It’s a beautiful Saturday with people out raking leaves, taking leisurely walks and talking to neighbors.
And, I’ve been knocking on doors trying to convince people to vote against Jack Franks’ referendum to create a County Executive form of government.
The argument with which I am having the most success is pointing out that a County Executive would be able to spend up to $25,000 without prior County Board approval.
Hey, we live in Illinois. It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to envision abuses under such rules.
I even chafe when the McHenry County College Board spends up to $25,000 without going out for bid (allowed by a state law I did not vote for). I cringe to think of the potential abuses with no bids and no board approval.
In any event, when I went to the mailbox, I found two mailings from McHenry County Board Chairman and candidate for re-election in my District 2.
The first was addressed just me.
It was for senior citizens.
When did that happen?
In any event, the address side has a headline about “Fighting for Senior Healthcare in McHenry County!”
What’s that all about, I’m thinking as I look at it.
There is a big headline on the back of the piece and a letter is teeny tiny print to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner opposing cuts in the Federal Medicare program.
I think it’s a stretch to use the issue in a county campaign, just as it is a stretch for Mike Madigan to use the issue four times (that I’ve published) on behalf of Independent Dee Beaubien.
There is also a sticker indicating that Koehler was endorsed by both the Northwest and Daily Heralds.
The second mailing was in an envelope from Pro-Life leader Irene Napier.
It came First Class, too.
Along with the letter came the same palm card that was enclosed with the pro-gun mailing.