Saturday, December 29, 2012

McSweeney To Become State Rep. Early

GOP bosses in McHenry, Lake and Cook Counties appointed 52nd District Representative-elect David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) to the Illinois House of Representatives Friday to serve the remainder of the term of State Rep. Kent Gaffney (R-Wauconda) who resigned effective that day.  McSweeney is set to be officially sworn in Jan. 6 and will represent the old 52nd district during the 97th General Assembly lame-duck session scheduled from Jan. 6 to 8.

The 98th General Assembly will convene on Jan. 9 and then McSweeney will represent the newly remapped 52nd District including eastern Algonquin and a bit of Lake in the Hills. 

The insider angle on McSweeney's early addition to the General Assembly is that it will give him a few days' seniority over all the rest of the 98th GA's freshmen.  "Seniority's important," said McHenry County GOP Chairman and State Rep. Mike Tryon Friday.  "It counts in committee assignments, offices, even license plates."  It's the committees that might make a difference.  "Let's say you want to be on a particular committee and somebody else does too.  (Seniority) would be one of the deciding factors," said Tryon.

McSweeney said Friday he was eager to get to work in Springfield.  "We have a lot to do.  We have to fix pensions and stop spending," he said.

Gaffney couldn't be reached Friday about why he chose to quite days early.  "He has a new job," said Tryon who said he didn't know what it was.  Gaffney's Linkedin page offered no clue, still listing him as a Legislator.

McSweeney defeated Gaffney, appointed to the unexpired term of the late Mark Beaubien, for the GOP nomination in this year's primary.  Then he and Beubien's widow running as a Democrat-subsidized Independent together spent an estimated $1.5 million campaigning for the $70,000 per year State Rep. spot.

In the pic:  Dave McSweeney

Button Up Your Overcoat, Look For Your Mittens

Light snow and flurries will continue this morning over Northern Illinois. but no more than one half inch is expected to accumulate. National Weather Service forecasters in Romeoville expect no significant storms for the area over the next week but call for more typical “January-type” temperatures during mid- and late next week.

Arctic air over Manitoba and Western Ontario will enter the region later today but retreat overnight and Sunday so by Monday temperatures at back to about or above normals.  The really cold air's supposed to swoop back late Monday or Tuesday, however,  and stay for several days.

Professional Regulation

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced the following disciplinary orders in the month of November:

Joseph Evans, Barrington – certified residential real estate appraiser license revoked for his communication of two misleading appraisal reports and for his failure to cooperate with the Department's investigation.

Samuel Scrivani, South Elgin – certified residential real estate appraiser license revoked due to incompetency and communicating a misleading appraisal report.

KAM Engineering, Barrington – design firm license and Kamleshwar P.Gupta, Barrington – professional engineer license both placed in refuse to renew status for entering into a plea agreement with the United States District Attorney for engaging in mail fraud.

Eric Kuhn, Crystal Lake – permanent employee registration card issued and placed on probation for one year due to criminal conviction.

Charlene West, Elgin – registered nurse license suspended for thirty days for a medication error.

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
December 28
15414 HRS 600 BLOCK OF DAVID ST. IDENTITY THEFT. Credit card was obtained online with Complainant's Information. TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
2056 HRS CRYSTAL LAKE RD & INDIAN TRAIL. DOMESTIC. Boyfriend vs. girlfriend. Verbal Only. No priors.

Friday, December 28, 2012

McHenry County Unemployment Rate Unchanged In Nov.

McHenry County's unemployment rate was unchanged for November, according to the latest report from the Illinois Department of Employment Security announced Thursday, 7.5 percent.  That was .1 percent higher than the U.S. unemployment rate, 7.4 percent and .8 percent better than Illinois' unemployment rate, 8.2 percent.

All of those figures were unadjusted for seasonal variation.  Tweaked, the U.S. rate was 7.7 percent for November, Illinois' 7.7 percent.  Adjusted unemployment rates aren't available on the county level.

The labor force actually shrank again in McHenry County in November but the number of people looking for work also decreased, falling proportionately so the unemployment rate stayed the same.

Illinois has added 174,600 private sector jobs since January 2010 when job growth returned following nearly two years of consecutive monthly losses, according to IDES. Leading growth sectors have been Professional and Business Services (84,800); Manufacturing (45,100) and Education and Health Services (42,000). Government in Illinois has lost the most jobs since January 2010, down 28,800.

There are 120,000 help-wanted ads on Illinoisjoblink.com, the IDES employment website that links job seekers with employers. 

