Looking for Books at the Marengo High School District Banned in Other School Districts

After reading the Chicago Tribune’s op-ed piece by Clarence Page on banned books, I wondered what the situation is in McHenry County.

The image for the column is a man reading something called “Gender Queer.”

So, I sent out a Freedom of Information request to school Districts. I lot bounced back because of being tied to individuals’ email addresses.

I picked these three books:

  • “Gender Queer: A Memoir” by Maia Kobabe
  •  “Out of Darkness” by Ashley Hope Pérez
  • “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas

and asked if the district had them and, if so, when were they purchased, plus whether had been withdrawn from circulation.

Marengo High School District 154 map.

Marengo High School District 156 Superintendent David Engelbrecht sent the following information:

Making McHenry County College Woke – Part 6 – Still More on “-isms”

On September 20, 2022, McHenry County Blog revealed that top officials of McHenry County College had undergone training for

  • expanding diversity,
  • equity,
  • belongingness, and
  • inclusion

and found it desirable for all faculty and every other employee to be subjected to the same 8-hour indoctrination.

Petitions to run for MCC Trustee can be picked up at the college.

On March 14, 2023, the final class for faculty members will be held by Systemic Education Equity, LLC.

Dimensions of -isms – Part 2

  • Delve into the phenenomena of dominant culture
  • Determine ways to produce cultural humility
  • Name performance equityas smokescreens to systemic in action

The presentations for faculty, also being required of all other employees, is costing taxpayers $16,400.

Chinese Agent Trying to Recruit Engineers & Scientists Convicted

From the U.S. Attorney:

Chinese National Convicted of Acting within the United States as an Unregistered Agent of the People’s Republic of China 

CHICAGO — A federal jury in Chicago today convicted a Chinese national of acting illegally within the United States as an agent of the People’s Republic of China.

JI CHAOQUN, 31, was found guilty on one count of conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government, specifically the People’s Republic of China, without first notifying the Attorney General; one count of acting as an agent of the People’s Republic of China without first notifying the Attorney General; and one count of making a material false statement to the U.S. Army. 

The jury acquitted Ji on two counts of wire fraud.

The conviction for acting as an unregistered Chinese agent is punishable by up to ten years in federal prison, while the conspiracy and false statement convictions are each punishable by up to five years.  U.S. District Judge Ronald A. Guzman did not immediately set a sentencing date.

The verdicts were announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Matthew G. Olsen, Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the U.S. Department of Justice; and Ashley T. Johnson, Acting Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Office of the FBI.  The U.S. Army 902nd Military Intelligence Group provided valuable assistance.  

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Vikas Didwania and Barry Jonas of the Northern District of Illinois, and Senior Trial Attorney Heather Schmidt of the National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section.

Evidence presented at the two-week trial in U.S. District Court in Chicago revealed that Ji worked at the direction of high-level intelligence officers in the Jiangsu Province Ministry of State Security, a provincial department of the Ministry of State Security for the People’s Republic of China. 

Ji, a Chinese citizen residing in Chicago, was tasked by Xu Yanjun, a Deputy Division Director within the Ministry of State Security, with providing an intelligence officer with biographical information on certain individuals for possible recruitment by the JSSD. 

The individuals included Chinese nationals who were working as engineers and scientists in the United States, some of whom worked for U.S. defense contractors. 

This tasking was part of an effort by the Jiangsu provincial department to obtain access to advanced aerospace and satellite technologies being developed by companies within the U.S. 

Xu was convicted last year in the Southern District of Ohio of conspiracy and attempting to commit economic espionage and theft of trade secrets.

In 2016, Ji enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves under the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest program, which authorized the U.S. Armed Forces to recruit certain legal aliens whose skills are considered vital to the national interest. 

In his application to participate in the MAVNI program, Ji falsely stated that he had not had contact with a foreign government within the past seven years. 

In a subsequent interview with a U.S. Army officer, Ji again failed to disclose his relationship and contacts with a foreign intelligence officer.

Feds Prosecuting What Could Be State Charges in Cook County

From the U.S. Attorney:

Federal Indictment Charges Man With Murdering Chicago Teenager During Robbery

CHICAGO — A man has been charged in federal court with murdering a Chicago teenager during a robbery last fall.

DEANDRE NORELS JR., 20, of Chicago, is charged with

  • one count of using a firearm to cause a murder,
  • one count of using a firearm during a crime of violence,
  • one count of conspiracy to commit robbery, and
  • one count of robbery,

according to an indictment returned Sept. 13, 2022, in U.S. District Court in Chicago. 

Norels and a co-conspirator allegedly murdered William McGee on the afternoon of Nov. 11, 2021, while carrying out a planned robbery of McGee on the South Side of Chicago. 

McGee, 18, was fatally shot near the 900 block of East 98th Street in Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood.

The charges in the indictment are punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years in federal prison and a maximum of death. 

Norels is currently detained in federal custody while awaiting trial. 

He has pleaded not guilty. 

A status hearing is set for Oct. 28, 2022, at 9:30 a.m., before U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin.

The indictment was 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 & Explosives; and David Brown, Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department.  The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michelle Kramer and Margaret Steindorf.

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.  If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.

What the Feds Prosecute in Cook County, Kenneally Prosecuted in McHenry County

From the McHenry County State’s Attorney:

JERRY GUZMAN SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS IN THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS FOR THE OFFENSE OF UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A WEAPON BY A FELON

Jerry Guzman

Patrick D. Kenneally, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that Jerry Guzman, 35, of Chicago, Illinois was sentenced to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, for the offense of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon by Honorable Judge James Cowlin at a sentencing hearing on September 22, 2022.

Prior to the hearing, Guzman pled guilty to unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, a Class 3 Felony, and violating an order of protection, a Class A Misdemeanor, without an agreement as to his sentence.

On March 3, 2021, Guzman went to a home in Woodstock, Illinois, in violation of an order of protection.

When the protected party would not let Guzman enter, Guzman fired multiple gunshots at a vehicle parked in the home’s driveway.

Guzman was convicted of attempted robbery in 2004 and possession of a stolen vehicle in 2011.

This case was investigated by the Woodstock Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney Brian Miller of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Message of the Day – Snark

The County County Board has unveiled a new flag:

Cook County Flag unveiled September 26, 2022.

My first thought was that it ought to be pointing down.

Then, it occurred to me that it looked a like the logo Amtrak used when I was riding the rails between Chicago and Springfield:

Amtrak logo from 1971-2000.
Amtrak train moves slowly through Downtown Springfield, Illinois, with its new log on its engine.

Cain Makes First Mailing That Hits My Mailbox

It was two Friday’s ago that the following post card was put in my mailbox. (My scanner has been giving problems, hence the delay in sharing it with you.)

As her opponent Suzanne Ness did, Republican Connie Cain has a negative message on one side and a positive one on the other.

Connie Cain hits Democrat Suzanne Ness for voting to raise her salary and double her office budget.

Most first mailings contain biographical information. This one does not.

Here is something you probably don’t know about Cain:

E6 Staff Sergeant Connie Cain at 1992 Advanced Individual Training at Fort McCoy Wisconsin.

She served eight years in U.S. Army Reserves out of Arlington Heights, Illinois, ending with the rank of E6 Staff Sergeant.

Making McHenry County College Woke – Part 5 – More on “Day-isms”

On September 20, 2022, McHenry County Blog revealed that top officials of McHenry County College had undergone training for

  • expanding diversity,
  • equity,
  • belongingness, and
  • inclusion

and found it desirable for all faculty and every other employee to be subjected to the same 8-hour indoctrination.

Board members are up for election in April. Petitions may be obtained at the college.

Below is the course outline fo February 28, 2023, from Systemic Education Equity, LLC.:

Demensions of -isms Part 1

  • Explore the manifestations of prejudice as a form of explicit bias
  • Contemplate sociological congitive and affective biases
  • Associate the manipulation of prejedices within social satisfation systems

Diane Evertsen Resigns from McHenry County College Board, Fourth Trustee to Move Out of State

Ersel Schuster and Diane Evertsen at 2021 Huntley Tea Party meeting.

First, it was McHenry County College Board President Chris Jenner who resigned from the Board of Trustees to move to the west coast of Florida (where a hurricane is predicted to hit the middle of next week).

Now former eight-year McHenry County Board member and Republican Party Chairman Diane Evertsen has resigned to move out of state.

In addition, Linda Liddell and Mary Beth Siddens have left Illinois. Liddell moved to South Dakota to care for her mother. I have no further information on Siddens.

