IL-16: James Marter Emails for Congress

Kendall County Republican James Marter has announced he is challenging Congressman Adam Kinzinger again.

McHenry County residents will remember that Marter ran in the GOP 16th District congressional primary which Jim Oberweis won.

Here is Marter’s email:

I’m fighting for you and I have unfinished business…

Hello Friends,

I announced in early February on the Sirius XM Patriot Channel’s Wilkow Majority Show. Since then, a lot has been happening, Illinois Review covered me and I’ve been a guest on several national podcasts. I was invited to speak with the Northern Illinois Republican Women in Loves Park and a great group of patriots in Princeton. I also attended a large grassroots gathering in Shorewood, with close to 200 people, gearing up for campaigning and voter registration.

James Marter in 2016

Lots of energized, new Republicans being welcomed into the GOP! The Republican Party is far from perfect but it’s better than the alternative and You and I can make it better.

The worst thing we could do for the people of Illinois, is mimic our failed policies in Washington. These are the things that have driven out 800,000 of our neighbors, leaving us with their tax burden and our own. Supporting radical agendas, has made us less safe, less united and less prosperous. Rest assured, I will never vote for policies that send us in that direction as a nation.

Congressman Kinzinger has voted for every big spending bill in his decade in Congress, putting at risk future generations who’ll be saddled with that debt. Other opportunists jumping in the race have no record of being an actual conservative.

I’m running on:

  • Liberty: Join the House Freedom Caucus, Preserve Constitutional Rights
  • Security – Strong borders and a strong U.S. Military
  • Economy – Pro-growth, pro-American policies with limited government
  • Find out what else.

Let’s have a conversation.I’m asking for your support and looking forward to exchanging ideas and hearing your concerns.

Please watch for future updates and if you can donate or volunteer, your support would be greatly appreciated – the sooner the better!

You can contact the campaign below. God bless you and God bless America!

James Marter
Marter for Congress
info@marter4congress.us
(815) 585-8006 – Work
www.marter4congress.us

$700 Million More Can Be Spent on Goods and Services

The Illinois Commission on Forecasting and Accountability points out that gambling losses are down by over 50% since Covid-19 restrictions went into effect:

Data from the Illinois Gaming Board shows that the adjusted gaming receipts (AGR) from Illinois’ ten operating casinos fell a staggering 54.4% over the past calendar year, from $1.354 billion in 2019 to only $618 million in 2020.

Looked at from a different perspective, Illinois residents have an additional $799 million to spend on services tangible goods.

PRO Act Update: H.R. 842 Goes Straight to House Floor Next Week

By Freelancer Jim Thompson, with tweet: “Cal’s AB5 was the canary in the coal mine. Congress wants to nationalize the same toxic mess that killed millions of California jobs.”

This past week, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D, MD-05) announced the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act will be acted upon in the House next week.

When Hoyer announced this information last week, I misunderstood the announcement to mean the PRO Act, H.R. 842, would go to the House Education and Labor Committee.

My mistake! House Democrats are sending this devastating legislation threatening all 1099 independent contractors, including freelancers and gig economy workers, directly to the House floor.

On Monday, the House Rules Committee published the schedule to file amendments to the floor debate, which is tomorrow at 2PM CST.

As told elsewhere, the most controversial component of the PRO Act (of many) is codifying the Depression-era “ABC test” to determine worker classification between an “employee” and an “independent contractor”.

The ABC test was developed for factory work, not conducive to 21st century gig economy and freelancing work, much of which made possible through technology.

In the meantime, since significantly high number of independent contractors are women, the ABC test will devastate women in the work force, as Jim Thompson illustrated in another of his masterpieces from Monday:

From Jim Thompson, with tweet: “The PRO Act is monstrously bad legislation. With its ABC test, it will kill millions of careers, hurting mostly women.”

From the desk of John Lopez: If you value your job/career, particularly if you’re a 1099 independent contractor, now would be a good time to contact your respective House member, be it Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Sean Casten (IL-06) and anyone else you could influence, and have them amend the PRO Act and replace the ABC test with the IRS test for worker classification.

And tell their offices the truth, H.R. 842 may pass the House as is, but will not pass the Senate with the ABC test, and other issues including worker privacy.

