Yesterday, yard sign wire found sitting in out-of-the-way places in a big poll barn at the Algonquin Township Road District property were published on McHenry County Blog.
Today, let’s look at some signs that were propped against the wall in the southeast corner of the building.
Here’s one for a guy running for Judge, Ray McKoski:
McKoski was on first on the ballot in 1992 after serving in Lake County as an Associated Judge since 9185. He retired in 2010.
Behind the McKoski sign was one for a slate of Island Lake candidates, headed by Chuck Amrich:
Other candidates on the slate included a person named Herrman for Village Clerk and Andrew, Buckley, Stiller (and maybe one more candidate) for Village Trustee. (One could figure out the year by checking municipal election results on the McHenry County Clerk’s web site in April elections of odd-numbered years.)
Next was a sign from one of Rosemary Kurtz’ State Rep. campaigns against me:
Rosemary Kurtz first challenged me in the 1998 Republican Primary Election. It was not until her second time around in the year 2000, however, that she beat me.
A sign for my 1996 Republican primary candidate McHenry County Board member John Brehmer was behind that of Kurtz.
This was an interesting election. GOP County Chairman Al Jourdan recruited Brehmer after Brehmer figured out that he was not going to be allowed to be County Board Chairman.
Interesting to me was that Jourdan never expressed any dissatisfaction with my Springfield performance.
Jourdan became County Republican Party Chairman two years after I was elected McHenry County Treasurer.
That was the year that State Rep. Al Salvi was running for U.S. Senate. We ran a linked campaign in my State Rep. district.
Salvi and I were getting about 60% of the vote with about 40% of the precincts reporting.
Then, the counting machine went down.
I lost McHenry County narrowly, while Salvi tallied 60%, just as his margin had been before the voting machine “crashed.”
Reading about vote fraud subsequently, I learned that when punch card machines went down a new counting program could be added to ignore or add votes to favored candidates. Before the end of counting, the machine went down a second time. Again, reading about vote fraud in punch card situations with centralized counting, I read that would be when the original counting program would be re-loaded.
One of my supporters, David Fredericks, checked the final canvass and found that Republican Precinct Committeemen, found at the bottom of the ballot, received more total votes in my State Representative District in McHenry County than did Brehmer and I combined, even though we spent a total of upwards of $200,000 on the contest and there being a number of precincts with no candidates for GOP Precinct Committeeman.
My district had about thirteen precincts in Cook County’s Barrington Township at the time.
Counting of the punch cards was in each precinct, rather than centralized counting as was the case in McHenry County.
I won that area handily.
When the Daily Herald called to ask about the closeness of the race I told the reporter and the DH reported something like, “They forgot about Cook County.”
A couple of signs supporting township government were behind Brehmer’s.
And, here is a sign in favor of an advisory referendum on the Northern Bypass, whose path would been across Camp Algonquin and led pretty much to the property owned by the Northwest Herald.
I think that referendum was on the ballot the same time that Brehmer was trying to knock me off.
That’s the end of the big signs.
Little ones tomorrow.