21-Year Old Gets Five Years for Heroin Dealing

A press release from the McHenry Country State’s Attorney:


Patrick D. Kenneally, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that John Galloway, 21, of Crystal Lake, Illinois, was sentenced to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for three counts of Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Heroin).

John Galloway

On March 1, 2017, Galloway delivered 0.6 grams of heroin to a confidential informant.

On March 3, 2017, Galloway delivered 2.0 grams of heroin to a confidential informant.

On May 18, 2018, Galloway delivered heroin to Jacob Czipo, which caused his death.

Additional heroin was found amongst Galloway’s property at the scene.

Galloway was sentenced to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after an open plea to the three charges.

These cases were investigated by members of the Crystal Lake Police Department.

This case was prosecuted by Robert Ladd and Michael Combs of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Attorney for Jack Franks’ Ally’s Printer Refuses to Follow Court Order to Reveal Identities of Originators of Smear Mail, But Admits She Now Represents “s/he/the[m]”

Yesterday, Natalie Harris of Mendel Menkes LLC, attorney for Breaker Press and losing Republican County Clerk candidate Janice Dalton blew off Judge Kevin Costello’s court order by refusing to provide the identities of who was responsible for the hit pieces against then-McHenry County Clerk candidate Joe Tirio.

Instead she filed the following letter, which admits she also represents the Illinois Integrity Fund (“the anonymous persons…s/he/they”):

Re: Tirio v. Dalton, et al. / Case No.: 18MR000302

Dear Mr. Prossnitz,

As you know, I represent Respondents Janice Dalton and Breaker Press in the above-referenced Rule 224 Petition filed by your client McHenry County Clerk and Recorder Joe Tirio.

Tirio’s Petition asserts that certain political campaign advertising flyers published by the Illinois Integrity Fund in the run up to the March 2018 Republican primary in Tirio’s race for McHenry County Clerk (“Flyers”) are defamatory per se, and Tirio seeks the identity of the individual(s)behind the Illinois Integrity Fund responsible for the Flyers. (Second Am. R. 224 Pet., ¶¶ 8-9,11,15.)

One Illinois Integrity Fund mailing that Joe Tirio contends defamed him.

The Respondents objected to, and moved to dismiss, Tirio’s Rule 224 Petition, asserting various arguments in support of their position that the allegedly defamatory statements constitute anonymous speech protected by the First Amendment.

On November 29, 2018, the Court granted Tirio’s Rule 224 Petition, and ordered Respondents to disclose the name and address of the person(s) who created the Flyers.

On December 6, 2018, Respondents filed a Notice of Appeal and a Motion to Stay the November 29, 2018 order pending resolution of the appeal.

Earlier this week on December 11, 2018, the Court entered an order denying Respondents’ Motion to Stay the November 29 Order, and requiring Respondents to comply with the November 29, 2018 by December 13, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.

I am writing to inform you that Respondents respectfully decline to comply with the November 29, 2018 order and the December 11, 2018 order for the sole purpose of preserving the status quo pending resolution of the appeal.

If necessary, Respondents shall make a good-faith request for entry of a “friendly contempt” strictly to ensure that there is appellate jurisdiction to test the December 11, 2018 order pursuant to Ill. Sup. Ct. R. 304(b)(5).

The friendly contempt procedure is appropriate where contemnor’s “conduct in advocating for her

client’s position [is] neither contumacious [or] subject[s] the court to distain or scorn.” In re All Asbestos Litigation, 385 Ill. App. 3d 386, 392, 895 N.E.2d 1155, 1160 (1st Dist. 2008).

“Whenever a noncompliance of a court order is based on ‘a good-faith effort to secure an interpretation of an issue without direct precedent, the contempt will be considered friendly.” Pensler v. Fox TV Stations, Inc., 2016 IL App (1st) 142694-U, ¶ 37.

In addition, as a follow up to the discussions held on the record during the December 11, 2018 hearing, I want to inform you that I represent all of the individual(s) referenced in Par. 3 of this Court’s November 29, 2018 order, namely the anonymous person(s) at whose direction the subject Flyers at issue were created and Breaker Press was paid to print and mail the Flyers.

