Demetri Tsilimigras Running for Circuit Court Judge

Demetrio Tsilmigras

Demetri Tsilimigras

Filed yesterday was a statement of organization by Assistant State’s Attorney Demetri Tsilimigras to run for McHenry County Circuit Court Judge.

Tsilimigras has made no secret that he wants to be a judge.

Appointed to the spot vacated by Judge Gordon Graham was Associate Judge James Cowlin.

To retain the spot, Cowlin will have to win a primary election with Tsilimigras.

Chairman of Tsilimigras is Robert Hanlon. The campaign Treasurer Dominique Buttitta.

McConnaughay Reports

A message from State Senator Karen McConnaughay:

Senator McConnaughay’s Legislative Update: September 1, 2015

Karen McConnaughayThe Senate is set to return to Springfield next week as Illinois continues to operate without a state budget.  So far, lawmakers have approved spending for education and federal dollars for certain programs, but the bulk of state revenue remains unallocated.

At the heart of the issue is years of fiscal mismanagement that have left Illinois with many problems, but few resources. Recent reports about Illinois’ unemployment numbers and jobs climate are further proof that it’s time to tackle the problems holding our state back.

Next week, we will continue to work toward finding a solution to address Illinois’ fiscal situation.

As always, I hope you will contact me or my office with questions or concerns you may have. You can also visit my legislative website at
Karen McConnaughay
State Senator for the 33rd District

McConnaughay to host ‘Fun-O-Lympics’

State Sen. Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles) will host a free “Fun-O-Lympics” kids health and safety fair from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Saturday, Sept.12, at Marlowe Middle School located at 9625 Haligus Road in Lake in the Hills.

“Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our kids. The ‘Fun-O-Lympics’ are a great way to teach our kids about leading active, healthy lives in a way that is fun for the whole family,” said McConnaughay.

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Illinois Job Growth Lags Behind Nation

The latest report from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) shows the state ended July with an unemployment rate of 5.8 percent, down from 5.9 percent in June. Illinois also gained about 1,900 nonfarm payroll jobs, but job growth continues to trail behind other states. IDES Director Jeff Mays said if Illinois employment growth had matched the rest of the nation this year, “Illinois would have added 40,000 more jobs by now.”

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“F” doesn’t mean “Friendly” for small businesses

According to an annual survey released this month, Illinois gets an “F” on its small-businesses report card.

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Opportunity Elsewhere?

Another report on Illinois’ economy indicates that thousands of Illinoisans found job opportunities, in other states. The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI), a public policy think tank, cites figures from the Internal Revenue Service. IPI reports, “…in 2012, Illinois lost more taxpayers and taxpayer wealth to a greater number of states than ever before.” The Institute’s analysis indicates that nearly 67,000 taxpayers and their dependents left Illinois taking with them $3.7 billion in annual income.

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Regulation Reform = Economic Growth

Gov. Rauner signed legislation during the week that supporters said is an example of what can be accomplished when political parties and opposing interests work together for the benefit of the entire state.

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Legislative Action Round-Up

Gov. Rauner took action on a number of bills during the week. A complete list is available on the Senate Action page of the Senate Republican Caucus Web site.

CL Has Problems at Golf Course from Miller to Village

7:50 PM update:

Advisory: ROADWAYS ARE OPEN: Golf Course Rd from Miller Rd to Village Rd; Somerfield Ln & Copperfield Ln.

ROADWAYS ARE OPEN: Golf Course Rd from Miller Rd to Village Rd; Somerfield Ln &Copperfield Ln.

A message from the Crystal Lake Police Department:

ROADWAYS CLOSED due to police activity:

Golf Course Rd from Miller Rd to Village Rd; Somerfield Ln & Copperfield Ln.

Somerfield Ln & Copperfield Ln., CLPlease avoid the above locations until further notice.

This message came from the Lake in the Hills Police Department at 2:22 PM:

School District 300 on Soft Lock down

Please be advised that District 300 is on lock down due to an incident that occurred in Crystal Lake.

Lake in the Hills Police Department is taking precautionary measures with police presence at the schools and drop off areas in Lake in the Hills Police Jurisdiction.

Here is what Crystal Lake High School District 155 is reporting on its web site at 2 PM:

Soft Lockdown in Place at Crystal Lake South High School

by Shannon Mortimer in CL South, District Office

A soft lockdown is in place at Crystal Lake South High School. Crystal Lake Police are investigating an off-campus incident. This is a precautionary measure. During a soft lockdown, students move between classes, but no one will be allowed to enter or exit the building.

We will continue to work closely with the Crystal Lake Police Department and our school resource officers as their investigation continues. We will inform you once the soft lockdown is lifted.
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Update: ​Students on bus route 501 (all stops), bus route 500 (two stops at Alexandra and Shelton; Shelton and Stockton), and bus route 502 (Village and Ashford; Ashford and Hartford) were kept after school while police continue to investigate in that area. Parents of those students have been contacted. All other students were released at 2:50 p.m. If you have questions please contact the main office 815-455-3860.

Andersson Completes Leadership Training

A press release from State Rep. Steve Andersson:

Andersson Completes Regional Leadership Institute

State Representative Steve Andersson (R-Geneva) recently completed a leadership training program at the 21st Annual Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development.

Steve Andersson

Steve Andersson

The program, called one of the premier leadership training programs in the nation, gives legislators in the region the opportunity to enhance their skills through a unique educational experience.

“This was an extremely valuable experience that not only stressed leadership skills but also public policy issues.  I am eager to expand upon what I learned at the Bowhay Institute with my continued work in the Illinois General Assembly.”

Founded in 1995, the institute gathers legislators from across the Midwest region, and Andersson was one of 35 legislators selected to complete the program.

“This was an extremely valuable experience that not only stressed leadership skills but also public policy issues. I am eager to expand upon what I learned at the Bowhay Institute with my continued work in the Illinois General Assembly.”

The program is funded through various grants from foundations and corporate sponsors, and is held every year in partnership with the Univeresity of Wisconsin’s Roberrt M. La Follette School of Public Affairs.

Overall, the Bowhay Institute was created to address the shortage of training available for state legislators with the goal of assisting and advancing state government.

12 Seek Metra Spot

The $15,000 a year post to replace Metra Board member Marc Munaretto has attracted 12 applicants, including McHenry County Board member Ken Koehler, two former McHenry County College Board members–Dennis Adams and Tom Wilbeck and Woodstock Mayor Brain Sager.

The McHenry County Board’s press release follows:

McHenry County will interview 12 candidates to serve as representative to the Metra

Ken Koehler

Ken Koehler

WOODSTOCK, IL: McHenry County will interview candidates to serve as McHenry County representative to the Metra Board.

Three members of the County Board will interview 12 candidates on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 1:00pm.

The County intends to appoint a representative to the Metra Board at their September 15, 2015 County Board Meeting.

The names of applicants scheduled to interview are noted below:

    • Robert O’Halloran
    • Fred Martin
    • Virginia Peschke
    • Dennis Adams
    • Dennis Adams

      Dennis Adams

    • James Nixon
    • David Kielpinski
    • Tom Wilbeck

    • Thomas Wilbeck
    • Brian Sager
    • Gary Overbay
    • Terence Nader
    • Charles Eldredge
    • Kenneth Koehler

Schofield Reports $1,000

Mike Skala

Mike Skala

Schofield looking right talkingMcHenry County Board member Carolyn Schofield reported on August 24 that she received a $1,000 contribution from Innovative Component Sales of Huntley.

McHenry County Board member Mike Skala is listed on the Secretary of State’s web site as being the company’s President.

Nancy Gonsiorek

Nancy Gonsiorek

In filing, Schofield listed District 3 McHenry County Board GOP Primary Election candidate Nancy Gonsiorek as her campaign fund Treasurer.

Schofield is chairing her own committee.

Schofield is running against

  • Paul Serwatka, who has given his own campaign $100,000
  • Allen Skillicorn, who reported having $15,352.53 as of the end of June and receiving $2,300 since then
  • Dan Wilbrandt, who has gotten $39,000, including $25,000 from himself

Strip Joint Regulation

There aren’t any strip joints in McHenry County right now, but note was made during the Unified Development Ordinance debate by Wonder Lake’s John Hammerand that it language was not good enough.

The billboard for Blackjacks on Route 14.

Billboards like this have disappeared from McHenry County highways.

Deputy County Administrator Scott Hartman brought up the subject of specific “Adult Use” licensing at Monday’s meeting of the Law and Justice Committee.

“It’s going to end up in court,” Ken Koehler observed.

“A Federal Court,” Mike Walkup added.

“I think it is a good idea in many respects, but I think it has a downside,” Koehler continued.

It would “invite” something we don’t want.

Hartman pointed out that the County would be “creating a road map” with such an ordinance, but “absent something like this we can’t ask for a background check.”

Koehler noted that “the biggest reason these folks would not consider McHenry County is because [they] can’t serve liquor.

“I see some sharpy from Los Vegas come in and make money on a lawsuit,” he said.

Chairwoman Sue Draffkorn was worried about human trafficking.

Hartman suggested an ordinance would help “eliminate adult use facilities as a venue for human trafficking” because “identification of all employees would be required.

“[The county] can check whenever we want.”

He added that “a license gives the McHenry County Sheriff a bigger role.”

Koehler related a story about a Sheriff’s Deputy who was given $1,000 to go undercover in a strip joint.

“They went in and supposedly bought beer and poured it down a toilet–what a waste!

“Then, he managed to get himself handcuffed to the striper pole…and they weren’t even his.”

John Jung added something about a place in District 6 that burned down, but I didn’t catch the details.

