Grafton Township Write-in Results: Al Zielinski for Assessor, Matthew Cooper for Trustee

After being thrown off the Grafton Township Republican Primary ballot for not numbering the pages on his petitions, Assessor Al Zielinski decided to run a write-in campaign. He needed 50 votes (the number of petition signatures to get on the … Continue reading

Eric Ruth Follows in Father’s, Grandparents’ Footsteps to Be Elected Grafton Township Supervisor, Poznanski Re-Elected Road Commissioner, Watson Snags Clerk Post

Following in his father Chuck’s and his grandparents Millie and Howard Ruth’s footsteps Eric Ruth won the Republican nomination for McHenry County’s Grafton Township Supervisor in Tuesday’s Primary Election. Ruth decisively defeated Joseph Holtorf. Incumbent Road Commissioner Tom Poznanski won … Continue reading

845 Votes in Grafton Township

The early returns in Grafton Township show the following (votes for Supervisor in headline): Supervisor ERIC RUTH (REP) 603 71.36 JOSEPH H HOLTORF (REP) 239 28.28% Clerk DINA FRIGO (REP) 323 38.78% KATHLEEN M WATSON (REP) 510 61.22% Assessor (write-ins) … Continue reading

303 Votes in Grafton Township

With 303 votes cast for Supervisor, the early returns in Grafton Township show the following: Supervisor ERIC RUTH (REP) 209 68.98% JOSEPH H HOLTORF (REP) 93 30.69% Clerk DINA FRIGO (REP) 121 40.47% KATHLEEN M WATSON (REP) 178 59.53% Assessor … Continue reading

Linda Moore Passing Out Door Hangers in Write-In Campaign for Grafton Township Trustee

As I understand the law, write-in candidates in primary elections have to obtain at least as many votes as people had to obtain signatures to get on the ballot. That means that former Grafton Township Supervisor Linda Moore and Mathew … Continue reading

Feb. 28th GOP Township Primary Elections

Three of the largest townships in McHenry County are holding  primary elections on February 28th to select Republican candidates for the April general elections. In all three townships–Algonquin, Grafton and Nunda–the Republican Primary is likely to pick the same people … Continue reading

Al Zielinski, Linda Moore File as Grafton Township Write-Ins

The man who opponents thought was out of the running, put himself back in by filing as a write-in candidate for Grafton Township Assessor. Assuming he filed the correct paperwork, he will need about 50 votes to win re-election. Zielinski … Continue reading

Statement of Candidacy Discrepancies Bring Early Drama to GOP Township Primaries

Elections have several phases. First there is the intimidation phase. When opponents or potential opponents hear that one is running for office, they enlist people whom they think can influence you to call or meet with you to convince you … Continue reading

Grafton Township Republican Primary Offers Chance for Write-In, Zielinski Running Again

Candidates have filed for each of the positions in the Grafton Township Primary Election, yet one office could be filled by a write-in campaign. For Supervisor, there are two running: Joe Holtorf, Huntley Eric Ruth, Huntley Incumbent Road Commissioner Tom … Continue reading

Grafton Township Sets Salaries

At its September meeting, the Grafton Township Board set salaries for terms that begin after next April’s election. The Township Supervisor will be paid $43,500, plus participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund pension system. The Township Assessor will be … Continue reading

Comparing Township Costs & Surpluses

A friend of McHenry County Blog ran these figures on McHenry County Townships: Comparison of McHenry Township Finances Township Fund Balance to Revenue Per Capita Expenditures Per Household Expenditures Alden 124.7% 266 747 Algonquin 72.8% 44 124 Burton 176.7% 59 … Continue reading

What Happened to Township Taxes?

Here is what is happening to taxpayers as a whole: Township  Inc/Decrease  2015-2014 in Total Tax Inc/Decrease 2014-2013 in Total Tax HARTLAND $95.24 ($518.43) ALDEN $1,484.21 ($2,923.60) DUNHAM $877.76 ($10,905.30) HEBRON $4,219.09 ($5,118.21) RILEY ($2,678.90) ($1,172.12) SENECA ($6,000.31) ($4,000.73) GRAFTON … Continue reading

Jeff Thorsen to Lead Grafton Township GOP

McHenry County Board member and candidate Jeff Thorsen was sworn in as the new Chairman of the Grafton Township Republican Central Committee. He replaced Paul Serwatka, who nominated him. Brief discussion was held regarding whether to hold a primary election … Continue reading

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

Elected Officials in McHenry County in IMRF Pension System

Thought folks might like to know what elected officials besides most McHenry County Board members participate in the pension fund of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF). I filed a Freedom of Information Request asking for the following: “All employers … Continue reading

Last Chance for Angry Voters to Get Really Involved – Precinct Committeeman Write-In Opportunities

The Washington Post has found an academic, Sam Wang, who says, “based on polling data based on polling data, Donald Trump is in as strong a position to get his party’s nomination as Hillary Clinton in 2016, George W. Bush … Continue reading

Grafton Township Assessor Al Zielinski Not Happy with Supervisor of Assessments

An email from Grafton Township Assessor Al Zielinski: Appealing your 2014 taxes and your 2015 assessments Personally and via my presentations, I’ve explained and cautioned about the assessment games played at the county level. However, I never imagined to what … Continue reading