CL Police Activity on Halloween Weekend Finds No Drunk Drivers

A press release from the Crystal Lake Police Department:

The Crystal Lake Police Department Completes the Halloween Crackdown to Save Lives

halloween-screamThe Crystal Lake Police Department recently completed participation in the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program conducted for the Halloween weekend designated “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over / Click It or Ticket”.

Law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois participated in this statewide effort from October 28th through November 2 nd to save lives by encouraging motorists to refrain from drinking and driving and to buckle up, especially during late-night hours.

Throughout this period, officers continued to patrol the City, respond to calls for service, and conduct daily traffic enforcement efforts.

During the mobilization, the Police Department conducted supplemental traffic enforcement utilizing personnel dedicated to this sole purpose which resulted in the following:

  • 28 additional motorists were stopped for traffic violations
  • 25 additional traffic citations were issued by officers, which included:
    • 9 citations for failure to wear safety belt
    • 5 citations for unlawful use of an electronic communications devices
    • 5 citations for speeding
    • 4 citations for operation of uninsured motor vehicles
    • 2 citations for other moving violations and equipment
  • 2 motorists were arrested for the following offenses:
    • 1 subject was arrested for speeding 35 MPH or more over the posted speed limit
    • 1 subject was arrested for driving on a suspended driver’s license


CL Police Activity on Halloween Weekend Finds No Drunk Drivers — 7 Comments

  1. Just your average traffic offences, and NO DUI’s.

    More PR BS at the expense of the taxpayer.

  2. What message is that, Cal?

    That we need policing to force us to make “good” moral decisions on how we comport ourselves?

  3. The Crystal Lake Police pension is underfunded.

    Crystal Lake Police has what is known has a “Downstate Police” pension fund.

    The unfunded liability (taxpayer IOU to the pension fund) has been growing:


    Here is Crystal Lake Police

    2014 – 22,873,951

    2013 – 21,739,514

    2012 – 19,292,991

    2011 – 19,356,138

    2010 – 18,607,105

    2009 – 21,299,817

    2008 – 15,061,998

    2007 – 13,302,460

    2006 – 12,595,918

    2005 – 12,261,281


    Here is Crystal Lake Fire:

    2014 – 11,917,321

    2013 – 11,711,842

    2012 – 10,942,574

    2011 – 09,516,035

    2010 – 09,042,832

    2009 – 10,206,728

    2008 – 06,662,068

    2007 – 05,540,630

    2006 – 04,646,613

    2005 – 04,515,696

    The dates are as of April 30th each year.

    source: Illinois Department of Insurance, Public Pension Division, 2015 Biennial Report, covering years 2013 – 2014, presented October 1, 2015 to Governor Bruce Rauner.

    The report is produced every 2 years.

    The next report should thus be released about October 1, 2017.

    In the meantime, more current figures for 2015 can be located in the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) of the City of Crystal Lake.

    Search on “net pension liability” in the financial statements of property taxing districts and state government to locate the statistics.

  4. So as of April 30, 2014, Crystal Lake taxpayers owed $34,791,272 to the fire and police pension funds.

    That is a $34,791,272 unfunded liability.

    That is $34,791,272 that should be in the pension funds, but is not.

    The Crystal Lake library referendum is for an additional $30.1 million in principal only.

    There is an additional amount for interest.

    Crystal Lake taxpayers also owe money to the IMRF pension for municipal pensions.

    IMRF = Illinois Municipal Retirement fund.

    State taxpayers owe a very large sum of money for teacher pensions for the high school and elementary districts, on behalf of the local taxpayers.

    There is talk of shifting some of the teacher pension funding from state to local taxpayers.

    The teacher pension fund is named TRS.

    TRS = Teacher Retirement System of the State of Illinois.

    There are additional pensions in other property taxing districts and the state that Crystal Lake taxpayers fund, plus bonds, plus retiree healthcare.

    Per the Illinois State Constitution, government pensions and retiree healthcare are contractual and cannot be diminished or impaired.

    That includes legislative benefit hikes to pension and retiree healthcare systems that were already underfunded.

    Legislative benefit hikes are passed by the State Senate and House of Representatives as House Bills and Senate Bills, and signed into law as Public Acts by the Governor.

    Legislative benefit hikes which do not included funding to fund the cost of the benefit, are known as unfunded mandates.

    Jack Franks voted for legislative pension and retiree healthcare benefit hikes that did not include additional funding to fund the cost of the benefit hike.

    Jack Franks was on a Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandate task force that concluded in December 2015.

    Has Jack Franks explained pensions, retiree healthcare, and unfunded mandates this election cycle or ever to voters and taxpayers.

    Or is all the above information that Jack Franks has not explained.

    Cutting property taxes requires addressing the above issues.

    Instead of writing all the information above, I could have just said, I want property taxes cut 10%.

    That would be nice, but how do we address the above taxpayer debts that require additional funding.

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