Dan Wilbrandt’s Palm Card

This is the third walk piece in the four-person campaign to replace Republican State Rep. Mike Tryon.

It comes from West Dundee Village Trustee Dan Wilbrandt.

Wilbrandt Lit 8-31-15 front palm cardWilbrandt Lit 8-31-15 back palm card

You can find Lakewood Village Trustee Paul Serwatka’s walk piece here.

East Dundee Trustee Allen Skillicorn’s can be found here and here.

McHenry County Board member Carolyn Schofield has not yet revealed her handout.

Sauer Lists Endorsements

A press release from Nick Sauer, candidate to replace Ed Sullivan as State Representative in southwestern Lake County.  He and Don McConchie are facing off in the Republican Primary Election in March.

Nick Sauer Releases List of Endorsements

Wide Support for Illinois State Representative District 51 Run

Lake Barrington, Ill. – Aug. 31, 2015 – Lake County Board Member Nick Sauer, independent conservative running for Illinois State Representative in the 51st District, has received over 40 endorsements from local leaders across Lake County and the 51st District, with more to be released in the coming weeks.

Nick Sauer

Nick Sauer

“I am humbled by the overwhelming support and enthusiasm I have received from friends, supporters, voters and community leaders like these, since I announced my candidacy one week ago.” said Sauer.

“The constant theme that I hear across Lake County and District 51 is that people want to make Illinois a better place to live, work, invest and raise a family again. The people of our district know that I will fight to do just that.” Sauer added.

“I want to thank everyone that has reached out to me and look forward to earning the most important endorsement, the vote of the people across our district.” said Sauer.


  • Barrington Village Trustee Jim Daluga
  • Barrington Village Trustee Todd Sholeen
  • former Barrington Village Trustee Robert Windon
  • former Barrington 220 School Board Member Jeff Church
  • Chairman of the Lake County Board Aaron Lawlor
  • Cuba Township Assessor Rebecca Tonigan
  • Cuba Township Trustee Jack Mumaw
  • former Deer Park Village Trustee Bill Koutsis
  • former Illinois State Senator David Barkhausen
  • former Illinois State Representative Joann Osmond
  • Illinois State Representative Ed Sullivan Jr.
  • Lake Barrington Village Trustee Andrew Burke
  • Lake Barrington Village Trustee Karen Dalton Lange
  • Lake Barrington Village Trustee Chris Mitchell
  • former Lake Barrington Village Trustee David Raclaw
  • Lake Barrington Village Trustee John Schaller
  • Lake Barrington Village Trustee Connie Schofield
  • Lake Barrington Village Trustee Jim Thompson
  • Lake County Board Member Chuck Bartels
  • Lake County Board Member Steve Carlson
  • Lake County Board Member Brent Paxton
  • Lake County Board Member Linda Pederson
  • Lake County Board Member, Forest Preserve District President Ann Maine
  • Lake County Board Member, former State Representative Sidney Mathias
  • former Lake County Board Member Stevenson Mountsier
  • Lake County Board Member Mike Rummel
  • Lake County Board Member Craig Taylor
  • Lake County Board Member Bonnie Thomson Carter
  • Lake County Board Member Tom Weber
  • Lake County Board Member Jeff Werfel
  • Lake County Clerk of the Circuit Court Keith Brin
  • Lake County Treasurer David Stolman
  • Lake Zurich Village Trustee Jim Beaudion
  • Libertyville Township Assessor Peggy Freese
  • Mayor of Lake Barrington Kevin Richardson
  • Mayor of Lake Zurich Tom Poynton
  • former Mundelein Village Trustee Ed Sullivan Sr.
  • North Barrington Village Trustee Pete Boland
  • North Barrington Village Trustee Martin Pais
  • North Barrington Village Trustee Lawre Weiner
  • Wauconda Township Supervisor Glenn Swanson

About Nick Sauer

As Illinois State Representative, Nick Sauer will work hard to restore faith in our government, continue to be a fiscal watchdog, create common sense solutions to our complex financial problems and inspire families and young people to believe in Illinois’ future.

Nick Sauer currently serves as a Lake County Board Member and Forest Preserve Commissioner, as well as a Director on the Illinois Tollway Board, appointed by Governor Rauner.

Nick is a member of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, is the Chairman of the Cuba Township Republicans and is actively involved in the Lions Club, Chambers of Commerce, Royal Family Kids Camps for foster children and Citizens for Conservation. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver and is obtaining his masters degree from Northwestern University. Nick is also an alumnus of the Edgar Fellows Program at the University of Illinois.

Illinois House District 51 is in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and encompasses Barrington, Deer Park, Green Oaks, Hawthorn Woods, Kildeer, Lake Zurich, Lake Barrington, Libertyville, Long Grove, Mundelein, North Barrington, Tower Lakes and Vernon Hills.

For more information about Nick Sauer and his campaign please visit