The Saufen und Speil Parade was in Johnsburg last Saturday, but I didn’t get around to sharing with you most of what I saw about the politicians on display.
In my post last weekend, which concentrated on 9-11 connections, I mentioned that Sheriff Keith Nygren was not present. The last I attended was Crystal Lake’s 4th of July Parade. There, the Sheriff was driving a regular squad car with no indication he was inside if one did not see him.
In Johnsburg, there also was a single squad car, but a deputy was at the wheel.
The local village officials were on display.
Village President Ed Hettermann’s was first, walking this year. (Last year he was driving a wonderful antique blue car.)
There were village trustees waving to the crowd from two dump trucks, but I didn’t get any long shots.
Next came the Johnsburg High School Band. I made the mistake of shooting into the sun, but did get flag waving girls.
Right behind was the first political entry.
It was a joint one, bi-partisan in nature. The banner was not weighted on its bottom, though, so it was hard for people to read.
There were walkers next to the people lining the road.
There was a convertible with an empty back seat, but with Jack Franks signs. Couldn’t have been meant for the legislator, because he walks or runs in parades when he is in danger of being left behind.
There was a second vehicle, a white pickup truck and more volunteers for Jack Franks walking on the edges of the street.
There was a sign on the pickup saying, “Thank you for your support. Jack & Debbie.”
The yard signs did not indicate what office Franks is seeking.
But, there were still more people wearing Jack Franks tee shirts.
Finally I spotted something other than the banner with Althoff’s name on it.
It was a black SUV with a young man wearing a Jack Franks tee shirt in front of it.
After that there were still more people with Jack Franks tee shirts passing out candy.
But, where were Althoff and Franks?
McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi’s yellow convertible was coming up and no sight of either.
She walked over and I asked her where Jack was.
“He’s in Cuba,” she said.
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Tomorrow we’ll see what other Republicans were doing at the parade.