More Reflections from a Reader on the Election

From commenter “In favor of all paper ballots:”

Thought I had a photo of an old ballot box. This newer one will have to do.

Why did the McHenry County manual ballots contain an oval for most offices were there was no candidate?

The only exception I could find was County Board D-4.

Kane County had no such thing.

Based on voting records in primaries, McHenry County voters are Republican in the majority: 39,457 tended to vote Democrat in primaries and 56,348 tended to vote Republican in primaries.

There is a real anomaly when the governor’s race showed a majority for the Republican candidate and yet both Hultgren and Roskam were defeated.

Rauner had 60,579 votes compared to Pritzger with 48,420.

This would appear to reflect the tendency for this County to vote Republican.

However in the Congressional vote it was 56,646 Republican and 59,636 Democrat.

We do know which candidates got the biggest ‘bump’ about thirty six hours after the initial numbers were posted and there appeared to be more than 20,000 ‘missing’ ballots.

Miraculously those ‘missing’ ballots were supposedly found and now included in the results.

I have heard that ‘early’ votes had been missed and maybe there was a software issue.

I have put on my tinfoil hat and come up with the following:

From the McHenry County Election Judge manual Page 32 item 14:

“Paper Ballot voter: Initial application and direct voter to Ballot Distribution Table.”

This is the way I voted and had no problem.

By having an election judge initial the paper ballot used, we are supposed to be assured that no ‘ballot stuffing’ occurs.

However, the Touchscreen voting with paper tape backup has been replaced with what many call ‘machine’ voting by using the ES&S Express vote system.

This process is described on Page 33 of the Election Judge manual.

Based on my interpretation of ES&S documentation I can find no indication anywhere that precludes the gathering of ballots after the election and replacing those ballots with other ballots.

The Express vote ballots appear to be very different than the regular paper ballot because the ballot contains only the choices made by the voter.

From the ES&S system documentation for the Express Vote machines used in McHenry County for this election:

“The machine provides a summary report for the voter to review his or her choices before the ballot is printed. Only the voter’s choices are printed on the ballot.

“The phrase ‘No Selection’ appears under any contest in which the elector did not vote.

“Overvotes and crossover votes cannot occur on this equipment and a voter is warned about undervotes prior to the completion of voting.

“Once the ballot has been marked and is provided to the voter, the ExpressVote clears its internal memory and the paper ballot is the only lasting record of the voting selections made.

“The voter may visually confirm his or her selections, or the ballot may be re-inserted into the machine and the voter selections summary report will provide an audio summary for voters with visual impairments.

“The voter proceeds to enter the ballot into the DS200 or a secured ballot box to be hand tabulated by election inspectors after the polls have closed.

“Ballots marked using the ExpressVote also may be tabulated using the DS850.”

If we had a competent County Clerk and a Chairman who was not a proven liar, I may not be having these thoughts.

Were the ‘missing’ ballots changed?

Message of the Day – A Sweatshirt

Found at the First Church’s  (First United Methodist Church’s) Trunk or Treat the third weekend of October:

This sweatshirt says, “I am currently unsupervised.  I know, it freaks me out too.  But the possibilities are endless!”

The person wearing the sweatshirt was on his way to sit in the driver’s seat of the fire engine that Marty Walter bought from the Village of Lakewood after it decided to dump its privatized fire protection.

Kids stood in line for their chance to sit in the driver’s seat of Marty Walter’s fire engine.



In the beginning, some were allowed to pull the horn, but it was too loud for some of the youngsters with special needs, who were allowed at the event all by themselves for the first hour of the three-hour Sunday afternoon event.

There were a good number of vehicles offering treats.

Some of the cars and vans that offered goodies to the kids.

Here’s my favorite costume:

Preschooler pushes garbage can.


Trying to Get a Handle on Tax Increment Financing Districts

The following is from rural Woodstock resident Susan Handelsman, as result of substantial analysis:

Quantifying the Nebulous “But-For” TIF (Tax Increment Financing) Requirement

Using Cap rate as ‘But-For’ guidance

In every profession there are industry standards guiding decisions. Real estate development investment is no exception. A widely used metric is ‘cap rate’, which simply put is the rate of profit expected on the invested capital. Cap rate is derived by dividing amount of profit by the amount of invested capital.

The industry standard cap rate for any given development proposal can be used as a measurement tool to determine whether a prudent investor “would not develop the property ‘But-For’ “… an inducement of millions of taxpayer dollars in TIF grants and subsidies.

Example: 200-unit apartment building in given region, with developer costs estimated to be $100,000 per unit=$20 million; Net operating income (NOI) of $1,407,920 (assuming 90% occupancy rate, $900 rent/utilities not included, $400,000 Property tax and 7% management costs). 1407920/20000000=.0704 or 7.04% Cap rate.

Compare to Cap rate if developer given TIF grants and subsidies of 30% of project cost: 1407920/14000000=.1006 or 10.06% Cap rate.

Compare to industry average Cap rate in ‘worst’ real estate Class: 6.24% Cap rate.

The above scenario illustrates how it would be logical to deny TIF status; “But-For” conditions are not met because prudent investors are known to be accepting the 6.24% return on average.

Cap Rate underlying variables data

Cap rate industry average statistics are divided into categories. These categories include office, industrial, retail, hotel, multi-family residential, and more. The categories of type of real estate development are further subdivided by geographic location (representative of different investment risk). There are other factors determining sub-sub- categories but these often apply to the right of the decimal point. Different categories command different desired rates of return, because perceptions of risk vary.

Cap rate for any given real estate investment is usually a function of comparison to current 10-year bond rates. (Investors have a choice of where to park their money: a safe government obligation, or a somewhat riskier real estate investment. As a general rule: the higher the risk, the higher the expected returns).

TIF law currently describes several discrete classes of development: golf courses, conservation land, transportation centers, railroad, etc. TIF law could similarly incorporate separate ‘But-For’ standards tied to annually published Cap rates according to real estate development class, such as: “not to exceed 110% of most recent industry average cap rate for proposed real estate classification”.

How to police and enforce ‘Cap Rate Standard’ compliance?

In order to police TIF, there must be access to financial information which may be claimed as proprietary. With possession of that information, there must be a person or body empowered to analyze data and accuse bad actors of violations. Create a TIF Czar through A.G.?

Need a mechanism for prompt adjudication of accused violations. A.G. appointed TIF Review Board arbitration?

There must then be a mechanism to enforce judgements in cases of violations. Claw-backs for violations? This is problematic when a shell company operates without funds retained inside the shell, and failed endeavors will likely be uncollectible debt. Municipal liens on property would be good for taxpayers but may impede project’s borrowing capability.

A mechanism for avoiding violations a priori may be preferable, such as mandatory payment of TIF funding after-the-fact, given receipts? That way if receipts are phony there are already civil and criminal penalties available under current law.

Most effective would be: TIF law to define specific penalties for violations, creating an incentive for a newly created analog to RAC (Recovery Audit Contractors) which police doctors’ offices for billing “violations”, in return for a percentage of the recovery. RAC are given broad powers to access confidential data, and the burden of proof of innocence lies with the accused (doctor, or in this case it would be the TIF developer).

Harvard 16-Year Old Male Arrested after Posting Shot of Gun on Social Media

From the Harvard Police Department:


On 11-06-18 at 1402 hrs, Harvard Police was provided with a social media video posting regarding a juvenile making a suspicious gesture while holding a suspected handgun.

The gun was not at Harvard High School

After a thorough investigation into the video on 11-12-18 at 0750 hrs a Harvard Youth (m-16 yoa) was arrested Unlawful Possession of a Firearm without a Requisite Firearm Owner’s Identification Card.

The Harvard Youth was petitioned to McHenry County Court Services and released to a parent.

“An American” Is Becoming a Regular on Extended Commentary

Under the Sunday article about the election of McHenry County Democratic Party Chair Kristina Zahorik as head of the Illinois Democratic Party Chairs’ Association, “An American” has this to say:

Oh please. The Bernie people endorsed her opponent, Alison Squires, for State Central Committeewoman.

