When I left Lakewood about 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon headed for an East Main Street, Cary, fundraiser for State Senators Craig Wilcox and Dan McConchie, I took the biggest umbrella I own.
Water was pouring from the sky.
As I approached the Fox River down East Main Street, however, the rain had let up.
Throughout the three-hour event, attendees were spared from being doused, although those from Huntley and Lake in the Hills also reported downpours when they left home.
Although there was a tent, just in case.
Last year everyone and his brother were passing petitions.
This year, only Algonquin Township Road Commissioner candidate Danijela Sandberg had her clipboard out.
There were candidates on the ballot pressing the flesh, however.
Some talked to each other.
The event was advertised as a Shrimp Boil, but I had an affinity for the bratwurst.
Republican 6th District congressional candidate Jeanne Ives was in attendance.
The Mark Curran for U.S. Senate campaign was represented by
Among other candidates attending was State Rep. hopeful Marty McLaughlin.
District 1 County Board candidate Tom Wilbeck was one of those in the car that came from Barrington Hills.
They was accompanied by David Stieper, whose unsuccessful 2014 campaign featured the wonderful gravy train illustration of the fringe benefits of McHenry County Board members which he pledged to attack, if elected.
Raffle prizes were awarded, followed by short talks by Wilcox and McConchie.
Then, the stage was offered to Ives.
Ives talked a bit about her campaign and her opponent Sean Casten.
“He is as arrogant as it gets.
“He thinks he knows it all,” she said describing the one-term Democrat.
The audience listened raptly with a couple capturing the talk on their cell phones.
State Rep. Tom Weber then gave a short talk.
After the speeches, I caught this shot of 51st District State Representative candidate Chris Bos:
On the way out I saw a Jack Franks sign.
I backed up because of the shock.
It turned out that it had a strike-out, but pretty hard to see.