My inability to attend Algonquin’s Founders Days Parade prevented me from taking photos of the politicians and public officials in it, but, thanks to the First Electric Newspaper’s Pete Gonigam, I still have some photos to share with you.
He has a more complete story about the parade.
Gonigam points out that one “peculiarity was the parade’s political component or lack thereof.”
The Founders Day Parade is the only one in the county that limits politicians to incumbents.
That support certainly makes it tough for challengers to the political Establishment.
So, I figured that McHenry County Undersheriff Andy Zinke would be riding in a borrowed squad car with his little sign saying, “Andrew Zinke, Undersheriff.”
He could claim, as he seems to be doing, that he wasn’t there as a candidate, but merely as a representative of the Department.
Instead Keith Nygren’s office was represented by one motorcycle. At least that’s what Gonigam told me.
And, of course, challengers Republican Bill Prim and Independent Jim Harrison would be ineligible.
But then Gonigam sent me a photo of a Kane County Sheriff’s candidate. His name is Kevin Williams and he is a lieutenant in his Department. In contrast to Zinke, Williams is not wearing his uniform nor driving a squad car.
But, I’m getting ahead of myself.
Two countywide officials were in the parade–both not up for re-election for three more years.
Crystal Lake’s Lou Bianchi made his second appearance after beating back the Establishment’s attempt to discredit him through two criminal prosecutions.Two members of the McHenry County Board were present–both Democrats.
No GOP County Board members from McHenry County showed their faces, but Maggie Auger of Kane County was there.
Gonigam reports that State Rep. Mike Tryon sent a car, but was absent because he daughter was getting married.
A commenter under The First Electric Newspaper article pointed out that State Rep. David McSweeney was in the parade.
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Meanwhile, Bill Prim was attending the gun show at Crystal Lake’s Holiday Inn.