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

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With their slated candidate for McHenry County State’s Attorney Jim Harrison having withdrawn (to care for his ailing mother, according to the Northwest Herald), McHenry County Democrats have decided to run Ray Flavin for the post.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

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

Theresa Kaman New Assistant State’s Attorney

A press release from the McHenry County State’s Attorney: MCHENRY COUNTY STATE’S ATTORNEY’S OFFICE WELCOMES NEW CRIMINAL ASSISTANT STATE’S ATTORNEY, THERESA KAMAN Louis A. Bianchi, McHenry County State’s Attorney, is pleased to announce that Theresa Kaman has joined the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office … Continue reading

Kenneally Blows Away Opposition in CL Parade

There was an invasion of green-backed Patrick Kenneally for State’s Attorney folks at Crystal Lake’s Independence Day Parade. I looked and could see no sign of Jack Franks’ running mate, Jim Harrison, Kenneally’s Democratic Party opponent for McHenry County State’s … Continue reading

Bianchi Suit Against Special Prosecutor McQueen Reinstated by Appellate Court

Your homework for today is to read the 2nd Appellate Court decision reinstating McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi’s suit against one of the Special Prosecutors who indicted him on criminal charges that were so weak that they were tossed … Continue reading

Chris Covelli Writes Letter of Support of Patrick Kenneally

With permission of author Chris Covelli, McHenry County Blog published the following letter from Chris Covelli in support of Patrick Kenneally for McHenry County State’s Attorney: To the Editor: McHenry County needs a State’s Attorney who will stand up for … Continue reading

Kenneally Calls Out Harrison for Suing Woman over Letter to the Editor

A press release from Republican McHenry County State’s Attorney candidate Patrick Kenneally: DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR STATE’S ATTORNEY SUING ELDERLY WOMEN FOR REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE PATRICK KENNEALLY EXPRESSES NEED FOR EXERCIZING FREE SPEECH Prosecutor and Republican candidate for McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick … Continue reading

County Board Considers Multi-Million Dollar Construction

The Facilities Management Committee, chaired by McHenry County Board member Jim Heisler, is looking at multiple options to provide more space for county workers. In the upper right hand corner of each page is a box with dollar signs. The … Continue reading

One Year Since Kane County Sheriff Put Deputy Kim Zinke on Administrative Leave

It’s been a year since the Kane County Sheriff put Kim Zinke on administrative leave. Then, her salary then was $79.275 or $38.11 per hour for a 40-hour work week. On December 1, 2015, it increased to $81,257. The Lake … 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

Jim Harrison Completes His Conversion from Republican to Independent to Democrat

After the November, 2014, election, I wrote a story asking whether Independent Sheriff’s candidate Jim Harrison was really running for McHenry County State’s Attorney. You can read the article by clicking on its title below: Was Harrison Really Running for … Continue reading

State’s Attorney Publicizes “Crime Victims’ Rights” Week

A press release from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office: “SERVING VICTIMS, BUILDING TRUST, RESTORING HOPE” IS THEME FOR 2016 NATIONAL CRIME VICTIMS’ RIGHTS WEEK Sunday, April 10, 2016, marks the start of National Crime Victims’ Rights week. This year’s theme, “Serving … Continue reading

Tax Dollars at CL Expo

It’s less than three weeks after the Primary Election. I went to the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo searching things political and governmental. In its usual space right to the right after the entrance at South High School … Continue reading

NWH Features Election Upsets

An article summarizing the upsets in the Republican Primary Election ran in the Northwest Herald today. Written by Kevin Craver, its headline is Fighting the Status Quo, County voters send establishment a message in Illinois primary Featured on the front … Continue reading

Bianchi Asks Judge Whether Special Prosecutor Needed for Franks’ County Board IMRF Pension Elilgibility Allegations

When I heard that the McHenry County State’s Attorney had filed a motion concerning the County Board pension issue with Judge Thomas Meyer, I sent Lou Bianchi the following email: I have told that the office filed a motion with … Continue reading

Walkup Takes County Board Chairmanship, Tirio Recorder, Kenneally State’s Attorney, Cowlin Judge – Election Results Posted about 10 AM Day after the Election

The people winning last night at 3 AM ended up winning when final (except for absentees) were posted about 10 this morning. At least I think they are final results. Unlike all last night, the number of precincts included in … Continue reading