Republicans Capture McHenry Township Clerk, Trustee Positions

Dan Aylward kept his commanding lead for McHenry Township Clerk, beating incumbent Marsha Nelson by 3,251 to 1,863. Democrat Judith Gottlieb trailed with 1,635. Running unopposed, Democrat Mary Mahady won re-election as Township Assessor. … Continue reading

McHenry’s “Real” Republican’s Palm Card

Besides making mailings, the Republican candidates are distributing the following door-to-door: … Continue reading

Head of Republican Party Endorses “Real” Republicans

Three years ago insurgent Republicans captured control of both the McHenry County Republican Central Committee and the McHenry Township Republican Central Committee. This year remnants of the prior regime, still holding office in McHenry Township failed to obtain the GOP … Continue reading

The Message of Steve Verr, McHenry Township Republican Candidate for Supervisor: “Tax Revolt”

The following letter to the editor of the Northwest Herald is published with permission from its author, Steve Verr. Verr is the GOP candidate for McHenry Township Supervisor. The message is ‘tax revolt’ That’s my message. If you feel your … Continue reading

McHenry Township GOP Mailing Pounds at Appointment Replacements

The McHenry County Township Republican Party, under new leadership after the last two elections, is running a slate of non-incumbents against incumbents who were mainly appointed to their positions. The first part of the contest was a GOP caucus (instead … Continue reading

Republican Candidates for McHenry Township Clerk & Trustee Kicked Off the Ballot

In what reminded me of the wrestling tag team matches I used the watch as a kid, two McHenry Township Electoral Boards voted to remove the GOP caucus-nominated Republican Party candidates for Township Clerk and Trustee from the April 4th election … Continue reading

Commentary on McHenry Township GOP Caucus

The following letter from McHenry’s Laura Lewis was published in the Northwest Herald Saturday and is re-published here with permission of the author: No Raucus Caucus I went to the McHenry Township Republican caucus the other night because I support … Continue reading

Steve Verr, Steven Koerber Head McHenry Township GOP Slate Preferred by Precinct Committeemen

The McHenry Township Republican Party held a caucus to select April candidates at the McHenry VFW on Tuesday night. McHenry Township GOP Chairman Steve Verr was nominated Township Supervisor 3,966 to 1,508 votes for McHenry Grade School Board member Erik … Continue reading

Support for Non-Incumbents in McHenry Republican Caucus

It’s tonight at 7 at the VFW and it has generated at least four letters to the Northwest Herald. Some criticize the Republican Party for holding a caucus instead of a primary election. Others, like the one below, written by … Continue reading

Taxpayers Protest at McHenry County Treasurer’s Office

Having served as McHenry County Treasurer as a child (1966-70), it bothers me a bit that taxpayers are not protesting at school board meetings or signing up to run for school board, where most tax dollars end up once they … Continue reading

Pols on Parade in McHenry – Part 2

Yesterday, I told you most of what happened to me before the parade (one surprise to come later). Today, let’s look at the politicians courting voters in the McHenry Fiesta Days Parade. I had to walk through these poms each … Continue reading

The Next Attack on the McHenry County Board

The McHenry County Board’s Management Services Committee is on deck today to follow in the footsteps of Human Resources Committee. On June 2nd, all Human Resources Committee members voted in favor of abolishing pensions for County Board members. Now it … 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

No Help for Bob Anderson from County Ethics Commission

It’s up and down for Wonder Lake’s Bob Anderson. He won his claim that the McHenry County Board violated the Open Meetings Act when it allowed Michele Aavang and Mary McCann to vote by telephone. Then he charged that County … Continue reading

Gottemoller, Miller Charged with Conflict of Interest on Township Consolidation Referendum Vote

Although the Ethics Complaints that Wonder Lake Republican Precinct Committeeman Bob Anderson made were not included in the Agenda Packet of the Thursday Ethics Commission, they have been released pursuant to a Freedom of Information request filed by McHenry County … Continue reading

Bob Anderson Files Ethics Complaints Against Joe Gottemoller & Anna May Miller

Wonder Lake Republican Precinct Committeeman Bob Anderson has filed two Ethics Complaints, one against McHenry County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller and the other against County Board member Anna May Miller Both Gottemoller and Miller are on the March 15th Republican … Continue reading