While Republicans were raising money in McHenry for party purposes, Democratic Party sheriff challenger Mike Mahon was doing the same in Huntley.
I went over after the GOP Play Day dinner and discovered an eating place treasure in the outside courtyard of the Parkside Pub.
Signs adorned the street, just as in McHenry.
Besides raising money, it was an opportunity for the Democrats’ candidate for State Comptroller to press the flesh.
State Rep. David Miller drove 70 miles for the event. I reminisced about there being no roads between his Thorton Township next to Indiana and McHenry County. I remember meeting Maureen Murphy at a GOP meeting down there when I ran for State Comptroller against incumbent Roland Burris in 1982 and having a really hard time finding the bar where the event was held.
It was easier to get to Dwight than the part of Illinois where Miller lives.
As it started to get dark, I urged him to go home to his family. After all, how much flesh can one press in the Parkside Pub’s courtyard?
Also in attendance was Independent (I capitalize it because that word will be on the fall ballot instead of a party name) candidate for judge Sally Wiggins.
Again, I ask for other candidates to send me their event photos. Time was when the Northwest or its predecessor Crystal Lake Herald covered GOP fundraisers as news events. (I don’t remember they ever doing the same for Democrats.)
There would be a photo of candidates and/or the Play Day committee members posing in front a a big float elephant in the newspaper each year.
I remember being told of a visit by Governor Jim Thompson, probably in 1982, maybe in 1983. I was off campaigning for State Comptroller somewhere else in Illinois or in Springfield. My ex-wife Robin Geist took our daughter Alexandra, born Feb. 16, 1982. She was carrying a teddy bear that Thompson had sent to Robin’s Prentice Hospital room in a basket and coached Alexandra to say,
“Thank you for the teddy.”
Now local reporters pretty much ignore party and candidate affairs. There probably just aren’t enough of them and not enough news space.
But, back to Huntley.
Sikh Baba Ji came for a short visit. He leads the Island Lake Guru Nanak Sikh Mission of America.
Mahon was courting contributors, volunteers and party people.
Former Party Chairman Tom Cynor, who ran against McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi, also attended.
Also attending were McHenry County Board members Paula Yensen and Kathy Bergan Schmidt.