Contributions to Democratic Party County Board Candidates

Having found big money going from Vince Foglia to Republican County Board candidates, I decided to look at what Democrats have received. Reports must be made if a candidate raises or spends $5,000, so a lot of campaigns, especially local … Continue reading

Dems Fill County Board Slots, But Leave Three Countywide Vacancies

Petitions have been filed to the McHenry County Board candidates that the Democratic Party Central Committee slated at that meeting they wouldn’t let me attend. New candidates are District 1 – Kathryn Potter District 2 – Jim Roden District 3 … Continue reading

Twelve Seek Metra Board Appointment

The following seek to succeed former State Senator Jack Schaffer on the Metra Board. It’s a paying position–$15,000 per year–but not exempt from political heat. Dennis Adams, McHenry, former McHenry County College Board member, McHenry alderman and candidate for Mayor, … Continue reading

Jack Franks’ County Executive Referendum Tanking in Two Crystal Lake Precincts, Jim Roden Carries Home Precinct by One Vote

There are two precincts who vote at the Crystal Lake Park Districts Main Beach House–Algonquin 7 and Algonquin 19. Let’s start at the top of the ticket, knowing that the results do not include 86 absentee and early votes. Neither … Continue reading

All County Board Candidates in Southeastern McHenry County Board Districts Oppose Jack Franks’ Consolidation of Power Referendum

Clint Eastwood handled one empty chair at the Republican National Convention. Had he attended the candidate’s night for County Board Districts 1, 2 and 3 Wednesday at McHenry County College, he would have had to deal with four of them. … Continue reading

Jim Roden Says Ken Koehler Conflict of Interest Waiver Is One Reason He’s Running for County Board

Commenting on the McHenry County Board’s decision to send a conflict of interest waiver to the Federal government’s Department of Housing and Urban Development, District 2 Democrat Jim Roden made the following comments: “I can’t believe what just happened. “17 … Continue reading

Jack Franks Now Free to Help Democrats Running for the McHenry County Board

Still thinking about the implications of the McHenry County GOP interview committee’s decision to reject Tonya Franklin’s offer to run a high energy campaign against 7-term incumbent Democrat Jack Franks. Today Jack Franks is sighing a big “Whew.” The reason? … Continue reading

Jim Roden Answers ALAW’s McHenry County Board Questionnaire

District 2 Democratic Party McHenry County Board candidate Jim Roden answers the Alliance for Land, Agriculture and Water Questionnaire below. He entered the public arena when he sent a letter about the Ridgefield Train Station to the new Metra Executive … Continue reading

Tea Leaves at the Northwest Herald

Maybe it’s not tea leaves. Maybe it’s newspaper clippings to which I should allude. In any event, the first two McHenry County Board endorsement editorials got me thinking. McHenry County’s paper of record has suggested dumping Board Chairman Ken Koehler … Continue reading

Democrats Run Ten Candidates for McHenry County Board

At least one candidate in each McHenry County Board district. The rumor mill was right. An article has already been run on District 1’s Nick Chirikos. In District 2 there are two challengers, Jim Roden and Jim Kennedy. District 3 … Continue reading

Ridgefield Businessman Jim Roden Circulating Petitions for District 2 County Board Seat

I ended my procrastination yesterday. For the fourth time Thursday night, I pretty much finished raking the other people’s leaves from along Lake Avenue lodged against our little rise. That left time and energy Friday for a quick hour of … Continue reading