When Will Mike Madigan Be Indicted?

That’s the question former newspaper man, State Representative, Department Director, Taxpayer Federation President, Professor, etc., Jim Nowlan addresses in the following piece:

NOWLAN: Why Michael Madigan hasn’t yet been indicted?

Friends ask:

“Why hasn’t Mike Madigan been indicted yet? After all, he has been under investigation for what must be a couple of years now.”

My answer: It’s because the federal prosecutor is not confident he can prove the former Illinois House speaker personally did anything illegal.

I define public corruption as receiving unearned personal gain at taxpayer expense. There obviously are illegal forms of corruption — as well as “legal corruption.” In the latter, there is political gain but not provable personal gain.

For example, several decades ago, there was passionate debate in Springfield about Illinois ratification of the U.S. Equal Rights Amendment (an effort that then failed narrowly in Illinois). As the debate raged, in the state Capitol and within earshot of others, a woman baldly offered a legislator $500 or so if he would vote for the ERA Amendment. That is clearly an act of public corruption, and she was convicted, as I recall.

Similarly, Chicago Alderman Ed Burke apparently has been caught on a telephone wiretap saying he was holding up a needed city license until a small-time restaurant owner agreed to sign up with Burke’s law firm for property tax appeal work. Again, if shown to be so in court, that represents seeking personal gain in return for releasing a license he controlled.

But, if no one gains personally, and there is never a communication between an official and a possible bribee about a quid pro quo, then where is the illegality?

Mike Madigan has been legend for decades in Springfield for never putting his fingerprints, or voice prints, on anything. He doesn’t use email or the phone; instead, he winks and nods, say some insiders, and you can’t indict a guy for winking.

Nor has he apparently received any personal gain from governmental transactions. He hasn’t had to because he has made his millions heading a law firm that does property tax appeal work in Chicago — most big building owners sign up to be represented by Madigan.

This is a hallowed scam, you might say, in which assessors, some of whom have been handmaidens of Madigan, jack up city building assessments. Then, a property tax law firm such as Madigan’s (there are half a dozen, all deeply connected to Chicago Dem politicos) goes in and appeals for the property owner clients.

And voilà, the assessment is reduced to about where it should be. Everyone wins, you might say: Property owner gets a tax reduction, and an elected official/private attorney such as Madigan “earns” a big fee outside government. All perfectly legal corruption.

(Note: Years ago, when I headed a statewide business organization, I had a property tax executive tell me: “Jim, my company owns properties all over America, and Chicago is absolutely the only place in the nation that we have to hire an attorney to handle our property taxes.”)

But, has Madigan done anything actually illegal? I don’t know, and I am guessing the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois doesn’t know either — or worries he can’t prove in court — that Madigan has done so.

To paraphrase an old saw about grand juries and their proclivity to indict: A criminal trial jury today would convict a ham sandwich if it wore a “Re-elect Mike Madigan” T-shirt. But, would such a conviction stand up on appeal today, in light of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions that circumscribe the definition of what constitutes illegal public corruption?

Which gets us to the politics of U.S. attorneys in Chicago. They have a greater than 95 percent conviction rate during the years in public corruption cases. Many top elected officials, such as our late Governor Jim Thompson, got their jumpstart in politics as corruption-busting U.S. attorneys who put away a lot of “bad guys.” Thus, a U.S. attorney hates to lose in court; it’s not only embarrassing, but it dulls the luster on his or her future career.

For the past couple of years, the U.S. attorney’s phalanx of lawyers has been squeezing Madigan associates about what the speaker might have said, might have done.

In that regard, I have a good friend who was “measured for a striped suit” (he did time) as part of the conviction of former Illinois Governor George Ryan.

Friend said this about the grilling by prosecutors of politicos close to someone they are after: “They are brutal. They threaten to send you off to the slammer and throw away the key. They threaten your wife, your family. They scare you so bad you could understand if a person admitted to something that wasn’t even true, if it would get the feds off his back.”

So, will Madigan be indicted? I don’t know. If he is, you can bet the U.S. attorney is confident he can convince a jury — and higher courts on appeal — that Mike Madigan is guilty of illegal corruption.

Few Attend Algonquin Anti-ICE Jail Contract Rally

After their 5-3 victory in the McHenry County Finance Committee vote to cancel the contract with ICE to house illegal immigrants, I thought the Saturday demonstration would be well attended.

Here is the Facebook photo from the event:

Anti-ICE rally in Downtown Algonquin Saturday, May 8, 2021.

The Friend of McHenry County Blog who found the image added the following comment:

16 people, including a few brainwashed children, plus the cameraperson puts the total number of people at today’s “rally” to cancel the ICE contract at 17.

These are the people the county board, including now some Republican turncoats, are terrified of.

It’s the same people: Murfin the proud communist, Vijuk the tryhard, the UU cult, white teenage girls.

The overwhelming majority appears to be white, with very few Hispanics, and zero blacks.

You can see the tweet where the activist group says to “free them all.”  

Where I’m from, the word “all” means everybody.

So this group apparently favors releasing violent felons who are in the country illegally.

And these people truly believe they are helping.

Now we have entire generations of students being taught this garbage.

U.S. Senate 2022: Meet the Republican Challengers Thus Far

As U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth prepares to run for reelection to a seat where an incumbent has not won reelection since 1986, potential challengers making themselves known

First term U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D, Hoffman Estates) prepares for her reelection campaign kickoff later this month.

The Senate seat she occupies has not been won by an incumbent seeking reelection since 1986. Since then, incumbents:

  • 1992: Senator Alan Dixon lost the Democratic primary to Cook County Recorder of Deeds Carol Moseley Braun
  • 1998: Senator Carol Moseley Braun lost her reelection bid to Republican state Senator Peter Fitzgerald
  • 2004: After threats of Republican primary challengers due to recommending President Bush to nominate Patrick Fitzgerald (no relation) U.S. Attorney for the northern district, Senator Peter Fitzgerald bows out, paving the way for Democrat state Senator Barack Obama’s election and eventually 2 terms as the President of the United States four years later
  • 2010: Appointed incumbent Democrat Senator Roland Burris did not seek bid for election in the Democrat primary, which state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias won, and lost in the general to 5-term Republican Congressman Mark Kirk
  • 2016: Senator Mark Kirk lost his reelection bid to Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth

Through today, four Republicans have submitted Statements of Candidacy with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to run for U.S. Senate in 2022.

While filing with the FEC does not mean filing nominating petitions for the March 15 Republican primary this November, it is likely some if not all 4 Republican candidates will be in attendance at Saturday’s McHenry County Republican Party’s Lincoln Leadership Dinner in Crystal Lake.

While none of the candidates would be considered top-tier (current or former elective public official countywide, IL General Assembly or Congress), in the paraphrased words of Apollo Creed from the 1976 movie Rocky, without a top-tier Republican, what Duckworth needs to face is a novelty.

Meet the candidates in order of filing with the FEC for 2022:

Peggy Hubbard

Peggy Hubbard

Website: https://t.co/TgRIPa5A9E?amp=1

Peggy Hubbard ran in 2020 for U.S. Senate, finishing a distant 2nd behind primary winner former Sheriff Mark Curran.

Allison Salinas

Allison Salinas

Website: https://www.salinas4ussenate.org/

Allison Salinas is from downstate Pekin and this is her first run for public office.

Tim Arview

Tim Arview

Website: https://t.co/Jeo8bhbrIV?amp=1

From downstate West Frankfort, Arview declared his candidacy in early April.

Rob Cruz

Rob Cruz

Website: https://www.cruzforus.info/

Rob Cruz is the only Republican candidate thus far from the Chicago suburbs (Oak Lawn), and the only candidate elected to local public office, winning election last month to the Oak Lawn Community High School District #229 school board, coming in 3rd in a 5-candidate race where top 4 win.


Only one other candidate has filed with the FEC to challenge Duckworth, a 3rd party candidate (“George Wallace Party”) named Daniel Obama Hauskins from Quad Cities (Rock Island).

From the desk of John Lopez: Of the four Republicans at this early stage, Cruz appears to be the one who could breakout from the pack. According to a Friend of McHenry County Blog, Cruz’s campaign is being managed by Will County Republican Chairman George Pearson.

Also, Cruz has a big fundraiser scheduled for May 25, and on the 28th kicking off the Memorial Day holiday weekend, Cruz will be featured with two McHenry County residents seeking office next year, gubernatorial candidate Gary Rabine and IL-16 congressional candidate Catalina Lauf at an event with Scott Presler as the special guest.

Time will tell if a top-tier Republican current/former officeholder is recruited or steps forward to seek the nomination for U.S. Senate.

The 2022 Illinois U.S. Senate race is already rated as “Safe Democrat”.

If the upcoming congressional remap drives one of the 5 Republicans currently serving in the U.S. House from Illinois into the U.S. Senate race, they will immediately move to frontrunner status.

