What Impact Do Newspaper Endorsement Have?

Candidates court newspaper endorsements. They fill out questionnaires. I remember enjoying matching wits with the Chicago Tribune folks most…especially the year when they asked questions about education funding. (The statistics did not favor the answer the questionnaire wanted.  Naturally, I … Continue reading

Kenneally-Wilbrandt Each Pay for Half of Mailing

We’ve seen candidates group together to put out mailings before. Most recently, what I am calling the “Red Team” because of the color of most of their signs, went together to finance a mailing featuring State Rep. Mike Tryon’s endorsement … Continue reading

Barb Wheeler Endorses Dan Wilbrandt for State Representative

Her State Senator Pam Althoff has tossed in $40,000 to the campaign to elect McHenry County Board member Carolyn Schofield to replace State Rep. Mike Tryon. That was shortly after the teachers’ union called the Illinois Education Association gave Schofield … Continue reading

NWH Endorses Wilbrandt for State Rep., Offers Negatives on Others

My surprise of the day was discovering that the Northwest Herald didn’t endorse Carolyn Schofield (as I incorrectly predicted). Probably surprised her, too. McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorney Dan Wilbrandt got the nod instead. While the NWH found that both … Continue reading

The Route 62 Four-Lane Question

For as long as I can remember, Barrington Hills has opposed turning Route 62 into four lanes. When Jim Kempe was Village President and I served as State Representative and was Republican Spokesman on the Appropriations Committee that handled the … Continue reading

Serwatka Pledges Salary to Fight Property Tax Hikes

There are three reasons people run for office, the Field Director for the Republican National Committee told a campaign management school held in Jacksonville in about 1968, mid-way through my term as McHenry County Treasurer. He helped us to remember … Continue reading

Predicting the Northwest Herald Will Endorse Carolyn Schofield for State Representative

Looking at the front page of the Northwest Herald Saturday leads me to predict that McHenry County Board member Carolyn Schofield will be endorsed by its editorial board. It is my belief that newspaper editorial endorsements are having decreasing impact … Continue reading

Dan Wilbrandt Fundraiser

While your McHenry County Blogster cowered from the cold last night putting up banner ads for Circuit Court candidate Demetri Tsilimigras and State’s Attorney candidate Patrick Kenneally, a Friend of McHenry County Blog was taking photos and gathering the information … Continue reading

Four 66th District State Rep. Candidates Face Public

The McHenry County League of Women Voters took on two state representative districts and one state senate district Thursday night. With his fake Republican opponent Jeffrey Lichte (he who had a Jack Franks yard sign in his year in 2014 … Continue reading

Answers to Illinois Family Institute Questions – State Rep. District 66

The race for State Rep. Mike Tryon’s 66th District seat is a four-way one: Carolyn Schofield Paul Serwatka Allen Skillicorn Dan Wilbrandt The Illinois Family Institute has sent questionnaires to all of them. The organization is a socially conservative one. Below … Continue reading