Out of Abundance of Caution Lake County Implements Disaster Proclamation To Open Up Federal and State Resources

Out of Abundance of Caution Lake County Implements Disaster Proclamation To Open Up Federal and State Resources

The Lake County Board Chair, Sandy Hart, signed a disaster proclamation on March 13, 2020, a proactive measure that will allow Lake County to access additional state and federal funding and resources for coronavirus (COVID-19) response efforts. The proclamation follows a recommendation by the Lake County Board of Health at its March 12 executive board meeting, as well as a request by some Members of the Board on March 11.

On Wednesday, four Board Members, Dick Barr of Round Lake Beach, Michael Danforth of Barrington, Michael Rummel of Lake Forest and Diane Hewitt of Waukegan issued a statement requesting a heightened response to the pandemic virus that saw it’s first case in Lake County this week.

Citing data that shows adding “Social Distancing” to the recommended response can slow the hyperbolic increase in the disease’s spread, limit the demand on health care facilities and reduce fatalities, Barr called for the County to “lead by example”, calling for a heightened response to protect our residents and businesses of Lake County, and implementing a policy of Social Distancing. “We have evidence going back to the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918 that shows Social Distancing can drastically limit and slow the spread of a disease,” said Barr.

The proclamation is a procedural step that will ensure the County is able to access the resources, equipment and personnel needed to address changing circumstances. This is particularly necessary should the number of COVID-19 cases rise and the demands on County staff and partners continue to increase.

“I strongly support  the proclamation”, said Barr. “This [proclamation ] will allow us to open up avenues of financial support from the state and the federal government.  I have been talking closely with the White House and Small Business Administration to identify how we can get not just healthcare help, but also help for our local, small businesses who have been struggling in the wake of the outbreak.”

All Lake County government offices currently remain open, and Lake County has a contingency planning team in place that is closely monitoring the fast-changing COVID-19 situation. To ensure the safety of the community and Lake County government staff, Lake County will be following the guidelines issued by the Lake County Health Department to minimize COVID-19 spread. This includes:

  • Postponing and canceling large-scale events
  • Considering the cancellation of upcoming public meetings, including Lake County Board Committee meetings
  • Encouraging social distancing in the workplace
  • Exploring teleworking options for Lake County government staff
  • Limiting non-essential work travel

“Our highest priority is to ensure the health and safety of Lake County employees and their families, and residents,” said County Administrator Gary Gibson. “This is a dynamic situation, and our staff is working tirelessly to stay up to date with the most current information and make informed decisions to minimize the spread of COVID-19.”

Everyone has a role to play in getting ready and staying healthy. Residents are recommended to practice social distancing and follow new guidelines issued by the Lake County Health Department:

  • Community events of 250 people or more should be canceled or postponed until May 1. This includes personal and social events, and those with large spectator crowds, such as concerts and sporting events
  • For events with less than 250 people, residents should closely consider who is likely to attend the event and, if it includes vulnerable populations, strongly consider cancelling. Vulnerable populations include older adults and people of all ages with serious chronic health conditions, such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes
  • Residents should use good judgment about attending events in their own communities
  • View the complete guidelines issued by the Lake County Health Department

Residents also should remember the 3 C’s – clean, cover, and contain to prevent the spread of illness.

Clean

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects

Cover

  • Cover cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • If no tissue is available, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands

Contain

  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

The Lake County Board and Health Department are closely monitoring the fast-changing outbreak of COVID-19 and will continue to post updates at lakecountyil.gov/coronavirus. Residents are also encouraged to sign up for the Lake County Health Department’s COVID-19 newsletter.

For general questions about COVID-19, call the Illinois Department of Public Health hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

Lake County Health Department Issues New Guidance to Minimize COVID-19 Spread

Lake County Health Department Issues New Guidance to Minimize COVID-19 Spread

Lake County, Ill. — Following the leadership of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State of Illinois, the Lake County Health Department is issuing new recommendations to slow community spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). These recommendations include community interventions such as cancelling large events and social distancing, which are measures to reduce social contact to help prevent the spread of illness while minimizing disruption to people’s lives.

“We want to reassure residents that currently, there is no evidence of community transmission of COVID-19 in Lake County. We do, however, expect to see more cases of COVID-19 in our communities,” said Lisa Kritz, Director of Prevention for the Lake County Health Department. “Our priority is protecting the health and safety of all who live, work, and play in Lake County, and we are taking an aggressive approach to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. By acting now, we all can help prevent illness and protect one another.”

“We recognize each of our communities is unique and jurisdictions need to consider tailoring their mitigation strategies to their characteristics and population,” said Tim Sashko, Lake County Board of Health President. “However, these new recommendations provide common-sense steps every community can take now to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

In agreement with the State of Illinois and the CDC’s Mitigation Strategies for Communities, and in close collaboration with the Lake County Government, the Lake County Health Department is issuing the following guidance:

Community Events

  • Community events of 250 people or more should be cancelled or postponed until May 1. This includes personal and social events, and those with large spectator crowds, such as concerts and sporting events.
  • For events less than 250 people, residents should closely consider who is likely to attend the event and, if it includes vulnerable populations, strongly consider cancelling. Vulnerable populations include older adults and people of all ages with serious chronic health conditions, such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes.
  • Residents should use good judgment about attending events in their own communities.

Schools

  • At this time, the Lake County Health Department does not recommend school cancellation. The decision to cancel will be determined by individual school districts. School administrators and faculty should make responsible decisions, guided by recommendations from the CDC and the State, in the best interest of the health and safety of their students and families. Please refer to the CDC’s Considerations for School Closure guide.
  • Schools should not hold large assemblies or sporting events with 250 or more attendees.
  • Schools should consider other social distancing practices such as restricting access to school buildings to essential personnel, limiting field trips and inter-school interactions, staggering schedules to reduce mixing (e.g., stagger recess, entry/dismissal times), and should plan for digital and distance learning.
  • The Lake County Health Department has shared additional evidence-based recommendations directly with school district superintendents.

Businesses and Workplaces

  • Businesses should take advantage of teleworking capabilities. Every business that can have employees work remotely should consider doing so immediately.
  • For businesses that cannot have employees work remotely, employers should take proper precautions to keep individuals safe in the workplace. Remind staff to stay home when sick, consider a plan for teleworking where feasible, remain flexible on leave policies, and promote robust mitigation approaches such as thorough hand washing, cleaning, and offering hand sanitizer.

Vulnerable Populations

Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes older adults and people of all ages with serious chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes.

  • Individuals who fall into these categories should avoid crowds, limit close contact with others, and wash your hands often to further reduce your risk of being exposed.
  • Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
  • Long-term care facilities in Lake County should implement measures following the guidance of the Illinois Department of Aging Immediate AAA Guidance on Congregate Settings, and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Long-Term Care Facilities Guidance to protect their residents.

“Our Health Department has a dedicated team of staff working night and day to protect the health of our residents,” said Tim Sashko. “We ask all people to prepare and stay healthy. Continue using everyday preventive actions—washing hands frequently, disinfecting commonly touched surfaces, covering coughs and sneezes, staying home when you are sick, and avoiding contact with sick people.”

Visit www.lakecountyil.gov/coronavirus for updates on COVID-19 in Lake County and to sign up for the Lake County Health Department’s COVID-19 email newsletter.

Utilize the IDPH COVID-19 hotline and website to have any questions answered or to report a suspected case: call 1-800-889-3931, email dph.sick@illinois.gov, or visit IDPH.illinois.gov.

19th Judicial Circuit to Remain Open, However Takes Steps to Limit Number of People Entering Courthouse

19th Judicial Circuit to Remain Open, However Takes Steps to Limit Number of People Entering Courthouse

The Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in Lake County is open and will continue to monitor state and local responses to the coronavirus and will follow guidance provided by state and local public health agencies and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Out of an abundance of caution and in an effort to be proactive, the Chief Judge has directed that the following steps will be taken to reduce the number of people entering the courthouse.

Employees and Facility:

All employees have been encouraged to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; stay home when sick; avoid close contact with people who are sick; and clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
Facility crews are conducting regular cleanings with an emphasis on first-touch areas such as doors knobs and areas inside elevators and restrooms.
Jury Service:

There is a plan to limit the number of jurors called for service.
If you are summoned for jury service and are experiencing any acute respiratory illness symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, headaches), flu-like symptoms, have a fever, or are coughing or sneezing, contact the jury office on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 847-377-4600 to defer your service to a later date. These are standard procedures but especially important at this time.
Expansion of Remote Court Appearances:

Attorneys or litigants that are unable to be present in courtrooms hearing Civil and Family matters (except Orders of Protection) may be able to appear remotely through use of CourtCall telephonic service. To schedule your appearance through CourtCall, call 1-888-882-6878 or email assist@CourtCall.com
If you have questions about remote appearances, contact the Court Administration Office at 847-377-3600
Courthouse Tours and Educational Events:

All scheduled courthouse tours, trainings and educational events are canceled until further notice.
Adult and Juvenile Probation, Juvenile Detention:

Probation and Detention remain open.
A plan has been implemented to limit in-person contacts and suspension of certain large group meetings.
Certain treatment related group meetings will be relocated to larger areas to accommodate social distancing.
Probationers who are feeling sick or have had contact with someone who has the coronavirus should contact their probation officer. Probation clients should also contact their probation officer if they have any questions about their next appointment.
Implementation of additional screening measures during intake process to identify individuals that may be experiencing symptoms, or had exposure to others, related to COVID-19.
Implementation of remote visitation procedures for persons held at the detention center or FACE-IT residential program.
Law Library and Kids’ Korner:

Both facilities are open to the public and are fully operational.
If you are experiencing any acute respiratory illness symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, headaches), flu-like symptoms, have a fever, or are coughing or sneezing, please do not visit the Law Library.
If a child is at all symptomatic, they will not be admitted into Kids’ Korner.
These are precautionary measures only. The health and welfare of all employees and courthouse users is our priority. As more information becomes available or if there are changes to court operations, we will advise.

Several County Board Members Call For Increased Response In Wake of 1st Confirmed Coronavirus Case in Lake County

Several County Board Members Call For Increased Response In Wake of 1st Confirmed Coronavirus Case in Lake County

Lake County Board Member Dick Barr, a Republican from Round Lake Beach is calling on his colleagues on the Lake County Board to join him in requesting additional measures be taken immediately to heighten the County’s response to the spreading Coronavirus, now that a Lake County case has been identified.

Citing data that shows adding “Social Distancing” to the recommended response can slow the hyperbolic increase in the disease’s spread, limit the demand on health care facilities and reduce fatalities, Barr is calling for the County to “lead by example” by implementing a policy of Social Distancing. “We have evidence going back to the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918 that shows Social Distancing can drastically limit and slow the spread of a disease,” said Barr.

The CDC defines social distancing as remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.

Barr said, “Data shows that cases in the U.S. are doubling every two days. With a long incubation period and evidence that the virus can be spread before symptoms show, it is very likely that more cases exist that we don’t know about yet.”

Lake County Board Member, Michael Danforth, a Barrington Republican, who is also an attorney practicing in Lake County, agrees with Barr. “Our courts have hundreds of people coming in and out, exposing themselves and others to possible spread of a known virus,” said Danforth.

He added, “Our judges, employees, officers, attorneys and the general public are being somewhat forced to be in close quarters, in small, enclosed spaces, which is probably the number one way for a virus to spread.  We need to investigate options that would add video and teleconferencing for simple matters that don’t necessarily require in person appearances.”

Barr said, he is by no means calling for a panicked, overresponse, yet a measured and reasonable call to limit events that attract large gatherings of people in an attempt to proactively prevent the spread of the virus, which can be fatal to vulnerable populations, specifically elderly and those with compromised immune systems. “Even though the recovery rate is extremely high, over 97%, I believe this is an important step to protecting our entire community from a virus that we still know very little about, and do not yet have a vaccine for”, said Barr.

County Board Member, Mike Rummel, a Lake Forest Republican said, “I questioned whether we should be cancelling our public meetings for the time being since I saw information from insurance companies discouraging gatherings in excess of 20 people in confined spaces.” He added, “I think we need to immediately look at technology options to allow for meetings without putting the public or our staff at risk, so we can maintain continuity of Government for the residents of Lake County.”

County Board Member Diane Hewitt, a Democrat from Waukegan agrees, “we need to act in the best interest of our residents, immediately, for the sake of their health and well-being. I join my colleagues in requesting a stronger response to the current pandemic, as identified by the CDC, sooner than later.”

Barr said he participated in a CDC briefing today put on by the White House, where the recommendation was made to consider rearranging large activities and gatherings, in addition to the current recommendations of the Three C’s: Clean Cover and Contain. “I am asking all governments to consider cancelling or postponing large gatherings to help slow the spread of the virus.”

