Barb Wheeler Taking on Abortion, DUI, Jail Pot & Rape

State Rep. Barbara Wheeler skipped the Springfield Inauguration of statewide officials Monday to attend to family affairs. That’s probably why she found time to answer my question as to what she had in mind for her second legislative session. First … Continue reading

Proposed County Zoning Ordinance Makes It Harder to Site a Church Than Marijuana Facilities

I have not read the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) being considered by the McHenry County Board, but member John Hammerand has. He turned up an anomaly that caught my interest. Looking at summary pages, he discovered that it is harder … Continue reading

The First Electric Newspaper’s Case for Making Sheriff’s Department’s Report on Andy Zinke’s Rita Corp. Actions Public

Here’s something to chew on for the weekend. It’s attorney Mary Gardner’s memo on behalf of The First Electric Newspaper‘s attempt to enforce a Freedom of Information request filed for the investigative report by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department’s exonerating … Continue reading

Sheriff’s Department Freedom of Information Games

It was the discovery of more marijuana growing in the Hebron area in a press release issued by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department that reminded me of the August 2008 and August 2009 discoveries of three pot fields, some of … Continue reading

Another Hebron Pot Plot

A press release from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department: Outdoor Cannabis Grow Operation McHenry County Sheriff’s Office announced today the seizure of approximately 2,000 cannabis sativa plants from a wooded area in unincorporated Hebron, Illinois. On May 11, 2013, Sheriff’s … Continue reading

Little Differentiation Among Crystal Lake City Council Candidates

The McHenry County League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women in Crystal Lake sponsored a candidates night for the five candidates for three seats on the Crystal Lake City Council. Two challengers–Charles Ebann and Jim Tomasello–are … Continue reading

Crystal Lake Agrees to Wait for Input from New Police Chief on De-criminalizing Marijuana

An ordinance that would have changed possession of up to 15 grams of marijuana from a criminal misdemeanor offense to a petty offense evidenced by a ticket was removed from the table and then from a future agenda in its … Continue reading

Pot Legalization Vote Will One of First for New City Councilman

Cameron Hubbard was appointed to replace Carolyn Schofield when Schofield moved on to the McHenry County Board. Now, at one of his first meetings, the newcomer will be faced with a vote to de-criminalize marijuana. The agenda item is way … Continue reading

Andy Zinke Said to Have Spilled Beans to Local DEA Suspect, a Big Contributor to Zinke and Sheriff Keith Nygren

Earlier this afternoon, I spent a lot of time putting up the court documents from McHenry County Sheriff’s Sergeant John Koziol so you can read most of the details, if you wish. Now that I have time to read it … Continue reading