Messages the Democrats Didn’t Get Out – District 4

Showing readers what might have been sent to their mailboxes by the McHenry County Democratic Party before the election. It’s a zoned campaign pieced, designed to be delivered by the Post Office. A lot were delivered in the most rural … Continue reading

Dems Meeting Tonight in McHenry to Name County Board Replacement

Because Andrew Breen has withdrawn from the Democratic Party ballot, District 4 Precinct Committeemen have the right to replace him on the ballot. The following email came from Arne Waltmire, a man who ran for County Board there in 2014, … Continue reading

McHenry High School Teacher Negotiations after Board Meeting

After at least an hour and a half of public comment and fifteen minutes of power point information from the school board’s side, the McHenry High School Board and its teacher union went back into negotiations behind closed doors. According … Continue reading

Five New County Board Members Being Sworn In

Next Monday, five new members will join the McHenry County Board. They were elected in November’s election. The five are spread over five of the six County Board districts. In McHenry County’s southeastern-most District 1, Republican Andrew Gasser topped incumbent … Continue reading

Gasser Defeat of Chirikos Means GOP Controls All Seats on County Board

In District 1 after about 3,150 early and absentee ballots were added to in-person ballot results from last night, newcomer Andrew Gasser of Fox River Grove defeated incumbent Democrat Nick Chirikos of Algonquin by 382 votes. That increased his 169 … Continue reading

County Board May Have No Democrats

There are now two Democrats on the McHenry County Board: Nick Chirikos Paula Yensen With 20,000 absentee and early votes still missing, Republicans are ahead in all districts where Democrats are on the ballot. With three precincts outstanding, candidates for … Continue reading

Arne Waltmire Assaults John Hammerand with Mailings & Robo-Call

Fueled by thousands and thousands of dollars of teacher union money, Crystal Lake South auto mechanics teacher Arne Waltmire is filling mailboxes and people’s ears with campaign messages. Pretty much all are negative, aimed at defeating incumbent Republican John Hammerand. … Continue reading

High Property Taxes Dominate County Board Forum

Andrew Gasser: “McHenry County is the 29th most expensive county to live in the nation, not Illinois, in the U.S.” Joe Gottemoller: “[We need to] hold the line on taxes. The County portion is flat.” Chuck Wheeler: “I believe in … Continue reading

Teacher Union Leader Running for County Board Financed by Teacher Unions

With Republican County Board candidate Chuck Wheeler having his fundraiser in McHenry tonight, I think it might be appropriate to look at what Democratic opponent Arne Waltmire is doing with regard to campaign finances. You may remember that Waltmire, who … Continue reading

Politicians in the Johnsburg Parade

With the new roundabout in Downtown Johnsburg, I parked north of the Community Club and walked toward the refreshment area. The first sign of politics was a Steve Reick sign on the back of a big red pickup. At the … Continue reading

Two Crystal Lake Teachers’ Unions Fund McHenry Democratic Party County Board Candidate

When I reported on Arne Waltmire’s candidacy for the McHenry County Board from District 4 (McHenry, Richmond and Spring Grove), I told of his running seventh out of nine for the McHenry County College Board in 2013. Having taken a … Continue reading

McHenry-Richmond-Spring Grove Republican County Board Candidates Draw Teacher Union Leader Opponent

Arne Waltmire, an unsuccessful candidate for the McHenry County College Board during the spring of 2013, has filed as a Democrat to run for the McHenry County Board in District 4. Wlatmire was endorsed by the MCC instructors and staff … Continue reading