From McHenry Township Republican Party Chairman Erik Sivertsen:
The issue was not the entry fee, although that probably kept a lot of the individual candidates from being there.
Candidates could also become a chamber member for $260 and then the entry fee for the parade would be $50.
The problem was that the rules for the parade would not have allowed the party to have signs for candidates or to promote candidates.
There would have to be a separate entry for every candidate who had signs or walkers wearing their shirts in the republican party entry
From McHenry County Republican Party Parade Chairman Orville Brettman:
Erik is correct.
The rules place terrible financial burden on individual members of a political party.
I have discussed this with some of the organizers and they have said that there would be discussions to find a solution.
I surely hope so as we Republicans dearly loved participating in the past.
From “Wilma Flintstone:”
This is exactly why as a business owner I don’t join “the Chamber” as it doesn’t benefit any businesses, and surely doesn’t bring in business!
I have had this conversation with several business owners in the area, and they also feel the Chamber is a JOKE!
To charge $450 to be in a freakin parade, and even $50 if you are a member is RIDICULOS!
Do you think anyone that comes out to see a parade even realizes why there are so few “floats?” that support the community?
Not to mention failing to have anything that truly entertains the kids?
Funnier still, given the kids that attend, do you think they even have a clue of what this political parade (charade) is?
Not to mention NOT ONE marching band this year – so I heard.
I sure have no desire to take my precious time or pay money I won’t waste on this BS to see a bunch of (many corrupt) politicians!