Part 1 – Who’s the Best Politician in McHenry County?

If you thought it was Jack Franks or Pam Althoff, you’re wrong.

Neither of them have been able to snag a 5-year term in office.

McHenry County Administrator Peter Austin, on the other hand, got a five-year contract extension.

That puts him in the driver’s seat until after the next County Board Chairman is out of office.

One County Board  member told me, “[His] ackage now tops a quarter million taxpayer dollars.”

The Resolution passed by the County Board gives no clue as to details:

The resolution authorizing County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller to extend County Administrator Peter Austin's contract less than two months before a new County Board Chairman takes office.

The resolution authorizing County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller to extend County Administrator Peter Austin’s contract less than two months before a new County Board Chairman takes office.  No copy of the proposed contract can be found on the County’s web site.

I’ve been too busy with the election to follow County Government as closely as I would have liked.

As background on this issue, take a look at the minutes of the October 10th meeting of the Management Services Committee, Chaired by Tina Hill.

Management Services Committee Discussion of County Administrator Employment Agreement

The committee members were informed the Human Resource Committee has looked at the current County Administrator’s Employment Agreement to update and remove any irrelevant language.

There is currently an existing agreement in place so they don’t have to rush the changes through.

There is some severance language included that could be read three different ways so they will update this language to make it more clear and understandable.

Increases will remain the same as the employees.

They have included comparables for review.

The vehicle allowance escalator has been removed and will remain flat.

The term of the contract is still up for discussion.

They included a date for after the election though they would like this completed next Tuesday though this may be deferred back to committee.

Ms. Miller noted she would be disappointed if this is not supported.

She stated they need to maintain its continuity of leadership in the County, regardless of the outcome of the election.

She stated the employment of this position should not be a political issue and they should all realize that instability is destructive to the County.

This needs to get done and approved.

She stated if there are modifications that need to get done then do so and get this completed.

It was stated if you review the pay of the current administrator in the corporate arena, the County is
getting a great deal.

The County needs to have an accomplished Administrator in order to create stability for the County.

Mr. Walkup noted that many people do not realize there are alternate models out there for running of a County.

In some areas the County Board Chairman acts like the County Administrator.

He voiced concern the new County Board Chairman could try to change the County to a similar manner and take over the Administration of the County himself.

Chairman Hill stated she feels comfortable voting on this item but would like some advocacy for this.

A resolution could be brought forward in two weeks for consideration at the first County Board
meeting in October.

This item will flow to the Human Resource and Finance and Audit committees in order to share with them what has occurred and to get more awareness and advocacy for approval of the contract.

It was suggested the contract be brought to the County Board the night of the 18th.

Mr. Austin informed the committee members he would not be at the next Finance and Audit Committee meeting.

The Human Resource Committee would review this item on October 6th and the Finance and Audit Committee on the 13th.

Mr. Skala noted the contract mentions his “employer” though the contract does not define who that is.

He suggested they include in the first line the “McHenry County Board” to define his employer within the contract.

It was suggested they make clear that the 24 members of the County Board is his employer.

Mr. Heisler suggested they include the voting members of the McHenry County Board.

The committee members agreed with this suggestion.

Mr. Austin thanked the committee members for their support.

The information will be updated as discussed.

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The Finance and Audit Committee had this on its agenda, but nothing in its agenda packet

Discussion: County Administrator Employment Agreement

Yvonne Barnes

Yvonne Barnes

During the Board meeting Tuesday, Finance Committee member Yvonne Barnes complained of the paucity of conversation during that committee meeting.

She pointed out that it went through a committee that “was selectively chosen because of its make-up.”

“It didn’t go to Human Resources,” she emphasized.

“I think this smacks of dirty politics.”

That was pretty much at the end of the discussion on the five-year contract.

Since the discussion interested me, I thought you might find it of interest, too.

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More tomorrow and the day after.

