Messages the Democrats Didn’t Get Out – District 4

Showing readers what might have been sent to their mailboxes by the McHenry County Democratic Party before the election. It’s a zoned campaign pieced, designed to be delivered by the Post Office. A lot were delivered in the most rural … Continue reading

Messages the Democrats Didn’t Get Out – District 3

Continuing to show you the side of the mailing designed by the McHenry County Democratic Party, today we look at the message about District 3 County Board candidates. This piece was delivered to some households, but apparently not to many, … Continue reading

Democrats on the Crystal Lake Grade School Board

If you live in McHenry County Board District 3 or have read Democrat Diane Johnson’s campaign literature, you know she was on the Crystal Lake District 47 Elementary School Board for 18 years. I post this because there are commenters … Continue reading

McHenry County Dems Appear To Have Been Used as Conduit for Franks Money

Something that has not been seen before happened to the McHenry County Democratic Party recently. It started out October with $18,691.03 in the bank. On October 12th, $10,800 came from Chicago uber-liberal Fred Eychane. On October 17th. the Dems got … Continue reading

Kathy Bergan Schmidt Steps Up to the District 3 County Board Plate

Former McHenry County Board member Kathy Bergan Schmidt has agreed to run for the McHenry County Board in place of Kenneth Miller, who died last Friday. Schmidt served one term, but was defeated when she ran for re-election four years … 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

Dems Seek to Replace District 4 County Board Candidate for Second Time

The Democratic Party Precinct Committeemen from McHenry County Board District 3 met Sunday morning at 9 at the Hidden Pearl Cafe in McHenry. The meeting was held to replace caucused candidate Patrick Arnold, who was slated in early August, but … Continue reading

Another County Board Democrat Drops Out

It wasn’t because he wasn’t willing to run. It was because he lived on the wrong side of the street of the McHenry County Board District 4 boundary line. Patrick Arnold filed his withdrawal papers on Monday. The Democrats found … Continue reading

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 Meeting Tonight in McHenry to Name County Board Replacement

Because Andrew Breen has withdrawn from the Democratic Party ballot, District 4 Precinct Committeemen have the right to replace him on the ballot. The following email came from Arne Waltmire, a man who ran for County Board there in 2014, … Continue reading

County Fair Politics and Religion

Took a swing through the McHenry County Fair this afternoon. Figured it would be cooler than tomorrow. Coming in the back door in the best air conditioned building, I spotted the McHenry County Citizens for Choice first. Across the aisle, … Continue reading

Democrats in Algonquin Parade

Yesterday Republicans in Algonquin’s Founders Day Parade were featured. Today we look at the Democrats. Behind the banner was a young man carrying a “Thank You Bernie” sign, plus one opposed to the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement being pushed by … Continue reading

Democrats Chose Ray Flavin to Challenge Pat Kenneally for State’s Attorney

With their slated candidate for McHenry County State’s Attorney Jim Harrison having withdrawn (to care for his ailing mother, according to the Northwest Herald), McHenry County Democrats have decided to run Ray Flavin for the post. The Democrats met behind … Continue reading

Harrison Withdraws from Being Democrat Running for State’s Attorney

As Jack Franks is sending out 25,071 copies of a taxpayer-finance newsletter, he has apparently gotten rid of one of his problems. I’ve been told that Franks was none too happy to be paired with Jim Harrison, the candidate slated for … Continue reading

Dorr Township GOP Leader Tees Off on Democrats’ Secrecy

The following letter is published with the permission of author Joe Monack, who is Dorr Township Republican Central Committee Chairman.  I was originally published in the Northwest Herald on Saturday> Democrats not so democratic By now, everybody is familiar with … Continue reading

Campaign Contributions from John Bartman

Looking for a campaign committee for newly-announced Democratic Party State Rep. candidate to replace Jack Franks, I found the following contributions instead. Bartman is a former Chairman of the McHenry County Democratic Party, serving from 2003-6. He is facing off … Continue reading

Democrat John Bartman Running for Jack Franks’ Seat

Seneca Township Democratic Precinct Committeeman and former Democratic Party Chairman John Bartman was selected Saturday to run for State Representative in Jack Franks’ place. In a closed door meeting of Democratic Precinct Committeemen from the 63rd State Rep. District, Bartman … Continue reading

Jack Franks Set to Run for State Rep. & County Board Chairman at Same Time…If No Other “Electable” Candidate

The following was written by First Electric Newspaper publisher Pete Gonigam and graciously shared with McHenry County Blog readers: McHenry Dems Pick State Rep. Jack Franks For County Board Chairman The McHenry County Democratic Central Committee in caucus Sunday picked … Continue reading

Dems Announce Secret Meeting Choices for Office

As predicted, the name of the Democratic Party’s candidate for State’s Attorney was announced in the Northwest Herald. The name didn’t make the headline on either page 16 or page 17. The headline was Democratic Party chooses candidates for several … Continue reading