Five Countywide Elected Officials in IMRF Pension Program, Four Not

Since the subject of Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund pensions will be discussed at tomorrow night’s McHenry County Board meeting, I think folks might be interested in seeing which ones are currently participating in pension program.  They follow: Not on the … Continue reading

Salary Cap for Elected County Officials Passes Finance Committee

The McHenry County Finance and Audit Committee followed the example of the Human Resources Committee and recommended that the next Sheriff, Clerk, Recorder and Treasurer receive the same salaries being paid incumbents today. There seems to be no disagreement on … Continue reading

Ersel Schuster Promotes Candidacy for McHenry County Board, Other GOP Candidates Present Selves, Too

At the NorWest Township Republican Party meeting last night at the Woodstock Public Library, former McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster announced her candidacy for the 2018 election. There were other candidates as well. State Rep. Steve Reick talked of … Continue reading

Joe Tirio’s Referendum to Eliminate Recorder’s Office on Primary Ballot

A press release from McHenry County Recorder of Deeds Joe Tirio: County Board Overwhelmingly Approves Resolution to Eliminate the Role of McHenry County Recorder WOODSTOCK, IL – As the votes were tallied in Tuesday’s full County Board meeting, the County … Continue reading

Sun-Times Says Merge Cook County Recorder’s and Clerk’s Offices

McHenry County Republican Recorder of Deeds candidate Joe Tirio (he of “IWontHireMyWife.com” and “ErasetheRecorder.com” fame) got a rebuttal of his Democratic Party opponent Lynn Gray’s claim that McHenry County is too populous a county for such a merger. Tirio, of … Continue reading

Tribune Endorses Franks, Tirio & Kenneally

On the Chicago Tribune’s web site are the following endorsements for McHenry County’s countywide offices: County Board Chairman – Jack Franks, Democrat Recorder of Deeds – Joe Tirio, Republican State’s Attorney – Patrick Kenneally, Republican The Tribune Editorial Board fell … Continue reading

Merging Recorder with Clerk Campaign Issue in Lake County

That’s what the Daily Herald reported Thursday. The article says the issue was brought up the Republican candidate, Robert Haraden. And, guess what? Unlike in McHenry County where Democrat Lynn Gray opposes Joe Tirio’s proposal to merge the Recorder’s Office … Continue reading

BGA: Merging Recorder with Clerk’s Office “Makes Perfect Sense”

Complaints have been made by some in the political arena that eliminating the elected official who runs the McHenry County Recorder of Deeds office is a bad idea, because McHenry County is too large a county for a merger with … Continue reading

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

Pols Missing the McHenry Parade

Democrats have gotten a lot of publicity in running County Board and countywide candidates for office. And replacing them when their first choices dropped out. McHenry has one of five pretty much “must appear” parades. The only Democrat with a … Continue reading

Campaign Finance Report Time

Campaign Disclosure Reports are not due to the State Board of Elections until midnight April 15th–Friday night. But, having just finished my quarterly torture, I started looking for reports from other local committees. Jack Franks, now running for only one … Continue reading

Push to Merge Cook County Recorder and Clerk’s Offices

The Cook County Board is considering putting a question on the ballot asking if voters want to merged the Cook County Recorder’s and Clerk’s Offices. That’s what Republican candidate for McHenry County Recorder Joe Tirio has made the capstone of … 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