Lake County Sheriff Arrests Man for Drug-Induced Death of Spring Grove Woman

Jacob Mazzuca

Jacob Mazzuca

That’s what the Chicago Tribune is reporting.

The woman who died was Cristina Villasana, age 21.

The man arrested was Jacob Mazzuca, also 21.

This is the second arrest for county line fatal drug overdoses this week. The other was for a Port Barrington man who died of as the result of a drug overdose.

Rauner Appoints Regional University Trustees

A press release from Governor Bruce Rauner:

Governor Announces Appointments

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Governor Rauner announced today he has made appointments to the Board of Trustees at Southern Illinois University, Eastern Illinois University and Chicago State University.

Name: John Gilbert
Position: Board of Trustees – Southern Illinois University

Governor Bruce Rauner has selected John Gilbert, 65, of Carbondale to the Board of Trustees at Southern Illinois University. Gilbert is a life-long public servant and is currently a United States District Court Judge (senior status).

Gilbert was appointed to the federal bench in 1992, and currently presides over criminal and civil cases. Prior to that, he was a First Judicial Circuit Court Judge for nearly five years.

Gilbert has also served the people of Illinois as a member of the State Board of Elections, where he set policy matters for the board and presided over election challenges.

Gilbert holds a law degree from Loyola University Chicago. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois.

Name: Joel Sambursky
Position: Board of Trustees – Southern Illinois University

Governor Bruce Rauner has selected Joel Sambursky, 32, of Carbondale to serve on the Board of Trustees at Southern Illinois University. Sambursky is a graduate of SIU and is the president of Liberty Wealth Management, LLC.

Sambursky has worked at Liberty Wealth Management since 2012. Currently, he manages the day-to-day affairs of the firm including financial and investment planning, marketing and client recruitment. He also advises clients on retirement and college savings plans.

Prior to his work at Liberty Wealth Management, Sambursky worked for Forbes Financial Group in Carbondale as a financial adviser. He advised clients and helped determine if they had adequate retirement assets and insurance policies. Sambursky also worked for the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce.

Sambursky graduated from Southern Illinois University in 2005 with a degree in science finance and earned an MBA in 2007. He was also recognized for his athletic accomplishments during his four years on the SIU football team.

Name: Amy Sholar
Position: Board of Trustees – Southern Illinois University

Governor Bruce Rauner has selected Amy Sholar, 43, of Alton to serve on the Board of Trustees at Southern Illinois University. Sholar is a graduate of SIU – Edwardsville and currently owns her own law firm.

Sholar has owned the Law Office of Amy Sholar, P.C. since 2004. Prior to owning her own law firm, Sholar worked for the City of Alton as a planning coordinator. She was responsible for community redevelopment, real estate acquisitions and zoning matters.

Sholar was also a recipient of the 2012 Women of Distinction award.

Sholar graduated from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville in 1998 with a degree in business administration and holds a law degree from St. Louis University.

Name: Timothy Burke
Position: Board of Trustees – Eastern Illinois University

Governor Bruce Rauner has selected Timothy Burke, 65, of Evanston to become a member of the Eastern Illinois University’s Board of Trustees. Burke is a graduate of EIU and is currently a member of the EIU Foundation Board of Trustees.

Burke is currently a project risk manager at William Blair & Company. In this role, he works on financial risk management and internal control matters. For ten years until 2012, he was the company’s CFO.

Prior to his work at William Blair & Company, Burke worked at Arthur Andersen & Company for more than 20 years. He became partner in 1987 in the audit practice of the financial services group. He also managed a World Bank project in Indonesia focused on reforming securities industry regulations.

Burke received his bachelor’s degree in math and master’s degree in counseling from EIU. While earning his MS, he also served the EIU community as a residence hall counselor.

Name: Rev. Dr. Marshall Hatch
Position: Board of Trustees – Chicago State University

Governor Bruce Rauner has selected Rev. Dr. Marshall Hatch to join the Chicago State University Board of Trustees. Hatch has spent years in the community and in public service to help others.

Since 1993, Hatch has been the pastor of the New Mt. Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church on Chicago’s west side. Prior to that, he served as the pastor of Commonwealth Baptist Church.

Throughout his work in the ministry, Hatch has created and developed a number of outreach programs. He is responsible for an interfaith affordable housing development project, which built more than 200 homes for Chicago families. He also established an annual mission trip for inner-city youth.

Hatch earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Western Illinois University. He holds a master’s degree in government from Georgetown University. Hatch also earned a doctorate and masters degree in ministry and theological studies from McCormick Theological Seminary. He was also one of four Merrill Fellows at the Harvard Divinity School in 1998.

Write-In for Algonquin Library District – Like Daughter, Like Mother

Algonquin Township Trustee Melissa Sanchez and her mother Fatima chat with McHenry County Republican Chairman Sandy Salgado at the Patriots United Breakfast.

Algonquin Township Trustee Melissa Sanchez and her mother Fatima chat with McHenry County Republican Chairman Sandy Salgado at the Patriots United Breakfast.

Usually it is kids following parents into the political arena.

There is certainly what I did.

But Saturday at the Patriots United Breakfast featuring Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk, I saw Algonquin Township Trustee Melissa Sanchez.

I had hoped to see her newborn, but a cold kept the baby and the Dad at home.

In Dad’s place was Sanchez’ mother, Fatima M. Sanchez.  (Her nickname is Tina.)

She discovered there were not enough candidates running for the Algonquin Area Library Board, so she filed as a write-in candidate.

Algonquin Library Ballot 4-15Sanchez filed a Declaration of Candidacy for the two-year term and if one person writes her name in, that will make two members of the Sanchez family holding public office.

She has been married since 1979 to Tino, is the mother of nine children and has two grandchildren.

She attended Roosevelt University and Columbia University simultaneously, graduating from Columbia with a B.A. in arts and photography.

She is a member of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntley.

Racing Board Appointments

A press release from Governor Bruce Rauner:

Governor Announces Appointments

Governor Bruce Rauner announced today he has filled four seats on the Illinois Racing Board.

Name: Shelley Kalita
Position: Commissioner – Illinois Racing Board

Governor Bruce Rauner has selected Shelley Kalita, 62, of Chicago to serve as a commissioner on the Illinois Racing Board. It’s a return to the Illinois Racing Board for Kalita, where she worked in various capacities for 33 years.

Kalita worked at the board from 1977 to 2010. She began her career there as a forensic chemist and was promoted to laboratory director in 1988. In that position she directed drug testing programs in Illinois horse racing and managed all aspects of lab testing and administrative operations. She also testified as an expert on drug matters in horse racing. From 2002 to 2010, she was the board’s general counsel. In this capacity she was the legal adviser to the executive director, board members and staff. She also prepared and tried license hearings.

Currently, Kalita is the owner of her own law firm, the Kalita Law Group P.C. She focuses on practicing immigration and family law.

Kalita earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in zoology. She holds a master’s degree in forensic science from the University of Illinois, Chicago and a law degree from DePaul Univerity.

Name: Travis Swoope
Position: Commissioner – Illinois Racing Board

Governor Bruce Rauner has selected Travis Swoope, 42, of Chicago to the Illinois Racing Board.

Swoope is currently an account executive for Microsoft, where he manages client relationships for the company’s Midwest accounts. He has worked for Microsoft for more than nine years, and in this position, Swoope is responsible for $25 million in annual revenue.

Prior to his work at Microsoft, Swoope was a senior solution strategist at Centerpost Communications, which was a company that provided automated communications between companies and their customers. Swoope led sales and delivery teams in driving customer multi-channel solutions. Swoope also spent six years at Accenture where he led client engagements for large-scale financial services projects.

Swoope is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University, earning a bachelor’s degree in management. He also holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Name: Jeffrey Brincat
Position: Commissioner and Chair – Illinois Racing Board

Governor Bruce Rauner announced today he has selected Jeffrey Brincat, 52, of Lake Forest to the Illinois Racing Board.

Brincat is currently the President and CEO a consumer finance company. He’s worked there for more than 15 years.

Brincat is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He served our country for nearly seven years until 1990.

Brincat earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in 1984. He earned an MBA from Lake Forest College in 1995.

Name: Robert Muriel
Position: Commissioner – Illinois Racing Board

Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed Robert Muriel, 49, of Highland Park as a commissioner to the Illinois Racing Board.

Muriel owns and manages a small-business litigation firm, Muriel Law Offices, LLC. His practice focuses on commercial, real estate, intellectual property, professional liability and consumer litigation. He’s owned this practice since 2005. Previously, he was a partner and owner of Nery & Muriel LLC from 2003 to 2004. Muriel has also worked at the law firms of Ungaretti & Harris and Hinshaw & Culbertson.

Muriel was a law clerk for Judge Allen Hartman in the Appellate Court of Illinois from 1994 to 1996.

Muriel graduated from the University of Illinois with two bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance, and he worked as a tax consultant for two years before attending law school. He earned his law degree from Loyola University Chicago in 1993.

Wisconsin Sex Offender Found Unregistered in Richmond

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

Richmond Resident Arrested for Failure to Register as Sex Offender

On February 27, 2015, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Service Task Force arrested Kevin D. Kellison of Richmond for Unlawful Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and Obstructing a Peace Officer.

McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division obtained information that Kellison was living at 8002 Route 31, Richmond.

Kellison is a non-compliant sex offender registered in Wisconsin and has been in violation for approximately 15 years.

Sheriff’s detectives conducted an investigation and with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service Task Force arrested Kellison on charges of Unlawful Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and Obstructing a Peace Officer.

ARRESTEE: Kevin D. Kellison (Male, 50), Richmond, Illinois

CHARGES: Two counts of Unlawful Failure to Register as a Sex Offender (Class 3 Felony)
One count of Obstructing a Peace Officer (Class A Misdemeanor)

NEXT COURT DATE: 02/28/2015 at 8:00 a.m.

Port Barrington Drug Overdose Death Arrest

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

Drug-Induced Homicide Arrest

On February 26, 2015, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force arrested Rolando Ramirez Aguilar of Wauconda, Illinois, for Drug-Induced Homicide.

Members of the

  • US Marshals Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force
  • Lake County Metropolitan Enforcement Group
  • the Wauconda Police Department and
  • the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office

served an arrest warrant and search warrant at Aguilar’s residence in the 300 block of E. Liberty Street, Wauconda, Illinois, where he was taken into custody without incident.

Aguilar’s arrest comes as a result of an investigation into the death of Michael Marudecki.

On February 11, 2015, Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a 911 call at 738 Brighton Circle, Port Barrington, Illinois.

When deputies arrived on scene they discovered the body of Michael Marudecki on the basement floor.

The Coroner’s Office pronounced him dead at the scene, and deputies searched the residence and noticed evidence consistent with a drug overdose.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force, Lake County MEG, and the Wauconda Police Department conducted an investigation into Marudecki’s death and learned that he had recently received illegal narcotics from Aguilar.

The facts of the case were reviewed by the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office, which approved the charge of Drug-Induced Homicide, a class X Felony.

ARRESTED: Rolando Ramirez Aguilar (Male 26), Wauconda, Illinois
CHARGE: Drug-Induced Homicide (class X Felony)
BOND: $500,000.00
NEXT COURT DATE: 3/26/15 at 9:00 a.m.

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The McHenry County Sheriff’s Department provide police protection for the McHenry County part of Port Barrington.

Big Money Doesn’t Always Work in Politics

There are three basics in political campaigns:

  • a candidate
  • issues
  • money

That’s what I learned in the campaign schools I’ve attended.

Bruce Rauner speaking to the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce.

Bruce Rauner speaking to the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce.

With Governor Bruce Rauner having a campaign nest egg of $20 million, and his having told Republican legislators that he expects them to be with him on every one of the issues he considers vital, my mind went back to Governor Richard Ogilvie’s dissatisfaction with Elgin State Representative (later Senator) John Friedland.

I can’t remember what vote displeased Ogilvie, but this Governor that gave us the 3% income tax went out after Friedland in the GOP primary election.

Ogilvie was not successful.

Of course, that Governor did not have as much cash as Rauner.

Thursday, the Chicago Sun-Times had an article whose theme was the Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Super PAC backing and opposing aldermen according to their support of the Mayor had “sputtered.”

Rahm Money didn't work

Having spent sixteen years in the Illinois House of Representatives, I identify with the Legislative Branch of government. (I spent about ten years in the Executive Branch in the U.S. Bureau of the Budget, as McHenry County Treasurer and in the Illinois Department of Central Management Services.)

So when our new Governor tells legislators with a great deal of emphasis (you would not believe the verbiage used) that he expects them to be with him on every vote, I must admit that it bothers me.

Our national and state governmental structures have three branches for a reason.

Our founding fathers did not believe in overconcentration of power.

Ours is not a parliamentary system or a dictatorship.

I took office as State Representative in 1973 after four years of the Ogilvie Administration.

To my surprise, I noticed returning colleagues at a loss for what to do without advice from the Executive Branch.

Not having been under the yoke of the former Governor, I just voted for what made sense.

Current legislators have been making up their own minds with no advice from the Second Floor (where the Governor’s Office is located) for twelve years…since George Ryan left office.

Governor Rauner will be able to intimidate some of them, maybe most of them, if my perception of the unease at the lack of gubernatorial advice in veterans of the 1973 session, but there will be those with backbones enough to say,

  • “I’m going to do what’s right” or
  • “I’m going to do what my constituents want me to do”

even if it means this session is my last time in Springfield.

They will be the ones remembered fondly by their colleagues, even or maybe, especially, by those who turn into rubber stamps.

Free Food at Nunda Twp. Hall Every Friday at 10

Should have gotten this up earlier.

If you know anyone who could use food–meat, dry goods, dairy, fruits, vegetables, desserts, bread–please suggest they go to the Nunda Township Hall on Friday mornings.

Food truck pallet near lift snow

The food is provided by local supermarkets including Jewel, Meyer, WalMart. It is delivered by the Northern Illinois Food Bank and distributed by the First United Methodist Church of Crystal Lake.

A truck from the Northern Illinois Food Bank arrives about 10-10:30 in the morning.

There is a sign-in sheet to determine the order of access, but, even if one arrives at 11, food is still available.

Nunda Twp map
There is always more bread than can be given away.