Kristina Zahorik

Zahorik was a Clinton delegate, just like [Jack] Franks, in 2016.

It could be argued that Zahorik is part of the swamp.

She’s been in Democratic politics since Paul Simon was a Senator.

He retired over 20 years ago.

She’s probably going to do a good job in terms of what they want to accomplish which is to bridge the gap between the progressive koo koos and the machine politic scumbags, and help Democrats in general win.

With her living in the 14th and having this position of authority, with J.B. and his money, and Jack Franks being up for election in 2020 Republicans are going to be out of power really fast.

Jack Franks

I could see every state rep and state senate in the county going Democratic and a majority Democratic county board by 2022.

Also, starting in 2022, Illinois will send maybe just 2 or 3 Republicans to Congress (out of 16 or 17).

Franks won’t lose to a prog.

He still has a high favorability rating and tons of money.

Even if the greedy teachers unions decide to betray him, he’ll just find some Democrat to throw their hat in the ring and split the anti-Franks vote.

Republicans aren’t strategic enough to jump ship and send him packing, plus any legit challenger will be coming from his left.

Your only hope of getting Jack out is if Jesse White leaves office and Franks gets the appointment.

Loren Underwood

Besides, McHenry County Jewish groups and McHenry County Democratic Women groups have good relations with each other.

Here’s another prediction for you:

Lauren Underwood will take Dick Durbin’s Senate seat.

I’m not saying she will run in 2020.

Durbin will run again and she will get his seat after he retires, which will be as soon as Trump is out of office (2020 or 2024).

She hits all the checkmarks (black, young, woman) and she could have that seat for 50 years.

Run for Office

Printed with permission from the Illinois Family Institute:

Make A Difference, Run for Office

Written by Leslie Pinney Abbey

As we look back at the results from this election season, we ponder what could have been improved if there were better elected officials in Washington D.C. and in Springfield.

The media constantly draws our attention to the national political scene, yet it was Tip O’Neill who said,

“All politics is local.”

When was the last time you voted in your local election?

[That is where most of the people are elected who decide how much you will be taxed.]

If you do vote, how much research do you do to determine the best candidates?

Despite the federal government’s increasing reach, decisions made at the local level continue to affect our day-to-day lives in significant ways.

Your real estate tax bill is the result of decisions made by your local elected officials, and the amount owed climbs as our home values plummet.

That new park building local government leaders say the town must have, the improvements to the library that simply must happen, and the new computers that must be provided to students are all expenditures voted upon by your local officials.

Your school’s policies regarding curricula-selection as well as the tax levy amounts to pay for teachers’ and administrators’ salaries, pensions and building improvements and additions are determined by your local school board members.

These are costly decisions monetarily and socially.

Who are the people making these decisions?

They are your neighbors.

They are no different or better than many others in your cities and towns.

What sets them apart is their vision for the course of our towns’ and our children’s futures and a willingness to sacrifice their time to help achieve that vision.

You can help shape that vision.

You can have a voice in decisions.

You can influence your schools, libraries, cities, villages and townships. [Township officials are not on the ballot next spring.]

People of conviction and integrity are needed to represent those of us interested in reduced expenditures and balanced budgets.

One particular area of civic life woefully ignored are school boards.

There are too few school board members voting against the policy and curricular decisions of “progressive” teachers and administrators who use the classroom to disseminate their social, moral, and political views. How does this happen?

Teachers’ unions recruit school board members who are like-minded, go-along folks who will rubber stamp all the decisions that liberal teachers and administrators want.

Because so few people take the time to vote or research candidates, the unions’ hand-picked candidates get elected.

Our local elections in Illinois are collectively called the Consolidated Election and will take place on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019.

They are held every other year.

While that seems a long way off, petitions are circulating now to put folks on the ballot.

The process is not complicated. You can learn from others and a little research.

Please consider running for office!

Nominating petitions for these local offices require very few signatures, so to get your name on the ballot takes very little effort.

Candidates are needed for city and village trustees (maybe even mayors) and for the boards of park districts, schools, libraries, community colleges, and fire protection districts.

Nominating papers must be filed by December 17th.

The nominating petition forms can be obtained by contacting the district office of your local elementary, high school or community college.

If you are considering running for other non-school positions, call the government office and ask about obtaining the packet containing the forms.

Once you’ve obtained all your signatures and filed your petitions with your district’s election official, you’re off and running.

There are people available to help you run your campaign and teach you the ropes.

If you decide not to run yourself, get behind the candidates who approach decision-making the way you would.

These local elections get very little attention from voters. Most of those who do vote are those directly tied to the government entity.

So, get involved.

Stand up for what is right.

Make a difference.

When you do that, you both help facilitate positive change and become a role model for your children and grandchildren.

Algonquin Township Board Seems to Want Another Lawsuit

Kirk Allen of Illinois Leaks writes of last night’s Algonquin Township Board meeting.  His article is printed here with permisison:

Algonquin Township Board asks to get sued again –

Algonquin Township (ECWd) –

At this evening’s Algonquin Township Board Meeting (11-14-2018), the Board voted to refuse payment on some of the Road District’s bills, stating they would welcome another lawsuit for nonpayment because it would then “open the Road District up for discovery” in the future lawsuit.

Let me say that a different way: The Township voted to not pay legitimate bills in the hopes that they can get sued again, so they can expend more funds by paying the Township’s and Road District’s attorneys in a lawsuit over legitimate bills already incurred.

They can no longer legitimately argue about the costs of litigation, when they specifically invited another lawsuit.

I found it quite telling, that when a Trustee discussed something that might have painted the Road District Commissioner in a somewhat good light, it was met with a Motion to End Discussion.

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NWH Headline Writers Need Remedial Math

Today the Northwest Herald reports the following tax levy action by the McHenry County Board:

“Last year’s budget included a $71.8 million property tax levy. The 2019 budget includes a $69.8 million levy.”

The internet headline for the article follows:

The headline says the tax levy was cut $9.8 million.

I don’t know about you, but when I subtract $69.8 million from $71.8 million, my answer is $2 million.

Here is the McHenry County Clerk’s tax levy posting for McHenry County’s tax levy last year:

The property tax levy for McHenry County was $71.8 million last year, according to official documents.

Union Members Demonstrate at Algonquin Township

Local 150 isn’t happy with Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser.

Last night a truck with a lighted sign showed up at the Algonquin Township Board meeting.

An attempt to shame Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser was mounted at the Wednesday night Algonquin Township Board meeting.

Not only was there a lighted sign, but folks stood on Route 14 with signs and an inflated rat.

Local 150 supporters get points for standing outside in the cold.

Both sides of the street were covered.

A view of the demonstration.

More Views from “An American” on Election

Commenter “An American” has still more to say about the counting of Election Day ballots:

There are definitely irregularities.

I’m not all that convinced by the “there’s way more registered voters” meme, because there was a huge push to register people (especially young people to vote Democrat).

“This election does deserve to be looked into though. Unfortunately, according to the Daily Herald, it won’t be.

“Illinois Board of Elections spokesman Matt Dietrich said the agency contacted McClellan’s office and was satisfied with the explanation given for the error.

“He said because the problem was solved before the results were certified, there won’t be any further investigation by the state board.

“McSweeney said the election board should continue its investigation, but he was pleased the error was fixed.

“’I’m glad for two reasons,’ McSweeney said.’“One, that the vote is finally right, and two, that the person responsible for this disgusting incompetence is leaving office.’”

SBE doesn’t care, media doesn’t care, politicians on both sides don’t care.

Clean Energy Consideration at MCC Tonight

From the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County:


Thursday, November 15, 6 PM to 8 PM at MCC’s Liebman Science Center, Building F, Room F208 McHenry. 8900 US Highway 14, Crystal Lake.

Liebman Science Center

The clean energy transition is underway in Illinois!

As the state moves towards more renewable energy, we want to hear from you!

How can the transition to clean energy best fit McHenry County’s needs?

How can we best leverage new jobs in the clean energy economy?

Come join the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) and McHenry County College Sustainability Center for an open discussion about what’s next for Illinois.

We will begin with a short presentation on the current state of clean energy policy in Illinois, before breaking into groups to discuss topics including:

  • infrastructure
  • job training programs
  • community solar, and
  • economic development

These listening sessions will be happening throughout the state to inform energy negotiations.

David McSweeney’s Township Abolition by Referendum Bill Passes Senate

State Rep. David McSweeney’s House Bill 4637 was voted out of the Illinois State Senate Executive Committee today by a vote of 11-5

Who voted how is below:

The Senate Executive Committee’s vote on State Rep. David McSweeney’s township abolition by referendum bill was 11-5.  I don’t recognize any of the affirmative votes as bring from Republicans.

The bill passed the Illinois House by an 80-22-1 vote:

House Bill 4637 roll call. The bill would allow abolition of township government by voter referendum.


Man Sentenced on Child Porn Charges

A press release from the McHenry County State’s Attorney:


Martin Vilchis-Caralampio

Patrick D. Kenneally, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that Martin Vilchis-Caralampio, age 42, pled guilty to the offense of Child Pornography, a Class 3 Felony, following a negotiated plea on November 14, 2018, before the Honorable James S. Cowlin.

He was sentenced to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Upon completion of his sentence he will have to register as a sex offender for his natural life.

Between February 22 and February 25, 2018, the defendant unlawfully videotaped one of his household members, a female child under the age of 18, as the child prepared to shower in the bathroom of defendant’s home.

The depiction contained the lewd exhibition of the genital area and breasts of the child.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney Victor Escarcida of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office and investigated by the Huntley Police Department.

Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Planning Tax Cut for Next Year

Tonight is the monthly Algonquin Township Board meeting at the Township Hall.

Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser cut his levy 5% last year.

The last year that predecessor Bob Miller was in office, his levy was cut 3%.

The first budget of successor Gasser it was reduced 5%:

Let’s look at the tax levy numbers for the last four years first:

The Algonquin Township Road District levy for taxes collected in 2015.

The Algonquin Township Road District tax levy for taxes collected in 2016.

The Algonquin Township Road District tax levy for taxes collected in 2017.

The Algonquin Township Road District tax levy for taxes collected in 2018.

Let’s summarize.

Here are the bottom lines for the four tax collection years and proposed for next year.

Tax levies for the tax collection years of 2015-2019. The 2019 figure is proposed.

But Gasser’s proposal is also interesting beneath its bottom line reduction of 1.8%, coming after his 5% tax cut last year.

The Road District levied for six funds throughout recent years.

Tax protest suits have been file because of excessive accumulation.

As a result, Gasser figured that any levy for three of the fund would result in tax protesters winning.

So, he cut their levies to $10 apiece.

Tax levy requests for each of the funds in the Algonquin Township Road District.

Gasser said he set the three levies at $10 after consultation with new auditor George Roach.

Details of the tax protest loss and fund accumulations for the taxes collected in 2015 (the 2014 tax year) can be found in this article:

Algonquin Township Loses 2014 Property Tax Protest Case, Excessive Taxation Found

Judge Thomas Meyer found

  • The Social Security Fund was 2.82 times too high.
  • IMRF accumulations were 2.17 times higher than they should have been.
  • The Audit Fund was an astonishing 24.33 times higher than could be justified.

The Illinois General Assembly has since passed legislation allowing townships to have two and a half times the amount spent in a year.

Another Commenter Weighs In on County Clerk Mary McClellan’s Vote Counting

This comment is from “An American:”

State Rep. Jack Franks and McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan. at McHenry’s Fiesta Days Parade in 2015.

On Thursday morning she told the paper that the numbers being off was due to bullet voting, but the paper is now reporting that on Wednesday night she was called by Jack Franks who told her something was off and she acknowledged that night that there was an anomaly.

So, at best, she lied to the press and to the voters about the nature of the problem.

She also said the early voting numbers had been included as of Tuesday night, but later in the article it says numbers were not inserted and timestamped until 12:32 p.m. on Thursday.

And why was this?

According to Jack it was due to “computer programming.”

What kind of computer programming would count a ballot for a total but not record the actual votes?

And did her staff even bother to do a test run of this to see how it would work before the election?

Also, the numbers were initially 24,000 off and they say it was fixed after early voting was counted (even though it sort of was counted, but apparently the candidates weren’t counted?), but the early voting numbers were over 33,000.

Why don’t those numbers match?

So if 24,000 of the 33,000 early votes were not counted, how come the other ones were?

The explanation does not work.

There are major concerns that still need to be addressed. I don’t see any politicians or the media doing their job.

Local Man Invents Forest Fire Fighting Machine

Local resident Gary Christ is an inventor.

A couple of decades ago he figured out how to use tarps and old tires and rope to provide temporary housing for homeless veterans. Over the  years about 70 folks stayed in these shelters until McHenry County government finally  stepped in and enforced code violations.

More recently, he has invented a mine exploder that he has used in Cambodia.

Gary Christ’ Robotic Lane Mine Exterminator , his second idea for clearing mines in Cambodia.  His first is here.

Most recently, Gary was inspired when his brother’s house in CA was threatened by  fires last year.

The present way of putting water on a forest fire.

Watching helicopters dumping water from buckets it seemed very inefficient so he invented a better device.

He named it  the Rainbow Fire Extinguisher.

His most recent invention was brought to mind by an ABC newscaster announcing that there was an “urgent effort to knock down the fire.

The method used today is helicopters finding a source of water,  then, scoop it, fly back to the fire and dump it.

In dumping the water, targeting is not very specific.

Christ’s device would be filled with water and compressed air and trucked to the area where it is needed.

They can be re-filled on site, saving the helicopter considerable time.

The water would be sprayed onto the fire line.

Gary Christ in front of invention.

from the sky.”

It was inspired by how fire departments use mist to knock down structure fires the inefficiency inherent in dumping water from helicopters.

The helicopters have to find a source of water, then, scoop it, fly back to the fire and dump it.

In dumping the water, targeting is not very specific.

He calls it the “Rainbow Fire Extinguisher.”

Christ’s device would be filled with water and trucked to the area where it is needed.

The water would be sprayed onto the fire line.

Here is a two-minute 50 second video explaining the invention, which can be used to protect homes, as well as application from a helicopter.

Gary Christ can be contacted at 815-261-8023. This is his email address: [email protected]

Christ is looking for money to build a full-scale prototype to be tested in actual fires.

A patent is pending.

Randall Road Backups Begin

From the McHenry County Department of Transportation (Randall Road web site):

The temporary traffic signals at Bunker Hill/Huntington and Randall Road, as well as the temporary traffic signal at Algonquin and Randall Road will be activated Tuesday, November 13.

Randall Road the last Tuesday of October.

These installations will replace the permanently mounted traffic signals allowing the intersection to be fully functional while construction is ongoing.

The temporary installation allows the lanes, and the corresponding signal heads, to be moved for the various stages of work. the existing traffic signal installations are in the way of the improvements and will be updated to the latest LED technology.

On Friday November 16, the temporary traffic signals at Acorn/Polaris Drive and Randall Road, and at Crystal Lake Ave and Algonquin Road will be activated.

The sequence will be the same as the Tuesday event and will be ongoing throughout the day.

Once the temporary signals are activated, the contractor will immediately remove the existing signal equipment so, as always, use caution while traveling through the work zone and please watch for workers.

This work is in preparation for the staging of traffic south of Huntington/Bunker Hill Road scheduled to occur the week of November 19. Once staged, work can begin on the installation of the east retaining wall, half of the pedestrian underpass, and box culvert.

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The backup on Randall heading south was so bad last Tuesday, I went through the Jewel parking lot and took Algonquin Road.

“Out of Towner” Reflects on Election Results

Here is an analysis by a commented calling him/herself “Out of Towner:”

Re: “Democratic Party candidates for Congress won McHenry County.”

Kristina Zahorik

Due to the efforts of [Kristina] Zahorik and McHenry County Committeemen or due to what a Politician can do with phenomenal amounts of political contributions and weak candidates versus strong ones plus throwing in some questionably immoral / illegal activity?

As of Oct. 17, [Randy] Hultgren raised $2,039,078 and [Lauren] Underwood raised $3,957,261; Hultgren spent $1,388,015 while Underwood spent $2,786,072.

Randy Hultgren speaking to a Pro-Life group.

It also appears that the Underwood campaign started in June of 2017, but Hultgren did very little or nothing until

Peter Roskam speaking to Republicans at an unannounced gathering in Lake Zurich in 2017.

September of 2018.

When Hultgren failed to hold Town Halls due to the intimidation of the ‘Resistance’ rabble, his political goose was half-cooked and when he failed to start campaigning until too late, the red popper on his goose popped up.

In addition, the Democrat candidates made a financial investment in getting people to vote early and absentee.

They were aware that the negative ads which come out right before election day would not work in their candidates favor (just look at the results for County Board D-5).

I think [Peter] Roskam lost his Republican base due to his negative comments about the current President.

While Roskam out spent [Sean] Casten (Roskam $6,366,044 raised and $5,680,530 spent; Casten $5,319,273 raised and $4,119,996 spent by Oct 17), just like Hultgren, the Roskam campaign was late getting off the ground and the negative ads came out too late.

A lot of lessons were learned by the Republicans and I would expect the results in 2020 will paint a very different picture especially after the voters find out what a mess they have sent to Springfield (this includes some local Republicans).

McHenry County Clerk Joe Tirio’s County Fair fan.

Also of interest is that [Joe] Tirio (Republican) beat his opponent (Democrat) 62,043 to 51,494 while in the Congressional races, the Republican vote total was only 56,646 versus 59,636 for the Democrats.

Tirio started his campaign [for County Clerk] during 2017.

Joe Walsh on the Election

Here is the email that former Congressman and WIND-Talk Show Host Joe Walsh sent to his list:

To all our Walsh Freedom Volunteers and Supporters,

Barb, Helene and I want to thank you for all your efforts this election cycle. So many of you worked your tails off for months on end and for candidates near and far.

Unfortunately, Tuesday was a bloodbath for Illinois Republicans and Conservatives.

Illinois, especially the collar counties, turned even more blue this election, I am sorry to say.

Mike Madigan, using JB Pritzker’s money, was able to spend millions defeating very good state and local Republican candidates in the suburbs.

I am sorry that our efforts were not more effective.

I do want to thank each and every one of you who worked tirelessly, when you could, however you could, to get good Conservative Republicans elected to the State House and to County Boards.

For a variety of reasons, we did not get the job done, but know that your efforts were valiant as well as noble.

One race that has still not been called is for my bride, Helene Miller Walsh, IL District 51.

Before counting mailed in votes, Helene Walsh is ahead by one vote.

At the end of Tuesday night Helene was up by 1 vote.

YES….one vote!!!

The process is now underway at the Lake County Clerk’s office to

  • collect the mail-in-ballots (MIB’s)
  • verify signatures
  • send out letters to challenged ballots and
  • gather all the valid MIB’s for a final count on 11/21 when the election for that seat and all others in Lake County will be verified.

Others who are greatly affected by this process are Sheriff Mark Curran and County Board member Chuck Bartels.

Helene along with a number of volunteers have been overseeing the process on a daily basis.

I am pleased to report that all seems to be going according to the stated procedures and that Carla Wykoff runs an outstanding Clerk’s office (unlike what we are seeing/hearing about in Broward County, FL).

It is almost criminal that Carla did not win another term.

I fear what will come once the Democrats control Lake County.

This entire MIB process has the potential for massive fraud.