Masthead Changed at Sheriff’s Office

Below you see the masthead of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department web site shortly after Andy Zinke announced his intention to follow in Sheriff Keith Nygren’s footsteps:

The McHenry County Sheriff's Department web site masthead shorting after Andy Zinke announced his candidacy for the Republican Party nomination for Sheriff.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Department web site masthead shorting after Andy Zinke announced his candidacy for the Republican Party nomination for Sheriff.

Here’s what the masthed looks like now that Bill Prim has taken office:

This is the masthead of the Sheriff's Office's web site in December, 2014, after Bill Prim took office.

This is the masthead of the Sheriff’s Office’s web site in December, 2014, after Bill Prim took office.

Bruce Kaplan Retiring from Cary Village Board

A message from Cary Village Trustee Bruce Kaplan:

CARY TRUSTEE KAPLAN WON’T RUN AGAIN

Bruce Kaplan will finish out his term as Cary Village Trustee in April and will not seek re-election.

Bruce Kaplan

Bruce Kaplan

“I helped orchestrate a complete changeover in all staff department managers which has led to the culture change I was seeking,” said Kaplan.

“I have encouraged the Board and staff to put pieces in place to compete in the arena of economic development and enormous progress has been made.

“I am perfectly content to let someone else carry the ball.

“I never intended to make a career out of this position.

“My priorities are now with my son, Jacob, who is fighting a life threatening illness,and my busy real estate career.

“Mark Kownick, the Mayor, has his head on straight and has the best interests of the town and residents at heart. Village staff is top notch.

“This has been a great experience and one I would encourage others to pursue public service.

“I want to thank all who supported me in my run for Trustee and Mayor.”

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Kaplan ran against Kownick for Village President.

Still plenty of time to pass petitions. The deadline for filing is the end of business next Monday.

See Petition Filing Tips here.

Remember the Unethical Ethics Commission? Applicants Sought

The McHenry County Ethics Commission prior to two resignations.

The McHenry County Ethics Commission members, all of whom but the two on the far left gave Undersheriff Andy Zinke a pass when he used his office as a backdrop for a pre-primary election campaign interview.

The terms of three members who didn’t think that Undersheriff Andy Zinke’s use of his office in the courthouse for a campaign TV interview was unethical have terms that are expiring.

Perhaps more ethical people will apply for the three new appointments by a new McHenry County Board.

The McHenry County Board is accepting applications from persons interested in appointment to the McHenry County Ethics Commission. Three (3) positions are available for terms ending February 1, 2017.

Application forms are available at the County Board Office, Room 209, McHenry County Government Center, 667 Ware Road, Woodstock, IL 60098 (815-334-4221) or at the County’s website at http://www.co.mchenry.il.us/home/showdocument?id=12290.

Applications should be returned to the County Board office no later than 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 23, 2014. If mailing your application, certified or registered mail is recommended. Mailed applications should be sent to the following address: McHenry County Board, 2200 North Seminary Avenue, Woodstock, IL 60098.

The following terms are expiring February 1, 2015:

  • John White
  • Cherie Rickert
  • Thomas Spencer

These three were so naive that they didn’t think Zinke’s use of the office county’s email system to advance a political candidacy was improper. See stories and links to stories about the July, 2103, hearing here.

GOP Christmas Party Wednesday Night at CL’s Cottage

The McHenry County Republican Party is throwing a party in Crystal Lake on Wednesday, December 17th, from 7-9.

It will be held at The Cottage, located where the five streets come together.  (The official address is 6 E. Crystal Lake Avenue.)

This would be a good time for those running for school board and other non-partisan office to meet Republican Precinct Committeemen, some of whom may be active in the April 7th election.

GOP Xmas Party invite 2014

Andrew Gasser Fulfills Two Campaign Promises

Andrew Gasser

Andrew Gasser

During the Republican Primary Election campaign, two candidates from District 1 vowed not to take McHenry County health and pension benefits.

They were Andrew Gasser and David Stieper.

Stieper lost the primary election, but Gasser didn’t and went on to be elected to the McHenry County Board.

Gasser fulfilled his promise not to accept health benefits and, when given a chance to sign up for Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund benefits, he declined that fringe benefit, too.

(Once those eligible for IMRF benefits sign up for them, they cannot later reject them.)

You can see the documents below:

Andrew Gasser waived health benefits.

Andrew Gasser waived health benefits.

Gasser IMRF waived

Andrew Gasser waived pension benefits.


County Board members get paid about $21,000 a year, plus health and pension benefits.

Boatload of Charges in 1.5 CL Kilogram Cocaine Bust

A press release from the Crystal Lake Police Department:

Crystal Lake Police Seize Approximately 1.5 Kilograms of Cocaine

598 Chardonnay Lane, Crystal Lake, the location of the arrests.

598 Chardonnay Lane, Crystal Lake, the location of the arrests and the search warrant.

On Friday evening, December 12th, 2014, subsequent to a narcotics investigation, officers of the Crystal Lake Police Department’s Targeted Response Unit, assisted by the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force and the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant at 598 Chardonnay Lane, Crystal Lake.

During the search, officers recovered and secured suspected cocaine, suspected prescription medications, suspected cannabis, and items of drug paraphernalia.

As a result of the investigation, residents Aquiles T. Rangel (47) and De Victoria Rangel-Cortes (40) were arrested.

Aquiles T. Rangel

Aquiles T. Rangel

Aquiles T. Rangel was charged with:

  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver more than 900 grams of cocaine- 720 ILCS 570.0/401(a)(2)(D), a Class X Felony
  • Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of a School (cocaine)- 720 ILCS 570.0/407(b)(1), a Class X Felony
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (cocaine)- 720 ILCS 570.0/402(a)(2)(D), a Class 1 Felony
  • Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance (cocaine)- 720 ILCS 570.0/401(c)(2), a Class 1 Felony
  • Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance (cocaine)- 720 ILCS 570.0/402(c), a Class 4 Felony
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (butalbital) – 720 ILCS 570.0/401(f), a Class 3 Felony
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (butalbital)- 720 ILCS 570.0/402(c), a Class 4 Felony
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (alprazolam)- 720 ILCS 570.0/401(g), a Class 3 Felony
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (alprazolam)- 720 ILCS 570.0/402(c), a Class 4 Felony
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (hydrocodone)- 720 ILCS 570.0/402(c), a Class 4 Felony
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (methylin)- 720 ILCS 570.0/402(c), a Class 4 Felony
  • Unlawful Possession of Cannabis- 720 ILCS 550.0/4(c), a Class A Misdemeanor Unlawful
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia- 720 ILCS 600.0/3.5, a Class A Misdemeanor
Rangel-Cortem De Victoria

De Victoria Rangel-Cortem

De Victoria Rangel-Cortes was charged with:

  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver more than 900 grams of cocaine- 720 ILCS 570.0/401(a)(2)(D), a Class X Felony
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (cocaine)- 720 ILCS 570.0/402(a)(2)(D), a Class 1 Felony
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (butalbital) – 720 ILCS 570.0/401(f), a Class 3 Felony
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (alprazolam)- 720 ILCS 570.0/401(g), a Class 3 Felony
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (alprazolam)- 720 ILCS 570.0/402(c), a Class 4 Felony
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (hydrocodone)- 720 ILCS 570.0/402(c), a Class 4 Felony
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (butalbital)- 720 ILCS 570.0/402(c), a Class 4 Felony
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (methylin)- 720 ILCS 570.0/402(c), a Class 4 Felony
  • Unlawful Possession of Cannabis- 720 ILCS 550.0/4(c), a Class A Misdemeanor
  • Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia- 720 ILCS 600.0/3.5, a Class A Misdemeanor

Both subjects were transported to the McHenry County Jail in Woodstock forconfinement, where both currently remain, with an assigned bond of $100,000 each.

The investigation into this matter continues and more charges may be forthcoming.

Early Fillings for McHenry County College Board

McHenry County College

McHenry County College

McHenry County College petitions were filed this first day of an eight-day filing perior.

For two six-year terms:

  • Ron Parrish, Bull Valley
  • Mike Smith, Lakewood

For one four-year term:

  • Karen Tirio, Woodstock
  • Scott Summers, Harvard
  • Matthew Hardt, McHenry

First Day School Board Filings

All school board candidates now file their petitions at the McHenry County Clerk’s Office.

Here who has filed the first day:

Nippersink (Richmond-Spring Grove) Grade District 2 – No one

Fox River Grove Grade District 3 –

  • Devin Bright
  • Thomas Mollet
  • Gerry Blohm

Johnsburg Unit District 12 –

  • Steve Rooney
  • Melissa A Tinsley
  • Scott M Rowe
  • Valerie Klos

McHenry Grade School District 15 –

  • Paul Santopadre
  • Betty Davis

Riley Grade School District 18 – No one

Alden-Hebron Unit District 19 –

  • Johnny A Eskridge
  • Kenneth M Winkelman

Cary Grade School District 26 –  No one

Harrison (Wonder Lake) Grade School District 36 –

  • David Yang
  • Mark Nothdorf
  • Cliff Leegard
  • Bob Anderson
  • Karen Parks
  • Laurie Alsot

Prairie Grove Grade School District 46 – Khushali Z. Shah

Crystal Lake Grade School District 47 –

  • Robert Fetzner
  • Ryan Ferrell

Harvard Unit District 50 –

  • Diana Bird
  • Julie Lehmann
  • Sandra J Theriault
  • Patricia Bredehorst

Marengo High School District 154 – Elizabeth Henning

No one has filed for the District 155 School Board.

No one has filed for the District 155 School Board.

Crystal Lake High School District 155 – No one

McHenry High School District 156 – John Schroeder

Richmond-Burton High School District 157 –

  • Theresa Highley
  • Steven D Holtz

Huntley Unit School District 158 – No one

Marengo-Union Grade School District 165 – No one

Woodstock Unit School District 200 – Russell Goerl

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Schools spend about two-thirds of our property tax dollars.

For people who want to make a difference as far as taxes go, school board should be on the top of one’s list.

You can get petitions and other necessary paperwork at the Kane County Clerk’s web site.  Click here.

Below are some petition passing tips:

Petition Filing Tips

With filling for school, park, fire protection, library, etc., districts starting Monday, December 15th,  and ending Monday December 22nd, I thought a repeal of my petition tips might be in order.

Not many signatures are required. And “signatures” means people must write, not print their names!

Only 15 were required to get on the Crystal Lake City ballot.  Even so, one candidate for City Council only handed in 16 and two were from people who didn’t live in Crystal Lake, so they didn’t count.

Pretty much anyone could get enough this weekend.

Petitions can be picked up from most of the district offices, except for school board. They are being distributed by the McHenry County Clerk’s Office in Woodstock.  Remember, most of our taxes are imposed by school districts.

Read how two candidates got removed from the Crystal Lake ballot by clicking this story’s headline:

Crystal Lake Incumbents Eliminate Competition

Here are some tips about petition filing that I hope are helpful:

Petition Tips

Filing for all villages, school boards, park districts, fire protection districts, library districts, etc., starts next Monday and continues for a week.

The lessons candidates should learn from this are

  1. File with the County Clerk a Statement of Economic Interest (known by politicians as the “None, None, None” form). Staple the receipt you receive to your petition package.
  2. Make sure you number the pages of your petition.
  3. Make sure you get twice as many petition signatures as you need.  (While Crystal Lake Council candidate Jeremy Krick was not thrown off the ballot because two of his sixteen signatures were from people living outside of Crystal Lake, that would have been a good enough reason to do so. Losing those two signatures put him under the required minimum number of fifteen.)
  4. Make sure you sign the bottom of your petitions or have your supporters sign the bottom of their petitions in front of a notary public and that those notarizing the signatures both sign and affix their stamps to the form’s bottom.
  5. Staple all of your paperwork together. Do not use a paper clip.
  6. The Loyalty Oath is not required. The law that provided for it has been held unconstitutional.

New Hires in Countywide Offices That Changed Hands

Morton Blackwell of The Leadership Institute is the originator of the “Personnel is policy” Law. (His “laws” can be found here.)

The Institute conducts all sorts of training courses, including for campaigns,

Who a new officeholder hires may be an indicator of his or her policies.

Here are those hired the first day by McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim:

First, David Devane was name Chief Administrative Officer.  He will paid $126,000 a year.
Devane, hiring 12-1-14 p1

Second is Sandra Salgado’s paperwork. She was named Business Manager at $95,000 per year. Previously she served on the McHenry County Board and this spring was elected Chairman of the McHenry County Republican Party.  Her work assignment is similar to that she had in the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
Salgado hiring p1 12-1-14Salgado hiring p2 12-1-14
In the County Treasurer’s Office Glenda Miller hired someone who worked elsewhere in County government as a Senior Financial Analyst to replace herself as Chief Deputy.

Her name is Cindy Kozlowski and she will be paid $78,719.  She is a Certified Public Accountant who has previously worked for the Treasurer’s Office.
Teas Kozlowski payrollMcHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan has hired her husband, Ed Gil, who recently resigned as Nunda Township Trustee, as Election Administration Supervisor at $48,750 per year.  He will be replacing Judith Corson.
Gill, Edward, hire 12-1-14This is not the first time that a County Clerk has hired a spouse. Vernon W. Kays hired his wife Gladys. She was the receptionist and the lowest-paid employee in the office.