Still No Report from Algonquin Township Supervisor Randy Fund Consultant David Linder

David Lindner

It was way, way long ago that former Crystal Lake Police Chief David Linder was hired by newly-elected Algonquin Township Supervisor David Linder to investigation the Road District under formed Cmmissioner Andrew Gasser.

Here’s the information provided Linder:

  • List of documents given to Dave Linder pursuant to FOIA request on 12-15-2021
  • Invoices from Matuszewich & Kelly from Feb 2018 to July 2021 for Township
  • Trial Balance for Legal Services for Road District 5-1-2017 to 3-31-2018
  • Trial Balance for Legal Services for Road District 4-1-2018 to 3-31-2019
  • Trial Balance for Legal Services for Road District 4-1-2019 to 3-31-2020
  • Trial Balance for Legal Services for Road District 4-1-2020 to 5-17-2021
  • Trial Balance for Legal Services for Township 5-15-2017 to 3-31-2018
  • Trial Balance for Legal Services for Township 4-1-2018 to 3-31-2019
    Trial Balance for Legal Services for Township 4-1-2019 to 3-31-2020
  • Trial Balance for Legal Services for Township 4-1-2020 to 8-1-2021
  • Appropriations & Expenditure Report March 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021
    for Road District
  • Bollinger Lach invoices from May 2017 thru May 2021 for Road District
  • Check Register for Wavtek Technologies 5-15-2021 to 8-31-2021 for Road District
  • Quote from Wavtek Technologies dated 5-14-2017 for Road District
  • Statement from Wavtek Technologies dated 10-27-2017 for Road District
  • Two invoices from Wavtek Technologies dated 10-31-2017 for Road District
  • Invoice from Wavtak Technologies dated 11-30-2017 for Road District
  • Payroll register for Ryan Provenzano 12-10-2017 to 12-23-2017 from Township
  • Appropriations & Expenditure Report March 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021
    for Township
  • Payroll register for Scott Taillet 6-1-2017 to 7-31-2017 for Township
  • Copy of check stub payable to Scott Taillet dated 7-12-2017 in the amount of $930.00
  • Invoice from Scott Taillet dated 6-23-2017
  • Invoice from Scott Taillet dated June 2017
  • Emails dated 1-8-2018, 1-10-2018, 5-19-2021, 5-20-2021 & 7-27-2021 from Tonya Vitous to Richard Alexander

$6,663.65 is reported to have been spent on consulting last year and nothing so far this year.

But, still there is no work product.

Addicted Gamblers Spend Estimated $16,750 per Year

From the Illinois Church Action on Alcohol & Addiction Problems:

The ILCAAAP summarizes the Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery’s most recent gambling report.

  • 3.8% of adult Illinoisans have a current gambling problem, and an additional 7.7% are at risk of developing a gambling problem (approximately 1.1 million Illinois residents).
  • Latino (7.3%), Other races/Multiracial (4.1%), and Black (3.6%) Illinoisans appeared to have a higher prevalence of problem gambling.
  • One in ten Illinoisans with problem gambling thought about or attempted suicide in the past year; one in three had done so in their lifetime.
  • Gambling at video gaming terminals and online sports betting showed significant growth over time.
  • In an average year, Illinoisans with problem gambling estimated that they spent a median of $16,750 on gambling.
  • Depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders were very common among Illinoisans with problem gambling.

IL-11: Mark Carroll Blasts Catalina Lauf’s Choice to not Face Voters in Person

Mark Carroll

From the Mark Carroll for Congress press release of May 12, 2022:

11th CD Candidate Carroll Incensed At Opponent’s Misplaced Accusations

Carroll pushes transparency and importance of facing voters

North Aurora, IL, May 12th, 2022 – The League of Women Voters’ May 11 Republican Primary event for 11th District Congress in Batavia has come under fire from candidate Catalina Lauf.

According to Lauf’s Instagram, she accused fellow candidates of being:

“…too afraid to go against the status quo – so instead, a lot of them get sucked into traps like attending forums hosted by far-leftist groups.

