He wasn’t at the front of the parade but the owner of Port Edward, Ed Woloweic, was the Grand Marshall.
The parade took about an hour, truncated because of construction south on Route 31.
Most of the politic entries which I try to document were fairly near the front of the parade.
But, before they arrived, a volunteer for Congressman Peter Roskam, who will, pending a political upset of tremendous proportions, represent Algonquin Township in Congress next session, was sighted passing out small bags. With candy on their minds, a lot of folks took them.
Of course, there were the members of the Algonquin Village Board.
But before the politicians came Police Chief Russ Laine.
And an entry dedicated to the Chicago Cubs.
Founder Favorite Rusty Cherbak was surrounded by a Chicago Cubs wish fulfillment contingent.
There was even a goat. A billy goat, of course.
Then came the village politicians.
Village President John Schmidt waved.
Village Trustee Bob Smith was accompanied by Buzz Lightyear.
Village Trustee Debbie Sosine was in waving mode.
Trustee Jerrold Glogowski was one of three trustees walking the route handing out candy.
The other two were Jim Steigert and John Spella. Handing out candy is the Algonquin Parade is easy on Route 31 because the spectators are all on the south side of the street.
The village clerk came dresses as the clown Lazy Bonz.
The first partisan politician was District 1 Republican McHenry County Board member Bob Bless.
District 1 Republican McHenry County Board members Marc Munaretto and Anna Miller were driving in a Mercedes convertible by Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller.
I asked Munaretto, who is not running for re-election to the County Board, whether he was running for re-election for Algonquin Township Clerk.
“You’ll have to wait and see,” he replied.
That was the same answer he gave last year before for filing deadline for County Board.
There are no Democrats in District 1, but there is one in District 5–Paula Yensen.
Next came Jean and McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi.
McHenry County Auditor Pam Palmer followed Bianchi.
Both Bianchi and McHenry County Auditor Palmer are unopposed this fall.
Kane County politicians followed the McHenry County ones.
There were two County Board members, Hollie Lindgren and Maggie Auger.
There are always pictures that could have been. The one below was going to be of the current and future Kane County Auditors, incumbent Bill Keck and candidate Terry Hunt.
Fortunately, I got a shot of Keck and Hunt before the parade.
“Take my picture. Take my picture,” the two members of the Eagles, a youth football team shouted as they mugged for my camera.
How could I resist?
Interrupting the parade was the girder from the World Trade Center brought by the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District.
On the sides of the fire engines you can see the above sticker.
I was seated on the porch of a closed building when I way something political after a truck for the Red Run. (The 5K is August 11th starting at Presidential Park in Algonquin.)
It was the McHenry County Republican Party entry…right at the end of the parade.
There was a banner for GOP State Rep candidate David McSweeney up front.
Right behind were people carrying Congressman Peter Roskam signs.
Then, Dave McSweeney passed me quickly. I got his attention and he turned around so I could get the photo above.
Next came the McHenry County Republican float.
I just kept snapping my shutter, getting County Board member Nick Provenzano and County Chairman & State Rep. Mike Tryon.
Next came supporters of State Senator Dan Duffy, whose district mirrors that of David McSweeney on the eastern edges of McHenry and Kane Counties.
Next I found McHenry County Board member Robert Nowak.
And with the passing of the next entry, cheerleaders from CEE Snowball Blast Grand Champion, the Algonquin Founders Day Parade was over.
Afterward, however, the young man who had been assiduously gathering candy during the parade put on a Young Republican sticker and agreed to let me take his photograph.
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A special note for you Sheriff’s Department watchers. The McHenry County Sheriff’s Department had no entry in the parade. Neither Sheriff Keith Nygren nor his Undersheriff Andrew Zinke was anywhere to be seen.