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

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

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

Murder Charges Filed Seven Years after Brian Carrick’s Johnsburg Disappearance

Over seven years after Brian Carrick disappeared from his job at the Johnsburg grocery store across from his home, charges have been filed against Mario Casciaro. The investigation included the FBI, Federal Marshal’s Service, the Johnsburg Police Department and the … Continue reading

United States Marshal Standing Trial in Chicago for Cooperating with the Mob

What happens when one of the good guys turns? If the U.S. Attorney in Chicago’s allegations are correct about U.S. Marshal John Thomas Ambrose, he was connected with the mob. You see this week’s Chicago Sun-Times article above. That happened … Continue reading