Harvard Pot Arrest

From the Harvard Police Department:


On 09-13-21 at 1002 hrs, Taylor S. Mauriyanna (f-19 yoa) 1311 Northfield Ct Apt #1D, Harvard was arrested for Driving Without a Valid Driver’s License after she was observed driving a 2008 Pontiac with suspended
registration near the intersection of Church and N. Division St.

Mauriyanna was issued citations for No Valid Driver’s License, Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle and Operating a Vehicle with Suspended Registration.

Mauriyanna received a Notice to Appear and was released with a McHenry County Court date of 10-20-21 at 1330 hrs.

As a result of the investigation, Taquan T. Johnson (m-20 yoa) 717 Irving Ave, Woodstock, IL, a passenger in the vehicle, was arrested for Unlawful Possession of Cannabis – Passenger.

Johnson received a Notice to Appear and was released with a McHenry County Court date of 10-20-21 at
1330 hrs.

Illinois Dem’s Reaction to Texas Abortion Bill

From Illinois Family Institute, reprinted with permission:

Illinois Dem’s Bill to Punish Texas for Heartbeat Law
Written By Laurie Higgins

State Representative Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) is fighting mad.


Because Texas lawmakers had the audacity to pass a law to protect tiny humans with heartbeats from being killed. Cassidy does not believe in states’ rights.

Like all other “progressives,” Cassidy is an arrogant totalitarian who believes the entire world must think like her and subsidize the dissemination of her beliefs.

And when Cassidy gets mad, she gets even.

On September 14, Cassidy filed a bill in response to the Texas Heartbeat Act. Her bill (HB 4146) is titled the “TExAS Act-The Expanding Abortion Services Act.” Get it? Cassidy has the emotional and moral maturity of an adolescent.

While this bill addresses pregnancies resulting from “sexual assault” and “domestic abuse,” it goes further. If passed it would make it possible for any man in a consensual sexual relationship—including a marital relationship—that results in an “unintended” pregnancy to be sued civilly:

Any person, other than an officer or employee of the State or a unit of local government, may bring a civil action against any person who … causes a person to have an unintended pregnancy, regardless of circumstances; or … intends to engage in the act or conduct [that causes a person to have an unintended pregnancy, regardless of circumstances]. 

In other words, if passed, any woman may sue any man—including her husband—for impregnating her, even if the sex were consensual. This is retribution for Texans passing a law that the tyrannical Cassidy hates.

It gets worse. In an especially cunning act of vindictiveness, Cassidy and her fourteen feticidal collaborators want any man found guilty of impregnating a woman to be forced to pay at least $10,000, $5,000 of which will go into a state fund to pay the costs of abortions for “pregnant persons”—also known as women to reality-tethered people—who come from states that prohibit human slaughter to Illinois to have their offspring offed:

If the plaintiff prevails in an action brought under this Section, the court shall award injunctive relief sufficient to prevent the defendant from … causing an unintended pregnancy [and] statutory damages in an amount of not less than $10,000 for each act … that causes an unintended pregnancy the defendant committed or aided or abetted, of which not less than $5,000 shall be awarded to the plaintiff and $5,000 shall be placed in a special fund in the State treasury, known as the State Abortion Freedom Expansion Fund, to be used by the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, to pay the costs of abortions for pregnant persons who travel to Illinois from states that prohibit abortions for the purpose of obtaining access to abortions in Illinois; and costs and attorney’s fees.

It’s an especially grievous kind of moral blindness that leads a woman to be as obsessed with the idea that women have a right to kill their children as Cassidy is. Her law punishes men for having consensual sex with women that results in “unintended” pregnancy. This would include women who lie, telling their husbands, significant others, paramours, and one-night stands that they are using contraceptives.

Maybe Cassidy et al. were inspired by Bette Midler who was so enraged that Texans don’t want incipient human lives destroyed that she tweeted,

I suggest that all women refuse to have sex with men until they are guaranteed the right to choose by Congress.

Cassidy’s vindictive plan is a variation on Midler’s plan to punish men for the heartbeat law in Texas. Cassidy’s plan seeks to penalize Illinois men for the decision of Texas lawmakers. Nothing will stop Cassidy from trying to force everyone to submit to the goddesses of the Cult of Child Sacrifice.

Here’s an idea: How about all those empowered, capable, glass-ceiling-smashing women running around in childish pink hats take control of their reproduction—not by ordering the killing of their children—but by not having sex or by responsibly using contraception that they pay for.

Just wondering, does the possibility of winning $5,000 or more provide incentive for women to get “unintentionally” pregnant? And exactly how will women prove they didn’t intend to get pregnant?

As reported by NPR, Cassidy made this nonsensical statement:

If folks are policing the bodies of people who are seeking reproductive healthcare in Texas, well, then maybe we should be policing the bodies of the people who are causing those problems here in Illinois.

Again for the obtuse and anti-science, opponents of abortion are concerned about the bodies of the voiceless and vulnerable whom Cassidy sees as disposable. And destroying living humans is not “healthcare.”

If you don’t already believe the human heart is desperately wicked, Cassidy, who is faux-married to Newt Gingrich’s lesbian activist half-sister Candace Gingrich, offers all the proof you need.

She has been a sponsor or co-sponsor of virtually every law passed pertaining to sexual deviance and child sacrifice, including all the bills that force Illinois schools to promote her assumptions about homosexuality and cross-sex impersonation, including to five-year-old children. I once referred to her as an “instigator of moral mayhem”—which she obviously is. She proudly took that phrase as a badge of honor and emblazoned t-shirts and mugs with it for her fans.

She is not only a propagandist obsessed with imposing her socially constructed sexuality dogma on other people’s children using taxpayer funds, but she’s also a liar in her quest to make abortion through the entire nine months of pregnancy for any and no reason both legal and paid for by taxpayers.

Two years ago, Cassidy lied during a floor debate on her Kill Babies bill when claiming she had a lifesaving “abortion” when in reality, she had had surgery to remove an ectopic pregnancy—a procedure that no one calls an abortion.

In an effort to silence then state representative and current gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey who opposed her bill, Cassidy demonstrated—again—how manipulative and deceitful she is, saying in an increasingly hostile and aggressive tone,

I will tell you that my abortion was medically necessary. It saved my life. It preserved my fertility. It allowed for the creation of my family, my children who are my world.

Cassidy knew that no white man in this racist anti-white and sexist anti-male climate would dare ask any follow-up questions following her fake-indignant and irrelevant “revelation.”

Here’s what Cassidy didn’t say in her exploitative and misleading response but has said publicly to the Chicago Sun-Times: Her so-called “abortion” followed fertility treatments that resulted in a “blighted ovum” implanted in her uterus and in an ectopic pregnancy, which is when a fertilized egg implants in a fallopian tube rather than the uterus. The termination of an ectopic pregnancy is not referred to as an abortion, and with a blighted ovum, there is no embryo, so her personal story was both false and irrelevant.

Remember Cassidy’s newest legislative insult to decency the next time another lying leftist says it’s no one’s business what people do in the privacy of their bedrooms.

Take ACTION: Click HERE to send a message to your state representative to ask him/her to vote NO to “The Expanding Abortion Services Act,” HB 4146. There is no reason to create a new civil right to bring a civil action against anyone who causes an unintended pregnancy. Nor should state lawmakers create a new fund and state bureaucracy to pay for the abortions of non-residents.

Correction Article: Sheriff Hopeful Robb Tadelman Holds Algonquin Fundraiser

As you can see from the logo behind Robb and Kelly Tadelman, the fundraiser was held at Algonquin’s Scorched Earth

Kelly and Robb Tsdelman

McHenry County Board Chairman Mike Buehler, who has endorsed Tadelman.

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The above sentence is incorrect. Buehler told me he is endorsing neither candidate.

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Robb Tadelman and Mmike Buehler

Algonquin Township Clerk Maureen Huff and the head of Tadelman’s campaign committee Heather Kroenke were there.

Maureen Huff and Heather Kroenke.

Marengo Police Chief Nathan Hayes Marengo Police Chief spoke to the crowd.

Marengo Police Chief Nathan Hayes.

Among others, Tadelman’s mother Dale was in attendance.

Robb and Dale Tadelman.

Wilcox Holsing Community Events

From State Senator Craig Wilcox:

Senator Wilcox to host upcoming events in 32nd District

MCHENRY-State Senator Craig Wilcox is hosting three constituent outreach events during the second half of September:

Saturday, September 25 and Sunday, September 26– Pet Adoption Booth at Huntley Fall Fest: Senator Wilcox is partnering with Senator Donald DeWitte and the Huntley Animal House Shelter for a two-day pet adoption event that will take place during Huntley Fall Fest at Deike Park in Huntley. Come find a new furry friend from 10-5 Saturday or 11-5 Sunday. Deike Park is located at 12015 S. Mill Street (intersection of Route 47 and Mill Street).

Monday, September 27– Free online FAFSA and college financial aid/loan repayment seminar: Senator Wilcox is partnering with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) for a one-hour webinar starting at 6:00 p.m. that outlines the financial aid process and provides insight on how financial aid works, how to apply for it, student eligibility, and how it can be used to help pay for college. It introduces the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid, along with summarizing state and federal aid programs for undergraduate and graduate level students. Registration is required, and information on how to join the webinar will be sent to registrants prior to the Sept. 27 event. To register, please visit: https://www.ilsenategop.org/sen_wilcox_fafsa_student_loan_virtual_seminar.

Wednesday, September 29– Free “Medicare 101” program: Senator Wilcox and experts from AARP will explain in detail the various and often confusing aspects of Medicare. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and should last one hour. Topics to be discussed include eligibility, coverage details, and getting help with out-of-pocket costs. Registration is required, and information for how to join the meeting will be sent to registrants prior to the Sept. 29 event. To reserve a spot, please visit: https://www.ilsenategop.org/sen_wilcox_virtual_medicare_101_seminar.

“My office is putting the finishing touches on these community outreach events, and I hope to see a good turnout at all three of these September offerings,” said Sen. Wilcox. “We made a real effort to find something that would appeal to all age groups and interest areas, so I look forward to seeing a good cross section of the 32nd District community at these events.”

For additional information about these events or for assistance with registration for the FAFSA or Medicare event, please contact Senator Wilcox’s office at (815) 455-6330, or contact Keith at KWoodruff@gop.ilga.gov. Additional outreach events will be added to the calendar in the coming weeks, including a town hall meeting, a teleforum, and a senior fair.

No Illinois Abortion Resrtrictions Used to Lure Texas’ Businesses

From The Center Square:

Pritzker touts state’s abortion laws in pitch to businesses

(The Center Square) – An Illinois lawmaker says Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s attempt to lure corporations from Texas using the abortion issue is misguided.

Pritzker wrote to the CEOs of several Texas businesses, including Dell and Hewlett Packard, to encourage them to move to Illinois after Texas passed a law restricting abortion access, Politico first reported.

Texas’ Heartbeat Act bans abortion once cardiac activity can be detected in a fetus. The law went into affect after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request for a stay from abortion providers.

In his first year in office, Pritzker signed the Reproductive Health Act, declaring Illinois the most progressive state in the country on abortion access.

“So as radical legislators in Texas functionally eradicate the autonomy of half the state, cutting off access to basic health care, family planning, and the freedom to thrive, I invite you to consider a new home base for your company – one that embraces the policies of the 21st century and aligns with your company’s values to ensure women succeed,” Pritzker wrote to the CEO of Oracle and others.

State Rep. Andrew Chesney, R-Freeport, said the move missed the mark.

“There has always been a moral, social argument on where people fall on abortion, but I don’t know if I have ever seen a governor use it as a desperate attempt to lure companies because of social issues,” Chesney said.

Repeated requests for comment from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity went unanswered.

For years, Texas has been trying to lure businesses away from other states, especially those with higher taxes. The Lone Star State has run ads promoting its low taxes and light business regulations, while criticizing the “tax and spend policies of the liberal leadership” in blue states like Illinois.

The city of Chicago recently took out a full page newspaper ad in the Dallas Morning News in an attempt to lure people fed up with the state’s abortion and voting laws.

“In Chicago, we believe in every person’s right to vote, protecting reproductive rights, and the science to fight COVID-19,’ the ad read.

Chesney said changes need to be made in Illinois or else it will be status quo and businesses will stay away.

“The underlying problems still exist in Illinois and the foundation of the economy is fractured and in many places it is broke,” Chesney said. “Unless there are structural changes, you are continue to see Illinois lose the young and brightest because they are going to go to places where there’s more opportunity and unfortunately it is not in Illinois.”

Pace Goal to Go All Electric by 2040

Frm the Environmenatl Defenders of McHenry County:

Update on Electrifying Pace – A HUGE WIN!

After years of advocacy, and with the help of more than 800 signatories, Pace agreed to suspend the purchase of additional diesel buses in 2021 and 2022.

On September 15, Pace announced a commitment to Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) by 2040 in their strategic plan.

The revised Strategic Plan, “Driving Innovation,” is a huge shift from previous versions of the plan and showcases the power of grassroots advocacy.

In another huge win, Pace said they are firmly committed to ceasing the purchase of new diesel buses.

They also announced a $10 million plan to pilot electric bus infrastructure and bus purchases in Waukegan beginning in 2022 with a commitment to spend $50 million on electric buses over the next 5 years and to fully electrify the Waukegan fleet by 2026.

Their 2022-2026 capital budget includes the purchase of 52 electric buses, maintains and expands public transit service, and invests millions in charging infrastructure and equipment to facilitate electrification.

Although the purchase of additional CNG buses and the CNG garage expansion still supports fossil fuel investments with public tax dollars, they have taken a step in the right direction.

Rocking Time at McHenry’s Petersen Park This Weekend

McHenry Police Department is inviting the community to participate in a special event!

Join us for a 2-day Music Fest. The Music Fest will be held at Petersen Park on Friday September 24th from 5:00PM – 11:30PM and from 12:00PM – 11:00PM on Saturday September 25th.

The Rise Up Foundation of McHenry is working hard to raise money to install a splash pad in McHenry.

Help them by joining us at the Music Fest!

Female Passenger in One Car, Dog in Other Involved in Head-on Rt. 176 Crash Die, 4-Year Old in Serious Condition

From the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office:


A 44-year old Marengo woman died following a two-vehicle crash that occurred in unincorporated Woodstock on Wednesday evening.

On September 22, 2021, at 8:16 PM, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Marengo Fire Protection District, Huntley Fire Protection District, and Union Fire Protection District responded to a two-vehicle crash involving a red 2019 Dodge Challenger and gray 2016 Mazda 6 on Illinois Route 176 west of Sunnyside Road.

Route 176 and Sunnytside Road.

Preliminary investigation indicated that the Dodge, driven by a 44-year-old Marengo man, was traveling west on Illinois Route 176 west of Sunnyside Road, and the Mazda, driven by a 27-year-old Union woman, was traveling east on Illinois Route 176 approaching that location.

For unknown reasons, the Dodge crossed the center line and crashed into the Mazda.

The passenger of the Dodge, a 44-year-old Marengo woman, was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.

The driver of the Dodge was transported by helicopter to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with serious injuries.

The driver of the Mazda and her passenger, a 4-year-old male, were transported from the scene by ambulance to Northwestern Hospital in Woodstock.

The 4-year-old male was later transported by ambulance to Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago with serious injuries.

Two dogs were also inside the Mazda at the time of the crash.

One dog died in the crash and the other was taken to an emergency veterinarian for observation.

Illinois Route 176 between Sunnyside Road and Timber Lane was closed for approximately six hours for the investigation. The occupants of the Dodge were not wearing seatbelts.

The driver of the Mazda was wearing a seatbelt and the passenger was restrained in a child safety seat.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.

The investigation is ongoing by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crash Investigation Unit and the McHenry County Coroner’s Office.

Harvard Vehicle Thefts

From the Harvard Police Department:


On 09-14-21 at 0525 hrs, a Harvard Resident (m-47 yoa) reported to police some unknown person(s) had stolen a 2021 Jeep from a driveway located in the 900 blk of N Jefferson St sometime earlier in the morning.

During the course of the investigation, police discovered that a second vehicle, a 2008 Toyota, had been stolen by unknown person(s) from a driveway of a Harvard Resident (f-23 yoa) located in the 100 blk of Shawnee Ln earlier in the morning

Under Investigation.

Shred Day in Dundee Township this Saturday Co-hosted by Cristina Castro, Anna Moeller and KCT Credit Union

Per tweet from state Senator Cristina Castro (D, Elgin) her, state Representative Anna Moeller (D, Elgin) partnering with the Kane County Teachers (KCT) Credit Union co-hosting document shredding event this Saturday, just south of Algonquin Township in Kane County:

The Adult Activity Center of the Dundee Township Park District is in Carpentersville, located on IL Route 68, just west of IL Route 25.

McHenry Man Accused of Stealing over $10,000 from Cary Business, While Another Man from LITH Arrested for Stealing over $500 from an Individual

From the Cary Police Department comes this report of an employee’s having been arrested after abruptly resigning from a Cary business:

On the same day, the following arrest was made of a Lake in the Hills man who is accused of stealing over $500 from an individual:

A Local Government Official Convicted of a Felony

Whenever a local or state government officials gets convicted, I wonder if its a felony related to the government job.

If a felony, the person would lose his or her pension.

The Kankakee crook in the following press release from the U.S. Attorney in Springfield was convicted of a felony:

Former Kankakee Wastewater Utilities Officer Sentenced to Nine Months in Prison and Twenty-Four Months’ Home Confinement for $2 Million Fraud

URBANA, Ill. – Richard G. Simms, 74, currently of Marietta, Ohio, was sentenced to nine months of imprisonment, to be followed by twenty-four months of home confinement, on September 20, 2021, for theft of federal funds related to defrauding Kankakee’s wastewater utilities, Kankakee River Metropolitan Agency (KRMA), and the city’s Environmental Service Utility (ESU), of more than $2,000,000.

United States District Judge Colin S. Bruce imposed the nine-month sentence of imprisonment, citing Simms’s age and health concerns. Judge Bruce also sentenced Simms to serve three years of supervised release following his prison term, during which time Simms will be required to serve the twenty-four months of home confinement and pay $2,025,000 in restitution to KRMA and ESU. The prosecution had recommended a thirty-month sentence of imprisonment, reflecting the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.

During the sentencing hearing, the government presented victim-impact statements from City of Kankakee Comptroller Elizabeth Kubal and Bourbonnais Mayor Paul Shore detailing how Simms’s $2 million fraud violated their trust and has resulted in higher wastewater and sewer fees for Kankakee-area taxpayers.

During the time of the alleged fraud, from 2014 through 2018, Simms served as executive director of KRMA, which was responsible for treating wastewater from its member municipalities, namely, Kankakee, Bradley, Bourbonnais, and Aroma Park, Illinois.

KRMA also treated wastewater from Manteno and Chebanse, Illinois, by intergovernmental agreement.

During this period, Simms was also the Superintendent of ESU, which serves as Kankakee’s public works and sewer system.

At the same time, Simms owned and operated Simms Engineering, LTD.

From 2014 through 2018, Simms received more than $2.5 million in salary and legitimate payments: approximately $1,124,288 from KRMA and approximately $1,594,585 from ESU.

Simms pleaded guilty to theft of federal funds during a prior proceeding, where he admitted that independent of his salary and payments, he fraudulently received approximately $2.2 million – $768,000 from KRMA and $1,257,000 from ESU – as payment to Simms Engineering for software development by Plum Flower International.

Simms and his daughter registered Plum Flower International with the State of Illinois in March 2014 purportedly to develop a software application for medical companies to track medical records.

Although Simms did not have board approval or contracts with his engineering firm to develop software, he submitted fraudulent and inflated invoices to KRMA and ESU for software development.

Simms circumvented KRMA’s invoice payment procedure by submitting invoices directly to its accounting firm. As a result, KRMA’s superintendent and administrative assistant did not approve and were unaware of the invoices.

From May 2014 through September 2018, Simms Engineering transferred more than $2 million to Plum Flower International, which represented more than 95% of its revenue during this time frame.

Plum Flower International used approximately $161,000 of the funds to pay another company to create a software application which they attempted to sell on the open market.

The remaining funds were used for the personal benefit of Simms and his daughter, the owners of Plum Flower International.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Office of Inspector General investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugene L. Miller represented the government in the prosecution.

UPDATEx2: McHenry County Board Approves Reapportionment Map in 17-7 Vote

John K. Collins

Board Member’s pay kept at $21K annual salary with existing insurance benefits in 15-9 vote

Amid claims by Board Democrats the new 18 Member, 9 district map being partisan, appointed Democrat John Collins crosses party lines and voted with Republicans on the map, and the salary freeze votes

Last night at the regular meeting of the McHenry County Board, the reapportionment map for the next 5 election cycles beginning next year for electing county board members was approved on a 17-7 vote.

The recorded vote from the County Clerk on the map approval is below (note, Chairman Mike Buehler (R, Crystal Lake) only votes to break a tie):

Source: McHenry County Clerk accessed by McHenry County Blog

Seven of the Board’s 8 Democratic Members voted against the new map. Appointed Democrat John K. Collins (Crystal Lake) voted with the Republican majority to approve the new map.

As documented last week in an updated article on McHenry County Blog, an amendment was presented to the resolution moving Grafton Precinct 14 from proposed DIstrict 9 to proposed District 3, which brought all village of Algonquin residents to be represented by two Board districts, instead of the originally proposed 3 district split.

The amendment was approved unanimously by voice vote prior to the formal recorded vote on the amended map.

Around 20 minutes later, most with discussion of the resolution for County Board Members’ raises, and insurance coverage, the vote for the resolution to keep annual salaries at the same $21K per year, beginning in December of 2022 was taken, with the recorded vote below:

Source: McHenry County Clerk accessed by McHenry County Blog

While two Republicans voted against the salary and insurance resolution including Board Vice Chair Carolyn Schofield (R, Crystal Lake) citing due diligence she had done and shared with Members and wanting more discussion, Member Collins again voted with the Board majority Republicans to adopt the resolution keeping salary and benefits as is for Board Members.

Republican Board Member Mike Skala (R, Huntley) who participated in the meeting remote, voted with Schofield against the resolution.

The approximately hour and 20 minutes Board meeting video can be accessed here with discussion of the amended reapportionment resolution beginning at the 36 minute mark. Discussion on Board salaries and benefits starts at 55 minute mark.

UPDATE: Approved Map with Precincts and Census Populations

Approved McHenry County Board Districts 2021

UPDATE: District Census Population Rolled Up by Precinct Populations

McHenry County’s 310,229 Census 2020 population, broken out by the approved County Board districts, are as follows:

  • 1: 33,656
  • 2: 33,776
  • 3: 35,315
  • 4: 35,136
  • 5: 35,042
  • 6: 34,031
  • 7: 33,886
  • 8: 34,289
  • 9: 35,098

Another Duke Energuy Solar Farm Hearing Thursday

From Riley Township Supervisor Karen Schnable:

Duke Energy Solar Farm Zoning Hearing

On Thursday, September 23, 2021, at 1:30 PM the McHenry County Zoning Board of Appeals will be continuing the hearing for the Duke Energy Solar farm conditional use permit. The meeting will be held at the McHenry County Administration building, Conference Room A, located at 667 Ware Road in Woodstock.

The meeting will be held both in person and online. Here is the information for the online meeting.

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/212727349

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (872) 240-3212

Access Code: 212-727-349

Duke solar energy farm.

Duke Energy has only a few witnesses left to testify.

The public will have a chance to make comments, before the Zoning Board votes.

Please be sure to attend the next hearing.

It is my goal as Supervisor, to keep you informed of any major developments that are happening in Riley Township. If you know of anyone who would like to receive our informational Township “eBlasts” to keep them up to date on the happenings in our Township, please encourage them to go to www.rileytwp.com and click on the eBlasts link to sign up.

Karen Schnable
Riley Township Supervisor

State Database Compromised

From the JB Pritzker Administration:

Notice to the Media – Incident involving Protected Health Information

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Pursuant to the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, 45 CFR Sections 164.400-414, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) (collectively the Departments) in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) are notifying the media of an incident within the State of Illinois Integrated Eligibility System (IES)- -IES is the eligibility system of record for

  • State-funded medical benefits programs,
  • the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

On November 24, 2020, the State discovered an issue within IES.

Upon investigation, the Departments discovered that household members who were once on a case and had their access removed could still see information even after they were no longer part of that case.

This means that if the head of the household (HOH) removed or requested removal of a prior household member from the case, the removed member still had the ability to access the case. 

The information that potentially could have been accessed in a limited number of accounts included system-generated notices and documents uploaded by customers.

Depending on the individual case, the notices and documents may have included: name, address, case number, social security number, status as a recipient of public assistance, name of dependents, birthdates, medical information, and financial information. 

We do not know of any fraud related to this situation.

In response to this incident, on January 8, 2021, IES was updated to limit case access to only the head of household, and prior and other current household members no longer have access.

To date, the Departments are unaware of any actual or attempted misuse of personal information as a result of the incident and the number of potentially affected individuals was limited.

The Departments notified the members of the Illinois General Assembly on July 29, 2021, the potentially affected individuals on September 9, 2021, and the Office of the Illinois Attorney General on September 10, 2021. 

The Departments also provided the potentially affected individuals with contact information for credit reporting agencies and the Federal Trade Commission, as well as a dedicated phone line to provide assistance and further information.  The assistance line is available until December 8, 2021.

The Departments made the update described above so that this does not happen again.  The privacy of our customers and their families is of paramount importance.

Individuals with additional questions may write to:
HFS HIPAA/Privacy Officer, 201 South Grand Avenue East, Springfield, IL 62763, or email HFS.Privacy.Officer@illinois.gov

IDHS HIPAA/Privacy Officer, 69 West Washington Suite- 901, Chicago, IL. 60602 or email DHS.HIPAA@Illinois.gov

Advisory Referendum on Racall Sought

From Illinois Opportunity:

Rep. Batinick, Sen. Barickman and The Illinois Opportunity Project Launch Statewide Initiative to Empower Voters with Ability to Recall Politicians

Chicago, IL- Yesterday, Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield), Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington), and the Illinois Opportunity Project announced their statewide grassroots campaign to place an Advisory Question of Public Policy on the November 2022 ballot asking voters if they want the power to recall their elected officials.  

“Voters should have the ability to hire and fire their elected officials,” said Rep. Batinick. “Illinois’ culture of corruption has gone on for far too long, and the people of Illinois have lost faith in their government. That begins to change today.” 

Illinois Democrats have ignored calls to increase accountability and empower voters. Last year, Sen. Barickman and Rep. Batinick introduced legislation to give voters the right to recall elected officials who have broken the public’s trust.

The General Assembly has refused to discuss their legislation; even while a Democratic member of the State Senate is currently under indictment for crimes related to his office. This advisory referendum movement will educate voters on the culture of corruption and the solutions. It will also build political pressure to encourage the General Assembly to end this culture of corruption and give voters the right to recall certain elected officials.

“Single party rule has concentrated power with the political elite and taken away Illinois citizens’ voices in their state government,” said Sen. Barickman. “Giving voters the ability to recall a failing elected official will empower the people and help restore faith and trust in their government.”

The proposed Advisory Question asks, “Shall Illinois voters be given the power to recall their elected officials?” Petitions for advisory questions of public policy require signatures equivalent to eight percent of the total votes cast for candidates for Governor in the preceding gubernatorial election, or roughly 363,000 signatures to be placed on the ballot. These signatures must be submitted six months prior to the election. 

“Today, the political establishment, special-interests, and lobbyists have too much power,”  explained Mark Cavers, President of the Illinois Opportunity Project. “We are all feeling the consequences. There is a statewide movement of people who want to improve the quality of life in Illinois by returning power to the people. We have faith in average Illinoisans and that if we empower them with the right accountability tools, they will reform their government and save our state.”

“Illinois should be the land of opportunity and prosperity where families can pursue the American dream. To make that a reality, we must have an honest and efficient government that is responsive to the people’s will.”

Corruption costs Illinois taxpayers $556 million per year. This referendum will empower voters with the opportunity to hold politicians accountable before their next election. The petition can be viewed and downloaded at IllinoisOpportunity.org/recall.

A Video about Covid Shot Deaths That Google Would Have Removed

A Friend of McHenry County Blog sent the link to a Septeber 7, 2021, 17-minute speech by pathologist  Dr. Ryan Cole.

He asks the question why there has not been research on the causes of deaths from those who have received Covid-19 shots.

The recoding is from Rumble.


Crystal Lake Grade School Federal Covid Aid

Found in the summer/s[pring newsletter from Crystal Lake Elementary School Distrixt 47:

COVID Relief Funding

Since the pandemic began in March 2020, District 47 has been awarded a total of $7,428,193 in federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds distributed in three phases. ESSER funds are intended to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools across the nation. ESSER funds have enabled the district to prioritize health and safety in its facilities and enhance educational programming for students.

  • Phase 1 is referred to as the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) act. In this initial phase, the district received $515,170 that was used to fund additional 1:1 technology devices for students. These funds were critical in providing continuity of instruction as classrooms moved from school buildings to a remote setting.
  • Phase 2, referred to as ESSER 2, granted the district $2,130,511. These funds are being used to improve and enhance air filtration systems in classrooms and offices and HVAC systems in several buildings. Initial estimates from a 2018 assessment study totalled $15.7 million for five schools. The grant request for these funds was completed in the spring of 2021 and planning for these projects is currently underway.
  • Phase 3, referred to as ESSER 3/ARP (American Rescue Plan), has estimated that District 47 will receive $4,782,512. The application to request these funds will be available in July. This phase requires that school districts allocate 20 percent of the funds for activities that address learning loss and include responding to the social-emotional needs of students. In this phase, District 47 plans to direct funds to support Reading Recovery, social-emotional and equity learning, and other curriculum areas. ESSER 3 funds will also be used to continue HVAC projects mentioned in Phase 2.