Gasser Bashes Jeb Bush on Rush Limbaugh Show

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.

Gasser didn’t write on his blog what he said, but there is a recording you can access.

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:

CL Police “Enhanced Enforcement” Results for Thanksgiving

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”

The Crystal Lake Police Department recently completed its participation in the Illinois

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.

Crystal Lake Police car on the way to a call.

Crystal Lake Police car on the way to a call.

During the mobilization, the Department:

  • Stopped an additional 56 motorists for traffic violations
  • Issued a total of 36 additional traffic citations, which included:
  • 20 citations for speeding
  • 9 citations for unlawful use of an electronic communications device
  • 5 citations for other moving violations and equipment
  • 1 citation for failure to wear a seat belt
  • 1 citation for operation of an uninsured motor vehicle
  • In addition, 2 persons were arrested for the following offenses:
  • 1 driver for DUI alcohol and for having a BAC over .08
  • 1 driver for DUI alcohol

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.

Prying Filings Out of Oakwood Hills

Dina Frigo making point at a Grafton Township Board meeting.

Dina Frigo making point at a Grafton Township Board meeting.  Now she is Oakwood Hills Village Clerk.

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.”

Paul Smith

Paul Smith

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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The Oakwood Hills power plant crowd Wednesday night.

The Oakwood Hills power plant crowd at the second zoning hearing..

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:

  • Dave Robak
  • Mike Breseman
  • Charlotte Kremer
  • Paula Dorian Gray
  • Everett Pratt

Another Trustee candidate identified by another Oakwood Hills resident is

  • Mike Riley

On Tuesday, the Northwest Herald reported another Trustee candidate:

  • Kristina Zahonk

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.

Pete Gonigam’s Article on Zinke Report Decision

First Electric Newspaper mastheadThe reporting on Thursday’s court hearing before Judge Thomas Meyer by The First Electric Newspaper Editor and Publisher Pete Gonigam is worth reading.

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.

CL Police Joins State-Subsidized Anti-Drunk Driving Campaign Starting Friday Night

A press release from the Crystal Lake Police Department:

Holiday boozers beware: Crystal Lake Police Department cracking down on drunk drivers

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.

Crystal Lake Police squad cars parked at City Hall.

Crystal Lake Police squad cars parked at City Hall.

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.

School Board Candidates with Monday Filing Deadline

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

  • Matthew Johnson

Fox River Grove Grade District 3

  • Devin Bright
  • Thomas Mollet
  • Gerry Blohm

Johnsburg Unit District 12

  • Steve Rooney
  • Melissa A Tinsley
  • Scott M Rowe
  • Valerie Klos
  • Jerry Harker

McHenry Grade School District 15

  • Paul Santopadre
  • Betty Davis
  • Mike Hettermann

Riley Grade School District 18 – Still no one.

Alden-Hebron Unit District 19

  • Johnny A Eskridge
  • Kenneth M Winkelman
  • Michael Norton

Cary Grade School District 26 –  Still no one.

Harrison (Wonder Lake) Grade School District 36

  • David Yang
  • Mark Nothdorf
  • Cliff Leegard
  • Bob Anderson
  • Karen Parks
  • Laurie Alsot

Prairie Grove Grade School District 46

  • Khushali Z. Shah

Crystal Lake Grade School District 47

  • Robert Fetzner
  • Ryan Ferrell
  • Curtis Wadlington

Harvard Unit District 50

  • Diana Bird
  • Julie Lehmann
  • Sandra J Theriault
  • Patricia Bredehorst
  • Sharon L. McMillan

Marengo High School District 154

  • Elizabeth Henning
  • Dianna K Torman
Bleachers will probably be an issue in the District 155 school board contest.

Bleachers will probably be an issue in the District 155 school board contest.

Crystal Lake High School District 155

  • Gerald Gross
  • Rosemary Kurtz
  • Amy Blazier
  • Brian Alan Pelz
  • Adam Guss
  • Karen K. Whitman

McHenry High School District 156

  • John Schroeder
  • Williiam Stanton
  • Dawn Bremer
  • Steve Bellmore
  • Michael Lovitsch
  • Timothy C. Byers

Richmond-Burton High School District 157

  • Theresa Highley
  • Steven D Holtz
  • Thomas E. Gough

Huntley Unit School District 158

  • William T. Geheren
  • Anthony R. Quagliano

Marengo-Union Grade School District 165

Matthew A. Erbstoesser

Woodstock Unit School District 200

  • Russell Goerl
  • David A. Shinnerr
  • L. William Nattress

Carpentersville District 300

  • Steve Fiorentino
  • Joe Stevens

McHenry County Regional Board of Schools

  • Mary Ann Louderback

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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:

Petition Filing 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:

Crystal Lake Incumbents Eliminate Competition

Here are some tips about petition filing that I hope are helpful:

Petition Tips

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

  1. File with the County Clerk a Statement of Economic Interest (known by politicians as the “None, None, None” form). Staple the receipt you receive to your petition package.
  2. Make sure you number the pages of your petition.
  3. Make sure you get twice as many petition signatures as you need.  (While Crystal Lake Council candidate Jeremy Krick was not thrown off the ballot because two of his sixteen signatures were from people living outside of Crystal Lake, that would have been a good enough reason to do so. Losing those two signatures put him under the required minimum number of fifteen.)
  4. Make sure you sign the bottom of your petitions or have your supporters sign the bottom of their petitions in front of a notary public and that those notarizing the signatures both sign and affix their stamps to the form’s bottom.
  5. Staple all of your paperwork together. Do not use a paper clip.
  6. The Loyalty Oath is not required. The law that provided for it has been held unconstitutional.

Filings for Municipal Office, Petition Deadline Monday

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.

Why?

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

  • Deborah Sosine
  • John Spella
  • Jim Steigert

Barrington Hills Village Trustee – None as of 3:39 Friday afternoon.

Bull Valley Village President – Emily Berendt

Bull Valley Village Trustee

  • Peter Helms
  • Bjorn Mattsson
  • Kurt Kleinschmidt
  • Margaret Bailey

Cary Village Trustee

  • Erin Hauck
  • Ellen McAlpine
  • Steven Degnan-Schmidt

Fox Lake

  • Nancy Koske
  • Greg Murray
  • Brian Marr
  • Jonathon Mumford

Greenwood Village 

Fox River Grove Trustee

  • Steve Knar
  • Jennifer Curtiss
  • Patrick Wall

Harvard Alderman

  • First Ward – Duffield Seyller
  • Second Ward – Scott Logan, Crystal Musgrove
  • Third Ward – Mike Clarke (incumbent)
  • Fourth Ward – Jeremy Adams

Hebron Village Trustee – Mark Mogan  (3 four year and 1 two year openings)

Holiday Hills Village

  • Ken Anderson (i)
  • Louis E. French
  • Jennifer Osterman-Keyes (i)
  • Donald W. Powell
  • Cheryl Thompson

Huntley Village Trustee

  • Darci Chandler
  • Pam Fender
  • Niko Kanakaris
  • Harry Leopold

Island Lake Trustee

  • Thea Morris
  • John Burke
  • Debra Jenkins
  • Sandy Hartogh

Johnsburg Village Trustee

  • Mary Lou Hutchison
  • Thomas Curry
  • Kyle Frost

Lake in the Hills Trustee

  • Russ Ruzansk
  • Frank Covone
  • Bill Dustin

Lakemoor Village Trustee

  • Donald Leavitt
  • Jeffrey Nykaza

Lakewood Village Trustee

  • Gary Sexson II
  • Ken Santowski
  • J. Carl Davis

Marengo Alderman

  • Ward 1 – James Regelin
  • Ward 2 – Michael Smith, Chester Mazurkiewicz
  • Ward 3 – Todd Hall
  • Ward 4 – Peter Hunt

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)

  • Charolette Kremer (4 year)
  • Michael E. Breseman (4 year)
  • David Robak (4 year)
  • Everett H. Pratt (2 year)

Richmond Village Trustee

  • Craig Kunz
  • Charlotte Hollenbach
  • Stanley Maravelias
  • David Kielpinski

Ringwood Village President - Rick Mack

There are also three four-terms for Trustee open, but no one has filed yet.

Spring Grove

Trout Valley

Union Village

Wonder Lake

The filings for Crystal Lake and Woodstock have already closed.

Algonquin Township Lowers Town Fund 1%

A description of what’s happening in Algonquin Township by Trustee Larry Emery:

Algonquin Township REDUCES 2014 Levy

Yes Virginia, government CAN reduce their taxes.

Larry Emery

Larry Emery

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:

  1. Monthly Cash Flow Reserve Analysis tool to measure financial health and direction of the township
  2. Employee Pay and Benefit Analysis to establish fair compensation packages to all workers (hired and elected).
  3. Purchase Planning Process for quotes (to go with the bid process) on major investments in goods, services, and building needs based on established goals.

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:

[email protected]
(815) 354-1583

False Liens Cost Man 46 Months

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

ILLINOIS MAN SENTENCED FOR OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE AND FILING FALSE MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR LIENS AGAINST FEDERAL JUDGES AND OTHER GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES

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.