When we last left the Lakewood Village Board an informal vote had been taken to exonerate Village President Phil Stephan and Chief Administrative Office Jeanne Smith from wrongdoing concerning interaction with Village employees.
Of interest was a question from Trustee Pam Eddy, who asked about monthly financial reports, specifically the lack of one for the month of May.
Smith replied that they were not prepared yet, that there was a $530,000 discrepancy.
“There’s a half a million error,” Trustee Ryan Berman explained.
When sixteen-plus year Northwest Herald reporter Kevin Craver was hired to replace Jack Franks’ patronage employee Oliver Serafini, he was paid out of the County’s Transportation and Information Technology Departments.
The $48,000 hiring was highly irregular and the Personnel Committee, which Franks tried, but failed, to abolish, in 2016 doggedly sought to reverse the action.
That effort failed, but the fight, the effort explains the animosity Franks has to former County Board member Dr. Michael Rein, now a candidate for Coroner.
Serafini left for greener pastures during the summer of 2017.
Enter Craver, who filed an application for “Communications Specialist” on July 3, 2017.
The application said that he was making $48,000 a year as “Senior Reporter.”
In Springfield, when reporters go to work for government, people remark that they are “going over to the dark side.”
Invariably, however, such reporters make more money.
Craver was hired on August 9, 2017.
He took and passed the Ethics Training Course.
His supervisors were listed as “Peter Austin/Jack Franks.”
His division was identified as “County Board Chairman.”
He signed a document saying he had read the “McHenry County Policy on Fraud, Waste and Abuse.”
Craver’s starting pay was $51,051.
Like Serafini, Craver was originally paid with Transportation Department Funds. There his job title was “Utility Supervisor.”
When the new budget took effect in December, 2017, however, his source of income started coming from “Administration.”
Craver’s supervisor is listed as Jack D. Franks.
While the document above indicates Craver’s pay was $51,051 at first, on December 1, 2017, it got increased by 1.13% to $51,625.34.
On January 9, 2018, Craver got another raise–5.49%–to $54,449 per year.
On this document, his supervisor is listed as Peter Austin.
Another pay raise was put forward on November 27, 2018.
This time the new amount $55,674.04, an increase of 2.25%.
On November 26, 2019, $56,926.73, the most recent raise, effective December 1st, was recommended. It was also for 2.25% more.
The summary is a description of the current state of Illinois cash flow during the final month of fiscal year 2020, the year that ended on June 30, 2020.
Like other states, Illinois was hit hard by the economic shutdown that took place, starting in March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many Illinoisans were laid off and changed their spending habits; many activities that yield significant tax income, such as the purchase of nonfood goods, were cut back.
Some highly-taxed activities were almost entirely cut off for a time.
Examples include drinking excise-taxed alcoholic beverages in bars, and playing the slots in casinos and at gaming terminals.
CGFA reports that total FY20 State general funds revenues dropped by $1.135 billion, with the decline occurring in the COVID-19-related months of March, April, and May of 2020.
June 2020 saw a partial Illinois economic rebound, with many residents and their workplaces able to resume taxable economic activity.
Personal income tax collections rose in June 2020 by $173 million from the year-earlier period, a net gain of 9.4%.
Many other taxes continued to generate disappointing numbers in June, however.
Declines were led by an $83 million drop in sales taxes for the month, representing a net drop of 10.5% in sales tax payments by Illinois customers through the retailers that collect the tax.
Two specialty tax levies, on cigarettes and insurance, demonstrated especially sharp declines.
The CGFA data analysts also continued to collect numbers that point forward towards understanding the State’s budget situation in FY21, the fiscal year that began on July 1, 2020.
Illinois employment has declined, with more than 600,000 jobs lost.
While some of this lost paycheck tax revenue can be made up for a short period by activity derived from federal emergency relief payments, true private-sector-based income tax revenue is not in a position to do well in FY21.
As of May 2020, the Illinois unemployment rate was 15.2%.
This marked an improvement from the pandemic-affected jobless number of 17.2% posted in April 2020, but CGFA analysts could not affirm that their current data points to continued recovery along this trajectory at this time.
State of Illinois borrows $1.2 billion in General Obligation debt in June 2020.
The State of Illinois’ general obligation (GO) bonds are currently marked by major New York-based credit rating agencies with the lowest-sector rating available for so-called “investment grade” securities, a rating of “BBB-“ (Fitch Ratings, Standard & Poor’s) or “Baa3” (Moody’s).
Any further cut by any one of these three credit rating agencies would reduce the State’s GO debt credit rating to below-investment-grade, a category popularly known as “junk bonds.”
Junk bonds are bonds that are seen as having a significant risk of debt default and resulting loss of income to the creditor.
The financier will customarily demand a higher rate of interest return for lower-rated credit instruments than is paid out by market borrowers who enjoying a high-grade credit rating.
With global “true” interest rates near zero, the highest-graded borrowers can currently borrow money for as little as 0.55%/year.
The money was borrowed through the issuance of General Obligation Certificates.
The tranche was financed through the loan window currently operated by the U.S. Federal Reserve’s Municipal Liquidity Facility (MLF).
Despite the help provided to this borrow contract by the MLF loan window, Illinois was still required to pay 3.82% interest for one year.
This marked a 327-basis-point (3.27%) interest rate spread, against Illinois and its taxpayers, above the payments that Illinois taxpayers would have been required to pay on the same debt if Illinois still had its now-long-vanished AAA credit rating.
The $1.2 billion bond transaction was described in CGFA’s report to the General Assembly for June 2020.
CGFA analysts reported their belief that Illinois will be forced to refinance this one-year MLF certificate issuance when it comes due in June of 2021.
Facebook announces major investment in DeKalb County.
The social-media giant allows hundreds of millions of worldwide registered users to share messages and images for free.
In return for this free service, the users agree to let Facebook know what they ‘like.’
Facebook’s automated software turns these “likes” into valuable advertising data.
For example, if a user repeatedly ‘likes’ pictures of friends at the beach, the user will start to see lots of online advertisements for beachwear and summer beach experiences.
Facebook’s business model demands that the firm own and control massive data centers.
These facilities have to have large quantities of data storage machinery, together with the electronic connections required for rapid data retrieval and the massive cooling systems required for reliable machine operation.
Facebook has selected Illinois as the site for its newest data center, a 907,000-square-foot factory-like building in DeKalb.
Just west of Chicago, the DeKalb location possesses massive access to electronic data pipelines.
New technologies, to be installed with the cooperation of the Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District, will reduce the use of cooling-pond evaporation and will enable the data center to use pre-used Illinois water.
In its announcement, Facebook stated that the $800 million Data Center project will employ hundreds of skilled trade workers in design and construction, with temporary site-related employment peaking at 1,200.
After the multi-month design-build phase is completed, the center will employ approximately 100 operational jobs to tend the server machinery.
The DeKalb Data Center will be Facebook’s 12th data center in the U.S. In addition to water recycling technology, the data center is scheduled to use 100% renewable energy. Massive wind farms in Illinois, Iowa and the Great Plains states are starting to produce electricity at a level necessary to power facilities of this scale.
Revised State, federal tax filing deadline is July 15.
Many Illinoisans have taken use of the one-time income tax holiday granted this year to taxpayers who usually face a filing deadline of April 15, 2020.
Income tax returns and payments due, which usually must be mailed by April 15 of each calendar year, must this year be mailed no later than July 15.
This one-time filing and payment relief was granted by the State of Illinois and the federal government as one of the steps being taken to respond to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Nothing in this July 15 relief will reduce the amount of the taxes due and payable; the relief, for each taxpayer, extends only to the date the return must be turned in and the tax paid.
Taxpayers who have already submitted their tax returns for calendar year 2019 are not affected by this announcement, which applies only to last-minute filers. The Illinois Department of Revenue continues to encourage early tax filing, which puts taxpayers first in line if they are eligible for a tax refund. Not all taxpayers can file before a deadline, though. Help is available for Illinois seniors who may be facing this year’s revised filing deadline.
Taxpayer groups announce opposition to November 2020 graduated tax referendum.
The proposal, which will be on the statewide ballot this fall, would amend wording within the Constitution of Illinois that bars the General Assembly from the enactment of special tax rates against classes or ranges of personal income.
The Constitution currently mandates that the Illinois income tax be a “flat tax,” which means that any tax increase will affect every taxpayer.
The November 2020 referendum would amend this section; the amended language would delete the wording that creates this flat tax mandate.
Business groups came together this week to express concerns about the proposed amendment.
The Illinois Farm Bureau, the National Federation of Independent Business, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, and the Technology and Manufacturing Association announced their intent to form a consortium to develop public awareness about the consequences of the referendum proposal.
The proposed amendment cannot be passed unless it gets either a majority of the entire November electorate, or three-fifths of the voters who specifically vote on the referendum question.
Illinois drivers’ licenses and vehicle registration credentials extended until November 1, 2020.
The extension covers: (a) drivers’ licenses, (b) restricted driving permits issued to drivers who are driving under supervision, (c) non-driving personal identification cards issued by the Secretary of State, and (d) vehicle registration papers.
As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the Secretary of State closed his offices in mid-March. Many of the offices have since re-opened, but are only operating under conditions of severe social distancing.
Furthermore, there is now a significant document backup. The Secretary of State’s Department of Driver Services issues more than 8.5 million Illinois drivers’ licenses and more than 3.0 million non-drivers’-license photo ID cards.
Under this extension, Illinois Secretary of State vehicle-related and ID-related documents will continue to be temporarily valid until the extension date. The extension will enable the Secretary of State’s personnel, and their customers, to continue to work together to try to clear the backlog
From Ersel Schuster, who is responsible for many increases in transparency on the McHenry County Board, also served as Seneca Township Supervisor:
A Retired Public Official’s Lament (Part 4)
Watching the current batch of rioters, anarchists, and terrorist prancing around the country; attention must also be drawn toward many elected to public office whose personal, socialist agendas are being exposed.
Understanding these facts, the questions become:
What can the silent majority do to put the pieces back together?
And what can turn those indoctrinated to destroy the country into productive citizens who love their country?
Handing your children off to daycare and preschool persons as “babysitters,” all too often begins the subversive educational process fostered by the “it takes a village” crowd. It then escalates as teachers and professors continue the socialist indoctrination witnessed in streets across the country.
Your children must be taught the meaning of honesty; to know right from wrong; to be responsible; and to be law-abiding citizens. Mom and dad, you are the best, and most important teachers.
Step up, participate in your local school boards, test all curriculum for disinformation, get to know the teachers and the administration. For your children’s sake, they must learn, or re-learn, the true history of our country and the great opportunities it has available as they launch into productive adulthood.
President Trump has started eliminating the corruption!
It is up to us to search out those candidates willing to stand with him in completing that task.
It is our responsibility to cut through the simplistic “bullet-points” of campaign rhetoric, literature, and commercials… to find those candidates who understand the issues.
Consider avoiding candidates who amass huge pockets of money from sources outside your community.
This outside money often goes to weak candidates who lobbyist and politicians target as malleable and pushovers who will do what they are told to do.
These folks must be made fully aware that we want elected officials who will represent the public rather than the candidate’s personal goals, lining their own pockets, or bolstering their personal egos.
Make no mistake, we are dealing with unabashed anarchists; those marching, demonstrating, looting, destroying the property of others, stealing, maiming, attacking, killing, and violating the rule of law in every manner.
Some are doing this with an agenda while others are being swept into the cause as unwitting accomplices.
No one living today was party to building the fundamental framework of this vastly successful country.
Only history teaches the wisdom of their efforts.
That rich history is ours to protect and defend against those who cannot, or will not, allow themselves to learn the importance of history.
On November 3 rd we have a choice that will settle this anarchy issue.
“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” Plato
Election Judges Needed
Gov. Pritzker Signs Legislation to Expand Vote by Mail (VBM) in the 2020 Election
Now why should that be alarming?
It is Illinois and the Democrats have passed a Bill that makes changes for ONLY the 2020 election.
Where and how do you fit into this?
“Sending vote by mail applications to residents who have participated in recent elections will allow more people to exercise that right from the safety of their own homes and help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities……………”
There will still be polling places.
Under the new law, local election offices must mail or email vote by mail ballot applications and the VBM timeline to voters who cast a ballot in the 2018 general election, the 2019 consolidated election or the 2020 general primary election, including voters who registered or changed addresses after the primary election.
Voters who submit their application for a VBM ballot by October 1 will receive their VBM ballot by October 6.
To improve the signature verification process, the legislation raises the standard for rejecting a VBM ballot.
The election authority will be required to appoint a bipartisan panel of three election judges (2 of the 3 have to be from the same party) to verify voters’ signature and the validity of the ballot.
Currently, only a single election judge makes this determination.
10 ILCS 5/2B-20 New Law For Mail In Ballot Election Judges
The part of the Act that talks about election judges is right here:
(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, within 2 days after a vote by mail ballot is received, but in all cases before the close of the period for counting provisional ballots, the election authority shall appoint panels as needed of 3 election judges, of which no more than 2 shall be from the same political party, from the list of election judges submitted by the county parties for this specific purpose to compare the voter’s signature on the certification envelope of the vote by mail ballot with the signature of the voter on file in the office of the election authority.