Feds Charge Harvey Man with Sex Trafficking of a Minor

A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office:

South Suburban Man Charged with Transporting a Minor from Illinois to Wisconsin to Engage in Prostitution

CHICAGO — A federal grand jury in Chicago has indicted a south suburban man on sex trafficking charges for allegedly bringing a minor to Wisconsin to engage in prostitution.

DERONARTE NORWOOD, 30, of Harvey, forced the minor to engage in a commercial sex act, according to the indictment.  In May 2015 he brought the minor to Wisconsin from Illinois for the purpose of engaging in prostitution, the indictment states.

Norwood was arrested last night in Waukegan. 

He pleaded not guilty during an arraignment in Chicago this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary M. Rowland.  Judge Rowland ordered Norwood held in custody until a detention hearing on Oct. 24, 2016, at 2:00 p.m.

The two-count indictment charges Norwood with sex trafficking and knowingly transporting a minor to engage in prostitution.  Both counts are punishable by a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Zachary Fardon

Zachary Fardon

The indictment was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Michael J. Anderson, Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Substantial assistance was provided by the Lake County Gang Task Force, a multi-jurisdictional task force with federal and local law enforcement members.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nicole M. Kim and Abigail Peluso.

The public is reminded that an indictment is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.

If you believe you are a victim of sexual exploitation, you are encouraged to call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.  The hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Franks Gives $175 of His Money to Other Candidates

Lying Jack Franks, running for the McHenry County Board Chairmanship, raised $152,200 during July, August and September.

He also cashed in $45,000 that he had invested in the Bank of Omaha.

He spent $130,567.49.

At the end of September, Franks had $603,925.31 in his campaign bank accounts.

Required to be listed separately are transfers of cash to other Political Action Committees.

Take a look at the summary below of money shared with other candiates:

No contribution of more than $150 was made to any Democratic Party candidate.

No contribution of more than $150 was made to any Democratic Party candidate.

Jack Franks

Jack Franks

You can see that Jack Franks does not believe in sharing his campaign largess.

Looks as if he attended a couple of small fundraisers.

And one, if he paid early, might for the wine and cheese fundraiser thrown by Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller and his wife County Board member Anna May Miller.

I’ve been wondering why most Democratic Party candidates’ signs do not have a Jack Franks sign next to them.

Maybe it’s because

Jack Franks Is FOR Jack Franks

Lying Jack Franks’ Paid Help

Lying Jack Franks keeps talking about all his volunteers, but he certainly has a lot of people receiving money for what they do.

Below is what Franks listed in his campaign disclosure report from July through September.

Are these two young women who passed out Cut 10 wrist bans and fans at Algonquin's Founders Days Parade on the list of paid workers in this article?

Are these two young women who passed out Cut 10 wrist bans and fans at Algonquin’s Founders Days Parade on the list of paid workers in this article?

You can see what each of the twenty-eight people earned here.

  1. Angel Alicea, Chicago, IL 60629
  2. Matthew Cain, Chicago, IL 60622
  3. Luis Correa, Marengo, IL 60152
  4. Claire Cowan, Marengo, IL 60152
  5. Moises Diaz, Chicago, IL 60608
  6. Linda L Dikun, Harvard, IL 60033
  7. Matthew Eaton, Cary, IL 60013
  8. Kamile Eidukeviciute, Cary, IL 60013
  9. Henry P Franks, Marengo, IL 60152
  10. Bridget M. Geenen, Lake in the Hills, IL 60156
  11. John Gordon, Woodstock, IL 60098 (Springfield, IL 62704)
  12. Malia Haanio, Woodstock, IL 60098
  13. Garrett Hoey,  Marengo, IL 60152
  14. Jessica King, Cary, IL 60013
  15. Jack Kling, Hampshire, IL 60140
  16. Brendan Kolar,  Downers Grove, IL 60515
  17. Jordan Laktas, Cary, IL 60013
  18. Sydney Leidig, Algonquin, IL 60102
  19. Nathaniel Logan, Cary, IL 60013
  20. Robert Maxey, Crystal Lake, IL 60012
  21. Johnathan Miceli, Woodstock, IL 60098
  22. David A. Raymond, Lakemoore, IL 60051
  23. Shayna Smith, Cary, IL 60013
  24. Alexandra Sprague, Marengo, IL 60152
  25. Abigail Staab, Union, IL 60180
  26. Sarah Strack, Fox River Grove, IL 60021
  27. Benjamin Sykora, Wonder Lake, IL 60097
  28. Nicole Vetter, Woodstock, IL 60098

Sun-Times Endorses Democrats Nancy Zettler and John Bartman

The Chicago Sun-Times has endorsed two Democrats running for the first time in McHenry County:

  • Nancy Zettler
  • John Bartman

Nancy Zettler is running to replace retiring State Rep. Mike Tryon.  Her Republican opponent is Allen Skillicorn.

John Bartman is running against Republican Steve Reick to replace retiring Jack Franks.

Here’s the endorsements:

Chicago Sun-Times endorsement of Nancy Zettler and John Bartman for State Representative.

Chicago Sun-Times endorsement of Nancy Zettler and John Bartman for State Representative.

The Last Lakewood Village Board Meeting – Part 3

The third installment of Lakewood Village Trustee Paul Serwatka’s report on the last Board meeting:

Final Report on October 11 Village Board Meeting

Concluding my report from our October 11, 2016 village board meeting, the third issue I wanted to bring up is as follows:

President Smith Presents Her “Board of Trustees’ Principles”  

President Smith had previously sent all trustees a copy of her drafted “Board of Trustees’ Principles,” to be introduced for discussion at this meeting.

[I wanted to attach a copy of these Principles, or copy and paste them here – as I have previously – for you to see, but, in attempting to do so, I surprisingly discovered there have been some new encryption & blocking mechanisms placed on our board packets that no longer allows me to do this! I knew nothing of this prior to this moment. I won’t comment on this yet, but, I will be looking closer into this issue.]   

You can, however, view these Board Principles by scrolling to page 126 of the board packet located HERE.

Without spending too much time on these, I wanted to share some excerpts from some of these “principles”, that I highlighted in my copy, along with a few of my thoughts:

Principle 1“…. we will prepare diligently for every board meeting…”  (I felt this was particularly ironic, following the Consent
Agenda Meeting Minutes incident that had just occurred.)

Principle 2 – “We will strive to maintain the lowest possible tax rate…”

Principle 3 – “We will define a clear vision and strategy…. with input from our residents…”

Principle 6 – We will welcome and solicit public input and debate…..”

Principle 7 – We will strive to achieve the highest level of transparency in all matters…” 

Principle 8 – “We will rely on our professionally trained Village Clerk to keep an accurate record of meeting minutes and will refrain from distributing other versions of what transpired at meetings…..”

These Principles concluded with an affirmation paragraph for each of the members to sign and agree to uphold:

“We the undersigned agree to uphold these principles to the best of our abilities…..” 

Board Member’s Thoughts  & Comments

Trustee Santowski essentially stated that he agreed with each of these principles. He felt it was important that we be reminded of these from time to time, that they demonstrated the behavior that we, as trustees, should follow, and that he looked forward to signing his name to them.

My comments were somewhat different. They were essentially as follows:

– I think these principles, in general, sound absolutely wonderful!  (*With the exception of #8)

– I believe these are principles that every elected official and every governing body should live and govern by. 

– But, I believe that talk is cheap! It’s actions that matter!
– The actions of this board are a direct contradiction to these principles!
– Talking of transparency while intentionally working against it is a lie!
– Talking of accountability while working to escape it is a lie!

– “Good Government” doesn’t come by talk or drafting board principles – It comes by just doing what’s right, by being open and honest!

– Transparency doesn’t come about by drafting these principles. It comes by simply being transparent!

– I believe it’s an insult to the intelligence of the residents of Lakewood, that a board so openly and intentionally defiant to these very principles would be having this public discussion and signing their names to them.

– I believe it belittles residents, that a board that has repeatedly proven, again and again, to knowingly and intentionally act in direct contradiction to their best interests, as well as these very principles, would expect anyone to believe that by signing their names to them, that they intend to govern by them.  

 With regard to Principle #8, in particular, I commented:

  • Anyone who has ever read Meeting Minutes knows they are of NO substantive information whatsoever.
  • To assert that a “professionally trained” clerk is automatically objective, impartial, transparent and in no way succumbs to the express orders of those who decide on her employment, once again insults the intelligence of residents.
  • I will continue to send my communications to residents and will NOT be signing my name to these Board Principles

Of the board members present, (I neglected to mention, in Parts 1 and 2, that trustees Davis and Furey were absent from this meeting.)

I was the only trustee who did not agree to sign these principles and I WILL continue to send these communications to all of you!

Again, I hope you’ll share this report with other Lakewood neighbors and encourage them to subscribe as well!

Playing the Role of State Representative Again

Just short of 16 years ago, I left office as State Representative.

Yet, folks still bring me casework.

Big puddle on Route 14 Sunday at 6 after the rainstorm. The road is striped, making me think construction has been completed.

Big puddle on Route 14 Sunday at 6 after the rainstorm. The road is striped, making me think construction has been completed.  Rockland Road residents are worried about ice during the winter.

The latest was about standing water found on Route 14 at Rockland Road.

Sure to turn into ice once it gets cold enough.

“This could be a clear an present danger in winter,” my friend writes.

So, I have filed a complaint, complete with photos.

Let’s see if the problem get fixed.

Lying Jack Franks Modifies Web Site

Lying Jack Franks must be feeling the heat.

Look what commenter Mark found:


“Cut property taxes now 10%” has been the gorssly misleading slogan and logo of Jack Franks’ campaign for McHenry County Board Chairman.

Jack Franks has changed his campaign website for McHenry County Board Chair.

His campaign website used to include the Cut 10 campaign to cut property taxes in every property taxing district in McHenry County by 10%.

No more.

Now Jack Franks’ website only says his goal is to cut property taxes to the McHenry County taxing district by 10% (he does not include villages, cities, fire protection districts, park districts, etc.

He switched.

And there is no explanation on the website for the switch.


However, the website still exists, which redirects to

On that website Jack Franks is still claiming:

“I urge you to support an immediate 10% cut in property tax levied by EVERY government body in McHenry County.”

“I’m running for McHenry County Board Chairman to cut property taxes levy by 10% across the board.

This means a 10% property tax levy reduction from EVERY government body in our County.”

“Join me in sending a message to McHenry County leaders in support of this 10% cut.

And know that I will introduce this plan on my first day as your McHenry County Board Chairman.

– Jack Franks”

More Chicago Corruption

A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office:

Owner of Education-Services Companies Pleads Guilty to Offering Bribes and Kickbacks to Chicago Public Schools Chief in Exchange for Contract

CHICAGO — The owner of two education-services companies admitted in federal court today that he offered bribes and kickbacks to former Chicago Public Schools chief BARBARA BYRD-BENNETT in exchange for obtaining a $2.09 million contract to train principals.

GARY SOLOMON admitted in a written plea agreement that he offered bribes and kickbacks to then-CPS chief Byrd-Bennett in exchange for her efforts to steer the sole-source contract to Solomon’s companies, THE SUPES ACADEMY LLC and SYNESI ASSOCIATES LLC.

Byrd-Bennett had previously worked for the companies, and her fraudulent arrangement with Solomon called for her to return there as a consultant upon leaving CPS, according to the plea agreement.

Solomon maintained a line item within the companies’ internal financial statements to set aside the kickback money, which would be paid to Byrd-Bennett in the form of a one-time signing bonus on her first day back, the plea agreement states. Solomon told Byrd-Bennett in an email,

“If you only join for the day, you will be the highest paid person on the planet for that day.

“Regardless, it will be paid out on day one.”

In addition to arranging the kickbacks, Solomon also provided Byrd-Bennett with numerous other benefits, including meals and tickets to sporting events.

Solomon, 48, of Wilmette, pleaded guilty to one count of honest services wire fraud. The conviction carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

The Wilmette-based SUPES and Evanston-based Synesi also pleaded guilty today as corporate defendants to one count of honest services wire fraud. Each company faces a maximum fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or gross loss resulting from the offense, whichever is greater.

The government anticipates that the advisory guideline fine will be in the range of $3.2 million to $6.4 million.

In addition to potential prison terms and fines, the individual and corporate defendants also will be ordered to join in a restitution payment to CPS. The defendants and the government agree that the total amount of restitution is $254,000, minus any credit for funds repaid prior to sentencing.

A sentencing hearing for Solomon, SUPES and Synesi has been scheduled for March 24, 2017, before U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang.

Zachary Fardon

Zachary Fardon

The guilty pleas were announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Michael J. Anderson, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Nicholas J. Schuler, Inspector General for the Chicago Public Schools.

All five defendants charged in the case have now been convicted. Byrd-Bennett, 67, of Solon, Ohio, pleaded guilty last year to one count of honest services wire fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

THOMAS VRANAS, a co-owner of SUPES and Synesi, pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of conspiracy to commit federal program bribery. Vranas, 35, of Glenview, faces up to five years in prison. A sentencing hearing for Byrd-Bennett and Vranas has not yet been scheduled.

The government is represented by Assistant United States Attorneys Megan Cunniff Church and Lindsay Jenkins.

Jack Franks Rolls Out TV Ad

A spiffy new television ad is the latest method State Rep. Jack Franks is using to convince people to vote for him for McHenry County Board Chairman.

Here’s the text, which a man reads:

Seen your property tax bill?


A faked McHenry County tax bill.

It’s pretty bad news.

caption id=”attachment_98816″ align=”aligncenter” width=”892″]franks-tv-10-17-16-while Headlines from the Chicago Tribune and the Northwest Herald bemoaning high property taxes.[/caption]A lot of taxes skyrocketed.

While our taxes skyrocketed, the County Board gave themselves pensions and perks.


Here Jack Franks displays one of the headlines resulting from his legislation banning future county board members from participating in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund pension plan.

So, Jack Franks passed a law to end that scam.

As our legislator, Jack’s always fought against tax hikes.

Now, he’s running for Board Chairman to end the fraud and abuse.


This is one of a couple of shots of Jack Franks while newspaper endorsements were being displayed.

Jack Franks has a real plan to cut our property taxes.

While not on the sound track, this slide says, "Jack Franks will:

While not on the sound track, this slide says, “Jack Franks will cut property taxes, shrink the county board, impose term limits, consolidate agencies.”

He’ll bring much needed reform to the County Board.

We need tax relief.

The last slide in Jack Franks' TV ad.

The last slide in Jack Franks’ TV ad.

We need Jack Franks.

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Jack Franks, contrary to this ad, has never set forth a “real” plan or any kind of a plan to cut property taxes.

And, he can’t shrink the County Board.

And, he can’t impose Term Limits.

He might be able to convince the County Board to “consolidate agencies,” but there is no way he can do that without County Board approval, where he would not even have a vote, if elected.

McConnaughay Speaks in DC about Human Trafficking

A press release from State Senator Karen McConnaughay:

Illinois State Senator McConnaughay presents at human trafficking conference in Washington, D.C.

 WASHINGTON, D.C. — To raise awareness about Illinois’ statewide human trafficking crime and prevention efforts, Illinois State Senator Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles) traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to present at the SAFE Coalition for Human Rights (CHR) Conference on Human Trafficking. The annual global event, held October 10 and 11, drew hundreds of attendees, including activists, medical professionals, law enforcement, academics, public officials, nonprofits and government agencies.

McConnaughay took to the podium as a keynote speaker on Tuesday, along with Ambassador of Norway Kar Aas; US Department of Defense Representative Linda Dixon; and International Red Cross Representative Christie Edwards.

In her remarks, McConnaughay shared a legislative perspective on human trafficking, as well as her motivation for creating the new Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force in Illinois.

Karen McConnaughay speaks in Washington, D.C.

Karen McConnaughay speaks in Washington, D.C.

“Until a few years ago, I fit into the category of what I would call the ‘blissfully unaware’—and then one day, I heard a trafficking survivor bravely tell her story,” said McConnaughay.

“As I began to research statistics, I was amazed at the large number of women and children who are trafficked in Illinois alone.

“I thought of my daughters and granddaughters, and the reality that this could happen to them.

“I realized it was time to make Illinois more proactive in the fight against human trafficking.”

To provide the audience with a snapshot into the often-unseen severity of Illinois’ human trafficking problem, McConnaughay included some of the eye-opening research that prompted the need for a designated task force.

Among the statistics, she cited that Chicago ranks third in the country for the highest levels of human trafficking, and in the metropolitan Chicago area alone, 16,000 to 25,000 women and girls are involved in the commercial sex trade annually.

To develop effective protocols and approaches for the rising human trafficking activity in the Chicago area, social service providers and law enforcement came together to form the Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force.

While the Cook County task force has had great success, McConnaughay emphasized the need to expand coordinated efforts across the state.

“At a state level, I can identify a number of fundamental oversights that are without a doubt contributing to missed opportunities in this fight,” said McConnaughay.

“In a state as diverse as Illinois, a database for human trafficking activity would be critical in helping local and state law enforcement and social service organizations track human traffickers and their victims.”

The Statewide Human Trafficking Force, she said, will advance trafficking initiatives and drive policy by increasing coordination between legislators, the Chicago Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, State Police and Department of Children and Family Services.

In addition to speaking at the conference, McConnaughay attended two full days of panels, discussions and presentations on human trafficking insights and implementable programs and solutions to consider for Illinois communities.

“In anticipation of the Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force’s first meeting, I’m seeking out as much information as possible on this complex public health and safety issue,” said McConnaughay.

“The SAFE CHR Conference was a valuable opportunity for me to learn from highly experienced human trafficking activists and experts who have made impressive strides in the fight against human trafficking.”

To learn more about the SAFE CHR organization and annual conference, please visit For more information on the Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force, go to

Pro-Abortion Personal PAC Weighs In Against Steve Reick

Although Democrat John Bartman does not show up on the endorsed candidates’ list that Illinois’ most pro-abortion Political Action Committee publishes, Personal PAC has unleashed a mailing against Republican State Rep. candidate Steve Reick.

You can see it below:

Personal PAC sends this mailing about abortion in support of Democrat John Bartman.

Personal PAC sends this mailing about abortion in support of Democrat John Bartman.

What Personal PAC does not reveal is that there are no restrictions on abortion in Illinois.

What Personal PAC does not reveal is that there are no restrictions on abortion in Illinois.

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While John Bartman is not on the Personal PAC endorsement list, Nancy Zettler is.

Another Trump Sign Stolen

The Donald Trump yard sign that used to be between our mailbox and the Patrick Kenneally sign disappeared in the last 24 hours.

The Donald Trump yard sign that used to be between our mailbox and the Patrick Kenneally sign disappeared in the last 24 hours.

Another yard sign for Donald Trump disappeared  between 5 last night and when I got the mail about 9:30.

A stop and snatch, I guess.

I told the policeman he could just xerox the last report and change the date.

And, it’s not just this Republican who is having sign problems on Lake Avenue.

Down the street is a Democrat who had his signs taken down.

Not stolen, though.

These signs for Nancy Zettler, Hillary Clinton and Tammy Duckworth were pulled from the ground when they were next to Lake Avenue.

