CL Woman Gets Over Four Years for $1.1 Million in Fraudulent Income Tax Refunds, Scheme Involved McHenry, Marengo and Popular Grove Folks, One to be Deported

A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office: Crystal Lake Woman Sentenced to 55 Months in Federal Prison for Mail Fraud ROCKFORD — A Crystal Lake woman was sentenced today in federal court by U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Kapala … Continue reading

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

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

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

Contractor Doesn’t Pay Union Wages, Indicted for Cheating Benefit Funds

A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office: Former President of Chicago Construction Company Indicted in $1.9 Million Union Fraud Scheme CHICAGO — The former president of a Southwest Side construction company paid off-the-books cash wages to workers and under-reported … Continue reading

473 Illegals Went from County Jail to ICE over 53-Months

With national media talking about President Barack Obama thinking hard about using Executive Branch powers to address immigration reform, I asked the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office to provide information about the number of people who went from the County Jail … 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

For Those Who Think You Cannot Influence Congress – Alert of Blog Friend Find re “Unaccompanied Alien Children” Prompts Unanswerable Questions from Homeland Security

A note from Congressman Randy Hultgren concerning the developing “unaccompanied alien children” crisis in the United States.  I forwarded the January Request for Proposal from Homeland Security which a Friend of McHenry County Blog sent. The date of the RFP … 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

DHS Memo on “Unaccompanied Alien Children”

When Congressman Randy Hultgren sent out his press release on the probable settlement in Illinois of unaccompanied children crossing the Mexican border, it mentioned a memo from the U.S. Department of Human Services. I asked for a copy. You can … Continue reading

“Unaccompanied Children” Crossing Mexican Border May End Up in Illinois

A press release from Congressman Randy Hultgren: Hultgren Concerned Illinois Targeted for Receiving Influx of Immigrant Border Children Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today issued a statement on the situation involving an influx of Unaccompanied Alien Children … 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

McHenry County Number One in Uninsured Children

“McHenry County has the highest percentage of uninsured children in Illinois.” That’s what is written next to the map created by the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council (MCHC) concerning its findings about those without health insurance (private or government) in Illinois. … 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

Illegal Alien Sentenced for $480,000 Unemployment Comp Fraud

A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office: CHICAGO MAN SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR DEFRAUDING ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE CHICAGO — A Chicago man was sentenced today to three years in federal prison for engaging … 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