Cost of Randall Road Widening Project, If Paid Only from Real Estate Taxes

Rural Woodstock resident Susan Handelsman has calculated how much the Randall Road project would cost if all of it came from our property taxes.
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The cost of Randall Road project will exceed 1.43% of EAV (of taxable property in the County).

The cost to the owner of a $200,000 home will be $953, not $2860 (1/3 of 1.43%, or .48%).

Message of the Day – A Paving Block

Found this paving block on the Town Square in Huntley:

Marlow Hatchery was a landmark in Huntley.

Marlow Hatchery was a landmark in Huntley.

My father met Henry Marlow while on jury duty.

Every summer Marlow brought eggs to hatch at the McHenry County Fair.

Perhaps you can imagine how excited the kids were to see that happen.

Marlow (and everyone else who) helped me win the Republican Primary Election for County Treasurer in 1966 by 72 votes.

Former Harvard School Psychologist Peter Koehn Loses Suit for Wrongful Termination

When last we checked in with former Harvard school psychologist Peter Koehn he had won reversal of the dismissal of Federal suit concerning his termination.

He did so without an attorney.

On June 8th his Circuit Court trial ended with a loss.  The court docket reads:

JURY Verdict entered in favor of Defendants Lauri Tobias and Margaret Segersten and against Plaintiff Peter Koehn.

It was a trial by jury.

Jury deliberation began on June 8th at 4:20 in the afternoon and ended at 7:55 PM.

McHenry County Salaries – L

It’s time to take a look at what McHenry County employees will earn during Fiscal Year 2016.

Since the Fiscal Year starts in December, the numbers below reflect compensation from December, 2015, through December, 2016.

The official title of the report is

Salary Compensation Report Pursuant to Section 120/7.3 of the Open Meetings Act For Fiscal Year 2015-2016

Sheriff’s employees receive clothing allowances ranging from $125 for Court Security Officers to $950 for Detectives and highest ranking Officers.

A couple of high administrators receive a automobile allowance, which I’ll try to note when I get to their names.

      CO SHARE CO SHARE  
NAME JOB TITLE SALARY HEALTH INS DENTAL INS TOTAL
Ladd,Robert S Attorney, Assistant 57,698.49 16,155.36 1,230.24 75,084.09
Lagerhausen,Gwen J Activity Assistant 20,806.50 26,023.92 1,230.24 48,060.66
Landorf,Dakota R DOT Maint Worker 39,390.00 8,400.00   47,790.00
Lang,Walter E Process Server – Union 44,324.80 11,805.36 647.04 57,277.20
Laramie,Renee A. Lead Kennel Tech 35,979.06 16,544.40 1,230.24 53,753.70
Larsen,Felicia Court/Courtroom Spec I 28,971.00   908.64 29,879.64
Larson,Laura J Deputy – Union 90,243.30 16,544.40 1,230.24 108,517.94
LaRue,Arthur W Court Security Ofcr – Union 39,520.00 12,960.48   52,980.48
Laskowski,Nicole M. Deputy – Union 90,243.30 11,805.36 647.04 103,195.70
Laudick,Stephen P Corrections SGT 92,253.88 26,023.92 1,230.24 120,058.04
Laureano,Natali Dental Assistant 17,427.20     17,427.20
Lavan,John L. Clerk II – Union 37,245.00 11,805.36 647.04 50,197.40
Lawrence,Travis James Custodian II 24,145.83 6,904.08 647.04 31,696.95
Lee,Cha Project/Design Engineer 72,885.44 16,155.36 1,230.24 90,271.04
Lee,Sarah Ann Correctional Officer – Union 83,872.93 12,960.48 908.64 98,292.05
Lembke,Elisabeth J Veterinarian Manager 102,073.11 20,164.44 908.64 123,146.19
Lenhard,Kathryn E Attorney, Senior 67,054.81     67,054.81
Lennon,Sherry L Custodian I 22,849.81 11,149.68 647.04 34,646.53
Lenzen,Derek J Correctional Officer – Union 83,872.93 16,544.40 1,230.24 102,197.57
Lerner,Paul S Associate Director 118,866.59 20,164.44 908.64 139,939.67
Lersch,Allison R Assessment Specialist I 25,122.83 16,155.36 1,230.24 42,508.43
L’esperance,Craig S. Detective – Union 90,243.30 16,544.40 1,230.24 108,517.94
Lester,Terry L Custodian Spvr. – Non Union 41,911.25 11,149.68 647.04 53,707.97
LeVan,Margaret L Food Service Assistant 21,016.45 7,060.56 647.04 28,724.05
Levato,Jeffrey Daniel Supervisor Field Staff 66,628.92 16,155.36 1,230.24 84,014.52
Licht,Randall Court Security – Non Union 3,380.00     3,380.00
Lichtenstein,Melanie A VH Admin Spec I 27,726.40 7,060.56 647.04 35,434.00
Lindner,Ronald D GUI Designer 70,240.76 14,627.28 908.64 85,776.68
Lindsey,Sara J Workforce Development Spec 42,822.59 20,164.44 908.64 63,895.67
Linhart,Timothy Correctional Officer – Union 83,872.93 16,544.40 1,230.24 102,197.57
LoBosco,Jeanette A Court/Courtroom Spec II 32,759.37 16,155.36 1,230.24 50,144.97
Locke,Jean P Radio Dispchr – Union 63,336.00 11,805.36 647.04 76,288.40
Locke,Robert L Deputy Coroner/Investigator 62,513.67 11,805.36 647.04 74,966.07
Lockinger,Denise A PC Specialist 45,938.88 6,904.08 647.04 53,490.00
Lockinger,Peter T Maintenance Tech I 43,867.20 12,960.48 908.64 57,736.32
Lockyer,Carmine J Laundry Worker 11,992.50     11,992.50
Logue,Susan E Legal Admin Spec Civil 30,366.72 17,735.52 1,230.24 49,332.48
Lorr,Karen L. Correctional Officer – Union 83,872.93 26,023.92 1,230.24 111,677.09
Losurdo,Sandra Correctional Officer – Union 61,587.24 12,960.48 908.64 76,006.36
Loudenbeck,Victoria M Court/Courtroom Spec II 34,354.47     34,354.47
Love,Lynne M Public Health Nurse FCM 56,187.40 11,149.68 647.04 67,984.12
Lowrey,David W Correctional Officer – Union 83,872.93 26,023.92 1,230.24 111,677.09
Loyd Jr.,Scott C Correctional Officer – Union 71,809.45 11,805.36 647.04 84,811.85
Luckey,Sandra S Family Case Manager 49,647.49 20,164.44 908.64 70,720.57
Ludvigsen,Kenneth W. Correctional Officer – Union 83,872.93   647.04 85,069.97
Luisi,Michael A Correctional Officer – Union 83,872.93 20,164.44 908.64 105,496.01
Lukas,Michael R Corrections LT 105,671.85 20,164.44 908.64 127,294.93
Lumpp,Janice M Correctional Officer – Union 83,872.93 11,805.36 647.04 96,875.33
Luna,Eric M Deputy – Union 64,126.92   908.64 65,535.56
Lunsford,Shelly Accountant II 62,754.69 16,155.36 1,230.24 80,140.29
Lutz,William S Deputy Sheriff LT 109,206.24 26,023.92 1,230.24 136,960.40
Lynch,Jaclyn G Correctional Officer – Union 56,126.93 7,060.56 647.04 64,384.53

* With the exception of $4,000, the County Sheriff’s stipend is reimbursed by the State of Illinois. Remaining stipends are reimbursed by the State of Illinois.

In accordance with PA 97-609, and certain requirements within this act, a government entity is required to list on its website the total compensation package for every IMRF covered employee earning a total compensation package in excess of $75,000. Salary and benefit information for IMRF employees are for salaries on FY 2015-16 as it represents numbers that are projected to be earned at the completion of the fiscal year. Numbers do not become actual until the completion of the fiscal year. This information is offered to provide transparency.

Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 31

In State Rep. Jack Franks’ press release announcing his candidacy for McHenry County Board Chairman he didn’t say he was going to cut McHenry County taxes.

He just talked about fighting against tax hikes.

Of course, that’s the same press release that says, “he will not seek re-election to the General Assembly.”

No evidence of that yet.

Indeed, in an interview by Pete Gonigam on the same day that the press release was issued, Franks gave to this only reporter in the Democratic caucus room the following information:

“Franks qualified that saying he’d give up the Rep. race if the Committee can pick another candidate who’s both ‘electable’ and holds a political outlook consistent with his own.”

So far Franks hasn’t pulled out of the race.

Has Jack Franks filed a Withdrawal of Candidacy statement yet?

Check whether Franks has filed the form yet, by clicking here.

With McHenry County being the 29th highest property taxed county (out of over 3,000) in the USA, one would hope that candidates for County Board would be suggesting ways to cut taxes, rather than just hold them constant.

But, what if McHenry County Board candidates wanted to cut real estate taxes.

How might they do it.

I see two ways.

Eliminate the Valley Hi Nursing Home Levy.

Valley Hi Nursing Home fund's cash on hand from FY 2006 through FY 2016 (projected).   Over $1 million currently.

Valley Hi Nursing Home fund’s cash on hand from FY 2006 through FY 2016 (projected). 

The balance in the bank in this independent fund exceeded $41 million at the beginning of this month.

The reason is that previous McHenry County Boards pulled money out of our pockets that they should not have.

The nursing home has quite a good manager in Administrator Thomas Annarella.

He runs his operation with deficits that are in the million dollar range.

It is my opinion that it would take decades to spend down the money.

So, why not just abolish the levy?

The answer comes from those with apocalyptic visions of the Federal and state governments not paying for care.

They think upwards of two years’ expenditures need to be held in reserve.

Even if one accepts their pessimistic view of future reimbursements of Medicaid and Medicare patients, I seen about $20 million  in surplus.

What if the worst happens and the surplus disappears?

Then another referendum could be held.

Let people of the future make the decision.

Take the RTA Sales Tax and use it to replace real estate taxes used to support the Sheriff’s Department.

In an April analysis, I found the RTA estimates the 2016 collection for McHenry County will be $10.4 million.

The amount of property taxes spent for the Sheriff’s Department is $10.8 million.

So, if the County Board wanted to spend the RTA sales tax to cut real estate taxes, rather than widen a Randall Road with stagnant traffic counts, we could all have a lower tax bill.

While thus far Jack Franks has made no commitment to cut taxes, he still has time to do so.

McHenry County Holidays

Just in case you might be interested in the holidays and personal days county employees have, here they are:

HOLIDAY DATE OBSERVANCE  (GOVERNMENT     CENTER CLOSED) COURTS/CIRCUIT CLERK CLOSED
New Year’s Day January 1, 2017 January 2, 2017 January 2, 2017
       
Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 16, 2017 January 16, 2017 January 16, 2017
       
Lincoln’s Birthday February 13, 2017 February 13 – Building Open** February 13, 2017
       
President’s Day February 20, 2017 February 20, 2017 February 20, 2017
       
Good Friday April 14, 2017 April 14, 2017 April 14, 2017
       
Memorial Day May 29, 2017 May 29, 2017 May 29, 2017
       
Independence Day July 4, 2017 July 4, 2017 July 4, 2017
       
Labor Day September 4, 2017 September 4, 2017 September 4, 2017
       
Columbus Day October 9, 2017 October 9, 2017 October 9, 2017
       
Veterans Day November 11, 2017 November 10, 2017 November 10, 2017
       
Thanksgiving November 23, 2017 November 23 & 24, 2017 November 23 & 24, 2017
       
Christmas Observed December 25, 2017 December 25, 2017 December 25, 2017

Please note:  In 2017 all County employees are entitled to two personal days off as prescribed by the McHenry County Government Personnel Handbook.

**In addition, employees working in offices that remain open on the day Lincoln’s Birthday is observed (February 13, 2017) will be allowed one Flex Holiday.

McHenry County Salaries – K

It’s time to take a look at what McHenry County employees will earn during Fiscal Year 2016.

Since the Fiscal Year starts in December, the numbers below reflect compensation from December, 2015, through December, 2016.

The official title of the report is

Salary Compensation Report Pursuant to Section 120/7.3 of the Open Meetings Act For Fiscal Year 2015-2016

Sheriff’s employees receive clothing allowances ranging from $125 for Court Security Officers to $950 for Detectives and highest ranking Officers.

A couple of high administrators receive a automobile allowance, which I’ll try to note when I get to their names.

      CO SHARE CO SHARE  
NAME JOB TITLE SALARY HEALTH INS DENTAL INS TOTAL
Kalenick,Donald D Deputy Sheriff SGT 99,259.16 26,023.92 1,230.24 127,013.32
Kallal,Joseph A Correctional Officer – Union 83,872.93 16,544.40 1,230.24 102,197.57
Kamukama,Robert M LPN 43,160.00 16,544.40 1,230.24 60,934.64
Kanaly,Luann S Accounting Asst 37,704.18 20,164.44 908.64 58,777.26
Karras,Susan L Communicable Disease Prog Coor 61,575.91     61,575.91
Karstensen,Ann L Medical Records Coord 44,343.78 11,805.36 647.04 56,796.18
Kash,Kathleen Marie Family Case Manager 52,538.61 16,155.36 1,230.24 69,924.21
Kasprzak,Linda Workforce Development Spec 45,688.98 11,149.68 647.04 57,485.70
Kasten,Cathryn M Clerk II – Union 36,679.50 16,544.40 908.64 54,632.54
Kasten,Judith E Certified Nursing Asst I 30,748.90 12,960.48 908.64 44,618.02
Kaufmann Jr,Marvin Custodian II 26,558.42 6,904.08 647.04 34,109.54
Keck,Kimberly J Custodian – Union 31,453.50 11,805.36 647.04 43,905.90
Kee,Janice VH Admin Spec I 27,851.20 11,805.36 647.04 40,303.60
Keefe,Geri A Legal Admin Spec 32,879.00 20,164.44 908.64 53,952.08
Keefe,Katherine M. Clerk of Circuit Court 104,750.10   1,230.24 112,480.34
Keenum,Jacob J Food Service Assistant 19,987.50     19,987.50
Kellner,Lindsay A WIC Nutritionist 19,073.14     19,073.14
Kelly,Caitlynn R Deputy – Union 80,253.89 11,805.36 647.04 93,656.29
Kelly,Donna K First Assistant 126,315.70 11,149.68 647.04 138,112.42
Kelly,Meghan A Deputy – Union 59,301.53 11,805.36 647.04 72,253.93
Kelly,Richard ZBA Mbr Chair 6,240.00     6,240.00
Kelsch,James Investigator 56,700.49 26,023.92 1,230.24 83,954.65
Keltner,Jacob H Detective – Union 90,243.30 16,544.40 1,230.24 108,967.94
Kempster,Barbara J Accounting Coordinator 34,274.71 16,155.36 1,230.24 51,660.31
Kenneally,Patrick D Attorney, Principal 77,644.15     77,644.15
Kernes,Mark D Assessment Specialist II 37,524.73 20,164.44 908.64 58,597.81
Keys,Dennis R. Court Security Ofcr – Union 43,867.20 20,164.44 908.64 65,440.28
Kies,Kenneth S Systems Analyst 86,349.41 16,155.36 1,230.24 103,735.01
Kinas,Stephanie E Clerk III – Union 36,211.50 11,805.36 647.04 49,163.90
King,James O Correctional Officer – Union 61,587.24 16,544.40 1,230.24 79,911.88
Kinney,Shelley L Public Health Nurse Clinic 15,984.50     15,984.50
Kinter,Joann M Deputy – Union 90,243.30 26,023.92 1,230.24 117,997.46
Kinzie,Susan S. Recorder Office Supervisor 46,789.07 20,164.44 908.64 67,862.15
Kleitsch,Kellie R Court/Courtroom Spec I 24,424.97     24,424.97
Klotz,Elizabeth J. Correctional Officer – Union 83,872.93     84,422.93
Knezevic,Elizabeth A Correctional Officer – Union 83,872.93 26,023.92 1,230.24 111,677.09
Knoll,Luann Court/Courtroom Spec II 34,833.00 16,155.36 1,230.24 52,218.60
Knop,Aimee N Deputy – Union 90,243.30     90,743.30
Knop,Brian L Mobile Data Comp Coord/Supv 68,653.10 16,155.36 1,230.24 86,838.70
Knowles,Katherine L Correctional Officer – Union 64,931.15 12,960.48 908.64 79,350.27
Knox,Thomas J Correctional Officer – Union 83,872.93 12,960.48 908.64 98,292.05
Knudson,Noah M Deputy – Union 76,423.20 11,805.36 647.04 89,375.60
Koch,James H. Dispatcher/Clerk 26,458.72 20,164.44 908.64 47,531.80
Kocol,Steven T Correctional Officer – Union 83,872.93     84,422.93
Kollenkark,William W. Court Security – Non Union 3,380.00     3,505.00
Kolner,Kimberly S Senior Planner 52,798.08 16,155.36 1,230.24 70,183.68
Kooistra,Linnea A ZBA Mbr 5,720.00     5,720.00
Koplin,Michael Correctional Officer – Union 83,872.93 26,023.92 1,230.24 111,677.09
Kopsell,Donald C County Board Member 20,999.94 20,164.44 908.64 42,073.02
Korpalski,Joseph County Engineer 147,854.98 26,023.92 1,230.24 181,109.14
Koziol,John A Deputy Sheriff SGT 99,259.16 26,023.92 1,230.24 127,013.32
Kozlowski,Cindy M Chief Deputy Treasurer 82,301.05 20,164.44 908.64 103,374.13
Kozlowski,David W Senior GUI Designer 69,620.80 26,023.92 1,230.24 96,874.96
Kramer,Daniel J Deputy Sheriff SGT 99,259.16 16,155.36 1,230.24 117,144.76
Krass,Lacey M Certified Nursing Asst II 34,396.05 16,544.40   50,940.45
Krause,Seth A. Probation Supervisor 55,880.34 16,155.36 1,230.24 73,265.94
Krewer,Catherine M Registry – RN 15,600.00     15,600.00
Kroll,Debra L Administrative Specialist II 34,773.18 20,164.44 908.64 55,846.26
Kroman,Jeanine M Correctional Officer – Union 83,872.93 7,060.56 647.04 92,130.53
Krueger,Christine J Legal Admin Spec Misdemeanor 30,366.72 11,149.68 647.04 42,163.44
Kubicek,Lance A Building Inspector 44,184.27 11,149.68 908.64 56,242.59
Kucharski,Kevin J DOT Maint Worker 39,390.00 8,400.00   47,790.00
Kunde,Drew E Env Health Representative 37,644.36     37,644.36
Kunz,Kyle D PDO Attorney 55,922.08 20,164.44 908.64 76,995.16
Kurtz,Donna M County Board Member 21,000.00 20,164.44 908.64 42,073.08
Kuthe,Justin M Correctional Officer – Union 61,587.24 7,060.56 647.04 69,844.84
Kvidera,Heather M Office Assistant II 27,812.77 16,544.40 1,230.24 45,587.41

* With the exception of $4,000, the County Sheriff’s stipend is reimbursed by the State of Illinois. Remaining stipends are reimbursed by the State of Illinois.

In accordance with PA 97-609, and certain requirements within this act, a government entity is required to list on its website the total compensation package for every IMRF covered employee earning a total compensation package in excess of $75,000. Salary and benefit information for IMRF employees are for salaries on FY 2015-16 as it represents numbers that are projected to be earned at the completion of the fiscal year. Numbers do not become actual until the completion of the fiscal year. This information is offered to provide transparency.

Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 30

State Rep. Jack Franks is after more Chicago money.

You might think he is running for State Representative.

Wait a minute.

He is.

Of course, all the reporters covering the McHenry County Board chairmanship announcement said that Franks was leaving the Illinois General Assembly, that he was not running for re-election…except Pete Gonigam who reported,

“Franks qualified that saying he’d give up the Rep. race if the Committee can pick another candidate who’s both ‘electable’ and holds a political outlook consistent with his own.”

You will remember that Gonigam was the only reporter in the room when the local Democratic Party slated Franks for the county office.

So far Franks hasn’t pulled out of the race.

Has Jack Franks filed a Withdrawal of Candidacy statement yet?

Check whether Franks has filed the form yet, by clicking here.

On Monday night he is asking folks to join him at Harry Carey’s to add to his already overflowing campaign war chest.

Jack Franks doesn't have Mike Madigan as a headliner on this year's Chicago fundraiser.

Jack Franks doesn’t have Mike Madigan as a headliner on this year’s Chicago fundraiser.

Missing from this year’s fundraising invitation is House Speaker Mike Madigan’s name.

It was there in

In 2016, Mike Madigan’s name went missing from Frank’s invitation.

 

McHenry County Salaries – J

It’s time to take a look at what McHenry County employees will earn during Fiscal Year 2016.

Since the Fiscal Year starts in December, the numbers below reflect compensation from December, 2015, through December, 2016.

The official title of the report is

Salary Compensation Report Pursuant to Section 120/7.3 of the Open Meetings Act For Fiscal Year 2015-2016

Sheriff’s employees receive clothing allowances ranging from $125 for Court Security Officers to $950 for Detectives and highest ranking Officers.

A couple of high administrators receive a automobile allowance, which I’ll try to note when I get to their names.

      CO SHARE CO SHARE  
NAME JOB TITLE SALARY HEALTH INS DENTAL INS TOTAL
Jacobs,Kimberly A Assessment Specialist II 31,443.41 6,904.08 647.04 38,994.53
James,Craig H PC Specialist 41,871.38 26,023.92   67,895.30
Jamieson,Deborah S Clerk – Non-Union 15,517.13     15,517.13
Jamieson,Regina A Court/Courtroom Spec I 28,113.64     28,113.64
Jandron,Rebecca L Business Office Associate 43,147.46 26,023.92 1,230.24 70,401.62
Janes,Rebecca J Registry – CNA 7,142.85     7,142.85
Jansen,Patrick J Coord Dietary Meal Production 34,666.84 6,904.08 647.04 42,217.96
Jazak,Brian J Deputy – Union 90,243.30 26,023.92 1,230.24 117,997.46
Jeeninga II,Timothy W Correctional Officer – Union 52,550.21 16,544.40 1,230.24 70,874.85
Jenkins,Deborah D. Probation Supervisor 58,551.60 11,149.68 647.04 70,348.32
Jenkins,Margaret C. Probation Off III 58,819.31 20,164.44 908.64 79,892.39
Jenkins,Thomas M Court Security Ofcr – Union 41,329.60 11,805.36 647.04 54,282.00
Jensen,Connie R. Env Health Prac Solid Waste 41,711.87 16,155.36 1,230.24 59,097.47
Jensen,Janell L Planning Liaison 53,768.16     53,768.16
Jensen,Justin R Correctional Officer – Union 61,587.24 11,805.36 647.04 74,589.64
Jimenez,Sonya Data Analyst 56,001.57 16,155.36 1,230.24 73,387.17
Johansen,Brittany N County Tax Extender 44,654.56 11,149.68 647.04 56,451.28
Johansen,Victoria L Administrative Specialist II 34,673.49     34,673.49
Johnson,Donald Assessment Office Manager 46,906.04 6,904.08 647.04 54,457.16
Johnson,Douglas E. Correctional Officer – Union 83,872.93 16,544.40 1,230.24 102,197.57
Johnson,Jami L Probation Off III 58,819.31 20,164.44 1,230.24 80,213.99
Johnson,Kathryn M Administrative Assistant II 32,879.00 16,155.36 1,230.24 50,264.60
Johnson,Kerrie J WIB Admin Specialist III 34,155.08 20,164.44 908.64 55,228.16
Johnson,Lysa K. Court/Courtroom Spec II 33,536.98 20,164.44 908.64 54,610.06
Johnston,David M. Attorney, Principal 90,731.68 26,023.92 1,230.24 117,985.84
Jones,Christina M Correctional Officer – Union 83,872.93     84,422.93
Jones,Curtis A Correctional Officer – Union 83,872.93 16,544.40 1,230.24 102,197.57
Jones,Sandra C. Probation Off III 65,777.94 11,149.68 647.04 77,574.66
Jones,Thomas A Court Security Ofcr – Union 41,329.60 26,023.92 1,230.24 69,083.76
Jonites,Thomas S Detective – Union 90,243.30 16,544.40 1,230.24 108,967.94
Joseph,Jose Custodian 28,432.66 20,164.44 908.64 49,505.74
Joshi,Kartik P Sr. Network Engineer 92,986.62 16,155.36   109,141.98
Juarez,Velvet D Animal Control Officer I 13,993.01     13,993.01
Judson,Meghan R Asst Director of Nursing 49,336.44     49,336.44
Juhasz,Adele A Registry – CNA 7,150.00     7,150.00
Jung Jr,John P County Board Member 21,000.00 20,164.44 908.64 42,073.08
Justen,Benjamin N DOT Maint Worker 41,028.62 8,400.00   49,428.62

* With the exception of $4,000, the County Sheriff’s stipend is reimbursed by the State of Illinois. Remaining stipends are reimbursed by the State of Illinois.

In accordance with PA 97-609, and certain requirements within this act, a government entity is required to list on its website the total compensation package for every IMRF covered employee earning a total compensation package in excess of $75,000. Salary and benefit information for IMRF employees are for salaries on FY 2015-16 as it represents numbers that are projected to be earned at the completion of the fiscal year. Numbers do not become actual until the completion of the fiscal year. This information is offered to provide transparency.

Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 29

"Chainsaw Jack" Franks' introduction of legislation to allow Com Ed to chop down any tree within 20 feet of a power line inspired this satirical movie poster.

“Chainsaw Jack” Franks’ introduction of legislation to allow Com Ed to chop down any tree within 20 feet of a power line inspired this satirical movie poster.

If I were running against Jack Franks, I would be knocking on doors of homes with Com Ed electric lines in front of them.

Why?

Because Jack Franks introduced House Bill 3884, a bill to allow Com Ed to chop down every tree within 20-feet of a power line.

As if Com Ed doesn’t do enough damage to our trees already.

That bill shows how out of touch he is with McHenry County.

Backyards throughout old Lakewood could lose all of the lot line trees because Com Ed lines run in back of our homes.

Think of what could happen to Bull Valley vistas.

In Wonder Lake, homes which sport Jack Franks signs could have the trees above them chopped down.

I wonder if such signs would be trashcanned if someone told the owner what their State Rep. wanted to allow Com Ed to do.

You get the political potential.

Even having been out of office almost sixteen years, I can tell you that introducing that idea was about as far from representing McHenry County residents as one can go.

The backlash was tremendous.

The McHenry County Conservation District,The Land Conservancy of McHenry County and the Defenders protested.

The Land Conservancy’s Lisa Haderlein called it, “the ComEd Clear Cut bill.”

The Chicago Tribune even wrote a big Sunday editorial about it.

The Chicago Triubne's featured editorial on Sunday, March 11, 2012, was about "Chainsaw Jack" Franks' bill to allow Com Ed and Ameren to level every tree withint 20 feet of a power line.

The Chicago Triubne’s featured editorial on Sunday, March 11, 2012, was about “Chainsaw Jack” Franks’ bill to allow Com Ed and Ameren to level every tree withint 20 feet of a power line.

Franks started off his political career as something of a populist.

Not so much anymore.

He voted against a Commonwealth Edison rate increase, before he voted for it.

"Chainsaw Jack" Franks

“Chainsaw Jack” Franks

The Rockford Register-Star interviewed Franks and wrote,

“Franks strongly objects to some bill opponents who are calling him ‘Chain Saw Jack.’  [Could that be a reference to McHenry County Blog?]

“’I don’t want to have clear-cutting going on,’ he said. ‘I live on a farm with a forest in back.

“‘No one can question my conservation credentials.’”

Well, maybe it’s not Franks’ “conservation credentials” that should be questioned.

Maybe it’s his judgment.

But, if the tool fits, maybe the nickname is appropriate.

Far be it for me to suggest that Franks’ switch from voting against an electric rate hike to voting to force our electric rate higher has anything to do with campaign contributions.  He has access to enough family money that he would not have to take any donations.

The Chainsaw Jack Contributors

  • $2,000 – Ameren, St. Louis, MO [Ameren is the electricity suppler in Southern Illinois.]
  • $500 – ComEd PAC, Chicago

The State Board of Elections also reports $1,000 was donated by three International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union locals:

  • $250 IBEW Local 117 – Crystal Lake  2/22/2011
  • $250 IBEW Local 364 – Rockford  9/14/2011
  • $250 IBEW Local 9 – Hillsboro 1/25/11
  • $250 IBEW Local 9 – Hillsboro 9/8/2011

Sunday, May 15th, Gonigam reported this about Franks not running for both offices:

“Franks qualified that saying he’d give up the Rep. race if the Committee can pick another candidate who’s both ‘electable’ and holds a political outlook consistent with his own.”

Has Jack Franks filed a Withdrawal of Candidacy statement yet?

Check whether Franks has filed the form yet, by clicking here.

Biography of Cal Skinner, Sr. – Part 10 – Unsuccessful County Clerk Try, County Airport Fight, Wife’s Death Copy

When Vernon Kays retired from being County Clerk, Dad ran for the office against Vernon’s Chief Deputy Rosemary Azzaro. Rosemary won, even winning at least one Crystal Lake Coventry precinct in which she knocked on doors. Dad didn’t do any door-to-door campaigning.

Two years later he was back on the county board.

In the 1980’s, the county board was bold enough to announce potential sites for ten or so county airports. What a way to engender opposition.

Tom Smrt, the owner of Fox Valley Systems in Cary took offense. He raised English Shires sought of Marengo on Route 20 next to the Tollway. He created the McHenry County Chronicle, which was mailed to at least all who voted Republican regularly. Every month. Smrt’s attacks on the county board led to Dad’s allies winning all four seats that were up that year.

In the fall of 1987, his wife Eleanor was killed in a truck-car accident at Route 14 and Dean Street Road. It took over ten years after that for a traffic signal to be installed.

Dad and Mom had been scheduled to go up to Mayo the next April. Dad didn’t go.

The night the summer drought was broken by a severe thunderstorm Dad had a county board meeting.

On Country Club Road almost to Crystal Springs Road, he ran into a tree branch. He hit his chest on the steering wheel. That might not have been so bad, but when he plowed into the big tree branch there was a young man trying to move it from the highway. Dad’s bumper crushed the Good Samaritan’s leg between his bumper and that of the young man.

About a year later he developed lung cancer where his chest was bruised. He had smoked cigarettes, then, a pipe, but had stopped maybe eight years before the cancer showed up.

