McHenry County reports mumps at correctional facility
Six laboratory confirmed cases reported to Health Department
WOODSTOCK IL – The McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) reports an outbreak of six mumps cases at the McHenry County Corrections Facility.
The Health Department is working closely with the
Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
McHenry County Correctional Facility, and
U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) authorities.
Infectious detainees are being isolated and exposed detainees are being quarantined.
Signage and educational materials, made available by MCDH, have been provided to detainees, inmates, staff, and jail visitors.
According to Susan Karras, RN, Director of Public Health Nursing for MCDH, “Mumps is a contagious viral disease that spreads through saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose, or throat when infected people cough or sneeze. Sharing food or utensils also spreads the disease.”
Karras added, “Mumps usually starts with fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite. Then most people experience a swelling of their salivary glands, which causes puffy cheeks and a tender, swollen jaw. Symptoms usually appear 16-18 days after infection, but this period can range from 12-25 days. Persons with mumps should stay home until at least five (5) days after symptoms appear. Most people with mumps recover completely in a few weeks.”
Mumps is a vaccine-preventable illness.
Vaccinated children and adults can occasionally become infected with mumps; however, the disease is less likely to be severe. MCDH encourages children and adults to be current with their immunizations. Children should receive the first dose of mumps-containing MMR vaccine at 12 to 15 months, and the second dose at four to six years. All adults born during or after 1957 should have one dose of MMR. Adults at higher risk, such as university students, healthcare personnel, international travelers, and persons with potential mumps outbreak exposure should have documentation of two (2) doses of mumps vaccine or other proof of immunity to mumps. Persons born before 1957 are thought to be immune, since they were likely infected naturally.
The Dundee Township Republican Organization (DTRO), just across the county line from Algonquin Township and chaired by Michael Bielak of Algonquin, deserves a great deal of credit for not only hosting a terrific picnic, but for allowing elected officials and candidates to speak, including primary challengers. But beyond speeches at their event on September 8, DTRO members recorded the speeches on video and published the videos on the DTRO YouTube channel to be viewed after the September 8 date.
McHenry County Blog particularly thanks Committeepersons Linda Prestia of Carpentersville and Cliff Surges of Gilberts for recording the event’s speeches, and their decision to allow a non-incumbent Republican primary challenger to speak.
Here are the video links to State Representative Allen Skillicorn’s and challenger Carolyn Schofield’s speeches this past Sunday at the DTRO picnic:
McHenry County Blog encourages listening with discernment not only to both speeches, but to additional analysis concerning the 66th district race, and the 3rd time Skillicorn and Schofield are in competition for the Illinois General Assemby.
“3rd time”? Yes, the 2016 primary, the 2020 primary, and last year when both Skillicorn and Schofield competed for the vacant state senate position in the 33rd legislative district, along with 5 other candidates that was won by Don DeWitte’s appointment.
ANALYSIS: The 66th district Republican nomination is Allen Skillicorn’s to lose. He is the elected 2-term incumbent who believes he deserves a 3rd term, and is touting his staunch opposition against higher taxes of any kind and support for the Republican Party platform as his voting record shows.
At the DTRO event, former State Representative Jeanne Ives formally endorsed Skillicorn’s reelection (the link to Ives’ video link, including the endorsement of Skillicorn can be found here).
As mentioned above, both Skillicorn and Schofield were passed over in favor of Don DeWitte for the state senate appointment last year, and DeWitte won a 4-year term last fall. State Senator DeWitte of St. Charles endorsed Schofield at her campaign kickoff in Huntley last week, and was in attendance at the DTRO picnic. Here is what DeWitte says about Schofield:
“Residents of the 66th District understand the uphill sledding that Republicans must deal with in Springfield given super-minority positions in the House and Senate,” said DeWitte. “Carolyn has dealt with that bipartisan process in her role as a County Board member and has been successful getting initiatives approved for her local constituents. That ability to work across the aisle will serve her well in bringing tax dollars back to her constituents in the 66th District.”
