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A 1930 Baldwin-Westinghouse Visibility Cab diesel-electric locomotive is being restored by the Illinois Railway Museum.
Restoration to begin on locomotive
The museum acquired this 1930-built Baldwin-Westinghouse Visibility Cab diesel-electric locomotive in 2012. It was moved to the Illinois Railway Museum in August 2016. On Dec. 14, 2019, it was moved into the Diesel Shop to begin its restoration. The first stage is to simply clean out the locomotive. There were several brake valves stored in the engine compartment, along with all the tie down hardware (used to hold the locomotive down to the flat car it arrived on), its foot boards, and other items. The engine room, cab and the floor under the cab were all vacuumed and debris removed. This cosmetic restoration won’t be a quick one, it was moved in the shop to fill a space that would fit its length well. It will make a good fill in project when there are extra hands around and when other projects get put on hold for various reasons like awaiting parts or funding. You can help support these restorations by contributing to the Diesel Department Restoration Fund.
After careful consideration and to protect the health and wellness of our residents and employees, the village has made the decision to close Village Hall at 10987 Main St. and the Public Works building at 11000 Bakley St. to the public. This decision was based on guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health regarding the most effective strategies to prevent the spread of illness. Plans are in place for essential services such as water, wastewater and public safety to continue without incident. There will be no reduction in services for public safety and the village encourages residents to conduct business online, via email, mail or phone when possible. Staff will continue to be in the office to maintain all essential operations and to serve our residents via email and telephone. Staff and Village Hall contact information may be found at www.huntley.il.us or by calling 847515-5200. Police Services The Huntley Police Department lobby will remain open. The police lobby will remain open to the public for emergency situations. All non-emergency, not-in-progress crimes should be called in to the non-emergency number at 847-5155311 to have the initial report taken via phone. For non-emergency situations, the dispatcher will take the required information and an officer will re-contact you as soon as possible via telephone to handle your call for service. Examples of non-emergency calls include but are not limited to: theft reports, damage to property and fraud.
Additionally, certain non-emergency issues can be reported using the new online police reporting program. Residents are encouraged to use this form of reporting these types of calls to help limit face-toface interaction with the public on non-emergency calls. As a reminder, always call 911 in an emergency. The Medication Drop Box located in the police lobby will be closed until further notice. To find alternative locations for this service, please see the DEA location list. Earlier last week, Huntley Police Department (and many neighboring public safety agencies) made adjustments to their response procedures. Dispatchers have begun asking additional questions regarding symptoms of COVID-19. This allows the first responders to use proper precautions when caring for our community. Police officers will continue to physically respond to all high-priority, emergency, exigent, in progress calls that affect life safety issues. Again, always call 911 in an emergency or if you are in danger. Utility Bill Payments At this time, the village is asking the public to conduct business online as much as possible. Utility bill customers wishing to pay their bill in-person can use the drop box located in the front drive aisle of the Municipal Complex at 10987 Main St. You can also call 847-515-5200 to make a payment over the phone using Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. Requests for service may also be submitted online by navigating to the Finance Department home page on the village website.
The village also offers an online payment option and automated bill payment program. Should you have any questions or require any village services, call 847-515-5200. Building Permits and Inspections Building permits are now being processed through email. Permit applications and accompanying plans can be sent to inspections@huntley. il.us. In some instances, file sizes may be too large and will need to be sent via Dropbox. You will receive an email from the Development Services Department confirming receipt of the permit application within one business day. If you do not receive an email or if you have questions, call 847-515-5252. Inspections of occupied homes have been suspended until further notice to limit direct contact between employees and residents. Additional inspections may be suspended or delayed depending upon the current situation. The village will make every effort to ensure timely inspections, but for the safety and of residents and inspectors, this may not always be possible. Public Meetings As Gov. Pritzker has ordered, all public meetings will be limited to no more than 50 people. Consider carefully whether or not to attend any meetings. Use precautionary measures if you choose to attend a public meeting and stay home if you do not feel well. Village board meetings are recorded and posted the following day for viewing on the village’s website. Check the village website at www.huntley. il.us to check the status of any regularly scheduled meetings.
