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