Saturday, August 18, 2012

Mental Health Board Reels At Top Three Boss Loss

McHenry County officials reacted Friday to the unexpected announcement that the Mental Health Board's three top administrators will all leave before the end of the year.  "I think that there should be further examination of the 708 (Mental Health) Board and the problems at it," said frequent critic County Board Member Donna Kurtz Friday. "There are millions of dollars and critical mental health issues at stake."

Late Thursday the Mental Health Board notified client agencies that Executive Director Sandy Lewis had resigned, effective Nov. 12 to take a position at Commonwealth University in Virginia and that Deputy Director, Robert Lesser, and Clinical Director, Liz Doyle, had both decided to retire, Lesser in two weeks, Doyle Nov. 30.

The MHB's sudden self-decapitation follows the still largely-unexplained collapse in late May of its largest service provider, Family Service in McHenry, after a failed merger with a LaSalle County agency.  Officials said it was all coincidental, though. "You're looking for cause and effect that isn't there," said Lewis.

"There was a lot of crying (at Thursday's closed Special Mental Health Board meeting)," reported County Board liason Member Mary Donner.  "Sandy got a job she was invited to apply for and didn't expect to get. Bob was planning a retirement and Liz was getting ready to retire, too."

"They didn't know I was leaving and each didn't know the other was retiring, either," said Lewis.

"We're losing a lot of experience and knowledge all at once," said MHB President Lee Ellis. He  also heads the County Mental Health Task Force looking into the Family Service collapse. The good news there, he reported, is that the defunct agency's 6,000 yearly clients have now been reassigned to other providers.  Whether they'll go to them is still an open question, though, he said.  "We were able to keep the psychiatrists," said Ellis.

Complicating MHB's problems, however Ellis said the $11 million per year Board is up against its tax rate limit.  "We're not going to have as much money as last year," said Ellis.  "We're going to be short." Ellis said the Board plans to use Doyle's departure to tighten its administrative structure by eliminating her position.

HHS Sports Kickoff Shows New Red Raiders Friday

Athletes, cheerleaders, coaches and fans gathered Friday for the Red Raider Sports Kickoff at the Huntley High School stadium field.  The event, intended to be annual, subsumed the usual Red and Black football scrimmage in a celebration to build spirit for all HHS sports.

Even so, the pigskin pack drew the most attention.  New head football coach John Hart running the boys through scrimmages said, "I've never had a group of players who more prepared or more hungry."

Superfan Mike Lyp's been watching their progress this Summer and agreed.  "This isn't like last year.  'Oh, Coach, I hurt my thumb and I can't play.' These guys are ready."

In the pic: Huntley head football coach was making a list and checking it twice during the Red Raiders Sports Kickoff at HHS Friday.

McHenry Child Sex Deputy Remains In Jail

A former McHenry County Deputy terminated Tuesday when he was arrested on new child sex and pornography charges agreed to remain in Boone County Jail Friday.  According to records, ex-sergeant Gregory Pyle, McHenry County's kidporn expert, also waived a preliminary hearing and Federal Magistrate P. Michael Mahoney set Sept. 6 for his next appearance.  Pyle's federal Public Defender could not be reached for comment Friday.

Pyle is scheduled to appear in McHenry County Circuit Court Sept. 10 to set a trail date on ten counts of child criminal sexual assault brought in January in what is thought to be a related case.

In the pic:  Boone County Jail

Department Of Health Shuts LITH Indian Trail Beach

The McHenry County Department of Health Friday closed down Lake in the Hills' Indian Trail Beach for excess levels of E coli bacteria in the water.  The Beach failed shallow sampling Wednesday and both shallow and deep sampling Thursday. The closure Friday was the first this year for any of LITH's beaches.  Indian Trails will remain closed until  shallow and deep water samples test below a maximum standard, both on the same day.  Thursday's samples were double the mark on the shallow sample and about 10 percent above for the deep one.

Springfield Pension Reform Session Flops

By Jamey Dunn, Illinois Issues
A one-day special legislative session to address the state’s struggling pension systems produced plenty of finger pointing but no reforms.

A plan that would only have affected members of the General Assembly Retirement System failed to get the support needed to pass. No new pension reform proposals emerged from the Senate, which adjourned before the House began debate  “In the context of the overall problem, I think we all agree that this does absolutely nothing,” said House Minority Leader Tom Cross. He and many of his fellow Republicans called on Gov. Pat Quinn to keep lawmakers in special session until a pension plan passes.

“I was disappointed with the legislature today,” Quinn said after both chambers adjourned. He said that he does not plan to call lawmakers back for a special session in the immediate future. Quinn said he plans to launch a campaign to reach out to voters and business groups and urge them to put pressure on lawmakers.

Quinn said, “It’s pretty clear to me that we’re not going to continue to engage with Republican leaders who are not sincere about voting for public pensions reform." But Republican leaders say that it is Democrats who are either not genuinely interested in passing reform or bungling the job.

A Quinn spokesperson said the governor plans to reveal more details about his "grassroots" campaign next week.

You can ready Jamey's full report at: http://illinoisissuesblog.blogspot.com/2012/08/after-having-no-luck-with-lawmakers.html

House Ousts Smith Who Vows To Stay On Ballot

By Jayette Bolinski, Illinois Watchdog
Illinois House lawmakers Friday kicked out indicted Rep. Derrick Smith, who faces a federal bribery charge for allegedly accepting a $7,000 bribe in connection with his job as legislator. The vote – 100 to 6 ended the Chicago Democrat's first term as a state lawmaker.

Neither Smith nor his Chicago attorney, Victor Henderson, were present for the vote in Springfield. Smith remains on the Nov. 6 ballot in his home district as a Democrat, but he no longer has backing from the state’s Democratic machine. His bribery arrest came after he won his March primary battle so now he faces Lance Tyson, a Democrat who is running as a “Unity Party” candidate but with mainline Democratic backing.

You can read Jayette's full report at:
http://watchdog.org/50383/il-house-ousts-indicted-colleague-he-vows-to-stay-on-november-ballot/

In the pic: Ousted State Rep. Derrick Smith

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 17
2130 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF PINE ST. WANTED ON WARRANT. BERG, JOHN R., M/W 59 YEARS OF AGE, 1114 PINE ST., LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGE: Wanted on Warrant out of McHenry County for Intimidation, bond set at $10,000.00, 10% applies. RELEASED ON BOND.
0119 HRS WORTHINGTON LN. & MILLER RD. ACCIDENT. Vehicle vs. Tree. Property damage only.
0247 HRS 500 BLOCK OF HURON TRAIL. DOMESTIC. Mother vs. Daughter. Verbal Only. No Priors.
0600 HRS 400 BLOCK OF PRIDES RN. CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY. Markings on driveway. TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
0859 HRS 00 BLOCK OF ROYAL OAK CT. VISITATION INTEFERENCE. Father refusing to drop off two children to their mother. FAIL TO FILE.
0912 HRS 700 BLOCK OF DOGWOOD LN. ASSIST AMBULANCE. Female, 20 years of age, was having a seizure. Transported to Sherman Hospital.
0941 HRS 1300 BLOCK OF CUNAT CT. BURGLARY TO A MOTOR VEHICLE. ear window was broken to gain entry during the removal of a radar detector overnight. TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
1042 HRS 300 BLOCK OF TECUMSEH TRAIL. THEFT A gold, silver, and black Mongoose mountain bike was unlocked and removed from under the stairwell.TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
1545 HRS 00 BLOCK OF GRANT AVE. VIOLATION OF AN ORDER OF PROTECTION. Possible Violation of an Order of Protection. PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1621 HRS 3000 BLOCK OF NOELLE BEND ST. ACCIDENT. Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1640 HRS 400 BLOCK OF PRIDES RUN. DOMESTIC. Boyfriend vs. girlfriend. Verbal only. Two Priors.
2231 HRS 200 BLOCK OF TERRAMERE LN. DOMESTIC BATTERY. Son vs. mother. Verbal only. One prior. FAIL TO FILE.

Friday, August 17, 2012

County Board Nixes At-Large Chairman, Flays County Exec Idea

The McHenry County Board voted Thursday against a November referendum on direct election of the Chairman of the Board.  Most members didn't like the idea in the first place but they were more worried having it on the ballot would confuse voters so much they'd approve  another measure creating an elected County Executive.

Democratic State Rep. Jack Franks got the County Executive referendum on the November ballot Wednesday in a campaign most perceive as part of a war to get rid of Republican County Board Chairman Ken Koehler.  However, even Algonquin Member Marc Munaretto, who challenged Koehler to head the Board last year, warned against being stampeded by Frank's ballot question. Adding a competing referendum, he said, would be "Acting in haste in response to Mr. Franks' effort to put us in a corner."

Even some members who voted against Koehler for Chairman still opposed Franks' County Executive proposal. Crystal Lake member Donna Kurtz, warned it would not only create a powerful new County officer, the statutory fine print would give him his own full-time lawyer. too.  "We can't (try for direct Chairman election) at the expense of the County Executive having any chance of winning," she said.

Later First Assistant State's Attorney Norm Vinton responding to questions told the Board a County Executive would have "26 or 27" powers not given to a County Board Chairman.

Even Franks' fellow-Democrats on the Board attacked the measure.  "I think it gives unlimited power to that position," said Lake in the Hills member Paula Yensen. The problem, said the Board's other Democrat, Kathy Bergen Schmidt, was that, "Having the (direct election of the Chairman) referendum on the ballot with the one yesterday adds nothing but confusion."

That seemed to be the Board's eventual consensus.  Only three of the 19 members present voted for the at-large Chairman referendum.

Members did approve  an advisory referendum about prohibiting anyone from holding two elective offices at the same time.  Nobody does in McHenry County right now but there are a few in other Illinois counties so the Board wants voters on record just in case. 

D158 Finally Receives Promised $40 Million Grant

The District 158 Board of Education will begin deliberations in September on how to parcel out a $39.4 million grant from the Illinois Capital Development Board.  District CFO Mark Altmayer confirmed to Board Members Thursday that the District finally received the money, announced six months ago, last week.

"The check came in the mail Friday," said Altmayer. "We called the bank to tell them we were bringing it right over," said Altmayer drily.

Superintendent John Burkey said administrators have spent all Summer discussing in broad-brush terms how to use the money since the CDB said it would finally make good on a 2003 promise to pay half the cost of the District's Square Barn Campus and Marlowe School.  The District ended up issuing bonds for all of it when the grants never came through.

Burkey said about 2/3 of the new money will probably go toward retiring that debt but the other 1/3 will probably go toward expansion at Huntley High where enrollment's expected to increase 50 percent in the next five years.  "We're preparing to report on that next month," he said.

In the pic:  D158's Square Barn Campus, part of  what last week's $39.4 million grant would have paid for in 2005.

Rakow Westbound To Shift Monday

Construction officials announced Thursday that. if the weather holds. westbound Rakow Road traffic will shift onto newly-built lanes Monday.  Lanes on Rakow side streets will shift on following days.

A release Thursday warned motorists will see new pavement markings being placed on the new westbound lanes but not to be guided by them since they lanes are still closed. "The markings are to prepare for the traffic switch on Monday," it read.  "Please pay attention to the new signs and pavement markings that will be in place, especially when turning onto Rakow Road from the side streets." 

Rakow construction is now about 2/3 complete according to the latest report, with contractors still shooting for project completion late this Fall.

Senate Republicans Split On 'Partial' Pension Reform

By Jamey Dunn, Illinois Issues
Republican legislative leaders predict little will come of today's special session on pension reform.

House Speaker Michael Madigan said yesterday that any hope that a bill will pass lies with a meeting scheduled tomorrow between House Minority Leader Tom Cross and Gov. Pat Quinn.

Cross, however, called Madigan’s remarks “disingenuous” and said all four legislative leaders have been invited to the meeting. “This is very serious," said Cross. "That approach that the Speaker used is really one of the reasons we’re in this mess. It’s politics after politics after politics.”

Cross does not support any of the pension proposals that are likely to be up for consideration. Madigan Wednesday said a House Bill applying to state workers or members of the General Assembly, which the Senate approved, would be “progress.”  But Cross said he will not support a plan that leaves out teachers and university employees. “This nibbling around the edges and then claiming, ‘We have pension reform and that we fixed it’ again is an old playbook."

Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno  Radogno agreed with Cross that passage of the bill in the House could stall efforts at more comprehensive proposals. “The concern is that it will stop forward progress because a lawsuit will immediately be filed, in which case probably the party in power would say, ‘Well, we’ve got to wait until that unfolds and see what happens.’"

But not all of her GOP colleagues see it that way.  “I would argue that if we pass this, it will lead to passage [of reform] in the other systems,” said Sen. Bill Brady, a Bloomington Republican.

You can read Jamey's full report at: http://illinoisissuesblog.blogspot.com/2012/08/senate-republicans-split-on-partial.html

In the pic:  Not much jubilation at Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair.

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 16
0039 HRS HILLTOP DR. & ALGONQUIN RD. DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED. SUTTON, LORA K., F/W 45 YEARS OF AGE, 1422 GRANDVIEW CT., ALGONQUIN. CHARGES: Driving While License Suspended, No Valid Insurance. RELEASED ON BOND.
1756 HRS 2265 W. ALGONQUIN RD. (THORNTON’S GAS) ASSIST AMBULANCE. Male, 7 years of age, with gasoline in his eye. No transport.
1816 HRS PYOTT RD. & WILLOW ST. ACCIDENT. Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1901 HRS 600 BLOCK OF WEDGEWOOD CIRCLE. ASSIST OTHER POLICE DEPARTMENT. Assisted McHenry County Sherriff’s Office in serving an order of protection.
2213 HRS 3100 BLOCK OF IMPRESSIONS DR. DOMESTIC. Husband vs. Wife. Verbal only. One prior.
2325 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF SWEETWATER RIDGE. DOMESTIC. Mother vs. Son. No priors. Verbal only.
Algonquin
August 14
14:29pm A 16 year-old male from Lake in the Hills was charged with Disorderly Conduct.  He was taken into custody at Animal Care Clinic, 230 Stonegate Road.  He was released on a Notice to Appear with a court date of 09/26/12, in Algonquin.
20:39pm Berg, John R., DOB: 03/07/53, of 1114 Pine Street, Lake in the Hills, was charged with Violation of an Order of Protection.  He was taken into custody at Wine & Roses, 1130 S. Main Street.  He was transported to McHenry County Jail to await a bond hearing.
August 15
01:24am Ali, Maya S., DOB: 04/07/71, of 566 Woodscreek Lane, Algonquin, was charged with Domestic Battery.  She was taken into custody at 566 Woodscreek Lane.  She was transported to McHenry County Jail to await a bond hearing.
17:14pm A 16 year-old male from Crystal Lake was charged with Retail Theft.  He was taken into custody at Walmart, 1410 S. Randall Road.  He was Petitioned into Juvenile Court and then released into the custody of his parents.
August 16
16:23pm Oleferchik, Vicki S., DOB: 04/18/77, of 373 Highland Avenue, Hampshire, was charged with Retail Theft.  She was taken into custody at Kohl’s 734 S. Randall Road.  She was transported to McHenry County Jail when unable to post bond.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

County Exec Up For Vote, Elected Chairman Up In Air

November's General Election ballots in McHenry County will definitely include a referendum on whether voters want to elect a County Executive. The County Board will have a special meeting this morning to wrestle with whether it should also include an advisory question about direct election of the County Board Chairman.

