Cary Village Trustees Jim Cosler and Kim Covelli Running for Re-Election

From Cary Village Board candidates Jim Cosler and Kim Covelli:

YOU ARE THE REASON JIM COSLER & KIM COVELLI WERE ELECTED FOUR YEARS AGO, AND WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT AGAIN!ONLY THIS TIME, YOU WON’T HAVE TO WRITE-THEM IN!!
This election, you won’t have to ‘write-in’ Kim and Jim’s name on the
ballot, they will be the top two candidates on your ballot!

Over the past four years, Jim and Kim have worked very hard to:

Stop increases in the village portion of your property taxes, always voting AGAINST tax increases

Worked to create a system of fairness for businesses asking for loans and grants by implementing written procedures, versus a system of obtaining grants based on ‘who you know.’

Increase transparency by adding live and archived video of village
meetings

Promote quality residential developments to safeguard our schools and
not allow breeding developers to capitalize on Cary taxpayers

Oppose an extension of the gravel mining on the Fox Trails site to ensure the transfer of Cary’s newest park in a timely manner

Ensure the Maplewood property would not be high-density housing –
there’s so much history and so much potential at this site
There is so much more to do! 

There are many looming issues which will be decided in the coming
years, which include:

Development of Maplewood

Transfer of Meyer Land/Park for future use

Proposed New Taxes

Numerous Development Opportunities

Jim Cosler and Kim Covelli believe the voice of Cary residents is what should drive these decisions!
HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Display our yard signs – respond to this email with your address and we’ll do the rest!

Communicate with neighbors, family, friends about tour efforts in Cary

Sign up for election information by sending a text message with the wordCary to 888111

Forward this email – help inform others in Cary about the election
We are so proud to have earned the endorsement of the Daily Herald!  We ask you help us continue being your voice on our Cary Village Board!  

More Time Card Analysis of Anna May Miller at the Algonquin Township Highway Department

From Illinois Leaks, republished with permission:

Algonquin Township Road District – Time Card Tuesday #6

BY KIRK ALLEN ON MARCH 12, 2019 • ( 1 COMMENT )

McHenry Co. (ECWd) –

If you are new to our Time Card Tuesday series we urge you to catch up by first reading part 1234., and part 5.

Anna May Miller, 2010

While we have many more time cards to expose, we want to make sure everyone understands this reporting is simply on the time cards and payroll numbers. 

While some have implied that we are wrong because the person worked from home or even as the State’s attorney investigator said, she could have worked from her boat cabin, while out of the country, on a cruise, we are not concerned where the work was performed.

We care about the record that shows hours worked or not worked and paid. 

If she worked from home, those hours should be recorded. 

Same with the boat cruise. 

Time worked should be recorded to ensure proper payment is provided.

While we have mentioned this before, all of the time cards were obtained from an FOIA request to the State’s Attorney’s office after the Township denied their existence. 

The Payroll register was FOIA’d from the Township.

This Tuesday’s series covers the pay period dated 12/19/2013 to 1/1/2014.  The payroll record for that period can be found at this link.

Beginning with December 19, 2013, time card entry, once again we find overtime documented even though the start and stop time only reflects 8 hrs worked. 

On this day, 15 minutes of overtime was recorded.

The 20th of December entry reflects only a start time and then an hour for lunch.  We have no way of knowing what time the work ended. 

Time worked was recorded as 8 hours.

December 21st and 22nd reflect a Saturday and Sunday. 

Even though 40 hrs had not been worked, she earns an hour of overtime on the 21st and 3.25 hrs on the 22nd, even though the total hours worked was 3 hrs and ten minutes.

Monday the 23rd she works 4 hours but gets 4 hours paid time off. 

Considering the payroll record reflects 4 hrs of sick time, we assume this 4 hrs of paid time off is for sick time.

December 24th and 25th were Holidays and that is correctly entered as 8 hours of holiday pay for each day.

However the 26th is not a holiday yet not only is there 8 hours of regular time paid with no start and stop time, there is also 6.5 hours of overtime documented. 

This one line entry reflects $229.20 for the regular time not worked according to the time card and $279.37 of overtime for time not worked according to the time card.

The 27th of December entry also reflects no start and stop time yet 8 hrs of work is recorded.

The 30th of December appears accurate.  No time worked, no time recorded as owed.  Give it a day!

December 31st, which is a holiday, results in 8 hours as a Holiday but is recorded as 16 hrs of Holiday time.  We have no idea why it was recorded as such.

January 1st, 2014, the last day in this cycle is also a holiday yet this gets recorded as 8 hrs of holiday and 16 hrs of regular pay. 

That entry also is confusing as the payroll record does not align with the time cards on this issue.

According to the payroll document Anna May Miller is paid for 44 hrs of regular hours worked in this pay cycle. 

Looking at the time cards and adding up the regular time recorded, we get a total of 36 hrs recorded as regular time. 

It appears 8 extra hours of regular pay was given above what the time cards reflect, netting an extra $229.20 in regular pay.

Payroll record also reflects 11 hours of overtime paid, which matches what was recorded, however, it appears 6.75 hrs of that, at a minimum, is not correct. 

Fifteen minutes of it for time not worked on the 19th, and 6.5 hrs on the 26th, a holiday that had no work hours but did receive holiday pay.

So rather than 11 hrs of overtime, it appears this should have been 4.25 hrs total. 

The way it was recorded netted an extra $290.12 in overtime.

Payroll reflects 4 hours of sick time which we can only assume is from the 4 hrs of paid time off on December 23, 2013.

The holiday payroll entry does reflect the 4 holidays during this pay cycle totaling 32 hrs of holiday pay.

This payroll cycle appears to have provided an extra $519.32 in pay versus what the time cards reflect.

This brings the running total of bad math pay to $2,941.36 which only spans 9 pay cycles in 2013.

To date, the Township Board has refused the current Road District Highway Commissioner’s attempts of having a forensic audit performed on the financial matters in the Road District.

Stay tuned as we start to combine multiple pay cycles in 2014 in an effort to disclose that year over the next several weeks.

You can download the Payroll record at this link and the time cards at this link.

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Even College Students Leaving Illinois

From the Illinois Board of Higher Education:

OUTMIGRATION NUMBERS INCREASE, WITH EVIDENCE OF TIE TO BUDGET IMPASSE SPRINGFIELD

More Illinois public high school graduates left the state for college in 2017

Outmigration data shows that of all public high school graduates in 2017, one out of five (20.3 percent) signed up for classes at out-of-state colleges and universities.

Looking specifically at the number of college-bound public high school graduates who enrolled in a four-year institution, nearly half, or 48.4 percent, outmigrated.

That’s an increase from 46.6 percent in 2016.

For additional context, in 2002, only 29.3 percent of the four-year college-going Illinois public high school graduates enrolled outside the state.

That’s an increase of more than 19 percentage points and by nearly two-thirds (65.2 percent).

“This is not good news,” said Nyle Robinson, interim executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

“The outmigration trend continues to increase, and that means we’re not only losing students to out-of-state colleges and universities, we’re likely losing them to other states for good.

“We want to educate our state’s students and see them flourish in jobs here in the Land of Lincoln.”

“This is not good news,” said Nyle Robinson, interim executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education. “The outmigration trend continues to increase, and that means we’re not only losing students to out-of-state colleges and universities, we’re likely losing them to other states for good. We want to educate our state’s students and see them flourish in jobs here in the Land of Lincoln.”

Eric Lichtenberger, deputy director of the IBHE’s Information Management and Research division, said, “There is evidence that the rate of out-of-state enrollment accelerated during the Illinois budget impasse.

“In the years immediately before the budget impasse that started in mid-2015, the rate of outmigration to four-year institutions increased by only 1.2%.

“Since the start of the impasse, outmigration shot up by at least 3.7% per year.”

Conversely, the bright spot in these numbers indicates that the only noticeable enrollment growth was at Illinois’ community colleges, where 2,477 more public high school graduates began classes than in 2016.

“Looking forward, we anticipate that a commitment to stable funding from the state budget will allow greater confidence in the health of Illinois’ public universities.

“That, in turn, will encourage more high school graduates to pursue their college career in their home state,” said Robinson.

“While this is a trying time for higher education in Illinois, I am hopeful that the tide will turn in this legislative session,” said Robinson.

“Our colleges and universities, the IBHE staff, and families across the state understand that it’s time to re-invest in higher education. In order for colleges and universities to hold the line on tuition—which many have done over the years— state funding needs to be increased.”

In fiscal year 2002, state funding for public universities covered 72 percent of costs.

But by fiscal year 2018, tuition was covering 65 percent of university costs and state funding provided only 35 percent.

“It’s a priority for IBHE that Illinois move back toward a stable funding stream that makes our colleges and universities more affordable,” said Robinson.

Place to Donate to Help Jake Keltner’s Family

From the Sheriff’s Department:

Donations for Deputy Jacob Keltner

Donations for the Keltner Family can be dropped off at the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and the DeFiore Funeral Home (addresses below).

Checks should be make out to Becki Keltner and can be mailed to, or dropped off at, either location.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office is working with the family to establish a formal way for everyone to show their support.

We will pause our efforts on Tuesday and Wednesday to honor and pay our respects to our fallen brother, Deputy Jacob “Jake” Keltner.

As more information become available, it will be shared with the public.

Thank you to the McHenry County community for your continued support in honoring our brother Deputy Jacob Keltner and ensuring that his family is taken care of as well.

Court Thwarts Algonquin Township Effort to See Illinois Leaks Records

From Illinois Leaks, reprinted with permission:

McHenry County Judge Ordered Stay of Production in Algonquin Township’s Subpoena to Watchdogs’ Dropbox –

BY JMKRAFT ON MARCH 11, 2019 • ( LEAVE A COMMENT )

McHenry Co., IL. (ECWd) –

Today’s Hearing on our Motion to Quash a second subpoena filed by Algonquin Township in their attempt at gaining access to our Dropbox folder resulted in the Court Ordering a Stay in Production until further Order of the Court.

Algonquin Township told the Court that it never forwarded this second subpoena to California.

We asked for a Stay in Production, which AT objected to – which made us wonder, if the subpoena was never sent to California as they said, why would there be any objection to a stay in the production of the subpoenaed records?

The short answer is there is no reason to object…unless…the subpoena was sent, or was about to be sent.

Either way, the Court Ordered the Stay and gave a timeline for Motions and Replies to be filed on the Motion to Quash, with a Hearing on our Motion to Quash scheduled for April 16, 2019, at 10:00 a.m.

The order also confirms the prior subpoena was, in fact, quashed.  This is an important fact as there was an attempt to claim it was never quashed last time.  The judge confirmed it was quashed and this order confirms it.

Cary Pursues Ride Program for Seniors and Disabled

McHenry County’s popular MCRide service may be coming to Cary. 

MCRide is a program which enables seniors, disabled, or other resident an affordable and flexible transportation option. 

Cary has long been a gap in coverage and this addition would enable seamless coverage along Rt 14. 

Trustees Kim Covelli and Jim Cosler have pitched the program for Cary’s upcoming budget meeting.

Covelli said, “This is more than a senior ride program, it benefits the whole community.” 

MCRide began by combining multiple local dial-a-ride services into a coordinated program. 

Its fee structure benefits seniors and those with disabilities by offering rides within five miles for only $1.50. 

Other community residents pay a slightly higher rate.

The program receives a portion of its funding from the Federal Transit Administration, yet to participate Cary will need to kick in around $25,000 per year. 

When asked, Cosler commented “it’s a comprehensive program which is badly needed in our community. 

“The senior population loves it, but it truly serves the whole population”.

Cary has struggled with budget issues in the past and both Cosler and Covelli have been resistant of new expenses. 

When pressed on the budgetary component, both expressed optimism about the real value this spend brings to the community.

Ugaste Reports

From State Rep. Dan Ugaste:

This past week was eventful in Springfield, with the Governor unveiling his new tax proposal to legislation moving through committees in the House of Representatives.  Here is a recap of news you should know heading into another week of legislative session in Springfield.

District 65 Events

On Monday March 11th, I hosted a Meet & Greet at the Huntley Public Library.  It was a great opportunity to meet with Huntley area residents and have the services and information my district office offers brought right to their backyard.  It is my goal to be as available as I can to all areas of my district, and this was the first step.  I look forward to hosting more of these types of events in the future to meet area residents and engage in great discussions on state issues! 

Later this month I am hosting an Open House at my District Office in St. Charles. All citizens from Illinois’ 65th House District are invited to attend the event held on Saturday, March 30th, from 10:00am—12:00pm.  The open house will be my District Office in St. Charles, located at 2325 Dean Street, Suite 800. 

It is important to me that my constituents know that my office is open and accessible.  I look forward to meeting residents from my district and learning about the issues that are important to them, as well as discussing the district services we can offer. District office staff members will be on hand to assist in addressing state related questions or concerns, particularly regarding interactions with state agencies. 

Should you have any questions about upcoming events, I would encourage you to contact my district office by phone (630) 797-5530 or email [email protected] for more information.

Pritzker Tax Increase

Governor J.B. Pritzker recently unveiled his plan for an increase in the income tax in Illinois. Pritzker’s proposed rates would result in a $3.4 billion tax hike on Illinois families and businesses.

Specifically, the Governor’s proposal would move Illinois from a flat income tax rate of 4.95% to a graduated income tax with six tax brackets. Many families and small businesses would pay a state tax rate of 7.75%, with the highest rate at 7.95%, while only providing a negligible decrease, if any, to those at the lowest end.  As many small business owners file their tax returns as individuals, Pritzker’s tax hike would hit Illinois small businesses especially hard.

I remain committed to my opposition to this tax proposal, and stood alongside my colleagues in Springfield to oppose the creation of such a tax through House Resolution 153.

Illinois already has some of the highest tax burdens not only in the Midwest, but nationwide.  The House Resolution our caucus unanimously supported specifically notes the gross inadequacies of the Governor’s Plan, finding that while it may appear to provide equity, it actually punishes hardworking, middle-class families and small businesses that make up the majority of the tax base. 

It is not fair to make the average Illinoisans pay for the shortcomings of a legislature that has created a tax-and-spend paradigm that is unsustainable.

2019 Legislation

This year I filed a number of bills focused on reforming the worker’s compensation system in Illinois.  With the state having one of the highest costs for businesses, these bills are efforts to create a better business climate, while maintaining fair practices for workers.

Our state continues to lose population, with businesses and families seeking better working and living conditions.  It is no secret that Illinois needs the right reforms to help ease the burdens that are hindering our growth and hurting our residents.  I am choosing to start with workers’ compensation, and I believe this legislation will help evolve our system to create a better business climate for Illinois, which will keep those businesses and jobs here in our state.  The cost of business has steadily increased, and these bills will help reduce that underlying cause, while still being fair to employees.

In addition to the workers’ compensation bills, I also filed legislation to save taxpayer dollars by merging the State Comptroller’s office and the Treasurer’s office with HJRCA23.  Illinois is unique in having two separate offices for these positions, when so many other states have already combined them.  This is a common sense effort to save money where we can.  Consolidating these operations would help streamline government practices to increase efficiency and provide more transparency to our processes—while also doing right by our taxpayers. 

I am also pursuing the following pieces of legislation including:

HB881 which provides for equal pay for women, 

HB886, which would closes sex offender loopholes in current Illinois law to help protect children and prevent any form of sexual assault, and 

HB3364, a bill to help mitigate the state’s teacher shortage.

You can view a comprehensive list of the legislation I have filed and am sponsoring here.  It is also easy to track the progress of my legislation here as it moves through the legislative process.

Get Involved: File a Witness Slip

While you can always contact my district office to express your opinions on legislation, you can also file a witness slip on a piece of legislation to make your support for legislation known to all members of the General Assembly.  Witness slips are provided to members during committee hearings and it is one of the most effective ways to ensure your opinion is expressed to multiple lawmakers when legislation is being reviewed.

Here are instructions as to how to file a witness slip:

  1. Go to www.ilga.gov
  2. Scroll down the page and click on GA Dashboard (in red ink along the left side of the page)
  3. Click on the Register icon and fill in your information (registration is recommended but not required)
  4. Click on House, Committee Hearings, and then on the “Month” tab
  5. Click on the piece of paper icon to the right of the listed hearing
  6. Click on Create witness slip to the write of the bill sponsor’s name
  7. Fill out the form
  8. In the “subject matter” portion click “proponent” or “opponent”
  9. Under “Testimony” you should click “record of appearance.” You can also have your written comments supplied to all board members. This is optional. Interestingly, they do not accept emailed testimony. You may fax your written statement to 217-557-2165 or you may mail it to Illinois State House, Room 426, 401 S. Second Street, Springfield, IL 62706. Make sure that your written testimony is clearly marked at the top of the page: HB XXXX Testimony, Date, Time, and your name.
  10. Fill in verification code
  11. Click the box to accept the terms
  12. Click Submit

A “Frequently Asked Questions” document is available here for help with additional questions about the process.

Deputy Jacob Keltner

McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Keltner, who was serving as an assistant U.S. Marshal, was killed in the line of duty last Thursday in Rockford.  The tragic incident happened when a team of federal marshals was initiating the serving of an arrest warrant upon a suspect in multiple cases of armed robbery.

Following the fatal shooting, suspect Floyd Brown fled the scene.  A lengthy car chase shifted the scene to a Central Illinois police standoff on Interstate 55 near Lincoln, and I-55 was closed off to traffic for several hours before the suspect was finally taken into custody.  Brown is charged with first degree murder of an officer and is also facing federal charges because Keltner was assisting U.S. Marshals.

The Illinois House observed a moment of silence upon hearing an initial report of the tragic news on Thursday, March 7th.  The State Capitol grounds include a monument and inscription in stone of the names of all of the police officers who have been killed or died on duty in Illinois. 

My thoughts and prayers are with the Keltner Family, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department, as well as the entire McHenry County Community.   I have the utmost respect for all our police and first responders who are tasked with keeping our communities safe, and who do not hesitate to put themselves in danger to ensure the safety and well-being of others.

I hope that you have a safe month and ask that our entire community keep the Keltner Family, as well the men and women in the Sheriff’s Office, in their thoughts and prayers; and to always remember what our first responders do for all of us on a daily basis

Street Closings in Crystal Lake for Jake Keltner Funeral Procession

From the Crystal Lake Police Department:

The Crystal Lake Police Department Announces Traffic Delays Expected on March 13, 2019

As announced by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department, a portion of the funeral procession for fallen Deputy Jacob Keltner will travel through Crystal Lake on March 13, 2019. The announced route for the procession through Crystal Lake is as follows:
 East on Route 14 from the City of Woodstock
 South on Route 31 from Route 14
 West on Rakow Road from Route 31
 Continue onto Randall Road from Rakow Road
 Randall Road into Lake in the Hills

In order to facilitate the procession’s travel through our City and provide for the safety of motorists, pedestrians, and those bystanders wishing to pay their respects, the Crystal Lake Police Department will greatly limit access along the route during the procession. Specifically, those traveling in or through Crystal Lake on March 13, 2019, approximately between the hours of 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm, should avoid attempting to:
 Cross Route 14 or travel east on Route 14
 Travel south on Route 31 from Route 14
 Cross Rakow Road or travel west on Rakow Road from Route 31 through
Algonquin Road

The hours are approximate: The procession is not expected to last two hours; however, the exact time of the procession’s entry into Crystal Lake remains flexible dependent upon road and weather conditions, as well as logistical reasons. The City of Crystal Lake would like to thank the public for its support, patience, and understanding as we honor Deputy Keltner.

Defenders Announce Award Winners

From the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County:

Environmental Defenders of McHenry County Honors Award Winners at 49th Annual Membership Meeting and Dinner 

Woodstock, IL – March 11, 2019 – Members and guests of The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County gathered on March 10, 2019 for The Defenders’ Annual Dinner and Membership Meeting celebrating 49 years of preserving and protecting the environment in McHenry County and highlighting the achievements of 2018.  

The sit-down dinner and silent auction were held at McHenry Country Club along the Fox River from 4 PM to 7 PM.  

Cynthia Kanner, Executive Director of the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County and Lori McConville, President, presided over the meeting.

The evening included social time & silent auction, the latter organized by Defenders’ Fundraising Committee Chair, Anne Basten, and several wonderful volunteers; membership meeting, including welcoming new board member, Beverly Dow; awards’ presentations; 2018 accomplishments & highlights by committee chairs; and music by The Dundee Crown High School Jazz Combo.

The recipients of the 2018 awards were:

Pam Althoff

THETA AWARD – Senator Pamela Althoff — for all of her years of working tirelessly on bills to protect the environment and her 100% pro-environment voting record in 2017 as an Illinois State Senator. Award presented by Nancy Schietzelt, Second Vice-President, Environmental Defenders of McHenry County.

GOVERNMET or BUSINESS AWARD – Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen — for their dedication to being green in many ways: 3-star green restaurant, co-host of Green Drinks McHenry County, plastic straw and Styrofoam free establishment, and their focus on conservation and community. Chef Zak Dolezal accepted award. Award presented by Lori McConville, President, Environmental Defenders of McHenry County.

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD – Scott Kuykendall — for his dedication to protecting the environment through all of his volunteer work on our water and natural resources protection and community solar committees. Award presented by Cindy Skrukrud, Chair, Water & Natural Resources Protection Committee, Environmental Defenders of McHenry County.

YOUNG DEFENDER AWARD – JACOB KARKOWSKI — for his dedication to the environment through restoration work, spirit of volunteerism, and his participation in The Defenders’ Water and Natural Resources Protection Committee. Presented to his parents: Mary-Kate Karkowski and Stanley Karkowski in his place.  Award presented by Tom von Geldern, Restoration Workday leader at Wingate Prairie and Defenders’ member.

Founded in 1970, The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County is a non-profit, membership organization with the following mission: “In order to protect all living things, the Environmental Defenders is dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the natural environment in McHenry County.  As a citizen organization, we are committed to building sound ecological relationships between people and the natural world that supports all life.”

Non-Incumbent CL Park District Candidates Mail

Three challengers have filed for Crystal Lake Park District Commissioner who pledge not to borrow money without voter approval.

Here is their first mailing:

Here is the content:

Since 2004, the Park District has issued over $20 million in bonds – without a referendum!

Yet they only have about $1 million in nonreferendum bond authority.

How have they done that?

The answer is that they took advantage of a loophole in the law, and in doing so raised your taxes massively.

This isn’t a matter of whether you like parks or don’t like parks.

This is a matter of good governance, of transparency, of giving the voters the right to make major decisions.

Can you expect the incumbents running for re-election to stop this practice?

No.

The Park District needs new blood, people committed to giving the taxpayers the right to make decisions on bonds, people committed to transparency and good governance.

JASON HEISLER is a Crystal Lake native and the fourth generation owner of Heisler’s Bootery. He’s also been involved in Fleet and Facility Management for 28 years with the City of Crystal Lake. Jason has been active in the Chamber of Commerce, his church, and other community organizations. He’s a taxpayer advocate who knows business and government from the inside. He and his wife, Gigi, have been married for 3 years and have two children.

JAMES ROCHEFORD has lived in Crystal Lake for over 40 years. He started his own company, Tech Global, Inc. in 2004 and sits on two local condominium association boards. He’ll bring financial and managerial experience to the Park Board. He’s active in his church and is also a mentor for the incubator program at Woodstock HS. He and his wife, Jill, have been married for 19 years.

FREDRICK M. TIESENGA, a surgeon, has lived in Crystal Lake for 48 years. He sits on several hospital boards and has deep experience with nonprofits and their finances. He and his wife, Juce, are also very active in their church have been married for 5 years and have three children.

All three care about the parks and want to see the District run properly.

Please vote for Heisler, Rocheford and Tiesenga in the upcoming general election.

Paid for by CITIZENS FOR HEISLER/ROCHEFORD/TIESENGA

Without Abortions Illinois Would Be Gaining Population

A friend of McHenry County Blog took a loot at Illinois abortion statistics and then starting thinking about population loss over the last decade.

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/data-statistics/vital-statistics/abortion-statistics






http://www.dph.illinois.gov/data-statistics/vital-statistics/death-statistics






https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/data-visualizations/2014/fiscal-50#ind10






Adam Guss’ Broken Word and Conflict of Interest

At the District 155 high school board candidates’ night six years ago, I talked to now-board president Adam Guss.

His wife teaches art at Cary-Grove High School.

I told him I knew it was legal for board members to vote on their spouses salaries, but I considered that a conflict of interest.

Guss told me he would not be involved in salary negotiations.

Nevertheless, he was involved and voted for the new contract this spring.

62-Year Old Woodstock Man Dies in Crash on Route 120 near Thompson Road

From the Sheriff’s Department:

Sheriff’s Office Investigates a Fatal Single-Vehicle Crash

A 62-year-old Woodstock man has died as the result of a single vehicle crash that occurred on Saturday afternoon in the 10100 block of Illinois Route 120 near the south intersection of Thompson Road, in unincorporated Woodstock.

On March 9, 2019 at 2:28 p.m., the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and the Woodstock Fire/Rescue District responded to a single vehicle crash involving a 2016 Subaru Forester that had crashed into two trees on Illinois Route 120 near the intersection of Thompson Road.

On-scene investigation indicated that the Subaru had been traveling northbound on Illinois Route 120.

For unknown reasons the Subaru crossed over the southbound lane of travel and exited the roadway to the west striking a guardrail.

The Subaru then crossed back over all lanes of travel and exited the roadway to the east, striking the trees.

The driver of the Subaru was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash.

The driver was seat belted at the time of crash and alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.

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

The following comes from the Coroner’s Office:

McHenry County Coroner, Dr. Anne Majewski, announced this morning that her office is investigating the death of a Woodstock man who was killed Saturday afternoon, March 9, 2019, in a single motor vehicle crash in the 10,000 block of Illinois Route 120 in Woodstock, Illinois.

A 911 call was made at 2:30 pm with Woodstock Fire and Rescue and the McHenry County Sheriff’s Police responding to the scene.

The driver of the car, Eberhard H. Biesenthal, age 62, was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:54 pm.

A witness reported seeing the decedent driving north on Illinois Route 120, veer into the southbound lane, strike the guard rail, veer back onto the northbound lane, and then travel off the shoulder and into a tree.

An autopsy performed this morning revealed that Mr. Biesenthal died from blunt trauma to the chest and abdomen.

Toxicology testing is pending at this time. The crash remains under investigation by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and the McHenry County Coroner’s Office.

Jake Keltner’s Funeral

From the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department:

Final Visitation, Funeral, and Procession Arrangements for Deputy Jacob Keltner

March 10, 2019

Jacob Keltner

In conjunction with family, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office would like to announce the final visitation, funeral, and procession arrangements for Deputy Jacob Keltner, who passed away on Thursday.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 12 at the DeFiore Funeral Home located at 10763 Dundee Road in Huntley, Illinois.

The public visitation hours are from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a formal law enforcement walk-through at 6:00 p.m.

Please dress for the weather and anticipate standing outside while waiting to pay your respects.

There will not be any parking at the DeFiore Funeral Home.

Everyone attending can park at either at St. Mary Catholic Church located at 10307 Dundee Road in Huntley, Illinois or the Wal-Mart located at 12300 Illinois Route 47 in Huntley, Illinois.

From these two locations you will be bused to and from the funeral home.

The funeral will occur on Wednesday, March 13 at Woodstock North High School located at 3000 Raffel Road in Woodstock, Illinois.

Parking at the high school will be for first responders only.

The doors will open at 8:00 a.m. with law enforcement then other first responders receiving priority seating.

The funeral will start at 10:00 a.m. with the official procession following immediately.

We highly encourage the public to line the official procession route on Wednesday to show their support and honor Deputy Keltner.

The procession route will be for law enforcement and emergency vehicles only.

Leave Woodstock High School north (right) on Raffel Road

Turn west (left) on Charles Road

Turn south (left) on Route 47

Turn southeast (left) on Route 14

Turn south (right) on Route 31

Turn west (right) on James R. Rakow Road

James R. Rakow Road turns into Randall Road

Turn west (right) on Algonquin Road

Turn south (left) on Ruth Road

Turn south (left) on Dundee Road

End at DeFiore Funeral Home

The public is encouraged to leave flowers and notes on the squad car currently located outside the Sheriffs Office at the east entrance.

Millionaires Face 60% Income Tax Hike, But Have Two Years’ Notice

Scott Coffey did the math.

Here is his comment:

Millionaires are actually looking at a 60.6% tax increase.

They will be moving from a flat rate of 4.95% of their taxable income to a flat rate of 7.95% of their taxable income.

I am wondering what JB used for the “Millionaire Loss-Rate” assumption in determining State revenues for millionaires that decide to move out of state rather than pay 60.6% more in income taxes.

This instantaneous 60.6% tax increase would seem to violate the “Boiling Frog” metaphor which holds that a frog put into boiling water will immediately jump out, but if the frog is put into warm water that is slowly brought to a boil, it will continue to stay until its death.

With the State’s financial difficulties, I guess JB can’t wait to bring this up to boil slowly.

Millionaires have just been put on notice that they have about a 2 year lead time get their affairs in order before this all passes.

One might wonder how many stick around.