“These far-leftist groups control the questions and watch Republicans debate amongst themselves, so it’s not like we’re debating THEM. We are debating each other and they sit there and laugh!

“WE are NOT attending because we are not afraid to disrupt the status quo and we’re NOT going to cower to the mob…

“Time for candidates to stop supporting anti-women, anti-gun, anti-American groups.”

Catalina Lauf Instagram post 5/11/22

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“One of the most important jobs of a U.S. Congressman is to reach out and draw people in to share your message, as well as what’s happening in D.C..

“And let’s be clear, Conservatives have the best message. However, if we cower at the tough questions and never engage with those who disagree, we have no hope of ever winning them over.

“The free exchange of ideas moves America forward and best serves all of the people of the Illinois’ 11th Congressional District.

“Furthermore, this was a Republican Primary event in which the vast majority of questions were posed by IL-11 constituents who came out on a Wednesday evening to hear the candidates speak.

“Not showing up for something like this is status-quo for my opponent, as I’ve witnessed at every junction of my campaign. She has yet to face the voters in this fashion, whereas I’m out there every day presenting my credentials within the District.

“As a second term North Aurora Village Trustee and current Illinois Family Action endorsee, I have consistently supported transparency as both an elected official and as a candidate. We all know that the political propaganda we find in our mail are no substitute for face-to-face voter interaction.

“As a candidate for Congress, it is not up to us to pick which constituents we are going to represent and which we are going to ignore. Almost every media outlet throughout the Country shows bias, but that does not mean candidates get to hide from answering questions from the voters, even when we do not agree with them.”

Mark Carroll, 5/12/22

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Mark Joseph Carroll has been endorsed by numerous GOP townships, conservative organizations, and individual leaders throughout the Illinois’ 11th Congressional District.

The newly redrawn district encompasses portions of Lake, McHenry, Boone, DeKalb, Kane, DuPage, Cook, and Will counties.

Last Month’s Discussion by Constituents and Lakewood Board Members of the RedTail Golf Course Clubhouse Replacement Consideration

A while back I asked the Village of Lakewood in a Freedom of Information request for “all internal and
external communication by any board member, appointed committee member, or employee of the
Village -with regard to the golf course clubhouse redevelopment.”

The reply was thrity-seven pages long.

There was a testimonial from an unnamed golf course-fronting homeowner who moved to Lakewood five years ago who speaks to his self-interest in having a better clubhouse:

Another tearfown supporter pointed to what the privately-owned Kishwaukee Country Club had done:

Village President David Stavropoulos sent the following to Village Manager Jean Heckman:

The Village President asked the Village Manager the following:

That request led to this email to R1’s Chalen Daigle:

The next document produced is below:

Next in the information drop was an analysis by a resudent sent to the Village Manager by Trustee Janet Barton:

April 5th and 6th emails follow:

County Allocates Covid Subsidies for $15 an Hour Summer Jobs in Manufacturing Plants This Summer

From McHenry County:

Manufacturing Internship Program Flourishes Thanks to Advance McHenry County Funding

WOODSTOCK, Ill. – A manufacturing internship program funded through the Advance McHenry County initiative is off to a great start.

This summer, 139 students from almost every McHenry County high school will work at paid internships with 17 area manufacturers, courtesy of the Manufacturing Pathways Rotational Internship Program.

The interest from students and employers alike far exceeded the program’s original anticipation of granting 100 internships to 10 manufacturers.

The McHenry County Board in February voted unanimously to allocate $717,300 in Advance McHenry County, through McHenry County College, to fund the internship program.

Advance McHenry County was created to invest tens of millions of dollars in federal COVID-19 recovery funding into projects that directly benefit the community.

“The County Board’s decision to allocate Advance McHenry County funding to start this internship program was an investment in our future,” County Board Chairman Mike Buehler, R-Crystal Lake, said.

“This inaugural class of summer interns will be the first of many to explore careers in the manufacturing trades.

“We’re grateful to the participating businesses that have stepped forward to train the next generation of skilled manufacturing workers.”

Students will participate in a 10-week, paid work program to expose them to local manufacturing career opportunities through the consortium, which is composed of manufacturers, educators and community partners working together to secure a talent pipeline of skilled employees.

