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

Five New County Board Members Being Sworn In

Next Monday, five new members will join the McHenry County Board. They were elected in November’s election. The five are spread over five of the six County Board districts. In McHenry County’s southeastern-most District 1, Republican Andrew Gasser topped incumbent … Continue reading

Gasser Defeat of Chirikos Means GOP Controls All Seats on County Board

In District 1 after about 3,150 early and absentee ballots were added to in-person ballot results from last night, newcomer Andrew Gasser of Fox River Grove defeated incumbent Democrat Nick Chirikos of Algonquin by 382 votes. That increased his 169 … Continue reading

County Board May Have No Democrats

There are now two Democrats on the McHenry County Board: Nick Chirikos Paula Yensen With 20,000 absentee and early votes still missing, Republicans are ahead in all districts where Democrats are on the ballot. With three precincts outstanding, candidates for … Continue reading

NWH Endorses Chirikos, Gasser, Gottemoller & Kopsell

The Northwest Herald started rolling out its endorsements Friday. For District 1 on the McHenry County Board, the paper endorsed the incumbent Democrat and the non-incumbent Republican: Nick Chirikos (D-Algonquin) Andrew Gasser (R-Fox River Grove) Odd man out was incumbent … Continue reading

High Property Taxes Dominate County Board Forum

Andrew Gasser: “McHenry County is the 29th most expensive county to live in the nation, not Illinois, in the U.S.” Joe Gottemoller: “[We need to] hold the line on taxes. The County portion is flat.” Chuck Wheeler: “I believe in … Continue reading

Nick Chirikos Votes Against Allowing Public Comment Before Zoning Votes

The agenda for last Tuesday’s McHenry County Board meeting is below: The room was pretty full for the fourth straight meeting. Here’s how County Board member John Hammerand saw the meeting: The County Board Meeting Room was packed with citizens … Continue reading

CFI Dead, Triple Left Lanes Recommended to County Board

As I predicted last night, the Continuous Flow Intersection proposed by the McHenry County Transportation Committee and County Board has succumbed to political, business and village official pressure. As Chairwoman Anna May Miller put it, “The CFI had significant push … Continue reading

CFI Pot Bubbling

I attended my first McHenry County Board Transportation Committee meeting this morning. Todd Bright, the lead man from Randall Road consultant firm TranSystems, gave an update on the project that Chairwoman Anna May Miller is vigorously pushing for a September … Continue reading