Laudatory Resolution on Sheriff’s Office Clears Law & Government/Liquor Committee

It wouldn’t come as much of a surprise if McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks thought he could use the killing of George Floyd to damage Sheriff Bill Prim.

As Rahm Emmanuel famously advised Bill Clinton, “Never let a crisis go to waste.”

Prim is independently elected and does not report to Franks, as much as Franks would like him to.

And, there was a crisis, right?

So, it seems that County Administrator Peter Austin was given the task.

The major problem, as Austin discovered after talking with Prim, was that chokeholds by law enforcement was prohibited by the Illinois General Assembly several years ago.

And the cowboy antics of deputies in previous administrations have not appeared under Prim. (See here “Major Portions of Pavlins’ Case against Sheriff’s Department Going to Trial” and here “Summary of Jerome and Carla Pavlin Case against the Sheriff’s Department and Legal Fees So Far.”)

No hints under Prim of a deputy’s dropping a gun after the shooting death of a recent high school graduate as a girlfriend of the young man shot long ago revealed to a friend at a high school reunion.

But, there was a crisis, so opportunity was at hand.

Hence, the following resolution:


WHEREAS, one of the fundamental concerns of McHenry County is to protect the public and the employees of McHenry County from undue harm; and

WHEREAS, McHenry County appreciates the positive image and relationships of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and it’s personnel to the citizens of the County and the State of Illinois; and

WHEREAS, McHenry County wishes to continue its proactive approach to public safety and lead by example, and

WHEREAS, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office provides modern training and equipment to the Sheriff’s Office Personnel in order to provide safety for its citizens and the employees of the County; and

WHEREAS, it is understood and appreciated that the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office is in the State of Illinois for professional law enforcement and is always learning, growing, evolving and adapting to new social norms.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, this County Board of McHenry County, Illinois, acknowledges that the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office abides by 720 ILCS 5/7-5.5 prohibiting the use of chokeholds; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, by this County Board of McHenry County, Illinois, that the Board acknowledges that the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office will continue to have all officers report any use of force by any officer, including their own use of force; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, this County Board of McHenry County, Illinois, is aware that the Sheriff’s Office has earned four separate law enforcement accreditations, an accomplishment almost unheard of among the 3,141 counties in the United States:

 ACA- American Correctional Association

NCCHA- National Commission on Correctional Healthcare

CALEA Law Enforcement – Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

CALEA Public Safety Communication and through this accreditation all use of force incidents are reported and documented for audit annually by an outside, independent panel of experts; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the County Clerk is hereby authorized to distribute a certified copy of this Resolution to the County Clerk; the McHenry County Sheriff Office; the McHenry County States Attorney’s Office; the Deputy County Administrator; and the County Administrator.

DATED at Woodstock, Illinois, this 21st day of July, A.D., 2020

Laudatory, wouldn’t you agree?

The discussion during committee might add some light.

After an introduction of the resolution by Austin, Jeff Thorsen explained, “We’re not changing anything, because we’ve been doing it right.”

Democrat Kelli Wegener said she had as “few interactions with the County Sheriff as possible,” adding that “growth [comes] from uncomfortable discussions.”

Wegener applauded the accreditations that the Sheriff’s Office had achieved and pointed out the “resolution is not an attack on the Sheriff’s Department.”

She did refer more broadly to the need for “social justice due to systemic racial discrimination.”

Committee Chairman Robert Nowak characterized the resolution as “excellent.”

Austin noted that of the over 3,000 counties, “fewer than seventy have three accreditations.

“What a Sheriff’s Department we have that emphasizes that professionalism.”

Indicating that the chokehold death in Minneapolis was the stimulant for the resolution, Austin revealed that he “didn’t know the choke hold [was] not legal in Illinois” and “hasn’t been for several years.”


Laudatory Resolution on Sheriff’s Office Clears Law & Government/Liquor Committee — 13 Comments

  1. What an uniformed stooge.

    How about Peter Austin time sheets???????

  2. More proof that idiots are in charge of the asylum. How did that redundant document get dated the 21st when we are only on 8th today? More proof of their lies or just a typo?

  3. “… always learning, growing, evolving and adapting to new social norms.”

    This is usually liberal speak for replacing truth and goodness with perversions and deviance by calling them “new social norms”.

  4. Cindy,

    I noticed the date as well. I think that it’s dated for the 7 PM county board meeting on 7/21.

  5. Why do we continue to put these retards up for election??

    McGOP needs to fix itself.

    And before I get the whole, “but it’s the Democrats or Franks” argument.

    The GOP has always held the majority and continues to screw everything up and let them run the roost.

    Time to truly take a look who is screwing our county and get rid of them.

    If not, you’re just another republican masochist looking to take it in the rear while watching it all burn.

  6. You’re making a resolution that is already a law!

    What choke hold was used in Minnesota? George Floyd did not have a choke hold used on him!

    It’s like Demi Moore in “A Few Good Men” saying I object and being denied and then strongly objecting!

    But lets write a resolution saying we support the law!

    If this goes through on a vote the County Board continues wasting time on political gains for Jacko for his headlines!

    Grow a pair County Board!

    The resolution that Acosta, Yensen and Vijuk want to pass in regards to the health insurance is another dumb idea.

    County Board Republicans continued to get played because you have no guts!

    Lets see who has them at the next board meeting!

  7. sounds like the cZar is quaking in thy boots arrest down the road may be?

  8. I don’t see this as an attack on Prim (how can it be if it is also laudatory?) as much as it is

    -Feel good waste of time

    -Pandering for law enforcement vote

    -Way to provoke county board members so that robocalls can be done later on, along with puff pieces from the NW Herald making Jack Franks seem like the Crusader of the Righteous and the Man of the People.

    I was going to write a long essay covering many topics but decided not to.

    The best way for board members to view this is to not take the bait and privately recognize it as the inconsequential scrap of paper that it is.

    The best course of action for board members to take would be to simply leave it on the consent agenda.

    Do not discuss it.

    If someone takes it off the consent agenda, just vote for it anyway.

    If there has to be a discussion, the discussion should be confined only to pointing out that whoever it was that made this an issue (Franks, Nowak, or whoever) is virtue signalling.

    Anything else is off the rails and will do no good.

    Consider biting your tongue and saying nothing at all, since it’s easy to get worked up especially when there is cross talk and people who like to intentionally stir the pot.

    If people try to amend it, then your calculation will have to change according to the situation.

    I can’t help you in real time.

    If it gets morphed into some wacky social justice thing, you might have to vote no.

    If people want to turn this into an even bigger stunt than it already is, they will be dealt with relentlessly and in a variety of ways.

    Someone who you do not expect, someone who is not up for election, may even slip in a poison pill wherein they call McHenry County racist and wherein they denounce systems of Whiteness.

    Who would do such a thing?

    You’ll have to tune into the meeting and see if that happens.

    Am I obfuscating?

    Am I prevaricating?

    You’ll see…

    Cal, who was it that put this on the Liquor Committee’s agenda?



    Someone else?

  9. Thank you Correcting on. you have seen this for what it was. End of discussion.

  10. Quick, someone wake Kenneally up or pull him away from the buffet.

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