Carpentersville man charged in overdose death Illinois State Police (ISP) officials, through their participation in the North Central Narcotics Task Force, charged Antwon D. Hawkins Jr., 27, of Carpentersville, with three counts of Drug Induced Homicide (Class X Felonies) on March 17. On Feb. 13, the North Central Narcotics Task Force (NCNTF), in conjunction with the Huntley Police Department, initiated an investigation into the death of a 26-year-old male victim from Huntley, after he was found deceased in his residence. Through the thorough investigation, investigators identified Hawkins Jr. and learned of his possible role in the victim’s death. Investigators arrested Hawkins on Feb. 18, for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver and two additional charges of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance after seizing cocaine, crack cocaine and MDMA from Hawkins’ possession. Hawkins was lodged at the McHenry County Jail, and his bond was set at $100,000 (10 percent applies). One March 13, investigators learned the victim’s cause of death was combined drug toxicity. The
McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office approved three charges of Drug Induced Homicide (Class X Felonies), against Hawkins Jr., and on March Antwon D. 17, Hawkins Hawkins Jr. was served the charges at the McHenry County Jail where he is currently lodged. The North Central Narcotics Task Force (NCNTF) is a multijurisdictional law enforcement task force dedicated to serving our communities and member agencies through the investigation of illicit drug trafficking and distribution, gang activity, and weapon offenses within Kane County, McHenry County and Northwest Cook County. The NCNTF often works with other drug task forces, metropolitan enforcement groups (MEG), and with law enforcement officers from federal, state, county, and municipal agencies from around the state to combat illicit drugs, gangs, and weapons in our communities.
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Running to benefit Special Olympics
The Crystal Lake Police Department in 2019 raised nearly $10,000 to benefit Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Illinois. Upcoming events (circumstances permitting) include Friday, May 15, Dunkin’ Donuts Cop on a Rooftop; Sunday, June 7, Law Enforcement Torch Run; Friday, July 31, Texas Roadhouse Benefit Lunch; and Trivia Night, date to be determined. Like them on Facebook to stay informed of these dates and details. If you are interested in knowing how you can participate, contact Officer Sal Alfano at email@example.com.
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Small business loan requests available Business owners impacted by the coronavirus can find important information and request disaster assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration through the county website. Gov. JB Pritzker has applied for a statewide Economic Injury Declaration from the SBA, which if approved would make small businesses and nonprofits eligible for up to $2 million in low-interest loans to help cover payroll, fixed debts, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. An SBA help sheet and an online portal to submit a request through the Illinois Department of Commerce
and Economic Opportunity can be found on the lefthand side of the webpage. Nine states and the District of Columbia have been granted eligibility for the SBA loans as of Wednesday morning, and more are expected to be declared soon. For additional information, contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at 800-659-2955, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You also can learn more on the web at www.sba.gov/disaster. Visit the McHenry County Department of Health at www.mcdh.info, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter, to learn more about coronavirus and how you can protect yourself and your family.
