State Rep. Mike Tryon has retired as Chairman of the McHenry County Republican Central Committee, but from the attendance at his Huntley Fish Boil. you couldn’t tell it.
Tryon’s district stretches down the Randall Road corridor to St. Charles now. (He reminded me that Crystal Lake had been cut into three state rep. districts by Michael Madigan in order to break up the Crystal Lake power base.)
When he spoke to the crowd, he said,
“I found out the issues are the same there as they are here.”
The keynote speaker was Congressman Peter Roskam.
Roskam represents only Algonquin Township in McHenry County, but he does have some of eastern Kane County.
The U.S. Representative gave a rousing speech.
Commenting on Washington, he said,
“It’s not as if you are misperceiving how it is.”
Later in his talk, he asked,
“Are we the generation…who says we can’t figure it out?
“The temptation we need to [overcome] is the temptation to become discouraged.”
Roskam advised Republicans to do two things. Articulate
1. the vision of what our Party is about and
2. the steps along the way to reach the vision.
He quoted Thomas Jefferson, whom he characterized as “a big thinker.”
Part was that “the ground of liberty is gained by inches.”
All the countywide elected officials and candidates were in attendance, except Sheriff Keith Nygren, Treasurer Bill LeFew and County Clerk candidate Mary McClellan. (I arrived at 6, so some I don’t mention may have come and left early.)
Recorder of Deeds Phyllis Walters, County Clerk Kathie Schultz, Circuit Clerk Kathleen Keefe, State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi, Coroner Anne Majewski, Auditor Pam Palmer,Treasurer candidate Glenda Miller and Sheriff’s candidate Bill Prim were there.
County Board members and candidates that I saw included Mike Skala, Ken Koehler, Nick Provenzano, Sandy Salgado, John Hammerand, Anna May Miller and Michael Rein.
Township officials I recognized were Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller and Algonquin Township Trustee Larry Emery.
RTA Board member Blake Hobson, Crystal Lake City Councilman Jeff Thorsen and Wonder Lake Fire Protection District Trustee Cheryl Hammerand were among other officials I remember attending.