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

Local Democrats Announce Leadership Team

Here’s what is listed on the web site of the McHenry County Democratic Party: Local party leadership Chairman: Mike Bissett Vice-Chair: Kristina Zahorik Treasurer: Mary Mahady Secretary: Kathy Bergan Schmidt General Counsel: James Harrison Fundraising Chair: TBA Membership Recruitment Chair: … Continue reading

Democratic Party Tea Leaf?

Reading political tea leaves is something that lots of people do. This was passed on by a couple of McHenry County Board members. They noticed former two-term McHenry County Board member Paula Yensen in the audience at Friday’s meeting about … Continue reading

Democrats Slam County Clerk Mary McClellan’s Election Day Conduct

Earlier I ran the following information I picked up last Wednesday’s meeting of the McHenry County Democratic Party Central Committee: Democrats’ Take on Election Day McHenry County Democratic Party Chairman Mike Bissett addresses Wednesday night’s Central Committee meeting about the … Continue reading

McClellan Offers Affirmative Defense

A press release from McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan: ePoll Book Vendor Glitch Leads to 90 Minutes Extra Voting Time; Record turnout generates communication concerns On March 15, 2016, McHenry County experienced a record voter turnout in a Primary with … Continue reading

GOP Racking Up Some Large Pre-Event Donations

The McHenry County Republican Party’s annual fundraiser is being held at a hanger northeast of the Lake in the Hills Airport on Thursday from 6-8 with an entry fee of $50 unless one is a Precinct Committeeman, in which case, … Continue reading

Political, Governmental & Religious Booths at the County Fair – Part 1

Took a trip to the McHenry County Fair Wednesday afternoon looking for things political. Of course, the Fair itself is a political entity–one that tried to banish Pro-Life and religious entries to a “Faith Tent,” but more on that later. … Continue reading

Part 19 – Who’s Got What

Today we move to Kristina Zahorik’s campaign committee. She serves on the Oakwood Hills Village Board and is a Democratic Party State Central Committeewoman. She ran first for Village Trustee in the April election. Last year she won the State Central Committeewoman … Continue reading

Appointed Democratic Party Precinct Committeemen

A former McHenry County Democratic Party Chairwoman didn’t like the title “Committeeman” for political party representatives. I told her that was the title in state law and that if local Democrats didn’t like it, they controlled the House, the Senate … Continue reading

Democratic Party Precinct Committeemen Elected in 2014

There are precious few who filed a petition with ten signatures and were elected, as you can see below. The number in parentheses represents those voting in the March Democratic Primary Election. They call themselves “precinct representatives,” but the title … Continue reading

Dem Party Chairman Solicited Petition Passers for Harrison

The following email made it to my inbox. It is from Mike Bisset, the Democratic Party Chairman in McHenry County. The Democrats are running no one for countywide office, just as the Democrats ran no one against Dave McSweeney two … Continue reading