The following T-Shirt was found at Disney World:
It seems appropriate in this season of Advent as we wait upon God’s Son’s birth.
The following T-Shirt was found at Disney World:
Earlier this week former Florida Jeb Bush announced he is exploring running for President on the Republican Party ticket.
Wednesday, Michael Sneed, columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Bush was coming to Chicago to raise big bucks from businessmen.
Also Wednesday, talk show host Rush Limbaugh was discussing Bush’s trial balloon on his radio show.
Andrew Gasser, recently elected to the McHenry County Board and Vice Chairman of the McHenry County Republican Party called in and was put at the front of the line by screener Bo Snerdly.
I’m guessing it was not favorable to this candidate of the corporate wing of the Republican Party.
You can listen on the YouTube recording below:
Reading the comments on the Crystal Lake Police Department’s announcement of enhanced enforcement for the weeks around Christmas, I remembered that have not yet posted the department’s press release of what it did around Thanksgiving.
That information is below:
The Crystal Lake Police Department has Completed the 2014 “Thanksgiving Holiday Crackdown to Save Lives”
Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program conducted for the Thanksgiving holiday. Over 200 law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois participated in thisstatewide effort from November 17th through November 30th to save lives by encouraging motorists to refrain from drinking and driving and to buckle up during late-night hours.
During the mobilization, the Department:
The recent law enforcement crackdown was funded by federal traffic safety funds through IDOT’s Division of Traffic Safety and is part of the statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” campaigns.
When I called the Village of Oakwood Hills Saturday morning, at first Deputy Village Clerk Cheryl LoSosso refused to release the names of those who have filed for Village President and Village Trustee.
I told her that Oakwood Hills was the only municipality in McHenry County that had refused to provide who was running for office.
Then I thought of the history of secrecy concerning the gas-generated electric power plant.
So I guess I should not have been surprised.
(As I write this story, I admit to having made a mistake in talking to the Deputy Clerk. The City of McHenry could not provide who was running for alderman when I called yesterday. Its Clerk had apparently locked the information in her office and no one had a key they were willing to use to retrieve the information.)
I asked LoSosso why she couldn’t read me the names of those who had filed.
“Because I don’t know where on her desk are any packets that have been [filed],” she told me.
She said that the new Village Clerk, Dina Frigo, “is expected at 11 o’clock” on Monday.”
I asked for the Clerk’s home phone number, but LoSallo said that she could not give that out.
Again it seemed to me that Oakwood Hills has a continuing transparency problem.
Then she told me a resident had just walked in the office and asked if I would I mind waiting.
That sounded reasonable, so I waitied after giving her my phone number just in case we got disconnected.
When LoSosso got back on the line, she told me that Paul Smith was running for Village President. She had found his petition on the Clerk’s desk when she looked.
A Trustee, Smith was appointed to replace Melanie Funk when she resigned.
I asked about who had filed for Trustee and she told me that she had not seen any petitions for that office on the Clerk’s desk.
“I looked on her desk and we don’t have any packets turned in today,” she told me about 9:30 Saturday morning.
LoSosso wanted to make sure people knew they could file for office through 5 PM on Monday.
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It’s really hard to believe that no one has filed for Village Trustee after all the citizen involvement over the power plant.
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Before posting this article, I reached out to some Oakwood Hills activists asking if anyone were running for Village Trustee.
One replied that the following are candidates:
Another Trustee candidate identified by another Oakwood Hills resident is
On Tuesday, the Northwest Herald reported another Trustee candidate:
Proving once again, I guess, a variation on the old line that the grapevine is more accurate that the office newsletter.
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And, looking at the Village web site, I see a typographical error.
The tab for village officials says, “Village Official’s.”
I couldn’t get the email links to work either.
You can find his comments on the Freedom of Information Act case about the former Sheriff Keith Nygren’s report that exonerated Undersheriff Andy Zinke here.
A press release from the Crystal Lake Police Department:
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
From December 19th through January 4th of the New Year, The Crystal Lake Police Department will be out in force as part of the annual Illinois “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on drunk drivers. This campaign will include high-visibility alcohol and seat belt enforcement throughout Crystal Lake, during both daytime and nighttime hours.
During this holiday enforcement period motorists can expect that officers from the Department will be joining other police agencies in the statewide effort to aggressively enforce vehicle code violations related to occupant protection, speeding, cell phone use and impaired drivers. Motorists are encouraged to ensure all occupants of vehicles are properly buckled up at all times.
The statewide crackdown will also be supported by national and state paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb drunk driving during the holiday season.
The Crystal Lake Police Department is reminding residents of the importance of properly using child safety seats and fastening their seat belts over the Christmas and New Year’s holiday period or run the risk of receiving a ticket. As of January 1, 2012, every occupant of a vehicle, no matter the age or seating position, is required to be in an appropriate child safety seat or wear a safety belt as prescribed by the law.
Additionally, as a reminder, effective January 1st , 2014 the Illinois Motor Vehicle Code has been amended which prohibits a motorist from any cell phone or electronic communication device use while driving unless it is in hands-free mode, with few exceptions.
Distracted driving has become a significant contributing cause in traffic crashes.
Do your part to keep this time of year a time for joyous celebration and fond memories.
Don’t become a statistic.
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For more information about the Click It or Ticket and the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over statewide campaigns, please visit www.buckleupillinois.org.
All school board candidates now file their petitions at the McHenry County Clerk’s Office and Mary McClellan has a list of them. It’s a bit hard to find, so, if you are interested, click here.
Below is who had filed through Friday.
Monday afternoon is the deadline for filing. It takes 50 good signatures to get on the ballot. I suggest all get at least 100 to make sure to have 50 good ones. (See additional advice on petitions below.)
You can download the petitions from the Kane County Clerk’s Office’s web site. Click here.
Nippersink (Richmond-Spring Grove) Grade District 2 –
Fox River Grove Grade District 3 –
Johnsburg Unit District 12 –
McHenry Grade School District 15 –
Riley Grade School District 18 – Still no one.
Alden-Hebron Unit District 19 –
Cary Grade School District 26 – Still no one.
Harrison (Wonder Lake) Grade School District 36 –
Prairie Grove Grade School District 46 –
Crystal Lake Grade School District 47 –
Harvard Unit District 50 –
Marengo High School District 154 –
Crystal Lake High School District 155 –
McHenry High School District 156 –
Richmond-Burton High School District 157 –
Huntley Unit School District 158 –
Marengo-Union Grade School District 165 –
Matthew A. Erbstoesser
Woodstock Unit School District 200 –
Carpentersville District 300 –
McHenry County Regional Board of Schools –
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Schools spend about two-thirds of our property tax dollars.
For people who want to make a difference as far as taxes go, school board should be on the top of one’s list.
You can get petitions and other necessary paperwork at the Kane County Clerk’s web site. Click here.
Below are some petition passing tips:
With filling for school, park, fire protection, library, etc., districts starting Monday, December 15th, and ending Monday December 22nd, I thought a repeal of my petition tips might be in order.
Not many signatures are required. And “signatures” means people must write, not print their names!
Only 15 were required to get on the Crystal Lake City ballot. Even so, one candidate for City Council only handed in 16 and two were from people who didn’t live in Crystal Lake, so they didn’t count.
Pretty much anyone could get enough this weekend.
Petitions can be picked up from most of the district offices, except for school board. They are being distributed by the McHenry County Clerk’s Office in Woodstock. Remember, most of our taxes are imposed by school districts.
Read how two candidates got removed from the Crystal Lake ballot by clicking this story’s headline:
Here are some tips about petition filing that I hope are helpful:
Filing for all villages, school boards, park districts, fire protection districts, library districts, etc., starts next Monday and continues for a week.
The lessons candidates should learn from this are
Here’s my best effort to find out who had filed for village and city offices through mid-Friday.
I couldn’t find any web site that listed who had filed.
Most who have not filed will probably wait until last Monday afternoon.
Best place on the ballot is first. With a lot of people running that has been proven to my satisfaction to be worth about 10% more votes.
Second best is a tie–second on the ballot and last on the ballot.
The study I read says–again, if there are a lot of people on the ballot–second from the bottom is the worst spot.
So people filing Monday should be trying to be the last one to file.
