Dozen File to Run as Write-ins in McHenry County, including Obama Opponent

Below are the people who have filed to run write-in campaigns in McHenry County: For public officer there are two Democrats: John Joseph Polachek  – United States President [Polachek did not filed a copy, not an original document, so there … Continue reading

Sales Tax Hike Phase-out in Chicago, But Not in Crystal Lake

Front page news on both of Chicago’s papers today was the Cook County Board’s vote to phase out its hefty sales tax under the now out-of-office Todd Stroger. The Crystal Lake City Council’s March, 2008, 75% city sales tax increase went … Continue reading

TORA – Ticket to Re-Election

The petitions for re-election are being circulated for Crystal Lake Mayor Aaron Shepley and Council members Cathy Ferguson, Ellen Brady Mueller and Brett Hopkins. And, just in time for the campaign, there is an election kick-off party that required the … Continue reading

Metra Ridgefield Station Chugs Along, But Planning and Zoning Commissioners Want Traffic Improvements, Too

The Crystal Lake Planning and Zoning Commission gave preliminary approval to Metra’s proposed Ridgefield Train Station, but conditioned it on making multi-million dollar road improvements recommended by city engineering firm Patrick Engineering. The improvements, most overdue, according to Patrick engineers … Continue reading

Former Crystal Lake Councilman Dave Goss Appointed to City Planning and Zoning Commission

Joining former City Councilman Thomas Hayden on the Crystal Lake Planning and Zoning Commission is former City Councilman Dave Goss. Goss seemed to have been left out of the “incumbent slate” during last spring’s election. At least if sign placement … Continue reading

Crystal Lake City Council Incumbents’ Voting Records

When legislators run for re-election, opponents search the record for votes they consider “bad.” As far as I can figure out, none of the five challengers to the Crystal Lake City Council incumbents has cited any votes of the incumbent … Continue reading

Crystal Lake City Council Candidates Write for Chamber of Commerce Members

The Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce has put statements from all the Crystal Lake City Council candidates here: David Bradford Ralph Dawson Sal Di Benedetto David Goss Mike Shorten Carolyn Schofield Kay Stanish Jeff Thorsen They might help make up … Continue reading

How Do You Cover an 8-Person Candidates’ Night?

Inadequately. Three seats are up on the Crystal Lake City Council on April 7th and eight people are running for them. (You have to click on this photo taken at the McHenry County College Conference Center at the candidates’ night … Continue reading

Contest for Crystal Lake City Council

Through 4:30 yesterday afternoon (with one-half hour in which one or more candidates could have filed) the following citizens had filed their petitions for the Crystal Lake City Council election next spring: David Bradford Ralph Dawson, incumbent Salvatore Dibenedetto David … Continue reading