It would have been caught early had Dad kept the appointment at Mayo, but, after Mother’s death he skipped it.

He ended up being treated at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. He and I lived with my sister Jan in a zip code in search of a town between Annapolis and Washington. The zip code was called Severn.

In December, Dr. Stevens would not release him when he had to leave in order to get back to McHenry County to vote for Ann Hughes for county board chairman. He didn’t think her opponent would be independent enough.

He signed himself out.

You see the photo of my wheeling him in for the crucial vote. Somehow he managed to retain his position as vice chairman, even though a deal had been cut to elect another man.

After Dad died in the summer of 1989, I executed his estate.

To do that I had to get his birth certificate.

To my surprise, I found that his middle name of “LeRoy” read “Leroy” on the birth certificate. Apparently he decided to capitalize the “R” at some point in his life. So, I’m not really a “junior” because my birth certificate reads “LeRoy.” I guess being a regular “Leroy” wasn’t fancy enough for him.

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Earlier articles in this ten-part series can be found in the links below:

Biography of Calvin L Skinner – Part 1 – Second Son, School Years

Biography of Calvin L. Skinner – Part 2 – College, Marriage, First Jobs

Biography of Cal Skinner, Sr. – Part 3 – First House, Elected President of the Easton, Maryland, Town Council

Biography of Cal Skinner, Sr. – Part 4 – Storm Sewer Grates, Miles River Yacht Club, Slot Machines, Chesapeake Bay Bridge


Biography of Cal Skinner, Sr. – Part 5 – Switching Parties, Moving to Salt Lake City, Middletown and Crystal Lake


Biography of Cal L Skinner – Part 6 – The Early Crystal Lake Days, Dipping Feet Slowly into Political Arena

Biography of Cal Skinner, Sr. – Part 7 – Running for County Auditor, Precinct Committeeman, Calling the Meeting that Led to McHenry County College


Biography of Cal Skinner – Part 8 – The Star Reporter, Daughter Ellen Bored in High School, Prohibited from Attending MCC Classes

Biography of Cal L Skinner – Part 9 – Responsible Republicans’ Slate, County Board Reapportionment

Biography of Cal Skinner, Sr. – Part 10 – Unsuccessful County Clerk Try, County Airport Fight, Wife’s Death

Larry Emery Reports on Algonquin Township

Larry Emery

Larry Emery

Algonquin Township Board 06/08/16 meeting quick notes

The Algonquin Township board met at 7 PM Wednesday 6/08/16. For past monthly meeting notes, please go to our website at http://www.algonquintownship.com/ (FYI-official meeting notes to be posted after approved in next meeting).

During the supervisors report, I made comment on scheduling a committee of the whole meeting separate to the normal monthly board meeting would give all an opportunity to discuss concerns and plans for direction of Algonquin Township as a brainstorming session with focus on this versus the mechanics of processing required business. Based on all comments of board members, preference was to keep in the normal monthly board business agenda.

The list of discussion points I will be submitting are listed below.

1. Financial Acumen (Cash Flow Validation, Reserve Calculation, Budgeting and Expense Control)
2. Key Indicators and Measurement Standards for Analysis with focus on PT/FT requirements to accomplish based on required/optional services.
3. Transparency of Goals and Expenses with use of township website
4. Proposal of Nepotism Issue in any hiring decisions with focus on qualification to job description, pay standards, benefit establishment, and employee review process.
5. Discussion of process to set elected officials pay for 2017-2020.
6. Intergovernmental agreements-documentation and possible new ones.

For the 2nd month in a row, we had 1 attendee (relative from an individual to the board). Is there no one planning to run for an elected position next spring for the Algonquin Township? As an example, I started attended every month for more then a year before the election. It would be nice to see involvement and concern now and that they learn about a position prior to the election if considering running for an office.

Please call/email me if you want to discuss meeting topics in further details.

2016 Algonquin Township Board Meetings
They are scheduled on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7 PM (Unless updated in the webpage).

3702 U.S. Highway 14, Crystal Lake, IL, 60014.

More information about our township is located online at:
http://www.algonquintownship.com/

Sexual Harrassment Complaint Filed Against McHenry County Clerk’s Husband

Ed Gil and Mary McClellan in 2011.

Ed Gil and Mary McClellan in 2011.

A complaint has been filed by Mrs. Karen Felske with the Illinois Department of Human Rights  against McHenry County Clerk Ed Gil.

The complaint is dated March 3, 2016.

Felske contends sexual harassment resulting in

  • a hostile work environment and
  • a retaliatory discharge

Gil is the husband of McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan.

Here are the guts of what was filed with the Human Rights Department:

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From the body of the complaint one can conclude that a similar complaint could be filed with the Federal government.

Budding Business Folks Invited to Meeting re Doing Better

A press release from Congressman Randy Hultgren:

Hultgren to Host Forum on Unleashing the Power of Small Business

Congressman Hultgren Invites Small Business Owners and Residents in McHenry County

Campton Hills, IL – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) has announced he will host a forum, “Fighting for Opportunity: Unleashing the Power of Small Business,” on Tuesday, June 21 at 9:30 a.m. at the McHenry County College Shah Center.

The event will bring 14th District small business owners and residents together to discuss the challenges facing small businesses, the policies and solutions that would help them grow and the best ways to bring those ideas back to their employees.

Randy Hultgren

Randy Hultgren

“Small businesses are the engine of the American economy—creating the bulk of American jobs and more than half of our economic output.

“Yet nearly a decade out from the Great Recession, many small businesses in Illinois and across the country continue to struggle and have found it difficult to recover, to add new employees and to grow.

“What’s stopping them from bouncing back? What are the obstacles to greater success?” said Rep. Hultgren.

“When I travel throughout my district, small business owners tell me it is crippling taxes, job-killing regulations and a stifling lack of access to capital.

“The good news is that policymakers have the power to fix this—to help bring small businesses back, to get the economy going again, to provide opportunity for millions of American employees.

“As small businesses go, so goes the American economy. And employees deserve to be educated on how these challenges affect them and their employers.

“The Job Creators Network will give small business owners the tools to help educate their employees about government policies that affect their jobs and company strength, and to encourage involvement in these issues.

“I encourage small business owners, their employees and residents of the 14th District interested in getting our economy back on track to attend this forum.”

Rep. Hultgren recently introduced H.R. 5374, the Bring Small Businesses Back Tax Reform Act, which provides immediate tax relief and reduces administrative burdens for small businesses.

WHAT: 14th District Forum: “Fighting for Opportunity: Unleashing the Power of Small Business”

WHO:

  • Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14)
  • Alfredo Ortiz, President & CEO, Job Creators Network
  • 14th Congressional District small business owners, residents and entrepreneurs

WHEN: Tuesday, June 21, 2016,9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Shah Center for Corporate Training and the Illinois Small Business Development, McHenry County College, 4100 W. Shamrock Lane. McHenry

Women Standing in Line at Airport Bathroom: “We Can Use the Men’s Bathroom!”

A friend was in the airport in Phoenix.

Phoenix Airport

Phoenix Airport

His wife was standing in line behind about twenty women waiting to get into the women’s bathroom.

“No problem!”

she said loud enough to be heard.

“We can use the men’s bathroom.”

The other women started cheering and clapping.

And laughing.

“Yes.  That’s right.  We can!”

another woman shouted.

More laughter followed.

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Anyone who doesn’t think that President Obama’s “pick the bathroom of your choice” hasn’t had an impact in this country might want to take notice.

McHenry County Salaries – I

It’s time to take a look at what McHenry County employees will earn during Fiscal Year 2016.

Since the Fiscal Year starts in December, the numbers below reflect compensation from December, 2015, through December, 2016.

The official title of the report is

Salary Compensation Report Pursuant to Section 120/7.3 of the Open Meetings Act For Fiscal Year 2015-2016

Sheriff’s employees receive clothing allowances ranging from $125 for Court Security Officers to $950 for Detectives and highest ranking Officers.

A couple of high administrators receive a automobile allowance, which I’ll try to note when I get to their names.

      CO SHARE CO SHARE  
NAME JOB TITLE SALARY HEALTH INS DENTAL INS TOTAL
Iacullo,Christopher M Correctional Officer – Union 83,872.93 26,023.92 1,230.24 111,677.09
Indvik,Alison Radio Dispchr – Union 58,801.60 26,023.92 1,230.24 86,555.76
Ippolito,Joanne M Mapping Technician I 31,303.84 11,149.68 647.04 43,100.56
Irving,Jason Correctional Officer – Union 83,872.93 16,544.40 1,230.24 102,197.57
Islas Martinez,Jorge Court Interpreter 34,653.55 11,149.68 647.04 46,450.27
Iwanicki,Michael A Superintendent 65,534.42 11,149.68 908.64 77,592.74

* With the exception of $4,000, the County Sheriff’s stipend is reimbursed by the State of Illinois. Remaining stipends are reimbursed by the State of Illinois.

In accordance with PA 97-609, and certain requirements within this act, a government entity is required to list on its website the total compensation package for every IMRF covered employee earning a total compensation package in excess of $75,000. Salary and benefit information for IMRF employees are for salaries on FY 2015-16 as it represents numbers that are projected to be earned at the completion of the fiscal year. Numbers do not become actual until the completion of the fiscal year. This information is offered to provide transparency.

Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 28

Jack Franks

Jack Franks

State Rep. Jack Franks makes a big deal about being against gambling.

He even spoke to a Patriots United debate between slot machine salesmen and opponents of video gambling.

But, when it comes time to raising money, he’s not so much against gambling.

Consider these 2012 contributions:

The I’m Against Gambling Except for Contributions

  • $500 – Arlington Park Racetrack, Arlington Heights
  • $500 – Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, Las Vegas, NV

Franks vowed he would not run again for State Representative.

Nine terms would be enough to get him an almost $60,000 a year pension for his part-time job.

He would run for McHenry County Board instead.

However, on Sunday, May 15th, the day he was slated for the Chairman slot, Franks told Pete Gonigam this about Franks not running for both offices:

“Franks qualified that saying he’d give up the Rep. race if the Committee can pick another candidate who’s both ‘electable’ and holds a political outlook consistent with his own.”

Has Jack Franks filed a Withdrawal of Candidacy statement yet?

Check whether Franks has filed the form yet, by clicking here.