Saturday nifght, the McHenry County Republican Party held an appreciation dinner in Marengo for its Precincr Committeepersons.
Not being one anymore, I was not in attendance, but was told that candidates were allowed to give a two minute speech if they contributed $500 to the cost of the dinner.
Three did so.
State Rep. Marty McLaughlin was one who contributed $500, bu,t did npot attend.
Both candidates for the Republican nomination for Sheriff did so.
Tony Colatorti spoke himself, while Robb Tadelman had Heather Kroenke, the head of his campaign committee, as a subsitute while he was elsewhere.
“I do just want to let you know Robb was sorry he couldn’t be here. He’s not here tonight because he’s volunteering at the Bunker Hill Charity for their concert which he’s done for many years where he does private security out there.
“Robb has been at the sheriff’s office for 17 consecutive years—full-time, nonstop, not as a part-time job or side gig but full time with the sheriff’s office.
“I asked him to give me a couple of bullet points, but his list was too long.
“He’s worked in the sheriff’s office and in a lot of important roles—detective, he’s worked in the task force for the internet crimes against children, he’s SWAT certified, he’s sniper certified, which is impressive to me.
“He’s got a lot of backing; he does have the endorsement of Sheriff Prim.
“Thank you all for your service, he really appreciates it.
“If did have questions or comments since he wasn’t here tonight, he did ask that I leave business cards for you so you can ask him questions.
“He’d be happy to reach out and talk to any one of you.
“Thank you again for all of your service.”
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It is not new for the McHenry County Party to pry money from candidates’ coffers, but it usually before General Elections to finance mailings or newspaper ads.
I remember one year when Chairman Al Jourdan wanted $500. I told him I didn’t have it and he said he would raise it for me. He got it from Newt Gingrich’s GOPac and I wrote a $500 check to the Central Committee,
Judicial candidates and congressional candidates in times past also popped for means for Precinct Committemen.””