These signs for three female Democratic Party candidates–Nancy Zettler, Hillary Clinton and Tammy Duckworth–were pulled from the ground when they were next to Lake Avenue.

The homeowner has put them closer to the house.

Semi Hits Car on Route 14; Spring Grove Man Killed

A press release from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department:

Two Vehicle Crash in Woodstock results in a Fatality

A 29-year old Spring Grove man was pronounced dead today after a two-vehicle crash occurred on Route 14 at Hartland Road in unincorporated Woodstock.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and Woodstock Fire Protection District responded at 10:49 a.m. to Route 14 and Hartland Road in unincorporated Woodstock for an auto crash involving a 2013 Peterbilt semi pulling a flatbed trailer and 2012 red Chevy Cruze.

Deputies and fire personnel arrived on scene and determined that the male driver was deceased.

The semi-truck driver was uninjured.

Preliminary investigation indicates the semi-truck was headed northwest on Route 14 and the passenger car was south bound on Hartland Road.

The car stopped at the stop sign and proceeded into the intersection and into the path of the semi-truck.

The semi-truck applied his brakes and swerved to avoid the collision without success.

The driver of the semi-truck, a 44 year old male from Wahpeton, North Dakota, is cooperating with the investigation.

Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the crash.

The names of the individuals are not being released pending notification of family.

The crash [investigation] is ongoing by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Crash Investigations Unit with the
assistance of the Illinois State Police Truck Enforcement Unit and the McHenry County Coroner’s Office.

Movie Goes After Mike Madigan

A press release from the Illinois Policy Institute:

New documentary “Madigan: Power, privilege, politics” to screen across Illinois this week

Documentary will be screened this week in Springfield and Downers Grove; screenings also scheduled for Woodstock, Kankakee, Elgin, Chicago, Elmhurst, Elk Grove Village and Gurnee

CHICAGO (Oct. 10, 2016) — Tickets are on sale for screenings of the new documentary, “Madigan: Power, privilege, politics,” which will begin showing this week at theaters across Illinois.

madigan-filmScreenings are scheduled throughout the month at theaters across the state.

This informational documentary takes an unprecedented look at the life and influence of Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan, one of the state’s most powerful political figures of all time.

Illinois is one of only 14 states without term limits, and this documentary highlights the influence an officeholder can wield in the absence of term limits.

Madigan is the longest-serving House speaker in Illinois history and in the nation currently. Madigan became an Illinois lawmaker in 1971 and has been speaker of the House in Illinois for all but two years since 1983.

Since Madigan first became the House speaker, Illinois has had six different governors, more than 200 state senators and more than 500 state representatives.

Screenings scheduled for

Woodstock: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 at the Woodstock Theatre, 209 Main St.
Kankakee: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19 at Paramount Theatre, 213 N. Schuyler Ave.
Elgin: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 at Elgin Cinema, 111 S. Randall Road.
Chicago: 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24 at Untitled Supper Club, 111 W. Kinzie St.
Elmhurst: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26 at York Theatre, 150 N. York St.
Elk Grove Village: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26 at Elk Grove Theatre, 1050 Elk Grove Town Center.
Gurnee: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 at Gurnee Mills Cinema, 6144 Grand Ave.

Tickets can be purchased online at:

Recent Financial Support for Steve Reick’s Campaign

Steve Reick buttons.

Steve Reick buttons.

Here’s what has showed up since the House Republican Organization transferred $100,000 to GOP State Rep. candidate Steve Reick’s campaign

  • $11,693.61 – House Republican Organization for printing
  • $11,693.61 – House Republican Organization for printing
  • $2,000 – Citizens for [State Rep. Robert] Pritchard, DeKalb
  • $2,000 – IMA [Illinois Manufacturers Associate],Schaumburg
  • $1,500 – Ameren Illinois, Springfield
  • $1,000 – Contractors for Free Enterprise, Springfield