But for now, the Republican field, while not far from set, has four candidates to evaluate over the spring and summer. Salinas is confirmed she will be in Crystal Lake Saturday.

If the remaining candidates are not in attendance, their surrogates/volunteers likely will be.

Ness Reports on First 100 Days as State Representative

From State Rep. Suzanne Ness:

Illinois State Representative – Suzanne Ness | May 2021

I’m sitting in my Springfield office as I write this.

It’s been a little over 100 days since I was sworn in and I’m excited for all that my office has been able to do in that time.

For the past 3 weeks, the General Assembly has gathered in Springfield to pass months worth of legislation.

I am proud to share that four bills that I drafted and sponsored were passed. (You can find more information on Rep. Ness’ passed legislation below).

Now that these bills have passed through the House, they move on to the Senate for debate and, hopefully, to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law.

I’ve appreciated hearing from so many of you regarding bills, whether you support them or oppose them.

Hearing your thoughts on issues that matter to you, your family, and our community is essential to the legislative process.

I promise that it makes a difference when I go to make decisions or vote.

Suzanne Ness on House floor with staffer.

In addition to legislation, our office has received 25 unemployment related cases, as well as numerous requests for FOID card services and help securing a COVID-19 vaccine.

If you haven’t received the vaccine yet, and you’d like to, please let my office know. My staff and I are here to serve you and navigate any barriers that are keeping you or your loved ones from getting the vaccine. For example, we successfully coordinated transportation for a couple who were unable to get vaccinated because they didn’t have access to a car.

As more people get vaccinated, the more we can begin seeing each other in person again and enjoying more of all of the amazing things District 66 has to offer together. I’m looking forward to concerts in the park, parades, and festivals. Most importantly, I’m looking forward to getting to connect with you out in our community.

Finally, If you have an issue or need help connecting to resources, reach out to our constituent services office. Even if we cannot directly help you, we will do what we can. Hannah, my amazing District Director, and I, are here and eager to serve.


Click on the links below to learn more about the following legislation bills.

Roll Call on Suzanne Ness’s House Bill 2748, passing 115-0.
  • HB 2748 allows for an additional year of in-person learning for students with developmental disabilities, and their families, who have “aged-out” of their schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic. That last year is vital to what comes next for many of these students.
  • HB 2433 is a first step to explore collaborative opportunities for local county health departments to work with the State in improving response times and mitigation of nursing home complaints. Residents and their families deserve the sense of security knowing they are being cared for in the best manner possible. This bill also adds accountability requiring the State to report to the GA regarding nursing home complaints.
  • HB 2741 will serve as an important tool for those who work to protect children in our community. This bill is an example of how different groups can come together to ensure that policies and laws do what they are intended to do. Thank you to Beth Vonau for bringing this important issue to my attention.

Wirepoints Provides More Criticism of Democrats’ Enhancing “Affirmative Action”

From Wirepoints, reprinted with permission:

Merit, Schmerit: Pending Illinois law will change ‘affirmative action’ to ‘positive action’ and cover, well, everything! – Wirepoints

May 8, 2021

By: Mark Glennon*

How about we expand preferences in hiring and promotion to base them on any characteristic whatsoever that might disadvantage somebody, regardless of whether the characteristic is inherited or self-inflicted?

That’s in a bill moving full steam ahead in Springfield and it’s a doozy. It’s House Bill 3914, the Positive Action Act. It already passed the Illinois House and is moving in the Senate.

It would have state agencies give hiring preference to anybody with a “protected characteristic.”

The bill’s definition of that term is the key.

It includes 

“any characteristic which may be used, either directly or indirectly, to discriminate against or place at a disadvantage such persons having that characteristic.”

So, it’s not just involuntary traits like race or gender, it’s anything that would disadvantage somebody, even if self-imposed.


As you think about examples of how absurd this is, it’s important to remember this is not about nondiscrimination. It’s about creating new preferences for anybody with a “protected characteristic.”

Consider, for example, people who are obese, short or unattractive.

You probably think, as I do, that they usually should not be discriminated against in hiring and promotions.

But giving them a special preference is an entirely different matter, and that’s what the bill would do.

Obesity, shortness and unattractiveness all fit under the bill’s definition of “protected characteristics.”

It’s easy to find research confirming that those traits are penalized in the labor market. Some of that research was discussed in a New York Times article here.

To make the point, that article says Gregory Mankiw, an economist at Harvard and the former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, facetiously proposed taxing taller people more, since someone 6 feet tall can be expected to earn $5,525 more a year than someone who is 5-foot-5.

Mankiw was kidding but the bill is no joke. It’s serious about essentially the same concept, but far more broad.

Or what about applicants who are unintelligent, even those who are so because they haven’t been motivated enough to educate themselves?

And what about those who simply lack experience?

They, too, generally fare poorly in the labor market and those traits also fit within the definition of “protected characteristics.”

The bill would call for them to get a preference over those who are smarter or more experienced, and no distinction would be made if those traits stemmed from simple lack of effort.

The bill does include one supposed limitation.

It does not apply if the characteristic makes the person less qualified than other applicants.

Specifically, the bill says that favorable consideration in the process of recruitment or promotion shall only be allowed if “the person having the protected characteristic is as qualified as the person not having the protected characteristic.”

But that’s all the bill says on this and that’s not much of a limitation.

For one thing, traits like intelligence, education and experience often only bear on qualification up to a certain point, especially for entry-level and low-skill jobs.

The “as qualified as” standard therefore often loses any meaning.

Moreover, even beyond those circumstances, if the limitation were really meant to have meaning, it would contradict the clear purpose of the bill.

Is the point to hire the most qualified person under all circumstances or to give a preference to others?

Obviously, the purpose of the bill is to provide preferences and override blind selection based on qualifications and merit, so that’s how it would be interpreted and applied.

Another fundamental problem with the bill is that its concept of protected characteristics is impossibly vague.

Countless traits arguably disadvantage some people in life, but the bill would call for state agencies to identify those traits and reward them.

It’s important to note that the definition of protected characteristics is not limited to traits related to the job at issue.

Any trait that makes life worse in or out of the workplace can be covered by the bill.

Beyond authorizing special preferences, the bill requires all agencies to “take positive action” to help those with protected characteristics and submit reports on their “positive action” progress.

The bill amends some 50 existing statutes to replace the term “affirmative action” with “positive action.”

Finally, the bill would require each state agency to perform an internal examination to identify all “eugenics-inspired policies” and other policies with a discriminatory impact, and issue an annual report to the Governor and the General Assembly.

Props to McHenry County Blog for calling this bill to our attention.

New Life for Richmond Village Hall

From the Village of Richmond:

Memorial Hall Special Announcement

As you may have heard, changes are headed for the Village of Richmond.

Richmond Village Hall

Memorial Hall has served many purposes throughout the years since it was gifted by Charles DeWitt McConnell, the grandson of Village founder William McConnell.

In 1908 the first Village board meeting was held inside the walls of the newly constructed landmark.

It has served as a meeting place for theater performances, basketball games, the police department, village hall, food pantry, and various events that brought the community together. 

After so many years the Village Hall and Police Department were moved offsite.

Memorial Hall was used less frequently and fell silent in between private events and annual Christmas of Yesteryear each December.

With Memorial Hall standing firmly at the heart of downtown, and aging more than 100 years, Village officials garnered ideas on how to revitalize this staple of the community.

Initial investments on structural and cosmetic upgrades were completed but the Village’s fiscal duty to all taxpayers first and foremost is to fund essential infrastructure and services that improve the quality of life in this Village we call home.

Budget constraints left little room for the renovations necessary and tough decisions had to be made.

Thus, believing it was truly in the best interest of the survival of this building, to be maintained and improved to its fullest potential, the building was sold this month to a local private investor whose vision is what we always believed Memorial Hall could be one day, in the right hands.

Village officials weighed heavily on the transition of this building and decided it was the right thing to do to honor the gift that Charles DeWitt McConnell bestowed on the Village of Richmond and give Memorial Hall a new breath of life, serving a new purpose, and acting as a beautiful gathering place for events once again.

We are elated to be able to share with you today the preliminary sketches of what Memorial Hall is to become; Preserving its unique architecture and grand appearance as the heart of Richmond.

22-Year Old Huntley Man Cited for Seven Offenses in Traffic Stop

From the Huntley Police Department on May 4, 2021:

Illinois Route 47 / Mill Street.

Nicholas P. Caruso, age 22, of 10500 block of Sawgrass Lane, Huntley was arrested for

  • DUI
  • UI over .08
  • improper lane use
  • operating motor vehicle while using an electronic device
  • unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon
  • possession of a firearm with defaced serial number and
  • reckless conduct.

Mr. Caruso was transported to McHenry County jail to await a bond hearing.

Mr. Caruso was transported to McHenry County jail to await a bond hearing.

Ness Warns of Secretary of State-Related Scams

From State Rep. Suzanne Ness:

Ness Warns Residents of New Scams Targeting Illinoisans

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In response to reports of new scams targeting Illinoisans, state Rep. Suzanne Ness, D-Crystal Lake, is encouraging residents to take steps to protect themselves from scams and fraud.

“It is disheartening that scammers and bad actors continue to take advantage of individuals and steal personal information and it is evident that they continue to find new ways to do so,” said Ness. “It is important that we are all aware of new scams that arise as well as common schemes and questions that are asked that are designed to sound legitimate.” 

Recently, two new scams have surfaced attempting to defraud Illinoisans. The first scam is a text claiming to come from the Illinois Secretary of State (SOS) asking recipients to visit “uipendingcases.org.” The second scam involves several websites, such as “IllinoisCarReg.com,” offering online license plate sticker renewals that charge residents an extra fee in addition to the sticker renewal fee. The SOS is encouraging residents to only use their official government website, cyberdriveillinois.com, to renew their stickers online and to not give out information such as Social Security numbers or bank account information to unsolicited texts or calls.

Individuals who believe they have been defrauded by any of these schemes are encouraged to contact their credit card company to dispute the extra fee charge. If you have questions about text message scams or identity theft, call the Illinois Attorney General’s Consumer Fraud Hotline at 800-386-5438. For more information on how to protect yourself from fraud and scam, individuals can visit the Attorney General’s website at https://illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/phonescams.html

“With the emergence of these new scams, I encourage all residents to learn the best practices to keep yourself and your family safe from those looking to scam you,” said Ness. “I will do my part to fight against these scam artists by raising awareness on new scams, as well as cracking down on scammers through legislation.”

Marengo’s Arnold Engineering Sued for Not Living Up to Consent Decree Concerning Polluting Groundwater

From the McHenry County State’s Attorney and Illinois Attorney General:

Environmental Contamination Prosecution

Patrick D. Kenneally, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that his office joined Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul’s lawsuit against 300 West LLC., and The Arnold Engineering Company (“Defendants”) for violations of the Illinois Environmental Protection Act.

Area affected.

The Attorney General’s office filed a lawsuit in 2013 against the defendants over decades-long contamination related to a manufacturing facility located at 300 North West Street in Marengo, Illinois.

Chlorinated solvents were used in the manufacturing process and Chlorinated VOCs migrated offsite.

Vinyl Chloride, TCE, and PCE are known human carcinogens and have been detected through groundwater monitoring.

Arnold Engineering polluted area,

Despite ongoing litigation by the Attorney General’s office, the defendants have not fully investigated or addressed the contamination remaining onsite and offsite, as required by a consent order negotiated with the Defendants by the Attorney General’s Office and Illinois EPA in 2016 and entered by the Court.

As required by the Consent Order, defendants hooked up residents whose drinking water was impacted by the release to the City of Marengo’s public water supply, at the defendants’ expense.

The environmental violations have created a substantial danger to the environment, caused water pollution, and have not been fully investigated and remediated, as required by the 2016 consent order, despite repeated attempts by the Attorney General’s office.

The Attorney General’s office filed a consent order that was entered on June 1, 2016.

The Attorney General’s Office has filed nine Petitions for Rule to Show Cause for Defendants’ failure to meet deadlines and otherwise comply with the Consent Order.

Kenneally is alleging the Arnold Engineering Company has failed to be actively involved in complying with the terms of the Consent Order and Defendants have failed to meet deadlines and otherwise comply with the June 2016 Consent Order, as outlined in the nine Petitions for Rule to Show Cause.

“It’s well past time that Arnold and 300 West LLC take responsibility for and remediate the hideous mess and pollution prior irresponsible and thoughtless business practices created,” said Kenneally.

“Our Office will fight any further foot-dragging, band-aid solutions, or pleas of poverty on the part of polluters.”

“The Attorney General’s office has been committed to ensuring residents have access to safe drinking water, and we continue to take action to hold the defendants accountable for complying with the order entered in 2016,” Attorney General Kwame Raoul said.

“My office will continue working to hold the defendants fully responsible for providing residents with the safe water they deserve and addressing remaining contamination, and I appreciate the support of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s office.”

Vaccinations Available at Algonquin Public Works Building This and Next Saturday

From Algonquin Township:

Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic Hosted by Dan McConchie, Walgreens and Village of Algonquin

There will be a free Covid-19 vaccination clinicon Saturday May 15, 2021 and Saturday June 5, 2021.

