The crowd as I left to attend the Turnberry POA meeting. County Board candidate Andy Snarski is front left. State Rep. hopeful Paul Serwatka stands behind him. GOP Chairman Sandra Salgado is near the fireplace. County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller is on the left next to Committeeman Bob Borchert. Next to the fireplace are the Parrish brothers–Tim and Rob–with Mike Shorten.
OK, so this is way late.
Early on in the Christmas Party. McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi is near the fire place.
But the night of the McHenry County Republican Christmas Party had two events.
Another early shot. Cynthia Allen Schenk is front and center. Sheriff Bill Prim is in the center talking with Committeeman Bob Anderson and Bob Borchert. Richard Mack is in the rear left.
That night there was the Christmas party at McHenry’s Marzano’s on Route 31
a rock em, sock em, meeting of the Turnberry Property Owners Association in the Lakewood-owned RedTail Golf Course Clubhouse.
Committeemen Rita Heuel and Eileen Marhoefer chat as Tom Webb looks on. Joe Tirio can be seen in the background.
The Lakewood meeting concerned the attempt to turn the Turnberry Country Club into condos and a more or less private hotel aimed at Korean Americans.
Some people decided to sit at the tables. County Board members Tina Hill (running for Recorder), John Jung and Sue Draffkorn can be seen at the first table, while State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi points at someone.
It took precedence of the GOP Party.
State Rep. candidate Dan Wilbrandt talks with Jack Franks’ opponent Steve Reick and County Board candidate Joe Calomino.
I went to both, but most newsworthy was the Lakewood meeting.
Attorney Rob Hanlon, County Board candidate Andy Snarski, Sheriff Bill Prim and Recorder candidate Joe Tirio can be seen here.
It also had more attendees.
Committeeman Rob Parrish, Recorder candidate Joni Smith and Ron Salgado are in the background. Committeeman Tom Webb is on the right. I believe McHenry County Board member Michael Rein is behind the man in front.
That’s not to say that the Christmas Party wasn’t crowded.
Another shot of Recorder candidate and McHenry County Board members Tina Hill, John Jung and Sue Draffkorn.
It was chock-a-block full by the time I left for the Lakewood meeting.
In this group are Committeemen Mike Shorten, who is Nunda Township Republican Chairman, Dave Gervais and Nancy Gonsiorek, who is running for County Board.
But party gatherings are interesting for who comes, who doesn’t and who talks to whom.
Precinct Committeeman Ron Salgado is on the left. Former County Board member Virginia Pescke and County Board candidate Andy Snarski on the right.
Attending Republican Party events is like watching the old May Day Parade viewing stand at the Kremlin.
State Rep. candidate Allen Skillicorn talks with Committeeman Rita Heuel. Sheriff Bill Prim talks with Sharon Bills. Recorder candidate Joe Tirio is to the right.
The party was advertised as being open to Precinct Committeemen and candidates.
Grafton Township Road Commissioner Tom Poznanski talks with Recorder candidate Joni Smith on the left. Algonquin Township Republican Party Chairman Chris Yaeger and County Board member Chuck Wheeler are almost back to back in the center. County Board member Sue Draffkorn chats with McHenry Alderman and Committeeman Andy Glab and McHenry Township GOP Chairman Steve Rooney to the right.
Lots of both came.
Ron Salgado can be seen talking to Virginia Peschke in the foreground. Rita Heuel and Eileen Marhoefer are to the right. Committeeman Christina Myers can be seen in the back left.
The food was free.
Another crowd shot. Committeeman Cynthia Allen Schenk is front left. County Board candidate Joe Calomino is front left. County Board candidate and Committeeman Nancy Gonsiorek is talking to State Rep. candidate Allen Skillicorn right behind Colomino. Skillicorn opponent Dan Wilbrandt is right behind Skillicorn.
The joke in Springfield is how far politicians will go for a free meal.
Judicial candidate Demetri Tsilimigras and his wife Eleni can be seen center left in the photo. County Board members Michael Rein and Chuck Wheeler chat behind them. Committeeman Rob Parrish talks with County Board member and Chairman candidate Mike Walkup in the back at the center of the photo.
The food at Marzano’s certainly filled me up that night.
McHenry Township GOP Chairman Steve Rooney shares a joke with McHenry Alderman and Committeeman Andy Glab. State’s Attorney candidate Patrick Kenneally is behind Rooney.
But, if one wanted a drink, for that people were on their own.
Col. Craig Wilcox, a candidate for County Board, converses with fellow County Board candidate Joe Calomino (to his left). McHenry Township GOP Chairman Steve Rooney is on the far right hand side of the photo. Committeeman Christina Myers, St. Rep. candidate Dan Wilbrandt and County Board candidate and Committeeman Nancy Gonsiorek can be seen between them. Recorder candidate Joe Tirio is way in the back.
That didn’t stop people.
The smiling man on the right is Col. Craig Wilcox, a candidate for County Board, again seen talking to County Board candidate Joe Calomino. Committeeman Rick Mack, Ringwood Village President, is seen on the left hand side of the picture. Sheriff Bill Prim talks with Committeeman Bob Anderson at th back.
You can see that by what attendees have in the hands.
Sandra Salgado spoke to the crowd of party workers and candidates. McHenry County Treasurer Glenda Miller can be seen to her right. Recorder candidate Joni Smith is to Miller’s right.
Just before I left Chairman Sandra Salgado spoke.
RTA Board member Blake Hobson, Algonquin Township GOP Chairman Chris Yaeger and County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller are to Salgado’s left in this photo.
She told of the successes of the party during the 2014 General Election and the non-partisan elections during the spring of 2015.
State’s Attorney candidate Dan Regna and County Board member Diane Evertsen were chatting as I left the meeting.
On the way out I saw State’s Attorney candidate Dan Regna talking with County Board member Diane Evertsen.
Of course, who doesn’t attend could be as important as who does.