The Family PAC Cruise

Paul Caprio’s Family PAC cruise is my favorite fundraiser. It’s not just the chance to meet with conservatives from around the state. It’s the views from the boat. Those two reasons are why I have attended 24 of the 25 … Continue reading

Pols on Parade in McHenry – Part 1

Or I could entitle this, “My very hot Sunday at the Fiesta Days Parade.” It started at a reception for Congressman Randy Hultgren hosted by Perry Moy, the owner of Plum Garden. Touring the room, I found lots of Republican … Continue reading

Glenda Miller Holds Fundraiser

McHenry County Treasurer Glenda Miller held a fundraiser at Labemi’s near the Crystal Lake train station. When I arrived the place looked deserted. The reason, I discovered, is everyone was out on the deck in back. With the storm moving … Continue reading

Gasser Goes After Franks for Breaking Term Limits Pledge, Support of Madigan over 18 Years

McHenry County Board member and Algonquin Township Republican Party Chairman had a letter published yesterday in the Northwest Herald. It is published below with the permission of the author: Don’t Let Jack Franks Bring Madigan and Springfield to McHenry County … Continue reading

Algonquin Township GOP Unveils Anti-Tax Hike Petition

Republican Precinct Committeeman from Algonquin Township heard a presentation from Americans for Prosperity Illinois Field Director Matt Cannizzo about an advisory referendum petition campaign which his organization is promoting. The question the AFP seeks to have citizens put on their … Continue reading

Democrat Predicts Jack Franks Can Win Both County Board and State Rep. Races

A comment from “Inish” worth sharing from under the article entitled, McHenry County Board Outmaneuvered by Nimble Jack Franks Again stimulated the following comment: Rested like a arrow in a quiver by no one’s fault but their own. The County … Continue reading

Lame Duck Planning and Development Expanding Government Tuesday

The agenda for the Planning and Development Committee is out.  On the agenda is to expand the P&D committee by 1.5 full time employees or FTEs.  Here is a link to the agenda on the McHenry County Board’s website. The … Continue reading

Gasser Urges Franks to Renouce $58,600 Pension

Turnabout, apparently, is fair play. During member comments at Tuesday night’s McHenry County Board member Andrew Gasser praised GOP County Board Chairman candidate Mike Walkup’s call for an end to pensions for County Board members. Gasser is one of the … Continue reading

D155 Citizens Think Poorly of Bonus for Superintendent, Bleacher Suit Cited

Seven citizens delivered messages to the Crystal Lake District 155 High School Board Tuesday night before it went behind closed doors to evaluate the year’s performance of Superintendent Johnnie Thomas. A suggestion for more transparency came from McHenry County Board … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Republicans Denounce Nepotism

The Algonquin Township Republican Central Committee unanimously approved a resolution against nepotism in its Tuesday night meeting at Crystal Lake’s McHenry County Republican Party Headquarters. You can read the language pf the resolution below: RESOLUTION – ALGONQUIN TOWNSHIP REPUBLICAN CENTRAL … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Republican Party to Vote on Nepotism & Patronage

In a move that seems antithetical to a political party the Algonquin Township Republican Central Committee will consider a policy statement on nepotism and patronage at its upcoming 7:30 May 10th meeting at Republican Headquarters next to Joseph’s Market in … Continue reading

County Board Blanches Open Meetings Act Suit Boil

Using a cost-benefit approach, an 18-4 vote of the McHenry County Board settled a suit brought by Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers over an alleged violation of the Open Meetings Act when the majority of a … Continue reading

Andrew Gasser’s Team Wins Control of Algonquin Township GOP

There was a long count before the weighted votes of Algonquin Township Republican Precinct Committeemen were reconciled. Election of party leaders is not one Precinct Committeeman, one vote. Each elected Committeeman is allowed to cast a vote that equals the … Continue reading

Jennifer Weinhammer Seeks Election as Algonquin Township GOP Treasurer

An email from newly-elected Republican Precinct Committeeman Jennifer Weinhammer: My name is Jennifer Weinhammer and I am writing you as Precinct Committeemen in Algonquin Township, Precinct 17. I wanted to take the time to introduce myself and inform you of … Continue reading

Chris Covelli Seeks Vice Chairmanship of Algonquin Township Republican Central Committee

The Primary Elections are over and people are jockeying for township GOP positions. The first out of the box via email was newly-elected Cary Republican Precinct Committeeman Chris Covelli. His missive follows: I wanted to take a brief moment and … Continue reading

Andrew Gasser Says No Notice to New County Board Members of IMRF 1,000 Hour Work Requirement

One of the McHenry County Board members who promised not to sign-up for Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund pension benefits and carried through on that pledge says that he wasn’t told of the 1,000 annual work requirement when he went through … Continue reading