This clinic is open to anyone ages 16 and older.

Walgreens will be administering the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, which is administered as a two-dose series, 3 weeks apart.

This means that those who take advantage of the May 15 clinic will need to be available to attend the same clinic on June 5.


  • 1st Shot Clinic Sat. May 15, 2021 9am-4:00pm Algonquin Public Works Facility, 110 Meyer Drive, Algonquin 60102
  • 2nd Shot Clinic*must attend 1st shot clinic to attend* Sat. June 5, 20219am-4:00pm Algonquin Public Works Facility, 110 Meyer Drive, Algonquin 60102

This is a Free Community Vaccination clinic with Walgreens and is Participants can book an appointment ahead of time by registering here. Walk-in vaccinations will also be available.

Insurance and proof of identification is NOT required to receive a vaccination.hosted by State Senator Dan McConchie and the Village of Algonquin.

Nine Years for Delivering Fatal Heroin/Fentanyl Dose

From the McHenry County State’s Attorney:


Steven Glennon

Patrick D. Kenneally, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that Steven C. Glennon, 60, of McHenry, Illinois was sentenced to nine years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, for the offense of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, by Honorable Judge Robert Wilbrandt after pleading guilty to Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a Class 2 Felony.

Glennon was sentenced to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, for the offense of attempt aggravated robbery, a Class 2 Felony.

The sentences will be served concurrently.

On November 26, 2019, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department investigated a fatal drug overdose.

The investigation confirmed that Glennon gave heroin, laced with fentanyl, to the deceased [who lived in unincorporated McHenry].

In a separate investigation, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department learned that Glennon attempted to rob Nedza’s Food Shop, in McHenry Illinois, on May 9, 2019.

These cases were prosecuted by Brian Miller of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Wisconsin Women Gets Six Years after Admitting Being Source of Heroin Which Killed Richmond Woman

From the McHenry County State’s Attorney:


Casey Lynn Myers

Patrick D. Kenneally, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announced that Casey Lynn Myers, 36, of Fondulac, Wisconsin, was sentenced on May 7, 2021 to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections by the Honorable Judge Coppedge after pleading guilty to the offense of Drug Induced

On March 2, 2017, police responded to a call regarding an unresponsive subject located in a residence.

Upon arrival the police located Jennifer Farrell, deceased, in the basement of the residence.

An autopsy was performed on Jennifer Farrell which listed the cause of death as adverse effects of heroin.

The police conducted an investigation and determined that Casey Myers made arraignments with Farrell to deliver a quantity of heroin to her through another individual on that date.

Farrell received the heroin, ingested it, and overdosed thereby causing her death.

This case was investigated by members of the Richmond Police Department.

This case was prosecuted by Robert Schuman of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Gift Card Phone Scam Locally

From the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department:

Residents BEWARE

Our community is being targeted by a warrant phone call scam where scammers are calling you, giving the name of one of our deputies, advising you that there is a warrant for your arrest, and telling you to go purchase gift cards, scratch them off and provide the numbers on the back to avoid going to jail.

Our number one priority is to protect you.

Here are more tips to prevent this from happening to you:

  • Please pause and think. If you have not committed a criminal act, why would there be a reason for a warrant for your arrest?
  • Criminals may try to pressure you, scare or intimidate you, telling you that the Sheriff’s Office will come and arrest you if you do not provide gift card numbers to them immediately.
  • Names of our deputies are being used in this scam. Names of our personnel are open to the public which, in this situation, provides opportunity for criminal actions to take place.
  • The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office does not take bond over the phone, ever.  Also, bond is never taken in a form of a gift card.
  • Thank you to those residents who have called and made us aware that this scam is occurring. If you are questioning if there is a warrant for your arrest, call us to verify at 815-338-2144.

Property Tax Bills Now Available on County Treasurer’s Website

Last weekend, McHenry County Blog passed on a way one could see how much one owes in real estate taxes this year.

But, how much was going to each tax district was not included.

Now, McHenry County Treasurer Glenda Miller has posted the easy way to figure how much property owners will have to dig up next month.

You can find the starting place here.

I found this breakout of what our family will pay to each tax district:

If one would like to compare what a district extracts this year versus last year, look on the righthand side of the page with your total tax bill. Mine looks like this:

On the righthand side you’ll see two boxes–Pay Taxes and Tax Bill–enlarged below:

Click on the “Tax Bill” box and the tax bill that is being mailed will appear. On it are comparisons of taxes due last year and this year.

Mine looks like this: