Republicans in the Algonquin Parade

Some of the Republicans in Algonquin’s Founders Day Parade have been covered in the article about the incumbents that rode in the dignitary part of the event.

One, newly-appointed State Senator Dan McConchie, probably was in that parade element.

State Senator Dan McConchie had a banner in front of his contingent.

State Senator Dan McConchie had a banner in front of his contingent.

But since I didn’t put him in that article, here he is:

State Senator Dan McConchie was riding in a convertible.

State Senator Dan McConchie was riding in a convertible.

The next Republican was Don Brewer.  He ran for State Senate in the Republican Primary Election when I ran for State Representative in 1992.  This year he was driving the Algonquin Rotary entry.

For Algonquin Village President Don Brewer.

Former Algonquin Village President Don Brewer.

It was a long time before the next entrant that had a Republican tinge.

I guess one could say that the Election Judge recruitment trailer of Kane County Clerk Jack Cunningham had such a tinge, because he is a Republican, but it was really non-partisan.

The Kane County Clerk's Office was looking for people willing to be Election Judges. (So is McHenry County's.)

The Kane County Clerk’s Office was looking for people willing to be Election Judges. (So is McHenry County’s.)

After the entry from “state” came one from “church”–Light of Christ Lutheran Church in Algonquin.

The float of Light of Christ Lutheran Church in Algonquin.

The float of Light of Christ Lutheran Church in Algonquin featured a band.

Next came the Republicans.

An American Flag came first.

An American Flag carried by Austin Gasser came first.

It looks as if I got recognized in this photo.

It looks as if I got recognized in this photo.

The blue line flag carried by Chris Covelli is the symbol is to honor law enforcement and fallen law enforcement.

Lake County Deputy Sheriff Chris Covelli carries a flag in support of police.

Vice Chairman of the local party, Chris Covelli carries a blue line flag in support of police.

The blue line represents law enforcement (in the middle) protecting the community (on the top) from evil (on the bottom).

“We as the Algonquin Township Republicans honor our law enforcement here in McHenry Co and across our great Nation!” explained Covelli to me in an email after the parade.

And what does the sign say?

The sign says, "Cleaning up McHenry County. No more County Board pensions. Standing against nepotism."

The sign says, “Cleaning up McHenry County. No more County Board pensions. Standing against nepotism.”  It is carried by Jay Kinzler, who ran against Congressman Peter Roskam in the last Republican Primary Election.

The Algonquin Township Republican banner came next.

banner

Behind the banner are Andrew Gasser (the son), McHenry County College Board member Karen Tirio, former GOP judicial candidate Demetri Tsilimigras, and Glen Swanson.

It re-enforced the anti-nepotism message.

Walking next to the crowd pushing a stroller was Republican State’s Attorney candidate Patrick Kenneally.

GOP McHenry County State's Attorney candidate Patrick Kenneally pushes his two children in the Algonquin Founders Day Parade.

GOP McHenry County State’s Attorney candidate Patrick Kenneally pushes his two children in the Algonquin Founders Day Parade.  Joe Tirio, Republican candidate for Recorder of Deeds, follows him.

Algonquin Township Republican Party Chairman Andrew Gasser was passing out candy.

Andrew Gasser, Algonquin Township GOP Chairman, was passing out candy, as was Colleen Kenneally, seen behind Gasser.

Andrew Gasser, Algonquin Township GOP Chairman, was passing out candy, as was Colleen Kenneally, seen behind Gasser.

The next candidate seen was Mike Walkup, running for McHenry County Board Chairman.

Mike Walkup was passing out Tootsie Rolls in Algonquin in his quest to become McHenry County Board Chairman.

Mike Walkup was passing out Tootsie Rolls in Algonquin in his quest to become McHenry County Board Chairman.

Algonquin Township Trustee Larry Emery had liquid sugar in his hands.

Algonquin Township Trustee Larry Emery wore a Patrick Kenneally tee shirt.

Algonquin Township Trustee Larry Emery wore a Patrick Kenneally tee shirt.

For reasons unknown the Algonquin Founders Day Committee does not allow signs for candidates in its parade.

Mike Walkup's truck pulled the elephant.

Mike Walkup’s truck pulled the elephant.

Note that the sign on the truck for Micheal Walkup does not mention that he is a candidate for Chairman of the County Board. It is from a previous campaign for County Board, which he won.

At the end of the parade were a couple carrying more signs.

One sign is a repeat of the one in front. The other says, "

One sign is a repeat of the one in front. The other says, “Cleaning up McHenry County.  Lower Taxes.  Saying No to Career Politicians.”

And, then, came a surprise.

State Senator Dan McConchie, seen previously riding in a convertible, rolled across the bridge in his wheelchair.

State Senator Dan McConchie rolled into view.


State Senator Dan McConchie rolled into view.  Chris Yaeger hands out candy to his left.

Supporters of State Senator Dan McConchie were wearing "Vote for DAN!" tee shirts.

Supporters of State Senator Dan McConchie were wearing “Vote for DAN!” tee shirts.

His banner got a second showing.

Handing out sweets was Algonquin Township Trustee Melissa Sanchez.

Algonquin Township Trustee Melissa Sanchez.

Algonquin Township Trustee Melissa Sanchez.

Below is a picture of those Republicans who gathered before the parade at Glen Swanson’s home.

Participants pose for a photo before the 2016 Algonquin Founders Day Parade.

Algonquin Township Republican Party participants pose for a photo before the 2016 Algonquin Founders Day Parade.

And, here is the contingent for State Senator Dan McConchie, who gathered separately:

State Senator Dan McConchie's walkers.

State Senator Dan McConchie’s walkers.

After some really neat race boats came the Democrats. They will appear another day.


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