Getting to the Bill Prim for Sheriff fundraiser on Friday night was a challenge.
We knew he lived in Johnsburg, but after tuning on Johnsburg Road we saw that it was one-way in the other direction.
Maybe there was a detour sign on Route 31, but I didn’t see it.
We circled around and finally found Spring Grove Road. No detour signs to provide assistance, though.
As we walked from the parking area to Gary Rabine’s home for the event, we crossed a little stream running from a pond.
We seemed to be late because no one was manning the ticket table.
As we reached the tent, soon-to-be-announcing for the Republican nomination for Governor Dan Rutherford was speaking.
I heard him talking about where he was going to be announcing for Governor on Sunday.
I arrived at the end of the talk, but was told Rutherford made quite complimentary comments about Sheriff’s candidate Bill Prim.
There was a bit of irony in his appearance, because he is strongly supported by any number of people who are supporting Sheriff Keith Nygren’s chosen replacement, Andrew Zinke.
19-year old Charlie Kirk spoke after Rutherford.
He founded a college student group called Turning Point USA.
It’s members turned out in numbers.
Next up was the candidate himself, Bill Prim.
Prim downplayed his speaking ability in comparison to Rutherford’s and Kirk’s, but did quite well.
He spoke from notes but didn’t overly refer to them.
Prim talked of the “inherent distrust” people and even members of the department have of the Sheriff’s Department. (There were members of the department present who didn’t want me to take a photo.)
Prim spoke of the arrogance of the department.
“It’s definitely time for a change,” he asserted.
The former Des Plaines Police Commander told of some of the high profile cases he had worked on, including ones in cooperation with various Federal agencies which led to national awards for his service.
“I think people should know there’s something known as ‘a working boss,'” Prim said bringing to mind the common designation of Keith Nygren as a “cell phone sheriff.”
“The residents deserve a sheriff they can trust and be inspired by,” Prim continued.
Among current and former public officials attending the Prim fund raiser were
- State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi
- Newly-elected Algonquin Township Trustees Melissa Sanchez and Larry Emery
- Newly-elected McHenry County College Board member Tom Wilbeck
- Crystal Lake City Councilman Jeff Thorsen
- Hebron Village Trustee Mark Shepherd
- McHenry County Board members Nick Provenzano and Diane Evertsen
- Former State Representative Rosemary Kurtz
- Johnsburg School Board member Steve Rooney
- East Dundee Village Trustee Allen Skillikorn
Other luminaries included Irene Napier, mother of the McHenry County Right-to-Life movement, Helene Walsh, representing her husband Joe, who was broadcasting his show on WIND Radio and numerous precinct committeemen, male and female.
On the wall of the garage, which was behind the tent, was the following banner: