From the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board:
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County Board Chairman:
Mike Buehler (Campaign photo)
We’ve backed Democratic incumbent Jack Franks of Marengo in the past because as a state lawmaker, he called on his own Democratic Party to rein in taxes and excessive spending.
He also has worked to reduce the size of county government and its tax levy in his role as chairman.
But earlier this year, news stories indicated he had became the subject of a state police investigation into sexual misconduct allegations stemming from his time in Springfield.
He denies the allegations, but questions remain and there has been no indication the case is closed.
Crystal Lake Republican Mike Buehler is a small-business owner who believes lower taxes and less regulation that hamstring commerce are the best ways to keep people and jobs from leaving McHenry County.
Buehler is endorsed.
Circuit Court Clerk: Woodstock Republican Katherine Keefe has capably run this office for 11 years. She’s our choice over Harvard Democrat Renee Overlee, who works for Keefe as a lead court specialist.
Coroner: Voters will choose between Woodstock Republican Michael Rein, a chiropractor and former McHenry County Board member, and Wonder Lake Libertarian Kelly Liebmann, a Greenwood Township trustee. At the same time, however, voters will have to decide in a binding referendum whether to get rid of the elected office and instead have it appointed by a county board committee. Our endorsement goes to Rein, whose medical and governmental experience make him the better choice.
Republican incumbent Shannon Teresi’s eight years in various roles in this office make her the better choice over Libertarian James Young.
Judge of the Circuit Court:
For the Michael Caldwell vacancy, we endorse Republican David Gervais over Democrat Elizabeth Vonau.
Circuit Judge Justin Hansen, a Crystal Lake Republican, is the better choice over Democrat Jeannie Ridings, also of Crystal Lake.
And Circuit Judge Mark Gerhardt, a Crystal Lake Republican, is our pick over Lake in the Hills Democrat and lawyer Kimberley Crum Klein