Source: Carolyn Schofield Campaign Facebook Page Post 9/6/19 _
Schofield was also endorsed by McHenry County Board Vice Chair Michael Skala (R-Huntley) and said Schofield would be a welcome change in the 66th District and gave the most passionate reasons Skillicorn needs to be replaced:
“Right now the people of Huntley who live in the 66th District are not being represented,” Skala said. “They have a Representative who can’t pass bills, believes the key to success is voting ‘no’, and whose actions only widen the political divide in Springfield. We need real solutions, not angry soundbites. Carolyn has been successful as a member of the county board and I believe she’ll be successful in Springfield. She has my full support.”
Source: Carolyn Schofield Campaign Facebook Page Post 9/6/19 _
While we are not sold that Schofield should replace Skillicorn on next year’s Republican ticket, let alone will be successful in Springfield (and her Facebook meme announcing her candidacy last month showed she and her inner circle do not read McHenry County Blog), a bipartisan process that failed earlier this year had to do with the capital bill Skillicorn was against, but what Schofield spoke of positively at the DTRO picnic. And McHenry County Blog cannot forget events like this from earlier in the year:
Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen (R, Aurora) is by no measure a tax and spender as his 20-year record in Springfield and his nearly seven years as county board chairman proves. That is why this quote from June gives some credibility to Schofield’s claim Skillicorn needs to be replaced:
Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen blasted local state lawmakers for not delivering money for the Longmeadow Parkway that would help prevent the need for a toll bridge to complete the project, but at least one state senator said she never heard from him.
Now, expectations for any state funding might depend on whether lawmakers would contribute some of the member initiative money each received in the budget to spend on in-district projects.
The bridge will create a new crossing over the Fox River near the McHenry County border, but a lack of local funding, so far, will lead to a toll to pay for the bridge and future maintenance. County officials hoped to get about $40 million to eliminate the need for what is expected to be an unpopular toll.
“It does blow me away that this would be the circumstance,” Lauzen said Wednesday.
The lack of state funding is even harder to swallow because increases to the gas tax and fees for driver’s licenses and vehicle titles will push an estimated $73 million of additional money from Kane County residents’ wallets to state coffers each year, according to Lauzen’s calculations.
Daily Herald, 6/4/19 –
The Herald article goes on to point out that DeWitte was involved with Lauzen concerning the capital bill, but made no mention of Skillicorn, or David McSweeney, whose district is where the bridge, now under construction, is being built.
So where was Allen Skillicorn on a possible funding option for Longmeadow that could have completely eliminated bridge users, including his constituents, from the added cost and inconvenience of paying a toll? During his 2016 campaign, it is not forgotten Skillicorn showed at best, tepid support for the Longmeadow bridge and corridor, and he did kowtow to bridge opponents.
But the successful construction, preferably without tolls, is important to the entire upper Fox Valley region, including the 66th district, and there is credibility that opposing any new revenue stream does not support your constituents and is a hindrance to effective representation.
That does not mean Skillicorn, or any other representative should be a tax-and-spender, but there is a rare time when an effective representative of the people, even a Republican, must surrender their own ideology and party platform for the benefit of the people represented.
Had Skillicorn been able to eliminate Longmeadow tolls as part of the capital bill while providing Kane and McHenry Counties a significant means to build a major transportation corridor linking Route 47 in Huntley to Route 62 in Barrington Hills, and the economic benefits of this long range planning, the legislation should have been supported, tax/fee increases funding included.
There is proof Skillicorn has worked with the Democratic supermajority in Springfield this spring. His support for the recreational cannabis bill was possible only with negotiations with Democrats to insure his concerns were addressed. If Skillicorn can do this with legalizing recreational pot, it could have been done on the capital bill, too.
Given this major opportunity miss by Skillicorn on the capital bill, something Skillicorn said in his speech about what happens to “politicians that don’t help you out” can be applied to him, too. Whether it is Schofield or someone else remains to be seen.
But closing as the analysis opened, the primary is Allen Skillicorn’s to lose, but it is hoped he would want to win it.
The McHenry County Coroner’s Office identified George Klinger, 53 of Algonquin as the operator of the motorcycle in the fatal crash that occurred on Wednesday, September 10, 2019 at approximately 7:37 pm at the intersection of Virginia Rd. and Berkshire Dr., Crystal Lake, Illinois.
Investigation is ongoing by the McHenry County Coroner’s Office and Crystal Lake Police Department.
As the Algonquin Township Board meeting was beginning cell phones were announcing a tornado warning, urging people to move to a safe location.
Except for the windows at the back of the meeting room, the Board room was pretty safe and the storm seemed to be moving north of the Route 14 location.
Besides transferring $15,000 to pay last month’s bills for legal represention for Algonquin Township Clerk Karen Lutzow, Trustee Rachael Lawrence’s move to discover when Supervisor Chuck Lutzow would return to work caught my attention.
“We pay $60,000 a year to have a Supervisor,” Lawrence pointed out.
“I request a general prognosis letter” about his condiction, she continued.
“We owe it to the Board and our constituents to have a Supervisor to lead us.
“Just an idea I had that I’d like us to pursue,” she concluded.
Trustee David Chapman reported that he intends to investigate renting two buses from Pace at $100 per month and retiring two of those owned by the Road District now used for senior bus service.
He said that Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser showed interest in the idea.
Chapman also said he would look into the cost of providing bus service to township residents through McRide, the county adaptation of Pace service not tied to fixed routes.
He is also seeking five volunteers to serve on a senior citizens needs assessment committee.
State Rep. Allen Skillicorn on Carolyn Schofield’s Primary Challenge Announcement
Crystal Lake, IL – State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-Crystal Lake) is issuing the following statement on Carolyn Schofield’s announcement to run in the Republican Party Primary for the 66th District.
Perennial candidate Carolyn Schofield is once again announcing her intention to run for State Representative in the 66th District.
Voters in the Republican Party will be given a clear choice between a committed conservative who is resolutely opposed to tax increases and a candidate in Schofield who has never met a tax increase she didn’t like.
She once told Kane County GOP Executive Vice Chairman Jeff Meyer that the reason she supported so many property tax increases over the year was because the voters were not paying attention.
Public servants should always be on guard for the taxpayers whether they are paying attention or not because protecting taxpayers’ hard-earned money is the right thing to do.
The Illinois General Assembly already has a bunch of tax hikers.
We don’t need more.
My record on taxes speaks for itself.
I have and will continue to stand up for taxpayers.
Evidence recovered at the scene resulted in Investigators quickly locating the offending vehicle in the 900 block of Wesley Drive, Crystal Lake. As a result, at approximately 7:50PM, Carolyn A. Tyrrell (53), of Crystal Lake was arrested for leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle crash (class 1 felony). The investigation is ongoing and additional charges against Tyrrell are expected.
We have made an arrest relating to the hit and run crash reported late last night. We will be releasing additional details later this morning.
HIT AND RUN TRAFFIC CRASH INVESTIGATION
Crystal Lake, IL – Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at approximately 7:37 PM, Crystal Lake Police and Fire/Rescue responded to the intersection of Virginia Road and Berkshire Drive for a report of a traffic crash with injuries.
Upon arrival, first responders located two victims on scene, an adult male and adult female, riders of a motorcycle involved in the crash.
The male was taken to Northwestern Hospital in Huntley, suffering from life-threatening injuries.
The female was flown to Condell Medical Center with serious injuries.
Our preliminary investigation revealed the following:
The motorcycle, driven by the adult male with the female as his passenger, was traveling southbound on Virginia Road.
A red sedan struck the motorcycle in the intersection with Berkshire Drive, throwing both occupants of the motorcycle onto the roadway.
The red sedan fled the scene, last seen heading westbound on Berkshire Drive.
Our Accident Investigation Team is actively examining the scene and collecting evidence.
The roadway remained closed while the investigation continues.
We encourage anyone who may have information relating to this event to contact the Crystal Lake Police Department at 815-356-3620.
In addition, anyone with a cell phone can send an anonymous tip to the Crystal Lake Police Department by texting the word CLPDTIP along with the tip information to 847411 (tip411). Normal text messaging rates do apply.
Republicans, led by President Trump, won two special House of Representatives elections in North Carolina on Tuesday in districts NC-03 and NC-09. The NC-03 district is a very safe Republican district and Dr. Greg Murphy easily won election to the vacant House seat.
The real battle, where themes likely to be used in 2020, took place in NC-09, a suburban Charlotte district where Republican Dan Bishop beat Democrat Dan McCready, with unofficial returns of 100% of precincts reporting:
Both parties spent significant sums of money in the NC-09 race, and given some of the setbacks in suburban districts across the country long dominated by Republicans last November, the NC-09 win could be the trigger and provide all of the Republicans running in similar districts, like IL-06 and IL-14, with adaptable blueprints that could be keys to victories.
National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chair Tom Emmer (R, MN) issued the following statement via Twitter:
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R, CA), who saw his caucus grow by two members to 199 as a result of these races, issued the following statement via Twitter:
The two North Carolinians will be sworn into the House within days, which is the norm after a special election. The House Republican caucus will drop by one when Congressman Sean Duffy’s (WI-07) resignation is effective a week from Monday, per his decision to resign due to family health issues.
Many on both sides of the aisle, will determine what worked, and what didn’t work in the NC-09 special election, and the findings from those assessments will definitely have an impact in the IL-06 and IL-14 races.
Lauren Underwood Chooses St. Charles as Headquarters for 2020 Reelection Campaign
McHenry County Blog learned Congresswoman Lauren Underwood’s reelection campaign has chosen St. Charles to be where her campaign headquarters will be based for the 2020 election cycle.
Underwood’s Campaign recently opened a temporary office in western St. Charles on Dean St. about 2 blocks west of Randall Road.
The Underwood Campaign will move into its permanent office space in St. Charles in a few months. In preparation for the General Election next year, at a later date, her campaign will open multiple branch offices across IL-14, including one in McHenry County, at sites to be named later.
Last Thursday, Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers faced off against the Algonquin Township Road District over Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser’s contention that the 5-year contract signed by predecessor Robert Miller after he lost the Republican Primary Election in February, 2017, was invalid.
Here is the order of the 2nd Appellate Court issued today in the case of Local 150 against Algonquin Township’s Road District:
¶ 1 Held: The circuit court did not err in dismissing the counterclaims, and it did not err in granting judgment for plaintiffs on their FOIA complaint. In addition, counterplaintiffs did not provide an adequate record to review the court’s findings on fees and contempt, and we therefore resolved those issues in favor of plaintiffs. Accordingly, we affirmed.
¶ 2 Plaintiffs, James M. Sweeney and the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150, AFL-CIO (Local 150), alleged violations of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 ILCS 140, et seq. (West 2016)) against defendant, Algonquin Township Road District (Road District). Sweeney was the President-Business Manager of Local 150.
¶ 3 Defendants and counterplaintiffs, Andrew Gasser and the Road District,1 filed a counterclaim against Local 150 alleging, in relevant part, that the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between Local 150 and the Road District was invalid. Gasser was the Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner (Commissioner) and served as head of the Road District.
