Walker Leads Field in Illinois

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

NBC is reporting on an Illinois Policy Institute presidential survey.

Here are the results:

  • Scott Walker – 23%
  • Donald Trump – 18%]
  • Jeb Bush – 11%
  • Chris Christie – 8%

All the rest are under 8%.

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In 2011, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker spoke to those on the Family PAC Cruise.

This year newly-elected Congressman David Brat (R-Virginia) will be the guest speaker. Brat defeated House beat House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
Chicago skyline with rain clouds Hancock lit 8-11-14
This year the cruise will be held on Thursday, August 13th, with check-in at 6 and cruising from 7-9.

The cost is $95 a person or $185 per couple.

This is my favorite fundraiser.

The views of the Chicago skyline from Lake Michigan and of the buildings along the Chicago River are stunning.

Part 51 – Who’s Got What

Arne Waltmire

Arne Waltmire

Next on the list of McHenry campaign funds is that of former Illinois Education Association official Arne Waltmire.

He ran unsuccessfully for the McHenry County College Board two years ago and the McHenry County Board last year.

He had $332.48 in his checking account as of the end of March.

Waltmire got an $80 contribution and spent $3.29 during the three-month period.

The Crystal Lake South teacher reports owing himself $3,055.

Punishment for Hospital Kickback Scheme

A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office:

Former Chief Operating Officer of Sacred Heart Hospital sentenced to 21 Months in Prison for Conspiring in Kickback Scheme

Sacred HeartHospital mastheadCHICAGO — The former chief operating officer of Sacred Heart Hospital was sentenced Friday to 21 months in prison for arranging payoffs to doctors in exchange for referring patients to the now-shuttered facility on Chicago’s West Side.

CLARENCE NAGELVOORT, 60, of Chicago, conspired with other hospital executives to pay kickbacks and bribes to doctors to induce the referrals. The payoffs were disguised in a number of ways, including compensation for consulting work, instructional services and lease agreements, and through the provision of free professional staff.

A jury convicted Nagelvoort in March of one count of conspiracy to violate the federal healthcare anti-kickback statute, and 11 counts of paying kickbacks for patient referrals.

In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly ordered Nagelvoort jointly liable for an $8.48 million forfeiture with his co-conspirators, EDWARD NOVAK and ROY PAYAWAL.

Novak, of Park Ridge, was the hospital’s former owner and chief executive officer. He was sentenced Wednesday to 54 months in prison. Payawal, of Burr Ridge, served as the hospital’s chief financial officer. Judge Kennelly sentenced Payawal on Thursday to 12 months and one day in prison. Other convicted executives, including the chief operating officer who succeeded Nagelvoort and the Vice President of Geriatrics, are awaiting sentencing.

The hospital executives are among nine defendants convicted in a multi-year investigation of Sacred Heart, a 119-bed acute care facility at 3240 West Franklin Boulevard in Chicago.

From 2001 through April 2013, the executives conspired to pay kickbacks and bribes to physicians to induce them to refer patients to the hospital for services that would be reimbursed by Medicare and Medicaid.

Evidence at trial revealed that hospital administrators tried to conceal the kickbacks by creating sham professional and lease agreements with doctors.

The hospital closed in 2013 in the aftermath of the criminal indictments.

The Sacred Heart investigation was carried out by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, which is part of the Health Care Fraud Prevention & Enforcement Action Team (HEAT), a joint initiative between the U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to prevent fraud and to enforce anti-fraud laws around the country. Dozens of defendants have been charged in numerous fraud cases since the strike force began operating in Chicago in 2011.

Zachary Fardon

Zachary Fardon

“It is illegal for hospitals and other health care providers to pay for patient referrals,” said Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.

“We will continue to pursue these cases through our investigative partnerships with federal, state and local authorities.”

