The Contested GOP Precinct Committeemen Races in Grafton Township

What follows are the results from the only contested Republican Party Precinct Committeeman race in Grafton Township: Grafton 6 Blake Hobson – 150 John Otlewis – 119 Hobson is the county’s representative on the Regional Transportation Authority. … Continue reading

CL’s Independence Day Parade – 3

More of the Crystal Lake Independence Day Parade. The Republican Party float followed the Walsh Freedom walkers. Many of those on and around it were also followers of Walsh. Tailing the Republicans was McHenry County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller. The … Continue reading

Mike Tryon’s 7th Fish Boil Enjoys Perfect Weather

State Rep. Mike Tryon has retired as Chairman of the McHenry County Republican Central Committee, but from the attendance at his Huntley Fish Boil. you couldn’t tell it. Tryon’s district stretches down the Randall Road corridor to St. Charles now.  … Continue reading

Tina Hill Fundraiser Well Attended

The establishment Mix and March on the Woodstock Square was the place where McHenry  County Board Chairwoman Tina Hill held her fundraiser Thursday night. I was at the Oakwood Hills power plant zoning hearing while Hill’s fundraiser was taking place, … Continue reading

Joe Walsh Gets Better Radio Gig – “There Are More Important Issues To Talk About on Chicago Radio Than Just Sports”

Here’s the press release from WIND: Former Congressman Joe Walsh Elevated to Afternoon Drive on Chicago’s AM 560 The Answer July 2, 2013 – Chicago, IL – AM 560 The Answer (WIND/Chicago) announced today that beginning July 3 former Illinois … Continue reading

Donna Kurtz Raises Campaign Funds for County Board Race

For the second Thursday night in a row, Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria was the site of a Republican event.  More sales tax revenue for my revenue-starved Village of Lakewood was one of my thoughts. Last week, it was for State Senate … Continue reading

Mike Tryon’s Fish Boil – Part 2

This is the second part of the Mike Tryon Fish Boil story.  Part 1 is here. Mike Tryon gave a short talk at his third Huntley Fish Boil. Then, he introduced the elected officials. After he was finished with the … Continue reading

SportsPlex Opponents Appeal to Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor

When the Upper Illinois River Valley Development Authority was meeting somewhere near I-80 was meeting to approve the bonds for the McHenry County SportsPlex in Lakewood, it didn’t seem like it was worth the time to drive down to see … Continue reading

Lakewood Trustee Shares Thoughts on Village Board Meeting – Part 2

Yesterday, we saw the first part of Lakewood Village Trustee Ken Sankowski’s report on the November 9th village board meeting.  He covered the tax levy and the dam in Turnberry. In today’s installment, he covers the SportsPlex and stimulus bonds. … Continue reading

Republicans Hold Play Day Fundraiser

Yesterday was one of the biggest fundraisers for the McHenry County Republican Central Committee. My guess is that parking along the road during previous golf outings has led to the “No Parking” signs there now. Time was that late comers … Continue reading

Lakewood Village Board Member Emails His “Take” to Residents

The Lakewood Village Board used to have a 4-3 balance. Village President Erin Smith headed the ruling coalition. The minority consisted of Dorothy and John Pfeuffer (elected in separate years) and Ken Santowski. They lost every contested vote I observed, … Continue reading

Village of Lakewood Summer Newsletter, Anti-SportsPlex Flyer Arrive

The summer letter from Lakewood Village President Erin Smith has arrived and I share it at the bottom of this article. Missing from this second newsletter since the possibility of a SportsPlex near the intersection of Routes 47 and 176 … Continue reading

Former Village President, Republican Activist Win Lakewood Trustee Spots

After an Executive Session, Village President Erin Smith appointed former Village President Julie Richardson and Blake Hobson, former Nunda Township Trustee and McHenry County Board member, appointed Ways and Means Vice Chairman of the McHenry County Republican and a member … Continue reading

Message of the Day – Hair

St. Baldrick’s Day, plus 9 Last Saturday before last, I ran into fellow Crystal Lake Kiwanis Club member Mike Splitt at the Crystal Lake Business Expo. He was one of the brave ones who had his head shaved March 19th … Continue reading

The Northwest Herald’s Animal Control Shelter Story

This was not an investigatory story.  (Hurry.  It won’t be free long.) Nothing about how the county was looking for a place not near a residential neighborhood…on cheap land…without brick walls and ended up near a residential neighborhood on one … Continue reading