Barb Wheeler Off and Running in 64th State Rep. District

McHenry County Board member Barb Wheeler has announced her candidacy for State Representative in the new 64th District.

Two years ago Wheeler had her ambition to become head of the McHenry County Board thwarted when she lost to incumbent Ken Koehler.

Koehler stripped her of her chairmanship of the committee that handled land use matters.

Shortly thereafter she led the successful effort to stop slot machines in rural bars and restaurants in McHenry County, an issue that might be re-visited now that the Illinois Supreme Court has upheld the law that authorized them.

Wheeler’s bother Al Salvi served in the Illinois House of Representative in Lake County from 1992 though 1996, when he unsuccessfully challenger Democrat Dick Durbin for the U.S. Senate. Her bother Mike ran for State Representative in southeastern Lake County. (I saw a man tearing down one of his 4 by 8 signs in Route 14 near Barrington in a driving rainstorm the weekend before the election.) Crystal Lake brother Tom ran against Jack Franks in 2000 coming within a percentage point of beating the Democrat.

The new district is split almost 50-50 between McHenry and Lake Counties.

Wheeler has lived in Fox Lake, which is in the new district and taught
school in Wauconda, which is also in Lake County.

She served in the Peace Corps.


Barb Wheeler Off and Running in 64th State Rep. District — 5 Comments

  1. I hear Wheeler is already forgetting who her friends are. She also seems to forget who the good guys and bad guys are in this county. Switching sides and back stabbing is not going to get you elected. It will get you put under a microscope.

  2. DITTO – cannot flit around and schmooz without it being noticed. There is a word for that. Behavior for political gain is not and honest thing. Someone was on the other side of your fence but can help you get what your are going for now, so you kiss up. Do not need those kind of people in office. She has some “new best friends”.

  3. Barb Wheeler has definitely gained some immediate supporters who are livid with Representative Mike Tryon for forcing Kent Kaffeney on the voters to replace Mark Beaubien as a Representative. People are just sick and tired of the “good ‘ol boys” mentality that has destroyed our state…regardless of political party. REAL leaders in the Republican Party, and TEA Party movement have also expressed this outrage of CRONYISM.

    Here is hoping Ms. Wheeler has the fighting spirit, and determination, in order to succeed in helping to reshape and redirect the direction that our region and state is headed in. Mr. Tryon made a terrible mistake and has lost credibilty as a REAL leader.

  4. CRONYISM is partiality to long-standing friends, especially by appointing them to positions of authority, regardless of their qualifications. Hence, cronyism is contrary in practice and principle to meritocracy.

    Cronyism exists when the appointer and the beneficiary are in social contact; often, the appointer is inadequate to hold his or her own job or position of authority, and for this reason the appointer appoints individuals who will not try to weaken him or her, or express views contrary to those of the appointer.

  5. @ Just me switching sides? Really … NOT.

    @Joe Ptak Cronyism has nothing to do with this election and Barb Wheeler.

    Your innuendo is entirely unfounded and irrelevant…

    The Wheelers have a very long history of presence support in both Lake and McHenry Counties…going back well over 60 years.

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