District 155 Picks New Head of Finance

A press release from Crystal Lake High School District 155:

District 155 Board Approves New Finance Leader

by Jeff Puma

The Community High School District 155 board of education approved the hire of Jeremy Davis as assistant superintendent of finance and operations and chief school business official, effective July 1, 2015.

Davis joins the district from O’Fallon Township High School District No. 203, where he has held the chief school business official position since 2009.

Prior to this role, he served Wheeling Community Consolidated School District No. 21 as director of business.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University, where he graduated Cum Laude, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

He began his career in education as an auditor for the Illinois State Board of Education.

He also holds a Type 75 administrative certificate and has served on the Illinois Association of School Business Officials Nominating Committee.

Davis previously worked in the private banking industry.

“Jeremy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from both the public and private financial sectors,” said the district’s superintendent, Dr. Johnnie Thomas. “His guidance will help District 155 continue its fiscal excellence into the future.”

Lakewood Tree City for 14th Year

A press release from the Village of Lakewood:

Village of Lakewood Named Tree City USA

The Village of Lakewood has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation to honor its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Lakewood leafWe are very proud that this is the fourteenth year that Lakewood has received this national recognition.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by The National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the US Forest Service.

Lakewood achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements:

a tree board or department

  1. a community tree care ordinance
  2. an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita
  3. an Arbor Day
  4. observance and proclamation

Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Lakewood make smart investments in urban forests,” said Matt Harris, Chief Executive of the Arbor Day Foundation.

“Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits.

Cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings and increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree USA communities.

Algonquin Man Makes NY Times

The New York Times dips into McHenry County with the story of former Cook County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Thomas Collins is 66 and retired.

He calls his pension “a nice cushion,” but wants work to supplement it.

A company he was working for went out of business.

The paper uses Collins to explore the problems that retired people have had getting work after the recession began.

An AARP poll found that 45% of those over 55 are long-term unemployed or have stopped looking for a job.

The title of the article is “As Job Rate Rises, Older Workers Are Often Left Behind.”

Semi Accident on Route 47

A view from the backup on Route 47.

A view from the backup on Route 47.

A semi-truck rolled over north of Huntley at 12:45 Saturday afternoon.

An electric pole was hit.

An electric pole was hit.

The photos you see are from a Friend of McHenry County Blog.

The Sheriff’s Department advises

AVOID Route 47 between Conley Rd & N Union Rd for the next 2-3 hours due to Accident.

McHenry County Sheriff’s office advises you to avoid route 47 from Conley to N Union Rd due to current traffic congestion.

The accident near Route 47 & Conley Rd will cause traffic backups and detours for the next 2-3 hours.

If you see something newsworthy, get out your cell phone, take a picture and email it to me.

County Board to Consider Raising Elected Officials’ Salaies

Petitions for elections to be held in March of 2016 will begin to be passed early this fall.

But what to pay County Board members and countywide elected officials will be discussed next Thursday by the Human Resources Committee.

If you are interested, the meeting will be at the Administration Building starting at 8:15.

The salaries are already over $100,000 a year.

Rauner Announces More Appointments

A press release from Governor Bruce Rauner:

Governor Announces Appointments

B.R. Lane to lead Illinois Lottery; John Holden to continue leading Dept. of Aging

CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner announced today he has made appointments to two cabinet-level positions. The appointments include the Illinois Lottery, the Illinois Department of Aging and the Illinois Human Rights Commission.

Name: B.R. Lane

Position: Illinois Lottery Superintendent

Governor Bruce Rauner announced he has selected B.R. Lane to become the next Superintendent of the Illinois Lottery. Lane’s experience in the gaming industry and with regulatory matters in the public and private sectors make her uniquely qualified for the position.

For nearly five years, Lane was the Manager of Regulatory Compliance at International Game Technology, a leader in computerized gaming equipment. Lane managed compliance in development and distribution of casino content and oversaw corporate gaming licenses. Lane also negotiated favorable regulatory treatment of a new gaming system in select markets, which generated $4 million in savings for the company, its affiliates and subsidiaries.

Most recently, Lane was the Interim Director of the Gary/Chicago International Airport. She oversaw the entire organization to ensure compliance in the highly regulated aviation industry. In this role she was responsible for the competition of capital projects, business and legislative affairs, stakeholder relationship management and regulatory integrity.

Prior to her work with the airport, Lane was the Chief of Staff for the City of Gary, Indiana. She oversaw all city departments from legal and finance to public safety. She negotiated a lengthy legal dispute with a casino interest, which resulted in $13 million to the city. She also developed and managed organizational key performance indicators to drive operational efficiency.

Lane is a graduate of Morgan State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English. She earned a law degree from Harvard Law School and an M.B.A from the University of Memphis.

Name: John Holton

Position: Director – Department on Aging

Governor Bruce Rauner has selected Director John Holton to continue leading the Department of Aging. He has served as the agency’s director for the past three years.