                            UNEMPLOYMENT (unadjusted)             
               REVISED      Oct 2012    PRELIMINARY         Nov 2012               
               LABOR    UNEMPLOYED      LABOR     UNEMPLOYED     Nov 
               FORCE    NUMBER  RATE    FORCE     NUMBER  RATE  2011   
U.S. (X1000)   155,779  11,741   7.5    154,953   11,404   7.4   8.2
ILLINOIS     6,674,431 558,191   8.4  6,613,674  545,594   8.2   9.2   

MCHENRY COUNTY 178,009  13,294   7.5    176,239   13,199   7.5   8.7    
KANE COUNTY    278,169  21,600   7.8    276,016   22,057   8.0   9.2    
LAKE COUNTY    359,924  28,178   7.8    359,529   27,681   7.7   8.5
DUPAGE COUNTY  532,044  36,745   6.9    525,593   35,332   6.7   7.5

ALGONQUIN       17,055   1,236   7.2     16,884    1,225   7.3   8.2   
LITH            17,081   1,245   7.3     16,925    1,250   7.4   8.6    
CRYSTAL LAKE    22,387   1,775   7.9     22,047    1,645   7.5   8.9    
MCHENRY         15,542   1,215   7.8     15,351    1,170   7.6   9.1   

Races Shape Up For Some More Obscure Area Boards, Offices

The race for seats on the Huntley Area Public Library District is probably the most interesting among the less-followed area Boards whose candidacy filings ended Wednesday.  Former Libary Director Virginia Maravilla wants to return to Huntley Library as a Board Member.

Maravilla retired three years ago but now, "I've slept, I've traveled, I worked on the house, I went shopping," she said. "That's about what I intended to do so now it's time to give back to the Library again."

Three trustee slots will be open on the HAPLD Board in April with VP Judith Klein declining to run again but Kathleen Pilat and Leslie Threadgill-Smith bidding for new terms.  Hopefulls besides Maravilla also on the ballot will be Sun City Friends of the Library member Marjorie Unger Smith and D158 Technology Media Aide Beverly Cannalte, LITH.

The obvious question on Maravilla's candidacy is how current Huntley Library Director Patrick McDonald would feel about having his predecessor looking over his figurative shoulder.  "I've talked with him already," said Maravilla, "and he seems to be comfortable with it."

Things are more orthodox to the east at the Algonquin Area Public Library District where three Trustees seats are up for election but the incumbents were the only filers.

In the Kane County Townships that include nether Algonquin and Huntley several races have shaped up.  In Dundee Township, Democrat Elizabeth “Betty” Shattuck will challenge incumbent Michael A. Bielak for Assessor in April. Meanwhile hopeful Republican stalwart George Johnson will join incumbents David A. Edwards, Charlton F. Behm and Kenneth J. Schaffer to fill out a full GOP trustees' slate in the Primary. Then all of them will advance to face independent incumbent JoAnn Fritz for the four spots in the Consolidated Election.

Meanwhile, to the west in Rutland Township, appointed Clerk Debra Schultz faces a race with Huntley Tea Party sparkplug Linda K. Iverson.  There's also a six-way race for the four Rutland trustee seats. Incumbents Katherine Schultz, John Payson and Steve J. Schuldt will vie with
Charleen D. Carlsen, Gilberts; John P. Hansen, Hampshire, and Fredrick W. Bulmahn, Huntley.

There'll be little conflict at Huntley Area Fire Protection District where Trustee Fred Olson's term is up.  He wants another and no one else filed.  However, over at Algonquin Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District, three trustee seats will be up with races for all.  Tim Moss, Algonquin, will vie with incumbent Trustee Virgil Corless for a two-year term.  Meanwhile incumbent Rick Naatz will face of with Joseph Saunders, Algonquin; Bruce Toussaint, LITH, and Natalie Littlefield, Algonquin for the two six-year seats on the ballot.

LITH Citizens' Police Academy Readys For 37th Session

Spaces are open for Lake in the Hills 37th Citizens' Police Academy. The venerable course to familiarize residents with real local police work will run for a period of ten weeks starting Jan. 21, with one three-hour class each Monday night from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.

The course provides an overview of the various aspects of police work performed by the Lake in the Hills Police Department including crime scene investigation, firearms, law overview, and gangs and community relations. In some of the classes the citizens will have an opportunity for a hands on approach and be able to participate in (ahem) practical exercises.

To entroll call the LITH PD Community Relations division at 847-658-5676, pick up an application  at the Police Department or download one at www.lith.org/police.

Police Academy registrants must be:

1. At least 18 years of age
2. Willing to commit to attending one 3 hour class per week for the 10 week period
3. Able to deal with material that may be graphic at times
4. And have No felony convictions nor any misdemeanor convictions that question their   moral character.

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
December 27
1803 HRS 1115 CRYSTAL LAKE RD. (PD). WANTED ON WARRANT. WUNAR, LINDA K., F/W 38 YEARS OF AGE, 1382 CUNAT CT. #3B, LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGE: Wanted on Warrant, McHenry County, Failure to Appear, Traffic Offense, $5000 @ 10%. RELEASED ON BOND.
0315 HRS 220 N. RANDALL RD. (MORETTIS). ASSIST AMBULANCE. Female subject, 22 years of age, fell. Transported to Sherman Hospital.
0901 HRS 400 BLOCK OF VILLAGE CREEK DR. CRIMINAL DEFACEMENT. Unknown subject spray-painted complainant’s vehicle. TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
1001 HRS 200 BLOCK OF HUNTERS PATH. HIT & RUN. Vehicle struck multiple Christmas decorations and fled. PENDING INVESTIGATION.
0947 HRS LINCOLN ST. & JEFFERSON ST. FOUND ARTICLE. Cellphone found. Entered into evidence.
1051 HRS 260 N. RANDALL RD. (COSTCO). INFORMATION FOR POLICE.  Suspicious vehicle was reported. PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1453 HRS 100 BLOCK OF CRYSTAL LAKE RD. DOMESTIC. Husband vs. Wife. Verbal only. One prior.
1904 HRS 300 BLOCK OF HIAWATHA DR. DOMESTIC. Husband vs. Wife. Verbal only. One prior.
Algonquin
December 27
01:16am Fuentes, Edit R., DOB: 06/03/92, of 622 Grace Drive, Lake in the Hills, was charged with DWLS.  He was taken into custody at W. Algonquin Road and Berg Street.  He was released after posting $150 with a court date of 01/30/13 in McHenry County.
12:38pm Jacob, Christopher A., DOB: 06/06/82, of 85 E. Terra Cotta Avenue Apt 2B, Crystal Lake, was charged with DWLR and Speeding.  He was taken into custody at River Road and Wood Drive.  He was released after posting $150 with a court date of 01/30/13 in McHenry County.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Some Local Races Already Decided With Final Wednesday Filings

Wednesday was the final day of filing for the February Primary Election (independent candidates) and the April Consolidated Election (non-partisan races) so now it's finally clear where there are races heating up--and where there won't be any at all.

In the area School Districts there'll be none. In D300, incumbent board President Anne Miller, Member David Alessio and Kathleen Burley of Algonquin, a leader in the Advance 300 parent group that fought extension of the Sears EDA, were the only filers. Board member Karen Roeckner, Carpentersville, who opposed both the District's new tax levy and teachers' contract told FEN last week two terms on the Board were enough.  "It's time for someone new to step up," she said.

In District 158 it's all over but the shouting, too.  Four spots will be up in April but just-elevated President Don Drzal, current Members Kim Skaja and Paul Troy and Huntley attorney Michael Fleck are the only ones who filed to run for them.

In the Village of Algonquin incumbent Village President John Schmitt and Clerk Gerald Kautz will be unopposed but there's a race for the three trustee spots on the ballot.  Incumbents Bob Smith, Jerry Glogowski and Brian Dianis are all running again but Eastside resident Richard Flynn, involved last Summer in opposing what homeowners saw as over-repair of Indian Grove streets, wants one of their seats.

In the Village of Lake in the Hills, veteran Trustee Paul Mulcahy will vie with Planning and Zoning Commission Member Bill Dustin to be Village President when Ed Plaza's term expires.  No one filed to run against Diane Wasserman to be Village Clerk.  However, incumbent trustees Steve Harlfinger, Bob Huckins and Denise Barreto will have to defend their seats against challenger, home remodeler Kenneth Tentler.

In Huntley, incumbent Village President Chuck Sass will run unopposed.  However, Trustee Ron Hahn chose not to run again for the seat he's been filling since Paul Mercer resigned to move to Arizona and Trustee Pam Fender decided to run for Grafton Township Supervisor,  so only incumbent Trustee John Piwko is bidding to hold on to his seat.  Former Trustee Jay Kadakia who didn't make the cut last time will try for a return to the Board.  Ex-Jaycees President J.R. Westberg who likewise failed to win a seat in the last election will also try again.  A fourth trustee candidate will be Zoning Board of Appeals Member Ronda Goldman.

In Algonquin Township,  current Clerk and ex-County Board Member Marc Munaretto will challenge incumbent Dianne Klemm to be Supervisor.  Ex-Trustee Chuck Lutzow and current Trustee Linda Lance will duke it out to replace Munaretto as Clerk.  Road Commissioner Bob Miller and Assessor Bob Kunz will be unopposed.  However, there's a seven-way race for the four Trustee spots.  Incumbents Lowell Cutsforth, Dan Shea and Russ Cardelli (appointed) will face travel agent Neils Kruse of Cary, attorney Bill Bligh of LITH, Melissa Sanchez of LITH and sound system businessman Larry Emery of Crystal Lake.

In Grafton Township the only sure thing is that no one wants to be Clerk.  Incumbent Harriet Ford,  appointed to replace Dina Frigo who claimed she was harassed by Supervisor Linda Moore, declined to say why she didn't want to try to retain her office. No one filed to run for it.

Moore, meanwhile, will face two challengers for starters.  In the Primary she'll be up against Huntley Trustee and former Township Administrator (whom she fired) Pam Fender.  She'll also face Algonquin attorney and Registered CPA Marty Waitzman.  Whoever wins that race will face Independent candidate,  pet food distributor Jim Kearns, in the April election.

Road Commissioner will be a two-way race in the Primary.  Highway Department employee Tom Poznanski will vie with contractor Rich Dvorak there.  Then the winner will find himself opposed by Independent Tim Hoeft, another contractor, in the Consolidated Election.

The Assessor's spot features another two-stage contest.  Incumbent Bill Ottley faces challenger, appraiser Al Zielinski in the Primary.  The winner there will find himself challenged by Independent Terra Jensen, an Elgin Township Deputy Assessor, in the April election.

Only one current Trustee, Betty Zirk, seeks to remain on the Grafton Board.  The rest are obviously burned out in their ongoing battle with Moore over control of...everything about Grafton.  All four trustee spots are open but only Zirk, retired investment broker Carol Williams and ex-Crystal Lake Mayor Robert Wagner filed for the Primary.  They'll go on to what will amount to a free-for-all in the Consolidated Election where they'll face Independents, Huntley mom Marci Gordon; R.N. and farmwife Tamara Lueth; Sun City resident Joseph Holtorf and farmer Dan Ziller, Jr.

Huntley Route 47 Traffic Switches Today Over I-90

Huntley officials announced Wednesday that traffic on Route 47 between Del Webb Blvd and Big Timber Road  will switch to the new pavement and overpass today, both northbound and southbound lanes. The changeover is scheduled to begin around 9 am this morning.

The $69 million Full Interchange project is a four-way deal involving the Village of Huntley, Kane County, McHenry County and the Illinois Department of Transportation. The interchange is supposed to be completed this coming Summer with six new ramps and all-electronic toll plazas. Next up on construction of the new seven-lane bridge carrying Illinois Route 47 over I-90 will be knocking the old overpass down to make room for the rest of the new one.

In the pic: New pavement along Route 47 and new bridge deck over I-90.

Snowboard Ski Park Owner Says "Let It Snow"

The weather outside Wednesday was frightful, but not in a good way for Algonquin's Raging Buffalo snowboard ski park owner Keith Duck who couldn't make any white stuff with his snowguns.  Even at 29 degrees, "It's too humid," he said.

So far this Winter there hasn't been enough natural snow to require much more than a broom for the sidewalk.  That's why Duck has his guns but they're finicky.  It takes more than just cold temps.  "I've made snow at 34 degrees when it was dry," he said, "and I've made slush at 26 degrees when it was too wet."

Duck said he hoped the humidity would fall enough by 10 pm Wednesday evening to make snow.  "We'll turn them on tonight," he said adding it's a big job prepping the facility when the weatherman doesn't cooperate.  "One year we figured it out, we used about 15 million gallons of water," he said.  "But the conditions have to be right for our crop.  Which is snow."

Crowds Weak At Stores For After Christmas Sales

A spot check failed to find a hope-for crush of Day After Christmas shoppers at area malls Wednesday even with post-holiday discounts of 30 to 50 percent off.  That was in line with retail reports of a disappointing Christmas season for retailers.

Original hopes had been for a strong holiday season but early returns show 2012 was he weakest since the 2008 recession.  Slow sales in the Northeast attributed to Hurricane Sandy were thought to have something to do with it but even in the rest of the county sales weren't as strong as expected.  Shopper-Trak which follows 40,000 U.S. retailers estimated sales were up only 2.5 percent from last year.  The National Retail Federation guessed sales were up 4.1 percent, still a lot less than last year's increase.  Even online sales were less than stellar.  By one estimate they rose about 8.4 percent which sounded swell except that they'd been increasing at double-digit rates the past few years.

In the pic:  Parking lots along the Randall Retail Corridor were fuller than average Wednesday but not as full as last year.

Obituaries

Jennifer C. Wojtaszczyk, 59, of Algonquin died suddenly Wednesday. A visitation will be Friday,  from 4 to 9 pm at DeFiore Jorgensen Funeral Home, Huntley. A funeral service will be held 10:30 am Saturday at the funeral home.

Wojtaszczyk was born July 19, 1953, in Chicago, the daughter of Leonard and Edith (Deck) Romano. On August 29, 1976, she married Romuald Wojtaszczyk. She is survived by her husband; her children, Leonard (Lisa) Wojtaszczyk, Christinia (Jose) Lopez and Antoni Wojtaszczyk; her mother; five grandchildren, Bianca, Antoni, Nicholas, Leah and Laurel, and her sister, Lynne Corvino.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Lupus Foundation of America.

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
December 26
0000 HRS 3000 BLOCK OF BANBURY LN. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. ALBRIGHT, JUSTIN R., M/W 20 YEARS OF AGE, 530 TENBY WAY, ALGONQUIN. CHARGES: Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Cannabis Less than 2.5 grams. RELEASED ON BOND.
0720 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & BOULDER RIDGE DR., DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED. DARNICK, AUTUMN D., F/W 25 YEARS OF AGE, 604 E. GRANT HWY. 8A MARENGO. CHARGES: Driving While License Suspended, Expired Registration, and No Valid Insurance. RELEASED ON BOND.
1835 HRS 481 N. RANDALL RD., (ACE HARDWARE). UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. DICKER, MARK J., M/W 31 YEARS OF AGE, 634 E. NERGE RD., ROSELLE. CHARGES: Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Cannabis Less than 2.5 Grams. RELEASED ON BOND.
2355 HRS TALAGA DR. & ALGONQUIN RD. DRIVING WHILE LICENSE REVOKED. WATT, JASON B., M/W 24 YEARS OF AGE, 2907 TALAGA DR., ALGONQUIN. CHARGES: Driving While License Revoked, Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle, Not Wearing Seat Belt. RELEASED ON BOND.
1043 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF MAPLE ST. DOMESTIC BATTERY. Boyfriend vs. Girlfriend. One prior. FAIL TO FILE.
1808 HRS 1300 BLOCK OF CUNAT CT. ASSIST AMBULANCE. Male, 50 years of age, needing an evaluation. Transported to Sherman Hospital.
2209 HRS 300 BLOCK OF VILLAGE CREEK DR. DOMESTIC. Father vs. Son. Verbal only. No priors.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Northern Illinois Dodges Blizzard Bullet

A Christmas storm that snarled the U.S. from the Gulf to New England spared Northern Illinois.
Snow and ice covered roads in southern Illinois and southern Indiana early today where police reported white-out conditions on Interstate 64 in Indiana with wind gusts around 30 mph.

The storm started on the West Coast over the weekend and made its way across the country over Christmas, bringing snow, ice and even rare winter tornadoes to a wide swath of the country, although though no one was killed outright in the tornadoes. More than 100,000 homes were without power across the South, darkening Christmas celebrations

A blizzard warning's in effect for part of Southern Illinois today but National Weather Service forecasters said they didn't expect any snow in Northern Illinois.  The extended outlook is for another storm system to bring a chance of snow in the area Friday but temps are expected to be so high it may not accumulate if it falls at all.

In the pic:  Christmas fun in West Virginia.

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
December 25
0127 HRS 300 BLOCK OF WINDERMERE WAY. DOMESTIC BATTERY. Brother vs. Sister. One prior. UNFOUNDED.
2114 HRS 5600 BLOCK OF DANBURY CIRCLE. HIT & RUN/ Complainant’s parked vehicle struck by unknown vehicle. PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Good News For A Change

                                                            Merry Christmas to all from FEN

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
December 24
1334 HRS RANDALL RD. & ACORN LN. ACCIDENT. Two vehicles. Property damage only.
Algonquin
December 21
12:58pm Pastorelli, Dorothy, DOB: 07/25/79, of 407 Rockville lane, Gilberts, was charged with Retail Theft.  She was taken into custody at Kohl’s, 734 S. Randall Road.  She was released after posting $150 with a court date of 01/30/13 in McHenry County.
14:20pm Hofman, Renate A., DOB: 07/12/62, of 2110 Carlisle Street, Algonquin, was charged with Retail Theft.  She was taken into custody at Caputos & Sons, 100 S. Randall Road.  She was released after posting $150 with a court date of 01/30/13 in McHenry County.
19:30pm Cabanas-Gonzalez, William, DOB: 01/19/92, of 12 Robin Road, Carpentersville, was charged with DWLR and Improper Turn Signal.  He was taken into custody at Algonquin Road and Pyott Road.  He was released after posting $150 with a court date of 01/23/13 in McHenry County.
December 25
02:34am Nevarez, Antonio, DOB:  11/17/61, of 1609 Fieldcrest Drive, Algonquin, was charged with Domestic Battery.  He was taken into custody at 1609 Fieldcrest.  He was transported to McHenry County Jail to await a bond hearing.
23:39pm Treadwell, Ryan W., DOB: 10/25/94, of 412 Beach Drive, Algonquin, was charged with Domestic Battery.  He was taken into custody in the area of Route 62 and Route 31.  He was transported to McHenry County Jail to await a bond hearing.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Jaycees Help Almost 50 Huntley Kids Have Christmas

Huntley Area Jaycees literally wrapped up a week's worth of hard shopping Sunday preparing gifts so 16 Families with a combined total of 47 children will have gifts under the tree Tuesday morning.  The effort went down to the wire when Jaycee Lori Nichols made an 11 pm dash for three kids added to the list at the last minute.

The gifts were paid for by contributions to the Jaycees, in some instances donations with a Dickensian ring.  "I spoke with a man who we helped a few years ago, during a long period of unemployment," said Jaycee Pam Fender.  "He and his wife are so thankful that they are on their feet now, they are sending a donation to the Jaycees, because we were able to help them during their time of need."

In the pic:  The J.R. and Janet Westber garage became Santa Central Sunday night for Huntley Area Jaycees.

Lights Out For Sandy Hook Hour "Spreading"

Software engineer Bala Ajjampur Sunday said she was sure some residents would douse their decorative lights Christmas evening from 6 to 7 pm to remember the children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, he just wasn't sure how many.  "The word is spreading now," he said.  "I just don't know how many people are going to take it up."

Ajjampur appeared before the Algonquin Village Board last week asking for help to spread the word and Trustees said they supported the idea but regional newspapers didn't pick up the story.  Ajjampur said he had some success publicizing an hour of lights out by telling local pastors about it.  "They said they'd tell their congregations Sunday," said Ajjampur.  "That includes churches in Schamburg and Naperville."

He said he may have had more success posting to the idea to a Facebook page.  "We'll just have to wait and see," he said.  "I know it's spread to Australia.  It's the only thing we could do as individuals without notice," he said.

In the pic:  A local software engineer is asking homeowners like the ones along Algonquin's Broadsmore Drive to turn out their lights Christmas evening in memory of last week's school shooting victims.

Christmas Light Recycling In Algonquin And LITH

Algonquin and Lake in the Hills both are offering Christmas light recycling to help conserve copper whose manufacturers are now refining ore only only a little richer than common dirt. There's a collection barrel in Algonquin village Hall through Jan. 16 for dud strings and three in Lake in the Hills at Village Hall, Public Works and Police Headquarters.

Italian lights, C7's, C9's, rope lights, LED lights, and extension cords are OK for recycling.
Regular household light bulbs, floodlights, compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) and fluorescent tubes aren't.

In the pic: The ghost of Christmas past at Algonquin Village Hall: Christmas lights that don't no more.

Smart Meter Rollout Could Be Speeded Up Again

Electric smart meters won't appear until 2015 unless the Illinois Commerce Commission reverses itself again on delaying installation, even though higher rates to pay for them may remain in effect.  Earlier this month the ICC said it would revisit the issue in April when ComEd has to file a progress report on its smart-meter program.

Commissioners sidestepped for the moment what might have been a bruising battle with ComEd by letting the utility delay the program which was originally supposed to start this year. ComEd argued that previous ICC rate rulings have left it short of money for the  $2.6 billion grid modernization. The authorizing legislation permits ComEd and downstate electric utility Ameren Illinois to raise rates annually over the next decade to pay for the ambitious infrastructure update.

But the conflict's not finished yet. "ComEd is going to have to come back," said David Kolata, executive director of the Citizens Utility Board. "The ball's back in ComEd's court to prove in April they can't go forward."

ComEd may try to flank the ICC, though, the General Assembly itself to reverse the ICC's rate decision.  The company's already challenging the ICC's rate interpretations in State court, but that could take a year or more to reach conclusion.

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.

ERVIN E. HUDELSON, DOB:  12/31/1965, 40W571 ATCHISON DRIVE, HAMPSHIRE. THEFT.--Algonquin PD

JON M. SCHMITT, DOB:  05/01/1994, 3924 SHILOH DRIVE, JOHNSBURG. UNLAWFUL USE OF CREDIT CARD (THREE COUNTS).--Johnsburg PD
  
OMAR D. SPEARS, DOB:  01/22/1995, 4828 37 AVENUE APT #1, KENOSHA, WI. TYWON T. WILLIAMS, DOB:  06/21/1987, 42280 LEWIS AVENUE, WINTHROP HARBOR, IL. ARMED ROBBERY, MOB ACTION.--Hebron PD
  
LAURA L. WHITMAN, DOB:  07/12/1959, 104 N. VERNON DRIVE, MCHENRY. CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.--McHenry County Sheriff's Office

MICHAEL P. KARAVASTER, DOB:  03/02/1974, 1619 OTTAWA COURT, SUNNYVALE. CANNABIS TRAFFICKING, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS WITH INTENT TO DELIVER, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS.--McHenry County Sheriff's Office

KIMBERLY A. KENT, DOB:  10/12/1975, 410 S BARRINGTON ROAD LOT 77, WAUCONDA. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DELIVER A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE.--McHenry PD

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Lake in the Hills
December 23
0416 HRS 220 N. RANDALL RD. (MORETTIS). DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL/ACCIDENT. CRESS, ANGELICA J., F/W 21 YEARS OF AGE, 9 HAZELWOOD CT. LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGES: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. RELEASED ON BOND.
0327 HRS 900 BLOCK OF MCPHEE DR. ACCIDENT. One vehicle. Property damage only.
0338 HRS 220 N. RANDALL RD. (MORETTIS). DOMESTIC Boyfriend vs. Girlfriend. Verbal only. No priors.
1151 HRS 200 BLOCK OF RAINMAKER RUN. CRIMINAL SEXUAL ASSAULT. Female subject claimed to be sexually assaulted by male subject. PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1448 HRS 315 N. RANDALL RD. (NOODLES & CO). ACCIDENT. Two vehicles. Property damage only.
2245 HRS 00 BLOCK OF GRANT AVE. DOMESTIC. Father vs. Daughter. Verbal only. No priors.
2350 HRS 4000 BLOCK OF HIGHWOOD LN. DOMESTIC BATTERY. Brother vs. Brother. No priors. FAIL TO FILE.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Last Call For Algonquin Lions Trees

Steve Perry's decamped for this tree farm on the Upper Peninsula and St. Margaret Mary K of C have packed up their lot, too, but area Christmas tree shoppers have one other chance to snag a real evergreen at the Algonquin Lions lot at Algonquin State Bank at Randall and Stonegate.  There were still a dozen or so trees left when the group shut down Saturday however, the service club members said they'd be back today until Noon for shoppers who like to make Christmas really interesting by waiting 'till the last minute to look for a tree. 

McHenry County Historical Society Christmas Harks To Past

If your Christmas shopping's finished and you're all through slicing cookies from a tube of extruded dough and the kids are already bored blowing people up in WetWork XII, The McHenry County Historical Society’s 1950s’ Christmas living room exhibit in Union might be the place to hark to an earlier age.

Board member Dave Harms of Crystal Lake has compiled yet another old-time holiday display featuring bubble lights and heat-activated ornaments on the tree, a working Lionel train set, a fireplace with artificial crackling logs, Christmas stamps, a working “snow” machine, holly patterned china, one-of-a-kind furniture, vintage greeting cards and wrapping paper, extended-play 45 Christmas records and a myriad of board games. Harms has put on holiday displays at the museum for the past six years but he's been collecting the stuff since 1980.

Check www.mchsonline.org for hours which get a little complicated this week.

Huntley Child Cancer Group Throws Victim's First Party

Huntley's home-grown Cancer Kiss My Cooley foundation helped celebrate a milestone for a
Huntley child battling brain cancer this month.  Little Matthew Erickson, son of Ben and Sue Erickson, was born with an aggressive brain tumor but after five rounds of chemotherapy and two surgeries, celebrated his first birthday last week with his condition stabilized. The foundation, established last year to raise funds to aid local families living with pediatric brain cancer helped throw him a party.

Almost 200 of Matthew’s closest friends, family and followers attended along with magicians, a clown, Santa. Captain America, Batman, and Spiderman.  Matthew had a good time and so did all his friends.

Non-profit Cancer Kiss My Cooley was founded by Joe and Cinnamon Kettner, parents of young Carter Kettner who lost his battle with pediatric cancer two years ago. The organization's website is at: http://www.cancerkissmycooley.org/

Donations to the Matthew Erickson Benefit Fund for his treatment can be made at any PNC bank.

In the pic:  Matthew ERickson and Dad, Ben.

Reform Plan Could Cut $2 Billion From Next Pension Payment

By Jamey Dunn, Illinois Issues
Supporters of a new pension reform proposal said this week it would shave almost $2 billion off the pension payments required by the state next year. According to the figures released, the plan would immediately reduce the state’s unfunded pension liability from an estimated $95 billion to $67 billion.

Sponsors released an analysis of actuarial numbers provided from the state’s pension funds on their proposal to cap the amount of retirement income eligible for cost of living adjustments and delay COLAs until retirees turn 67 or have been retired for five years, whichever happens first. It would also increase the retirement age for employees younger than 46 and increase employee contributions by 2 percentage points.  The report also said that if school districts had to pick up the costs of retirement benefits that are currently covered by the state, the cost would represent an estimated .52 percent of their overall payroll.

Public employee unions released a report earlier this week that illustrates the flip-side to those estimated cost savings, which amount to reductions in pension income for current and future retirees. According an analysis from the union coalition We Are One, the proposed changes in COLAs and the retirement age would mean that employees younger than 35 would see their retirement benefits reduced by 40 percent by the age of 80. Employees between the ages of 40 and 45 would see the value of their benefits by age 80 reduced by nearly a quarter.

You can read Jamey's full report at:  http://illinoisissuesblog.blogspot.com/2012/12/pension-reform-plan-could-cut-next.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
December 21
1521 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & LAKEWOOD RD. WANTED ON WARRANT. HAIDER, AGHA R., M/W 79 YEARS OF AGE, 5411 SULLIVAN PASS, LAKE IN THE HILLS. CHARGE: Wanted on Warrant, Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse/Family, SO Kane Co, $75,000 @ 10%. TURNED OVER TO KANE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE.
2237 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & CRYSTAL LAKE RD. DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS. WILHELM, BRANDON J., M/W 21 YEARS OF AGE, 701 MAJESTIC DRIVE, ALGONQUIN. CHARGES: Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Unlawful Possession of Cannabis Less than 2.5 grams, Failure to Wear a Seatbelt, Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle, No Drivers License on Person. RELEASED ON BOND.
1453 HRS 9625 HALIGUS RD. (MARLOWE MIDDLE SCHOOL) ASSIST AMBULANCE. Male, 14 years of age, with neck and back pain. Transported to Woodstock Hospital.
1514 HRS HALIGUS RD. & MILLER RD. ACCIDENT. Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1536 HRS 3 CRYSTAL LAKE RD. (AUTO ZONE). ACCIDENT Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1553 HRS 1100 BLOCK OF HEARTLAND GATE. ASSIST OTHER AGENCY. Assisted the Warren County Sherriff’s Office with serving an Order of Protection.
1603 HRS 4400 BLOCK OF LARKSPUR LN. INFORMATION FOR POLICE. Dog bit another dog.
1746 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & HILLTOP RD. ACCIDENT. Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1752 HRS RANDALL RD. & ACORN LN. ACCIDENT. Two vehicles. Property damage only
December 22
0056 HRS RANDALL RD. & ALGONQUIN RD. DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL. ECCLES, MICHAEL D., M/W 31 YEARS OF AGE, 2411 CRYSTAL LAKE RD., CARY. CHARGES: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Speeding. RELEASED ON BOND.
0301 HRS 220 N. RANDALL RD. (MORETTI’S). DOMESTIC. Brother vs. Brother. Verbal only. No priors.
0427 HRS 300 BLOCK OF PYOTT RD. DOMESTIC. Boyfriend vs. Girlfriend. Verbal only. No priors.
2251 HRS 1300 BLOCK OF CUNAT CT. SUICIDE ATTEMPT. Female, 25 years of age, took too much medication and alcohol. Transported to Sherman Hospital.