Canidates for Recorder of Deeds Face Off

Unlike Republican Mike Walkup, whose opponent Jack Franks was a no-show at the League of Women Voters candidates’ night, Republican Joe Tirio’s opponent Democrat Lynn Gray was on the stage. Tirio got to speak first. The Woodstock Republican said he … Continue reading

Republicans Raise Money, Heard Candidates, Soldier

The McHenry County Republican Party held its annual fundraiser at a hanger on the north side of the Lake in the Hills Airport. It’s a low expense affair with, presumably, the hanger donated and eats and drinks provided by Crystal … Continue reading

Pols in the Algonquin Parade – Part 1

While McHenry’s Fiesta Days Parade was blistering hot last Sunday, Algonquin’s Founders Day Parade Saturday had a pleasant temperature, was cloudy and had a good breeze. In short, the day was comfortable. I parked near Port Edward, where dignitaries ate … Continue reading

Pols on Parade in McHenry – Part 2

Yesterday, I told you most of what happened to me before the parade (one surprise to come later). Today, let’s look at the politicians courting voters in the McHenry Fiesta Days Parade. I had to walk through these poms each … Continue reading

Sexual Harrassment Complaint Filed Against McHenry County Clerk’s Husband

A complaint has been filed by Mrs. Karen Felske with the Illinois Department of Human Rights  against McHenry County Clerk Ed Gil. The complaint is dated March 3, 2016. Felske contends sexual harassment resulting in a hostile work environment and a … Continue reading

County Clerk Mary McClellan Misconduct Sanction in Prior Job Upheld by Federal Appeals Court

This matter concerning thisdecision is something I don’t remember writing about before, so I think I’ll just reprint the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals decision.  It was written by Richard Posner, one of the more respected members of the panel. … Continue reading

Voting, Communications Problems Cited by State Board of Elections

The following memo is from the State Board of Elections employee tasked to take a look at the conduct of the primary elections by McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellen. The investigation was requested by State Rep. David McSweeney. I visited … Continue reading

Anomaly in County Clerk’s Precinct Results, List of GOP Committeemen

Take a look at the Republican Precinct Committeeman results in McHenry 29. The vote totals show McHenry Elementary School Board member Erik Sivertsen winning over McHenry Township Clerk Marsha Nelson by one vote Now look at the list of Republican … Continue reading

Tax Dollars at CL Expo

It’s less than three weeks after the Primary Election. I went to the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo searching things political and governmental. In its usual space right to the right after the entrance at South High School … Continue reading

Message of the Day – Trash Cans

McHenry County Board member Carolyn Schofield must feel that votes in her district’s precinct at Indian Prairie School ended up in the trash can. Two precincts vote there. One from State Rep. David McSweeny’s district; the other one from the … Continue reading

McSweeney Calls for Investigation of McHenry County Clerk’s Office

Here is a letter that State Rep. David McSweeney has sent to the Chairman of the Illinois State Board of Elections about Mary McClellan’s conduct of the Primary Elections: Charles Scholz Chairman of the Illinois State Board of Elections Charles: … Continue reading