For ease of reference, I will refer to the anonymous person(s) as the Illinois Integrity Fund (“IIF”) because that is the anonymous name s/he/they adopted for use on the Flyers.

Upon consultation with my client IIF, s/he/they have agreed to authorize me to accept service of process on his/her/their behalf.

This disclosure should address your concern that the

  1. “Illinois Integrity Fund is a total ghost” to you;
  2. IIF might have nothing to do with the Flyers and
  3. statute of limitations on Tirio’s alleged defamation claim against IIF might expire if the Court stays the November 29, 2018 order pending resolution of the appeal. (12/11/18 Rough TOP, 52:19-53:6).

In addition, this disclosure solves the Court’s concern that staying the November 29, 2018 order pending resolution of the appeal would force Tirio to wait until after the one-year statute of limitations expires to file his alleged claims against IIF. (12/11/18 Rough TOP, 17:17-19, 34:16-19).

In other words, staying the November 29, 2018 order will not “result [in Tirio’s] losing any viable cause of action against the [] person or persons they contend defamed Mr. Tirio.” (12/11/18 Rough TOP, 58:15-19).

Tirio knows that IIF made the subject statements in the Flyers.

Therefore, at any time before the expiration of the applicable statute of limitations, Tirio may sue the known defendant(s) IIF using IIF’s undisputed adopted alias, and may serve process on IIF through disclosed counsel. See, Hadley v. Doe, 2015 IL 118000, ¶¶ 17-1.

These facts eliminate any potential harm to Tirio in connection with staying the November 29, 2018 order pending resolution of the appeal.


Natalie A. Harris

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At 4:03 PM Tirio attorney Phil Prossnitz filed a motion to show cause why the defendants should not be cited for contempt of court.

Slow Filing in Lakewood

Philip Stephan

In the Village of Lakewood, the following positions are open for the April 2, 2019 election:

  • Village President (2 year term),
  • three Village Trustees (4 year term), and
  • one Village Trustee (2 year term)

Filing has been slow with the deadline being close of business Monday.

Current elected Trustee Phil Stephan has filed for Village President.

Brian Augustine and Doug Ulrich, both appointed Trustees, are running for four-year terms.

Illinois Leaks Focuses on Algonquin Township Trustee Melissa Victor as Board Rejects $168,000 of Road District Bills

Reprinted from Illinois Leaks with permission:

Algonquin Township – Trustee Victor points to “Shady Money” – calls for a forensic audit

McHenry Co. (ECWd) –Nope, you cannot make this stuff up!  

Melissa Victor, a self-proclaimed “numbers” person was unable to make heads or tails of certain bills and budget matters.

Melissa Victor

At one point during the meeting, she stated she does not know what he has in his budget, referring to the Road District.

How can she not know what is in the budget?

She was a party to the recent stripping of money from his budget, yet now she says she does not know what is in his budget?

She knew what was in it in October and refused to pay certain bills because of that knowledge, so what happened since the October meeting that now she does not know what is in the budget?

As she shared her concerns with a clear attempt to cast the cause of her confusion towards Andrew Gasser, the Algonquin Township Road District Highway Commissioner, she appears to have forgotten that Gasser has nothing to do with keeping the financial books for the Road District.

That is a function of the Township Supervisor as the Treasure for the Road District.

As a trustee, one would have thought she understood that.

In a rare occurrence, Attorney Kelly spoke up and informed her who handles such matters and that it was not a function of the Road District as she was attempting to imply.

During her talking points, she talks of “shady money going in exchange in these different line items”.  You can see her comments on this beginning at the 8:36 mark of the video below.

She then suggests a forensic audit, which is actually a great idea.

An idea Gasser tried to have done months ago only to be shot down by this Board.

We encourage a forensic audit and ask that it include the last term of the prior Highway Commissioner as well.

I doubt this board will ever authorize any action towards accountability to past spending by the previous Highway Commissioner, but it is clear they are desperately trying to find any possible fault with the current one.

Too bad such scrutiny was not applied to Bob Miller during all his spending sprees.

You can view the forensic audit comment at the 9:38 mark of the video below.

