Almost $66,000 Flows from Woodstock Employees into Coffers of Police and Public Works Unions

$65,888.77 went from tax dollars in 2017 to the two unions representing Woodstock Police and Public Works unions.

Below you see two types of 2017 payments from employees of the Public Works Department.

One category is administrative; the other membership.

Perhaps a reader can identify the difference.

In any event, the money went to Local 150 of the Operating Engineers.

The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council/Woodstock Lodge 191 received the following annual payments:

CL Independence Day Parade – Part 7 – Donna & Rosemary Kurtz

Dona and Rosemary Kurtz thanked Crystal Lakers for allowing them to serve in public office.

Behind State Rep. Allen Skillicorn were Rosemary Kurtz and her daughter Donna.

For 45 years mother and daughter–Rosemary and Donna Kurtz–served local residents in elective office.

I kidded P:aul Mingus, Donna’s husband and driver of the convertible, that their had stepped up quite a bit from their previous parade entry, which I christened the “Kurtzmobile.”  Photo from 2013.

Donna is a member of the McHenry County Board and served on the McHenry County College Board previously.

Rosemary Kurtz served as Crystal Lake City Treasurer, then beat me for a seat in the Illinois House and, most recently, won a seat on the Crystal Lake High School Board.

More Evidence of Democratic Party Infighting

During June, McHenry County Blog ran the court papers in a suit between progressive and organization Democrats.

Here is evidence that the fight continues.

A friend of McHenry County Blog penned this piece:

McHenry County Dems’ District 1 Chairman Kathryn Potter Trashes Jack Franks Again

McHenry County Democratic Party’s District 1 Chairman Kathryn Potter once again took to Facebook to trash the most powerful Democrat in the county, Jack Franks.

(She criticized him earlier this month when he offered ice cream to his constituents.)

She also rebuked State Rep. Allen Skillicorn.

Her criticism focused on two aspects.

  1. Franks and Skillicorn should not meddle in outside affairs.
  2. As state lawmakers, Franks and Skillicorn could have lowered property taxes by shifting more education spending to the state but refused.

Is Potter considering a far-left primary challenge against Franks for McHenry County Board Chairman in 2020?

As revealed in her previous attack on Franks, Potter supports

  • an income tax hike via amending the Illinois Constitution and enacting a progressive income tax,
  • getting rid of McHenry County’s ICE detention facility (even Bernie Sanders refuses to say ICE should be abolished), and
  • no cuts to school spending despite 74% of voters demanding cuts.

She accused Franks of “lying” and “undermining local Democrats.”

Potter herself was not in attendance at yesterday’s Algonquin Township meeting, although Democratic county board candidate Michael Vijuk was.

McHenry County Government’s Union Employees Statistics

With the United States Supreme Court having rules that public employees don’t have to pay union dues, McHenry County Blog is looking at the potential impact on local governments, including school districts.

Here is the information for McHenry County:

Description Total  
FOP Labor Unit 148,239.80  
Local 150 Dues – DOT Admin 27,570.61  
Local 150 Dues – DOT Memb 6,920.76  
Local 150 Dues – Facilities Admin 12,771.54  
Local 150 Dues – Facilities Memb 3,130.82  
MAP 515 Circuit Clerk Dues 18,894.00  
SEIU Dues 11,814.87  
SEIU Percent 59,389.64  
  # Employees  
FOP 290  
Local 150 40  
MAP 47  
SEIU 215  

The Service Employees International Union is the only one whose dues are a percentage of an employee’s salary.

Power Taken Away from Citizens at Township Meetings Since 1960 – Part 1

State Rep. Allen Skillicorn asked the Legislative Research Unit to detail what power at Annual Town(ship) Meetings by the General Assembly since 1960.

I have written previously about how the power to set township budgets was taken away from voters after electors in Algonquin and Nunda Townships cast votes township officials didn’t like.

That was anecdotal.

What you read in this report is not.

