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

Multi-Million Dollar Annual Subsidizing of Fed’s Housing of Illegal Aliens & Others at the McHenry County Jail – Part 2

Yesterday, based on McHenry County Sheriff’s Department figures organized by $60,000 consultant Joseph Summerill, McHenry County Blog pointed out that over a five-year period, Sheriff Keith Nygren’s program to house illegal aliens and prisoners in the McHenry County Jail cost … Continue reading

Multi-Million Dollar Annual Subsidy for Federal Government’s Housing of Illegal Aliens & Others at the McHenry County Jail – Part 1

One of the signature accomplishments claimed by outgoing McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren is the build-out of the unfinished top floor of the jail with the help of $6.5 million in Federal funds. Now, figures from the Sheriff’s Department show … Continue reading

Does New Federal Budget Put Sheriff’s ICE Floor Funding in Jeopardy?

Gannett Newspapers has an article today that makes me wonder if continued funding from the Federal government to McHenry County to house illegal aliens will be forthcoming at the past levels. The new budget cuts “about 25 percent — from … Continue reading

John Hammerand Wonders If the Benefits to County Outweigh the Costs of Housing Federal Inmates

April 17th, the same day that the McHenry County Board approved slot machines throughout rural McHenry County, Wonder Lake County member John Hammerand talked about the profitability of the housing of Federal inmates at the McHenry County Jail. “We better … Continue reading

Mark DeVries Gets National Award for Discover & Promotion of Beet Juice Anti-Ice Road Treatment

McHenry County Board Chairman Ken Koehler offers the following on an award given to McHenry County Transportation Department Maintenance Superintendent Mark DeVries: “I am pleased to announce that the McHenry County Division of Transportation (MCDOT) Maintenance Superintendent Mark DeVries was … Continue reading

Does the Sheriff’s Department Have Hatch Act Problems?

As a former Federal employee (Budget Examiner) for the United States Bureau of the Budget, I know a little bit about the Hatch Act. It was the statute that forced me to resign my Civil Service job in the Executive … Continue reading

Sheriff’s Web Site Massively Improved

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and the County’s IT Department deserve a hefty “at-a-boy” for the web site update. Sheriff Keith Nygren and Undersheriff Andrew Zinke are featured on the masthead of the opening web page. For the first time, … Continue reading

Will McHenry County Jail Have Competition for Federal Illegal Immigrant Money?

The crown jewel in McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren’s crown is the top floor of the McHenry County Jail. Constructed by a County Board that thought McHenry County’s criminal population would grow, it was not built out until Nygren came … Continue reading

38 Criminal Illegals Picked Up in McHenry County in September

McHenry County Blog continues to be the only local publication that thinks the Department of Homeland Security’s Secure Communities program is worth watching. This month, the program Sheriff Keith Nygren joined in April, saw 38 illegal aliens with criminal records … Continue reading

Nygren Locks Up 42 Criminal Illegals in July

The number of people turned over to ICE by Keith Nygren’s McHenry County Sheriff’s Department during July was forty-two. That’s forty-two more criminals off the street. Nygren entered the Homeland Security Department’s Secure Communities program, along with other collar county … Continue reading