The signature shall be presumed to match unless 3 out of 3 election judges determine that the 2 signatures do not match.
A vote by mail ballot may only be rejected by a vote of 3 of 3 election judges and only for the following reasons:
(1) the signature on the certification envelope and the signature used by the election authority for verification purposes do not match or the certification envelope contains no signature;
(2) the ballot envelope was delivered opened;
(3) the voter has already cast a ballot;(
4) if the voter voted in person on election day; or
(5) the voter is not a duly registered voter in the precinct.
If 3 of 3 election judges determine the ballot should be rejected for any reasons stated in this subsection (c), the judges shall mark across the face of the certification envelope the word “rejected” and the date and names of the judges voting to reject the ballot.
“…they are life long Republicans who put country over this new Trumped out version of the Republican Party…”
Above quote from commenter “Oh” from previous article
From Illinois Family Action reprinted with permission of author Laurie Higgins:
Bitter, Shortsighted Never-Trumpers Harming America
Those who refuse to vote for President Trump because they find his tweets and temperament off-putting are small-minded, myopic, self-indulgent traitors to America. They are indulging their antipathy for Trump at the expense of America’s future.
There is a loathsome campaign afoot by Never-Trumpers/RINOs/Establishment Republicans (aka the D.C. swamp) to bequeath to the next generation a country of far more oppression, far less liberty, far greater educational indoctrination, a darker economic future, and more threats domestic and foreign. The traitorous machinations of these so-called Republicans are driven largely by their hostility toward Trump’s responses to the relentless hostility of the leftist press.
The New Hampshire Union Leader—a newspaper well-known for its attention to presidential elections and which endorsed libertarian Gary Johnson in the 2016 election—describes the unseemly efforts of the loose consortium of quislings:
[L]eading members of the anti-Trump bloc believe they can be helpful to Biden by sharply attacking Trump on divisive and controversial topics that campaigns typically avoid.
It’s hard to imagine a political impulse on the part of Republicans in this lawless, morally disordered era more reprehensible than trying to “be helpful to Biden”—the titular head of the party of oppression and moral disorder.
These quisling groups include “Republican Voters Against Trump” (founding member the embittered Never-Trumper Bill Kristol), “Right Side PAC” (adviser Anthony Scaramucci—lol), “43 Alumni for Biden” formed by George W. Bush administration alumni, and the inaptly named Lincoln Project whose members include nasty Never-Trumper George Conway III, husband of President Trump’s counselor, Kellyanne Conway.
Do the Lincoln Project anarchy-supporters believe Abraham Lincoln would have favored the Democrat Party today—the party that has reverted to its racist past when it loved slavery and Jim Crow laws? The only difference now is instead of hating blacks, Democrats hate whites.
Somehow, however, Democrats have managed to cling to their racist goal of opposing educational opportunities for blacks while still enjoying the support of blacks. Is a puzzlement.
Would Lincoln support homosexuality, cross-dressing, and the surgical mutilation of children? Would Lincoln support voting rights for illegal aliens?
Would Lincoln—the man who spoke these words about the Civil War—help elect Biden whose party is openly hostile to the Christian faith:
Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”
In a patently obvious and silly effort to distract Americans from Biden’s cognitive impairment, the Lincoln Project produced a video that says, “Something’s wrong with Donald Trump. He’s shaky, weak, trouble speaking, trouble walking.” Their evidence is a photo of him climbing the steps of Air Force One with a tissue stuck to his shoe and a slowed down video clip of Trump walking carefully down a metal ramp. #eyeroll.
What about the countless examples of Biden unable to complete a sentence or retrieve a word? What about Biden’s campaign sequestering him in his basement for the entire campaign season in order to prevent the public from seeing how desperately Charlie McCarthy Biden needs all those Edgar Bergens? What about leftist New York Times columnist and Biden supporter Thomas Friedman publicly saying,
I worry about Joe Biden debating Donald Trump.
Do all these GOP swampsters really think they can convince Republican voters that Trump is more impaired than Biden? These self-anointed, elitist, power-hungry swamp creatures must believe the deplorables are also idiots.
If Biden wins, here is the likely future of America:
Our children and grandchildren will be left penniless because Democrats will make them pay for free college, free healthcare, reparations, the Green New Deal (which is based on a web of lies), energy dependence, higher taxes, and more government regulation of business (the costs of which will be passed on to consumers).
Our children and grandchildren who care deeply about the unborn will be forced to pay for their slaughter.