“On behalf of MCC and the Manufacturing Pathways Consortium, we are beyond grateful to the Advance McHenry County grant for supporting this important internship program that will benefit both students and the county’s manufacturing industry,” MCC President Clint Gabbard said.

“With help from McHenry County’s generous funding through Advance McHenry County, we can increase the awareness of career opportunities within local industry for more students than ever before, as well as continue
to showcase the many exciting and innovative pathways available with our area manufacturers.”

Participating manufacturers are

  • AFC Materials Group,
  • Alpha Swiss Industries Inc.,
  • Berry Global,
  • BTM Industries Inc.,
  • Burnex Corp.,
  • Fabrik Molded Plastics Inc.,
  • General Kinematics Corp.,
  • Huntsman, J
  • essup Manufacturing Co.,
  • Matrix/M4 Factory,
  • PetDine,
  • Phoenix Woodworking Corp.,
  • Remke’s Garage,
  • Socomec
  • Boltswitch,
  • Scot Forge,
  • TC Industries Inc., and
  • True Value.

The County Board since January has approved a dozen Advance McHenry County grants, totaling $9.8 million of the nearly $29.8 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding it intends to invest directly into infrastructure capital projects, workforce development and jobs programs, nonprofit agencies, special districts, and local governments.

Applications are still being accepted, and eligible entities are encouraged to apply. You can learn more about the Advance McHenry County initiative and apply for funding by visiting www.mchenrycountyil.gov/advance.

Pro-Life Movie Coming to Regal in Crystal Lake

Received an email from the American Family Association about a Pro-Life movie being shown in Crystal Lake (an elsewhere across the country) on next Monday and Tuesday.

Reserve your tickets now for “The Matter of Life”

A War for the Unborn is Raging in America


New Pro-Life Film Brings Hope

As the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade is looming, and a monumental Supreme Court decision could turn abortion on its head, now is the time to take action. All Christians can rally behind The Matter of Life and finally influence change for millions of innocent lives.

This award-winning film is changing hearts and saving lives and will be in select theaters nationwide May 16th and 17th only. 

Tickets are available now. 

Get tickets here.

“The best pro-life movie ever made.” —Rick Altizer, Director Show Me The Father

The Matter of Life steps into the topic of abortion with tasteful reality and loving grace. Featuring the stories of women, former abortion clinic workers, historians, religious workers, pro-life atheists, and many more, The Matter of Life stresses entering this conversation with understanding, love, and support. Doing so is critical to save the lives of the unborn and to care for the women who carry them.

It is time to understand the pro-life case and form beliefs on more than what is said in the media.

It is time to understand the pro-life case and form beliefs on more than what is said in the media.

Wherever you see yourself on the topic of pro-life, you must see The Matter of Life.This documentary boldly presents complex issues and thought-provoking questions, allowing the viewer to decide if they will be pro-life or pro-abortion.The release date is no accident—it is clearly God’s timing.” —Diane Ferraro, CEO Save the Storks

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Law Concerning Picketing Supreme Court Members’ Homes

Just in case you were wondering:

18 U.S. Code § 1507 States: Whoever, with the intent of interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice, or with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer, in the discharge of his duty, pickets or parades in or near a building housing a court of the United States, or in or near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, or court officer, or with such intent uses any sound-truck or similar device or resorts to any other demonstration in or near any such building or residence, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both (Cornell).

IL-11: The Batavia Candidates Forum 5/11/22

Here is the video recording of the Republican congressional candidates forum in Batavia for 2022

The cued video passed all of the League of Women Voters (LWV) disclaimers and general introductions and begins with opening statements from the candidates.

The full video is just under an hour.

Multiple articles and comments threads have discussed whether Republicans should have attended the forum. For this article, please keep comments to the candidates responses and rate how the three candidates did, and who do you think won among the three candidates who participated.

IL-11 UPDATED: Catalina Lauf’s Sophistry for Skipping League of Women Voters Candidates Forum Continues Pattern of not Telling the Truth

Catalina Lauf

UPDATE 5/12/22 6:43PM CDT:

Amother video from Catalina Lauf, and yes, more sophistry and can be viewed here.

=== END OF UPDATE ===

From Catalina Lauf’s Instagram pages in posts she posted tonight, AFTER the Batavia debate took place:

“Candidates are too afraid to go against the status quo – so instead, a lot of them get sucked into traps like attending forums hosted by far-leftist groups.

“These far-leftist groups control the questions and watch Republicans debate amongst themselves, so it’s not like we’re debating THEM.

“We are debating each other and they sit there and laugh!

“WE are NOT attending because we are not afraid to disrupt the status quo and we’re NOT going to cower to the mob, just like we won’t once we get to Washington.

“The League of Women Voters are anti-American, anti-women, anti-gun/anti-individual liberties and they should be exposed for what they are instead of supported.

“It’s all a convenient lie for them… based on zero principles and this is why the minority communities are voting for Republicans this cycle.

“Liberals have sold minorities a lie. You have high crime rates, terrible schools, communities with barely any grocery stores or economic opportunities — all run by liberal ‘leadership.’ This ain’t your grandpa’s Democrat Party”

Catalina Lauf, in two Instagram posts here & here Wednesday evening AFTER the Batavia candidates forum concluded

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From the desk of John Lopez: Who does Catalina Lauf think she’s kidding!?

The Batavia candidates forum Wednesday night hosted by multiple chapters of the League of Women Voters (LWV) was attended by 2 dozen people including State Central Committeeperson Laura Pollastrini (R, Hampshire) and briefly by longtime Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke.

The three candidates who attended were:

  • Mark Carroll
  • Jerry Evans
  • Susan Hathaway-Altman

The other three candidates who did not attend, and their reasons are:

  • Andrea Heeg, who stated why she did not attend in a campaign Facebook post earlier this week
  • Cassandra Tanner Miller, a last minute cancelation based on advise from her doctor
  • Catalina Lauf, for after-the-fact reasons stated in her long-winded Instagram posts

After tonight’s forum, I asked the LWV of the progression of events concerning Lauf’s invite, and her decision not to attend:

  • Around March 20, Lauf and the other candidates were invited
  • LWV learned over a month later Lauf’s plan to miss the forum, but she didn’t state why
  • Lauf records videos, and posts her Instagram reasons AFTER-THE-FACT, basically copycatting Andrea Heeg

Lauf still smarts by her being made a fool of on January 30, 2020 in Batavia. She’s never gotten over it, and instead of returning and facing the major embarressment she got two years ago, she comes up with this nonsensical sophistry.

I don’t accept this reason from Lauf.

Catalina Lauf displayed cowardice and that alone should disqualify Lauf from elected public office this year.

Lauf is trying to play voters for fools. We’re not buying it, nor are we buying Lauf’s views she took from Andrea Heeg and tried to make her own after-the-fact tonight.

The 29-year-old Lauf still has a lot of growing up to do and it will be a cold day in hell before she wins election to Congress this year, based solely on her wanton cowardice around her excuse to skip the LWV candidates forum, and continues Lauf’s pattern to not tell the truth.

If Lauf, or any of the 11th District Republican candidates really wanted to make a point with the LWV, all six candidates could/should have worked together and made sure no IL-11 Republican candidate attended tonight.

That would have upset the status quo and none of the candidates to my knowledge tried to organize an LWV boycott.

Commenter “Flair Play” pointed this out in another thread.

Emerson College Survey of 1,000 Finds Irvin Leading in GOP Primary

Here are the findings from a poll taken by Emerson College:

37% are still undecided.

Irvin leads Bailey among those with a college or postgraduate degree 30% to 17%, while Bailey leads Irvin among those without a college degree 23% to 18%,” the college reports.

Continuing, “Irvin holds a significant lead over Bailey in the urban and city areas of the state, 32% to 10%, whereas Bailey nearly doubles Irvin’s support in the rural areas, 30% to 16%. Suburban voters are more split: 25% support Irvin and 20% support Bailey.

“A majority, 57%, of Republican primary voters say they are more likely to support a candidate if former President Donald Trump supports them.”

