First among the politicians at the Johnsburg parade was McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren.
Unlike other parades, there were not four motorcycles accompanying him. Usually there are two from the Sheriff’s Department and two from the McHenry County Conservation District.
As in Lake in the Hills, there didn’t see any rules against throwing candy.
The only vehicles from the Sheriff’s Department I saw besides the motorcycle were the snowmobile trailer and van pulling it.
I wonder if the fewer employees on overtime was a result of county board members having asked for an overtime report for all departments when County Administrator was telling them that the county had budget problems.
Johnsburg village officials came after the Sheriff.
First was President Ed Hettermann.
Village Trustees Bruce Bennett and Mary Lou Hutchinson were in the next convertible.
The car for Trustees Harold May, Rick Quinn and John Huemann was next.
Rounding out the village board members was a car carrying Karl Nitz and Ron Zanko.
As an intermission among the politicians, the Johnsburg Marching Skyhawks appeared.
The next politician was 8th District Congresswoman Melissa Bean.
Right behind was State Rep. Jack Franks’ contingent.
There appeared to be two dogs for Franks.
I paying so much attention to Franks that I almost missed the Mark Kirk for U.S. Senate group.
McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi and his supporters were next.
Although not up for election this year, Bianchi had the largest contingent of marchers.
With Sunday newspapers headlining people reacting to whether he should step down after his indictment for campaigning using county resources, he received applause from some folks I was standing near.
I didn’t hear anyone shouting, “Resign!”
Those supporting Sheriff Keith Nygren came next. You see leader Brent Smith, who was putting campaign stickers on bystanders. Behind him you see Associate Judge Gordon Graham and McHenry County Clerk Kathie Schultz in a convertible.
McHenry County Board member Sue Draffkorn was in the next convertible, waving to the crowd.
Next was McHenry County Board member John Hammerand in a little red convertible.
Democratic Party challenger Jeff Thirtyacre was driving a pick-up truck and waving to the crowd.
Right behind his red truck was the truck carrying the Republican County Board members Thirtyacre hopes to unseat.
Pete Merkel and Sandy Salgado rode in the rear.
Right behind was the contingent supporting Democratic Party challenger to Sheriff Keith Nygren, Mike Mahon.
It sported a big sign on the side saying, “Mike Mahon for Full-Time Sheriff.”
Behind Mahon was Independent candidate for Circuit Court Judge in McHenry County, Sally Wiggins.
Was she wearing high heels? I can’t tell you because I didn’t get a photo from far enough back.
Her supporters were carrying her yard sign touting her independence and maiden name, Oeffling.
The Joe Walsh for Congress marchers were next.
The always enthusiastic Walsh even greeted the parade judges.
After the Joe Walsh entry, came a banner for Republican candidate for Governor, Bill Brady.
The next group was Jack Franks’ challenger, McHenry Grade School and Library District member John O’Neill.
For each parade entry the announcers seemed to read whatever the entrant had written it wanted said about it. O’Neill’s pointed out that he was the first Republican candidate in six years.
That was the end of the politicians. Next came Cub Scouts.
First was Johnsburg’s Pack 916.
Next was Cub Scout Pack 455.
Behind Pack 455 marched Boy Scout Troop 455.
After the parade, I saw Sheriff Nygren mingling with Saufen und Spiel attendees on the way back to where I parked my car.