Daniel Henninger of the Wall Street Journal recently said that the next president will have the opportunity to nominate at least one Supreme Court Justice and that if Joe Biden is the president, he will nominate someone to the left of Sonia Sotomayor.
Biden and his commie puppeteers will extort suburbs into building low-income multi-occupancy housing and expanding their downtown districts through the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, turning lovely, safe suburbs into the kind of blighted urban areas Democrats have long ruled.
The Equality Act will pass and the assault on speech rights and religious liberty will intensify. Christians will see oppression like we have never seen in America. “Trans”-cultists and their accomplices will continue with more power and renewed vigor their assault on free speech.
Washington D.C. will gain two U.S. Senate seats, thereby guaranteeing Democratic control of the Senate in perpetuity.
Borders will be opened wide, and illegal immigrants will be granted the right to vote, thereby ensuring Democrats win every election.
The Electoral College will be eliminated, thereby 1. transforming the Founding Fathers’ Republic into the direct democracy they feared, and 2. granting enormous power to leftist-dominated urban areas while silencing the voices of those who live in huge geographic swaths of America.
Bail will be eliminated and prisons emptied while police will be defunded, thereby making communities far more dangerous and unlivable, and not even suburbs will offer sanctuary to law-abiding citizens.
School choice will become a long-lost pipe dream, and the America-hating racism-profiteers and “trans”-cultists who self-identify as “educators” will have captive audiences in their Marxist minion-making machines known as “public schools.” Already powerful teachers’ unions that support every far-leftist cause will grow even more powerful.
A refusal to vote for Trump is a de facto vote for the party that supports the despicable, revolutionary Marxist Black Lives Matter™ organization that is explicitly committed to destroying the nuclear family and normalizing homosexuality and cross-sex passing.
Biden has committed to forcing Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious institutions to provide “medical insurance that guarantees free birth control, tubal ligation and morning-after abortifacients.”
Never-Trumpers, RINOs, and D.C. swamp creatures get their panties in a twist over Trump’s boorish tweets, apparently finding them more horrific than a Biden administration’s eager support for human slaughter, the tyrannical Equality Act, and a Supreme Court more radical than it’s ever been.
In contrast, Princeton University law professor and eloquent defender of human life and marriage Robert P. Georgewrote this in December 2019:
If you believe, as Evangelicals and Catholics believe, that abortion is the unjust killing of innocent and defenseless members of the human family, then it is nigh impossible to imagine circumstances under which one could support a politician who pledges to work night and day to deny unborn children any legal protection against the lethal violence now visited with impunity upon nearly a million of them each year.
Author, historian, and Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Victor Davis Hanson pleads with Americans to vote for Trump:
This election no longer is about Trump’s tweeting. … It has nothing to do anymore with a lockdown, the virus, or the economy. … It’s an existential question … about whether you want civilization and you believe that America doesn’t have to be perfect to be good and we are not … going to destroy all that people died for, or [whether] you feel it was inherently flawed with a cancer and we have to use radiation and chemotherapy and kill the host to kill the cancer. That’s the choice we are looking at, and I’m going to vote for civilization.
Refusing to vote for Trump is a pat on one’s own back for being a better human than the riffraff who vote for the bad orange man and a signal that confers virtue on short-sightedness. It says that rejecting Trump in the short-term is worth the long-term damage done to the unborn, religious liberty, speech rights, education, national security, the economy, and the financial future of the next generation.
Voting for Trump is no more a vote for the man per se than voting for Biden is a vote for the cognitively impaired marionette befuddled Biden. We are voting for principles, policies, and proxies. And yes, not voting for Trump grows out of pettiness and constitutes a betrayal of America and our children.
Part 2 will include incontrovertible evidence the real motivations behind The Lincoln Project and similar groups, and it’s not that tough to figure out.
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McHenry Police Investigate Vehicle vs Pedestrian Crash
On July 11th, 2020 at approximately 9:20 P.M. officers of the McHenry Police Department responded to the 800 Block of N. Front Street (IL Route 31) for a reported crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian.
Upon arrival officers confirmed a collision occurred between a gold 2003 Chevrolet S-10 pickup and a pedestrian.
The preliminary investigation determined the vehicle had been travelling north on Front Street when it struck the pedestrian in the roadway.
A witness reported the pedestrian, a 33 year old male from McHenry, was walking east and attempted to cross Front Street when they were struck by the vehicle.
McHenry Township Fire Protection District (MTFPD) responded to the scene and transported the pedestrian to Northwestern Medicine McHenry.
The pedestrian was then flown to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville for treatment of their injuries, which were not life threatening.
The driver of the vehicle stayed on scene and did not report any injuries.
There were no passengers in the vehicle.
Members of the McHenry County Regional Major Crash Investigation Team are continuing to investigate this incident.
The team consists of officers from the McHenry Police Department, Johnsburg Police Department, Spring Grove Police Department, Harvard Police Department, Woodstock Police Department and Cary Police Department.
Front Street between John Street and Grove Avenue was closed to traffic for approximately three hours to allow the crash team to conduct the investigation.
If anyone has information related to this matter, they are asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Division of the McHenry Police Department at 815-363-2599. Those wishing to pass along anonymous information are encouraged to call the McHenry Police Department’s tip line at 815-363-2124. All calls made to the tip line are anonymous as Caller ID is not used.
The United States reported a daily record of 63,247 new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
It’s the second time this week the U.S. topped its record for new infections reported in a 24-hour period as outbreaks expand across a number of states, mostly across the American South and West. California, Florida and Texas reported more than 30,400 new cases collectively on Tuesday, according to data from Hopkins, accounting for nearly half all new cases in the U.S.
The U.S. has reported about 53,699 new cases on average over the past seven days, a record high seven-day average, up nearly 17.6% compared with a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of data collected by Johns Hopkins. The U.S. seven-day average has hit a new record every day for more than two weeks, according to CNBC’s analysis.
There is so much to take issue with here.
I hardly know where to start.
Let me begin by reminding readers that the guidelines were put in place to “flatten the curve” and not overwhelm hospitals…not to hide away until someone discovered a vaccine.
Furthermore, anyone with common sense would expect more cases after reopening, in the absence of a vaccine.
However, treatment options are available, the number of death is declining (from 21,000/week to just over 1,000/week), and the hospitals are not swamped.
These facts are also not being featured.
Instead, our press has decided to protect the social justice narrative and push a new study that absolves the BLM protests of all contribution from the spike:
Black Lives Matter protests haven’t seen coronavirus cases surge in cities since the massive demonstrations began, a study says.
The new research, which was published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, found no evidence that coronavirus cases jumped in 315 cities in the weeks following the first protests.
Researchers determined that protests may have been offset by an increase in social distancing among those who decided not to march.
Using cellphone data, the study determined that more people opted to stay home “perhaps due to fear of violence from police clashes or general unrest.”
“While it is almost certain that the protests caused a decrease in social distancing behavior among protest attendees, we demonstrate that effect of the protests on the social distancing behavior of the entire population residing in counties with large urban protests was positive,” the report reads.
There are many potential explanations for this result, including the possibility that protesters took the virus back home with them and infected more vulnerable family and friends.
Those that skipped the protests now have COVID-cases that they wouldn’t have had otherwise.
A scan of today’s headlines reveal the press is pushing this narrative hard:
Perhaps the bureaucracy, academia, and “journalists” are teaming up to promote a study that had the desired outcome?
They have had years of practice promoting climate change fear using the same technique.
Some analysis tends to confirm common-sense, albeit it hard to find:
However, let’s say that the BLM-protests are not responsible for the spike.
I would argue, then, that the entire suite of social distancing guidelines is nothing more than this millennium’s equivalent of leeches and blood-letting.
The original “compact” that was made is that Americans would quarantine themselves to flatten the curve.
Our medical system can now handle the cases, and the fatality infection rate is not as high as forecast, so the country should be reopened without the “spike” scare stories and the lies dressed up as “studies”.
Too long ago, Democratic Party State Central Committeeman Phil Janko sent this suggestion for making contact tracing easier.
While Illinois has already entered Phase 4, the idea still has merit.
“Sign In to Dine In” Covid-19 Contact Tracing
Before a region can enter into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan, that region needs contact tracing and monitoring within 24 hours of diagnosis for more than 90% of Covid-19 cases.
But how do we get there?
Peter Janko, community activist and Democratic State Central Committeeman – 14 Congressional District, is promoting a grass roots contact tracing effort on social media designed to not only save our mom and pop restaurants but also save lives at the same time.
Because most restaurants are overwhelmed with just the tasks of re-opening, fans of small restaurants are being encouraged to make a Guest Sign-in book for their favorite restaurant(s).
Fans then present the Guest Sign-in book to the restaurant owner, explain the importance of contact tracing, and ask them to have their dine in customers provide their contact info so that in the event another diner, from the same day, later tests positive for Covid-19, they can be promptly notified.
To ensure customer privacy, records are kept only on paper by the restaurant owner.
These records would only be released to the local health authorities if a person testing positive for COVID-19 indicates that he/she dined or worked at that restaurant within the virus’s incubation period.
Health officials could then use the sign-in to notify patrons of their potential exposure.
Patrons are already accustomed to signing up for coupons or notifications of special events at many restaurants, so most will be comfortable with having to Sign-In to Dine-In.
Administrators of 97 Illinois city and county health departments and 6 Illinois Illinois Department of Public Health were mailed information packets on “Sign In to Dine In” last Wednesday, May 3rd.
McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks took another shot at getting rid of health benefits for County Board members.
The campaign was started by Republican primary candidate Dave Stieper in 2014, as you can see from the campaign mailer below:
When Franks put the issue on last month’s Committee of the Whole agenda without committee approval, Board members killed the issue.
But as with the pig named Napoleon in the book “Animal Farm,” Franks was determined to show the lesser animals who was boss.
He allowed health benefit resolutions, one of which seems to have been written by Franks’ personal assistant former Northwest Herald reporter Kevin Craver, to be place on the agenda of the Administrative Services Committee without the permission of Chairwoman Michele Aavang.
Showing the coordination between Franks and the NWH were two big articles on the resolutions.
During the meeting Aavang said, she “has no control over the agenda.”
This has been an issue in several other instances.
One was Franks’ refusal to allow the Personnel Committee to consider his improper hiring of two patronage workers shortly after taking office.
One Committee member questioned how an individual board member could put something on the agenda, that not being allowed per Board Rules.
Yet, Democrats Carlos Acosta and Michael Vijuk pulled it off.
One County Board member said, “I hope people realize that there is such much more to what is going on here than what they see publicly. I have always had an issue with bullies and this is no different. I think some of these issues are discussions that need to be had but using bully tactics to get them passed is not in the best interest of our constituents.”
“Animal Farm” is a critique of the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin, “a brutal dictatorship built on a cult of personality,” according to Wikipedia.
As the book concluded,
“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
On 07-10-20 at 1350 hrs, an Employee (m-22 yoa) of Walmart, 21101 McGuire Rd reported that on 07-01-20 at 1818 hrs, a male subject entered the store and took several food items and left the store without paying for them.
As a result of the investigation Luis Valdez-Mendoza (m-45 yoa), 304 E Park St Apt #2, Harvard was issued a Non-Traffic Notice to Appear Citation for Retail Theft under City of Harvard ordinance.
Valdez-Mendoza was released with a court date of 08-17-20 at 1330 hrs.
From former McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster, who also served as Seneca Township Supervisor:
A Retired Public Official’s Lament (Part 3)
Today, many elected office holders are openly undermining the country with spurious legislation and investigations intent on ejecting a duly elected president from office.
Over and over, the rationale for their actions have proven to be wrong, yet they persist.
To the “woke” crowd, the anarchists and terrorists out there: since your learning experiences are based on a liberal educational indoctrination, information delivered by Democrats, mainstream media, and subversive groups… it is understandable that you would come away believing their actions are legal, accurate, and in your best interest… your country be-dammed.
Were you to listen to the alternative media with an inquiring mind; i.e. FOX, NEWSMAX, OAN, talk radio, etc., you would see through the hyperbolic rhetoric of the left and have an entirely different learning experience to measure what you are hearing.
About 4 years ago, the “hope & change” crowd nearly accomplished their goals as they feverishly worked to implement their socialist agenda.
Thwarted by the election of President Trump, their current actions make it clear they will not give up and have every intention to continue undermining America.
Some would call this a COUP as these folks use the very systems intended to protect the public… to bludgeon and destroy a presidency; and, to destabilize our country.
Despite the horrendous load their actions have placed on this President’s shoulders, he has worked to learn exactly how deep their actions and activities have infested the system.
Every American should ask, in fact, demand answers to these, and other questions:
How deep has this coup gone?
Will the ongoing investigations result in people being held accountable for the damage they have caused?
Will they be required to pay for their actions?
Will we be able to regain trust in the agencies involved in this sadistic attempt at taking down our country while covering up their dastardly deeds they are so desperate to keep hidden from us?
Will a full accounting of the tax dollars used for this coup be exposed?
Clearly, this Washington “in-crowd” has revealed their utter contempt, hatred and fear for our president and our way of life.
Were this a president lacking President Trump’s courage, he/she would have joined the swamp in-order to share the spoils of their position.
These rioters, looters, and anarchists are proving to America how much we love our country and pray that the demons these folks are dealing with can be corrected in time for them to wake up and become productive citizens.
While this is not a statement one takes pleasure in stating; however, if they really want to live under a socialist/communist form of government; please, feel free to choose any number of places where you can enjoy that environment.
Many of us would be more than happy to pay for your one-way ticket to wherever you choose!
Just remember to stand aside as people from those countries stampede toward America!
22nd Judicial Circuit Offers Zoom Option for Traffic Court
(Woodstock, IL) On May 20, 2020, the Illinois Supreme Court ordered that Circuit Courts may resume hearing court matters, whether in person or remotely.
In anticipation of this order, the 22nd Judicial Circuit in coordination with various justice stakeholders, including McHenry County Emergency Management, developed a Reestablishment Plan to allow for the safe resumption of effective and meaningful courthouse operations.
One goal of the Reestablishment Plan is to reduce the number of people coming to the Michael J. Sullivan Judicial Center, thus mitigating virus transmission.
To help accomplish this goal, the Circuit’s Reestablishment Plan included increased opportunities for remote appearances in many kinds of cases, including in traffic court.
Traffic court is a high-volume docket with hundreds of people typically coming to court each week.
If an individual receives a citation for a petty traffic offense, they may appear remotely in McHenry Courtroom 102 using Zoom.
The remote appearance will be on the same date designated on the citation, however it will begin 30 minutes after the time listed on the citation.
For example, the remote appearance for a citation with a return court date of August 1, 2020 at 1:30 pm will be on August 1, 2020 at 2:00 pm.
By opening the remote courtroom 30 minutes after in-person matters, the traffic court judge can maintain a reasonable flow of cases and limit delays.
Individuals wishing to appear in traffic court remotely need not contact the Circuit Clerk’s Office or the Court to request a remote appearance.
Rather, the individual simply enters into any web browser on a smartphone, laptop, desktop personal computer or other handheld device to appear in the virtual traffic courtroom on the appropriate date and time. Once the presiding Judge opens the remote courtroom at the designated time, participants are moved from the waiting room into the courtroom where they can see the courtroom, judge, prosecutor and other participants.
Links to information about virtual appearances can be found on the McHenry County Circuit Clerk’s website here.
Associate Judge Jennifer L. Johnson, who presides over traffic court stated, “I welcome the remote appearance choice for individuals faced with a petty traffic ticket.
“Many have found remote appearances are more convenient than coming to court in-person.
“Looking long-term, I am hopeful the option to appear remotely is an improvement that increases access to and participation in the justice system.
“I am pleased we have been able to implement this change with the help and cooperation of our justice partners, the Circuit Clerk’s office, and with the support of Court Administration,” Johnson continued.
Circuit Clerk Kathy Keefe stated, “The 22nd Circuit has been a leader with virtual courtrooms during the pandemic, particularly in the area of virtual traffic court.
“I have been contacted by Circuit Clerks from all over the state asking about our virtual traffic court, because we were one of the first counties in Illinois to give it a try.”
“The technology is free and user friendly,” stated Judge Johnson.
Circuit Clerk Kathy Keefe indicated that “Traffic court brings the most people to the courthouse, and our virtual traffic court program has been very successful not only reducing the number of people in the building every day, but also offering the public an option to take care of their traffic ticket without taking a day off from work or school.
“It is a low-cost solution which greatly improves the public’s access to justice in McHenry County.”
Chief Judge James S. Cowlin stated, “This pandemic has caused the courts to become innovative and more responsive to the public when handling the business of the courts.
“Remote appearances are a safe and efficient tool for court patrons.”
The 22nd Judicial Circuit of McHenry County and the Circuit Clerk’s Office encourages court users to take advantage of virtual appearances.
Presently, the 22 \nd Judicial Circuit allows for virtual appearances for certain traffic cases, civil cases and family law cases.
Algonquin releases Fourth of July enforcement numbers
(Algonquin, Illinois) – The Algonquin Police Department made one impaired driving arrest and issued
-29 seat belt citations,
-one child safety seat citation,
-32 speeding citations,
-4 distracted driving citations and
-4 misdemeanor/felony arrests
during the recent Fourth of July “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” safety campaigns.
Algonquin Police joined forces with more than 200 other state and local law enforcement agencies to get drunk and drugged drivers off our roads and encourage seat belt use.
The effort featured high-visibility enforcement combined with a variety of outreach activities including a media campaign.
The enforcement period was funded by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation as part of the statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” programs.