McConnaughay Tells of New State Aid to Education Formula

A press release from State Senator Karen McConnaughay:

ISBE Analysis Reveals Most Equitable School Funding Proposal

Springfield – A State Board of Education (ISBE) analysis shows a new compromise school funding bill sponsored by State Senator Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles) will more equitably fund all local schools throughout the state compared to any previous proposals.

“We came back to Springfield to finish critical work on a budget and transformational reform measures, and the issue of education funding is an important piece of that package,” said Senator McConnaughay.

“Senate Bill 1124 is the best fix to our school funding formula to ensure Illinois is finally fairly and more equitably funding all Illinois schools.”

According to the data provided from ISBE, Senate Bill 1124 Amendment 3 would better achieve delivering financial help to low-income students than previous legislation advanced by the General Assembly, including Senate Bill 1.

In fact, the ISBE analysis shows schools throughout the entire state would receive more tier funding under Senate Bill 1124 as amended than any previous proposals.

However, McConnaughay said Senate Bill 1124 SFA3 and Senate Bill 1 are actually very similar. Both utilize the same evidence-based model, as well as the same methods to deliver funding to low-income students and identical systems to determine cost differences between districts.

In addition, both measures group districts into the same four tiers based on need, and use the same local resource calculations.

Further, both proposals feature the same safeguards for English learners and special education students.

“It’s time that both sides come together to help the children of Illinois,” said Senator McConnaughay.

“This proposal incorporates priorities from lawmakers representing both parties and both chambers, and encompasses the recommendations of the Governor’s bipartisan, bicameral Illinois School Funding Reform Commission, making it a truly bipartisan bill that will provide all Illinois 852 school districts students with a more equitable distribution of state education dollars.”

A key difference between Senate Bill 1124 Amendment 3 and Senate Bill 1 is that while the two bills propose to use an identical pool of dollars for the base funding minimum, Senate Bill 1124 SFA3 notably treats all schools the same in the actual calculation of that base number.

However, Senate Bill 1 adds hundreds of millions of extra dollars to the base funding minimum for only one school district, Chicago Public Schools (CPS).

This is money Senator McConnaughay says could otherwise be sent through the evidence-based model to be equitably distributed to all schools.

The ISBE analysis shows Senate Bill 1124 provides every single school district with more evidence-based tier funding than Senate Bill 1.

When including both base funding and tier funding, every downstate and suburban school district would receive more funding through Senate Bill 1124 than under Senate Bill 1.

Chicago Public Schools would receive additional funding in separate legislation which calls for the state to pick up a share of the normal costs for Chicago teachers’ pensions.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner recently stated that he would sign Senate Bill 1124 SFA 3 into law if passes the General Assembly.

He urged lawmakers to take up the measure during the upcoming special session.

“The Governor has indicated his willingness to sign this compromise proposal into law for the upcoming school year,” said McConnaughay.

“There is no reason we can’t move forward with this measure over the coming week.”

The full ISBE analysis for both bills is available at

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So far, I haven’t been able to grasp how local property tax effort is measured.

As readers know, homes and small apartments in Cook County are assessed at 22% of Fair Market Value, while those outside of Cook County are assessed 50% higher at 33% of market value.

I’d like to know if there is any equalization contained in the bill.

Reverse Mortgage Fraudster Indicted

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

Chicago Businessman Arraigned on Fraud Charges in Connection with $7 Million Reverse Mortgage Scheme that Targeted Elderly Homeowners

CHICAGO — A Chicago businessman has been arraigned on federal fraud charges for his alleged role in a scheme to bilk elderly homeowners out of millions of dollars.

MARK STEVEN DIAMOND, a mortgage loan originator with offices in Chicago and Calumet City, engaged in a home repair and loan fraud scheme that targeted elderly homeowners and lenders, according to the indictment.

Diamond fraudulently caused lenders to make reverse-mortgage loans to homeowners who either did not sign up for the loans or did so unwittingly after Diamond intentionally misrepresented the terms, the indictment states.

