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lake county board chair claims 'political' motives behind e-filing contract comp


calling concerns over a $4.9 million electronic filing system that was never finished politically motivated, lake county board chairman aaron lawlor limited discussion friday morning about a news-sun article that reported on the failure of the system to be implemented.lake county circuit clerk erin cartwright weinstein again requested — this time during the board's committee of the whole meeting on friday — a forensic audit to determine whether the county received the work it paid for.a forensic audit is something governments do when they think something was done wrong, lawlor said, reiterating his position that if officials think something illegal occurred, they should refer it to the lake county state's attorney's office.lake county officials approved an initial $2.3 million contract wit






lake county candidates to start filing for march primary monday


the names at the top of the march primary ballots will start to be determined monday as candidates vying for statehouse seats, the lake county board and some countywide offices begin filing their petition papers.candidates for established political parties have a week, through dec. 4, to file the paperwork and signatures required to get them on primary ballots and those that get their papers in first can ensure their name is at the top of the list.that process may begin to answer the question of whether this election season — coming in the wake of the start of donald trump's controversial presidency and the state budget impasse lifted through an override of gov. bruce rauner's veto — will be different than those that have come before.independent candidates and those seeking to represent ne






lake county, ind., auditor broke contract to protect 'politically active' proper


a lawsuit alleges the lake county auditor breached a contract to investigate incorrectly claimed tax exemptions to protect "politically active" property owners, according to court documents.dsg lake llc, registered to david gilyan, filed the lawsuit in porter county against lake county auditor john petalas and lake county saying that a contract to look at the veracity of tax exemptions claimed on property was breached when lake county officials allegedly sought to limit the scope of the company's work and ultimately terminated the agreement, according to court documents."defendants have pursued a course of conduct that threatens the public trust in government as they have prohibited improper real property tax deductions from being pursed for political gain at great expense to the taxpayers






what's happened with the renaming of lake calhoun in minneapolis so far


headline hereq: how did the renaming process begin?a: a petition with at least 15 signatures was given to the minneapolis park and recreation board. the board held several public hearings before it approved renaming lake calhoun to bde maka ska, the original dakota name that means white earth lake.q: why did the petitioners want to change lake calhoun's name?a: federal surveyors named the lake after secretary of war john calhoun, who authorized the building of fort snelling. calhoun, a south carolinian who later became vice president and a u.s. senator, was an ardent supporter of slavery. his background prompted the park board a few years ago to reconsider the lake's name.q: what is the next step?a: the hennepin county board will hold meetings and vote on the name change. the board has rec






forest lake hs students walk out to protest police department disbanding


outrage over the disbanding of forest lake’s police department intensified tuesday, with residents protesting the loss of local control before the washington county board and as many as 1,000 students walking out of classes at forest lake area high school.the reaction came a day after the city council voted 3-2 to end at least 80 years of community policing in forest lake and contract instead with the washington county sheriff’s office for law enforcement coverage. council members who voted to dissolve the department, which has 25 police officers, said the change would save the city money.the police department will close aug. 31 if the county board approves a contract to provide forest lake with law enforcement services, said police chief rick peterson.the board, which is expected to discu






forest lake hs students walk out to protest police dept. disbanding


outrage over the disbanding of forest lake’s police department intensified tuesday, with residents protesting the loss of local control before the washington county board and as many as 1,000 students walking out of classes at forest lake area high school.the reaction came a day after the city council voted 3-2 to end at least 80 years of community policing in forest lake and contract instead with the washington county sheriff’s office for law enforcement coverage. council members who voted to dissolve the department, which has 25 police officers, said the change would save the city money.the police department will close aug. 31 if the county board approves a contract to provide forest lake with law enforcement services, said police chief rick peterson.the board, which is expected to discu






