob Mitchard, and thanks to the Great Recession the village's cost will be less than once expected.

"It's a lot cheaper than it would have been a year ago," said Mitchard, "due to the cost of fuel and asphalt. And the need for contractors to get work is obviously driving prices down."

Below are maps of Hanson Road detours. A more detailed .pdf file, once again, is here:

http://www.algonquin.org/egov/docs/1250273565_275512.pdf



Rural Residents Halt Alden Autobahn

Prospects to keep McHenry County's western half off-limits to developers got a boost this past week when the McHenry County Division of Transportation promised to go back to the drawing boards with a plan to radically upgrade Alden Road in rural Alden Township.

Keeping the western half country is a major feature of the county's 2030 Plan scheduled for public hearing in coming months. Planners claim that part of McHenry County can become a tourism draw for the Chicago area but needs to be preservered anyway because it's the recharge zone for eastern half water supplies. A county study concluded water in Algonquin Township is running out and Nunda Township isn't far behind.

Alden Township residents organized during the summer to oppose McDOT's plan to nearly double the width of crumbling Alden Road saying it would destroy the road's character. Not to mention a lot of trees, buildings and septic fields.

At last Tuesday's County Board meeting the agency gave in and said it would start over. "We'll be looking at ways to moderate right of way impact," said Assistant County Engineer Jeff Young who expected the process to take several months.

The announcement pleased Alden residents who've been packing board meetings for most of the summer but they remain somewhat sceptical. "We'll be here. And we'll be watching," said Township Supervisor Preston Rea.

Polish-American Fest Rocks In Algonquin Sunday

The fourth annual Taste of St. Margaret Mary Parish Polish-American Fest drew a big crowd Sunday. Long ago a Bohemian parish, St. Margaret Mary now includes many Polish families who revitalized a waning Octoberfest but moved it to August when it didn't seem to rain so much.


Local Churches Hold Blood Drives

Algonquin's Joe Grzelak showed he had a big heart which happens to pump O positive blood at the St. Margaret Mary K of C blood drive Sunday.

"I've given blood before but not regularly. There's a big need now, though," Grzelak said.

Blood supplies tend to run dry during the summer according to LifeSource blood center.

Another blood drive is set next Sunday morning at Light of Christ Lutheran Church, Algonquin.

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.

Lake in the Hills
August 23
0821 HRS RAKOW RD. & PYOTT RD. WANTED ON WARRANT. BARRIENTOS-SANDRIA, TEODORO, M/W 27 YEARS OF AGE, 170 GOLFVIEW LN, CARPENTERSVILLE. Charges: Wanted On Warrant: Kane County Sheriff’s Office,Traffic Offenses $500 FULL CASH, No Valid License, Suspended Registration, No Valid Insurance. RELEASED ON BOND.
FOLLOW-UP ARRESTS: 1532 HRS 2800 BLOCK OF SORREL ROW. ASSAULT. SANABRIA, LAURELEI E., F/W 37 YEARS OF AGE, 2893 SORREL ROW, LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGES: Assault. RELEASED ON BOND.
1250 HRS 1300 BLOCK OF CUNAT COURT. AMBULANCE ASSIST. Male, 49 years of age, having chest pains.Transported to Sherman Hospital.
1600 HRS 800 BLOCK OF NOELLE BEND. AMBULANCE ASSIST. Male, 25 years of age, choking. No transport.
1805 HRS 680 NORMAND LN., (NORMANDY PARK). CRIMINAL DEFACEMENT. Graffiti carved on park equipment.
2049 HRS 211 N. RANDALL RD., (STEAK N SHAKE). ACCIDENT Two vehicles. Property damage only.
Algonquin
August 22
00:11am Flannery, Janet M. DOB: 02/22/86 of 45 Woodland, Elgin, was charged with Battery. She was taken into custody at 1422 Grandview Court. She was released after posting $100, with a court date of 09/23/09, in McHenry County.
23:11pm Powell, Jay T. DOB: 04/14/71 of 605 S. 2nd Street, West Dundee, was charged with DWLS, Suspended Registration and No Proof of Insurance. He was taken into custody at Hanson Road and Westbury Drive. He was released after posting $100, with a court date of 09/23/09, in McHenry County.
23:59pm Kelly, Michael J. DOB: 08/11/64 of 1310 Greenridge Avenue, Algonquin, was charged with DUI and Failure to Yield. He was taken into custody at Sandbloom Road and Compton Drive. He was released after posting his Illinois Driver’s License and $100, with a court date of 09/30/09, in McHenry County.
Huntley
August 17
William S. Evertsen age 20 of 120 Woody Way, Lake in the Hills, IL, was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of McHenry County for aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Mr. Eversten was transported to McHenry County jail.
Bradley I. Sepper age 43 of 13020 Coventry Lane was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Kane County and an outstanding warrant out of McHenry County.
Abraham Lopez age 35 of 2620 Braeburn, Woodstock, IL, was arrested for no valid driver’s license and cited for no lights when required. Mr. Lopez posted bond and was released.
Jennifer L. Carriveau age 25 of 139 S. Railroad Street, Gilberts, IL, was arrested for driving with a revoked driver’s license.
Sarah J. McKenna age 25 of 709 Queens Gate Circle, Sugar Grove, IL, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Nora P. Leach-Peterson age 31 of 1816 Paula Court, Sleepy Hollow, IL, was arrested for probation violation warrant. Ms. Leach-Peterson posted bond and was released.
Manuel Gomez age 32 of 4334 N. Whipple, Chicago, IL, was arrested for unlawful use of registration. Mr. Gomez posted bond and was issued a McHenry County court date of September 18, 2009 at 8:30 a.m.
August 18
Kelly Crowell age 21 of 10411 Dearlove Drive, Glenview, IL, was arrested for obstructing a police officer, expired registration, and no valid driver’s license. Ms. Crowell posted bond and was released.
August 19
Alexander A. Wallace age 18 of 5011 Princeton, Lake in the Hills, IL, was arrested for no valid driver’s license.August 21, 2009 Ryan Montgomery age 20 of 11021 Bayou Court was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of McHenry County for failure to appear in court. Ms. Montgomery posted bond and was released.
August 22
A resident near 9600 Compton reported theft of a Chicago Bears flag and pole.
August 23
Sylvester D. Haynes age 62 of 10814 Concord Lane was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of McHenry County for failure to appear in court. Mr. Haynes posted bond and was released.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Algonquin Principal Makes A Splash For Reading

Eastview Elementary Principal Jim Zursin probably had something warmer than 67 degrees in mind when he promised students to do a "cannonball"into the Algonquin pool if they'd read enough books during the school's Summer Reading Celebration. But they did so, he did Saturday.


Librarian Kathy Stephenson kept the school's stacks open Tuesdays and Thursdays for the kids throughout the summer. "I managed to have all my (continuing education) classes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays," she said.

Old Tractors Enliven Huntley Farmers' Market

Huntley's Farmers' Market added an historical element Saturday with a display of old tractors that once tilled McHenry County's fields. Machines from the 20's to the late 50's harked to the quaint days when a big farmer might plow 250 acres and climate control was a John Deere cap.
Next week's Farmers' Market will feature hip hop performance by Full Spin Productions Performing Arts Studio.

Pool Party For Pets At LITH's Bark Park

Some pooches didn't quite "get" Lake in the Hills' Pool Party For Pets at the village's Bark Park Saturday. You could almost see them thinking, "This stuff looks like water. Smells like water. Tastes like water. Water comes in a bowl. Wow, this is a big bowl of water! Slurp."

This did not apply to retrievers, of course.

The Bark Park at 9027 Haligus Road, is 10 acres of open space featuring shade trees, onsite parking, and running water where a dog can run for more than 100 feet before crashing into the neighbor's fence. It's open year-around but membership is required from the Parks & Recreation Department.

Centegra Weight Loss Center Relocates To Huntley


Workers were still putting the finishing touches this week on Centegra's Weight Loss Surgery Center a the group's new Huntley facility. The center relocated there from its Crystal Lake location because demand for the weight loss therapy has doubled in the past four years according to Centegra spokesman Kim Kubiak.

The center recently earned a certificate of excellence from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

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.
Lake in the Hills
August 22
0209 HRS HARVEST GATE & POLARIS DR. DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL. HARDT, JASON R., M/W 25 YEARS OF AGE, 1261 WESTPORT RIDGE, CRYSTAL LAKE. CHARGES: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol with a Blood Alcohol Content Over .08, Speeding. RELEASED ON BOND
0732 HRS 311 N RANDALL RD., (LITH THEATERS). ACCIDENT. Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1035 HRS 101 N RANDALL RD., (DOMINICKS). HIT & RUN. Vehicle was struck by an unknown vehicle that fled the scene.
1448 HRS 100 BLOCK OF NORTHLIGHT PASS. MISSING JUVENILE. Female, 13 years of age, stayed at friend's house and did not let her mother know. Daughter was found at the friend’s house.
1714 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF STARWOOD PASS. Female, 87 years of age, fell and hurt herself. No transport.
1946 HRS 10910 REED RD., (CHESAK SCHOOL). FOUND PROPERTY. Black BMX bicycle was found in the parking lot. Bicycle was placed into evidence.
2008 HRS 1200 BLOCK OF SYCAMORE ST. ASSIST AMBULANCE. Male, 68 years of age, feeling faint. Transported to Woodstock Memorial.