The Dirty Trick Book of Jack Franks

Jack Franks

Jack Franks wants to win at any cost.

I sympathized with State Rep. Jack Franks when he told me that someone had put up an anti-semitic sign on Route 31 during one of his early campaigns.

Now, I learn that his supporters did dirty trick robo-calls during his 2000 against Dr. Tom Salvi.

In the Crystal Lake area, people were told that Salvi was an ally of the NRA.

In Hebron, those called received the message that Salvi was against guns.

In 2008, there was a bogus complaint against Republican opponent John O’Neill to the Illinois State Board of Elections by a Franks’ supporter.

At the end of the campaign, an anonymous group called  “McHenry County Committee for Qualified Candidates (MCQC)” distributed the literature you see below:

This smear piece hit mail boxes Thursday. I don’t know about you, but the quotes from the two Heralds appear to be from letters to the editor from Jack Franks supporters.

I checked with both the Illinois State Board of Elections and the McHenry County Clerk and no such entity has filed as a political action committee.

So if anyone was in trouble with the State Board of Elections, it’s this anonymous “pop-up” committee.

Similar charges were made by a McHenry Grade School Board opponent when homeschooling Dad John O’Neil ran his first successful campaign.

And, now we are in 2014 with Republican Steve Reick running against Jack Franks.

Franks, with plenty of money in his campaign treasury, has apparently hired young people to knock on doors on his behalf.

I have reports from three reliable sources, two who talked to people in Johnsburg and one who had his door knocked on in Woodstock.

The one in Woodstock, Zane Seipler, even Facebooked part of the encounter.

In all three instances, a young man described Reick as a supporter of partial birth abortion, was a supporter of higher taxes and opposed term limits.

Of course, the Pro-Life Victory PAC gave $1,000 to Reick last fall.
Pro-Life Victory PAC Contributions to Reick + McSweeneyAnd, Reick spoke to the group at its Pig Roast fund raiser at the end of June.

So, the young men were outright lying.

Here’s what Seipler wrote on his Facebook page:

Zane Franks worker interchange

MCC Secrecy on 10,000 Person Data Breach Costs $5,700

Ever since early last August, when student Melissa Denker sent  me a copy of the letter she received from McHenry County College regarding the compromising of her personal identifiers by college consultant Ellucian, I searched for the number of students and, it turns out, staff affected.

Letter to McHenry County College student Melissa Denker informing her that her Social Security number has been sent to three community colleges.

Letter to McHenry County College student Melissa Denker informing her that her Social Security number has been sent to three community colleges.

At every turn, MCC officials fought the release…until the Illinois Attorney General’s Office concluded that there was no legitimate reason for withholding the information that I had requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

Shortly after the breach, Advocate Medical Group and Target had their data bases compromised, but both took a different approach–one of transparency.

It made me wonder why private organizations would come clean with the public, but our governmental junior college would not.

But, finally, the number was made public (if only on McHenry County Blog).

10,000 people had their identities breached.

I asked how much fighting my FOIA request had cost taxpayers.

Here’s what MCC provided:

  • 9/6/13 – 0.5 hours – $117.50 – Review conference correspondence, telephone follow-up
  • 9/11/13 – .25 hours – $58.75 – Telephone conference
  • 9/18/13 – .75 hours – $176.25 – Preliminary review & analyze, telephone conference
  • 9/19/13 – 0.5 hours – $117.50 – Legal research
  • 9/19/13 – 0.5 hours – $117.50 – Additional review
  • 9/20/13 – 0.5 hours – $117.50 – Review & analyze
  • 9/22/13 – 2.5 hours – $587.50 – Prepare…identity…identity…transmit
  • 9/24/13 – 0.5 hours – $0 – Prepare fax and arrange for transmission
  • 9/24/13 – 2.5 hours – $587.50 – Preparation…supplement
  • 9/25/13 – 2.25 hours – $528.75 – Prepare…review and finalize…transmit
  • 9/25/13 – 0.75 hours – $176.25 – Telephone conference…telephone call
  • 9/25/13 – 2.25 hours – $528.75 – Supplement
  • 10/1/13 – 0.25 hours – $58.75 – Telephone call
  • 10/1/13 – 0.5 hours – $117.50 – Follow-up correspondence…correspondence
  • 10/2/13 – 0.25 hours – $58.75 – Receive and review
  • 10/3/13 – 1 hour – $235 – Analyze…conference
  • 10/3/13 – .5 hours – $117.50 – …analysis
  • 10/7/13 – .75 hours – $176.25 – Telephone conference
  • 10/7/13 – .25 hours – $58.75 – Correspondence
  • 10/8/13 – 1 hour – $235 – [No purposed listed]
  • 10/9/13 – 1.75 hours – $411.25 – Prepare
  • 10/9/13 – 1.25 hours – $293.75 – Correspondence…receive, review and analyze
  • 10/10/13 – 0.5 hours – $117.50 – Prepare
  • 10/10/13 – 1.5 hours – $352.50 – Revise and supplement
  • 10/10/13 – .75 hours – $176.25 – Prepare
  • 10/17/13 – 0.5 hours – $117.50 – Meet
  • 10/29/13 – .25 hours – $58.75 – Telephone conference

$5,698.75 to keep it secret that 10,000 people’s identities had been compromised.

The initials of the billing attorney are “NNR.”  They are for Nanci Rogers from Robbins Schwartz.

Algonquin Figures Out How Keep Prostitution Out of Massage Parlors

Algonquin was one of several local towns that had problems with prostitution at message parlors.

Because Algonquin is a Home Rule Unit, it is allowed to pass local ordinances that are not in conflict with state law.

It has done so with regard to licensing “massage establishments.”

Here are some of the requirements:

1. The name of the person(s) who will serve as the licensee under whose management or supervision the massage establishment will be operated;

2. Copies of a valid license or licenses issued by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation pursuant to the Massage Licensing Act (225 ILCS 57/1 et seq.) (“Act”), for each massage therapist who will provide massage services at the massage establishment;

3. The applicant and each masseuse shall supply a photo ID and social security number and will be fingerprinted by the Police Department. In connection with the applicant or any employee, written authorization for the Chief of Police to conduct a criminal background investigation;

4. A description of the proposed massage establishment, including the number of massage therapists, other activities or business conducted at the same location, the physical facilities to be used, and a scaled drawing showing all ingress and egress locations and windows, and a floor layout diagram of the premises;

5. In the event the property is leased, a copy of the lease shall be submitted with the application that contains the name of the property owner; and

6. Such other information as the Village may request.

Number six allows a lot of latitude, just in case the Village Board missed something in the ordinance.

In addition, the Algonquin Police Chief is allowed to conduct “a criminal background check.” The applicant pays for it.

There is a listing of criminal activity for which a license may be turned down.

There is a stringent inspection requirement:

…the licensee shall provide any representative of the Village with a reasonable opportunity to inspect the premises for which the license is requested and to interview the licensee’s agents and employees for the purpose of determining that the provisions of this Section and other applicable ordinances and State and federal laws are being complied with. It shall be unlawful for any person to fail to allow any representative of the Village access to the premises of the massage establishment or to hinder such access in any manner. Refusal by the licensee to allow the Village representative access to the establishment shall be grounds for revoking the massage establishment license.

Marigold Massage was located  in the Crystal Lake Plaza next to legitimate businesses before it closed.  Crystal Lake has not yet followed Algonquin's example by enacting a local enforcement ordinance.

One raided parlor, Marigold Massage, was located in the Crystal Lake Plaza next to legitimate businesses before it closed. Crystal Lake has not yet followed Algonquin’s example by enacting a local enforcement ordinance.

All massage therapists must be licensed and a list of all working at the establishment must be supplied upon request.