Trustee Victor also took issue with sales tax being paid for clothing purchases by employees and suggested providing tax exempt forms to the employees for them to use for their personal purchased for applicable clothing.

Such an action is not permissible under Illinois law according to the Illinois Department of Revenue.

From the Illinois Department of Revenue Publication 104 on sales tax:

“sales of tangible personal property made to a governmental body (Federal, State, local, or foreign) are exempt from the Retailers’ Occupation Tax only if the governmental body has an active E-number issued by IDOR and the governmental body provides this active E-number to the retailer, who  records that number instead of collecting the tax. In addition, only sales of tangible personal property invoiced directly to and paid by governmental bodies that possess active E-numbers are exempt. If an individual government employee provides a credit card to the retailer containing the name of the employee along with the name of the governmental body, tax will be due, even if the employee provides an active E-number.”

In the situation Victor talks about, purchases are being made by individuals and paid for with their own money.

Using a public body’s tax exempt form requires the public body to be the one making the purchase.  Tax exempt purchases by public bodies are only tax exempt if the purchase is invoiced directly to and paid by the government bodies.

Allowing employees to use the tax exempt document to make personal purchases does not appear to be the legal way to make such a purchase tax exempt.

Of additional interest is income tax on these benefits.

Reading some tax instruction information it appears some of these purchases may not be income tax exempt.

There are specific qualifiers for clothing allowances and it is quite possible this allowance may be subject to reporting on their W2, which we understand has not been done in the past but is being looked into.

If it is found that such purchases are subject to income tax under the IRS rules they will file an amended filing to correct any identified past failings in this area.

You can view the video below that contains all the information reported in this article.

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Capitol Fax Picks McSweeney as GOP State Rep. of the Year

Capitol Fax has an annual series of recognition one of which recognizes legislators.

David McSweeney

This year, State Rep. David McSweeney won top honors on the Republican side of the House of Representatives.

Here is what was written here:

The 2018 Golden Horseshoe Award for Best Republican Illinois State Representative goes to Rep. Dave McSweeney…

(H)e has been able to effectively pass legislation across the aisle when most of the Caucus has been ineffective. He dealt with sexual harassment payoffs and township government, even when his party objected to it.

He continuously called out the Governor for his mistakes even if it meant he could have had retribution against him.

While he won’t make friends in talks about taxes he continuously gets Democrats to sign on and help pass his bills.

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 Council but the cost of appealing the decision is HUGE. We aren’t rich people.

We live in a small home in Crystal Vista and drive vehicles that are over 10 years old.

Cathy Ferguson

The real reason Hopkins, Brady and Ferguson challenged Robert was to eliminate the competition and automatically be re-elected to another 4 years on the City Council.No need for them to run a campaign or debate the issues.

No costs of a campaign either (other than paying their attorney for the hearing).

The cost of Robert appealing the decision will be between $5,000 and $7,000.

Ellen Brady


We have started a Go Fund Me Campaign.

The blatant abuse of the electoral process in Crystal Lake MUST STOP!

If you want a choice on the ballot this spring, please consider making a contribution.

Click on the link:


Brett Hopkins


People file election petition challenges for the obvious reason of getting opponents off the ballot.

Another reason, however, is to drain them of resources that otherwise might be spent campaigning for office.

Mayors Push for Gas Tax Hike

Algonquin Village President John Schmitt offered the following comment on this post:

It is unfortunate that some research was not done before publishing this blog.

The Mayors and Village Presidents of the McHenry County Council of Governments does indeed support a fully funded capital bill that has a regular source of revenue.

Our roads, bridges, and mass transit are in disrepair and new projects to satisfy commuters and new commerce are not built.

While that is all true, the Caucus spoke without doing their due diligence by confirming support for a gas tax increase.

I have spoken to many of the community leaders of the county and found that we all know that while a source of regular funding for capital is necessary, supporting a $.25-40 gas tax has yet to be debated to determine the best and least impacting revenue source.

Therefore, the big STORY of the blog is false.

Take every name of every mayor from McHenry County off this story as none have yet agreed to support or endorse any specific source of revenue for a capital bill.

