CL’s Independence Day Parade – 2

We continue today looking at things political in Crystal Lake’s July 4th Parade–held on July 5th. McHenry County Board member Donna Kurtz rode on her Kurtzmobile. Her mother, former State Rep. and now District 155 High School Board member Rosemary … Continue reading

CL’s Independence Day Parade – 1

Yesterday we looked behind the scenes at political parade participants lining up. Today we’ll look at what was seen. City officials were riding on a float near the beginning. Unfortunately, I was too close to get the whole float. A … Continue reading

Sheriff-Port Barrington Renegotiate

The McHenry-Lake County Village of Port Barrington and the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department have apparently renegotiated their deal for the Sheriff’s providing police protection. It must be cheaper for the 1,500 person village to buy police protection than to operate … Continue reading

Rockford Solicitation Sting Nets Marengo & Woodstock Men

A press release from the Rockford Police Department: Arrest Release – Prostitution Detail 021715 On Tuesday, February 17, 2015 in the evening hours, the Rockford Police Department District 2 M3 Streets Team conducted an undercover prostitution detail targeting internet-based prostitution … Continue reading

Feds Convict Former Dolton Policeman for Using Excessive Force Outside Mr. Ricky’s

A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office: FORMER DOLTON POLICE OFFICER SENTENCED TO 75 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR VIOLATING CIVIL RIGHTS OF TWO MEN HE BEAT WITH BATON CHICAGO — A former south suburban Dolton police officer was sentenced … Continue reading

Citizens/Media Can Get Public Officials’ Arrest Records

Our family went to Galena mid-week and, besides seeing skiers on Spring Break for the first time at Chestnut Ridge, I found a press release from the Public Access Division of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. It was in The … Continue reading

Richmond Police in Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund

The following was received from Richmond Village Clerk Karla L Thomas in reply to McHenry County Blog’s Freedom of Information Request for information about the Village of Richmond’s Police Pension Fund: “The Village of Richmond’s population does not require us … Continue reading

Cross, Gaffney, Schmitz Vote Against Easing Recording Prohibition

I have written how reformer State Rep. Jeanne Hurley got snookered into sponsoring a bill in 1957 to prohibit reporters like Jack Mabley from using tape recordings of legislative corruption. Hurley married Paul Simon and is Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon’s … Continue reading

Fox Lake & Crystal Lake Police Get Guy Peddling Menards’ Tools on Craigslist

A pr4ss release from the Crystal Lake Police Department: On February 16th, 2012, police responded to a report of delayed commercial burglary at the Menards Store located at 4850 Northwest Highway. Upon arrival police were informed that the suspect had … Continue reading