McHenry County safer citizens Leadership

The McHenry County Safer Citizens page is a resource for citizens, law enforcement, and elected officials and how to bets support them. It provides information on crime prevention, safety tips, the latest alerts, and more.

Public Safety is crucial – if we all ban together and reach out to our friends, family, and neighbors we can make a difference.

If you are interested in learning about what’s happening in your community or want to take steps to stay safe, sign the pledge and join us!

John Wuich

John Wuich

Executive Director

William primm

William primm

McHenry County Sheriff

Lou Bianchi

Lou Bianchi

Retired States Attorney

William Brogan

William Brogan

Retired McHenry Police Chief

Robert Borchert

Robert Borchert

Retired FBI Agent

Businesses worry about rising crime downtown after latest violent outburst at Millennium Park

CHICAGO (CBS) -- With an increase in downtown violence, businesses fear it will scare customers away. Just last night, an off-duty Cook County Sheriff's deputy working security in Millennium Park shot a man who had opened fire in the park. The scene extended to...

Illinois set to fund police co-responder program with $10 million

Kristi Blokhin | Shutterstock.com (The Center Square) – A $10 million pilot program could soon start that will require social service providers and police officers in certain jurisdictions to work together to better handle certain situations when responding to a 911...

Violent crime rose nearly 40 percent in Aurora from 2019 through 2021; driven by aggravated assaults

Wirepoints recently reported on how Illinois’ fifth-biggest city of Rockford is struggling to contain violent crime. It’s up 26 percent since 2019. A look at the numbers in Aurora shows that Illinois’ second-largest city is in the same situation. City data shows that...

State’s attorneys say they’re concerned about end of cash bail

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WGEM) - The elimination of cash bail is fast approaching for Illinois following the passage of the SAFE-T act in January 2021. Some judges have even begun the transition to no cash bail, but prosecutors are saying no cash bail will make their job a...

Only 15-percent of carjackers in Chicago have been arrested, study says

CHICAGO - City leaders blame the recent surge in carjackings on bored young people looking for trouble, and the Chicago Police Department says juveniles make up nearly 60-percent of carjacking arrests. However, one local expert from the University of Chicago's...

Illinois budget sweeps $5 million from 911 fund, concerning law enforcement

  (The Center Square) – The new budget Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed sweeps $5 million out of the statewide 9-1-1 fund to start up a new number for mental health emergencies. The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP) say the sweep was done without the...

Eric Adams Acknowledges Progressive Criminal Justice Reforms Contribute to Growing Crime Rates

New York City Mayor Adams (D) said Sunday that he agreed with comments made last week by former NYPD Commissioner William Bratton, who said progressive politics surrounding the criminal justice system has led to a spike in crime in American cities.   Bratton said...

Bill on Gov. Pritzker’s desk would crack down on organized retail crime in multiple ways, amid spike in such crime on Mag Mile and elsewhere

CHICAGO (CBS) -- We've seen smash-and-grab retail thefts happen across the Chicago area – in the city and suburbs alike. Now, a new law waiting on Gov. JB Pritzker's signature will make it easier for police to catch these criminals. Full text of the bill, HB1091 As...

Alderman explains Chicago’s $1.9 billion plan to tackle violent crime — but ‘arrest’ and ‘prosecution’ aren’t in the mix

Lakeview Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) shared his notes from a recent public safety meeting, hosted by the mayor’s office, with his constituents in an email Thursday. “During the meeting the Mayor, several City department commissioners, and Northside [sic] police district...

Legislation classifying Illinois dispatchers as first responders clears legislature

(The Center Square) – A bill that would give Illinois emergency dispatchers more benefits and officially classify the profession as first responders could soon be sent to the governor. Senate Bill 3127 was filed by state Sen. Neil Anderson and provides that emergency...
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