Bob Grogan Headlines Minimalist Meeting of McHenry County Republicans

Most of the people at the Central Committee meeting can be seen in this photo.

Most of the people at the Central Committee meeting can be seen in this photo.

Maybe a fourth of the members of the McHenry County Republican Central Committee met at d’Andrea’s in Crystal Lake on Monday night.

Mike Tryon

Mike Tryon

Chairman Mike Tryon chaired the meeting, reveling in revealing that Governor Pat Quinn only paid a $4,000 property tax bill, only $2,000 of which went to pay for Chicago schools.

Property owners in the room multiplied 60-70% times our tax bills and quickly figured out we paid more than Quinn.

Tryon dropped one bit of new electoral information–that David McSweeney may have an independent opponent.

That happened last time, of course, in the form of Dee Beaubien.

A surprise guest was DuPage County Auditor Bob Grogan.

He is running for State Treasurer, seeking to replace Dan Rutherford, who is one of four Republicans running for the Republican nomination for Governor.

He said that if interviews were taking place for the office, he would actually be one of the people on the list.

Bob Grogan, seeking the GOP nomination for State Treasurer.

Bob Grogan, seeking the GOP nomination for State Treasurer.

He touted his CPA designation and his Certified Fraud Examiner credential.

Grogan said his goal was to serve as State Treasurer, not to use it for a stepping stone to a higher office.

He said he had been on the campaign trail for the last nine months.

Melissa Denker

Melissa Denker

McHenry County Young Republicans President Melissa Denker spoke next.

She announced the next YR meeting, which will be in Woodstock on this Saturday, the 16th at 11 am at Two Tails Market & Eatery.

On the 22nd, another meeting at The Cottage in Crystal Lake will feature a talk by State Senator Kirk Dillard, who is running for Governor again after having lost to Bill Brady by a couple of hundred votes.  It starts at 7.

She told the committeemen that the YR’s were preparing packages to send to members of the Armed Services in Afghanistan.

Geri Davis

Geri Davis

Geri Davis, who had been busy notarizing petitions of committeemen running for re-election before and earlier in the meeting, took the podium to urge those desiring her to file their petitions on the first day of filing, November 25th, to hand deliver them to her at her home.

She recounted that one petition sent by mail got lost and, hence, was not filed.

County GOP Vice Chairman Mark Daniel was introduced to introduce the township Republican Chairmen.

Mark Daniel

Mark Daniel

Daniel is also Nunda Township Chairman.

Although the meeting was held in Algonquin Township, its head, Rebecca Lee, was not present. Vice Chairman Tom McDermott was at d’Andrea’s.

Grafton Township Chairman Tom Poznanski, who is Road Commissioner, was probably out salting roads.  Marty Waitzman stood in his stead.

McHenry Township’s Tom Weber was there, as was John Jung for Dorr Township.  Michael Smyk, who chairs to NorWest Township group was also in attendance.

Tina Hill

Tina Hill

McHenry County Board Chairwoman announced that for the second year in a row the County Board had decided on a flat levy.

There was applause.

The final speaker was Steve Reick, a tax attorney who is running against Democrat Jack Franks.

Steve Reick

Steve Reick

Reick repeated his Woodstock billboard line that Franks has served eight terms, while having pledged to serve only three when he first ran in 1998.

Reick drew applause when he called for all state employees to be put in a 401(k) program, just as most Americans have.

He said the current pension bill under consideration was just to provide an excuse for a progressive income tax.

Reick emphasized that one of his major goals is to derail the Common Core education standards.


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Bob Grogan Headlines Minimalist Meeting of McHenry County Republicans — 7 Comments

  1. Repubs are as big a joke as Dems in Illinois. Chair Tryon with his Quinn’s Tax Bill drivel, like a child’s tattle on another child.

    While at my residence in Ga., my Hall County legislator has been pushing the ‘4 plus 4’ plan, along with the Ga. House Speaker for years now and are getting close. What does that mean? Zero Property Tax!

    Not that my taxes on my house there at all unreasonable. $1700 for a 4 B, 3B, on Lake Lanier in Flowery Branch, which is exactly 30 minutes up I-85 from downtown Atl.

    Big difference in Public Policy and it’s taxing mindset between the two states, wouldn’t you agree?

  2. Cal,
    Our next meeting is the 16th at 11 am at Two Tails market & Eatery. 🙂 Governor Candidate Kirk Dillard will be speaking at our Social Event on the 23rd at 7pm at the Cottage in Crystal Lake. It was a lot of info at the time! Sorry!

  3. Melissa – there are 2 Republicans running for sheriff. Any reason this meeting is at a business owned by Zinke supporters?

    Bill Prim is also running.

    Zinke is a Jack FRanks supporter.

  4. FYI,
    The McHenry County Young Republicans do not Endorse or get involved in any primary races.

    Two Tails Market and Eatery is a Republican business.

    If Sheriff Candidate Bill Prim has an issue with us having our meeting there, he can contact me himself and we would love to have a Meeting at a Republican business he suggests as well.

    Our Group welcomes all candidates to come to our events and introduce themselves.

    Thank you for the Concern! 🙂

  5. “Reick drew applause when he called for all state employees to be put in a 401(k) program, just as most Americans have.”

    —What a stupid plan that is.

    As if our current pension system isn’t funded enough, NOW Reick wants to funnel money to the private sector further defunding the pension system.

    That’s a bright idea ya got there!

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