lake county spent $4.9 million on uncompleted e-filing system, records show


lake county officials spent $4.9 million, over nearly a decade, on a computer system that was never fully implemented and is now raising court fees in part to help pay for an entirely new system, interviews and records show.when lake county officials in march 2009 embarked on creating a new electronic court filing system, the idea was to create an integrated computer program unlike others, according to interviews and records the news-sun obtained in response to freedom of information act requests.the hope for lake county was that instead of attorneys and litigants uploading simple pdf files, they would input data that could then be used to create the various documents and court orders the attorneys and judges would need through the case's courtlife.it would build on work the contractor, co






longtime lake county board member audrey nixon dead at 81


longtime county board member audrey nixon died this week following several health issues over the past year, the chairman of the county board and other members confirmed on thursday.nixon was currently the senior member on the board, representing district 14 in the north chicago area, and was the longtime chair of the board's law and judicial committee.an appointment will be named to take her seat through appointment by county board chairman aaron lawlor, which must be approved by the board. under the statute, the appointed person must be a democrat, as nixon was, and will hold the seat until her term expires and the seat is up for election."this is a big loss for the board, lake county and especially north chicago," said county board member steve carlson of grandwood park, who said he rec






longtime county board member dead at 81


longtime lake county board member audrey nixon died this week following several health issues over the past year, the chairman of the board and other members confirmed thursday.nixon was currently the senior member on the board, representing district 14 in the north chicago area, and was the longtime chair of the board's law and judicial committee.an appointment will be named to take her seat through appointment by county board chairman aaron lawlor, which must be approved by the board. under the statute, the appointed person must be a democrat, as nixon was, and will hold the seat until her term expires."this is a big loss for the board, lake county and especially north chicago," said county board member steve carlson of grandwood park, who said he received the news thursday morning. carl






forest lake council member predicts 'yes' vote on new police contract


addressing several hundred residents via facebook live sunday night, mara bain, a forest lake city council member, congratulated a city that had “just accomplished the impossible” and predicted the city council would approve a new contract with the forest lake police department monday night, effectively preserving the force.“it really would be nice to end this on a 5-0 [vote],” said bain, a vocal supporter of the city’s police department.the city council will vote monday night on the new contract, a sharp turnaround from a controversial decision just a week earlier to disband the force.on may 8, a 3-2 vote endorsed a plan to contract with the washington county sheriff’s office in the city of about 20,000. the move would save about $385,000 annually, according to mayor ben winnick, who cast






wieser relies on experience to rebuild lake dems


a chance conversation set jim wieser on his path to becoming chairman of the lake county democratic committee.on nov. 18, wieser worked on the provisional ballots cast during the november election as news broke that the u.s. attorney filed charges against sheriff john buncich, then the party's chairman.one official mentioned to wieser that the next committee chair shouldn't be an elected official."i chimed in and said i felt that for years," wieser said.by the end of the year, wieser had thought about campaigning for party chair and talked with local officials, precinct committee members and his family. having previously served on the highland town council and county council, worked on a number of political campaigns and served as the attorney for the lake county board of elections and vot






forest lake expected to pass contract to keep local police force


addressing several hundred residents via facebook live on sunday night, mara bain, a forest lake city council member, congratulated a city that had "just accomplished the impossible" and predicted the city council would approve a new contract with the forest lake police department monday night, effectively preserving the force."it really would be nice to end this on a 5-0 [vote]," said bain, a vocal supporter of the city's police department.the city council's monday vote is expected to be a sharp turnaround from a controversial decision just a week earlier to disband the force.on may 8, the council by a 3-2 vote endorsed a plan to contract with the washington county sheriff's office for law enforcement services. the move would save the city of about 20,000 residents around $385,000 annuall






l.a. county leaders review sexual harassment policies


amid the wave of sexual harassment complaints lodged against elected officials and other high-profile figures, los angeles county supervisors on tuesday tinkered with what they said is already an effective program for handling such allegations for the 110,000-person workforce.after hearing a report on how the program is run, supervisors recommended the county make the online link employees can use to file complaints easier to find.they also called for an evaluation of the effectiveness of sexual harassment training for new employees, and a survey of employees who filed complaints to gauge their thoughts on the process.“we have a great policy, but it can be better. in light of what’s happening across the country, we want to make sure women don’t have to wait 30 years before they feel comfor






public will comment tonight on the proposed renaming of lake calhoun


the controversial renaming of lake calhoun takes another step forward tuesday, as the hennepin county board holds a public hearing on the issue.the county board’s hearing, and its vote sometime in the next few weeks, are the next steps in the state-mandated process to change the name of a body of water. the board’s decision will be forwarded to the minnesota department of natural resources and then to the u.s. board of geographic names for final approval.the minneapolis park and recreation board voted unanimously in may to change the lake’s name to bde maka ska, the original dakota name that means white earth lake (and is pronounced beh-day mah-kah skah).the county board could ratify the park board’s choice, leave the name as calhoun or back one of two other petitions to rename calhoun eit






public will comment tonight on the proposed renaming of lake calhoun


the controversial renaming of lake calhoun takes another step forward tuesday, as the hennepin county board holds a public hearing on the issue.the county board's hearing, and its vote sometime in the next few weeks, are the next steps in the state-mandated process to change the name of a body of water. the board's decision will be forwarded to the minnesota department of natural resources and then to the u.s. board of geographic names for final approval.the minneapolis park and recreation board voted unanimously in may to change the lake's name to bde maka ska, the original dakota name that means white earth lake (and is pronounced beh-day mah-kah skah).the county board could ratify the park board's choice, leave the name as calhoun or back one of two other petitions to rename calhoun eit






candidates start jumping into 2018 sheriff's race


although the official filing period for the 2018 race for lake county sheriff does not begin until january, candidates have already started getting their names out to voters.four candidates have announced their candidacy to fill the position current sheriff john buncich will leave, as he's hit the two-term limit to run for the position. lake county clerk michael a. brown, schererville police chief david dowling, richard ligon and dan murchek, the lake county sheriff's department deputy police chief, have started their campaigns well ahead of when filing begins.jim wieser, chairman of the lake county democratic committee, said it's premature to talk about what the race might look like in 2018, but he anticipates a number of people running."i certainly think there will be multiple candidates






former lake bluff teacher surrenders on indecency charge


a former lake bluff teacher charged with public indecency following claims by students of past abuse surrendered at the lake county jail on monday morning, according to authorities.charles ritz iii, who authorities said returned from california to illinois to surrender, was still in custody monday afternoon on $100,000 bail, according to officials with the lake county sheriff's office and the lake county state's attorney's office.according to lake county circuit court records, ritz faces a misdemeanor charge of public indecency/lewd exposure. a court appearance of june 22 has been set for him.ritz's attorney, robert deters, of round lake beach, said monday that he had no comment on the case.last week, authorities said the allegations against ritz date back to the 1980s, and the charge brou






dayton names new chair of u.s. bank stadium oversight board


michael vekich was named as the new chair of the minnesota sports facilities authority (msfa) and laura bishop appointed as a new board member, gov. mark dayton announced thursday.vekich will take over for interim chair, kathleen blatz, who has held the position since february. he will assume the position at the next meeting of the msfa on july 21. his term will run until jan. 7, 2019.vekich is the ceo of vekich chartered in minneapolis and recently became a member of bnccorp’s board of directors. he also is president of the national association of corporate directors — minnesota. vekich has served as chair of the minnesota state board of trustees, interim director of the minnesota lottery and chair of the minnesota board of accountancy. he has also served as the vice chair of the minnesot






renaming of lake calhoun now in the hands of hennepin county board


the controversial renaming of lake calhoun is in the hands of the hennepin county board, which could vote on it as soon as october.in may, the minneapolis park and recreation board voted unanimously to change lake calhoun to bde maka ska, the original dakota name that means white earth lake (and is pronounced beh-day mah-kah skah). the board’s oct. 17 hearing and subsequent vote is the next step in the state-mandated process to change the name of a body of water.the county board has several options to consider: ratify the park board’s decision, leave the name at calhoun or follow the recommendation of another petition to make it lake maka ska.its decision will be forwarded to the minnesota department of natural resources and then to the u.s. board of geographic names for final approval.wit






schafer: minnesota's lake county looks for exit on broadband project


one of the biggest projects to bring broadband to rural areas has reached a crossroads with the decision by lake county to try to sell its lake connections broadband operation to, well, anybody who will take it over and keep it going.sorry to cast doubt on the odds of a successful sale, but what has been learned so far about bringing broadband to this sparsely populated northeastern part of the state is that it sure won't be easy. getting the county out of the deal whole financially won't be, either.about seven years in, lake connections now serves about 2,500 customers with about 750 more awaiting connections to the network. the network itself is almost completely built. the county government and board are understandably pleased with their achievement."i'm proud to be working for a county






lake county commissioners pass policy changes to meet indiana's transparency law


the lake county board of commissioners has enacted a series of policy changes to still conduct regular business but in compliance with indiana's transparency laws.the lake county council last week passed an ordinance, which the commissioners affirmed wednesday, that allows the board to pre-approve certain business items outside of a public meeting, a habit the indiana public access counselor found fault with in july. the new ordinance gives the commissioners clarity on what the board can and cannot approve outside of a public meeting."i'm glad we have some definition," said commissioner jerry tippy, r-schererville. "i actually was happy to go through the exercise and learn in detail what should be done in public."commissioners' attorney john dull said the new policy relies on state statute






sensitivities over indian issues delay renaming of washington county lake


everyone on the washington county board agrees there’s no place in the county for a lake name like halfbreed, considered an antiquated and offensive term for the offspring of european immigrants and native americans.but a move by two cities to re-christen the body of water as sylvan lake is on hold, after commissioners learned last week that some local residents prefer a new name for the lake that takes account of the area’s indian heritage.“as old timers pass, the history is going with them,” said sandra moser of forest lake. “let’s not erase more history.” she asked the board to consider keewahtin lake, which translates to “wind of the north” — the name given to a major lakeside road that itself once was called “halfbreed.”the board decided to postpone the matter to may 9.the lake crosse






renaming of lake calhoun now in the hands of hennepin county board


the controversial renaming of lake calhoun is in the hands of the hennepin county board, which could vote on it as soon as october.in may, the minneapolis park board voted unanimously to change lake calhoun to bde maka ska, the original dakota name that means white earth lake (and is pronounced beh-day mah-kah skah). the board’s oct. 17 hearing and subsequent vote is the next step in the state-mandated process to change the name of a body of water.the county board has several options to consider: ratify the park board’s decision, leave the name at calhoun, or follow the recommendation of another petition to make it lake maka ska.its decision will be forwarded to the state department of natural resources and then to the u.s. board of geographic names for final approval.with two name change






forest lake vote effectively disbands its police force


an emotional standing-room-only crowd filled the forest lake city council chambers monday evening as the council and mayor voted 3-2 to disband the city’s police department.the vote, technically, was to approve a contract with the washington county sheriff’s office. but its effect will be that 23 sworn police officers who patrol a city of more than 18,000 people, will be out of a job.forest lake police have been working without a contract since january, and the vote on monday night capped a weekend filled with emergency meetings between the city, the police union and its members.sean gormley, executive director of law enforcement labor services, the union that represents forest lake police, said police officers and their families walked out of monday night’s meeting, many in tears.mayor be






sensitivities over indian issues delay renaming washington county lake


everyone on the washington county board agrees there’s no place in the county for a lake name like halfbreed, considered an antiquated and offensive term for the offspring of european immigrants and native americans.but a move by two cities to re-christen the body of water as sylvan lake is on hold, after commissioners learned last week that some local residents prefer a new name for the lake that takes account of the area’s indian heritage.“as old timers pass, the history is going with them,” said sandra moser of forest lake. “let’s not erase more history.” she asked the board to consider keewahtin lake, which translates to “wind of the north” — the name given to a major lakeside road that itself once was called “halfbreed.”the board decided to postpone the matter to may 9.the lake crosse






hennepin board gives final local approval to change calhoun's name


the hennepin county board on tuesday gave final approval as expected to changing the name of lake calhoun, minneapolis' largest lake, back to its original dakota name.the board voted 4-3 to change the name to bde maka ska (pronounced beh-day mah-kah skah), meaning white earth lake. it ratified a decision made last week, on the same vote, by a committee of the board.the proposed change now goes to state and federal agencies, which must approve it before it becomes official.board chairwoman jan callison again offered an amendment to adopt the dual name of lake calhoun-bde maka ska, even though the u.s. board of geographic names, which has the final say, sent a letter saying that dual names for a lake wasn't permitted. the board voted down the amendment.commissioners debbie goettel, marion gr






hennepin board gives final local approval to change calhoun's name


the hennepin county board on tuesday gave final approval as expected to changing the name of lake calhoun, minneapolis' largest lake, back to its original dakota name.the board voted 4-3 to change the name to bde maka ska (pronounced beh-day mah-kah skah), meaning white earth lake. it ratified a decision made last week, on the same vote, by a committee of the board.the proposed change now goes to state and federal agencies, which must approve it before it becomes official.board chairwoman jan callison again offered an amendment to adopt the singular name of lake calhoun-bde maka ska, the u.s. board of geographic names, which has the final say, sent a letter saying that dual names for a lake wasn't permitted. the board voted down the amendment.commissioners debbie goettel, marion greene, li






preckwinkle plans to play hardball with challengers as candidate filing gets und


cook county board president toni preckwinkle filed her re-election paperwork on monday, vowing to play hardball against challengers that could include former board president todd stroger.preckwinkle is trying for a third term despite a public backlash against her pop tax, which the county board has voted to repeal. seeking to capitalize on preckwinkle’s weakened political standing are stroger and bob fioretti, a former chicago alderman.fioretti told the tribune he’s still collecting the 8,236 signatures needed to run for countywide office and “will be submitting soon,” while stroger could not be reached for comment on when he’s planning to file to get on the ballot.preckwinkle said she is planning to challenge the validity of her opponents’ signatures, a tactic that sometimes results in ca






preckwinkle plans to play hardball with challengers as candidate filing gets und


cook county board president toni preckwinkle filed her re-election paperwork monday, vowing to play hardball against challengers who could include former board president todd stroger.preckwinkle is trying for a third term despite a public backlash against her pop tax, which the county board has voted to repeal. seeking to capitalize on preckwinkle’s weakened political standing are stroger and bob fioretti, a former chicago alderman.fioretti told the tribune he’s still collecting the 8,236 signatures needed to run for countywide office and “will be submitting soon,” while stroger could not be reached for comment on when he’s planning to file to get on the ballot.preckwinkle said she is planning to challenge the validity of her opponents’ signatures, a tactic that sometimes results in candid






forest lake vote will effectively disband its entire police force


an emotional standing-room-only crowd filled the forest lake city council chambers monday evening as the council and mayor voted 3-2 to disband the city’s police department.the vote, technically, was to approve a contract with the washington county sheriff’s office. but its effect will be that 23 sworn police officers who patrol a city of more than 18,000 people, will be out of a job.forest lake police have been working without a contract since january, and the vote on monday night capped a weekend filled with emergency meetings between the city, the police union and its members.sean gormley, executive director of law enforcement labor services, the union that represents forest lake police, said police officers and their families walked out of monday night’s meeting, many in tears.mayor be






'she was our matriarch': lake county board mourns nixon


the lake county board's longest-serving member, audrey nixon, died thursday following several health issues over the past year.in a statement from the county board, nixon was called "a cherished friend, passionate and dedicated community leader and devoted mother and grandmother."nixon, a democrat, had served on the county board representing north chicago and parts of park city and gurnee since 1982 , and she was the longtime chairman of the board's law and judicial committee.according to information released by the county, she was found dead in her north chicago home thursday morning."audrey was a kind, diligent and gracious leader for over three decades on the lake county board," lake county board chairman aaron lawlor said. "she cared deeply for her district and especially north chicago






'she was our matriarch': lake county board mourns nixon


the lake county board's longest-serving member, audrey nixon, died thursday following several health issues over the past year.in a statement from the county board, nixon was called "a cherished friend, passionate and dedicated community leader and devoted mother and grandmother."nixon, a democrat, had served on the county board representing north chicago and parts of park city and gurnee since 1982 , and she was the longtime chairman of the board's law and judicial committee.according to information released by the county, she was found dead in her north chicago home thursday morning."audrey was a kind, diligent and gracious leader for over three decades on the lake county board," lake county board chairman aaron lawlor said. "she cared deeply for her district and especially north chicago






lake jail staffing problems lead to continued federal oversight


the lake county jail will remain under u.s. department of justice oversight due to lingering shortfalls in the mental health care area, county officials said.lake county sheriff john buncich said inspectors recently toured the jail and have now cleared it of almost all deficiencies initially cited in a 2010 settlement agreement with the doj, the settlement stemmed from a civil lawsuit inmates filed in 2007 claiming inhumane conditions and inadequate health care in the jail. then, under the administration of former sheriff roy dominguez, the settlement came on the heels of an investigation into the lawsuit's claims by the doj civil rights division.county officials have poured millions of dollars into the jail since that time adding staffing, physical repairs and a new mental health ward and






lake county officials look for route 120 congestion relief as route 53 proposal


lake county has many beauties — the lakes, the forest preserves, the antiques stores.but one place you don't want to be is on illinois route 120 during rush hour, when congestion causes major backups on the partly two-lane highway that runs east/west through the center of the county.widening and realigning parts of route 120 are part of a long-discussed proposal to extend illinois route 53 north to lake county and turn it into a t-shaped tollway, with route 120 at the top.but the 53/120 plan appears to be ailing. key supporters have backed out. the illinois tollway voted in december 2015 to spend up to $50 million for a comprehensive environmental study, but nothing has happened.meanwhile, communities along route 120, also known as belvidere road, have grown tired of waiting. the county's






sensitivities over indian issues delay renaming washington county lake


everyone on the washington county board agrees there's no place in the county for a lake name like halfbreed, considered an antiquated and offensive term for the offspring of european immigrants and native americans.but a move by two cities to re-christen the body of water as sylvan lake is on hold, after commissioners learned last week that some local residents prefer a new name for the lake that takes account of the area's indian heritage."as old timers pass, the history is going with them," said sandra moser of forest lake. "let's not erase more history." she asked the board to consider keewahtin lake, which translates to "wind of the north" — the name given to a major lakeside road that itself once was called "halfbreed."the board decided to postpone the matter to may 9.the lake crosse






new met council chair sits down with anoka county board, which has fought for mo


new metropolitan council chair alene tchourumoff waded into potentially hostile territory wednesday, meeting with members of the anoka county board as part of her tour of the twin cities.the board has been at the forefront of a fight for more local control of the council, whose members are now appointed by the governor. the met council oversees the region’s wastewater and transit services, as well as guiding land use and overseeing other planning responsibilities.the meeting, which included several met council members and staff, was cordial. board chair rhonda sivarajah told tchourumoff that its push to restructure the council wasn’t aimed at its current members.“we just think it really ends up being an issue of the accountability back to the citizens,” sivarajah said. “we appreciate the g






a new computer as beautiful as a vintage apple i


by updated jan. 27, 2017 4:39 p.m. et back in the day… way back in the day, computers were diy kits, essentially just a motherboard and some instructions. in many cases, you had to build the exterior housing for the components yourself. this is how it was with the apple i, the then-fledgling company’s very first computer. the $666.66 kit included only a circuit board; it was up to you to supply the keyboard, monitor, processor, memory and nerdy aspirations. customers built cases out of whatever they had sitting around (or could cobble together using their limited carpentry skills). some used briefcases; others crafted wood boxes, like the one shown at... to read the full story, subscribe or sign in