Diamond fraudulently pocketed the loan checks by causing title company representatives, including an unindicted co-schemer, to provide the checks to Diamond rather than the homeowners.

The indictment seeks forfeiture of $7 million from Diamond.

Diamond, 60, of Chicago, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday to seven counts of wire fraud. U.S. District Judge Robert M. Dow Jr. scheduled a status hearing for Aug. 28, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.

The indictment was announced by Joel R. Levin, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Brad Geary, Special Agent-in-Charge of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Inspector General in Chicago; and Michael J. Anderson, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

According to the indictment, Diamond targeted his victims, who ranged in age from 62 to 97, based on the equity in their homes and their relative lack of financial sophistication.

If a victim’s relative questioned Diamond on the need for a reverse mortgage, Diamond would schedule a time to visit the victim’s home when he knew the relative would not be there, the indictment states.

Also charged in the indictment is CYNTHIA WALLACE, 47, of Chicago. Wallace solicited homeowners to have home repairs performed by Diamond, knowing that Diamond would not actually perform the work, the indictment states.

Wallace, who used the aliases “Shree Box,” “Regina Johnson,” and “Sherry Rice,” also posed as a representative of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to fraudulently obtain money from victims, the indictment states.

Wallace has pleaded not guilty to nine counts of wire fraud and two counts of falsely pretending to be an employee of the United States.

The public is reminded that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are 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 United States Sentencing Guidelines.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brian Netols and Matthew Ebert.

Kim Zinke Motion to Dismiss Criminal Charges Denied

Kim Zinke intake photo.

On Wednesday, Lake County Judge Patricia Fix issued the latest court order in the criminal case against Kim Zinke.

Zinke, who has worked for both the McHenry and Kane County Sheriff’s Departments (in that order), filed a motion to dismiss charges against her.

It was denied.

The court order is below:

Court order denying Kim Zinke’s motion to dismiss charges against her.

A trial date will be set on June 28th.

Jack Franks Aims to Abolish McHenry County Coroner and Hand Control to Lake County

State Rep. Jack Franks and Sheriff Keith Nygren mingle before the ceremonies inaugurating the 22nd Judicial Circuit, legislation whose separation from Lake County Franks sponsored

According to an article in the Champaign News-Gazette by Jim Dey, McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks wants to hand over the McHenry County Coroner’s duties to the Lake County Coroner.

Strangely (and inaccurately), Franks claims credit in the article for McHenry County Recorder of Deeds Joe Tirio’s campaign to eliminate his office by merging it with that of the McHenry County Clerk.

A referendum to accomplish that merger was put on the March Primary Election ballot on Tuesday by the McHenry County Board.

Perhaps Franks forgets that he sponsored the bill that split the McHenry County judicial system from the Lake-McHenry County circuit, which the largerLake County dominated.

McHenry County Coroner Anne Majewski let me know that my informing her of Franks’ idea was the first she had heard of the idea.

A physician and a Republican, Majewski has run unopposed twice.

Paul Serwatka Nominates Michael Roth as New Lakewood Police Chief

A message from Lakewood Village President Paul Serwatka:

In follow up to yesterday’s newsletter regarding the resignation of our Chief of Police, Leigh Rawson, I wanted to bring you up-to-speed with the following:

As village president, I have selected Lakewood Police Sgt. Michael Roth to be appointed as Chief of Police for the Village Of Lakewood. This appointment, of course, is subject to the “advice and consent of the board” and will be presented to the board at our June 27th village board meeting.

Given the information as I am providing to you today, I fully anticipate the express consent of the board for this appointment of Sgt. Roth as our next Chief of Police, beginning on July 3rd, 2017.

Sgt. Roth was formerly a 28-year veteran of the Cary Police Dept with the last 20-years being in a management and leadership capacity – retiring from The Cary Police Dept. as Deputy Chief, in 2014.

He subsequently joined the Lakewood Police Dept. in August, 2014 and was promoted to Sergeant in April of 2015.

As a Lakewood Police Sergeant, Mike has earned the respect of his fellow officers as being a “hands-on, very proactive leader, who takes great pride in, and works tirelessly toward, the betterment and professionalism of the Lakewood Police Dept.”

Mike has also earned the respect and praise of many Lakewood residents who have interacted with him in our community.

“Promoting From Within”

I believe that promoting internally or “from within” is an invaluable practice that should be implemented whenever there is personnel qualified to make it possible to do so – and I believe this is clearly the case with Sgt. Roth.

Not only does promoting from within help to minimize a critical transition and tremendously cut down on learning curves – but, as a former firefighter/paramedic, I believe that equally as important is the fact that it inspires the rank-and-file officers. It motivates them to work diligently, to seek additional training & continued education, to stay the course and to work to excel. It sends the message that becoming the Chief someday is attainable and gives them something to strive for.

An Integral Part of The Transformation

With this appointment, we are essentially working to transform our Police Dept. along with the rest of our administration – with the ultimate goal being a more efficient and effective village government.

Concerning our Police Dept. specifically, we have assembled a written plan, developed largely by our anticipated new Chief of Police, Michael Roth, that creates a higher degree of public safety as well as efficiency.

This plan provides for a greater police presence via increased police patrol, increased supervisory roles, additional formal training, revamping of antiquated and absent policies, procedures and ordinances, scheduling changes and salary restructuring – and the best part – all of this, with zero increase in budget and potentially even a savings!

We will also be implementing new programs with a focus toward community interaction.

Over-all, I am very excited to be a part of this transformation of our Lakewood Police Dept. I believe this will prove to be an invaluable adjunct to the transformation of our village board and administration – as well as an integral and synergistic element of a new and better Lakewood!

Some of Sgt. Roth’s Qualifications, Accomplishments and Accolades are listed below.

As always, your thoughts, questions and concerns are always welcome and always valued.



  • Illinois State Police Academy Graduate – 1985
  • Police Supervisor Course Graduate, Northwestern University – 1999
  • School of Police – Staff and Command, Northwestern University – 2012
  • Strategic Management Course, Southern Police Institute – 2014
  • Chief Executive Leadership – Southern Police Institute – 2016
  • Managing the Small Law Enforcement Agency, ILETSB Executive Institute – 2016
  • Total Police Training Hours over 1600.
  • Public Information Officer
  • Crisis Intervention Team Member
    · FOIA Officer
  • Helped Develop Cary’s Emergency Operations Plan
    · Former Coordinator – Special Olympics Torch Run
    · Coordinator – McHenry County Shop with a Cop
    · High School Football Coach – 1991,1992
    · Semi-pro Football Coach – 2005


· Numerous letters of commendation over the years.
· 2012 Chief’s Commendation Award for work ethic and commitment to the community as well as the department.
· 2012 Award for Cary Police Department Employee of the Year
· 2013 Meritorious Service Award


· Deputy Chief of Police, 2014
· Acting Chief of Police, 2013 – 2014
· Sergeant of Operations and Investigations, 2013
· Patrol Sergeant, 1995 – 2013
· Police Officer, 1985 – 1995


As always, your thoughts, questions and concerns are always welcome and always valued.

What the McHenry County Tote Board Looks Like

Here’s what the electronic voting board looks like:

This shows the Prevailing Wage Ordinance vote Tuesday, 20 in favor, 3 in opposition. Photograph taken by Missy Funk for

This is the vote on the Prevailing Wage Ordinance.

Voting in favor were

  • Michele Aavang
  • Yvonne Barnes
  • Kay Bates
  • Chris Christensen
  • Joe Gottemoller
  • John Hammerand
  • Jim Heisler
  • John Jung
  • Jim Kearns
  • Don Kopsell
  • Donna Kurtz
  • Mary McCann
  • Bob Nowak
  • John Reinert
  • Mike Skala
  • Larry Smith
  • Jeff Thorsen
  • Tom Wilbeck
  • Paula Yensen

Voting against were

  • Michael Rein
  • Chuck Wheeler
  • Craig Wilcox

More on Algonquin Township Recycling Saturday

From Andrew Gasser, Algonquin Township Road Commissioner:

Below is a map for the specialized recycling program that the Algonquin Township Highway Department will be hosting on Saturday from 8AM until 12 noon.

How vehicles will reach the recycling site at Algonquin Township.

There are several new ideas we will be implementing with our recycling program.

  1. During our specialized recycling program wood chip drop off, log drop off, and mulch pick up will be closed as well as our normal recycling programs. These recycling programs will open as soon as practicable after specialized recycling operations are complete.
  2. The main entrance into the township property will be an EXIT ONLY. Entry onto the property will only be possible through the side entrance which is annotated on the attached map.
  3. To enter into the property turn into The Hallows off of Route 14 and make a right into the Algonquin Township Highway Department. Signage and flaggers will be assisting traffic to ensure operations flow as smooth as possible.
  4. Traffic cones and traffic control devices will clearly mark the traffic flow pattern. Please do not try to speed up and “jump the line”. From start to finish with no traffic it takes three minutes to drive through the proposed traffic pattern.
  5. When exiting the Algonquin Township Highway Department property you will only be allowed to make a right hand turn onto Route 14. This is to alleviate traffic backing up after dropping off their recycled items.
  6. Thank a volunteer for making Algonquin Township “The Good Land”.
  7. Only ONE TV or ONE computer monitor will be accepted per house hold.
  8. We will also be accepting used motor oil, tires, and small electronics.
  10. Please like our new Facebook page. By liking this Facebook Page you are not supporting any political view, or person, but instead helping us spread awareness about upcoming Algonquin Township Highway Department Events. We will also use this page to give weather response updates in the coming months.

If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to call my office at 847-639-2700, extension 7.

Former Local State Rep. Dies in Federal Pen

Keith Farnham, who represented part of Algonquin School District 300 has died in prison, the Daily Herald is reporting.

State Reps. Mike Tryon, Keith Farnham and State Senator Karen McConnaughay attended a District 300 legislative forum in Algonquin in January of 2013.

State Reps. Mike Tryon, Keith Farnham and State Senator Karen McConnaughay attended a District 300 legislative forum in Algonquin in January of 2013.

He lived in Elgin and participated in District 300 meetings with board members and the public.

His indictment article is here.

McConchie to Colleagues: “Get Serious”

Dan McConchie

A press release from Dan McConchie:

Senate in Special Session for 10 minutes, McConchie urges legislators to get serious

Springfield, IL… State Senator Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) releases the following statement reacting to the 10 minutes the Senate spent in Special Session on June 21:

“The Governor has called the General Assembly to Springfield for the purpose of acting on a balanced budget, and yet, on the first day back, the Senate spent a measly 10 minutes in Special Session.

“Within that 10 minutes, there was no debate or no action taken on anything regarding the budget.

“That is an insult and a shame.

“It’s time to get serious.

“The people of Illinois deserve better, and they definitely deserve more than 10 minutes of our time when they are paying us to be here.”

Sex Trafficking Death Results in Indictment

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

Chicago Man Charged with the Sex Trafficking of a 16-Year-Old Girl Who Was Allegedly Murdered by a Customer

CHICAGO — A Chicago man was arrested today on a federal sex trafficking charge for allegedly arranging a commercial sex encounter for a 16-year-old girl that ended in the child’s murder in a south suburban garage on Christmas Eve.

JOSEPH HAZLEY, 33, posted the girl’s information in commercial sex advertisements on, and arranged multiple meetings in December 2016 for her to engage in prostitution, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago.  Hazley drove the girl to several meetings in the Chicago area, including an encounter in the early morning hours of Christmas Eve in a garage in south suburban Markham, the complaint states.  During this encounter, the customer allegedly murdered the girl.

