Newspeak for Fish

Asian csrp is not a good enough name for the fish imported from Asia that leap in the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.

To make them more attractive for eating, the Illinois Department of Natural Resourses has renamed them Copi.

I don’t know about Asian carp, but native carp can taste quite good, if properly deveined.

That’s what I found out in Springifleld, Illinois, during its 1971 city elections at a bar which certainly testified to being a supporter of the elected city Health Commissioner.

I could see through the floor to the basement.

Good fish, though.

Feds Take on Another Gun Case

From the U.S. Attorney:

Federal Charges Accuse Chicago Man of Illegally Possessing Handgun Equipped With “Glock Switch”

CHICAGO — A Chicago man has been arrested on a federal firearm charge for allegedly illegally possessing a handgun equipped with a device converting it into an automatic weapon.

An indictment unsealed today in U.S. District Court in Chicago charges PARIS SHEPHERD, 31, with one count of illegal possession of a firearm. 

Shepherd had previously been convicted of a felony and was prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm [which is also against state law].

The indictment accuses Shepherd of illegally possessing the loaded semiautomatic handgun in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood of Chicago on June 14, 2022. 

The gun was allegedly equipped with a conversion device, also known as a “Glock switch,” which transforms firearms into automatic weapons capable of shooting more than one shot with a single pull of the trigger.

Shepherd was arrested this morning.  He is scheduled to make an initial appearance in federal court this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey T. Gilbert.

The indictment and arrest were announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Kristen de Tineo, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; and David Brown, Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department.  The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Margaret Steindorf and Paul Schied.

“The illegal possession of firearms equipped with conversion devices poses a grave threat to public safety,” said U.S. Attorney Lausch.  “Our office is using every available federal law enforcement tool to keep dangerous weapons out of the wrong hands.”

Holding illegal firearm possessors accountable through federal prosecution is a centerpiece of Project Safe Neighborhoods, the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction strategy.  In the Northern District of Illinois, U.S. Attorney Lausch and law enforcement partners have deployed the PSN program to attack a broad range of violent crime issues facing the district, particularly firearm offenses.

The public is reminded that an indictment is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  The charge in the indictment is punishable by up to ten years in federal prison.  If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.

John Noverini Thankful Mark Curran Is the Supreme Court Candidate

From Judge John Noverini:

We are so THANKFUL, it may as well be Thanksgiving!

As we head into the 4th of July weekend, we are not only grateful for our country and freedom, but also for all our friends, new and old. 

The National Anthem at John Noverini’s election Night party.

Tuesday was a beautiful evening in Illinois as Tanya Gibson of Beauty for Ashes led us all in singing the National Anthem.

“As for me and my house we will serve the Lord,” says the sign sat the Noverini home.

It wrapped up 7 months of a great adventure in democracy and kicked off our 4th of July! 

See/hear the moment here and check out all the pics from the evening here.

We are happy and grateful Mark Curran won the 2022 Republican nomination for Illinois Supreme Court! 

We are also at peace knowing that we and our team ran a clean, positive, and honorable campaign… and had a blast doing it. 

From petition signature collection and financial contributions to the parades, prayers and shares, we are humbled to know that so many came forward to support us. 

We sincerely hope to stay connected in new ways. 

Stay safe over this holiday weekend/week!

God Bless the State of Illinois.

Judge Noverini and Saray

Feds Lauch More Prosecutions That Foxx Could Have Handled

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office:

Federal Indictments Charge Two Violent Carjackings in Chicago

CHICAGO — The U.S. Attorney’s Office today announced federal charges against three individuals in connection with separate violent carjackings in Chicago.

United States v. Kimbrough, 22 CR 330

TRIMANE O. KIMBROUGH, 20, of Chicago, is charged with one count of carjacking and one count of using, carrying, and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, according to an indictment returned Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago. 

Kimbrough allegedly brandished a semiautomatic handgun and stole a 2010 Mazda 6 from a victim in Chicago on May 2, 2022. 

  • The carjacking count is punishable by up to 15 years in federal prison. 
  • The firearm count carries a minimum prison sentence of seven years and a maximum of life, which must be served consecutively to the sentence imposed for the carjacking offense. 

Kimbrough is currently in law enforcement custody.  Arraignment in federal court in Chicago has not yet been scheduled. 

The investigation was conducted by the FBI-led Violent Crimes Task Force, which includes the Cook County Sheriff’s Office and Illinois State Police, and the Chicago Police Department.  

Valuable assistance was provided by the Northwestern University Police Department.  

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jasmina Vajzovic.

United States v. Clay and Cain, 22 CR 333

ALLEN CLAY, 20, and NARONN CAIN, 25, both of Chicago, are each charged with

  • one count of carjacking and
  • one count of using, carrying, and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence,

according to an indictment returned Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago. 

Clay brandished a semiautomatic handgun and Cain brandished a semiautomatic rifle when the pair stole a 2011 Kia Optima from a victim in Chicago on April 25, 2022, the indictment states. 

The carjacking count is punishable by up to 15 years in federal prison.  The firearm count carries a minimum prison sentence of seven years and a maximum of life, which must be served consecutively to the sentence imposed for the carjacking offense. 

Clay and Cain are currently in law enforcement custody.  Arraignments in federal court in Chicago have not yet been scheduled. 

The investigation was conducted by the FBI-led Violent Crimes Task Force, which includes the Cook County Sheriff’s Office and Illinois State Police, and the Chicago Police Department.  The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Albert Berry III.


“Our message to would-be carjackers is simple: Committing a senseless act of violence like carjacking will earn you a home in federal prison for a long time,” said John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. 

“We are working closely with our law enforcement partners to pursue, prosecute, and detain violent carjackers and gun offenders in Chicago.”

“This indictment shows that the Violent Crimes Task Force is hard at work removing carjackers and illegal weapons from our streets,” said Emmerson Buie, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Office of the FBI.  “The FBI is committed to using every resource in our arsenal to stop carjackings and make our communities safer.”

The public is reminded that an indictment is not evidence of guilt.  The defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  If convicted, the Court must impose reasonable sentences under federal statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.

McHenry Township Republicans to Elect New Chairman as Erik Sivertsen Loses Precinct Committeeperson Race

Erik Sivertsen (center)

State Senator Craig Wilcox wins McHenry Precinct 4 by 50 votes which is a supermajority when only 132 votes were cast

State Senator Craig Wilcox (R, McHenry) ousted McHenry Township Republican Chairman Erik Sivertsen from being a Republican precinct committeeperson.

The vote wasn’t even close, with Wilcox winning 69% of the vote with 91 votes, compared with Sivertsen’s 41 votes.

So in addition to being the odd man out of the McHenry County Board District 6 Republican primary by 492 votes to Carl Kamienski (R, Johnsburg), Sivertsen will not be an elected committeeperson.

Along with Kamienski, McHenry County Board Member Pam Althoff cruised to renomination in the District 6 primary as the top vote-getter.

All vote totals are based on unofficial returns.

Sivertsen joins Dundee Township Republican Organization Chairman Michael Bielak (R, Algonquin) as a local township Republican chairman who failed to win reelection as a precinct committeeperson.

Rabine Pulls Crews from Chicago

Found on Fox News:

Gary Rabine at Dundee Township Picnic last September 15th.

Gary Rabine, owner of 13 businesses, said surging crime in Chicago was a driving factor in his decision to pull his road paving company out of the city after his crews were repeatedly robbed, sometimes in broad daylight, even after adding security to the jobs.

“What happened eventually is we said enough is enough. We stopped doing work down there, we stopped doing work for the gas company, the electric company, the south side, the west side and eventually all over Chicago. Those companies now work in other places.

They work over the border in Wisconsin, the outer suburbs of Chicago, where they feel safer.”

Rabine said that the additional cost of security and insurance for the “thousands” of jobs in the city each year eventually caused jobs to cost “twice as much as they should be”. Rabine explained that the higher costs ultimately hurt the ratepayers, many of them with modest financial means, who ended up paying more for utility services. 

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Meanwhile in Chicago:

Let the Vote Buying Begin

From JB Pritzker:

Illinois Family Relief Plan to Begin July 1

Residents will save on gas, groceries, property taxes and school supplies with tax holidays

Nearly $2 billion in relief provided to residents through tax cuts and direct payments

Comptroller plans to roll out tax rebates in September

CHICAGO — Beginning tomorrow, the Illinois Family Relief Plan will go into effect, making good on the promise by Governor Pritzker and the General Assembly to provide relief on the grocery tax, gas tax, and property taxes. The plan totals an estimated $1.83 billion in relief, including income and property tax rebates and a temporary cut in several sales taxes.

“Starting tomorrow, every Illinoisan will get tax relief on essentials: groceries, gas, your home, and back-to-school supplies, with even more tax relief going into effect next year,” said Governor JB Pritzker. 

“We are sending $1.8 billion in tax relief to Illinois families – and we are doing that because Democrats balanced the budget, eliminated the bill backlog, and state government is now running a surplus. In challenging times like these, it’s more important than ever to have a government whose first focus is on working families and those who are struggling, and leadership that provides new and creative ways to deliver relief when you need it most.”

“Amid historic rates of inflation, the people of our state deserve to know that they are not on their own. We are with them,” said Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton. “This $1.8 billion in tax relief ensures that Illinoisans in every community, rural and urban, are seen and supported. When our residents are feeling the weight of buying food, gas, and making ends meet, Illinois acts to ease the burden.”

The Family Relief Plan includes several tax holidays, meaning a temporary cut in taxes, including:

  • Groceries: The state’s 1% sales tax on groceries will be suspended July 1 through June 30, 2023, saving consumers $400 million.
  • Gas: The state’s normally scheduled increase in the motor fuel tax will be delayed from July 1 to January 2023, saving consumers $70 million.
  • School supplies: Sales taxes for qualified clothing and school-related items will be reduced from 6.25% to 1.25% for a 10-day window from August 5 to 14, saving consumers $50 million.

Items include qualifying clothing and footwear with a retail selling price of less than $125 per item. Eligible school supplies are not subject to the $125 threshold.

In addition, the plan permanently expands the state’s earned income credit from 18% to 20% of the federal credit, while expanding the number of households covered, putting an additional $100 million per year back into the pockets of working families who need it the most.

The State of Illinois is also providing property tax rebates for eligible homeowners in an amount equal to the property tax credit they qualified for on their 2021 Illinois tax returns, up to a maximum of $300. The rebate is not allowed if a taxpayer’s adjusted gross income for the taxable year exceeds $500,000 for returns with a federal filing status of married filing jointly, or $250,000 for all other returns.

Additionally, individuals who made less than $200,000 in 2021 will receive $50 income tax rebates. Couples filing jointly with incomes under $400,000 will receive $100. Tax filers will also receive $100 per dependent they claimed on their 2021 taxes, up to three dependents.

Income and property tax rebates will be automatically issued to all of the estimated 6.2 million taxpayers who qualify under the Family Relief Plan based on information included in their submitted 2021 tax returns. Comptroller Susanna Mendoza will issue the rebates and expects to begin to cut checks the week of September 12. Distribution will take roughly eight weeks after the rollout begins.

Taxpayers who did not file their 2021 IL-1040 individual income tax returns but want to claim the individual income tax rebate, both the property tax and individual income tax rebates, or solely claim the property tax rebate, can do so. The Department of Revenue will provide an online submission form via the website listed below.

Rebates will be sent automatically using the same method original refunds were transmitted if they were sent directly to the taxpayer by the State of Illinois. If direct deposit was used, the individual rebate will be deposited directly into a taxpayer’s account. If there was no refund or a paper refund was issued, the rebate will be mailed to the address on file. Taxpayers who did not receive a refund directly from the State of Illinois, such as those who received an advance of their refund from their tax preparer, will receive a paper rebate check mailed to the address on file.

“Responsible budgeting – putting $1 billion toward the Rainy Day Fund; $500 million in additional pension payments – allows us to offer taxpayers relief when inflation threatens working families’ buying power,” Comptroller Susana Mendoza said. “The bond rating agencies have praised the approach Illinois is taking now by budgeting responsibly, which is why they have given us six upgrades in the past year, compared to eight downgrades under the previous administration.”

“We balanced the budget, raised our credit rating, increased funding for local schools, seniors, higher ed and healthcare, plus we’re sending $1.8 billion in tax relief directly to Illinois families,” said Majority Leader Greg Harris, (D-Chicago). “I’m proud we’re both socially responsible and fiscally responsible. There’s more work to do but Illinois is back, and we’re moving forward.”

“The Illinois Family Relief Plan helps to ease inflationary pressures felt by families across this state at a time they need it most,” said House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch. “Because of consistent responsible budgeting by Democrats, we’re able to cut taxes on everyday necessities like groceries and freeze taxes on gas, while also providing much-needed property tax rebates. We know people are struggling and I’m grateful we’re able to put money back into the pockets of hardworking Illinoisans.”

“By including ITIN filers in this historic expansion, we’re making sure immigrants get the relief they need,” said Assistant Majority Leader Lisa Hernandez, (D-Cicero). “These hard-working residents pay the taxes that fund these programs and they deserve to see its benefits. Under the Illinois Family Relief Plan, they finally will.”

“As we worked to put this year’s budget together, we realized the strong financial footing we were standing on based on the hard work done by Democrats in the General Assembly and the Pritzker Administration. So we continued to prioritize fiscal responsibility and support for working families,” said State Senator Elgie R. Sims, Jr. (D-Chicago). “We prioritized families struggling to make ends meet, the single mom worrying about how she’ll afford school supplies and child care, and the family who feels they can’t catch a break – and we put together a fiscally responsible, compassionate plan to signal to each of those families that their needs are what we are fighting for. Illinois is paying its bills and we are fighting to help struggling families pay theirs as well.”

“Rising inflation has been hard on Illinois’ working families, but we wrote this budget to provide relief,” said State Rep. Robyn Gabel, (D-Evanston). “Cutting everyday expenses such as gas and groceries while expanding the earned-income tax credit to include all immigrant families will ease the heavy burdens people have had to shoulder. Along with major investments in healthcare, affordable housing and mental health assistance programs, I am confident that Illinois will overcome the challenges we are facing to build a stronger future for our children.”

“The Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) will certify the list of eligible taxpayers and the rebates will be issued by the Comptroller’s Office,” said IDOR Director David Harris. “Though the 2021 tax deadline was April 18, all income taxpayers who file before Oct. 17 will be eligible for rebate checks.”

For additional information, taxpayers may visit IDOR’s website at Taxpayer representatives can also provide assistance at 1- 800-732-8866 or 217-782-3336.

Harvard Teens Behaving Badly

From the Harvard Police:


On 06-18-22 at 2342 hrs, police responded to the Stradford Banquet Hall, 21007 McGuire Rd regarding a large disturbance outside.

Upon arrival and after a thorough investigation a Harvard Youth (m-16 yoa), was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault after it was discovered the youth pulled a knife out on another Harvard Resident (m-21 yoa), before a fight ensued.

The Harvard Youth was subsequently petitioned to McHenry County Court Services and transported to the Kane County Juvenile Detention Center.


On 06-24-22 at 1850 hrs, a Marengo Youth (m-17 yoa), reported a just few minutes prior an unknown person(s) entered his 2004 Honda while it was parked in the 21000 blk McGuire Rd, took a wallet and backpack containing personal items inside without permission.

After a thorough investigation a short time later Nayeli A Govea (f-18 yoa), 20808 Lembke Rd, Harvard was arrested for Theft and Criminal Trespass to Motor Vehicle. Govea posted $100.00 bond and was teleased with a court date of 07-20-22 at 1330 hrs.

IL-11: Jeff Ward Assesses Race and Predicts Bill Foster Reelection

Jeff Ward
Catalina Lauf

In same article where he predicts state Senator Darren Bailey will beat Governor JB Pritzker, Ward trashes Lauf’s win to weak opponents

Closing out the month of June, political consultant (with an 85% lifetime win rate including Richard Irvin’s successful 2017 mayoral campaign) and former newspaper columnist Jeff Ward of Geneva gave his obervations of the 2022 primary elections, both parties.

Outside of Richard Irvin’s fall, Ward used a Sergio Leone “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” approach to assessing key races in Illinois and within Kane County.

Here’s Ward’s assessment of the 11th Congressional District Republican primary:

“Catalina Lauf’s daddy finally bought her an election, but despite raising far more cash than her bizarrely bad five Republican opponents, she still managed to capture just 31 percent of the vote.

“Lauf didn’t do nearly as bad as Irvin did [with dollars spent per vote], but that still comes out to $92.17 a vote.

“Though I’m no fan of Bill Foster, he will destroy her like the insignificant political flea she really is.”

“The First Ward Primary 2022 Election Recap” by Jeff Ward, The First Ward, 6/30/22


The link above is an interesting read, particularly for statewide elections where Ward predicts Bailey will win over Pritzker.


From the desk of John Lopez: While I respect Ward’s political experience and his analysis, I do not completely agree with Ward on his assessment of the race. I was Lauf’s most vocal critic during the primary campaign (definitely more than Lauf’s primary opponents said publicly or in print), and two years ago, Ward predicted in the old IL-14 Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (D, Naperville) would wipe out then-state Senator Jim Oberweis (R, Sugar Grove) in the general election in a presidential year. Oberweis came within 5,400 votes (or less than 2 percentage points) of scoring a major upset.

While Lauf used many of Oberweis’ tactics to win the IL-11 primary, Lauf is not Oberweis, and between her first media interview on yesterday’s WIND 560AM radio and her campaign team reaching out to all Lauf’s opponents during the primary, Lauf has a better chance than Oberweis right after the primary to defeat the Democratic incumbent.

Then one has to factor nationwide, 2022 will be a Republican year, including in many competitive U.S. House races across the country, Lauf joins what could be the “Year of the Republican Hispanic Woman” given, with Lauf’s primary victory, at least seven Republican nominees are Latinas, led by last month’s special election winner from South Texas, Congresswoman Mayra Flores (R, TX-34).

If primaries next month in Arizona and Florida nominate Latinas, there could be as many as 10 Latinas running in competitive and/or open seat districts in 2022.

Three Years for Domestic Battery

From the State’s Attorney:


Daniel Paris

Patrick D. Kenneally, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that on June 29, 2022, Daniel G. Paris, 55, of Woodstock, Illinois, was sentenced to two years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the offense of Domestic Battery and one year for another offense of Domestic Battery by the Honorable Judge Robert Wilbrandt.

The sentences will run consecutive to each other for a total of three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Paris pleaded guilty to two counts of Domestic Battery, both being Class 4 Felonies.

These cases were investigated by officers from the McHenry Police Department and the Woodstock Police Department.

These cases were prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney Justin T. Neubauer and Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Ann Scholl.