This is third portion of an overdue story about a Chinese delegation of young political leaders who visited McHenry County three years ago, way back in June of 2007.
The trip was sponsored by the American Council of Young Political Leaders.
I got involved because I went on an ACYPL-sponsored trip to Europe in 1976 when State Senator Mark Rhoads, who had much better Washington connections than I, couldn’t make it.
Come 2007 and I learned a visiting delegation from China was spending the weekend in Chicago and I thought I owed.
They took the train from Chicago to Crystal Lake and we drove to Lakeside Center for lunch.
After leaving the Crystal Lake Gala’s carnival and food tents, we drove past McHenry County College
It was just a drive-by.
We drove east on Lucas Road to Route 14, I pointed to MCC and it was off to the
As we entered Woodstock, the man from Mongolia was singing a pleasant folk song.
We drove around the Square to give a view of what historic buildings look like in our young country.
Sheriff Keith Nygren had arranged for us to the tour the county jail.
Before we went in they posed for a photo in front of the jail.
Mike Lucas was the officer who conducted the tour.
Lucas led us down the hall.
We were told not to take photos of any of the inmates. Fortunately for us photographers, it was shift change and the prisoners were locked in their cells.
Then, we walked through a door with the sign you see below saying, “No weapons beyond this point.”
We climbed up to the ICE floor.
There we saw the exercise room.
I asked why there was no basketball hoop. Vandalism was the answer.
More of our jail tour tomorrow.
There we looked at the control room.
I wasn’t the only one taking pictures.
Here’s the day room we saw.
There was a cell isolated from the others we were allowed to examine.
It was a room with a view…of the parking lot behind the courthouse.
A phone was nearby.
It was time to leave.
The photographers had taken their pictures.
It was back to the bus.
Although I thought all the photos in the jail had been taken, some more were desired.
Then, the delegation wanted a photo of him with their leader. She agreed.
For some reason, they even wanted me in a photo. It embarrassed me, but I complied with their request.
Tomorrow we’ll take a look at what was clearly the hit of the visit to McHenry County.