Saturday, September 15, 2012

Freund Lawsuit Charges $57,000 In Unpaid Grafton Bills

In Grafton Road Commissioner Jack Freund's lawsuit against Supervisor Linda Moore charging she's got his financial records completely snarled, opposing attorneys argued she'd already paid the big bills and if there were any little ones outstanding they didn't know which ones.  So Friday Freund filed a new complaint listing $57,000 worth of allegedly unpaid Road District bills, complete with about three and a half pounds of bill copies and supporting documents.

As Supervisor, Moore's statutorily the Road District's Treasurer. The problem for Associate Circuit Judge Thomas Meyer at a hearing next month will be to make sense out of all the records.  For instance, Freund Friday charged he'd deposited a $24,000 check from the Township for partial rent payment.  In a 6 am press release this morning, Moore denied the check's ever been cashed.

Another part of Freund's suit still complains Moore hasn't paid the premiums on his wife's health insurance, approved by the Grafton Board three years ago on the premise that it was cheaper than having the Township's plan cover her. Moore's release said Freund's never proved he's paid his wife's premiums. She called the new suit, "just another delay tactic which is a waste of taxpayer's money," Moore said.

A third complaint, that Moore won't turn over one of the Grafton Annex offices to Freund was dropped from the new version.  Freund attorney Pat Coen said, due to abstruse real estate law, that part has to be in a case all its own.  He said that hasn't been filed yet but, "It's in the works."

Freund's lawsuit still asks Meyer to order Moore to pay his outstanding bills and then remove her from the Supervisor's post for not doing so in the first place.

Trinity Drive Access From 31 To Close Friday

Route 31 access to LITH's Trinity Drive is scheduled to be closed next Friday morning to complete the roadway improvements at the intersection. Trinity Drive will be accessible from Virginia Road, though.  Trinity's been open, at least to southbound 31 traffic, during construction for Route 31 widening this Summer.  Engineers estimate the project's a little over half-finished now.  The goal is to have all the new lanes open before the this year's construction season closes down.

LITH Online Survey Up For Two More Weeks

There are only two more weeks left for Lake in the Hills residents to tell the Village how happy they are with LITH's health, safety, welfare, and economic vitality.  An online Village survey of Resident Satisfaction to see whether the Village is meeting residents' expectations ends Sept. 30.

The survey's located here:  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FRBYHXW . The Village will use the responses to determine the level of satisfaction residents have with the programs and services currently offered.  The responses will also assist the Village in understanding the residents' perceptions about key quality of life indicators.  Finally, the Village will evaluate if improvements are needed in the areas of communication and services.

End Near For Chicago Teachers' Strike--Maybe

By Benjamin Yount, Watchdog.org
There are no details on how Chicago would pay for proposed 16 percent raises over the next four years for teachers, or how many schools in the city will close, however, apparently there is a framework in place to end Chicago’s 5-day-old teachers’ strike.

Chicago school board President Dave Vitale told reporters Friday afternoon that the board and the Chicago Teachers’ Union are very close to an agreement, and that students hopefully would “be back in school on Monday morning.”

But CTU’s lawyer, Robert Bloch, was less than certain that the deal is final. Bloch said “until an agreement is completed, the House of Delegates will not make a decision on whether to suspend the strike.” Nearly 25,000 teachers have been out of their classrooms since Monday in a dispute over pay, an evaluation system, and whether Chicago will be required to rehire experienced teachers who may be laid off for any new job openings.

Chicago teachers will vote Sunday afternoon on whether to return to work. Nearly 400,000 students in Chicago have had to find somewhere else to be during the past week. But the city’s 50,000 charter school students did not miss class. Their teachers are not union members and did not go out on strike.

Vitale said the school district and the union will be back at the table Saturday to work on the details of the agreement, but he was quick to say that “the heavy lifting is over.” Those details will be very important as Chicago moves past the strike. Chicago schools are expected to be nearly $1 billion in the hole heading into the next school year. Specific numbers will be needed to show how the district will pay for teacher raises, and how much money money can be saved by closing some school buildings.

You can read Ben's full report at: http://watchdog.org/56422/chicago-teachers-strike-could-end-soon/

Obituaries

Richard Strojny, 78, of Huntley died peacefully at his home Friday with his family by his side.
A gathering time will be Monday, from 4:30 to 7:30 pm at DeFiore Jorgensen Funeral Home, Huntley.
 
Strojny was born February 7, 1934, in Chicago, the son of Alex and Mary (Potempa) Strojny.  He married Patricia Pouska in 1954. He is survived by his wife; his children, Michael (Laura) Strojny and Marie Braun, and his grandchildren, Tambi, Adam, Casey, Dan, Michaela and Taylor. He also is survived by his brother, Alex (Linda) Strojny.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the National Ataxia  Foundation-2600 Fernbrook Lane, Minneapolis, MN  55447

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
September 14
1936 HRS 4100 BLOCK OF LARKSPUR LN. DOMESTIC BATTERY. GEARY, RICHARD J., M/W 54 YEARS OF AGE, 4145 LARKSPUR LN., LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGES: Two Counts of Domestic Battery. TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
0511 HRS 10 BLOCK OF WALNUT GROVE CT. ASSIST AMBULANCE. Female, 50 years of age, having foot and hip pain. Transported to Woodstock Hospital.
0556 HRS 300 BLOCK OF WEDGEWOOD CIRCLE. ASSIST AMBULANCE/ Male, 25 years of age, fell down the stairs. Transported to Sherman Hospital.
0923 HRS 0 BLOCK OF SHADOW CREEK CT. ACCIDENT. Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1017 HRS RAKOW RD. & PYOTT RD. ACCIDENT/ Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1042 HRS 0 BLOCK OF E. OAK ST. WELL-BEING CHECK. Female, 30 years of age, needing an evaluation. Transported to Sherman Hospital.
1249 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF HEARTLAND GATE. MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT. Vehicle taken from residence. PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1430 HRS HILLTOP DR. & CRYSTAL LAKE RD. SCHOOL BUS STOP ARM. Citation issued.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Grafton Slashes Officials' Salaries For Next Four Years

The Grafton Township Board voted Thursday to scale back officeholder salaries by roughly one third for the next four years.  The meeting was sparsely attended, about half the audience either an announced candidate for one Grafton office or another next year or a backer looking for someone else to run for him.

The meeting opened with the usual grueling audit of the Township's monthly bills, complicated this time by 30 pages of surprise resolutions by Supervisor Linda Moore to take money from one place in the Township budget to fill in a hole elsewhere.  Trustees only OK'ed three, complaining they hadn't had time to make sense of the changes. An hour and a half's bickering boiled down to a final exchange.

"This is what happens when the Board passes a budget that's underfunded," chastised Moore.

"This," snapped back Trustee Barb Murphy, "is what happens when you spend too much," .

Separately, the Board finally agreed to pay the bill for the 2009-10 Township audit, opening the way to complete the long-delayed 10-11 audit.  "I say, 'Get it out of here'", said Murphy.  Later Moore said, "I would anticipate (auditor) Paul Thermen could be at a meeting soon," something trustees have been demanding all year.

