Arrangements have not been made but former McHenry County Board member James (Jim) P. Kennedy died Tuesday.
Democrat Kennedy was elected to the Board in 2006 by knocking out Republican Perry Moy.
He told me that he really worked hard for that victory.
At the time he was a member of the Lake in the Hills Village Board, working as a police officer in ElkGrove Village.
Kennedy was the first Democrat on the County Board in decades.
The last I remember was McHenry’s Chuck Weingart. If memory serves me correctly, Weingart ran as a Democrat in 1972 and won. The next election cycle, running as a Democrat he lost, then ran as a Republican and won.
In 2010, he lost his re-election big to John Jung.
Reapportionment put him in District 2 in 2012 and he tried for a comeback, but did not succeed.
Kennedy was appointed to the Valley Hi Nursing Home Operating Board and has served as its Chairman.
From the McHenry County Democratic Party’s web site:
From the Dems Facebook
Jim Kennedy, 1955-2018
In 2006, Jim Kennedy became the first Democrat elected to the McHenry County Board in over a generation, and led the way for other Democrats to win election to the County Board. He had also served as a Village Trustee in Lake in the Hills, and was currently on the Board of Valley Hi Nursing Home in Woodstock.
Jim was a retired Sergeant for the Elk Grove Village Police Department, and father of three. In 2017, Jim was awarded the Thomas Jefferson Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Democratic Party of McHenry County.
He passed away unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, March 6.
Rest in peace, Jim.