Judge Offers Insight into Lake County Court System

Judge Daniel Shanes discusses finances, court services and changing times.

Buffalo Grove business representatives got an insider’s perspective on Lake County’s judicial system this month when Judge Daniel Shanes spoke at a luncheon.

Lake County employs 13 circuit court judges and 24 associate judges, Shanes said. In addition to the main courthouse in Waukegan, the system includes a juvenile court and jail and three traffic court branches.

Lake County includes specialized courts for drug offenders and mental health cases, and the economy also has created a demand in another area.

“We have three judges hearing mortgage foreclosures now. We didn’t need to do that three years ago,” Shanes said.

Shanes noted that television portrayals of courts don’t show the behind-the-scenes considerations of the judicial system. In Lake County, those include cooks and nutritionists dedicated to the needs of juvenile offenders, a veterans’ program for offenders suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, language interpreters and child care for youths whose parents have court obligations.

Shanes also fielded questions from the audience. One person asked why gangs are permitted to exist.

“I am sometimes reminded that it is not illegal to belong to a gang. It is illegal to commit gang activity,” Shanes said.

Another person wondered what can be done to cut costs in the judicial system. Taxpayers fund the majority of the county’s $22 million annual budget, Shanes said.

“Technology will reduce the cost of doing business,” he said.

“We can move things along,” he added. “I ask lawyers all the time, ‘When will we have a meaningful hearing on this case?’ Instead of hearing endless status dates, I want to know, ‘When will it be fruitful to have them back?’ ”

Shanes, a third-generation lawyer, is by Buffalo Grove Village President Jeff Braiman, who is seeking election to the . The district includes parts of Buffalo Grove, Long Grove, Vernon Hills, Libertyville, Mundelein, Grayslake, Hawthorne Woods Deer Park and Kildeer.

RELENTLESSCRITIC July 27, 2012 at 10:05 AM
Nope. I!m not the one in too deep. I didn't get myself recalled from office for being incompetent- YOU did.
RELENTLESSCRITIC July 27, 2012 at 10:14 AM
Ms. George- I should point out that your buddy Ms. Stone tried to sue someone who made a far less offensive comment about her son than the ones you made by calling Mr. Bushey a gamggbanger and pedophile. For your sake, let's hope he has thicker skin than Stone and doesn't lawyer up and try to sue you for libel.
Mark Bushey July 27, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Ms. Stone I was talking about other issues that you brought up. As you can see, Ms. George and I discussed theother issue about her daughters. I do not advocate depravation in any way. I, along with 99% of Buffalo Grove, am just sick of hearing claims with out any proof. Once you have physical evidence to show us, go ahead and talk all you want. Once you have proof. Until then, all you seem to be an advocate for is anarchy.
Bonnie George July 27, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Relentlesscritic- At this time if anyone wants to sue me, I have nothing. The doctor bills for our family have been extremly costly. My husband who is in construction has been on unempoyment for the past year! I have not been working for the past year because the stress caught up with me and I needed to get a pacemaker. Also public record are house is in foreclosure. What do you want for me? I have nothing but my family!! You can not sue me for my family!!
Bonnie George July 27, 2012 at 02:45 PM
I am in civil suit with the pedofile. It is going no where my attorney withdrew never showed up to status call and waited 1.5 years to withdraw!! Guess who that is? Judge Shanes would never put up with him in his Court Room!!
Lisa Stone July 27, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Mark: The FBI that Bonnie & I spoke with for over 4 hours, I imagine is reading these blogs. Strangely, you seem more concerned with Bonnie's "outing" the facts, than you do about the crime inflicted on children. Why? Who are you to tell the mother of molested children, when, where or how to warn the public? You should actually thank the George Family for bringing their pain public, as it may save others from the horror of what they've been living, specifically her girls. Clearly, you must have some strange stake in this insidious battle as well, so why don't you take your issue and discuss it with a good therapist, and notice the glaring light that you no longer can divert. As far as "butts," I won't go Freudian on you, but you ought to deeply psychoanalyze your anger with a good therapist. While you seem "butt" focused, please stop offending Mothers and Fathers that are rightfully outraged by your acceptance of such deviant acts. Bonnie's courage is an inspiration for so many others, unlike your lack of courage. You've actually demonstrated to all readers how severely weak you are, as any strong adult would be appalled with this crime, and never defend it in any, way shape or form. Where the George's choose to exercise their rage is none of your business, as you are not in their painful shoes. They need change for their girls, and bringing it public on this blog, hopefully other kids may be saved from such twisted sexual abuse by men. What's your beef?
Mark Bushey July 27, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Ms. Stone, if you had continued reading this thread, you would have seen my apology to Ms. George. I admire her and her daughter for their strength and restraint through the ordeal. I probably would have killed the man if it was my daughter. So please drop the fact. I also thought I deleted the post that even brought it up in the first place. I was wrong, and have now done so.
Bonnie George July 27, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Mark- Please do not ever think of killing a man who has done this to you daughters. My husband is in complete shock and people ask him why he did not kill him. That question kills him every time he is asked!! My daughters need thier father and I need my husband. Please do not think lower of my husband because he refuses to kill him! My husband and family are very normal people. We just had many unfortunate things happen to us. My nephew also had addiction to heroin and OD and died!! We have all hit rock bottom and coming out of it with help just does not do it!! Life is Bad Luck to the George Family!! Then Jeff Braiman withdrew from our Civil Case after a year and a half. Now that we need a lawyer desperetly no one will finish the case!! Do you have any ideas? We are friends now!!
Stuart Tindall July 27, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Did anyone notice that this was posted 3 months ago?
Lisa Stone July 28, 2012 at 04:35 AM
What's your point Stuart, other than the obvious? Take a walk....
Stuart Tindall July 28, 2012 at 04:54 AM
At midnight? I would rather not. Who knows what kind of creepy, obsessive people that scour old thre . . I mean . . . dark neighborhoods, are out there.
RELENTLESSCRITIC July 28, 2012 at 05:42 AM
You mean the obvious that you are a shameless political suck-up that tries to buddy up with any politician that will take your phone call? When are you going to answer my questions about Mathias' support for your coalition, Ms Stone? Why no answer? BECAUSE HE DOESN'T SUPPORT IT. Just like everyone else in town except you. Face it- he bailed on you and your non- cause.
Mark Bushey July 28, 2012 at 05:53 AM
There is only one thing poisoning this town and it is Lisa Stone.
Bonnie George July 28, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Mark, Lisa is only trying to help this town. She will have a successful outcome in the end!! Mark please try and trust me on this one!! If I am wrong, then you have every right personnaly to tell me Bonnie George - I told you so. I do not get involved in her issues. She helped us out so much by getting the pedofile out of our neighborhood. The pedofile in court said he visits his family 5 doors down, but the truth is he goes to the neighbors house across the street. He was partying all day there, drinking alcohol bevereges, smoking premium cigars and watching young girls in bikinis jumping in and out pool of the house he hangs out at !! How sick is that? The law is suppose to be that he can not come within 600 feet of the victim. So therefore our family had to see his smiling face ever day! Torture!! President Braiman felt bad for him and altered documents to allow him 275 feet from the vicim. I was mad! President Braiman said to me in court if he was his client he would allow him to be there!! I thought President Braiman was my attourney at the time. Wow!! I knew something fishy was going on. I realized he was great friends with the pedofiles attourney. Within months from that the village hired the pedofiles son to work for free. As you know I knew the entire family very well!! I gave the village much evidence on not to hire him, facebook pages with words you would not believe and X rated DVDs he had given my children.
Bonnie George July 28, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I also told the Village he threaten to burn my house down!! No one cared about this. President Braiman told me conflict of intrest there is nothing he could do!! Would you want your wife working in the same building as the son!! Not my husband!! Now my daughter tell the son is under investigation for burning his own deck down at his own house!! PLEASE I WARNED THEM!!
Bonnie George July 28, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Early June Lisa Stone went to the pedofiles friends house, she asked to speak to the pedofile. Lisa only wanted his autograph because she never met a pedofile before. The pedofile would not come out of the house. The pedofile left his friend house and never returned!! Our family has not seen him there since!! Lisa is a major asset to my comunity!! And all the neighbors are so happy not to see him either!! Kuddos to Lisa!!
Sandy Klein July 28, 2012 at 04:36 PM
You should have your @$$ sued for libel. How DARE you accuse someone of such a thing. You did it before and you're doing it again. There is no stopping the venom you spew just because we dislike who you've chosen to align yourself with. Maybe a fat lawsuit will cure the diarrhea of mouth you've caught from Lisa Stone.
Bonnie George July 28, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Sandy! Please mind your own business!! We have no money because of all the doctor bills and our house is in forclosure!! Mark and I are all good! Please do not get involved I have nothing but my family who are all in severe depression!! Please leave Mark and I alone!! Please!! I can not go through anymore stress!! My children tried to commit suiside as well as myself! Please we only have each other!! We need help!! Please get off my back. Lisa is helping our family get over this!! Would you have even offered?
Abigail July 28, 2012 at 07:25 PM
I am absolutely and utterly speechless. RC, Mark, Stuart & Sandy - I give you credit for trying to be the voice of reason, but I truly think you're all wasting your time.
Bonnie George July 28, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Lisa Stone is truly a wonderful Humanitarian Activist!! She is just trying to save lives of people who are in need! We all need this. Think back to when you were kids. Life and money were all good. We need Lisa to keep up what is really going on!! She is just a volunteer to make our people aware of how worse things can be!! I think we she all be thanking her for what she does!!! Think about it!! I do thank you Lisa for what you do!!
Sandy Klein July 28, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Oh, Bonnie, this is a public forum you're posting on, so telling me to mind my own business is just silly. If you're so stressed out let me suggest you watch your words carefully and stop writing libelous things about people which will only add to your mounting stress and problems.
Bonnie George July 28, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Sandy Thank you so much for keeping me in line!! Bonnie
Mark Bushey July 29, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Bonnie- I did want to make one thing clear. Just because I accepted your apology does not mean I thought what you said was ok. I understand it was the heat of the moment. That is why I accept your apology. But calling someone a pedophile is a serious accusation, and a lot of people wouldn't be as forgiving as me. An accusation in a public forum like this is grounds for a libel lawsuit. I am a father of a toddler girl. Calling me a name like that as a rebuttal to a comment I made was a horrible thing to do. You called me a criminal name. However, that being said, you did apologize, and I did apologize for what I said. That matter is done, so please, anyone attacking her for what she said to me, please stop. That matter is closed, though I do appreciate the defense.
Sandy Klein July 29, 2012 at 04:14 AM
M. Bushey, the point I was trying to make and apparently failed at is that you are not the first person she has gone after. My post was not as much a defense of you as it was a warning to her. She needs to stop this habit of hers of posting such things. She did it previously here and I believe in the comment section of the Daily Herald. Having been called a pedophile myself in one of her posts, I'm just giving her fair warning - and it's not the first time I've warned her, so we'll see what happens in the future.
Mark Bushey July 29, 2012 at 04:22 AM
I understand. My last comment to her was also a warning. Not meant as a threatening warning, but still a warning. Using words like that is asking for a lawsuit from someone. I understand she is very sensitive and going through a very hard time, and that is why I accepted her apology.
Bonnie George July 29, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Well I am done with all of this! Thank you Mark! I wish you the best of life with your family!! I quit blogging forever!! Best wishes to you all!! My last blog ever!!
Bonnie George July 30, 2012 at 04:16 PM
I slept on this decision of not blogging!! I will be back and will not let anyone bully me! Thank you Mark! I need to come out of my shell and will not allow anyone keep me in there!!
Mark Bushey July 30, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Why are you thanking me? I don't see anyone bullying you on here. The closest thing to bullying is me telling you to shut up, which you followed up with calling me a gangbanger and pedophile. Those slurs would be more "bullying" than what anyone else on here has said to you.
Bonnie George July 30, 2012 at 06:01 PM
I am so sorry Mark! I would. be as angry as u if someone said that to me! I am just feeling so horrible what I called you!! Irish I can forget what I said! It' breaks my heart! Every time I think about it I cry! Part of my post traumatic stress!
Walter White July 31, 2012 at 05:23 PM
I'm sure all these candidates really appreciate the hijacking of their stories. They must be killing each other vying for the Lisa Stone endorsement.


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