Algonquin Founders Day Parade – Mainly Politics

He wasn’t at the front of the parade but the owner of Port Edward, Ed Woloweic, was the Grand Marshall. The parade took about an hour, truncated because of construction south on Route 31. Most of the politic entries which … Continue reading

Republicans To Continue Rule of McHenry County Courthouse

The McHenry County Courthouse anyway. None of the four countywide offices in McHenry County have a Democratic candidate.  While it is possible for candidates to pop up after the primary on March 20, 2012, it seems unlikely. So, the following … Continue reading

Salary and Fringe Benefits for McHenry County Officials Elected Next Year

Here’s what McHenry County Board members will have before them about salaries that they or their successors will earn starting after next fall’s elections: A resolution calls for “compensation beginning December 2012 and fringe benefit options are hereby approved for … Continue reading

Republican Politics at Port Edward

Port Edward has pleasant memories for me all the way back to visiting the Algonquin Jaycees back in the late 1960’s. Then it was only a small corner bar at Harrison and Route 62. Algonquin Founders Days luncheons, fund raisers, … Continue reading

The McHenry County Fair – Political Angles

While the teen were exploring other parts of the McHenry County Fair on Friday, I went looking for things political. Democratic Party State Rep. Jack Franks’ tent was first.  It was closest to the free parking. Then,  I saw the … Continue reading

Algonquin Founders Day Parade Crystal Balling

You know that I read politicians in parades like tea leaves. Sometimes I just let the photos speak for themselves. Algonquin’s Marc Avelar shared some photos he took on Saturday’s Algonquin Founders Day Parade. The one below may speak volumes … Continue reading

County Auditor Pam Palmer Won’t Even Release the Name of the Judge Ordering Payment to Special Prosecutor Henry Tonigan

This is getting humorous. As you know, I have been trying to obtain information about Special Prosecutor Henry Tonigan’s bills to the county. The County Board apparently is approving tens of thousands of dollars for his work and, I assume … Continue reading

Zane Seipler Files Complaint Against Keith Nygren’s Use of Tax Dollars for Parade Expenses

Zane Seipler, who is seeking re-instatement as a deputy sheriff before a judge tomorrow, has filed a complaint with McHenry County Auditor Pam Palmer concerning primary foe Keith Nygren’s expenditure of money on parade expenses. Is this “deja vu all … Continue reading

Zane Seipler Asks Questions About Sheriff Nygren’s Use of Paid Employees in Parades – Part 1

One of the differences I noticed between the McHenry Fiesta Day Parade entries of McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren and Democratic Party challenger Mike Mahon was that Mahon had people walking and Nygren didn’t. One would assume that the uniformed … Continue reading

Nunda Township Republican Meeting Wednesday Night

Although the Nunda Township Republican Central Committee just met the first week of the month, there’s another meeting featuring McHenry County Auditor Pam Palmer and Mary Kay’s Heather Diedrich. Read the email from Township Chairman Brent Smith yourself for more … Continue reading

Biography of Cal Skinner, Sr. – Part 7 – Running for County Auditor, Precinct Committeeman, Calling the Meeting that Led to McHenry County College

In 1963, my mother and I attended the Illinois Crime Commission’s summer hearings held in the old county board room at what is now Woodstock City Hall. It was twice the size of the current Woodstock City Council Chambers. Crime … Continue reading

Jourdan Winding Down?

Former McHenry County and Illinois Republican Central Committee Chairman and McHenry County Auditor Al Jourdan’s political action committee had little action during the last six months of 2008. Jourdan made a $100 campaign contribution and spent $140 elsewhere. Both contributions … Continue reading

Jourdan Winding Down?

Former McHenry County and Illinois Republican Central Committee Chairman and McHenry County Auditor Al Jourdan’s political action committee had little action during the last six months of 2008. Jourdan made a $100 campaign contribution and spent $140 elsewhere. Both contributions … Continue reading

Halloween Holdovers

A couple of political Halloween pictures didn’t make McHenry County Blog. There is this ambiguous one of a graveyard with yard signs for Barack Obama and Bob Kaempfe nearby. Significance? Probably none. While I was buying some new door-to-door shoes … Continue reading

Halloween Holdovers

A couple of political Halloween pictures didn’t make McHenry County Blog. There is this ambiguous one of a graveyard with yard signs for Barack Obama and Bob Kaempfe nearby. Significance? Probably none. While I was buying some new door-to-door shoes … Continue reading

Oh My, Falling Tax Revenues – What To Do?

The “sky is falling” mentality has not taken hold on the McHenry County Board yet, it seems. The Daily Herald’s Chuck Keeshan first reported that McHenry County revenues will be $4 million short of expectations. Displaying a “We feel your … Continue reading

Oh My, Falling Tax Revenues – What To Do?

The “sky is falling” mentality has not taken hold on the McHenry County Board yet, it seems. The Daily Herald’s Chuck Keeshan first reported that McHenry County revenues will be $4 million short of expectations. Displaying a “We feel your … Continue reading

Cynor-Julian Fund Raiser at Stage Left Cafe Sept. 23rd

Democratic Party candidates for McHenry County State’s Attorney, Tom and Auditor will be holding a fund raiser at Stage Left, 125 Van Buren Street in Woodstock from 7:30-9:30 on Tuesday, September 23rd. No word as to the cost. Draw your … Continue reading