Here is how the Illinois News Network is reporting a move by Chicago area metropolitan mayors calling for a large–20 to 30 cents per gallon–Motor Fuel Tax hike:


Statewide Increase in Taxes and Fees Would Provide Sustainable, Recurring Revenue to Support a Transportation Capital Bill

 Mayor Rahm Emanuel today joined members of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus to call for a statewide capital bill to pay for critical transportation infrastructure needs, funded largely through an increase in the state motor fuel tax which has remained flat for gasoline since 1990.

Illinois has not passed a statewide capital bill since 2009 [when it was sponsored by Lake County Republican Robert Churchill].

“For Illinois to maintain its status as the transportation hub of the nation, we need to make major infrastructure investments to support our transportation systems,” Mayor Emanuel said. “In addition to critical funding to replace aging roads and bridges, sustained, flexible revenues need to flow directly to public transit.  As the backbone of our larger transportation network and a stimulator of economic development, transit needs a dedicated, reliable revenue source so that we can continue to modernize and grow the system.”

According to the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), the region needs $24 billion in added revenue through 2050 to maintain the current system, without addressing the backlog. In addition, CMAP estimates that another $32 billion is needed to improve the condition, enhance and expand the current system. Decades of underinvestment have created a significant backlog of projects to reach a state of good repair.

Federal and state revenues that support transportation investments have not kept up with costs or inflation. Recent signals from Washington point to growing reliance on state and local revenues to fund these needs.

The state needs to raise revenue for infrastructure, and a 20 to 30 center per gallon increase in the motor fuel tax and other traditional transportation funding sources is a reasonable and widely-supported place to start.

Other states and regions are far ahead of the State of Illinois and metropolitan Chicago in raising revenues to support infrastructure projects. About half of the states including Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa and Ohio have raised transportation revenues since 2012, while Illinois’s gas tax has been at 19 cents per gallon since 1990. Every five cent per gallon increase in the motor fuel tax results in approximately $20 million more in City revenue and over $250 million statewide.

The northeastern Illinois region is the economic engine of the state, accounting for 80 percent of the economy and two-thirds of its population.

The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus represents 275 communities and over 9 million residents of northeastern Illinois.

The proposed capital bill is based on five principles:

  • Sustainable funding to create reliable, stable revenue streams that are not speculative or inadequate.
  • Multi-modal transportation across not only the region’s road network, but also its transit, bicycle, and pedestrian networks.
  • Return on investment ensuring that investments reflect where the funding comes from.
  • Performance, ensuring vendors are held accountable for delivering.
  • Benefits-based to reflect all transportation users’ contribution to improving our infrastructure, no matter how they travel.

“All funding options need to be on the table,” Mayor John Ostenburg, Chairman of the Mayors Caucus and Mayor of Park Forest said.  “Revenue sources that have traditionally funded roads and transit in the past can support our needs today.  However, with the continued emergence of new transportation technologies, they won’t last long.  We need to have the courage and foresight to experiment and pilot new sources of revenue for infrastructure.”

The proposal has bipartisan support from members of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus including:

  • Mayor John A. Ostenburg, Village of Park Forest
  • Mayor Vernard L. Alsberry, Jr., Village of Hazel Crest
  • President Gail Johnson, Village of Oswego
  • Mayor Robert J. Nunamaker, Village of Fox River Grove
  • Mayor Robert O’Dekirk, City of Joliet
  • Mayor Jeffery D. Schielke, City of Batavia
  • Mayor Gerald R. Bennett, City of Palos Hills
  • Mayor Jim Holland, Village of Frankfort
  • President Lawrence R. Levin, Village of Glencoe
  • Mayor Joseph Mancino, Village of Hawthorn Woods
  • Mayor Joseph T. Tamburino, Village of Hillside
  • Mayor Timothy Baldermann, Village of New Lenox
  • Mayor Paul S. Braun, Village of Flossmoor
  • Mayor Rodney S. Craig, Village of Hanover Park
  • President Karen Y. Darch, Village of Barrington
  • Mayor Don DeGraff, Village of South Holland
  • Mayor Richard C. Irvin, City of Aurora
  • President Robert “Bob” Kolosh, Village of Thornton
  • President Al Larson, Village of Schaumburg
  • President Richard Mack, Village of Ringwood
  • Mayor John Mahoney, City of Palos Park
  • Mayor Brian Sager, City of Woodstock
  • Mayor John Schmitt, Village of Algonquin
  • Mayor Aaron T. Shepley, Village of Crystal Lake
  • Mayor Jeffrey T. Sherwin, City of Northlake
  • Mayor Annie Coulter, Ford Heights

“CMAP applauds these leaders for working together to address the urgent need for transportation funding in our region,” Joseph C. Szabo, CMAP executive director said. “We are at a crisis point, and increasing the gas tax is a crucial first step. We owe it to the public to make sure we achieve a lasting solution – one that is sustainable, flexible, and user-based – to ensure we can invest in the best possible projects and help our communities prosper.”

Under Mayor Emanuel, Chicago has invested billions in improving its transportation infrastructure but without state a state capital bill and serious state funding needed, repairs for roads, bridges and public transportation networks in the city, in the region and across the state continue to pile up. The City has been aggressive at creating and using TIF dollars to fund transformational projects like Red and Purple Line Modernization. Though the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has seen unprecedented investment under Mayor Emanuel—more than $8 billion in modernization and improvements projects—much of the CTA’s infrastructure is decades old and needs rebuilding or replacement. Mayor Emanuel also pushed for the creative use of the TIFIA loan program to fund the construction of the acclaimed Riverwalk that has fueled the boom along the Chicago’s river fronts. The Riverwalk has proved to be a phenomenal success and revenue from vendors is exceeding projections and helping to repay the loan.

McHenry Police Outline Afternoon Bomb Threats

A press release from the McHenry Police Department:


On Thursday, December 13th, 2018 at approximately 12:47 PM, the McHenry Police Department responded to the Montini Catholic School, 1405 N. Richmond Road, McHenry, Illinois, for the report of a bomb threat.

Officers arrived on the scene and secured the school.

At approximately 12:58 PM, the McHenry Police Department also responded to MedCor, Inc., 4805 W. Prime Parkway, McHenry, Illinois, for a similar bomb threat.

The threats were emailed to the locations and were similar to threats received by businesses and educational institutions across the nation

As a precaution, both of McHenry’s Montini schools were evacuated to allow police officers and school administration to search the buildings.

A search of both the interior and exterior of the school’s properties found no suspicious items or threats to the children and faculty.

Students were temporarily placed at Smith’s Central Garage, 3315 W. Pearl Street, McHenry, Illinois, to await being picked up by a relative.

As a precaution only, the remaining McHenry schools in District 15 and District 156 were notified of the incident and subsequently placed into a soft lockdown.

Also as a precaution, MedCor, Inc., was evacuated to allow police officers to search that business.

A search of both the interior and exterior of the property found no suspicious items or threats to the employees.

As these threats were not isolated to the City of McHenry, the McHenry Police Department will be working with its State and Federal partners to identify the source.

The police department takesany threat to its community seriously and will work hard to ensure that the responsibly party is held accountable for their actions.–

McHenry Schools Put on Soft Lockdown

Ar 1:15 McHenry Police advised:

McHenry Police Department is investigating threats received in town

McHenry Police are currently investigating two threats at two separate locations in town.

Both locations were evacuated as a safety precaution.

In addition both Montini Primary and Montini Middle Schools were evacuated as they were in proximatey to one of the threats.

Please avoid Prime Parkway and the area of Richmond Road and Pearl Street until further notice.

Later in the afternoon, District 15 posted this on its website:

We have been advised by the McHenry Police Department to cancel our soft lockdown for all schools.

Jack Franks’ Ally’s Printer Ignores Court Order to Turn Over Smear Mailer’s Identity by Noon

McHenry County Associate Judge Kevin Costello ordered the attorney for Breaker Press, Natalie Harris, to turn over, in writing, the identities of those responsible for the defamatory hit pieces against McHenry County Clerk candidate Joe Tirio by noon on Thursday.

The Illinois Integrity Funds lacked the integrity to file with the Illinois State Board of Elections.  Filing is required if more than $5,000 is spent.

It is past noon and nothing has been provided by then that would show who is behind the misnamed Illinois Integrity Fund, whose name is on the postcards.

Justin Hansen Appointed to Replace Circuit Court Judge Michael Sullivan

A press release from the McHenry County Circuit Court:

Justin M. Hansen Appointed Circuit Judge by the Illinois Supreme Court

(Woodstock, IL) On November 12, 2018, the Illinois Supreme Court issued order M.R. 001403, appointing Justin M. Hansen to Circuit Judge of the 22nd Judicial Circuit, Third Subcircuit.

Judicial Subcircuit 3 may see a Republican Primary Election for Circuit Court Judge in 2020. There could, of course, be a Democrat running for the office as well.

The appointment is effective February 4, 2019 and terminates on December 7, 2020, pending the results of the general election in 2020.

Mr. Hansen’s appointment fills the vacancy due to the retirement of Circuit Judge Michael J. Sullivan.

Immediately preceding to his appointment Mr. Hansen was an attorney in the Libertyville office of Swanson, Martin & Bell.

He successfully represented individual, corporate and municipal clients in a wide variety of matters including medical malpractice, breach of contract, land use and zoning, and landlord/tenant issues.

Prior to joining Swanson, Martin & Bell, Mr. Hansen practiced at Cowlin, Naughton, Curran & Coppedge in Crystal Lake, and representing clients in criminal and juvenile matters, real estate transactions, and business disputes.

He also prosecuted DUI and traffic citations for various local municipalities.

Mr. Hansen also served the 22nd Judicial Circuit of McHenry County as a Special Public Defender, representing indigent clients on misdemeanor and felony matters.

Mr. Hansen attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois earning his Bachelor of Arts and received his Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law.

Before attending law school, Justin worked for a non-profit in Milwaukee providing advocacy for children affected by domestic violence.

Mr. Hansen presently lives in unincorporated McHenry County, in Nunda Township with his wife and children.

Folks Who Will Levy Most of Your Taxes

Here re those who have filed for school board at the McHenry County Clerk’s Office through 5 PM on Wednesday, January 12th:


Johnsburg School Board candidates campaigning at this year’s Saufen und Spiel parade.

** indicates simultaneous filing

** Elizabeth Young (Full Term) Spring Grove 60081
** Elke Kleisch (Full Term) Spring Grove 60081
** Marcy Garrison (Full Term) Spring Grove 60081

Gerry Blohm (Full Term) Fox River Grove 60021

Valerie Klos (Full Term) Johnsburg 60051
Meghan A. Michel (Full Term) Johnsburg 60051
Gerald J. Harker (Full Term) Johnsburg 60051

Former IEA official Arne Waltmire leaving the Democrats’ secret caucus at which Ray Flavin was picked to replace Jim Harrison for McHenry County State’s Attorney.

** Matthew Stauner (Full Term) McHenry 60051
** Arne Waltmire (Full Term) McHenry 60050

Victoria Kaczkos (Full Term) Marengo 60152

Kate Johnson (Full Term) Hebron 60034
Kenneth M. Winkelman (Full Term) Harvard 60033
Michael J. Norton (Full Term) Hebron 60034

** Karen Parks (Full Term) Wonder Lake 60097
** Mark Nothdorf (Full Term) Wonder Lake 60097
** Laurie Alsot (Full Term) Wonder Lake 60097

Khushali Z. Shah (Full Term) Prairie Grove 60012

Curt Wadlington (Full Term) Crystal Lake 60014
Robert Fetzner (Full Term) Crystal Lake 60014

** Sandra J Theriault (Full Term) Harvard 60033
** Julie Lehmann (Full Term) Harvard 60033
Sharon L. McMillan (Full Term) Harvard 60033

Anthony Martin (Full Term) Marengo 60152

** Amy Blazier (Full Term) Crystal Lake 60014
** Adam Guss (Full Term) Crystal Lake 60014
** Tom Vaclavek (Full Term) Cary 60013

Dawn Bremer (Full Term) McHenry 60050

Theresa “Tracy” Highley (Full Term) Spring Grove 60081
Steven D. Holtz (Full Term) Richmond 60071
Robert Satkiewicz (Full Term) Spring Grove 60081

William T. Geheren (Full Term) Huntley 60142

Barbara Dochterman (Full Term) Marengo 60152
Matthew Erbstoesser (Full Term) Union 60180

Jerry Miceli (Full Term) Woodstock 60098
Michelle Bidwell (Full Term) Woodstock 60098
John Headley (Full Term) Woodstock 60098

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Teachers unions do their best to field candidates who will be friendly when union negotiation time comes.

Deadline for filing is Monday at 5 PM at the County Clerk’s Office in Woodstock.

Tribune Notices Joe Tirio’s Suit Against Jack Franks’ Ally’s Printer

You might want to read the Chicago Tribune’s take on the latest development in McHenry County Clerk Joe Tirio’s legal quest to discover which one of McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ allies besmirched his reputation.

If so, click on the headline below:

Who paid for ‘Crooked Joe’ election flyers? Judge orders release of names behind McHenry candidate smear campaign

This is the image on the Tribune’s web site:

Joe Tirio’s enemy photo shopped him at a robber with rubber gloves.

This is one off reporter Amanda Marrazzo’s article:

Whoever was behind these flyers — which Tirio’s lawyer claims were sent to thousands of homes during last spring’s primary election in McHenry County, where he ran for clerk — they apparently didn’t have the intended effect: Tirio won the seat and was sworn in last week.

The article also alludes to the violation of state election law by the so-called “Illinois Integrity Fund:”

Nor is any organization with that moniker registered with the Illinois State Board of Elections, even though any entity spending more than $5,000 on political campaigns is required by law to register — and Tirio’s camp asserts that the printing and distribution of multiple flyers would “vastly exceed” that threshold.

Who paid for the mailings is due to be revealed in writing today, according to Associate Judge Kevin Costello’s court order.

Firefighter Pensions

A Friend of McHenry County Blog tallied the following pension information for firefighters from the Illinois State Comptroller’s web site:

In 2007 there were 3,753 retired firefighters and 9,039 active firefighters.
In 2016 there were 5,069 retired firefighters and 9,160 active firefighters.

In 2007 there were 3,753 retired firefighters and 9,039 active firefighters.
In 2016 there were 5,069 retired firefighters and 9,160 active firefighters.

In 2007 the aggregate funded ratio of all Downstate funds was 63.1 % for Fire.
In 2016 the aggregate funded ratio of all Downstate funds was 57.1 % for Fire.

Here is the information for for firefighters from the latest information reported to the State Comptroller:

  • Algonquin-LITH – 76%, $7,864,972
  • Cary Fire – 100.5%, ($23,340)
  • Crystal Lake – 66.80%, $16,121,589
  • Huntley – 77.4%, $7,063,956
  • McHenry – 233.4% Fire $ (2,736,604)
  • Woodstock – 40.7% Fire $ 14,530,504

Republicans Search for Mike Walkup Replacement

Mike Walkup

From McHenry County Republican Party Chairman Diane Evertsen:

The County Board Chairman has just announced the vacancy in Board District 3 of the seat previously occupied by Mike Walkup.

As some of you know, Mr. Walkup tendered his resignation effective December 1st.

While by law the Chairman brings forward his pick for filling the vacancy, that replacement must be a Republican.

McHenry County Board 2012-20 District 3 map.  The line through Crystal Lake is Crystal Lake Avenue.

If you know anyone who lives in District 3 who would be interested in serving on the Board, will you please ask them to email ([email protected]) or give me a call?

Requirements are very limited: must be at least 18 years old and a Republican voter registered to vote in McHenry County.

If you have any questions about this feel free to contact me.

The pay is about $21,000 a year, minimum of four meetings a month. There is health insurance, if one signs up for it (although Democrats are campaigning to abolish it and signing up would leave one vulnersble to attack if one ran for re-election).

Algonquin-LITH Fire Protection District Chief Makes Daily Herald List of Chiefs Drawing Pension While Earning Salary Running Different Department

It is not uncommon for police officers and firefighters to get jobs after retirement.

In my Village of Lakewood, experienced police officers have been hired that the village otherwise could not have afforded.

When the Village Board concluded that the price Crystal Lake was going to charge for fire protection was excessive, a private fire protection firm was hired.

Lakewood’s Chief had recently retired from a Northwest suburban fire department.

The combination of fire chief pension and salaries at new departments drew the attention of the Daily Herald‘s Jack Griffin today.

Lots of fire engines were in this Lake in the Hills Labor Day parade.

The only department that drew his attention in McHenry County was the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District.

Chief Peter Van Dorpe has the lowest cited combination of pension and salary, but it is still over $200,000.

Naperville State Representative Grant Wehrli has introduced a bill to prevent retired firefighters from drawing a second pension from such retirement posts.

Last year, he passed a similar bill for police officers.

Steve Doherty Appointed to Replace Craig Wilcox on the County Board

Jack Franks

Last night the nomination of Democratic Party McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks to replace Franks’ critic Republican Craig Wilcox, who resigned to take Pam Althoff’s State Senate seat, was approved with 19 out of 22 possible votes.

Abstaining were fellow District 4 County Board members Kay Bates and Chuck Wheeler.

Crystal Lake’s District 2 member Jeff Thorsen voted, “No.”

State law required that Franks appoint person from the same party as the person being replaced.

The Republican Party recommended John Hammerand, whose term ended on December 1st.

Abortion Statistics Show Relatively Low Rate in McHenry County

Here are thw statistics from the Illinios Department of PUblic Health:

Abortion rates in Illinois counties

County Population Abortions Per Capita
Cook 5,211,263 21,288 0.41%
Peoria 183,011 462 0.25%
Macon 105,801 267 0.25%
St. Clair 262,479 558 0.21%
McLean 172,290 317 0.18%
Vermilion 77,909 139 0.18%
Sangamon 196,452 348 0.18%
Tazewell 133,526 216 0.16%
Will 692,661 1,079 0.16%
Madison 265,428 393 0.15%
Kane 534,667 775 0.14%
DeKalb 104,733 150 0.14%
DuPage 930,128 1,311 0.14%
Jackson 58,284 82 0.14%
Kankakee 109,605 152 0.14%
La Salle 110,067 148 0.13%
Grundy 50,586 64 0.13%
Winnebago 284,778 350 0.12%
Lake 703,520 811 0.12%
Champaign 209,399 234 0.11%
Kendall 126,218 135 0.11%
McHenry 309,122 326 0.11%
Coles 51,979 52 0.10%
Ogle 51,063 51 0.10%
Rock Island 144,808 75 0.05%
Williamson 67,328 <50 N/A
Adams 66,234 <50 N/A
Whiteside 56,118 <50 N/A
Boone 53,513 <50 N/A
Knox 50,638 <50 N/A


Jack Franks’ Hit Piece Smearing Ally’s Printer Ordered to Identify Perpetrators by Thursday

Breaker Press, the printer and mail house that sent defamatory post cards against McHenry County Clerk candidate Joe Tirio and four County Board candidates critical of Board Chairman Jack Franks has been order to reveal the identities of those responsible on Thursday.

Tirio attorney Philip Prossnitz explains what happened in Associate Judge Kevin Costello’s courtroom today.

After lengthy argument this morning the respondents request to stay the proceedings in the trial court and stay the requirement that they disclose the names of the people behind the Flyers reportedly by the Illinois Integrity Fund, was denied.

On behalf of Joe, I requested immediate disclosure on the record and in writing.

Respondents requested a 48-hour delay.

One of the Illinois Integrity Fund’s hit pieces, printed and mailed by Breaker Press, which Judge Kevin Costello ruled were defamtory per se,

The judge allowed it and respondents are now required to disclose the names of the persons responsible for the defamatory per se Flyers as originally ruled on November 29th, 2018, said disclosure to occur on or before noon on Thursday December 13th, 2018.

Natalie Harris, attorney for Breaker Press, is seeking a further delay by appealing the case to the Appellant Court.