CL Independence Day Parade – Part 6 – Allen Skillicorn

Catching the attention of kids and adults were three guys on bicycles doing tricks. Here is the first one, lapping, so to speak, Craig Wilcox volunteers handing out candy.

State Rep. Allen Skillicorn came next.

Almost got a shot of all three of Allen Skillicorn’s cyclists here.

Delighting the children along the route were three cyclists doing tricks.

You can see why children would focus of this element of the State Rep. Allen Skillicorn entry.

Then came Skillicorn’s truck, complete with signs and trailing an elephant.

Allen Skillicorn had a truck with large signs with a trailer carrying an elephant.

Skillicorn supporters were handing out bubbly gum.

This candidate,Allen Skillicorn, was on the shady side of the street.  In the background is a sign saying, “Taxation Is Theft.”

At the tail end of the Skillicorn entry was a person carrying a sign that said, “Taxation Is Theft.”

He was walking next to two females wearing buttons saying, “Big Government Sucks.”

GOP Seeks Volunteers

A message from McHenry County Republican Party Chairman Diane Evertsen:

Rauner Volunteers Needed

As you know, the Rauner team is using our Headquarters office for their campaign volunteers to get out the McHenry County vote.

This coming Saturday, July 21st, from 9 am to 9 pm, is another Day of Action for their team and they’d love to have you join with them in making telephone calls.

If you’ve never been engaged in this before, you’re in for a really fun time.

This is a really great way to connect with other McHenry County residents to encourage them to get out to vote in the November election.

Diane Evertsen in Crystal Lake’s Independence Day Parade.

I’m not entirely sure what other questions volunteers will be putting forth this Saturday, but you won’t be asked to convince people or engage in long conversations.

As you know, the Governor’s race is already heating up and we have to do everything we can to promote Republicans in State government.

If you can spend even one hour to make phone calls on Saturday the Rauner Team will greatly appreciate your help. You can show up at any time after 9 am to volunteer for one hour or the whole day – whatever fits into your schedule.

If you’d like further information, please contact Nolan Kirchner who’s in charge of Rauner volunteers at the Headquarters: [email protected]

Trump Cuts Money for Obamacare Facilitators

Any rational Congress would have turned to people who know how to sell insurance to enroll people in Obamacare.

But, no.

Obama’s Democratic Party allies in Congress set up something new–facilitators.

Why not use insurance agents I thought at the time?

The Chicago Tribune reports there will be less money to hire “facilitators.”

Now the Trump Administration is cutting money for facilitators.

Why not eliminate the subsidy and ask insurance agents to do the job?

Will Paul Serwatka Resign at Tonight’s Lakewood Village Board Meeting?

Village President Paul Serwatka’s future with Lakewood may draw a good number of people to the 7 PM Board meeting at RedTail Golf Club.

He accomplished most of the goals he set forth in his 2015 campaign for Trustee and 2017 campaign for Village President.

Under the article about last Tuesday’s meeting being cancelled for lack of a quorum, there are twenty-two comments outlining various views about recent Lakewood governance issues.

There are six more under the article reminding people of the meeting.

If one wants to see what going on in Lakewood from various viewpoints, those comments are the place to start.


Roskam on Trump Meeting with Putin

A press release from Congressman Peter Roskam:

Roskam condemns failure to confront Russian election interference, hostility towards U.S. allies

Washington, D.C. – Representative Peter Roskam (R-IL) released this statement following the press conference held by President Trump and Vladamir Putin:

Peter Roskam

Russia’s interference with our democratic process is appalling and undeniable.

The President has a responsibility to not only confront Vladimir Putin for attacking our democracy, but to use all tools available to prevent future acts of aggression that could undermine the cornerstone of our republic – free and fair elections.

Vladimir Putin is not our ally – he is a brutal dictator who has undermined our democratic institutions; invaded and continues to illegally occupy the territory of our allies Ukraine and Georgia; and continues to support the massacre of hundreds of thousands in Syria.

We must maintain a united front with our partners around the world to confront Russian aggression.

Today’s press conference was an affront to American democracy and the Intelligence Community and a victory for Russian propaganda.

The President has a duty to hold Vladimir Putin to account. 



  • Rep. Roskam considers Putin’s regime as a major threat to U.S. national security and international stability that must be confronted on all levels.
  • Rep. Roskam stands with the U.S. intelligence community’s findings that Russia actively interfered with the 2016 elections and strongly supports Special Counsel Mueller’s ongoing investigation to hold those responsible accountable.
  • Rep. Roskam supported sanctions against Russian entities responsible for interfering in our elections and condemned Russia’s role in the nerve agent attack against Sergei and Yulia Skripal on British territory.
  • Rep. Roskam released a statement of support for the anti-Kremlim protests across the Russian Federation.
  • Earlier this year, Congress provided $380 million in funding to boost our election infrastructure and $300 million to combat Russian cyberattacks. Rep. Roskam is also leading a resolution condemning Russia’s interference in European elections and calling for robust sanctions against these bad actors.

Defenders Garage Sale at Algonquin Township Highway Department on Route 14

A press release from the Environment Defenders of McHenry County:


Keep the spirit of “Spring Cleaning” alive and donate your things to The Environmental Defenders!

Woodstock, IL – June 28, 2018 –The Environmental Defenders will hold its annual Summer Garage Sale Fundraiser from Thursday, July 19 – Saturday, July 21.

Our Garage Sale is a great way to both donate your items and shop for new ones!

From a recent Defenders’ garage sale.

Donation dates precede sale.

By donating and/or shopping, you’re part of a great fundraising effort that supports our organization, which works to preserve and protect the environment here in McHenry County.


  • Sun  7/15/18 2:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Mon  7/16/18 10:00am to 3:00pm
  • Tue  7/17/18 10:00am to 3:00pm
  • Wed  7/18/18 10:00am to 3:00pm


  • Thu  7/19/18 9:00am to 4:00pm
  • Fri  7/20/18 9:00am to 4:00pm
  • Sat  7/21/18 9:00am to 4:00pm


Algonquin Township Highway Department, 3702 US Highway 14, Crystal Lake, IL (Next to The Hollows.)


Did you miss our Spring Garage Sale? Time to start gathering up your donations for our Summer Sale! We are looking for lightly used household items and well-worn tools. All items must be CLEAN and in working order with all their parts. If it needs a cord to run, please make sure you include the cord and any rechargeable battery packs. We get a lot of interest in basic tools so if you have some to spare – we’d love to have them to raise these funds. Other items that sell well are: toys in working order, tableware and serving pieces, household items, seating, and yard and garden tools. Sorry, we cannot take the following items: clothing, stuffed animals, kitchen appliances that are not clean throughout, non-working small appliances, large appliances, TVs, computer monitors or computers. Please be thoughtful when choosing your items for donation.

Founded in 1970, The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the environment. The Defenders have been involved with diverting things from the landfills since 1970 and doing a garage sale is a form of recycling. Donations and membership are encouraged and are tax-deductible as charitable contributions.  For more information, visit or through Facebook at Defenders or call 815-338-0393, MondayFriday,10am-4:30pm.

Woodstock Police Seek Help in Fatal Hit and Run

A press release from the Woodstock Police Department:

Seeking Information – Fatal Hit and Run

First fuzzy photo of red hit and run car.

The Woodstock Police Department continues to seek information regarding a vehicle in connection with a fatal hit-and-run that happened on Thursday, March 30th, 2017.

Route 14 and Lake Shore Drive in Woodstock.

Daniel P. Anderson, 43, of Woodstock, was killed after being struck by this vehicle on Route 14 near Lake Shore Drive around 9:48 p.m.

Second fuzzy photo of the red hit and run car.

The vehicle didn’t stop after the incident and continued west on Route 14 towards Route 47.

Third fuzzy photo of the red hit and run car.

The Woodstock Police Department is looking for a small red car, unknown make and model, in
connection with the incident.

Fourth fuzzy photo of the red hit and run car.

We are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying this vehicle.

The attached pictures are the only photos available of the vehicle.

If you have any information regarding this vehicle, please contact the Woodstock Police Department at 815-338-2131.

We will honor your request to stay anonymous if that is your preference.

Red Flag Gun Control Bill Signed, Along with 72-Hour Waiting Period for Gun Purchases, Roll Calls

A press release from Governor Bruce Rauner:

Gov. Rauner signs emergency “red flag” gun law, enacts 72-hour waiting period for all gun purchases

Vows to veto gun dealer licensing bill again; urges action on broad public safety plan

CHICAGO (July 16, 2018) — Gov. Bruce Rauner today signed two bills into law that could help prevent people who are a threat to themselves or others from possessing or purchasing guns.

The bills, which have bipartisan and bicameral support, are part of the comprehensive public safety plan that the governor unveiled earlier this year.

Rauner’s signature on HB 2354 enacts “red flag” legislation giving courts authority to use emergency civil restraining orders to disarm dangerous individuals; and with the signing of SB 3256, the 72-hour waiting period for handguns delivery is extended to all guns purchased in Illinois.

At the press conference announcing the bill actions, Rauner urged legislators to get to work on other public safety legislation, including proposals that give schools the ability to hire more resource officers and mental health workers, a point he will make at an event in Dixon later today where he will meet with local law enforcement officials and School Resource Officer Mark Dallas, the Dixon officer who was hailed a hero after he stopped a school shooting there in May.

He also used the press conference to make it clear that he will veto dealer licensing legislation (SB 337) if and when it is sent to his desk.

Bipartisan support for emergency restraining orders

“Everyone agrees that we need to keep firearms out of the hands of those who would use them to commit acts of violence against themselves or others,” said Rauner. “These two laws are a commonsense approach that gives us tools to limit access to guns and perhaps save lives while we continue to respect Constitutional rights.”

The new “red flag” law means the courts can prevent possession or purchase of firearms in emergency situations where there is imminent danger of gun violence.

The House vote on the “Fed Flag” gun control bill.

Senate vote on the “Red Flag” gun control bill.

“In the wake of gun violence tragedies, we hear again and again from friends and family members who saw warning signs but felt helpless because they couldn’t keep guns away. With this law, families and law enforcement can seek emergency restraining orders if a person’s gun possession would pose a significant danger to themselves or others. Signing this bill will save lives,” said Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Northlake, co-sponsor of HB 2354.

Peter Breen

“Acts of senseless violence in schools, churches or other public places are all too often committed by individuals who have shown signs that they are mentally unstable and interested in causing harm to themselves or others,” said State Rep. Peter Breen, R-Lombard.

“This tightly worded legislation puts critical protections in place to help curb mass shootings by disturbed individuals who should not have access to guns.

“It’s an excellent example of how we can produce good legislation when politics is set aside, and Republicans and Democrats work together.”

Steve Reick

“The legislation signed into law today addresses the growing problem of unstable people using guns to cause harm, while also protecting gun owners’ rights,” said Rep. Steve Reick, R-Woodstock, also a chief co-sponsor.

“The firearms restraining order bill that was sent to us by the Senate represented an extreme overreach into the civil liberties and Constitutional rights of law-abiding gun owners. It also lacked adequate due process for the individuals from whom firearms would be removed.”

“Domestic violence, suicides, and poor mental health continues to destroy Illinois families and communities across Illinois. This new law gives families a tool to help prevent or lessen violence in Illinois,” said Rep. La Shawn Ford, D-Chicago.

Karen McConnaughay

“One of our goals on the Legislative Public Safety Working Group was to recommend policies that would help to stop future tragedies before they start. That’s exactly what this legislation intends to do,” said Sen. Karen McConnaughay, R-St. Charles.

“As we’ve learned from previous mass shooting situations, family members and others had noticed unstable, reckless or suspicious behavior.

“It is my hope that by providing a legal avenue for family members, acquaintances or law enforcement to identify and potentially stop a seemingly dangerous individual from harming themselves or committing a deadly act of violence, we can prevent a tragedy from occurring.”

“With help from the public in identifying dangerous individuals, this initiative allows for law enforcement to temporarily remove the individual’s FOID card and firearms until the court determines they are no longer a present danger to others,” said Sen. Chris Nybo, R-Elmhurst. “It’s a preventative measure that could save lives in Illinois, and I appreciate the governor’s support and swift enactment.”

Waiting period for all gun purchases

The 72-hour waiting period in SB 3256 is a bipartisan measure extending the wait to all guns purchased in the state. It, too, has the potential to prevent tragedies. In suicide cases, for example, health professionals say if the impulse to commit suicide is not acted upon immediately, it often does not arise again. The short delay prior to possession could be the difference between life and death.

The final House vote on the 72-hour waiting period bill.

The final Senate vote on the 72-hour period bill.

Gun Dealer Licensing

“No such need with respect to firearm possession is answered by the amended dealer licensing bill passed by the General Assembly (SB 337),” the governor said.

“I intend to veto it again because it has no appreciable potential to reduce criminal access to guns.”

House Vote on Senate Bill 337, the licensing of gun dealers.

The Senate vote on Senate Bill 337, which would license gun dealers.

According to Loyola University studies on gun violence in Chicago, criminals rarely buy their guns directly from federally licensed and regulated gun dealers. Criminals obtain their guns further down the supply chain, usually from street sources and most often from sources out of state. No amount of duplicative state regulation of gun dealers, who are already federally licensed, will change that reality.

In addition, Rauner said that SB 337 creates another unnecessary regulatory burden for 2,700 small businesses whose livelihoods would be threatened.

The governor’s comprehensive public safety plan calls for an amendment to the County School Facilities Sales Tax statute to let school authorities use the revenue to hire school resource officers or mental health workers based on local determinations of need. The plan also included the emergency restraining order and 72-hour laws as well as truth-in-sentencing and fiscal reforms to spur economic development and create jobs.

The governor believes bipartisan public safety discretion is what voters ought to have. Use of revenue from this sales tax revenue, provided it is approved by referendum, is a sensible step toward providing adequate security for our schools and giving more local control to our communities, Rauner said.

The governor introduced a comprehensive public safety plan in May. The plan included the 72-hour waiting period for all guns, an emergency restraining order, school resource officer plan, as well as a bump stock ban, truth in sentencing, and a death penalty provision for mass murderers and those who kill police officers.

CL Child Porn Arrest

A press release from the Crystal Lake Police Department:

Unlawful Possession of Child Pornography Arrest

On Friday, July 13, 2018, at approximately 6:00am, the Crystal Lake Police Department, with the assistance of the Illinois Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC)Task Force Unit and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), executed a search warrant at 590 Somerset Lane, Unit 3, Crystal Lake, subsequent to an investigation being conducted regarding the unlawful possession of child pornography.

The matter initially came to the attention of the Crystal Lake Police Department through the ICAC Task Force, of which the Crystal Lake Police Department is a participating member, prompting an immediate investigation.

Anthony Franklin

The Department’s Criminal Investigations Unit conducted the investigation, which culminated in the issuance of a search warrant for the residence of Anthony T. Franklin* (37), of the above noted address.

Following the search of his residence, and based upon the evidence recovered thus far, Anthony Franklin was arrested and charged with the following offenses:

  • 3 counts of Unlawful Possession of Child Pornography- Class X Felony, 720ILCS 5.0/11-
  • 1 count of Unlawful Possession of Child Pornography- Class 1 Felony, 720ILCS 5.0/11-
  • 4 counts of Unlawful Possession of Child Pornography- Class 2 Felony, 720ILCS 5.0/11-
  • 3 counts of Unlawful Possession of Child Pornography- Class 3 Felony, 720ILCS 5.0/11-

Anthony Franklin was confined at the McHenry County Jail where he currently remains in custody in lieu of a $200,000 bond.

His next court date is scheduled for July 17, 2018.

We encourage anyone who may have information relating to this investigation to contact the Crystal Lake Police Department at 815-356-3620 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-762-STOP (7867). Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of any individual. In addition, anyone with a cell phone can send an anonymous tip to the Crystal Lake
Police Department by texting the word CLPDTIP along with the tip information to 847411 (tip411). Normal text messaging rates do apply.

*All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless found guilty in a court of law

6-Year Old Hit by Boat in Cary While Swimming Under Water in Fox River

A press release from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department:

Sheriff’s Office Investigates Boat/Swimmer Accident

A 6-year-old Cary boy sustained serious injuries after being struck by a boat in shallow water on
the Fox River in unincorporated Fox River Grove Sunday afternoon.

At 4:45 p.m., members of the Fox River Grove Fire Protection District, Fox River Grove Police
Department, and Flight for Life along with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office responded to
Picnic Grove Park, located at 598 Birch Lane, for a boat/swimmer accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 19-year-old Algonquin man was piloting an 18 ft Bayliner
towards the beach to dock.

The 6-year-old was swimming at the beach and dove under the water.

Due to the murky water, the 19-year-old was unable to see the boy and drove the boat over him.

The child was next seen floating unconscious next to the boat and was pulled from the water.

Once on the beach, life-saving measures were undertaken by bystanders.

The juvenile was transported by Flight for Life to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park

Ridge with life-threatening injuries. Alcohol is not considered to be a factor in this accident.

The investigation is ongoing by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit.

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The Daily Herald reports that the boy was found alive and airlifted to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, a Level One Trauma Center.

Defenders Seek Visual Support for Solar Panel Zoning at Tuesday County Board Meeting

A message from the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County:

McHenry County Board to Vote on County’s First Community Solar Projects

On Tuesday evening, July 17, the McHenry County Board will vote on the first community solar projects in our county. This potential move toward a more sustainable energy future in McHenry County represents a historic moment for our communities.


The Environmental Defenders encourages members and friends to attend this important meeting Tuesday evening that will decide on THREE community solar projects. Due to the awareness that some opposition exists, it remains even more vital that support for community solar is exhibited at this meeting.

An opportunity to advocate for Communtiy Solar!

We ask that our members wear Environmental Defenders’ apparel if possible or a simple name tag that says, “I Support Community Solar.” There will also be an opportunity to stand up for community solar at the meeting.

The location is:
County Administration Building
County Board Conference Room
667 Ware Road, Woodstock
7PM, Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The County Board’s agenda can be found here.

CL Independence Day Parade – Part 5 – Joe Tirio

The McHenry County Republican Party’s banner led GOP candidates.

A group of Republican candidates followed State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally’s Crystal Lake’s  Independence Day Parade on July 7th.

Republican candidate for County Clerk, current Recorder of Deeds Joe Tirio was the first one.

“Don’t Tread on Me,” says the flag carried by a Joe Tirio supporter.

Next up was a jeep.

Vehicles bearing Joe Tirio’s signs followed the flag.

Walkers wearing shirts promoting Joe Tirio’s candidacy were interspersed among Tirio’s vehicles.

Red seemed to be the color of the day for Republicans, as these three supporters of Joe Tirio demonstrated.

A truck bearing a blow-up elephant was the next vehicle.

A big elephant rode in the next truck in back of County Chairman Diane Evertsen. Also sighted on the truck was County Treasurer Glenda Miller..

A float with flags and the signs of pretty much every GOP candidate on the ballot followed.

Joe Tirio walks on the west side of his truck. County Chairman Diane Evertsen rides in front of the trrailer.

A Joe Tirio for County Clerk banner was immediately behind.

County Board candidate Carolyn Schofield walked in front of the Joe Tirio banner.

But there was still another elephant.

McHenry County Board member Joe Gottemoller handed out goodies next to one of Joe Tirio’s vehicles.

The sides of the final elephant’s trailer was festooned with campaign signs.

Signs from lots of Republican candidates were affixed to this Joe Tirio vehicle.

And just in case people didn’t remember his 2016 campaign slogan–“I won’t Hire My Wife”–Tirio had it printed on the back of his campaign shirts.

Joe Tirio’s slogan from two years ago’s campaign for McHenry County Recorder of Deeds remains the same for his campaign for County Clerk: “I Won’t Hire my Wife.”

Northwest Herald Chastises Algonquin Township Board for Not Putting Road District Question on the Ballot

On Saturday, the Northwest Herald Editorial Board (Jim Ringness, Jon Styf, Eric Olson, Kyle Nabors and Hannah Prokop) gave a “Thumbs-down” to those on the Algonquin Township Board who refused to put a referendum on the ballot concerning putting the Township Board in control of the Highway Department in 2021.

Trustee Rachael Lawrence was praised for bringing up the question as was Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser for supporting the idea.

Missing were the names of those who refused to even second Lawrence’s motion:

  • Supervisor Chuck Lutzow
  • Trustee David Chapman
  • Trustee Dan Shea
  • Trustee Melissa Victor

Former St. Charles Mayor to Replace Karen McConnaughay as State Senate Candidate

Don DeWitte

Holding the majority of votes in State Rep. Karen McConnaughay’s State Senate District, Kane County Republican Party Chairman Ken Shepro decided to appoint former St. Charles  City Councilman and Mayor Don DeWitte to replace her.

Having a decidedly minority vote in the State Senate District, McHenry County Republican Party Chairman Diane Evertsen went along with the program.

DeWitte is now Kane County’s Regional Transportation Authority Board member.

McConnaughay is reportedly thinking about stepping down from her seat early.

At least that is what the Daily Herald says.

Below is his RTA Board biography:

Donald P. DeWitte was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) in September 2013, representing Kane County. He serves on the Audit and Finance committees.

Mr. DeWitte has more than 20 years of municipal and regional administrative experience.

He served as alderman in the City of St. Charles from 1993 until he was elected mayor in 2005.

He retired from that post in May.

During his tenure as mayor, Mr. DeWitte oversaw several major infrastructure projects in St. Charles, including the largest public works infrastructure project in the city’s history, the Red Gate Bridge, and the redevelopment of the St. Charles Downtown Riverfront Business District.

In 2011, St. Charles was recognized by Family Circle magazine as the “Number One City for Families” in the nation.

Mr. DeWitte currently serves as Vice President of Wine Sergi Insurance, an independent commercial insurance brokerage firm, and is also a partner and designer with Professional Kitchen Designs, a kitchen and bath remodeling firm based in St. Charles.

He has been active in several regional organizations, including serving as president of the MetroWest Council of Government, comprised of mayors and administrators from Kane, Kendall, and DeKalb counties; the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference; and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus.

Mr. DeWitte is a lifelong Kane County resident.

Mr. DeWitte attended Elgin Community College and the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEAD) program, in conjunction with the Illinois Municipal League.

Applicants for the seat were

  • State Rep. Allen Skillicorn – East Dundee
  • Don DeWitte –former  St. Charles Mayor, now Kane County’s RTA Board member
  • State Rep. Steve Andersson – Geneva, who announced he was not running for re-election after leading the effort to find Republicans to override the Governor’s veto of the Democratic Party’s income tax, plus gathering GOP votes to pass the Equal Rights Amendment.
  • Carolyn Schofield – Crystal Lake, who is running for the McHenry County Board and who ran unsuccessfully for State Rep. two years ago, carrying McHenry County.
  • Laura Pollastrini – Hampshire, formerly active in DuPage County GOP politics (she ran against Jeanne Ives for State Rep.)
  • Mike McMahon – Elgin, a retired Chicago firefighter