Below is her letter of resignation:

Mr. Tom Allen, Chairman, McHenry County Community College

Dear Tom:

Over the course of the past four years, I’ve watched as fellow Trustees on the MCC Board made the decision to resign their posts and leave the state of Illinois for better economic/political situations.

Please consider this my immediate resignation as I follow suit.

In all positions to which I have been elected, my main focus has been representation of the voters who fund the ‘organization’. 

I feel my efforts in that regard have been futile at MCC and a replacement Trustee will be readily available through your recruitment from the MCC Foundation membership. 

Best of luck to you and the taxpayers of McHenry County.

Diane Evertsen

Evertsen’s six-year term was due to expire next spring.

There are three seats up for election, Evertsen’s six-year term.

The rest of the term for Suzanne Hoban is four years.

Carlos Arevalo has the last two years of a four-year term.

So, if one is interested in running, there is

  • a six-year term
  • a four-year term
  • a two-year term

Petitions may be obtained at the Presidential complex of the college.

Although one will probably be asked to provide one’s name, there is no requirement that one do so.

Lakewood Village Board Putting Cart Before the Horse on New RedTail Clubhouse

Since the first meeting when a new clubhouse was discussed with residents, I have been asking how ir will be financed.

The only information I have been able to glean is that it will be

  • golf course revenues
  • developer impact fees designated for parks (is a clubhouse a park?)

No one thinks this will provide enough money.

The electorate remembers all too well how a previous village Board screwed things up by issued Alternative Revenue Bonds.

That’s a non-referendum bond issued on the promise that property taxes will pay for any shortfall.

So, I figure that’s a non-starter.

The only alternative I can see is a non-referendum borrowing device called “Debt Certificates.”

Very few taxpayers have any idea what they are.

They sound harmless, don’t they?

But, Debt Certificates have the same deficiency as Alternative Revenue Bonds.

If the golf course spins off too little profit, homeowners will be forced to pick up the difference.

Now comes the Village agenda for Tuesday night’s meeting with bids for “subsurface exploration and geotechnical engineering services for the planned construction of the new building in Lakewood, Illinois.”

I’m not aware that a public decision has been made to build a new clubhouse, but that’s surely what this map indicates:

Map showing boring outline where RedTail Clubhouse is located.

Looking for Books at the McHenry High School District Banned in Other School Districts

After reading the Chicago Tribune’s op-ed piece by Clarence Page on banned books, I wondered what the situation is in McHenry County.

The image for the column is a man reading something called “Gender Queer.”

So, I sent out a Freedom of Information request to school Districts. I lot bounced back because of being tied to individuals’ email addresses.

I picked these three books:

  • “Gender Queer: A Memoir” by Maia Kobabe
  •  “Out of Darkness” by Ashley Hope Pérez
  • “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas

and asked if the district had them and, if so, when were they purchased, plus whether had been withdrawn from circulation.

McHenry High School District 156 map

McHenry High School District 156 sent the following information:

Gender Queer: A Memoir

Upper Campus:
* Copy 1–purchased 4/14/22
* Copy 2–purchased 4/14/22

Freshman Campus
* Copy 1–purchased 4/19/22
* Copy 2–purchased 1/27/20–out for repairs right now so not on the shelf
* Copy 3–purchased 4/19/22

Out of Darkness

Upper Campus:
* Copy 1–purchased 9/24/15
* Copy 2–purchased 9/8/17

Freshman Campus
* Copy 1–purchased 10/14/15
* Copy 2–purchased 9/7/17–marked as lost so not on the shelf

The Hate U Give

Upper Campus:
* Copy 1–purchased 3/22/18–missing so not on the shelf
* Copy 2–purchased 3/15/18
* Copy 3–purchased 9/28/18
* Copy 4–Spanish version–purchased 1/30/20–missing so not on the shelf

Freshman Campus
* Copy 1–purchased 3/15/17

= = = = =

School Board petitions can be obtained at the McHenry County Clerk’s Office or at this web site.

Amendment One Being Explained Monday Night in Cary

From We the People, McHenry County:


Ted Dabrowski 
has been president of Wirepoints since 2017 and previously served as Vice President of Policy at the Illinois Policy Institute. Prior to that, he spent two decades overseas helping manage Citibank’s operations in Mexico and Poland. He has a master’s in public policy from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Wharton School.

Monday, Sept. 26, 6 – 9 PM

Galati’s Restaurant, Second Floor, 800 Feinberg Ct, Cary

Galati’s can be found on this map west of the pond.

Looking for Books at the Fox River Grove School District Banned in Other School Districts

After reading the Chicago Tribune’s op-ed piece by Clarence Page on banned books, I wondered what the situation is in McHenry County.

The image for the column is a man reading something called “Gender Queer.”

So, I sent out a Freedom of Information request to school Districts. I lot bounced back because of being tied to individuals’ email addresses.

I picked these three books:

  • “Gender Queer: A Memoir” by Maia Kobabe
  •  “Out of Darkness” by Ashley Hope Pérez
  • “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas

and asked if the district had them and, if so, when were they purchased, plus whether had been withdrawn from circulation.

Fox River Grove Grade School District 3 map.

Fox River Grove Elementary School District 3 Superintendent Sandy Ozimek replied,

“District 3 has in their library ‘The Hate U Give’.

This was acquired on October 25, 2019 and remains in the library.”

Making McHenry County College Woke – Part 4 – “Modern Day-isms”

On September 20, 2022, McHenry County Blog revealed that top officials of McHenry County College had undergone training for

  • expanding diversity,
  • equity,
  • belongingness, and
  • inclusion

and found it desirable for all faculty and every other employee to be subjected to the same 8-hour indoctrination.

People who want to run for the college Board may pick up petitions at the quite enlarged President’s comples at the college.

Three seats are up:

  • one for six years
  • one for four years
  • one for two years

On January 31, 2023, the training by Systemic Education Equity, LLC. will focus on

Modern Day-isms

  • Interpret and distinguish modern day-isms
  • Calibrate the mitigatrion of inequities
  • Connect on the areas of growth and advance equity

Looking for Books at the Riley Grade School Banned in Other School Districts

After reading the Chicago Tribune’s op-ed piece by Clarence Page on banned books, I wondered what the situation is in McHenry County.

The image for the column is a man reading something called “Gender Queer.”

So, I sent out a Freedom of Information request to school Districts. I lot bounced back because of being tied to individuals’ email addresses.

I picked these three books:

  • “Gender Queer: A Memoir” by Maia Kobabe
  •  “Out of Darkness” by Ashley Hope Pérez
  • “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas

and asked if the district had them and, if so, when were they purchased, plus whether had been withdrawn from circulation.

Riley Elementary School District 18 map.

The Riley Grade School District sent the following reply:

The reply was

1.  Our library currently has “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas in our collection.  It was added to the collection on December 17, 2020.  We do not have the other two books in our collection.

2.  No books listed have been removed from our collection.    

New at the Algonquin Township Saturday Specialized Recycling

The last Saturday of spring, summer and fall, the Algonquin Township Road District allows people to drop off old TVs, computer monitors and other electronic defices for free.

“Specialized recycling” read the fist message.

On Saturday, I noticed a new feature, an electronic sign telling of the event.

The time for the drop-offs was shown next.

There was a third message which I didn’t get.

It said one was to enter through The Hollows entrance.
People waiting to drop off electronics.

And, this is the first time that I have seen the sign asking for identification.

Road Commissioner Danijela Sandberg and employee Derek Lee verified that drivers live in Algonquin Township.

I was amused that Derek Lee, checking my address, had to call up information on his cell phone to make sure I lived in Algonquin Township. Since the Road District provides no services to the Village of Lakewood, that probably stimulated the internet search.

The man in front had a big honking television set to drop off.

The electronics are loaded into big cardboard boxes and rolled to a trailer for loading.

A fortlift takes the big boxes to a truck’s trailer for their off-site destination.

Making McHenry County College Woke – Part 3 – Microaggressions

On September 20, 2022, McHenry County Blog revealed that top officials of McHenry County College had undergone training for

  • expanding diversity,
  • equity,
  • belongingness, and
  • inclusion

and found it desirable for all faculty and every other employee to be subjected to the same 8-hour indoctrination

Some Board members are up for election in April. Petitions may be obtained at the college. Fiofty signatures are required. (I suggest getting twice that number.)

On January 24, 2023, faculty members will have to attend the third training sessionby Systemic Education Equity, LLC.

Microaggressions

  • Unpack the major forms of microaggressions
  • Deliberate upon the variance of micro aggressions
  • Discuss waya to disrupt microaggressions