Hit and Run in Crystal Lake, Arrest Made

From the Crystal Lake Police Department:

Carolyn Tyrrell


Evidence recovered at the scene resulted in Investigators quickly locating the offending vehicle in the 900 block of Wesley Drive, Crystal Lake. As a result, at approximately 7:50PM, Carolyn A. Tyrrell (53), of Crystal Lake was arrested for leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle crash (class 1 felony). The investigation is ongoing and additional charges against Tyrrell are expected.


We have made an arrest relating to the hit and run crash reported late last night.  We will be releasing additional details later this morning.


Crystal Lake, IL – Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at approximately 7:37 PM, Crystal Lake Police and Fire/Rescue responded to the intersection of Virginia Road and Berkshire Drive for a report of a traffic crash with injuries.

Upon arrival, first responders located two victims on scene, an adult male and adult female, riders of a motorcycle involved in the crash.

The male was taken to Northwestern Hospital in Huntley, suffering from life-threatening injuries.

The female was flown to Condell Medical Center with serious injuries.

Our preliminary investigation revealed the following:

The motorcycle, driven by the adult male with the female as his passenger, was traveling southbound on Virginia Road.

A red sedan struck the motorcycle in the intersection with Berkshire Drive, throwing both occupants of the motorcycle onto the roadway.

The red sedan fled the scene, last seen heading westbound on
Berkshire Drive.

Our Accident Investigation Team is actively examining the scene and collecting evidence.

The roadway remained closed while the investigation continues.

We encourage anyone who may have information relating to this event to contact the Crystal Lake Police Department at 815-356-3620.

In addition, anyone with a cell phone can send an anonymous tip to the Crystal Lake Police Department by texting the word CLPDTIP along with the tip information to 847411 (tip411). Normal text messaging rates do apply.

IL-06/IL-14: President Trump Leads to Victories in NC Special Congressional Elections, Lauren Underwood Chooses St. Charles for 2020 Campaign HQ

Republicans, led by President Trump, won two special House of Representatives elections in North Carolina on Tuesday in districts NC-03 and NC-09. The NC-03 district is a very safe Republican district and Dr. Greg Murphy easily won election to the vacant House seat.

The real battle, where themes likely to be used in 2020, took place in NC-09, a suburban Charlotte district where Republican Dan Bishop beat Democrat Dan McCready, with unofficial returns of 100% of precincts reporting:

Source: POLITICO Live Stream Returns
Time is Eastern Daylight Time

Both parties spent significant sums of money in the NC-09 race, and given some of the setbacks in suburban districts across the country long dominated by Republicans last November, the NC-09 win could be the trigger and provide all of the Republicans running in similar districts, like IL-06 and IL-14, with adaptable blueprints that could be keys to victories.

National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chair Tom Emmer (R, MN) issued the following statement via Twitter:

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R, CA), who saw his caucus grow by two members to 199 as a result of these races, issued the following statement via Twitter:

The two North Carolinians will be sworn into the House within days, which is the norm after a special election. The House Republican caucus will drop by one when Congressman Sean Duffy’s (WI-07) resignation is effective a week from Monday, per his decision to resign due to family health issues.

Many on both sides of the aisle, will determine what worked, and what didn’t work in the NC-09 special election, and the findings from those assessments will definitely have an impact in the IL-06 and IL-14 races.

Lauren Underwood Chooses St. Charles as Headquarters for 2020 Reelection Campaign

Lauren Underwood

McHenry County Blog learned Congresswoman Lauren Underwood’s reelection campaign has chosen St. Charles to be where her campaign headquarters will be based for the 2020 election cycle.

Underwood’s Campaign recently opened a temporary office in western St. Charles on Dean St. about 2 blocks west of Randall Road.

The Underwood Campaign will move into its permanent office space in St. Charles in a few months. In preparation for the General Election next year, at a later date, her campaign will open multiple branch offices across IL-14, including one in McHenry County, at sites to be named later.

Local 150 Wins Case Against Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser, Union Contract Signed by Bob Miller Covering Entire Gasser Term Ruled OK

Last Thursday, Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers faced off against the Algonquin Township Road District over Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser’s contention that the 5-year contract signed by predecessor Robert Miller after he lost the Republican Primary Election in February, 2017, was invalid.

Here is the order of the 2nd Appellate Court issued today in the case of Local 150 against Algonquin Township’s Road District:


¶ 1 Held: The circuit court did not err in dismissing the counterclaims, and it did not err in granting judgment for plaintiffs on their FOIA complaint. In addition, counterplaintiffs did not provide an adequate record to review the court’s findings on fees and contempt, and we therefore resolved those issues in favor of plaintiffs. Accordingly, we affirmed.

