Last October, Island Lake Mayor Tom Hyde was arrested for forgery and misconduct for supposedly altering a liquor license so an establishment could remain open.
Then, State Rep. Mark Beaubien’s Democratic Party fall opponent Rich Garling was arrested. See
Mayor Hyde is the guy that the Daily Herald compared with Sarah Palin, former small town Alaskan mayor former small town Alaskan mayor, now Alaska governor and then Republican Vice Presidential candidate.
Can you spell “embarrassment?”
What was found last October appears to have interested Lake County prosecutors in looking at other wrongdoing that local citizens think occurred while partisan Democrats ran the village
A Lake County Jail employee has confirmed that Thomas and Sharon Hyde are “still in our custody.”
“They haven’t been booked in yet.”
The husband is now charged with two more counts of official misconduct; the wife with one.
The local scuttlebutt is that the former major was arrested for participating in the hiring of his wife and voting to pay her. The wife is believed to have billed the village for hours she did not work, many, many ghost payrolling hours, according to the rumor mill.
The wife runs the village’s pre-school, called Creative Playtime. Although supposedly a village operation, people who have looked for paperwork on it have been unable to find much.
The following is from the “liability waiver” parents sign when they enroll their kids in the program:
“I agree to waive and relinquish all claims my child/ward may have as a result of participating in the program against the Village of Island Lake and its officers, agents, servants, and employees.
“I do hereby fully release and discharge the Village of Island Lake and its officers, agents, servants, and employees from any and all claims resulting from injuries, damages, and losses sustained by my child/ward, and arising out of, connected with, or in any way associated with the activities of any of the programs.
“All Tuition shall be paid in advance and is due according to the Creative Playtime Payment Schedule. The Village of Island Lake reserves the right to deny admission to any child whose tuition is not paid in advance in accordance with the terms of this agreement. Any late or unpaid tuition is subject to a late fee of $5.00 per month. The undersigned agrees to pay all late fees, court costs and attorney’s fees incurred by the Village of Island Lake in enforcing any of the terms of this Agreement.”
Sounds like a village operation, doesn’t it?