No one appeared Wednesday to oppose petitions for the County Executive referendum circulated by rural McHenry County State Rep. Jack Franks.  There being almost triple the required signatures, Chief Judge Michael Sullivan certified them and sent the question to the County Clerk for inclusion on the ballot.

Some County Board members are upset about that and today they'll debate whether to ask for a referendum to elect their Chairman at-large.  The Board only has until next Tuesday to approve the question.  The problem it faces is that the County Executive referendum, if it passes, would become law, while the Chairman of the Board question, if it passed, would only express a desire.

"I had no choice," Franks told FEN Wednesday explaining why he circulated the County Executive petitions.  "The only other option was for them to do what they refused to do," he said, referring to a move to directly elect the County Board Chairman which the Board rejected in March.

The current County regime resembles the U.S. House of Representatives where members choose one of their number to be Speaker.  The County Board chooses a Chairman from among themselves to set agendas, conduct meetings and make committee assignments.  There's no equivalent to the President at the County level.  Franks' measure would create one in the office of County Executive who would set agendas, create the budget and hire and fire administrators.

"All that does is create Boss Hogg of McHenry County", State Rep. Mike Tryon who currently represents the rest of McHenry County told FEN.  A former McHenry County Board Chairman himself, Tryon said the position calls for consensus building.  "It's a facilitator of the process," he said.  "It really is like herding cats."

No it isn't, said Franks, it's a place for the Chairman to bully the rest of the Board, hence his County Exec proposal.  "It's really simple," Franks said.  "Do you believe in democracy or not?" 

In the pics:  (above) State Rep. Jack Franks.  (below) State Rep. Mike Tryon.

Child Porn-Charged McHenry County Deputy Fired

The McHenry County Special Assistant State's Attorney for the Sheriff, John Kelly, confirmed Wednesday that Deputy Greg Pyle was cut from the County payroll Tuesday, the day of his arrest on new federal charges of child sexual abuse and producing child pornography.  Kelly said the timing was purely coincidental.

Pyle, a sergeant and 10-year MCSO veteran had been drawing full pay since January when he was charged with 10 counts of child sexual abuse.  Originally the Sheriff's Office put him on administrative leave, then on medical leave because of a physician's certification.  Kelly said all the medical leave had been exhausted, though, and "Mr. Pyle has been terminated effective at the close of business (Tuesday)."

Pyle is currently being held in federal custody awaiting a detention hearing in Rockford Friday.

The FBI filed Tuesday's criminal complaint against Pyle after an investigation that included the Illinois State Police and the Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce.  An informed source admitted to FEN last month that the Illinois Attorney General's Operation Glass House investigators were aware of Pyle's McHenry County indictments since he'd worked with them as the Sheriff's Office kid porn expert. No one would officially confirm the investigation at the time, however. 

U.S. Interior OK's Wildlife Refuge Including McHenry County

The Department of the Interior Wednesday announced it's approved creating the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge between Chicago and Milwaukee including part of McHenry County. 

The refuge is planned to be within easy driving distance of the two cities "eventually providing" 11,200 acres of habitat for wildlife and outdoor recreational opportunities.  The final map doesn't extend as far south into McHenry County as originally conceived, however,  One possibility considered would have come down as far as Crystal Lake but the one planners picked only extends to about McHenry.

The refuge won't be officially established until the first parcel of land is purchased, which depends on when a current landowner wants to sell some. "Land conservation methods for the core areas would include fee, conservation easement, and NGOs/private opportunities aimed at creating contiguous natural habitat," said the Interior release. That translates to land condemnation.

Hackmatack is supposed to provide for restoration of wetlands, prairie and oak savanna habitat and a home for 109 species of animals and plants that are of concern. The list includes 49 birds, 5 fishes, 5  mussels, one amphibian, 2 reptiles and 47 plants.  The lastest plan is here: www.fws.gov/midwest/planning/Hackmatack

Huntley Artfest Prepares For Second Edition

Artists and exhibitors will begin unfolding their tents Friday for the second annual Huntley Artfest in the shadow of the village's historic Main Street First Congregational United Church of Christ.  The free art festival will be held from 10 am to 5 pm Saturday and 10 to 4 Sunday.

Besides the artists, some providing live how-to art Demonstrations, a Large Stage Area will feature live performances by musical groups, dance troupes and singers. Food Concessions will feature Culver's Tasty Treats, funnel cakes, tacos, gyros and seafood. There will also be a hand-made quilt display and raffle.

Free parking will be available on the Festival grounds and in nearby business and public Lots within two blocks including handicap parking and special assistance for senior citizens.

Governor's Day At Fair Turns Into Protest

By Jamey Dunn, Illinois Issues
Gov. Pat Quinn found few allies Wednesday in his push to reform the pension systems for retired state workers. In fact, he found a wall of sound from union protesters as he spoke on Governor’s Day at the Illinois State Fair. His speech was barely audible over loud booing and chants of “Respect Illinois workers.” A plane circled overhead carrying a banner that read “Gov. Quinn — unfair to workers.”

The event, usually meant to be a sort of pep rally for the party holding the governor’s office, instead displayed deep divided among Illinois Democrats over pension reform, the closure of state facilities and budget cuts that Quinn has said necessitated layoffs of state workers and a freeze on contractual raises.

House Speaker Mike Madigan, who is also the chair of the Democratic Party in Illinois, brushed off the acrimony over pension reform and other issues, saying he did not think it would do permanent damage to his party in the state. “Promises were made. But if you don’t have the money to pay the promise, I think you have to step back, bring everybody together, talk reality and look toward how we can restore some fiscal stability to the [pension] systems and to the state of Illinois.”

Despite the lack of agreement, Quinn remained optimistic that things could still fall in line to pass a bill on Friday. “I think each of the leaders is waiting for the other to move forward. And I hope we can in the next couple of days get everybody to jump aboard at the same time. Hold hands and let’s go together.”

You can read Jamey's full report at: http://illinoisissuesblog.blogspot.com/2012/08/governors-day-at-fair-turns-into-loud.html

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 15
0038 HRS RAKOW RD. & VIRGINIA RD. DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED. CARRENO, RICARDO J., M/W 29 YEARS OF AGE, 436 VILLAGE CREEK DR., LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGES: Driving While License Suspended and Speeding in a Construction Zone. RELEASED ON BOND.
1621 HRS 600 BLOCK OF WEDGEWOOD CIRCLE. DOMESTIC BATTERY. SETTEPANI, SARA T., F/W 31 YEARS OF AGE, 620 WEDGEWOOD CIRCLE, LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGES: Two Counts of Domestic Battery. TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
2133 HRS 200 BLOCK OF THUNDER RIDGE. FOLLOW UP ARREST: INJURY ACCIDENT/DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL. AMEND, REQUA RENEE, F/W 45 YEARS OF AGE, 9413 GEORGETOWN LANE, LAKEWOOD. CHARGE: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Improper Lane Usage and Driving on the Sidewalk. RELEASED ON BOND.
1055 HRS 2900 BLOCK OF BANBURY LN. THEFT. Of a long board.TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
1207 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & OAKLEAF RD. ACCIDENT. Three vehicles. Property damage only.
1330 HRS 519 WILLOW ST. (LAKE IN THE HILLS ELEMENTARY) ASSIST TO OTHER AGENCY. TURNED OVER TO DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES
1407 HRS 2200 BLOCK OF DAYBREAK DR. INFORMATION FOR POLICE. Child was followed by vehicle from the mailbox.
1609 HRS 500 BLOCK OF E. OAK ST. DOMESTIC. Father vs. Son. Verbal only. No priors.Male, 36 years of age, with a laceration to his arm. Transported to Sherman Hospital.
1630 HRS 300 BLOCK OF RAMBLE RD. RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY. Residence entered and items removed. TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
1807 HRS 211 N. RANDALL RD. (STEAK N SHAKE) THEFT OF LOST OR MISLAID PROPERTY. Delayed theft of a wallet. TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

New Federal Child Sex Charges Against McHenry Deputy

McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren was unavailable for comment this morning after Tuesday's arrest of Sergeant Gregory M. Pyle on new federal child sex charges.

Pyle has been on paid leave since a McHenry County warrant went out on him for predatory criminal sexual assault of a child in January. Pyle was arrested Tuesday and is being held until a preliminary and detention hearing in Rockford Friday.

According to an FBI complaint and affidavit against Pyle alleging aggravated sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children, a man being investigated for kid porn near Kankakee  had images received from Internet screen names investigators were able to connect to Pyle's phone number. According to the affidavit when the victim in the pictures was identified and interviewed he said Pyle had molested him "on multiple occasions" from the time he was eight years old.

Tuesday's complaint and court proceedings weren't retrievable from the U.S. Court electronic records base until this morning. The complaint and affidavit can be read here now but, be warned, they are EXTREMELY offensive: http://www.scribd.com/doc/102938961/Pyle-Complaintfederal

In the pic: Gregory M. Pyle

Algonquin Video Gambling: Not Out Of The Woods Yet

A round of applause from terminal operators and bar and restaurant owners greeted Tuesday's Algonquin Board five to two vote to draft an ordinance allowing video gambling in the village.  "You're not out of the woods yet," reminded Village President John Schmitt.  "We're closer than we were yesterday," replied pizza parlor owner Ken Fishleigh.

The vote wasn't to allow video gambling in Algonquin.  Rather, it was a sense-of-the-board vote not to not allow it, assuming Algonquin's current ordinance doesn't already outlaw video gambling.  Trustee Bob Smith questioned Village Attorney Kelly Cahill how to read the Village's current prohibition of "illegal gambling devices" since the State's machines would be licensed ones. Cahill said the current ordinance was probably ambiguous now.

No one appeared to speak against the new machines which could be installed in any of Algonquin's 44 bars and restaurants that serve liquor.  The main argument from five owners was that times are tough and they need the money, 50 percent of profits after the State's 30 percent rakeoff.  "It's been devastating for the last four years," said Rick Geschrey, owner of Main Street Billiards.  "If this doesn't go through we might be out of business." 

Riverview Restaurant's Jeff Battaglia, complaining he's already had to lay off workers, reminded trustees Algonquin's a little bit pregnant with gambling, anyway.  "The Illinois Lottery is in every gas station in town," he said.

Creekside Tap owner Vallerie Hellyer said if Algonquin doesn't all video gambling, businesses will be at a competitive disadvantage since a lot of nearby municipalities have already OK'ed it.  "I don't want to see (customers) take that money to Lake in the Hills," she said.

Only trustees Jim Steigert and Brian Dianis opposed video gambling.  Steigert in particular recounted tawdry and vaguely disquieting video gambling he'd observed in other states where it's already legal.

Cahill said restrictions could be added to cover problems the State law doesn't address.  "It's your ordinance," she said.

D158, Teachers Call For Mediation On New Contract

With a week until classes resume, District 158 Board and Huntley Education Association teachers' union negotiators announced Tuesday they've called in a mediator to help reach a new contract.  Superintendent John Burkey said, "(Meetings) have been going fine; they just thought that an outside mediator will help."

A joint statement from the District and HEA said, "Although D158 teachers will be starting the year without a new contract, all parties remain committed to seeing this through without affecting the school year or students."  The District and union have been meeting throughout the summer on a new contract to replace the one that expired June 30.  Last year's contract froze collective teaching expenses although not individual salaries.

Adjacent District 300 and its union called for mediation two weeks ago.

Algonquin Lions Beanbag Tourney Set Saturday

All team slots are reported filled for the Algonquin Lions Club's Third Annual Bean Bag Toss Tournament at the Randall Road Buffalo Wild Wings Saturday.  Lions are hoping for lots of spectators to cheer competitors on as they gobble chicken wings, part of whose sales during the tourney will also go to the Lions. The first game in the double-elimination contest will start at 11 am.

Added attractions include the Lions Bean Bag Toss Raffle with a grand prizes of a getaway at the Abbey Resort in Wisconsin, a round of golf for four at GCI, four White Sox Tix and a Dine and Stay package at Algonquin's Holiday Inn Express and Port Edwards.  There are 45 other raffle prizes.

Proceeds from Saturday's Lions Tournament will go to help the Algonquin Lake in the Hills Interfaith Food Pantry and the Lion's Ted Spella Scholarship Program.

Cross Calls For Legislature To Stay Until Pensions Reformed

By Jayette Bolinski, Illinois Watchdog
A catastrophic pension-fund collapse may be what  Illinoisans need to understand the urgency of pension reform, House Republican leader Rep. Tom Cross said Tuesday. “I think folks in this state and around the country don’t think it could happen to them....Well, when you’re at $130 billion of unfunded liability, I’d say it’s pretty real. And I think perhaps until something dramatic happens, we may not do anything in a real substantive way."

Cross spoke with reporters before a House Pension Investments Committee hearing in Chicago. The $130 billion figure he cited is Moody’s revised estimate of what Illinois’ unfunded liability is, based on assumptions about rates of return. Moody’s says the assumption that the state’s retirement systems could achieve an 8.5 percent rate of return is not realistic and that the rate is more like 5.5 percent.

During Tuesday’s hearing, lawmakers learned about new accounting guidelines set by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, the agency that oversees government pension accounting. The new guidelines could cause Illinois’ unfunded-liability figure to balloon.

House and Senate lawmakers will be in Springfield Friday for a special session to address pension reform. Gov. Pat Quinn summoned the lawmakers back but has not said how long he intends to keep them.
Cross wants to see Quinn keep lawmakers in special session for as long as it takes.

“I would encourage him if nothing happens Friday, to call us back. If he wants to call us back Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, we really don’t care. We’ll go back,” Cross said, adding that reform needs to happen now, not after the November election. “People are going to yell and scream and they’re going to complain. It’ll be chaotic down there (in Springfield). But my approach is you put us in a room, lock the (door) and when we’re done you let us out.”

You can read Jayette's full report at: http://watchdog.org/48608/il-cross-pension-conversation-not-going-away/

In the pic: Tom Cross.

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 14
0600 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF STARWOOD PASS. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. JUVENILE, M/W 14 YEARS OF AGE, LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGES: Possession of a Controlled Substance and Illegal Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor. RELEASED TO PARENT.
1033 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & HILLTOP DR. DRIVNG WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED. DIFOGGIO, BONNIE A., F/W 31 YEARS OF AGE, 8055 S. BROCKTON CT., HANOVER PARK. CHARGE: Driving While License Suspended. RELEASED ON BOND.
1124 HRS RAKOW RD. & VIRGINIA RD. ACCIDENT. Four vehicles. Property damage only.
1309 HRS PYOTT RD. & OAK ST. ACCIDENT. Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1343 HRS 461 N. RANDALL RD. (LITH LIQUOR) HIT & RUN. Vehicle struck and offender left.
2052 HRS 1200 BLOCK OF BURR ST. DOMESTIC. Roommate vs. Roommate. Verbal only. No priors.
2133 HRS 200 BLOCK OF THUNDER RIDGE. INJURY ACCIDENT. Vehicle struck a parked vehicle. Driver transported to Sherman Hospital. PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER. 
Huntley
July 30
Stephanie L. Hill, age 30, of 1450 Comons Dr., Woodstock, was arrested for driving while license suspended and speeding.  Ms. Hill posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of August 17, 2012.
Sara L. Piontek, age 31, of 205 W. Harrison #4, Harvard, was arrested for driving while license suspended, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, and disregarding a stop sign.  Ms. Piontek was transported to McHenry County jail to await bond.
A 14 year-old male from Wilmette was charged with possession of cannabis and possession of alcohol by a minor.  The juvenile was released to his father with a McHenry County court date of August 27, 2012.
Cody S. Kunz, age 22, was charged with retail theft.  Mr. Kunz was released with a notice to appear in McHenry County court on August 27, 2012.
A 15 year-old male from Huntley was charged with battery and unlawful discharge of an air gun in public.  The juvenile was released to his mother with a McHenry County court date of August 27, 2012.
Vito R. Anoman age 20, of 3561 Chadwick Ln., Lake in the Hills, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for retail theft.  Mr. Anoman was transported to McHenry County jail to await bond.
August 2
A criminal damage to property report was taken in the 11100 block of Church St.  Damage was done to an empty building.
August 3
Two sixteen year-old females, one from Huntley, one from Algonquin, and a 15 year-old female from Vero Beach, FL, were charged with retail theft.  All three were released to their parents with a notice to appear in McHenry County court on August 27, 2012.
August 4
A criminal damage to property report was taken in the 9900 block of Bedford Ln.  A mail box was damaged.
A criminal damage to vehicle report was taken in the 11700 block of Pineway.  The vehicle’s door was damaged.
Eliseo Rivera, age 59, of 4119 Corn Flower, Poplar Grove, was arrested for driving while license suspended, possession of a suspended driver’s license and speeding.  Mr. Rivera was transported to McHenry County jail to await bond.
August 5
Christopher P. Ettner, age 37, of 20015 Harmony Rd., Marengo, was arrested for driving while license revoked.  Mr. Ettner posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of September 14, 2012.
Michael D. Szweczyk, age 40, of 48W325 Plank, Rd., Burlington, was arrested on an outstanding DeKalb County warrant for failure to appear in court.  Mr. Szweczyk posted bond and was released with a DeKalb County court date of August 30, 2012.
August 7
A criminal damage to vehicle report was taken in the 10600 block of Wolf Dr.  Windows on a transport vehicle were damaged.
A burglary from motor vehicle report was taken in the 11700 block of Woodcreek.  A wallet and electronic accessories were stolen.
Edwin Ayala, age 48, of 6214 Cresent Dr., Huntley, was arrested for DUI and DUI blood alcohol over .08.  Mr. Ayala posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of September 28, 2012.
August 11
Julie E. Webb, age 28, of 1624 Poplar Ln., Woodstock, was arrested for DUI, DUI blood alcohol over .08, improper lane use, and display of expired registration.  Ms. Webb posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of September 28, 2012.
Araceli Cervantes, age 36 of 653 Dean St. #8, Elgin, and Jesus M. Mora, age 41, of 1397 Cimmeron, Elgin,  were charged with attempted theft.  Both subjects posted bond and were released with a Kane County court date of September 3, 2012.
A theft report was taken near the intersection of Main and Church St.  The victim stated that a metallic sign was stolen from the driver’s door of his vehicle.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

TN Grand Jury Wants More On Algonquin Woman's Abandonment

A Campbell County, TN, Grand Jury Monday put off until Oct. 12 the possible indictment of an Algonquin mother who abandoned her developmentally disabled daughter in a bar there in late June.  Assistant District Attorney Scarlett Ellis told FEN Grand Jurors felt "there is still some investigating to do."

It took Caryville, TN, police 10 days to identify 19 year-old Lynn Cameron after they found the developmentally disabled cerebral palsy victim in the Big Orange Bar June 28.  Ellis is seeking Tennessee charges against her mother, 45 year-old Eva Cameron, for willful neglect and flagrant non-support for dropping her off 500 miles from home, then returning to Algonquin.

A spokesman for the Kane County States Attorney Monday said his office hasn't received a request from Algonquin Police yet to bring Illinois charges against Eva Cameron. Chief Russ Laine told FEN, "There's still new information we're looking to get."  What sort of new information, however, Laine declined to say.

Ellis reported one piece of evidence she's seeking is an interview Cameron gave to a Tennessee TV station when she returned there to tell police she wouldn't take her daughter back. However, WVLT-TV news director Lena Sadiwskyj told FEN her station hasn't received a request yet and it won't make much difference if it does because her news operation doesn't keep outtakes.  "They can see everything we have on the Internet," she said. "It's posted there."

Ellis said, contrary to published reports, Cameron didn't sign an official statement for Caryville Police in July about how her daughter came to be found in the bar.  She said, rather, Cameron wrote out a short note giving them custody of her daughter.  "It was sort of like a note you'd write so a neighbor could take your child to the doctor," she said.

In the pic:  19 year-old Lynn Cameron (left) when she was turned over to Tennessee's Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities last month.  She's now being cared for by Illinois' Department of Human Services.

Proposed D300 Budget Omits Uncertainties

District 300 students returned to school Monday to find more teachers in classrooms but more students there, too, according to a tentative 2012-13 budget the Board of Education approved Monday.  The all-funds budget projects a $785,000 deficit on $222,000,000 total outlays but that doesn't include some important "if's".

The "knowns", according to Chief Financial Officer Susan Harkin include $8.8 million more income from property taxes but $2.4 million less from state and federal sources. The spending side shows $5.3 million more money going out including $1 million for new positions, $.8 million more for fringe benefits and, especially, $3.1 million more for debt interest.

The "ifs" in the tentative budget, however, include any teacher expense increases this year.  "This is based upon last year's figures for salaries and benefits," said Harkin.  Negotiations for this year's contract are currently in mandatory mediation.

Neither does the budget include any money to cover added contributions to teacher's pensions.  The Legislature will meet for a one-day special session Friday to consider Illinois pension reform which may or may not involve offloading State pension obligations onto school districts.

Outside of that, "Operating funds is holding pretty steady," said Harkin, "which is pretty remarkable in this day and age."  On the other hand, Harkin warned, the District needs to start looking at deferred building maintenance.  Maintenance is currently about 2 percent of budget but Harkin said, "You can only neglect that so long before it effects you in the long run."

A hearing on the proposed budget is set for Sept. 24.  You'll be able to see the proposed budget when it's posted here:

Classes opened in the district Monday with roughly 100 new teachers, according to D300's new Human Resources Director Eberto Mora.  That was the number of new faces in old positions, however. Total staff increased by the equivalent of 15 full-time teachers, Mora said, to hold class sizes steady against increased enrollment.

In the pic:  Where D300's money's expected to come from and where it's expected to go.  On the expenditures chart, "tuition" refers to out-of-district expense for Special Ed students.

Crystal Lake Pair Arrested For Huntley Barn Fire

The McHenry County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest Monday of a pair of 17 year-old Crystal Lake youths for 5 McHenry County barn fires this Summer including one near Huntley High at the end of June.

Charged with arson, criminal damage to property and criminal trespass were Joseph Gerdes and Andrew Wiegand who, investigators said, admitted setting the fires, including the Harmony Road blaze, which caused an estimated $1 million in property damage. Sheriff's investigators said they turned their spotlight on the pair after receiving an anonymous tip.

A Sheriff's Office release said authorities in Kane and Boone County are trying to link the duo to suspicious barn fires there this Summer, too.  Crystal Lake Police said Monday they believe the pair were responsible for setting fire to a couch and a mattress in that city and for opening five fire hydrants there one evening.

Unions Pitch Their Own Pension Plan

By Jamey Dunn, Illinois Issues
Union officials laid out the broad strokes of their own pension reform plan Monday.  Cinda Klickna, president of the Illinois Education Association, said the group seeks a guarantee that the state will make the required pension contribution. Under the proposal backed by several other union groups pension payment priority would only be second to the state’s creditors.

Union officials argued that legislation that is currently up for consideration does not do enough to ensure that lawmakers make the annual pension payments. They point to skipped pension payments as the primary cause of the state’s more then $80 billion unfunded pension liability. “The pension crisis was caused by past governors and legislators that failed that people of the state,” Klickna said.

The group also is proposing that lawmakers reevaluate corporate tax breaks, such as the package of tax cuts recently passed to benefit Sears and the CME group. The coalition is focusing on a group of tax breaks, the elimination of which they say could save the $80.7 billion over the next 34 years. On the list are tax exemptions for paper and ink given to news outlets, a tax exemption for foreign dividends and a tax break given to retailers for collecting the state’s sales tax.

The move comes as lawmakers are scheduled to return to Springfield this Friday to take up the pensions issue during a special session called by Gov. Pat Quinn. However, Quinn’s camp does not seem responsive to the plan. “This is nothing new, and all has been discussed before,” Brooke Anderson, a spokeswoman for Quinn, said in an emailed response to Illinois Issues. “This proposal would not solve the state's pension challenges, nor is it feasible.”

You can read Jamey's full report at: http://illinoisissuesblog.blogspot.com/2012/08/unions-pitch-their-own-pension-reform.html

In the pic: State workers protesting pension reform in Springfield in May.

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 13
2137 HRS 1115 CRYSTAL LAKE RD. (LITH POLICE DEPARTMENT) WANTED ON WARRANT. BLACK, WILLIAM E., M/W 21 YEARS OF AGE, 118 N. GROVE ST., CARPENTERSVILLE. CHARGE: Wanted on Warrant, McHenry County for Failure To Appear Retail Theft, Bond $3000, 10% applies. TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
1039 HRS 500 BLOCK OF DELAWARE DR. THEFT. An orange fence and a sign were taken from the yard.
1116 HRS 8407 PYOTT RD. (LITH AIRPORT) INFORMATION FOR POLICE. Information shared about a former employee.
1424 HRS ACORN LN. & RANDALL RD. ACCIDENT. Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1429 HRS ACORN LN. & RANDALL RD. ACCIDENT. Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1743 HRS 100 BLOCK OF NORTHLIGHT PASS. BATTERY Juvenile vs. Juvenile. FAIL TO FILE.
1822 HRS 300 BLOCK OF ANNANDALE DR. DOMESTIC BATTERY. Brother vs. brother. No priors. FAIL TO FILE.
1852 HRS 300 BLOCK OF WARWICK LN. HIT AND RUN. Vehicle vs. mailbox. Property damage only. PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1949 HRS 1000 BLOCK OF MAPLE ST. HIT AND RUN. Vehicle vs. mailbox. Property damage only.

Monday, August 13, 2012

McSweeney Drops Appeal, Beaubien Denies Madigan Control

David McSweeney, Republican candidate for State Rep. in the 52nd District including eastern Algonquin and LITH announced this morning he won't appeal a State Board of Elections decision allowing Dee Beaubien, widow of the former Rep. to run as an independent after all. Beaubien told FEN this morning House Speaker Mike Madigan isn't running her campaign.

McSweeney had argued since Beaubien pulled a Republican ballot in March she couldn't be an independent but the Elections Board ruled that didn't matter. "I still believe that her signing of partisan Primary petitions disqualifies Dee from running as an Independent," said McSweeney's release this morning. "However, the voters of the 52nd District deserve the important debate that will occur over the next few months," it continued.

Part of the debate will probably be about connections to Democratic House Speaker Mike Madigan that surfaced in Board of Elections filings last week.  Two Madigan lieutenants appeared on Beaubien's donors list via "payroll".  "I've known for months that Democratic Speaker Michael Madigan has been behind Dee's candidacy," charged McSweeney's release today which claimed, "Madigan staffers are running Dee’s campaign."

"That's not true," said Beaubien this morning. "I'm running my own campaign, She added. "If (Madigan operative Shaw Decremer) were running my campaign I'd know how to pronounce his name."  Beaubien said as an independent she had to accept help from "everyone".  "When my husband (Mark Beaubien) was alive he saw no one as an enemy," she said.

In one other development Beaubien finally put up an Internet campaign site last night to combat at least two sites opposed to her candidacy.  The new site is at: http://www.votedee.org .  McSweeney's website is at http://davidmcsweeney.com/

In the pic: Independent candidate Dee Beaubien says she's really independent.

Drought Affects LITH Fen Plants, Too

Sunday was the midpoint in LITH nature expert Barb Wilson's 2012 series of Fen Walks through Lake in the Hills Fen highlighting "Summer Color".  Only there wasn't an awful lot of it thanks to the drought of 2012.  "Some (native plants) were early, some are late and some are just 'no way'," she said, adding cheerfully, "Wait 'till next year."

"They're perennials. (In the drought) they just put all their energy into their roots so they can get ready to come back," said Wilson.  "The don't need fertilizer, they don't need water.  That's why we recommend planting them in your yard."

Wilson has two more FEN Walks scheduled this season.  Sept. 9 will be Fen Appreciation Day and Oct. 14 will be Fall Grasses and Seeds Day.  Both walking tours will begin at 2 pm at Barbara Keys Park in LITH.

In the pic: Also on tap at LITH Fen is a Sept. 29 event, Wilson's annual Harvest Expedition to collect native plant seeds to plant next year where invasive species have been grubbed out.  That one will also meet at Key Park from 4 to 8 pm.

Area Blood Drives Center On Huntley For August

Only two blood drives are scheduled in the area in August even thought the American Red Cross reports blood donations are down more than 10 percent across the country,  50,000 fewer pints of blood than expected.

Heartland Blood Centers, one of the Chicago area's two main collection groups, will have a mobile blood center in Huntley next Sunday from 8 am to Noon at Faith Community Church. Besides getting a coupon good for a quart of Oberweis Ice Cream, donors will receive a free pancake breakfast courtesy of the church as a way of saying thank you.

The bloodmobile will also be in Huntley, Aug. 24 from 1 to 5 pm at Huntley Park District's Mill Street Fitness Center. All donors at that one will receive a Jimmy Buffett T-shirt and a coupon good for a quart of Oberweis.

States Seeking Revenue Could Boost Internet Gambling

By Jamey Dunn, Illinois Issues
Illinois paved the way for states selling lottery tickets online. Now some experts believe that the U.S.  Department of Justice ruling that allowed for such online sales will open the door for other forms of online gambling to sweep across the nation.

“We’re going to have Internet gambling that everybody acknowledges is Internet gambling, and it’s going to be in less than 10 years,” I. Nelson Rose, a law professor and gaming consultant, said today at the National Conference of State Legislatures' legislative summit in Chicago. Rose said the Justice Department ruling, which Illinois and New York requested, allows for many new forms of online gaming — such as poker and even versions of popular games such as the Internet Phenomena Angry Birds, with added wagering components.

Senate President John Cullerton has already floated the idea of online gaming to the Illinois General Assembly. “Certain forms of iGaming, especially poker, rely on large pools of potential players, and states that move swiftly to design a system that captures the widest audience of participants will have an advantage in terms of long-range success,” Cullerton wrote in a letter to legislative leaders and Gov. Pat Quinn.

But some experts believe that states that turn to gambling may make their economies worse. “Gambling’s effect on our economy is like reverse pump priming. It is taking money away from consumer spending and dumping it basically into electronic gambling machines,” said John Kindt, a professor of business and legal policy at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Kindt said that Congress should evaluate the ruling and consider banning Internet gambling. "States are going to do whatever they think they can get away with to expand gambling simply because they need the revenue. The only way to prohibit it is for Congress to completely ban it again because states need more than a little oversight when it comes to certain things that have the potential to destroy their economies. Internet gambling is public enemy No. 1 in that regard. It’s an incredible economic danger that cannot be overstated.

You can read Jamey's full report at: http://illinoisissuesblog.blogspot.com/2012/08/states-seeking-revenue-could-create.html

Obituaries

Gisela Kuchar, 95, of Lake in the Hills died Thursday at her home. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Sunday at the DeFiore-Jorgensen Funeral & Cremation Service, Huntley.  A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 am with visitation one hour prior at 9:30 Monday at St. Mary Catholic Church, Huntley. A private entombment will be in All Saints Catholic Cemetery in Des Plaines.

Kuchar was born April 29, 1917 in Sudetanland, Czechoslovakia, the daughter of Rudolf and Anna (Schin) Hartl. On January 30, 1938 she married Anthony Kuchar. She is survived by her son, Erich W. (Janet) Kuchar of Camarillo, CA, and her daughter, Erika (Charles) Priester of Lake in the Hills; grandchildren, Lauren Johnson, Blake Kuchar, Erich Kuchar, Kristine Schnell, Paula Leis, George Priester II, Andrew Priester, and Antoinette Camardo, and her sisters, Margit Zahn of Belgium, Ilon Gambaite of Lithuania and Magda Seiler of Germany.  She was preceded in death by her husband, three brothers and two sisters

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Foundation of Northeastern Illinois or St. Mary Catholic Church Building Fund.  

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 12
0007 HRS 2900 BLOCK OF IMPRESSIONS DR. DOMESTIC BATTERY. FITZGERALD, JACOB D., M/W 34 YEARS OF AGE, 2973 IMPRESSIONS DR., LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGES: Two Counts of Domestic Battery. TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
1056 HRS 1300 BLOCK OF WASHINGTON ST. WANTED ON WARRANT. TANK, ANTHONY M., M/W 26 YEARS OF AGE, 1317 WASHINGTON ST., LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGES: Wanted on Warrant, Failure to Appear McHenry County Sheriff, Disorderly Conduct, $5000 @ 10%. RELEASED ON BOND.
0331 HRS 220 N. RANDALL RD. (MORETTIS) BATTERY. Male vs. Female. FAIL TO FILE.
1112 HRS 3900 BLOCK OF PEARTREE DR. INFORMATION FOR POLICE. Two minor children left alone at the residence. TURNED OVER TO DCFS.
1140 HRS 500 BLOCK OF JENNINGS DR. INFORMATION FOR POLICE. Possible property rental scam.
1521 HRS 2700 BLOCK OF BRISBANE DR. DOMESTIC. Daughter vs. family. No priors.
2105 HRS 10 BLOCK OF HUNTERS PATH. DOMESTIC. Husband vs. wife. Verbal only. No priors.
Algonquin
August 10
19:32pm A 15 year-old male from Algonquin was charged with Violation of Curfew.  He was taken into custody at the Algonquin Police Department, 2200 Harnish Drive.  He was Station Adjusted and then released into the custody of his parents.
22:53pm Spruill, Lawrence E., DOB: 05/09/69, of 403 LaFox River Drive, Algonquin, was charged with Aggravated Domestic battery, Domestic Battery and Endangering the Life/Health of a Child.  He was taken into custody at LaFox River Drive and Madison Street.  He was transported to McHenry County Jail to await a bond hearing.
August 12
07:35am Gutierrez, Juan Carlos, DOB: 01/28/92 of 939 Cortney Drive, Crystal Lake, was charged with No Valid Driver’s License and Failure to Reduce Speed.  He was taken into custody at Huntington Drive and Hanson Road.  He was released after posting $150 with a court date of 09/121/12 in McHenry County.
07:39am Bahena, Carmelo, DOB: 08/07/67, of 618 Grace Street, Elgin, was charged with No Valid Driver’s License.  He was taken into custody at Huntington Drive and Hanson Road.  He was released after posting $150 with a court date of 09/12/12 in McHenry County.
19:27pm Ochoa, Adam S., DOB: 07/21/88, of 533 Lincoln Street, Algonquin, was charged with Criminal Trespass to Residence.  He was taken into custody at 533 Lincoln Street.  He was released after posting $150 with a court date of 09/26/12 in McHenry County.
August 13
06:03am A 15 year-old male from Algonquin was charged with Violation of Curfew.  He was taken into custody at the Algonquin Police Department, 2200 Harnish Drive.  He was Station Adjusted and then released into the custody of his father.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Red Run Against Child Sex Brings Many To First Algonquin Race

Algonquin's Red Dress Foundation 5K Red Run to combat commercial sexual exploitation of children brought a huge group of participants to the Village's Presidential Park Saturday.  More than 500 runners and walkers from all over the suburbs signed up for the first-time event.

Organizer Kristen Guerrieri said that was because, "it happens in the suburbs, too.  Most people don't know it but in the suburbs girls are being sold online."  Guerrieri said funds raised Saturday will support the  Salvation Army's PROMISE initiative (Partnership to Rescue our Minors from Sexual Exploitation) and Love 146 shelter for exploited children.

In Saturday's race the top finisher by a three-minute maragin was was Matt Field from Wheaton who clocked 16:13.4.  Jeremy and Jason Bauer from Elgin finished second and third.  The first local runner over the line was Algonquin's Mark Waterstone in ninth place.
Full finish results for the Red Run 5K and and walk are here: http://racetime.info/results/2012-results-old/2012-results-august/

In the pic: Top local woman in Saturday's innaugrual Red Run 5k was Algonquin's Sara Mason, third among female runners with a 22:08.2 time.  She was just headed by Huntley 12 year-old Adam Davis, 14th fastest overall.

Fliers, Fans Flock To LITH Airport Expo

Area aviation buffs had a chance to to fly, drive and walk in to see what's going on in private aviation these days at the Village of Lake in the Hills second Aviation Expo at LITH Airport.  Seven local aviation businesses, Civil Air Patrollers and Airport staff were on hand to promote 3CK, the Airport's official designation.

Airport Manager Manny Gomez said thanks to a downdraft in general aviation the Airport's in a tough competitive situation right now.  That was amply demonstrated by the simultaneous staging of nearby DuPage Airport's Community Days Weekend. (Both were somewhat complicated by temporary flight restrictions for the President's birthday visit to Chicago).  "Several years ago there was a waiting list to get a hangar here," he said.  "That's not the case, anymore."

Gomez said part of the answer is increasing general interest in flying citing the local Young Eagles Rally of free small plane rides for kids aged 8 to 17.  Three Rally days are left at the Airport this year, this coming Saturday, Sept. 8 and Oct. 13, all from 9 am. to Noon.  Details are located here: http://www.790.eaachapter.org/youngeagles.htm or call Airport Secretary, Mary Anne Basak at 815-479-7960 or 847-960-7500.  

LITH Community Cookout Moves To Safety Center

Lake in the Hills Community Cookout was a little different Saturday with a move from its former venue at Village Hall to the LITH Safety Education Center.  "It made more sense to move it here," said Jim Wales, Director of Police and Public Safety.  The annual event's part, albeit usually a non-coinciding one, of the National Night Out crime/drug prevention and community-building celebration.

The Safety Center location fit the crime part, said Wales, allowing tours of the adjacent Police Pepartment, including LITH PD's Communications Center and the ever-popular jail cells.  The Safety Centers' Safety Town course small scale verisimilitude to some driving demonstrations, too.  As for community building, free hotdogs and chips didn't hurt that a bit.

Quinn Against Media Inspection Of State Prisons

By Jayette Bolinski, Illinois Watchdog
Want to know what conditions are like inside Illinois’ prisons? You’ll have to take someone else’s word for it. And for the most part, that someone has to be the state of Illinois or the union that represents correctional officers and other prison workers. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn at the State Fair Friday opposed media tours of the state’s taxpayer-funded prisons, even the white-collar ones, are a bad idea. “Prisons aren’t country clubs," he said. "They’re not there to be visited and looked at."

The issue of prison tours gained traction this week after a report by Chicago public radio station WBEZ that one of its reporters was turned down when he asked for a tour of the minimum-security prison in Vienna to investigate conditions there for prisoners. Other reporters’ prison tour requests have been turned down, as well. “Our corrections officials who are running the prisons are wardens," said Quinn. "They have expertise that we ought to pay attention to.”

But Alan Mills, legal director at the Uptown People’s Law Center in Chicago, representing Illinois inmates' cases, said Quinn is off base. “Clearly, not only is it in the public’s interest, I think it’s the public’s right to know what’s going on in the prisons. Mills said state officials have allowed tours of the Stateville and Dwight prisons regularly, and they have run tours of Tamms “when it suits their interests.”

The union that represents corrections officers, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, has publicized reports from the last month about violence in the state’s prisons. But it’s impossible to confirm the reports because the Illinois Department of Corrections will not release incident reports – even versions with sensitive information blacked out – that document the alleged occurrences.

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford, a Republican and former state senator, for years led tours of the Pontiac and Dwight prisons for members of the General Assembly and the media. He said he understands first-hand that laying eyes on the inside of a prison is extremely valuable when forming or reporting on public policy and state funding. “But to preclude the public under very reasonable requests to have first-hand sighting of how their tax dollars have an effect on policy and how it’s conducted is inappropriate,” he said.

You can read Jayette's full report at: http://watchdog.org/47907/il-quinn-against-public-tours-of-state-prisons/

In the pic: Gov. Pat Quinn speaks at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the Illinois State Fair in Springfield Friday.

McHenry County Indictments

A McHenry County Grand Jury returned indictments this week against the following individuals:
The charges against these defendants are merely allegations against them.  The defendants are presumed innocent of any crime until proven guilty in court.

BRIAN S. HALVORSEN, DOB:  06/05/1993, 4225 LARKSPUR, LAKE IN THE HILLS. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DELIVER CANNABIS, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS.--Huntley Police

TABITHA L. ROMANIUK, DOB: 08/27/94, 3 GENEVA COURT, LAKE IN THE HILLS. AGGRAVATED BATTERY PEACE OFFICER (TWO COUNTS) UNLAWFUL USE WEAPON, RESISTING A PEACE OFFICER, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS, POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.--Lake in the Hills Police

ELIZABETH D. BIALEK, DOB:  12/17/1976, 825 DUVALL DRIVE, WOODSTOCK. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE.--Algonquin Police

STEVEN E. KARAVIDAS, DOB:  02/22/1971, LKA:  547 ROAD G, SILVERTHORNE, CO. THREATENING A PUBLIC OFFICIAL (TWO COUNTS).--Algonquin Police

RUSSELL PALERMO, DOB:  08/05/1965, 320 WOODRIDGE CIRCLE, SOUTH ELGIN. FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, ISSUANCE OF INSURANCE WITHOUT A LICENSE.--Huntley Police

TINA M. BLAKE, DOB: 05/06/69, 3325 W. ELM STREET, MCHENRY. RETAIL THEFT (OVER $300).--Woodstock Police
  
SCOTT A. PETROVIC, DOB: 10/03/82, 601 WANONA TRAIL, PORTAGE, WI. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF WEAPONS BY FELON (FOUR COUNTS).--Barrington Hills Police
  
SUNILKUMAR R. BRAHMBHATT, DOB:  04/11/1969, 1229 FERNLEAF DRIVE, CRYSTAL LAKE. THEFT.--Crystal Lake Police
  
GLEN R. DECKER, DOB:  08/26/1972, 1234 PEACH STREET, PELL LAKE, WI. THEFT, ATTEMPTED THEFT.--Crystal Lake Police

ALVARO ARMAS, DOB: 06/19/85, 233 UTEG STREET APT. #6, CRYSTAL LAKE. DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE, AGGRAVATED DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE.--Crystal Lake Police
  
JODY L. NAVE, DOB:  06/16/1978, 4017 W. LILLIAN STREET UNIT D, MCHENRY. AGGRAVATED ROBBERY, THEFT.--McHenry Police
  
ALEXANDER F. HENSON, DOB:  10/02/1984, 1816 WEST GRANDVIEW DRIVE, MCHENRY. KATHRYN E. SACZEK, DOB:  11/07/1989, 1149 PRESCOTT LANE, CRYSTAL LAKE. RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY, THEFT.--McHenry County Sheriff's Office
  
TONY ALTON WINKLES, DOB:  06/13/1974, 36460 N. FAIRFIELD ROAD, INGLESIDE. RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY, UNLAWFUL VIOLATION OF AN ORDER OF PROTECTION, CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO GOVERNMENT SUPPORTED PROPERTY.--Lakemoor Police
  
KYLE DAVID WOODS, DOB:  02/18/1983, 306 W. RIVERSIDE DRIVE, LAKEMOOR. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (TWO COUNTS), UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A HYPODERMIC SYRINGE.--Lakemoor Police

JOSEPH A. VAGUE-VIHON, DOB:  01/01/1988, 8013 EAST STREET, SPRING GROVE. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DELIVER CANNABIS, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS, UNLAWFUL DELIVERY OF CANNABIS (TWO COUNTS), UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA.--Spring Grove Police
  
DALE D. WARREN III, DOB:  02/04/1970, 8512 SHADY LANE, WONDER LAKE. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, UNLAWFUL POSSESSON OF HYPODERMIC SYRINGE, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA.--McHenry County Sheriff's Office

JOSHUA J. ROBSON, DOB:  01/21/1990, 3705 GREENWOOD DRIVE, WONDER LAKE. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA.--McHenry County Sheriff's Office
      
KENNETH C. ALTERGOTT, DOB:  12/03/1967, 7725 BROOK DRIVE, WONDER LAKE. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DELIVER CANNABIS, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS SATIVA PLANTS, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA.--McHenry County Sheriff's Office
  
DENISE R. LYNCH, DOB:  05/17/1974, 502 LONDON TRAIL, MCHENRY. UNLAWFUL ACQUISITION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE.--Crystal Lake Police

BRANDON A. ISCHAR, DOB:  03/03/1986, LKA:  460 WESTWOOD COURT  #A, CRYSTAL LAKE. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF HYPODERMIC SYRINGE.--Crystal Lake Police
  
TERRENCE L. MCNULTY, DOB:  06/19/1989, 849 WOODLAND LANE, MARENGO. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA.--McHenry Police
  
PAUL M. CARRIVEAU, DOB:  10/07/1988, 3919 TULIP STREET, CRYSTAL LAKE. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF HYPODERMIC SYRINGE.--McHenry County Sheriff's Office

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Lake in the Hills
August 11
0346 HRS 211 N. RANDALL RD. (STEAK N SHAKE) DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL. LYNAM, DANIEL V., M/W 35 YEARS OF AGE, 3020 CRESCENT AVE., MCHENRY. CHARGES: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Disobeyed Traffic Control Device, Improper Lane Usage, and No Insurance. RELEASED ON BOND.
1603 HRS PYOTT RD. & ALGONQUIN RD. NO VALID ILLINOIS LICENSE/INJURY ACCIDENT.  LEAL, CIRILO, M/W 42 YEARS OF AGE, 101 MEADOWDALE APT 202, CARPENTERSVILLE. CHARGES: No Valid Illinois License and Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident. RELEASED ON BOND.
0915 HRS 1200 BLOCK OF CRYSTAL LAKE RD. BURGLARY TO MOTOR VEHICLE. Wallet, cellular phone, and pocket knife were taken.  TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
1027 HRS 2265 W, ALGONQUIN RD. (THORNTON’S) ACCIDENT. Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1322 HRS 1300 BLOCK OF CUNAT CT. DOMESTIC BATTERY. Father pulled daughter's hair while attempting to break up a fight. UNFOUNDED.
1619 HRS BIRCH ST. & PLUM ST. ACCIDENT. One vehicle. Property damage only.