Re-Run: Tribune Features Problem 1994 Skinner Legislation on Gathering Information on Teacher Sex/Physical Abuse Would Have Solved

This weekend the Tribune highlighted the problem of school districts not being able to find out if prospective teachers had been found to have sexually abused students. In 2009, eight years after bringing too many boxes home my legislative office, … Continue reading

Robert Miller Loses Crystal Lake City Council Ballot Access Quest

Associate Judge Thomas Meyer quashed the hope of Crystal Lake resident Robert Miller to obtain a place on the April City Council ballot. That means incumbent council members Cathy Ferguson, Ellen Brady, and Brett Hopkins, having no opposition in the … Continue reading

Dillon’s Rule Would Seem to Preclude Township Mosquito Abatement

Even since I learned that the Algonquin Township Road District provides mosquito spraying in unincorporated areas, but not in my incorporated neighborhood, I have wondered how such discrimination is justified. I have been told that the service which my neighborhood … Continue reading

The Latest on Robert Miller’s Quest to Gain Crystal Lake City Council Ballot Access

From Crystal Lake City Council candidate Robert Miller’s wife Dianne: Here is the latest on Robert’s court case…. Robert had a status hearing yesterday in McHenry County. The attorney for the hearing board and a new attorney for Hopkins, Brady … Continue reading

Man Sentenced to Six Years for Being Drunk in a Hit and Run

A press release from the McHenry County State’s attorney: JEFFREY A. HUNT SENTENCED TO SIX YEARS IN THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS FOR AGGRAVATED DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE Patrick D. Kenneally, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that Jeffrey A. Hunt, … Continue reading

CL Council Candidate Robert Miller’s Court Appeal of Petition Rejection Set for January 22nd

Robert Miller, after having been kicked off the ballot by Crystal Lake City officials acting in their capacity as the Crystal Lake Electoral Board, went to court. Wednesday, in Judge Thomas Meyer’s courtroom, all that happened was the setting of … Continue reading

Crystal Laker Five Years for Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse

A press release from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office: DAVID J. TAPLEY SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS FOR AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL SEXUAL ABUSE Patrick D. Kenneally, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that 54-year-old David J. Tapley … Continue reading

More Evidence That Real Reason for Home Rule Is More Tax Revenue

Home Rule is mainly about getting more money into municipal coffers. Another example of this is found in a Rockford Register-Star column by writer Chuck Sweeney: “There’s a related hope that the state’s lawmakers will allow Rockford, a nonhome-rule city, … Continue reading

Did Aaron Shepley Have a Conflict of Interest by Serving on Electoral Board?

In a comment, under this article, the wife of Robert S. Miller, Dianne, wrote the following: During the hearing Robert’s statement included the fact that Mayor Shepley’s wife works for the same law firm that represented [Council members] Hopkins, Brady … Continue reading

Robert Miller Appealing Being Tossed Off the Crystal Lake Council Ballot, Asks Support through Go Fund Me Page

Here is what is wife, Dainne Miller wrote: Hey everyone! Robert has decided to appeal the Election Board hearing decision in McHenry County. It hasn’t been an easy decision. He wants to be your voice on the Crystal Lake City … Continue reading

McHenry County Courthouse Blizzard Closing Results in CL City Council Challenger Being Taken Off Ballot in Repeat of 2014 Petition Challenge

For a second election cycle, incumbent members of the Crystal Lake City Council eliminated ballot competition. The result is that Ellen Brady, Cathy Ferguson and Brett Hopkins will have no opposition on the ballot…unless challenger Robert S. Miller wins a … Continue reading

Tonight Crystal Lake Council Incumbents Again To Try Remove Only Opponent from Ballot

The Municipal Officers Electoral Board of the City of Crystal Lake is meeting tonight at 7:30 to decide whether the three incumbent City Council members get a free ride to another four years in office. At issue is whether challenged … Continue reading

Defenders Book Store Opens in Downtown Crystal Lake

A press release from the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County: Environmental Defenders’ New Book Store, The Green Read, to open on Small Business Saturday, November 24 Woodstock, IL – November 12, 2018 – The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County’s new … Continue reading