The filings I was able to discover follow:
Algonquin Village Trustee
Barrington Hills Village Trustee – None as of 3:39 Friday afternoon.
Bull Valley Village President – Emily Berendt
Bull Valley Village Trustee
Cary Village Trustee
Fox River Grove Trustee
Hebron Village Trustee – Mark Mogan (3 four year and 1 two year openings)
Holiday Hills Village
Huntley Village Trustee
Island Lake Trustee
Johnsburg Village Trustee
Lake in the Hills Trustee
Lakemoor Village Trustee
Lakewood Village Trustee
McHenry Alderman - Short staffed on Friday. No one knew.
Oakwood Hills Village President – Paul Smith (provided Saturday)
Oakwood Hills Village Trustees - No petitions were found on the Village Clerk’s desk Saturday morning.
Port Barrington – The answering service did not know.
Prairie Grove Trustees (One 2 year and 3 4 year terms)
Richmond Village Trustee
Ringwood Village President - Rick Mack
There are also three four-terms for Trustee open, but no one has filed yet.
The filings for Crystal Lake and Woodstock have already closed.
A description of what’s happening in Algonquin Township by Trustee Larry Emery:
Yes Virginia, government CAN reduce their taxes.
The Algonquin Township board voted unanimously (4-0) to submit the Town Fund to be 1% lower for 2014 compared to 2013.
Is this a huge amount at an $18,000 reduction?
This is a matter of perspective and where you set a baseline to truly evaluate success of achieving goals.
Until we have a comparison tool that is established for townships (Small, Medium, Large and Urban Suburban, and Rural), it is hard to say.
This will be a good project for our township and see if this can be established with the others.
I believe the government administration team and the corresponding board need to be good stewards of the resources given to them by the citizens.
To do this, agreed upon key indicators are required to measure.
Things measured, will improve.
When we talk transparency, we must have common ground in the numbers and the interpretation of these numbers to be able to analyze and come to a consensus we are on the right track.
One can easily take a number and exclaim it out of context. I
n fact, I did with just talking about the 1% reduction of the Levy.
We need a balanced approach of monitoring, reviewing, and action on multiple key indicators.
The accomplish this, I will work with the supervisor and her team to continue focus on the 4% reduction of the 2014-15 budget that was submitted and look for frugal spending and redeployment of resources that can be done in 2015-16.
To do this, some of the key indicators to be established and monitored are:
The other funds submitted, Road and Bridge, Equipment and Building, Special Funds, and General Assistance, where all held flat to 2013.
Please contact me, attended our monthly meetings, and/or write on any concerns, questions, or other information that you may would like to discuss:
A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office:
WASHINGTON – A Flossmoor, Illinois, man was sentenced to serve 46 months in prison and three years of supervised release by U.S. District Court Judge Michael M. Mihm in the Central District of Illinois for obstruction of justice and filing false retaliatory liens against government officials, the Justice Department’s Tax Division announced today.
Tyree Davis Sr. pleaded guilty on July 18, 2014, to two counts of obstruction of justice and two counts of filing false retaliatory liens.
A federal grand jury in Chicago returned an eight count indictment on July 24, 2013, charging Davis with two counts of obstruction of justice and six counts of filing false retaliatory multi-billion dollar liens against government employees.
According to court documents, Davis sent correspondence threatening to arrest two federal judges, including the judge who presided over the 2010 criminal tax trial of LaShawn Littrice.
A jury convicted Littrice, who Davis has referred to as his wife, in June 2010, and she was sentenced to serve 42 months in prison.
Court documents also establish that Davis filed false retaliatory liens, titled Notice of Claim of Maritime Lien, against the two federal judges.
Davis also filed false retaliatory liens against the U.S. Attorney and Clerk of Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and the Assistant U.S. Attorney and the special agent from the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation who investigated and prosecuted Littrice.
Davis filed the liens with the Cook County Recorder’s Office claiming that each individual owed Littrice $100 billion dollars.
Davis re-recorded the liens multiple times in order to add real property descriptions, then notified others, including credit bureaus, that he had filed the multi-billion dollar liens.
The case was prosecuted by the Senior Litigation Counsel Jen E. Ihlo and Trial Attorney Matthew J. Kluge of the Tax Division and was investigated by the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration and the FBI.