There are lots of rules against sexual massages, e.g.,

It shall be unlawful for any employee or massage therapist in the massage establishment to place their hand upon, to touch with any part of a client’s body, or fondle in any manner, or massage a sexual or genital area of any person or to cause a person to touch, massage, or fondle the sexual or genital or gluteal area of the employee or massage therapist of the establishment.

If you want to read Algonquin’s ordinance, it can be found here.

The application might be of interest, too. It is here.

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A meeting will be held at 3 PM July 23rd at the Office of Administer Justice.

It is located at 1750 Grandstand Place #15, Elgin (847-844-1100).

Back in January I wrote of this possibility, not knowing of Algonquin’s approach.

The following article also has all of the massage parlor prostitution arrests that McHenry County Blog has chronicled:

What Can Be Done about Massage Parlors that Are Really Houses of Prostitution?

A Late 1970′s Alternative Vision of Recreational Gravel Pits in Algonquin Township – Part 2

Because horse riding had just been banned at the old Lake Defiance, now Moraine Hills, it occurred to me that it could go in a Gravel Gertie State Park.

Snow mobilers weren’t having trouble finding places to ride, but they could also be accomodated in a gravel pit.

Most parks didn’t want dogs around.  Room could be found in a gravel pit. 

There was lots of pressure for passive use of parkland.

But, who could complain with anything that you did with a gravel pit? When you fly over much of Algonquin Township, it probably looks like the moon, just with water. 

Here’s some of what could be done. Dirt bikes could have a designated area. Horse riders and snow mobilers could, too. Some of the pits are so sheltered from the wind that people could go swimming in them during sunny November days. Some act like a solar oven, heating the surface of the water, while the wind is blowing wildly above. Obviously, ice skating, ice boating, sledding and, maybe a semblance of a beginners ski hill could be found. 

In the summer, there could be trailer camps like the one just (or soon to be) closed on the Fox River by the Lake County Forest Preserve District. Fishing would be allowed and any kind of boating you could imagine could be found a place. There’s already one subdivision about an old gravel pit in Island Lake built especially for those who want to water ski.

(One person familiar with Vulcan Lakes commented that, having seen the size of its waves get, he would not go out on it unless he were in a powerboat. Of course, the Crystal Lake City Council doesn’t want powerboats on Vulcan Lakes because of its purity.) 

You get the idea. All the pleasures forbidden in most state parks around the area could be enjoyed in such a multi-thousand acre park made out of gravel pits.

It could even have a theme park aspect something like Disney World’s Indiana Jones show. Part could have gangsters stuffing a body in a car trunk and dumping it over the side of a hill into a gravel pit lake. (Of course, one would drain the car of its fluids first.)

People could even reach the park on weekends by train and shuttle buses from the Cary or now Pingree Road station.

Of course, the idea was too untraditional to catch the attention of those who think parkland is to be seen and little used, but I did get Dave Kenney, Director of the Department of Conservation up on (now mined) Three Oaks Road to see the potential.

Human Trafficking Coalition of Northern Illinois Meeting July 23rd

Patriots United featured human trafficking at its annual breakfast this spring.

Matthew

Matthew

A working group gathered earlier this year.

The second meeting will be held July 23rd at the Office of Administer Justice.

It is located at 1750 Grandstand Place #15, Elgin. (847-844-1100)

The meeting is scheduled for 3.

A Late 1970′s Alternative Vision of Recreational Gravel Pits in Algonquin Township – Part 1

During the first month of publishing McHenry County Blog in 2005, I wrote the following about what could be done with the gravel pits in Algonquin Township.

Since then, of course, Crystal Lake has used higher sales taxes and a Tax Increment Financing District for Three Oaks Recreational Area.

There are still many empty gravel pits between Cary, Crystal Lake and Algonquin where some of the ideas that you can read about today and tomorrow could be implemented.

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For You Dick Tracy Fans – The Gravel Gertie State Park Idea

Speaking of the old Crystal Lake Dump, as I do in the post below, I once had a phone conversation with Dick Tracy cartoonist Chester Gould about Gravel Gertie. It was when I was state representative in the late 1970’s.

I had this wild idea that a non-traditional state park could be cobbled together from the gravel pits that lie between Crystal Lake, Lake in the Hills, Algonquin and Cary. Maybe 4,000 to 5,000 contiguous acres might be possible, although there would have to be tunnels under some roads.

Mr. Gould told me he was driving along Virginia Street Road—in the 1940’s—when he got the idea for Gravel Gertie and B.O. Plenty. Neither were handsome, to put it mildly. They owned a gravel pit.

B.O. Plenty is described by ComicsPage.com as “a seedy, bewhiskered and smelly smalltime crook,” who was a friend of Dick Tracy. “B.O.’s cussing, spitting and toacco chewing endear him to the eccentric Gravel Gertie,” the source continues, and they were married in 1946. They had a daughter Sparkle Plenty.

My vision was to get the state to buy the property and convert it to untraditional parkland. I figured the alternative was that it would be covered with apartments or industry, both of which would make the traffic congestion worse.

Why a non-traditional park?

Because horse riding had just been banned at the old Lake Defiance, now Moraine Hills State Park. Snow mobilers weren’t having trouble finding places to ride. Most parks didn’t want dogs around.

There was lots of pressure for passive use of parkland. But, who could complain with anything that you did with a gravel pit? When you fly over much of Algonquin Township, it probably looks like the moon, just with water.

Here’s some of what could be done. Dirt bikes could have a designated area. Horse riders and snow mobilers could, too. Some of the pits are so sheltered from the wind that people could go swimming in them during sunny November days. Some act like a solar oven, heating the surface of the water, while the wind is blowing wildly above. Obviously, ice skating, ice boating, sledding and, maybe a semblance of a beginners ski hill could be found.

In the summer, there could be trailer camps like the one just (or soon to be) closed on the Fox River by the Lake County Forest Preserve District. Fishing would be allowed and any kind of boating you could imagine could be found a place. There’s already one subdivision about an old gravel pit in Island Lake built especially for those who want to water ski.

(One person familiar with Vulcan Lakes commented that, having seen the size of its waves get, he would not go out on it unless he were in a powerboat. Of course, the Crystal Lake City Council doesn’t want powerboats on Vulcan Lakes because of its purity.)

You get the idea. All the pleasures forbidden in most state parks around the area could be enjoyed in such a multi-thousand acre park made out of gravel pits.

It could even have a theme park aspect something like Disney World’s Indiana Jones show. Part could have gangsters stuffing a body in a car trunk and dumping it over the side of a hill into a gravel pit lake. (Of course, one would drain the car of its fluids first.)

People could even reach the park on weekends by train and shuttle buses from the Cary or now Pingree Road station.

Of course, the idea was too untraditional to catch the attention of those who think parkland is to be seen and little used, but I did get Dave Kenney, Director of the Department of Conservation up on (now mined) Three Oaks Road to see the potential.

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Part 2 tomorrow.

McHenry County Court Costs

Sticker shock is what one gets when one pays a ticket at the County Courthouse.

It’s more if one decides to contest the ticket.

Take a look at what your check or credit card pays for.

Most were approved by the McHenry County Board before they went into effect.

Below are two examples of the fines & fees on a cell phone ticket.

Paid without a court appearance per Supreme Court Rule 529 – TOTAL $120.00

Date Type Amount
07-09-2014 IL STATE POLICE OPERATION  ASSISTANCE FEE $8.00
07-09-2014 FINE-CITY OF WOODSTOCK $42.28
07-09-2014 STATE OF ILLINOIS-SC RULE 529 $15.98
07-09-2014 MCHENRY COUNTY-SC RULE 529 $36.74
07-09-2014 COURT DOCUMENT STORAGE FEE $9.00
07-09-2014 COURT AUTOMATION FEE $8.00

Appearing in Court – Judgment of Conviction with $75 fine set by judge –TOTAL $312.00

Date Type Amount
05-15-2014 STATE POLICE OPERATION ASSISTANCE FEE (Paid to IL Treasurer) $15.00
05-15-2014 FINE-VILLAGE OF OAKWOOD HILLS $75.00
05-15-2014 VIOLENT CRIME ASSISTANCE FUND (Paid to IL Treasurer) $50.00
05-15-2014 DRIVERS LICENSE EDUCATION FEE (Paid to IL Treasurer) $12.00
05-15-2014 Traffic/Criminal CONVICTION SURCHARGE (paid to IL Treasurer) $30.00
05-15-2014 CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER FINE (Paid to McHenry County Child Advocacy Center) $13.00
05-15-2014 STATES ATTORNEY AUTOMATION FEE $2.00
05-15-2014 Municipal ATTY.FEE-OAKWOOD HILLS (Paid to Oakwood Hills for municipal prosecutor) $25.00
05-15-2014 COURT SECURITY FEE $25.00
05-15-2014 COURT FEE $5.00
05-15-2014 DRUG COURT FINE $5.00
05-15-2014 MENTAL HEALTH COURT FINE $10.00
05-15-2014 ELECTRONIC CITATION-OAKWOOD HILLS PD $5.00
05-15-2014 COURT DOCUMENT FEE $15.00
05-15-2014 COURT AUTOMATION FEE $15.00
05-15-2014 CIRCUIT CLERK FEE $10.00

Below is an explanation of the various court fees, which is handed out by the Circuit Clerk’s Office:
Court Fee explanation 1Court Fee Explanation 2

Pro-Life Group that Used to be Called Tri-County Sets October 3rd Dinner Date

The invitation to the Informed Choices fundraising dinner October 3,2014.

The invitation to the Informed Choices fundraising dinner October 3,2014.

The group Informed Choices, which used to be the Tri-Country Pregnancy and Parenting Services, has set its annual fundraising dinner for October 3rd at Concorde Banquets on Route 12 in Kildeer.

Tri-County Invite 10-3-14 address sideThe group has been in existence for twenty-seven years and in Crystal Lake since 1995.

The room where the ultra sound machine is scheduled to be put the end of this week.

The room where the ultra sound machine is scheduled to be put the end of this week.

About a year ago, the Crystal Lake office (behind the Route 14 McDonald’s at 610-1 Crystal Point Drive, started offering sonograms to pregnant teens and those older. The number to call to schedule one is 815-455-0965.

The location of the Tri-County Pregnancy and Parenting Center is shown on this map.

The location of the Tri-County Pregnancy and Parenting Center is shown on this map.


Johnsburg-based 1st Way Life Center is in the process of training staff to operate its own sonogram machine.

They started raising money last year and completed the task this year.

Tax-Financed Non-Profit Transparency

“Not.”

That’s the best word to use when talking about transparency of most not-for-profit organizations.

If they are financed with government money, however, I have argued since the 1970′s that they should be subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

[caMy bill that went nowhere, but did inspired an editorial cartoon in the Daily Herald, would have put any non-profit under the FOIA if it got more than half of its money from governmental sources.

Local, state, Federal, it wouldn't make any difference.

Perhaps my vision for transparency should now be broadened to include not-for-profits created by governmental entities.

Last month the Chicago Sun-Times reported on patronage hiring, plus raises and contracts for political favorites at Navy Pier, Inc., a not-for-profit created by the governmental McPier Board to run Navy Pier.  (There are stories on salaries and the tourism agency as well.)

Navy Pier was on the port side of the Family PAC boat heading into Lake Michigan.

Navy Pier was on the port side on this Family PAC cruise heading into Lake Michigan.

But it’s not just Chicago quasi-governmental entities that need the light of day.

The McHenry County Conservation District’s Foundation financed the last two bond campaigns. I think the public should be able to see what’s going on, especially since the Foundation was started with $1 million of what I think should have been put in the taxpayers’ McHenry County Conservation District treasury.

The McHenry County College Foundation also financed MCC’s last referendum campaign my memory is telling me.

There are other examples, of course, which are certainly not all campaign related.

Democratic Party Precinct Committeemen Elected in 2014

This was found stuck to the sidewalk after the Independence Day Parade.

This was found stuck to the sidewalk after the Independence Day Parade in Crystal Lake, but not this year, because there was no entry.

There are precious few who filed a petition with ten signatures and were elected, as you can see below. The number in parentheses represents those voting in the March Democratic Primary Election.

They call themselves “precinct representatives,” but the title on the ballot is Precinct Committeeman for the Democratic Party.

  • MARENGO 4 – Allison A. Barnard, 761 Woodland Ln, Marengo (33)
  • SENECA 2 – John Bartman, 19319 Rte. 176, Marengo (36)
  • CORAL 1 – Henry P. Franks, 6903 S. Grant Hwy, Marengo  (27)
  • GRAFTON 1 – Diane Oltman Ayers, 10907 N. Church St, Huntley (24)
  • GRAFTON 5 – Helen Lindquist, 77 Timberhill Dr, Crystal Lake (22)
  • GRAFTON 12 – Michael A. Bissett, 971 Brittany Bend, Lake In The Hills (15)
  • DORR 4 – Ann Legg, 853 Washington Street, Woodstock (17)
  • DORR 9 – Daniel F. Giallombardo, 1155 Walden Oaks #306E, Woodstock (35)
  • DORR 14 – Thomas G. Erlenborn, 414 High Meadow Drive, Woodstock (17)
  • MCHENRY 1 – Martha B. “Marti” Swanson, 5615 N. Ridgeway Rd., Ringwood (36)
  • MCHENRY 12 – Irene Wolff Raven, 4420 Lakewood Rd, McHenry (26)
  • MCHENRY 24 – Arne N. Waltmire, 5202 Shorehill Drive, McHenry (20)
  • MCHENRY 28 – Mary Mahady, 207‐C N. Creekside Trail, McHenry (14)
  • NUNDA 1 – Kathleen Bergan Schmidt, 4713 Timberlane Road, Crystal Lake (27)
  • NUNDA 2 – Pauline Walker, 233 Third St, Crystal Lake (10)
  • NUNDA 5 – Richard J. “John” Darger, 629 Green Oaks Drive, Crystal Lake (17)
  • NUNDA 10 – Kevin Klopfenstein, 635 Arrowhead Ln, Crystal Lake (23)
  • NUNDA 15 – Mitchell J. Wisumierski, 6715 W. Hillside Rd, Crystal Lake (24)
  • NUNDA 18 – Nancy Schietzelt, 4419 Walkup Road, Crystal Lake (11)
  • NUNDA 19 – Nan Kueller, 2701 Jenny Jae Ln, Crystal Lake (30)
  • NUNDA 25 – Kristina Zahorik, 8 Fenview, Oakwood Hills (21)
  • ALGONQUIN 10 – Sandra J. Bartholmey, 67 W. Paddock St., Crystal Lake (13)
  • ALGONQUIN 16 – Patricia A. Abboud, 13 Country Oaks Lane, Barrington Hills (10)
  • ALGONQUIN 19 – Loreen “Lori” Keller, 208 Lake Court, Crystal Lake (9)
  • ALGONQUIN 29 – Katherine Tremont, 3104 Killarney Dr., Cary (12)
  • ALGONQUIN 33 – Debbie K. Chirikos, 10075 N. River Rd., Algonquin (20)
  • ALGONQUIN 40 – Judith A. Vandenboom, 23 Willow Circle, Cary (13)
  • ALGONQUIN 45 – Michael P. Olencheck ,23 Ashcroft Court, Fox River Grove (6)
  • ALGONQUIN 50 – Alene K. Shaull, 6212 S. Kilkenny Drive, Crystal Lake (6)
  • ALGONQUIN 51 – Robert R. Barton, 837 Wimbleton Ln., Crystal Lake (25)

There are thirty.

McHenry County has 212 precincts.

Andy Zinke had a discovery recount in one-fourth of them–53.