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

“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

Dee Beaubien’s Latino Pitch – Was It the Same as Was Made Successfully by Democrats Elsewhere?

Below you will see two post cards sent by Illinois Immigrant Action PAC on behalf of Dee Beaubien (Ind.-Madigan). They are aimed at Lations, the group which turned out to be the secret weapon for Democrats in district after district. … 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

Mexico-United States Border Fence Film Being Shown in Woodstock Friday

A press release from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Woodstock: Woodstock Church to Screen Film on Controversial Border Fence Woodstock–The film The 800 Mile Wall will be shown on Friday November 11, 2011, at 7 pm at the Unitarian Universalist … Continue reading

Midway Customs Supervisor Gets 46 Months for Getting $1,500 Bribes to Alter Restaurant Illegals Immigration Status

A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office: FORMER MIDWAY AIRPORT CUSTOMS OFFICER SENTENCED TO 46 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR RECEIVING BRIBES FROM RESTAURANT EMPLOYEES CHICAGO — A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) supervisor at Midway International Airport … Continue reading

Walsh Says Put a Moat with Alligators, If That’s What It Takes to Stop Illegal Immigration

A press release from Congressman Joe Walsh: Congressman Walsh Sends Letter to President Obama in Reaction to Yesterday’s Immigration Speech in El Paso “Border security is national security. It’s not a joking matter.” Washington, D.C. – Congressman Joe Walsh (R-IL) … Continue reading

Privately-Financed Dream Act Scholarships Draw Palatine Tea Party Ire

The Palatine Tea Party has taken offense at the votes for the Illinois Dream Act by eleven Republican State Senators. The eleven are Althoff, Bomke, Brady, Dillard, Duffy, Tom Johnson, Murphy, Radogno, Sandack, Schmidt, Syverson. Pam Althoff and Dan Duffy … Continue reading

Walsh Pledges Continuous Town Hall Meetings

The “news” at Congressman-Elect Joe Walsh’s first post-election Town Hall meeting in McHenry County was that he would not vote for the compromise tax bill being considered in Congress. But the take-away message was that constituents should expect a lot … Continue reading

Diane Evertsen Mailing Hits Mailboxes

Here’s what Republican County Board candidate Diane Evertsen mailed out just before the election. It’s a yellow post card, almost goldenrod, it appears to me. Evertsen provides her web site address and says, Commonsence, conservative solutions… for a better future … Continue reading

Immigration – Local Thoughts

Thinking about immigration locally, McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren has a win-win potential. He somehow convinced the Northwest Herald to allow him to make a front page pitch to Latino voters the Sunday before last. But, as reported only in … Continue reading

ICE Detainee Search System Unrolled

People will now be able to search for people incarcerated on at least one floor of the McHenry County Jail. It won’t be people arrested for most crimes, however. If a friend or acquaintance gets arrested, you’ll still have to … Continue reading

Federal Government’s Double Standard on Local Enforcement of Federal Immigration Laws

I’m not much into writing about national politics. I’ve only touched upon immigration enforcement by local officials when McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren joined other suburban sheriffs in agreeing to do so. (See April 14, 2010 article entitled, “Nygren to … Continue reading

Immigrant Rights Folks Marching to Woodstock

Those opposed to the new Arizona law are marching to Woodstock to demonstrate at the McHenry County Jail. It’s taking them three days to walk the fifty-some miles. The Chicago Tribune says they are planning to spend the night in … Continue reading

McHenry County Sheriff’s Candidate Zane Seipler Gives Position on Illegal Immigration

Probably all campaigns have rumors against the opposing candidate or candidates. One Zane Seipler has been getting feedback about is that he favors illegal immigration. So, he has issued the following press release to make his position clear. “Recently a … Continue reading

McHenry County Jail Makes Chicago Tribune Front Page Story

Sunday’s Chicago Tribune had a front page story that seems to have been inspired by two Catholic nuns not being able to talked to illegal aliens detained there. It seems Sheriff Keith Nygren thought that the services of his award-winning … Continue reading