It’s the first Monday in December.
That’s when newly-elected county officials are sworn in statewide.
The biggest news is the addition of four Democrats to the McHenry County Board.
The total is now five, plus County Board Chairman Jack Franks.
That’s the most since Chuck Weingart and Don Doherty were elected in the early 1970’s. (They subsequently lost, running two years later as Republicans, recapturing their seats.)
This year Democrats won Va seat in four districts–two men and two women.
In District 1, retired Harper College Professor Michael Vijuk beat Republican appointee Chris Spoerl to take the seat that Andrew Gasser
took from a Democrat four years ago.
In District 2, Suzanne Ness won over Cary Grade .School Board member Josh Howell. Ness worked in county government in the Southwest before moving back thirteen years ago.
In District 3, First Congregational Church of Crystal Lake finance person Kelli Wegener defeated former McHenry County Board Chairman and Nunda Township Republican Party Chairman Joe Gottemoller.
In District 5, Carlos Acosta, licensed social worker and AFSCME union leader in the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, received more votes that incumbent Republican Michael Rein.