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February marijuana sales top $34 million Brings 2-month total to nearly $75 million
By Jerry Nowicki CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS
Legal marijuana sales in the state remained strong in February, with nearly $35 million spent on marijuana and infused products in the second month of adult-use legalization. Customers spent $34.8 million on 831,600 items over the 29-day period. Of that, $25.6 million was spent by Illinois residents, while out-of-staters spent about $9.2 million, according to a news release from the governor’s office. The numbers do not include taxes collected. “These numbers show there continues to be a strong demand across the state as the most equity-centric cannabis program in the country moves forward in Illinois,” said Toi Hutchinson, senior cannabis advisor to Gov. JB Pritzker. “As the adult use cannabis industry continues to grow, so will the number of opportunities for consumers and entrepreneurs alike—especially those from communities who suffered the most during the failed war on drugs.” The numbers are down slightly from January, which saw $39.2 million in sales over a 31-day span. That generated $7.3 million in cannabis tax revenue for the state, plus another $3.1 million in retail sales taxes that are shared between the state and local governments. Tax numbers for February are not yet available. The state’s share of cannabis tax revenue is divided among several funds, including 35 percent to the state general fund, 20 percent to substance abuse programs, 10 percent to a budget stabilization fund, 8 percent to local governments for crime prevention and 2 percent for public education and public health data collection. Another 25 percent goes into a special fund for community development projects in areas with high arrest and poverty rates that were disproportionately affected by the “war on drugs.” The state is also accepting applications for new licenses as part of the program’s initial rollout. Aspiring craft growers, cannabis infusers and transporters can apply with the Illinois Department of Agriculture through 5 p.m. March 16. The applications are available on the Department’s website at https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/agr/Plants/ Pages/Adult-Use-Cannabis.aspx. The program favors “social equity applicants,” which are companies with a majority stake from those who live in disproportionately impacted areas, have been arrested for offenses eligible for expungement through the legalization program, or have family that falls into the disproportionately impacted category. Those applicants receive additional points on their application and are eligible to receive technical assistance, grants, low-interest loans and fee reductions and waivers.
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The following is a statement from Michele R. Aavang, program coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development: “The impact of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) continues to create uncertainty and concern both globally and here in our community. In accordance with University of Illinois policy, Illinois Extension has deployed public health strategies designed to protect everyone’s health and safety. “Effective 3/17/2020, our local offices will be closed and our in-person programming is suspended during this time. Event cancellations, changes and important information are available on our website at https://extension.illinois.edu/lm, Facebook page and Instagram. We will continue to post updates as the situation evolves. “If you are a 4-H member, Extension volunteer or had registered for an upcoming program, please check your email for direct communications from our team members. “A collection of resources to assist families and community leaders preparing for and coping with COVID-19 is available online at go.illinois.edu/ExtensionCOVID19resources.”
McHenry County Sheriff’s report The following arrests in McHenry County were reported by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department. Suspects are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. March 10 Craig F. Gareiss, 49, Lindenhurst, DUI 4+ license suspended or revoked; Jack J. Bailey, 19, McCullom Lake, was cited for speeding 26-34 mph over the limit, unlawful possession of cannabis/driver; Steven R. South, 35, Wonder Lake, was cited for domestic battery/physical contact, harassment electronic, intent to harass; March 11 Erik C. Muralles, 33, McHenry, was cited for battery/cause bodily harm; Andrew N. Schumann, 34, Mount Prospect, was cited for aggravated battery/great bodily harm; March 12 Eric C. Adams, 39, Marengo, was cited for driving on suspended driver’s license, uninsured motor vehicle/bodily harm; Jacob R. Goodman, 30, Lakemoor,
was cited for interfering with the reporting of domestic violence, domestic battery/bodily harm; Anna M. Marcelo, 50, Elgin, was cited for driving on suspended driver’s license, improper u-turn/roadway; March 13 Brandon M. Smedley, 36, Marengo, was cited for possession of a controlled substance; Dana M. White, 41, Wonder Lake, was cited for other amount narcotic schedule I&II, possession of a controlled substance; Steven L. Rigsby, 44, Chicago, was cited for theft control know deprive <$500; Anthony V. Giordano, 52, Antioch, was cited for driving on suspended driver’s license, speeding 11-14 mph above limit, and driving on suspended license; March 14 Robert C. Crandall, 40, Crystal Lake, was cited for domestic battery/physical contact; March 16 Roger F. Garite, 30, Pell Lake, was cited for possession of a controlled substance.
Keep on top of safety precautions and prevention The following statement from the McHenry County Department of Health was released on March 16: McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) urges all who think they are sick with the coronavirus to remain home and limit their movement in living spaces where others are present. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) most healthy people who get the virus will have mild symptoms. For those whose symptoms become severe (shortness of breath), they should seek medical attention immediately. To protect the elderly and others with chronic health problems, Dr. Laura Buthod, medical adviser for MCDH, suggests that anyone in McHenry County with cold symptoms should assume they have COVID-19. “That means staying home and monitoring your symptoms. Stay away from other people. Get rest and stay hydrated. Wash your hands and clean all common surfaces often.” If symptoms worsen, Buthod
added, call a healthcare provider. They will direct you where you should be evaluated and decide if testing is needed. County Board Chair Jack Franks said the health of McHenry County is a top priority, which is why MCDH has prepared and planned for their COVID-19 response. “The county is supporting its residents and healthcare providers, but there are limits on available tests. We are following Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines to prioritize testing to those most vulnerable in our community,” Franks said. “We do not want to overwhelm our healthcare system by sending patients with mild symptoms to doctors’ offices and emergency departments.” Get the latest guidance for school, employers and community preparedness by visiting CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov - Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities, or by visiting www.mcdh. info. For general questions about COVID-19, call the IDPH hotline at 800-889-3931 or email dph. email@example.com.
Editor’s note: The following is not a comprehensive list of closings and cancellations, but is based on information from the listed agencies/organizations. Network Center Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, all in-person appointments, workshops and group events at the McHenry County Workforce Network Center have been canceled. The center can assist you remotely with your job search and career change. Continue to check the website and or call 815-338-7100, ext. 2771, ahead as things can change. Historical society Due to concerns about public gatherings in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, the following 34th annual Sampler Lecture Series programs at the McHenry County History Museum have been canceled. • “When Potato Fields Were Prisons: Unfree Agriculture in McHenry County during World War II” at St.
Louis Community College, at 4 p.m. Monday, April 6. • “The Eastland Disaster: An Unparalleled Tragedy” at 7 p.m. Monday, April 20. For information, call 815-9232267 or visit www.gothistory.org. Gardenfest Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners (in conjunction with McHenry County College) have cancelled their annual seminar Gardenfest, which was scheduled on Saturday, April 4. The McHenry County Extension Master Gardener volunteers regret any inconvenience. The health and safety of Extension Master Gardener clients and volunteers is our top priority. We are following the U of I’s recommendations to postpone or cancel events that are expected to draw more than 50 people or draw participants from a wide geographic area. Registration refunds will be handled through McHenry County College.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the U of I Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners at 815-338-3737, or visit web.extension.illinois.edu/lm.
Woodstock Opera House The Woodstock Opera House has been closely monitoring the impact associated with the spread of the corona virus, COVID-19. Taking cues and information from the McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the IL Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) and the governor’s office, they have decided it is in the best interest of our patrons and community at large to cancel our upcoming public performances and activities. Now through Monday April 13, all performances and scheduled activities at the Woodstock Opera House and Stage Left Cafe are cancelled. Patrons who have purchased tickets for events falling within this time period will be contacted regarding rescheduling of events or the issuing of credits for cancelled programs.
Judicial court suspending non-essential matters Effective immediately, pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Order, MR 30370, only essential court matters shall continue to be heard by the 22nd Judicial Circuit of McHenry County. All non-essential court matters shall be continued until further order of the court. If you have a matter before the court for any other type hearing or case, do not come to the courthouse as you will not be admitted. All scheduled weddings at the courthouse are cancelled until further notice. The court will only provide the following essential services at this time: • Bond hearings and arraignments for individuals who are arrested. • Criminal trials with speedy trial demands. • Summary suspension hearings. • Emergency petitions for orders of protection, stalking, no contact. • Emergency petitions for civil no contact, and petitions for firearm surrender order. • Detention hearings for juveniles who are detained. ˆShelter care hearings for juveniles who may have been abused or neglected. • Mental health hearings for involuntary commitment or treatment. • Bond rehearings for individuals who remain in custody at the jail. If you have a pending case before the 22nd Judicial Circuit, go to the Circuit Clerk of the Court’s Website, at caseinfo.mchenrycountyil. gov to see when your next court date has been scheduled. If you are represented by an attorney, contact your attorney. The court has had a Pandemic Continuity of Operations Plan for a number of years and has planned for
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Algonquin man gets 16 years for possession and intent to deliver Patrick D. Kenneally, McHenry County state’s attorney, announced that Ivan Moreno-Gollegos, 20, of Carpentersville, was sentenced to 16 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections by Honorable Judge Michael Coppedge after pleading guilty to Unlawful Possession with Intent to Deliver Cocaine, a Class X Felony. On Sept. 20, 2018, Moreno-Gollegos was stopped on Route 31 between Lake in the Hills and Algonquin. At that time, it was confirmed that he was assisting with the transport and sale of 16 kilograms of cocaine. This case was investigated by members of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office. This case was prosecuted by Brian Miller of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.
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Forecast: State should see modest revenue growth in FY 2021 Current year revenues meeting earlier estimates
By Peter Hancock CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS
State revenue officials said March 5 that tax collections have been coming in about as expected so far this fiscal year, and they predict modest revenue growth in the fiscal year that begins July 1. “All three large categories—individual income tax; corporate income taxes and sales taxes—are trending upward,” Revenue Department Director David Harris said in an interview after briefing the House Revenue and Finance Committee. That new estimate is essentially the same as earlier estimates upon which Gov. JB Pritzker based his latest budget proposal. Overall, according to the report, the state should see about $40.7 billion in revenue from both state and federal sources. That’s an increase of about $656 million, or 1.6 percent, in base year-over-year revenues. And if voters in November approve a constitutional amendment to allow for a graduated income tax, where people are charged higher rates on higher levels of income, Illinois could see an additional $1.4 billion during the last six months of the fiscal year, bringing the total to $42.1 billion. Even without the constitutional amendment, individual income taxes are expected to grow about 3.5 percent, to $20.1 billion. Marty Johnson, chief economist for the Department of Revenue’s Research Office, said wage growth in Illinois has been sluggish in recent years, compared to the national average, but she said the current tight labor market, combined with
the state’s higher minimum wage, should push wages up in the coming year. “So certainly, wages and salaries are moving in the right direction,” she said. “We will see that in our forecast for both income taxes and sales taxes.” Sales tax receipts are projected to grow 3.4 percent, to just over $9 billion, while corporate income taxes are expected to hold steady at just under $2.5 billion. Johnson noted that the state saw a bump in corporate income taxes during the current fiscal year due to an amnesty program lawmakers approved in 2019. Discounting that, she said, corporate income taxes are expected to grow 0.5 percent. Those estimates are based on the department’s economic outlook for both the state and the nation. Johnson described the outlook for the national economy as “stable” as fears about an economic downturn are receding with the signing of a “Phase I” trade deal with China that is expected to boost U.S. exports, including agricultural products. But she also warned of clouds on the horizon, such as the possibility of increased trade tensions as well as the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has disrupted manufacturing supply chains and threatens to disrupt the travel and tourism industry. Johnson said the Illinois economy has been lagging that of the U.S. during the economic expansion, which has now lasted 111 months. She said the tight labor market has driven down the state’s unemployment, last reported at 3.5 percent in December, a 50-year low.
Senate panel OKs bill to add mental health hotline information to student IDs Bill would apply to public colleges and universities
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its that we can expect, so we won’t be adding the jobs as we have in the past, but it’s still solid performance that’s expected,” Johnson said.
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A panel of state senators March 3 approved legislation requiring public colleges and universities to add mental health contact information to the back of student identification cards. As a parent of a first-year college student, Villa Park Democratic Sen. Tom Cullerton said it is a “trying and stressful time,” as with any other parent who misses their child. But he said such situations are also difficult for the student, who may be away from home for the first time. Cullerton’s initiative would ensure phone numbers for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Crisis Text Line and the school’s mental health counseling center are published on each student’s identification card. If an institution of higher education does not have such cards, the bill requires that information be published on its website instead. “Students are constantly required to use their student ID card to access sporting events, dorm rooms or utilize their meal plan,” Cullerton said. “Ensuring these lifesaving helplines are easily accessible can be the difference between life and death.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide was the second leading cause of death for youth ages 15-24 in 2017.
Adding such mental health resources are a “simple step” universities and colleges “can take to save lives,” Cullerton said. Those public institutions in Illinois, though, asked that he amend the measure to postpone its effective date from July 1, 2021, due to financial concerns. Cullerton said he agreed, and plans to allow for universities and colleges to issue the identification cards with resource contact information with each new class, or when a student needs a new card after losing theirs. “My goal is definitely not, with our budget crises in the last few years, to have this be an impediment,” he said. “Every university seems to be on board with it.” Cullerton has a nearly identical bill for high school identification cards. It has not been assigned to a substantive committee. The legislation approved unanimously in the Senate Higher Education Committee is Senate Bill 2495. Last August, Cullerton was charged with 40 counts in an indictment alleging he “knowingly conspire(d)” to embezzle from the Teamsters Joint Council 25 and Teamsters Local Union 734 unions. Cullerton also is facing one count alleging he lied on heath forms. A trial date has been set for July 21.
But she said that number is expect- percent for the next fiscal year. ed to climb to about 3.9 percent by “This tight labor market is exthe end of the current fiscal year in pected to translate into decelerating June, and could hover around 4.1 job growth and hit some of the lim-
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Census 2020 count under way Illinois officials say a lot is at stake in getting accurate count
By Peter Hancock CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS
People throughout the United States can now begin filling out their census forms online, and state officials in Illinois are pulling out all the stops to make sure the state gets an accurate headcount. By March 20, about 95 percent of all households in the country should have received a postcard in the mail inviting them to fill out their census form online or by phone in their language. “The census is only nine questions—nine questions that impact every single person in your hometown, our state and across the country,” Grace Hou, secretary of the Illinois Department of Human Services, said during a news conference March 11. “These nine questions are important for your family, your neighbor, your city, your county and your state because your response determines Illinois’ infrastructure, meaning roads, hospitals, schools, grocery stores and fire stations.”
The U.S. Constitution requires that a census be taken every 10 years in order to apportion seats in Congress. Responding to the census is mandatory for all people living in the United States regardless of their citizenship, although the questionnaire does not ask about citizenship. The census form asks the name of each person living in the household as of April 1, their dates of birth, ages, race and ethnicity, their relationships to each other and whether the home is occupied by the owners or renters. In addition to allocating congressional seats, the federal government also uses that data as the basis for distributing hundreds of billions of dollars each year to states and local communities for things like education, health care, housing, highways and other infrastructure. State governments also use census data to redraw congressional and state legislative district lines. Recent census estimates have shown Illinois has been losing popu-
Seven years for felony delivery of cocaine Patrick D. Kenneally, McHenry County state’s attorney, announces that Raymond Landry, 36, of Cary, was sentenced to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections by Honorable Judge Michael Coppedge after pleading guilty to Delivery of Cocaine, a Class 1 Felony. On Oct.3, 2017, Landry sold cocaine to a confidential informant. This case was investigated by members of the Illinois State Police North Central Narcotics Task Force. This case was prosecuted by Brian Miller of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.
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lation and is at risk of losing at least one of its 18 congressional seats. Because of that, the Illinois General Assembly last year put $29 million in the state budget for IDHS to help ensure an accurate count. Hou said $20 million of that has already been distributed in each of the state’s 102 counties to work with local organizations to maximize the census count. Hou said IDHS was tasked with implementing the census in Illinois because, as the state’s main social service agency, it deals directly with “hard-to-count” populations, including the homeless. Marishonta Wilkerson, one of the
agency’s two census co-directors, said the YWCA has been designated to reach out to the homeless population in the Chicago area. Elsewhere in the state, she said, the agency is working with “regional intermediaries” to work with homeless shelters and other organizations to host “census nights” and provide internet access so those people can participate. In previous years, people received a census form in the mail to be filled out, but this is the first year the U.S. Census Bureau has offered an online option. People will first receive a postcard in the mail inviting them to complete the form on the website,
my2020census.gov. That postcard will contain a 12-digit code that is used to verify a person’s address. But those who don’t receive a postcard, or who want to fill it out early, may select an option to enter their address manually or indicate that they do not have an address. About a week later, people will receive a follow-up letter reminding them to complete the forms. They will receive a third reminder about a week after that. Then, anyone who still has not completed the form will receive another letter and a paper form to be filled out.
Lawmakers announce bill mandating sex education for all K-12 students Parents could opt their children out of the lessons
By Rebecca Anzel CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS
Illinois public and charter schools would be mandated to teach students from kindergarten through 12th grade “inclusive, medically accurate, and culturally appropriate comprehensive sex education” if legislation announced Feb. 26 becomes law. The curriculum, not currently mandated, would include information children and youth need to prevent bullying, foster healthy relationships and prevent abuse or violence, a group of advocates and lawmakers said at a news conference. The bill’s Democratic sponsors, Sen. Ram Villivalam, of Chicago, and Rep. Kathleen Willis, of Addison, both said students want such materials, especially those from districts that do not include lessons on sexual education or diverse sexualities and genders. Lessons for students in kindergarten through second grade would primarily focus on personal safety, being a good friend and how to speak to parents, said Brigid Leahy, Planned Parenthood of Illinois’ senior director of policy. Beginning in third grade, students would begin learning about safe relationships
and physical changes. Trey Graham, a self-identified queer Marion High School senior, said throughout his education, he and his peers learned “very little” about sexual health and personal safety. When school districts can ignore the health and wellness of a whole community, we are left to figure out things on our own,” he said. “The status quo is just not right.” Villivalam said he acknowledges the initiative’s detractors may argue “this bill goes too far and that it shouldn’t be required.” According to the legislation, though, “schools have a responsibility to address child abuse, harassment, bullying, interpersonal violence, and personal safety issues,” all of which can impact a student’s health and progress in school. Districts would be required to inform parents about the planned classes at the beginning of each school year, Leahy said. Parents would be able to opt their children out of these lessons, which are to be implemented no later than July 1, 2021, with a written note. “Illinois has consistently been the anchor in the Midwest when it comes to inclusion, equality, advancing justice and ensuring that
all communities are respected and supported,” Equality Illinois Public Policy Director Mike Ziri said. Not permitted under the REACH Act—Responsible Education for Adolescent and Children’s Health— is the promotion of “any religious doctrine” or exclusion of the “health needs of individuals who are intersex or individuals of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, or gender expressions,” according to the bill. Abstinence is permitted as an array of information and skills taught to students, Leahy said. “It is recognized in the legislation as one of the things that helps young people stay safe and healthy, and that is and should be part of the instruction,” she said. “But we want to make sure that youth get all the information that they need. We want to recognize that there may be, in classes, students that have been or currently are or will be sexually active and they need to be prepared for that.” Similar curriculums are mandated in 29 other states and Washington, D.C.—Iowa and Kentucky are the states nearest Illinois to do so. The REACH Act is Senate Bill 2762. It has nine co-sponsors, including Villivalam, all Democrats.
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MCHENRY COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY PHOTO McHenry County News
Car crossing Pistakee Lake 1924
An automobile is transported by a barge across Pistakee Lake in 1924. The barge is being towed by a Pitzen boat. The Pitzen family operated a fishing camp and rented boats to fishermen. The automobile may have been towed across the lake due to inadequate dirt roads. Between 1922 and 1929, many state and inter-state roads through McHenry County began to be paved. The first paved road was U.S. Route 20 followed by U.S. Route 14 and IL Routes 23, 120 and parts of 173 and 176. By 1927 the adoption of the Motor Fuel Tax in Illinois funded the building and paving of rural roads like those around Pistakee Lake.
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