Censoring a 1952 Halloween Painting on a Barbershop Window in Easton, Maryland

I was reminded of how my 3rd grade teacher in Easton, Maryland, suggested my team of Halloween window painters change the sign on a wagon in a Halloween parade from “Vote for Ike” to “Vote” by a painting on a … Continue reading

Remembering Running for Office at Age 23

Jason Blumenthal, a 23-year old is running for State Representative. Boy, did that bring back memories from 52 years ago. I was the same age when I stood outside in the really, really cold weather on the steps of the … Continue reading

Billionaire Dem Candidate Pritzker Backs Term Limits for Legislative Leaders

Well, what do you know? Reading Capitol Fax yesterday, I learned that JB Pritzker has followed Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Danial Biss in supporting Term Limits for Legislative Leaders. As I have reported earlier, the idea was first put into play … Continue reading

Democrat Daniel Biss Supports Term Limits for Legistlative Leaders

Capitol Fax is reported this week that State Senator Daniel Biss, running for Governor as a Democrat, has adopted the proposal that I set forth on the day I announced my 2002 candidacy for Governor on the Libertarian Party ticket: … Continue reading

Unnamed “Has Been Blogger” Credited with Using “Fake News” to Drive State Reps. Out of Office

Woodstock resident Elliot Cassidy, who wrote the following letter to the Northwest Herald. In an email he gave me permission to re-publish his letter. Cassidy says I am the reason that State Rep. Mike Tryon stepped down and State Rep. … Continue reading

Illinois Leaks Visits the McHenry County Board

Reprinted with permission from Illinois Leaks, a publication of the Edgar County Watchdogs: McHenry County – Lord Franks – Republic or Kingdom? BY KIRK ALLEN ON AUGUST 25, 2017 • ( LEAVE A COMMENT ) McHenry Co. (ECWd) –We got tipped off during a meeting in … Continue reading

LITH Sanitary District Board Reverses Kane County Annexation…or Not

The elephant in the Lake in the Hills Village Board room, so to speak, was the law that determines who appoints members of the LITH Sanitary District. I sponsored it in the early 1970’s. When the new 1970 State Constitution … Continue reading

Idea Surfaced in 2002 Libertarian Party Gubernatorial Campaign Gaining Legs

When an idea gains strength journalists say it has “legs.” The idea for a constitutional amendment to limit the number of terms a person could be House Speaker or Minority Leader and Senate President or Minority Leader was a major … Continue reading

Attorney General Rules McHenry County Blog “News Media” for Purposes of Freedom of Information Requests

The Public Access Division of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office has ruled that McHenry County Blog is to be considered “media” under the Freedom of Information Act. McHenry County Blog is now the only blog in Illinois certified as a … Continue reading

Bribers Can Do Business in Chicago, But Not with Illinois State Government

From the Chicago Tribune Thursday morning summary: Emanuel administration clears bribe-paying red-light camera vendor to bid on city contracts once again. Chicago is open for business for businesses who have bribed city officials. That is so different from what Illinois … Continue reading

Jack Franks’ $2 Million Pension

In two years, when Jack Franks turns 55, he can start receiving his pension from the State of Illinois. He stands to collect $2.3 million. As of June 30, 2016, he contributed about $139,000. The taxpayers will foot the bill … Continue reading

Other Entries in CL Parade with Political Overtones

So far, McHenry County Blog has looked at five portions of the Independence Day Parade: Jesse White Jack Franks Patrick Kenneally Democrats Republicans Let’s look at other things with a political tinge. The first I noticed was the squad car … Continue reading