¶ 2 Plaintiffs, James M. Sweeney and the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150, AFL-CIO (Local 150), alleged violations of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 ILCS 140, et seq. (West 2016)) against defendant, Algonquin Township Road District (Road District). Sweeney was the President-Business Manager of Local 150.

¶ 3 Defendants and counterplaintiffs, Andrew Gasser and the Road District,1 filed a counterclaim against Local 150 alleging, in relevant part, that the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between Local 150 and the Road District was invalid. Gasser was the Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner (Commissioner) and served as head of the Road District.

¶ 4 Plaintiffs moved for judgment on the pleadings, and defendants moved for summary judgment. The circuit court granted plaintiffs’ motion and denied defendants’ motion. Plaintiffs then petitioned for costs, attorney fees, and sanctions. Local 150 also petitioned for a rule to show cause. Defendants filed a premature notice of appeal in November 2018, but on this court’s own motion on April 18, 2019, we deemed defendants’ January 14, 2019, amended notice of appeal timely. Defendants argue that the circuit court erred in dismissing their counterclaim, compelling arbitration, denying their motion for summary judgment, awarding fees to plaintiffs, and finding Gasser in indirect civil contempt.

¶ 5 We affirm

IL-06/IL-14: Nancy Pelosi Will Not Allow a Vote on Medicare-for-All, Catalina Lauf Talks to FOX Business, Jeanne Ives and Evelyn Sanguinetti Speak in West Dundee

It’s Not Just Mitch McConnell Blocking Votes on Legislation for Good Reason

This past Friday as the congressional August recess was ending, H.R. 1384, the Medicare-for-all legislation in the House, crossed a milestone with the 118th co-sponsor signing on and supporting the single-payer health care legislation. As reported in Friday’s edition of The Washington Post, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries became the 118th co-sponsor, and the 2nd member of House leadership to cosponsor the bill.

Combined with the sponsor, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D, WA), 119 of the House’s 235 Democrats now support Medicare-for-all. No Republican has signed on as a cosponsor.

As reported here on McHenry County Blog back on 8/3, neither Congressman Sean Casten or Congresswoman Lauren Underwood have signed-on to the socialist legislation to transform health care, and Medicare from the partial free market/socialist system under Obamacare to the completely socialist Medicare-for-all.

From Friday’s Post article:

More than half of all House Democrats now support Medicare-for-all, but that’s not likely to prompt Speaker Nancy Pelosi to allow a vote on the floor. 

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), the chamber’s No. 5 Democrat, signed on to the bill from Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) this week. He’s the 118th House member and the second-highest-ranking Democrat to back the legislation — showing the party’s growing aspirations to scrap much of the U.S. health-care system in favor of a single Medicare-like plan for everyone.

Jayapal, who has been working to bring more sponsors to her bill after introducing it in February, said getting the support of members of House leadership “is proof of the growing momentum for Medicare-for-all in Congress and in communities across America.”

Despite urging from the progressives in her caucus, Pelosi has resisted holding a floor vote on Medicare-for-all — a vote that could be difficult for moderates in her party given that it would overhaul coverage for millions of Americans and is sharply opposed by industry.

The Washington Post, 9/6/19, emphasis from the Post

And let’s add single-payer is opposed by millions of Americans, too, and given neither Casten or Underwood have signed-on, that opposition includes, for the moment, Democrats who represent McHenry County.

The Post article also said Congressman Jeffries has signed-on to legislation known as “Medicare-X”, which adds a public option to the Obamacare Marketplace. This legislation, H.R. 2000, is sponsored by Congressman Antonio Delgado (D, NY) and including Jeffries, has 19 co-sponsors. Like Medicare-for-all, Medicare-X is not supported by Casten, Underwood and Republicans. Indeed, none of Illinois’ 13 Democratic House members have signed-on to Medicare-X.

The Post finishes its write-up by citing nearly all of the Democratic presidential candidates have backed-away from their pure Medicare-for-all stances, and only Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren now support the completely socialist Medicare-for-All as proposed in the House legislation, or the Senate bill written by Sanders.

The Post link and legislative links are below:

Catalina Lauf Interview with FOX Business News

IL-14 Republican candidate Catalina Lauf returned to TV on Monday and was interviewed on FOX Business News by Trish Regan:

The interview last night recapped the major themes of Catalina’s campaign but it was the first time since before Labor Day she was interviewed on TV. The link to view the nearly 4 minutes segment can be seen here:

Both Jeanne Ives and Evelyn Sanguinetti Appear at Dundee Township Republicans Picnic

As was written elsewhere (Illinois Review), the 2 Republican candidates for IL-06 appeared at the Dundee Township Republicans Picnic in West Dundee on Sunday.

Source: Dundee Township Republican Organization Facebook Page
Links provided by Linda Prestia

McHenry County Blog thanks Linda Prestia, Dundee Township Republican precinct committeewoman and the Dundee Township Republican Organization for providing excellent video coverage of their annual picnic. Both Ives’ and Sanguinetti’s speeches are online and linked below.

In addition to the two IL-06 Republican candidates, other elected officials and candidates attending included:

  • Kane County Board member Cliff Surges (R, Gilberts, in background of Sanguinetti video pic)
  • McHenry County Republican Party Chairman Diane Evertsen
  • State Senator Don DeWitte
  • IL-14 congressional candidate Anthony Catella
  • State Representative Allen Skillicorn
  • McHenry County Board Member and state representative candidate Carolyn Schofield
  • U.S. Senate candidate Mark Curran
  • U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Tom Tarter
  • And too many others to list

The video links to both Ives’ and Sanguinetti’s respective speeches on Sunday are below, as well as a link to the Illinois Review article about the event published yesterday:

Algonquin Township Board Scheduled to Up Township Clerk’s Legal Fees by $15,000

David McArdle

At the Algonquin Township Board meeting on Wednesday the Board’s agenda has consideration of adding $15,000 in legal fees to Algonquin Township Clerk Karen Lukasik’s budget.

In addition, the following appears:

“Possible action on Executive session item: Township Clerk’s legal representation.”

David McArdle currently represents Lukasik.

IL-14: James Marter Schedules Quarter-ending Fundraiser in Crystal Lake 9/29

Republican candidate for IL-14 James Marter of Oswego, as an acknowledgement of the importance of McHenry County in the primary election next year, has scheduled a fundraiser prior to the close of 3rd quarter fundraising in Crystal Lake on September 29.

Two members of the host committee have ties to the upper Fox Valley region, Algonquin’s Chris Yaeger and neighboring Dundee Township’s Linda Prestia of Kane County.

By the numbers, McHenry County voters in IL-14 cast the most Republican ballots than any of the other election jurisdictions within the district. Here is the breakdown by election jurisdictions, of the 2018 Republican primary:

Source: Illinois State Board of Elections 2018 Republican Primary Canvass for IL-14
* The Aurora Election Commission was eliminated by referendum and IL-14 votes split within Kane, Kendall and Will Counties

The Eventbrite link with full information can be accessed here:

Jack Franks Wrong on History for the Year After He Was Born

Close readers already know that McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks wants to centralize power in his hands.

He has proposed getting rid of the Auditor’s Office, the Regional Superintendent of Schools and the Coroner.

Would anyone be surprised to learn that Franks himself wants to control all three offices?

Indeed with the Auditor’s Office, Franks made it quite clear that he preferred an “Inspector General” that would report to him…indirectly, but through the compliant County Administrator Peter Austin.

Now in the Northwest Herald, Franks tries to re-write history by writing that the Office of County Auditor was created in order to provide a job for former McHenry County Republican Party Chairman Al Jourdan.

Most Illinois counties don’t have elected auditors. Our office was created in 1964 for the purpose of giving the McHenry County Republican Party chairman, a meat cutter by trade, a government patronage job. 

There are three things incorrect in the second sentence of that paragraph.

Franks, who is licensed to practice law, apparently isn’t up to figuring out that County Auditors are created in any county which has a population of 75,000 or more people.

So, most counties don’t have county auditors because they don’t have enough people.

McHenry County passed that level in the 1960 census, reaching 84,210 people, hence, the creation of the Auditor as an elected official.

So, that’s one thing wrong with Franks’ statement.

The first election was in 1964.

That was fifty-five years ago.

Was Franks even born when candidates filed for office for the 1964 election?

I was and my father was one of the two candidates who ran in the 1964 GOP Primary Election.

The Chairman of the County Board, Harley Mackeben, also the Grafton Township Supervisor, was the GOP favorite.

My father thought him unqualified and ran a weekend campaign for the nomination, telling people it certainly was not a full-time job.

Cal Skinner, Sr., almost beat him, losing by about 300 votes.

So, the Auditor’s office was not created for the purpose of giving Al Jourdan a job.

That’s the second wrong part of Franks’ statement.

In fact, Jourdan was not even Chairman of the County Republican Party in 1964. (I’m not sure he even lived in McHenry County at the time.)

Jake LeVesque of McCullom Lake headed the local GOP.

In 1966, he was followed by Ted Wickham, who lived on Ridge Road south of Wonder Lake and Route 120 now just north of the Bull Valley Village line.

In 1968, Jourdan was elected GOP Chairman, the same year that Jack Schaffer beat Mackeben in the Republican Primary Election for County Auditor.

It was not until 1972 when Schaffer ran for the State Senate that Jourdan ran for County Auditor.

The third thing wrong with Franks’ statement is that the Auditor is a patronage jub.

The only way that could be correct would be if the office Franks also holds is a patronage office.

Indeed, the argument could be made that since Franks worked so hard to create his current office that he himself holds “a government patronage job,” to put it in the words he uses to make a false accusation about Al Jourdan.

Willow Creek Huntley Moves to New Permanent Home

38W133 Huntley Road in unincorporated Huntley

After 8 1/2 years of meeting at Huntley High School, Willow Creek’s Huntley campus moved into its new permanent facility, celebrating its first services at its new Kane County location yesterday.

The site, on 23 acres of land in unincorporated Rutland Township, was packed and overflow parking needed for the first weekend’s services.

The Kane County sheriff’s department provided traffic direction assistance on Huntley Road before and after the two Sunday services, and church volunteers, like Mike and Dave, provided assistance directing traffic to available parking.

Willow Creek Huntley sent postcard announcements letting residents of southern McHenry and northern Kane Counties know of the new church location nearby, and the celebration of the grand opening will take place throughout the month of September.

Within and around the new facility, the church was celebrating the provision of God for the new home, with feast preparations being made outside while the 2nd service was finishing.

Inside the Atrium of Willow Creek Huntley

A volunteer wearing a




T-shirt with the WCH double-meaning of Willow Creek Huntley

Within the canopies outside, a great feast was being prepared celebrating the grand opening:

Out front ready for a mid-day feast
While the feast included tacos and pizza, the cherry wood powered smoker caught my attention
Fresh off the smoker, this brisket ready for carving

Praise God, and congratulations for Willow Creek Huntley now being in their new home. With a new subdivision being built in nearby Gilberts, may Willow Creek Huntley, and the other nearby churches like Fox Valley Church and Calvary Chapel CARDUNAL, bring in the harvest prepared from Above.

Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. Say not ye, There are yet four months and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields, for they are white already to harvest. John 4: 34, 35 (KJV)

Skillicorn Tours McHenry County Jail

From State Rep. Allen Skillicorn:

Skillicorn Tours McHenry Corrections Facility

Crystal Lake, IL – Today, State Representative Allen Skillicorn toured the McHenry County Corrections facility and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation hosted there.

McHenry County Jail

Skillicorn appreciated the professionalism of the officers and staff of this top-notch facility.

Everyone was respectful in this very clean, well-organized and well thought out system where inmates receive civil and human rights along with high quality medical and dental care onsite.

Morale of the staff was positive with representatives from ICE being upbeat.

ICE personnel were well versed and informative regarding the human rights implications of their duties while enforcing the law to protect our nation.

Skillicorn stated, “I’m very concerned about so many Illinois politicians who are weak on public safety issues, putting our safe communities at risk.”

Oberweis Only 14th District Congressional Candidate in Johnsburg Parade

One would think that 14th District Republican Party congressional candidates would have showed up in Johnsburg for the annual Saufen und and Spiel Parade.

But, that was not the case.

The only candidate represented was State Senator Jim Oberweis.

Here are phots sent by the campaign:

Jim Oberweis banner in the Johnsburg Parade.
Jim Oberweis volunteers has petition in hand.
Chuck Wheeler in the Oberweis golf cart.
Before the Johnsburg Parade.

Libertarians at Johnsburg Saufen und Spiel Parade

Various political candidates were asked to send photos of their entries in Johnsburg’s Parade on Sunday, which I couldn’t attend.

First out of the box was the McHenry County Libertarian Party.

Here’s the best of the photos that was supplied:

McHenry County Libertarian contingent at 2019 Johnsburg Parade.

The sign says, “Peace, prosperity, freedom.”

Algonquin Road District Paves an Algonquin Street

Stopped off in a part of Algonquin that the city didn’t want to annex, but did run water lines through messing up a streets surface.

The corner of South Street and Cardinal Drive.

It’s up on the hill south of Edgewood Drive.

It’s rare that I see asphalt being laid, but that is what the Algqonuin Township Highway employees were doing Thursday morning.

And for the commenter asking if folks have seen Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser, yes, there he is in his pink shirt.

It takes two to run the paving machine. The employee in the foreground is one of two remaining claiming membership in Local 150 of the Operating Engineers Union.

The surface is soft. The indentations visible are made to make sure the asphalt is deep enough.

The compactor, which I would call a “steam roller,” smooths out the lane, while the machine that lays down the asphalt returns to the far end of the road to complete the job. The compactor’s driver is the other remaining Local 150 member.

Seminar on Flooding in McHenry County

From the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County:

“Flooding in McHenry County”

Join us on Wednesday, September 11, 2019


McHenry County College – Conference Center, Buildgin B

You are invited to join us for this exciting free event. The Water Forum features an incredible line up of speakers to help you understand more about flooding in McHenry County, what to expect in the future, and how you and municipalities can adapt.

Guest Speakers include:

  • Paul Osman, Chief – Illinois Department of Natural Resources
  • James Angel, State Climatologist (retired) – Illinois State Water Survey
  • Joanna Colletti, Manager – McHenry County Water Resources DivisionBaxter & Woodman Consulting Engineers (Flood Management & Adaptation)

The event begins with delicious food from Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen.

Presdented by the McHenry County Planning and Development with sponsorship by McHenry County College and Heartland Realtors Organization.

More Evidence of Wasted Tax Dollars

Every time I drive by the Park & Ride Lot at Route 31 and Virginia Street Road, I am amazed at the lack of predictability by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

How many cars have you seen parked there?

Last week when I drove by, there was one.


One car was diverted from traffic by the Park & Ride Lot.

It is easy to get a photo of the park and ride lot without a car in sight.

Crystal Lake Nurse Running for GOP Nomination for Coroner

From McHenry County Coroner hopeful Angela Byrnes:

Intent to Run for Coroner

I am excited to announce my intent to run as a Republican for McHenry County Coroner in the 2020 election.

Angela Byrnes

I have worked in healthcare for seventeen years, including the eleven years I have been a registered nurse.

I also have additional education in medical forensics.

My passion for, and interest in, forensics initiated my drive to seek out education and complete an additional 132.5 hours in classroom training pertaining to the field of medical forensic nursing from both the University of Illinois Chicago and the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

This specialized instruction and my hands-on experience taught me the importance of comprehensive evidence collection, crime scene preservation, objective reporting, and effective communication during traumatic events.

This rigorous training taught me the importance and necessity of working with law enforcement to investigate and collect evidence from victims of sexual assault and abuse while treating victims with respect, dignity and compassion.

In addition to my medical forensic training, I possess leadership experience as an executive leader overseeing a team of roughly 150 employees at the largest nonprofit hospice organization in Illinois.

Working in hospice has allowed me to educate patients and their families about terminal disease progression, discuss end of life care and wishes with patients and their families, and care for and comfort the dying during their last breaths.

In my current role, I lead a team that is responsible for providing patients and their families with access to a suite of services created to provide holistic support to those with serious illness.

As a Vice President at my organization, I spend a good portion of my time creating and improving processes to optimize resources.

I also evaluate day to day operations to ensure my team is being financially responsible so that we are able to provide more for our patients and families.

I am blessed to have an amazing career and an even more amazing family.

I have been a resident of McHenry County for 36 years and currently reside in Crystal Lake.

I recently married my husband, who is a Marine Corps combat veteran and current law enforcement officer.

Together, we have five beautiful children and one faithful dog.

I am grateful to have found my husband who works hard to help us keep up with our busy family because it truly is a team effort.

Being a working mother isn’t easy, but I truly enjoy working to support our community while striving to set a great example for my family.

I have reviewed the many challenges presented in the reports that have been published regarding our Coroner’s Office.

Although there are many opportunities for improvement, I believe my experience in leadership, as well as my knowledge in medical forensics, make me the right choice to bring the Coroner’s Office into compliance with state statute.

18-Year Old Who Wondered Off in Nunda Township Found Dead

From the McHenry County Sheriff’s and Coroner’s Offices

McHenry County Coroner’s Office and McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Joint Release

Missing Huntley Man Located

Aiden Beckford

Today at approximately 1:30 pm the McHenry County Coroner’s Office, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and the Nunda Rural Fire Protection District were dispatched to the area of Nish Road and Highview Road for an unidentified deceased male.

The descendent who was later identified by a family member as Adian M. Beckford, 18 of Huntley.

Adian was reported missing by family on August 30, 2019 at approximately 9:30 pm.

Autopsy has been scheduled for Monday morning at 9:30 am.

This investigation is ongoing by the McHenry County Coroner’s Office and McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

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