State Senator Pam Althoff was simply bubbling after the McHenry County Republican Central Committee Monday night.
What she enjoys doing most is make government work.
From personal experience in two decades of casework, I can tell you that is difficult in Illinois.
She had two successes on her mind.
How excited was she?
If I had had a video camera and been fast enough, I could have shown you a Snoopy happiness dance as she walked up the incline from the Algonquin Township Hall meeting room to the parking lot after telling me about her successes.
The one with the most countywide significance is the retention of the over $800,000 that had flowed to the now closed McHenry County Family services.
With McHenry County Mental Health Board employees handling the paperwork, stepping up to the plate were
The latter is based in Rockford and has agreed to operate out of the old (really quite new) Family Services Building.
It is also providing jobs for seventeen of those who used to work at Family Services.
The not-for-profit organization responsible for repaying the bank loan will now have a source of rent which will, to some extent, replace that paid by Family Services.
It will also provide services to non-Medicaid patients who used to be served by Family Services.
In addition, Althoff is strongly thinking about moving her office from Crystal Lake (northeast corner of West Crystal Lake Avenue and Route 14). Her rent would also help pay the mortgage.
With a lot of her new district in Lake County, she believes her office should be closer to the population center. Her State Representatives will be Democrat Jack Franks and Republican Barb Wheeler.