A statewide official, two congressmen, one county official, three candidates for McHenry County Sheriff, three County Board members and Crystal Lake City Council members were spotted at Sunday’s 4th of July Parade. I spotted signs for two state legislators, but not the officials themselves.
Lasting about an hour and forty-five minutes, the big mid-summer event was featured the Jesse White Tumblers, the South Shore Drill Team and the Crystal Lake Strikers.
The Drill Team was so spectacular that I drove around Crystal Lake to see it a second time as it performed in front of the Crystal Lake Park District’s Main Beach, which was surprisingly uncrowded on this high-eighty degree day.
Those with their political antennae up will know that the statewide official was Secretary of State Jesse White.
He was driving his namesake Tumbler’s truck.
As with folks who have met a lot of people, he didn’t recognize me. (I am a bit older than I was in the 1970’s when we served in the Illinois House together.)
“Those were fun times,” he said.
The first Congressman was Peter Roskam. In Crystal Lake, he represents south of Crystal Lake Avenue.
Roskam’s volunteers passed out bags with his name on them. Kids who had not brought them put their candy in them.
Still in his district north of Crystal Lake Avenue, Congressman Randy Hultgren walked the Dole Avenue route.
Behind Congressman Hultgren’s group, there were people carrying other Republicans’ signs.
Look closely and you will see County Board member Joe Gottemoller. In another of this series I saw a young man wearing a Mike Tryon tee shirt. If any of the state legislators were present, I missed them.
Only one county official showed up in this non-election year.
That was McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi. He has a whistle around he neck that he blew periodically.
Three candidates for McHenry County Sheriff paraded their stuff.
Bill Prim, running for the Republican nomination, and Jim Harrison, running as an Independent, put together entries paid for by their campaigns. Both candidates were accompanied by volunteers in campaign tee shirts.
Andy Zinke, the third candidate and McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren’s choice to succeed him, drove a Sheriff’s Department vehicle with his name on a magnetic sign on the side doors.
He was kind enough to wave at me, as you can see below:
Zinke brought other Sheriff’s Department vehicles, two motorcycles, the snowmobile trailer and another squad car.
All financed by tax dollars.
Between them and the float was candidate Prim.
Bill Prim brought a passel of volunteers.
The third Sheriff’s candidate was Independent Jim Harrison.
He certainly has selected the best color combination.
His volunteers yellow tee shirts were the most visible in the parade.
Separately, the Donna Kurtzmobile made the route, followed immediately by County Board member Mike Walkup with a placard identifying himself. Donna’s mother, former State Rep. Rosemary Kurtz was part of the contingent.
Finally, let me show you the folks who found the money to put on the Independence Day Parade–the Crystal Lake City Council:
I must have had the wrong lens on the camera when the City Council float came into range.
I didn’t get them all in the same photo.
And, let’s not forget the Grand Marshall of the parade.
The Grand Marshall was Richard Harms.
The McHenry County Young Republicans used their tank float again.
Unfortunately, my camera gave me trouble, so all I got was a photo of it pulling away.