Looking for something else, I found a summary of the Daily Herald’s endorsements in McHenry County’s Republican primary.
All the incumbents were endorsed. When the paper couldn’t find enough incumbents running, it endorsed incumbent Republicans who were defeated by Democrats two years ago.
It appears the Daily Herald doesn’t think there is reason for any voter unrest in McHenry County.
But it does remind me of Dan Walker political operative and Department of Transportation Rest Stop Inspector Gary Fears. In 1976, my intern Art Sternberg, then a Lakewood resident, now a Chicago lawyer, examined Fears’ time cards to make sure he didn’t take more time off for politics than he had coming in vacation and personal days off.
And off the public payroll came Fears.
At the time Springfield Republican Bill Cellini’s group got money to build a new Downtown hotel next to the new convention denter, Fears got money to build a Holiday Inn in Collinsville, my failing memory tells me.
At one point Walker ally State Rep. Hal Byers said that Fears wanted to know why I disliked him so much. Since I had never met Fears, I had and have no animosity toward him. I just thought if Dan Walker were going to have political operatives they should be on his political payroll, not my constituents’.
I don’t know whether it was then or later, that someone, maybe Byers, told me that Fears was a member of “the Incumbent Party.” He supported whoever was in power.
Maybe the Daily Herald is a member of the Incumbent Party, too.