The First Electric Newspaper’s Case for Making Sheriff’s Department’s Report on Andy Zinke’s Rita Corp. Actions Public

Here’s something to chew on for the weekend. It’s attorney Mary Gardner’s memo on behalf of The First Electric Newspaper‘s attempt to enforce a Freedom of Information request filed for the investigative report by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department’s exonerating … Continue reading

Sheriff’s Department Freedom of Information Games

It was the discovery of more marijuana growing in the Hebron area in a press release issued by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department that reminded me of the August 2008 and August 2009 discoveries of three pot fields, some of … Continue reading

Another Hebron Pot Plot

A press release from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department: Outdoor Cannabis Grow Operation McHenry County Sheriff’s Office announced today the seizure of approximately 2,000 cannabis sativa plants from a wooded area in unincorporated Hebron, Illinois. On May 11, 2013, Sheriff’s … Continue reading

Little Differentiation Among Crystal Lake City Council Candidates

The McHenry County League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women in Crystal Lake sponsored a candidates night for the five candidates for three seats on the Crystal Lake City Council. Two challengers–Charles Ebann and Jim Tomasello–are … Continue reading

Crystal Lake Agrees to Wait for Input from New Police Chief on De-criminalizing Marijuana

An ordinance that would have changed possession of up to 15 grams of marijuana from a criminal misdemeanor offense to a petty offense evidenced by a ticket was removed from the table and then from a future agenda in its … Continue reading

Pot Legalization Vote Will One of First for New City Councilman

Cameron Hubbard was appointed to replace Carolyn Schofield when Schofield moved on to the McHenry County Board. Now, at one of his first meetings, the newcomer will be faced with a vote to de-criminalize marijuana. The agenda item is way … Continue reading

Andy Zinke Said to Have Spilled Beans to Local DEA Suspect, a Big Contributor to Zinke and Sheriff Keith Nygren

Earlier this afternoon, I spent a lot of time putting up the court documents from McHenry County Sheriff’s Sergeant John Koziol so you can read most of the details, if you wish. Now that I have time to read it … Continue reading

Crystal Lake City Council Poised to Lessen Pot Penalty

With its Home Rule powers, the Crystal Lake City Council signaled a majority is ready to change possession of up to thirty joints from a criminal to a civil offense. Mayor Aaron Shepley led the opposition with Councilwomen Cathy Ferguson, … Continue reading

Crystal Lake Marijuana Proposal Would Lessen Penalties, Redirect Fines to City

The Northwest Herald’s article about the Crystal Lake City Council’s lessening marijuana penalties and redirecting fines to city coffers from the county treasurer has raised the ire of local government observer Paul Greenlee. His letter to the Mayor and City … Continue reading

Bull Valley Marijuana Leader Sentenced to 11.7 Years in Federal Pen for Home Growing Operations in Kildeer, Marengo, Woodstock & Union

A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Rockford: TENTH NORTHERN ILLINOIS RESIDENT SENTENCED ON FEDERAL DRUG CHARGES ROCKFORD — A Cary, Ill. man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Rockford for his role in a drug conspiracy … Continue reading

Tryon Shares Survey Results that Show Opposition to “Gaming Expansion”

A press release from State Rep. Mike Tryon tells us the results of a recent poll.  When I asked I was told about 100 people participated. Interestingly, one result is exactly the opposite of the way that Tryon voted. He … Continue reading

Crystal Lake Oriole Street Resident Cassidy Villarreal Arrested on Narcotics Charge

A press release from the Crystal Lake Police Department: On Friday, July 22, 2011 members of the Crystal Lake Police Targeted Response Unit, in conjunction with the Illinois State Police North Central Narcotics Task Force and the McHenry County Sheriff’s … Continue reading

Tryon Brings Constituents Up-To-Date on Session

A message from State Rep. Mike Tryon to his constituents: Friends, As the General Assembly heads into its final weeks of the legislative session, I wanted to update you on some important pieces of legislation. Budget talks are taking center … Continue reading