Hazley was arrested this morning at his home in Chicago.  The complaint charges him with one count of sex trafficking.  The charge is punishable by a minimum sentence of ten years in prison and a maximum of life in prison.

Hazley made an initial court appearance this morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daniel G. Martin in Chicago.  Judge Martin ordered Hazley to remain in federal custody until a detention hearing on June 23, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. 

The complaint was announced by Joel R. Levin, Acting 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; Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart; and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson.  Substantial assistance was provided by the Markham Police Department and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher V. Parente.

According to the complaint, the customer responded to Hazley’s posting to arrange the Christmas Eve meeting with the minor.  Hazley drove the girl to Markham and waited in his car a few yards from the garage while she met with the customer, the complaint states.  During the encounter in the garage, the customer allegedly murdered the girl, the complaint states. 

The customer was subsequently arrested by the Chicago Police Department and charged with murder in Cook County Criminal Court.

The public is reminded that a complaint 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.

Hultgren Announces Academy Nominations

A press release from Congressman Randy Hultgren:

Record Number of 14th District Students Set to Attend Military Academies Thirteen Local Students Selected

Campton Hills, IL — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) is proud to announce that a record number of students from the 14th Congressional District, 13 cadets in all, have been selected to attend the United States military service academies beginning July 1.

The congressman hosted the selected students at a formal reception at the Campton Hills District Office on Saturday. Factors such as academic achievements, strong character, leadership skills, physical aptitude and exceptional motivation are taken into consideration for service academy selection.

“These students embody the best of the 14th District and will represent our communities well as they begin their careers at these distinguished institutions,” said Rep. Hultgren. “Their dedication to service is commendable, and I anticipate this record-setting class of cadets will go far in their

Pictured (from left to right): Matthew Byrnes (Crystal Lake – Air Force Academy), Logan Nelson (Sycamore – Merchant Marine Academy), Jon Rhattigan (Naperville – West Point), James McCullough (Gurnee – West Point), Alina Michaels (Yorkville – Naval Academy), Congressman Randy Hultgren, Michael Burke (St. Charles – West Point), Jessica Melone (St. Charles – Air Force Academy Prep School), Peter Keller (Batavia – Air Force Academy), Leonard Petersen (Village of Lakewood – Air Force Academy), Steven Strange (Oswego – West Point).

Not pictured: Anthony Castino (Naperville – West Point), Austen Ferbet (Cary – West Point), Matthew Vidican (St. Charles– Air Force Academy Prep School).

Althoff Seeks Balanced Balance

A press release from State Senator Pam Althoff:

Lawmakers head to Springfield, Sen. Althoff calls for a truly balanced budget

Pam Althoff

Springfield, IL… State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) releases the following statement ahead of returning to Springfield for special session:

“With schools fearing they may not open in the fall, the need for a comprehensive balanced budget is as critical as ever. As lawmakers head back to the Capitol for ten consecutive days, it is necessary that we capitalize on that time to truly engage in bipartisanship for the sake of not only students but for the well-being of the entire state.

“The Governor has called us to action and it’s time to finally put an end to the impasse. The citizens of this state deserve a truly balanced budget that caps our out-of-control spending and structural reforms that deliver lasting property tax relief, make structural changes that will attract job creators to create jobs and grow our economy, and improve the way we provide for the future generation through education.

“In the coming days, we will have to make some tough choices, but I hope lawmakers on both sides of the aisle can come together to show the people of Illinois that we have their best interests in mind.”

Joe Tirio’s Referendum to Eliminate Recorder’s Office on Primary Ballot

A press release from McHenry County Recorder of Deeds Joe Tirio:

County Board Overwhelmingly Approves Resolution to Eliminate the Role of McHenry County Recorder

WOODSTOCK, IL – As the votes were tallied in Tuesday’s full County Board meeting, the County moved a bit closer to fulfilling County Recorder Tirio’s promise to eliminate the very office he ran for.

Recorder of Deeds Joe Tirio.

“It’s very exciting…” said Tirio, “to plan and work for something meaningful, and then to pass the milestones as you continue toward your goal.

“Perhaps more important is the fact that this will be on the March 2018 Primary Election ballot and that the people will have an opportunity to choose.

“Choosing to integrate the two offices will be a historic decision and an observable expression of the
steps that McHenry County government is willing to take in order to provide tax relief to its citizenry.”

The County Recorder’s Office records Real Estate documents, returning veteran’s DD-214 forms and other documents and keeps an index of these documents, some of which go back to the 1830’s.


About Joe Tirio Born in Chicago and raised primarily in the western suburbs, Joe lives with his Wife, Karen in Woodstock where he has lived for 14 of the 17 years he has Lived in McHenry County. He and his wife own Monarch Senior Care, located in Woodstock just off the city’s historic square. Joe is also the co-founder of Voters In Action (, a citizen activist group focused on increasing public involvement in government with an eye toward reducing taxes and corruption and increasing transparency.

Man Found Dead in Crystal Lake Pond Unidentified

A press release from McHenry County Coroner Anne Majewski:

CL Retention Pond Death

McHenry County Coroner, Dr. Anne Majewski, announced this evening that her office is investigating the death of an adult male found deceased in a retention pond late this morning in Crystal Lake IL.

Pond between D’Andrea’s and the shopping area containing Home Depot.

An autopsy will be performed tomorrow in the Coroner’s office to determine the cause of death.

Identification of the deceased has yet to be made.

This case remains under investigation by the Crystal Lake Police Department and the McHenry County Coroner’s Office.

Additional information will be forthcoming as the investigation unfolds.

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Other sources indicate that the body was decomposed, having been in the water about five days.

Lakewood Police Chief Resigns

Leigh Rawson

A message from Lakewood Village President Paul Serwatka:

I wanted to provide you a with brief, but significant update.

This morning I accepted the resignation of our Lakewood Chief of Police, Leigh Rawson. 

I will provide you with a more detailed update on this very soon, and I am confident you will be quite pleased as we move forward with plans for a top-to-bottom restructuring of our Police Dept. – with the utmost consideration being given to both public safety and Lakewood resident tax burdens (and in that order!).

Rauner Urges End to Division

A press release from Governor Bruce Rauner:

2017 Special Session Address

As prepared for delivery

Good evening,

Thank you for joining us here in the historic Old State Capitol in Springfield.

It was here in Representative Hall that Abraham Lincoln delivered a speech that would change the course of history, where he proclaimed: “a House divided against itself cannot stand.”

Our history reminds us of our state’s great capacity for change – and for our limitless potential when those elected by the people put the people’s interests ahead of all else.

Right now, our state is in real crisis – and the actions we take in the days ahead will determine how history remembers us.

We can all do better.

We MUST all do better for the citizens of Illinois.

We’ve asked the General Assembly to come together in a special session for the next 10 days – not as Democrats and Republicans – but as leaders who share bipartisan concern for our state’s future.

We must agree on a balanced budget plan, and get it to my desk before the end of the state’s fiscal year – one week from Friday.

Last week, we reviewed a compromise budget plan that I can sign – one that we can all support. It moves us to middle ground on key issues.

It is truly balanced. It funds schools, higher education, and human services.

It provides a real path to property tax reduction.

The plan also stands tall for fundamentals.

Spending reductions.

Limits on expenses.

Debt reduction.

And term limits on legislative leaders and statewide officeholders, including the Governor.

If we can agree to pass it, this plan will send a message across our state and around the nation that we are serious about making Illinois a more attractive destination for investment, new businesses, and new jobs.

If we can agree to pass it, we will stop this unnecessary crisis.

Failure to act is not an option.

Failure to act may cause permanent damage to our state that will take years to overcome.

Over the next 10 days, we have an opportunity to change the State of Illinois for the better. To give our people a future they can believe in.

To give job creators a reason to come, and families a reason to stay.

We CAN reach an agreement.

After all, we share a common mission.

We seek to achieve a greater good, to create a better life for our children and grandchildren here in Illinois.

The proposals before us represent a common-sense compromise to put us on a better path.

So, on the eve of what may become one of the most important legislative sessions in Illinois history, we’re asking the General Assembly to do what those who came before us did that changed the course of history: have the courage to dare to do what is right … to act for the people.

And together, we will create a brighter future for every family across Illinois.

Thank you.

God bless you.

God bless our beloved State of Illinois. And God bless the United States of America.

Dorothy Miller, R.I.P.

Dorothy Miller, daughter, wife and mother of former Algonquin Township Road Commissioners, died yesterday.

When I was State Rep., I remember her calling to complain about her property taxes.

I told her about the farm assessment law, which I thought would apply to her trout farm.

Her obituary follows:

Dorothy Miller, age 80, of Cary embarked on her final journey to join family and friends on June 19, 2017.

She was born May 29, 1937 in Elgin, the daughter of Julian and Cora Dvorak.

Dorothy is survived by her sons: Robert (Anna May) Miller and David (Andrea) Miller, her grandchildren:

Rebecca (Derek) Lee, Bobby Miller, Mallory (Andrew) Rosencrans, Christina (Alan) Anderson and David J. (Jeanette) Miller as well as 11 great grandchildren. Besides her parents Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband Delbert Miller and a brother Robert Dvorak.

Dorothy owned and operated Lake Julian Trout Farm in Cary and was a longtime member of the Cary Chamber Board of Directors.

Visitation for Dorothy will take place on Monday, June 26, 2017 beginning at 9:00 AM and concluding will a Funeral Mass at 11:00 AM at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 410 First St., Cary. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers memorials would be appreciated to JourneyCare Hospice, 405 Lake Zurich Rd., Barrington, IL 60010.

Another Part of the Proposed GOP Budget Deal: Borrowing $6 Billion

$6 billion debt will be issued for unpaid bills, according to Senate Bill 2218.

Unpaid bills are now about $14 million.

To entice lenders, part of the individual income tax collections will be deposited in a fund to pay back the bonds.

Also, proponents are relying on passage of Senate Bill 9 by the Illinois House as the main tax increase vehicle.

It includes a 32% increase in the income tax rate and many new service taxes.

One legislator observed, “There will be a lot of revenue raised to fund more spending, not pay down debt.”

Recycling Saturday at Algonquin Township Hall on Route 14

Saturday, June 24th, Algonquin Township will be accepting items to be recycled.

Paint is specifically excluded.

Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser explained the event, which will run from 8 to noon:

We are partnering with the McHenry County Conservation District (MCCD) which has allowed us to attempt a new traffic procedure which we hope will alleviate backups on Route 14.

People will enter through The Hallows entrance and turn to the right to enter into Algonquin Township property.

The traffic pattern will be marked with cones which will allow traffic to buildup on township property.

It is important to note that the main entrance into the township will be an EXIT ONLY.

This will also ease congestion on Route 14.

We will also have volunteers helping to direct traffic to specific recycling stations.

We will not be accepting paint.

The Algonquin Township Highway Department (ATHD) does not have not have a written agreement with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) that we are active partners in the IEPA Waste Paint Recycling Program.

Moreover, we have 55 drums of despoiled paint on the property from our April recycling event that is still awaiting pick up.

This also does not include the over 2,000 cans of paint dumped on township property in May.

Until the ATHD has an agreement in writing that we are a certified partner we cannot accept more paint.

If anyone is needing to get rid of paint you can go to Ziggler’s Ace Hardware in Crystal Lake to have it disposed.

There is also the McHenry County Green Guide which has other businesses that will also dispose of paint. The website address is:

Finally, we have a new Facebook page and we are asking people who utilize Facebook to like and follow our page so that we may better communicate and serve our constituents who live in Algonquin Township. The Facebook page can be reached at: