The McHenry County Republican Central Committee had its annual Lincoln Day Dinner at d’Andrea’s Saturday night with over 180 in attendance.
Probably the biggest news of the night was that State Rep. and County Republican Party Chairman Mike Tryon announced his retirement as County Chairman. (He is unopposed at State Representative.)
He endorsed his Vice Chairman, Mark Daniel, as his successor. (Daniel is also Nunda Township GOP Chairman.)
Tryon points out each year how he would rather be out on a Valentine’s Day date with his wife.
Next year, I guess he can select that option.
That’s what I decided to do this year.
We went to the Woodstock Opera House to hear a Joe Crocker tribute band, Alan Kaye with Bad Dogs and Americans, a play on Croker’s group’s name, “Mad Dogs and Englishmen.”
Our feet were tapping and, unlike d’Andrea’s, there wasn’t a bad vibe in the house.
A couple of people described the atmosphere at the dinner as “funerial.”
And, if the information in Kevin Craver’s front page article in the Northwest Herald is correct, the old McHenry Township-based regime, dating back at least to the time of Chuck Miller’s chairmanship, which ended in the mid-sixties, may end if the team introduced to Precinct Committeemen, Precinct Committeemen candidates and activists last Thursday night win office.
Two candidates for Governor attended and spoke–State Senator Kirk Dillard and Bruce Rauner.
Both spoke earlier to the Winnebago County Lincoln Day Dinner, as did State Treasurer Dan Rutherford and State Senator Bill Brady.