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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Political Aspects of the McHenry County Fair

Thursday afternoon I did my usual walk around the McHenry County Fair looking for things political. It’s an election year, so I was optimistic I would find a lot. The following are listed in order of my sighting them.  I … 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