Huntley Area Tea Party Looking at Immigration Next Wednesday

An invitation to its next meeting from the Huntley Area Tea Party:

Huntley Area Tea Party General Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

6:30 PM – Gathering       7:00 PM – Presentation

Bring guests who need to know this information!

Documentary:  Immigration by the Numbers

The key factor in immigration is the numbers, says author, journalist and congressional expert witness Roy Beck.  Hundreds of thousands of Americans have already viewed this celebrated demonstration of the magnitude of the numbers and urgency of reducing them.

Documentary:  How Quadrupled Immigration Numbers are Changing the American Quality of Life

This short documentary examines how quadrupled immigration number are driving urban sprawl, traffic congestion, school overcrowding, wage stagnation and widening inequality in the US.


American Legion Post 673
11712 Coral Street
Huntley, IL.  60142
North corner of the
Town Sq. & Gazebo

Letter Writer Points Out Mayors Endorsing Jack Franks Have Raised, Not Cut Taxes

Here’s a letter to the editor from Cyndi Hemauer of Woodstock. It is printed with permission.

Do not be fooled

Mike Walkup

Mike Walkup at the League of Women Voters Forum Jack Franks refused to attend.

Jack Franks

Jack Franks at one of his Town Hall Meetings where he would not answer all the questions.

Fourteen local mayors and village presidents who have continually increased government spending have endorsed Jack Franks.

Do not be fooled, the local leaders endorsing Franks are the same elected officials who are taxing us out of our homes.

Franks plans on using his “bully pulpit” to persuade other local taxing bodies to cut their tax levies and will “keep fighting until the job is done.” Who exactly will Jack Franks be fighting?


Which mayor or village president has actually lowered property taxes?

None of them.

None of the 14 mayors and village presidents endorsing Franks support a tax cut.

Franks will wreak havoc on McHenry County in an attempt to control money and influence, while local elected officials are cheering for chaos. Lawsuits between multiple government entities funded by the taxpayers?

No thank you.

Vote Michael Walkup for county chairman to keep dysfunction out of McHenry County.

Walkup Rolls Out New Palm Card; Franks Emails Photos of It

The Bill Prim Octoberfest was held in Union, Illinois, at

The Bill Prim Octoberfest was held in Union, Illinois, at Checker’s Lounge & Restaurant.

Republican McHenry County Board Chairman candidate Mike Walkup distributed his new literature at Bill Prim’s Union, Illinois, fundraiser Thursday night.

Before it started raining, most of the Bill Prim fundraiser guests were outside.

Before it started raining, most of the Bill Prim fundraiser guests were outside.

It created something of a stir.

The newest Mike Walkup campaign piece.

The newest Mike Walkup campaign piece.

The most recent Mike Walkup campaign literature says,

So, you think

Jack Franks 

is running 

for County Board


to do something 






Under that message is

Paid for by Committee for Michael Walkup

On the back of the piece is the following comparison of the two candidates:

Mike Walkup compares his credentials and record with that of Democrat Jack Franks on the other side of the palm card.

Mike Walkup compares his credentials and record with that of Democrat Jack Franks on the other side of the palm card.

The Walkup campaign piece was clearly of interest to Jack Franks, who attended McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim’s Octoberfest fundraiser.

As soon as he saw Mike Walkup's new campaign literature, Jack Franks emailed its image, probably to his brain trust.

As soon as he saw Mike Walkup’s new campaign literature, Jack Franks emailed its image, probably to his brain trust.  Rob Hanlon held the piece up so Franks could photograph it.  Franks’ father Herb can be seen in the background.

Bill Jack Franks Supported to Hike Juror Fees Found Unconstitutional

The Illinois Supreme Court has struck down a bill supported by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (a Jack Franks contributor) that State Rep. Jack Franks voted for.

House roll call on bill to hike jury fees that Jack Franks supported.

House roll call on bill to hike jury fees that Jack Franks supported.

It called for increasing juror fees from $4 to 25 a day for the first day and $50 per day thereafter.

The bill enacted after Pat Quinn was defeated by Bruce Rauner.

Here is the December 3, 2014, objection that the McHenry County Board sent to local legislators:

OPPOSE SB 3075 Amendment



McHenry County urges you to oppose SB 3075.  If passed this will impact jury fees in McHenry County by 425%, see below for a full detailed summary of the financial impact.

These are 2010 numbers.  Would anyone like to go to and update the figures?

These are 2010 numbers. Would anyone like to go to and update the figures?

Yesterday, Rep. Kelly Burke (D-Oak Lawn) called House Floor Amendment No. 1 and House Floor Amendment No. 2 to Senate Bill 3075 which would significantly increase pay for jurors from $4 currently to $25 first day of service and $50 each day after. Following a short debate, the measure passed the House 67-46-2 [see last House vote on the legislation above].

SB 3075 also provides that civil cases be tried by ajury of 6, deleting language providing the opportunity for a party to demand a jury of 12. If alternate jurorsare requested, an additional fee established by the county shall be charged for each alternate juror requested.

Sen. John Mulroe (D-Chicago) is sponsoring the measure in the Senate.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me directly.  Again, we appreciate your support in OPPOSING SB3075.

Heather Winter, Assistant to the County Administrator, McHenry County

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Here is the cost estimated by Court Administrator Dan Wallis:

The seal of the 22nd Circuit Court.

The seal of the 22nd Circuit Court.

In review of the House Amendment No.1 to SB3075 as currently written, the best that I can calculate in this short period of is a rough projection of increased costs

Between January 1, 2013 and December 1, 2013 there were 9,825 juror days.  This number is calculated by the number ofjurors which report on any given day.  For example, if two jurors are summoned on any given day, that would be calculated as two juror days.

By multiplying 9,825 juror days by the proposed $25.00 the amount would be $245,625.00 in juror pay; under the current payment schedule $58,950 was paid out to jurors in pay, mileage was paid out in the amount of $29,411.00.

Since this amendment eliminates mileage, I can subtract the $29,411 which was spent on mileage during this same time frame, with a final increase of $216,214.00.

An increase of 266% or $157,264.00.

Keep in mind this is calculated for single days of service.

More often than not, jurors are brought in on Monday, Tuesday and perhaps Wednesday.

Unfortunately, our juror information system does not calculate that type of information in an easily generated report form.

However, being very conservative, I would say with certainty that nearly 50% of the jurors that are summoned come to the courthouse at least two days during their week long jury service.

Using the above 9,825 and dividing that in half, the estimated cost in juror pay for subsequent days would be $245,625.00, figuring the remaining juror days at the $25.00, a total of $368,437 is the result. An overall increase of $309,488, or a 425% increase.

This certainly would be significant impact  as this increased cost would be borne by the taxpayers of McHenry County.

As for the civil jury reduction to 6 jurors from 12, there would be a small savings; however very few civil matters are disposed of by jury trial .  The vast majority of jury trials are criminal in nature.

If I can be of further assistance, please contact me.

Sheriff Bill Prim Endorses Patrick Kenneally for State’s Attorney

A press release from Republican State’s Attorney candidate Patrick Kenneally:

Bill Prim, McHenry County Sheriff, Endorses Patrick Kenneally for State’s Attorney

Bill Prim

Bill Prim

Bill Prim, McHenry County Sheriff, announced today that he is again endorsing Patrick Kenneally for McHenry County State’s Attorney.

Bill Prim is a 29-year career law enforcement professional, who rose through the ranks at the Des Plaines Police Department from patrol officer, to Detective, Sergeant,

Detective Sergeant and finally to Commander, from which he retired honorably in August of 2012. In 2014, Prim ran on his extensive experience and was elected McHenry County Sheriff.

“As I’ve said, Bill Prim is a true sheriff, the real thing,” said Kenneally.

kenneally-looking-right-smiling“I hope to follow the example he has set in reducing his budget, pursuing criminals aggressively, and increasing his level of service to the community.”

“I endorse Kenneally and have continued to be impressed the leadership he has shown since winning the Primary,” said Prim.

“In only a few months, he has helped me and this County make enormous strides against combatting heroin and opioid abuse.

“As a State’s Attorney, I have no doubt that Kenneally will build a strong and productive relationship with police based on mutual respect and trust.”

Steve Reick Rolls Out Endorsements

From Republican State Rep. candidate Steve Reick’s blog:

I’ve Just Been Endorsed by the NRA

I’m pleased to announce that I just received the endorsement of the National Rifle Association in my run for Representative in District 63.

The NRA has placed its support with me because they know I’ll be a strong advocate for the Second Amendment.

Steve Reick

Steve Reick

I’m privileged to have also received the endorsements of the following:

  • Illinois Chamber of Commerce
  • National Federation of Independent Business
  • Health Care Council of Illinois
  • Illinois State Medical Society
  • Illinois Manufacturers’ Association
  • Illinois Association of Realtors
  • Technology and Manufacturing Association
  • Underground Contractors Association
  • Midwest Truckers Association
  • Illinois State Dental Society

These endorsements reinforce the message that I’ll also be strong advocate for businesses and job growth in McHenry County. I’m grateful for their support, and humbly ask for yours.

Bill Prim Fundraiser Tonight

Sheriff Bill Prim is holding a fundraiser in his campaign for re-election two years tonight in Union at Checkers II.

The invitation to Sheriff Bill Prim's September 22nd fundraiser.

The invitation to Sheriff Bill Prim’s September 22nd fundraiser.

You can join Sheriff Prim at his re-election campaign kick-off event, while celebrating his mid-term successes!

Visit to let us know you’re interested or to become an event sponsor.

Council of Governments Legislative Candidates Night Next Wednesday

The McHenry County Council of Governments is hosting a candidates’ night for legislative candidates next Wednesday evening at the Holiday Inn.

Details are below:

Notice of the McHenry County Council of Governments candidates' night for state legislative candidates on Wednesday, September 28th at the Holiday Inn.

Notice of the McHenry County Council of Governments candidates’ night for state legislative candidates on Wednesday, September 28th at the Holiday Inn.

The members of the organization are listed below:

Members of the McHenry County Council of Governments.

Members of the McHenry County Council of Governments.

Defenders’ Book Sale Starts Friday

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


September 23-October 8

CRYSTAL LAKE – The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County are holding their annual Big Fall Book Sale at the Algonquin Township Road District garage, 3702 U.S. Route 14, between Crystal Lake and Cary (drive straight back to the last garage on the right).

There are over 10,000 to choose from – everything from kids’ books to popular fiction, science to biography, and everything in between!

Volunteer help wanted to set up for our Big Fall Book Sale ASAP. This is what 10,000 books looks like! We still need help sorting the books into categories from now through Friday, and we have several sale days where we could use help. Set up continues through Friday, Sep 23, 10am-4pm Sale dates, Friday, Sep 23-October 8 Clean up, Sunday, October 9 Algonquin Twp Road District, 3702 US-14, Crystal Lake.

This is what 10,000 books look like. Volunteer help wanted to set up for our Big Fall Book Sale ASAP. 
We still need help sorting the books into categories from now through Friday, and we have several sale days where we could use help.
Set up continues through Friday, Sep 23, 10am-4pm
Sale dates, Friday, Sep 23-October 8
Clean up, Sunday, October 9
Algonquin Twp Road District, 3702 US-14, Crystal Lake.

  • Friday, Sept 23: 6 pm – 8 pm Preview Sale $10 admission fee allowing participants first choice of the books, EDMC members free.
  • Saturday, Sept 24: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Monday-Saturday, Sept 26 through Oct 10: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays open until 6 pm
  • Open Sunday, Oct 2: 8 am-1 pm, during Cary Farmers’ Market
  • Bag Sale on last three days! Fill a bag for $5.

The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County is a 501(c)(3) not-for- profit organization dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the environment.

The group provides community residents with educational programs and volunteer action on pollution prevention, sustainable land use and energy and natural resource conservation. For more information, visit or call 815-338- 0393.

Message of the Day – Sign Gone

The second yard sign supporting Donald Trump for President has disappeared from in front of our home.

The Donald Trump sign used to be next to the day lilies.

The Donald Trump sign used to be next to the day lilies.

Here’s what it looked like:

The first Donald Trump sign that disappeared from next to our mailbox.

The first Donald Trump sign that disappeared from next to our mailbox.

Needless to say, the sign has been replaced.

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Since taking the photo on top during yesterday’s rain, another attempt was made to steal the sign.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera’s medium installed when I tried to take a photo of the rumpled sign.

Jack Franks “No Permission Obtained” Sign Strategy

Jack Franks yard sign.

Jack Franks yard sign.

The first populist Democrat I remember was Dan Walker.

Before he got elected, after fawning coverage of his walking the length of Illinois, he was the main attorney for Montgomery Ward.

The company, with his blessing, sent out credit card applications which one had to opt out of not to get.

One who wishes to be his lineal descendant, State Rep. Jack Franks, is doing something similar in distributing his yard signs for his McHenry County Board Chairman campaign.

In Marengo and Woodstock, they showed in front yards.

At almost every house.

Notes were left saying that if people didn’t want them, they should call and the signs would be picked up.

Some people called, but there was no response.

Seems a lot of people just tossed them in the garbage.

Sunday Turnberry Park Grand Opening in Lakewood

The “Turnberry Lakes Club” otherwise referred to as “TLC” sent this press release inviting all Lakewood residents to a FREE “OPEN HOUSE – BARBEQUE” this Sunday, September 25th from NOON til 3:00 P.M..

TLC is a 100% resident led, and resident funded, initiative serving to beautify, Lakewood’s Turnberry Lakes and shoreline areas.

Invitation to

Invitation to

Althoff and McConnauhay Appointed to Human Trafficking Task Force

Press release from State Senators Pam Althoff and Karen McConnaughay:

From Senator Althoff:

Sen. Althoff appointed to the Human Trafficking Task Force

Pam Altholf

Pam Altholf

Springfield, IL. State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) is one of twelve Illinois legislators appointed to the newly created Human Trafficking Task Force.

The task force will look at how the State of Illinois can partner with agencies to combat human trafficking in Illinois. The task force will submit a report of its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly no later than June 30, 2017.

“Human trafficking is not a foreign issue, it’s an issue that lives in our neighborhoods and communities right here at home,” said Sen. Althoff.

“This modern day act of slavery targets the vulnerable.

“It could be your neighbor or your child who becomes a victim next. This task force looks to take action to help prevent that.”

The Human Trafficking Task Force was created under House Bill 2822 which was signed into law in August. The task force is comprised of twelve legislators (3 from each legislative caucus), a representative of the Chicago Regional Human Trafficking Task Force and the Director of the Illinois State Police.

The three appointees selected by Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) include:

  • Sen. Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry)
  • Sen. Karen McConnaughay (R-West Dundee)
  • Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon)

“I am honored to be one of the legislators selected to confront this growing problem,” said. Sen. Althoff. “Together, I hope to bring this heart-wrenching issue to light so we can effectively prevent more victims from being exploited.”

From Senator McConnaughay:

Karen McConnaughay.

Karen McConnaughay.

Last week, as part of my efforts to help eliminate human trafficking in Illinois, I attended Aurora University’s forum,“Human Trafficking, Global Problem, Local Impact.” A panel of government and not-for-profit experts gathered to discuss the growing issue of local human trafficking.

Here are some key points I’d like to share.

In the Chicago area, an estimated 15,000–25,000 women and children are victims of trafficking every year, according to Paul Baker, Aurora University.

Also, human traffickers have recently adopted social media as a recruitment tool. Predators may now pose as friends on social channels in order to obtain information or images, and potentially exhort them, according to Tara Smith, FBI.

Following the signature of my Human Trafficking Task Force bill, I am now working with the Governor to advance the goals and formation of a new statewide task force.

Presidential Debate Party at Johnsburg Moose

McHenry County Republican Party Chairman Sandra Salgado is inviting folks to the Johnsburg Moose Lodge to watch the Presidential Debate on Monday.

Below is her message:

Sandra Salgado

Sandra Salgado

Please join me and the rest of the McHenry County Republican Party for a Debate Watch Party for the first debate between Republican Candidate Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton on Monday September 26th.

The event will be held at the Moose Lodge in Johnsburg (3535 N Richmond Rd, Johnsburg, IL 60051).

Doors will open at 7:00 pm and the debate is scheduled to start at 8 pm.

Food will be provided and a cash bar will be available.

I hope to see you there and encourage you to invite your Republican friends and neighbors to join us as well!

Terrorists Get Long Sentences

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

Aurora Cousins Sentenced to Lengthy Prison Terms for Conspiring to Provide Material Support to ISIL

Husan Edmonds

Husan Edmonds

CHICAGO — A federal judge in Chicago today imposed prison sentences of 30 years and 21 years for Aurora cousins who conspired to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

U.S. District Judge John Z. Lee sentenced HASAN R. EDMONDS to 30 years, and JONAS M. EDMONDS to 21 years.  The defendants are United States citizens and cousins from southwest suburban Aurora.

The sentencings were announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; John P. Carlin, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; and Michael J. Anderson, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The government was represented by Assistant United States Attorneys Barry Jonas and John Kness of the Northern District of Illinois, and Trial Attorney Lolita Lukose of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.

The cases were investigated by the Chicago Joint Terrorism Task Force, which is comprised of Special Agents of the FBI, officers of the Chicago Police Department, and representatives from an additional 20 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.  Significant assistance was provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, the Illinois State Police, the Aurora Police Department and the Illinois National Guard.

The pair pleaded guilty in December 2015 to conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a foreign terrorist organization commonly referred to as ISIL, ISIS, or the Islamic State.  Hasan Edmonds, 24, also pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, while Jonas Edmonds, 31, pleaded guilty to an additional count of making a materially false statement to a law enforcement officer regarding an offense of international terrorism.

The cousins admitted in their plea agreements that they devised a plan for Jonas Edmonds to carry out an armed attack at the U.S. Army National Guard base in Joliet.  At the time the attack was planned, Hasan Edmonds was a member of the Army National Guard and had been training at the Joliet installation.  The plot called for Hasan Edmonds to provide military uniforms for Jonas Edmonds to wear during the attack, and to give Jonas Edmonds a list of officers to kill.

Members of the Task Force arrested the cousins in March 2015 before an attack could be carried out.

“Had law enforcement not interceded, defendant’s attack could potentially have rivaled other ISIL-inspired attacks in Paris and California,” Mr. Jonas argued in the government’s sentencing memorandum in Jonas Edmonds’ case.  “The impact of the attack – on National Guard members, their families, and this nation’s psyche – would have been devastating.”

In addition to the proposed attack on the National Guard base, the conspiracy also called for Hasan Edmonds to travel to the Middle East for the purpose of waging violence on behalf of ISIL.  Jonas Edmondsexpressed his support and excitement for Hasan Edmonds’ travel, believing that anyone who supported a mujahid (a fighter) was a mujahid himself, according to Jonas Edmonds’ plea agreement.

Elected Harvard City Clerk Arrested for Child Porn

From the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department:

Harvard Man Arrested for Possession of Child Porn

Andrew Wells

Andrew Wells

September 20, 2016.  Andrew J. Wells, 54, of Harvard, Illinois, was arrested Monday on three counts of Possession of Child Pornography following a three-month long investigation.

Detectives from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office launched an investigation after a tip was received from a McHenry County resident.

During the course of the investigation, images containing child pornography were found on an electronic device belonging to Wells.

Found on the Harvard, Illinois, city web site.

Found on the Harvard, Illinois, city web site.

An arrest warrant was obtained and Wells was taken into custody Monday at his place of employment.

Wells was the [elected] Clerk for the City of Harvard.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone having information regarding Wells is encouraged to contact the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

The City of Harvard is cooperating with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office during this investigation.

Wells was taken to the McHenry County Correctional Facility, from which he has since bonded out.

He was charged with three counts of Child Pornography, each a Class 3 Felony.

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The City Clerk is paid $3,600 per year.

Wells’ term expires next spring.

People can pass petitions for the office now.

38 signatures are the minimum number of signatures and 88 are the maximum.