Likewise separately, Road Commissioner Jack Freund, for whose Road District Moore is Treasurer, complained his District's credit card had been cut off for non-payment of bills.  Moore replied that the issuing bank had tied the card and the one for the Assessor's Office to her own Supervisor's credit card and that one had been stopped.  The backstory there was in a Moore press release (strangely withheld from FEN) last week that the bank had frozen her Township credit card for non-payment of bills.  The backstory to that was two Board motions this Summer to cancel the Supervisors credit card for what they considered overuse.

Trustee Betty Zirk revealed the proposed pay cuts for the next four-year Township cycle saying, "With the economy the way it is...I believe it is our responsibility to (taxpayers) to do our part."  Zirk said she started with across the board percentage cuts and then tried to adjust for job difficulty and by comparison to other townships.  "We were in the upper bracket, the low end of the upper bracket," said Zirk.  "Now we're about in the middle."

The schedule calls for whacking the Supervisor's salary next year from just short of $60,000 to $40,000.  The Assessor's salary will be cut from $77,400 to $68,000.  The Road Commissioner's salary will fall from $71,000 to $58,000 and the Clerk's salary will plummet from $11,200 to $7,200.  Compensation for trustees, currently $100 per meeting, will drop to $75 per session starting next year. The new four-year schedule includes two percent raises per year from the new bases.

The vote for the measure was unanimous with Trustee Rob LaPorta absent.  "That's the first thing they've all agreed on all year," muttered one resident.

In the pic: Grafton Trustee Barb Murphy read passages often Wednesday from the Township Officials of Illinois handbook.  Supervisor Linda Moore read passages back to her from Circuit Judge Michael Caldwell's legal decision a year ago.

Teachers Reject Proposed D158 Contract

Negotiators from the District 158 Board of Education and Huntley Education Association union will meet again next week after teachers' rank and file rejected a tentative contract agreement Monday. The rejection was announced Thursday in a joint statement from the Board and the union.

HEA President Julie McLaughlin said wouldn't say Thursday why teachers rejected the accord.  "We're going to keep tight-lipped," she said.  "We're not going to negotiate in the newspapers," said McLaughlin, possibly harking to a 2008 Distict strike in which both sides leveled the charge.

D158 Board Vice President Don Drzal couldn't say what the problem was either.  "They haven't told us yet," he said.  Drzal's heading contract talks for the Board since President Mike Skala is married to a District teacher and recused himself.  The day for the next negotiating session hasn't been set yet, Drzal said.

Negotiators called for a State mediator last month but canceled the request last week when they reached the agreement which union members rejected. McLaughlin said she thought a new one could be reached soon.  "We're not at an impasse," she said.

The District's negotiations are happening now in the shadow of an increasingly bitter teachers' strike in Chicago but Drzal said there was really no comparison between the two.  "They've got more school buildings than we've got teachers," he said.

McLaughlin said another difference was, "Teachers will continue to educate the students of 158."

LITH To Seek Land For New Airport Entrance

Work on Lake in the Hills Airport's taxiway relocation wound up this week and Thursday the LITH Village Board began preparation for the next phase of the Airport's Improvement Plan. The Board OK'ed starting Eminent Domain proceedings against a parcel of land south of the Airport for a new entrance to accommodate a new apron and ramp scheduled for construction.

The airport's been in the midst of an FAA-required five-year safety upgrade for the last 12 years.  The FAA's supposed to fund 95 percent of the originally estimated $23 million cost but Airport Manager Manny Gomez told FEN funding's been diverted at least twice since work began. Up next is extending the taxiway still further south.  "When funds become available," Gomez added.

In other action, the LITH Board approved a license for five video gambling machines at Moretti's Ristorante & Pizzeria.  The approval's still sort of theoretical since the Illinois Gaming Board hasn't rolled out a control system for the machines yet.  According to a report this week, only two locations in the entire state are offering legal payouts so far in a test program.

The Board also approved switching some unbuilt duplex lots in the Lakes of Boulder Ridge development into single-family ones.  Trustees also approved a resolution asking the McHenry County Board not to issue any more LED billboard permits until it finishes a new Unified Development Ordinance.  LITH hasn't been targeted by the billboard companies yet but adjacent Algonquin has been.

In the pic:  Contractors seeded this week to finish up taxiway relocation at LITH Airport.

New Teacher Evaluations Among Roots Of Chicago Strike

By Jayette Bolinski, Illinois Watchdog
As the historic Chicago teachers strike closed another day, those familiar with the contract negotiations said a new evaluation system, which would assess teachers on students’ progress during the year, remained a point of contention.

A state law signed in 2010 requires all Illinois public schools to install a new teacher-evaluation system by the 2016-17 school year. Chicago public schools are trying to implement a plan that measures student improvement on standardized tests and counts student “growth,” or lack thereof, as part — at least 25 percent — of teachers’ performance evaluations.
That has caused teachers to worry that the new system will penalize them unfairly for factors beyond their control — student poverty, hunger, homelessness and uninvolved parents among them.

“We’re seeing some of these picket signs saying, ‘Don’t judge us exclusively on our kids’ standardized tests,’" said Jessica Handy, policy director at Stand for Children Illinois, which champions issues related to public education and graduation rates. “We shouldn’t be treating the 22-year-old college student just out of school like a super hero that gets thrown into a class with 32 kids and be expected to work magic with no support.”

How do you assess progress of students who already are at the top of the scale and can’t grow as much because they’ve already got the material down? What about learning-challenged students who come to school hungry or whose parents never read to them? Should they be judged the same as middle-income students whose parents are involved? Should there be a sliding scale?  “It’s not as straightforward as it sounds,” said Sue Sporte, director of research operations at the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research.

"I think if you tell teachers that you’re going to be judged based on student performance, it’s a scary prospect," said Handy, "especially for teachers who do work in those underserved areas.”

You can read Jayette's full report at: http://watchdog.org/56189/il-new-chicago-teacher-evaluation-system-at-root-of-strike/

In the pic:  Striking Chicago teachers.

Obituaries

Harold J. Bozzelli, 82, of Huntley, died peacefully Wednesday at Centegra Hospital, Woodstock. Illinois. A graveside service will be held 11am Monday at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Arlington Heights.

Bozzelli was born in Chicago, the son of Joseph W. and Alice V. (Jastroch) Bozzelli. He is survived by his brother Ronald Bozzelli. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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
September 13
1012 HRS VILLAGE CREEK DR. & ACORN LN. DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED. PEREZ, JOSEPH J., M/W 42 YEARS OF AGE, 9308 ROUTE 47, HEBRON. CHARGES: Driving While License Suspended, No Valid Insurance, and Wanted On Warrant, McHenry County, Failure To Appear, Battery, $2000 @ 10%. RELEASED ON BOND.
1825 HRS 3800 BLOCK OF SONOMA CIRCLE. DOMESTIC BATTERY. SARAVIA, CELESTE, F/W 47 YEARS OF AGE, 3856 SONOMA CIRCLE, LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGES: Two Counts of Domestic Battery. TURNED OVER TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
0926 HRS RAKOW RD. & PYOTT RD. ACCIDENT. Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1045 HRS RANDALL RD. & MILLER RD. ACCIDENT. Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1510 HRS RANDALL RD. & MILLER RD. ACCIDENT. Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1607 HRS 10910 REED RD. (CHESAK SCHOOL). ACCIDENT. Three vehicles. Property damage only.
2135 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF HEARTLAND GATE. ACCIDENT. Two vehicles. Property damage only.
2316 HRS RANDALL RD. & ACORN LN. ACCIDENT. Vehicle vs. Light Pole. Property damage only.
Algonquin
delayed

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Algonquin Twp. Raises Officeholder Salaries But Only Later

The Algonquin Township Board Wednesday voted to give elected Township officials a two  per year raise for two years--but not for another two years.  The measure passed by the Board sets salaries for the next four years for the winners of what promise to be a number of contested in Algonquin Township elections next year.

The Township's "Little Committee", the Supervisor, Road Commissioner, Assessor and Clerk, had collectively recommended two percent raises for each of the next four years but Supervisor Dianne Klemm was clearly dubious.  "I think we make darn good salaries," she said.  "I wouldn't be against freezing the four years."

"It was my recommendation the Clerk's salary be frozen for four years," added Munaretto, although the proposed schedule included a boost there, anyway.

Casting an eye at salary increases in other townships Klemm summed up saying "McHenry is freezing and Nunda is going backwards."

Trustee Dan Shea put the four-year increase in play just "for discussion".  Trustee Linda Lance via telephone asked what the rush was, anyway, since State statutes don't require a salary decision before Nov.21.  No one answered that.  Nevertheless, Trustee Lowell Cutsforth seconded the motion adding, "I'm not in favor of it. I would say two years, possibly."

Shea argued the increases were justified since, "We serve more people than any other Township."

"The economy isn't very good and I don't see it getting better," replied Cutsforth who moved to amend the raises to kick in only for the latter half of the next four-year cycle.

Lance griped again that things were moving too fast.  "I wasn't given enough opportunity to do the research I normally would do," she said.

Newby trustee Russ Cardelli, Algonquin, was the only one who argued against any increase.  "People have been really bending my ear about this,"  he said.  His was the only "no" vote on the two-year freeze amendment, then the two year-freeze as the new resolution.

No one has made any formal announcements yet but races are expected for Algonquin Township Supervisor, probably Clerk and probably at least one trustee spot next year.  Whoever ends up occupying which office, under Wednesday's resolution, the Supervisor's salary will remain at $66,655 for two years, then increase to $69,348 by 2016. The Highway Commissioner will stay at $93,318, then rise to $97,088 at the end.  The Assessor, $84,430 and $87,841; Clerk, $17,775 and $18,493;  Trustees,  $2,370 and $2,466.   

In other action, the Board turned down a request from WWII vets charity McHenry Honor Flight to sell beer at a fundraiser in the Road District's Community Room.  It wasn't the beer trustees had trouble with, it was the selling part.  "If it was like a party in your back yard, that's one thing," said Shea.  "But sale?  It seems one step too far."

In the pic: Lou Ann Majewski, unincorporated Algonquin resident, was all the audience there was (not counting FEN) when the Algonquin Township Board voted on raises. She was against them.  "Most people aren't looking for raises," she said.  "They're looking for jobs."

Virginia Road To Reopen At Route 31 Friday

If the weather holds, MCDOT engineers report Virginia Road access from Route 31 will reopen Friday.  It's been shut down for the past month to realign Virginia further north from the Klasen Road intersection on 31.

Temporary traffic signals will control 31 and Virginia traffic.  A project release warns drivers to be careful since "motorists will be getting used to the new traffic pattern."

Meanwhile on the Route 31 widening project itself, there's about two and a half weeks worth of storm sewer work still to come before basework and paving can begin.  The project's supposed to wind up late this Fall.

Library Card Sign Up Fest At Algonquin Commons Sat.

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month. (Also, National Atrial Fibrilation Month, Mold Awareness Month and {really, honest} Be Kind To Editors and Writers Month.) In observance,  the Huntley Area Public Library, Algonquin Area Public Library and the Fox River Valley Public Library will host a library card sign-up day at Algonquin Commons shopping center Saturday.

"A Library Card – What We All Have In Common" will run from 1 to 5 pm. with drawings for a Kindle eReader for patrons of each library district.  A number of Commons stores will, surprise, have discounts for library card holders the day of the event, too.  They're listed here: http://shopatalgonquincommons.com/wp-content/files_mf/librarycardholderflyer.jpg

Time Dwindling To Pick State Health Insurance Benchmark

By Jamey Dunn, Illinois Issues
There's a week left for comment as Illinois officials weigh choices that will determine the future of the health insurance market in Illinois in two years, if not sooner.

As part of the federal Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act, Gov. Pat Quinn’s Health Care Reform Implementation Council met Wednesday to work on picking a benchmark for benefits that insurance companies must offer to individuals and small businesses. The council will recommend one plan that will set the standard for benefits offered in 10 service categories, such as prescription drugs, maternity care and laboratory services known as essential health benefits.

The council can choose among several existing plans, such as the three largest state employee health plans or the three largest group plans in the state. Once it picks a model, other insurers must offer equal benefits. The State must pick a plan as is and cannot add on or subtract benefits. The new council-set standards will kick in in 2014 and last until 2016, when the federal government plans to reassess the required essential benefits. The Council's choice will set a floor for required benefits, but insurance companies can offer more generous plans.

The council is taking public comment and suggestions through September 19, and Quinn must make a recommendation to the federal government by September 30. If the state does not choose a benchmark plan, the feds will choose one for it. Information and online comment entry are here: http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/healthcarereform/Pages/default.aspx

Council members Wednesday said they hope to ensure that there are strong benefit levels for mental health and substance abuse treatment, two areas they say are often inadequately covered by insurance. “It truly signals that there is greater acceptance and understanding that the treatment of mental health disorders and substance abuse must be a priority,” said Lorrie Rickman Jones, director of the Department of Human Services' Division of Mental Health.

Larry Barry, president of the Illinois Life Insurance Council, warned that requiring plans to have overly generous benefits could make the insurance too pricey. “Now you’ve got a wonderful product, but it’s one that no one can afford,” he said.

You can read Jamey's full report at: http://illinoisissuesblog.blogspot.com/2012/09/state-council-considers-required.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
September 12
0108 HRS 914 W. ALGONQUIN RD. (ED’S RENTAL). DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL. HAYES, KYLE R., M/W 22 YEARS OF AGE, 147 HONEYSUCKLE CIRCLE, HOT SPRINGS, AR. CHARGES: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol with a Breath Alcohol Content Greater Than .08, Speeding, and Improper Lane Usage. RELEASED ON BOND.
1005 HRS CUNAT CT. & OAK ST. WANTED ON WARRANT. SPRAY, JASON C., M/W 40 YEARS OF AGE, 1303 CUNAT CT. 1D, LAKE IN THE HILLS.
CHARGES: Wanted on Warrant, Montgomery Police for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Bond Amount: $30,000 at 10%,and Driving While License Revoked. RELEASED ON BOND.
1800 HRS 1115 CRYSTAL LAKE RD. (LITH POLICE). WANTED ON WARRANT. SPAHIU, MUHAMET, M/W 28 YEARS OF AGE, 30 S. ORIOLE TRAIL, CRYSTAL LAKE. CHARGES: Wanted on Warrant, McHenry County for Dangerous Drugs. Bond Amount: $1,500 at 10%. RELEASED ON BOND.
1057 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF PRIDES RUN. FOLLOW-UP ARREST: HARASSMENT BY ELECTRONIC MEANS. ROSANIA, JOSEPH, M/W 66 YEARS OF AGE, 2907 BUCKSKIN LN., GRAYSLAKE. CHARGE: Harassment by Electronic Means. RELEASED ON BOND.
0840 HRS 200 S. ANNANDALE DR. (LEROY GUY PARK). DOG BITE. Subject bitten by a dog. REFERRED TO MCHENRY COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL.
1129 HRS 1115 CRYSTAL LAKE RD. (LITH PD). ASSIST OTHER AGENCY. Assisted McHenry County Sheriff’s Office with serving an order of protection.
1227 HRS 1115 CRYSTAL LAKE RD. (LITH POLICE). INFORMATION FOR POLICE. Contact made with a registered sex offender.
1334 HRS 1115 CRYSTAL LAKE RD. (LITH POLICE). ACCIDENT. Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1452 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF RIDGEWOOD CIRCLE. ASSIST AMBULANCE. Female, 11 years of age, needing an evaluation. Transported to Sherman Hospital.
1443 HRS 2800 BLOCK OF BRIARCLIFF LN. BURGLARY FROM MOTOR VEHICLE. Money taken from unlocked vehicle.
2005 HRS 4560 W. ALGONQUIN RD. (ALFREDOS PIZZA). DOMESTIC. Boyfriend vs. Girlfriend. Verbal only. No priors.
2035 HRS FRANK RD. & MILLER RD. REPORT FOR INSURANCE. Subject had damage to his bicycle.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Algonquin Board Rejects "Too Many" Riverside Plaza Apartments

The Algonquin Village Board Tuesday rejected a plan to turn the uncompleted Riverside Plaza Downtown condominium project into a 69-unit apartment building.  By a 5 to 2 vote, trustees thought that was too many more than 54 condos originally intended so they sent the developer back to his financial drawing board.

Algonquin's Planning and Zoning Commission had signed off on the expansion last month but the Board refused to accept North Barrington developer John Breugelmans' assertion that he can't borrow $8.5 million to build the interior of Riverside Plaza with fewer than 69 apartments.  Breugelmans admitted for the first time that he read the condominium market wrong when he bought the unfinished project last year but he said reconfiguring as apartments was always Plan B to which the Village had assented.  Village Manager Bill Ganek demurred from that.  "I've been in the business long enough to know whatever I say requires Board approval," he replied.

Only Trustees Jim Steigert and Brian Dianis were willing to accept 69 apartments, although not very enthusiastically.  "We need to get this going," Steigert complained. Trustees Jerry Glogowski and Bob Smith balked, apparently favoring the original 54 unit proposal or something a lot closer to it.

Village President John Schmitt pushed for a 64-unit compromise he said Breugelmans had proposed last week but the developer dismissed that saying he'd merely raised it as a "political" proposal with no proven connection to reality. Trustees John Spella and Debbie Sosine just said "No". In May they'd objected even to the idea of rentals.

The upshot was for Breugelmans to try to thrash out another plan with Village staff which was about what everyone had expected.

Tuesday's surprise development proved to be the revelation that there's a third player in what had previously appeared to be a Mexican standoff between the Village and the developer.  Vernon Hills investment expert Glenn Kilbride, urging the Board to accommodate Breugelmans, said he spoke as the advisor for the developer's "major financial partner."  He hinted whoever that was was getting impatient. "I'm on his back as well," Kilbride said. Later he declined to tell FEN the partner's identity, admitting only that, "It's a Lake County resident."

In the pic:  Developer John Breugelmans told the Algonquin Board if trustees don't approve an expansion to 69 apartment units at Riverside Plaza, "It will sit empty for the next three, four, five years."

One Lane Closure Expected On Algonquin Road Today

Route 31 Bypass construction will begin to squeeze down Algonquin Road today but it won't be the Full Monty closures still expected later this week.  Algonquin Village Manager Bill Ganek said construction company officials advised Tuesday that one lane of Algonquin Road will be closed for sewer work today. 

The last best estimate had been that one lane east and one west would close down today during non-rush hours but power and telephone crews were still hard at work Tuesday afternoon relocating utilities.  More construction equipment was observed at the interchange site Tuesday.  However, warning signs still advised only that "delays" could be expected this week.

Firefighters Dedicate 9/11 Memorial In Algonquin

About 100 people gathered Tuesday evening for the dedication of the Algonquin Lake In the Hills Fire Protection District 9/11 memorial.  Led by the American Legion Color Guard and a bagpiper firemen marched to the just-completed site of a girder from the demolished World Trade Center to remember the attacks 11 years ago on the U.S., the 2,977 people who died in them and the 421 first responders who died trying to save others.

"Visit it often and remember," Algonquin Village President advised the crowd.

The memorial also honors two local firefighters who died in the line of duty. April 5, 1967, Firefighter Edwin LeRoy “Roy” Benson died while advancing a hose line at a residential fire. May 23, 1976, Captain G.D. “Mac” McIntyre died while returning to quarters after an emergency incident. Both were “volunteers” with the department and responded from home or work when a call was dispatched, Benson from his service station, McIntire from his railroad job.

The new memorial in Riverside Park was paid for by donations and fundraising efforts. Some funds are still needed for the continued upkeep of the Firefighters Memorial. Checks can be mailed to: Algonquin Firefighters Association, 1020 W. Algonquin Rd. Lake in the Hills IL, 60156. Questions can be sent to alglithffmemorial@gmail.com.

Health Facilities Board Says No To Mercy, Crystal Lake

The State Health Facilities and Services Review Board on Tuesday turned down a 70-bed Mercy Health System proposal for a new hospital in Crystal Lake.  The vote at the Board's meeting in Normal was six to three against the facility that would have competed with Centegra's newly-approved hospital in Huntley.

That's still a little uncertain, though, since Mercy in Janesville and Sherman Health In Elgin have lawsuits pending in Will County challenging the Board's July decision in favor of Centegra's 128-bed hospital in Huntley in July.

Centegra's Senior VP of Strategic Planning said Tuesday, "We are pleased, and believe it is very sensible, that the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board agreed that Crystal Lake is not the best location for a new hospital in McHenry County. The board vote today affirms that Centegra planned appropriately to meet the growing demands of health care in southern McHenry County and northern Kane County."

In the pic:  An artist's concept for Mercy's original Crystal Lake hospital proposal.

Obituaries

James Bachi, 90, of Huntley died Saturday at Provena St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin. Private family services will be held at a later date.

Bachi was born April 2, 1922, in Missouri Valley, IA, the son of John and Elizabeth (Fodor) Bachi.  On April 15, 1978, he married to Lorraine E. Kramer. He is survived by his wife; his granddaughters, Hillary and Alexandra Tarr, and his brother, William of Elgin.  He was preceded in death by his brothers, Louis, John and Steven, and his sisters, Rose and Betty Jane.

