Keeping the One-Sixth of Prisoners Who Are Mentally Ill Out of McHenry County Jail

The minutes of the January 13, 2016, McHenry County Public Health Committee dipped into the mental health problems of those ending up in the County Jail. The statistics for last year show there were 6,200 individuals detained in our jail … Continue reading

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

Seeking Applicants for McHenry County Correction Officers

A press release from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office: MCSO Taking Applications for Correctional Officers The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office is currently taking applications for the position of Correctional Officer. Testing will take place on Saturday, January 9, 2016. Applications … Continue reading

Jail Contract Up

The McHenry County Board’s Law and Justice Committee has a contract for Correctional Officers before it next Tuesday before the County Board meeting at 9. The cost implications can be seen below: On October 8th the Human Resources Committee will … Continue reading

Prim Gets 6-Months to See if Fed Jailing Worthwhile

After cutting jail expenses since he took office in December, McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim asked County Board approval to continue housing ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and U.S. Marshal detainees and prisoners for another six months. Wonder Lake’s John … 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

Gottemoller Reports on Convention

This was sent to those on the McHenry County Board’s email list: Greetings From the Chairman I recently attended the National Associations of Counties Annual Conference and Exposition. A major theme this year was the need for counties to reduce … Continue reading

Sheriff’s Task: Compare Marginal Cost to Marginal Revenue

Commenter Steve Willson read McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim’s comments to the Northwest Herald and penned the following advice: I appreciate Sheriff Prim’s honesty in saying he doesn’t have an answer yet. Figuring out the answer, though, is straightforward. It … 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

County Money-Saving Possibilities

There was a very, very long McHenry County Board Finance Committee meeting on Tuesday. I went to encourage its members to encourage Governor Pat Quinn to veto the Pam Althoff-Karen McConnaughay-Mike Tryon bill to allow the McHenry County Conservation District … Continue reading

County Jailed Illegals from Liberia & Sierra Leone in August, Jail Ready for Airborne Diseases

When I read the Chicago Tribune story about an immigrant taken from O’Hare Airport to the Kenosha County Jail and placed in a negative airflow cell, I wondered if McHenry County had a similar capacity. While the CDC states that … 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

Sheriff’s Campaign Contributions – Zinke Reports Contributions from Jail Medical Services Provider

Considering that former McHenry County Sheriff’s candidate Andy Zinke was conducting a discovery recount after the close Republican Primary Election during the second quarter of 2014, let’s look at his campaign committee’s financial records, too. (Winner Bill Prim’s were written … Continue reading

Five of Six Chicagoland Jails Allow Gideons to Distribute Bibles Cell to Cell

Learned at the County Fair that McHenry County is the only one in the six county area prohibiting the distribution of Bibles on a cell to cell basis. When he heard that, McHenry County Board member John Hammerand said, “That’s … 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