With only one women and three or four men in the countywide race for a spot on the McHenry County Circuit Court, it is little wonder that one of the men have decided that McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan needs to have her negatives increase if he is to have a chance of victory.
Updated: 10 hours ago
“I just couldn’t wrap my head around it,” Committee Chairman John Jung, R-Woodstock, said. “To be honest, the big gorilla in the room was her husband.”
The above sums up the nepotism that County Clerk Mary McClellan has instilled in her office. Using taxpayer funds, she hired her husband, who had no previous experience or qualifications for the position of election administrative analyst. Let’s not forget about the epic 2016 election day meltdown in McHenry County.
But wait – it gets better!
Hiring her husband on the taxpayer’s dime was just the beginning. She then tried to increase his pay and put him on salary. Take a look at the proposal.
Crystal Lake businessman Joe Alger, who was at the meeting, put it beautifully. “Of everyone else in the county, or within a 20-mile radius, he happens to be the most qualified person, and happens to be married to her? That would be more divine intervention than coincidence,” Alger said. “If I want to live in that kind of a world, I’ll move to Chicago where I can buy my alderman.”
Even fellow Republicans were bewildered by the hiring and proposal to pay McClellan’s husband more.
Republican Committee member Diane Eversten said, “There is no doubt in my mind as to why people have such a dim view of elected officials.”
But wait – it gets even better!
One wonders what the driving force was to reduce the pay for those positions. Possibly the request to make her husband a salaried employee.
In true Illinois fashion, Clerk McClellan is now seeking a promotion to Circuit Court judge!
A judge need to be above reproach. Mary McClellan has shown she is not.
Let’s stop this crazy train before it goes any further. Illinois is known for political shadiness but what’s going on in McHenry County takes the cake.
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