Prim Says Jail Rental Program Exceeding Expectations

At the McHenry County Board meeting, Sheriff Bill Prim revealed that his office is “well on the way to hitting and exceeding our benchmarks” for the rental of jail space to outside agencies, primarily the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency … Continue reading

Paul Serwatka Withdraws from State Rep. Race in Support of Allen Skillicorn

As the ice was leaving Crystal Lake, Lakewood Village Trustee Paul Serwatka was leaving the four-way race to replace State Rep. Mike Tryon. He withdrew in favor of East Dundee Village Trustee Allen Skillicorn. The news was announced in a … Continue reading

C’ville Sham Marriage Arranger, Then Customs Officer, Convicted

A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office: Kane County Woman Convicted of Witness Tampering for Hindering a Federal Investigation into Sham Marriage CHICAGO — A Kane County woman was convicted of witness tampering today for impeding a wide-ranging federal … Continue reading

County Jail Future on Board Agenda Tuesday

This weekend I pointed out that the McHenry County Board has  a shift of property taxes from business to homeowners in the 2016 Action Plan to be voted on Tuesday. In addition, important questions about the future of the County … Continue reading

Prim Gets 6-Months to See if Fed Jailing Worthwhile

After cutting jail expenses since he took office in December, McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim asked County Board approval to continue housing ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and U.S. Marshal detainees and prisoners for another six months. Wonder Lake’s John … Continue reading

Committee Approves Six-Month ICE Extension

At nine months on the job, Sheriff Bill Prim is asking McHenry County Board permission for a six months longer to decide on whether to keep housing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees in the McHenry County Jail. He gained … Continue reading

Bill Prim’s Statement to the NW Herald on Jail Contract

When I saw the Northwest Herald had done a story on the possibility that the County might not renew its contract with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement people, I asked the Sheriff’s Department for the statement which was provided the … Continue reading

Higher Rates May Have Saved McHenry County Jailers a Nervous Day

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that a Liberia woman taken by Federal officials to the Kenosha County Jail has been returned to Federal custody. She was monitored for ebola by Kenosha County officials. “…jail guards were understandably nervous, [Sheriff David] … Continue reading

Sheriff Purchasing New Bus for Alien Transport That May End Next Year

Although Sheriff Keith Nygren spent about a half an hour last Tuesday unsuccessfully trying to convince the McHenry County Board that the taxpayers were not losing money on his beloved contract to house illegal aliens, he is still planning to … Continue reading

“Unaccompanied Alien Children” – January 2014 RFP

The following information was uncovered by a friend of McHenry County Blog from a January 29, 2014, Request for Proposal from ICE, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement part of the Department of Homeland Security: “ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] is … Continue reading

Opaqueness of the Sheriff’s Department

“Opaque” is the opposition of “transparent,” right? Every month the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department makes a report to the County Board. I looked at the April report. Right on top is a summary of activity for the Corrections Division. Take … Continue reading

How to Get More Ethical McHenry County Employees

There was an column by Rex Huppke in the Chicago Tribune Monday that might suggest a use for the empty cells in the McHenry County Jail. And there are more empty cells than was reported by the Administration in the … Continue reading

County Cuts Losses of Housing Federal Prisoners $10 a Day – Part 2

John Hammerand, the County Board member who first pointed out (twelve months ago) that the county was losing big bucks by housing Federal prisoners, spoke next: “You cannot manage what we don’t measure. “I’m thinking of [the need to] swear … Continue reading

County Cuts Losses of Housing Federal Prisoners $10 a Day – Part 1

The debate on Tuesday about housing Federal prisoners in the McHenry County Jail started with Law & Justice Committee Chairman Sue Draffkorn trying to set the terms of debate. With regard to the ten-year agreement with the Feds, Draffkorn pointed … Continue reading

Due Diligence Not Evident on Sheriff’s Jail Rental Contract

My master’s degree from the University of Michigan is in Public Administration. I was thinking of what my professors would have said if I had presented what the County Board is being given to justify an increase of $10 a … Continue reading

County Board to Vote on ICE Jail Contract with No Taxpayer Input; Any Cost-Benefit Study Hidden

Because a vote on a new three-year jail contract with the Federal government will be voted upon by the County Board on Tuesday I am keeping this article on top until the meeting. = = = = = On Tuesday, … Continue reading

U.S. Marshal Agrees to Up Jail Reimbursement Rate to $95 per Day

Now the Federal government is paying McHenry County $85 per day to house prisoners, so the $95 a day rate represents a $10 per day increase. The $95 per day is still well below the $131.38 cost to house a … Continue reading