Democratic Party Candidate for County Clerk Andrew Georgi Lays Out Campaign

Andrew Georgi

The first local candidate to address the McHenry County Democratic Central Committee meeting was McHenry County Clerk candidate Andrew Georgi.

He talked of his fight to get rid of the “corrupt [Hebron] Village President,” culminating in his election reject with a 36% voter turnout.

Georgi promised a return to printing the names of public and party officials in the County Yearbook, something that incumbent Republican Mary McClellan abandoned.

[Not even the names of countywide elected officials were in her 2015-2016 edition although her name was on the cover.]

Andrew Georgi

Georgi criticized the polling place re-configuration.

One at the County Fairgrounds has over 11,000 voters going to one building with a small parking lot and only one handicapped parking place.

He told of another new polling place at a new senior citizen home on Algonquin Road near Thorton’s gas station with almost 11,000 voters.

The re-configuration of polling places “is not a single party issue,” he explained.

Turning to petition signatures, Georgi said he had “almost 300 signatures” of the 401 he needed.

“I want to go in with 600. I know I’m going to be challenged.”

Democratic Party Chairman Mike Bissett said this about Recorder of Deeds Joe Tirio, running for County Clerk:

“If he wins that office we’ve had our last honest election.”

In reply, Georgi remarked on Tirio’s slogan, “I won’t hire my wife,” and said, “Mr. Tirio has two mother and daughter teams.”

He contended that it would not be Tirio consolidating the office of Recorder with that of the County Clerk.

“He’s not doing that. We are,” pointing to the question’s being on the March primary ballot.

Georgi also said the computerization of the office was not Tirio’s initiative, but “mandated by the state.

“At least I have a proven record of trying to do the right thing.

“I’m a bulldog just like in the Marine Corps.”

Republican Political Activists Gather for Steve Reick Pig Roast

McHenry County Board candidate Ersel Schuster and State Rep. Steve Reick talk.

The bargain fundraiser of the year at $10 was State Rep. Steve Reick’s Saturday afternoon House of Lawrence Pig Roast.

From left to right Dale Berry, Orv Brettman, Sheriff Bill Prim, judicial candidate Demetri Tsilimigras and Michael Stanard.

There wasn’t a Patsy Cline tribute singer this year, but there was convivial conversation.

Dale Berry and Orv Brettman got to know each other.

County Board candidate Orville Brettman talked with Seneca Township GOP Precinct Committeeman candidate Dale Berry.

In front of the tent on this wonderful day in late October were County Board candidate Orville Brettman State Rep. Steve Reick, McHenry County Central Committee Secretary Diane and husband Ev Evertsen (in plaid) and McHenry Alderman Andy Glab

The pork was good, but the ribs didn’t have a lot of meat attached.

It’s usually kids at parades who say, “Take my picture,” but at Steve Reick’s Pig Roast it was this couple.

The baked beans were excellent.

Caught leaving the event was Wondertucky distiller David Cunningham.

David Cunningham brought a bottle of his product.

Also attending the event briefly before I arrived was County Board member Larry Smith, I was told.

Saturday Afternoon Robbery at Downtown CL Jeweler

A press release from the Crystal Lake Police Department:

Crystal Lake Police Investigate Robbery at Jewelry Store

On Saturday, October 21, 2017, at approximately 3:05pm, Crystal Lake Police responded to Dalzell Jewelers, 41 North Williams Street, for a report of a robbery which had just occurred. The offenders fled the area prior to police arrival.

Responding officers learned that a black male had entered the store and asked to view certain jewelry.

While being shown the jewelry, the male removed two trays of diamond jewelry and proceeded to flee from the business.

While fleeing from the business and employees, the male struck one of the employees with his hand.

The employee refused any medical attention on scene.

No weapons were displayed or implied during this robbery. A

n accurate price of the stolen jewelry is not yet available.

The offender entered a gray or silver Pontiac 4-door car, which was driven by another black male.

The vehicle was last seen northbound through an alley towards Woodstock Street.

The male who took the jewelry and battered the employee was described as being in his 20’s with a medium build, approximately 6’1” tall, wearing a black t-shirt with white lettering on it (believed to be “Hoops”), gray sweatpants, and white athletic shoes.

The driver of the car was described only as being a black male.

Crystal Lake detectives and officers continue to actively investigate this event.

We encourage anyone who may have information relating to this investigation to contact the Crystal Lake Police Department at 815-356-3620 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-762-STOP (7867). Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of any individual.

In addition, anyone with a cell phone can send an anonymous tip to the Crystal Lake Police Department

by texting the word CLPDTIP along with the tip information to 847411 (tip411). Normal text messaging rates do apply.

Carole Cheney, the Second Democrat Who Wants to Face Off Against Peter Roskam

Yesterday, Sean Casten, what the first 6th Congressional District primary candidate to address McHenry County Democrats at McHenry County College said was presented.

Today, we look at what Carole Cheney has to say.

Carol Cheney

She is the former District Chief of Staff for Congressman Bill Foster.

She introduced herself as the daughter of an A&P union butcher who lost his job.

Cheney immediately went on the attack against incumbent Republican Peter Roskam,

“Peter Roskam is known for not having Town Halls,” she said, “for not meeting with constituents.”

Continuing, she said that Roskam “tries to portray himself as a moderate while he is extremely conservative on reproductive rights and LBGT rights…very extreme.”

She pointed out the reason Democrats think Roskam is vulnerable.

Hillary Clinton won the district by seven points.

A journalism graduate, she worked for a Public Radio station in Peoria.

Then she worked for the National Safety Council.

Carole Cheney

Her law degree is from Northwestern and she clerked for an unnamed 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge.

She said she was tops in moot court at Northwestern, just as Roskam had been at his law school.

“He needs someone who can call him out,” she said.

On a church mission she went to help in Haiti in 2008.

Working for the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis she became a partner.

She worked on Senate President Phil Rock’s staff for four years “at a time when politicians reacherd across the aisle.”

Comparing Haiti to the United States, she praised the freedom our citizens have to criticize governmental leaders.

In Haiti, one of her contacts got beat up for doing what we take for granted.

She told of going to work at 15 for Wendy’s when it was a new chain.

Cheney told of having major neck surgery, which cost her life savings.

After recovering she went to work for Congressman Foster.

In answering Democratic Party Chairman Mike Bissett’s question about how she would differentiate herself from the others running for the congressional nomination, Cheney made four points:

  1. Experience in the public sector
  2. Experience in the private sector
  3. Understands not-for-profit sector
  4. Experience with media

She was asked about impeaching President Donald Trump.

She answered like a lawyer stressing that she would “look at all the facts before me.

“There is concern if Pence would become President,” she added.

“Pence would be possibly more successful and strategic.”

Bob Anderson, the Man Some Love to Hate

From McHenry Township Trustee Bob Anderson came the news that 39 braids were put behind his car at home on Friday (Wonder Lake Police Department report 17-01581 Officer Ocasio).

Sharp braids placed behind Bob Anderson’s car at his Wonder Lake home.

Anderson, who seeks to abolish township government, also recently came into possession of a play on his “Abolish Township Government” campaign:

This “Abolish Bob Anderson” sign joined others in his Wonder Lake barber shop.

September Comments to the McHenry County Board by Spring Grove Gravel Pit Opponents

Here is what unincorporated Spring Grove Resident Drew Knobloch told the McHenry County Board at its September meeting:

Public comment, September

My wife and I moved to McHenry county in 2015 because we were looking for a quieter life with more green space.

We looked at more than 70 properties all over NE IL and SE WI and decided on a wonderful property in northeast MCH Co, in Paddock Estates.

It was further than I wanted to drive to work each day, but we loved the 2+ acre plots and the country charm.

Where Thelen Sand & Gravel plans to expand its operations.

Now 2 yrs on there are many things we have learned to put up with: the constant truck traffic on Wilmot Road, always having a crack or two in the windshield of every car and occasionally being run up on by a 10 ton truck in a hurry to make as many loads per day as possible.

We even put up with the eyesore that is the gravel pit on Wilmot Road north of 173 and have thanked god that at least we are not that farmer who lives on the edge of a sheer dropoff.

But all that changed last month when we got wind that we soon could be that very farmer; when we got word that there is a plan to turn the 118 acres that border our property into yet another gravel pit. Needless to say, our concerns are many – from constant noise to choking dust to having bad water or no water at all, and the permanent destruction of our property value and then today I receive notice that my assessment is going up by 5% next year.


The yard sign popping up around the proposed expanded gravel pit.

And I’m not alone – there are several hundred homeowners in subdivisions that border this property literally on ALL FOUR sides.

I’ve been coming to the County Board meetings for the past year and have listened as you’ve debated ways to improve the condition for residents of McHenry County – ways to attract business and to stem the tide of residents fleeing McHenry County in droves to areas with more employment prospects and lower taxes.

Here is a prime example of the way the quality of life in McHenry County is being eroded.

People move here for the schools, for the serene country charm, to enjoy the out of doors on the chain and in the state parks.

October meeting of gravel pit opponents.

No one wants to live next to the constant noise and dust of an ugly strip mine. Residents who bear the brunt of the tax burden in this county are being driven out by industry such as this.

Gravel pits are a cancer that is destroying the quality of life in Northeast McHenry County. You can see it spreading.

Please don’t let them do this.

If you are truly for McHenry County and in particular the residents in District 4, then I urge the board to halt the unchecked expansion of gravel pits in our area and instead work to find other more productive uses for the land that doesn’t further destroy our quality of life.

Judy Collins Visits Woodstock Wall Mural

After speaking at the Woodstock Fine Arts Association’s Creative Living Series at the Woodstock Opera House, singer Judy Collins walked down to the new wall mural on the walkway to the parking lot behind the movie theater.

Judy Collins by her star on the Woodstock, Illinois, wall mural.

Collins sung at the Opera House in 1985.

Remembering Running for Office at Age 23

Jason Blumenthal, a 23-year old is running for State Representative.

Boy, did that bring back memories from 52 years ago.

I was the same age when I stood outside in the really, really cold weather on the steps of the old Courthouse across from the Woodstock Square.

There was no random drawing.

It was first come, first serve.

When I got inside, I saw that opponent Gene Brewer was standing next to me in front of McHenry County Clerk Vernon Kays.

He could have taken Brewer’s petition or mine.

He took mine, putting me on the ballot first.

(Since I won by 72 votes, ballot position was probably crucial.)

The Republican Primary Election was sensibly held in June.

That allowed me to knock on a lot of doors.

As a young man, I could approach people’s houses late into the long summer nights.

I doubt if an older man could have gotten residents to open their doors as twilight deepened.

I got the feeling that a lot of what then seemed to be “older women” thought of me the way they thought of their grandsons.

Knocking on about 4,000 doors, I got about one vote per house.

Unlike today, I did not have lists which showed me where those who had voted Republican before.

I knocked on every door in the neighborhoods I covered, passing out a mimeographed leaflet.

Besides approaching people at their homes, I went through all the business districts, including inside grocery stores.

I didn’t ask permission and rarely was told I was not welcome.

The low budget campaign for County Treasurer featured this Memiographed pole signs.

The other way to gain name identification was stapling small signs on telephone and electric poles around the county.

There was just me, although feedback indicated opponents thought there must have been at least six people were putting them up.

I remember walking into bars where everyone was older than I was.

In Hebron, one of the men at the bar asked if I were going to buy a round of drinks.

“What do you think I’m running for, Sheriff?” I asked.

At a tavern in Marengo, there was money on the bar and it was not to pay for drinks.

There were two candidates running for the GOP nomination for Sheriff–John Carroll and Ray Chirempes.

Chirempes asked me to come to his headquarters across from where the Crystal Lake Brewery now located.

He explained that he was in a coalition with Harvard Police Chief Gene Brewer, who was running for County Treasurer and wanted me to run for State Representative instead.

George Lindberg from Crystal Lake and son of a prominent physician was making his first run.

I told Chirempes that I felt more qualified to run for Treasurer, having been a Budget Examiner for the United States Bureau of the Budget.

There was one other thing I picked up that readers might find of interest.

Chirempes told me that each candidate for Sheriff had been given $10,000 by gravel pit interests.

This was over a decade before campaign reporting became law in Illinois.

On another topic, there were newspapers in pretty much every town:

  • Marengo Republican
  • Harvard Herald
  • Woodstock Sentinel (the only daily)
  • Crystal Lake Herald
  • McHenry Plain Dealer
  • Fox Lake Press
  • Nu-View News
  • River Valley Clarion (Cary & Fox River Grove)
  • Crystal Lake News
  • Huntley Farmside
  • Barrington Courier-Review
  • Richardson Publications in Wonder Lake, Cary-Fox River Grove, Algonquin

Each had a continued need for copy and were willing to publish press releases from candidates and public officials.

In a way, McHenry County Blog is an attempt to recreate the ability of politicians to communicate directly with constituents and potential constituents.

That’s why I publish press releases from candidates and public officials.

Consider that candidates are likely to receive no more than three mentions in McHenry County’s newspaper of record, the Northwest Herald, before an election:

  1. the candidacy announcement
  2. a questionnaire response
  3. a pre-election couple of sentences in a story about the race

Another local politician, Sandra Salgado won election to the McHenry County Board in her mid-twenties.

She was 23 when she ran for the County Board; 25 when elected.

Woodstock Gun Shots Lead to Investigation

A press release from the Woodstock Police Department:

Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm Investigation

Barbary Lane, Woodstock

The Woodstock Police Department has opened an investigation regarding the discharge of a firearm that occurred within its jurisdiction.

On Friday, October 20th, 2017, at 3:28 a.m., the Woodstock Police Department responded to the 700 block of Barbary Ln. in reference to the report of gunshots.

The investigation by the responding officers revealed that at least one residence had been struck by at
least one bullet.

At this time, there are no known physical injuries sustained from this incident.

Additionally, no one has been placed into custodial arrest for this incident, at this time.

Evidence has been collected by the detectives of the Criminal Investigations Division.

The investigation will continue until every piece of known information and evidence has been collected and processed that will, hopefully, lead to an arrest and successful prosecution of the perpetrator.

The Woodstock Police Department Patrol Division will increase their patrols of the area in an effort to provide an increased level of safety to the citizens while the investigation progresses.

However, the public is asked to have a level of vigilance by reporting any suspected suspicious behavior by unknown individuals within Woodstock.

Due to this incident being considered as an “open investigation,” no additional information will be released at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Woodstock Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at (815) 338-2131.

Woodstock Marijuana Arrest

A press release from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department:

Woodstock Man Arrested for Cannabis

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Police Narcotics Task Force (which includes Task Force Officers from Lake in the Hills PD and McHenry City PD), with cooperation from McCullom Lake Police Department and Woodstock Police Department, on Friday raided the residence of Douglass Glenn in Woodstock, arrested him and charged him with possession and delivery of cannabis.

After receiving multiple complaints of drug activity over the last month, members of the Narcotics Task Force conducted surveillance and undercover buys from Glenn’s residence in the 1900 block of Tappan St., Woodstock.

Friday, members of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department SWAT Team, Woodstock Police K-9, and members of the Narcotics Task Force served a search warrant on the residence.

As a result, Detectives recovered

  • 183 grams of cannabis;
  • 24 grams of psylociben mushrooms;
  • scales;
  • drug pipes;
  • packaging material; and$460 USC.

Total street value of the narcotics seized is approximately $5,000.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone with information regarding criminal activities to contact either the McHenry County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-762-STOP (7867), The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at (815) 338-2144, or the tip line email address; Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.00 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the offender(s).

Arrested:   Douglas R. Glenn (Male 29), Woodstock, Illinois


  • Unlawful Delivery of Cannabis (class 3)
  • 2 counts Unlawful Delivery of Cannabis (class 4)
  • Unlawful Possession of Cannabis (class 4)
  • Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (class A)
  • 2 counts – Unlawful Possession of Cannabis (class B)

Next court date: TBD
Bond: TBD

The charges against this individual are merely allegations against him. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law

Three Teens Arrested for Orchard Heights Burlary

A press release from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office:

Three Teens Arrested in Burglary, Suspected in Others

Teghan Appleberg,

One adult, Teghan Appleberg, 18, and two juveniles, were arrested in the pre-dawn hours of Thursday in connection with burglaries in unincorporated McHenry.

At 2:15 a.m. deputies from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the area of West Riverside Drive in the Orchard Heights Subdivision for individuals possibly burglarizing vehicles.

Upon their arrival, officers located Appleberg and the two juveniles, who were taken into custody.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the juveniles entered a garage and committed a theft.

Appleberg was charged with Burglary for taking items from a vehicle, and was transported to the McHenry County Corrections Facility.

The two juveniles were charged with Burglary and Residential Burglary and were transported to the Kane County Juvenile Justice Center.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division is also investigating their connection with multiple vehicle burglaries in that area. Investigators have requested anyone who might have been a victim to contact them at 815-334-4750.

Arrested: T

  • Teghan Appleberg, Male, 18, Wonder Lake, IL , Burglary
  • 17-year-old Juvenile Burglary, Residential Burglary
  • 13-year-old Juvenile,  Burglary, Residential Burglary

The charges against these individuals are merely allegations against them. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Four Vehicles in Route 31/Virginia Street Road Park & Ride Lot

Three vehicles were in the Park & Ride lot owned at the corner of Route 31 and Virginia Street Road. It is owned by McHenry County, but financed largely with Federal tax dollars.

Three [a commenter found four] vehicles in the only Park & Ride lot in McHenry County on October 8, 2017.

Could that be record usuage?

In 2013, the McHenry County Transportation Committee passed a resolution to award a $99,597 contract with Civiltech Engineering for “construction management and inspection services.”

For Those Who Think the Bob Miller 5-Year Contract with Local 150 Is Too Long

One of the arguments that Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser is making in his fight against imposition of the 5-year labor agreement that his predecessor and man he beat in the GOP Primary Election, Bob Miller, is that it binds the hands of Gasser for his entire term of office.

So, when I noticed that a school district is about to approve a 10-year contract, I think readers might be interested.

10-year teacher deal looms over District 15 support staff strike

An unprecedented 10-year teachers deal in 2016 should not be a factor in contract negotiations for Palatine Township Elementary District 15 support employees who went on strike Monday, a union leader says. But the school board president says the union has cited it in negotiations. Full Story

A big difference is that the school district contract is being considered in public with appropriate public notice and the ability of taxpayers to comment at open meetings.

Spring Grove Residents Fight Gravel Pit Encroachment

Spring Grove residents who live just outside the village have appeared at the last two meetings of the McHenry County Board seeking help in stopping a Thelen Sand & Gravel plan to dig up to the edge of their homes.

Where Thelen Sand & Gravel plans to expand its operations.

Here is what Drew Knobloch told County Board members in the three minutes he was allocated:

“First, I want to thank all the board members who reached out to me since I made the public comment last month.

Thank you for emailing us, for talking and meeting with us, for attending meetings with us, for helping us organize, for reaching out to various other officials on our behalf and all of the other things you’ve done to support the residents in this fight.

“Since I was here last month we had a combined community meeting for everyone who lives within 3/4 of a mile of these proposed mines.

October meeting of gravel pit opponents.

“One two-day notice on a weekday evening there were over 225 people in attendance.

The yard sign popping up around the proposed expanded gravel pit.

“We circulated the attached petition urging our governmental leaders to limit the expansion of gravel mining in residential areas. We formed a Facebook group which has over 350 members.

“We are attending Fox Lake village meetings and Spring Grove village meetings; we’ve attended the McHenry County Gravel Advisory Council and we’re attending the McHenry County Board meetings.

“A small fraction of us made the trip here and many others are covering the Spring Grove Village meeting which was also tonight.

“Could everyone who lives near the proposed mines or is here supporting us please stand so the board can get an idea of how many we are.

“At the Gravel Advisory meeting we learned that the county makes next to nothing from these gravel operations.

The Dust Angel from the 2008 video in opposition to the Meyer Materials Gravel Pit in Cary.

“The county gets a small amount of property tax revenue from these parcels.

“It’s a fraction of what the same sized residential property would pay.

“The county gets a minuscule amount of sales tax revenue from the retail sales made by these gravel operations. over 90% of their sales are to other businesses where no sales tax revenue is collected.

“The county gets no severance tax – a per pound tax for severing the material from the ground.

“Once the material is severed the ground is ruined for residential development until there is a municipal sewer system so the property tax basis for that land is destroyed for decades.

“Meanwhile the residents bear the vast majority of the burden for repairing the roads that the gravel trucks are destroying.

“The current Spring Grove mine is already a year behind because of lagging demand for material and no place to store it.

“WHY are we so eager to open more mines and subject even more residents to years of noise, debris, and eroded property values???

“So here’s the thing, we need your help urgently to get these projects stopped.

“For those of you who haven’t been involved yet, we still need you.

“Please stand up for these residents who voted for you and work to create a sensible balance between the unfettered expansion of gravel mines and the needs of residents for a peaceful, healthy life and the retention of our property values.

“Gravel is the pits! and no one wants to live next to the pit.”

The group’s Facebook and GoFundMe links are below

Tomorrow you will be able to read the comments made in September.

See also “Gravel Pit Company Gives Franks $2,500 Four Days Before Citizens Come to Complain about Expansion.”

Sean Casten, Carole Cheney, Democratic Party Aspirants to Oppose Republican Peter Roskam in McHenry County

The McHenry County Democratic Central Committee heard eight candidates Wednesday night.

Two seek to unseat incumbent Congressman Peter Roskam in the 6th Congressional District:

  • Sean Casten
  • Carole Cheney

There are more Democrats running in this suburban congressional district where Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump, but there were elsewhere on Wednesday.

Sean Casten

Casten characterized himself as a scientist (a chemical engineer by education) and “clean energy advocate” who had just sold his business after his investors concluded an offer was too good to refuse.

He didn’t give me the name of his firm, but explained that it dealt in produces to reduce carbon dioxide.

There was a bonding with the audience upfront with an attack on President Donald Trump, whom Casten said “abuse[d his] bully pulpit on a daily basis and is “an ethically deficient human being.”

And, Casten added that Trump does not follow facts.

“That drives me crazy as a scientist.”

He said his business found ways to reduce CO2 emissions by 50%.

And that the barriers to development were not technology, but public policies.

Sean Casten

Turning to his hoped for opponent, Casten asserted, “Peter Roskam makes things up.

“We need someone who will act as a check and balance on the White House and Peter Roskam doesn’t do it.”

He explained that “climate change is what got me into this.

“Facts [are what drive me].”

Health care bills that Roskam has voted for will “cause 20-30,000 people to die every year,” Casten charged.

Roskam “voted before the CBO {Congressional Budget Office] score.

“We cannot respect people who disagree about where we are,” he continued.

Questions were also allowed.

County Democratic Party Chairman Mike Bissett asked each candidate how he or she would “differentiate yourself” from the other Democrats seeking the nomination.

Casten pointed out that “Roskam’s voting record is wildly divergent from [his constituents best interests].”

In answer to a question about limiting money in political races, Casten pointed out, “Politics is expensive because media is expensive.”

An employee of Jewel-Osco observed that unions now have only 7% membership [perhaps he was referring to private employees].

Peter Roskam

“Every contract gets worse,” the audience member observed.

“The weakening of unions is designed to weaken the Democratic Party,” Casten replied, saying he was against Right to Work laws.

“The biggest problem is not protecting existing employees, but…creating jobs…”

He pointed out that there were 6,000 jobs in the companies supplying his corporation.

Automation displacing people in jobs was brought up.

Casten contended that innovation was the answer.

He told of a supplier who wanted college students as interns, but since Trump took office is “worried about hiring those from other countries.”

That hesitation was injurious to the American economy, the candidate explained.

Sean Casten

Casten said he had met with Roskam and concluded that he was a “tax policy promotor.”

“He denies that climate change is happening.

“At one meeting, I told him I did not support tax credits for technology.

“He said, ‘I don’t want to pick winners and losers.’

“If I ‘m doing what you want me to do, I won’t have any income [because of revenue being invested in expansion of the business].

“Pay us $1,000 to do something,” Casten suggested in place of tax credits.

Roskam explained that it took one vote to pass a tax bill, but two votes to pass a revenue bill.

“We’ll use tax policy for social engineering,” Roskam said.

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What Carole Cheney said tomorrow.

Gravel Pit Company Gives Franks $2,500 Four Days Before Citizens Come to Complain about Expansion

At Tuesday’s meeting of the McHenry County Board, citizens from the Spring Grove-Fox Lake area appeared to object to additional gravel pits in their area.

One of those who spoke mentioned the Thelen Sand and Gravel company.

Hearing the name of the gravel company struck a cord.

I had just looked at recent contributions to McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks.

Here is what was Franks reported to the State Board of Elections:

Contributed By Address Amount Received By
Thelen Sand & Gravel Inc 28955 W Rt 173

Antioch, IL 60002

Supporters of Jack D Franks

Franks pointed out that the issue was not one involving County government because the property was in Spring Grove.

But one speaker told of plans by the gravel firm to put a conveyor belt under a county highway.

That certainly would involve McHenry County government.

Wannabe Terrorist Gets 15 Years

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

Suburban Chicago Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prisonfor Attempting to Join Jabhat al-Nusrah in Syria

CHICAGO — A federal judge today sentenced a suburban Chicago man to 15 years in prison for attempting to travel overseas to join a jihadist militant group in Syria.

ABDELLA AHMAD TOUNISI, 23, of Aurora, Ill., was arrested at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago in April 2013 as he attempted to board a flight to Istanbul, Turkey.

Tounisi had spent four months conducting online research related to overseas travel and violent jihad, focusing specifically on Syria and the violent Jabhat al-Nusrah terrorist organization.

Tounisi pleaded guilty in 2015 to one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

U.S. District JudgeSamuel Der-Yeghiayan imposed the sentence in federal court in Chicago.

The sentence was announced by Joel R. Levin, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Dana J. Boente, Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security; and John P. Selleck, Acting Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The investigation was led by the Chicago FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, which is comprised of Special Agents of the FBI, officers of the Chicago Police Department, and representatives from an additional 20 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

According to his plea agreement, Tounisi in early 2013 made online contact with an individual he believed to be a recruiter for Jabhat al-Nusrah.

He and the purported recruiter exchanged a series of emails, during which Tounisi shared his plan to go to Syria by way of Turkey, as well as his willingness to fight for the jihadist cause, the plea agreement states.

Unbeknownst to Tounisi, the purported recruiter was actually an FBI employee.

Tounisi, a U.S. citizen, requested an expedited passport and purchased an airline ticket for the flight from Chicago to Istanbul.

He arrived at O’Hare on the evening of April 19, 2013, and was arrested after passing through security in the international terminal.

Tounisi was a close friend of Adel Daoud, of Hillside, Ill., who was arrested on Sept. 14, 2012, for allegedly attempting to detonate a bomb outside a bar in downtown Chicago.

Tounisi recommended certain attack techniques to Daoud but ultimately decided against participating in the attack.

Daoud was charged separately and is awaiting trial in federal court in Chicago.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Barry Jonas of the Northern District of Illinois, and Trial Attorney Lolita Lukose of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.

Canadian Robert Gould Arrested for Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child in Woodstock and Island Lake

A press release from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office:

International Investigation Finds Accused Child Molester; Woodstock, Island Lake Crimes Involved

Robert J. Gould, 51, of Nova Scotia, Canada, was behind bars in the McHenry County Adult Correctional Facility Thursday charged with Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault stemming from incidents in April 2017 in Island Lake and unincorporated Woodstock.

Robert Gould

The case began when Canadian authorities contacted the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office with information concerning possible criminal activity which had taken place in Illinois.

Sheriff’s Office investigators then worked with the Halifax Regional Police in Nova Scotia to conduct a criminal investigation.

Investigators made contact with Gould in August 2017, when he was visiting the Wheeling, IL, area.

Warrants for Gould’s arrest were subsequently obtained for Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child; Criminal Sexual Assault; and Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse.

The location and apprehension of Robert Gould was turned over to the Sheriff’s Office Apprehension Unit, which is part of the United States Marshal’s Service Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force.

Investigators learned that Robert Gould had been detained by Canadian authorities on September 1, 2017, and was being extradited to the United States.

On September 19, 2017, Robert Gould was taken into custody at Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts by the United States Marshal’s Service and Massachusetts State Police.

He was subsequently transported to the McHenry County Corrections Facility, where he arrived Wednesday.

Arrested: Robert J. Gould, Male, 51, Nova Scotia, Canada


  • 4 counts-Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child (class X)
  • 6 counts-Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Victim Under 13 (class X)
  • 7 counts-Criminal Sexual Assault Victim Under 18 (class 1)
  • Criminal Sexual Assault with Force (class 1)
  • 3 counts-Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse (class 2)

Bond: $500,000

Next Court Date: October 23, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

The charges against this individual are merely allegations against him. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.