Message of the Day – Proportionality

A Friend of McHenry County Blog sent this excerpt written by Thomas Liston of American Thinker:

After sentencing thousands of elderly New Yorkers to death by seeding nursing homes with Covid-infected patients, Andrew Cuomo seems to be on the verge of losing his political future, and maybe his job, over saying unpleasant things to a few women.

To anyone with a sense of proportion, this must appear odd. Don’t accuse me of minimizing the seriousness of sexual harassment! To say that it isn’t as bad as killing thousands of people is not the same as trivializing it. Few things are worse than mass killing.

How does one explain this focus on the lesser charge, when it has been known for many months (to consumers of conservative media, if not those reliant on the legacy blue media) that Cuomo has a copious amount of blood on his hands?

The author then suggests that some may think the reason is that feminists have “enormous” sway over the media.

He offers what he thinks is a better explanation from Breitbart’s John Nolte:

The answer is obvious…

Four other Democrat governors issued the same sociopathic nursing home order as Cuomo.

Four other Democrats ordered infected coronavirus patients be admitted into nursing home facilities where 1) the most vulnerable live, and 2) they’re not set up to handle an infectious virus.

What this means is that if the corrupt media were to do the right thing (like that will ever happen) and go after Cuomo over his deadly nursing home policy, it would open a Pandora’s Box against these four Democrat governors and the Democrat party as a whole, which is something our fake media will never do.

Here’s the rundown from my colleague Wendell Husebo:

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) issued an order that a long-term care facility “must not prohibit admission or readmission of a resident based on COVID-19 [coronavirus] testing requirements or results.” The policy was renewed three times before being rescinded in July 2020.

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D-CA) administration ordered on April 10, 2020, that “patients hospitalized, or receiving treatment at an alternate care site, with COVID-19 can be discharged to a [skilled nursing facility] when clinically indicated.”

Gov. Phil Murphy (D-NJ) approved a directive from state Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli that said no patient could be denied admission or readmission to a nursing home “solely based on a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19.” …

Gov. Tom Wolf (D-PA) enacted a mandatory admission policy in March, saying “nursing care facilities must continue to accept new admissions and receive readmissions for current residents who have been discharged from the hospital who are stable.”

McHenry County’s nursing home, Valley Hi, dedicates a whole wing where new patients are quarantined for two weeks.

For many months it had no Coronavirus patients.

That did not last for the entire epidemic, however.

Rebekah Kim & Michael Pettet Join State’s Attorney’s Office

From the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office:

REBEKAH G. KIM AND MICHAEL L. PETTET JOIN THE CRIMINAL
DIVISION OF THE MCHENRY COUNTY STATE’S ATTORNEY’S OFFICE

Patrick D. Kenneally, McHenry County State’s Attorney, is pleased to announce that

  • Rebekah G. Kim and
  • Michael L. Pettet

joined our office on March 1, 2021, as Assistant State’s Attorneys in the Criminal Division.

Rebekah graduated cum laude in May, 2020, from the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Chicago, IL, where she was a Managing Editor of the Northwestern University Law Review.

She won an Arlyn Miner Book Award for authoring the best 1L brief.

Ms. Kim earned her Bachelor of Arts in Russian Regional Studies, cum laude, from Barnard College, New York, NY.

Michael graduated cum laude in May, 2020, from the University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, MN.

He was on the Dean’s list 2018-2019 and received the Dean’s Distinguished Scholarship, the James E. O’Brien Scholarship.

Michael served as the student director of the Environmental Law Moot Court and was a member of the Environmental and Energy Law Society.

Mr. Pettet earned his B.A. in History from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN.

Please welcome Rebekah and Michael as they start their legal careers on behalf of the citizens of McHenry County.

Parents Have Say at Cary Grade School District Board Meeting

Chris Krug, who runs The Center Square, wrote this week in a larger article of what he observed at his Cary District 26 Elementary School Board meeting:

I watched the school board meeting hosted by my local elementary district [Cary] back home in Illinois.

For nearly 30 minutes, mom after dad after mom after dad came to the lectern and throttled the board.

In my district (one of more than 850 independently operated local school districts in Illinois), the kids have attended classes fewer than 10 total in-person days since the second week of March 2020.

The tension was palpable.

The vitriol was genuine – the product of pent-up frustration with a district’s administration that followed “the science and data” that it has still yet to make a move toward reopening our schools.

The pains of this were articulated by parents who described their children having become turned off after months of Zoom-based learning.

One mom said that her twins cry frequently because they feel like failures.

Another said that her kids are spending so much time in front of screens that they no longer can sleep properly.

Still another said that her child’s personality has changed in the past six months.

She was nearly in tears. 

Obama on Reparations, 2008 and 2021

I can’t remember former President Barack Obama’s ever discussing reparations, but Legal Insurrection got interested after reporter Mike LaChance wrote of Fox News’ Houston Keene findings on his second listened podcast with Bruce Springsteen.

Keene writes,

Obama said he believes reparations are “justified” and that “there’s not much question that the wealth… the power of this country was built in significant part — not exclusively, maybe not even the majority of it, but a large portion of it — was built on the backs of slaves.”

The former president claimed that a reparations proposal didn’t make its way through the lawmaking process during his presidency due to “the politics of White resistance and resentment.”

Consider that revisionist history with what Dave Urbanski of The Blaze found from 2008:

“We can’t even get this country to provide decent schooling for inner-city kids,” Obama also said, according to the Post.

“And what I saw during my presidency was the politics of white resistance and resentment. The talk of welfare queens and the talk of the undeserving poor. And the backlash against affirmative action. All that made the prospect of actually proposing any kind of coherent, meaningful reparations program … not only a non-starter but potentially counterproductive.”

Fox News said it appears the former president has changed his position on reparations, as he opposed the idea during his 2008 presidential campaign and argued that “the best reparations we can provide are good schools in the inner city and jobs for people who are unemployed.”

U.S. Attorney John Lausch Goes after Summer Rioters after President Joe Biden Keeps Him Office…Temporarily

Last week, Chicago’s U.S. Attorney John Lausch was on the way out of office per order of new President Joe Biden.

But pressure from various sources, probably primarily Democratic U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, resulted in a reprieve for Luasch.

Note that the organizing tool was Facebook. just as was the case with regard to the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Now comes this press release from his office:

Chicago Man Charged in Federal Court With Inciting Rioting Last Summer

CHICAGO — A Chicago man has been charged in federal court with inciting rioting involving multiple incidents of property damage and looting in the city last summer.

JAMES MASSEY, 22, is charged with one count of using a facility of interstate commerce to incite a riot. 

James Massey, aka, Steve Nash

According to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, Massey on Aug. 9, 2020, posted multiple videos and messages on Facebook calling for people to travel to downtown Chicago to engage in property damage and looting, the complaint states. 

In the early morning hours of Aug. 10, 2020, numerous individuals damaged and looted retail stores, predominantly in downtown Chicago and the city’s Near North Side.

Massey was arrested this morning on the federal charge. 

He made an initial court appearance this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sunil R. Harjani and was ordered released on bond with electronic monitoring and subject to a curfew.  A preliminary hearing was scheduled for March 18, 2021, at 1:30 p.m.

The complaint was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Emmerson Buie, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Office of the FBI; and David Brown, Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department.  The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jordan Matthews and Sheri L. Wong.

The investigation was jointly conducted by the Chicago Police Department and FBI.

According to the complaint, Massey sent Facebook messages to numerous individuals directing them to meet at a certain location in Chicago to travel together to the downtown area.

Several people responded to the messages throughout the night to discuss, among other things, the location of property damage and looting activity, the complaint states. 

In one of the messages, a Facebook user allegedly stated to others in the group, “We like 13 cars deep.”

One of the locations discussed in the Facebook messages was a marijuana dispensary in the 900 block of West Weed Street on the Near North Side of Chicago. 

James Massey in blue pants with white stipe outside marijuana dispensary.

At approximately 1:00 a.m. on Aug. 10, 2020, several individuals broke into the dispensary by smashing a window with tools they had retrieved from the trunk of Massey’s vehicle, which was parked in the dispensary’s parking lot, the complaint states.

James Massey is seen in center in blue pants with white stripe looting Southside store.

Another incident cited in the complaint occurred at a retail store in the 800 block of North Michigan Avenue in Chicago. 

At approximately 1:25 a.m. on August 10, 2020, Massey approached the store with a tire iron while another individual broke a store window, the complaint states. 

Massey and several others entered the store, stole numerous coats, and returned to Massey’s vehicle, the complaint states. 

Shortly thereafter, an individual allegedly wrote to the Facebook group, “We just hit the [partial name of retail store].”

Massey and others later looted a convenience store in the city’s South Loop neighborhood after individuals broke windows to gain entry and then broke display counters inside, the complaint states. 

Shortly before 6:00 a.m., Massey and several others looted a cell phone store in the West Loop neighborhood after offenders broke the side door of the store to gain entrance, the complaint states.

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The public is reminded that a complaint is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  Inciting a riot is punishable by a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison.  If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.

Peter Janko Endorses Suburban Member of Congress to Replace Madigan to Head State Democratic Party

From 14th Congressional District Democratic Party State Central Committeeman Peter Janko:

We are only about six months from the start of the 2022 election cycle, and the Democratic Party of Illinois needs to start rolling up its sleeves and getting to work on earning the vote of all Illinoisans.

Peter Janko

They say that it is the responsibility of Local Democratic Parties, but most local Democratic Parties don’t get all the resources that they need to be effective.

They never have the funds they need because their economies do not even support small dollar donations.

Let me see, “Do I put food on the table this week or donate $10 to the local Democratic Party or a local candidate who probably has no chance of winning?”

Tough choice, right?

The Democratic Party needs to understand and value the needs of ALL of Illinois.

This starts by finding and supporting good Democratic candidates for all offices across the entire state.

We need to give all Illinois Democrats and independents a reason to vote. From South Beloit to Cairo From Quincy to Danville From East Dubuque to Mt. Carmel From Winthrop Harbor to East St. Louis

It is no secret that voters outside of Chicago feel that the Democratic Party of Illinois picks the winners and losers, only supporting Democratic candidates of their choosing.

They won’t support candidates in a red district, claiming it would just be a waste of resources.

Because of this, few Democrats step forward to run for office, leaving few or no local Democratic candidates on the ballot.

Democratic voters stay home, and these districts stay red.

It hurts statewide candidates on the ballot like the Governor and our two US Senators, but I am told not to worry; we have enough votes in the blue areas of Illinois.

This is our first opportunity in decades to break from underneath the thumb of the Chicago machine.

We must avoid a continuation of the old.

It is time for us to finally live up to what we say we are – The Democratic Party of ILLINOIS.

I believe Robin Kelly has the personal commitment and skills to lead us there.

Peter Janko

Democratic State Central Committeeman14th Congressional District of Illinois.

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Kelly is the candidate being backed by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin. Governor JB Pritzker is supporting a Chicago Alderwoman.

McHenry Township Officials Seek Higher Salaries

Read the following notice for a Special McHenry Township Meeting and see if you agree that it is stimulated by the candidates running mainly unopposed–in the April Township election:

In 2018, the Republican-controlled McHenry Township Board cut salaries of full-time election Township officials.

Salaries of current McHenry Township officials are as follows:

  • Supervisor – $68,677
  • Highway Commissioner – $76,179
  • Assessor – $67,677
  • Clerk – $13,009
  • Trustees – $100 per meeting

Over the four years they are in office, each official, but the Trustees, will see a six percent raise, according to Democratic Party Assessor Mary Mahady.

The Board set the salaries for the terms beginning in May as follows:

  • Supervisor – $45,000
  • Road Commissioner – $45,000
  • Assessor – $45,000
  • Clerk – $10,000

It appears this meeting is an attempt to raise the salary levels.

One problem is 60 ILCS 1/30 gives electors their authorities and does allow setting salaries in those authorities.

Second problem: even if they had the authority, 50 ILCS 145/2 (Elected Officials Compensation Ac) requires compensation to be set 180 days prior to term (term starts May 17th, so there is not 180 days).

Trump Calls Out Kinzinger

In his speech to the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC), former President Donald Trump called out by name those U.S. Senators and Congressmen whom he does want to see re-elected.

Donald Trump at CPAC.

To no one’s surprise, Illinois’ Adam Kinzinger was one of them.

Politico reports,

Kinzinger wasn’t impressed. In a virtual press conference after Trump’s speech, the Republican from Illinois’ 16th Congressional District said the former president offered a “recycled” campaign speech that could have been given in October. There were “no new ideas” and what he did discuss was “peppered with dishonesty…”

Kinzinger also addressed politics at home, saying he wasn’t losing sleep over Catalina Lauf or tthers looking to challenge him in a primary. “They have no interest in representing the people they live with. They’re more interested in representing the interests of a man.”

Trump just endorsed an opponent to an Ohio incumbent (whose name I can’t remember), showing that he is willing to get actively involved in Republican Primary Elections.

Will he come down on the side of telegenic Catalina Lauf, who represents both the age group and ethnic background in which the Republican Party seeks expansion?

Only time will tell.

Pritzker Favors Taking Infrastructure to Pay for Operating Expenses

From The Center Square:

Pritzker plans to redirect capital funds to balance budget

(The Center Square) – Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants to redirect money from capital projects to help balance the budget.

Part of his recently released budget plan for 2022 includes a note “that $100 million of the Capital Projects Fund deposit be transferred from the Capital Projects Fund to the General Revenue Fund.”

The 2019 “Rebuild Illinois” capital plan was funded in part by 20 new taxes and fees, including

  • a doubling of the Illinois motor fuel tax
  • a cigarette tax hike, and
  • promises of new revenue from gambling expansion.

Money was earmarked for roads, bridges, railways, universities, and other state facilities.

The sign used to promote the Transportation Lock Box Constitutional Amendment.

“Manufacturers rely on a strong infrastructure,” said Mark Denzler, president and CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association.

“We need roads, bridges, air, waterways, rail. We supported the capital bill that was passed a couple of years ago and certainly the need for funding it. We want to make sure that we don’t see a reduction if those funds are used for other purposes.”

The fund transfer is described as a one-time event, but past governors often have used similar maneuvers to help present a balanced budget plan.

“I would argue it is contrary to the stated intent of those funds when they are swept for other purposes,” Denzler said. “But, it’s a practice that is bipartisan in the General Assembly and we’ve seen it occur for years.”

State Rep. Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore, voted for the capital plan in 2019 and the tax increases that came along with it.

“The way Illinois got into its fiscal mess is by not honoring obligations and our citizens continue to have their trust eroded by actions like this,” Keicher said in a statement.

“For the Governor to suggest that delaying $100 million in critical capital improvements speaks of his inability to balance a budget. It does not show the leadership Illinois needs in a time of crisis.”

On top of the potential movement of current funds, no new casinos have yet been approved by the Illinois Gaming Board. Denzler says all that might be affecting the pace of projects.

“It’s been a little bit slower uptake,” Denzler said. “Certainly there are projects ongoing on state universities and roadways and rail. We probably haven’t seen some of the big major projects that previous capital bills have funded.”

He says the possible one-time sweep might not have a huge impact this year, but he still hopes it doesn’t set a bad precedent.

“I know the governor and lawmakers are committed to getting some of these projects done,” Denzler said. “Hopefully it doesn’t become a regular occurrence and actually have a negative impact on construction in Illinois.”

The state also could be faced with a decrease in revenue from the gas tax due to a decline in travel during the pandemic.

“We seem to have a Governor reverting to the Madigan tactics we’ve seen time and again in the past of sweeping dedicated funds,” Keicher said. “We should be focusing on attracting job creators to grow our economy, but perhaps the vision of an expanding Illinois opportunity isn’t there in this administration.”

Temp Exec Gets Probation and $15,500 Fine for Helping Place Illegal Aliens

From the U.S. Attorney:

Executive of Chicago Staffing Company Sentenced in Federal Court for Assisting Client with Hiring of Undocumented Workers

CHICAGO — A former executive vice president of a Chicago staffing company was sentenced today in federal court for assisting a factory owner with the hiring of undocumented workers.

SERGIO BADANI used his role as Vice President of Operations for a large Chicago staffing company to knowingly conceal from the U.S. government the true identities of 17 undocumented workers. 

The workers had previously been identified by law enforcement as undocumented during a civil audit of the factory. 

After the factory owners assured the government that the undocumented workers were terminated, the factory owners worked with Badani to hire them back using false identity documents. 

Badani admitted that he learned of the illegal scheme and assisted in concealing the information from the government while his staffing company continued to collect more than $1 million in fees from the factory owners. 

Badani admitted that he received a portion of the profit from this contract in the form of monetary bonuses.

Badani, 51, of St. Charles, Ill., pleaded guilty last year to one count of conspiracy to commit alien harboring for purposes of commercial advantage. 

U.S. District Judge Sara L. Ellis sentenced Badani to two years’ probation and fined him $15,000.

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The sentence was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and R. Sean Fitzgerald, Acting Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of U.S. Homeland Security Investigations.  The U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Social Security Administration provided valuable assistance.

“Undocumented workers are at a significant disadvantage in the workplace, making them much more likely to be exploited by employers,” Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher V. Parente and Ashley A. Chung argued in the government’s sentencing memorandum. 

“When businesses knowingly hire an illegal workforce, it threatens the integrity of our country’s immigration system, economic health and puts the security of our homeland at risk,” said HSI Acting SAC Fitzgerald.  “HSI is committed to protecting our communities from the abuses of corrupt business owners seeking to gain an illegal advantage and make a steep profit off the backs of others.”

Four employees of the staffing agency’s manufacturing client, KSO MetalFab Inc. of Streamwood, Ill., were previously charged in federal court with knowingly hiring and harboring undocumented workers.  They pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.

Life More Open Down South

From The Center Square:

Southern states outperforming northern states amid COVID-19

(The Center Square) – Spent the past week on the road, which was a refreshing change from the moribund, COVID-locked life to which I have acquiesced in Chicago and its suburbs.

I traveled to and then through South Carolina, Georgia and Florida – where the sun shined and where there hadn’t been 10-plus inches of mature snow on the ground.

The birds are chirping behind me as I write this. Geese are jockeying for position in a pond.

Behind the blue heron is a storm drain outlet erupting into Crystal Lake.

A blue heron is standing as still as a statue on the other side of the water. Probably safe to guess that there is no alligator in the area. The air is filled with natural sounds that I had forgotten about – aside from the sound of a mower whirring somewhere off in the distance. But that’s a sound I haven’t heard for nearly five months, and it’s welcomed

Life here was different – certainly different from where I live in northern Illinois.

The southeast is far more free and noticeably more open.

Shops are operating.

People are walking around, living life.

Some wear masks. Some don’t.

From what I witnessed over the past week, pretty much wherever I went, people were respectful of others, maintaining reasonable safe distance whether they wore a mask or didn’t.

Per the Mayo Clinic’s data tracking, only 17 people per 100,000 in the county where I stayed, Camden County, had COVID-19 as of Friday. Check that against your local data when you get a chance.

The schools here have been opened since the first week of August. The local high school has operated in-person learning continuously since the 2020-21 school year began.

While in South Carolina, prior to driving to Georgia, I watched the school board meeting hosted by my local elementary district [Cary] back home in Illinois.

For nearly 30 minutes, mom after dad after mom after dad came to the lectern and throttled the board.

In my district (one of more than 850 independently operated local school districts in Illinois), the kids have attended classes fewer than 10 total in-person days since the second week of March 2020.

The tension was palpable.

The vitriol was genuine – the product of pent-up frustration with a district’s administration that followed “the science and data” that it has still yet to make a move toward reopening our schools.

The pains of this were articulated by parents who described their children having become turned off after months of Zoom-based learning.

One mom said that her twins cry frequently because they feel like failures.

Another said that her kids are spending so much time in front of screens that they no longer can sleep properly.

Still another said that her child’s personality has changed in the past six months.

She was nearly in tears. 

That’s not the case here in southern Georgia.

The local schools were closed for one day at the start of the school year

But that was because a hurricane was headed this way.

I grew up in the north.

The information that I processed as a younger person and even as a younger adult informed me that life in the north was superior to life in the south. It was just better.

I now am convinced that was ridiculous and I was a sucker for the propaganda.

Southern states are teaching their children. Schools in Florida temporarily shut down. They’re open again, and Gov. Ron DeSantis said that he overreacted in the fall when the state succumbed to pressure to close.

Southern states are allowing their children to live somewhat normal lives.

They are looking at the same data sets and largely the same transmission rates that persist across the country, but they are actually following “the science and the data” that has said from the beginning that children are not vectors for COVID-19.

They are – get this – thinking reasonably, rationally and holistically about the realities of coronavirus.

People are working here – going about their business and making a living, providing for their families.

The burden on systems is lower here because of that.

And, day by precious day, the false narrative that life somehow is less pleasant here or less cultured or less interesting or simply less is melting away.

Thank God for that.

COVID-19 has opened the nation’s eyes, at least in part, to the value of choosing where you live.

It has reaffirmed the truth that we live in the United States (plural) of America.

And it has demonstrated where freedom is strong and where government is less interested in dictating our lives.

It’s intellectually dishonest to believe that the southern states are growing in population only because the weather is more palatable than it is in the north.

The truth is that the southern states are more free and more open, actually more inclusive and less segregated – probably the best places to live in this country right now and for the foreseeable future.

Huntley Police Capture Walmart Shoplifting Suspects from Elgin

From the Huntley Police Department:

Huntley Police apprehend fleeing suspects

On Saturday, February 27, 2021 at approximately 2:36 pm, the Huntley Police Department responded to a retail theft at the Walmart, 12300 Illinois Route 47.

While responding, the complainant advised the suspects were fleeing the parking lot in a vehicle.

A responding officer located a vehicle matching the description given, and attempted to the stop the vehicle in the area of Mill Street and Grove Street, at which time the occupants fled the vehicle by foot.

The vehicle had been reported stolen out of Elgin.

A search for the suspects ensued in which one suspect was located in a nearby garage tampering with another vehicle.

At approximately 3:13 pm a resident reported seeing a person take a bicycle from a residence in the area of Timer Drive.

The reported person closely resembled the description of the second suspect being sought.

A short time later, a person wearing a tank top, which was out of the normal for this weather season, was reported by a citizen in the area of Sawgrass Drive.

Luis Arreola

Officers located the suspect, who was determined to match the second suspect being sought, and was taken into custody at approximately 3:17 pm.

Charged in this incident was:

Luis Arreola, age 35 of 0-100 block S Crystal Street, Elgin:

  • Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding (Class 4 Felony)
  • No valid driver’s license (Class A Misdemeanor)
  • Disobeyed stop sign (Petty offense)
Damian Franco

Damian Franco, age 31, of 600 block of Grace, Elgin:

  • Burglary (Class 2 Felony)
  • Possession of Methamphetamine (Class 3 Felony)
  • Aggravated fleeing eluding (Class 4 Felony)
  • Obstructing Justice (Class 4 Felony)

Both suspected were transported to McHenry County Jail pending a bond hearing.

All individuals listed as arrested or charged with a crime in this press release are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Schools Don’t Want Tests to Show How Well Remote Teaching Worked

Why would anyone be surprised that schools don’t want to be held accountable?

From the Daily Herald:

School leaders statewide say no to standardized tests this spring

Nearly 700 school superintendents from the suburbs and across the state are asking the U.S. Department of Education for permission to skip standardized testing this spring. Full Story

Two Sergeants Graduate from Northwestern University Command School

From the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department:

Two Graduate from School of Police Staff and Command

The McHenry County Sheriff Office is pleased to announce the recent graduations of Sergeant Michelle Asplund and Sergeant Aimee Knop from the School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) at Northwestern University.

Sergeant Asplund successfully completed the ten (10) week Staff and Command program class #485 hosted by the Buffalo Grove Police Department in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, on November 6, 2020.

Sergeant Knop successfully completed her Staff and Command program class #489 hosted by the DeKalb Police Department in DeKalb, Illinois, on February 12, 2021.

This program, which was implemented by the Center for Public Safety in 1983, has graduated over 25,000 students both nationally and internationally.

The School of Police Staff and Command provides upper-level college instruction in a total of twenty-seven core blocks of instruction and additional optional blocks during each session.

The major topics of study include: Leadership, Human Resources, Employee Relations, Organizational Behavior, Applied Statistics, Planning and Policy Development, Budgeting and Resource Allocation.

Each student is academically challenged through written examinations, projects, presentations and quizzes in addition to a staff study paper that are all required parts of the curriculum.

Upon successful completion, students may be awarded a total of 6 units of undergraduate credit from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

The Center for Public Safety was established at Northwestern University in 1936 with the specific goal of expanding university-based education and training for the Law Enforcement Community.

Since its inception, the Center has broadened its original objective and now provides a variety of courses and programs in the area of Police Training, Management Training, and Executive Development.

The McHenry County Sheriff Office anticipates Sergeant Asplund and Sergeant Knop to complement and enhance our agency mission from their attendance in this program.