All candidates for the U.S. Senate Republican nomination poll at less than 10%:

  • 7% Peggy Hubbard
  • 6% Bobby Piton
  • 5% Kathy Salvi

72% are undecided.

Concerning abortion

  • A plurality, 40%, say it should be legal only in cases of rape, incest, and when the woman’s life is endangered,
  • 18% say it should be illegal in all cases,
  • 15% said it should be legal up to 20 weeks,
  • 15% say it should be legal in all cases, and
  • 13% say it should be legal up to six weeks of pregnancy.

Methodology:

“The Emerson College Polling Illinois poll of Republican primary voters was conducted May 6-8, 2022. The Republican primary sample consisted of somewhat and very likely voters, n=1,000, with a Credibility Interval (CI) similar to a poll’s margin of error (MOE) of +/- 3 percentage points. The data sets were weighted by gender, age, education, race, and region based on 2022 turnout modeling. It is important to remember that subsets based on gender, age, ethnicity, and region carry with them higher margins of error, as the sample size is reduced. Data was collected using a cellphone sample of SMS-to-web, an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system of landlines, and an online panel provided by Amazon MTurk.”

Illegal Aliens Sue McHenry County, Claiming Forced to Work While Incarcerated

Guess I shoujld have looked at the Chicago Tribune earlier today.

Right at the bottom of the front page is a large article reporting on a Federal suit by former illegal aliens house b ICE at the McHenry County Jail.

The plaintiffs seek over $5 million, a huge portion of which would be skimmed off the top by their attorneys.

The Tribune reports,

“Chief of Corrections Michael Clesceri also wrote in an email:

“’All inmates and detainees are responsible for doing their part to keep their cells and dayroom areas clean. The common dayroom cleanups are rotated daily by cells. Inmates and detainees are not paid for this function however. It is spelled out in the inmate handbook under housing unit rules and regulations. These are not considered jobs, rather a shared responsibility by all inmates/detainees to maintain a safe and healthy clean living environment.’”

DUI Death Crash Earns Woodstock Man Six Years in the Clink

From the State’s Attorney:

ANDRES CARBAJAL-BERNAL SENTENCED TO SIX YEARS IN THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS FOR THE OFFENSE OF AGGRAVATED DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

On May 11, 2022, Andres Carbajal-Bernal, 29, of Woodstock, Illinois, pled guilty to the offense of Aggravated Driving Under the Influence and was sentenced to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections by the Honorable Michael Coppedge. 

Andres Carbajal-Bernal

On August 24, 2020, Carbajal-Bernal drove a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and crashed into a vehicle being driven by the victim.

The victim was later determined to have died from the trauma of the vehicle crash.

Under Illinois Truth in Sentencing Guidelines, the defendant will be required to serve 85% of his sentence.

The case was investigated by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and the case was prosecuted by Criminal Division Chief Jim Newman and Assistant State’s Attorney Kyle Bruett.

Four Years for Stealing Almost $6 Million from Insureon

From th U.S. Attorney:

Chicago Insurance Executive Sentenced to Four Years in Federal Prison for Embezzling Nearly $6 Million From His Employer

CHICAGO — The former controller of a Chicago-based insurance company has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for embezzling nearly $6 million in company funds.

From October 2018 to June 2020, KEVIN J. MIX authorized approximately 42 wire transfers totaling more than $5.8 million from Insureon to his personal bank accounts and the accounts of shell companies that he created. 

At the time, Mix was Insureon’s controller and responsible for managing the company’s accounting operations. 

Mix attempted to conceal the fraudulent transfers by making false entries in the company’s records, creating fake emails, and making false statements to company representatives and the company’s bank. 

Mix used the stolen money to purchase, among other things,

  • several real estate parcels in the Chicago area and Ohio,
  • Mercedes-Benz and Audi automobiles,
  • multiple diamonds and gold bars, and
  • membership for a private charter jet service. 

Mix, 43, of Chicago, pleaded guilty last year to a federal wire fraud charge. 

In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow on Tuesday ordered Mix to pay $5,845,427 in restitution.

The sentence was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Emmerson Buie, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Office of the FBI.  The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider.