Politicians at McHenry’s Fiesta Days Parade

Bill Prim for Sheriff supporter on the way to McHenry's Fiesta Days Parade route.

Bill Prim for Sheriff supporter on the way to McHenry’s Fiesta Days Parade route.

The first indication of politics at McHenry’s 2013 Fiesta Days Parade was a man walking to the marshaling area wearing a Bill Prim for Sheriff tee shirt.

Inside Plum Garden were lots of Republican activists, including Johnsburg GOP Precinct Committeeman and School Board member Steve Rooney, who was welcomed by Congressman Randy Hultgren.

Inside Plum Garden were lots of Republican activists, including Johnsburg GOP Precinct Committeeman and School Board member Steve Rooney, who was welcomed by Congressman Randy Hultgren.

I was on my way to Congressman Randy Hultgren’s Pre-Parade Reception at Perry Moy’s Plum Garden restaurant.

Andy Zinke can be seen next to the Sheriff's Department vehicle, which was behind McHenry County State's Attorney Lou Bianchi's entry.

Andy Zinke can be seen next to the Sheriff’s Department vehicle, which was behind McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi’s entry.

The politicians were lining up with McHenry County State’s Attorney right before the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department, which had one vehicle driven by Undersheriff and candidate for Sheriff, Andy Zinke.

Andy Zinke puts a sign with his name on the sides of his Sheriff's Department vehicle.

Andy Zinke puts a sign with his name on the sides of his Sheriff’s Department vehicle.

Eventually, Zinke put the sign saying, “Andrew Zinke, Undersheriff” on the sides of the front doors of the Sheriff’s Department vehicle.

State's Attorney Lou Bianchi blows the whistle on me.

State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi blows the whistle on me.

Bianchi blew the whistle on me.

Randy Hultgren was talking to Patriots United leaders Joe Edwards and Brian Kelly on the sidewalk before the parade.

Randy Hultgren was talking to Patriots United leaders Joe Edwards and Brian Kelly on the sidewalk before the parade.

Politicians were working the crowd before the Parade.

McHenry High School Band members welcomed the pre-parade squirts of water.

McHenry High School Band members welcomed the pre-parade squirts of water.

A man was squirting the McHenry High School Band with water.  And this was before the parade began.

Most of the parade walkers for Congressman Randy Hultgren.

Most of the parade walkers for Congressman Randy Hultgren.

The Hultgren marchers posed for a group photo.

This year the fire engines were staged so they did not have to cross Route 31.

This year the fire engines were staged so they did not have to cross Route 31.

The parade started with the fire engines on the east side of Route 31 turning on their lights and sirens.

Pete Merkel was the Parade Marshall.  He rode with is wife Marisa.

Pete Merkel was the Parade Marshall. He rode with is wife Marisa.

After the color guard, the car carrying Parade Marshal Pete Merkel, recently retired from his post running McHenry’s Recreation Department and the McHenry County Board, led those on the west side of Route 31.

Then came the active politicians/public officials.

Her hair having grown back after her St. Baldrick's Day shave, Mayor Sue Low was first.

Her hair having grown back after her St. Baldrick’s Day shave, Mayor Sue Low was first.

The folks on the City Council came first.

Alderman Victor Santi was walking on the Plum Grove side of the street.

First Ward Alderman Victor Santi was walking on the Plum Grove side of the street.

Mayor Sue Low was followed by various Aldermen and the one Alderwoman.

Alderman Jeffrey Schaefer was next.

Third Ward Alderman Jeffrey Schaefer was next.

Each member of the City Council who was in the parade had a convertible.

Seventh Ward Alderwoman Geri Condon rode in her convertible.

Seventh Ward Alderwoman Geri Condon rode in her convertible.

Behind the City Council members came Congressman Randy Hultgren.

Congressman Randy Hultgren's contingent was led by a banner.

Congressman Randy Hultgren’s contingent had a banner near the front.

Then came Illinois legislators’ entries.

State Rep. Barb Wheeler was passing out bubble gum and candy.

State Rep. Barb Wheeler was passing out bubble gum and candy.

State Senator Pam Althoff was in the same group, but it looks as if she eluded my camera.

Unless someone can spot State Senator Pam Althoff in this photo, I guess I missed her.

Unless someone can spot State Senator Pam Althoff in this photo, I guess I missed her.

A banner from the McHenry County Young Republicans came between the Wheeler-Althoff entry and that of State Rep. Jack Franks.

The McHenry County Young Republicans switched from a float that looked like a tank to a banner for Fiesta Days.

The McHenry County Young Republicans switched from a float that looked like a tank to a banner for Fiesta Days. Mike Symk is on the left and Steven Frett on the right

Behind the banner was a group surrounding Jack Franks’ Cadillac convertible.

Goodies were handed out by Jack Franks' volunteers.

Goodies were handed out by Jack Franks’ volunteers.

I did not see the Marengo Democrat at the parade.

McHenry County State's Attorney Lou Bianchi and his wife Jean marched with volunteers in the parade.

McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi and his wife Jean marched with volunteers in the parade.

McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi’s group was next.

McHenry County candidate for Sheriff didn't put his "Andrew Zinke, Undersheriff" sign on straight.

McHenry County candidate for Sheriff didn’t put his “Andrew Zinke, Undersheriff” sign on straight.  He was alone on the parade route.

And then came a vehicle from the Sheriff’s Department.

McHenry Township Assessor-Elect Mary Mahady was in the parade.

McHenry Township Assessor-Elect Mary Mahady was in the parade thanking people for their votes.

The newly-elected McHenry Township Assessor Mary Mahady, who will be sworn in, as will all Township Assessors, the first of the year, was the next entry.

Bill Prim marched in front of his contingent between two flags.

Bill Prim marched in front of his contingent between two flags.

The final political-governmental contingents were two others seeking to become McHenry County Sheriff–Bill Prim (R-Cary) and Jim Harrison (I-Woodstock).

The float used in the Crystal Lake parade appeared again with numerous volunteers.

The float used in the Crystal Lake parade appeared again with numerous volunteers.

Behind Prim was Harrison and those supporting him.

The Jim Harrison for Sheriff contingent.

The Jim Harrison for Sheriff contingent.

Note that the color scheme is quite visible.  (It is black on yellow, the same as I used in my campaigns.)

Jim Harrison, traveling on a flatbed trailer, wanted to make sure I saw the sign on the back.  It looks like a campaign sign that will be seen more widely.

Jim Harrison, traveling on a flatbed trailer, wanted to make sure I saw the sign on the back. It looks like a campaign sign that will be seen more widely.


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Politicians at McHenry’s Fiesta Days Parade — 22 Comments

  1. Still don’t quite understand how Zinke can drive a County Squad car, the squad and fuel paid by the taxpayers with his crooked Undersheriff sign on it, to campaign for Sheriff.

    Use your own car and gas Andy

  2. Andy you never learn.

    Again, this demonstrates that rules are not for Andy Zinke….

    This too should be brought before the ethics committee……

    His arrogance and God Almighty attitude never ceases to amaze me or the tax payers of Mchenry County….

    It is difficult to watch this guy wear the “Badge” when he has no respect for rules….

    Leave it to Andy Zinke to build a case against himself…

    Just one more reason why he should “NOT” be Sheriff………

    The only way our County has “HOPE FOR CHANGE” in our County Government, is to get rid of Andy Zinke at election time…..

    Bye Andy Zinke..

    Good Riddens, Farewell….

    Adios…

  3. Zinke’s undersheriff sign on the squad car . . . a little crooked, I would say!

  4. “Actions Speak Louder Than Words” Yep “CROOKED”…

    That could be representative of some other crooked people “oh sorry” I mean things.

    Doesn’t that just represent so much about Andy Zinke?

    Bye Andy and Keith and your entire entourage……….

    Social media has changed the course of your entire lives “FOREVER”…

    Yep Be gone on your broomsticks……….

    Fly Away……..

    Now you can watch your favorite day time TV shows “Lets Make a Deal’ and The Price is RIght” FULL Time”…

    Just a reminder channel 2 CBS Chicago…T

    hough, I hear you have to pay to play.

    Might want to ask for tickets………..

    Oh I’m sorry you already have them………

    Never had so much fun blogging in my entire life…

    Believe me when you lose the election I will pick out the best red wine on the market..and I don’t even drink…….

  5. For some of you that are blinded by the misleaders, Undersheriff Andrew Zinke is at the McHenry’s Fiesta Days Parade representing the entire McHenry County Sheriff’s Department.

    Not like the others promoting themselves, but he is out there promoting the TEAM that made it possible for the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department to earn the most prestigious award, the “Triple Crown Award” from the National Sheriffs’ Association.

    The award is given to those that have proven excellence and that their policies demonstrate the best practices nationwide throughout all Sheriff’s Offices.

    The reason why Andrew Zinke puts on the sign saying, “Andrew Zinke, Undersheriff” on the sides of his car is to let everyone know that the second man in charge is there representing the TEAM, not like the others promoting themselves.

    I am surprised that you all just didn’t get it why Andrew Zinke’s sign was crooked on his car.

    He was surrounded by Mr. Corruption himself, Louis Bianchi and the other concealed Taylor Street Boys.

    I understood his message; it was loud and clear to me.

    I really enjoyed seeing that photograph of Mr. Corruption blowing his whistle, which was the most work I have seen him do in years.

    Also, doesn’t that photograph look like he is saying “I am not a crook!”

  6. Re: “Triple Crown Award” The current occupant of the White House was given the Nobel Peace Prize.

  7. Thank you “Knowledge voter” that definitely puts everything into perspective.

    Truly……

    As for you “Fokuko” congratulations they won the Triple Crown Award.

    However, that does not excuse all of their other indiscretions….

    Rita Corporation, Racial Profiling and more..

    When our tax payers find out the truth about Andy Zinke and Keith Nygren, they will ask that they be put away for the rest of their lives..

    The tax payers will want nothing less….

    This is nothing more than good theatre for them. Same Sh..t different day…….

    As for Lou Bianchi he is “NOT” “Mr corruption himself”

    He was railroaded by the people who are actually committing corruption and crimes.

    The judge found ‘No Merit” in those charges and for good reason.

    There was no credible evidence to suggest Mr Bianchi is corrupt.

    “None” I was made an offer to pay off a judge for custody and have lived in this community long enough to know who the “Corruption Players” are.

    “LOU BIANCHI IS NOT A PLAYER”…

    He walked that parade and held his head high, because he is innocent and a Judge said so.

    You should be reminded that just because someone is arrested, does not mean they are guilty….

    If you want to live in a government who finds people guilty just because they are arrested, then leave the country.

    You don’t belong here…

    Frankly, I am sick and tired of your justifications and rationalizations for Zinkes wrong doings.

    He acted like a 2 year old when he gave his middle to the crowd at a public parade…

    He needs to go find another job because he will never make a decent Sheriff…

    Bye Andy.

  8. UpToHere: Zinke wasn’t campaigning for himself.

    There were no walkers passing out literature.

    There were no posters saying “Undersheriff Zinke for Sheriff.”

    Y’all need to get updated on your facts.

    And to “Knowledge” The Triple Crown Award was established by Nthe National Sheriff’s Association to recognize those sheriff’s offices, which achieve simultaneous accreditation from the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, the American Correctional Association’s Commission on Accreditation for Corrections and the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare.

    Achieving these accreditations individually is a daunting task.

    Acquiring all three at the same time is an extraordinary feat.

    In fact, the Triple Crown distinction is so rare, that since the establishment of the award in 1993, fewer than 40 sheriffs’ offices have qualified.

  9. Politicians sure have a lot of parades now days.

    I’m surprise other participants of the parade can fit between all of their vehicles.

    Parades used to be fun but now they are as boring as our recycled politicians.

  10. I have an observation about Fukoku . . . latest post was 1:22 AM, I guess your looking for recognition.

    First it was the internet that made the Zinke’s behave in a poor display of character, now it was because of who was surrounding him that caused a crooked sign, with his name on it.

    Please turn off your computer at l0:00 pm or 11:00 pm, your are sinking your own message!

  11. Via your logic “Fokuko,” you’re basically saying Mr. Zinke was nervous because of who was around him at the time he mis-placed his name placard?

    Let me ask you this. “IF” a Sheriff Zinke is elected, what will he do when a Chicago Gang banger out recruiting in Harvard has a personal run in with Mr. Zinke?

    Will Zinke freeze up, shoot crookedly?

    What you have theorized for us all to see is that Mr. Zinke is not capable of acting under the pressures of immanent threat as he is charged with protecting the lives of the innocent?

    I think it best you lay low for a bit and let’s let the campaign’s play out.

    That is my personal vow during this campaign.

  12. Children, please behave!

    P.S. I reassert my obligation that the black-and-white makes Zinke look lazy especially when the geriatric politicians of McHenry County walked the parade route.

  13. Err, “observation” not “obligation.”

    Stupid autocorrect.

  14. If Zinke was merely representing the Sheriff’s Office, he did not need to put the sign on the car.

    He did not event have to be the one in the parade.

    It is a back door method. Other officers could have come.

    Honor some of the rank and file of the department, not just the one running for office.

    It is unseemly.

    The comments about Mr.Bianchi are really just plain silly!

  15. Zinke is raining on his own parade, his followers do not need to help him.

    It is called Sink or Swim Andy!

  16. Andy was not there representing ONLY McHenry County Sheriffs Office.
    He posted this:

    Zinke for Sheriff McHenry County 2014 shared a link.
    Yesterday near Crystal Lake, IL
    Hope to see you today at McHenry’s Fiesta Days Parade!

    Clearly the clown is representing his lost political endeavor. Not the Sheriffs Office.
    And did the clown Zinke put on weight..Looks like he is following Nygren on how to pack on body fat. Looks like he couldn’t walk 1/2 the parade route.

  17. “The facts state”….Come on now, be nice.

    Andy is a very attractive man.

    I’m sure he is found desirable by at least a couple of ladies in there.

    From what I understand he can be a very charming and hands on type supervisor.

  18. Sum ting Wong.

    Zinke is only in the parade as a candidate for Sheriff.

    He had never been anywhere near a parade until he decided to run for Sheriff.

    His county issued vehicle is a plain white Tahoe and does not say Undersheriff anyplace on it.

    So to suggest he is only in the parade to represent the department is patently false.

    If he wanted to represent the department in the parade he could assign others to do that.

    Nygren was in all the parades even in years he was not up for re-election.

    Andy the scammer at his best again.

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