Lake County K-9 Thwarts Child Pornographer

“Browser” (LC State’s Attorney’s  digital evidence K-9) helps to thwart Child Pornographer

(Hammond, Ind.) United States Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent In Charge Grant Mendenhall, in coordination with LaPorte County, Ind., Prosecutor John Lake and the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office, announced that Michael Christianson, age 50, of LaPorte, was charged with transportation of child pornography. 

The criminal complaint alleges that on or about July 2, 2019, FBI Agents from the Charlotte Division responded to a complaint by a book publisher about material contained inside three books submitted for publication and authored by Christianson.

F.B.I. officials said the books appear to be geared toward children as they use large fonts, simple words, and most of the sentences rhyme. The books explain and show images that encouraged children to play naked with one another, and encouraged children to play with naked adults. Photographs and illustrations in the books also include depictions of minor children engaging in sexually explicit conduct, F.B.I officials said.

Christianson was convicted of child molesting in 2002 and was sentenced to serve 30 years in prison and register as Sexually Violent Predator for the rest of his life. He was released from prison in 2016 and was still on probation at the time of the newly charged offense.

Browser, the electronic detection canine from the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office, and handler Carol Gudbrandsen were called in to assist the F.B.I. in the case.

“We are so proud of our electronic evidence canine,” said Lake County State’s Attorney Michael G. Nerheim. “As we have said since the beginning, Browser is and will remain available to any law enforcement agency in need of his services.”

Any members of the public who have additional information regarding Christianson and any conduct he has had with minor children are encouraged to call the FBI at (219) 942-4900.

The United States Attorney’s Office emphasizes that a criminal complaint is merely an allegation and that all persons are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

If convicted, any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

This case remains investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Gang Response Investigative Team in coordination with the Indiana State Police, the Michigan City Police Department, the Lake County Illinois State’s Attorney’s Office and the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office. 

Civil War Days – An Email Exchange With a Resident

Civil War Days – An Email Exchange With a Resident

Last week I received, as did all Board Members, a lengthy email from a Lake County resident with a strong declaration that Angelo Kyle, President of the Forest Preserve, was correct in his cancellation of the “Civil War Days” event at Lakewood Forest Preserve. I believe the gentlemen, for the most part, posed ideas worthy of debate.  I am including all of our emails chronologically, below, welcoming you to read both sides of our short email exchange. Please feel free to weigh-in with your opinions after reading through the exchange.

“Email From Resident: Subject: Angelo Kyle is correct in canceling Civil War Days

I read with great interest the debate about whether or not Lake County Civil War Days should be held in Lake County Forest Preserves. Every year a group of generally old, corpulent, white guys act like children pretending to be soldiers ‘re enactting’ a civil war  battle. Pictures in the paper show these so called ‘soldiers’ aiming guns and firing them at other ‘soldiers’. Other pictures reveal ‘troops’ marching close rank with bayonets on the rifles, stopping and taking aim, and firing. Occassionaly, the intended targets go down allegedly shot. Close contact bayonetting of each other is frowned on, however. Afterward when the ‘battle’ is over the shot dead miraculously get up with no wounds and all is well. All while our children are watching. And just what are we teaching them about war? That war has no consequences, that’s it’s fun to shoot guns, and no one really gets hurt and dies.
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What we are also teaching them is that war comes wrapped in patriotic slogans, call for sacrifice, honor, heroism, and promise of glory. It comes wrapped in the claims of divine providence. It is what a grateful nation asks of its children. It is what is right and just. It is waged to make the nation and the world a better place by cleansing it of evil. War is touted as the ultimate test of manhood, where the young can find out what they are made of. War seems noble, especially from a distance. It gives us comrades and power and a chance to play a small role with great drama of history. It promises to give us an identity as a warrior, a patriot, as long as we go along with the myth, the one the war makers need to wage wars and the defense contractors need to increase their profits.
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But up close war is a soulless void. War is about barbarity, perversion, and pain. An unchecked orgy of death. Human decency and tenderness are crushed. Those who make war work overtime to reduce love to smut, and all human beings become objects, pawns to use or kill. The noise, the stench, the fear, the scenes of eviscerated bodies and bloated corpses, the cries of the wounded and dying, all combine to spin those in combat into another universe. In this moral void, naively blessed by secular and religious institutions at home, the hypocrisy of our social conventions, our strict adherence to moral concepts come unglued. War, for all its horror, has the power to strip away the trivial, the empty chatter and foolish obsessions that fill our day. It lets us see but at a horrible cost.
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When I was a medical student during the Vietnam War I went to see a patient at a VA hospital. He had just been brought back after sustaining horrible injuries: both legs and an arm ripped off from a grenade. As I walked in he was finishing his confession with a priest. I heard him ask the priest: ‘how come it’s a sin to hop into a bed with Vietnamese hooker but it was OK to blow away gooks in the bush?’ Yes I thought, how is it that a so called Christian, with clear conscience, spend a year in a war zone killing people and yet place his soul in jeopardy by spending a few minutes with a prostitute? If the New Testament prohibitions of sexual misconduct are to be stringently interpreted why then are Jesus Christ’s commands against violence not binding the same way? Just what does the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ really mean. The utter failure of nearly all our religious institutions to address the essence of war has rendered them useless. These institutions have little or nothing to say in wartime because the god they worship is a false god, one that promises victory to those who obey the law and believe in the manifest destiny of the nation.
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We all have the capacity to commit evil. It takes little to unleash it. For those that have gone to war this is the awful knowledge that is the hardest to digest. The knowledge that the line between the victims and the victimized is razor thin. That human beings find a perverse delight in destruction and death and that few can resist the pull. Wars may have to be fought to ensure survival but they are always tragic. They always bring to the surface the worst elements of any society, those who have a penchant for violence and a lust for absolute power. They turn the moral order upside down. And those politicians who speak of war as an instrument of power, those who wage war but do not know it’s reality, like the powerful so called statesmen, ie. Kissinger,  McNamera, Rumsfeld, Cheny, Pompero, etc, those who treat war as a part of the great game of nations, are as amoral as the religious stooges who assist them. And when the wars are over what they have to say to us in their thick memoirs about war is also hollow, vacant and useless.
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When I was in the Seminary I was taught that in theological terms that war is a sin.  This has nothing to do with whether a particular war is justified or whether isolated incidents in a soldier’s war  were right or wrong. The point is that war as a human enterprise is a matter of sin. It is a form of hatred for one’s fellow human beings. It produces alienation from others and nihilism and it ultimately represents a turning away from God.
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War is always about betrayal. It is about betrayal of the young by the old, of cynics by idealists and of soldiers by politicians. Society’s institutions which mold us into compliant citizens are unmasked. This betrayal is so deep that many never find their way back to faith in the nation or in any god. They nurse a self destructive anger and resentment, understandable and justified, but also crippling. Ask any combat veteran struggling to piece his or her life together about God and watch the raw vitriol and pain pour out. Soldiers in combat see the myth used to send them to war implode. They see that war is not clean or noble, but venal and frightening. They see into wars essence which is death.  They have seen into the corrupt heart of America, into the emptiness of its most sacred institutions, into our staggering hypocrisy and those of us who refuse to heed their words become complicit in the evil they denounce.
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The words these veterans speak are painful. We as a nation prefer to listen to those who speak from the patriotic script. We prefer to hear ourselves exalted. If veterans speak of terrible wounds visible and invisible, of the lies told to make them kill, of evil committed in our name, we cover our ears so as to not hear. Not our boys, we say, not them, bred in our homes, endowed with goodness and decency. For if  it is easy for them to murder,  what about us? And so it is easier and more comfortable not to hear. We do not listen to the angry words that cascade from their lips, wishing only that they would calm down, be reasonable, get some help, and go away. We brand our veterans as madmen but it us who are the deformed. We cast them aside.  This is why so many veterans are estranged and enraged. And why so many succumb to suicide and addiction!
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So let us not continue the idiocy of allowing Civil War Days on county property. Let us stop pretending war is glorious. Let us instead teach peace, understanding and love for one another. It’s the only way we will survive.”
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Here is my response:

I appreciate you taking the time to write regarding Civil War Days. 
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I have to first address something about your letter that I find offensive, so that I can continue on to the more germane aspects of your email. 
Your broad-brushed caricature, denigrating the Civil War Days’ participants (“old, corpulant, white guys”, as you put it) is unwelcomed by me. Its use smacks of racism, ageism and sizeism, and has the effect of weakening an otherwise eloquent argument worthy of discussion. 
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Assuming that was not your intent, I will happily move past that to address the remainder of your email. 
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War, I am sure, is everything you painted and more. It’s horrors unable even to be encapsulated into words. 
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I stand in great admiration and appreciation of your service. Thank you for that.
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While we agree on your depiction, we disagree with the lessons to be learned. 
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Imagine an America where the Civil War was not fought. How many decades or centuries would have passed before the CSA finally abandoned slavery?
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I believe freedom is worth fighting for. You must or must have believed that as well at some point in your life, as is evidenced by your service to our country.
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What would the USA look like today, had not the founders fought for its freedom from the Crown?
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While we agree that war should not be glorified, romanticized nor fabled, its rememberance, in my opinion, should stand solemnly as a reminder to all subsequent generations how horrible war is and how important it is to take a stand against the attrocities that incite war.
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It must be remembered, the hundreds of thousands of lives and millions of drops of blood shed pursuing freedom for all, lest all those men and women will have died in vain. 
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Events like CWD help to largely note and long remember not just Lincoln’s words at Gettysburg, but the huge sacrifices of all who fought, for whatever their personal reasons. 
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I believe you have a good argument against hosting CWD at the FPD, at the minimum it is one worthy of intellectual discussion. 
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Our Board, however is intended to allow for discussion and public input, not unilateral decision making by one person. The process is intended to not allow any one person making a decision; you don’t get to decide, I don’t get to decide, nor should President Kyle get to decide, until such opportunity to hear from the Representatives and the public itself. Doing so erodes trust in our Government institutions, and further divides our community, who feel they had no say. 
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Therefore, while I believe it is debatable whether we should or should not reenact the Civil War, I disagree that President Kyle was right in cancelling it. 
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I appreciate you reaching out, and welcome your input any time.
Respectfully, Dick Barr “

Resident’s Response and Follow up with additional information. 

Mr. Barr:
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Enclosed is a chapter about what it was really like in a Civil War battle. 
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Pay careful attention to the paragraphs on how Confederate soldiers treated Black Union soldiers and then tell me it’s ok to fly the treasonous flag at these reenactments.
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BTW my wife refers to me as being over weight and and old. I don’t mind. And I am obviously Caucasian.

https://www.essentialcivilwarcurriculum.com/experience-of-battle-officers.html 

My final response to resident. 

Thank you for the article.
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Quite atrocious indeed. 
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Sadly, there is nothing we can do to change history, an unfortunate side effect of linear time. 
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We can, however, learn from it, and shape our future by it. 
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Would you ask Oliver Stone to write out the part of Lee Harvey Oswald in his docudrama JFK?
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Would you remove reference to the Imperial Flag from the movie, “Pearl Harbor”?
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Should Schindler’s List edit out every Swastika?
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Your answers may differ from mine on the above. I think the answer to all is “no”. 
“No”, because they are all reality. And history, in my opinion, needs to stay real. It needs to be immortalized for future generations to learn from and
understand and even build upon. 
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And as we learn from it, delve deeper into its lessons, and constantly search for more truths. 
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While speaking with several historians recently, I am so enlightened as to the process they go through to always being in further pursuit of more, and more accurate truth. We still do not know everything the civil War has to teach us. We don’t know what we don’t know about the civil War.
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This is precisely why Kyle’s actions should have come to the Board as a conversation and not an edict. These are valuable conversations to have, for each and every one of us. 
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I’ve learned so much that I did not know before, and that includes information from you.
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Let’s not stifle the conversation, whitewash history, then pretend it didn’t happen. 
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Let’s come together and realize we can all learn so much more in today’s information age by working together, instead of trying to shut each other up.
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I hope you have a pleasant weekend. Again I appreciate the conversation.
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Regards,
Dick Barr”

 

Lake County Sheriff’s Office Finds “No Threats/No Crime” While Investigating  “Threats” Surrounding Civil War Days

Lake County Sheriff’s Office Finds “No Threats/No Crime” While Investigating “Threats” Surrounding Civil War Days

**UPDATE: No Threats/No Crime Discovered**

On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at 1:45PM, Lake County Sheriff’s Administration sent Lake County Forest Preserve President Angelo Kyle an email requesting a meeting with Commissioner Kyle and Forest Preserve Director of Safety John Tannahill pursuant to the official request for a criminal investigation.

On Wednesday June 26, 2019, at 10:45AM, members of Sheriff’s Administration and Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations met with Director Tannahill, where Director Tannahill briefed Sheriff’s Officials on the situation. At that time, no documentation regarding any threats, safety concerns, or security concerns were tendered to Sheriff’s Officials. At 5:04PM, Forest Preserve Officials supplied Sheriff’s Officials with over 500 pages of documents, 20 voicemails, and two videos which had been posted on Facebook. On June 27th and early in the morning on June 28th, Commissioner Kyle forwarded dozens of emails and voicemails he personally received over the course of several days to Sheriff’s Officials for review.

Once the materials were received, Sheriff’s Detectives commenced an investigation. Detectives reviewed 529 pages of materials/electronic media which included:
Hundreds of comments posted on social media
Hundreds of comments posted on news articles
Hundreds of comments posted on various websites related to Civil War Days
Dozens of electronic messages sent to officials via the Forest Preserve website
Dozens of emails sent directly to Commissioner Kyle
25 voicemails received by Commissioner Kyle and/or Forest Preserve Staff

Additional follow-up was conducted with two social media commenters, as their comments were vague. One of these follow-ups was conducted in-person with the poster, as he resides locally. The other was conducted via telephone, as he resides out of state. Interviews with both social media posters revealed while their comments were in extreme poor taste, there was no criminal intent/threat surrounding their message.

After all of the data was reviewed, Sheriff’s Detectives found NO credible threats to Forest Preserve Elected/Appointed Officials, Forest Preserve Staff, Forest Preserve Property, participants of Civil War Days, or guests planning to attend Civil War Days. No documentation provided by the Lake County Forest Preserve yielded any evidence of a threat to the event. There is no evidence of any crime.

Lake County Forest Preserve Officials were made aware of our findings this morning.

[INITIAL PRESS RELEASE] Sheriff’s Office Requested to Conduct Criminal Investigation into ‘Civil War Days’ Threats (Issued 6/25/19)

On June 24, 2019, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office learned ‘Civil War Days,’ hosted by the Lake County Forest Preserve, was canceled. Forest Preserve Officials cited the cancellation was due to security concerns.

Prior to the decision by the Lake County Forest Preserve, on Friday, June 21, 2019, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office communicated to the Forest Preserve that an official request would be needed to conduct an evaluation of the threats and/or safety concerns. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office did not receive any official request nor any supporting documentation to conduct an evaluation, therefore, the Sheriff’s Office was unable to render any recommendations to Forest Preserve Officials.

On June 25, 2019, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Lake County Commissioner Dick Barr. Commissioner Barr requested the Sheriff’s Office conduct a criminal investigation into the threats, to determine if the threats were criminal in nature, and if so, work to hold those accountable who made such threats.

Following today’s request from Commissioner Barr, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office reached out to the Lake County Forest Preserve and requested all of the documentation and information surrounding any threats made concerning ‘Civil War Days.’ Lake County Sheriff’s Administration sent a request to Forest Preserve Administration/Forest Preserve Public Safety requesting they meet with our Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is committed to providing assistance and resources to the Lake County Forest Preserve and any other organizations, when requested.

LC Board Member Dick Barr Requests Criminal Investigation Into Reported Threats Regarding Civil War Days

LC Board Member Dick Barr Requests Criminal Investigation Into Reported Threats Regarding Civil War Days

**Sheriff’s Office Requested to Conduct Criminal Investigation into ‘Civil War Days’ Threats**

On June 24, 2019, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office learned ‘Civil War Days,’ hosted by the Lake County Forest Preserve, was canceled. Forest Preserve Officials cited the cancellation was due to security concerns.

Prior to the decision by the Lake County Forest Preserve, on Friday, June 21, 2019, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office communicated to the Forest Preserve that an official request would be needed to conduct an evaluation of the threats and/or safety concerns. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office did not receive any official request nor any supporting documentation to conduct an evaluation, therefore, the Sheriff’s Office was unable to render any recommendations to Forest Preserve Officials.

On June 25, 2019, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Lake County Commissioner Dick Barr. Commissioner Barr requested the Sheriff’s Office conduct a criminal investigation into the threats, to determine if the threats were criminal in nature, and if so, work to hold those accountable who made such threats.

Following today’s request from Commissioner Barr, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office reached out to the Lake County Forest Preserve and requested all of the documentation and information surrounding any threats made concerning ‘Civil War Days.’ Lake County Sheriff’s Administration sent a request to Forest Preserve Administration/Forest Preserve Public Safety requesting they meet with our Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is committed to providing assistance and resources to the Lake County Forest Preserve and any other organizations, when requested.