Mr. Fardon announced today’s sentence along with Lamont Pugh III, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Region of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General; and Robert J. Holley, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In addition to Nagelvoort, Novak and Payawal, the prior convictions include:

  • Dr. PERCY CONRAD MAY JR., of Chicago, a physician who practiced at Sacred Heart. His sentencing is scheduled before Judge Kennelly on Sept. 24, 2015, at 1:30 p.m.
  • Dr. SUBIR MAITRA, of Chicago, a physician who practiced at Sacred Heart. He was sentenced by Judge Kennelly in 2014 to six months in prison.
  • Dr. JAGDISH SHAH, of Oak Brook, a physician who practiced at Sacred Heart. His sentencing will be set at a future date to be determined by Judge Kennelly.
  • ANTHONY J. PUORRO, formerly of Chicago, who was Sacred Heart’s chief operating officer after Nagelvoort. His sentencing will be set at a future date to be determined by Judge Kennelly.
  • NOEMI VELGARA, of Chicago, who was Sacred Heart’s vice president of geriatric services. Her sentencing will be set at a future date to be determined by Judge Kennelly.
  • Dr. SHANIN MOSHIRI, also known as “Shawni Moshiri,” of Chicago, a physician who practiced at Sacred Heart. Dr. Moshiri is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Kennelly on Oct. 21, 2015, at 1:30 p.m.
    The government is being represented by Assistant United States Attorneys Joel Hammerman, Ryan Hedges, Kelly Greening, Diane MacArthur, and Brian Wallach.

McHenry County’s Cadillac Health Care

The McHenry County Board has provided a really, really good health care program for its employees and themselves.

It is so good that the magazine Governing features McHenry County, along with Boston, in an article about the extra cost imposed by Obamacare on really, really good health care benefits.

Starting in 2018 there will be a new tax on benefits worth more than $10,200 for individuals and $27,500 for family coverage.

Here’s what is said about McHenry County government:

In McHenry County, Ill., which employs roughly 990 and insures about 2,500 taking dependents into account, the transitional reinsurance fee will cost about $160,000 a year, according to Robert Ivetic, the county director of human resources. Ivetic and his colleagues have been discussing the best way to fund this extra cost.

“Do we just put an excise tax on all people in the plan and say we’re collecting an extra $5 per month to help pay for it? Or is the county going to pay for the first year and then look for creative solutions down the road? It’s kind of a dilemma when you stop to think about how you fund this.” Adding to McHenry County’s struggle are 11 different union contracts that have no mention of the transitional reinsurance fee. “My guess is that [the unions] would want to negotiate it,” Ivetic says.

While $160,000 isn’t much to a larger municipality, if the cost fell entirely to McHenry County, it could have a significant impact. “If we do not come up with a way of at least having some cost-sharing with employees, it would come out of our reserve, which is not an ideal situation because when you’re self-funded, you need that for high claims.”

“They aren’t helping the cause of getting out good information because they aren’t giving it,” says Ivetic. “Everyone knew these fees were coming, but you can’t say ‘Hey, you’re going to be paying more, but we don’t know how much it is or when.’” Without having all of the proper information at hand when you speak to employees, Ivetic says, you run the risk of creating panic.

County Could Farm Out Snow Removal Near Municipalities

Algonquin Township salt dome.

Algonquin Township salt dome.

BGA President Andy Shaw writes in the Chicago Sun-Times Monday of suggestions made by former Cook County Commissioner (now Congressman) Mike Quigley on saving Cook County government money.

One that sounds a lot like something McHenry County Board member Mike Walkup has suggested:

“…off-loading maintenance of county highways to local governments.”

Requested at the Township Consolidation Task Force meeting was a map that would show which are

  • state
  • county roads
  • ownship roads
  • municipal streets

Some folks get a better idea of how to solve problems by looking at something like such a map.

If one looked in the southeastern part of McHenry County, where the County Transportation Department and County Board’s Transportation Committee think a multi-million salt barn is needed, one might conclude that allowing townships and municipalities plowing snow near the county roads could do the job.

Crystal Lakers: Shut Your Windows Friday Night

A press release from the City of Crystal Lake:

Crystal Lake to Implement Additional Mosquito Control Efforts. Starting overnight Friday 07/31/15 to 08/01/15

In conjunction with the City’s ongoing mosquito control program, a City-wide misting application will take place in the City in an attempt to control the adult mosquito population.

The application will take place overnight between Friday, July 31, 2015 and Saturday, August 1, 2015. If weather conditions do not allow the application to occur, it will take place on the next available evening.

In addition to the targeted misting application, the City’s mosquito abatement contractor, Clarke Environmental Mosquito Management, Inc., will continue larviciding efforts in the City.

Clarke will apply a synthetic pyrethroid used widely throughout the Chicagoland area for adult mosquito control.

As part of the City’s existing Mosquito Abatement Program, Clarke regularly examines and treats breeding sites throughout the City, including storm sewer catch basins. The program helps control mosquitoes while they are in the larval stage.

In addition to the abatement program, residents can help control mosquito development by monitoring potential breeding sites in their yards and throughout the City and alerting Clarke to the locations by calling the toll-free Mosquito Hotline at 1-800-942-2555. Upon resident request, one application of Altosid® XR briquette, which lasts for 150 days, will be placed in backyard catch basins. Residents are also asked to call the Mosquito Hotline to make arrangements for the application.

Questions regarding the application or any other part of Crystal Lake’s Mosquito Abatement Program can be directed to the Clarke’s Hotline at 1-800-942-2555.

Part 50 – Who’s Got What

Sue Low

Sue Low

McHenry Mayor Sue Low had $1,526.26 in her campaign bank account at the end of March.

She had $421.25 more at the beginning of 2015.

Most of the money spent was less than $150, meaning that details did not have to be revealed.

The only expenditure that was made public was $166.25 to the McHenry Chamber of Commerce for the purchase of tickets.

During the second quarter Low grave $397.50 to other politicians.

They don’t have to be named because each contribution was under $150.

County Fair Fills a Tent

The McHenry County Board may have failed in its effort to corral all the faith-based exhibits in a “Faith Tent,” (see “County Fair Association Capitulates to Pro-Lifers“.

The part of the County Fair contract with location designation.

The part of the County Fair contract with location designation.

But the Environmental Defenders reports that environment exhibitors will be grouped together in “the new Conservation World Tent!”

An Environmental Defenders County Fair booth from years past.

An Environmental Defenders County Fair booth from years past.

“McHenry County Citizens’ Climate Lobby and Friends of Hackmatack will be there as part of

  • our booth
  • the Conservation District
  • 4-H Conservation Club
  • Dean the Worm Guy
  • McHenry County Health Department
  • Ecoessentials

are sharing the tent with us.”

CL & Algonquin Police Raising Money for Special Olympics with Texas Roadhouse

A press release from the Crystal Lake Police Department:

POLICE OFFICERS TEAM UP WITH TEXAS ROADHOUSE TO SUPPORT SPECIAL OLYMPICS ILLINOIS

Benefit Lunch on Friday, July 31

Crystal Lake Police car.

Crystal Lake Police car.

Crystal Lake Texas Roadhouse restaurant is teaming up with the Crystal Lake and Algonquin Police Department for the 5th Annual Texas Roadhouse Benefit Lunch for Special Olympics Illinois.

The police officers will serve a “free” lunch of a limited menu from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Benefit Lunch menu consists of a pulled pork sandwich, corn, fresh-baked bread with honey-cinnamon butter and a non-alcoholic beverage.

Diners are simply asked to leave a donation for their meal, all of which will benefit the nearly 22,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 21,000 Young Athletes (ages 2-7) of Special Olympics Illinois.

During the event, diners can enter for a chance to win a free dinner for two at Texas Roadhouse by posting a photo from their location on social media using the hash tag #igotserved.

Both dine in and carry out will be available at the Crystal Lake Texas Roadhouse located at 835
Cog Circle. 815-356-7427.

2012 Founders Day Parade.

2012 Founders Day Parade.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest year-round fundraising vehicle benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. The annual intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects have two goals: to raise money and to gain awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Illinois. The Law Enforcement Torch Run has raised nearly $31 million over 28 years while increasing awareness of Special Olympics Illinois athletes and their accomplishments.

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 19 sports for nearly 21,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 18,500 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics changes lives by empowering people with intellectual disabilities to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support. If you are interested in learning more about Special Olympics Illinois, volunteering or providing financial support to help make Special Olympics programs possible, contact your local Special Olympics agency, call 800-394-0562 or visit our website at www.soill.org.

Based in Louisville, Kentucky, Texas Roadhouse opened its doors in 1993. With more than 450 locations in 49 states, Texas Roadhouse is famous for hand-cut steaks, made-from-scratch sides,

fresh-baked bread, and its lively atmosphere. In 2015, the restaurant debuted on the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) as the nation’s favorite full-service restaurant. In 2014,

the company was named one of Employee’s Choice Best Places to work by Glassdoor and debuted on Forbes magazine’s list of 100 Most Trustworthy Companies. In 2012 and 2015, Texas Roadhouse was named Top Steakhouse in Nation’s Restaurant News’ Consumer Picks survey.

For more information, visit www.texasroadhouse.com.

For any questions please contact either the Crystal Lake Texas Roadhouse or Officer Kimberley Shipbaugh 815-356-3683 or [email protected]