Here are the signs behind the Mike Madigan scarecrow in Bull Valley seen yesterday:
The last time I saw manure used in a political statement it was in Crystal Lake’s Christmas Parade on Thanksgiving Week in 1972.
Algonquin Township had elected Forrest B. Hare as Assessor and he had followed the law to assess all property at the same percentage of market value.
That resulted in farmland assessments being raised to 50% of sale price the same as homes and other businesses.
Alexander MacArthur, who was or became Village President of Barrington Hills after moving to McHenry County from Palatine Township, where he was the GOP Committeeman and Chief Deputy under Cook County Sheriff Richard Ogilvie before serving has Olgivie’s Racing Board Chairman.
MacArthur was so angry at his new assessment that he brought a manure spreader to the parade.
Watching from Colby Subdivision, I saw the machine with a sign referencing the data processing saying, “Garbage in, garbage out.”