Holton’s work for Illinois dates back to 2007, when he began working for the Illinois Department of Human Services. For three years, he was the Associate Director in the Division of Mental Health. Prior to that, he studied public health in Chicago’s neighborhoods when he served as a site director for Harvard University School of Public Health’s project on human development.

Holton holds a Ph.D. in Human Development from Pennsylvania State University, a master’s degree in Urban Education from the University of Hartford and a bachelor’s degree from Howard University.

Name: Rose Mary Bombela-Tobias

Position: Chairman – Illinois Human Rights Commission

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed Rose Mary Bombela-Tobias to become the Chairman of the Human Rights Commission. Bombela-Tobias is the former Director of the Illinois Department of Human Rights. She was the first Hispanic to hold the position and the first Hispanic to hold a cabinet-level position.

For more than 35 years, Bombela-Tobias has worked to improve diversity and treatment of minorities. She is currently a principal of the Global Diversity Solutions Group, which specializes in diversity consulting and multi-cultural workforce dynamics. Prior to this, she was the Director of Central States for SER – Jobs for Progress, the nation’s largest Latino direct services organization.

Before Bombela-Tobias’ work in the private sector, she served the people of Illinois for 20 years in a variety of roles. Her most notable contribution was instituting the Minority and Female Business Enterprise Program. In addition to becoming the first Hispanic to lead the Illinois Department of Human Rights, she also worked for the Illinois Department of Central Management Services and the Illinois Department of Personnel. Bombela-Tobias was also the Special Assistant to the Governor for Hispanic Affairs under Governor Jim Thompson.

Bombela-Tobias has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas-El Paso. She lives in Chicago.

Name: Hamilton Chang

Position: Commissioner – Illinois Human Rights Commission

Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed Hamilton Chang to the Human Rights Commission. He is the Vice Chair of U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk’s Asian-American Advisory Committee and has been recognized in the Chinese community for his contributions.

Chang has more than 25 years of experience in finance and management. He led groups specializing in risk management. He is currently the Managing Partner of Ballparks of America-Branson, which is a youth baseball facility for 10-12 year olds. He also serves as a Trustee for New Trier Township.

Chang earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago.

Name: Duke Alden

Position: Commissioner – Illinois Human Rights Commission

Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed Duke Alden to the Illinois Human Rights Commission. His experience in business and involvement with a number of non-profit organizations make him well-suited for the position.

Alden is extremely active in the Chicago community and currently is the Chairman of the Howard Brown Health Center, which works to eliminate disparities in health care experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana. He has also worked with Vital Bridges, an organization that helps men and women impacted by AIDS/HIV, and for CARPLS, which provides legal services to people who could otherwise not afford them.

Alden is currently the global leader of Information Governance for Aon. He oversees risk assessment and policy development to drive business efficiency, mitigate risk, and reduce spending. Prior to joining Aon, Alden was a strategy consultant for Huron Consulting Group where he assisted some of the world’s largest companies in the areas of discovery strategy, process design and cost-savings.

Alden earned his bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University and his law degree from Tulane University. He lives in Chicago.

Name: Nabi Fakroddin

Position: Commissioner – Illinois Human Rights Commission

Governor Bruce Rauner has reappointed Nabi Fakroddin to the Illinois Human Rights Commission. Fakroddin has served on the commission since 2010.

Fakroddin is a licensed professional and structural Engineer. He is past president of the Illinois Engineering Council and the Illinois Association of County Engineers. He is a member of the St. Charles Zoning Board of Appeals and a former member of the Western Illinois Regional Manpower and Planning Commission.

Fakroddin is the recipient of numerous awards, including American Public Works Association’s Top Ten Public Works Leaders in the U.S. and a Distinguished Service Award from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying.

Fakroddin earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana Technical College. He lives in St. Charles.

Name: Robert Cantone

Position: Commissioner – Illinois Human Rights Commission

Governor Bruce Rauner has reappointed Robert Cantone to the Illinois Human Rights Commission. He has served on the commission since 2011.

Cantone is an attorney focusing on personal injury claims on behalf of people who have been injured due to motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents, construction accidents, product defects and medical malpractice. Additionally, he has acted as an arbitrator for the Cook County Mandatory Arbitration program since 1990. He is also a member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.

Cantone earned his bachelor’s degree from DePaul University and his law degree from Lewis University College of Law He lives in Orland Park.

Arrest in Johnsburg Bank Robbery

A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office:


ROCKFORD — A Lake County woman was charged yesterday in federal court with attempted bank robbery. TERESA M. KNOWLES, 39, of Volo, Ill., was charged with the attempted robbery of Chase Bank located at 2911 Commerce Drive, Johnsburg, Illinois, on March 24, 2015.

According to the complaint, Knowles entered Chase Bank at about 4:36 p.m. and approached a teller window at the counter and passed a note to the teller demanding money.

The teller refused to turn over any money to the defendant and the defendant left the bank.

Thereafter, officers of the McHenry Police Department stopped Knowles in a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle used in the attempted robbery.

Knowles is scheduled to appear before U. S. Magistrate Judge Iain D. Johnson for an initial appearance on March 31, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. in federal court in Rockford.

Attempted bank robbery carries a maximum potential penalty of up to 20 years in prison,

up to 3 years of supervised release following imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, and full restitution.

If convicted, the court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal sentencing statutes and the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.

The public is reminded that a complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The charge was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Robert J. Holley, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of Federal Bureau of Investigation; Keith Von Allmen, Chief of the Johnsburg, Illinois Police Department; John M. Jones, Chief of the McHenry, Illinois Police Department; and Phillip Perlini, Chief of the Grayslake, Illinois Police Department.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael D. Love.

Bankruptcy Fraud Indictment

A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office:


CHICAGO — A former Tinley Park resident was charged by information today with concealing his ownership of seven luxury cars during his 2012 bankruptcy proceeding.

The charges allege that JOSEPH W. CAMPBELL, 49, concealed cars having a total value of approximately $294,000, including

Coming to a Federal auction near you.

Coming to a Federal auction near you.

  • a Lamborghini worth $122,000
  • a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette
  • a 1971 Chevrolet Corvette
  • a 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
  • a 1981 DeLorean
  • a 1989 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
  • a 1997 Dodge Viper
  • Campbell will be arraigned at a later date in U.S. District Court.

According to the information filed in court, Campbell concealed his ownership of the luxury cars from his creditors, the bankruptcy court, and the trustee in his bankruptcy case by failing to disclose them in his bankruptcy petition.

He is also charged with lying under oath about his ownership of the cars in testimony he provided during a creditors’ meeting, a discovery deposition, and a bankruptcy court hearing.

The charges allege that while Campbell’s bankruptcy was pending he sold the Lamborghini for approximately $122,000, and spent the proceeds.

In addition, although the judge presiding over Campbell’s bankruptcy had issued an order directing him to turn over five of the cars, Campbell kept the cars, in direct violation of the judge’s order.

After learning that the bankruptcy trustee was seeking court authorization to access the garage where Campbell was storing the cars, Campbell moved the cars, in the middle of the night, to various locations in order to conceal them.

The crimes of bankruptcy fraud and making false statements during a bankruptcy proceeding each carry a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or an alternate fine totaling twice the loss or twice the gain, whichever is greater. If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.

Zachary Fardon

Zachary Fardon

The charges were announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, Robert J. Holley, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Patrick Layng, United States Trustee for the Northern District of Illinois.

The government is being represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jacqueline Stern.

The public is reminded that an information contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Erin Smith Sends Letter with MCC Endorsements

An email from Lakewood Village President Erin Smith:

Friends and Family,

Ron Parrish

Ron Parrish

The April 7th election is fast approaching and early voting started this week. I am writing to ask for your support for three candidates for McHenry County College Trustee:

Ron Parrish – running for a 6-year term, currently serving as MCC Board Chairman

Mike Smith – running for a 6-year term, currently serving as MCC Trustee

Mike Smith

Mike Smith

Karen Tirio – running for a 4-year term, MCC Alumni

I am also requesting your help forwarding this email message to your friends and family throughout McHenry County — with your endorsement of these outstanding candidates!

Ron, Mike and Karen are all fiscally conservative, committed to easing the burden on McHenry County taxpayers by expanding private funding to support the college.

Karen Tirio

Karen Tirio

They are all passionate about the critical role our community college plays:

  • Providing quality education at an affordable price
  • Empowering students of all ages to achieve career success and financial independence
  • Developing a skilled workforce and promoting economic development.

Each candidate brings practical experience and expertise regarding the needs and assets of the college. A brief summary of their qualifications is attached for your reference.

And each candidate has been endorsed by many of our local leaders, including:

  • State Senator Pamela Althoff
  • State Senator Karen McConnaughay
  • State Representative Mike Tryon
  • State Representative Barb Wheeler
  • County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller
  • McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi
  • McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim
  • County Board Member Andrew Gasser
  • County Board Member Tina Hill
  • County Board Member John Jung
  • County Board Member Donna Kurtz
  • County Board Member Chuck Wheeler
  • MCC Trustee Chris Jenner
  • Vice Chair Algonquin Township, Republican Central Committee Chris Yaeger
  • Alliance for Land, Agriculture and Water
  • Citizen Advocates for Public Accountability
  • Voters in Action

Thank you for taking the time to read this email, thank you for your patience for the campaign process and, most of all, thank you for caring enough about our community to vote on April 7th (or sooner at a local City Hall).