¶ 4 Plaintiffs moved for judgment on the pleadings, and defendants moved for summary judgment. The circuit court granted plaintiffs’ motion and denied defendants’ motion. Plaintiffs then petitioned for costs, attorney fees, and sanctions. Local 150 also petitioned for a rule to show cause. Defendants filed a premature notice of appeal in November 2018, but on this court’s own motion on April 18, 2019, we deemed defendants’ January 14, 2019, amended notice of appeal timely. Defendants argue that the circuit court erred in dismissing their counterclaim, compelling arbitration, denying their motion for summary judgment, awarding fees to plaintiffs, and finding Gasser in indirect civil contempt.
It’s Not Just Mitch McConnell Blocking Votes on Legislationfor Good Reason
This past Friday as the congressional August recess was ending, H.R. 1384, the Medicare-for-all legislation in the House, crossed a milestone with the 118th co-sponsor signing on and supporting the single-payer health care legislation. As reported in Friday’s edition of The Washington Post, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries became the 118th co-sponsor, and the 2nd member of House leadership to cosponsor the bill.
Combined with the sponsor, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D, WA), 119 of the House’s 235 Democrats now support Medicare-for-all. No Republican has signed on as a cosponsor.
As reported here on McHenry County Blog back on 8/3, neither Congressman Sean Casten or Congresswoman Lauren Underwood have signed-on to the socialist legislation to transform health care, and Medicare from the partial free market/socialist system under Obamacare to the completely socialist Medicare-for-all.
From Friday’s Post article:
More than half of all House Democrats now support Medicare-for-all, but that’s not likely to prompt Speaker Nancy Pelosi to allow a vote on the floor.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), the chamber’s No. 5 Democrat, signed on to the bill from Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) this week. He’s the 118th House member and the second-highest-ranking Democrat to back the legislation — showing the party’s growing aspirations to scrap much of the U.S. health-care system in favor of a single Medicare-like plan for everyone.
Jayapal, who has been working to bring more sponsors to her bill after introducing it in February, said getting the support of members of House leadership “is proof of the growing momentum for Medicare-for-all in Congress and in communities across America.”
Despite urging from the progressives in her caucus, Pelosi has resisted holding a floor vote on Medicare-for-all — a vote that could be difficult for moderates in her party given that it would overhaul coverage for millions of Americans and is sharply opposed by industry.
The Washington Post, 9/6/19, emphasis from the Post –
And let’s add single-payer is opposed by millions of Americans, too, and given neither Casten or Underwood have signed-on, that opposition includes, for the moment, Democrats who represent McHenry County.
The Post article also said Congressman Jeffries has signed-on to legislation known as “Medicare-X”, which adds a public option to the Obamacare Marketplace. This legislation, H.R. 2000, is sponsored by Congressman Antonio Delgado (D, NY) and including Jeffries, has 19 co-sponsors. Like Medicare-for-all, Medicare-X is not supported by Casten, Underwood and Republicans. Indeed, none of Illinois’ 13 Democratic House members have signed-on to Medicare-X.
The Post finishes its write-up by citing nearly all of the Democratic presidential candidates have backed-away from their pure Medicare-for-all stances, and only Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren now support the completely socialist Medicare-for-All as proposed in the House legislation, or the Senate bill written by Sanders.
IL-14 Republican candidate Catalina Lauf returned to TV on Monday and was interviewed on FOX Business News by Trish Regan:
The interview last night recapped the major themes of Catalina’s campaign but it was the first time since before Labor Day she was interviewed on TV. The link to view the nearly 4 minutes segment can be seen here:
Both Jeanne Ives and Evelyn Sanguinetti Appear at Dundee Township Republicans Picnic
As was written elsewhere (Illinois Review), the 2 Republican candidates for IL-06 appeared at the Dundee Township Republicans Picnic in West Dundee on Sunday.
McHenry County Blog thanks Linda Prestia, Dundee Township Republican precinct committeewoman and the Dundee Township Republican Organization for providing excellent video coverage of their annual picnic. Both Ives’ and Sanguinetti’s speeches are online and linked below.
In addition to the two IL-06 Republican candidates, other elected officials and candidates attending included:
Kane County Board member Cliff Surges (R, Gilberts, in background of Sanguinetti video pic)
McHenry County Republican Party Chairman Diane Evertsen
State Senator Don DeWitte
IL-14 congressional candidate Anthony Catella
State Representative Allen Skillicorn
McHenry County Board Member and state representative candidate Carolyn Schofield
U.S. Senate candidate Mark Curran
U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Tom Tarter
And too many others to list
The video links to both Ives’ and Sanguinetti’s respective speeches on Sunday are below, as well as a link to the Illinois Review article about the event published yesterday:
Republican candidate for IL-14 James Marter of Oswego, as an acknowledgement of the importance of McHenry County in the primary election next year, has scheduled a fundraiser prior to the close of 3rd quarter fundraising in Crystal Lake on September 29.
Two members of the host committee have ties to the upper Fox Valley region, Algonquin’s Chris Yaeger and neighboring Dundee Township’s Linda Prestia of Kane County.
By the numbers, McHenry County voters in IL-14 cast the most Republican ballots than any of the other election jurisdictions within the district. Here is the breakdown by election jurisdictions, of the 2018 Republican primary:
The Eventbrite link with full information can be accessed here:
Close readers already know that McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks wants to centralize power in his hands.
He has proposed getting rid of the Auditor’s Office, the Regional Superintendent of Schools and the Coroner.
Would anyone be surprised to learn that Franks himself wants to control all three offices?
Indeed with the Auditor’s Office, Franks made it quite clear that he preferred an “Inspector General” that would report to him…indirectly, but through the compliant County Administrator Peter Austin.
Now in the Northwest Herald, Franks tries to re-write history by writing that the Office of County Auditor was created in order to provide a job for former McHenry County Republican Party Chairman Al Jourdan.
Most Illinois counties don’t have elected auditors. Our office was created in 1964 for the purpose of giving the McHenry County Republican Party chairman, a meat cutter by trade, a government patronage job.
There are three things incorrect in the second sentence of that paragraph.
Franks, who is licensed to practice law, apparently isn’t up to figuring out that County Auditors are created in any county which has a population of 75,000 or more people.
So, most counties don’t have county auditors because they don’t have enough people.
McHenry County passed that level in the 1960 census, reaching 84,210 people, hence, the creation of the Auditor as an elected official.
So, that’s one thing wrong with Franks’ statement.
The first election was in 1964.
That was fifty-five years ago.
Was Franks even born when candidates filed for office for the 1964 election?
I was and my father was one of the two candidates who ran in the 1964 GOP Primary Election.
The Chairman of the County Board, Harley Mackeben, also the Grafton Township Supervisor, was the GOP favorite.
My father thought him unqualified and ran a weekend campaign for the nomination, telling people it certainly was not a full-time job.
Cal Skinner, Sr., almost beat him, losing by about 300 votes.
So, the Auditor’s office was not created for the purpose of giving Al Jourdan a job.
That’s the second wrong part of Franks’ statement.
In fact, Jourdan was not even Chairman of the County Republican Party in 1964. (I’m not sure he even lived in McHenry County at the time.)
Jake LeVesque of McCullom Lake headed the local GOP.
In 1966, he was followed by Ted Wickham, who lived on Ridge Road south of Wonder Lake and Route 120 now just north of the Bull Valley Village line.
In 1968, Jourdan was elected GOP Chairman, the same year that Jack Schaffer beat Mackeben in the Republican Primary Election for County Auditor.
It was not until 1972 when Schaffer ran for the State Senate that Jourdan ran for County Auditor.
The third thing wrong with Franks’ statement is that the Auditor is a patronage jub.
The only way that could be correct would be if the office Franks also holds is a patronage office.
Indeed, the argument could be made that since Franks worked so hard to create his current office that he himself holds “a government patronage job,” to put it in the words he uses to make a false accusation about Al Jourdan.