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
September 11
0837 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & RANDALL RD. NO VALID DRIVER’S LICENSE. MUGISHA, ALICIA A., F/B 29 YEARS OF AGE, 19 OXFORD DR. APT 5, CARPENTERSVILLE. CHARGES: No Valid Driver’s License. RELEASED ON BOND.
0405 HRS CLAYTON MARSH DR. & ROOSEVELT ST. CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY. Bush damaged by unknown vehicle. TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
0409 HRS 2900 BLOCK OF IMPRESSIONS DR. DOMESTIC. Boyfriend vs. girlfriend. Verbal only. One prior
0719 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF SWEETWATER RIDGE. DOMESTIC. Husband vs. wife. Verbal only. One prior.
0900 HRS ROUTE 31 & TRINITY DR. ACCIDENT. Semi-truck vs. car. Property damage only.
1151 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF SWEETWATER RIDGE. IDENTITY THEFT Identity used to obtain credit and money. Turned over to three different outside agencies.
1500 HRS TERRAMERE LN. & CHANCERY WAY. INFORMATION FOR POLICE. Suspicious activity in the area.
1704 HRS 100 BLOCK OF VILLAGE CREEK DR. INFORMATION FOR POLICE. Suspicious activity in the area.
L12-013192 2243 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF PRIDES RUN. HARASSMENT BY TELEPHONE. Complainant being harassed via telephone.
Huntley
August 27
Kimberly L. Dierking, age 40, of 320 Oak Grove Circle, Waucanda, was arrested for driving while license suspended and speeding.  Ms. Dierking posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of October 5, 2012.
August 28
A 14 year-old male from Huntley was arrested for disorderly conduct at Huntley High School.  The juvenile was released to his parents and will attend peer jury.
August 30
A 17 year-old male from Huntley was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis at Huntley High School.  The juvenile was released to his mother and was petitioned to McHenry County juvenile court.
Sean M. Bruske, age 20, of 12142 Donahue Rd., Huntley, was arrested for driving while license suspended, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a suspended driver’s license, speeding and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.  Mr. Bruske posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of October 5, 2012.
Chester Pacucci, age 34, of 944 Tuscany, Streamwood, was arrested for DUI and disobeying a traffic light. Mr. Pacucci posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of September 28, 2012.
September 1
A theft report was taken in the 13900 block of Auto Mall Dr.  Wheels and tires were reported stolen.
September 2
A criminal damage to property report was taken in the 17N700 block of Van Acker Rd.  A door was damaged.
A theft report was taken in the 10700 block of Allegheny Pass.  A jacket left near a bike path was reported stolen.
September 3
Brett W. Kleckner, age 21, of 2220 Aurora, Pingree Grove, was arrested for criminal damage to property. Mr. Kleckner was assigned an October 5, 2012, McHenry County court date and was transported to McHenry County jail to await bond.
Tyler J. Mueller, age 21, of 10929 Cape Cod Lane, Huntley, was arrested for two counts of domestic battery.  Mr. Mueller was transported to McHenry County jail to await bond call.
September 4
Tyler J. Mueller, age 21, of 10929 Cape Cod Lane, Huntley, was arrested for violation of bail bond.  Mr. Mueller was transported to McHenry County jail to await bond call.
A theft report was taken at a residence in the 10900 block of Preston Parkway.  Jewelry was reported stolen.
A criminal damage to property report was taken at Huntley High School.  Graffiti was found on wall in a hallway.
A 15 year-old female from Lake in the Hills was arrested for disorderly conduct.  The juvenile was released to her mother and will attend peer jury.
September 5
Efrain Villagomez, age 28, of 1325 N. Baldwin Ct. #1B, Palatine, was arrested for driving while license suspended and possession of a suspended driver’s license.  Mr. Villagomez posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of September 28, 2012.
September 6
Jesus E. Venegas, age 18, of 192 Elmhurst Rd., Crystal Lake, was arrested for driving with no valid driver’s license, unlawful use of registration, and expired registration.  Mr. Venegas posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of September 28, 2012.
Esther D. Sin, age 22, of 10723 Biltmore, Huntley, was arrested on a Huntley Police Department warrant for theft. Ms. Sin posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of September 21, 2012.
September 7
A theft report was taken at Huntley High School.  A student reported that her cell phone and iPod were stolen.
September 8
Mario E. Santos-Hernandez, age 30, of 308 Lincoln Ct., Addison, was arrested for driving while license suspended and display of expired registration.  Mr. Santos-Hernandez posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of October 26, 2012.
A residential burglary report was taken in the 11500 block of Frederick Way.
A theft report was taken in the 10400 block of Lancaster.  Several items were stolen from the residence.
Jonathan M. Barany, age 27, of 10513 Cindi Jo Ave., Huntley,  was arrested for driving while license suspended, expired registration and driving an uninsured motor vehicle.
Mr. Barany posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of September 28, 2012.
Heidi J. Webster, age 38, of 329 Lake St., Woodstock, was arrested for retail theft.  Ms. Webster was transported to Kane County jail to await bond.
September 9
A criminal damage to property report was taken in the 10600 block of Mayfield.  A rock was thrown through a sliding glass door.
A criminal damage to property report was taken in the 10400 block of Dawson.  A mailbox was damaged.
A criminal damage to property report was taken in the 10600 of Mayfield.  Two windows were broken in the  rear of the residence.
Mary Ellen O. DeAndrea, age 67, of 1653 W. 104th Place, Chicago, IL was arrested for DUI, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and driving with no insurance.  Ms. DeAndrea posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of October 26, 2012.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

D300 Examines Latest Test Results

The District 300 Board of Education honored 82 students who aced ACT tests and scores more who did will on Advanced Placement exams Monday, then explained why there weren't more of them.

Actually, 82 scoring 30 or better on the ACT was more or less in line with national results, according to Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning Ben Churchill, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning.  The ACT is part of Illinois' Prairie State Achievement Test and Churchill showed charts placing the District right about at the midpoint for Illinois Unit School Districts.  The problem is that, by federal standards, Illinois School Districts aren't doing very well, said Churchill.

"No single (Unified School District) in Illinois hit its (Adequate Yearly Progress)," Churchill said. Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, is a measurement defined by the United States federal No Child Left Behind Act that allows the U.S. Department of Education to determine how every public school and school district in the country is doing academically.

Churchill said the District's held back by having so many students who come from "low income" households.  Board President Anne Miller agreed that was a problem.  "When they're worried about being cold and hungry they aren't going to focus on 'Should I take an Advanced Placement class?'" she said.

Board Member Steve Fiorentino voiced the obvious conclusion.  "The incomes are not going to get better.  We just have to get better at what we do."

In the pic:  D300 high schools collectively fall about dead center among PSAE test scores measured against income.  A list of schools shows the worst-performing "rich" districts still rank higher than the best "poor" ones on the PSAE.

Algonquin Road Two-Lane Still Looks Like Wednesday

A feller buncher machine Monday chopped trees on the south side of Algonquin Road like so many stalks of celery preparing for the start of actual construction of Algonquin's Route 31 Bypass. The highly unofficial best estimate for Algonquin Road to neck down to a single lane in each direction from 9 am to 3 pm each day remains Wednesday, according to a Village source.

"Some time this week," was as close as one construction engineer, who wasn't supposed to talk to reporters, anyway, was willing to estimate Monday.

Why the reluctance to name a date certain?  "If they commit, they're afraid they might end up shutting the lanes down before there's any construction going on," said one informed observer.

Second Child Approach Reported In Algonquin Willoughby Area

Algonquin Police are running increased patrols around Westfield School this morning after another reported child approach near the school Sunday.

Police said an 11 year-old girl playing at her home on Foster Circle near Sleepy Hollow Road late Sunday afternoon reported a stranger told her to get into his van but she ran inside.  The child described the man as white, clean-shaven, brown haired, in his late 30's driving a white van with an aluminum ladder on top.

Deputy Chief Ed Urban said the girl did just what she was supposed to to, telling her parents about the approach immediately.  "We are asking parents to reaffirm the fact that a child should never get into any vehicle with an adult who is not their parent unless it is prearranged as part of that child’s safety plan," he said.

Algonquin Police alerted D300 Safety Officials who sent a message about the incident to Westfield parents Monday.  The reported child approach Sunday was the second near Westfield since the new school year began.  Another approach was reported Aug. 21 further south and west in Willoughby farms. Anyone having information that can help identify the driver is asked to contact the Algonquin Police Department at (847) 658-4531.

ALFPD Firefighters Memorial Dedication Scheduled Today

Erecting a 15-foot girder from the wreckage of the World Trade Center Monday may have been the easiest part of the hasty two-week construction of the Algonquin Lake in the Hills Firefighters Memorial in time its dedication in Alogonquin's Riverside Park at 6 pm today.

Firemen, their families and a contingent of kids from the nearby Learning Tree Child Center watched as a donated crane swung the ponderous relic into place for volunteers to bolt down.
The Firefighters Memorial will honor the memories of the victims of the 9/11 attacks, the first responders who died saving others and two ALFPD firefighters who've died the line of duty.

Lake In The Hills Resident Arrested On Drug Charges

McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren announced the result of a two-week narcotics investigation that netted a Lake in the Hills man and four others. Deputies reported they found heroin, marijuana, syringes, grinders and scales when they searched the home of Timothy R. Hastings at 535 Delaware Dr., LITH, Thursday. Nygren estimated the street value of the narcotics seized to be approximately $4,500.

Hastings, 28, is charged with to two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, and possession of cannabis. Also arrested were 24 year-old Norman Brown, Chicago; Ishmael C. Bailey, 31, of Chicago; Joseph D. Whithair, 21, of Cary and Rahim B. Conda, 32, of Bloomington, all charged similarly.  Hastings also faces a Lake in the Hills charge lodged Thursday of witness harassment.

The investigation was a joint one including the Sheriff's Office and LITH PD, Nygren said.

Emanuel: Chicago Teachers' Strike "Totally Unnecessary"

By Jayette Bolinski, Illinois Watchdog
Chicago public school teachers hit the streets to picket Monday during their first strike since 1987. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel called Chicago's teachers' strike "a strike of choice" when talks broke down late Sunday night. “This is totally unnecessary. It’s avoidable, and our kids don’t deserve this,” he said.

While Chicago schools are almost off in a different universe from District 300 and D158, teachers there, too have been operating without a new contract since the start of the year so everyone's watching Chicago with some apprehension.

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said the union and school district officials found common ground on compensation but that cuts to health benefits remained a sticking point. “This is a difficult decision and one we hoped we could have avoided,” she said.

David Vitale, president of the Chicago Board of Education, said officials offered teachers a 16 percent pay raise over four years, which was double the amount of a previous offer. He described the negotiations as “extraordinarily difficult.” The Chicago school district is grappling with a $700 million budget shortfall.

There's been no report on how local contract negotiations in either D300 or D158 are progressing since both went into arbitration last month.

You can read Jayette's full report at: http://watchdog.org/55829/il-taxpayer-advocate-says-chicago-teachers-salaries-out-of-the-world/

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
September 10
1931 HRS RANDALL RD. & ACORN LN. NO VALID ILLINOIS LICENSE. GOLOSZ, ANDRZEJ, M/W 37 YEARS OF AGE, 128 POLARIS DR., LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGES: No Valid Illinois License, Expired Registration and No Insurance. RELEASED ON BOND.
1123 HRS 1400 BLOCK OF ADAMS ST. BURGLARY TO MOTOR VEHICLE. GPS taken from vehicle. TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
1729 HRS 1000 BLOCK OF VIEWPOINT DR. ATTEMPT SUICIDE. Male, 43 years of age, made suicidal statements. Transported to Sherman Hospital.
2021 HRS 2000 BLOCK OF BRITTANY BEND. DOMESTIC. Husband vs. Wife. Verbal only. Three priors.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Huntley Sgt. Returns From Service Sunday

A return flight snafu in Germany Saturday postponed a Huntley Welcome Home celebration for Army Sgt. Danny Bacino for a day and, even then, his arrival time at Dhamer Square was uncertain until Sunday morning.  Even so, his family, members of the Huntley American Legion, Scouts and well-wishers are on hand for hugs and handshakes when Bacino's cortege, led by Patriot Guard motorcyclists, roared up shortly after 11:30 pm.

Legionnaire J.R. Westberg handed Bacino, returning from the 177th Field Artillery and tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, a membership in Post 673.  The 25 year-old Huntley resident's back in the U.S. to ETS, then attend school to study HVAC.  Where?  "I'm going to look at everything," he said.

In the pic: Returning Army Sgt. Danny Bacino told a Huntley crowd Sunday, "You can't thank me as much as I thank you."

Candidates Appear At Dundee Township GOP Fest

Dundee Township Republicans, including nether Algonquin, didn't spend much time at Santa's Village Petting Zoo during their 19th Annual Family Picnic Sunday.  Hot dogs and candidates were the bigger attractions.

GOP House Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam, whose Sixth District was wildly remapped to include parts of eastern Algonquin and Lake in the Hills for the November election, made an appearance.  Congressman Randy Hultgren whose 14th District now includes the rest of McHenry County was busy elsewhere.  So was 64th District State Rep. Mike Tryon now running unopposed in the relocated 66th District.  Dave McSweeney, running against Indpendent Dee Beaubien for the rejiggered-way-south 52nd State House spot, showed up, however.  He questioned Beaubien's independence, especially from Democratic House Speaker Mike Madigan.

Most interesting was the appearance by Dan Rutherford who still has two years to go as Illinois Treasurer.  He declined to say he's going to run for Governor in 2014 but seemed chagrined FEN had noticed he cranked up press releases out of his office a lot about two months ago.

In the pic:  State Treasurer Dan Rutherford (right) posed for a photographer at Sunday's Dundee Township Republican Picnic with Algonquin 24th Precinct Committeeman, Chris Kempf, and District 23 Kane County Board Member Maggie Auger, Algonquin.

Broadway Student Group To Perform For Huntley Fine Arts

The Fine Arts Boosters for Huntley High School will sponsor a fund raising concert featuring Project Two Music Thursday in the school’s Performing Arts Center. Project Two Music is a student-organized music group that specializing in Broadway musical songs complete with choreography and live instruments.

Performers will include singers Dylan Ladd, Tyler Darnell, Shaquon Howard, Anthony Morales, Spencer Trippi, Chris Aceron, Ashley Knipp, and Abby Gleason, along with band members Diana Pacyga (piano), Ethan Finney (drums), Andrew Rewerts (sax), Chris Aceron (guitar), Kevin Derby (sax), and Adam Sundling (trumpet).

Tickets are $7 at the door or can be pre-ordered for $5 by calling (847) 802-9447. Proceeds from the event benefit the Huntley High School Fine Arts Boosters which supports art, band, choir, dance, speech, and theatre programs at the school. 

For additional information, visit www.projecttwomusic.com.

Missing In Action: Illinois Congressmen

By Jayette Bolinski, Illinois Watchdog
When it comes to attendance, Illinois’ congressional delegation earns above-average marks.
All of Illinois’ seats in the U.S. House of Representatives — 18 in all after losing one in the redistricting process — are up for grabs in November. “But for the average voter who’s maybe not very engaged, they’re going to be looking for these kinds of cues that give them some sense of how effective somebody is,” said longtime Illinois political observer Kent Redfield. “Whether they take it seriously and, for better or worse, whether they miss a lot of roll calls are measures.”

Of the state’s 19 sitting U.S. representatives, only Chicago Democrats Bobby Rush of District 1 and Luis Gutierrez of District 4 have missed more than 10 percent of roll-call votes, according  to the latest figures from Govtrack.us, which follows federal legislation and lawmaker votes in Congress.

U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-District 14, including most of McHenry County, has the best record, missing only four of 1,503 votes during his tenure since Jan.,2011.

Some candidates say they miss more mundane and procedural votes, because they are meeting with constituents and interest groups as well as advocating for particular issues and meeting with interest groups — all of which make them better representatives of those who elected them. But a candidate’s voting record, especially missed votes on key legislation, can be damaging material for an opponent’s campaign ads, said Redfield, a political science professor at the University of Illinois at Springfield. “It really can be political dynamite because it translates so easily into an appeal that the average voter can understand,” he said.

“So when a congressman misses a lot of roll calls, it’s really easy to make the case that the congressman is skipping work and therefore is not paying attention to the basics. And if they don’t have the kind of character to show up for work, then how can you trust them on all of this other stuff. It fits very easily into a more extended narrative of whether they’re really up to the job.”

Rush, who has missed 13 percent of roll-call votes during his tenure,especially in 2008 when he was being treated for cancer. That, Redfield noted, is an example of why voting records alone without context can cause confusion for voters. “It’s just that without any context, missing votes translates into not doing your job and not taking the job seriously. Without context that’s a very compelling negative argument.”

Click here for a complete, searchable list of Illinois’ U.S. representatives’ voting records:

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/IL

You can read Jayette's full report at: http://watchdog.org/54638/missed-votes-in-congress-not-the-only-factors-voters-should-consider/

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
September 9
0701 HRS PYOTT RD. & ALGONQUIN RD. UNLAWFUL JUVENILE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL BY MINOR. F/W 17 YEARS OF AGE, CRYSTAL LAKE. CHARGES: Unlawful Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor. NOTICE TO APPEAR. RELEASED TO PARENT.
2057 HRS 1115 CRYSTAL LAKE RD. (LAKE IN THE HILLS POLICE DEPT). FOLLOW UP ARREST: POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. KAPLANTZES, DEMITRIUS C., M/W 19 YEARS OF AGE, 1776 DYER DR., BARTLETT. CHARGE: Possession of a Controlled Substance. TRANSPORTED TO MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL.
1942 HRS 500 BLOCK OF ANDERSON DR. DOMESTIC. Husband vs. wife. Verbal only. No priors.
2004 HRS HILLTOP DR. & ALGONQUIN RD. ACCIDENT. Two vehicles. Property damage only.
2023 HRS 4500 W. ALGONQUIN RD. (7-Eleven). DOMESTIC/ Boyfriend vs. girlfriend. Verbal only. No priors.
Algonquin
September 8
18:57pm Jaeger, Danielle D., DOB: 08/25/94, of 4905 Pyndale Drive, McHenry,  and a 17 year-old female from McHenry were both charged with Retail Theft.  They were taken into custody at Gordman’s, 1500 S. Randall Road.  They were both released on a Notice to Appear with a court date of 10/31/12 in Algonquin.
September 9
04:32am Lara, Roberto, DOB: 05/05/81, of 3704 Waukegan Road Apt #B, McHenry, was charged with DWLR and No Proof of Insurance. He was taken into custody at Route 62 and Route 31.  He was released after posting $150 with a court date of 10/17/12 in McHenry County.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Huntley Tea Party Rallys For "Now Or Never" Election

Huntley Tea Party stalwarts lined Route 47 in Huntley Saturday morning for what they called a "Now or Never Rally".  Organizer Bill Broderick said the upcoming national election represented "the last opportunity to turn this country around."

Some motorists honked approval.  Most didn't but whether that signified indifference or antipathy inexpressible in the absence of an "anti" horn button wasn't apparent.

The Huntley Tea Party will host a "Restore Our U.S. Economy And The State of Illinois" event at the Cosman Center Sept. 18 at 6:30 pm. It will feature a former gubernatorial candidate and a current radio talkshow host.

Two Tryon Town Halls Set, First Wednesday

State Rep. Mike Tryon (R-64; after the upcoming election in which he's unopposed R-66) will hold two area Town Hall meetings this month with voters.   The first is Wednesday at 7 pm in Huntley Village Hall.  The second will be same time, a week later, in Algonquin Village Hall.

“I look forward to these Town Hall meetings every year because they provide a good opportunity for me to update my constituents,” Tryon said. “They also allow residents a platform for letting me know what issues are important to them, which in turn allows me to better represent their needs in Springfield.”

In the pic: Tryon delivering the inside scoop from Springfield at an earlier Town Hall in Huntley.

Algonquin To Hold Fifth "It's Our River" Saturday

The Village of Algonquin and The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County will hold the fifth annual “It’s Our River Day” celebration and cleanup Saturday from 1 to 4pm at Cornish Park in Downtown Algonquin.

It’s Our River Day, a statewide celebration, kicks off in Algonquin with speakers at 1 pm.
At 2 the cleanup begins. New this year, the Illinois Water Trailkeepers from the Illinois Paddling Council and members from the Prairie State Canoeists will conduct an in-river clean up between Cornish Park and Buffalo Park. The Sierra Club will provide bags and gloves for the shoreline cleaning.

For more information, contact Katie Parkhurst, Algonquin Senior Planner at 847-658-4184.

In the pic:  Cleaning up at a previous "Our River" event.

Cub Scout New Parent/Scout Night At Conley Thursday

Sign up and orientation night for Algonquin, Huntley and LITH Cub Scout Pack 467 will be at Conley Elementary School at 7pm Thursday in rooms C103 and C109. The meeting's for new scouts and parents or anyone interested in learning more about Cub Scouts. There will be information about Pack 467, scouting in general, uniforms, activities, costs, Den assignments.

Pack 467 is based on the Square Barn Rd campus of D158, although members don't necessarily go to school.  For boys in First through Fifth grades, Cub Scouting combines outdoor activities, sports and academics to teach ideals like honesty, good citizenship, and respect

More information's available from cubmaster@pack467.com or at www.pack467.com.

Deer Disease Outbreak Includes McHenry County

An ongoing outbreak of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) in Illinois white-tailed deer has found 700 deer mortalities in 51 counties including McHenry through August, according to a report Thursday from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

EHD is a viral disease which can cause high fever and severe internal bleeding in deer. However, it's either harmless to humans or else it isn't. It depends on the authority being consulted.  The U.S. Centers For Disease Control listing says human infections have been "reported".

Usually EHD is pretty rare in Illinois.  Last year, IDNR received probable EHD reports from only eight Illinois counties.  The last major outbreak was in 2007 during another very dry summer when EHD was reported from 57 counties.  The drought's the key, according to IDNR officials.

"Exposed mudflats provide conditions that favor hatches of the disease-carrying insects.  Later in the summer, deer become more concentrated around the limited water sources, and the disease may begin to spread more quickly," said said Tom Micetich, IDNR Deer Project Manager.

Hunters and landowners who find sick or dead deer from what might be EHD, especially in or near water, are asked to contact their nearest IDNR field office or regional office.  Discoveries of EHD-related deer mortality may also be reported to Tom Micetich at 309-543-3316, ext. 231; or email: tom.micetich@illinois.gov.

In the pic:  This suspected EHD deer was found downstate a couple of weeks ago.

Obituaries

Dorothy Rose Rollings, 83, of Florissant, MO, died Friday morning at Provena St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin. Visitation will be Monday from 4 to 8 pm with a 7:30 Service of Remembrance at the DeFiore-Jorgensen Funeral & Cremation Service, Huntley.

Rollings was born November 9, 1928, in Booneville, IN, the daughter of Logan and Nellie (Goad) Shoulders.  She married Robert Rollings. She is survived by her son, Robert (Claire) Rollings of Huntley; her daughters, Susan (Joe) Keuss of Florissant, Wendy (Paul) Blach of Denver, CO; her grandchildren, Malinda (Ryan) Aichholz and Rachel (Curt) Stratton, and her brother, Tom (Doloris) Shoulders of Booneville, IN.

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.

JOE SCHERER, DOB:  11/19/1964, 701 EVERGREEN COURT, ALGONQUIN. AGGRAVATED BATTERY (TWO COUNTS), CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY (TWO COUNTS).--Algonquin PD

ANGELO ARANDA, DOB:  06/26/1994, 9672 BENNINGTON DRIVE, HUNTLEY. AGGRAVATED FLEEING OR ATTEMPTING TO ELUDE A PEACE OFFICER (TWO COUNTS), UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS.--Lake in the Hills

WILLIAM R. FISHER, DOB:  08/17/1992, 1831 DEER HAVEN DRIVE, CRYSTAL LAKE. RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY (TWO COUNTS).--Algonquin PD


DESIREE L. CASSIANO, DOB: 11/29/72, 600 N. EAST STREET #3, MARENGO. OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE.--Marengo PD
  
CHRISTOPHER E. LANE, DOB: 03/18/72, 482 FREEMONT STREET, ELGIN. AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL SEXUAL ABUSE (FOUR COUNTS), SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A CHILD.--Cary PD

DANIEL R. TURNER, DOB:  10/21/1983, LKA:  7615 PHEASANT ROAD, WONDER LAKE. AGGRAVATED FLEEING OR ATTEMPT TO ELUDE A POLICE OFFICER, CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO GOVERNMENT SUPPORTED PROPERTY, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT.--Wonder Lake PD

WILLIAM R. FISHER, DOB:  08/17/1992, 1831 DEERHAVEN DRIVE, CRYSTAL LAKE. BURGLARY, THEFT (TWO COUNTS).--Crystal Lake PD

BRETT M. JURGENS, DOB:  06/24/1987, 331 VAN BUREN STREET, CRYSTAL LAKE. THEFT (THREE COUNTS).--Crystal Lake PD
  
FAITH M. SORENSEN, DOB:  01/25/1992, 431 BUCKINGHAM DRIVE, CRYSTAL LAKE. RETAIL THEFT.--Johnsburg PD
  
ERIC P. COOLEY, DOB:  03/17/1983, LKA:  219 SHINING MOON PATH, GILBERTS. UNLAWFUL DELIVERY OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE.--McHenry County Sheriff's Office
  
ALYSHA L. THUROW-GITZINGER, DOB:  02/22/1993, LKA:  116 ½ N. BENTON STREET, WOODSTOCK. UNLAWFUL DELIVERY OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. KOSTAS LYMBEROPOULOS, DOB:  05/16/1988, 1460 CORD GRASS TRAIL, WOODSTOCK. UNLAWFUL DELIVERY OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (THREE COUNTS), UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (THREE COUNTS).--McHenry County Sheriff's Office

JOSEPH O. ZIEGLER, DOB:  08/22/1989, 236 N. OAK STREET, ELMHURST. AGGRAVATED ARSON, RESIDENTIAL ARSON, ARSON (THREE COUNTS), BURGLARY, THEFT.--McHenry County Sheriff's Office

JOSEPH D. LOSCH, DOB:  12/16/1982, 32427 N. MACKINAC LANE, MCHENRY. PREDATORY CRIMINAL SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (FOUR COUNTS), AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL SEXUAL ABUSE (TWO COUNTS).--McHenry County Sheriff's Office

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Lake in the Hills
September 8
1439 HRS 10 BLOCK OF INDIAN TRAIL. POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY. GRODNY, DAVID, M/W 19 YEARS OF AGE, 19 INDIAN TRAIL, LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGE: Possession of Stolen Property. RELEASED ON BOND.
1932 HRS LAKWOOD RD. & BORDEAUX DR. WANTED ON WARRANT. AFANADOR, EMILY, F/W 22 YEARS OF AGE, 217 N. LORD AVE., CARPENTERSVILLE. CHARGE: Wanted on Warrant out of McHenry County for a Traffic Offense, bond set at $4000, 10% applies. RELEASED ON BOND.
2240 HRS 5507 MCKENZIE DR. (CELEBRATION PARK). POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. ATTERBERG, CHRISTOPHER J., M/W 18 YEARS OF AGE, 10657 NANTUCKET LN., HUNTLEY. CHARGES: Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. RELEASED ON BOND.
0037 HRS 4300 BLOCK OF ROLLING HILLS DR. CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY. Mailbox. FAIL TO FILE.
0444 HRS 220 N. RANDALL RD. (MORETTI’S). BATTERY Male vs. male. FAIL TO FILE.
0546 HRS 100 N. RANDALL RD. (WALGREENS). THEFT. Two cases of beer.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
0836 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & LAKEWOOD RD. ORDINANCE VIOLATION. Signs placed illegally, removed by officer.
0854 HRS 5500 BLOCK OF WINDGATE WAY. DOMESTIC. Verbal between family members. One prior.
1115 HRS 4000 BLOCK OF LARKSPUR LN. IDENTITY THEFT. Complainant had a fraudulent AT&T account opened.
1305 HRS 700 BLOCK OF WHITE PINE CIRCLE. ASSIST AMBULANCE. Male, 22 years of age, possible overdose. Transported to Woodstock Memorial Hospital.
1505 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & TALAGA DR. ACCIDENT. Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1516 HRS 100 N. RANDALL RD. (WALGREENS). ACCIDENT. Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1550 HRS 9625 HALIGUS RD. (MARLOWE MIDDLE SCHOOL). ASSIST AMBULANCE. Male, 11 years of age, with a head injury. Transported to Woodstock Hospital.
1810 HRS RANDALL RD. & MILLER RD. ASSIST AMBULANCE. Male, 73 years of age, with a head injury. Transported to Sherman Hospital.
2025 HRS 800 BLOCK OF PROVENCE PL. ASSIST AMBULANCE. Female, 12 years of age, with a knee injury. Transported to Sherman Hospital.