Paul Schimpf, GOP Candidate against Lisa Madigan, Speaks in Crystal Lake

Paul Schimpf

Paul Schimpf spoke in Crystal Lake Monday night.

Retired Marine lawyer Paul Schimpf spoke to the Algonquin Township Republican Central Committee at McHenry County Republican Headquarters in the Crystal Lake Plaza last night.

Schimpf was the advisor to the Iraqi attorneys who prosecuted Saddam Hussein.

His best line was

“Once you have dealt with the Ace of Spades,
corruption in Illinois doesn’t seem so bad.”

Schimpf summarized the three issues he is using in his campaign

  1. “It’s between me and Lisa Madigan.”  On an ideological scale where Michael Moore is a one and Rush Limbaugh a 10, Schimpf said he would be “about a 7.”  “I’m a lot closer to the center than Lisa is.”  He pointed to a U.S. Supreme Court decision on which Madigan filed a brief that was decided 9-0 for the other side.  That meant liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg even disagreed with Madigan.
  2. The “kind of Attorney General’s Office we’re going to have.” Now, Schimpf said the office is on the “ABC Plan–Anything But Corruption.” Lisa Madigan concentrates on consumer protection, her opponent says. “Fighting corruption will be my number one priority.” He said the Attorney General’s Office for the last twelve years has been “just another cog in the governmental machine.”
  3. “A referendum on the political system and political family that has failed out state.” Schimpf touted his independence from “the political hacks of either political party.” He said he was not recruited by the Republican Party. “If elected, my loyalty will be to the people of the State of Illinois.”

“The people are ready for a Marine not a Madigan for Attorney General.”

The back of Paul Schimpf's  tee shirts say, "Trust a Marine, not a Madigan."

The back of Paul Schimpf’s tee shirts say, “Trust a retired Marine, not the  Madigan Machine!”

Over the twelve years Lisa Madigan has served as Attorney General,

“Has the state become more or less corrupt, more or less dysfunctional?”

Schimpf asked.

McHenry County Board candidate Andrew Gasser also spoke to the gathered Republican Precinct Committeemen.

Andrew Gasser pledged not to take a county pension or health benefits, as well as limiting his terms to two.

Andrew Gasser uses his finger to emphasize the first of his pledges–not to take a county pension for the part-time job.  He also pledged not to take health benefits and to limit his time in office to two four-year terms.

He made three pledges:

  1. He will not take a pension.  He pointed out he already has a military pension and would not be a double dipper.
  2. He will not take the health care benefits County Board members enjoy.  He pointed out that he already has Veterans health care.
  3. “Two terms and I’m out,” he said.

“I’m running to be your McHenry County Watchdog,” he concluded.

Jim Oberweis Campaign Coordinator for McHenry and Lake Counties Ted Livengood stressed that his candidate was within striking distance of Democrat Dick Durbin.

Jim Oberweis Campaign Coordinator for McHenry and Lake Counties Ted Livengood stressed that his candidate was within striking distance of Democrat Dick Durbin.

In addition Ted Livengood spoke on behalf of U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis.

He stressed the closeness of Oberweis’ race with incumbent Dick Durbin.

Flaws, Forgiven Blog Takes on Oakwood Hills Power Plant

Jennifer L, autthor of the he blog "Flaws, Forgiven," stepped into political waters with her article on the Oakwood Hills electric power plant.

Jennifer Ludwigsen, autthor of the he blog “Flaws, Forgiven,” stepped into political waters with her article on the Oakwood Hills electric power plant.

Jennifer Ludwigsen, a neighbor of the proposed Oakwood Hills gas-generated electric power plant, has been writing the blog “Flaws, Forgiven” for about a year.

On the opponents’ facebook page I found a link to her article about the proposal.

She lives a couple of miles away from the Route 176/Valley View Road location, but her daughter goes to the Prairie Grove School just down Route 176.

Ludwigsen writes of two leaders with “passion.”

They got over a thousand facebook followers in two weeks, raised almost $12,000 in less than six days and were part of those who got over 800 people to the first zoning meeting in the Holiday Inn.

She points out, “The power plant needs 1.5 million gallons of water each day,” and a well is being drilled to an aquifer with drinkable water just in case re-cycled gray water cannot be obtained from neighboring sewage treatment plants. (See article here about a deeper aquifer from which undrinkable water could be drawn.)

Where you can reach the opposition.

Where you can reach the opposition.

Ludwigsen talks of the problems that will accompany this power plant:

  • air pollution
  • noise pollution
  • plumes
  • security
  • property devaluation
  • money
  • school concerns

 

 

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See first article on this proposal, which has links to all the article written last fall about the previous proposal:

6-27-14 Oakwood Hills Again Negotiating for Gas-Powered Electric Generating Plant

89-Year Old Harvard Man Busted for Stealing Neighbor’s Snap Dragons

The following caught my attention in the list of recent arrests in the City of Harvard:

snapdragonsDAMAGING PROPERTY

On 07-24-14 at 1202 hrs, Jesus Reyes (m-89 yoa) 205 W. Harrison St. Apt# 3, was cited for Damaging Property after he was observed removing flowers from a neighbor’s flower garden without permission.

Reyes received a court date of 09-08-14 at 1330 hrs.

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Snapdragon photo from Calyx Flowers.

Power Plant Opponents Gather Support through Internet

Some of those attending the Holiday Inn Oakwood Hills zoning meeting on the gas-fired electric generating plant in Oakwood Hills.

Some of those attending the Holiday Inn Oakwood Hills zoning meeting on the gas-fired electric generating plant in Oakwood Hills.

In one of the comments under an article about the proposed Oakwood Hills gas-fired electric generating plant a request is made to help spread the word of the opposition:

Hello Cal… Could you help us spread the word about our fight to stop the power plant being considered for Oakwood Hills?

To have such a plant built in our community would be a travisty.

You can follow us on Facebook at

https://m.facebook.com/NoPeakerPlant

We also have a fund raiser for research and defence on gofundme at

http://www.gofundme.com/bsfxso

Thank you for any help.

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There will be another zoning meeting at 6:30 this Thursday at the Holiday Inn.

Parole Board Chairman Seeks Comments on Mark Smith’s Application

Adam Monreal, Chairman of the Illinois Parole Board posted the following request under the article entitled,

Mark Smith

Mark Smith

Please send any and all information to the email address.

I am the Chairman of the Illinois Prisoner Review Board.

I am scheduled to interview inmate Smith.

Thank you

Adam P. Monreal
Chairman.

His email address is adam.monreal@illinois.gov.

Details on Smith’s sentence include the following:

Mark Smith has three 1970 convictions for murder/intent to kill/injure and one for attempted escape of a felon from a penal institution.  For the two murders in McHenry County, he was sentenced to 200 years each.  For the one in Cook County, he got 100 years.  His sentence for attempting to escape was 18 years in Randolph County.

Mark Smith has three 1970 convictions for murder/intent to kill/injure and one for attempted escape of a felon from a penal institution. For the two murders in McHenry County, he was sentenced to 200 years each. For the one in Cook County, he got 100 years. His sentence for attempting to escape was 18 years from a Randolph County judge.

Last week, according to McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi,

“Our Chief of the Criminal Division, Michael Combs, appeared at the parole hearing last week in Pontiac and argued, on behalf of our office, the victims and their families and the community of Mchenry County …to denial Mark Smith parole. Mick and I, or both, will appear at the parole hearing in Cook County.”

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Articles from 2008 about Mark Smith that you might find of interest:

Another View of Barrington Hills Bike Path Controversey

Another view of the bike lane controversy in Barrington Hills in which the opponents’ web site is linked to former Village President Robert Abboud’s company. (This is reprinted with permission of the web site The Barrington Hills Observer.)

Of Bikes and Blame- Part One: The Phantom Menace

July 28, 2014 by Barrington Hills Observer

There’s been a lot of commotion in our Village lately surrounding bike lanes, a traffic island, and about the cyclists who use (and sometimes abuse) our Village roads.

The catalyst for this upheaval was an April Plan Commission agenda item stating the Village Engineer was providing a “Bicycle Path Planning Report.” Residents along Haegers Bend, Plum Tree and Spring Creek Roads attended the meeting and were clearly upset with what they learned.

It was at that meeting it was revealed that an application requesting road repair funding from the McHenry County Council of Mayors had been submitted by our Village back in 2012 to reconstruct Haegers Bend Road. That funding request had been turned down. But the Village decided to reapply for funding early this year, and was looking to add dedicated paved bicycle lanes to the reconstruction project in an attempt to improve their chances for success.

No one on the Plan Commission could immediately address the numerous questions that the concerned residents had that evening since this was the first they’d learned of it, as the planning for Haegers Bend was under the purview of the Roads and Bridges Committee, not Planning.

Over the next few months, the Plan Commission members attempted to gather more background through painstaking questioning of the Village Engineer, Dan Strahan and the Village Administrator, Bob Kosin. Often these gentlemen are not very forthcoming with information, so the process was grueling, but gradually each meeting revealed more history, and with every new discovery, residents became more and more incensed.

During a subsequent meeting, residents learned that Spring Creek Road had been reclassified as a “FAU” route at the request of the Roads and Bridges Committee chaired by Trustee Patty Meroni. Also, Trustee Meroni had extended an offer to McHenry County to remove the traffic island at Haegers Bend and Spring Creek Roads in return for the FAU designation, which could again improve the Village’s chances for possible outside funding.

Meroni 06Starting in April, Trustee Meroni regularly attended Plan Commission meetings. If she was absent, Trustee Selman attended in her stead.

Since most of what was discussed during these meetings came as a result of actions by the Roads and Bridges Committee, we find it curious that Meroni had so much interest in attending, yet failed to participate or add any clarity during those meetings based on audio recordings from those meetings.

Over time some residents became increasingly frustrated and angry, so they took matters into their own hands. With the lack of forthright disclosure of information from those involved in the apparent political parlaying of their roads for outside funding, who could blame them?

Anti-Bike Lane yard sign in Barrington Hills.

Anti-Bike Lane yard sign in Barrington Hills.

Signs such as the one pictured at left began sprouting up in many areas in the Village that bicycle clubs frequent. Shortly after that, a website was launched by the leaders of those opposing bike lanes titled Don’t Change Barrington Hills.

The Observer noticed this website shortly after it launched and found it inexplicable how the group was blaming President McLaughlin for the bike lane initiative when we now see what Trustee Meroni and the former Village administration had been doing to our Village roads. After all, McLaughlin wasn’t even in office with the purported “land grab” that the website refers to was first hatched.

Perplexed by this absurdity, we asked our technology consultant to look into the phantom host behind this website. The following URL address was revealed:RGA Labs Host

Need convincing? Click here and look at the URL address in your browser before someone changes it.

For those who don’t know, RGA Labs is a company run by former Barrington Hills Village President Robert G. Abboud who lost his two-term seat to McLaughlin in the 2013 election. Since Abboud’s company website is hosting the anti-bike lane campaign, this clearly makes one question how much of a contribution the former president has made to the inflammatory and often misinformed content published on this website.

The Observer will be providing more in-depth coverage of this topic, including links to documents explaining what has actually transpired regarding our roads, in part two of this editorial.

In the meantime, we advise our readers to carefully consider the source of any information they receive on this matter.

Republican Paul Schimpf Within Nine Points of Attorney General Lisa Madigan

A press release from GOP candidate for Attorney General Paul Schimpf:

POLL SHOWS PAUL SCHIMPF WITHIN 9 POINTS OF LISA MADIGAN

WATERLOO, IL – Paul Schimpf, the Republican candidate for Illinois Attorney General, issued the following statement regarding a recently released internal poll reported in the Chicago Sun Times showing him within 9 percentage points of Lisa Madigan:

Schrimpf + Titus Mielke + Paul Serwatka

After his last visit to Crystal Lake, Paul Schimpf talked with Titus Mielk with Paul Serwatka listening.

“The people of Illinois realize that we need more from the Office of the Illinois Attorney General.

“They are responding positively to my message and want an Attorney General who will prioritize fighting public corruption.

“As we continue to connect with more people throughout the state, I am confident that this gap will continue to close and the voters will choose me to be their next Attorney General on November 4th.
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Source in Chicago Sun-Times here.

GOP Candidate for Attorney General Paul Schimpf in CL Monday Night

A press release from the campaign of Paul Schimpf, the Republican candidate for Illinois Attorney General:

PAUL SCHIMPF TO ATTEND MEET & GREET SPONSORED BY ALGONQUIN TOWNSHIP REPUBLICANS

Supporters of Paul Schimf had a respectable contingent of walkers in Crystal Lake's Independencee Day Parade on July 6th.

Supporters of Paul Schimf had a respectable contingent of walkers in Crystal Lake’s Independencee Day Parade on July 6th.

CRYSTAL LAKE, IL – Republican Attorney General Candidate Paul Schimpf will be attending a Meet & Greet sponsored by the Algonquin Township Republicans on Monday,  July 28th at 7:45 P.M.

The event will follow Algonquin Township Republican’s regularly scheduled meeting. It will be held at the McHenry County Republican Headquarters located at 180 West Virginia Street, Suite 16E in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

The press and public are welcome to attend.

Paul Schimpf is a retired Marine Corps attorney who was the lead American attorney advisor to the Iraqi prosecutors in the trial of Saddam Hussein.

Upon retiring from the Marine Corps on May 31st, 2013, Paul and his family returned to his hometown of Waterloo, Illinois.

Paul is running for Illinois Attorney General against Lisa Madigan because he believes Illinois desperately needs an Attorney General who is not beholden to the insiders in either political party.

For more information about Paul, please visit www.Schimpf4Illinois.com.

Harrison Asks for Debates to Begin in Sheriff’s Contest

A press release from Independent candidate for McHenry County Sheriff Jim Harrison:

Let The Debates Begin!

WOODSTOCK, IL — Independent candidate for McHenry County Sheriff, Jim Harrison, is ready to take on opposition candidate Bill Prim, in a series of public debates for the benefit of McHenry County voters.

Jim Harrison

Jim Harrison

“Public debates are the best opportunity for the people of McHenry County to see and hear the candidates, side-by-side, as they discuss the issues facing the next Sheriff.

By comparing the qualifications and experience of the two candidates for Sheriff, voters can make an informed decision in November, and informed voters make better decisions,” Harrison said.

Harrison would like to see a series of debates throughout the County so more people can meet, hear, and evaluate the candidates. Media organizations, civic groups, community organizations, and other interested parties are encouraged to host debates in their communities.

Nearly 9,500 registered voters, from communities throughout McHenry County, signed petitions to have Harrison’s name placed on the ballot as an Independent candidate in the November 4, 2014 Sheriff’s election. Harrison will be the first Independent candidate to appear on the ballot for McHenry County Sheriff.

“The opposition agreed to debate me when I became a ‘certified candidate’ in the election, so now that that hurdle is behind us, let the debates begin,” Harrison said.

Bike Lane Opponents Urge Attendance at Barrington Hills Village Board Meeting Monday Night

This message from a group called “Don’t Change Barrington Hills” popped into my email inbox today:

MEETING ALERT
Barrington Hills Village Board Meeting

Date: Monday, July 28, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Barrington Hills Village Hall

Anti-Bike Lane yard sign in Barrington Hills.

Anti-Bike Lane yard sign in Barrington Hills.

The President and Board of Trustees will make a decision this coming Monday night, July 28, regarding the reclassification of our roads to be consist[ent] with our Comprehensive Plan and the Resolution Request not to execute the construction of bike lanes, markings or sign-age of any kind in Barrington Hills.

A lot is at stake at Monday night’s board meeting.

At stake is whether we will succumb to development pressure, increase traffic noise, higher taxes, reduced property values, and a lower quality of life.

It is imperative that you attend!

Let President McLaughlin and the Trustees know, that we stand strong and we expect them to do what is best for the long term vision of Barrington Hills!

See you Monday night at 6:30.

Best regards,

Don’t Change Barrington Hills

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State law says that a motorist must be three feet from a bicyclist on a road.

Bike paths are proposed
on Algonquin-River Road, Spring Creek Road, Haegers Bend Road and Braeburn Road.

Bike paths proposed in Barrington Hills.

Bike paths proposed in Barrington Hills.

The web site for the group can be found here.

Linked in the email is this article about Campton Hills, an 11,000-person village mostly east of Route 47 in Campton Township in Kane County.

There is some connection to an improvement proposed for Haegers Bend Road.
BH Haegers Bend Road Red Aid HighwayBH Haegers Bend Road

The web site shows the bike lane opponents have used a technique I have suggested for over five years–cameras to catch sign thieves.

This woman was caught on camera stealing a anti-bike lane yard sign in Barrington Hills.

This woman was caught on camera stealing a anti-bike lane yard sign in Barrington Hills.

Here is a second image of the sign thief.

Here is a second image of the sign thief.