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

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

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

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

Chicago Woman Indicted for Immigration Fraud for Hiding Role in 1969 Israeli Bombings

A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Eastern Michigan: NATURALIZED U.S. CITIZEN CHARGED WITH IMMIGRATION FRAUD FOR FAILING TO DISCLOSE TERRORISM CONVICTION A naturalized United States citizen, who was convicted in Israel for participating in a terrorist bombing, … 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

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

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