Will Crystal Lake Become a Wide Open Pot Town?

On the Crystal Lake City Council agenda on Tuesday night is the following

2020-197 UDO TEXT AMENDMENT – PUBLIC HEARING

Text Amendment to the Unified Development Ordinance to make changes to Article 2, 4, and 10 to address the uses of

  • Medical Cannabis Dispensaries,
  • Medical Cannabis Cultivation Centers and
  • Other Cannabis Business Establishments, which include
  • Craft Growers,
  • Cultivation Centers,
  • Cannabis Infusers,
  • Cannabis Processors, and
  • Cannabis Transporters

Pueblo, a Colorado town that went all in ended up radically changed.

An extensive October 30, 2020, article in The Epoch Times etitled “The True Cost of Marijuana: A Colorado Town That Went All-In” reports on medical and employment problems:

  • “It’s like a horror movie,” she told The Epoch Times. Every shift in the ER brings in a patient with cannabinoid hyperemesis. In layman’s terms, that means someone is screaming and vomiting uncontrollably. The sound is wretched and apocalyptic. It’s caused by chronic cannabis use, usually high-potency products, and it stops when the person stops using cannabis.
  • “It’s like a horror movie,” she told The Epoch Times. Every shift in the ER brings in a patient with cannabinoid hyperemesis. In layman’s terms, that means someone is screaming and vomiting uncontrollably. The sound is wretched and apocalyptic. It’s caused by chronic cannabis use, usually high-potency products, and it stops when the person stops using cannabis.
  • Since legalization in Colorado, Randall and Roberts have seen an increase in all drug use, not just marijuana. Methamphetamine use is up 143 percent, opiates are up by 10 percent, and cannabis is up by 57 percent, according to data from the ER drug screens over the past seven years.
  • “We’re losing this generation,” she said. “What I see … is the kids either smoke themselves, or they become the parents’ caretaker, they take care of their parents who are smoking—using drugs and drinking. And I don’t know which is sadder—you have an 8 year old that’s giving you the medical history of the parent, or the kid’s using.”
  • “Almost 100 percent of the people that use, use daily.”
  • “With cannabis, once you’ve damaged your brain and you develop schizophrenia, I probably can’t fix that. So there’s a certain number of people who are going to have mental health disorders,” he said.
  • His main challenge now is finding a sober workforce and attracting more skilled workers to the area. Prior to 2014, before cannabis retail dispensaries and grow operations began popping up everywhere, McWilliams said 15 to 20 percent of possible hires were denied due to drugs or alcohol. “Today, I think it’s well over half, it’s well over 50 percent,” he told The Epoch Times. “Our biggest issue with marijuana has been the lack of skilled workforce we can get. And almost zero unskilled workforce these days can pass a drug test, because they’re all testing hot for marijuana.”

Algqonquin Township Abolition Referendum Snuffed Out by Three Township Officials

I missed the Algonquin Township Electoral Board hearing.

The Northwest Herald watched, however, and reports

Those on the Electoral Board are familiar Algonquin Township government names:

  • Supervisor Chuck Lutzow
  • Clerk Karen Lukasik
  • Trustee Dan Shea

None are running for re-election.

The man who filed the complaint that there were not enough legitimate signatures on the petition to call an April referendum to allow voters to merge Algonquin Township with McHenry County government, however, is.

His name is Randy Funk, who is running for Township Supervisor.

I took a look at the complaint and found the address of my home in Lakewood.

I found my name on the one of the filings:

Interesting because I did not sign the petition.

Three young men were at home when the petition passer–a former Crystal Lake City Councilwoman–stopped by.

They are on the list, as well as others in my precinct, as not having written in the correct address.

Apparently the person checking petitions did not know Lakewood residents have a Crystal Lake zip code.

They live in the Village of Lakewood, but have a Crystal Lake zip code.

Indeed before Post Office forced a Lakewood address on mailing lists, virtually everyone in the Country Club Additions Subdivision in Lakewood said they were from Crystal Lake.

So, the signature checker was probably well-intentioned, but not terribly accurate.

Here is McHenry County Blog’s story on the Electoral Board’s first hearing.

Whether the decision will be appealed is not known.

Franks Returns $400,000 of 2009 Campaign Cash to Relatives

In 2009, State Rep. Jack Franks wanted to become Governor.

Jack Franks at the Rod Blagojevich impeachment hearing.

To get “mentioned,” his family poured in hundreds of thousands of dollars.

$1.2 million of the $1.3 million or 90% of the money Franks is using to gain a place on the statewide ticket comes from just six contributors. All but one are relatives, I have been told.

What his father conributed was returned earlier.

On December 31, 2020, Franks wrote checks to the following:

  • $200,000 to Deborah Franks
  • $200,000 to Eileen Franks

His wife Deborah Franks filed for divorce August 17, 2020.

No Legisation Filed by Any Local Legislator

Legislators have the ability to pre-file bills if they are returning to their respective bodies.

The Illinois House of Representatives chamber from the Democratic Party side of the floor.

Looking at the Illinois General Assembly website, one can find none filed.

For House members, see here. Click on “bills” next to the State Representatives’ names.

For Senators, see here.

The first 166 House bills introduced can be found here.

Senate bills apparently have not been posted.

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If you see any interesting or outrageous bills, please point readers to them in the comment section.

IL-6: Excising God & Christianity

From Illinois Review, reprintred with permission:

IL CONGRESS MEMBER SIGNS ONTO EFFORT TO REMOVE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE FROM AMERICAN CULTURE

WASHINGTON DC – The name of a Congressional member that represents Illinois’ 6th CD – which includes what was once known as America’s center of Christian Evangelism, Wheaton College, where the late evangelist Billy Graham attended college – is included among a group demanding President Joe Biden and VP Kamala Harris remove Christian influence from the nation’s culture. 

Sean Casten

“We urge you to lead our nation on a path that revives the Founders’ vision of religious freedom in our government and promotes a unifying patriotic pluralism—not dogmatic religious chauvinism—in American society,” states the Secular Democrats of America within a 28-page list of demands.

“We believe that this is a moment not only to enact policies to advance constitutional secularism but to position the Democratic Party to take back the mantle of religious freedom and pluralism from the Republican Party.” 

The document, presented to the Biden-Harris transition team by Representatives Jamie Raskin and Jared Huffman, was endorsed by Representative Jerry McNerney.

Those three are listed as founding members of the Congressional Freethought Caucus – one of which is Illinois Congress member Sean Casten (IL-6).

The document calls on Biden to make the following changes:

  • Eliminate government support for all crisis pregnancy centers and all abstinence-only education programs in schools.
  • Deny free speech and religious liberty to select Americans based on their religious beliefs.
  • Incentivize states to strip parents of all non-medical exemptions to mandatory vaccinations for children in schools or daycare centers.
  • Remove “In God We Trust” from U.S. currency.
  • Repeal the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)
  • Rescind and replace the Trump DOJ’s federal protections for religious liberty.
  • Appoint an attorney general who will support governors whose emergency COVID-19 executive orders restrict gatherings at houses of worship.
  • Reverse the Trump administration policies that have allowed faith-based government-funded contractors to provide adoption and foster care services and work with Congress to pass the Every Child Deserves a Family Act.  
  • Fully and robustly fund “comprehensive” sex education, which to the leftist means encouraging elementary and middle school-age children to declare themselves one of dozens of made-up non-biological gender identities and learn how to engage in various deviant forms of sex.
  • Work with governors to educate and combat Project Blitz and encourage the introduction of the Do No Harm Act at the state level. [Project Blitz is a pro-family lobbying group described by the Secular Democrats as “a coordinated effort by Christian Nationalists to inject religion into public education, attack reproductive healthcare, and undermine LGBTQ equality using a distorted definition of ‘religious freedom.’”
  • The document tells Biden: “We urge you to avoid invoking the phrase ‘Judeo-Christian values,’ as it has been weaponized by the religious right to advance an agenda that has the veneer of inclusivity but actually undermines religious freedom and tolerance and does not represent tens of millions of Americans implicitly excluded from its formulation.

For more information, see “Democrats Demanding Biden Clamp Down on Conservative Christians, Remove Them From Public Office and Re-educate Trump Voters”

The 28 page document can be found HERE

$3,000 a Month in Algonquin’s Lobbyist Contract for Mike Tryon

Former State Representative Mike Tryon is again scheduled to be the lobbyist for the Village of Algonquin.

The proposed contract, to be consideed on January 19, 2021, is below:

Legislative Representation Agreement Tryon Governmental Consulting

This Agreement is entered into this date by and between Tryon Govemmental Consulting, Inc. (hereinafter “Lobbyist”), doing business at 4310-GCrystal Lake Road, and Village of Algonquin (hereinafter “Village”) with offices at 2200 Harnish Dr. Algonquin, Il 60012 Based upon the mutual promises contained herein, and other good and valuable consideration, the parties identified above, intending to be bound hereby, enter into the following Agreement.

1. Services The Lobbyist shall provide government relations and public affairs consulting services to the Village including all activities normally associated with state legislative lobbying, as specifically authorized by the Village after consultation with the Village Manager, Village President, Public Works Director and other appropriate staff members. Services include but are not limited to working with State of Illinois Officials to review the Capitol Plan of the Village and its :financial in1pact on Village constituencies: briefmg the Governor’s office; representation at legislative hearings; advocacy to certain legislators, regulators and their staffs on the Village Capitol Plan. Give timely reports to the Village on the progress of a statewide capitol bill and its impact on the Village.

2. Term of Agreement This Agreement shall take effect on January 1, 2021 and shall expire 30 days after the last day of the l02st General Assembly anticipated to be the second Wednesday of January 202J.

3. Lobbyist Fee The Lobbyist shall be paid a fee for the above enumerated services. The Lobbyist’s fee shall be $3,000 per month (“Monthly Fee”) for each month during the Term of the Agreement. The Monthly Fee shall be billed at the end of each month. The Monthly Fee shall cover all services of the Lobbyist(s) incurred for work on behalf of the Village.

4. Expenses The Lobbyist shall be responsible for all expenses incuned except for mileage and travel expenses when traveling beyond a 25 mile radius of the Village, mileage will be billed at a rate of 50 cents per mile and travel expenses at cost.

5. Personal Services The services to be performed by the Lobbyist(s) will be perfo1med personally by Michael Tryon and/or Pamela Althoff (“Lobbyist Principals”) and not by any other individual, unless approved by the Village.

6. Lobbyist Registration The Lobbyist and Lobbyist Principals each will register with the Secretary of State office and other required entities as a lobbyist for the Village. as soon as their activities for’I’he Village constitute “lobbying” under the Illinois Revised Statutes.

7. Non-Exclusive This Agreement is for the non-exclusive use of the Lobbyist’s services. Nothing contained herein shall prevent the Lobbyist from contracting to provide lobbying or other services to other clients on a non-exclusive basis, the Lobbyist shall use their best efforts to identify to the Village any potential conflicts of interest that may arise. Should a conflict of interest arise between the Lobbyist and any other potential client, the Village may either terminate this Agreement or request the Lobbyist not to contract with the potential client.

8. Practice of Law The Lobbyist is retained by the Village for the purpose of consultation, advice and lobbying advocacy on legislative and regulatory issues as they arise in the pursuit of capitol appropriations and as authorized by the Village. The Lobbyist is specifically not retained to provide legal advice to the Village and the Lobbyist shall not be required to perfo11n any additional activity for the Village which constitutes the practice of Jaw.

9. Entire Agreement This Agreement contains the entire Agreement between the parties and supersedes any and all other Agreements, negotiations or discussions. This Agreement may be altered only by a written document signed by the parties to this Agreement. Upon a 30 day written notice this Agreement may be cancelled by either party.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF the parties have entered into and consununated this agreement on this date:

Michael W. Tryon, President Tryon Governmental Consulting , ________, Date

Village of Algonquin _________ , Date ___

Tim Schloneger, Village Manager Village of Algonquin

Kinzinger Promises GOP Civil War

Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger, increasing his brand as the Illinois anti-Trump, told the New York Times that there would be a civil war in the Republican Party based on allegiance or opposition to President Donald Trump.

Kinzinger is aiming for a statewide run.

Here is the headline run in the internet edition of the Chicago Tribune version of the NYT story:

Catalina Lauf’s Defense of Freedom PAC Wrapped 2020 with $35,000 Cash on Hand

Catalina Lauf

Charitable giving and support for Georgia’s U.S. Senate Republicans in runoff elections leave DOFPAC poised for growth in 2021 after raising over $105,000 since late September

As reported last month on McHenry County Blog, the Defense of Freedom PAC (DOFPAC) continues its success as a start-up since its public launch in late September.

Former IL-14 congressional candidate Catalina Lauf is the executive director of the DOFPAC

According to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) year-end filing this month, DOFPAC (FEC Pre-Runoff report numbers listed separately):

Reporting PeriodReceiptsDisbursementsCash on Hand
Q2 2020 (Started 6/24/20)       5,000.00                          –         5,000.00
Q3 2020          759.50             3,226.10         2,533.40
Pre-Election 10/1 thru 10/14       3,300.00             1,037.00         4,796.40
Post-Election 10/15 thru 11/23    86,758.24           55,721.57……35,833.07
Pre-Runoff 11/24 thru 12/16           950.00                418.70      36,364.37
Year-End 12/17 – 12/31/20      13,694.15           15,278.83      34,779.69
TOTAL 6/24-12/31/20    110,461.89          75,682.20 
Source: FEC Reports

Lauf issued a statement highlighting the 3 charities her DOFPAC gave year-end donations of $1,000 each:

“We supported three different veteran organizations!

“Two in the [IL-14] district (one on each end of the district) and one (HunterSeven Foundation) doing great work nationally.”

Catalina Lauf statement 1/13/21

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In addition to the charities, DOFPAC gave two $2,500 campaign contributions to Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler of Georgia for the runoff elections.

For all of 2020, DOFPAC donated to a total of 14 political campaigns.

Locally, Woodstock resident Earl Hughes gave a total of $300 for the entire 2020 calendar year. Illinois-based itemized contributions totaled an additional $750.

Small dollar contributions (less than $200) to DOFPAC made up nearly 69% of the total contributions for 2020 of $105,461.89 (from late September through end of 2020).

As noted last month, DOFPAC started with an initial investment of $5,000.

Information can be accessed for DOFPAC by clicking here.

Ralph Capparelli, R.I.P.

Ralph Capprelli

One of my former legislative colleagues, Chicago’s Ralph Capparelli, has died at age 96.

When I was elected to the IL House in 1972, I was assigned to the House Revenue Department.

Ralph was sponsoring a bill regarding review of the issuance of county assessment multiplilers by the Revenue Department.

At the time he worked for the Cook County Board of (Assessment) Appeals.

We worked together on the bill and he passed it.

Ralph and I had a cordorial relationship from then on.

After I failed to win a congressional primary contest in 1980, he made a comment that stayed with me:

“Not enough precinct captains.”

Absolutely accurate.

Ralph could not have been born in 1942 as the obituary says, however. That was the year I was born and I’m 78. I figure his birth year was 1924 and the figures got tranposed.

I really enjoyed serving with Ralph.

His obituary is below:

Ralph Carl Capparelli

96, April 12, 1942

December 31, 2020, born in Chicago, beloved husband of Cordelia (DeMilio), father of Cary and Valerie (Plunkett), son of Ralph V. and Mary (Drammis), grandfather of four, and great grandfather of three departed this world on December 31, 2020, of natural causes.

Ralph diligently served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1971 to 2004, and in multiple leadership positions. His seniority earned him the title of the longest serving ‘Dean’ of the Illinois House.

He was a proud veteran of the United States Navy and partook in the ‘Battle of Tinian’ during World War II earning him a Battle Star.

After the war, Ralph graduated with a B.S. degree from Northern Illinois University.

Services were private. Roman Catholic Mass was celebrated on January 4, 2021, at St. Juliana and burial, with military honors, followed at All Saints Cemetery.

Wilcox Requests Valentines for Seniors

From State Senator Craig Wilcox:

Valentines For Seniors, Spreading Joy and Hope

Crystal Lake, IL – State Senator Craig Wilcox is collecting Valentine’s Day cards to spread a little joy and hope to the area’s long-term care facility residents.

This valentine was a complicated one of embossed thin cardboard. This bird was attached by the paper tag at the bottom benind the part that says, “To My Valentine,” that you can see below.

It’s easy to participate and help uplift the spirits of our family, friends and neighbors who live in these residences and may not receive the same level of interaction as they did prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can see the windmill used behind the more ornate stamped images in front.

“2020 was a difficult year for everyone, but especially those who reside in our nursing homes and assisted living centers,” said Wilcox (R-McHenry).

If this is not from my father to my mother, I wonder who “Calvin W.” was.

“Health restrictions and precautions put in place nearly a year ago to protect and prevent the spread of the coronavirus unfortunately led to a lot of isolation for those living in these facilities.”

Sen. Wilcox is encouraging churches, schools, and community members in the 32nd Senate District to write Valentine’s Day cards that can be dropped off at, or mailed to, his district office.

Once all the cards are collected, they’ll be delivered to the various long-term care facilities throughout the district.

“This is a simple but heartfelt gesture that will extend our concern for our fellow citizens.

“We can always use a little more joy and hope in our lives,” said Wilcox.

The collection of Valentine’s Day cards will run through Wednesday, February 10. For those choosing to deliver the cards in-person, please remember to maintain social distancing and to wear a mask when entering the office.

McHenry’s Colby-Petersen Farm Put on National Register

An announcement from the Pritzker Administration about a March listing of the Colby-Petersen Farm’s being listed on the National Register of Historic Places:

Colby-Petersen Farm, McHenry County, McHenry

Listed March 13, 2020

The Colby-Petersen Farmstead, located just northwest of McHenry, is significant as a good architectural representation of farm buildings from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Colby-Petersen Farm. Photo from Wikipedia.

The farmhouse, built in the 1850s, is one of the oldest surviving Greek Revival structures in the township and has maintained much of its original features.

Colby-Petersen Farmhouse.

The vernacular-designed oak barns and outbuildings, including two Douglas fir stave silos, are surviving representatives of late-19th and early-20th century construction techniques of Midwest farming communities.  

Colby-Petersen Farmhouse.

The Farmstead was occupied by its original builders and direct descendants throughout most of its 150-year history.

Colby-Petersen Farmhouse stained glass.

Since its designation as a City of McHenry Historic Landmark in 1998, the farmstead has been used to educate visitors on Illinois agricultural history.

Colby-Petersen Farm cow barn.

Sheriff Reports on Christmas-New Year’s Enhanced Enforcement

From the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office:

McHenry County Sheriff’s Office announces Christmas / New Year’s Day Holiday “Click it or Ticket” and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” mobilization results

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office joined other state and local law enforcement agencies across Illinois to reduce highway fatalities by cracking down on unbuckled motorists and impaired drivers during the Christmas / New Year’s Day holidays.

During the mobilization, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office issued the following citations / making the following arrests:

 5 DUI arrests
 6 Driving While License Suspended / Revoked arrests
 1 No Valid Driver’s License arrest
 1 Drug arrest (2 Felony counts)
 3 Illegal Transportation of cannabis citations
 98 Speeding citations
 10 No Insurance citations
 8 Electronic Communication Device citations

This law enforcement mobilization was funded by federal traffic safety funds through the Illinois Department of Transportation and is part of the nationwide “Click It or Ticket” and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaigns. For more information, visit www.idot.illinois.gov.

Senator Calls for Emails to Governor Against Criminal Justice Legislation

From State Senator Don DeWitte:

CALL TO ACTION: Tell Governor not to sign criminal justice reform bill

I have some disappointing news on the criminal justice bill that we had been fighting hard to stop.

After supporters of this dangerous legislation changed the bill number from HB163 to HB3653 to confuse people who had been following the process, they made even more changes in the early morning hours of Wednesday.
Nearly 800 pages of new language was landed on our desks and shortly after, we began voting.

The bill passed in the Senate while most of the world was asleep, less than an hour after its filing.

As you know, this legislation empowers criminals while hurting our law enforcement efforts. It imposes so many costly unfunded mandates on our police departments that it will act as a backdoor “defund the police” effort.

While this legislation has passed both chambers and will be sent to the Governor to sign, our fight isn’t over. Please continue to voice your opposition by contacting the Governor’s office and tell him not to sign this dangerous legislation that will do irreparable harm to public safety across Illinois.

Contact information for Governor Pritzker’s office is available here: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/gov/contactus/Pages/default.aspx

I want you to know that I stand with law enforcement and those who support our brave men and women. We may have the lost the battle, but we will continue to fight the war.

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Getting Rid of School Resource Officers

Anne Stava-Murray

New bills are being introduced in Springfield.

One would pretty much get rid of school-based police officers.

Sponsored by Anne Stava-Murray of Downers Grove, House Bill 29 would do the following:

Provides that law enforcement officers shall not maintain a presence on school grounds unless there exists an imminent threat of danger to students at the school in question or there is reason to believe that urgent and immediate action is necessary to prevent such danger to students.