John Schmitt’s first crusade was stopping the Northern Bypass, which would have run behind his subdivision to the property owned by Northwest Herald interests.
His, other’s efforts and the fact that most traffic went east-west, rather than northwest-southeast resulted in the current Algonquin bypass.
It also propelled him onto the Village Board.
Schmidt’s other transportation crusade was improving the intersection of Algonquin and Randall Roads.
He also favored the Longmeadow Park(toll)way and was in office when Downtown Algonquin was reconfigured.
Although he will not be able to see the widening of the completion of the road widening project, his support might be deemed instrumental in its construction.
Schmitt was appointed Village President in 2002 to replace Ted Spella when he died. He has been elected to the post since then.
While Schmitt started out as a Republican, supporting my State Rep. candidacy in 1992, in 2016, he was a prominent supporter of Democrat Jack Franks for McHenry County Board Chairman.